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TO Tin: mi:moi;\' OF his anu ceneroi/.s iatiier, 


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Frederick S. Stevens 

Bridgeport , Conn . 


/' R E F A C E. 

I This very hnpcrffct genealogy has been gathered into this 

I present form for the purpose of holding fast and placing on 

^1 record whot dates and facts we have of the past and honored 

\ histor)' of the Stevexs rA.MlIJEs of New E^igland. The sub- 

\ scriber has, after much time and correspondence, secured enough. 

\ in the way of historical events to make an interesting beginning, 

I so that others of the name may fill up the blank pages, take up 

i the v.'ork v>-hcrc I leave off, and so make b)' rearrar.ging and re- 

I compiling the following record, with what may be added, a 

* com.plete STEVENS genealogy, in which the numerous descend- 

\ ants, of the New England ancestry may take a just and jiardon- 

1 able pride. 

3 Although for many years it has been my earnest desire to 

'\X v/iite out and preserve m)-' family's history, it is only within the 

I past four years that I have come into the possession of the 

I greater part of the historical contents of this book, through the 

■^ kindness of Mr. Theo. D. Rogei^s, of Norwalk, C'onn., Mr. 

'i Hiram Stevens, of New Haven, Conn., and mj' sister, Mrs. 

I Sarah S. Stevens, of Danbury, Conn., enabling me to present 

this brief edition. 

The old original deeds of the Stevens family of Danbur)-, 
Conn., the fac-similcs of four of which appear in this first edi- 
tion, and show the perfect state of preservation of the very an- 
cient and valuable documents, were recorded (at two of 
them,) as early as \y26-y, six years before the birth of Wash- 
ington, 1732. These and many other valuable papers of our 
family arc in the possession of Hiram Stevens, Esq., of New 
Haven. Personal recollections and family history, although 
dimmed by years of intervening events, are with this docuuien- 
taiy .md unimpeachable evidence, fully established. 

Frederick S. S'itlvens. 

Bridgeporl, Conn., January, l8gi. 

Having received many useful points and interesting jiapers 
in the past two years connected with the genealogy of the 
Stevens family from Theodore D. Rogers, Esq., of Norwalk, 
Conn., 1 was in hopes to still fvn-thcr enlist his valuable services 
towards enlarging this book, b\' having an)- useful information 
sent direct to him, or to myself, for his approval. I regret ex- 
ceedingly that his failing ej'esight forbids any further labors, as 
the following letter will explain. F. S. S. 

Nor WALK, Nov. 25, 1890. 
F. S. Stevens, Esq., Bridgeport, Ct. 

Dear Sir : — I received to-day the proofs of your points in the Ste- 
vens Genealogy. 1 have added name [Josepli] ofllie 5th son of our 
ancestor Thomas Stevens, who died in Stamford, 165S. Joseph went 
with his brother to Hop Grounds [Bedford], but did tiot go to Dan- 
bury. He went somewhere, from Hop Grounds, after living there 
sotne 10 years, or died, for there is no mention of him in Records of 
Bedford or Westchester County after 1690. 

I send you on the blank sheet my line of descent from Capt. Eben- 
ezer Stevens, son of Benjamin, of Danbury. 

Capt. Ebenezer removed from Danbury to New Fairfield, in 1740 
or 1 74 1, and was a prominent man there. He died about 1765 or 
1766, leaving a widow [Estlier|. She was his second wife. He left 
four sons and four daughters, viz : Ebenezer, Daniel, Hezekiah and 
Joseph, Mabel [mar. Wm. Porter,] Mary [mar. Anthony Wanzer,] 
Jemimah [mar. ist Serajah Beardsley, and 2d, my ancestor David 
Barnum,] and Estlier [mar. Alexander Fairchild.] 

David Barnum, my ancestor, was son of Nathan Barnum, grandson 
of Francis Barnum and great-grandson of Thomas Barnum, one of 
tlie first eight settlers of Danbury. 

David and Jemima [Stevens] Barnum had four sons and one 
daughter. Their son, Samacl 'I'urner Barnum, married Alice Nash, 
and had one son and one daughter, David and Betsey. Betsey mar- 
ried my father, Col. Amzi Rogers. 

This is far enough to bring dov.-n our line, perhaps, or my brolhcr 
in Bridgeport could give you the names of us, [ht present ger.eraliun, 
named Rogers, if you wish it. 

Now I will give you the name of a Stevens, who, no doubt, ci'n 
'Tive you lots of Stevens information. He i'^ a born genealogist. \i\'i 
name is Hiram Stevens, of New Haven ; 4 or 5 years ago his address 
was 254 Bradley st.. New Haven, and probably is there now. Jf not 
now there (254 Bradley st.) New Haven Directory would give his 
address. He is one of the Mill I'iaia branch, and knows more about 
/■//«:/ branch than any man living. If you can get into cominanica- 
tion with him he can give you many points. 

I notice that your circular directs jiersons to send their gcnealogie.s 
io yon or to we. They had better all come to you ; because, first, 
my eyesight is getting very poor, so that it bolliers me a good deal 
to read much and makes it a very great task for me to v/iite ev^-n a 
little, and second, because I have already done my full part in regard 
to the Stevens genealogy, discovering connections, facts and points 
before unknown. So you had really better have all such matter sent 
to yourself. 

I think you will find Mr. Hiram Stevens of much assistance to 
you. If you should call on him, I think he could show you some 
old family deeds and docun)cnts. 

Very trulv yours, 





/ j The Stevens Family was vciy numerously represented in 

I i j 

j s| the earl}' settlers of this countr)'. 

ji'{ Amang emigrants to "Barbadoes," in 1G34, was a John Ste- 

j ;; vens. In those days emigrants to New England and \'irginia 

I ■; froni England had to take an oath of allegiance and [religious] 

',' conformity, before they were allowed to leave. In going to 

I ' Barbadoes or Bermuda, these oaths were not required, conse- 

; quently many emigrants shipped to Bermuda and Barbadoes, 

j'\' and _//'(?w /"//dV'r came to Virginia and New England. The above 

I i John Stevens, a Rich'' Osborn, and two others, passengers by 

i;t the ship //i''/'<:Tt77/, {ov Barbadoes, Feb. 17, 1634, were shortly 

{ in afterward all residing in Hingham, Mass., and the Richd Osborn 
above named came afterwards to New Haven, then to Fairfield, 
and is ancestor of most, if not all of the Osborns of Fairfield 
County. John Stevens may have also drifted this wa\" from 

Rob* Stevens, age 22, came to New England in 1634. 
A Thos. Stevens, age 12, came to New England in 1635. 

- A William Stevens, age 22, came to Virginia in 1635. — 
A Matthew Stevens, age 12, came to Barbadoes in 1635. 
An Alice Stevens, age 22, came to New England in 1635. 
A Henry Stevens, age 24, came to New England in 1635. 

— A Thomas Stevens, age 35, came to Virginia in 1635. — 
A William Stevens, age 21, came to St. Christopher in 1635. 
An Edward Stevens, age 53, came to Barbadoes in 1635. 
A Phillippa, age 28, and Judith Stevens, age 19, came to Si. 

Christopher in 1634. 


A RicJiard Stephens was living at Jan^ics City, Va., in 16." ■;. 

A John Stevens was living at Martin's Hundred, Va., in 16^3. 

A Jolin Stc\X'ns, hnsbandman, of Ringwood, County South- 
ampton, England, came to New England in 1639, by the sbi}; 

A Thomas Stevens was a settler on the Kennebec River, in 
Maine, as early as 1624. 

A John Stevens was a settler in Darien, [then Stamford,] in 
1641. (See IlisL. of Eairfield Co.,iip.693 and 697.) JlLrj h.avc 
been father or brother of our Thomas. 

A Capt. Thos. Stevens, who was born in 1650, lived at one 
time in Southampton, L. I., married Elizabeth Cook, and had 
several children. 

Stevens's were numerous in Killingworth in 1684, and subse- 
quentl}^ some also in Guilford and Stonington. 

Of course, none of the foregoin.g are known to be connected 
with our Stevens family, but 1 have taken them from my notes 
thinking they might interest )'uu. 

I enclose a circular letter from a lady physician of Salt Lake 
City, a Mi-ss Stevens, married to Barney, who is looking up the 
Stevens genealogy. She might give you pniiUs. I ratlier 
thiidc she claims to be related to kings, pones, and even the 
martyr Stephen of the New Testament, as you v/ill see. II 
you make new discoveries in Stevens genealogy, going Jarllur 
back than I have, please communicate them to me. 

Yours truly, 

T. D. Rogers, Norwalk, Ct. 


First G exeratiox. 

(Progenitor of this Stevens family,; 

W'lio died in Stamford in 1658, (in that part of Stamford which 
is now Darien,) had five sons, viz: Obadiah, Thomas, I'enja- 
i^iin, Ephraini, and Joscpli. 

Obadiah and Benjamin were each granted a house lot in 
1676, b)' the town of Stamford, '-for their services against the 
common enem)'." 

Second Gexeratfox. 


"J"he third son of the above Thomas, in 1680, removed to a phice 
called "Hop Grounds," now in the town of Bedford, Westches- 
ter Co., but which was then under the jurisdiction of the Iov^mi 
of Stamford, and claimed l.iy Stamford as a part of the town. 
About the same time, ancestors of the "\\'^ildman" family, of 
Danbury, went, from Norwalk or Darien to "Hop Grounds," 
(now Bedford). About l/OO, at least previous to 1710, Benja- 
)\ min Stevens and two Wildman brothers removed to Danbury. 

Benjamin Stevens had four sons, who came with him to Dan- 
bur)', probably all under age at that time. Dates of their birth 
cannot be given. 

Benjamin's brother Joseph also went to Hop Grounds (Bed- 
ford), but did not go to Danbury, as Benjamin did. 

Benjamin's sons were Ebenezer, Benjamin, Jr., Nathaniel and 
Thomas. Ebenezer settled in New Fairfield, about 1741, and 


is tlic ancestor of tlie Stevrns' of New FairficKl aiiJ ,son;c of 
the name in Brookficld. Thomas is the ancestor of the Stevens' 
that used to be in Mill Plain (Danbury), Ct. 

[Mr. Rogers contributes the following respecting the descendi'iUs 
of Benjamin, son of Benjamin Stevens, isl] : 

His will [Dnnhury Probate Records,] was made jM:irch 19, 1749, 
and pruved Nov. J9. 1766. The will mentions wife Elizabeth, sens 
Joshua, Benjamin and Caleb, daughters Rachel, Sarah \n,. L'oslv.-ick, ! 
and the children of his deceased daughter Elizabi-th Cra'/es. 

Joshua died April 16, 1S48, age 80; buried in lirockficld near the 

This Benjamin's son [the 3d Benjamin Stevens,] married Anna 
Bearss, daughter of Josiah Bearss, of New Fairfield. He iiad several 
children, of whom I only know of one, Ajah. 

This Benjamin and Anna died in the present town of Erookfield — 
Benjamin died July 20, 1799, aged 8S, and Anna died 178S. Both 
buried in Brookfield, near Housatonic Railroad. 

Ajah died Sept. 20, 1801, aged 54. Me made a wijl June 75, 1797, 
which was proved Nov. 20, 1797, and mentions wife Sarah, sons 
Joshua, Asa, Benjamin and daughters Anne, Sarah, Lucy and Ra- 
chel. Ajah and his father, Benjamin, are buried in a little burying 
ground in Brookfield, a little northwest of the Brookfield (Housatonic 
R. R.) depot. 

One of Ajah's daughters marritd a Hodge, who resided near Ball's 
Pond in New P"airfield. Ajah's son Asa, was a bla.cksrnith ; settled 
in New Fairfield, and married a daughter of Jabez Elwell. wno.=:'.; 
house was a little west of Ball's Pond and was built on botii sid.^s cf 
the line between New York and Connecticut. A daughter of Asa 
Stevens married Harvey Whitehead. One of their sons is now livi'ig 
in Redding. 

Descendants of the Danbury Stevens family, of course, scattered 
everywhere. Quite early some ol them settled in Patterson, N. V., 
some ill Peekskill, some in Poughkeepsie, etc., etc. 

Of course there is ample proof tliat all of the Ste\'ens name '• 
Danbury, New Fairfield and Brookfield are of one stock, • 


TniRij Generation. 


Son of the above Benjamin, married AbiL2,a! ]5ai-num, daugliter 
of Thomas Barninn, the first white female cliihl born in the 
Town of Danl^jur)'. They had six sons : Nathaniel, Jr., Nathan, 
Abriiham, Timoth}', John and Ezra, and two danghters, Rutii 
and Hannah. 

He made a will at Daiibur)-, Feb. r, 1743, (which is on record 
at Fairfield,) in which he makes mention of the above children 
and a granddaughter Elizabeth Stevens, and his wife Kuth,and 
spcak^ of John Stevens and Ezra Stevens as "my youngest 
.sons." He died not long after making his will, for the two 
youngest sons, John ajid Ezra, chose guardians on July 5, 1743, 
and the estate was distributed in April, 1743. 

FouRni Generation. 


Son of the'abovc Nathaniel, was born Ma}- 25, 1724, and v.'as 
therefore about nineteen years old at the time of his father's 
death. He died Feb. 5, 1823, aged gS years, 8 months and io 
days. He married, first, Ann Barnum, daughter of Benjamin 
Barnum, granddaughter of Richard Barnum and great-grand- 
daughter of Thomas Barnum, who was one of the first eight 
settlers of Danbury, in 1684-5. 

'ihe children of Ezra Stevens and his first wife were : 

Ezra, Jr., who married Abigail Fairchild. 

Rachfcl, married Ezra Peck. 

Samuel, married Esther Hoyt. 

Eli, married Abigail Knapp. 

Anna, married Paul Hamilton. 

E'crward, married Racliel Knapp, daughter of David Knajjp. 

Peter, married Phebc Booth, of Newtown. 

Elijali, married Betsey Criss. 

Anner, married John llamiltoti, brother of licr sister Anihi's 
husband, Paul Ilamillon. 

