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Sgt. John Stevens, of Andover

Also Known As: "John (Stephens) Stevens"
Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Caversham, Oxfordshire, England
Death: April 11, 1662 (56)
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Andover, Essex, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Stevens and Alice Stevens
Husband of Elizabeth stevens and Elizabeth Stevens
Father of Elizabeth woodman; Mary Whittier; Elizabeth Tucker; Lieut. John Stevens, IV; Elizabeth Woodman and 8 others
Brother of Jane Stevens; Humphrey Stevens; Barbara Ilsley; Henry Stevens; William Stevens and 1 other

Occupation: Miltia Sargent in Andover, MA, Husbandman
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About Sgt. John Stevens, of Andover


'John Stevens,

son of John Stevens and Alice Atkins,

was born 1605, in England.

He came to Newbury , Mass. 1638, on The Confidence, from South Hampton , England.

He was a Husbandman from Covesham, Oxford, co. , England.

According to Moses T. Stevens in 1645 John went to Androver, Mass.

His homestead was in North Andover, south of Mill Pond.

John died 11, April 1662.

John Stevens immigrant ancestor

was born in England in 1605 He came from Caversham or Gonsham Oxfordshire England

in the ship Confidence sailing in April 1637 from Southampton

Caversham is in the southern part of Oxford near Reading in Berkshire

He settled first in Newbury and was admitted a freeman May 18 1642

He removed to Andover

He was sergeant of a military company at Andover 

and served on a committee with Henry Short of Newbury and Joseph Jewett of Rowley

to decide the boundary line then in dispute between

Haverhill and Salisbury appointed by the general court in 1654

In 1681 his son John was also a proprietor of Andover

He was a man of note and substance

His name appears often in the town and court records

He died April 11 1662

His gravestone in the old yard at Andover is quaintly carved and ornamented

but bears no eulogy or text It bears this inscription

Here lies buried the body of Mr John Stevens

who deceased ye II Day of April 1662 in ye 57 Year of his age.

It is the only gravestone erected to the memory of a first settler

If others were erected stones have been destroyed or buried.

His wife Elizabeth was appointed June 14 1662

She testified June 16 1673 she was sixty years old concerning

Samuel Parker son of her brother Joseph Parker of Andover

and presumably her maiden was Parker though the word brother was for brother in law etc

She died May 1 1694 aged eighty one years

Her will dated October 21 1687 with codicil added September 7 1691

bequeathed to her children John Timothy Ephraim Joseph Benjamin Woodman

Mary Barker and their children

It was proved September 25 1694 


  • 1 John born June 20 1639 at Newbury to Andover with his father was there in 1641 took the oath of there in 1674
  • 2 Timothy born September 23 1 641 The following born at Andover
  • 3 Nathan
  • 4 Ephraim
  • 5 Joseph born 15 1654 mentioned below
  • 5 Benjamin born June 24 1656
  • 7 Elizabeth married Joshua Woodman
  • 8 Mary married John Barker


  1. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of ..., Volume 2 edited by William Richard Cutter


John1 Stevens was born 1611, and died February 1688/89 in Salisbury, Ma.. He married Katherine. She was born Bet. 1607 - 1627, and died July 31, 1682 in Salisbury, Massachusetts.

Notes for John Stevens:

John Stevens, Sergeant; of Salisbury, "husbandman," probably born about 1611.

Married Katherine, who died July 31, 1682.

He was believed to be one of the first settlers from England

because he received land in the first division from the King of England, 1640-1645;

he was a commoner and was taxed in 1650, 1652, and in 1654;

he singed petitions of 1658-1680, ect.

Sergeant John Stevens Sr. was a member of the Salisbury Church in 1687.

He died February 1688-1689. His will April 12, 1686, November 26, 1689; mentioned "Bro. Severans".

Thought to be the parents of Deacon Thomas Stevens.

John STEVENS was born about 1611.

Spouse: Katherine (STEVENS). John STEVENS and Katherine (STEVENS) were married about 1639.

Children were:


Parents: John Stevens (1575 - Sep. 21, 1627) and Alice Atkins (Oct. 14, 1576 - Jul 17, 1650).

Not to be confused with John Stevens of Salisbury, Massachusetts, who died in February 1688/1689 and was buried there. This John Stevens was an early settler of Andover, Massachusetts who died in 1662. He was a farmer ("husbandman") from Caversham, England who immigrated on board "The Confidence" in 1638 with wife, Elizabeth, brother William, mother Alice and indentured servants, John and Grace Lovejoy (brother and sister). They initially came to Newbury, Massachusetts but was one of the first settlers of Andover (as was John Lovejoy). He was a prominent citizen and a sergeant in the militia. See, Abiel Abbott's 1829 "History of Andover", p. 15.

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Sgt. John Stevens, of Andover's Timeline

July 7, 1605
Caversham, Oxfordshire, England
July 7, 1605
Oxfordshire, England
July 7, 1605
Caversham, Oxfordshire, England
July 7, 1605
Caversham, Oxfordshire, England
June 20, 1639
Age 33
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts
November 2, 1639
Age 34
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 7, 1641
Age 35
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
September 23, 1641
Age 36
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
February 4, 1642
Age 36
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America