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Edward Stephens, Esq.

Birthplace: Frocester, Gloucestershire, England
Death: before October 22, 1587
Eastington, Gloucestershire, England
Place of Burial: St Michael and All Angels Churchyard Eastington Stroud District Gloucestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Stephens, Esq. and Alexandra Stephens
Husband of Bridget Stephens and Joan Stephens
Father of Richard Stephens, M.P.; John Stephens; Henry Stephens; James Isaac Stephens; Thomas Stephens, MP and 6 others
Brother of Walter Stephens; Richard Stephens; William Stephens; Robert Stephens; John Stephens and 2 others

Occupation: Lord of Eastington Manor
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About Edward Stephens, of Eastington

From the Steven Genealogy page 25, Henry only had 8 children: link

I. Edward, his heir, of whom presently. Married Joan Fowler.

Stevens Ancestry in England

Edward Stephens, Esq., lord of the manor of Eastington, acquired the manors of Eastington and Alkerton, co. Gloucester, 1 1573. The estate of Eastington had been held during the Middle Ages by the De Molends and the De Balurns, and it is recorded that Henry de Newmarch had it in succession to Thurston Fitz Rolf. It passed into possession of the celebrated Edward deStafford, Duke of Buckingham, and his wife the granddaughter of Prince George Plantaganet, Duke of Clarence, niece of Edward IV, and Richard III ; and through Lord Stafford to Edward Stephens in the fifteenth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Edward Stephens erected a manor house there of the Elizabethan style. 2 Of this house only a rude drawing of a portion of the front remains, the building having been destroyed by fire in 1778, at which time perished the oldest archives of this family, which had been there deposited. Eastington manor includes the village of that name. The parish church has been restored in modern times.1 In the churchyard Whitefield when curate did his first open-air preaching, the sacred edifice being incapable of holding his hearers. The most notable feature of the interior of the church is the altar tomb 2 with recumbent effigies of Edward Stephens, and his wife Joan, and showingsculptured the family coat of arms. Edward Stephens in 1557 built Chavenage Hall in his manor of Horsley, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire not far distant from Eastington.3 The date and his initials and those of his wife are carved over the entrance doorway. The house, whose front is in the form of the letter E in honor of Queen Elizabeth, stretches back in a series of buildings partly erected since his time. A demi eagle, the crest of the family, forms a finial over the porch, and over one of the west gables. In the great hall, at the left of the entrance, is paneling of the Elizabethan period. The windows have coats of arms in the stained glass, and the walls were in his day hung with armor. A chimney piece shows carvings of the Stephens arms ; and these arms and the arms of Fowler are elsewhere displayed in the house. The covered ceiling of the minstrel gallery is finely paneled. The original dining room has paneling of the date 1627. In the bed rooms is some good tapestry. The bed room used by Sir Philip Sidney has another ancient chimney piece. The chapel was built of materials from the ruins of Horsley Priory near by.


Edward Stephens married Joan, daughter of Richard Fowler, Gent., of Stonehouse, co. Gloucester, who died August 5, 1587. His will dated August 13, was proved November 27, 1587, by his brother-in-law, William Fowler, Gent., and his son Richard. He died October 22, 1587, aged sixty-four, and was buried in Eastington church, where his tomb, already referred to, exists to this day, in fair preservation.

He had issue;

I. Richard, of Eastington, his heir, of whom presently.

II. James, of Eastington, who married Catherine, widow of Sandford, and daughter of Robert Browning, Esq., of Cowley, co. Gloucester, and died February 19, 1590, his line eventually becoming extinct.

III. Thomas, of Lypiatt Park, born 1558, of whom subsequently. See Line II.

IV. Elizabeth, who married Thomas Higges, Esq., of Cheltenham, co. Gloucester, and was buried at Eastington, December 2, 1581.

V. Margaret, who married John Parker, Esq., of Barnwood.

VI. Alice, who married Willcox, Esq.

For the following STEVENS ancestry to the early 11th century, together with additional details on each generation, refer to the compilation of Don W. Stephens. As with many lineages in England prior to 1600, differences appear in the published compilations of this family. See the above cited compilation shows Thomas STEVENS, husband of Mary WALLE, as the son of Anthony STEVENS and Katherine BROKE, while elsewhere he is shown as son of Thomas STEVENS and Elizabeth STONE, daughter of John STONE (b. ca 1535) - in either case Thomas STEVENS, husband of Mary WALLE, is shown as grandson of Edward STEVENS and Jane FOWLER. This compiler will leave to others more qualified the presentation of the pre-America lineage, and the following is presented only as a suggestion, with no claim of accuracy. The principal information source from the pre-America lineage is Stevens-Stephens Genealogy and Family History, compiled by Clarence Perry Stevens, et al. (1968).  Lord Edward built Chavenage Hall, Gloucestershire, England in 1557 and It's still stands and is open to the public.
   * Airard FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1036)
   * Thomas FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1058, d. 1120)
   * Ralph FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1090)
   * Ralph FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1122, d. 1190)
   * Fitz Ralph FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1154)
   * John FITZ-STEPHEN (b. 1186)
   * Henry FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1218)
   * Henry FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1250)
   * John FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1282)
   * John STEPHENS (b. ca 1314)
   * Richard STEPHENS (b. ca 1346, d. 1390)
   * John STEPHENS (b. ca 1378) married Margaret DEDBROKE (b. ca 1381)
   * John STEPHENS (b. ca 1400, d. post 1442) married Alice
   * Thomas STEPHENS (b. ca 1420)
   * John STEPHENS (b. 1459)
   * Henry STEPHENS (b. ca 1497, d. Jan. 9, 1551/2) married Ms. LUGG
   * Edward STEVENS (b. 1523, d. Oct. 22, 1587), Lord of Eastington Manor, married Joan FOWLER (b. 1529, d. Aug. 5, 1587), daughter of Richard FOWLER and Margery BENNETT.
   * Anthony STEVENS (b. ca 1560) married Kathrine BROKE (b. 1562), daughter of Richard BROKE (b. ca 1530). They were parents of Thomas STEVENS. 

Edward Stephens (1523 - 1587) was Lord of Eastington manor. He married Joan Fowler and had sixteen children. They both died the same year and are buried in Eastington Church.

Sources: _______________________

1- The Visitation of the County of Gloucester: Taken in the Year 1623, Volume 21.  By Henry Chitting, John Philipot, William Camden.  Page 151.

2- Nichol's Hist., co. Leic. I, 586.

3- The illustration is from Fosbrook's Abstracts of Records and MSS., co. Glouc. 405. The peaceful reign of Elizabeth was a great period in the erection of manor houses, because it marked the transition from feudal castles to homes combining dignity and comfort

4- The engraving represents the church as it was when the Stephens family were lords of the manor.

5- The illustration is from Plate XLII, Nichols' Hist, of Leic, Part II, 588.

6- For plan of Chavenage House, see Transactions and History of Glouc, A Soc, XXII.


* http://ourfamilysroots.weebly.com/lines/previous/21

Lord Edward built Chavenage Hall, Gloucestershire, England in 1557

Ghost Story about Chavenage Hall Nathaniel Stephen (not related) was an English politician in the 1600s. He supported parliamentarian causes in the English Civil War. He reluctantly agreed to execute the King in 1649. A few months later he was struck down with a fatal sickness which gave rise to the legend of Chavenage: His daughter Abigail angrily laid a curse on her father for bringing the family name into disrepute. Nathaniel died of the sickness and it is said that at his funeral a hearse drew up at the door of the Manor driven by the figure of a headless horseman, and thereupon the ghost of Stephens rose from the coffin and paid deep reverence.

Marriage to: Lady Joan Fowler " Stephens (born Baroness Stephens") in 1552 in Gloucestershire, England

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Edward Stephens, of Eastington's Timeline

Frocester, Gloucestershire, England
Age 16
Eastington, Gloucestershire, England
Age 22
Lypiatt Park, Little Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England
Age 29
Age 33
Age 35
Lypiott Park, Little Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England
Age 37
Eastington, Gloucester, ENG
Age 37
Eastington, Devon, England, United Kingdom