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43. THOMAS21 STEPHENS (NICHOLAS20, THOMAS19, ANTHONY18, EDWARD17, HENRY16, JOHN15, THOMAS14, JOHN13, JOHN12, RICHARD11, JOHN10, JOHN9 FITZ-STEPHEN, BARON OF WINTERBOURNE, HENRY8, JOHN7, FITZ STEPHEN6 FITZ-RALPH, RALPH5 FITZ-STEPHEN, RALPH4, THOMAS3, AIRARD2, STEPHENS1) was born February 03, 1661/62 in Little Sodbury, Glouscestershire, England, and died 1759 in Craven County, North Carolina. He married (1) JANE ??? Abt. 1685. She died Bef. 1712 in North Carolina. He married (2) MARY CASWELL September 28, 1699 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, daughter of THOMAS CASWELL and MARY JONES. She was born March 16, 1678/79 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, and died in Craven County, North Carolina?.

Notes for T
HOMAS STEPHENS:
"Stevens - Stephens Genealogy and Family History "
Author: Clarence Perry Stevens
Call Number: CS71.S844
This book contains the history and genealogy of the Stevens-Stephens family of North Carolina.
Bibliographic Information: Stevens, Clarence Perry. "Stevens-Stephens Genealogy and Family History". Privately Published. 1968.

663) Thomas5 Stevens (Richard4, Thos.3) b. 3 Feb. 1674/5 at Taunton in the suburb called Norton -m- in 1699 Mary Caswell, dau. of Thos. and sister of John Caswell of Berkeley Co., South Carolina. (Taunton Records). He was on the roster of the First Military Company of Taunton in 1700 and lived in Norton where he was a planter. He was a Selectman for a few years about 1711. In 1712 he had land laid out to him on Lockety Neck near the junction of the Rumford and Wading rivers. Mary was born in
1679. According to Clark's Hist. of Norton, he is supposed to have died soon after 1752. This also gives his autograph spelled "Stephens"; no death record for him in either the Taunton or Norton V. R. July 18, 1703,
Thomas and Mary sell to Benj. Shaw for 48 1bs. 8 acres of land in Taunton.This land was given to Mary and her brother Ben by their great grand-father Robt. Sanderson formerly of Boston, deceased, in his will, they to take the land when their father Thomas died.-Bk. 5, p.423, Taunton, Bristol Co., Deed Rec.)Oct. 30, 1759, Thomas being about 85 years of age, testified that he knew well the road from Norton South meeting house.....(Bk. 44, p. 82-89, Ibid.) He probably died soon after1759. The only children listed in T.V.R. are 3 who died under 15 years of age, 2 of whom were Thomasin and Hannah Y., yet from the numerous deeds it appears that John and Josiah were also sons. Oct. 10, 1738, a deed shows Thomas sold land in Norton to son John. (B. 27, p. 502 July 20, 1740, a deposition by Morgen Cobb shows a son of Thos. "was incapable (incompetant) to provide for himself by nameJosiah.-B.28,p.270. Issue of 662) Thomas and Mary Stephens:
1. 685) John6 Stevens b. ca 1720 -m- in 1743 Anna Willis. John is of Norton.(-T.V.R.) in Apr. 1753. John and Anna Stephens sold land on both sides of the Rumford River. (B. 40, p. 141).
2. 686) Josiah

All family records and histories agree 1) Nicholas, et ux. had a son Thomas, who, since he has not been found in New England, was apparently living with 1) Nicholas when he died in the Carolina Colony. In the records of the Perquimans precinct the following: 2
1696/7 Thomas Stephens a witness, Jan. court at Albemarle
1695 Thomas Stevens and wife Jane had Ann b. 1695.
1693 Thomas Stevens had a lawsuit with a Mr. Thorne
1690 Thomas Stevens had been a witness.
Fortunately, unlike Massachusetts, there seems to have been only one Thomas Stevens there at that time. Later he removed a little south to Craven County where he left a will in 1751 naming a daughter Ann. Hathway says he married Mary Kaswell (Caswell) dau. of Francis Caswell of near by Alligator. But, in his will made in 1712 Francis does not call her Mary Stevens, just Mary, which may indicate
she was not married at that time. Jane may have died and Mary was 2nd wife.
7 Va. Colonial Abstracts, Vol 2,
N. C. Hist. and Gen. Register, page 368.
1 Ray's Old Albemarle gives no Thos. Stevens in the index.

