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Hannah Stebbins (Wright)

Birthdate: (34)
Birthplace: Wrightsbridge, Essex, England
Death: Died in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Northampton, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Dea. Samuel Wright and Margaret Wright
Wife of Lieutenant Thomas Stebbins
Mother of Samuel Wright Stebbins; Sarah Bliss (Stebbins); Thomas Stebbins, Jr.; Joseph Stebbins; Lieutenant Joseph Stebbins and 5 others
Sister of Edward Wright; Benjamin [husband of Jane Meigs] Wright, #2 (Contested); Benjamin Wright; Esther Marshfield; Ebenezer Wright and 7 others

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About Hannah Stebbins

ID: I00128

Name: Hannah WRIGHT 1 2

Sex: F

Birth: AUG 1626 in Wrightsbridge, Essex County, England 3 4 5 6

Death: 16 OCT 1660 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts 7 4 8 5 6 9 10 11 12 13

Reference Number: 128


It is generally accepted that Hannah was part of the Deacon Samuel Wright's household, but she may well not have been his daughter.

Some claim that she is the daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Stratton) Wright; this is doubtful.

It is more likely that Hannah was a neice or other relative of Samuel's or he or Margaret would have provided for her children (Samuel Wright Stebbins and Sarah Stebbens) in their wills as they did for their other grandchildren. Also, there is no record in the parish register of any Hannah Wright being born in Wrightsbridge, Co. Essex, England in 1625, 1626 or 1627 let alone one to a Samuel Wright, as is proposed by Coddington. This speculation on Coddington's part is based on a birthdate deduction from Hannah's marriage date and an assumption that she was Samuel Wright's daughter and they both lived in the Wrightsbridge area of Co. Essex, England prior to coming to New England.

[see additional discussion by Michael Wright in Samuel Wright's Descendants]

BIRTH: Famous Political US Leaders has birth in Springfield, Massachusetts.

DEATH: One source has death in December. Famous Political US Leaders has death on October 16, 1666.

Father: Samuel WRIGHT b: 29 JUN 1606 in Brentwood, Essex, England

Mother: Margaret STRATTON b: 1604 in England

Marriage 1 Thomas STEBBINS b: 1620 in Bocking, Suffolk, England c: ABT 1626 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts

Married: 16 NOV 1645 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts 7 4 8 5 6 9 10 11 12


Samuel Wright STEBBINS b: 19 SEP 1646 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts c: 13 JUL 1708 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts
Thomas STEBBINS b: 31 JUL 1648 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts
Joseph STEBBINS b: 18 MAY 1650 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts
Joseph STEBBINS b: 24 OCT 1652 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts
Edward STEBBINS b: 1653 in Springfield, Hampden Co, Massachusetts
Mary Sarah STEBBINS b: 18 AUG 1654 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts
Edward STEBBINS b: 14 APR 1656 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts
Benjamin STEBBINS b: 11 APR 1658 in Springfield, Hampden Co, Massachusetts
Hannah STEBBINS b: 1 OCT 1660 in Springfield, Hampden Co, Massachusetts
Rowland STEBBINS b: 2 OCT 1660 in Springfield, Hampden Co, Massachusetts


