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Stephen Dexter

Birthplace: Providence, Providence Plantation
Death: Died in Providence, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Gregory Dexter and Abigail Dexter
Husband of Mary Dexter and Abigail Hopkins
Father of John Dexter and Abigail Dexter
Brother of James Dexter; Major John Dexter; Abigail Angell and Peleg Dexter

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About Stephen Dexter

  • Stephen Dexter
  • Birth: Nov. 1, 1647
  • Death: 1679
  • Son of Gregory Dexter and Abigail Fullerton Dexter.
  • First husband of Abigail Whipple, married about 1674.
  • Children: John Dexter and Abigail Dexter Field.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Gregory Dexter (1610 - 1700)
  • Spouse:
  • Abigail Whipple Dexter Hopkins (1658 - 1725)*
  • Children:
    • John Dexter (1673 - 1734)*
  • Siblings:
  • Stephen Dexter (1647 - 1679)
  • John Dexter (1652 - 1706)*
  • Abigail Dexter Angell (1655 - ____)*
  • Note: researching
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 29580005
  • From:


  • DEXTER, Stephen
  • b. 1 NOV 1647 Providence Co., RI.
  • d. 1679 Providence Co., RI.
  • Parents:
  • Father: DEXTER, Gregory
  • Mother: FULLER, Abigail
  • Family:
  • Spouse: ARNOLD, Mary
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1673 Providence Co., RI.
  • Spouse:WHIPPLE, Abigail
  • Children:
    • DEXTER, John
    • DEXTER, Abigail b. ABT 1675 Providence Co., RI.
  • From:


  • John Whipple (c. 1617 - 1685)[2] was an early settler of Dorchester in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, who later settled in Providence in the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, where the family became well established.
  • .... etc.
  • Whipple wrote his will on 8 May 1682, and it was proved three years later on 27 May 1685. His wife had died in 1666, aged about 42,[1] and he and his wife were buried on their own land, but were later moved to the North Burial Ground after its opening in 1700.[2]
  • With his wife Sarah, Whipple had 11 children, the first eight born in Dorchester, and the remainder born in Providence.[5] His oldest son, John, married first Mary Olney, the daughter of Thomas Olney and Mary Small, and secondly Rebecca Scott, the widow of John Scott (son of Richard Scott and Catharine Marbury).[2] Sarah married John Smith, Samuel married Mary Harris, and Eleazer married Alice Angell, the daughter of Thomas and Alice Angell.[6] Mary married Epentus Olney, the son of Thomas Olney and Mary Small, William's wife was named Mary, and Benjamin married Ruth Mathewson.[6] David married first Sarah Hearndon, and secondly Hannah Tower, and Abigail married first Stephen Dexter, the son of colonial President Gregory Dexter, and secondly William Hopkins, the son of Thomas Hopkins.[7] Whipple's tenth child, prominent merchant Joseph Whipple, married Alice Smith, and his youngest child, Jonathan, married first Margaret Angell, the daughter of Thomas Angell, and secondly a woman named Anne.[8]
  • A grandson of Whipple, Joseph Whipple, Jr. became deputy governor of the colony, and a great grandson, Joseph Whipple, III, was also a deputy governor.[9] Another great grandson, Stephen Hopkins was a governor of the colony, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • From:


  • Genealogical notes of the Whipple-Hill families, together with fragmentary records of other families by Hill, John Whipple
  • 1. Captain JOHN WHIPPLE, one of the early settlers at Providence, R. I., was born in England about 1616 or 1617, and died May 16, 1685. What part of England he came from is not known. History states that in 1630 about fifteen hundred persons landed in Boston from England. "Oct. 3, 1632, he was ordered to pay 3s. 4d. to his master, Israel Stoughton, for wasteful expenditure of powder and shot." As he was apprenticed to Stoughton, it is only fair to suppose that he came to this country with him. In 1637, he received a grant of land at Dorchester Neck. He married his wife, Sarah, at Dorchester about the year 1639-40, and they united with the church at Dorchester in 1641. He was a house-carpenter by trade, and owned a house and forty or fifty acres of land near Neponset village. He lived at Dorchester about eighteen years, and during that time there were born unto him six sons and two daughters.
  • .... etc.
  • Children of John (1) and Sarah Whipple:



  • Steere Genealogy: A Record of the Descendants of John Steere, who Settled in ... By James Pierce Root
  • Pg.183
  • CAPT. JOHN WHIPPLE, Sen., was an early settler of Dorchester, Mass. He was born in England about 1616 or 1617, and emigrated from that counrty as early as 1632. His employment was that of a carpenter, having learned his trade with Josiah Stoughton. .... etc.
  • Pg. 184
  • .... He had married, about 1640, Sarah —— , born in Dorchester about 1624.
  • Mrs. Sarah Whipple died in the year 1666, aged 42. Her husband died May 16, 1685, aged 68. His will was made May 8, 1685. He and his wife were first buried near his residence, but as this with other burial places were needed for public uses in the opening of Benefit Street, their remains were removed to the North Burial Ground, where their tombstones are to be seen.
  • Children:
    • I. .... etc.
    • VI. ABIGAIL, baptized about 1650; m., 1st Stephen Dexter, son of Gregory Dexter. He d. 1679. She m., 2d, Maj. William Hopkins. He d. July 8, 1723; she d. August 19, 1725.
    • VII. .... etc.



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Stephen Dexter's Timeline

November 1, 1647
Providence, Providence Plantation
Age 22
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Age 27
Age 31
Providence, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
January 13, 1880
Age 32
June 10, 1880
Age 32
October 17, 1960
Age 32