Bef 1605 - 1678 (~ 73 years)
||Isaac Stedman |
||Bef 21 Apr 1605
||Biddenden, Kent, England, UK
||21 Apr 1605
||Biddenden, Kent, England, UK
||Between 1634 and 1650
|Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA |
||Between 1650 and 1678
|Muddy River (now Brookline), Suffolk Co., MA |
||2 Oct 1678
||Muddy River (Brookline), Suffolk Co., MA 
- Suffolk County, MA, Probate: Docket # 1016 - Isaac Stedman (1679)
Will and Probate - Suffolk Probate, Vol. 6, pp 252-254
The last will and Testament of Isaac Stedman of Muddy river in Boston bounde is as followeth 2: (8) 1678 [2 Oct 1678]
Imprimis for that outward Estate that go hath bestowed on me, I Give and bequeath unto my Son Nathanael and his heires for ever, the dwelling house I now live in, with all of the land belonging to it lying at the Right hand Southwest downe to the meadow, with the orchard before the house, also my will is that about five foote from the house and the lyne run through the Orchard on the back of the house quite through the orchard upon a Straight lyne to further Side of Orchard, and from thence downe to the meadows, farther beginning at the open place at the way we Comonly cart and go downe unto the Cold springe, that to be the line on the east side of the way so farr as proportion of Swampe will leade I also give unto my Son Nathanael and his heirs for ever.
Secondly, For my son Thomas Stedman my will is that beginning at the lyne that is to divide the Orchard, on the bck side of the house given unto Nathanael, my Son Thomas to have the other part of the Orchard, and all the planting Land he was wanted to plant for him selfe & his father, and so unto further end of the fence. Also for as much as the salt meadow is not so Capable of division My Will is, that Nathanael shall have two acres more then Thomas in the yearly improvement of it, but if they agree upon division, Nathanael, to have two acres more then Thomas. Furthermore whereas in my fresh meadow there is an Island or a spott of upland in or neere the middle of it, my will is that a lyne be run in the midle of the spott, and so all the meadow North and South, and that Nathanael shall have the westerne Side & Thomas to have the easterne. ffor the division of the land lying on the east side of the Lyne tending to the old springe before mentioned, my will is that my sonn Thomas shall begin at the great rock over against his owne house that is at the East end of the rock and so run South so farr as to make his part proportionable, to what his brother Nathanael hath from his house to the meadows.
Also, I bequeath to my son Nathanael & his heires Twenty acres of Upland lying along the path side, that leads to Boston, and also a little pasture lying at the further end of it, and for what land within the bounds of Boston that is not hereby perticularly disposed of, my will is that it be equally divided between my Sons Nathanael and Thomas. Moreover, whereas I have a parcell of land in Cambridg bounds, I formerly gave it my son Nathanael, and now hereby confirm that gift to him & his heires, further for a Right understanding of all things betweene me & my Loving wife after my decease it is hereby declared, that I freely disclaim all interest in any part of her Estate in Boston or elsewhere as she doth mine and as a further token of my Love to her, over and above what she brought with her I give her free liberty to dwell in the house where I now am whilest she remains a widdow, Moreover I do give her freely one Cow, and two sheep and one hog & also pasture and winter keeping for the Creatures whilest she remaines in the house as aforesaid, with the use of my mare as she may have occasion to Boston or otherwise,
Also I do give her five pounds to be paid in provisions, whilest she remaines widdow, and if she please to remove to Boston, then her five pound to be paid yearly one third in wood one third in corne, one third in meal as money.
Lastly, for my Three daughters Elizabeth Haman, Hannah Hide, & Sarah perry, I give unto them forty pounds apiece equally to be paid unto by my Executor hereafter named within three yeares after my decease, which is to be thus understood, that what part they or their husbands have already received is to be reckoned as part, which is as followeth, Viz Elizabeth Haman hath Twenty pounds, Hannah Hide hath Twenty pounds, twelve shillings, Sarah Perry hath Twenty five pounds two shillings & sixpence,
Of this my last will & Testament, I nominate and appointe, my two sons Nathanael & Thomas Stedman to be my Executors Jointly, and do give them all my moveable Estate not mentioned after my debts Legacies & funerall Charges being discharged which should in order have bene before expressed, but now is to be understood to be my true intent & meaning, and that this is my will I declare by my hand and Seale the day and yeare abovesaid.
