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1. JOHN ADAMSON1,2,3 was born before 1690.4 He died after January 1753 at the age of 63 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.4

John Adamson was possibly a member of the Richland Monthly Meeting as early as 1692; having come from England to Quakertown, Bucks County PA in 1691; one source indicates he came with his brother Basil in that year. I have seen personally seen no evidence of his arrival and various records referring to Basil would indicate he was certainly not a brother, perhaps not even the same generation.

John and Ann declared their intention to marry at the Newton Monthly Meeting of Friends in West Collingswood, Gloucester County (now Camden) New Jersey. Newton Meeting became Haddonfield Meeting in 1721. John received a certificate of transfer to Gwynedd Monthly Meeting at Upper Gwynedd Township, Bucks Co, 14 Jan 1725/6. On 31 May 1726, John, Ann and four children took a certificate from Haddonfield to the Gwynedd Meeting at Springfield, Bucks Co PA.

Found in FamilyTree on Ancestry:
Richland Monthly Meeting Births and Deaths About 1750 – 1805 181 pp, & Index 17 pp. Feb. 19, 1948 Quakertown, Bucks County, PA
Courtesy of Richland Monthly Meeting Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Microfilm #: MR-Ph555 Title Page Page 31 Births
Thomas Adamson, son of John and Ann, his wife, born 12th month, 23rd day, 1717.
Betty Adamson, born 6th month, 9th day, 1719.
Hester Adamson, born 10th month, 9th day, 1721.
John Adamson, born 2nd month, 15th day, 1726.
Ann Adamson, born 9th month, 25th day, 1728.
Susanna Adamson, born 9th month, 9th day, 1730.

At Gwynedd Monthly Meeting, 25 Jul 1733, John Adamson's wife was reported dead leaving a young child to nurse and requesting assistance. 40sh was contributed for their relief.

It is said John bought about 150 acres in Springfield, 5 Jan 1730/1 from John, Thomas & Richard Penn, which ran along the lines of Richland Manor and Peter Ashton.
John deeded his land to son Thomas Jan. 1, 1753 and probably lived with his family after that year.

Have seen John & Ann's marriage date variously as 24 May 1715 and 17 Mar 1716. They declared their intention to marry at the Newton MM of Feb 1715/16 according to Bob & Sherry Stancliff. The confusion in dates is no doubt because of the old dating in effect at this time, the Quaker way of reporting dates, and varying attempts to "convert" it to new style dates.

John Adamson is believed to have come to Gwynedd MM in Philadelphia about 1726. The Williams family was already present there.

JOHN ADAMSON and ANN SKEW\SKUTE were married about 1715 in Haddonfield, New Jersey.1,2,4,5 ANN SKEW\SKUTE died on 6 October 1733 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.1,2,4,5

Ann is often reported as the daughter of a Swedish family from Delaware. This seems extremely doubtful to me, for various reasons - religious differences and the location being primary.

Here is another opinion:
Harry Egan Adamson, on July 21, 2000:
I was at the Friends History Center at Swathmore College about two weeks ago. There was no record of John Adamson in the archives until he and Ann Skute declared their intent to marry Feb 1715 at Haddonfield Monthly Meeting, altho it seems possible they might have been at the New Town (Newton) MM or Chesterfield MM before Haddonfield. All three were Gloucester County; Haddonfield later Camden County when Gloucester County split. Also listed is "got licence to marry at Haddonfield MM on March 14, 1716".
The discrepancy in years is common in these old records--I think it has to do with the calendar changes and/or subsequent copying. Know nothing about his parents or sibs, and there are no records of them at Swathmore. There are records of Adamsons in MMs in England prior to 1700 in the Swathmore archive. John got certificate of transfer to Gwynedd MM, Upper Gwynedd Twp, Bucks County, PA, on Jan 14, 1725, as there was no MM at Richland Twp, Quakertown borough, where they settled at the Great Swamp, until 1742. John is found there in histories of early Bucks County. An Ann Skute was granddaughter of the military administrator of New Sweden in the Delaware Valley, Sven Skute, who arrived in 1643. Anns' father was Johan Svensson Skute(1654-1722) and her mother was Armegot Martensdotter Garretsson(1664-1755!). Sven Skute and family are well documented and easily found in records of the American Swedish Historical Museum here in Philly. In fact, his grant from the Queen of Sweden encompassed what is now all of South Philadelphia, from river to river, and the original document is held by the Pennsylvania Historical Society here. Ann died at or soon after the birth of Simon in 1733 and money was raised at GMM for a wet nurse. Ann's name is variously listed as Skew, Shew, Chew, Shoe, even Skull, but the curators at the Swedish museum are satisfied that it is Skute, even tho Queen Christinas' charter says "Sven Schutte." The story of New Sweden, Nya Sverige, 1638-1655, is most interesting. Sven is mentioned in all the histories I have seen about New Sweden, since he was involved until his death in every military, economic and political decision in New Sweden and its' successor colony under the Dutch.
Re: AnnSkute
Posted by: Joanne Todd Rabun Date: July 29, 2000 at 11:25:10 GenForum "Adamson"

