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William & Phillippa Stevens of Gloucester, MA 1600s

It is definitely worthwhile to go back and review past research. In the case of my ancestors, William and Phillippa Stevens who lived first at Salem and then Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, it was most worthwhile. I don’t think I’ve looked at this family for years, no, make that decades, and long before the internet was around.

I was able to clean up this family, but it cost me a place of origin in England , William and Phillippa lost a few few children along the way and their probably birth years were pushed forward quite a bit.

I won’t repeat the information I deleted for fear that someone might see it, copy and paste and perpetuate unsubstantiated data.

Instead, here is the family of one of my immigrant ancestors, William Stevens.

William Stevens was likely born between 1600-1610 and married c1630 in England. Phillippa, his wife, was probably born in the same time frame, also in England. No trace of her maiden name has been found. they likely married c1630.

Phillippa passed away on 31 August 1681 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. William Stevens, shipwright, is last mentioned in a deed dated 31 December 1667 and filed on 25 January 1667/68 in Essex County when he and his wife sold land to Francis Willoughby. He left no will or probate record. (Essex County, MA Deed Book 3:32-33, Source: FamilySearch)

The only important information in the deed is the 1667 date, proving William was still alive at that time and this small section, as it names William and his wife “Phillip”:

Exactly when William and Phillippa arrived in New England is uncertain, but it is thought that two children, Mary and Isaac, both baptized 2 January 1639 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, are probably their son and daughter. Therefore, they would have settled in the Massachusetts Bay Colony no later than 1638.

No further record has been found for Isaac, but Mary married both her husbands in Gloucester, which is where William and his wife were living at the time.


1. James, born c1631, probably in England; died 25 March 1697, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts; married Susannah Eveleth, 31 December 1656, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.

2. Mary, born c1632, probably in England, but baptized 2 January 1639, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; died 7 November 1692, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts; married (1) John Coit, 21 September 1652, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts (2) John Fitch, 3 October 1667, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts

3. Isaac, baptized 2 January 1639, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; no further record.

4. Ruth, baptized 7 March 1641, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; died 16 August 1664, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; married Steven Glover, 7 October 1663, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts. Ruth’s baby died a few days before her and she likely died from birth complications.

Samuel Tarbox & Deborah Sayward of Gloucester, MA & New Gloucester, ME

Samuel Tarbox and Deborah Sayward were either adventurous souls or else Massachusetts was getting too crowded for them, as they were the first of this branch of the family to head north to live in Maine (still Massachusetts at that time.)

Samuel Tarbox was baptized on 23 May 1731 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts and was the son of Joseph Tarbox and Susanna Stevens. Deborah Sayward was also born in Gloucester, baptized on 10 April 1737, the daughter of Joseph Sayward and Sarah Giddings.

Samuel Tarbox married Deborah Sayward on 19 June 1755 in Gloucester, where they lived for several years. On 21 September 1761, Samuel Tarbox of Gloucester purchased land from William Stevens of Gloucester in Cumberland County, Maine (DB 4:461). The family likely moved to Maine in the spring of 1762. (Cumberland County, ME Deed Book 4:461-462, William Stevens to Samuel Tarbox, both of Gloucester, MA, Source: FamilySearch)


1. Deborah, born 25 July 1756, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts; died after 1810; married Joseph Woodbury, 15 August 1778, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine. Joseph (aged 45+) appears in the 1800 census with a female over 45 and several younger people. He isn’t found after that time.
2. Samuel, born 5 August 1758, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts; died after 23 November 1801 when they sold land with other Stinchfield heirs in Cumberland County, Maine. (DB43:456-457); married Rebecca Stinchfield, reportedly 26 April 1785, Cumberland County, Maine
3. Susannah, born c1761, probably New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; married William Royal, reportedly 15 November 1783, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine. The death record of their son, William, born in 1788, gave his birth as Pejepscot. Susannah was head of household in 1800, living in New Gloucester, but not found after that time. William apparently died before that census.
4. Sarah, born 28 October 1763, probably New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; died 13 April 1863, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; married John Maxwell Morgan, reportedly 19 April 1787, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine. Sarah’s original gravestone still stands in Lower Corner Cemetery and gives her age as 99 years, 7 months and 16 days.
5. Mary, born 2 May 1766, probably New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; died 19 January 1813, Norway, Oxford, Maine; married John Pike, reportedly 7 January 1786, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine. both are buried in Pikes Hill Cemetery in Oxford County, Maine. Their original gravestones are still legible.
6. Abigail, born c1768, probably New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; married William Nash, 26 April 1790. However, they are not in the 1790 Maine census, but they are living in Norway, Cumberland, Maine in 1800. William hasn’t been found after that time.
7. Rebecca, born c1773, probably New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; married John Frank, 19 January 1794, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine. In 1800, they lived in Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine.
8. Deliverance, born c1776, probably New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; no further record.
9. William, born 21 March 1779, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; died 22 May 1860, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; married Judith Haskell, 25 November 1802, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine

My line of descent continues through William and Judith (Haskell) Tarbox, but this family and later generations have already been discussed in my Haskell posts.

