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Samuel Stephens

Death: Died in Albemarle Colony, Province of Carolina
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Stephens and Elizabeth Piersey
Husband of Frances Berkeley

Occupation: Captain, Governor of the Albemarle settlements
Managed by: Ben M. Angel
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About Capt. Samuel Stephens

Samuel Stephens (1629–1669) was the Governor of the Albemarle colony (which would later become North Carolina) from 1667 until his death in late 1669. He was appointed by the Lords Proprietor to succeed William Drummond.

Early life and education

Stephens was born in Jamestown, Virginia and was the first governor of any colony to be born in America. His parents were Richard Stephens and Elizabeth Piersey Stephens.

In 1652, Stephens married Frances Culpepper, the sister of Lord John Culpeper. They had no children.


Before King Charles II of England established the Province of Carolina, Stephens had served as "Commander of the Southern Plantation" for the Colony of Virginia between 1662 and 1664. The "Southern Plantation" roughly corresponded to what would later be northeastern North Carolina.


Stephens died while serving as Governor.

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Capt. Samuel Stephens's Timeline

Age 24
Virginia Colony
December 1669
Age 40
Albemarle Colony, Province of Carolina