Photos: 1926-1955

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2 responses to “Photos: 1926-1955

  1. Bob Daniels

    August 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Dear Richard,
    I’m working on the Riis and Adams families for Carl W. Riis. I think you may be related to him. His Thor married Ida May Adams and was a builder in the Long Island area.
    I would love to exchange information on the family. It looks like you have a deep knowledge of the family. You can reach me by email at: Or by phone: 978-877-2636. I may be of particular help with the Adams family. I live in Massachusetts and grew up where the Adams lived in a part of Braintree that borders on Quincy.

    Regards, Bob Daniels

    • RRiis

      August 27, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Hello, Bob. Of course I know Carl well; he is my first cousin. I actually created this website at the request of his children.
      Unfortunately, any connection to the famous Adamses of Massachusetts is remote at best. I have traced the descendants of the Massachusetts Adamses into the 20th century and there is no connection to be found. Going in the other direction, our great-great-grandfather Hiram M. Adams (1858-1918) was the son of John (possibly John Hiram) Adams, a ship’s carpenter born c1825 in New York. While it can’t be ruled out that John may share a common ancestor with the Massachusetts Adamses, we can say with certainty that he is not related in any close degree to Samuel or John. Since Hiram’s father John died when Hiram was very young (c1863) and Hiram experienced a hard childhood of moving from year to year while his mother took in sewing (and gave birth to an illegitimate child in 1866), I can’t help but wonder if the Massachusetts Adams tale owes its origin to a young man’s wishful thinking. The Adams story, as much as is known to date, appears on this website. If you do have or find any information on the origins of Hiram’s father John I would, of course, be delighted to learn of it. My own research continues as well.


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