Timeline

1735: John Adams born

1740: Abigail’s parents, William Smith and Elizabeth Quincy, are married

1744: Abigail Adams born in Weymouth, Massachusetts

1762: John Adams meets and begins to court Abigail Adams;

1764: Abigail Smith and John Adams are married by her father, William Smith
in Weymouth and move to John’s house in Braintree

1765: Abigail “Nabby” Adams born

1767: John Quincy Adams born

1768: John and Abigail move to the first of three residences in Boston;
British troops arrive to take up residence in Boston Susanna Adams Boylston born

1770: Boston Massacre; John agrees to represent the British soldiers
in the fall Charles Adams born

1771: Adamses return to Braintree

1772: Thomas Boylston Adams born
Adamses move back to Boston

1773: Boston Tea party; Although John did not witness the event, he had some of the most poignant comments in his diary about this pivotal event.; Abigail begins to comment on
politics for the first time in the wake of the Tea Crisis

1774: John travels to First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, beginning the first of
many long separations

1775-1783: American Revolution

1775: John leaves to attend Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia

1775 – 1776: Siege of Boston by the British forces

  • Battle of Grape Island (May 21, 1775): Abigail, staying at her parents’ house in Weymouth travels the mile to the waterfront to view the battle
  • Battle of Bunker Hill (June 17, 1776): Abigail and John Quincy climb to the top of Penn’s Hill in Braintree to watch the Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Death of Abigail’s mother from dysentery

1776: John named to the committee to write the Declaration of Independence

  • British Evacuate Boston
  • Abigail and her children are inoculated for smallpox

1777: Abigail gives birth to Elizabeth Adams, who is stillborn, while John is in Philadelphia

1778-1780:  John travels on diplomatic mission to the Netherlands and France,
taking John Quincy with him

1779: John writes the Massachusetts State Constitution, the world’s oldest
functioning written Constitution

1783: Death of William Smith, Abigail’s father

1784-1788: Abigail and John live first in Paris and then in London as the first
Ambassadors to Great Britain

1786: Marriage of Abigail “Nabby” Adams II to William Stephens Smith

1787: William Steuben Smith born, the Adamses’ first grandchild

1788-1796: John Adams serves as first Vice President of the United States;
Abigail and John reside in New York and Philadelphia, the
first homes of the United States national capital.

1792: Quincy becomes a separate town, named after Abigail’s mother’s family

1793: John is reelected Vice President and returns to Philadelphia; Abigail remains in Quincy

1796: John Adams is elected the country’s second President

1797-1801: John Adams Presidential term; Abigail and John reside in
Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

1800: Abigail and John become the first residents of the completed White House
Charles Adams dies in New York City

1800: John defeated in Presidential election by Thomas Jefferson; John and Abigail
retire to Quincy, ending their four decades of correspondence

1813: Death of Abigail “Nabby” Adams in Quincy

1818: Death of Abigail Adams in Quincy

1826: Death of John Adams in Quincy