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John Munson Stebbins, Jr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: MA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Stebbins, Sr; John Stebbins; Mary Anne Stebbins (Munson) and Anne Stebbins
Husband of Dorothy Stebbins (Alexander)
Father of Abigail Marguerite Stebenne; John Stebbins, III; Samuel Stebbins; Thankful Elizabeth Legrain-Lavalle; Ebenezer Jacques Charles Stebenne and 1 other
Brother of Thomas Stebbins; Anna Stebbins and Benoni Stebbins
Half brother of Mary Plympton; Samuel Stebbins; Abigail Phelps; Hannah Sheldon; Thomas Stebbins and 9 others

Occupation: Taken captive by Indians & French during attack at Deerfield 2/29/1703, Carpenter & Soldier, Carpenter
Managed by: Kevin Reese ARMS
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About John Munson Stebbins, Jr.

JOHN STEBBINS was captured by the Indians and taken to Canada. Tanquay's"Dictionaire Genealogique Des Familles Canadiennes," Volume VII, pp 219and 558 explains the change in names of this Canadian branch...

While in route to Canada, Abigail Nim's father was killed - she was four(4) years old. Not too much is known of what happened to Abigail (akaMarie-Elizabeth Stebenne) except that she might have been adopted by JohnStebbins as she was later known to be baptisted as Marie-ElizabethStebenne. The Stebenne name is a French expression of the nameStebbins. While we have no records that Marie-Elizabeth was actuallyadopted into the Stebbins family, we are making that assumption untilfurther evidence dictates the contrary. Note also that John Stebbins, Jrchanged his name to Jean Stebbins I, and that other descendents changedtheir last name to Stebenne. This generation was the very beginning ofthe Stebenne family name that is so prevelant in French Quebec, Canada...

In 1667, it is reported that in Northampton, MA, John Stebbins, Jr. hadbeen sentenced to ten lashes, or a forthy-shilling fine (John Stebbins,Sr paid fine) for complicity in a burglary / runaway attempt by threelocal youths while towns people were in church. In 1674 he was embroiledin another case as five people accused him of "lascivious carriage." NewEngland Outpost, page 82, 138, Richard I. Melvoin, W.W. Norton & Company,1988.

He served at Springfield under Captain Lathrop and was the only knownunwounded survivor of the Bloody Brook Massacre on September 18, 1675.The second day after the massacre he enlisted under Capt. Samuel Moselyand served to the close of the war (1675-76). He took the oath ofAllegiance at Northampton on February 8, 1678. He resided for a time inthe vicinity of Boston, then moved to Deerfield at its permanent settlein 1682, lot 35.

John Stebbins, Jr. at different dates received land grants at Deerfieldand held various offices. At the time of the Deerfield Massacre (February1704) the house of John Stebbins, Jr. was burned down, he his wife andhis five children, along with Abigaiul, his married daughter and herhusband, Jacques de Noyen, we captrued and taken to Canada. JohnStebbins, Jr., his wife Dorothy and their oldest son John III were laterredeemed and returned to New England. His son, Samuel, returned in 1723.The other children all remained in Canada. (further entry from DanVient, descendant of Thankful (Louise-Therese) Stebbins)

From my great uncle's research: " The earliest record of the Stebbinsfamily, from which the Vient family is descended. The area known asDeerfield, Mass. was originally a land grant to the town of Dedham,purchased from the Pocumtuck Indian tribe in 1670. Shares were sold tosettlers who came to live in this new area, which was then thenorthernmost outpost in New England.

John Stebbins and his family settled in this area now called Deerfield.He was a carpenter by trade, and a soldier in king Phillip's war. InSeptember 1675 > King Phillips Indians ambushed most of the maleinhabitants at nearby Bloody Brook and massacred all but three men whoescaped to seek help. When soldiers from nearby Hadley arrived the nextday to help Captain Lothrup's detail, they were all dead but one man, andhe was badly wounded. He was Captain John Stebbins, and is known inhistory as the sole survivor of the Bloody Brook massacre.

Deerfield was abandoned for lack of soldiers to protect it. In 1684settlers began to return and erected a palisade of logs , erected on endto cover the entire area of about twenty acres. During Queen Anne's war,a party of 200 French and 142 Indians from Canada attacked Deerfieldduring bitter cold and deep snows. On February 29, 1704, deep snowdriftsagainst the palisades allowed the attackers to scale the walls andsurprise the garrison. Fierce fighting ensued, and with 111 prisoners,amongst were John Stebbins, his wife and six children the French Captainde Rouville marched his party through the deep

snows to Lake Champlain, then over the ice to Canada.

The suffering was intense during this cold march and many prisoners diedor were killed by the Indians if they slowed up. Eventually small partiesof Indians left the group with captives they selected and the remainderbrought to places like Chambly and Sorel by the French. The Stebbinsfamily was separated; one son Samuel was taken by the Indians

and was never heard from again. The parents and some of the children werelater ransomed and returned to Deerfield. One little girl, ThankfulStebbins, 13 years old was kept by de Rouville and lived at his home inChambly. The little girl was re-baptized Therese Louise, and it is fromher that the Vient's are descended."

