Pitcairn & Norfolk Islands - HMS Bounty

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  • ID: I26
  • Name: JOHN ADAMS
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 04 NOV 1763 in London, England
  • Death: 05 MAR 1829 in Pitcairn
  • Residence: St Johns Hackney, Middlesex, England
  • Occupation: Bounty Seaman
  • Note:
    Adams was either from Wapping-on-Thames or Stanford Hill, St. John Hackney, Middlesex in
    England. Some sources give his birthdate as 4 Dec 1767. His father, a lighterman and servant to Daniel Bell Cole, a merchant (or Daniel Bell, a Coal Merchant), drowned in the
    River Thames. He and 3 siblings were left orphaned, and he and 2 siblings were brought up in
    the poorhouse. One sibling married soon after the father's death. It was in the poorhouse that
    Adams gained what little literacy he had before being tutored by Young on Pitcairn. It is also
    where he learned the rudiments of the liturgy of the Church of England.
    One brother was a waterman at Union Stairs, a 'steady character, and wore the fire coat of
    London Assurance'.
    He was 5'5" tall, brown complexion, brown hair, strong made, very much pitted with
    smallpox, and very much tattooed on body, arms, legs, and feet. He had a scar on his right
    foot where it was cut with a wood axe. He signed on board the Bounty using the assumed
    name of ALEXANDER SMITH. He reverted to the use of his real name (Adams) after the
    Adams belonged to that class of individuals, who, under ordinary circumstances, would likely
    attract public attention only when picked up by the police. Known as 'reckless Jack', he was
    not the toughest, meekest, most nor least intelligent of the crew. Certainly not afraid to 'go for
    the cutlass', he learned survival in the streets of London.
    One of the active mutineer party, he was part of the group who arrested Bligh. He was not in
    the leadership, but there was no question as to where his sympathies lay.
    On Pitcairn, he formed a close friendship with Young, and lived as neighbors, sharing pos-
    sessions and women between themselves. They had also the most evenhanded attitude toward
    the Tahitian men. He was scarcely literate, and as he noted Young's increasing illness, he took
    reading lessons each day from his companion, knowing that he would soon by responsible for
    the growing community. It was at Young's death that this non-religious sailor found himself,
    for the first time, having to officiate at the burial services, and from that point on took his
    responsibilities very seriously.
    Adams found himself alone among a community in which only he had an experience of the
    outside world. Early visitors reported him as kindly, wise, thoroughly regenerated, and a
    deeply religious and moral patriarch. This is likely not far from the truth. He was indeed a
    completely regenerated rascal - whether this was due to a deep moral direction or from simple
    expediency in controlling an island teeming with the young will be forever unknown. We
    have only his own words to judge what he did, and we have the survival of a strong, religious,
    vital colony that he left in his wake. He couldn't have done everything wrong!

    Father: ...

    Marriage 1 TEEHUTEATUAONOA b: in Tahiti

      Marriage 2 OBUAREI b: in Tahiti

        Marriage 3 TINAFANAEA b: in Tubuai

          Marriage 4 VAHINEATUA b: in Tahiti
            1. Has Children DINAH ADAMS b: 1796 in Pitcairn
            2. Has Children RACHEL ADAMS b: 7 JUL 1797 in Pitcairn
            3. Has Children HANNAH ADAMS b: 1799 in Pitcairn

            Marriage 5 TEIO b: in Tahiti
            • Married: 1825 in Pitcairn
            1. Has Children GEORGE ADAMS b: 06 JUN 1804 in Pitcairn
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