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Edmund Quincy

Edmund Quincy
1602 - 1635

Edmund Quincy, who went over to America with John Cotton in 1633, lived a very little time there, dying in 1636, at the early age of thirty-three. He was one of the committee appointed to purchase the rights of William Blackstone, a former clergyman now turned trapper, to the Shawmut peninsula, which was the original land mass of modern day Boston. In 1635, several thousand acres of land in the "Mr. Wollaston plantation" were granted to Edmund Quincy and William Coddington (later one of the founders of Rhode Island). This district was presently set off from Boston as a distinct township under the name of Braintree, and part of it was long afterward incorporated as the town of Quincy.

He left a son, Lieutenant-Colonel Edmund Quincy, who died in Braintree in 1698; and from him descended, in the male line, Josiah Quincy, Jr; and, in the female line, John Adams, and John Quincy Adams, the second and sixth Presidents of the United States.


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