Name: Richard STEPHENS
Birth: 1600 in Mealemore, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: 1670 in Jamestown Colony
Muster of the inhabitants of Virginia settlements, February 16, 1623/4
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Settlers living at "James Cittye" in Virginia, February 16, 1623/4
Source from STEPHENS / STEVENS Genealogy Club--Tom Stephens
(I-2)John's brother, (IIII) Richard Stephens who's spouse was Elizabeth Piercy born in 1600 is called a paynter-stayner and the worshipful company of paynters-stayners is named in the first London Company's Charter of Virginia with many others. (a painter of arms and a glass stainer - an artist)
(IIII) Richard's children were Richard, Samuel, William and John Stephens.
(IIII)Richard Stephens had the dubious honor of fighting the first duel on American soil and another duel was not recorded for 100 years.
The colony's prospects improved when the demand for tobacco, first cultivated in 1612, grew. The governor, Sir George Yeardley, convened the first legislative assembly in America at Jamestown in 1619.
That same year a Dutch ship brought the first blacks, most of whom were indentured servants, and toward the end of the century slavery became a characteristic feature of the economy.
(IIII) Richard Stephens built a block house in James City (Jamestown). We know through the manuscript and of the incorporation of James City, Capt. Richard Stephens was given Patent No. 1, that others might be encouraged by his example to enclose ground and plant trees.
"Stevens - Stephens Genealogy and Family History"
Author: Clarence Perry Stevens
Call Number: CS71.S844
This book contains the history and genealogy of the Stevens-Stephens family of North Carolina.
Bibliographic Information: Stevens, Clarence Perry. Stevens-Stephens Genealogy and Family History. Privately Published. 1968.
CAPT. RICHARD STEVENS came in the George to Jamestown Colony in 1623. I believe that this is the first official record of a Stevens (Stephens) settler in a permanent colony in America, kin to us. It appears that he was the eldest son of our ancestor B) Anthony Stephens, b. ca 1560 of Wiltshire, England. The official Visitation of London1 in 1634 lists only one A) Thomas as the son of said B) Anthony but the two crescents on his coat of arms shows that he was a second son and so had an older brother.
A son of 6) Capt. Richard Stevens was Governor Samuel Stevens. After his death in July of 1670 a meeting of the General Court was held in the settlement of his estate2 and among thos listed as present was Nicholas Stevens and Capt. William Crawford who had been a fellow officer with Nicholas under Cromwell in England.
Since usually only the legal officials and the relatives attend such a meeting it would appear that 1) Nicholas Stevens was related to Gov. Samuel Stevens and thus was related to 6) Capt. Richard Stevens. If this is correct, then 1) Nicholas was the nephew of 6) Richard and a first cousin to Gov. Samuel Stevens..
Furthermore, it is a matter of the N. C. family record that Isaac5 Stevens (Stephens), b. 1793 in North Carolina, was related to a Samuel Stevens although some of the details are not very clear.
In 1877 said Isaac, who had an older brother named Sam, dictated some data to his grandson Isaac and Dr. Arnold, author of the Rush County Atlas of 1879. He gave his parents as James and Cebra (Seaberry) who had migrated from in or near Fayetteville, N. C., which I found to be true when I found the will of John Stevens, probated in 1779 there naming James as a son. This is, I believe, the oldest will still on record there.
Isaac said that we had an early colonial relative named Sam Stevens in the Carolina Colony who kept a lot of his money in gold in an iron kettle under his bed and often guarded by two big black slaves (I suppose when he was away). He wanted very much to own a thousand slaves but never quite succeeded for as fast as he would buy a slave one would die or be lost in some other way.
For over forty years I suspected that this was fiction or much exaggerated. Now I find that it is a well documented fact that Samuel Stevens, the 2nd colonial governor of the colony owned over 4500 acres of land and was for that time a very rich man. So it appears that he could have had that many slaves and, considering the size of the colony then, he must have been the only Sam Stevens, or probably anyone else, who could have had that many then in the colony. This tends to prove that 1) Nicholas Stevens was related to 7) Samuel Stevens and was probably a first cousin.
1 Harlein Pub. Visit. of London in 1634, Vol. 2, p. 262.
2 Ray's "Old Albemarle". p. 568 (referring to Hathway).
CAPT. RICHARD STEVENS, although unmarried, arrived in 1623 at Jamestown with four servants and later paid for the importation of many settlers; forty in one instance, so he was probably an eldest son who had inherited assets due to the English law of primogeniture, which characteristic would seem to fit the eldest son of B) Anthony Stephens in England.
In 1623, he had the doubtful distinction of fighting the first duel in the English colonies with George Harrison, whom he wounded so severely in the knee that he later died, although it was said that death was not caused by the wound. Capt. Stevens also received the first land grant preserved on record at the Virginia Land Patent Office which, since Jamestown was the first colony, is probably tantamount to saying that it is the oldest English land grant in the U. S. A. today. This grant comprised sixty "roods" at Jamestown adjoining a house he already owned, "so that others may be encouraged by his example to enclose some grounds for gardens. 2 He was a burgess and a member of the governor's council under Gov. Harvey, who had become cordially detested by the colonists. In a personal altercation with Capt. Stephens, the governor suddenly attacked Stephens and knocked out several of his teeth with a cane or cudgel. Soon after when the governor had a fist fight with his council, they deposed the old rascal and sent him to England regardless of their legal inability to do so. At his death about 1636 Capt. Stephens owned over 2000 acres of land in the colony.
6) Capt. Richard Stephens, b. ca 1585 probably in Wiltshire, England d. ca 1636. He -m- Elizabeth Piersey, b. 1609 (dau. of Abraham and Elizabeth Piersey), a great heiress (for the time) on her arrival at Jamestown in 1623.
1. 7) Gov. Samuel Stevens, ca 1629-1670, b. Jamestown Colony, Va. -m- Frances Culpeper, who after his death married Gov. Berkeley; no issue.
2. 8) William Stevens, b. ca 1631 - d. 1657 aged 26; -m- ca 1650 Margaret Vaulx (also spelled Vox in records).
1. Mary Stephens b. ca 1650
2. William Jr. b. ca 1652. He d. a minor 1668.
9) Mary Stephens b. ca 1650 -m- 1st Gerard (Jarret) Hawthorne of York Co. -m- 2nd Richard Barnes - no issue -m- 3rd Capt. Wm Hartwell, bodyguard of Gov. Berkeley in Bacon's rebellion. Issue of 1st marriage:
1. Anne Hawthorne
2. Elizabeth (d. before 1675)
3. Robert Hawthrone
4. Mary Hawthorne (It is possible that the last two may have been of one of the other marriages.) No more data.
More About RICHARD STEPHENS, CAPT.:
Fact 1: Immigrant to Jamestown Colony in 1623
Fact 2: Source obtained from WFT, Volume 13
-----William Lackey Stephens; http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/t/e/William-Lackey--Stephens/index.html
Father: Richard STEPHENS b: ABT. 1570
Mother: Audrey ?
Elizabeth PIERCY b: 1609 in England
- Richard STEPHENS b: 1630 in Mealemore, Buckinghamshire, England
- Samuel STEPHENS b: 1628 in Mealemore, Buckinghamshire, England
- William STEPHENS b: 1631