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Nathaniel Stedman

Nathaniel Stedman

Male 1746 - 1812  (66 years)

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  • Name Nathaniel Stedman  [1, 2
    Born 16 Apr 1746  Westminster, Worcester Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1772  [5
    Newfane, Windham Co., VT 
    Book Article
    • pp. 109-111

      In the spring of 1766 Jonathan Park, then a young unmarried man, twenty-three years old, and Nathaniel Stedman, twenty-one (also a single man), started forth from Worcester County with axe, tinder box and kettle slung on their shoulders, to seek a home in the forests on the Hampshire grants. They made their halt in the township of Fane, selecting their lots on or near the top of the highest hill in the centre of the town.

      Stedman took up and cleared the farm that is today known as Nathan Merrifield's old farm. Park cleared what is known as old Newfane hill common. During this summer they occupied a cabin together on Stedman's lot, —  and it would seem that sometime during this season, Ebenezer Dyer, a lawyer from Worcester County, who was out prospecting for a home, came to their camp and enquired the route to Hazleton's clearing. Dyer was a full blooded rebel, or anti-king's man. He came here a refugee from Worcester county, where he had lain in jail seven years for refusing to pay a royal line of nine shillings.

      When an opportunity offered itself the three men started out together to look for Hazleton's cabin. They came out on to the round top of tlie high hill just west of the present village of Fayetteville, and pointed out the course in a northeast line to the river. Stedman returned to their camp, and Park and Dyer descended into the valley and found the flats on which Fayetteville stands. Once in the valley, surrounded by the dense forest, their only course was to make the best of their route to the river; and this they reached on what is today best known as the Windham County fair ground farm. Dyer was so well pleased with the land that he marked the trees and selected this for his lot; and now being satisfied that they must be below Hazleton's, they followed up the river and found his clearing on what we know as the Franklin farm.

      It seems to be evident that these three men returned to Worcester County in the fall and spent the winter. In the spring of 1767, Park and Stedman returned, driving with them a pair of steers and a heifer for live stock. With reference to the exact time that Dyer moved his family into town, we have only been able to learn that Mrs. Dyer was the first white woman that ever spent the winter in town.

      We may here relate an incident illustrating the hardships that these men endured. In order to winter their steers and heifer, they went out into the north part of the town, some five miles from their camp, to a natural meadow, now known as the Knowlton meadow, and cut and stacked swamp hay and built a shelter for their stock; and every day throughout that long, dreary winter, 1767-8, one or the other of these men plodded his way through the lone, dreary forest to feed their stock, and back to camp at night; and during the winter Park returned to Massachusetts, leaving Stedman alone in the forest with his stock to feed, for twenty-six days.

      In the summer of 1768 Park commenced his clearing in Fayetteville, and built the first framed house in town, covering the frame with hemlock bark. Stedman left the hill either then or soon after, and settled on the farm now owned and occupied by his grandson, W. A. Stedman. Stedman died in 1812, October 16, aged 67.

      Park lived to be 84, dying July 18, 1837. The remains of both these men are buried in our village cemetery; while Mr. Dyer's dust lies sleeping on the bank, just outside the southeast corner of the fair ground, with no monument to mark the spot; consequently we are unable to ascertain his age or the date of his death.
    1790 Census 1790 
    • Newfane, Windham Co., VT, p. 52
    1800 Census 1800  Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • New Fane, p. 619
      Stedman, Nathl   00101-12401-0
    1810 Census 1810  Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • New Fane, p. 317
      Stedman, Nathl   00101-00311
      ...
      Stedman, Wm     00010-30110
    Died 16 Oct 1812  Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Nathaniel Stedman age 20, with Deacon Jonathan Park and Ebenezer Dyer, all from Worcester Co., MA, settled Fane, now Newfane, Vermont, in 1766. They drew their supplies with great hardship from Hinsdale.

      Vermont Historical Gazeteer, Vol. Pt. 2:

      Newfane settled in 1766 by Jonathan Park, Nathaniel Stedman, and Ebenezer Dyer who emigrated from Worcester Co., Massachusetts.  The first clearing was made by Park and Stedman on the Nathan Merrifield farm north of Newfane Hill Common, Spring of 1766.
    Person ID I7821  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2011 

    Father Isaac Stedman,   b. 15 Feb 1706/07, Brookline, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 17 Jun 1756  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Hulda Trowbridge,   b. 23 Mar 1714/15, Newton, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Married 19 Apr 1738  Newton, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 7
    Family ID F62  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ruth Morse,   b. 4 Aug 1750, Worcester, Worcester Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1843, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 24 Aug 1772  Worcester, Worcester Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Children 
     1. Billy Stedman,   b. 5 Jul 1773, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1777, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     2. Betty Stedman,   b. 14 Nov 1774, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1777, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     3. Mary Stedman,   b. 15 Sep 1776, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1777, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     4. William Stedman,   b. 26 Mar 1778, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1865, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     5. Lucinda Stedman,   b. 12 Mar 1780, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     6. Luritta Stedman,   b. 19 Nov 1781, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1817  (Age 35 years)
     7. Hulda Stedman,   b. 10 Oct 1783, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860  (Age 76 years)
     8. Bettie Stedman,   b. 10 Mar 1785, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     9. Mary Stedman,   b. 13 Aug 1788, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1860, Shoreham, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     10. Ruth Stedman,   b. 26 Mar 1790, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860  (Age 69 years)
     11. Sarah "Sally" Stedman,   b. 1 Feb 1792, Newfane, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1883  (Age 91 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2006 
    Family ID F3417  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Apr 1746 - Westminster, Worcester Co., MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Aug 1772 - Worcester, Worcester Co., MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S140] Stedman Genealogy, Dr. Charles Ellery Stedman, M.D., (1880), C 1430, SG STE 5.

    2. [S57] Massachusetts Vital Records, Westminster, p. 87 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S140] Stedman Genealogy, Dr. Charles Ellery Stedman, M.D., (1880), C 1430, SG STE 5.
      gives date of 16th April in Worcester

    4. [S57] Massachusetts Vital Records, Westminster, p. 87 (Reliability: 3).
      date is given as 8 April in one recording and 18 April in another.

    5. [S57] Massachusetts Vital Records, Worcester, p. 423 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S56] Massachusetts Marriage Index, Broderbund Family Archive #231.

    7. [S57] Massachusetts Vital Records, Newton, p. 381 (Reliability: 3).