Title: New England Genealogy

Note: ABBR New England Genealogy

Text: QUAY 3

Title: Bliss Genealogy

Author: J.H. Bliss

Publication: 1881


Note: Godfrey Library

Text: QUAY 3


Note: ABBR

Title: Descendants of Deacon Samuel Wright

Note: ABBR Descendants of Deacon Samuel Wright


Title: Stebbins Ancestral Society

Note: ABBR Stebbins Ancestral Society


Title: Descendants of Rowland Stebbins

Author: Mary Lou Clark

Note: ABBR Descendants of Rowland Stebbins

Title: A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England Before1692

Author: James Savage

Title: The Chamberlain Family

Note: ABBR The Chamberlain Family


Title: An American family : Botsford-Marble ancestral lines

Author: Donald Lines Jacobus

Publication: New Haven, CT, 1933

Note: ABBR An American family : Botsford-Marble ancestral lines

Note: Heritage Quest online book

Text: QUAY 3

Title: Early days in New England : life and times of Henry Burt of Springfield

Author: Burt, Henry Martyn

Publication: 1893


Note: Heritage Quest

Media: Book

Title: Family history : recording the ancestors of Russell Snow Hitchcock

Author: Hitchcock, Russell Snow

Publication: Bath, Maine; 1947


Note: Heritage Quest

Media: Book

Title: Fullers, Sissons, and Scotts

Author: Johnson, Carol Clark

Publication: Mobile, Ala.: American International, 1976


Note: Heritage Quest

Media: Book

Title: Genealogical notes of the descendants of Eber Stebbins, of Wilbraham and his wife Elizabeth Bliss

Author: Solomon Bliss Stebbins

Publication: Boston: Printed by N. Sawyer & Son, 1886


Note: Heritage Quest

Media: Book

Hannah WRIGHT38 was born in Aug 1626 in Wrightsbridge, Essex County, England. She was christened about 1628 in London, London, England. She was buried in Oct 1660 in Northampton, Hampshire Co, Mass. She died on Oct 16, 1660 in Springfield, Hampden County, MA. She has Ancestral File Number 2RB8-QK. The following is an e-mail by Mike Wright, dated Dec. 28, 2001, to

researcher Kim in regards to the proof of Deacon Samuel Wright's children.

Ellen Baker

Washington State

Dear Kim:

Ellen Baker forwarded your query about the references for Deacon Samuel

Wright and his children. Unfortunately, we have yet to find any vital

statistic records for any of the Deacon's children except James, Judah and

the infant Helped who died shortly after birth. The births of these last

three children are recorded in the early Agawam (Springfield) MA. records

which are located at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum's Archive

library in the Quadrangle area of downtown Springfield.

That Samuel Wright Jr. (or Sgt. Samuel Wright as he was known) was the

Deacon's son there can also be no doubt. The Deacon was forced to

acknowledge this son in official documents to the Springfield courts of

those days for some misdeeds. (See Pynchon Court Records in "Families of

the Pioneer Valley," Regional Publications, West Springfield, MA 2000).

Evidence of the relationship to the Deacon for the girls, Margaret, Hester

(Ester), Lydia, and Mary is most strongly established by the wills left by

the Deacon and his wife. All are named in both wills. And, although for

Margaret and Lydia there are also Springfield VR for their marriages

(Lydia married four times!) and other records for Margaret (See NEHGR Vol

IX, p. 200), there is nothing for Hester or Mary in the official records,

and we know of their marriages via mention in wills and death records.

So I source the wills first. The original handwritten wills, or shall I

say officially transcribed wills, for the Deacon and Margaret are in the

First Records Book of the Town of Northampton, MA. This record book is

very fragile and is currently archived in the Hampshire County Clerk's

office in Northampton, MA. It may be viewed by special request made to

the County Clerk at the time of your visit. With their kind assistance, I

have made a copy of all the pertinent Wright ancestry documents in it,

including the two wills. I translated and transcribed both wills in their

entirety for my publication.

In these wills, the Deacon makes mention of each of his children, Samuel,

Margaret, Hester, Lydia, Mary, James and Judah. Margaret, his wife, does

much the same in her will mentioning also Hester's husband, Samuel

Marshfield, and son James' daughter, Helped, to whom she bequeathed her


What is notable about these two wills is that neither the Deacon nor

Margaret mention anything about Benjamin Wright or Hannah (Wright)

Stebbins of Springfield who have been often assigned by previous

researchers as his eldest children. What I think is most important is

that there is no mention made of any of the children of Benjamin or Hannah

(Wright) Stebbins, either. It is true that Hannah had died in 1661, prior

to the Deacon (1665), and might not have been mentioned in his will

(prepared 1663) for that reason. But Hannah's children were alive and

husband, Thomas Stebbins, did not remarry until 7 years after the Deacon's

death. So, if the Deacon was so diligent in bequeathing to each of his

other children, and since he would have known at the time of making his

will in 1663 that Hannah was dead, he would have known he had to make

provisions for Hannah's portion to go to her children. Therefore, I think

it is certain he would have named them in his will if they were his

grandchildren. On the basis that neither he nor Margaret mention these

potential grandchildren in their wills, I believe Benjamin and Hannah

were not his children.

