Birth: 05 DEC 1630 England
Marriage: ABT 1650 to Mary Fletcher in Milford, Connecticut
Details: He was a miller. In 1654/55, he was convicted of selling flax with defective weights, through carelessness in not having them inspected.
Details: When an expedition against the Dutch was proposed, he was chosen corporal, “but onely for this present service and that he accede no higher in any other office because he is not a freeman.”
Birth of Daughter: 1655
Name: Rebecca Stevens
Birth of Son: 21 FEB 1656
Name: James Stevens
Place: Guilford, Connecticut
Birth of Daughter: 21 FEB 1656
Name: Mary Stevens
Place: Killingworth, Connecticut
Birth of Daughter: 25 JAN 1657
Name: Sarah Stevens
Birth of Son: 10 MAR 1660
Name: John Stevens
Place: Guilford, Connecticut
Birth of Son: 21 SEP 1662
Name: Thomas Stevens
Note: OCT 1662
Details: With his father and brother, he was a strong adherent of Dr. Rossiter, and all three joined with others of Guilford in seceding from new Haven Colony, tendered themselves with their persons and estates to the Connecticut Colony, and were accepted and promised protection. The bitter controversy that followed was the chief cause of both Thomas’s and William’s leaving Guilford.
Land Rec: 15 FEB 1664
Details: The earliest record of Thomas and William Steevens in Killingworth is found in a town book (LR 1-7) which records “fencing against the neck” on 15 Feb (16)64: #11 lists four “rodds” for Thomas and #26 six “rodds for William. More fencing was mentioned in 1671
Note: Thomas was a man of ability and prominence at Killingworth, and twice served in the General Assembly from that town.
Birth of Son: 1664
Name: Timothy Stevens
Birth of Son: 23 APR 1666
Name: Joseph Stevens
Birth of Daughter: 23 APR 1666
Name: Abigail Stevens
Birth of Daughter: 14 JUL 1668
Name: Elizabeth Stevens
Birth of Son: 26 JAN 1670
Name: Ebenezer Stevens
Land Rec: 11 MAR 1670
Details: He sold to William all his lands at the East End of Guilford, reserving his right in “any other divisions that shall be hereafter laid out,” and his right in “commonage if they come to be stinted.”
Details: Thomas Stevens was a member of the church in Killingworth.
Taxes: 12 FEB 1671
Details: At a town meeting, the mill was apprised to Thomas Steevens at 20 lb and the house lot and meadow at 20 lb.
Birth of Daughter: 21 FEB 1672
Name: Pheobe Stevens
Note: 04 MAR 1673
Details: Thomas was chosen fence viewer and was elected to take the country list.
Birth of Son: 02 FEB 1674
Name: Jonathan Stevens
Land Rec: 20 NOV 1676
Details: One of the earliest deed recorded (LR 1-39) was a sale 20 Nov. 1676 to Thomas Steevens for good considerations to William Kelsey of a “peace” of land in the field commonly called the neck, 107 rods by 4 1/2. It was also signed by “Mary Stevens Senior.”
Land Rec: 07 JUN 1679
Details: He sold nine acres of the East Creek land to Stephen Dodd
Land Rec: 07 APR 1682
Details: Another deed (LR 1-57) is a sale by Thomas to his brother William of a house lot by Indian River.
Land Rec: 28 MAY 1683
Details: He sold to Stephen Dodd the rest of the East Creek land, and the old homelot.
Death: 18 NOV 1685 Killingworth, Middlesex Co, Connecticut
Details: The only original paper preserved in New London probate of Thomas Steevens (#5146-A), recorded in Book A page 120, is marked “Widdow Steven’s Acct Jan Sept. 18th 1700 and called “Distribution” by a recent hand. It actually consists of an accounting of items received by the various children between 1681 and 1699, originally dated 1688/9, but brought up to date before it was submitted to the court. These items are: 1. Daniell Kelcy to “my mother Stevens, or my brother James Stevens, for…my legasy due to my wife from father Stevens estate:” 2. John Steevens to Brother James Stevens for legasey; 3. what Thomas Stevens received, mostly land, plus a gun, and by boarding with his mother when she was a widow; 4. items paid to Edward Lee as part of “their portion.” some of it paid by Timothy, and dated Dec. 5, 1681; 5. items received by Rebekah Ruttey before and in the year 1687, plus one sheep from Mary Stevens Relique to James Stevens in the year 1699; 7. to Timothy Stevens two acres and half of medow at the hammaks, the rest of his portioning to be in lands at the mill; 8. land set to Ebenezer Stevens; 9. land set to Jonathan Stevens towards the mill, at the landing place, in the planting field. The average value of each portion was about 15 lb. John received his portion in money amount to lb 16-16-06, while the other sons shared at least 13 parcels of land.
A fuller list of the real estate is found in LR 2-85, dated 1 June 1688, but not recorded until 1710/11 (between 19 Jan and 3 March)
Another deed in LR 2-48 provides more information on all the heirs: Mary Stevens Senr, Mary Stevens Jr., Widdow and James Steevens her son, John Steevens, Timothy Steevens, Jonathan Steevens, Edward Rutty with the consent of Rebeckah his wife, Edward Lee with the consent of Abigail his wife, and Nathan (iel) Chittenden with the consent of Elizabeth his wife, all of Killingworth and Gilford……for valuable consideration……sell and dispose….unto Ebenezer Steevens all their right in and the title to the house and home lott that formerly belonged to the Thomas Steevens deceased, lying and being in the town of Killingworth….10 acres. It was written 28 Feb. 1697, and witnessed by John Shether and Andrew Ward, with the signatures of all 12 grantees, who acknowledged their sale on 26 Aug. 1697. It was recorded 20 Sept. 1701.
The final reference to settlement is found in New London County Court Records 7-228; Mary Stevens of Kenlworth, widow of James deceased, gave an account of her husband’s administration “but not producing receipts from the legatees hand ordered for Sept. next to give each legatee chance to make application, if dissatisfied.” This entry was indexed “estate of Thomas Stevens” and was probably dated June 1700. There was probably no protest, as no mention was made at the next court session.
Click here to see parents: John Stevens and Mary Moulson
Birth: 18 MAY 1630 Suffolk, England
Details: Mary Stevens was a member of the church in Killingworth.
Death: 24 OCT 1683 Killingworth, Middlesex Co, Connecticut
Click here to see parents: John Fletcher and Mary Ward