Thomas Stephens

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ChartsDescendants of Ellis Cook-6 Generations
Thomas Stephens, son of Thomas Stevenson and Maria (…), was born before June 1645.1,2 He died at Southampton, Suffolk Co., New York, 26 November 1700.3

Thomas married Elizabeth Cook, daughter of Ellis Cook and Martha Cooper, at Southampton 26 October 1675.4

Thomas was first of record when he chose John Cooper to be his guardian, 14 March 1663:

"Thomas Steevens aged about 16 yeares his parents being deceased, and something being left unto him by them, hee the said Thomas doth this day before the Authority of this towne make choice of his loving friend John Cooper to bee his guardian, to act on his behalf in respect of the premises. And with what hee doth therin for his use, or shall doe, or cause to bee done, by him self or assigns, hee the said Thomas acknowledgeth to bee, & shall bee satisfyed."1

In his will dated 5 September 1663, Ellis Cook left to "my servant Thomas Stevens one Heifer of about one yeare old to bee delivered unto him at the Expiration of his Apprenticeship, provided hee carry himselfe as hee ought in his place during his time of service &c."5 Thomas must have done well as he later married Ellis' daughter, Elizabeth.

He died intestate, and the record of probate reads:
By the Honorable Coll William Smith Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye County of Suffolk--To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that whereas Thomas Sevens late of S'hampton in ye County of Suffolk departed this life on ye 26th day of November Anno Dom. 1700 leaving no Executor and Elizabeth Stevens the widow of ye sd deceased for certain causes her hereunto moving hath prayed that the administration of ye goods & chattels of ye said deceased may be granted to her ye widow abovesd to whom was granted the sd aministration with full power &c on ye 11th day of Decr. Anno Dom. 1700.3


Elizabeth Cook b. say 1658, d. aft. 11 Dec 1701
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  1. [S968] Henry P. Hedges, William S. Pelletreau, Edward H. Foster, William J. Post and James A. Early, The First Book of Records of the Town of Southampton Long Island, N. Y., With Other Ancient Documents of Historic Value, Six Volumes (title varies). Southampton, New York: Town of Southampton, 1874-1915, 2:40. CD-ROM reprint, Genealogy and History of the Town of Southampton, New York (, 2007), further cited as Hedges et al., STR.
  2. [S1988] Henry B. Hoff and Harry Macy Jr., "Thomas Stephens of Southampton," Suffolk County Historical Society Register 21 (Spring 1996): 115-121, at 116, further cited as Hoff and Macy, "Thomas Stephens."
  3. [S1652] William S. Pelletreau, Early Long Island Wills of Suffolk County, 1691-1703: An Unabridged Copy of the Manuscript Volume Known as the "The Lester Will Book"; Being the Record of the Prerogative Court of the County of Suffolk, New York: With Genealogical and Historical Notes (New York: Francis P. Harper, 1897), 216, further cited as Pelletreau, Early Long Island Wills.
  4. [S968] Hedges et al., STR, 2:243.
  5. [S79] Albert Stanburrough Cook, The Will of Ellis Cook of Southampton, Long Island (d. 1679) (New Haven, Connecticut: p.p., 1916), further cited as Cook, Will of Ellis Cook.
  6. [S968] Hedges et al., STR, 2:294.
  7. [S968] Hedges et al., STR, 2:295.
  8. [S968] Hedges et al., STR, 2:301.
  9. [S1988] Hoff and Macy, "Thomas Stephens," 118-119.