Stephen Larrabee III
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Stephen Larrabee III (abt. 1630 - abt. 1676)

Stephen Larrabee III [uncertain]
Born about in Gave de Pau (Bearn) Francemap
Son of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
Brother of
Husband of — married 1652 in North Yarmouth, Mainemap
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 46 in Jewell Island, Casco Bay, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Stephen Larrabee of Malden and North Yarmouth

“(I) Stephen Larrabee, the immigrant ancestor, was born about 1630, probably in France, and came to this country with William Larrabee (unknown relationship), and both settled in Malden, Massachusetts, where William died. He [William Larrabee] left no children, and bequeathed his estate at Malden to his Stephen' children. This will was dated October 24, 1692, and the inventory is dated September 28, 1692.

Stephen Larrabee was a soldier in the Narragansett war. He settled in North Yarmouth, Maine, but his family had to leave the town during King Philip's war. A petition dated March 6, 1732-33, is the only known record of his sons.

Children :

  1. Stephen
  2. William,settled in Wells, Maine
  3. Captain John, lost at sea or died in England
  4. Thomas, moved to North Yarmouth, killed by Indians, April 19, 1723
  5. Samuel, lived at North Yarmouth, Lynn and Lunenburg, Massachusetts
  6. Isaac, born 1663, settled at Lynn MA
  7. Captain Benjamin, born 1666, lived at North Yarmouth and Falmouth
  8. Ephraim, killed by Indians in 1691
  9. Jane

Each child had a grant of ten acres of land on account of their father's service in the Narragansett war.” - page n 295 [1901] NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES by William Richard Cutter; Volume IV [1914]

(I) Stephen Larrabee, immigrant ancestor, with William Larrabee, a kinsman [his younger brother], came to New England with the early immigrants. William settled in Maiden, Massachusetts, where he married, November, 1655, Elizabeth Felt, and died leaving no children. His will, proved October 24, 1692, names wife Elizabeth, and several kinsmen and kinswomen, named Stephen & William, Isaac, Thomas. Samuel; Benjamin, and Jane Larrabee, and Hannah, a daughter of said Jane, also John Larrabee, a kinsman "beyond the sea. He bequeathed to Stephen Larrabee "my cousin [nephew] Stephen's eldest son," he calls Nathaniel Nichols another kinsman of his. His estate was enumerated in an inventory taken September 28, 1692, as a house and barn with twenty acres of land.
William Larrabee was a soldier in King Philips' War, 1675-6. Stephen Larrabee was one of the pioneers of North Yarmouth, Maine, where he early purchased lands. As the lands were not occupied for many years because of danger during the period of Indian hostilities, it is likely that he himself did not occupy them, but at a later period a petition dated March 6. 1732-3, in which the names of his sons appear, would indicate that they, at least, had an interest in them, if not a settlement upon them. What relation existed between Stephen and William is not clear, but it may have been a "cousin," or nephew, as that term was commonly defined at that time.
Stephen Larrabee was a soldier in the early Indian wars in Maine. The name of his wife and the date of his marriage are unknown, and careful research has failed to reveal either the date of his death or that of his wife. This is not strange,as the unsettled state of a new country, harrassed by hostile Indians rendered many things peculiar to a more settled and orderly community next to impossible.[1]

Children :

  1. Stephen
  2. William, born 1658. died 1728, married first ----- ;

second, March 3, 1706. Catherine Adams: resided at Wells, Maine.

  1. Isaac, married Elinor — : resided at Lynn. Massachusetts.
  2. Thomas, of Scarborough. Maine: killed by Indians. April 19, 1723.
  3. Samuel, died before 1727; married, November 15, 1695, Lydia Bish.
  4. Captain Benjamin, married, December 1 6. 1686. Deborah Ingersoll, of Kittery, Maine.
  5. John, died "beyond the sea."
  6. Jane, married William Ashfield.
  7. Ephraim, not mentioned in William Larrabee's will ; said to have been killed by Indians, 1692.

[page 1999] HISTORIC HOMES and PLACES AND GENEALOGICAL and PERSONAL MEMOIRS RELATING TO THE FAMILIES OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS WILLIAM RICHARD CUTTER, A. M. VOLUME IV. ILLUSTRATED. NEW YORK: LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY 1908

Sources

  1. Cutter, William Richard, "Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, published 1908. [Volume 4, page 1999
  • Saco Valley settlements and families : historical, biographical, genealogical, traditional, and legendary Page 826
  • Cutter, William Richard, New England families, genealogical and memorial : a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths and the founding of a nation Page 1901
  • Cutter, William Richard, Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, published 1908 Volume 4, page 1998
  • Torrey's marriages database
  • New England Historic and Genealogical Society website - www.newenglandancestors.org
"One of the first pioneers of No. Yarmouth, Maine, with his younger brother, William, owned land on the Royal River purchased from the Indians before the regular settlement of the town. [On] 22 Sep 1680, a charter was granted to Joseph Phippon and others for formation of the town. The town was destroyed by an Indian raid in 1688, and reformed in 1721-1722. Is or descended from French Huguenots. He was one of the North Yarmouth men killed in the attack on Jewell's Island. The news reached Wells on the 7th [Sept. 1676]." NOTE: No sources shown




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"Stephen Larrabee, who bought land on Yarmouth Neck from the Indians and was killed by them on Jewell's Island, Sept., 1676."

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posted 24 Dec 2015 by Adrian Stanley   [thank Adrian]
History in family says Stephen was born in Gave de Pau, a mountain town on the border of France and Italy, which was a Huguenot town.

One of the first pioneers of No. Yarmouth, Maine, with his younger brother, William, owned land on the Royal RIver purchased from the Indians before the regular settlement of the town. 22 Sep 1680, a charter was granted to Joseph Phippon and others for formation of the town. The town was destroyed by an Indian raid in 1688, and reformed in 1721-1722. Is or descended from French Huguenots. He was one of the North Yarmouth men killed in the attack on Jewell's Island. The news reached Wells on the 7th

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Attempting to qualify Michael Larrabee as Captain of the Fort in Boston's Bay, Stephen Larrabee farming in Yarmouth, Maine and Benjamin Larrabee as Captain of Fort George in Brunswick, Maine.

Reading into "History of Brunswick, Topsham & Harpswell", "Saco Valley Settlements and Families" as well as "Old Times in North Yarmouth, Maine", the name of Larrabee is glossed over after the towns had been established and the land surveyed while Indian land claims had been nullified for those areas. Indeed few, if any, Larrabee's still existed in 1800 for Yarmouth or Brunswick.

It is as if after the numerous Indian wars (King Phillips War, King Williams War, et cetera) the English farmers no longer needed "Real Estate" agents to create towns out of the hazardous plantations. The assistance of French Hugenot farmers who successfully competed with the French Catholic Jesuits. The Jesuits of Acadia who lived in the Algonquin villages and shared food and lodging with the Algonquins.

And then, years later, there was the French & Indian War, which was fought primarily on the Ohio river and west.

posted by Richard Schamp
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Stephen Larrabee's wife's name is unknown according to many quality sources. Torrey shows her name as _______ [?Mains]. Per Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (Vol 3, Stephen Larrabee), "Col. Banks conj. that he was a s.-in-law of John Mains".
posted by S (Hill) Willson

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