Here is my complete line of descent:

  1. John Tarbox & widow Andrews
  2. Samuel Tarbox & Experience Look
  3. Joseph Tarbox & Susannah Stevens
  4. Samuel Tarbox & Deborah Sayward
  5. William Tarbox & Judith Haskell
  6. George Rogers Tarbox & Mary Elizabeth Scripture
  7. Nellie F. Tarbox & Calvin Segee Adams
  8. Charles Edwin Adams & Annie Maude Stuart
  9. Vernon Tarbox Adams & Hazel Ethel Coleman
  10. Doris Priscilla Adams & George Michael Sabo
  11. Linda Anne Sabo Stufflebean – me!

Joseph Tarbox and Susannah Stevens of Gloucester, MA

My Tarbox line of descent continues with Joseph Tarbox, the youngest of Samuel Tarbox’s many children, baptized 8 Mary 1699, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. Joseph married (1) Susannah Stevens, 28 January 1724/25, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts and (2) Abigail Hiller, 25 April 1758, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. It is apparent that Joseph, and not his son Joseph, married Abigail because Abigail, widow of Joseph Tarbox, died 1 August 1771 in Gloucester, aged 68 years, so born c1703, which makes her a much better fit to be the wife of this Joseph. Abigail’s family is unknown to me.

Susannah Stevens was baptized 18 November 1698, also in Gloucester, the daughter of William Stevens and Abigail Sargent. No death record has been found for her, in the Gloucester vital records, but The Essex Genealogist, volume 17, page 11 includes abstracts from the journal of Rev. Samuel Chandler from 1751-1765. He noted the death of the wife of Joseph Tarbox on 8 November 1753.

There is one land deed found in Essex County that mentions Susannah:

Essex County, MA Deed Book 108, pages 155-156
Source: FamilySearch

Know all men by those Presents that I Joseph Tarbox of Glocester in the County of Essex in the Massachusetts Bay Housewright in Consideration that Joseph Clough of said Glocester mason and Susanna his Wife and Samuel Tarbox of said Glocester Housewright by one Instrument bearing Date with these Presents have quitted all their Claim to in and upon about twenty Rods of Land given by Samuel Stevens junr of siad Glocester to Susannah Tarbox alias Stevens his Sister their mother and her Heirs as appears by one Instrument bearing Date. . . .. . . .—Reference thereto being had as the said twenty Rods of Land are described in the said Instrument do give grant sell and convey unto them the said Joseph Clough & Susanna his Wife and to the said Samuel Tarbox their Heirs and assigns two fifth parts (viz) to the Joseph & Susanna one fifth and to the said Samuel one-fifth of a certain Parcel of Land lying on the Southerly side of the back Street in the Harbour so called in Glocester aforsd whreeon Joseph Tarbox junr late of said Glocester deceased built a dwelling House which House & and Land are now in my Possession and are bounded and butted. . . . . .etc.

Joseph Tarbox and Abigail, his wife, signed off on the conveyance.

There is also a land deed filed on 11 July 1750 describing the gift for love and affection of his natural sister from Samuel Stevens to Susannah Tarbox alias Stevens. The actual deed (Essex County Deed Book 95:125), though, is dated 9 July 1740 with Samuel Stevens acknowledging the deed on 5 May 1749. From this, it is evident that Susannah Stevens Tarbox was living as late as 9 July 1740. Why it wasn’t acknowledged until ten years later and recorded 11 years later is a mystery.

Children of Joseph and Susannah, all born in Gloucester:

  1. Joseph, baptized 5 March 1726; died before 17 July 1758, when administration of his estate began.
  2. Susanna, baptized 1 March 1729; died after her husband died in 1766 in Gloucester; married Joseph Clough, 4 February 1747/48.
  3. Samuel, baptized 23 May 1731; died 26 July 1809, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; married Deborah Sayward, 19 June 1755, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
  4. Abigail, baptized 24 July 1734; died young
  5. Experience, baptized 20 March 1737; no further record
  6. Abigail, baptized 29 June 1740; no further record unless she was the Abigail Tarbox who married Ezekiel Robinson on 14 April 1765 in Gloucester. If so, Ezekiel might have been a Loyalist, as he apparently died in Nova Scotia in 1777.
  7. William, baptized 13 March 1742/43; no further record

Next, we will follow the next generation in my line, that of Samuel Tarbox and Deborah Sayward.