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James Stevens & Susanna Eveleth of Gloucester, MA 1600s

James Stevens, the son of William and Phillippa Stevens, was born c1631 in England. He married Susanna Eveleth, born c1635, probably in Gloucester, the daughter of Sylvester Eveleth and Susan Newberry.

James and Susanna were the parents of eleven children, although several died in childhood. All were born in Gloucester.

Children (All dates refer to Gloucester events unless noted):

1. William, born 10 March 1658; died 24 September 1701; married Abigail Sargent, 15 June 1682.
2. John, born 23 January 1660/61; died 30 January 1660/61
3. James, born 4 January 1662; died 27 September 1668
4. Isaac, born 15 August 1664; died 20 December 1664
5. Samuel, born 5 December 1665; died 16 November 1757; married Mary Ellery, 12 January 1692/93
6. Isaac, born 11 November 1668; died 27 November 1668
7. Ebenezer, born 20 September 1670; died c1697 at sea
8. Mary, born 13 June 1672; died 19 November 1724, aged 52 years; married Francis Norwood Jr., 24 January 1692/93. They had the birth of one child recorded in Gloucester, that of Francis, born 1 April 1695. Francis, son of Francis, died in Gloucester, 23 June 1714 in his 20th year.
9. Hannah, born 9 April 1675; she is probably the Hannah who married (1) Joseph Harraden, 1 February 1700/01 (2) Joseph Sargent, 16 September 1717. No death date has been found for Hannah. She was unmarried when her father wrote his will.
10. David, born 5 November 1677; died before 15 May 1710; married Hannah (?);
11. Jonathan, born 7 March 1679/80; died before 15 May 1710; married Mary Sargent, 13 March 1706/07

David and Jonathan apparently died together as they had a joint probate administration with Jonathan’s wife, called Mary Sargent, and David’s wife, called Hannah Stevens, requesting that their brother Samuel Stevens be appointed administrator. (Essex County Probate File #26314)

Source: American Ancestors

Susanna (Eveleth) Stevens survived her husband as he names her in his will, but no death date has been found for her. James Stevens died on 25 March 1697 and left the following will:

Will of James Stevens, 1697
Essex County, MA Probate File #26344
Source: American Ancestors

I tried to transcribe this will, but the 17th century handwriting and spelling with my old eyes makes this task too much work. However, I have abstracted the names of those who were his heirs:

In the name of god Amen

I James Stevens of the Town of Glocester and County of Essex in new england by the providence of god being sick and weake and yett through his great goodnes being in perfict memory and not knowing (?) my departure out of this world my bee Att hand and yett knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to dy do therefore declare and make known this my Last will and Testiment In maner And form following all former will to be voide and of none Effort first I commit and commend my Soul into the hand of god the (father?) of Sperits and my body to the grond to be decently buried by my survivin frind and as for my goods and Estate I order and bequeath in maner and form following

first I give And bequeath unto my Loving wiff Susanna Stevens during her widowhood the Lowar rooms of the wester? End of my dwelling house to Live in and Liberty also of Some of the (???) for her use dureing her widowhood and Liberty to make use of the oven to bake in and my Executor to provid wood for her firing and (???????) yearly to find her bread and Appls for her own use out of my orchards (?) I give unto my wiff four (?) my fether bed with all that does (belong?) to it that I did (?) Lay upon with one smale bras ketl one Iron Skelett and one pewter platter and one small (??????????)

I give and bequeath to my Eldest Son william Stevens. . . .

I give and bequeath to my son Sammuell Stevens. . . . .

I give and bequeath to my three sons Ebenezer david and Jonathan Stevens. . . .

and my will is that my two daughters mary norwood and Hannah Stevens . . . .

Written 16 March 1696 and signed by James Stevens, but proved on 10 May 1697 in Essex County Court.