Nevertheless, Benjamin and Hannah have often been assigned as the eldest

children of the Deacon, and thought I do not believe this is the case, I

do believe they may have been niece and nephew to the Deacon or some other

relation. Certainly I believe they were some member of the large Wright

clan to which the Deacon belonged (originating from Sir John Wright of

Kelvedon Hatch, Co. Essex, England).

To belabor this a little further, a second line of evidence focuses on

Hannah in particular. The Deacon and Hannah's husband, Lt. Thomas

Stebbins, were involved with each other as trusted friends (see again,

Pynchon Court Records in "Families of the Pioneer Valley," Regional

Publications, West Springfield, MA 2000). For instance, on 24 March

1654/55 Thomas Stebbins joined with the Deacon in providing a most

personal and embarrassing bond to the Pynchon court in Springfield (in the

matter of the illegitimate child the Deacon's son, Samuel Wright Jr.,

fathered upon his own sister-in-law, Mary Burt). This would have been a

matter only very close friends would have joined together on. It has been

used to indicate that Thomas was actually so close he was the son-in-law

of the Deacon. So if the Deacon held the Stebbins family so close in his

heart, why does he not bequeath something to these supposed grandchildren?

There does not appear to have been any falling out between the Wrights

and Stebbins. As late as 1659 the Deacon (or his son, we can't tell

which) are arm in arm with Thomas' brother, John Stebbins, in a lawsuit

against the town of Northampton. So there is not doubt the Wrights and

Stebbins were close for a very long time. The question is, with this sort

of close ties between the Deacon's family and the Stebbins family, had

Hannah been the Deacon's daughter, her children would have almost

certainly been mentioned in the Deacon's will, as being the recipients of

her portion of his estate. Yet, they are not mentioned.

If we accept the wills as the central proof that the Deacon fathered the

seven children we have listed for him and not the nine that others have

proposed, then we are left with the tedium of documenting birth, marriage,

death and descendant relationships from there for those seven. As to the

dates of the children's births, we can only guess at the moment for

Samuel, Margaret, Hester, Lydia and Mary, although it is safe to say they

were all born sometime between 1627, which is the year after the earliest

likely date I calculate for the Deacon's marriage (based on the currently

held theory that he was born in 1606 not 1614), and 1638, which is the

year before the recorded birth of James in Springfield.

Marriages for Samuel, Margaret and Lydia are recorded in Springfield VR

and elsewhere, as are death records. Records for the other children are

scattered about among a dozen different sources and it would take me some

time to list all these sources so that I would rather narrow the focus of

your interest and help you with a specific child you may think you are

related to.

Please let me know what you need and I will try to assist you the best I


Thank you for your interest in this Wright line. I will add your e-mail


my "Update" list as our research on the parentage of the Deacon progresses

in England.

Best Regards,

Mike Wright

Samuel's wife, Sarah, the daughter of Thomas Stebbins and Hannah Wright, was born at Springfield on August 18, 1654 and died there November 6, 1721.

(f/g) Hannah Wright Stebbins Birth: Aug., 1628 Hampden County Massachusetts, USA Death: Oct. 16, 1660 Springfield Hampden County Massachusetts, USA

Family links:

 Samuel Wright (1591 - 1665)
 Margaret Wright (1604 - 1681) 
 Thomas Stebbins (1620 - 1683)
 Samuel Stebbins (1646 - 1708)*
 Thomas Stebbins (1648 - 1695)*
 Joseph Stebbins (1652 - 1728)

Burial: Unknown Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Mar 06, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34523594 -tcd

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Hannah Stebbins's Timeline

August 26, 1626
Wrightsbridge, Essex, England
Age 1
London, London, England
Age 1
London, London, England
Age 1
London, London, England
Age 1
London, London, England
Age 1
London, London, England
Age 1
London, London, England
September 19, 1646
Age 20
Springfield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony