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John Stedman (abt. 1625 - 1675)

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Lt. John Stedman
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Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Died in Narragansett country (present-day South Kingston, Rhode Island)map
Profile last modified | Created 22 Jun 2013
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Disputed Parents

Although internet family trees have claimed that John was the son of a Thomas Stedman, John's origin is unknown, but it is known that he was the brother of Thomas Stedman, also of Connecticut.

Disputed Wives

It has often been supposed that John Stedman's second wife was Elizabeth Remington. There was indeed a John Stedman who married Elizabeth Remington on 14 May 1666 at Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1] However, that appears to have been a different John Stedman, because this John Stedman lived far away in Connecticut.

It has also been supposed that John's second wife was Elizabeth Blackleach. There was a John Stedman mentioned as a "cousin" of widow Elizabeth Blackleach of Hatfield, Massachusetts in 1708, which seems to be the sole basis of an imagined Stedman/Blackleach marrlage.[2]


The following comes from "Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs":

"John Stedman, the progenitor in America of the Albany branch of the Stedman family of which any positive record appears, probably emigrated with his brother, Thomas Stedman, to New London, Connecticut. He removed to Hartford, where in 1651 he lived on Wall street, and later he moved to Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he lived on what was known in 1910 as Jordans Lane. He was apparently one of the leading men of the then western part of Connecticut. For several years he was a member of the general court, or assembly, of that colony. As an influential and representative Church of England man, he, with others, signed a memorial demanding to be released from paying taxes for the support of the state church and ministers who would not administer communion to or baptize the children of such men. He was commissioned lieutenant of the Hartford County Dragoons, and while in command of that organization was killed on December 19, 1675, in the Great Fort fight with the Narragansett Indians at South Kingston, Rhode Island. He is buried at Wethersfield, Connecticut.

"To John and his wife, Elizabeth, according to the records of the First Church of Hartford, were born six children[3]:

  1. John, April 5, 1651;
  2. Mary, September 24, 1653;
  3. Thomas, October 9, 1655;
  4. Robert, February 1, 1658;
  5. Samuel, February 17, 1660;
  6. Elizabeth, November 9, 1665."

The following information comes from the Stedman Family Organization website, based on "a handwritten manuscript in the NEHGS library, dated 29 March 1954. The manuscript was by a Miss Myrtle Jillson... Her source was Brainerd's Stedman Mss, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut":

John Stedman was probably born in Scotland and immigrated to America as a small child with his parents and younger brother. The family settled in New London, Connecticut.

He later moved to Hartford and married, probably in Hartford, Elizabeth Sergeant (or Remington, believed to be the daughter of John Remington). They had five known children. She died before 1664, and he married Elizabeth Blackleach, daughter of John Blackleach of Boston, before 1665. They had four children, including a daughter Elizabeth born in Hartford in 1665.

He was a sergeant in the Hartford militia as early as 1666.

John Stedman was a proprietor of Hartford, Connecticut, having acquired the original right of Richard Olmsted, who removed to Norwalk, Connecticut (1650-1652). He is listed as a freeman of Hartford in 1654....

After 1666, John Stedman bought a house and house lot at New London from Benj. Atwell, perhaps removed there for a year or two.

He removed to Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1670.

In February 1671, he paid for 80 acres, as finally laid out November 1674.

On January 30, 1672, the proprietors voted undivided lands on the west side of town bounds, one and 1/2 mile in length. John Stedman drew the 34th lot.

Stiles, Ancient Wethersfield V1: 301, "He was admitted inhabitant Jan 30 1671/2 at which time he was the owner of land he purchased of John Cherry. He was Lieut. of the Hartford Company of Dragoons, July 1675, a good officer."

Thomas Stedman of New London was a brother to John Stedman. Charles Ellery Stedman quotes the following letter from John to his brother Thomas in his 1880 genealogy. (I assume the original may be in the Connecticut Historical Society.)

