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Abigail Amelia "Nabby" Adams Smith
Birth: Jul. 14, 1765
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Aug. 15, 1813
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Nabby Adams Smith was the eldest child and only surviving daughter of John and Abigail Adams and the sister of John Quincy Adams. She married William Stephens Smith in London on June 12, 1786 while her parents were in residence there but the marriage was not a happy one. Abandoned on numerous occasions while her husband went "seeking his fortune", Nabby showed herself to be a true child of her parents, strong-willed, uncomplaining and able to keep herself and her children together under one roof, earning the unstinting respect of John and Abigail and of John Quincy, who loved her dearly ... one of the few people he did love dearly.

In October of 1811, Nabby discovered a lump in her breast and a mastectomy was performed without any anesthesia. Her parents were holding her hands during the brutal surgery and, according to John, she never cried out once. After recuperating at the Adams homestead in Quincy, she returned to her dreary life in New York. But the cancer proved too much for even Nabby's resilient spirit and, in the summer of 1813, in agony, she returned to her parents in Quincy and died in The Old Homestead. The elderly John Adams grieved in a letter to his old friend Thomas Jefferson: "Your friend, my only Daughter, expired, Yesterday Morning .... in the 49th Year of her age, 46 of which She was the healthiest and firmest of Us all: Since which, She has been a monument to Suffering and to Patience." It has been said that neither John nor Abigail ever truly recovered from her death.

Cause of death: Breast cancer 
Family links: 
  John Edmund Adams (1735 - 1826)
  Abigail Smith Adams (1744 - 1818)
  William Stephens Smith (1755 - 1816)
  William Stebens Smith (1787 - 1850)*
  Caroline Amelia Smith De Windt (1795 - 1852)*
  Abigail Amelia Adams Smith (1765 - 1813)
  John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)*
  Charles Adams (1770 - 1800)*
  Thomas Boylston Adams (1772 - 1832)*
*Calculated relationship
Hancock Cemetery
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Old cemetery across the road from the church
GPS (lat/lon): 42.25054, -71.00332
Created by: Kathleen
Record added: Jul 13, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7683041
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- Debra Jean
 Added: Jul. 4, 2017
A brave and courageous woman. In a report it read that for the doctor to perform the breast surgery he had to straddle her. Her mother and father heard her agony throughout the duration of the surgery--it is no wonder they never recovered from her surgery...(Read more)
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