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Stebbins Land Grant 1640 Springfield Compared to Today

A 1640 hand-drawn map of land grants in Springfield, Massachusetts compares surprisingly well with a satellite view today.

Arrows point to Rowland Stebbins’ grants and those of his son Thomas.

Some observations:

  • Note that Thomas Stebbins Born: 6 MAY 1662  married Elizabeth WRIGHT, daughter of Samuel WRIGHT and Elizabeth BURT.
  • The Wrights and Burts were next door neighbors of the Stebbins slightly to the South.  So it does appear that Thomas married, “the girl next door.”
  •  Margaret Street leads to… Margaret’s land grant.  If related, this makes sense in 1640, but  folks who see that street now would have no idea.
Springfield in 1600s

The old map


Streets and general layout are surprisingly similar

Streets and general layout are surprisingly similar


Lima DiMartino Photos

We were happy to receive some photos from my mother after my grandfather Joseph Lima’s funeral.


From Lima History Photos

The Stebbins Ancestry



The Stebbins Ancestry


History of the Stebbins Name


The STEBBING family is of great antiquity in England; the oldest branch resided in Yorkshire and is descended from Sir Thomas STEBBING, baronet. The family name was, and still is in England, STEBBING. The termination ” ing” in the name may be of Saxon origin, and the name may refer to a field or meadow with stubs in it. There are various forms which the family name took: in the town records of Northampton we can find STEBIN, STEBBING, and especially STEBBINS. In Canada the name was given as STEBEN or STEBENNE. All refer to the same family.
818 B.C. Hadding King of Denmark (m) Princess Ragnhild (d) King of the Nitherians had Princess Ulfhild who (m) Scot and founded the Scottish name and had Frode King of Denmark and had Princess Swanhwid who married Regner the King of Sweden.
631 B.C. Regner the King of Sweden had
527 B.C. Hothbrod King of Sweden had
Hother King of Sweden and Denmark had
486 B.C C Roric Slyngband (swing bracelet) King of Denmark had
431 B.C Wiglek King of Denmark had
356 B.C Wermund King of Denmark had
295 B.C. Uffe King of Denmark had
265 B.C Danus II King of Denmark had
Hugleik King of Denmark had
176 B.C. Frode II King of Denmark had
146 B.C. Danus III King of Denmark had
77 B.C. Fridleif I King of Denmark had
37 B.C. Frode III King of Denmark had
21 A.D Fridleif II King of Denmark had
33 A.D. Frode IV King of Denmark had
79 A.D. Ingild King of Denmark had
102 A.D. Olaf I King of Denmark had Harold and Frode
112 A.D. Harold I King of Denmark was killed by Frode his brother but not before he had Harald and Halfdan Note: Frode V was king of Denmark until burned to death by nephews Harald and Halfdan – for revenge and/or the throne?
131 A.D Halfdan II – King of Denmark and Sweden had Halfdan II preferred roving about and turned the throne over to his brother Harald II. Harald II was killed by Frode IV’s son and Halfdan took the throne back.
141 A.D. Asmund – King of Norway had
Ragnald King of Norway and Denmark had Princes Drota but was overthrown in Zealand, Denmark by Siwald whose son, Sigar reigned after him til 155 A.D Princes Drota Married Borgar a Champion and had
201 A.D. Halfdan King of Denmark (m) Princess Gurid had
261 A.D Ivar Vidfadme King of Denmark had grandson Harald Hyldetland and Grandaughter who (m) Siward, King of Norway and had Ivar created mighty Danish Kingdom around the province of Skaane probably with the town of Lund as capitol. Ivar had grandson Harald Hyldetland 261 A.D who rebuilt the Kingdom
~ 327 A.D. Olaf King of Denmark had
Olaf II King of Denmark had
Omund, King of Denmark had
367 A.D.? Siward King of Denmark had
Jarmerik King of Denmark had
Broder King of Denmark had
Siwald King of Denmark had
Snio King of Denmark had Several kings ruled before Bjorn took the throne including Hengest who was presumably king of the Jutes (Danes from Jutland) who in 449 landed on the shores of England and established the Jute Kingdom of Kent in England. This kingdom eventually included Kent, Essex, Middlesex sussex, London, Surrey, and the Isle of Wight
550 A.D Bjorn King of Denmark had
Harald V. King of Denmark had
Gorm I. King of Denmark had
Sigfred King of Denmark had
Gudfred King of Denmark had
814 A.D. Hardeknud King of Denmark b. Abt 0814 in Hord, Jutland, Denmark had Olaf King of Denmark died in 810 so Gudfred’s Nephew Hemming became King . Gudfred’s next son Hardeknud was in line to become king.
840 A.D. Gorm III “The Old” Hardeknudsson King of Denmark b. 840 (m) Princess Thyra and had Princess Thyra (Daughter of Ethelred King of England?) also called Thyre “Danebod” (of Jutland) Haroldsdatter Queen of Denmark (She was born Abt 0844 Jutland, Denmark died Abt 0935 Jellinge, Vejle, Denmark buried Jellinghojene, Jellinge, Vejle, Denmark) they were married Abt 897
910 A.D Harald King of Denmark aka Blaatand (blue tooth) b. 910 and (m) Queen Gyrithe (Cyrid) Olafsdotter, and then had  Sweyn Forkbeard 960, Tyra of Denmark, Gunhilde, Haakon 961 Harald VIII invaded Normandy and defeated and captured Louis IV of France at the battle of Dives in 945 and forced Richard to recognize Richard I as duke of Normandy. Richard I married Harald’s Daughter, Princess Gunor (b. 936).


Gunor Princess of Denmark, Married Richard I, Duke of Normandy and had Richard the 2nd, who had Richard 3rd, who had Lady Alice of Normandy had Ralph, Earl of Chester (m) Maude d’ Auveranche (see above) had Randal Earl of Chester had Randal Earl of Chester, had Hugh Earl of Chester had Lady Agnes de Chester who married back into the Stebbins line when she married William de Ferrers 6th Earl of Derby.

 945 Herbastus de Crepon, b. about 945 prince of Denmark who m Cyrid, Queen of Sweden had

Gunnora (Gunhilda) De (936-~1029)
Wevia (Duceline) De (~942-)
Senfrie (Sainfrie) (~970-)
Avelina (Aveline) (~974-)

Others say had

Unknown de Contances; Gunnor, duchess of Normandy; Sainsfrida / Seinfrie de Crépon; Wevia de Crépon, wife of Thorold de Pont-Audemer; Herfast of Crepon and 4 others

Herbastus Brother Sweyn, became King of Denmark. Sweyn had Princess Estrith who w/Robert Duke of Normandy had Lady Margret of Normandy who w/RIchard goz d’ Auveranche had Lady Maude d’ Auveranche who married back into the Stebbins line when she married Ralph Earl of Chester.
 about 975 Herfast, Prince of Denmark b about 975 (sme say 955) invaded Normandy with Richard settled in Normandy France and had  Some say Engenulf de Ferriers b. Abt. 950 was father of Lord, Vaugelin but he’d have been 60 years old at that point.
 1010 Lord Vaugelin (Walcheline) de Feriers born about 1010 died 1089? Walkelin was made 1st Lord of Ferrers-St.Hilaire (now France) Acceded: Chambrais, Normandy Interred: Tutbury  With Bertha [?] – he had “Ferrer” is Norman French and means “to bind with iron” or ” to shoe a horse”. Ferrières in Normandy, the hometown of the de Ferrers family, was an important centre for ironwork. The Ferrers coat of arms shows six black horseshoes on a silver background. They were descended from Henry de Ferrers, 1st Earl of Ferrières, Lord of Longueville, Normandy, and a Domesday Commissioner; he built Tutbury Castle and Duffield Castle and had large holdings in Derbyshire as well as 17 other counties.
1036 A.D. Henry de Ferrers (Sire de Ferriéres) born about 1036 Ferrieres, Normandy, France died 1088 Castle Tutbury, Staffordshire, England buried Castle Tutbury, Staffordshire, England (m) Lady Berta (Bertha?) (born about 1040 Gostenois, Normandy, France died Darley, Derbyshire, England) They married about 1061 Normandy, France and had Henry went with William the Conqueror to England in 1066 and settled in England. The estate of Stebbings was given to Henry by William the Conqueror. Henry was commissioned by King William to make the great survey of the realm. Henry held 210 lordships (among the best in England)

King WILLIAM I (The Conqueror) 1066- 1087
William came to England  with Henry de Ferrers from Normandy, and defeated Harold II at the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066. In 1085 the Domesday Survey was begun and all of England was recorded, so William knew exactly what his new kingdom contained and how much tax he could raise in order to fund his armies. William died at Rouen after a fall from his horse whilst beseiging the French city of Nantes. He is buried at Caen.