"Loving bro. Thos.: my love to yourself and your little ones and to uncle Nichols, & to aunt, and to the rest of my friends, certifying you through God's mercy & goodness has [?] we are in reasonably good health. Brother, these are to get you to assist my son in selling or letting my house which I bought of Benj. Atwill, & which you will do in that business, I do finally bind myself to confirm & ratify, as witness my hand and seal this last day of October 1672: from Wethersfield." Extracted out of the original under the hand of John (senior). This letter proves that John of Hartford and Thomas of New London were brothers. It also talks about "Uncle Nichols" who is probably the William Nicholls who is a stepfather of Hannah Isbell, the wife of Thomas.

On November 6, 1672, the New London property was sold to Thomas Wickham, cordwainer, of Wethersfield.

Lt. John Stedman was in command of the Hartford County Dragoons and was killed in the Great Swamp Fight (or Great Fort Fight) of King Phillips War against the Narragansetts in South Kingstown, Rhode Island on Dec 19th 1675.

After John died, his wife Elizabeth (Blackleach) Stedman married Thomas Dunk of Saybrook in 1677. She had a child by him and died shortly thereafter.

"Oct 21 1678, Lt. John Stedman and Elizabeth his wife, both being deceased and leaving four small children, the Governor and Assistants do desire and appoint Sergt. John Stedman to take some care and to look after the children that are left by his father and to dispose of them in such places as they may be well educated. The said Stedman to take advice of Major Talcott and Capt. Allyn in the dispose of them." ______________

In 1675 when King Philip made war against the New England colonies, Edward Colver, then an old man of sixty-five, went out with his four sons, Edward Junior, Ephraim, Joseph, and Samuel, to fight against the noted Indian chief. They took part in the "Swamp fight" which occurred near Tiverton, Rhode Island, 19 December 1675, when the tribes again met with defeat and heavy loss. Edward Colver was the only soldier engaged in the "Swamp fight" who had participated in the previous Pequot War, and as the tactics of the battle were the same as on that occasion, it is thought that the old soldier may have aided Captain Dennison, who commanded the Connecticut men at the "Swamp," to plan that attack. The colonial records of Connecticut mention the services of Edward Colver as scout as follows: "The Councill ordered John Stedman and Edward Colver with some of the Indians to goe forth upon the scout betwixt this and Springfield to make what discovery they could upon the enemie to the eastward of the river" (Public Records of Connecticut, 1665-1677, Vol. 2, p. 408). And again under date of 16 March 1675: "An answer to a letter from Mr. Fitch was returned with an advice to him to encourage the volunteers and to improve Uncas and Ninecraft to draw off as many of the enemie as may be, they delivering up their arms and ammunition, & c., as also on advice to send home the garrison soldiers at Norwich; that Edward Colver with about 20 Mogeags and Pequots come up to Hartford forthwith, & c., as pr the letter on file will more at large appear" (Public Records of Connecticut, 1665-1677, Vol. 2, page 417).

Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1639-1700 about Lt John Stedman Name: Lt John Stedman Location: Wethersfield Date of Will: Feb 1675 Page: 153 Full Text: Died December, 1675. Invt. œ172-04-08. Taken February, 1675, by Lt. Chester, Ensign Goodrich, John Belden sen., Townsmen. Will dated 11 January, 1675-6.Lt. John Stedman, the day he went to Springfield pr. the Councils Order, said to Samuel Talcott and William Goodrich, as his will, He gave his Lands to his Son John Stedman Jr., hopeing he would give Something to his other Children. He gave of his Estate other than Lands to his Wife.Witness: Samuel Talcott, William Goodrich.Court Record, Page 152--2 March, 1675-6.: Will exhibited. Adms. to the Relict.Page 11--21 October, 1678: Lt. John Stedman & Elizabeth, wife, being both deceased & Leaving four small children, the Gover & Assistants doe desire & appoynt sargt. John Stedman to take some care & to look after the children that are left by his Father & to dispose of them in such places as they may be well educated, the sd. Stedman to take advice of Major Talcott & Capt. Allyn in the dispose of them. Source: A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS.1663 to 1677.


  1. Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts to the year 1850, Vol. 2, p. 327.
  2. Henry R. Stiles, Families of Ancient Weathersfield, Connecticut (p. 103), citing Savage.
  3. Cuyler Reynolds, "Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs" (1911)

John Stedman's page at the Stedman Family Association] website

Cuyler Reynolds, "Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs."

U.S., New England Marriages prior to 1700.


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