The marke of Isaac xx Stedman
Signed Sealed & published
In the presence of
John Maryon Senr
Elder John Wiswill and John Maryon Senr made Oath before Simon Bradstreet Esqr, Den Govor Edward Tyng Esqr & Joseph Dudley Esqr assistants 19th of December 1678 that they were present when Isaac Stedman Signed and Sealed and heard him publish this Instrument to be his last will & Testament and that when he so did he was of a disposing minde to their best understanding.
Isa Addington, Clerc
Examined Isa Addington Ctre
||3 Oct 1678
||Muddy River (Brookline), Suffolk Co., MA 
||19 Dec 1678
||Muddy River (Brookline), Suffolk Co., MA 
- Inventory - Suffolk Probate, Vol. 12, pp 247-249
A true Inventory of the Estate of Isaac Stedman of Muddy River aged about 70 years deceased the 3 . 8mo . 1678 [3 October 1678].
The ffarms upland & meadow being 350 acres with his housing and orchard upon it 470.0.0
40 acres of Land in Cambridge bounds 80.0.0
16 acres of Marsh 96.0.0
3 Cows -10-10-0, 2 heifers 3, 2 Steers 19.10.0
One horse 5, Mare ad Colt 4 9.0.0
6 Swine 4, 2 brass peffos 25, 2 sfillets 5.8.0
3 Iron Pots 20.8, one Iron Peffle 7 8 , a gridiron 12 1.8.0
Thomas Stedman made oath before Simaon Bradstreet Esqr Dept Govr, Edward Tyng Esqr and Joseph Dudley Esqr A first ?? 19 December 1678 that this is a just and true Inventory of this Estate of his late ffather Isaac Stedman deced to his best knowledge and that when knows of more he will discover the same.
Isa Addington, Clerk
More discovered by Tho. Stedman 29.7.1680: one servant boy £5.00.00, money £14.17.00
[Isaac's son Nathaniel Stedman died 10 Nov 1678.]
||Oxford, Worcester Co., MA
|BOSTON BEGINNINGS, 1630-1699; Jay M.Holbrook |
- ** Stedman, HANNAH, 1699.....church member....ROB852: 279
** Stedman, Isaac, 1674...tax rate in pence.....BOS876: 56
** Stedman, Issack, 1676...estate value in pounds (£)...BOS876: 65
** Stedman, Natha, 1688...taxable heads.....BOS:876:145
** Stedman, Nathanell, 1674....tax in pence...BOS876: 57
** Stedman, Nathaniel...1687...taxable heads...BOS876: 129
** Stedman, Nathaniel...1693....tax in pence...BOS876: 134
** Stedman, Nathaniell....1695...resident.....BOS876:169
** Stedman, Nathll.........1691.....tax list.....BOS876: 157
other Stedmans listed is a Thomas within the same time frame 1674-1695...probably related
now for the sources:
Second Church members of 1650-1699
It was from 1664-1723, the pastorate of Increase Mather, Joined by Cotton Mather from 1685, and succeeded by him in 1723.
1. Preliminary list of rateable resident in 1674
2. Tax list with estate value in pounds not inc.taxable heads in 1674
3. Tax list of 1681
4. tax list of 1685
5. tax list of 1686
6. tax list of rates in pence...inc.value for taxable heads at 20 pence per head for 1687
7. tax list with taxable heads.....1687
8. Tax list ....1687
9. tax list with taxable heads...1688
10. tax list...1689
11. tax list...1691
12. tax list with rates in pence...1692
13. Muddy River Rates for relief of the poor....1693
14. Residents of 1695
15. Residents of 1698
||Boston, Suffolk Co., MA
|The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol. VI, R-S, by Robert Charles Anderson, pp. 498-504 |
- ISAAC STEDMAN
ORIGIN: Biddenden, Kent
MIGRATION: 1635 on the "Abigail" (on 8 April 1635, "Isack Studman[sic]," aged 30, was enrolled at London as a passenger for New ngland on the "Abigail" [Hotten 53 (this name a late insertion in this portion of the list)]; on 17 April 1635, "Elizabeth Stedman," aged 26, "Nathaniell Stedman," aged 5, and "Isack Stedman," aged 1, were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the "Abigail" [Hotton 68]).
