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Stephen Streeter (bef. 1600 - 1652)

Stephen Streeter
Born before in Goudherst, Kent, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 5 Oct 1640 (to 14 Jul 1652) in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died after age 52 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Stephen Precott Streeter was born about 9 January 1600 in Goudhurst, Tundbridge Wells, Kent England. Stephen Streeter, son of Stephen Streeter and Katherine Barnes.

The identification of Stephen Streeter the colonist with he born 9 Jan 1600 in Goudhurst is based upon: similarity of social position, locality, association and connection with families who are known to have sent emigrants to this country [the United States], the fact that Cranbrook and vicinity was a centre of Presbyterian and Independent religious life, occupation, age, and the repetition of the same [family] Christian names in much the same order.[1]

The date of his arrival in New England is unknown, but probably was about 1639 or 1640. He was a householder in Gloucester in 1642, and in 1644 is found at Charlestown, Massachusetts, where he was called in the record Steeven Streete, under which name he took the freeman's oath May 29, that year.

He married Ursula Adams 5 October 1640 in Gloucester, Essex or Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He was a shoemaker. They had 7 children, Stephen, Sarah, Hannah, Samuel, John, Rebecca, and Mary.

He died in Charlestown. Sussex, Massachusetts. He was owed him lots of money and left Ursula well-off to care for their children.

In his will, dated 10 June 1652, no date of proof known, Stephen Streeter leaves his house to wife Ursula during her life, afterwards half to son Stephen, one-quarter each to sons Samuel and John, commends daughter Hannah to Richard Sprague and daughter Rebecca to Charles Chaddock of Watertown, mentions daughter Sarah.[2]

24 July 1652 the inventory "of the Hous and goods of Steeven Streeter shoemaker: of Charitowne Inhabitant, late deceased" was taken by Ursula Adams, executrix.

Ursula married three more times: Samuel Hoosier, William Robinson and Griffin Crafts.


Children of Ursula and Stephen Streeter (Note: the specific birth and marriage dates are from the "Streeter Bible," discredited by Ullman (see Research Notes):[3]

  1. Stephen Streeter, b 9 Dec 1641; m 16 May 1666 Deborah Smith
  2. Sarah, b 2 Apr 1643;
  3. Hannah Streeter, b 10 Nov 1644
  4. Samuel, b 16 Jun 1647; m 21 Jan 1666 Mary Horne
  5. Rebecca Streeter, b 4 Jun 1649; m 24 Dec 1698 Thomas Skillings
  6. John Streeter, b 21 Sep 1651; m 18 Apr 1671 Margaret Davis
  7. Mary Streeter, b 27 Dec 1652 (after her father's death)

Research Notes

Helen Ullman argues that the dates in NEHGR 85:382 purported to be from the Streeter Bible may not be genuine (and therefore not accurate).[4] Anderson appears to agree. In his feature on Samuel Hosier, Anderson calls Samuel Hosiers birth date "by about 1610 based on freemanship." and then says, "(The "Streeter Bible" gives his birth as 1 June 1614, which seems too late NEHGR 85:383)."[5]

A middle name of "Prescott" seems unlikely for the son of a glover at the start of the 17th century in Goudhurst and does not currently appear to be supported by primary sources nor acknowledged by the Streeter Family Association, so it seems prudent to move it into the research notes pending further evidence.


  1. Streeter, Milford B. A Genealogical History of the Descendants of Stephen and Ursula Streeter of Gloucester, Mass., 1642, afterwards of Charlestown, Mass. 1644-1652 with an account of the Streeters of Goudhurst, Kent, England. Salem, Mass.: Eben Putnam, 1896. pp ix-xxxvii.
  2. Wyman, Thomas Bellows, The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown in the county of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1629-1818, (Boston: 1879:David Clapp & Sons: reprinted 2016 by New England Historic Genealogical Society), Vol. 2, p. 913.
  3. Streeter, Milford, B., (1931) "Streeter-Adams Records From A Streeter Family Bible." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. NEHGS, (Vol 85, Page 382).
  4. Ullman, Helen Schatvet, (1999) "Notes on A Line from Henry 1 Adams." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 153. NEHGS (Vol 153, Pages 213).
  5. Anderson, Robert C., (1995) "Samuel Hosier," Featured name. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. NEHGS (Volumes I-III, Pages 997-999).

GOUDHURST KENT Family Genealogy (Stephen Streeter burials in 1619 and1639.)[1]

REYNOLDS, Cuyler. "Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, Vol. II", Lewis Historical Publishing Company, NY, 1911 Streeter, pp. 882-884 [2]

STREETER, Milford Barzaleel. "A genealogical history of the descendants of Stephen and Ursula Streeter of Gloucester, Mass., 1642, afterwards of Charlestown, Mass., 1644-1652: with an account of the Streeters of Goudherst, Kent, England," Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1973, Page 56. Previously pubished by Putna Putnam, Slaem, MA, 1898.[3]

STREETER Family Association [4]

ULLMANN, Helen Schatvet. Notes on a Line from Henry Adams, from NEGHR Vol. 153, pages 213-214. []

Find a Grave Memorial # 35684533 - Ursula [5]

Find a Grave Memorial # 53828320 - Stephen [6]

Find a Grave Memorial #126861732 - daughter Sarah [7]

Find a Grave Memorial # 135284949- Son Stephen [8]

Find a Grave Memorial # 135285908 - son John [9] John was a soldier in the King Philips War (1675-1676) and may have died while fighting the Indians. No further information can be found.

GENI -Unsourced death date for daughter Hannah Streeter: 10 Nov 1644 - 7 April 1689. [10]

GENI - Unsourced death date for daughter Rebecca Streeter Skillings - 4 June 1649 - 1 Oct 1719 [11]

TORREY, Clarence Almon. " New England Marriages Prior to 1700", p. 677. Source for Rebecca's marriage to ThomasSkillings 24 Dec 1698. [12]

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How are we reconciling that the Stephen Streeter of Massachusetts, born in 1599/1600 in Kent was the son of Stephen Streeter and Katherine Barnes when the Tenterden, Kent church registers show their son Stephen was born in 1594? What is the source of the 1599/1600 date?
posted by Ron Miller
I tried to add Rebecca (Streeter) Skillings as a child to this profile but for some reason was not able to do so. I see nothing on the profile that indicates it is protected so do not understand why the edit could not go through.
Streeter-1254 and Streeter-1 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. Duplicate spouse due to duplicate Ursula Adams.

Correct year of birth is 1600.


posted by Susan McNamee
We need to get the 2 Sarah's in order as Ursula's daughters. Thanks
posted by Al Adams
What is the evidence for the middle name (Middle names were very unusual in the 1600s, except among royalty). Thanks!
posted by Cynthia (Billups) B

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