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John Stedman (abt. 1601 - 1693)

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John Stedman
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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John Stedman migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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John W. Stedman came to Cambridge in 1638 at age 36. He may have been a brother to Robert who arrived in Cambridge at about the same time. However, there is no story about John having come from Holland as there is with Robert. In fact, it has been reported that he travelled with the Rev. Josse Glover, Rector of Sutton in Surrey. _________

Court Files of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 1649-1675

No Date Copy of Jope Glover's Will - of London To wife - To two eldest sons Roger & John To three daughters Elizabeth Sara & Priscilla To Edmund Davis Esq & Thomas Yonge named To Servant John Stedman To sister Collins His Exrs John Harris his uncle Warden of the College of Winchester & Richard Davis to friends Joseph Davis & wife. No Signature Land in parishes of Durand & Stone, Kent

1653 1653 8 4 Edward Goffe John Stedman The Danforth best that Elizabeth relief of Jofse Glover had lands before her marriage with Henry Dunster

Old Burying Ground, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA

Here lyes interred the body of Mr. JOHN STEDMAN, Merchant who departed this life in Cambridge the 16 of december 1693 in the 93 year of his age.

John Stedman came to Cambridge about 1638, aged about 36, in the employment of the widow Glover as her steward or agent. Her late husband the Rev. Jofse Glover had bequeathed John Stedman, “his faithful servant” fifty pounds in his will. He remained her agent until June, 1641 when she remarried.

He married Alice ___ , possibly at Cambridge, possibly in England.

John resided on Mount Auburn St., where, after Mrs. Glover’s death he kept a store for about a half century. He had a monopoly on the fur trade in Cambridge, granted to him in 1658. His wife was named Alice.

  • 1640; 1647-49; 1651; 1653-55; 1669-76: Selectman at Cambridge.
  • 1655: June 1: Purchased parcels on Mt. Auburn St. from Henry Parks of London.
  • 1658- 1683: County Treasurer for 26 years.

He died at age 92, on Dec. 16, 1693. His wife Alice died March 6, 1689/90 aged about 80.


  • 1640/1 – 1647/8: Ensign of the Cambridge Company.
  • 1654: Cornet in Capt. Davis’ troop in the expedition against Ninigret.
  • 1666/7: Served on the Committee of Militia for Cambridge.


Elizabeth born 1641/2: married Nathaniel Upham Mar. 5, 1661/2 who died shortly thereafter; she married second Henry Thompson of Boston about 1669.

Sarah born Jan. 11, 1643/4; died March 1, 1729/30 aged 86; married John Brackett of Boston Aug. 23, 1662; she married second Dr. Samuel Alcock on March 24 , 1667/8; married third Thomas Graves of Charlestown; married fourth Col. John Phillips of Charlestown.

Martha born June 3, 1646; married Joseph Cooke Jr. on Dec. 4, 1665. [1]

Cambridge Births

Children: STEDMAN

Elizabeth, d. John and Alice, bp. ––– ––, 16––. CR1 (p. 666) Sarah, d. John and Allice, Jan. 11, 1643. (p. 667) Martha, d. John and Alice, June 3, 1646. (p. 667)

Cambridge Marriages

STEDMAN, John and Alice –––––, ––– ––, 16––. CR1* (p. 370)

Stedman, Elizabeth and Nathaniel Upham, Mar. 5, 1661-2.* (p. 370)

Stedman, Martha and Joseph Cooke, Dec. 4, 1665.* (p. 370)

Stedman, Sarah and John Brackett, Aug. 23, 1662.* (p. 370)

Cambridge Deaths

STEDMAN, John, Dec. 16, 1693, in his 93d y. GR1 (p. 748)

STEDMAN, Alice, w. Jno., Mar. 6, 1689-90, a. abt. 80 y. (p. 747) [2]


  1. History of Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1630-1877: With a Genealogical Register, Volume 2, by Lucius Robinson Paige, H. O. Houghton, Cambridge, 1877
  2. Vital Records of Cambridge Massachusetts to the Year 1850, compiled by NEHGS, Boston, 1914
  • *NEHGS Register, Vol. 85, pp. 453ff

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