Nathan Adams of Danvers and Andover, Mass and also in Hallowell, Wiscasett and Edgecomb, Maine. He also worked as a silversmith in Boston, Massachusetts.

Nathan Adams was born in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 1, 1755. His parents were Henry and Sarah (Emery) Adams. His father was a joiner working in that town. In 1775, Nathan enlisted in the Continental Army as a drummer. He was discharged on December 18, 1780. Nathan is listed as a “Joiner” working in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1783 and in Andover, Massachusetts in 1784. On December 1, 1785, he married Elizabeth (Bette) Poor of Frye Village. By 1786, Adams returned to Danvers and most likely apprenticed his brother-n-law Ezra Batchelder. Deeds show that he maintained an association with both the towns of Andover and in Danvers owning property in both locations. The Danvers property was sold in 1794. In 1795, Nathan Adams moved to Hallowell, Maine. Here he is listed as a clockmaker and as a yeoman. In 1796, he purchased a large tract of land across the river in Pittston. Over a number of years, he sold the land for a profit. In 1796, he moved on to Wiscasset where he built a shop. He remained there until he sold his property to Daniel Noyes, a silversmith. Nathan lost his first wife and married Joanna Batchelder of the Danvers, Massachusetts clockmaking family some time around 1800. He continued to make clocks working in Wiscasset and then moving to Edgecomb. By 1812, he lost the land and building due to indebtedness. After 1812, he returned to Danvers and then worked in Boston as a silversmith where he died in 1825.

The Andover Historical society has a very nice example of a tall clock that he made. This clock is dated on the dial 1792 and features automation in the arch. A face is painted in the arch and its eyes moved side to side with the motion of the pendulum. The case form is very similar to a clock we have owned. We know of a clock that he made while living in Wiscasett in 1808. It is a very fancy inlaid mahogany case which was made for and sold to Moses Davis Esq., of Davis Island.

It is unusual for a clockmaker to have made his own cases. It appears that Adams had the talent to do this.

Tall case clocks with both engraved brass and painted iron dials and the Massachusetts Shelf clock forms are known.