Another source states:

The town of Stebbins England became the ancestral home after William the Conquerer (also a Stebbins Ancestor) conquered England in 1066 A.D. and established Henry de Ferrers, son of Walkelin at Stebbing.


One more source states:  Henry de Ferriers, son of Walcheline de Feriers, obtained from William the Conqueror, a grant of Tutbury Castle, Stafford, with extensive
possessions in other shires, of which one hundred and fourteen manors were in Derbyshire. He must have been of considerable rank, not only from those enormous grants, but from the circumstances of his being one of the commissioners appointed by King William to make the Grand Survey, the Domesday Record, of the kingdom. He was the founder of the priory of Tutbury, which he liberally endowed.
Crispin and Macary report: ” Henry de Ferrieres is referred to by Wace thus;” Henri li sire de Ferrieres,” and he who then held Tillieres. He was seigneur de Saint Hilaire de Ferriers near Bernay and the son, of Walkelin de Ferrers, who fell in a contest with Hugh de Montfort I. early in the reign of Duke William, in which both of these noblemen were killed. He had an older brother William, also reported at Hastings, undoubtedly well advanced in years at that time, who died before the compilation of Domesday, where his name does not appear. Henry de Ferrers received 210 manors, 114 of which were in Derbyshire. The seat of his chief barony was Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire, which had previously belonged to Hugh Lupus, but upon the latter becoming the Earl of Chester in 1071, it was granted to Henry de Ferrers, who founded nearby a Cluniac monastery. Henry was appointed one of the commissioners for the general survey in 1085 and richly endowed the priory of Tutbury in 1089.

1062 Robert de Ferrers 1st Earl of Derby born about 1062 Derbyshire, England (christened Charterley, Staffordshire, England) and died 1139 (m) Lady Hawise de Vitre (she was born about 1069 Vitre, Brittany, France) They were married about 1087 in Brittany, France and had Robert served at the head of the Derbyshire men in King Stephens victory over King David of Scotland, was named by King Stephen Earl of Derby. Also Lord of Tutbury, Commander at Battle of the Standard in 1138, having contributed greatly to King Stephen’s victory over King David of Scotland, was created by that monarch Earl of Derby 1138. He married Hawise deVitre.


Robert de Ferrers, 2nd Earl of Ferrières (1062-1139) was created Earl of Derby by King Stephen in 1138 for his valiant conduct at the Battle of Northallerton. He was married to Hawise de Vitre and died in 1139

Robert deFerriers II, Earl of Derby, Earl of Ferrieres, He married Margaret Peveril, (daughter of William Peveril, Lord of Nottingham. Died: 1139) This Robert died before 1160, but before that they had Another source says: Robert de Ferrers II 2nd Earl of Derby (1118-1162) (m) Lady Margaret Peverel (of William the Conquerer King of England) Margaret Peverel was born Abt 1114 Of, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. They married Abt 1135 Robert Acceded: 1139 Died: BEF 1160 Interred: Merevale Abbey
William de Ferrers 3rd Earl of Derby (m) Lady Sibilla de Braose and had: Succeeded and had many honors added: became a Crusader 1190, 3rd Earl of Derby, Earl of Ferriers, 1167, died in 1190 at Acre. Other reports say he died after 31 December 1189 Seige of Acre, Jerusalem, Palestine buried before 21 October 1190 Normandy, France William Accompanied King Richard the Lion Hearted to the Holy Land in the 3rd Crusade where he lost his life at the seige of Acre during June and July of 1191. Other reports say he died 21 October 1190 Seige of Acre, Jerusalem, Palestine buried Normandy, France William (Robert) de Ferrers 4th Earl of Derby (1136-1190) Derby, Derbyshire, England Was arbitrator between the Kings of Castile and navarre 1190; took the Cross 1187, became a Crusader 1190, married Sybilla Breckwork, daughter of Lord Breckwork. He died before Acre 1190.


Other reports say: William married Sibyl deBraiose. (she was born about 1157 Bramber, Sussex, England and she died after 05 February 1227/28 England her father was William, Lord of Bramber De Braiose) They were married about 1173/74? In Sussex, England.

William de Ferrers 4th Earl of Derby b. 1162 Ferrers, Derbyshire, England died 22 September 1247 (m) Agnes de Keveliok, (some say Lady Agnes Meschines de Chester) daughter of the Earl of Chester and had Other reports say of Agnes: 1192 – Agnes, Lady of Chartley De Keveliock – daughter of Hugh, 6th Earl of Chester De Keveliock.Interesting that Lady Agnes Meschines Chester of King Swen’s lineage and King Alfred the Great’s lineage and Lady Godiva as well.
William de Ferrers 5th Earl Acceded: 1247 Died: 24 MAR 1254, Evington, Leicester Interred: 31 MAR 1254, Merevale Abbey (m) 1219 – Sibyl Marshall born 1209 (some say 1204) Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales christened 1209 St. David’s, Pembrokeshire, Wales – she died 27 April 1245 they were married before 14 May 1219 Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales , then Married second Margaret De Quency [Quincy].(-1280) In 1239, they had



It is also recorded that Alfred the Great King of England (m) Lady Ethelbirth, had Princes Ethelfleda who (m) Ethelred Earl of Mercia and had Lady Elfwina who (m) Edulf of Devon and had Leofwine, Earl of Marcia who (m) Lady Alward of Anglia and had Leofric the Great, Earl of Mercia who (m) Lady Godiva ov Coventry Town, who when wearing no clothes rode a horse through the streets protesting the condition of the people (the story states that Leofric ordered all inside while allowing her protest, threatening to kill any who looked). Together, they had Algar[ Aelfga] Earl of Mercia rwho (m) Lady Alversa [Aelfgifu?] and had Edwin, the Last Earl of Mercia, killed in Battle in 1071, but was the father of Lady Lucia who (m) Randle de Meschines, first Earl of Chester and had Randle, Earl of Chester who (m) Lady Bertred de Evereaux, and had Lady Agnes Meschines de CHester who (m) William de Ferrers, 6th Earl of Derby and had John Ferrers de Stebbing.
1239-1279 William [Robert] de Ferrers, 6th Earl of Derby De Ferrers (m)    Eleanor deBohun and had [some sources say] Robert de Ferrers, 6th Earl of Derby (m) Alianore De Bohun died at age 40 (was poisoned) in 1279 Alianore was daugter of Humphrey De Bohun


Another Source says:

He rebelled against King Henry III and was arrested and imprisoned first in the Tower of London, then in Windsor Castle, and his lands and earldom were forfeited.

.Interesting that Lady Agnes Meschines Chester of King Swen’s lineage and King Alfred the Great’s lineage and Lady Godiva as well.

John, Baron Ferrers of Chartley De Ferrers de Stebbing [May have ] Born : 20 Jun 1271 Cardiff, Wales (m) Hawise De Muscegros, died 1312 but on 25 March 1309 had Eleanor John held the Stebbings estate for King John of England. He is reported to be the first to take the name of de Stebbing
Robert, Baron Ferrers of Chartley De Ferrers who (m) Joan, Lady of Willisham De la Mote and before 1350 had These are of questionable ancestry to the Stebbins name
Sir Robert DeFerrers (m) ,who before dying ion 24 Dec 1380 had in 1373
Robert, Baron Ferrers of Wemm de Ferrers

Confirmed Direct Bloodline of the Michael Stebbins’ Family


John STEBBING Born ABT 1420 in Kettleburgh, Suffolk

Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown Married: ABT 1440 in Kettleburgh, Suffolk, England Children

William STEBBING b: 1440 in Kettleburgh, Suffolk,

Thomas STEBBING b: ABT 1450 in Kettleburgh, Suffolk, E

John STEBBING b: 1452 in Kettleburgh, Suffolk, England

Marriage 2 UNKNOWN in Kettleburgh, Suffulk, England

The Stebbing family of England probably took their surname from theparish of Stebbing in Hinkford Hundred, county Essex (Greenlee, Ralph Stebbine & Greenlee, Robert Lemuel, The Stebbins Genealogy, (1904), pp. 13-50).
John STEBBING Born 1452 in Kettleburgh, Suffolk, Married: ABT 1470 in Kettleburgh, Suffolk, and had

Thomas STEBBING b: 1475 in Kettleburgh, Suffolk, England

Catherine STEBBING b: 1476 in Townstall, Dartmouth, England

Thomas Stebbing Born: 1475 Married: ABT 1500 in Kettleburgh, Suffolk, England and had

John STEBBING b: ABT 1503 in Kettleburgh, Suffolk, England


An anecdote from someone else’s genealogy page:

“… There in the church we found a brass in the floor by the altar to Arthur Penning and his two wives, Frances daughter of William Stebbing of Kentons who died in 1559 and Katherine daughter of Anthony Broke of Cretingham who died in 1614. Arthur died in 1593. On the ceiling of the church there are several coats of Arms including the Pennings and the Stebbings. According to the church pamphlet one of the bells also has the initials A.P. indicating that Arthur donated the bell to the church and his initials are also on one of the front pews. So he was obviously and important man there.

