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Sprowston Hall, Norfolk
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The Adams family of Sprowston Hall, baronets
(9) Sir William Adams (1632-87), 2nd bt. (q.v.).
(1.4) Sir Robert Adams (c.1668-1754), 5th bt. (q.v.).
Adams, Sir Charles (c.1667-1726), 4th baronet, of Sprowston Hall. Younger son of Sir William Adams (d. 1687) and his first wife Anne, daughter of John Rushout; born at Isleham (Cambs), c.1667. Educated at Norwich School and at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (matriculated 1683, BA 1686/7; MA 1690). High Sheriff of Norfolk, 1694. He married Frances, daughter of Sir Francis Rolle but died without issue.
He inherited the Sprowston Hall estate from his elder brother in 1690, but sold it before 1718.
He died 12 August 1726 and was buried at Ealing (Middx.)
Adams, Sir Robert (c.1668-1754), 5th baronet, of London. Younger son of Sir William Adams (d. 1687) and his first wife Anne, daughter of John Rushout; born c.1668. There is no evidence that he attended a university or the inns of court, but he became a solicitor, probably through apprenticeship to a London attorney. He married first, Dorothea, daughter and co-heir of Piercy Wiseman esq. of Wimbish (Essex) and second, Diana (surname unknown), and had issue:
(2.1) Capt. Sir Thomas Adams, 6th bt. (1738-70) (q.v.);
(2.2) William Adams (d. before 1754).
He lived at Wandsworth (Surrey).
He died in 1754. His will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 24 October 1754. His widow died at Wandsworth (Surrey), 1765.
Adams, Capt. Sir Thomas (1738-70), RN, 6th baronet. Only surviving son of Sir Robert Adams, 5th bt. (c.1665-1754). He entered the Royal Navy in 1757 (Lieutenant, 1757; Commander, 1759; Captain, 1760), and saw considerable service during the Seven Years War (to 1763); in 1766 he took Joseph Banks on a voyage to Newfoundland, but the story that he there introduced Banks to Capt. James Cook, who was surveying the coast (thus laying the foundation for their future voyages together) would appear to be without foundation as their visits only overlapped by one day. In 1764 he obtained a licence to marry the Hon. Frances Anne Evens (d. 1802), daughter of George Evens, 2nd Baron Carbury, and widow of Ralph Warter Wilson (d. 1756), but the marriage apparently never took place and in 1766 she married Eleazer Davy in London. He died unmarried and without issue.
He died on the Virginia Station, 1770, and was buried at sea. At his death, the baronetcy became extinct.