In the course of our recent study of the Stephenson/Stevenson family in Lincolnshire, we have run across a fascinating Stephenson family group. John Stevenson married Anne Clarke on 09 July 1688 in Hogsthorpe, Lincolnshire. John and Anne had three children: Elizabeth (born 05 October 1690), John (born 18 February 1691), and Edward (born 08 July 1694). They were apparently well-to-do for they had four servants — Elizabeth Kirkby, Unknown Balaam, Willm Hastrop, and Anne Harrison.
Born about 1663, John was a contemporary of whom we have come to call Henry I, born about 1666. Anne, John’s wife, was born about 1667. The ages of all three are derived from the ages they declared on their marriage records. At this time, we do not have the birth or christening record of any of the three.
Anne Stevenson’s maiden name, Clarke, is the same as Susannah’s, wife of Henry I. Were they sisters or close relatives? We do not know yet, but we are hoping the information will surface as our study continues.
In 1692, the English Parliament levied a poll tax on each landowner to finance the war with France. John Stevenson had to pay 6 shillings as his share, i.e. 1 shilling each for himself, Anne, the two children who were born at the time of the tax, and servants William Hastrop and Anne Harrison. Although the other two servants are recorded by name, it does not state whether a tax was paid for them.
Speculation abounds about this family group, of whom we have learned so much. It is highly probable that there is a family connection to our Stephensons but we have not nailed it down at this time. Sandra and I have requested records from the Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City that may yield further information. As we learn more, I will keep you informed.