Sounds to me as though there should be a William Stebbing born about 1500. (Assume that a 1st wife died young, perhaps around 30, and that her father was about 30 when he had her.) “

John Stebbing Birth: ABT 1503 in Kettleburgh, Suffolk, England

Married Alice BEF 1524 in Kettleburgh, Suffulk, and had

William STEBBING b: ABT 1521 in Essex, England

William Stebbins was born about 1521 in Essex, England. He died 28 May 1561 in Bocking Parish, Essex, England.
William Stebbins (William Gulielmus Stebbing) was born 1540 in Bocking, Essex, England (some say Black Notley in 1541). With Rose Rugle, he had the following children:

  • Thomas Francis Stebbins
  • William Stebbins 1561 in Bocking, Essex
  • Elizabeth Stebbins was born 1568. Elizabeth married John Leavens on 16 Jun 1602 in Bocking, Essex County, England. John was born about 1565.


ID: I10482 Name: William STEBIGNE Sex: M Birth: 1538 in Bocking, Essex, England BIRTH: Alternate birth: About 1542 Woodham, Martiner Parrish, Essex, England

Note: Surname may be spelled Stebinge. Famous Political US Leaders has him traced in two different lines, one spelled as Stebbens and the other as Stebbins.


Father: William STEBBING b: ABT 1521 in Essex, England

Marriage 1 Rose RUGLE Married: ABT 1563 in Essex, England


William STEBBINS b: ABT 1561 in Bocking, Essex, England

Thomas Francis STEBBING b: 1564 in Bocking, Essex, England

George STEBBING b: ABT 1565

William STEBBING b: ABT 1567 in Black Notley, Essex, England

Elizabeth STEBBING b: ABT 1568 in Bocking, Essex, England

Sources: Title: Note: ABBR Title: The Chamberlain Family Note

Sir Thomas Francis Stebbins Was born 1564 in Bocking, Essex, England. He died 16 Oct 1660 in Bocking, Essex England (or Brookins, Essex, Eng.). Thomas married Ellen on 1591 in Bocking, Essex, England. Ellen was born about 1565 in Bocking, Essex, England. She died 1612 in Bocking, Essex, England. They had the following children:

  • Dennis Stebbins was born about 1590. He died 6 Nov 1590.
  • Rowland Stebbins
  • Martin Stebbins
  • Elizabeth Stebbins was born 7 May 1598 in Black Notley, Essex County, England.


Rowland Stebbins (1592-14 December 1671) Sarah WHITING, b. 1591; d. Oct 1649



  • John STEBBINS Born: 1626 at: England Married: 14 MAR 1646 at: Springfield, Hampden, MA Died: 7 MAR 1678 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Spouses: Mary Anne MUNSON Abigail BARTLETT
  • Thomas STEBBINS Born: ABT 1620 at: England Married: 16 NOV 1645 at: Springfield, Hampden, MA Died: 25 SEP 1683 at: Springfield, Hampden, MA Spouses: Hannah WRIGHT
  • Sarah STEBBINS Born: ABT 1623 at: England Married: 14 JAN 1641 at: Springfield, Hampden, MA Died: at: Springfield, Hampden, MA Spouses: Thomas MERRICK
  • Elizabeth STEBBINS Born: ABT 1628 at: England Married: 2 MAR 1647 at: Springfield, Hampden, MA Died: 28 OCT 1700 at: Springfield, Hampden, MA Spouses: John CLARK


More info on Rowland Stebbins


Rowland arrived in MA on November 12, 1634; settled in Roxbury MA 1634; moved to to Agawam (Springfield) MA 1639 and was granted lot # 5, 10 rods wide 24 Dec 1640; pioneer of Northampton MA 1656; Springfield MA 1663; Northampton MA after Feb 1664/5: will 1 Mer 1669/70; died 14 Dec 1671 Northampton MA: bur Northampton MA.

John Stebbins Born: 1626 at: England Married: 14 MAR 1646 at: Springfield, Hampden, MA Died: 7 MAR 1678 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Spouses: Mary Anne MUNSON and Abigail BARTLETT


With Mary Anne Munson, John had:

  1. Anna STEBBINS Born: 10 APR 1651 at: Springfield, Hampden, MA
  2. Edward STEBBINS Born: 12 JUL 1653 at: Springfield, Hampden, MA
  3. Benony (Benoni?) STEBBINS Born: 23 JUN 1655 at: Springfield, Hampden, MA
  4. John (1647-1724) who married Dorothy Alexander, and who was captured, along with his entire family, at the Deerfield raid, and whom some of his children remained in Canada.
  5. Thomas (1649-1650).

With Abigail Bartlett (Daughter of Robert Bartlett)

  1. Hannah STEBBINS Born: 6 JUL 1664 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Married: BET 15 NOV 1679 AND 1685at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Died: 29 FEB 1704 at: Deerfield, Franklin, MA Spouses: John SHELDON
  2. Samuel STEBBINS Born: 21 JAN 1658 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Married: 14 MAR 1677 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Died: 3 SEP 1732 at: Spouses: Mary FRENCH Sarah WILLIAMS
  3. Abigail STEBBINS Born: 24 SEP 1660 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Married: 30 MAY 1678 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Died: ABT 1748 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Spouses: William PHELPS
  4. Thomas STEBBINS Born: 6 MAY 1662 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Married: 17 DEC 1701 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Died: 28 APR 1712 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Spouses: Sarah STRONG Elizabeth WRIGHT
  5. Mary STEBBINS Born: 10 SEP 1666 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Married: 17 NOV 1683 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Died: 8 MAY 1705 at: Durham, Middlesex, CT Spouses: Thomas STRONG
  6. Sarah STEBBINS Born: 4 JUN 1668 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Married: 24 FEB 1687 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Died: at: Spouses: William SOUTHWELL
  7. Joseph STEBBINS Born: 17 JAN 1669 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Married: at: Died: 3 JUN 1681
  8. Deborah STEBBINS Born: 5 MAR 1671 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Married: 4 FEB 1690 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Spouse: Benjamin ALVORD
  9. Benjamin STEBBINS Born: 3 MAR 1674 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Married: 21 DEC 1709 at: Hampton, Windham, CT. Spouses: Mary ASHLEY
  10. Rebecca STEBBINS Born: 20 FEB 1676 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Married: 1697 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Died: 8 MAY 1712 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Spouses: Nathaniel STRONG
  11. Thankful STEBBINS Born: 11 MAY 1678 (note this is after her father died) at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Married: 18 JUL 1700 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Died: 24 MAY 1744 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA Spouses: Jerijah STRONG


John Stebbins was probably a farmer; taxed for 27 1/2 acres land 1646 Springfield MA; 2 acre land grant Springfield MA 21 Feb 1649: Roxbury MA 1651; 3 acre land grant Springfield MA 25 Dec 1651; 10 acre land grant Springfield MA 30 Jan 1655;


His death was ‘probably’ by accident at his sawmill.

Another account says: John settled in Northampton MA 1656; marr 2nd 17 Dec 1657 Northampton MA Abigail BARTLETT, she died 10 Oct 1710 at So Hadley Falls MA; he died 7 March 1678/9 Northampton MA,

John and Mary Anne Munson Married May 14 1746 Mary Anne was the widow of Abraham Munson who was drowned in the Connecticut River Oct 29, 1645.

