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7440. Thomas STEBBINS12 was born in 1619/20 in of, Bocking, Essex, England. He was christened about 1626 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. He died on Sep 15, 1683 in Springfield, Hampden County, MA. He has Ancestral File Number 55KB-ZM. Thomas probably lived most of his life in Springfield MA. He was, however, one of the original proprietors of Brimfield MA.
(Brimfield is about 20 miles east of Springfield and 6 miles west of Sturbridge. His brother, Deacon John Stebbins, and nephew, John Jr., were also proprietors.) Sargeant in Turner Falls fight, later a lieutenant. Claude Barlow reports: Thomas STEBBINS, his wife and others were presented by the grand jury to the Court at Northampton, March 26, 1676 -- some for
wearing silk, some for long haire & other extravagancies not becoming a wilderness state. He gained the rank of Lieutenant in the militia. Judging by the dates, Thomas's wife Hannah died from complications of child birth after bearing the twins.
Thomas STEBBINS and Hannah WRIGHT were married on Nov 16, 1645 in Springfield, Hampden County, MA.

7441. Hannah WRIGHT12 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
bed.

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
can.
Thank you for your interest in this Wright line. I will add your e-mail
to
my "Update" list as our research on the parentage of the Deacon progresses
in England.

Best Regards,

Mike Wright



Children were:

i.

Rowland STEBBINS12 was born on Oct 1, 1660 in Springfield, MA. He died on Apr 24, 1661 in Springfield, MA. He is reference number 14.

ii.

Hannah STEBBINS12 was born on Oct 1, 1660 in Springfield, MA. She died in 1677. She is reference number 13.

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iii.

Sarah STEBBINS.

iv.

Thomas STEBBINS12 was born on Jul 31, 1648 in Springfield, Hampden County, MA. He died on Dec 7, 1695 in Springfield, Hampden County, MA.

v.

Joseph STEBBINS12 was born on May 18, 1650 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. He was born on May 18, 1650 in Springfield, Hampd., Ma. He was buried in 1651 in Springfield, Hampden Co, Mass. He died on Nov 9, 1651 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. He has Ancestral File Number 55KC-QK. He is reference number 8.

vi.

Edward (Edwin) STEBBINS12 was born on Apr 14, 1656 in Springfield, Hampden County, MA. He was born on Apr 14, 1656 in , Springfield, Hampden, Ma. He died on Oct 31, 1712 in Springfield, Hampden County, MA. He died on Oct 31, 1712 in , Springfield, Hampden, Ma. He has Ancestral File Number 55KC-RQ. He is reference number 11.

vii.

Hannah (Twin) STEBBINS12 was born on Oct 1, 1660 in Springfield, Hampd., Ma. She died on Oct 18, 1660 in Springfield, Hampden Co, Mass. She was buried in 1677 in Springfield, Hampden Co, Mass. She has Ancestral File Number 55KC-T3.

viii.

Rowland (Twin) STEBBINS12 was born on Oct 2, 1660 in Springfield, Hampd., Ma. He died on Apr 24, 1661 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. He has Ancestral File Number 55KC-V8.

ix.

Benjamin STEBBINS12 was born on Apr 11, 1658 in Springfield, Hampden County, MA. He was born on Apr 11, 1658 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. He died on Oct 12, 1698 in Springfield, Hampden County, MA. He died on Oct 12, 1698 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. He has Ancestral File Number F6LF-W5. He is reference number 12.

x.

Joseph STEBBINS12 was born on Oct 24, 1652 in Springfield, Hampden County, MA. He was born on Oct 24, 1652 in Springfield, Hampd., Ma. He was buried in 1728 in Springfield, Hampden Co, Mass. He died on Oct 15, 1728 in Springfield, Hampden County, MA. He died on Oct 15, 1728 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusets. He has Ancestral File Number 4HWS-08. He is reference number 9.

xi.

Samuel STEBBINS has Ancestral File Number 1V5F-G35.

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xii.

Samuel Wright STEBBINS.

xiii.

Thomas STEBBINS12 was born on Sep 19, 1646 in . He has Ancestral File Number 1VJJ-8VF.