Lt. Samuel Adams, 1st Regiment, N.H. Continental Line – Original Member
Samuel Adams was born in 1760 in Durham, New Hampshire. He was the son of Winborn and Sarah (Bartlett) Adams. Samuel received a commission as an Ensign in the 2nd New Hampshire, Continental Line on November 8, 1776. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd New Hampshire on October 9, 1777. During the Continental Army’s encampment at Valley Forge, he is listed as a 2nd Lieutenant in Captain Frederick Bell’s Company of the 2nd New Hampshire under Colonel Nathan Hale. He appears “Present” in December 1777 and “Sick Absent” for January-May 1778. In the Report of the Adjutant General of New Hampshire for 1781, he is listed as a Lieutenant in the 2nd New Hampshire under Colonel George Reid. On January 1, 1783 when the New Hampshire Line was consolidated into a single regiment, he transferred to the 1st New Hampshire Regiment and served to the close of the war.
After the Revolution he became one of the original 30 members of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire on November 18, 1783.
He married Elizabeth Parker who was the sister of Surgeon William Parker, Jr., also an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire. He died in 1802.
Sources: Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army,” (Baltimore, 1914), 58; Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New Hampshire for the Year ending June 1, 1866, (Concord, 1866), 2:300, 361.