Consider that

“Justice in 17th Century Deerfield.” Cases selected by Kevin Sweeny states:

May 2, 1655

(John’s son at 8 years old… )John Stebbins (b 1647) beinge taken notice for misbehavinge himself towards his aged Father calling him Old foole and uttering other unseemingly words toward him was the day abovesaid examined thereof: and the matter beinge not ripe for fynall issue, the said John Stebin did before the Commissioners bynd himselfe in the summ of Forty pounds to appeare before Authority here established to make answer for the said misbehaving himselfe to his Father when he shall be thereunto required.

This matter beinge further considered there was not found full proofe of such evil carriage whereupon he was released and discharged of his bond above mentioned:

Pynchon Court Record, p. 234.

Thomas Stebbins Born: 6 MAY 1662 at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA. On September 26, 1684 he married Elizabeth WRIGHT, daughter of Samuel WRIGHT and Elizabeth BURT. Thomas died 28 April 1712. He had

  • Thomas April 2, 1689 – died Oct 2 1689 seven months old
  • Hannah – 1691
  • Thomas b ?? d. 1752
  • Josiah 9/1694 – 1724
  • Joseph Stebbins March 30 1697
  • Experience – March 4 1703
  • Mary Dec 24 1705 married 1734 to Noah Strong


Thomas took the “oath of allegiance” Feb 8 1678. He was appointed as a fence viewer and served in this role from 1696 to 1696.
Joseph Stebbins b. 30 March 1697 died 31 Jan 31 1780 had


Joseph Stebbins was born 30 Mar 1697 in Northampton, MA. He died 31 Jan 1780 in Northfield, MA. Joseph married Mary Williams daughter of Zebediah Williams and Sarah Hawks, on 1718 in Northampton, MA. Mary was born 13 Feb 1700/1701 in Northampton, MA. She died 23 Dec 1786 in Northfield, MA. They had the following children:

  • Mary Stebbins 1719
  • Joseph Stebbins 1721 (Some records say Jan 13, 1720)
  • Zebediah Stebbins 10/29 1723
  • Sarah Stebbins was born 27 Jan 1726/1727 in Northfield, MA. She died 11 Sep 1809 in Northfield, MA. Sarah married Thomas Taylor on 1755. Thomas died 24 Mar 1778.
  • Josiah Stebbins 10/20 1729
  • Anna Stebbins was born 15 Sep 1731 in Northfield, MA. She died 5 Nov 1732 in Northfield, MA.
  • Anna Stebbins 11/10 1734
  • Elizabeth Stebbins 10/8 1736
  • Elisha Stebbins 3/16 1743


Joseph Stebbins first settled in Deerfield (Franklin Co.) Mass. but in 1726 bo’t “the William CLARKE lot (19 rods 11 feet wide)” in Northfield, and “resided there the rest of his life”.


Page 167, Vol. I STEBBINS GENEALOGY by Greenleaf (wasn’t it Greely?) cites the HISTORY OF NORTHFIELD, MASS. pages 181,230,237,277-88,also pages 19,45,65 and 315 all revealing his activities, travels, land ownership, and prowess at fighting and competing with the Indians.


JOSEPH STEBBINS first settled in Deerfield, Massachusetts; but in 1726  he bought the William Clarke lot (19 rods 11 feet wide), in Northfield, and  resided there the remainder of his life. He was one of the leading opponents   of Mr. Doolittle, in the church controversy in 1736-7. His name appears in  “Acc’t of Work done at Dea. Alexander’s mount”, and he is credited with  the following: “JOSEPH STEBBINS—1 day hand and team £1. 6. 1 day 0. 8. 0.” In the spring of 1750, he built a log house on his lot near Ashuelot, the   house standing eighty rods south of Stebbins’ island, which remained in the family for several generations. His name appears in the “list of proprietors in the fourth division of all the resident land owners and taxpayers in 1751, and the relative valuation of each”, at which time he owned one hundred and eighty-nine acres of land. At the first meeting of the inhabitants, September 25, 1753, “JOSEPH  STEBBINS JR. was appointed by the charter as surveyor and on the committee to lot out the land”. On the alarm of the Indians, on the 1st of September, 1753, CAPTAIN  JOSEPH STEBBINS and his family resorted to the stockade around the house of John Evans. JOSEPH STEBBINS built his house, in 1763, on the west side of the river (in what is now Vernon), covering it with rived clap-boards, which were split from oak bolts, or cuts, and five to seven feet long, eight to ten inches wide, and about one and one-half inches thick on the back. They were laid lapping, and made a durable and tolerably tight covering. The thatch used in covering the roof was nothing more than the native grass which grew in the meadow. Clary’s Island, now known as Stebbins’ Island, contains thirty acres; and is situated below the great bend, and about one-fourth of a mile above the mouth of the Ashuelot. For several generations it has belonged to CAPTAIN JOSEPH STEBBINS and his descendants. In the friendly trials of prowess and strength between the reds and the white men, CAPTAIN STEBBINS proved more than a match for his Indian rivals. In the seating of the Meeting House, in 1780, the widow of JOSEPH STEBBINS was assigned pew number twenty-four.

Captain Joseph Stebbins (II) was born 13 Jan 1720 in Deerfield, MA. He died 6 Feb 1784 in Vernon, VT. Joseph married Thankful Belding, daughter of Stephen Belding and Mindwell Wright, on 1741 in Northfield, MA. Thankful was born 6 Jan 1717/1718 in Northfield, MA. She died 9 May 1788 in Vernon, VT. They had the following children:

  1. Tabitha Stebbins was born after 1742 in Vernon, VT. Tabitha married Zurr Evans of Chesterfield.
  2. Thankful Stebbins 1745
  3. Mary Stebbins was born 6 Jun 1747 in Vernon, VT. She died 14 Oct 1774 in Guilford, VT. Mary married Timithy Root, son of Samuel Root and Mary Alexander, on 22 Jun 1773. Timithy was born 27 Jul 1743. He died 12 Dec 1843.
  4. Elijah Stebbins was born 27 Apr 1749 in Vernon, VT. He died in Vernon, VT.
  5. Elijah , Sr Stebbins
  6. Lucy Stebbins was born 31 May 1752.
  7. Eliakim Stebbins Nov 17, 1753
  8. Abner Stebbins, Aug 9 1755
  9. Joseph Stebbins was born 10 Oct 1757 in Vernon, VT – died young
  10. Joseph Stebbins baptized 1761


 Joseph Stebbins (II) Occupation, farmer. Politics, whig. Religion, Congregationalist. Resided at Northfield, Mass., and Vernon, Vt.


JOSEPH STEBBINS settled in what is now Vernon, Vermont, about 1740. )Vermont Hist mag V p 287) He bought a large farm of excellent meadow and plain, from the Merrimans  on May 21, 1749, the deed of which is the oldest deed recorded by John Bridgman, first Town Clerk of Vernon (or Hinsdale), County of Cumberland, Province of New York. (Re-recorded March 16, 1799, in Book I, page 128, the Town Records of Vernon having been destroyed by fire June 11, 1797.) The third oldest deed was dated the “26th year of his Majesty’s reign (George )”, and was from Titus Belding to JOSEPH STEBBINS, Feb. 2, 1753. Hinsdale (now Vernon), on the west side of Connecticut River, was granted p-275. by charter of said Hinsdale Sept. 5, 1753, under the seal of the Province of New Hampshire to Fourteen Proprietors who lived within the Province of New Hampshire at the time said charter was given, viz: Ebenezer Hinsdale, Orlando Bridgman, Benoni Wright, Robert Cooper, Caleb Howe, Daniel Shattuck, John Sargent’s Heirs, Peter Evans, Samuel Burr, John Evans, Hezekiah Elmore, JOSEPH STEBBINS, and Moses “Belding,  In the .’ ‘ Province rate of taxes ‘ ‘ for the town of Hinsdale, in 1764, including pools, real estate and personal estate, JOSEPH STEBBINS was assessed Papers three pence. Among the “Names of those who own Land on ye East side who live other towns (Persons that live out of the town of Hinsdale) who own land for which they are rated”, appears the name of JOSEPH STEBBINS, who was then assessed three pence.