FIRST RESIDENCE: Scituate.
REMOVES: Boston by 1657 [SLR 3:84-86].
OCCUPATION: Yeoman [SLR 3:84]. Planter [PCLR 3:1:184].
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: On 17 July 1636, "Goodman Steadman" joined Scituate church [NEHGS 9:280]. On 16 April 1637, "Goodwife Stedman" joined Scituate church [NEHGR 9:280].
FREEMAN: "Isack Stedman" is in the Scituate section of the 1639 list of those who had taken the Plymouth Colony oath of fidelity [PCR 8:183]. On 7 June 1648, "Isack Stedman" was admitted a freeman of Plymouth Colony [PCR 2:122].
EDUCATION: Witness deeds by mark [PCR 12:184; MD 1:193, 16:131]. Signed his will by mark [SPR 6:253]. His inventory included "books" valued at 15s. [SPR 12:247].
OFFICE HOLDING: Scituate constable, 7 June 1648 [PCR 2:124].
"Isaack Stedman" is in the Scituate section of the 1643 Plymouth Colony list of men able to bear arms [PCR 8:191]. His inventory included "2 guns & one sword" valued at 30s. [SPR 12:247].
ESTATE: "Goodman Stedman" built a house at Scituate in 1636 [NEHGR 10:42].
On 4 February 1638/8, Plymouth Court granted "a warrant ... to distrain Thomas Bird & Isaack Stedman for not paying their assessments" [PCR 1:112].
On 15 February 1643[/3?], the "freemen of Scituate" granted to six men, including "Isack Stedman," a "portion of swampland lying from the end of Rotten Marsh unto the end of the swap that is up against the end of William Hatche's uploand ... a proportionable quantity each man nearest his own land" [ScitTR 1:247].
On an unknown date, Isaac Stedman purchased land at Scituate from John Williams. On 1 August 1668, "George Russell of Sittuate ..., yeaoman," sold to "Thomas Kinge Junior of Sittuate ..., wheelwright, ... a certain parcel of upland lying and being in Sittuate aforesaid containing eight acres and three quarters which is a part or moiety of a lost of land which the saif George Russell bough of Isack Stedman" [ScitTR 1:267-68]. On 6 September 1687, "George Russell, sometime of Scituate and now of Hingham ..., husbandman," deeded to "Thomas Palmer of Scituate ..., mariner, and Elizabeth his wife, the natural child of the said George Russell, ... all that part of his marsh or meadow land lying to the westward of the causeway containing by estimation twelve acres ... commonly called Rotten Marsh and all that part of his upland and swamp land lying to the westward of the highway that runs to the said Rotten Marsh Gate being by estimation twenty acres ... together with a dwelling house and orchard adjoining the same ... lying in Scituate aforesaid and was sometime the land of John Williams Senior deceased and since the land of Isaac Stedman and by him conveyed to the said George Russell" [MD 33:20-21, abstracting PLR 1:94-95].
In an "account of two rates made at Scituate," compiled in late 1653 or early 1654, "Isacke Stedman" owed 1s. 5d. in the First Rate and 3s. 3d. in the Second Rate [PCR 7:130; GMN 14:3-6].
On 28 December 1657, "John Moore of Ballehonick in the County of Corke in Ireland, gentleman, eldest son to the late Anne Hibbins, the relict of William Hibbins of Boston ..., gentleman, deceased," sold to "Isaack Stedman of Muddy River in the precincts of Boston ..., yeoman, ... all that farm of upland and meadow consisting of four hundred and ten acres ... commonly called and known by the name of Stanford Farm now in the possession and occupation of the said Isaack Stedman, three hundred & fifty acres whereof was given to the late Will[iam] Hibbins by the town of Boston ... as it is situated at Muddy River in the precincts of Boston ... [and] twenty acres of salt marsh alike granted W[illia]m Hibbins by the said town of Boston ... which lyeth at Muddy River three miles from the said uploand ... with forty acres of upland given & granted by the town of Cambridge to the said Will[iam] Hibbins ... adjoining to the said farm" [SLR 3:84-86; BTR 1:149].