John married Dorothy ALEXANDER 1, 2, 3, 4 daughter of John , Jr ALEXANDER and BEATRICE on 4 Jan 1679/1680 in Boston, Suffolk County, MA. Dorothy was born about 1660 in Newton, Middlesex County, MA. She died in 1733/1741 in Deerfield, Franklin County, MA.

They had the following children:

+ 186 F i Abigail Marguerite STEBBINS

+ 187 M ii John III STEBBINS

 188 M iii Samuel STEBBINS 1 was born on 25 Dec 1688 in Deerfield, Franklin County, MA. 

1 _FA1

2 DATE 1704

2 PLAC Taken hostage to Canada -

1 _FA2

2 DATE 31 JUL 1723

2 PLAC Father's Will says that he was still in Canada.

1 _FA3

2 DATE BEF. 1731

2 PLAC Returned to Deerfield, MA


+ 189 F iv Thankful STEBBINS

 190 M v Ebenezer STEBBINS 1 was born on 5 Dec 1694 in Deerfield, MA. 

1 _FA1

2 DATE 1704

2 PLAC Abigail took Ebenezer to Boucherville with her.

1 _FA2

2 DATE 19 JUN 1708

2 PLAC Baptised at Chambly, Quebec, Canada as Jacques Charles Stebenne

1 _FA3

2 DATE 18 MAY 1714

2 PLAC Naturalized a Canadian citizen.

1 _FA4

2 DATE AFT. 1731

2 PLAC Charles is thought to have returned to New England.


 191 F vi Mary Elizabeth STEBBINS 1 was born about 1698 in Deerfield, Franklin County, MA.  
       Mary married UNKNOWN on 29 Jul 1715 in Lac Des, Montagnes, Quebec, Canada.  

+ 192 M vii Joseph STEBBINS

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Taken captive by indians & French - Deerfield Attack.

   JOHN STEBBINS was captured by the Indians and taken to Canada. Tanquay's "Dictionaire Genealogique Des Familles Canadiennes," Volume VII, pp 219 and 558 explains the change in names of this Canadian branch...
   While in route to Canada, Abigail Nim's father was killed - she was four (4) years old. Not too much is known of what happened to Abigail (aka Marie-Elizabeth Stebenne) except that she might have been adopted by John Stebbins as she was later known to be baptisted as Marie-Elizabeth Stebenne. The Stebenne name is a French expression of the name Stebbins. While we have no records that Marie-Elizabeth was actually adopted into the Stebbins family, we are making that assumption until further evidence dictates the contrary. Note also that John Stebbins, Jr changed his name to Jean Stebbins I, and that other descendents changed their last name to Stebenne. This generation was the very beginning of the Stebenne family name that is so prevelant in French Quebec, Canada...
   In 1667, it is reported that in Northampton, MA, John Stebbins, Jr. had been sentenced to ten lashes, or a forthy-shilling fine (John Stebbins, Sr paid fine) for complicity in a burglary / runaway attempt by three local youths while towns people were in church. In 1674 he was embroiled in another case as five people accused him of "lascivious carriage." New England Outpost, page 82, 138, Richard I. Melvoin, W.W. Norton & Company, 1988.
   He served at Springfield under Captain Lathrop and was the only known unwounded survivor of the Bloody Brook Massacre on September 18, 1675. The second day after the massacre he enlisted under Capt. Samuel Mosely and served to the close of the war (1675-76). He took the oath of Allegiance at Northampton on February 8, 1678. He resided for a time in the vicinity of Boston, then moved to Deerfield at its permanent settle in 1682, lot 35.
   John Stebbins, Jr. at different dates received land grants at Deerfield and held various offices. At the time of the Deerfield Massacre (February 1704) the house of John Stebbins, Jr. was burned down, he his wife and his five children, along with Abigaiul, his married daughter and her husband, Jacques de Noyen, we captrued and taken to Canada. John Stebbins, Jr., his wife Dorothy and their oldest son John III were later redeemed and returned to New England. His son, Samuel, returned in 1723. The other children all remained in Canada.

Father: John STEBBINS b: 1626 in Bocking, Essex, England

Mother: Mary Anne MUNSON b: ABT 1623 in Probably in England

List of all Deerfield captives: http://www.babcock-acres.com/Misceallaneous/deerfield_captives_of_1704.htm

-------------------- Taken at war with his family on 11-3-1704 at Deerfield, where he returned later with his wife and two children

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John Munson Stebbins, Jr.'s Timeline

1647
January 28, 1647
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
1682
1682
Age 34
Deerfield,Franklin,MA
1684
January 4, 1684
Age 36
Deerfield, Franklin Co, Mass.
1685
January 4, 1685
Age 37
Deerfield, Franklin, Massachussetts, United States
1688
December 25, 1688
Age 41
Deerfield, Franklin, Massachussetts, United States
1691
September 5, 1691
Age 44
Deerfield, Massachusetts, United States
1694
December 5, 1694
Age 47
Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States
1699
April 12, 1699
Age 52
Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States
1704
February 29, 1704
Age 57
Deerfield, MA, USA

Captured and taken to Canada

1724
December 19, 1724
Age 77
Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States