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Dr. John Stedman

Dr. John Stedman

Male 1743 - 1780  (37 years)

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  • Name John Stedman  [1
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 17 May 1743  Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Graduation 1756  [1
    Harvard College 
    Occupation Physician  [1
    Died 3 Jul 1780  Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • Dr. John Stedman became a Physician of high repute and was specially skillful in the management of innoculation.

      The following was copied by Mrs. Mary (Stedman) Meacham from an almanac dated 1769.  "I am a young man just entering into the world with nothing to recommend me but my education and a few friends whom I obtained while I was assistant to a noted Physician in Boston who has recommended me to the world.  I was born in Cambridge in the county of Middlesex in New England.  My great-grandfather John Stedman came from Holland, a merchant, but in what year I cannot ascertain.  [He means his great-great-grandfather Robert.]  He settled in Cambridge, a town 3 1/2 miles from Boston where he died and left one son, my grandfather whose name was John, who married [Sarah Gibson] and had four sons and four daughters [5 sons and 3 daughters].  He died leaving a considerable estate [£3000] to be shared among the children but the property being divided was insufficient to support them all.  Two of his sons John and Samuel at the ages of 20 and 21 years. [John, b. 1692, d. 1719 according to Harvard College Triennial.]  The next whose name was Jonathan took his degree at Harvard [1726] and studied divinity.  The final son, my father, whose name was Ebenezer had to maintain his mother and brother [Jonathan] and two sisters and their children for 12 years."  Elizabeth (Stedman) Dolhond was well married so that Mrs. Sarah (Stedman) Sprague and Mrs. Mary (Stedman) Henshaw must have been the poor relations.

      From a letter of Edmund Quincy to his daughter Mrs. D. Hancock in Philadelphia, 26 march 1776: "The preservation of Boston so far as it is preserved is a signal favor of Heaven though there are many egregious sufferers.  Your brother H(enry) and his son Stedman in particular in whose dwellings were left Officers, men of singular honour.  By the same rank of residents many had had their houses Ransacked."

      Dr. and Mrs. John Stedman lived near the corner of Winter Street in the Salter House.  The had for a servant a woman whose husband was a private in the British army named Gibson.  On the evening of 18 April 1775, a grenadier knocked at the door which Mrs. Stedman opened and said that Gibson must report himself for duty at the bottom of the Common at 8 o'clock.  "What does it mean?", asked she when Gibson returned.  "Ah, madam," said Gibson, "I know as little as you."

      The young wife waited for her husband's return with the greatest impatience, and, when he heard of the message, he went at once to Benjamin Church then on the Committee of Public Safety (before Benjamin Church's treachery was developed) and warning was at once sent out into the country, assuring the safety of Hancock and Adams and rousing the people to arms.  (Gibson was killed on the retreat from Concord.)

      When the family returned to Boston after the evacuation of Boston, they found it much damaged - floor boards having been torn up and their ends thrust into the fireplace for fuel, etc.

      Mrs.  C. H. Swan possessed (1880) fragments of a curiously carved box, which she used to be entire, in her childhood and in which Dr. John Stedman used to keep his instruments.

      After his death in 1780, his widow married Gen. William Donnison by whom she had issue, a daughter marrying  the Rev. R. M. Hodges of Cambridge whose son is Dr. R. M. S. [Swan?] of Boston and daughter married S. H. Swan of Cambridge.
    Person ID I9693  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2006 

    Father Capt. Ebenezer Stedman,   b. Abt 1706,   d. 13 Sep 1785, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Mother Lydia Moores,   b. Bef 1 Mar 1712/13, of Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1761  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married Bef 1734 
    Family ID F326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary "Polly" Quincy,   b. 11 Dec 1752, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1835, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 26 Oct 1773  Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • From the Essex Gazette, page 55, vol. VI, issue 275, Tuesday, October 26, to Tuesday, Nov 2, 1773, Salem, Mass.
      Married, at Boston, Dr. John Stedman, Physician, to Miss Polly Quincy, Daughter of Mr. Henry Quincy, Merchant.

      From Boston Evening-Post, 1 November 1773, Boston, MA
      Married. Dr. John Stedman, to Miss Polly Quincy, Daughter to Mr. Henry Quincy, Merchant.
    Children 
     1. John Stedman, Jr.,   b. 7 Aug 1774, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1801, Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     2. Ebenezer Stedman,   b. 18 Aug 1778, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1860, Newburyport, Essex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. Henry Stedman,   b. 2 Mar 1780, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 23 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F3339  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 May 1743 - Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Oct 1773 - Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jul 1780 - Boston, Suffolk 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, Newburyport, p. 795 (Reliability: 3).
      as 4 July 1780, age 38

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

    4. [S57] Massachusetts Vital Records, Boston Marriages, 1752-1809, p. 381 (Reliability: 3).