DESCENDANTS OF 12) THOMAS STEPHENS of Craven County, NORTH CAROLINA
Thomas4 Stevens (Nicholas3, Thos.2, Anthony1) b. ca 1662; d. 1751 in Craven County, N. C., leaving a will - Grimes N. C. Wills. He -m- 1st, before 1690 Jane (???). "Thos. Stephens and wife Jane acknowledged deed for land sold to Benj. Laker on Castleton Creek." (Hathway's N. C. Hist. and Gen. Register, Vol. 2, p. 151). In 1693 he and Jane had a lawsuit with a Mr. Thorne. (Ibid). I find no other Thomas Stevens in the colony at this time.
"Anne Stevens, daughter of Thos. and wife Jane was born March 5, 1695" (Ibid, Vol. 3, p. 368)
(Mentioned in will.)
In 1696 Thos. was a witness in Perquimans Precinct.
In Jan. 1697 Thos. Summoned to court (Ibid I, p. 141)
In 1702, Thomas Stevens on the list of tithables in Chowan Precinct. Apparently Jane died before 1712 (the vital records are rather poor for that time) and Hathaway says Thomas then married Mary Kaswell (Caswell), dau. of Francis Kaswell, who in his will in 1712 lists Mary by her maiden name of Mary Kaswell (Caswell) so it appears that his 2nd marriage was after 1712. Probably the first five children ending with Anna were by his first wife Jane and the last two by Mary. The youngest Child, John, apparently named a son, Francis, after his mother's father Francis Kaswell. In 12) Thomas' will in 1751 in Craven County where Thomas lived, it shows he let the home plantation to son John, subject to the life interest of his mother, Mary. He had sold the farm at White Oak to Hath. Morrow. He apparently held no slaves, although son, John, did later. The executors were Thos. Jr. and Ben Brocket, apparently husband of daughter Sarah. Issue:
*1. 160) Thomas Jr. b. ca, 1687, married, wife not traced. A deed shows he sold some land in Craven County about 1756.
2. 161) Sarah b. ca 1690 -m- Ben Brockett. His will mentions no childr so I doubt if they had any. (1758)
3. 162) Elizabeth b. ca. 1692. n.t.
4. 163) Mary b. ca. 1694. n.t.
5. 164) Anna or Anne, b. 1695 n.t.
6. 165) Frances b. ca. 1714, n.t.
*7. 166) John b. ca 1716 -m- 1st ca. 1740 Grace Raiford, dau. of Matthew Raiford, settled in Cumberland Co., N. C. -m- 2nd Sarah (???).
N.B. - In the first edition of this book, 12) Thomas was confused with the Thomas, son of 13)Richard of Taunton, Mass. who also -m- a Mary Caswell. Some members of the Taunton family were proved to have come to the Carolinas and the compiler made the mistake that 13) Richard's son, et ux. had come with them. It only made a difference in two generations as they were all descended from Thomas2 of London, England, anyway.
     
Children of T
HOMAS STEPHENS and JANE ??? are:
66. i.   THOMAS22 STEPHENS, b. Abt. 1687, Craven County, North Carolina; d. Craven County, North Carolina.
  ii.   SARAH STEPHENS, b. Abt. 1690, Craven County, North Carolina; m. BENJAMIN BROCKETT.
  iii.   ELIZABETH STEPHENS, b. Abt. 1692.
  iv.   MARY STEPHENS, b. Abt. 1694.
  v.   ANNE STEPHENS, b. March 05, 1694/95.
     
Children of THOMAS STEPHENS and MARY CASWELL are:
  vi.   THOMAS22 STEPHENS, b. 1701, Craven County, North Carolina.
  Notes for THOMAS STEPHENS:
"Stevens - Stephens Genealogy and Family History "
Author: Clarence Perry Stevens
Call Number: CS71.S844
This book contains the history and genealogy of the Stevens-Stephens family of North Carolina.
Bibliographic Information: Stevens, Clarence Perry. "Stevens-Stephens Genealogy and Family History". Privately Published. 1968.


  vii.   SARAH STEPHENS, b. Abt. 1704, Craven County, North Carolina; m. BENJAMIN BROCKETT.
  viii.   MARY STEPHENS, b. Abt. 1707, Craven County, North Carolina.
  ix.   ELIZABETH STEPHENS, b. Abt. 1710, Craven County, North Carolina.
  x.   ANNA STEPHENS, b. Abt. 1714, Craven County, North Carolina.
  xi.   FRANCES STEPHENS, b. Abt. 1714, Craven County, North Carolina.
  xii.   FRANCIS STEPHENS, b. Abt. 1716, Craven County, North Carolina.
  xiii.   SHERWOOD STEPHENS, b. 1722.
67. xiv.   JOHN STEPHENS, b. December 18, 1729, Perquimans County, North Carolina; d. Abt. April 1779, Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina.


44. RICHARD21 STEPHENS (THOMAS20, THOMAS19, ANTHONY18, EDWARD17, HENRY16, JOHN15, THOMAS14, JOHN13, JOHN12, RICHARD11, JOHN10, JOHN9 FITZ-STEPHEN, BARON OF WINTERBOURNE, HENRY8, JOHN7, FITZ STEPHEN6 FITZ-RALPH, RALPH5 FITZ-STEPHEN, RALPH4, THOMAS3, AIRARD2, STEPHENS1) was born Abt. 1641 in Little Sodbury, Glouscestershire, England, and died 1726 in Norton, Bristol, Masschusetts. He married MARY LINCOLN 1666 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, daughter of THOMAS LINCOLN and BRIDGET GILMAN. She was born October 16, 1642 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, and died 1719.

Notes for R
ICHARD STEPHENS:

"Stevens - Stephens Genealogy and Family History"
Author: Clarence Perry Stevens
Call Number: CS71.S844
This book contains the history and genealogy of the Stevens-Stephens family of North Carolina.
Bibliographic Information: Stevens, Clarence Perry. Stevens-Stephens Genealogy and Family History. Privately Published. 1968.

The following affidavit proves that 13) Richard was not the son of 1) Nicholas Stevens: (Bristol Co Records, Mass. Vol. 53, p. 514)
"Jonathan Lincoln of Norton, in ye county of Bristol, in ye Providence of ye Mass. Bay in New England, being in ye eighty-second year of my age, testifies and says that he well remembers one Richard Stevens of Taunton in said county, and that he appeared to be an old man when I was young and that it was always said that he came from Plymouth in old England, and that he was a cloather and worsted comber by trade, and that sometime after ye said Richard came, his father, whose name was Thomas, and mother, and sister Cathrine, and sometimes others of ye family came over to Taunton. Ye said Richard married a person whose maiden name was Mary(Lincoln) Linkon.
Norton Nov. 9, 1768 (Signed) Jonathan Lincoln.
This is first class evidence. Jonathan Lincoln's grandfather Thomas was a brother to Mrs. Richard Stephens (Stevens) nee' Mary Lincoln. Yes, she was a collateral relative of President A. Lincoln, so all descendants of 13) Richard Stevens may claim a small portion of the same blood lines as, perhaps, our greatest president. The lineal descent from Robert Lincoln in England: (Mrs. Richard Stevens) Mary5, Thos.4 the miller, Thos.3, John2 of Swanson M., England, Robert1 of Hingham and Thetford, England, living in 1556.
President Lincoln's fairly well proven American Ancestor was Samuel 4 of Hingham, Mass., then Edward3 of Hingham, England, Richard2, Robert1 of Hingham and Thetford, England, living in 1556. _(The Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln by Lea and Hutchinson, 1909).

STEVENS - STEPHENS GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY
PHOTOSTATOF Page 262 (Stephens) of Volume 17 of Harleian Society Publications Published 1883 -Entitled The Visitation of London Library Ref: CS 410 HS Vol. 17 (m. 1633-4-5-6-7.H.St.George & ??.St.George A copy is in Local History & Genealogical Room off Thomas Jefferson Room in Annex of Library of Congress. The Book does not appear to be copyrighted.

SOME DESCENDANTS OF RICHARD STEVENS OF TAUNTON, MASS.
(Most of the research for this chapter was done by Brig. Gen. Jesse F. Stevens of Boston, Mass.
between c. 1880 and c. 1935, so this is, for the most part, a reformation of his unpublished manuscript) 13) Richard4 Stevens (or Stephens) (Thos.3, Thos.2, Anthony1) c. 1643-1726 (or 1722), immigrant to Taunton, Mass. c. 1660 from London, England via Plymouth, -m- c. 1666 Mary, dau. of Thomas Lincoln (Linkon), the miller of Taunton and widow of William Hacke. She was a collateral relative of Pres. Abe Lincoln. Their lines from the same ancestor are given in Chapter III page 25. She was born 6 Oct. 1642 and died 1716. They settled in Taunton and the Taunton Vital Records list their children. In a deed Richard listed himself as a "cloather", weaver and wool comber. He was a selectman in 1672 and a main shareholder in the iron works called the "Hloomarie". Their home was on Winthrop St. on the site occupied in the 19th century by the store L.B.W.West near the court house. He lived on this 1683-1722. He gave his son Thomas of Norton property on Apr. 7, 1716 on condition that he would provide for him "during my natural life". In the deed he signed his name Stephens. -(Hist. of Taunton). Issue:
1. 660) Richard5 Stevens, b. 1667; killed accidently in 1685.
2. 661) Nicholas5 b. Feb. 23, 1669 at Taunton -m- 1st Remember Tisdale,-m- 2nd Annis Spier.
3. 662) Mary5, b. June 8, 1672 -m- in 1694 Ephriam Miner at Stonington, Ct.
4. 663) Thomas5 b. Feb. 3, 1674 -m- in 1699 Mary Caswell, b. 1679 and lived in Norton near Taunton, Mass.
5. 664) Thomasine (Tamsin) b. July 3, 1677 -m- in 1698 Edward Wilcox (s. of Stephen) and lived Westerly, R. I.
6. 665) Nathaniel5 b. July 4, 1680 -m- Hannah (???) and is said to have lived near Boston and Braintree.


Richard Stephens of Taunton, Massachusetts, a contemporary of Henry Stephens of Stonington, Connecticut, married about 1666, Mary Linkon, the widow of William Hacke, and daughter of Thomas Linkon of Taunton.
Their children were:
Richard, b. March 6, 1667; accidentally killed in 1785/86
Nicholas, b. February 23, 1669; m. Remember Tisdale; m. 2nd, Annie Spier
Mary, b. June 8, 1672; m. May 24, 1694, Ephraim Miner of Stonington, Connecticut.
Thomas, b. February 3, 1674; m. September 28, 1699, Mary Caswell; lived in Norton, Massachusetts.
Tamasin, b. July 3, 1677; m. May 5, 1698, Edward Wilcox of Westerly, Rhode Island.
Nathaniel, b. July 4, 1680; m. Hannah; removed to Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Mary L. Paige of Taunton, Massachusetts, a descendant of Richard Stephens of Taunton, and his son Nicholas, writes: "As is well known, our Richard was son of Thomas, who came later, but it is not thought stayed or died here." Mrs. Paige furnished the following affidavit:

"Jonathan Lincoln of Norton, in ye County of Bristol, in ye providence of ye Mass Bay, in New England, being in ye eighty second year of my age, testifies and says that he well remembers on Richard Stephens of Taunton, in said County, and he appeared to be an old man when I was young, and that it was always said that he came from Plymouth, in old England, and that he was a Cloather and worsted comber by trade, and that some time after ye said Richard came, his father, whose name was Thomas, and mother, and sister Catharine, and some time, others of ye family came over to Taunton, ye said Richard married a person whose maiden name is Mary Linkon, and had by her four sons, to wit, Richard, Nicholas, Thomas and Nathaniel, and two daughters, to wit. Mary and Tamsin, all these I knew except Richard. I then understood, died young and unmarried, the other three, Nicholas, Thomas, and Nathaniel are deceased and left children: the said Nicholas had six sons to with, Richard and Nicholas (who are both now deceased) and Joseph, Isaac, and Josiah, who are now living, and Robert who I know nothing of but by heresay, the said Joseph being ye eldest son of ye said Nicholas who is now living. The
Deponant further says, he lived in s'd Taunton in s'd County until he was 26 years of age, then he moved to Norton, which is joining to Taunton and further saith not.
Jonathan Lincoln
Norton, Nov. 9, 1768" (Bristol Co. Records, Vol. 53, P. 514.)

Stephens/Stevens from North East Settlers by Savage, Vol. 4. Massachusetts.
Richard Stevens of Taunton, named 1689 as one of the inhabitants to who William Bradford made confirmation granted. (Stephens Version 4 says Richard b. 1641 in Little Sudbury, Glucestershire, England, d. 1726 in
Norton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. married Mary Lincoln (b. 16 Oct 1642, d. 1719) in 1666 in Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts)
Children:
1. Richard Jr. b. 23 Feb 1670 (Stephens Version 3 says: 20 Mar 1667)
2. Mary b. 8 July 1672 (Stephens Version 3 says: 8 June 1672)
3. Thomas b. 3 Feb 1675 (Stephens Version 3 says: 3 Feb 1674)
4. Thomasin b. 3 July 1677
5. Nathaniel b. 30 July 1680
(Stephens Version 3 also lists: Nicholas b. 23 Feb 1669)
(Stephens Version 3 says all these children born in Taunton, Bristol Co.,
Massachusetts).

Notes for M
ARY LINCOLN:
Stevens - Stephens Genealogy and Family History
Author: Clarence Perry Stevens
Call Number: CS71.S844
This book contains the history and genealogy of the Stevens-Stephens family of North Carolina.
Bibliographic Information: Stevens, Clarence Perry. Stevens-Stephens Genealogy and Family History. Privately Published. 1968.

MARY5 LINCOLN or Linkon (Thos.4, Thos.3, John2, Robert Jr.1), 1642-1716, wife of 13)
Richard4 Stevens of Taunton, Mass. was a daughter of Thomas Lincoln "the miller", 1600-1683. He was called "the miller" to identify him from three other men with the same name. He had immigrated, along with five other Lincoln men from Norfolk, England in 1636 to Hingham, Mass., and in 1652 he removed to Taunton, Mass. Of these six men, Thos. "the miller" and three brothers were related and probably all of them and it is generally agreed President Lincoln was descended from one of them,
but there has been much dispute as to the exact links. Some genealogists have claimed the President was descended from Mary's father Thomas "the miller", b. 1600; but the more generally accepted line is the one given herein in Chapter III, page 26, which I believe makes Thomas "the Miller" a second cousin to the alleged ancestor of the President, in the same generation. Anyway, all descendants of 13) Richard and Mary Stevens are proved to be related to a man, who was, perhaps, the nations most famous president, judging by the over 2,000 volumes of Lincoln lore in libraries about him.

It is interesting to note in the alleged ancestry of the president (L. &. H.) that the sister of his ancestor Richard Lincoln in Hingham, England, was named Kathrine, and she -m- before 1570 a man named "Brooke" (first name not given), so perhaps this Kathrine Brooke, or Broke had a daughter Kathrine Broke who -m- Anthony1 Stephens ca. 1582.

Another novelty in regard to this Richard Lincoln in England was that his wife's sister -m- John Kett, whose 1st cousin Francis Kett, "Doctor of Physick" ca. 1580 was burned at the stake in Norwich castle ditch on 14 Jan. 1588/9 for heresy, and his great uncle William Kett, als. Knight of Wymondham, was hanged for treason in 1549. There we have it! The compilers of other family histories hide such facts but ours should be different. I always thought if we searched long enough, we could find a relative who had been hanged. But alas, the line of the descendants of 13) Richard and Mary Lincoln goes through Richard Lincoln's brother John, so no relation to Richard Lincoln's wife or socalled traitor.

The most widely accepted line for President Lincoln in America: Samuel, b. ca. 1619 of Hingham, Mass.; Mordecai, Mordecai Jr., John, Abraham, Thomas, President A. Lincoln. The link between John and Mordecai is weak for it is uncertain whether the John in Virginia was the son of Mordecai or a great grandson of Thomas, "the miller."

Thomas5 Lincoln or Linkon "the miller" (Thos.4, John3, Robt. Jr.2) 1600-1683, of Taunton, Mass., -m- 1st (???)? in England; -m- 2nd in Mass. Elizabeth Harvey in 1665. He had been a miller but owned and operated an iron works in Taunton. Issue, all by his 1st wife:
1. Thomas6 Jr. Lincoln, b. ca. 1628 in England -m- Mary Austin (dau. of Jonah) and settled at Taunton.
2. John6 Lincoln, b. ca. 1633 (d. 1719) -m- in 1664 Edith Macomber of Marshfield, Mass.
3. Samuel6 Lincoln, b. ca. 1637 -m- Cathrine (???).
4. Sarah6 Lincoln -m- Joe Willis.
5. Mary6 Lincoln, b. Oct. 6, 1642 (d. 1716) - (Hist. of Hingham) -m- in 1666/7 Richard4 Stevens of Taunton, Mass.
(We have some six more generations but they have been published by J. M. and Solomon Lincoln and others.)
     
Children of R
ICHARD STEPHENS and MARY LINCOLN are:
  i.   RICHARD22 STEPHENS, b. March 20, 1667/68, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts; d. 1685, Accidentally killed; m. PRICILLA ???.
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68. ii.   NICHOLAS STEPHENS, b. February 23, 1668/69, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts; d. July 07, 1747, Taunton, Bristol, Masschusetts.
69. iii.   MARY STEPHENS, b. June 08, 1672, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts.
70. iv.   THOMASINE STEPHENS, b. July 03, 1677, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts; d. November 05, 1715, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island.
71. v.   NATHANIEL STEPHENS, b. July 30, 1680, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts; d. 1725.


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