The biggest problem of the Swedish Ann Skew marrying the Quaker John Adamson, is that she would have likely been Lutheran. There is also the problem of getting the couple in the same location to meet and marry. The researcher that reported the above information, later posted a retraction. See next.

Posted By: Harry Adamson Jr
Subject: John Adamson & Ann Skew
Post Date: May 12, 2004 at 15:18:20
Message URL: Forum: Adamson Family Genealogy Forum
Forum URL:
Dear Friends, I want to withdraw some previous findings I reported which I cannot further authenticate. I regret if it causes inconvenience to Adamson researchers, and I apologize for it. Some time ago, I reported that Ann Skew/Shew/etc was part of a Swedish family who were early settlers along the Delaware River, inhabiting what is now Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The name is variously seen as Skew/Shew/Shue/Skute/Shute/etc. There is much documentation for this family, especially at the Swedish museum here, and there are many extant gravesites in the Philadelphia area dating from the 1600s. Because of my beginner's enthusiasm, I latched on to this Swedish Ann Skew as the wife of John Adamson, married at the Newton Meeting in (then) Gloucester County NJ about 1715. Two experienced Adamsons, Evelyn of Nebraska and Jerry of Kansas, convinced me I jumped the gun on this, and have patiently guided me into deeper research. The Skews were operating a trading post in or very near the Newton Colony and I assumjed their daughter to be the Ann I was looking for, based mostly on the convenience of location. I did not consider the religious implications of a Lutheran-Quaker marriage in 1715, among other things. There is another Adamson, a "Jeames" listed in the 1680s on a grand jury in Gloucester County, but I can otherwise find no Adamson info for that time or placae. A trip to the state archives in Trenton is necessary, as I have exhausted all the local NJ and PA sources. I am now considering that "Skew" was a mistake by the meeting clerk, perhaps an entry made during a hectic meeting, or made some time after the marriage itself, which was part or similar to another name, for instance "Askew." For those of you who relied on my misguided assumptions, I am sorry for your inconvenience. I will post any new findings from Trenton, hopefully sometime over the summer after I visit the archives.

The Gwynedd Meeting reported Ann Adamson, dead 7 mo, 25th day, 1733, leaving a nursing infant (Simon). [The date said to have been converted to the Gregorian (today''s) calendar - I have not seen this record, but the 7th month in 1733 would have been the month of September.] Others report her death as 6 Oct 1733, which is the conversion.
After her death, the Swamp Friends of the Gwyned MM donated 40sh to provide a wet nurse for Simon.

Interesting - in the England & Wales Christening Records, 15830-1906, database on there is a baptism for an Ann Skuse, daughter of John Skuse and Elizabeth, on 26 Jun 1697, Dauntsey, Wiltshire, England. This might be an line of research to pursue. She would be of approximate age - but first it would have to be proved this Ann lived to be an adult and doesn't have a death recorded in that Parish, and that her family immigrated across the pond.

JOHN ADAMSON and ANN SKEW\SKUTE had the following children:






Betty ADAMSON was born on 9 August 1719 in New Jersey.2,5



Hester ADAMSON was born on 9 December 1721 in New Jersey.2,5

Born Glouchester Co NJ; d. 1815. Married Andrew Van Buskirk. [GenForum]






Ann ADAMSON was born on 25 November 1728 in Springfield, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.2,5



Susanna ADAMSON.