Ezra Stevens' second wife was widow Elizabeth Burt, wliosc 
maiden name was Elizabeth Coe. Their only child was Zadoc 

Ezra Stevens was an officer of a Danbury companj' in the 
Revolutionar}- War. His son Eli was a private in the same 
company. (See mention of him, in this conncctioji, in History 
of Fairfield Coun(y, pp. 193, 194.) 

The following anecdf)te about Ezra Stevens is related b)' 
Mrs. Morris Bradle_\' : V\'hen he was an old man, over 80, liav- 
ing been cpn'te ill, a pious friend of ills, Dc^icon ./\.nios Hoyt, 
(perhajis a re]ati\ e, as Ezra Stevens' mother w;is a Ho)-t,j called 
on him, and in course of conversation, asked old Mr. Stevens i) 
he had made his peace with God. "'Made my peace with God ?" 
said the old man , "No ; wh)' he and 1 have a/7vafs bctii at 
peace. There has never been any difficulty between him and 
me." So Deacon Ho3't's exhortation was cut short ofl. 

NoRWALK, Jan. 6, 1S91. 
Friend Stevens : 

I think I gave you note of the will of N;uhaniel -Stevens, of D;:;i- 
bury, (son of the 1st Benjamin,) dated Feb. i, 1742-3, and reeorded 
at Fairfield. That will speaks of Jolin and Ezra Stever.s as his "i.vo 
youngest sons." I also informed you that Ezra Stevens married 
for I St wife, Ann, daughter of Benjamin Barnum; but I did not 
know what became of John Stevens, brother of Ezra. Now, 1 liavt 
lately found, that John married Lydia, daughter of Benjamin I?.;ir- 
num, and the sister of his brother Ezra's wife, Ann. This ai4>erus 
from the will of Benjamin Barnum, dated Jan. 9, 1779 (Danbury 
Probate Records), which mentions his daughter Lydia— without say- 
ing whose wife she is— and the heirs of his daughter Ann, deceased, 
late wife of Ezra Stevens. 

Now, later, his widow dies (same year it seems) without a will ; 
but the distribution of her estate mentions the saine six cliildrcn 
mentioned in her husband's will — speaks of heirs of her daughter 


!) Ann, late wife of Ezra Stevens, and of lier daughter Lydia.wife of John 
! Stevens. That shows conclusively that John married sister of his 
• brother Kzra's wife, dauglUers of Benjamin Barnum, granddaughters 
of Deacon Richard Barnum of Danhury, and great granddaughters 
(. f tlie original Thomas Barnum. 

And 1 am able also now, 1 think, to show where John and Lydia 
(i'.arnum) Stevens went to, or at least where they v,-ere living in 1785, 
There is recorded in Danbiiry (Book ist of Deeds, pages .466-7), a 
deed from John Stevens and l,ydia, his wife, of Lee, Berkshire Co., 
Mass., to Eleazor Barnum and Olive Barnum, of Danbuiy, of certain 
land, etc. This Lydia (Barnum) Stevens had a sister Olive Barnum, 
as ajjpears by will of Benjamin, and distribution of his widow ; and 
no doul)t this deed was made to her sister Olive, of land inherited 
from their father. I had always wondered what became of John 
Stevens, brother of Ezra, and this, 1 think, shows who he married 
rtnd where he went to. ■ I thon.ght you would like to know ; and may 
be there are now Stevens' in Berkshire Co., descended from John 
and Lydia (Darnum) Stevens. • Yours truly; 

T. D. RoGEi-is. 

Fifth Gkneration. 


An As.sociate Judge of tire Court, and an honored Representa- 
tive of the town of Danbury in the State Legi.slatures of 1824 
and 1825, son of the above Ezra Stevens, was oorn in Danbu- 
i r\', jNov. 8, 1777, and died at Knoxville, Illinois, July 13, 1838.. 
I Zadoc married Phebe White, daughter of Thomas Philip 
I White and cousin of Col. E. Moss White, of Danbury. 
Their children were : 

Mary Ann, born , married Morris S. Bradley. 

Thomas Philip, born . married Rebecca Peck. 

Sylvester, born 1804, married Angeline Starr. 
Jerusha, born , married Alvah Wheeler. 

Angeline, born , married Jacob D. Frost. 

Zadoc, Jr., born , married Pauhne Fanton, and 

for his second wife, Ann Barnes. 


Epaphras Bull, born , married NaiiC)' Fantorv, 

sister of Pauline. 

Frcflerick, born , married Sally Rice, of Hen- 

derson, Illinois. 

Charles Lewis, born married Matilda Knbcrts. 

In connection with the hi.-^tcny of Ezra Stevens, tb.e follow- 
ing resjjecting the corporate infanc}' of Connecticut, from the 
N. Y. Herald o[ Nov. i6, 1890, will be of interest to the mens- 
bers of our family and others : 

The SuitL' had only four years before started out under its conslitiition of iSiS, 
still existing, but greatly amended. There were only 12 Senators and 206 mem- 
bers of the House, representing 130 towns, against 249 meml;ers and l58 towns 
represented in the last Legislature [1&89]. 

Oliver Wolcott was Governor, and Ralph I. Ingersoll, Spea!;er of the Housi.. 
Senators were paid §2 and Representatives $1.50 per day. There were no legib'a- 
tive journals nor printed copies of bills, nor desks for the members to write upon. 
The men who sought legislative honors in tliose days were the leading men of 
Connecticut, and of the gentlemen who served in 1824 and 1825, one became a 
United Slates Senator, six became Governors of Connecticut, si^ Members of Con- 
gress, one United States Minister to the Court of Russia, and thirly-four otiiei- 
obtained high honors in the administration of Stale affairs. 

The following epitaph, copied from the totnbstone of Ho'.. 
Zadock Stevens, at Knoxville, Illinois, was written by a friend, 
James V\^ Nichols, of Danbui)-, Ct. (See History of Fairfield 
County, p. 266.) 


Died July /?, jSjS, 
Ag<d 60 years, S months. 

From early youth to diligence inclined, 
He rose to merit, by the force of mind ; 
Sound sense, decision, perseverance strong 
Sustained him nobly through the world along. 

In action fearless, powerful in debate, 

He grac'd the councils of his native State ; 

His sterling talents and exalted worth 

Shed brighter radiance 'round the social heart';. 



Horn NcA'. 8, 1777, died July 13, 1838. 

I'licbc White, born July 30, 1776, deceased Oct. 4, 1865. 
They were married Oct. 5, 1800. 

Their children were 

INIary Ann, born Sept. 27, 1801, married Morris S.Bradley, 
Sept. 8, 1822. 

Thomas Phillips, born Jan. 22, 1803, died Oct. 2, 1827, mar- 
ried Rebecca Peck, Oct. 25, 1826. 

Sylvester, born Sept. 12, 1804, died June 15, 1878, married 
Anyeliiie Starr, Jan. 25, 1827. 

Jerusha, boi-n Sept. 24, 1806, married Alvah Wheeler, Oct. 
.:6, 1826. 

An<jjeline, born March 5, 1809, married J. D. Frost, April 14, 

Zadoc W., born Sept. 26, iSto, married first Paulina P\anton, 
March, 1832, who died June 14, 1836 ; and married second Ann 
Barnes, Jan. 1, 1842. 

Epaphras Booth, born June 24, 1812, married Hancy Fanton, 
Sept. II, 1833. 

Joseph PTederick, born Aug. 24, 1714, married Sally Rice, 
Xov. 4, 1S45. 

Charles Lewis, born Nov. 21,1816, married Matilda Roberts, 
May 9, 1 84 1. 

The above accurate data were found among my father's papers, after tliis book 
had gone to the bindery, necessitatini; tlie insertion of this extra leaf. 

Tlie name of Epaphras Bull, son of Zadoc, in the first printed page is incorrect. 
It is as above printed, Epaphras Booth. 

Note.— Lieut. Ezra Stevens, father of Zadoc, married Elizabeth How, instead 
of Elizabeth Coe, as printed on a pnceding page. 


At last in strangers land death comes iinfear'd, 
Where o'er his tomb this humble stone is' reared, 
Relying firm on God's impartial grace, 
Resigned his breath and clos'd his earthly race. 

A native of Danbury, Ct. 

Sixth Generation. 

■: 'rhifd child of Zadoc No. 5, was boni in Danbuiy, Ct., Sept. 12, 

■ 1804, married Angcline Starr, January .35, 1827, and died at 

\ Kncxville, 111., June 15, 1878. 

! Their children v/erc : 

• Helen Augusta, born Oct. 30, 1827, married Granville Taylor, 

- of Danlniry, Ct. 

I Mar)' White, born March 9, 1829, married Nathan Goodell, of 

[ Knoxville, 111. 

\ Sarah, born .Sept. 28, 1834, married George Parcells, and 2d 

\ husband, Erastus Stevens, of Danbury, Ct. 

\ Two children born, who died in infancy, and were buried in 

I Wcstport cemeter)^ 

i Frederick Sylvester, born June 22, 1848, married Anna May 

\ Gaylord, of Bridgeport, Ct. 


I Golden Wedding of Sylvester Stevens No. 6. 

i E"ather of Rrederick. S. .Stevens, No. 7, 

I From the Knox RepublicaJK 

f Knoxville, Illinois, January, 1877. 


\ '1 he fiftieth marriage anniversary of Dr. and Mrs. Sylvester -Stevens was cele- 

I hrated at the City Hall in this city, on the evening of January 25th, 1877. 

I A large number of our most estimable citizens, together with many friends from 

I abroad, assembled at an early hour to do honor to and participate in the celebra- 
After the public or formal reception, the Rev. Mr. Wadeli, as spokesman of the 

j; icnipniiy, presented the Doctor and his Brhh- the numerous golden evidences of 

I l''.cir love and esteem, to which the Doctor replied as follows : 


M)' frii-iuls and fellow citizens : 

"There is an ancient Ift-brew proverb which tells us 'that from the abundance 
of the heart the mouth speaketh.' 

"My present experience proves that there may be exceptions to this proverb as a 
rule, for surely my heart was never so full to overflowing with grateful emotions, 
struggling for utterance as now, and yet I never felt so sensibly the poverty of 
language to express my gratitude and thankfulness to my numerous friends here 
assembled, for this bountiful outpouring of goodness and noble generosity." 

After the Doctor had tendered his heartfelt thanks to his friends in his own 
inimitable and happy manner, he referred to the family history, which we reprint 
in full, as it will interest thousands of New England descendants. 

The j'outhful couple whose fiftieth marriage anniversary you this evening cele- 
brate, were born in Danbur}', Conn. Mrs. Stevens (.'\ngeline Starr), July 4, 1S05, 
and myself, September 12, 1S04. 

Both families of our ancesters were of "simon pure" Puritanic stock ; both fami- 
lies being among the first settlers of the town of Danbury, in the year 1687. 

My (Abigail Piarnnm) was the first child born in the Colony, 
in the year 16SS, My grandfather, Lieut. Ezra Stevens, a commissioned officer in 
the Revolutionary War, was born in Danbury, .'Vpril 24, 1724, and died I'eljruary 
24, 1S23. 

My father, Z«doc Stevens, was bom in Danbury, Nov. 8, 1777, and died in this 
city, July 13, 1S38. 

My mother was a White, daughter of Thomas P. White, of Danbuiy, and grand- 
daughter of Rev. Ebenezer White, the second Congregational preacher in the 
town of Danbory ; he presided ovei- the church many years, and was the great- 
grandson of Thomas White, one of the passengers and head of a family of the 
Whites who came over in the Mayflower. 

Mrs. Stevens, my better half, was a Starr, daughter of Zadoc Starr. Her an- 
cestors settled in the south part of the town of Danbury, then the parish of Pethel, 
now a town. Mrs. Stevens' grandfather on the maternal side, was a Scotchman, 
Mr. John McLean, who emigrated in about 1750, engaged in mercantile business, 
in which he was very successful and acquired much wealth. He received the ap- 
pointment of U. S. Commissary in the War of the Revolution, and had collected 
a large quantity of military stores in Danbury, consisting generally of pork, flour 
and clothing, which v.'as stored in the old Ediscopal Church, a few rods from Mr. 
McLean's store and residence. In the month of April, 1777, the British being 
informed of this deposit by the "blue light tories," landed on the Connecticut 
shore 2G miles south of Danbury, 2000 light infanty from their shipping on Long 
Island Sound They marched to our town which they burned, together with all 
the military stores. As it was deemed by them a .sacreligious act to burn a Church 
of England edifice, the pork and flour was rolled into the street, and the clothing 
piled upon it and burned. The old church building is still standing. 

Mrs. Stevens' father and mother lived to the advanced age of q6 years, and she 
is the only living representative of the family of nine children. 


1 liKDHicj; w. 



EKEDinOi; S. S'l EVENS ,^ ]'A:\niA', 
mnpfSKiMjur, conn. 

Seventh Generation. 


Ivji-n in Danbury, Conn., June 32, 1848,500 of Sylve.ster No. 6, 
and grandson of Zadoc, No. 5, and a grcat-yrandson of Lieut. 
Fv'.ia Stevens. 

Fredcriek S. Stevens is a member of the Scientific and His- 
torical Societies, Past Master of Corinthian Lodge, No. 104, 
V. 8z A. M., a Director and the Secretar)- of the Masonic Tem- 
ple Association of Bridgejjort, a member of tlie Genera! Assem- 
l)!y, 1 89 1 and '92, from Bridgeport. 

Married, June 22, 1876, Anna May Gaylord, born in Terry- 
\-irie,Ct., I\La\' 22, 1855, daughter of Edward L. Gaylord, son of 
Ransom, grandson of Lot and Sarah Allen. And Mary Gay- 
lord (Miner), daughter of David Miner and Emma Kcnned)% 
i;v.'>nddaughter of David and Mar)^ Bishop. 

'J'lieir chiUlren were : 

Edward Gaylord, died in infancy. 

Sylvester Taylor, died in infancy. 

Louise May, born Oct. 10, 1880. 