On August 20, 1756, CAPTAIN STEBBINS with two of his children – Tabitha and Elijah—and one or two men. were harvesting wheat upon his  farm on the plain above the meadow, east of the house (occupied in 1872 by his grandson, John Stebbins.) Two Indians had discovered the reaping party, and lay in ambush among the thick alders in the hollow ten or twelve rods North of the house, watching them.

Joseph’s brother Zebediah Stebbins [Hoyt in his history of Indian wars, is mistaken in Stebbins’ Christian name, and the date of the month. Hoyt called it Zebulon. It was Zebediah. Hoyt ‘s date was June 20th instead of August 20th, 1759], brother of CAPTAIN JOSEPH STEBBINS, and Reuben Wright came from Northfield, five miles distant, on horseback, and discovered the Indians in ambush. One of the men said, “Are they white men or Indians?” At that both Indians rose, fired, and wounded Wright in the arm, which bled profusely at first. The men fled up the path in the hollow south of the Stebbins’ Cemetery. The Indians pursued with vigor, expecting no doubt that Wright would fall from his horse and they would obtain his scalp as a trophy of victory. The white men had but one gun, and after crossing Island Brook, about one hundred and twenty-five rods west of the conflict, Stebbins, requesting Wright to hold his horse, said he would return and endeavor to kill at least one of the Indians as they came up the brook. Accordingly he took his position, and as they came up the bank (history states he received another fire from them) he fired, when one of the Indians leaped up in the air and exclaimed “Ugh!” then fell prostrate to the ground. Stebbins mounted his horse and the two proceeded on their way, crossing the river by swimming their horses, as was the custom in the Indian wars, to Fort Hinsdale, New Hampshire, built by Colonel Ebenezer Hinsdale in 1743, which was situated nearly opposite Fort Sartwell in Vernon. The next day a party of men from the fort went and examined the ground and found blood in the road where the Indian had fallen. When the Indians fired on the two men on horseback it probably prevented CAPTAIN JOSEPH STEBBINS and his reaping party from being killed or captured by the Indians; for, on hearing the report of the guns they knew there was trouble near. The father seized Elijah, placed him on his back, ran across the meadow, re-crossed the river, and returned to a little fort, or fortified house, on the farm (owned in 1872 by Edward Stebbins), from whence the party had come.

Later, On August 17, 1869, Mr. George M. Lee was digging up stumps and leveling the land on his farm in order to use a mowing machine, when in one place he plowed two furrows deep, struck a stone, and on taking it up found more under it. He then took his shovel and dug up three or four bushels of flat stones laid around in regular order in a circle about two feet in diameter, and beneath the stones was an Indian grave and some remains of a skeleton were to be seen, buried four or five feet deep, in a sitting posture. The grave on the south side was dug perpendicular, against which the back of the corpse was placed, facing north, as the form was still visible by the remaining marks. On the north side of the grave, which was small at the top, a hole was dug beneath the surface in a horizontal direction into which his feet and legs had been thrust. His bones were principallj’ decayed, the thigh bones appearing like some old roots, but crumbled on being exposed to the air and touch. This grave was on nearly level ground (between Stebbins’ and the County road), and forty rods south of Island Brook, from where Zebediah Stebbins had shot the Indian in 1756, one hundred and thirteen years previous to this discovery. There can be little doubt but that this was the grave and remains of the Indian that Mr. Stebbins killed at that time.



Eliakim Stebbins was born 17 Nov 1753 in Vernon, VT. He died 28 Jul 1836 in Vernon, VT. Eliakim married Rebecca Hawks, daughter of Colonel John Hawks and Elizabeth Nims, on 4 Aug 1785 in Deerfield, MA. Rebecca was born 4 Jul 1753 in Deerfield, MA. She died 9 Feb 1816 in Vernon, VT. They had the following children:

  1. Solomon Stebbins
  2. Eliakim Stebbins was born 17 Jun 1789. Eliakim married Elizabeth Morley on 19 Mar 1815.
  3. Rebecca Stebbins
  4. John Stebbins1794


 born November 17, 1753, at Vernon, Vermont; died July 28, 1836, at Vernon Windham County, Vermont; married August 4, 1785, at Deerfield, Massachusetts, to REBECCA HAWKS, born July 4. 1753, at Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts; died February 9, 1816, at Vernon, Vermont, or Deerfield. Massachusetts, who was a daughter of Colonel John Hawks, the famous Indian tighter, and Elizabeth Nims;


occupation, farmer; politics, whig; religion, Congregationalist. Resided at Vernon. Vermont, and Northfield, Massachusetts.

John Stebbins was born 15 Jan 1794 in Vernon, VT. He died 12 Aug 1875 in Vernon, VT. John married Harriet Houghton, daughter of Nehemiah Houghton and Lydia Dodge, on 12 Jul 1825 in Vernon, VT. Harriet was born 6 Mar 1805 in Vernon, VT. She died 15 Jan 1864 in Vernon, VT. They had the following children:

  1. Alonzo Stebbins married Cornelia Holland —->
  2. Lorenzo Stebbins was born 15 Nov 1827 in Vernon, VT. Lorenzo married Ellen O Walton on 12 Aug 1856.
  3. John Stebbins
  4. Harriet Stebbins
  5. Calista Stebbins was born 29 Jun 1832 in Vernon, VT. She died 23 Oct 1882 in California. Calista married Charles Lyman in California. Charles died 29 Mar 1889 in California.
  6. Alfred Stebbins b. 1834
  7. Melissa Stebbins
  8. Lydia Houghton Stebbins


JOHN STEBBINS was a prominent citizen of Vernon, Vermont. He was Justice of the Peace, and held many offices of honor and trust, several times representing the town in the State Legislature. He was a man of the most absolutely strict integrity. While he shunned general society, he was a genial and delightful companion to the few whom he admitted to close friendship. His writings, in consequence of much travel and observation, are clear and forcible, also instructive and entertaining, and are mostly of a historical character.


Alonzo Stebbins was born 29 Aug 1826 in Vernon, VT. He died in Vernon, VT. Alonzo married Cornelia S Holland on 18 Jul 1855. Cornelia died in Vernon, VT. They had the following children:

  1. Emma Florence Stebbins was born 14 Nov 1857. She died 10 Mar 1876.
  2. Agnes Serenco Stebbins was born 5 Jul 1860. Married John Gray
  3. Etta Louise Stebbins was born 14 Aug 1864.
  4. Roland Alonzo Stebbins was born 30 Jun 1869.

Children of Agnes Serene Stebbins and John C. Gray:

  1. Edith Florence Gray (b. 26 May 1889) Married Robert J. Kuhn July 14, 1919
  2. Emma Stebbins Gray (05 Feb 1894

Edith and Robert J. Kuhn had


Robert S. Kuhn (b. May 28 1923) who in 1956 M. Licia DiVona and together had Felicia Maristella Kuhn in June  1965. I (Michael)had the pleasure to meet Felicia in the mid 90’s in south Vermont.


Alfred Stebbins was born 4 Sep 1834 in Vernon, VT.


Profession: Librarian. Politics: Republican. Religion: liberal.

ALFRED STEBBINS graduated at Amherst College August 9, 1860, and spent several years teaching in the South and West. In 1863 he went to California, where he was employed in the custom house, and was afterwards deputy collector of internal revenue. He was a mounted rifleman in the frontier service and traveled many thousand miles. While in California, he was also librarian of the Mercantile Library at San Francisco.

Final Residence: Oakland, California (1889). Alfred died in Oakland

Alfred married Edith Large, daughter of (William P Large and Sally Rowena Guthrie), on 13 Dec 1869 in Dubuque, IA. Edith was born 21 Oct 1845 in Putnam, OH. She died in Oakland, CA.

They had the following children:

  1. Elwyn Wilfred Stebbins was born 15 Sep 1870.
  2. Londa Loleta Stebbins was born 30 May 1872.


Alfred is credited as one author of “Alfred Stebbins autograph collection, 1834-1872” which Consists of letters, autographs, and photographs of artists solicited by Stebbins and pasted in his copy of Henry T. Tuckerman’s BOOK OF THE ARTISTS (1867), extra illustrated edition. Among the artists are Christopher P. Cranch, F.O.C. Darley, Sanford R. Gifford, Eastman Johnson, Miner K. Kellogg, John F. Kensett, Jervis McEntee, Samuel F.B. Morse, Thomas Nast, Erastus D. Palmer, George H. Smillie, John Vanderlyn and Worthington Whittredge.  

