||Stephen Jordan migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (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.
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. He, subsequently, immigrated to New England in 1634 on the Mary and John and settled initially in Ipswich (Essex County), Massachusetts.
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.
Stephen Jordon and others were freed from ordinary training, on account of age, 26 March 1650,
Stephen had a house and land in Ipswich, which he sold, and after his second marriage he had a house in Newbury.
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 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.
Children by first unknown wife.
There was no son Stephen in the Massachusetts records.
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.
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