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Rowland Stebbins

Also Known As: "Rawling Stebbins", "Rowland Stebing"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Bocking, Essex, England
Death: December 14, 1671 (79)
North Hampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Stebbins and Ellen Stebbins
Husband of Sarah Stebbins and Sarah Stebbins
Father of Lieutenant Thomas Stebbins; Sarah Merrick; Elizabeth Clark; John Stebbins, Sr and Elizabeth Stebbins
Brother of Dennis Stebbins; Edward Stebbins; Martin Dit Steb Stebbins; Amy Stebbins; Margaret Stebbins and 2 others

Occupation: Founded Springfield, MA - Departed Ipswich, UK in 1634 on Good Bark Francis, landed in Boston, MA
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About Rowland Stebbins of Springfield

Biographical Summary # 1:

"...He sailed from Ipswich, England and came to America aboard the "Francis" with William Pyncheon and founded a colony at Springfield, Mass., settling first in Roxbury, Mass. in 1634..."

SOURCE: Unknown.

Biographical Summary #2:

"...Although no one has found any direct evidence as to the birthplace of ROWLAND STEBBINS, the ancestor of probably the majority of the United States Stebbbins descendants, there is a strong probability that he was born in or near the parish of Stebbins, Essex County, England. While in England he is said to have been a friend of William Pynchon, who was born at Springfield, Essex County, England (which is about 10 miles from Stebbing), in 1590, being only four years older than Rowland. William Pynchon came to New England in 1629, and was the principal founder of Roxbury, MA, where Rowland settle upon his arrival in New England in 1634or 1635. In 1636 William Pynchon purchased Agawam (afterwords named Springfield) from the Indians. From 1636 to 1646 the settlers of Agawam were mostly young unmarried men, yet we find Rowland Stebbins there in1639 with his family. In his will, "my much honored friend Capt. John Pynchon," who was a son of William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield,MA..."

SOURCE: Stebbins Emigrants (Greenlee, Volume I, page 50, published in 1904)

Biographical Summary #3:

"...Most of THE STEBBINS GENEALOGY is concerned with the descendents of Rowland Stebbing or Stebbins, who came to America with his wife Sarah on the ship FRANCIS of Ipswich, county Suffolk, which sailed from Ipswich "the last of April" 1634. Rowland Stebbing settle briefly at Roxbury, MA., then at Springfield, MA., and later removed to Northampton, MA where he died 14 Dec 1671, leaving four children, from whom the majority of those who bear the name of Stebbins in America are descended..."

"...But THE STEBBINS GENEALOGY also contains (Vol2, pp 1117-1119) a section of Martin Stebbins, who settled at Roxbury, MA by 1639, later moved to Boston, and died there about October 1659; and a section (vol 2 pp 1005-1014) on Edward Stebbing, who came to New England before 29 March 1632, settled at "New Town" (later Cambridge), moved in 1636 to Hartford, served as deacon of the church there, and died there, in 1668. THE STEBBINS GENEALOGY also includes (vol 1, pp 13-50) a section entitled "Stebbins in England," in which there are many interesting and valuable items, such as an outline of the history of the parish of Stebbing in Hinkford Hundred, county Essex, from which the family undoubtedly derived its surname; pedigrees of the gentry families that successively held the manor of Stebbing; Stebbing, Stubbing and Stybbing, extracts from the Parish Registers of several parishes in Essex, Suffolk and London; full copies of the wills of four Stebbing residents of Essex and abstracts of the wills of thirteen Stebbing residents of Suffolk, and the like. But the compilers of this fine genealogy were not so fortunate as to discover the parishes in which Rowland, Martin, Edward and Editha Stebbing were baptised..."

"...The renown American genealogist, Frank Farnsworth Starr, while working for the late James J Goodwin of Hartford, found the records of the baptisms of Rowland and Martin Stebbing in the fragmentary Parish Registers of St. Mary's Church, Bocking, Essex County. The Bocking Registers also contained references to the Fitch and Goodwin families who settled in Connecticut, showing that a number of residents of Bocking joined the Puritan emigration to New England in the 1630's. Mr. Starr subsequently edited the Parish Registers of Bocking and they were printed in a very small edition at Mr. Goodwin's expense. After pointing out that the existing Registers are sadly lacking in continuity (the Baptisms began in July 1561, with gaps from March 1571 to May 1583, from April 1588 to October 1592, from October 1599 to October 1602, and from 1639 to 1655; the Burials began in November 1558, with gaps from August 1580 to September 1583 and from 1627 to 1655), he lists the following seven Stebbing records :