Frederick William, born Dec. 8, 1882, died, aged si.x and a 
half years. 

Nellie Starr, born March 28, 1884. 

Miner Ga>'lord, born March 24, 1887. 

I'erris Alcott, born March 27, 1888. 


Daughter of Sylvester Stevens, No. 6, married Granville Tay- 
lor, Sept. 30, 1847. 

Their children were : 

I'-nima \^, died Dec. 17, 1856. 

Granville Edward, born Sept. 30, 1851. 

Nellie A., born Dec. 5, 1854, and died July 20, 1870. 


Edwaixl married Dora Leach, whose great-granchnolhcr was 
a Stevens ; her grandmother, EUzabeth Peck. 
Their children are Mona and Ernest. 


Second daughter of Sylvester Stevens, married Nathan Good- 
ell, of Kno.wille, Illinois. 

Their children are : 

Henry, married Laura Cook, of Burlin^Mon, Iowa. 

George, married Ardelle Whittaker, of Waterloo, Iowa. 

Clarence, married I\Iary M.. Palmer, of Bridgeport, Ct. 

Mary Helen, unmarried. 

Henry's children are, Edna and Harry. 

George's children are, Romaine Whittaker and Mary Stevens. 

Clarence's child, Paul Palmer. 


Third daughter of Sylvester Stevens, married first, George Par- 
cells, of Newark, N. J. 

Their children were, Angelinc and Harry. 

Married for her second husband, Erastus Stevens, son of Da- 
vid Stevens and grandson of Forward Stevens. 

Their children were, David Franklin and Helen May. 

Angeline or Lina married Rufus Y. Rockwell, of Danbury. 

Their child is Harry Sanford Rockwell. 

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.TF.lUTSllA rfiTEVENSl ■WITlKI.Ei;, 


DAMlUliV, rONN., 

FiflU d.iUl/y.aaur, Ni.. :,. 

Fourth cliild, ZadiK-, N... '.. 



Fir>-t <liiM. V.m\'«-, N... .-.. 



SixTJi Genp:ration. 


The first child of Zadoc Stevens, No. 5, married Morris Brad- 
ley, had several children, of whom but t\\'o have childi'en. 

Tallman married a Miss Alexander, has one son by the name 
of Alexander, and daughter Celia, who married Charles Monroe. 

Sarah married Alexander Hall, of New Havem; had two 
sons, Morris and Charles. 

Morris has a daughter Sarah. 

Charles marrieci Emma Stevens, daughter of Frederick Ste- 
vens, 1st son of Zadoc, No. 5- 

Also three other daughters, date of birth unknown. 


Second child of Zadoc, No. 5, married Rebecca Peck. 


Third child of Zadoc. [See Sjdvester, No. 6, p. 15.] 


Daughter and fourth child of Zadoc, No. 5, wife of Alvah 
Wheeler, had seven children : LeRoy, Elizabeth, Mary, Frede- 
erick, Helen, Lavantia and Alta. 

They married and settled in Illinois, afterwards in Texas, the 
four daughters marrj'ing four brothers by tlie name of Congor. 
Their children are settled in Waco, Texas, or thereabouts. 

LeRoy settled in Missouri, P'rederick in Texas. 



Fifth child and daughter of Zadoc, No. 5, married J. D. Frost. 

Their children were, Harriet and Geors^e. 

Harriet married James Leach, of Fairfield, and George, Ru- 
ana Solmons, near New York State. 

Harriet has three children ; a daughter married Geo. Hj-att, 
li\x's in Danbur)' ; two sons unmarried, living in Pen-ibruke. 


Si.v'tli child of Zadoc, No. 5, dead. .. ' 

His first wife was Pauhnc Fanton ; .etii;- chi Id, jCath critic?/ 

Second wife was Ann Barnes. -S^ij^Usiiv ^ p,- . ■ !'.,■. l 

Their children were: 

\'. M ', i/;.:.i 
Charles T-eiv+sL. born , served in the Union Army 

C A-r U f: b' i j.-' - 

during tne Wai^ of the Ivcbellion ; dead. 
Sarah, burn ; dead. 

Lucy Ann, born 
Sylvester, born 
George, born 
Now reside in Chicago. 


Seventh child of Zadoc, No. 5; married Nancy Fanton. 

Epaphras' child, Ifarrict, married \\'illiam .Stratlon; had six 

The sons, Ward, William and Robert, are settled in ILancock 
Co., Illinois, town of Bowen. 

The daughters are married and settled in Nebraska. The 
daughters names were Harriet, Helen and INIabel. 


Eighth child of Zadoc, No. 5, married Sail)- Rice, of Illinois. 

Their children were : Pheba, j\Iary, Emma, Ella, Eva, Zadoc 
and Onslow. 


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Kl'Al'UliAK li. STEVENS, 


Srvi-i.tli child, Zailuc, Ni). 5 


'1-Iiini cliilcl, Zaduc, ^u. 5. 

CHAR. L. S'iK\ ENS, 
i.tscrii.N. Ni:ii., 
Ninth child Zudoc, No. 


Si\th cIllM, Z^i.Kir, .N", i 


rAn.MiNrirox, ii.i,., 
Eit;hth child, Z.ul.jc, No. 5. 

The two sons settled in Farmington, 111. 
Mary died young. 

Phcba settled in Nebraska or Kansas. 

Ella and Eva are unmarried, and Ennna the \A'ife of Charles 
Bradley, of Danbui-}'. 


Ninth child of Zadoc, No. 5, married Matilda Roberts; had two 
children, Theadore ami Mary, settled in Lincoln, Nebraska ; un- 


Son of Ezra, No. 4, by his first wife, had two sons, David and 
Ezra, twin brothers. . 

Da\'id married Lj-dia Sturges of Wilton, settled in Pembroke. 

Their children were: Pheba, Erastus, Hannah, Henrietta, 
John, Sojjhia, Ann, Edward, and Irving. 

Edward and Irving both ser\'cd in the War of the Rebellion. 

Pheba married Wyllis Roberts of New York State, and re- 
moved to DeKalb Co., 111. 

They had two children, Salina and David, both married and 
have families. Reside in Creston, DeKalb Co. 

Erastus married Sarah Stevens, daughter of Sylvester ; set- 
tled in Danbury. 

Their children are Franklin and Helen May. 

This Franklin is the only male descendant of Forward Ste- 
vens bearing the Stevens name. 

Hannah n^iarried Alfred Kimball of Illinois, and now resides 
in Danbury. 

Their children were, Sarah, Erastus and Kate. 

Erastus is married ; no children. 

Henrietta married Russell Hoj't, of Danbury. 

Their children are Howard and Ellen, both unmarried. 

John married Catherine Goodsell, of Newtown ; no children. 

Sfiphia and Ann arc unmarried. 
Irving has no children. 

Edward has two daugliters, Henrietta and Susan. 
Henrietta married Orrin Barnuni, of New ]"\'urficld. 
The}' have four children, three sons and a daughter ; reside 
in Danbury. 

Ezra's children were, Philander, Elbert, Sally, Rachel, and 

Elbert died vrithout children. 

Philander, a daughter, married Mr. Beal, of Danbury; I hey ont^ son, Elbert. 

.Sal!}' died unmarried. 

Eliza married Jarvis Hull, of Danbur}', died leaving adaiigh- 
ter, Henrietta, who married Reuben Pearce. They resided ia 
Danbury; no children. 

Jarvis Hull afterward married Rachel Stevens, and has three 
unmarried daugliters. 

A .siste^of Forward Stevens, Rachel, married Elias .Stevens, 
of New Faimcld, leaving numerous desceiKfants. 

Elias and Rachel's son Ezra, was a representative in the Le- 
gislature from Brootvfield. / 

His sons, James and 'Elias, were/both killed ; one murdered 
in Texas, the other killed athon^d by the kick of a horse. 

Another son of Elias and Rachel, George Stevens, kept a liat 
store in Syracuse, in 1843, and afterwards ma}'or of Syracuse. 
/ ^"\ 

Another sister, Lucy, jfiarried Demnng Stevens, of a family 

in Vermont ; no relation that is known of. 

Their children w.efe, Daniel and Hiram. 

Daniel has daughters. 

Pliram has one son, Herbert, married and has children li\-ing 
in .Southeast, near Bi-ewster's. 




A daugliterof Forward Stevens, Lucy, married Elias Stevens 
of New Fairfield, leaving numerous descendants. 

Elias and Eucy's son Ezra, was a representative in the Le- 
gislature from Brookfleld. 

His sons, James and Elias, were both killed ; one murdered 
in Texas, the other killed at home by the kick of a horse. 

(See Supplement, last page.) 

Another son of Elias and Lucy, George Stevens, kept a hat 
store in Syracuse, in 1843, and was afterwards mayor of Syra- 

Another daughter, Rachel, married Dimon Ste\'ens, of a fam- 
ily in Vermont ; no relation that is known of. 

Their children were Daniel and Hiram. 

Daniel has daughters. 

Hiram has one son, Herbert, married and has children living 
in Southeast, near Brewster's. 


RICK STEVENS, No. 6, [Son of Zadock No. 5.] 

Of Favniington, 111. 

1. rhcebe, lives in Pawnee City, Nebraska, born Dec. 12, 
1846, married David G. Meeker, Sept. 6, 1869. Their children 
were : 

Lillian, born April 10, 1871, died Oct. 25, 1881. 

Allie, born August 17, 1872. 

Lottie, born January 20, 1875. 

Frederick S., born January 15, 1877. 

Dean N., born April 2, 1879. 

Mary, born Nov. 29, 1881. 

Charles H., born April 24, 1884, died Oct. 29, 1885. 

2. Mary, born died 

3. Zadock Philip, lives in Farmington, 111., born April 25. 
1 85 1, married, first, Lizzie Orton, Feb. 22, 1875. They had 
one child, Gertrude, born July 5, 1876, Married, stcond, Hat- 
tie Rogers, Dec. 15, 1886. Their children are 

Millie, born Dec. 1887, and Ernest, born Dec. 1S89. 

4. Alonzo, born died age 14 mos. 

5. Onslow S., lives in Trivoli, 111., born Jan. 6, 1856, married 
Hattie Or.on, cousin of Zadock's first wife, March 5, 1 881. 
Their child is Maud Angeline, born April, 1886. 

6. Ella B., born Sept. 18, 1858, lives in Pawnee City, Neb., 
married Even Davis, Sept. 9. 1880. Their children are 

Mabel C, born Sept. 29, 188 1. 
Olin L., born March 29, 1886. 
Melvin Even, born Aug. 19, 1890. 

7. Emma A.,* born May 12, 1 861, lives in Danbury, Conn., 
Pembroke District, married Charles Bradley, Sept. 10, 1884. 

8. Eva L., born Nov. 25, 1863. F'armington, III. 

Mrs. Bradley furnished these items and dates of her father's family. 


One of the Stevens family who settled I\lill IMain, married Ra- 
chel Peck. They luid six children, all dying without heirs, save 
Ezra and Frederick. 

William W. Stevens, grandson of Ira and son of Ezra, the 
onl)' living representative bearing the Stevens name in this 
branch, resides in Danburj'; no heirs. 

I'^rcdcrick's daughter married Charles Jackson, left two sons, 
Cliarlcs and Frederick. One resides somev.-here in New jersey, 
and one in Bridgeport. 

Brwgki'ORT, Conn., Ik-c. 201b, i8go. 
^fr. Stevens: 

Mv gr^.nddaughter informs me tliat you would like my genealo::;y of the .Stevens 
f.Tmily. T send for your perusal the meagre amount I have. Vou vvill observe 
ih.-ii it is onlv a direct line of the two families — my husband's and my own — we 
were both Stevens'. If you could obtain .some papers of the late Eliphalet Stevens" 
family, I think you could gel more information on the subject than I am able to 
give. Miss Bessie Stevens once told me she thought her father, John Stevens, 
had the genealogy of the family, far back. 

Should you at any time learn anything further and will convey the intelligence 
to me, you will confer a favor on Mrs. I. P. STKVh.N.s. 


Who had been a brigadier general in Oliver Cromwell's Army, 
came to Taunton, in Massachusetts, in the year 1669. He had 
three sons, Nicholas, Thomas and Henry. 

Nicholas settled in Taunton, or Dughton, and his son Nich- 
olas resided there with his family. One of his sons, according 
to the best information to, be obtained, settled near Boston ; 
his name was supjoosed to be either Thomas or Ebcnezer. 

Henry Stevens was iG years old when he came to America ; 
he married Elizabctli Gallup, daughter of Capt. John Gallup, 
who was killed in the swamj) figh.t with the Indians in Rhode 
Island, Dec. 19, 1675. 


Henry settled in Stonin^ton, Ct.; lie bad tliree sons, Thomas, 
Ricliard and Henry, called "Tom, Dick and Hairy," and tv.o 
dai!j{liters, Elizabeth and Lucy. 

Thomas married Mary Hall, and settled in I'lainfield, Conn 
They had seven sons, Thomas, Phineas, Uriah, Andrew, Benja- 
min, Samuel and Zebulon. By his second wife, Abigail Wynn, 
he had one son, Jesse, who died )-oung. Thomas died in Ca- 
naan, Ct., in 1750, aged 72 years. 

Richaid had one son named John, who lived and died in Hart- 
foi'd, and left no children ; also another son who lived in New 
Marlborough, Mass., by the name of Ebcnezer. 

Ebenezer had three sons, Richard, Ebenezer and John, one 
daughter who died young, and one who married Artemus 

Richard had a daughter named Mar)-, who married a man by 
the name of Wildcn or Welden, and settled in the easteni part 
of i\Tassachusetts ; also one daughter who married her cousin 
Uriah Stevens, and one married Walter Hewitt, of Stonington, 

Henry had three sons, Henry, Jedediah ami Simeon, and 
four daughters, Mary, Lucy, Elizabeth and Thankful. 

Simeon married and settled in Stonington, Conn.; had four 
sons, Simeon, Jared, Abel and Roswell, and three daughters, 
Hannah, Elizabeth and 7\nna. 

Zebulon .Stevens married Mariam F~ellows, and settled in Ca- 
naan ; they had four sons, Thomas, Jonathan, Benjamin and 
Zebulon, and two daughters, Johannah and Racheal. For his 
second wife he married his cousin Thankful Stevens, or widow 
of James Partridge. 

Benjamin Stevens married Esther Rowlson, and settled in 
Canaan, Ct.;. they had three sons, Guy, Arthur and Richard, 
and four daughters, Daphne, Jane, Dulana and Adelia. Guy 
and Dulana died young. 

Ivichaid Stcvxns meirriod Sarali or Sally Foster ; tbcv had 
tliree daughters, Esther, Susan and Adelia. 

Abel Stevens married Bridget Palmer, and nio\-ed on horse- 
back from Stonington to Canaan and settled in tlic wilderness. 
Tliey had seven daughters, Polly, Betsey, Lydia, Eunice, Bridg- 
et, Priscilla and Tryphenia, and three sons, San ford, Palmer, 
and Gilbert. 

Palmer lived in Canaan, and married Mar}^ Williams. They 
had two sons, Ichabod and Smith, and one daughter, Mary. 

Ichabod married Susan Stevens, a!ui lived in Canaan. They 
had two daughters, Sarah and Ella, and one son, Frederick. 
Ella died yonng. 

Frederick married Celestia Seeley ; they have one dau'^hter, 
Libbie, born , and one son, Frederick, 


[I have found by tracing this line of the Stevens famil)-, that 
Thomas and Henry were brothers, and their sons, .Simeon and 
Zebulon, ist cousins ; and their sons, Abel and Benjamin. 2d 
cousins; their sons, Richard and Palmer, 3d cousins, which 
brings their children, Ichabod and Susan, 4th cousins. 

Ichabod's fandly are descendants from Henry .Stevens, arid 
Susan's family from Thomas Stevens: while Richard's fami!\- 
are lost trace of.] 

My grandfather, Benjamin Stevens, was a soldier in the Revolu- 
tionary Army. He, with many otliers, was taken prisoner, and 
marched to the "Cedars," in lower Canada, where ihey were con- 
fined in a fort. I have often heard him relate a dream he had, which 
he told to his fellow-soldiers in the morning. He dreamed they 
were taken prisoners and confined in a fort nine days, when they 
released. After they were taken and while on the march, he said : 
"This ground looks very familiar to me, just as it did in my dream." 
After they were confined in the fort at the Cedars, he said to the 
soldiers : "Now, if my dream comes to pass, we shall be released 
after nine days," and they were. They suffered much with hunger 


and cold, having been Icept nine dnjs on one days' rations. They 
were robbed of tlieir clotliing and given an Indian's blanket for cov- 
ering. Once they saw an Indian v.ith a fire-brand in his hand to set 
fire to the fort, when a French officer knocked it out of his hand. 
My grandfather afterward was Assistant Commissary and stationed 
at Hartford. I have some of his books where he kept accotint of 
food received and forwarded and to wJioni. One of which I would 
give to the Historical Society, if I knew lliey would like to iiave one. 
1 have also a §50 bill of genuine ConlinctitHl money, wliich I would 
not like lo part with. 1 would be much gratified at receiving the 
book )'c)u are preparing of tlie Stevens' famil)'. I im'st think you 
belong somewhere in our line of Stevens'.- A cousin of mine says 
our Ste\ens' family are "lie most persistent in tracing out their gene- 
alogy of any family she ever knew. 

With many thanks, Yours truly. 

Mrs. I. P. Stevens. 

Here is also a copy which I obtained from one of the descendants of Thomas 
Stevens, but it is so disconnected that I can give but little information as regards 
the direct line of descendants. I send it to you and perhaps you will understand 
something- about it. Mrs. 1. 1'. Stevens. 


Were Thomas, Phinea.s, Uriah, Andrew, Samuel, Benjamin and 

Samuel was killed by Indians. 
■ Benjamin settled in North Carolina. 

Zebulon settled in Canaan and married Mariain Fellows. 

Andrew married Esther Safford and settled in Canaan. 

John, son of Andrew and Esther Safford Stevens, married 
Phebe How. He was a captain in tlie Revolutioiiary Army, 
raised a company in bis own town, was taken captive at the 
Cedars in Lower Canada, and Jield as a hostage tlirt c \"e.".rs. 
He was an intiinate friend and companion of Ethan AH- n. He 
died in Washington, Berkshire Co. 

Mary Stevens married Dickenson, in Norfolk, Ct. 
She was killed by lightning, and the gold beads on her neck 
were melted b)' the. heat. lion. Daniel Dickenson was her 

Safford Stevens married Hannah Wells, and is supposed to 
have settled in Vermont. 

Esther .Stevens married Peter Hatch. 

Arny''Stevens married Oliver Jewell of Salisbury, Ct., where 
many of their descendants now live. 

Andrew Stevens, Jr., married Cynthia Brownell. 

Dorotli)' .Stevens died young. 

Nathaniel Stevens married Phebe Montague, and for his sec- 
ond wife, Amy Whiting, a native of Plainfield. 

Stephen Stc\'ens died )'oiing. 

Oliver Stevens married Nancy Chittenden, li\'ed in the State 
of New York, where his descendants now live. 

Desire Stevens married Ebenezer Walerhousc. 

Olive Stevens married Samuel McClary. 

Thomas and Mary Stevens Dickenson's childien : 
Louis, married John Woodman. 
Thomas married Sally Turner. 
Daniel married Mary Calkins. 
John married Tryphenia W'ilson. 
Nathaniel and Oliver not known. 
Charles Frederick married Abigail Jones. 
Charles is supposed by the record to be one of Thomas Dick- 
enson's children. 


Ni;w IIavkn. Jan. 22, '91. 
/•\ .V. Si,:7'L'i?s, J)i-iJ^y/-\i>-l, Conn. 

Dear Sir : — You may think I have taken a long time to make out my list of 
families, and it was more than I thought ; but I have them reaJy for inspection, 
and if they arc not o.\plicit enough will correct them.- 'S'ou can call at your con- 
venience. If 30U prefer to stop on your way down from Hartford, I would be 
iiome soon after five o'clock. Shall probably be home to-morrow and Saturday 
evenings, also Monday evening. Very respectfully yours, 

HlKAM Stevkns, 
498 Orange St., New Haven, Conn. 

THOMAS STEVEI^S, 2d.— Branch. \ 

Youngest son of Benjamin Stevens, wlio firsi. came to Danbuiy, \ 

settled in Mil! Plain, and had one son, Thomas, Jr., horn 1720, i 

and We have no mention of other children. He married Esther I 


, 1740, and had nine children; Thomas, Jr., 3d, born i 

1741 ; Esther, born 1743 ; Eliphalet, borji 1745.; James, born | 

1747; Lois, born 1749 ; Jonathan, born 1752 ; Mar)', born 1754; \ 

Julia, born 1758 ; Samuel, born 1763, and died the same year. 5 

Mary died 1777. ,; 

Thomas, Jr., the father, died 1791, aged 71 years. Esther, \ 

his wife, died 1799. \ 

Lydia died 1799. ' \ 

Esther, the oldest daughter, married Timothy Ruggles, but | 
have no record of their famil)'. 

Thomas lived in the house which now stands next west of ^ 

the burying-ground ; house was rebuilt about 1841 by Wait i 

Stevens, father of Hiram Stevens, of New Haven ; now occu- %. 


pied by a family .named Ganung. '■^_ 

Tho.MAS, 3d oldest son of Thomas 2d, married Abigail |. 

and had five children, four daughters and one son, Epliraim G. ^ 

Hester married Ephraim Weed. \ 


Rachel niarricd Martin Kellogg of Kcw Fairfield, and after- 
wards married Deac. Amos Stevens. 

Lois married Ezra Starr, of Ballston, N. Y. 
Sarah married Wm. Crawford, of Southeast. 

Ephraim Gregor}', born Sept. 25, 1776, married Sally Bene- 
dict of Danbury, Nov. 21, 1802; had one son, Thomas, and 
two daughters, Fanny, born Aug. 21, 1807, married Levi Clark, 
Oct. 6, 1S24, and settled in Norwalk ; Sarah, born May 15, 1811, 
married W'm. Bears of New P"airfield, April 20, 1S31. 

Thorfas, son of Ephraim G. Stevens, was born Oct. 2, 1803, 
and married Olivia Clark, h'eb. 22, 1832, and died Sept. 4, same 

Thomas, Jr., born Jan. 26, 1833, married Harriet E. Peck, 
May 28, 1S56, and had tnie child, Olivia C. Stevens, 1S63. 

Thomas, Jr., died Sept. 2.^, 1868, ending the name of Stevens 
in tliat liranch. 

Mill Plain, Danbui}', Conn. ; lived in house opposite the 

Elipiialet, 2d son of Capt. Thomas, was born Apr. 4, 1745, 
married Abigail Gray, Dec. 7, 1767, and had eight children: 
Moses, b^rn Aug. 21, 1768 ; Eliphalet, Jr., born Sept. 23, 1771; 
Hannah, born 1774, married Asher Morris; Olive, born 1776, 
married Elijah Morris; Abraham, born Nov. 12, 1779, married 
Lj'dia Taylor, April 27, 1801, had two children, died young ; 
John, born Oct. 9, 1792; Eydia, born 1784, married Abraham 
O. Banks; Abigail, born 1786, married Azor Barber. 

Moses, son of Eliphalet, married Polly Shadbolt, Sept. 16, 
1795, Jiad seven children ; S. Electa, born 1798, married P'ben- 
ezcr Perry, Jimc 11, 1817 ; Harriet, bom 1800, married Samuel 
O. Banks, Oct. 1, 1816; Betsey, born 1802, married Henr\' 
Gregor}', Dec. 8, 1824; Laura, born 1804, married Daniul Bax- 
ter, Nov. 22, 1825; E. Alanson, born Aug. 11, 1806, married 

30 ; 

Ann Buxton, 1829, had one daughter, J.ucy Ann ; Lucy, boi'u 

1808, married Charles Stevcns^Sept. 18, 1832 ; Mar)', born 18 12, I 

married Epaphras Wiidman, April 25, 1830. ', 

Eliphalc!, 2d son of Eliphalct, born Sept. 23, 1771, married ', 
Esther ]5enncl, Jan. I, )8il, had two children, son and daugh- 
ter. Tlie son died young. Hannah, born 18 [7, married Geo. ? 
Morris, Feb. 5, 1834. ^ 

Abraham, 3d son of Eliphalet, born Nov. 12, 1779, niarried 
Lydia Taylor, April 27, l8or. They had two children both of 
whom died young. ? 

John, 4th son of Eliphalet, born Oct. 9, 1782, married Sally f 

O. Banks, Oct. i, 1806. Eliphalet B. was born Sept. 16, 1807; • 

Alby, born Aug. 26, 1809; Caroline, born Jan. 31, 1812, mar- f 

ried Frederick Morris, 1832 ; Clarrissa L. born 1814, married I 

Philo W. Morris, June 5, 1832; Theodore, born Aug. 30, 1817, I 

never married ; Benjamin, born April 17, 1S20, married Sarah j 

B. Wells of Wethersfield, April 10, 1844, the)- had no children ; | 

Lucius, born Oct. 30, 1823, not married ; Francis H. born May I 

18, 1827, married Mary J. Wells of Wethersfield, had two chil- I 

dren a son and daughter, who died before their father. ? 

Moved from Mill Plain to Bridgeport. I 

Eliphalet, son of John Stevens, was born Sept. 16, 1807, mar- | 
ried Joanna Brush of Southeast, 1829, and had four daughters: | 
Mary E. born 183 1, Ann A. born 1833, Sally B. born 1835, Jo- j 
anna, born 1837. Joanna, his wife, died 1838; he married for t. 
his second wife Emily Parrott of Bridgeport, and had five chil- 
dren : John, born 1842, Eliphalet, (died young,) Caroline, (mar- .J 
ried,) William Francis, Benjamin Wells. 

John Stevens, son of Eliphalet, married Sarah Hokirk, had | 

two children; Bessie, born , teacher in Ihidge- f 

P°'*- .... ^ 

John, born , married, lives in Whitestone, L. L -' 


From tiir Bridi^iport Standard of Maixh jS, jS/S. 

We are lo-day compelled to record the departure of another of Bridgeport's oldest 
citizens in the decease of Eliplialet B. Stevens, which occurred yesterday morning- 
after only an illness of a few days, from gastric dilTiculties. Deceased was born in 
Danbury, in 1807, and came to this city when young, and has made it his home 
ever since. He was 70 years old, and has been engaged at different periods in a 
number of different enterprises. He was a prominent member of the Odd Fellows 
before they surrendered their charter, at which time he was past grand of 
the I'equonnock I^odge No. 4, and was also high priest of the Encampment and a 
member of the Grand Lodge. He was a member of the police force under the old 
order of things, and was for a time captain of the force. He filled tlie position of 
jailor for a number of years, and for many years past has been justice of the peace 
and coroner. It was always a matter of pride with him, that but few of his de- 
cisions were reversed in the higher courts. The deceased was a staunch Demo- 
crat, and has taken during his life an active part in politics. Frank H. Stevens, 
the restaurant proprietor, is a brother of the deceased, and has another brother in 

Alby, son of Jolin Stevens, was born Any;. 26, 1809, married 
Sarah A. .Scofield, Dec. 23, 1832, had three children: .Stephen 
.Scofield, born Feb. 21. 1834, Charles H. born Aj^ril 9, 1836, 
Susan, born I'eb. 1, 1839 

Alby lived in Mill Plain. Both his sons were in the War of 
the Rebellion. Charles lived in Bridgeport. Stejihen Scofield 
was killed while carrying messages, as aid to his general. 

James, 3d son of Capt. Thomas, was born April 29, 1747, 
married Hantiah Gregory, and had one son, Ira. Hannah, his 
his wife, died 1772. Pie married for his second wife, Anna 
Benedict of New Canaan, and had I-lannah,born Mar. 27, 1775, 
married John Holdman, Aug. 13, 1805 ; Benjamin, born Sept. 
9, 1777, died Sept. 29, 1818 ; Mary, born Aug. 17, 1779, mar- 
ried Peter Andrews, Jan. 3, 1800; Amy, born March 21, 1782, 
married Ely Benedrct, 181 2 ; Annis, born Aug. 29, 17S4, mar- 
ried Benjamin Townscnd, 1827; Esther, born 1786, died Sept. 
20, 1824; James, Ji., burn May 6; Oliver, born Oct. 16, 1791. 

Ira, son of James Stevens, born 1770, married Rachel Peck, 
March 21, 1796; their children were, Andrew, born 1799, Kan- 


nah, born i803, married — Wnshbiini, Marj-, hnvn 1804, 

not married, Frederick, bora 1805, married, died 1829, Ezra P. 
born 1812, married, James, born 1814, William P. born 1816, 

Ira lived on the hill back of Burchard's store. 

Andrew married and had two or three children, in New York 

PVederick had one daughter. 

Ezra had children, one son, W. W., m Danbur)-. 

William had children in Danbury. 

James, Jr., born May 6, 1789, married Catherine Marvin of 
Sharon, Jan. 23, 18 14, and had four children, two daughters, 
two sons: Catherine, born 1815, married Judah Crosb}' ; Sylvia 

Ann, married Baldwin ; Oliver, died when a child ; Olixxr 

died when about 17 years old. 

Oliver, youngest son of James, born Oct. 16, 1791, married 
Oct. 16, 1814, Lydia Stevenson, had one son and one daughter 
who died young. J 

Died in New Orleans, Aug. 5, 1 818. ! 

Alfred, born Sept. 29, 181 5, married Mary E. Dennis, Oct. i 

16, 1840, had one son and two daughters. I 

Lives in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. ; 

Oliver, son of Alfred, born April 7, 1842, in Newmarket, Can- I 


Oliver died in New Orleaiis. 

Amy Caroline, born June 14, 1844, married Frank McNair, 
June 13, 1 88 1, who died 1S82, and in 1883, married William 
Frizzell. ^ 

Lydia Elizabetl;, born May 16, 1850. | 

Oliver, son of Alfred, married Pheanna Brown, Dec. 14, 1870, | 

had two sons and one daughter. | 

William B. born Oct. 25, 1S71. } 

I\Iary E. born h\m\ 29, 1874. 

Alfred, born July i, 1878. l 


yoXATlTAX, 4th son of C:ipt. Thomas, born April 30, 1752, 
married Nov. 22, 1778, Mchetable Benedict, of New Canaan, 
had six children, Betty, born Nov. 15, 1779, married Stephen 

Born in Mill Plain, at the old homestead. 

Dinah, born Aug. 10, 1781, married Eliad Comes. 

Wait, born July 24, 1783. 

George, born .Sept. 2, 1785. 

Rachel, born Oct. 15, 1787, married Ephraim Gregory. 

Mehetablc, born Jan. 16, 1790, married Robert Fowler. 

Wait, son of Jonathan, married Clarinda Birchard, Ma)' 4, 

Lived in the old homestead (see Thomas Stevens' account of). 

Ezra B. was born Nov. 23, 18 10, his mother died August 8, 

Wait married for his second wife, Aphia .Stevens, Feb. 4, 
1813, and had six children : 

Cynthia, born May 5, 1814, married John G. liirton. 

Elias B. born Feb. 13, 1 816. 

Hiram, born March 17, 18 18. 

Clarinda, born March 13, 1820, died Sept. 18, 1882. 

Hermon, born March 26, 1823. 

William li. born March 15, 1828, died same year. 

Ezra B. son of Wait, married Eliza (Barber) Gillet, May 17, 
1835, and for his second wife, Enialine Baldwin, in 185 1. 

Adaline, born March 4, 1854, died Aug. 18, 1871. 
- Married third v.ife, Anna (Abbot) Kinner, 1861. 

Ezra lived in Middle District. 

Elias V). son of Wait, married Feb. 15, 1843, Elizabeth Cook 
and liad five children : 

Horace C. born Dec. 13, 1843. 

Elizabeth G. born Nov. 19. 1847, died Aug. 16, 1848. 


Josepli C. born Oct. 2^,, 1849, "^^it'd Aug. 23, 1851. 

Charles II. born March 10, 1851. 

Frederick W. born Dec. 16, 1854. 

Elizabeth Cook died Nov. iS, 1864. 

Married for second w^ifc, Hattie (Griswold) Wheeler. 

Charles H. son of Elias B., married Sept. 28, 1882, Fannie vS. 
Bushnell, and have two children : Annie McDonald, born Oct. 
19, 1884, and Richard Ikishnclt, born July 17, 18S6. 

Charles H. is preaching in West A\on ; Congregational 
minister; P. O. Canton Center, Conn. 

Frederick W., son of Elias B., married March 14, 18S8, Geor- 
gianna Shannon, and have one daughter, Ernestine M., born 
Jan. 27, 1889. 

Resides Port Huron, Michigan ; editor. 

Horace Cook, son of Elias B., married June, 1S68, Elizabeth 
S. Burns, and had six children. Orange, Conn. 

Ida E. born July 18, 1870, married Aug. 3, 1889, Wilbcrt 
W^elch. Live in Torrington. 

Frederick A. born June 8, 1872, died July 22, 1873. 

Charles E. born July 2, 1873, Torrington, Conn. 

Robert A. born July 20, 1877, Orange, Conn. 

Elizabeth C. born Sept. 4, 1880. 

Gladys, born April 2, 1886, died Jan. 12, 1890. 

Hiram, son of Wait Stevens, married July 2, 1850, Amelia A. 
Willcox, and had one daughter, Rosalind W. born March 14, 
1853, died July 16, 1888. 

Lives 498 Orange street. New Haven, Conn. 

Married for his second wife, Mariett Richards, Dec. 18, 1861, 
and had three cliildren : 

Carrie A. born March 8, 1864. 

William W. born July 8, 1867. 

Edwin B. born April 13, 1870. 



Hcnnon, son of Wait, married June 4, 1850, Kcziah Grcgorj-, 
and had four children : 

James G. born Jan. 22, 1852, ?narried Ma)- 8, 1S77, I.izzie 
Davis, of Livini^ston Manor, N. Y. 

Joseph, born Oct. i, 1853. 

Ezra, born Dec. 6, 1855. 

WiJber N. born Feb. 3, 1858. 

Lucy, born April 4, 1863. 

Wilber N., son of Jiermon, married Emma ). Hornbeck, Oct. 
1SS3, has son Chester H. born Oct. 22, 1884. 

Lives in Canada. 

George, son of Jonathan, married Betsey O. Banks, Sept. i, 
1808, had 9 children. . Live in Mill Plain District. 

Lois, born June 24, 1 809, death 

Lewis B. born Oct. ir, 181 r. 

Eveline, born Aug. 25, 1813, married Charles H. Reed, Oct. 
16, 1833, had two sons. 

Darius, born Nov. 4, 1816, married Mary Reed, Jan. i, 1845, 
had one son. 

George E. born March 20, 1822. 

Betsey M. born Sept. 24, 1824, married Dr. E. F. Hendrick. 

Julia A. born .Sept. 24, 1S28, died 1876. 

William H. born Jan. 11, 1833. 

Lewis B. son of George, married Jennet Porter, April 22, 
1835, had four children : 

■ Mary E. born Oct. 13, 1837. Teaching school in Danburj-. 
(New street.) 

Edward P. born April 25, 1 840. 

Cornelius, born Dec. 2. 1842, died Sept. 28. 1867. 

Augusta M. barn Sept. 25, 1847, married Ma}- 31, 1876, Fran- 
cis H. Bailey of Danbury, died Jan. 11, 1879. 

Lewis B. died March 2, 1878. 

All live in Danbury. 


Edward P. son of Lewis, married Jan. i, 1862, i\Iattic E. Os- 

born, who died Dec. 13, 1862. -i 

Married second wife, Polly A. Griggs, Dec. 31, 1S64. , 

E. Clayton, born Sept. 21, 186S. Proprietor art store, Dan- I 

bury. Conn. ■ 

Jonathan, son of George, married Clarissa Ely, Feb. 4, 1846. 

G. Melville, born Nov. 2, 1846. = 

Lewis B. born P"eb. 3, 1849, "n^niicd Oct. il, 1876, Dora Mai- f 

lory, of New Haven, and died Dec. 23d of same 3'e;ar. J 

Fannv, born lune iS, iSu, married Oct. 11, 1872, William i 

''■''-'' 111 j 

Greeley, had three children. 

Harriet E. born March i, 1856, died Nov. 22, 1888. -■ 

G. Elizur, son of George, married Sept. 5, 1846, Clarissa Gage, :; three sons. Danbury, Conn. { 

■ George E. born April 18, 1848. | 

Niram, born Aug. 19, 1849. \ 

Luzon, born May 4, 185 1. | 

William H. soji of George, had three sons: | 

Lucinda Mallory, Nov. 16, 1859. f 

George R. born Dec. 18, i860. f 

Minettie G. born Nov. 5, 1862. * 





Age y2i years, March 17, 1891 ; lives in New Haven, Conn. A 
descendant of Tlionias Stevens, 1st, (see page 9.) • 

Born in Millplain District, Danbury; received a district school 
education, and at the age of sixteen came to New Haven, and 
was bound an apprentice to C. WiUcox & Co., to learn the 
pattern making trade. After completing his term of service 
and working two years in Marietta, Ohio, and a year and a half 
in Boston, Mass., came back to New Haven, and werji into bus- 
iness with J. McLagon, in the iron foundry, lor a continued 
term of twenty-five years, on the corner of Whitney avc. and 
Audubon st. Served for fifteen years as one of the deacons of 
the Third Congregational Church and also as treasurer of the 
church, providing for the communion table and the poor of the 
church, and is now a trustee of the First Presbyterian Church 
of New Haven. 


JoiJN G. Stevens, M. D., first son of Barlow M. Stevens, 
was born in New Milford, March 2, 1838. He was in the Union 
Army during the War of the RebelHon, a first Lieutenant, Co. 
I, 23d Connecticut Volunteers, was taken prisoner at Brashear, 
T,a., and confined in a Texas prison for fourteen montlis. For 
many years lie was proprietor of the Old City Drug Store, in 
Bridgeport, Conn. 

Mr. Stevens married A. Elnia Beardsley, (born Aug. 22, 
1842,) of Monroe, on May 13, 1868. He is now a jjract icing 
physician in that town. They have one daughter, Elma B. 
■Stevens, born J>dy 19, 1871. 

Henuv W. Stevex.S, second son of Barlow M., was b(jrn in 
New Milford, January 9, 1843, '■'' "O'^''' '''' ^^""^ drug business in 
Bridgeport, and is considered one of the most proficient phar- 
macists in the State, ha\ing enjoyed a 'practical experience of 
nearly thirty years in his chosen profession. He served his 
country faithfully during the War of the Rebellion, as a private 
in the 14th Connecticut Volunteers.' Was captured and con- 
fined in Andersonville Prison. He married Mar}' E. Stevens, 
July 3, 18S3. 

These gentlemen are both sons of Barlow M. Stevens, and 
descendants in direct line from 

First, Benjamin, who came to Danbury, about 1700. 
Second, Ebinezer. 
Third, Hez.ekiail 
Fourth, Zalmon. 
Fifth, Bari.OW M. 


1st. Benjamin Stevens, son. of Thomas, (to whom reference 
is made on page 9 of this bool:,) IkuI four sons. Their names 
were: Ebenezer, Benjamin, Jr., Natlianiel and Thomas. 

2d. Ebenezer, first son of Benjamin, had also four sons, wliose 
names were: Ebenezer, Jr., Daniel, Hezadciah and Joseph, and 
four daughters, named, ist, Mabel, ^\ife of V\'m. Porter ; 2d, 
Mary, wife of Anthon\- Wanzcr; 3d, Jemima, married first Se- 
rajah Beardsley, and second Da\-id Barnum, the ancestor of 
Theodore D. Rogers, of Norwalk, Ct., to whom we arc indebt- 
ed for a large portion of the Stevens history. (See p. 5.) And 
4th, Esther, wife of Alexander Eairchild. 

[Note. — See also the Barnum Branch.] 

Nathaniel, second son of Benjamin, (see p. 11.) 

Benjamin, Jr., third son of Benjamin, lived just over the Dan- 
bury line in Ridgefirld, on the main road to Brewster's, the 
first h.ouse cast of the Millplain depot. 

[Mr. Hiram Stevens says that as long ago as he can remem- 
ber, Mr. Moses Morris lived in this same.liouse, from about 
1820 to 1835 or 1S36. He also says that the town clerk in 
Ridgefield informs him of the record of the baptism of Benjamin 
Jr. 's children ; the only record here, however, is of one son, 

Thomas, fourth son of Benjamin, (see p. 9, also p. 28.) 

Hezckiah, third son of Ebenezer, and grandson of Benjamin, 
was born May 27, 1722, married Sarah Barlow, April 27, 1768, 
died May 12, 1802. She died March 27, 1802. They lived at 
Brookfield, Ct., and had four children, as follows: 

Zalmon, born in ]5rookfield, Oct. 29, 1769. 

Albert, born in Brookfield, Oct. 24, 1774. 

Seth, born in Brookfield, July 24, 1778. 

Sarah, born in Brookfield, Nov. 14, 17S7. 


Zalmon married Pauline Walker, Dec. 24, 1795, ami died at 
Brookfield, Sept. 17, 1848. She died P'eb. 22, 1804. Their 
children were : 

Lucy, born at Brookfield, Jan. 23, 1798, married P. Ilickok, 
and lived in New York. 

Betsey, born at Biookfield, Dec. i, 1799, "''^i'''ie<-l D. Ta)'lor, 
resides in California. 

Solomon W., born at Brookfield, Maj' 27, 1801, married P. 

Zalmon's children by his second wife, Vvho was Lydia Wil- 
liams, were : 

Caroline, born at Brookfield, March 4, 1807, married K. Mor- 
ris, lives in Danbury. 

Charles, born in Brookfield, May 2, 1809, unmarried, lives in 

Barlow M., born in Brookfield, Dec. 23, 181 1, was married 
Oct. 30, 1834, to Laura Fairchild, dau^ijhter of Joseph I'air- 

Almira, born in Brookfield, April 6, 1 814, li\-ed in Danburj', 
has three children. 

Eliza, born April 7, 1817, died 1848. 

Albert A., born Sept, 11, 1819, lives in Wisconsin, has four 

Edwin, born Ecb. l, 1822, lives in Monroe, has two children. 

George, born Dec. 12, 1826, lives in Danbury, has two chil- 

Barlow ]\L Stevens' children were: John G. and Idenry W. 
(see preceding pages,) and Sarah E., born in Bridgeport, April 
4, 1850. 




Capt. Ebenezcr Stevens is the first Stevens mentioned in any 
records now existing in New Fairfield, and tlie first mention of 
him is on the churcli record in 1744, (two years after the organ- 
ization of the churcli there,) from wliich it appears that he was 
a member of the church at that time.^ 

On a list of members of the church made by Rev. James 
Taylor, at his installation, March 29, 1758, among other mem- 
bers are "Ebenezer Stevens, Jr., and wife." 

On the Society records there is mention of him, always as ; 

Capt. Ebenezer Stevens, at different times down to 1767, ex- ' 

cept that once he is entitled Deacon Ebenezcr Stevens. i 

In Danbury Probate Records, vol. 3, p. i'] , is a record of his \ 

M'ill, which is as follows, 7'crbatiiii ct litcraUvi : \ 

In the name of God, Amen : This 31st day of October, in the year . ; 

of our Lord Christ A. D. 1765, 1, Ebenezer Stevens, of New Fair- \ 

field, in the County of Fairfield, and Colony of Connecticut, in New \ 

England, being advanced into years, but of sound mind and nicniory, f 

thanks to God therefor, and knowing it is appointed for all men once \ 

for to die, and not knowing how soon or sudden my departure out | 

* Benjamin Stevens, father of Capt. Ebenezer, is supposed to have come to Dan- | 

bury about 1700. His wife's name was Hannah. He had four sons : Ebenezer, | 

Benjamin, Jr., Nathaniel and Thomas. In a deed from his father in 1720, A 

Thomas is called his 4th and youngest son. Ebenezer, in a deed, Dec. g, 1722, i; 

conveys land which he had from his father, at Mill Plain, and also land at Tocono, ' 

to his brother Thomas. % 

^ Capt. Ebenezer Stevens was disciplined and e.xpclled from .the ch'.-.rch in 1743 i 

or 1744, for intemperate remarks concerning Rev. Benaj.ah Case, and criticism of | 

his doctrines, but in the list of members of the church, March 29, 1758, among ^ 

others, is "the wife of Capt. Stevens," and "Ebenezer Stevens, Jr., and wife." | 


of ihis life ma}' be, do make and ordain this, my last will and teyta- 
ment ; and first and piinc!])ally — 

] give and recommend my precious and immorlal soul to God who 
gave it, and my body to the earth at death, to be decently buried at 
the discrcssion of my executors hereinafter named, not doubting but 
at the General Resurrection, by the Power of Almighty God I shall 
again receive the same. 

And as touching such worldly estate as it h.ilh pleased God to 
bless me with, in this life, I give and dispose of the same in the fol- 
lowing m.-mner and form, after my just debts and funeral charges are 
paid, which I order to be done by my executors in convenient time 
out of my estate. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my dear and well beloved wife 
Esther,^ the use and improvement of all liiy estate, both real and 
])ersona], during her natural life, and as much of s^ estate for her to 
dispose of, as she shall need for a comfortable subsistence while she 

Item. I give and bequeath to my loving sons, namely, Ebenezer 
Stevens, Daniel Stevens, Hezckiah .Stevens, and Josepli Stevens, and 
to their heirs and assigns forever, three-quarters of all the remaining 
part of my estate, both real and personal, after the decease of my s<^l 
wife, to be equally divided among them. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my loving duighters, namely, Ma- 
bel, the wife of William Porter, Mary, the wife of Anthony Wanzer, 
Jemimah, widow and relict to Serajah Beardslee, late dec'd, and Es- 
ther, the wife of Alexander Fairchild, all the rest, or the other quar- 
ter of my estate, both real and personal, alter the decease of my sd 
wife as aforesaid, to be equally divided among them and their heirs 
and assigns forever. 

And lastly, I appoint and constitute my aforesaid sons, Eben'r, 
Daniel, Hezekiah and Joseph, to be the executors of this my last 
will and testament, hereby revoking and making null and void all 
other wills and testaments by me heretofore had and made, holding 
and establishing this and this only to be my last will and testament. 

' Capt. Kbenc'zer Stevens' wife Esther was not his first wife and not ihc mioIIilt 
of all of his children, though probably the mother of some of llicrn. His fust 
wife's christian name was Mehitable, and she was the mother of Capl. I{:i;enezer's 
daughter Jemima. 

In testimony wliercof, I have hereunto set my h?nd and seal tlie 
day and year first above written. 

EcENKZKR Stevens, [a seal.] 
Signed, sealed, published and declared 
by the said Ebenezer Stevens, to be his 
last will and testament. 
In presence of 
Silas Hamilton. 

Stephen Tkowt.rtdge. ? 

AnijAH Barnum. i 

Silas Hamilton, witness' to the foregoing will, lived where 
Amzi IJarnum resided in 1885, and was father-in-law of Abijah 
Bariuim, who had married his daughter Orpha, Oct. 20, 1763. 

There is nothing on the pirobate records concerning an}- in- 
ventory, distribution, or settlement of the estate. As the will 
was proved in the probate court, May 3, 1768, the testator had 
of course, died a little previous to that time. 

It is not certainly known in what part of the tovrn he lived. 

Ebenezx-r Stevens, Jr., is first mentioned on Society Records f 

in.1761, and is always named as Junior after that until about 
1767. , 

Daniel Stevens is mentioned in Society Records in 1763, '64 ' 

and 1767. 

Hezekiah Stevens is first mentioned (Society Records) in 
1755, and after 1759 is always entitled Scrgt. Perhaps gained : 

the title in the old French War. \ 

'" Joseph Stevens, first mentioned in Society Records Sept. 8, % 

1767, when he was appointed, at a Society meeting, "one of the | 

qiiorristers to lead in singing psalms in publick." | 

lie rented a pew in the church in 1794, and on Oct. 29, 1795, s 

when the pews were again being rented, "the free use of the | 

pew rented tojosejih Stevens last year, now deceased," is given i 

"to his famil}- for the year to come. | 

Of the four sons of Capt. Ebenezer Steven.s, the probate rcc- \ 

ords show no will made by any of them, except that of Joseph. 3 


Neither is tlierc record of any distribution or scttlenicnt of the 
estate of either of the other three; nor is tliere to be found in 
the church records (many lea\es of whicli are lost,) any record 
of marriage of cither of the four. 

Ebenezer Stevens, Jr., however, married Silence ]-'>arnum, a 
daughter of Abel l^arnum, (date not known,) of New Fairfield, 
as appears by the distribution of said Abel Barnum's estate, 
Jan. 28, 1800, recorded in the 7th volume of Danbury Probate 

This Ebenezer, Jr., had a son Ebenezer. 

Abel Barnum lived near Squou's Pond, it is supposed where 
Norris Nickerson now lives. He was a grandson of Thomas 
Barnum, one of the first 8 settlers of Danbury, 1684, who came 
to Danbury from Norwalk in that 3'ear, bringing with him five 
sons, and this Thomas Barnum was the ancestor of all the Bar- 
nums in Fairfield County, and probably of all the Barnums in 

It would also seem from said distribution of Abel Barnum's 
estate, that Daniel Stevens also married a daughter of Abel 
Barnum, as a share of Abel Barnum's estate is set off by the 
distributors to Abel Barnum's "granddaughter Sarah, daugliter 
■of the deceased wife of Daniel Stevens." 

It is probable that Daniel Stevens had manied a second wife 
as it is known that he had at least' three sons, (as will appear 
farther on,) who, if grandsons of Abel Barnum, would have 
been legal heirs, as was his granddaughter Sarah, yet Sarah is 
the only child of Daniel Stev^ens mentioned in the distribution. 

The three sons of Daniel Stevens were Amos, Daniel, Jr., 
and Reuben. The last was father of Levi Stevens. Widow 
Louisa Barnum knew them all — Deacon Amos Stevens and his 
brotheis r)aniel and Reuben. 

Daniel Stevens, Jr., was father of Dimon Stevens, wjio mar- 
ried a daughter of Forward Stevens. 

See Rev. Thomas Kobbins' Century Sermon at Danbury, in iSoi. 

44 ■ ^ 

Mr. Ezra Stevens, now (1S85) living on the fornicj honiestead 

of his grandfatlicr, Deacon Amos Stevens, has in his jDossession ; 

deeds from Daniel Stevens, (son of Cipt. Ebenezcr,) to his ' 
"lo\'ing son, Amos Stevens." 

Daniel (lather of Amos,) lived and died at the place, after- ? 

wards the homestead of Capt. Elias Stevens. ■] 

One of the brothers of Daniel, (either Ebenezer or Joseph, ] 

not known which,) lived in a house long since torn down, near | 

Daniel's house, down the hill to the west, toward the brook. f 

Serg t Hezekiah Stevens, son of Capt. Ebenezer, lived just ' 

over the line in Brookfield, at the place ov/ned afterwards by l 

Lemuel NorthroiD. He had one son Abner, and another, Heze- ^ 

kiah, Jr., who lived in New Milford. i 

Joseph (the only son of Capt. Ebenezer whose will is found ] 

recorded at Danburj^,) made his will May 24, 1794, and it was | 

proved Jul}' 24, 1795. In it he mentions his wife Hepzibah, I 

his daughter i\Iary,'^ wife of Thomas Seattle, and two grand- | 

children, viz : "Joseph Stevens Adanis and I\Iary I'atterson I 

Adams, cliildren of my daughter Naomi, deceased, and her hus- f 

band Reuben Adams, of Newtown." I 


Jemima, Capt. Ebenezer Stevens' daughter, mentioned in his | 

will as "widow and relict to Serajah Beardslee," was b(jrn Dec. | 

6, 1734. Her first husband, Beardslee, died a little before 1758, | 

as his inventory was filed in the probate ofifice, Dec. 31, 1757. | 

There were two children by her first husband, Beardslee, named | 

Theodorus and Patty. Theodorus died a young man, in the | 

army, in the Revolutionary War, and Patty died at 18 years of I 

age. I 

Before her two children died, the widow Jemima, on March J 

22, 1768, married Dav'd Barnum of New Eairfield. .She was I 

* This dau<;htcr Mriry, wif'; of Thomas Seattle, had three husbands, first, one 

Barrett, then Thomas Seattle, and lastly, one Souires. She had no cliildron. In 

her latter days she was known as Aunt Molly Squires. She was a most cxeelient 
woman, and uncommonly talented and intellectual. 

his second wife. Thc^ir children were Serajali B., Samuel T., 
Ebenczcr, and a twin sister, Mehitahcl, (who died wJien a child,) 
Jemima (who married Lyman Wheeler,) and Thaddeus, and 
two otliers, who died young. 

Jemima died IMarch 14, 1824, nearly go years old. Her 
daughter Jemima Wheeler, lived to the age of 99 years and i 



S T E \T ENS F A M I L Y. 

First Generation. 

Thomas Stevens who died in Darien,in 1658, had sons, Oba- 
diah, Thomas, Benjamin, Joseph and Ephraim. 

Second Generation. 

Benjamin Stevens married Hannah , lived in Darien, 

Hop Grounds, (Bedford,) and Danbury, and had sons, Ebene- 
zer, (supposed to be oldest son,) Benjamin, Jr., Nathaniel and 
Thomas, who was the youngest. 

Benjamin Stevens, the elder, lived on the east side of Main 
street, Danbury, between Rev. Mr. Shove on the north of him, 
and Lieut. Daniel Beneilict south of him. Mis v>ifc Hannah, 
died Oct. 31, 1730. He is supposed to have died in 1746. 
Whether they had any daughters, or who they married, is not 

Tiiirj) Generatiox. 

Ebenczcr Stevens (date of birth unlcnnwn,) married for first 
wife, Mehitabel Peck of New Haven, daughter of Benjamin 
and Mary [Sperry] Peck, of New Haven, and granddaughter of 
Henr}' Peck, one of the first settlers of New Haven — date of 
their marriage not known. 

His children were Ebenezer, Jr., Daniel, Hezekiali, Joseph, 
Mabel, (married Wm. Porter of Danbury,) Mary, (married An- 
thony Wanzer of New P^airfield,) Jemima, (married first, Sera- 
jah Beardsley of New Fairfield, and afterward David ]?arnum 
of New Fairfield,) and Esther, (married Alexander Fairchild of 
New Fairfield). The dates of birtli of all these eight children 
is unkjiov.n. 

Ebenezer Stevens' first wife died and he afterwards married 

Esther . His will is dated Oct. 31, 1765, and recorded 

in Danlnuy Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 37. 

This Ebenezer Stevens removed from Danbury to New Fair- 
field about 1740, was the first justice of the peace in the new 
town of New Fairfield, and had before been captain of the Dan- 
bury militia company. He was a prominent man in New Fair- 
field, and a large landowner. 

Fourth Gener.\tion. 

Jemima, daughter of Capt. Ebenezer Stevens, married, first, 
Serajali Beardsley, a descendant of William Beardsley, one of 
.the first settlers of Stratford. Afterwards she married David 
Barnum of New Fairfield, March 22, 176S. This David Bar- 
num was descended from Thomas Barnum, one of the first 
eight settlers of Danbury in 16S4, and who liad prcviousl3Tived 
in Norwallc, and before that in Fairfield, — David being the son 
of Nathan Jxirnum of Danbury and afterward of New J'^airfield, 
grandson of Francis Barnum of Danbury, and great-grandson 
of TJiomas Barnum of Fairfield, Norwalk and Danbury. 


TIic children of David and Jrinima [Stevens] I5arnum were, 
Sciajali B. Barnum, born Nov. 30, 176S — (this Scrajah ]]. mar- 
ried Rachel, daughter of Ajah Stevens of Brookficld,and grand 
daugliter of Benjamin and Anna [liiearss] Stevens) — Samuel 
Towner Barnum, born Nov. 18, 1769; Mehitabel and Ebcnczer, 
twins, born Oct. 31, 1772; Jemima, married Lyman Wheeler 
of New Fairfield, born May \2, 1775, and Thaddcus, born Feb. 
6, 1779, married Abigail, daughter of Eli Stevens of New Fair- 
field, and granddaughter of Ezra Stevens, Pembroke. 

Fifth Generation. • 

Samuel Towner Barnum married Alice Nash, daughter of 
Eliakim Nash of W'iUon ; the date of their marriage is lost. 
The}- had only two children, tv.'ins, David and l-5etsey, born 
April 27, 1794. 

Sixth Genera'jion. 

Betsey Barnum married Amzi Rogers of New Fairfield, Sept. 
22, 1 8 14. Amzi Rogers, born Dec. 17, 1793, was son of Rev. 
Medad Rogers of New Fairfield, a native of Branford, Conn., 
grandson of Josiah Rogers, Jr., of Branford, great-grand.->on of 
Josiah Rogers, Sen., of Branford, great-great-grandson of Noah 
Rogers, who came from Huntington, L. I., to Branford, and 
great-great-great-grandson of William and Ann Rogers, who 
were in Jamaica, L. I., [first settlers there in 1644,] after- 
wards in Southamjjton, L. I., and afterwards among the first 
settlers of Huntington, L. I., 1655, where William Rogers died 
about 1O56, and his widow, Ann, in iC6g. 

Seventh Gener.vtion. 

Children of Amzi and Betsey [Barnum] Rogers, were: 
Da\'id B. Rogers, born July 27, 181 5, now residing in Danbury. 
Samuel T., born April 30, 1820, now residing in Bridgeport. 


Theodore D., born June lo, 1822, now residing in Norwalk. 
Ann E., born Oct. 16, 1S26, now deceased. 
Emily L., born March 6, 1831, now residing in Norwalk. 
Harriet A., born Aug. 24, 1837, now residing in Norwalk. 

Samuel T. Rogers, second son of Col. Amzi Rogers and Bet- 
.sey Barnum Rogers, born April 30, 1820, married Cornelia 
Hcpzibah Bulkley, second daughter of Dr. Sturges Bulkleyand 
Nancy Shelton Bulkley, born Nov. 26, 1827; married Sept. 8, 
1859. Their children were: 

Cornelia H. B. Rogers, born Jan. 21, 1862. 

.Sara Bulkley Rogers, born April 12, 1864. 

Samuel T. Rogers, Jr., born Feb. 13, 1866, died Aug. 17, 1S66. 

Miriarn Nancy Shelton Bulkley Rogers, born June 77, 1868. 

Theodore D. Rogers, (7th generation from Benjamin .Stevens 
of Danbury,) was admitted to the Fairfield County Bar, prac- 
ticed law for some years in Danbury, Conn., removed to Cali- 
fornia in 1852, and practiced law several }'ears in .San Francisco, 
afterwards resided four or five years in New York, and about 
nine years in Chicago, and about twenty j'cars ago returned to 
his native town, New Fairfield, Conn. Afterwards traveled ex- 
tensively in the United States, Canada, and Central America. 
Besides being a Rogers, a Barnum and a Stevens, he has also 
in his ancestry the names of Taintor, Goodsell, Frisbie, Peck, 
Herault, Baldwin, Nash, Whitlock, Sperry, Lindall, St. John, 
Clement, Lockwood, and Hoyt. He is now [1890] a resident 
in Norwalk, Conn, 

TllKO. D. KOGliKS, 




Mill Plain is situated from two and one-half to four miles 
miles west of the borough of Danbur}--, and contains about one 
thousand acres, bounded, on the south by Lake Kenosia and 
river, the lake covering, probably, about 250 acres. Sixty )'ears 
ago it was well stocked with fish, and was a favorite resort for 
miles around in the winter season for fishing through the ice. 
Mill Plain derived its name, it is said, from a mill situated 
about a ciuarter of a mile east from the Danbury fair grounds. 
The dam was raised so high that it flooded the swamps by the 
river and lake, and caused fever and ague in Mill Plain and 
Miry Brook. 

The people remonstrated in vain. After enduring the nuis- 
ance for a long time with no prospect of its abatement, the ele- 
ments came to their relief, for one winter's night the mill took 
fire, little remaining in the morning but ashes. A man's tracks 
were found going to the mill, but none coming away, still no 
one was supposed to have perished in the flames. Shrev.d peo- 
ple attributed these tracks to a resident of Miry Drook, but feu- 
were inclined to condemn the means wlien, as the result the 
water found its original level and health was restored. 

The first house built in Mill Plain stood on the corner of the 
lot opposite the cemetery, and was built by Nathaniel Stevens, 
probably about 1720, and was not rebuilt. The next was built 
by his brother Thomas, about 1725, on the south side of the 
road west of the cemetery, and was rebuilt about 1825. Mr. 
Keeler is the present owner. 

Tlien the house on the north side of the road was built in 
1740, for Capt. Thomas Stevens, and for years was used as a 
tavern. Some of your readers will doubtless remember the old 

50 i 

horse slicd which stood at tlic west end of the house, and which | 

sheltered many a traveler from thunder showers. The original ' 

materials of this shed were in use for purposes of shelter for • 

over loo years, and until a quite recent date. The old house, ■ 

having done good service for a century, was rebuilt in 1841, by | 

Wait .Sle\'ens. After a few years it was sold to Mr. Ganung, | 

the present occupant. i 

Probably the next house was that built by Jonah Weed, a | 

few feet east of where Charles Fowler's house now stands. It | 

was occupied successively by Ephraim Weed, Abraham Banks, j 

Thomas Knapp and Robert Fowler. The latter, in 1839, built ^ 

the house his son Charles now occupies. | 

About 176S, Eliphalet Stevens built a house just east of the -J 

cemetery, where his son Abram afterward lived. James, the i 

brother of Eliphalet, built his house about the same time at 1 

the upper end of the plain, the first one east of the school- | 

house. The one now standing there was built b}' his son | 

James, was afterwards owned by Judah Crosby, and at present | 

by James Osborn. | 

Next east lived John Stevens, and about half a mile further | 

(a few rods north of the upper railroad crossing,) was George f 

Stevens. Still further over lived Eliphalet 2d. I 

One house not mentioned was that of Moses Stevens, a few \ 

rods west of the lower railroad crossing, which was built about | 

1796, and rebuilt by his son-in-law Daniel Baxter, in 1847. ^t | 

was afterwards sold to Thomas Stevens 5th. | 

The house opposite was built about the same time by Brush 1 

Scars. The house east of the lower railway crossing was built | 

by the late Charles H. Reed, in 1834, who there worked at his | 

trade of .shoemakinf<". Later, Zonher Keeler built a house for I 


himself at the lower end of the plain. ^ 

From iSio to iSjc, Mill Plain might be said to be in the | 

height of its prosperity. This was at least true of its Stevens j 

population, for within a little over a mile east of the school- | 


liouse lived eiglit families of ihat name, all cousins. But what 
a change I Where arc they now? The old people died, tlie 
girls married and were taken away, and the boys preferred 
trades to farming, so that there is now not one of the original 
Steveiis' left in the village. There is one family bearing the 
name, but not of Mill Plain stock. 

The town of Danbury did not originally extend to the New 
York state line. The western part of what is now known as 
Mill Plain was formerl)- in the town of Ridgefield. This part 
went by the name of "The Hollow," and formed a little settle- 
ment by itself, comprising a tavern, blacksmith, hat shop and 
about half a dozen houses. 

Birchard's store, though at the western boundary of old-time 
Mill Plain, was still its' commercial center, and had quite a wide 
reputation. It was one of the first stores to put out shirts for 
making, and the women used to come from, far and near to get 
the work, taking goods from the store in payment. 

There were several shoe shops, where, besides custom work, 
shoes were made for a firm in New Canaan. This comprised 
about all the manufacturing interests of the place, most of the 
energy being devoted to farming. 

Railways were young sixty years ago, and had not proved 
their value to the community. It was not strange, therefore, 
that the quiet dwellers on the plain should have been quite a 
little disturbed when, about that time, a line was surveyed 
through their place very near where the present railway is lo- 
cated. The audacity of the surveyors in staking this course 
through a neighbor's dooryard, so excited the staid farmers 
that they could not sleep nights. The stage-coach was quite 
good enough for them But they were spared the realization 
of these anticipated troubles. 

With stage lines they were well provided: there were three ; 
one to Poughkeepsie twice a week, another to Newburgh tliree 
times a week and a daily one to Sing Sing. The latter, a four 

horse Concord coach was a grand affair, and the small boys may * 

be pardoned for watching for its daily coming with ncvcr-fail- | 

ing interest. | 


About the 3'ear 1830 a turnpike was oj^cned from South-East | 

to Norwalk, by the construction of a road from the cemetery | 

across the Kenosia river at the lower end of the lake, to Miry I 

Brook. This gave easy access to the lake, and for a time it I 

was quite a popular resort. | 

Last to be mentioned, but not least in its relation to the peo- 1 

pie, was the schoolhouse. The district included some twenty- i 

five families. Several buildings did service, all stationed near | 

the present site. One was burned, the others succumbed to | 

the wear and tear of active hands and feet. 5 

Here grim warfare was carried on year after year with Web- ^ 

ster, Daboll, Murray and the goose-quill, not to mention the \ 

birch-rod, which grew conveniently near, and was by no means \ 

an optional in those days. A NATIVE. | 



Beginning with Benjamin Stevens, of Darien, as the ist gen- 
eration, Daniel Stevens was of the 4th generation, as follows : 
I, Thomas, 2, Benjamin, 3, Capt. Ebcnezer, and 4, Daniel. 

When or whom he married is unknown. He had four chil- 
dren, Reuben, Daniel, Jr., Abiah, who married John Trow- 
bridge, and Amos. Reuben had a son, Levi, who was a farmer 
in New Fairfield, and married Betsey, daughter of Gideon 
Beardsley, a son, Eben, who resided in Norwalk, and a daugh- 
ter who married Truman Richmond, of New Milford, and an- 
other daughter who married Isaac Hopkins. Nothing is known 
of Daniel, Jr. He probably took Greele)''s advice and went 
west when a young man. 

Deacon Amos Stevens, of the 5th generation, son of Daniel, 
was born in 1756, and died June 18, 1840, aged 84 years. His 
first wife, mother of his six children was born in 1759, and died 
Sept. 12, 1814. Date of marriage not known. Their children 
were, I, Annie, married William Gray, and afterwards Samuel 
T. Barnum, She had no children. 2, Elias, born May 2,1785. 
3, Hannah, married Benjamin Taylor of New Fairfield, and re- 
moved to Rochester, N. Y., and had children, Ezra, Marianna, 
and others. 4, Affa, married Wait Stevens, of Mill Plain, Dan- 
bury. 5, Chloe, married Hiram Paddock, of Southeast, N. Y., 
and had one son, Warren Paddock, who married Elizabeth 
Reed. 6, Irene, unmarried, died in February, 1872, aged 80. 

Deacon Amos Stevens was regularly commissioned as a cap- 
tain in the teaming or transportation ser\ice in the Ivevolu- 
tionary War. His commission, with many marching orders 
and many other interesting papers and letters of that period, 
were destroyed by fire after his death.. 

Capt. Elias Stevc-ns, 6th generation, son of Deacon Amos, 
born May 2, 1785, married Lucy, dauglitcr of Forv.ard Stevens 
of Danbury. Her father was a* soldier in the Revolutionary 
War, going into the service at about 16 years of age, and was 
at one time a prisoner to the British in the prison ship in New 
York harbor. 

Elias and Lucy Stevens were married February 5, 1806. 

Their children were, i,Amos Russel, born March 18, 1807. 
2, Julia Ann, born Dec. 29, 1808, married Alanson Knapp, and 
died in Mobile, Jan. 29, 1839. 3- Lvefine, born Jan. 15, 1812, 
married Asahel Mead, Sept. 28, 1831, and had one son, George 
U. JMead, now residing in Texas; afterwards married Nathan- 
iel .Selleck, had two children, Howard and Eugene, and died in 
March, 1877. 4, George, married Adeline Sternberg, in July, 
1850, and died in- August, 1875, lea\'ing no children. 5, Ezra, 
born Aug. 21, 18 17. 6, Maria, born Jan. 27, 1821, married to 
Hiiam Paddock of Southeast, in Deceiriber, 1863, no children. 
7, Chloe, born Feb. 16, 1823, unmarried. 8, Elijah, born Feb. 
23, 1825, married Charlotte Caldwell, March 16, 184S, had one 
son, Frederick. 9, David, born April 14, 1827, married Judith 
Haviland, Aug. 20, 1848, no children, resides in Sj'racusc, N.Y. 
10, Sarah Elizabeth, born Dec. 19, 1831, married Gilbert Havi- 
land, October, 1855, and died October, 1865, leaving two daugh- 

Capt. Elias died Ma}- 11, 1851, his wife Lucy died Nov. 5, 

Amos Russell Stevens, 7th generation, son of Elias, born 
March 18, 1807, married Nov. 1830, Lavina, daughter of 
Jesse Scudder of New Fairfield. She died Sept. 30, 1841, 
leaving one son, Hiiam Jesse, now residing in Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Mr. A. R. Stevens, afterward, Aug. 3, 1842, married Betsc)- 
Riggs, of Oxford, Conn. Their children are: i, Harriet La- 
vina, born June 23, 1S43, and died May , 1846. 2, Henr)- 
H., born Feb. 21, 1846. 3, Mary J., born March 19, 1848. 4, 
Adelina G,, born Dec. 1, 1851, married Oct. 29, 1872, to Geo. 

H. Adams, of Pawling, N. Y. 5, David R., born May 5, 1855, 
and died y\pri! , 1S61. 6, Lucy IM., born Sept. 13, 1859. 

Hirani J., 8th generation, son of Amos R., born Jan. 14, 
1882, married Elizabeth Kellogg, of Ridgefield, Conn., and has 
three children : Estella, William and Jennie. 

Henry H., 8th generation, son of Amos R., born Feb. 21, 
1846, married Sarah E. Pulling, of Danbury, Oct. 20, 1868, and 
resides at W'estern, Salina, Co., Nebraska. Their children are: 
David R., Harry, Panl, Bessie, Ruby and George. 

Ezra Stevens, 7th generation, son of Elias, born Aug. 21, 
18 17, married Mary, daughter of Hiram Taylor, of Brookfield, 
Conn., a lineal descendant of Thomas Taylor, one of the first 
settlers of Danbury. • They were married Feb. 17, 1847. They 
had three children : James T., Elias and Huldah. James T. 
was murdered in Texas, in September, 1884, and Elias died 
Oct. 6, 1889, in consequence of a kick from a horse. Thej' 
were. most worthy young men, of good character and ability, 
and excellent qualities in every way, who deserved and re- 
ceived the affection and regard of all who knew them. Both 
were unmarried. Their father, Ezra Stevens, resides on the 
homestead of his grandfather, Deacon Amos, in the southeast 
corner of New Fairfield, Coim. 


jy' NO IV ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENrS, That 1, Benjamin Ste- 
vens, of Danbury, in the County of Fairfield, and Colony of Connecticut, in 
New England, for and in consideration of m)' natural alTeotion unto my son Thomas 
Stevens of the same town, and for divers good causes and considerations, me love 
unto nioving, and nioi-e especially for a bond of fifty pounds and of tc;u;ii date 
with these presents, conditioned for ibe earnest perfc>nnance of certain payments 
therein specified to nie and my beloved wife during y" term of our natural lives, 
the receipt whereof 1 hereby acknowledge to my full content and satisfaction, have 
given, granted, and doth by these presents, I say that I have and do give, graiit, 
bargain, sell, make over, convey and confirm unto my son, Thomas Stevens, these 
several messages and parcels of land as follows, viz : one piece of upland, contain- 
ing two acres and a rood, be it more or less, situate in Danburj' aforesaid, in tlie 
common field lying on Town Hill, so called, bounded easterly and westerly by 
highway, northerly by Mr. Shove, southerly by I.iesit. Benedirt's land; also, my 
first division let of meadow, containing one acre, be the same more or less, lying 
in the said field, bounded easterly by ?Juddy Brook, westerly partly by hlghw-ay, 
and part by land of the estate of John Pickit, northerly by the Mill River, south- 
erly by Samuel Benedick's first division; also, my little lot and fourth division lot 
of meadow, containing by estimstion two acres and a half, be it more or less, lying 
in s;ud field, bounded easterly by corumon land, westerly by the river, northerly by 
land of my foii, Nathaniel Stevens, southerly by Lieut. Kray's land in part, and in 
part by common land or highway; also three acres and a half of land, be it nKjre 
or less, lying at Jl.itbstone Hill, witliin said field, bounded tasterlj-, westerh and 
northerly by his own land, and soullierly by land of Lieut. Samuel Iloyt, and also, 
with land whicii I hold to my adjoining lot in said field, bounded as may be seen 
by said Danbury book of Records, together with all the estate, right, title and in- 
terest to have therein, with all the privileges and appurtenances thereto, to have 
and to hold to him, the said Nathaniel Stevens, to his heirs and assigns, to his and 
their own proper use and benefit, as a full, absolute and indefeasible estate of in- 
heritance forever. And furthermore, \, ihe said Benjamin Ste\'ens, for me and my 
heirs, do covenant and promise to and witli the said Thomas .Stevens, and his heirs 
and assigns, that he and they shall quietly and peaceably have, hold and enjoy the 
above granted premises without let or molestation from any person or persons what- 
soever, that shall lay any legal cbim thereunto or any part thereof forever. 

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twenty-ninth day 
of November, Anno Dom. 1726. 


Signed and scaled in presence of 

Danbury, November y^ 29tl;, i/no. 

Benjamin .Stevens, subscriber to the aijove written iu.strument, personally ap- 
peared and acknowledged to be his free act and deed before roe. 


Justice of i^eace. 

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HIC}r\VA Y, 1727. M. 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, That we, Nathanael Ste- 
vens, Thomas Stevens and Stephen Ciirtiss, each of us, of ye town of Danbuiy, in 
ye County of Fairfield, and Colony of Connecticut, in New England, having- lands 
lying nigh together near ye Millplain, in ye Township of Danbury aforesaid, for 
divers good considerations, especially for ye benefit and advantage of each one of 
us, do for ourselves and our heirs and assigns, mutually agree, bargain and grant 
an highway for us and our heirs, beginning near ye southwestern part of 
said Nathaniel Stevens' swamp land that lies easterly from ye Rattle Hill, a little 
westerly of a small run or little brook, and so going across to small brook south- 
easterly, going a little westerly of ye southeasterly corner of Curtiss' old ten acres, 
and then turning a little southeasterly to ye brow of ye hill, thence running ihrou. 
ye northwest corner of said Nathaniel Stevens' land, crooked to said Stephen Cur- 
tis' land ; and ye said Thomas Stevens doth hereby grant and confirm unto ye said 
Stephen Curtiss about eleven acres, including in it part of Apple Swamp, so called. 
Said eleven acres bounded, south by ye highway, east by said Nathanael Stevens, 
north, part by land said Stephen Curtiss now lets to Thomas Stevens have and 
part by ye highway, west by said Thomas Stevens' other land, and ye said Stephen 
Curtiss doth hereby grant and confirm to' ye said Thomas Stevens a like quantity 
of about eleven acres, lying more northerly from ye aforesaid named eleven 
acres, bounded easterly by ye aforesaid named highway, a little part north- 
erly by said Nathanael Stevens, northwesterly by said Thomas Stevens, south- 
westerly by a reserved highway, which said highv.'ay is part of ; southerly by 
said Thomas Stevens in part, and partly by land of Thomas Stevens now let said 
Stephen Curtiss have, — the above said highway, and the above said land with ye 
small alteration in said Nathanael Stevens' land at his northwest corner, to be, re- 
main and abide as they are now agreed upon, and by themselves staked out. 

We say that we, ye above named Nathanael Stevens, Thomas Stevens and Ste- 
phen Curtiss, do jointly and severally for ourselves and our heirs, covenant, prom- 
ise and agree, to and with each other, to have and to hold, use, improve, possess 
and enjoy, with the appurtenances thereto, free and clear, sure and firm, to all in- 
tents and purposes, to each and every of us, and our heirs, jointly and severally, 
and each particular above mentioned, as firmly as it might or could in any other 
manner or form have been drawn, and we do for ourselves and our heirs jointly 
and severally covenant, promise and engage to warrant and defend each one's 
right and interest against all claims whatsoever forever. 

Witness our hands and seals, this 20th day of February, Anno Doni. 1727-8. 


Signed and scaled in presence of 



r^ Danbury, February ye 20th, 1727-8. 

Nathanael Stevens and Thomas Stevens and Stephen Curtiss, subscribers to tl;e 
above written instrument, personally appeared and acknov.-ledged the same'to be 
their free act and deed before me. 


Justice of Peace. 

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vens, Sen., of Danbury, in Fairfield County and Colony of Connecticut, in New- 
England, for and in consideration of other land made over to me by a firm deed, 
under the hand and seal of my brother, Thomas Stevens, of the Town, County and 
Colony aforesaid, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge to be a full price 
paid to me, on this, in trust, to my content and full satisfaction, have bargained, 
sold, and by these presents have and do freely, fully and absolutely grant, bargain, 
sell, alien, convey and confirm to him, the said Thomas Stevens, and to his heirs 
and assigns, one certain piece of land situated in said Danbury Township, lyino- 
by the easterly side of Tuttle Hill, so called, combining by estimation, eight acres 
or thereabouts, as it is contained within these following boundaries : the nor'west 
corner being a point : beginning there at a red oak shade, marked with stones 
laid to it, and from thence running southeasterly to a great rock, with stones laid 
thereon ; and from thence running southeasterly to a certain walnut tree, an old 
boundary, with stones laid thereto, and marked ; and from said walnut tree run- 
ning westerly to a white oak tree marked, and stones laid thereto ; and from said 
white oak tree, running northerly to the first mentioned red oak shade ; thus it is 
bounded, southerly and westerly by said Thos. Stevens' land, and northeasterly by 
my other land. To have and to hold, with all privileges and appurtenances to 
the same in anywise appertaining, to him, the said Thos. Stevens, and to his heirs 
and assigns, to his and their only use, benefit and behoof forever ; and I, the said 
Nathanael Stevens, for me and my heirs, do covenant with the said Thos. Steverjs, 
his heirs and assigns, that at and until the ensealing hereof, I am well seized of 
the above bargained premises in mv own right, and have in myself good ritrht, 
full power and lawful authority, to bargain and sell the same in manner and form 
as is above written, and that the same is free from all incumbrances whatsoever. 
And further, I, the said Nathanael Stevens, do by these presents, firmly bind and 
oblige myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, to secure the above granted 
premises, said land and appurtenances, to the said Thos. Stevens, and to his heirs 
and assigns, against all legal claims and demands of any other person or persoiis 
whatsoever, and the same to warrant and defend. 

Witness my haTid and seal to these presents, this twenty-second day of Marcli, 
Anno Dom. 1733-4. 


Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of 

Danbury, March yc 22d, 1734. 

Nathanael Stevens, subscriber to the above written instrument, personally ap- 
peared, and acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed before me. 


Justice of Pe.-ice. 

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T.> n/l Fevph to whom these Presents shall come — Greeting : 

]vi\OW YE, Thai 1, Benjamin Stevens, ofDanbiiry, in Fairfield County, in His 
Majesty's Colony of Connecticut, in New England, for and in consideratioii of forty 
a»(.I. eight pounds of money in hand received, being well and duly paid before the en- 
sealing and delivering hereof, to my content and full satisfaction, by my brother, 
Thomas Stevens, of the same Town, County and Colony, above named, and there- 
fore liave sold and alienated from me and my heirs, and by these presents I say, 
that I I'.ave and do fully, freely, lirml)' and absolutely grant, bargain sell, inake 
over, convey and confirm to him, the said Thomas Stevens, and to his heirs and 
assigns, a certain tract of land lying up the Brook that comes from the Second 
Pond, and on both sides of the western line of said Danbury Township. Some of 
i; being part of that land I bought of the Country, lying upon the western side of 
!>anbury Township and joining to said western bounds, and some of it lying with- 
i'.i said Danbuiy 'I'ownship and joining to said western bound ; said line running 
through said tract of land, and said tract of land is contained within these follov;- 
ing buttments and boundaries, and it is all comprehended herein, be it in quan- 
tity, as to number of acres, what it will. 

'i'he northeasterly corner of said tract of land is a popple tree, marked, standing 
in the gutter, with stones laid tliereto ; and from said popple tree, running" westerly 
to an heap of stones, which is a boundary betwixt this land and land of Captain 
Tolm St.irr ; and from said heap of stones, which is the northwesterly corner there- 
of, running southerly by said Capt. Starr's land to a range stake bitched down with 
stones, laid thereto ; and froin said ran^-e stake, running soutlierl}' by Capt. Starr's 
land, to a rock with a stone or something upon it, which is the southwesterly cor- 
ner thereof ; a little beyond the Great Spring, so called, and from said rock run- 
ning casterlj' by Capt. Starr's land to said Danbury western line, and to said 
Thomas Stevens' nor'wcst corner of a piece of his land lying near it, and so run- 
ning still easterly by the said Thomas Stevens' land to the highway, which is the 
southeasterly corner of this aforesaid tract of land ; and from said southeasterly 
corner running northerly, as the fence now runs, by the side of the highway, to 
the first mentioned popple tree. All said northeast corner, .so that said tract of 
land is bounded northerly by Ridgefield land, wesierly by Capt. Starr's land, 
southerly, partly by Capt. Starr's land and partly by said Thomas Stevens' land, 
and easterly by said highway. 

To have and to hold, with all privileges and appurtenances to the same, be- 
longing, or in any wise thereunto appertaining, to him, the said Thomas Stevens 
and to his heirsand assigns, this and their only life benefit and behoof forever. And 
I, t'ae said Benjamin Stevens, for me and my heirs, do covenant with him, my said 
brother, Thomas Stevens, his heirs and assigns, that at and until the ensealing 
and delivery hereof, I am well seized of the above granted and bargained preni- 
ises, as a good freehold, absolute and indefeasible estate, of inheritance forever, 
and have in myself good right, full power and lawful authority to bargain and sell 
the same in manner and form as it is above written, and that the same is free from 
all encumbrances whatsoever. And furthermore, I, the said Benjamin Stevens, do by 
these presents, firmly bind and oblige myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, 
to v.'arrant, secure and defend the above demised, bargained and granted premises, 
to him, mv said brother, Thomas .Stevens, and to his heirs and assigns, against the 
lawful claim and demand of any other person or persons whatsoever, that shall lay 
any legal claim thereunto or to any part tliereof, forever. 

In witness wl.crcof, 1 have hereunto put my hand and seal, this thirtieth day 
of April, Anno. Dom. 1734. 

Signed, scaled and delivered in presence of 



Danrury, April ye 30th, 1734. 
Benjamin Stevens, sigTier and sealer of this instrument, personally appeared, and 
acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed before me. 

JOHN GREGORY, Justice of the Peace. 

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