This and his comment in a letter to John Muir in 1894, “Our friend, Keith, is mounted high on a new God. He has struck the method of coloring of the old masters! …You’ll have to come down & see him in the new frenzy!!” suggest that Alfred appreciated nature, and the arts. 


Elwyn Wilfred Stebbins b. 15 Sep 1870 — died May 20 1950 at 79 years old married [Emma] Marion Long b. 31 Dec 1881
Together they had

  • Alfred ‘Keith’ Stebbins March 26, 1904 — died July 6 1974
  • Margeret Stebbins October 26, 1905 — died July, 1970
  • Edith Stebbins November 28, 1908


Elwyn was a graduate of MIT with a degree in Mining Engineering. He continued in this field until he retired.


A 1894 letter exchange between Alfred Stebbins and John Muir suggested the Elwyn Stebbins ventured into Yosemite just after his graduation “ company with his sister & young ladies & Gentlemen of the University of California…”

University of California Chronicle, Volume 10 (1908) mentions:  “Elwyn Stebbins has removed his offices of consulting engineer to 819 Mills Building San Francisco”

Marion was a graduate of University of California Berkely with a M.A. [in drama and an M.A?] in English. She became chairman of the Drama Department [some say Speech and Dramatic Arts] at Mills College in Oakland where she remained until her retirement, although with some years out for study in New York, travel, acting assignments, and administrative positions at Mills College. A 1920 edition of, “The Argonaut” lists Mrs. Elwyn Stebbins of the English Department as the Director of two productions, “The Turtle Dove” and “Prunella”

Emma is also listed as an officer of the The College Women’s Sufferage Club in the book, “Western Women, Volume 1″ July 11, 1907

Also, The Educational Theatre Journal V 9-10 in 1957 states (by Hubert Hefner) The death of Marian Long (Mrs. Elwyn) Stebbins on 29 September 1956 took from us yet another of the national leaders in academic theatre and in the American Educational Theater Association.  Morn in Sacramento on 31..[continued in the next column possibly not attributed to Mrs. Stebbins] ….meticulous and exacting artist in her own work, endowed with remarkable energy and vitality, she could never countenance or condone laziness and low standards in others. Her contributions to the enrichment of the lives of many Mills C0llege women will continue as a heritage…”

February 4 (Year?)  letter from Edith Stebbins Jennings Modesto California to Betty G Stebbins in Santa Cruz California  about her mother, Marion Long Stebbins

Dear Betty, I don’t know much about my mother’s past in terms of documents and letters.

Her mother, Margaret Younger was born in Scotland and emigrated here with her parents–we don’t know when. Margaret Younger married Thomas Mitchell Long here they had five children.

I think Marion (named Emma), was the eldest, born in Missoula Montana. I don’t know just when they moved to Sacramento, but mother went to high school there.

Margaret Long was deserted by Thomas Mitchell Long and raised her five children pretty much alone, although he sent money now and then. He apparently was very able and erratic, and had a compulsion to tell employers how to run their business. (All this is hearsay). Margaret Long taught Elementary School. She had it pretty rough.

Her father, according to Jess’s account, was a darling. Aunt Jess was Marian Long Stebbins sister. He (Marion’s Father) was also a very good candy-maker and supported his family here by that Talent. Mother [Marion]  learned from him and use to make wonderful candies. I remember some of the craft, but never did it on my own.

Nor do I know much about my grandmother, Edith Large Stebbins, except that she was well-educated, fairly well-off, that her mother was quite a woman and helped slaves escape through the underground. Edith was quite poor, after Alfred died, and babysat, whatever, but later became quite wealthy through some land purchases Alfred had made in Washington. So Alfred’s land speculation gave us all what extra monies have come to us.

I found my grandmother Edith [Large Stebbins] a wonderful person, gentle, courteous, humorous, loving, intelligent, intellectual, secure in herself, most tolerant.

— Edith Stebbins Jennings

Margeret Stebbins had no children. Margaret was a graduate of Stanford University, was a gardening expert who co owned the Page Mill Nursery near Palo Alto California.  Edith, a graduate of Mills COllege was an actress and a community theater director; in 1946, whe married John Jennings and had one daughter: Penelope Ann Jennings born September 4, 1952.

Records show that Edith died in or near Modesto in 1992.

Alfred Keith Stebbins March 26, 1904 — died July 6 1974


Keith had:

  • by Ruth Yates Stebbins
    • Malcolm Stebbins b. April 1934
  • by Betty Gundlach Stebbins
    • Michael Stebbins b. May 29, 1937 at Santa Rosa, CA
  • by Lucille Perry Ridley Stebbins (Widley?)
    • Janice 11-27-1948
    • Marian, 8-21-1950
    • Linda, 8-11-1954
    • Catherine, 4-18-1956


Betty Gundlach Stebbins was of the Gundlach (German) Richardson Price (Wales 17xx) Gano (Fighting Chaplain) line
Michael Stebbins May 29, 1937 married Patricia Ann Lima and had

  1. Christian Michele Stebbins 3-1964 – married 2004 to Mitch Roseneau
  2. Michael Kirk Stebbins 2 1965 Mountain View, California


Particia Ann Lima Stebbins b. 1942 was of the Lima & Dimartino line from Palermo Sicily
Michael Kirk Stebbins Feb 1965 married October 1986 Karen Lea Hughes (b. 11 1965) and had

  1. Natasha Leanne Stebbins Jan 1988
  2. Tyler Michael Stebbins Aug 1989
  3. Travis Jonathan Stebbins Aug 1989


Karen Lea Hughes Stebbins was of the Hughes Jackson line.


Rowland Stebbins History

Rowland Stebbins

These are items collected relating to the history of Rowland Stebbins or Rowland Stebbing who immigrated to America in 1634 and is regarded to be the ancestor of the majority of Stebbins in the United States.

Please add or correct this information with citations in the comments section.

-Michael Stebbins

Confirmed Sources

THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST Whole Number 124, Volume 31, No. 4; starting at
page 193, dated October 1955 by John Insley Coddington, F.A.S.C., of
Washington DC published the following quoted in its entirety:


Reference is made to five accounts of the four above-named members of the Stebbing family of Essex, England, who settled in New England in the 1630’s. These accounts are, first, the large and excellent work by Ralph Stebbins Greenlee and Robert Lemuel Greenlee, THE STEBBINS GENEALOGY, 2 Vols., Chicago, 1904;

2) the account of Rowland Stebbing (or Stebbins) in Frank Farnsworth Starr, VARIOUS ANCESTRAL LINES
OF JAMES GOODWIN AND LUCY (MORGAN) GOODWIN OF HARTFORD, CT, 2 Vols, Hartford, 1915, Vol 2, pp 21-28;

3) the (very brief) account of Editha (Stebbing) (Day) (Maynard) Holyoke in Charles Edwin Booth, ONE
BRANCH OF THE BOOTH FAMILY, New York, 1910, p 181;

4) the much better and more complete biography of the said Editha and of her husbands, Robert Day (1), John Maynard (1) and Elizure Holyoke (2) in Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgard Francis Waterman, HALE, HOUSE AND RELATED
FAMILIES, Hartford, 1952, pp 509-511 and 644-645;

5) the articles, “The Family of Frances (Tough) (Chester) (Smith) Stebbing, Wife of Edward
Stebbing, of Hartford, Connecticut,” in THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, ante, Vol 30, pp 193-204.

