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John Stebbins
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Birth: Jan. 28, 1646
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 19, 1724
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA

"John Stebbins ye son of John Stebbins born ye 11th mon: 28 day 1646" Springfield,Massachusetts".

He was the son of John and Anne (Munson) Stebbins. He grew up in Northampton, from about the age of 8, his father having removed to that town in 1656.

In September of 1667, he was found by the court in Springfield to be privy to "diverse crimes and misdemean'rs" committed by his younger brother Benoni and his friends, they had all planned to run away to French Canada. He was sentenced to be "whipt.. or else pay 40s to county treasurer" his father John paid the fine.

John was a part of the militia (under Captain Thomas Lathrop) entrusted to carry the grain and corn of Deerfield south to Springfield. Just 5 miles south of Deerfield they were ambushed by hundreds of Indians (Wampanoags, Pocumtucks, and Nipmucks). Later called "The bloody brook masacre" the entire party of colonists, save just a few men were slaughtered. Only John Stebbins was said to have come out unscathed.

He served under Captain Samuel Moseley throughout the war and at the end, settled for a time in the Boston area, where he is said to have met his future wife, Dorothy Alexander. They married about 1680-83, although no record of the marriage has been found. John and Dorothy settled back in Deerfield, although not until the year 1686, when permanent re-settlement began. It is of note that only John's last 4 children are recorded (1688-1699) in The Vital Record registry of Deerfield.

In 1704, Deerfield was sacked, John's house burned to the ground and the family taken captive and marched north to Canada. Only John, his wife Dorothy and their son John ever returned permanently. Three of his sons (Samuel, Ebenezer and Joseph) and two of his daughters (Abigail and Thankful) remained in Canada.

John died in Deerfield December 19, 1724, and was certainly buried in the old burying ground of Deerfield. He had fallen on hard times apparently, his will mentions only his real estate (House lot #13), which was quickly sold after his death. His widow Dorothy, it is said (I have not found a source to verify) removed to her native Newton, Massachusetts, where she was living as late as 1733.

I am proud to say John & Dorothy (Alexander) Stebbins are my ancestors twice, I have a direct line of descent through their daughters Abigail & Thankful.

Family links: 
  John Stebbins (1626 - 1679)
  Ann Munson Stebbins (1623 - 1655)
  Dorothy Alexander Stebbins (1660 - ____)
  Abigail Stebbins (1684 - 1740)*
  John Stebbins (1685 - 1760)*
  Samuel Stebbins (1688 - ____)*
  Thankful Stebbins (1691 - 1729)*
  Ebenezer Stebbins (1694 - ____)*
  Joseph Stebbins (1699 - 1753)*
  Mary Munden Plimpton (1645 - 1716)**
  John Stebbins (1646 - 1724)
  Benoni Stebbins (1655 - 1704)*
  Abigail Stebbins Phelps (1660 - 1748)**
  Thomas Stebbins (1662 - 1712)**
  Hannah Stebbins Sheldon (1664 - 1704)**
  Mary Stebbins Strong (1666 - 1733)**
  Deborah Stebbins Burt (1671 - ____)**
*Calculated relationship
Old Deerfield Burying Ground
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: James Bianco
Record added: Oct 26, 2013
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John Stebbins
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John Stebbins
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Good tribute and biography. I'm descended from John Stebbins through his kidnapped daughter Thankful Stebbins.
- Sloan
 Added: Feb. 12, 2016
RIP 6th Great Grand Dad
- james chapman
 Added: Aug. 11, 2015

- ForgetMeNot
 Added: Mar. 18, 2015
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