Nathaniel Stedman1

b. say 1630, d. 10 November 1678
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6th great-grandfather of Ruth Minerva Fairfield.
8th great-grandfather of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Fairfield and Allied Families
Appears on charts:
Pedigree for Ruth Minerva Fairfield
     Nathaniel Stedman was born say 1630 (age 5 in 1635) in Biddenden, Kent, England.3 He was the son of Isaac Stedman and Elizabeth (—?—) (Stedman).2 He was baptized on 9 September 1632 in All Saints Church, Biddenden.4,5 He married first Sarah Hammond, daughter of Thomas Hammond and Elizabeth Cason, before 1655 at Hingham, Massachusetts.6,7 He married probably third Temperance Willis, daughter of Michael Willis and Joan (—?—), after 21 June 1669 when Michael Willis indicated in his will that his daughter Temperance was not married.1,7,8 He died on 10 November 1678 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.7
     On or about 17 April 1635, Nathaniel (age 5) and Isaac (age 1), sailed with their parents from London on the Elizabeth, bound for New England.9 Click to view image The family settled first at Scituate removed to Boston in 1650, and thereafter to Muddy River (now Brookline).10 It is usually stated that Nathaniel married twice, and by his second wife, Temperance, had Nathaniel, Hannah and Mary. However, it appears likely that Nathaniel married three times, and that Nathaniel, Hannah, and perhaps Mary, are by an unidentified second wife. The reasoning is that Temperance was single when her father made his will on 21 June 1669, several years after the births of Nathaniel and Hannah. It is not clear when Mary was born, but judging by the dates of her marriage and the birth of her last child, it was probably between 1668 and 1674. John Lisle, Webmaster of the Stedman Family Organization site, reports that the Boyd Patterson Ancestry (1967) by H. Minot Pittman, FASG, and Katherine Patterson Boyd Hunt, gives a marriage date of 27 January 1677/78 for Nathaniel and Temperance. If correct, Mary was likewise not the child of Nathaniel and Temperance.

Additional Data
Nathaniel Stedman, son and co-heir, was named as co-executor in his father's will of 2 October 1678 in Muddy River.11 Click to view image

Administration was granted on the estate of Nathaniel Stedman (aged about 50) deceased, to Temperance Stedman, his widow, on 27 January 1678/79.12

On 2 January 1693/94 "Temperance Stedman, widow, and Nathaniel Stedman, Junior, only son, and Robert Murdock of Roxbury and his wife Hannah Murdock, one of the daughters of Nathaniel Stedman, Senior, of Muddy River deceased, intestate, sell to Roger Adams of Muddy River land that was Nathaniel Stedman's Senior."13

Children of Nathaniel Stedman and Sarah Hammond

Children of Nathaniel Stedman


  1. [S716] William Henry Harrison Stowell, Stowell Genealogy; A Record of the Descendants of Samuel Stowell of Hingham, Mass (Rutland: The Tuttle Company, 1922), 32.
  2. [S761] The New England Historical and Genealogical Register; (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001), (Orig. Pub. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 148 vols., 1847-1994) 66:77.
  3. [S761] NEHGR, 14:312.
  4. [S761] NEHGR, 66:73, 77.
  5. [S761] NEHGR, 66:73.
  6. [S761] NEHGR, 66:77, no date or location.
  7. [S737] Stedman Family Organization, Family History Research, Stedman / Steadman / Steedman Families, online
  8. [S761] NEHGR, 48:324, "Note.--The number prefixed before the abstract is that of the number on the present docket. The reference following is that of the volume and page of the records. Many instances occur where the original is not on file, and others where they are not recorded."
  9. [S761] NEHGR, 14:306, 312.
  10. [S761] NEHGR, 66:76.
  11. [S737] Stedman Family Organization, online, citing Suffolk County, MA, Probate: Docket # 1016 - Isaac Stedman (1679), and Will and Probate - Suffolk Probate, Vol. 6, pp 252-254.
  12. [S716] William Henry Harrison Stowell, Stowell Genealogy, 30, citing Suffolk Probate.
  13. [S716] William Henry Harrison Stowell, Stowell Genealogy, 30, citing Middlesex Deeds.