Birth: 1 Jan 1693 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts 1 2 3 4
Name: Adam Cushing Hon. Major
Death: 21 Jan 1752 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Burial: Aft 21 Jan 1752 North Weymouth Cemetery, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts 5
Adam Cushing Hon. Major (1693 - 1752) graduated from Harvard College in 1714.
Title: Adam Cushing Hon. Major (1693 - 1752)
The captain was a farmer by occupation and represented the town in the General Court. At the college Adam was constantly busy with small offenses, culminating in senior year when he and his classmate Coffin (q.v.) were degraded for "Scandalous Excesses in their Chambers on the Lord's Day night."In spite of this he took both degrees in course, for the second arguing that the sun is fire. Beginning in 1717, Cushing kept the Hingham school for three years. On September 25, 1718, he married Hannah, daughter of Thomas Greenwood (A.B. 1695) of Rehoboth. He was chosen a selectman of Hingham in 1720 but five years later was a candidate for the Portsmouth pulpit. About 1726 he removed to Weymouth, where he bought a large estate and at once became a leading citizen. He held most of the town offices and went before the General Court to petition for the incorporation of a new county to be composed of towns surrounding Weymouth. In 1735 he as elected to the House of Representatives, where he was one of the 'monitors' whose duty it was to see that the orders of the House were put into execution. The greater part of his legislative services were in connection with land grants to veterans and their descendants. He was himself a leading proprietor of New Hingham (now Chesterfield) and frequently called the meetings of the proprietors at his house in Weymouth.
Cushing was a captain of militia as early as 1735. His only active military service came six years later when a group of Spanish prisoners escaped from confinement in Boston and created a panic among the villages around the Bay. The Governor and Council ordered Captain Cushing out to search for the Spaniards "in Boston Bay, and in the creeks near Hingham and Weymouth." The Captain had become a Major by 1743, probably in connection with an independent company formed in Weymouth for service at Castle William.
In 1746, the Major was appointed a Justice of the Peace, and therefore he paid little attention to the General Court, giving up his seat in 1749. His one great public service had no connection with these offices. It happened that the alewives, or herring, did not run up Back River, so that the people of Weymouth were without what was to the inhabitants of other towns an important source of food. It occurred to Cushing to transport spawning herring from Taunton River to Great Pond, whence the fry went down Back River to the sea. They returned the next year and every year thereafter.
Major Cushing died of the throat distemper on January 21, 1752, leaving an estate that inventoried only 615 pounds, although it included two slaves. In his will he provided that the children must each deliver to their mother annually, "two cords of Merchantable Wood, two bushells of good Indian Corn, one bushell of good rye and one barrell of cyder." She died in 1765. - SIBLEY'S HARVARD GRADUATES
In 1720 he was one of the Selectman of Hingham. In 1726 he bought an estate at the corner of Commercial and Essex Street, Weymouth, Massachusetts. He held a Captian's commission in the militia.
Almost immediately upon his settlement in Weymouth, from his force of character, education and reputation, he sprang into prominence and became the leading spirit in all town and parish affairs. He was almost continuously the Deputy to the General Court from 1735 to 1748, and held as regularly the most important town offices. Among his other offices he was one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace.
On the night of September 30, 1741, a number of the Spanish prisoners escaped from Boston with a large sail-boat. As they were armed, great fear was felt for the safety of the New England coasting vessels, and Capt. Adam Cushing, formerly one of Hingham's Selectmen, and now an able officer, was ordered in pursuit, with special instructions to search the creeks of Hingham and Weymouth. There remains no account of his success or otherwise.
Adam's will, made at Weymouth Massachusetts, was proved in 1752.
Adam Cushing 1693-1752
Father: Theophilus Cushing Hon. Rev b: 29 May 1657 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts c: 7 Jun 1657 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Mother: Mary Jacob Thaxter b: 19 Aug 1667 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Hannah Greenwood b: 5 Feb 1694 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
25 Sep 1718
in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
- Adam Cushing b: 6 Sep 1719 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts
- Thomas Cushing b: 4 Jun 1721 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts
- Greenwood Cushing b: 29 Sep 1723 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts c: 29 Sep 1723 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts
- Alethea Cushing b: 21 Feb 1726 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts c: 27 Feb 1726 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts
- Frederick "Frederic" Cushing b: 1 Feb 1729 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
- Beza Cushing b: 11 Jul 1731 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
- Regemelech Cushing b: 2 Dec 1740 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
- Title: GENEALOGY OF THE CUSHING FAMILY
Author: James Stevenson Cushing
Publication: The Perrault Printing Co - Montreal, 1905; First Edition, 1877, by Lemuel Cushing (Finished by his family)
An account of the Ancestors and Descendants of Matthew Cushing who came to America in 1638
Page: pg 27, 42
- Title: History of the Town of Hingham Massachusetts: the Genealogies
Author: George Lincoln
Publication: Town of Hingham MA, 1893, 1982 reprint of Vol 2 & 3
- Title: Vital Records of Weymouth, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Author: F Apthorp Foster
Publication: NEHGS, Boston MA 1910
Page: Deaths pg 261
- Title: FamilySearch: Ancestral File v4.19
Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publication: 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Page: AFN: GJ3C-C9 [m. 18 Aug 1718]
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Page: North Weymouth Cemetery, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts