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Edward Stephens, Esq.

Birthplace: Frocester, Gloucestershire, England
Death: Died in Eastington, Gloucestershire, England
Place of Burial: Eastington Chh., Gloucs., Eng
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Stephens, Esq. and Alexandra Stephens
Husband of Joan Stephens
Father of Richard Stephens, M.P.; James Isaac Stephens; John Stephens; Thomas Stephens, MP; Elizabeth Higgs and 4 others
Brother of Walter Stephens; Richard Stephens; William Stephens; Robert Stephens; John Stephens and 5 others

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

Stevens Ancestry in England

   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).
   * 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.


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


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.

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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
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Lypiott Park, Little Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England
Age 37
Eastington, Gloucester, ENG
Age 37
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Eastington, Gloucester, England