Biographical Summary #4:

"Reference is made to five accounts of the four above-named members of the Stebbing family of Essex, England, who settled in New England in the 1630's. These accounts are:

  1. The large and excellent work by Ralph Stebbins Greenlee and Robert Lemuel Greenlee, THE STEBBINS GENEALOGY, 2 Vols., Chicago, 1904.
  2. The account of Rowland Stebbing (or Stebbins) in Frank Farnsworth Starr, VARIOUS ANCESTRAL LINES OF JAMES GOODWIN AND LUCY (MORGAN) GOODWIN OF HARTFORD, CT, 2 Vols,Hartford, 1915, Vol 2, pp 21-28.
  3. The (very brief) account of Editha (Stebbing) (Day) (Maynard) Holyoke in Charles Edwin Booth, ONE BRANCH OF THE BOOTH FAMILY, New York, 1910, p 181;
  4. The much better and more complete biography of the said Editha and of her husbands, Robert Day (1), John Maynard (1) and Elizure Holyoke (2) in Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgard Francis Waterman, HALE, HOUSE AND RELATED FAMILIES, Hartford, 1952, pp 509-511 and 644-645;
  5. "The Family of Frances (Tough) (Chester) (Smith) Stebbing, Wife of Edward Stebbing, of Hartford, Connecticut," in THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, ante,Vol 30, pp 193-204.

Mr. Frank Farnsworth Starr also compiled for Mr. James J Goodwin the ENGLISH GOODWIN FAMILY PAPERS, 3 vols., Harford, 1921, which consist of a mass of English records collected by Mr. Starr in the course of his search for the ancestry of William and Osias Goodwin, of Bocking, who also came to New England in 1632, and settled at Hartford in 1636. Here we find the following references:

Vol 2, p 1148 : Braintree Vestry Book Abstracts, 6 Sept 1619 :Notice given to William Stebbing of a wench intertained at John Beckwiths dwelling on Cursing greene that is supposed to have a greate belly which the Constables have warning to look after.

Vol 2, p 1166 : Braintree Vestry Book, 18 Apr 1625 : The sidesmenof the parish include Edward Stebbing and William Wadsworth.

Vol 2, p 1169 : Braintree Manor Rolls, Easter Monday 1628 : Homage includes Ed(wa)r(d)us Stebbing.

Immediately to the south of Braintree is the parish of Black Notley,and adjoining the latter to the southeast is the parish of White Notely.The late C. A. Hoppin once confided to Dr. Arthur Adams that he was sure that Edward Stebbing, the Hartford settler, was born in one of the two Notleys. Accordingly, I commissioned Miss Helen Thacker of London to examine the parish Registers of both Notleys and abstract all Stebbing records. Miss Thacker found that the Registers of White Notley, which began in 1541, contained no Stebbing entries whatever. But those of SS.Peter and Paul's Church, Black Notley, which commence in 1570 and were examined through 1640, contained the following records :


  1. 1593 - Ellin Stebbing the Daughter of Willm Stebbing was baptised theXI day of Nobember 1593.
  2. 1594 - Edward Stebbing the sonne of Willm Stebbing was baptised theXXIIII day of February 1594 (1594/5).
  3. 1596 - Amy Stebbing the daughter of Willm Stebbing was baptised the 11day of December 1596.
  4. 1598 - Elizabeth Stebbing the daughter of Willm Stebbing was baptisedthe VII day of May 1598.
  5. 1599 - Thomas Stebbing the sonne of Willm Stebbing was baptised theVII day of Marche 1599 (1599/1600).
  6. 1603 - Margret Stebinge the daughter of Willm Stebinge was baptisedthe XVIII day of Marche 1603 (1603/1604).


  1. 1583 - John Lawson and Elizabeth Stebbing were maried the X day ofSeptember 1583.
  2. 1584 - Henry Stebbing and Susan Bacon were maried the XIX day ofOctober 1584.
  3. 1587 - Henrie Stebbing and Margett Coppin were married the XXIIII dayof March 1587 (1587/1588).


  1. 1585 - Susan the wife of Henrie Stebbing was buried the XV day ofSeptember 1585.
  2. 1590 - Dennis the daughter of Thomas Stebbing was buried the XIX dayof November 1590.
  3. 1600 - Thomas Stebing was buried the first of September 1600.
  4. 1603 - Thomas Stebbyng was buried ye XXI of January 1603 (1603/1604).
  5. 1606 - Ellen Stebbinge widdow of Thomas Stebbinge was buried the 26thday of January 1606 (1606/1607).