Most of THE STEBBINS GENEALOGY is concerned with the descendents of
Rowland Stebbing or Stebbins, who came to America with his wife Sarah on
the ship FRANCIS of Ipswich, county Suffolk, which sailed from Ipswich
“the last of April” 1634. Rowland Stebbing settle briefly at Roxbury,
MA., then at Springfield, MA., and later removed to Northampton, MA where
he died 14 Dec 1671, leaving four children, from whom the majority of
those who bear the name of Stebbins in America are descended. But THE
STEBBINS GENEALOGY also contains (Vol2, pp 1117-1119) a section of Martin
Stebbins, who settled at Roxbury, MA by 1639, later moved to Boston, and
died there about October 1659; and a section (vol 2 pp 1005-1014) on
Edward Stebbing, who came to New England before 29 March 1632, settled at
“New Town” (later Cambridge), moved in 1636 to Hartford, served as deacon
of the church there, and died there, in 1668. THE STEBBINS GENEALOGY
also includes (vol 1, pp 13-50) a section entitled “Stebbins in England,”
in which there are many interesting and valuable items, such as an
outline of the history of the parish of Stebbing in Hinkford Hundred,
county Essex, from which the family undoubtedly derived its surname;
pedigrees of the gentry families that successively held the manor of
Stebbing; Stebbing, Stubbing and Stybbing, extracts from the Parish
Registers of several parishes in Essex, Suffolk and London; full copies
of the wills of four Stebbing residents of Essex and abstracts of the
wills of thirteen Stebbing residents of Suffolk, and the like. But the
compilers of this fine genealogy were not so fortunate as to discover the
parishes in which Rowland, Martin, Edward and Editha Stebbing were

The renown American genealogist, Frank Farnsworth Starr, while
working for the late James J Goodwin of Hartford, found the records of
the baptisms of Rowland and Martin Stebbing in the gragmentary Parish
Registers of St. Mary’s Church, Bocking, Essex County. The Bocking
Registers also contained references to the Fitch and Goodwin families whe
settled in Connecticut, showing that a number of residents of Bocking
joined the Puritan emigration to New England in the 1630’s. Mr. Starr
subsequently edited the Parish Registers of Bocking and they were printed
in a very small edition at Mr. Goodwin’s expense. After pointing out
that the existing Registers are sadly lacking in cointinuity (the
Baptisms began in July 1561, with gaps from March 1571 to May 1583, from
April 1588 to October 1592, from October 1599 to October 1602, and from
1639 to 1655; the Burials began in November 1558, with gaps from August
1580 to September 1583 and from 1627 to 1655), he lists the following
seven Stebbing records :
1561 Gulielmus Stebinge sepultus est 28 May
1592 Rowlandus Stebing filius Thomae baptizatus 5 November
1594 Marinus Stebing filius Thomae baptizamus 28 April
1603 Johannes Leavens et Elizabetha Stebbin nupti 16 June
1618 Rowlandus Stebbing & Sara Whiting nupti 30 November
1624 Gulielmus Stebbing filius Martini Stebbing
sepultus est 3 September
1625 Elizabetha Stebbing filia Rowlandi Stebbing
sepultus est 15 June

The parish of Bocking is bounded on the south by that of Braintree.
In this parish, Mr. Thomas Hooker, the future founder of Hartford,
Connecticut, often preached during his ministry in Essex, and among the
inhabitants of Braintree were Mr. William Wadsworth, Mr. John Talcott,
and the families, who came to New England on the LION in the summer of
1632, and accompanied Mr. Thomas Hooker to Hartford in 1636. The parish
Registers of St. Michael’s Church at Braintree prior to 1660 have
unfortunately been lost, but, as will be seen below, there were also
members of the Stebbing family in Braintree in the 1620’s.

Mr. Frank farnsworth Starr also compiled for Mr. James J Goodwin the
ENGLISH GOODWIN FAMILY PAPERS, 3 vols., Harford, 1921, which consist of a
mass of English records collected by Mr. Starr in the course of his
search for the ancestry of William and Osias Goodwin, of Bocking, who
also came to New England in 1632, and settled at Hartford in 1636. Here
we find the following references:

Vol 2, p 1148 : Braintree Vestry Book Abstracts, 6 Sept 1619 :
Notice given to William Stebbing of a wench intertained at John Beckwiths
dwelling on Cursing greene that is supposed to have a greate belly which
the Constables have warning to look after.

Vol 2, p 1166 : Braintree Vestry Book, 18 Apr 1625 : The sidesmen
of the parish include Edward Stebbing and William Wadsworth.
Vol 2, p 1169 : Braintree Manor Rolls, Easter Monday 1628 : Homage
includes Ed(wa)r(d)us Stebbing.

Immediately to the south of Braintree is the parish of Black Notley,
and adjoining the latter to the southeast is the parish of White Notely.
The late C. A. Hoppin once confided to Dr. Arthur Adams that he was sure
that Edward Stebbing, the Hartford settler, was born in one of the two
Notleys. Accordingly, I commissioned Miss Helen Thacker of London to
examine the parish Registers of both Notleys and abstract all Stebbing
records. Miss Thacker found that the Registers of White Notley, which
began in 1541, contained no Stebbing entries whatever. But those of SS.
Peter and Paul’s Church, Black Notley, which commence in 1570 and were
examined through 1640, contained the following records :

1593 – Ellin Stebbing the Daughter of Willm Stebbing was baptised the
XI day of Nobember 1593.
1594 – Edward Stebbing the sonne of Willm Stebbing was baptised the
XXIIII day of February 1594 (1594/5).
1596 – Amy Stebbing the daughter of Willm Stebbing was baptised the 11
day of December 1596.
1598 – Elizabeth Stebbing the daughter of Willm Stebbing was baptised
the VII day of May 1598.
1599 – Thomas Stebbing the sonne of Willm Stebbing was baptised the
VII day of Marche 1599 (1599/1600).
1603 – Margret Stebinge the daughter of Willm Stebinge was baptised
the XVIII day of Marche 1603 (1603/1604).
1583 – John Lawson and Elizabeth Stebbing were maried the X day of
September 1583.
1584 – Henry Stebbing and Susan Bacon were maried the XIX day of
October 1584.
1587 – Henrie Stebbing and Margett Coppin were married the XXIIII day
of March 1587 (1587/1588).
1585 – Susan the wife of Henrie Stebbing was buried the XV day of
September 1585.
1590 – Dennis the daughter of Thomas Stebbing was buried the XIX day
of November 1590.
1600 – Thomas Stebing was buried the first of September 1600.
1603 – Thomas Stebbyng was buried ye XXI of January 1603 (1603/1604).
1606 – Ellen Stebbinge widdow of Thomas Stebbinge was buried the 26th
day of January 1606 (1606/1607).

Miss Thacker reported the following lacunnae in the Black Notley
Registers: in the Marriages, the bottom portion of a page cut out after
August 1606; marriages began again in November 1606 at top of next page.
Owing to this cut there is also a gap ( on the other side of the page)
between August 1608 and March 1608/9. Another cut occurs at top of page
after Spetember 1632, and entries begin again in May 1633. This cut
causes a gap on the other side of the page from February 1635/6 to April
1636. In the Burials, a page covering parts of 1602-3 was defaced and
unreadable; there was a part of 1604 that was unreadable and also a part
of 1625.

Miss Thacker was further commissioned to search the Feet of Fines in
the Public Record Office in London, to try to find a record of disposal
of property in Essex by Rowland, Martin or Edward Stebbing at the time of
their emigration to New England. Nothing was found. Moreover, no will
was found belonging to Thomas Stebbing of Bocking (the father of Rowland
and Martin) or to William Stebbing of Black Notley and Braintree (the
presumed father of Edward), and there was no record of the Stebbing
family in the Lay Subsidies of Hinkford Hundred, Essex, in the reigns of
Elizabeth I, James I or Charles I.

Bearing in mind the limitations of our genealogical data, we may
venture to set forth tese brief summaries concerning Rowland, Martin,
Edward and Editha Stebbing:

1. ROWLAND STEBBING, baptised at Bocking, co. Essex, 5 Nov 1592, son
of Thomas Stebbing of Bocking and older brother Martin Stebbing. He
married at Bocking, 30 Nov. 1618, Sarah Whiting, whose baptism does not
appear in the existing Register of Bocking. Their five known children
were presumably born and baptised at Bocking, but none of the baptisms
and only one burial of a child of a Rowland Stebbins appear in the
fragmentary Registers of that parish.

Rowland Stebbing and his family sailed from Ipswich, co. Suffolk, on
the Francis, “last of April” 1634. The shipping list gives Rowland’s are
as 40, wife Sarah, 43, and children Thomas, 14, Sarah, 11, John, 8, and
Elizabeth, 6. On arrival in New England, they settled first in Roxbury.
Rowland Stebbing was one of the early settlers of Springfield, MA., moved
there about 1639, and received land in the second division of that town,
24 Dec. 1640. Sarah (Whiting) Stebbing was buried at Springfield 4 Oct.
1649. Rowland had a seat in the meeting-house at Springfield in 1663,
and some time after Feb. 1664/5 he moved again, to live with his son John
at Northampton, MA., where he died 14 Dec. 1671, leaving a will dated 1
March 1669/70. The inventory of his goods and chattels, taken 2 Jan.
1671/2, amounted to Pounds9-5-2; the inventory of his lands, taken 11
Jan. amounted to Pounds75-3-2; and debts amounted to Pounds 46-2-0 were
owing to him (Stebbins Genealogy, vol 1, pp 51-59).”


