Elihu Adams
Born(1741-05-29)May 29, 1741
Braintree, Massachusetts Bay
DiedAugust 10, 1775(1775-08-10) (aged 34)
Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay
Union Cemetery
Holbrook, Massachusetts, United States
AllegianceUnited States Thirteen Colonies
Service/branchMassachusetts Militia
Years of service1775
Battles/warsAmerican Revolutionary War
Siege of Boston
Battles of Lexington and Concord
RelationsJohn Adams, Sr. (father)
Susanna Boylston Adams (mother)
John Adams, 2nd President of the United States (elder brother)

Elihu Adams (May 29, 1741 – August 10, 1775)[1][2] was a farmer and soldier in the Massachusetts Militia during the American Revolutionary War. He was born in Braintree to John Adams, Sr. and Susanna Boylston; his elder brothers were John Adams, the second President of the United States, and Peter Boylston Adams, who also served as a militia captain during the Revolution.[3] He married Thankful White in 1765, and had at least two children - Susanna, born in 1766,[4] and John, born in 1768. His home was formerly located on what is now South Franklin Street in Holbrook, then part of Old Braintree.[5]

Adams served as captain of the Braintree Company at the siege of Boston, and as a minuteman who fought on the Concord Green in 1775. He died of dysentery on August 10, 1775, at the age of 34, and was buried at what is today known as the "Old Section" of Union Cemetery in Holbrook.


  1. ^ Magazine of New England History
  2. ^ A Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts
  3. ^ Elihu Adams Family Tree
  4. ^ World Family Tree, Volume 1, Family #0626
  5. ^ Rideout, Jeanne M. (28 May 2016). "Holbrook to honor memory of John Adams' brother on Memorial Day". The Holbrook Sun. Retrieved 10 August 2020.