On 14 November 1670, "Isack Stedman of Muddy River, planter," sold to John Otis living in Barnstable ..., planter, ... seven acres of marsh meadow lying in Scittuate ... near to the brook called the First Herring Brook, together with a long strap of upland ... the whole piece of marsh being nine acres ... whereof two acres ... was disposed of by the said Isacke Stedman unto Walter Woodworthe" [PCLR 3:184].
On 8 May 1673, "Isack Stedman of Boston" sold to John Turner Junior son of Humphry Turner of Sittuate all my right, title and claim to any part or parcel of that marsh commonly called Long Marsh lying and being in Sittuate" [ScitTR 1:263].
In his will, dated 2 October 1678 and probated 19 December 1678, "Isaac Stedman of Muddy River in Boston bounds" bequeathed to "my son Nathanael ... the dwelling house I now live in with all the land belonginig to it" and part of the orchard; to "my son Thomas Stedman ... the other part of the orchard and all the planting ground he was wonted to plant for himself & his father"; "also forasmuch as the salt meadow is not so capable of division my will is that nathanael shall have two acres more than Thomas in yearly imporvement of it but if they agree upon division Nathanael to have two acres more than Thomas"; furthermore whereas in my fresh meadow there is an island or spot of upland in or near the middle of it my will is that a line be run in the middle of the spot and so all the meadow north and south and Nathanael shall have the western side & Thomas to have the eastern"; to "my son Nathanael & his heirs twenty acres of upland lying along the path side that leads to Boston and also a little pasture lying at the further end of it, and for what land within the bounds of Boston that is not particularly disposed of my will is that it be equally divided between my sons Nathanael & Thomas"; "whereas I have parcel of land in Cambridge bounds I formerly gave to my son Nathanael and now hereby confirm that gift to him"; "for right understanding of all things between me & my loving wife after my decease it is hereby declarded that i freely disclaim all interest in any part of her estate in Boston or elsewhere as she doth of mine and as a further token of my love to her over and above what she brought with her I give her free liberty to dwell in the house where I now am whilst she remains a widow" along with maintenance; to "my three daughters Elizabeth Haman, Hannah Hide & Sarah Perry I give unto them forty pounds apiece equally to be paid ..., which is to be thus understood, that what part they or their husbands have already received is to be reckoned as part, which is as followeth, viz. ELizabeth Haman hath twenty pounds, Hannah Hide hath twenty pounds twelve shillings, Sarah Perry hath twenty-five pounds two shillings & sixpence"; "my two sons Nathanael & Thomas Stedman to be my executors," they to receive residue of moveables [SPR 6:252-53].
The inventory of the estate of "Isaac Stedman of Muddy River, aged about 70 years, deceased 3 8mo [October] 1678," taken 17 December 1678, totalled £744 11d., of which £646 was real estate: "the farm, upland & meadow being 350 acres with the housing and orchard upon it," £470; "40 acres of land in Cambridge bounds," £80; and "16 acres of marsh," £96 [SPR 12:247].
BIRTH: Baptized Biddenden, Kent, 21 April 1605, son of Thomas Stedman [NEHGR 66:72, 76] (aged 30 on 8 April 1635 [Hotten 53]; aged "about 70 years" on 3 October 1678 [SPR 12:247]).
DEATH: Boston 3 October 1678 [SPR 12:247].
MARRIAGE: (1) Tenterden, Kent, 26 October 1629 Elizabeth Winchester [TAG 80:24].
(2) By 11 January 1677[/8?] Pilgrim (Eddy) Baker, daughter of JOHN EDDY 1630, Plymouth and widow of William Baker [GMB 1:610-14]. She married (3) between 1682 and 1688 Sylvester Eveleth [GMB 1:613; NEHGR 134:301; MLR 16:126-27].
