Adams Timeline

Spanning the years 1735 to 1889, the Adams Timeline is a searchable collection of important events and happenings in the lives of John and Abigail Adams and their immediate family, including three succeeding generations. Discover more about the Adams family by scrolling through the timeline or selecting a decade from the hyperlinks below. Some events include illustrations or links to related material. Click on the individual dots or blue time spans to read more.

For a printable version of the timeline, click here. For more information on the Adams family, see the interactive Family Tree.

Enter text in the "Filter" field to search for specific events or people across the timeline. For example, typing "Abigail" into the search box will identify events with that name anywhere in the text. Please be aware that first names tend to be repeated in later generations, so that searching names such as "John" or "Abigail" will retrieve results for several family members. Results will still appear in the appropriate year across the timeline but with only the selected events remaining.

Call out specific events by entering a term into the "Highlight" search box. Any event with the specific term will appear outlined in yellow.

Upcoming Events

History of Women and Gender Seminar

Transgender History and Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

18Dec 5:30PM 2018
Location: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute

This panel aims to begin an interdisciplinary conversation in transgender history. What is the state of the field of transgender studies in history, archiving, and public ...

MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

22Dec 10:00AM 2018

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, ...

Early American History Seminar

The Consecration of Samuel Seabury and the Crisis of Atlantic Episcopacy, 1782-1807

8Jan 5:15PM 2019

Samuel Seabury’s consecration in 1784 signaled a transformation in the organization of American Protestantism. After more than a century of resistance to the office ...

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Barefoot Families and Demon Rum: The Work of an Urban Missionary

In June 1854, the Boston City Missionary Society appointed a Methodist Episcopal clergyman named Luman Boyden to serve as missionary to the poor in East Boston. The 48-year-old Boyden (pictured above, ...

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