Nathan Adams was born in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1755. He is listed as a “Joiner” working in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1783 and in Andover, Massachusetts in 1784. By 1786, Adams returned to Danvers as an apprentice to clockmaker Ezra Batchelder. In 1792, Nathan Adams moved to Wiscasset, Maine and then to Boston in 1796, where he remained until 1825.
Tall case clocks and the Massachusetts Shelf clock forms are known.