Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Anne Adams Tufts; Nurse at the battle of Bunker Hill

A break from my Tufts soldiers includes this story:

Anne Adams was born July 8, 1729. She was the daughter of Lieutenant Joseph and Rachel (Allen) Adams. She married Peter Tufts Junior on April 19, 1750. He was the son of Peter from John and Peter the immigrant. She is best known for caring for the wounded soldiers during the battle of Bunker Hill. The Somerville Massachusetts chapter of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution was named for her. In 1909 the chapter dedicated a marker in her honor which was made from the front door stone from her home nearby. It stands today in the small park at Main and Broadway in Somerville. Anne died February 7, 1813.

"To the memory of Anne Adams-Tufts, Born 1729 Died 1813
A heroine of the Revolution who did active patriotic service after the Battle of Bunker Hill.
This was the door-stone of her home which stood about 120 feet south-west of this spot."

Anne’s sister Mary married Peter’s brother Nathan. Her cousin Anne Adams married Peter’s brother Timothy (my ancestor) and cousin Martha Adams married their brother Samuel. Anne, the subject of this story is often called Anna, Ann and Hannah. There are several history books written on the Adams immigrant families to Massachusetts. The one this family is best covered in is A genealogical history of Henry Adams, of Braintree, Mass., and his descendants: also John Adams, of Cambridge, Mass., 1632-1897 by Andrew M. Adams. That reference is dated, but contains details of the family’s possible origins in England and details many families, including presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.



These sisters—Anne and Mary (Adams) Tufts were women of strong character and great natural vigor of constitution. The elder brother married the younger sister, the younger brother the elder sister. In their respective homes in the early days of the Revolution they rendered service to their country no less important than that of the male members of their families. After the battle of Bunker Hill, Anne Tufts assisted in binding up the wounds of eight wounded soldiers who were brought to her house; and later in the war when a part of Burgoyne’s army was encamped as prisoners on Winter hill, she went to the camp and nursed all night the dying wife of one of the prisoners. Years afterward that soldier journeyed from Canada, where he had settled after the war, and sought out Mrs. Tufts to thank her again for that service and to ask her to point out the spot of his wife's grave.
The Tufts Family in Somerville
by Edward C. Booth, M. D.

This is a copy of an extract from a letter written by Aaron Tufts of Pavilion Center, NY to be read at the centennial celebration of Medford, MA April 1876: "One hundred years ago today the people on this sacred spot broke the ice for the formation of a Republic that has spread from ocean to ocean and is likely to overspread the continent -- One hundred years ago today my Grandfather (Deacon Joseph Adams) after doing duty at Bunker Hill, furnished the first hospital of the Revolution. Those killed and wounded on the 19th of April were conveyed to their respective homes, but those killed and wounded at Bunker Hill living at a distance, hailing from different parts of New England by my father's invitation were conveyed to his house in Medford". So Anna Adams Tufts is credited with housing the first Revolutionary War Hospital. The farmhouse was on the present site of Tufts College.
Public stories on

Heroine of the Revolution
Bronze Tablet to Honor Memory of Anne Adams Tufts Dedicated at Somerville

A bronze tablet to the memory of Anne Adams Tufts, who was a Patriot in the War of the Revolution and nursed the wounded at the Battle of Bunker Hill, was unveiled yesterday in Paul Revere Park, Winter Hill, Somerville, by the members of the Anne Adams Tufts chapter, DAR. The tablet rests upon the historic doorstone of the Anne Adams Tufts homestead and was recently presented to the chapter by Miss Maria Brown.
The tablet was unveiled by Miss Sallie Adams, six years old, of Clinton, a lineal descendant of the sixth generation. The service opened by the reading of the report of the tablet committee by Mrs. Helen M. Heald. The report was accepted by Mrs. Abbie I. Carleton, vice regent of the chapter. The rest of the program was carried out at the Winter Hill Congregational Church, Mrs. Carleton presiding. Rev. William Pierson of the First Unitarian Church offered prayer and Mrs. Lucia Tucker Blake rendered several solos. Mrs. Carleton, in behalf of the chapter, presented the tablet to Mayor Woods for the city. A historical address was given by Miss Nellie R. Bray and an original poem read by Sam Walter Foss. Mrs. James G. Dunning also spoke.
The exercises were attended by twenty-six descendants of Anne Adams Tufts, the oldest being Mrs. Carrie T. Henderson, 83, of Somerville.

Boston Evening Transcript June 22, 1909, page 16.

(This was sent to me by fellow researcher Tabitha Wallen)


Ancestry (Peter Tufts)
Peter Tufts (the immigrant) (1617-1700) Tibenham, England, Charlestown, Massachusetts and Mary Pierce (1626-1702)
John Tufts (1664-1728) Malden, MA and Mary Putnam (1668-1758)
Peter Tufts (1697-1776) Charlestown, MA and Lydia Bucknam (1703/4-1776)
Peter Tufts Jr. (1729-1791) Charlestown MA

Ancestry (Anne Adams) Most trees on seem to agree with the Henry Adams book mentioned above, which is presented here:

Henry Adams (born in England-1646) arrived in Braintree (area) around 1632-3. His wife is unknown but he came with several sons. One of them was John, (called John of Cambridge in book).
John Adams (1622-1706) born in England, immigrated with his father at a young age. Married Ann Howe
Joseph Adams (1657-1701) Arlington, MA
Lieutenant Joseph Adams (1688-1774) Arlington, MA and Rachel (Allen) Adams. Their graves are in the old Burying ground in Arlington and can be seen at findagrave:

Peter Tufts (1751-1752)
Peter Tufts 3rd (1753-1832) married Hannah Adams and had 11 children.
John Tufts (1754-1839) married Elizabeth Perry and had 12 children.
Anna Tufts (1757-1839) married Abel Richardson and had 13 children.
Elizabeth Tufts (1758-1853) married Daniel Swan.
Joseph Tufts (1760-1818) married Abigail Tufts and had 11 children, then married Hannah (Pierce) Williams.
Lydia Tufts (1762-1801) married Rev. Robert Gray of Dover, NH and had 7 children there.
Thomas Tufts (1766-1830) married Rebecca Adams and had 6 children.
Lucy Tufts (1767-1849) married Henry Putnam, then Jacob Osgood.
Rebecca Tufts (1770-1849) married Nathan Adams and had 2 children.
Sarah Tufts (1772-1843) married Joseph Adams and had 7 children. Rev war soldier.