Stevens

John STEVENS born circa 1611 England, died 2/1683 or 1688, of Salisbury, 1689 Probate

Spouse: Katherine/Catherine ___ died 7/31/1682, married Salisbury MA by 1639 [Torrey]

Children: John born 11/2/1639, married Joanna Thorn 2/17/1670 Salisbury [AMR], they had a son John born at Salisbury 12/28/1670; Elizabeth born 3/7/1641 died young; Elizabeth born 2/4/1642, married 10/14/1661 Morris Tucker; Mary born 1647, married 11/5/1668 John Osgood, 2nd Nathaniel Whittier; Nathaniel born 11/11/1645;   Benjamin born 2/2/1650 in Salisbury Essex MA, 10/28/1673 married Hannah Barnard/Bainard daughter of Thomas Barnard and Eleanor/Helen; Thomas ??? born circa 1637, died 4/14/1729

 

Nathaniel STEVENS of Dover, Cochecho & Exeter born at Salisbury MA 11/11/1645 or 9/11

Spouse: (1) Mary [Lawrence?] of Dover married by 1672 (2) Mehitabel Colcord married 12/20/1677

Children: by first wife-- Mary rec. at Dover 10/4/1672; Nathaniel born 6/12/1674 of Stratham; Katherine born 4/23/1676. Children by 2nd wife: Samuel born 1/18/1680 married Patience Gordon; Mehitabel born 1/18/1680 married John Thing; Edward born 6/4/1684 married Elizabeth Thing who married 2d by 1725 Daniel Young

 

Nathaniel STEVENS born 6/12/1674, of Stratham; administration granted to widow Sarah & son David 1/28/1740-1

Spouse: (1) daughter of David Lawrence whose grandchildren were Mary & Nathaniel (2) Sarah Folsom married before 1715

Children: Samuel of Newmarket 1740, Catherine married Richard Sinclair; Mehitabel born 1709 married Benjamin Norris; John of Falmouth 1743; Jonathan (not in division 1742); Benjamin of Falmouth & Gorham; David of Stratham, adm. to widow Mary 1757; Sarah married Ebenezer Barker; Ann unmarried 1742; Abigail married Benjamin Whitcher; Mary married Joseph Burley/Burleigh

 

Catherine STEVENS

Spouse: Richard SINCLAIR of Stratham

Children: Sarah "Sarey" born 10/24/1735 married Nathan Preston, Sr. (Presson/Preson) born 1725 ENG; Nathaniel Sinkler of Stratham husbandman; Mary Sinclair married, probably in Stratham about 1746, Theodore Hilton of Newmarket


Gen Dictionary ME & NH pg 659:  Stevens, Nathaniel, Dover, Exeter, born at Salisbury 9/11/1645, s. of John and Katherine; see also (12). Taxed Dover 1666-1684; in 1672 bot from R. Waldron the land his house stood on; appraised John Scribner's est 1675; Isaac Hanson's 1683; deposed there in 1681, +-35, altho all his children but the 1st were recorded in Salisbury. First w. Mary. Of Dover, he m 2d 12/20/1766 Mehitabel Colcord(1). Late in life he liv in Ex. Adm 12/6/1708 to sons Nathl. & Samuel. Lists 356k, 357d, 359ab, 52, 54, 94; or son 376b(1698). Ch. (in 1716 the 3 bros deeded Dover Neck land with full warr.): Mary, rec. at Dover 10/4/1672; Nathaniel, Stratham, b 6/12/1674, was going post to Haverh. with John Gilman in 1696. Lists 67, 388; or fa., 376b(1698). He m. 1st a dau of David Lawrence(1) who willed to his gr.ch: Mary (m. Joseph Burley) and Nathaniel (Newmarket 1740). He m. 2d Sarah Folsom (4); ch rec. 12/1704 - 12/1717: Samuel (Newmarket 1740), Catherine (m. Richard Sinclair), Mehitabel (m. Benjamin Norris), John (Falm. 1743), Jonathan (not in div. 1742), Benjamin (Falm., Gorham), David (Stratham, adm. to wid. Mary 1757), and unrec.: Sarah (m. Ebenezer Barker), Ann (unm 1742), Abigail (m. Benjamin Whiteher). Adm. gr to wid. Sarah and s. David 1/28/1740-1. Katherine b 4/23/1676. By 2d w: Samuel, Exeter, b 1/18/1680 (twin). Ind captive, Lists 96, 99 (p.92). Will 10/1/1735 - 8/30/1738, names w. Patience (Gordon 6, liv. Brentwood 1762) and ch. under age: Samuel (d. early leaving 2 sons), Healy (d by 1758), Edward, Nathaniel, Sarah (m John Gilman), Mehitabel (m. Samuel Colcord), Patience (m. Ebenezer Colcord). Mehitabel (twin), m John Thing(2). Edward, Exeter b 6/4/1684, Ex wit 1701-2. Adm 12/3/1718 to wid Elizabeth (Thing2) who m 2d by 1725 Daniel Young. The land was div in 1737 by the sons Samuel and Edward (Epping, will, 1756-1756), who had sisters; Mary (w of Philip Wadleigh 1736), Elizabeth (w of Israel Young 1738), Mehitabel (wid of James Gordon 1741-1746+, later w. of one Steele.

