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Fabian Stedman

Fabian Stedman

Male Bef 1640 - Bef 1713  (~ 72 years)

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  • Name Fabian Stedman 
    Born Bef 7 Dec 1640 
    Christened 7 Dec 1640  Yarkhill, Herefordshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Fabian Stedman, son of Francis Stedman and Urs, was baptized at Yarkhill, Herefordshire, according to a FamilySearch parish record.
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 16 Nov 1713 
    Buried 16 Nov 1713  St. Andrew Undershaft, London, Middlesex, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From Fabian Stedman: The First group Theorist?, by Arthur T. White, American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 103, No. 9, (November 1996), pp. 771-778:

      "1. Introduction. Fabian Stedman, a son of the Reverend Francis Stedman, vicar of Yarkhill, Herefordshire, England, was baptized there on December 7, 1640. At age 15 he was apprenticed to the Master Printer Daniel Pakeman in London. In London he joined the Scholars of Cheapside, a bell-ringing society, serving as its treasurer in 1662. The following year Stedman became a Freeman of the Stationers Company. In 1664 he joined tthe Society of Colledg Youths, which had been founded in 1637; renamed the Ancient Society of College Youths in the nineteenth century, this bell-ringing society is still active today. There is some evidence that Stedman moved from London to Cambridge in 1664, and he might have been working as a printer there and also serving as parish clerk of St. Bene't's. The early 11th-century Saxon tower of St. benedict's Church is the oldest surviving building in Cambridgeshire.

      "In 1677 Stedman became Steward of College Youths; five years later he was Master of the Society. Returning to (Or staying in) London, he changed profession, becoming a clerk in the office of Audit of Excise. He died in 1713, and was buried at St. Andrew Undershaft on November 16.

      "Fabian Stedman's claim to fame as at least one of the "fathers of bell ringing" seems beyond doubt; his contributions to the first two books on change ringing, 'Tintinnalogia' (1668) and 'Campanalogia' (1677), will be summarized shortly. What is less well known, and what has occasioned this article, is the group theory latent in his writings and in his compositions -- a full century before Lagrange wrote 'Reflexions' (1770)."

      Eisel, J. C. : 'The Stedman Family of Yarkhill' in 'Ringing World,' 21 May 1976, pp. 429-30; 'Fabian Stedman and his family at Yarkhill, Herefordshire' by Constance Purser in 'Ringing World', 20 August 1976, pp. 707-8.

      Wood, Revd E. : 'The Stedman Family' in 'Ringing World', 12 July 2002, p.725.

      St John the Baptist, Yarkhill, Herefordshire

      Yarkhill Church is a small country church located at grid reference SO 609426. It sits in an elevated position with beautiful and far-reaching views across the Frome Valley and to Hay Bluff. The church has 12th Century elements in the south porch and parts of the tower date from the late C13, the top stage is believed to date from 1466. A comprehensive restoration was completed in 1862. Yarkhill is a very dispersed parish of approximately 140 homes, spread over some 8 square miles, comprising about 200 people. In the mid-C17 Francis Stedman was the incumbent for 47 years. One of his children, Fabian Stedman, who was baptised in the church in 1640 became known as the "Father of Change Ringing". His changes are regularly rung at churches throughout the land and the name Fabian Stedman is recognized internationally by bell-ringers. The church plays a central part in community life, almost all social activity is arranged by the PCC. Over recent years the average size of the congregation has risen from 6 to 20 and with it a strong sense of fellowship has developed.
    Person ID I73878  Stedman Families of the United Kingdom
    Last Modified 5 May 2015 

    Father Rev. Francis Stedman,   b. Bef 16 May 1598,   d. Aft 1671  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Ursula "Urs" [--?--],   d. Unknown 
    Married Bef 1635 
    Family ID F2549  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsChristened - 7 Dec 1640 - Yarkhill, Herefordshire, England, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 16 Nov 1713 - St. Andrew Undershaft, London, Middlesex, England, UK Link to Google Earth
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