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Joseph Stevens

Birthplace: Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Rutland, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: South Grafton, Worcester, MA
Immediate Family:

Son of Cyprian Stevens and Mary Stevens
Husband of Prudence Rice
Father of Phineas Stevens; Azubah Heywood; Samuel Stevens; Mindwell Stone; Joseph Stevens and 5 others
Brother of Mary Wright; Cyprian Stevens II; Simon Stevens; Elizabeth Wilder and Dorothy Stevens

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About Deacon Joseph Stevens

Deacon Joseph Stevens of Rutland, MA 1934 from the book:

[stamp] Oct 9, 1934

James Thompson of Holden, Mass.,

and his Descendants


Rev. Alven Martyn Smith


Benjamin Franklin Thompson

"The Stevens Family, from History of Rutland, Mass., Dea. Joseph Stevens and his wife Prudence were among the very first settlers of Rutland, Mass., coming from Sudbury, Mass. He held many offices, being selectman, assessor, deacon and captain of the militia. But he was a man greatly afflicted. On Aug. 14, 1723 he took his four young boys into the meadow to collect hay. They were surprised by five Indians, he escaped but two of his sons were slain; the oldest and youngest made prisoners and carried to Canada where they were held captive over one year, and were redeemed only after Dea. Stevens made two journies to Canada at great expense. This and other misfortunes made it necessary for Mr. and Mrs. Stevens to be aided in their old age by the town, Isaac Stevens the younger of the two captives was so young that he soon acquired Indian habits and his squaw mother made so much of him, she won his affections and he would willingly have terried with the Indians. He settled in Rutland Mass., and married Mercy (or Mary) Hubbard, by whom he had two children, John and Azubah, This was his first wife who died Aug. 27, 1746. The daughter, Azubah, m. Capt. Samuel Thompson of Holden, Mass., grandson of James, the pioneer ancestor. All the adult children of Samuel and Azubah except two emigrated to Barre, Vt., about 1782 to 1786. Isaac S., Phineas, Joseph, Marcy and John were all among the first settlers in Barre, Vt. –B.F.T. 11 children, b. Holden Mass.;

(4-1600) Isaac S. Thompson, b. Apr. 26, 1763; m. Catey Wheeler. 4-1601

Phineas Thompson, b. May 7, 1765; d. Dec. 11, 1844, Barre, Vt.; The Vital Records of Holden, Mass., give his birth name as " Phinihas Thompson, his marriage int. as Phineas, and his marriage as Phinehas." Addie ( Thompson) Waterman, 6-3203, finds in her Cousin Catherine ( Thompson) Spencer 6-2801, diary that " Phineas died at my ( Addie’s) father’s home, ( Phineas Thompson, 5-2510) and the funeral was held in the ‘Lower Village" as Barre city was then called. Phineas m. June 11, 1792, Rhoda Colburn of Holden, Mass. –Vital Records of Holden, Mass. She died Nov. 10, 1825. No Children. (There was a Phineas Thompson in Rev. War, - His of Holden Mass., by Estes.) (4-1602) Samuel Thomson, b. Apr. 10, 1767; m. Anna Wait

4-1603 Benjamin Thompson, b. June_ 1769; d. Aug. 12, 1771, Holden, Mass., aged 2 yrs., 3 mos. –gravestone.

(4-1604) Joseph Thomson, b. July 1, 1771; m. Elizabeth Goodale, - Lois (Goodale) Wilder, - Tamma Simons m. –Mrs. Hannah Howard

4-1605 Benjamin Thompson, b. _ 1773; d. Dec 31, 1795, Holden, Mass., aged 23 yrs. –gravestone. (4-1606) Washington Thompson, b. July_ 1774; m. Polly Pierce. (4-1607)

Marcy Thompson, b. Sept. 1, 1778; m. Samuel Cook. (4-1608) John Thompson, b. Sept. 18, 1780; m. Orpha Gliddon. 4-1609

Calvin Thompson, b. _ 1784; d. Sept 6, 1785, Holden, Mass, "aged 1 year," –gravestone. (4-1610) Polly Thompson, b. Aug. 2, 1786; m. Abner Doty. 3-515

Esther Thompson, ( Samuel, James), b. about 1740, Holden, Mass., d._ B.F.T. who writes this whole sketch says: "I can find no record of her except she married Thomas Pickens of Middleboro, Mass., Jan. 17, 1764. The Pickens family were prominent in Middleboro, Mass., and were among the Scotch-Irish immigrants who came over 1718. 4 children: 4-1800 Silence Pickens, b._ d. unmarried 4-1801

Phoebe Pickings, b._ was feeble minded 4-1802 Susannah Pickens, b._ was feeble minded 4-1803 Margaret Pickens, b._ "

Esther’ s brother Isaac , 3-514, left her a legacy of $225. Her nephew


Joseph Stevens





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Birth: 1683


Worcester County

Massachusetts, USA

Death: Nov. 5, 1769


Worcester County

Massachusetts, USA

He held offices of town clerk, selectman, assessor, treasurer and clerk of the proprietors. He put up a hovel at the meadow bordering Stevens brook, five miles from his house, he went there daily to feed his cattle. On August 14, 1723, after family devotions and breakfast he and his four sons, Samuel, Joseph, Phineas, and Isaac went to meeting and was ambushed by Gray Lock with a party of four India. While the older Joseph escaped in the bushes his two sons Joseph and Samuel were killed and scalped. The other two, Phineas and Isaac were taken as prisoners to Canada. Phineas carried his younger brother Isaac on his back when he was exhausted, saved him from being killed or left in the woods. It was more then a year before the boys was redeemed. The father made two trips to Canada and returned finally with Isaac on August, 19, 1725. Issac did not want to leave his foster Indian mother. The cost of ransom and other misfortune improvished him and he died in want.

History of Rutland, Massachusetts, and Temple & Sheldon's History of Northfield, Massachusetts

Family links:

 Cyprian Stevens (1647 - 1722)
 Mary Willard Stevens (1653 - 1685)

 Phinehas Stevens (1707 - 1756)*
 Joseph Stevens (1709 - 1723)*
 Samuel Stevens (1711 - 1723)*
 Isaac Stevens (1718 - 1769)*
 Lucy Stevens Bullard (1725 - ____)*

 Prudence Rice Stevens (1685 - 1776)

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Deacon Joseph Stevens's Timeline

July 26, 1685
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Age 15
February 20, 1707
Age 21
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
October 21, 1708
Age 23
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
September 1711
Age 26
Sudbury, MA, USA
Age 28
Framingham, Massachusetts, USA
September 9, 1716
Age 31
Framingham, Massachusetts, USA
December 14, 1718
Age 33
Lancaster, MA, USA
March 20, 1720
Age 34
Rutland, MA, USA
July 24, 1723
Age 37
Rutland, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA