About Stephen Deane, of the Plymouth Colony
- Birth: about 1606, England
- Death: Plymouth "between 10 March 1633/4 (purchase of Godbert Godbertson's house) and 2 October 1634 (date of inventory), and probably closer to the latter date. Secondary sources claim that he died in September 1634, which is reasonable but not proved."
- Parents: unknown
- Spouse: Elizabeth Ring
Stephen Deane was a Puritan who emigrated to Plymouth Colony in 1621 on the Fortune. He died in 1634 in Plymouth. He married Elizabeth RING, a daughter of the widow Mary Ring. That much is known about him. Robert Charles Anderson, in what appears to be a definitive multi-volume study, The Great Migration Begins writes that Stephen Deane's origins are unknown.
Parents: Unknown. NOT William Deane of South Chard, Somset. He was not a brother to Walter, John, and Margerie of Taunton, MA. Not mentioned in William Deane's 1634 will.
- MARRIAGE: By about 1630 Elizabeth Ring, daughter of widow MARY RING (and possibly the Elizabeth Ring, daughter of William & Marie Ring, bp. Ufford, Suffolk, 23 February 1602/3) ; she married (2) Plymouth 16 September 1635 JOSIAS COOKE .
- i ELIZABETH, b. Plymouth about 1630; m. about 1650 William Twining of Eastham .
- ii MIRIAM, b. Plymouth about 1632; m. after 31 January 1692/3 John Wing .
- iii SUSANNA, b. Plymouth about 1634; m. (1) Eastham 4 April 1660 Joseph Rogers, son of Joseph Rogers and grandson of THOMAS ROGERS of the Mayflower) ; m. (2) Eastham 28 October 1663 Stephen Snow (son of NICHOLAS SNOW ) as his first of two wives .
Stephen embarked on the "Fortune" in July of 1621 and arrived at Provincetown on Cape Cod on November 9th. Listed as "probably from Southwark, miller".
Stephen was a miller by trade. The arrival at Plymouth of this second group caused some problems for the Colony. The Adventurers (the financial backers of the Pilgrims) had promised the new group an acre of land after arriving the new world, but they they brought "not so much as a bisket-cake, nor pot nor pan to dresse any meate in." Ashore, the first year's crop had not been good, and this new group represented additional mouths to feed. The mood at the colony turned worse when Thomas Weston, speaking for The Adventurers, accused the first Pilgrims of keeping the Mayflower too long, and then sending the ship home empty. (In fact, the first Pilgrims had been sent off so ill prepared that they would not have survived had the Mayflower not remained as a supply ship.) In order to appease the financiers of the venture, the Pilgrims were forced to fill the ship "Fortune" with goods, mostly timber, to return to England. On its return trip it was captured by the French and forced to land in Northern France where it was stripped of all its' cargo. Eventually it returned to London empty with its crew.
Stephen Deane was a successful business man. In 1627, he bought an additional acre from Phillip Delaney, presumably for his future marriage. In 1632, he obtained permission to set up the first corn (wheat) mill in the colony. According to Plymouth Court Records, "that in the case the said Stephen Deane can beat all of the corn that is, or shall be used in the Colony, it shall not be lawful for any other to set up a works of that kind except be it for his own use, or freely without toll or any other consideration whatsoever."
On March 10, 1633/34, Stephen purchased a dwelling house and land from William Bradford in the center of Plymouth. He died in September, 1634 with three children all under 7 years of age.
The Inventory of the estate of "Stephen Deane was taken 2 Oct 1634 by Stephen Hopkins and Robbert Hicks, and totalled 87# 19s. 6d. of which 42# real estate; the house and fens at Fresh Lake,2#; dwelling house & garden, 20#; mill, 20#.
On 5 Apr 1669 "Willam [sic] Twining of Eastham...for himself and merriam Deane his sister and for Sussana Snow sister to his wife; which three are the proper and joint heirs of their father Steven Deane his land" sold to Peter Warden for 8# "all the lands that belongs unto and were the purchase lands of Stephen Dean deceased".
The best treatment of the family of Stephen Deane may be found in John I. Coddington's article on the widow Mary Durante Ring and her children.
Birth Abt 1605 
Emigration 1621 England Find all individuals with events at this location [2, 12, 14]
* He arrived on the "Fortune".
Died Sep 1634 Plymouth Colony Find all individuals with events at this location [1, 12, 14, 15]
Inventory 2 Oct 1634 
by Stephen Hopkins and Robert Hicks
* It totalled £87 19s. 6d. of which £42 was real estate: "the house and fens at Fresh Lake," £2; "dwelling house & garden," £20; and the mill, £20.
Occupation miller [12, 14]
* On 7 January 1632/3 he was granted permission by the General Court to set up his corn mill "upon the brook adjoining to the town of Plymouth" and to receive as a toll one pottle of each bushel ground; from the terms of the agreement, it is clear that Deane already had a functioning mill farther from town.
Person ID I9339 Ancestors of Duane Barton
Last Modified 08 May 2006 00:00:00
Family Elizabeth Ring, b. Abt 1609, England
Married Abt 1627 Plymouth Colony
- 1. Elizabeth Deane, b. Abt 1630, Plymouth Colony
- 2. Miriam Deane, b. Abt 1632, Plymouth Colony
- 3. Susanna Deane, b. Abt 1634, Plymouth Colony
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The source of the Deane information was a book called "Brief Memoirs of John and Walter Deane in 1893."
Came to Plymouth, MA on the "Fortune" in 1621. Built first working Corn Mill in New England in 1632.
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Southwark, Surrey, England
HMS Fortune, Plymouth, Mass.
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Plymouth, Plymouth , Massachusetts
March 10, 1634
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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