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Nathaniel Stedman (abt. 1632 - abt. 1678)

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Nathaniel Stedman
Born about in Biddenton, Kent, Englandmap
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Husband of — married about [location unknown]
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Died about in Muddy River, Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Elizabeth, sailed April 1635.

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Nathaniel Stedman migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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[Note: No evidence found for the LN Willis for his second wife, Temperance. See: TAG69: 1994: p. 157]


Nathaniel Stedman was baptized at Biddenden, Kent on September 9, 1632, son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Winchester) Steadman. [1] [2] [3]

Isaac 'Studman' aged 30, Elizabeth Stedman aged 26, and children Nathaniel age 5 and Isaac aged 1, enrolled for passage on the Elizabeth from London, sailing to New England on April 17, 1635. [1] [4] [2]

  • 1650: August 7: Brothers Isaac Jr. and Nathaniel Stedman were before the Plymouth court, Isaac for breaking into a house and stealing cheese and other items, while Nathaniel was charged with stealing a handkerchief. Isaac Jr. was sentenced to be whipped, Nathaniel was reprimanded, and L20 damages were ordered from their father Isaac Sr. [3]

He married first Sarah Hammond by 1660. Sarah was baptized at Hingham, Massachusetts on September 30, 1640, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Cason) Hammond. [5] [3]

In Sarah's father Thomas Hammond's will, he indicates he had given 100 acres of farm land to his daughter Sarah Stedman and her husband Stedman -'in the time of her life', and that the property should be divided equally between her two daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth Stedman, 'which she left behind'. [6]

He married second, Temperance (___) by about 1665. [1]

Nathaniel died on November 9, 1678, aged about 50. [3]

Nathaniel died intestate and was administered on January 27, 1678/9, when his widow Temperance and Thomas Stedman posted bond. [7]

The initial inventory was assessed at L87 7s, but is noted to not include the value of lands, left in his father Isaac's will, not yet divided, as they died just six weeks apart. [7]

In July, 1679, a supplemental inventory included 240 acres of upland and meadow valued at L349; 9 acres of marsh at L 54 and movables at L6. [7]


by Sarah

  1. Sarah. [5]
  2. Elizabeth. [5]

by Temperance

  1. Nathaniel born c 1665; died at Muddy River on July 27, 1703; married Hannah (___). [5]
  2. Hannah born c 1667; died at age 60 at Newton on August 7, 1737; married Robert Murdock at Roxbury on April 28, 1692. [5]
  3. Mary born c 1670; married as his second wife, David Stowell on April 7, 1692 at Cambridge. [5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Anderson, Robert C. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S, NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, 2009 p. 498- 504 (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Stedman: Genealogical Research in England in: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 66, NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, 1912 p. 73: 76-77
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Wakefield, Robert S. The Family of Isaac Stedman (1) of Scituate and Muddy River Massachusetts in: The American Genealogist, Volume 69, New Haven, Connecticut, 1994, p. 155-9 (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .)
  4. Hotten: James C. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels; Serving Men sold for a term of years; apprentices; children stolen; maidens pressed; and others who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700 : with their ages and the names of the ships in which they embarked, and other interesting particulars; from mss. preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty's Public Record Office, England, London, England, 1874, p. 50: 68
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Wakefield, Robert S. Additional Children of Nathaniel (2) Stedman of Muddy RIver, Massachusetts in: The American Genealogist, Volume 71, New Haven, Connecticut, 1996, p. 85-6 (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .)
  6. Case 10251: p. 1-3: Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871, Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. Digitized mages provided by
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Case 1035: p.1-7: Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers. Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2017. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. Digitized mages provided by

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