Another Source (Not cited or confirmed) states:

This man was 40 and his wife Sarah [Whiting] was 43 when they sailed in the “FRANCIS” of Ipswich the last of April 1634 with Mr.John CUTTING as Captain of the ship, bound for New England. (cited p.28 in Hotten’s List of Emigrants,also called “THE ORIGINAL LISTS OF PERSONS OF QUALITY” )

On the last day of April, 1634, Rowland STEBBINS embarked for America aboard the Francis, under Captain John CUTTING, from Ipswich, England. With him were his wife Sarah, their children:

* Thomas, aged 14;
* Sarah. aged 11;
* John, aged 8,
* Elizabeth, aged 6.
* An earlier daughter called Elizabeth had been buried on June 15, 1625.
* They also had with them Mary WINCHE, aged 15. It is unknown if she was related to STEBBINS.

The group cleared customs only on November 12, 1634. Rowland STEBBINS settled first in Roxbury near Boston. In 1639 he moved to Springfield (settled only 3 years before by William PYNCHON – Some accounts say Rowland with with Willliam), where he obtained a land settlement. About 1668 he was one of the pioneers of Northampton, MA. Sarah, his wife of 31 years, died in Springfield on October 4, 1649, at the age of 58. Rowland died in Northampton on December 14, 1671, aged 78.

Many pp.of Greenleaf [Greenlee] talk of this family and their desc.who lived in N.Central Mass.

Another source (Not cited or confirmed) says:

Rowland STEBBING, bapt. 5 Nov 1592, Bocking, England; d. 14 Dec 1671, Northampton, MA; m. 30 Nov 1618, Bocking, England.;

Wife: Sarah WHITING, b. 1591; d. Oct 1649 Rowland died 14 December 1671 Sarah was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England 30 Nov 1591. Sarah was the daughter of John Whiting and Sarah Smith. Sarah died 4 Aug 1649 Springfield, Hampden, MA, at 57 years of age.

Another source (Not cited or confirmed) mentions:

Rowland settled in Roxbury and afterwards removed to Springfield. The families of Stebbins and Pynchon were connected at least by friendship before leaving England, and for that reason Roland chose to join the colony in Springfield in preference to going to Ct. He probably went early to Springfield, for his wife died there, 4 Oct 1649. Her name was Sarah. His death is recorded at Northampton, @@ 77. He removed there from Springfied with is son John. Thomas, the Elder son remained in Springfield.

Rowland joined religion in Puritan.

Other sources (Not cited or confirmed) Report:

ROWLAND STEBBINS, the ancester of probably the majority of the United
States Stebbbins descendents, there is a strong probability that he was
born in or near the parish of Stebbins, Essex County, England. While in
England he is said to have a friend of William Pynchon, who was born at
Springfield, Essex County, England (which is about 10 miles from
Stebbing), in 1590, being only four years older than Rowland. William
Pynchon came to New England in 1629, and was the principal founder of
Roxbury, MA, where Rowland settle upon his arrival in New England in 1634
or 1635. In 1636 William Pynchon purchased Agawam (afterwards named
Springfield) from the Indians. From 1636 to 1646 the settlers of Agawam
were mostly young unmarried men, yet we find Rowland Stebbins there in
1639 with his family. In his will, “my much honored friend Capt. John
Pynchon,” who was a son of William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield,

SARAH (WHITING) STEBBINS is referred to in the New England Historical and
Genealogical Register, Volume 9, page 171 as having been “buried 4 (8)
1649” Springfield, MA records at Boston, MA. Sarah Stebbins is recorded
to have died at Springfield, MA.

Other Sources (Not cited or confirmed) suggest:

The first authentic records we have of Rowland Stebbins and his family are in “The Original Lists of Persons of Quality,” the title page is shown in Greenlee, Volume I, page 52. This book is commonly known as Hotten’s List of Emigrants (page 281) and the records are as follows :

“IPSWICH. A Note of all the names and ages of all those which did not take the oath of allegience or supremacy, being under age, shipped in our port in the Francis, of Ipswich. Mr. JOHN CUTTING bound for New England, the last day of April, 1634” are as follows:

Thomas Stebing aged 14 years.
Sarah Stebing aged 11,
Eliz. Stebing aged 6,
John Stebing aged 8 and
Mary Winche aged 15.

(NOTE: the spelling of the above names is as they were listed in the original documents which we copied exactly as we read them to be.)

“ROWLAND STEBBINS died in Northampton, MA December 14, 1671, but no stone was erected to designate the exact spot of interment. Dr. Daniel Stebbins, about the year 1806, had the early burial ground at Northampton, MA examined to discover the precise spot where the remains of Rowland Stebbins were buried, but, failing in this attempt, in 1840 he caused a granite cenotaph to be erected to his memory, in the center of his family square in the new burying ground, on the east side of which is the following inscription. ROWLAND STEBBINS – The supposed ancestor of all of the name in America, came from the west of England to Springfield with his sons John and Thomas, about 1668 removed to Northampton and there died 1671. DANIEL STEBBINS of the 6 generation from Thomas, was born Apr 2, 1766.” (Greenlee Volume I, page 56)…


LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of Rowland Stebbins,

Dated the first day of the first month, 1669 “Know all men by these presents, that I Rowland Stebbins of Northampton in Hampshire, in the Colony of Massachusetts: having my perfect memory, through the goodness of GOD, though very weak and sick in body, wayting for my great Change, w’ch I desire the Lord in mercy to fit me for — doe make and ordayne this to be my last will and testament — viz In fe I committ my soule to God, that made it, and to the Lord Jesus Christ that redeemed it, by his most precious blood: and doe hope it shall be united to him forever, and my body to be in comly and decent manner buryed, hoping at the Great Day of the Resurection, the Lord Jesus will change the vile body, and fashion it like to his Glorious body and so shall be forever with the Lord.

Also I do make my beloved Son John Stebbins to be my full and Sole Executor which I hope will be faithful in all things committed to his trust — Also will and desire is that all my Just debts and funeral expenses be satisfyed & paid, and as concerning my outward and worldly Estate, that the Lord in his mercy hath given unto me I dispose of in this manner:

Viz. I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Thomas Stebbins he several childred twenty Shillings apiece, to be paid within three years after my decease those that be of age, the Sons to be twenty-one years — and daughters Eighteen years. I give and bequeath to my son John’s Children that is to say to John Stebbins his first born an Iron pott, my bed and bed clothes and all that belongs to it. My best Jackett & wascotte, my
old coate and worst paire of gray stockings. I give and bequeath to Benoni Stebbins my best Breeches and new cotton wescotte & twenty shillings — I give and bequeath to my son John’s son Samuel my old Kersey Sute and twenty shillings. I give and bequeath to my son John’s other six Children to be paid unto them when they come to age twenty Shillings apeece. I give and bequeath to my son in Law Merricks three daughters, twenty Shillings apiece, to Sarah, Mary and Hannah to be paid within three years after my decease. I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Elizabeth Clarke three pounds to be paid within three years and to her three Children twenty Shillings apeece to be paid within three years after my decease, and to Mary the Bell Metal Skillet. I give and bequath to Mary Maunde ten shillings to be paid within a yeere after my desease. I give and bequeath to my son John Stebbins my Great Brass pott and be best coate, and to my son Johns Wife my best stockings, and as for the rest of my Estate that remaynes my will is, that it should be equally divided between my two beloved sons Thomas Stebbins and John Stebbins.

Also my desire is that my much honored friend Cap’t John Pynchon and my beloved brother Robert Bartlett, would be in the overseers of this my last will and testament. That this is my last will and Testament I declare by setting my hand and Seale the first day of the first month Anno Domini 1669-70. My will is that my son John Stebbins doe keepe this my last will and testament. signum ROWLAND STEBBINS

Signed and Sealed in ye presence of William James, Thomas Hanchett, sen’r.