Miss Thacker reported the following lacunnae in the Black Notley Registers: in the Marriages, the bottom portion of a page cut out after August 1606; marriages began again in November 1606 at top of next page.Owing to this cut there is also a gap ( on the other side of the page)between August 1608 and March 1608/9. Another cut occurs at top of page after September 1632, and entries begin again in May 1633. This cut causes a gap on the other side of the page from February 1635/6 to April1636. In the Burials, a page covering parts of 1602-3 was defaced and unreadable; there was a part of 1604 that was unreadable and also a part of 1625.

Miss Thacker was further commissioned to search the Feet of Fines in the Public Record Office in London, to try to find a record of disposal of property in Essex by Rowland, Martin or Edward Stebbing at the time oftheir emigration to New England. Nothing was found. Moreover, no will was found belonging to Thomas Stebbing of Bocking (the father of Rowlandand Martin) or to William Stebbing of Black Notley and Braintree (the presumed father of Edward), and there was no record of the Stebbing family in the Lay Subsidies of Hinkford Hundred, Essex, in the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I or Charles I.

Bearing in mind the limitations of our genealogical data, we may venture to set forth these brief summaries concerning Rowland, Martin,Edward and Editha Stebbing:

1. ROWLAND STEBBING, baptized at Bocking, co. Essex, 5 Nov 1592, son of Thomas Stebbing of Bocking and older brother Martin Stebbing. He married at Bocking, 30 Nov. 1618, Sarah Whiting, whose baptism does not appear in the existing Register of Bocking. Their five known children were presumably born and baptized at Bocking, but none of the baptisms and only one burial of a child of a Rowland Stebbins appear in the fragmentary Registers of that parish.

Rowland Stebbing and his family sailed from Ipswich, co. Suffolk, on the Francis, "last of April" 1634. The shipping list gives Rowland's areas 40, wife Sarah, 43, and children Thomas, 14, Sarah, 11, John, 8, and Elizabeth, 6. On arrival in New England, they settled first in Roxbury.Rowland Stebbing was one of the early settlers of Springfield, MA., moved there about 1639, and received land in the second division of that town,24 Dec. 1640. Sarah (Whiting) Stebbing was buried at Springfield 4 Oct.1649. Rowland had a seat in the meeting-house at Springfield in 1663,and some time after Feb. 1664/5 he moved again, to live with his son Johnat Northampton, MA., where he died 14 Dec. 1671, leaving a will dated 1March 1669/70. The inventory of his goods and chattels, taken 2 Jan.1671/2, amounted to Pounds9-5-2; the inventory of his lands, taken 11Jan. amounted to Pounds75-3-2; and debts amounted to Pounds 46-2-0 were owing to him (Stebbins Genealogy, vol 1, pp 51-59)."

Rowland was an intimate friend of William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield, Ma., who also came from Bocking, England. In 1639 after the war between the Agawam and Pequot Indians ended, he moved to Springfield, Ma. and built a home just north of Union Street. The exact date that Rowland and his son John moved to Northampton, Ma. is not known. He was in listed as townsman of Springfield in Feb 1664 and his will is dated 1 3an 1669 in Northampton.

Rowland Stebbin's will was dated 1 Jan 1669 and made his son John Stebbins executor and friends John Pynchon and Robert Bartlett overseers. Sums of money were given to the seven children of of his son Thomas and to the nine children of his son John. The balance of his estate was divided equally between sons Thomas and John.

SOURCE: “The Stebbins Family of County Essex, England.” The American Genealogist Number 124, Volume 31, No. 4; page 193, dated October 1955 by John Insley Coddington.

Bocking Parish Resgister Summary:

  1. 1561 Gulielmus Stebinge sepultus est 28 May
  2. 1592 Rowlandus Stebing filius Thomae baptizatus 5 November
  3. 1594 Marinus Stebing filius Thomae baptizamus 28 April
  4. 1603 Johannes Leavens et Elizabetha Stebbin nupti 16 June
  5. 1618 Rowlandus Stebbing & Sara Whiting nupti 30 November
  6. 1624 Gulielmus Stebbing filius Martini Stebbing
  7. sepultus est 3 September
  8. 1625 Elizabetha Stebbing filia Rowlandi Stebbing
  9. sepultus est 15 June

"...The parish of Bocking is bounded on the south by that of Braintree. In this parish, Mr. Thomas Hooker, the future founder of Hartford, Connecticut, often preached during his ministry in Essex, and among the inhabitants of Braintree were Mr. William Wadsworth, Mr. John Talcott, and the families, who came to New England on the LION in the summer of 1632, and accompanied Mr. Thomas Hooker to Hartford in 1636. The parish Registers of St. Michael's Church at Braintree prior to 1660 have unfortunately been lost, but, as will be seen below, there were also members of the Stebbing family in Braintree in the 1620's..."