With first wife
i ELIZABETH STEDMAN, bp. Biddenden, Kent, 25 March 1631 [NEHGR 66:73, 77]; bur. there 20 May 1631 [NEHGR 66:73, 77].
ii NATHANIEL STEDMAN, bp. Biddenden 9 September 1632 [NEHGR 66:73, 77]; m. (1) by about 1660 Sarah Hammond, daughter of THOMAS HAMMOND 1636, Hingham [Hingham Hist 2:286; TAG 69:157]; m. (2) by about 1665 Temperance ____ [TAG 71:85-86].
iii ISAAC STEDMAN, bp. Biddenden 15 February 1634/5 [NEHGS 66:73, 77]; on 7 August 1650, "Isaake Stedman, the younger, for breaking into a house and from thence stealing out cheese and other things, was sentenced by the Cout to be publicly whipped at Scittuate at the discretion of mr. Hatherley" [PCR 2:160]; no further record.
iv ELIZABETH STEDMAN, bp. Scituate 24 November 1637 [NEHGR 9:281]; m. Cambridge 17 December 1662 Thomas Hammond, son of THOMAS HAMMOND 1636, Hingham [Highham Hist 2:286].
v THOMAS STEDMAN, b. say 1640; m. (1) by 1669 Mary Watson (eldest known child bp. Roxbury 18 July 1669 [RChR 128]), daughter of JOHN WATSON 1632, Roxbury [GMB 3:1947-49]; probably m. (2) Roxbury 10 September 1705 Sarah Gardner [TAG 69:158].
vi HANNAH STEDMAN, b. say 1644; m. Cambridge 20 January 1673[/4?] Samuel Hyde.
vii SARAH STEDMAN, b. say 1648; m. Roxbury 28 January 1668[/9?] Samuel Perry, son of JOHN PERRY 1632, Roxbury [GMB 3:1442-43; TAG 69:159, 82:288-89].
ASSOCIATIONS: Elizabeth (Winchester) Stedman, wife of this immigrant, mey be the sister of JOHN WINCHESTER 1635, Hingham [TAG 80:24; NEHGR 78:7-9].
COMMENTS: The passenger list entry for this immigrant associates him with three other men, who were called tanners and who had certificates of conformity from St. Alphage Cripplegate, London [Hotton 53]. A contemporary note added to this entry refers to "these three parties" and Hotten himself noted that the "fourth name is in a different handwriting from the prededing three." This, we should not conclude that Isaac Stedman was a tanner or that he was necessarily from St. Alphage Cripplegate.
On 5 March 1638/9, the Plymouth grand jury presented "Isaack Stedman and John Emerson ... for extorting one year and a half service of James Till, servant to both, above the first agreement & covenant betwixt John Em[er]son & the saud Till and his parents" [PCR 1:118]. On 3 September 1639, "upon the presentment against Isaack Stedman & John Emerson concerning James Till, the Court doth order, that the said Isaack Stedman shall return the said Till the lamb or goat, with the increase, which was delivered to him, he paying for the keeping thereof, and that the said James Till shall serve out the remainder of his five years term with John Emerson, but no longer, except upon new agreement. Isaack Stedman, of Scituate, for not apparing at the Court, & contemning the Governor's warrant, is fined xls." [PCR 1:131].
On 6 June 1650, "Mr. Tho[mas] Robenson complained against Isaacke Stedman, in an action of the case, to the damage of fourty pound. The jury found for the plaintiff twenty pound damage, and the cost of the suit, which was £10s." [PCR 7:48]. On 7 August 1650, Plymouth Court granted an execution "unto Mr. Tho[mas] Robenson against Isaak Stedman, Senior, for twenty pound damage and the charge of the suite, whereof the said Isaake Stedman is convict by course of law" [PCR 2:161].
On 8 JUne 1651, Plymouth grand jury presented "G[e]org[e] Russell and Isack Stedman, of the town of Scittuate, for encroaching upon the common undivided lands of Scittuate" [PCR 2:170]. On 7 October 1651, "whereas ... G[e]org[e] Russell, at the General Court holden the 8th of June last past, was presented for encroaching on the undivided lands of Scituate, he is enjoined by the Court to demolish whatsoever fence he hath on the said commons that have stopped highways, and so is cleared of this presentment. Isack Stedman was also for the like encrochment presented at the said Court, and is likewise enjoined by the COurt to reform the said wrong to the satifaction of such of his neighbors as are offended thereat" [PCR 2:172].
On 2 March 1657/8, "G[e]orge Russell complained against Abraham Sutliffe, in an action of the case, to the damage of sixteen pounds, for nonfulfilling of covenants made with Isaac Stedman, concerning repairing of housing. After the jury brough in their verdict on this suit, it was referred to the bench by mutual agreement of both plaintiff and defendent, vis: Mr. Josias Winslow, Senior, the attorny for G[e]orge Russell, and by Abraham Sutliffe, and Humphrey Johnson, the attorney for the said Abrham Sutliffe. And the bench awarded the defendant to pay unto the plaintiff the sum of four pounds, nd the charge of the suit; and so all controversies betwixt the said parties respecting this suit are fully ended" [PCR 7:86]. On the same day, "Abrham Sutliffe complained against G[e]orge Russell, of Mashfeild, in an action of the case, to the damage of ten pounds, for nonperformance of an agreement made with him about a farm that the said Russell bought of Isacke Stedman. The jury found no just cause for this suit commenced by Abraham Sutliffe against G[e]orge Russell" [PCR 7:87].
While a resident of Scituate, Isaac Stedman was frequently in trouble of a minor nature and held only one town office, serving a year as constable. At Boston he did not live in the town itself, but in the remote parts of Muddy River, and held no offices in Boston. He had been a member of the church at Scituate, but did not become a church member at Boton, where the admission requirements were stricter than at Scituate. As judged by his landholding and the size of his probate inventory, his wealth was above average. Although not a social outcast, Isaac Stedman was not fully integrated into early Massachusetts society.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1912 Elizabeth French published extensive English probate and parish register records for the Stedman family, followed by a genealogical summary of the family of Isaac Stedman and four generaitons of his agnate ancestry [NEHGR 66:67-77]. IN 1994 Robert S. Wakefield prepared a detailed account of this immigrant and in 1996 added additional information on his son Nathaniel [TAG 69:155-59, 71:85-86]. In 2005 Leslie Mahler published the record of the first marriage of this immigrant [TAG 80:24-25].
- Isaac Stedman was born in Biddenden, Kent, England, about 1605 and baptized there on 21 April 1605.
As Isaac "Studman" he was certified by the clergyman of St. Alphege Cripplegate, and by two men from Blackwell Hall, which was the cloth market of London, to which all of the cloth-weaving centers such as Biddenden sent their goods. It was inconnection with this trade that Isaac Stedman probably went to London.
About 1630 he married Elizabeth Winchester. They had three children in England, baptized in Biddenden: Elizabeth (who died young), Nathaniel, and Isaac.
Isaac came to America sometime before 1634 and established a homesite in Scituate in the Plymouth Colony with Rev. Lothrop's group from Kent. In 1635, his wife and sons came to America on the ship Elizabeth. It is not clear from the passenger list if Isaac was on that ship as he is not listed on the passenger list with his wife and children. The Elizabeth sailed from London on 8 April 1635.
He settled in Scituate, where he was admitted to the church 17 July 1636. He was a constable and made freeman 7 June 1648. He removed to Boston in 1650, and later was of Muddy River (now Brookline).
Richard Seelis, son of a cousin Mary Stedman and her husband John Seelis, was also a member of the Scituate colony.
Source: Planters of the Commonwealth by Charles Edward Banks, records.
ship "Elizabeth" of London: Wm.Stagg, Master, sailed from London in April arrived in Boston in midsummer 1635. Among passengers were:
ISAAC STEDMAN age 30 of Biddenden, Kent part owner of the ship.
MRS. ELIZABETH STEDMAN age 26
NATHANIEL STEDMAN age 5
ISAAC STEDMAN age 1
Isaac was active in the Scituate community through 1650 when he relocated with his family to Muddy River (now Brookline).
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 12:33:20 +0000
Subject: details Re: Isaac Stedman from Biddenden
Dear Mr Lisle,
I have done some work on the Biddenden area and have recently come across your website on the Stedman family. During work on the population (for a study in kinship, demography and local society) I found the a number of records relating to Isaac Stedman (who went to live in MA) which may be of use to you.
Marriage from Parish Register of Tenterden, Kent, UK
Isaac Stedman and Elizabeth Winchester 26th October 1629
Elizabeth Winchester Baptism from Parish Register of Tenterden 11th January 1606/7 - I didn't record her parents.
Re: Parents of Isaac Stedman. I think I may have found a problem - and a solution!
Marriage of Thomas Stedman and Elizabeth Philpot - Biddenden Parish Register 19th May 1589
This would make Thomas (baptised 21st December 1578) less than 12 years old as baptism was almost always soon after birth in the 16th century!