Gen Reg 1st Settlers of NE: STEVENS, JOHN, Newbury 1639, removed to Salisbury and perhaps the freeman of 1641, had sons, John, b 20 June 1639, and Timothy b 22 Sept 1641 both at Newbury. Coffin.

[Pioneers of MA 432: Stephens/Stevens; John, husbandman, sergeant, Salisbury, propr. 1640-1654. He deposed in 1667, ae about 56. Wife Katherine; ch. John b. 11/2/1639; Elizabeth b and d 1641; Elizabeth b. 2/4/1642 (m. Morris Tucker); Nathaniel; Mary (m 1, John Osgood 2 Nathaniel Whittier); Benjamin. /P/ He died 2/1688-9; will dated 4/12/1686, prob. 11/26/1689, beq. to sons John, Benjamin and Nathaniel; dau. Mary Osgood; to gr. ch. Benoni Tucker a "kiverlet of goodman Buswell's weaving." etc.]

The Founders of MA Bay Colony: JOHN STEVENS of Salisbury and wife Catherine had the following children 1 JOHN 2 ELIZA who d soon 3 ELIZA 4 MARY 5 NATHANIEL 6 BENJAMIN b 2 Feb 1650. Catherine his wife died 1682. He died the following February. Benjamin Stevens son of John and Catherine born 2 Feb 1650 married 25 Oct 1673 Hannah daughter of Thomas and Eleanor Bainard. Their children were Eleanor and Catherine twins baptised 1st Church Salem 2 Jan 1675 also other children. Eleanor daughter of Benjamin and Hannah married William True son of Henry True of Salisbury Mass from whom descended the True line...

John Stephens or STEVENS Stevens immigrant ancestor was a proprietor of Salisbury in 1640 was a commoner and taxed in 1650, 52, 54. He received land in the first division and his name appears on petitions of the town. He was born about 1611, died February 1688 89. He was a member of the Salisbury church in 1687. His will was dated April 12 1686 and proved November 26 1689. He was a farmer. He married Katherine, who died July 31 1682. Children i Thomas probably mentioned below; 2 John born November 2 1639 married February 17 1669 70 Joanna Thorn; 2 Elizabeth March 7 1641 died 1641; 4 Elizabeth February 4 1642 married October 14 1661 Morris Tucker; 5 Nathaniel November 11 1645 married first Mary, second December 20 1677 Mehitable Colcord; 6 Mary 1647 married first November 5 1668 John Osgood second Nathaniel Whittier; 7 Benjamin February 2 1650 married October 28 1673 Hannah Barnard. II Deacon Thomas probably son of John Stevens was born about 1637, died April 14 1729. John Stephens Senior of Salisbury deeded to him in January 1667 68 land on the west side of the Powow river. On this account probably he was not mentioned in his father's will. He resided first in Salisbury but was granted a common right in Amesbury in March 1668 69 and in October 1669 bought a house and land there of Ezekiel Wathen. He took the oath of allegiance in 1677 and was a member of the train band in 1680. He was selectman in 1686 and was admitted a freeman in 1690.

Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs - Cutter: Sergeant John Stevens, the immigrant ancestor of this family, was born in England in 1611.  He settled at Salisbury Massachusetts before 1640 drawing land in the earliest divisions 1640 and 1645. He was a commoner. He deposed in 1667 that he was aged about fifty six. His wife Katherine died July 31 1682. He was taxed in 1650 1652 1654, signed petitions in 1658 and 1680, member of the Salisbury church in 1687. He died at Salisbury February 1688 9. his will was made April 12 1686 and proved November 26 1689 bequeathing to his sons John, Benjamin, and Nathaniel, daughter Mary Osgood, to grandchildren Benoni Tucker "a kiverlet of Goodman Buswell's weaving" etc He mentions a brother Severance Children i John born November 2 1639 mar ried February 17 1669 70 Joanna Thorn 2 Elizabeth born March 7 1641 died 164i 3 Elizabeth born February 4 1642 at Salisbury married October 14 1661 Morns Tucker 4 Nathaniel born November n 1644 5 Mary born 1647 married John Os good and second Nathaniel Whittier 6 Benjamin born February 2 1650

The Essex Antiquarian: Jn Stevens of Salisbury husbandman and wife Katherine for two house lots one ye house lot of Tho Hauxworth and the other Jn Cleford's containing two acres conveyed to Onezephorus Page and wife Mary 7 acres of upland and swamp in Salisbury bounded by common land and grantor 3 9 mo 16 Wit John Pike and John Presse Ack by both May 15 1673 before Robert Pike commissioner.

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