SOURCE: The Stebbins Genealogy. Author Unknown


SAINT MARY'S CHURCH, Bocking, Essex County, England was where Rowland Stebbins was baptized and then in November 30, 1618 he married Sarah Whiting. In about 1634 they immigrated to the colonies landing in Boston, MA. The first Dean (or Rector) of this church was Peter de Wakering (1232-1249 AD). The Dean at the time of Rowland's baptism was John Mullins (1577-1609). The Dean than probably married Rowland Stebbins and Sarah Whiting was Dean John Barkham (1616-1643).From the very first Dean in AD 1232. Thru AD 1997 there were a total of 63 Deans (or Rectors). All told St Mary's Church has been serving their community for about 765 years (1997). The grave yard on the premises has many head stones that have long sense lost their inscriptions.

SOURCE: Unknown

Oath of Allegiance:

"IPSWICH. A Note of all the names and ages of all those which did not take the oath of allegiance or supremacy, being under age, shipped in our port in the Francis, of Ipswich. Mr. JOHN CUTTING bound for New England,the last day of April, 1634" are as follows:


  1. Thomas Stebing aged 14 years
  2. Sarah Stebing aged 11
  3. Eliz. Stebing aged 6
  4. John Stebing aged 8
  5. Mary Winche aged 15

Ipswitch Custom House, this XIIth day of November, 1634

SOURCE: Edward Mann, Compt. (Persons of Quality - 1600-1700 Edited by John Camden Hotten 1968, page 280).

These persons below took the oath of allegiance and supremacy:

  1. Rowland Stebing aged 40 and his wife Sarah aged 43.

The persons above took the oath of allegence and supremacy, at his Maties Custom House in Ipswich, before His Majesties Officers, according to the Order of the Lords and others of his Majesties Most Honorable Pruvy Councell, the 12th of November, 1634 (signed) Tho. Aerisir and witnessed Edw. Mann, Compt.

SOURCE: Persons of Quality - 1600-1700. Edited by John Camden Hotten 1968, pages 281.


A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England Before1692;James Savage

SOURCE: Unknown

The Chamberlain Family


Stebbins Ancestral Society


Descendants of Rowland Stebbins; Mary Lou Clark

SOURCE: Unknown

Genealogical notes of the descendants of Eber Stebbins, of Wilbraham and his wife Elizabeth Bliss; Solomon Bliss Stebbins; Boston: Printed by N. Sawyer & Son, 1886

SOURCE: Heritage Quest

The Ancestors of Charles Augustus Richardson and Emma Curtis Rand


An American family : Botsford-Marble ancestral lines; Donald Lines Jacobus; New Haven, CT, 1933

SOURCE: Unknown

Family history : recording the ancestors of Russell Snow Hitchcock; Hitchcock, Russell Snow; Bath, Maine; 1947


LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of Rowland Stebbins, dated the first day of the first month, 1669

"Know all men by these presents, that I Rowland Stebbins of Northampton in Hampshire, in the Colony of Massachusetts: having my perfect memory, through the goodness of GOD, though very weak and sick in body, wayting for my great Change, w'ch I desire the Lord in mercy to fit me for -- doe make and ordayne this to be my last will and testament -- viz In fe I committ my soule to God, that made it, and to the Lord Jesus Christ that redeemed it, by his most precious blood: and doe hope it shall be united to him forever, and my body to be in comly and decent manner buryed, hoping at the Great Day of the Resurection, the Lord Jesus will change the vile body, and fashion it like to his Glorious body and so shall be forever with the Lord.

Also I do make my beloved Son John Stebbins to be my full and Sole Executor which I hope will be faithful in all things committed to his trust -- Also will and desire is that all my Just debts and funeral expenses be satisfyed & paid, and as concerning my outward and worldly Estate, that the Lord in his mercy hath given unto me I dispose of in this manner:

Viz. I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Thomas Stebbins he several childred twenty Shillings apiece, to be paid within three years after my decease those that be of age, the Sons to be twenty-one years -- and daughters Eighteen years. I give and bequeath to my son John's Children that is to say to John Stebbins his first born an Iron pott, my bed and bed clothes and all that belongs to it. My best Jackett & wascotte, my old coate and worst paire of gray stockings. I give and bequeath to Benoni Stebbins my best Breeches and new cotton wescotte & twenty shillings -- I give and bequeath to my son John's son Samuel my old Kersey Sute and twenty shillings. I give and bequeath to my son John's other six Children to be paid unto them when they come to age twenty Shillings apeece. I give and bequeath to my son in Law Merricks three daughters, twenty Shillings apiece, to Sarah, Mary and Hannah to be paid within three years after my decease. I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Elizabeth Clarke three pounds to be paid within three years and to her three Children twenty Shillings apeece to be paid within three years after my decease, and to Mary the Bell Metal Skillet. I give and bequath to Mary Maunde ten shillings to be paid within a yeere after my desease. I give and bequeath to my son John Stebbins my Great Brass pott and be best coate, and to my son Johns Wife my best stockings, and as for the rest of my Estate that remaynes my will is, that it should be equally divided between my two beloved sons Thomas Stebbins and John Stebbins.

Also my desire is that my much honored friend Cap't John Pynchon and my beloved brother Robert Bartlett, would be in the overseers of this my last will and testament. That this is my last will and Testament I declare by setting my hand and Seale the first day of the first month Anno Domini 1669-70. My will is that my son John Stebbins doe keepe this my last will and testament.


SOURCE: Unknown

Burial of Spouse

SARAH (WHITING) STEBBINS is referred to in the as having been "buried 4 (8)1649" Springfield, MA records at Boston, MA. Sarah Stebbins is recorded to have died at Springfield, MA.

SOURCE: New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 9, page 171


"ROWLAND STEBBINS died in Northampton, MA December 14, 1671, but no stone was erected to designate the exact spot of interment. Dr. Daniel Stebbins, about the year 1806, had the early burial ground at Northampton, MA examined to discover the precise spot where the remains of Rowland Stebbins were buried, but, failing in this attempt, in 1840 he caused a granite cenotaph to be erected to his memory, in the center of his family square in the new burying ground, on the east side of which is the following inscription. ROWLAND STEBBINS - The supposed ancestor of all of the name in America, came from the west of England to Springfield with his sons John and Thomas, about 1668 removed to Northampton and there died 1671. DANIEL STEBBINS of the 6 generation from Thomas, was born Apr 2, 1766."

SOURCE: Greenlee Volume I, page 56.

The exact spot of Rowland's internment was accidentally discovered in 1850, some fifty rods north of the present cenotaph. A small marbleslab has been placed at the head of the grave, with no inscription save the name RowlandStebbins.

Inscription on a monument erected in 1938 reads as follows:

"IN MEMORY OF ROWLAND STEBBINS son of Thomas Stebbins Born in Bocking, Essex County, England In the year 1592. Married Sara Whiting Nov. 30 1618 in England. Came to Roxbury, Mass. in 1634. Settled in Springfield, Mass. in 1639. Died in Northampton, Mass. Dec. 14,1671."

SOURCE: Unknown

On the last day of April, 1634, Rowland STEBBINS embarked for America aboard the Francis, under Captain John CUTTING, from Ipswich, England. With him were his wife Sarah, their children: Thomas, aged 14; Sarah. aged 11; John, aged 8 [our # 912 &1804], Elizabeth, aged 6. An earlier daughter called Elizabeth had been buried on June 15, 1625. They also had with them Mary WINCHE, aged 15. It is unknown if she was related to STEBBINS.

The group cleared customs only on November 12, 1634. Rowland STEBBINS settled first in Roxbury near Boston. In 1639 he moved to Springfield (settled only 3 years before by William PYNCHON ), where he obtained a land settlement. About 1668 he was one of the pioneers of Northampton, MA. Sarah, his wife of 31 years, died in Springfield on October 4, 1649, at the age of 58. Rowland died in Northampton on December 14, 1671, aged 78.

(f/g) Rowland Stebbins Birth: Nov. 5, 1592 Essex, England Death: Dec. 14, 1671 Northampton Hampshire County Massachusetts, USA

Rowland and Sarah had another daughter named Elizabeth. She was born in 1628 and accompanied them on "The Francis". She married John Clark in Springfield, MA in 1646/47.

Family links:

 Sarah Whiting Stebbins (1591 - 1649)
 Elizabeth Stebbins (____ - 1625)*
 Thomas Stebbins (1620 - 1683)*
 Sarah Stebbins Merrick (1623 - ____)*
 John Stebbins (1626 - 1679)*
 Elizabeth Stebbins Clark (1628 - 1700)

Burial: Bridge Street Cemetery Northampton Hampshire County Massachusetts, USA Created by: the moo Record added: Jun 23, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 20048398 -tcd


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