However, there is a marriage for a Thomas Steven to Elizabeth Androwe on 25th July 1603 in Biddenden Parish Register. But the name is Thomas Stedman (rather than Steven) in the Bishop's Transcript of the same record (the centrally kept copy of the parish registers made each year). This date would fit well with the birth dates of the children.
Thomas was probably buried 23th December 1640. He is recorded as a weaver in the baptism of his son John on 13th April 1612. His father Isaac (buried 16th January 1601/2) was also a weaver and had a small farm from his probate inventory ( Kent Archive Office prc10/30/403 made January 1602 - value 19 pounds). His mother Emma (nee Ricard) was buried 10th May 1604 and made a will (prc17/53/97) leaving household goods, farm animals and a silver ring to her daughters and their children. Burials from Biddenden Parish Register.
The other Thomas who married Elizabeth Philpot seems not to have stayed long at Biddenden. He is last recorded in the baptism of his son Luke in 1595 and may have left soon after with his family. This was far from unusual at that period and in the Weald area.
Hope some of this is of some use.
||Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
||17 Jul 2012 |
||Thomas Stedman, b. Bef 21 Dec 1578, Biddenden, Kent, England, UK , d. Aft 1618, Biddenden, Kent, England, UK (Age ~ 40 years) |
||Elizabeth Androwe, d. Unknown |
||25 Jul 1603
||Biddenden, Kent, England, UK
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Elizabeth Winchester, b. Bef 11 Jan 1606/07, Tenterden, Kent, England, UK , d. Aft 1643, ____, ____, MA (Age ~ 36 years) |
||26 Oct 1629
||Tenterden, Kent, England, UK
| ||1. Elizabeth Stedman, b. Bef 25 Mar 1631, Biddenden, Kent, England, UK , d. Bef 30 May 1631, Biddenden, Kent, England, UK (Age ~ 0 years)|
| ||2. Nathaniel Stedman, b. Bef 9 Sep 1632, Biddenden, Kent, England, UK , d. 10 Nov 1678, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Age ~ 46 years)|
| ||3. Isaac Stedman, b. Bef 15 Feb 1634/35, Biddenden, Kent, England, UK , d. Aft 7 Aug 1650 (Age ~ 15 years)|
| ||4. Elizabeth Stedman, b. Bef 24 Nov 1637, Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA , d. 1715, Newton, Middlesex Co., MA (Age ~ 77 years)|
| ||5. Ens. Thomas Stedman, b. Abt 1639, Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA , d. 15 Mar 1706/07, Brookline, Norfolk Co., MA (Age ~ 68 years)|
| ||6. Hannah Stedman, b. Abt 1641, Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA , d. 1 May 1727, Newton, Middlesex Co., MA (Age ~ 86 years)|
| ||7. Sarah Stedman, b. Abt 1643, Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA , d. Bef 27 Nov 1727 (Age ~ 84 years)|
||7 Jan 2006 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Pilgrim Eddy, b. 25 Aug 1634, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA , d. Bef 26 Jan 1709/10 (Age 75 years) |
||Between 15 Mar 1676 and 11 Jan 1678
||Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA
||11 Jan 1676/77
||Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA
||2 Sep 2009 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
|Born - Bef 21 Apr 1605 - Biddenden, Kent, England, UK
|Christened - 21 Apr 1605 - Biddenden, Kent, England, UK
|Married - 26 Oct 1629 - Tenterden, Kent, England, UK
|Married - Between 15 Mar 1676 and 11 Jan 1678 - Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA
|Alt. Marriage - 11 Jan 1676/77 - Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA
|Will - 2 Oct 1678 - Muddy River (Brookline), Suffolk Co., MA
|Died - 3 Oct 1678 - Muddy River (Brookline), Suffolk Co., MA
|Probate - 19 Dec 1678 - Muddy River (Brookline), Suffolk Co., MA
|Book Article - BOSTON BEGINNINGS, 1630-1699; Jay M.Holbrook - 1980 - Oxford, Worcester Co., MA
|Book Article - The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol. VI, R-S, by Robert Charles Anderson, pp. 498-504 - 2009 - Boston, Suffolk Co., MA
- [S129] Probate Records, Suffolk Co., MA, Vol. 6, pp 252-254 (Reliability: 3).
- [S129] Probate Records, Suffolk Co., MA, Vol. 12, p. 247 (Reliability: 3).