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Stephen Jordan (abt. 1589 - 1670)

Stephen Jordan aka Jordon
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before 16 Aug 1661 in Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 81 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Nov 2009
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Stephen Jordan migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1621-1640). (See The Great Migration (Series 2), by R. C. Anderson, vol. 4, p. 114)
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Stephen Jordan is estimated to have been born in about 1590 in England. Robert Charles Anderson in his Great Migration biography of Stephen states that his specific origins (e.g., birthplace and parents) are unknown.[1]

Stephen Jurden "took the Oathes of Supremacy, & Alleigeance to pass for New England in the Mary & John of London Robert Sayres master.": 24 Mar 1633.[2] He, subsequently, immigrated to New England in 1634 on the Mary and John and settled initially in Ipswich (Essex County), Massachusetts.[1]

Only adult men were required to take the oaths of supremacy and allegiance, but it can be assumed that his wife and children also immigrated with him in 1634. His first wife, whose name is unknown, died before 1660. In about 1660 he married widow Susanna Merrill, whose last name at birth is not known. Around the time of his second marriage, he moved to Newbury (Essex County), Massachusetts.[1]

Stephen Jordon and others were freed from ordinary training, on account of age, 26 March 1650,[3]

Stephen had a house and land in Ipswich, which he sold, and after his second marriage he had a house in Newbury.[1]

Stephen died 8 February 1669/70 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.[1][4]

Will of Steven Jordan of Newbury, dated Apr. 5, 1667; and allowed in court, it being ordered that the estate be left in the hands of the widow for her comfortable subsistence during her life: to daughter Crose of Ipswich, 15li.; To daughter Andrews Ipswich, 15li.; to his wife, his house and land in Newbury during her life, and at her death to Steeven, son of Robert Crose, of Ipswich, his son-in-law; to wife, half of his household goods; and to his two sons[in-law] Robert Crose and John Andrews, the other half; Steven Crose To give to “his kinswoman and my grand-child, Elizabeth Andrews,” 5li. Wit: Susana Wheeler and Mary Poore.

Inventory of the estate of Steven Jordan, who deceased, February 8, 1669 taken by John Merrill, Wm. Pillsberry, Wm. Sawyer and Anthony Somerby: house and land, 14 li., domestic animals, wearing apparel, household furnishings and utensils, the great Bible, etc., 39li. 4s.6d. Debts he owed to Abell Merill, for work haying besides attendance on him both night and day for three years, to Daniel Merrill, to Nathaniel Merrill, for coffin and the funeral, 1li., to John night; total, 9li.19s.6d.[4]

Children by first unknown wife.

  1. Ann Jordan b. say 1615 m. 20 August 1635, Robert Cross[1]
  2. Jane Jordan b. say 1626 m. about 1646 John Andrews.[1]

There was no son Stephen in the Massachusetts records, but grandson Stephen Crose was mentioned in his will[4] which may be the cause of some confusion.

Anderson's Great Migration specifically state there is no known relationship between Francis Jordan of Ipswich and Stephen. Francis was never mentioned in the probate documents of Stephen.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Anderson, pp. 114-116
  2. Drake, Samuel. Result of Some Researches Among the British Archives for Information Relative to the Founders of New England (Boston: NEHGR, 1860) p. 70
  3. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Massachusetts, Volume I Freed from training p 188;
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Massachusetts, Volume IV death p. 172; will pp 247/8

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Regarding the comment in the biography that there was no son named Stephen in the Massachusetts records: If I read Stephen Jordan's Will correctly, it refers only to Stephen (or Steeven) who was his grandson, son of Robert Cross and his daughter.
posted by Susan Anderson
Agreed. I think that is the cause of some small confusion, but his will is very clear. I've added a bit to that notation.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Carol,the merge of the two Susannah's was proposed May 13; lacking a response from its profile managers, it will go into default merge status on June 13th at which time the merge can be completed.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Jordan-22 is married to Wolterton-32 and Unknown-148037. Are these the same person? Both are Susanna/h. Both are married to Jordan-22 in 1661 in Massachusetts. Wolterton-32 was married to Merrill-83. Unknown-148037 was married to Merrill-83. Merge in order? Thanks, Carol (Baldwin-3428).
posted by Carol Baldwin PhD RN
He is my tenth great grandfather on my father's side of the family. I didn't know that I had any Jordan ancestors on his side of the family.
posted by Howard Rankin Jr
From an unsourced Family Search Tree, there is a daughter indicated named Hannah , who married Robert Cross. I think this is the same person shown as Anna on this profile.
posted by Robin Lee

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