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  • Name Isaac STEARNS 
    Born 25 Feb 1590  Nayland with Wissington, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1630 
    Will 14 Jun 1671 
    Died 19 Jun 1671  Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate Oct 1671 
    • (1) Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33 [database online], Provo, UT: Operations Inc, 2000:


      ORIGIN: Nayland with Wissington, Suffolk

      MIGRATION: 1630

      FIRST RESIDENCE: Watertown

      OCCUPATION: Tailor.

      FREEMAN: 18 May 1631 (as "Isaacke Sterne") [MBCR 1:366].

      EDUCATION: He signed his will.

      OFFICES: Trial jury, 3 May 1631 [MBCR 1:86].

      Watertown selectman, 8 November 1647, 7 November 1670 [WaTR 1:10, 102]. Committee to design a bridge, 28 December 1647 [WaTR 1:11]. Fence viewer, 13 June 1648 [WaTR 1:16]. Rater, 1652 [WaTR 1:31]. Viewer of land, 3 January 1658[/9] [WaTR 1:59]. Town meeting held at his house, 8 December 1659, 13 December 1670 [WaTR 1:63, 103]. Constable, 1659-61 [WaTR 1:65, 67, 74]. Surveyor of highways, 12 January 1662[/3] [WaTR 1:75]. Committee to speak with William Knopp about the education of his daughter [WaTR 1:104].

      ESTATE: On 25 July 1636 "Isaac Sterne" was granted fifty acres in the Great Dividend [WaBOP 5]. On 28 February 1636/7 he received eleven acres in the Beaverbrook Plowlands [WaBOP 7] and on 26 June 1637 eleven acres in the Remote Meadows [WaBOP 8]. On 10 May 1642 he was granted a Farm of two hundred and fifty-nine acres [WaBOP 12].

      In the Watertown Inventory of Grants "Isaac Sterne" held nine parcels: homestall of twelve acres; ten acres of upland; two acres of meadow; two acres of meadow in Plain Meadow; "three acres of upland . . . being a homestall"; "fifty acres of upland being a Great Dividend"; "twenty-seven acres of upland . . . beyond the Further Plain & the fourth lot"; twelve acres of plowland in the Further Plain (Beaverbrook Plowlands); and twelve acres of Remote Meadow [WaBOP 77-78]. In the Inventory of Possessions he held three parcels: two acres of meadow in Pond Meadow (formerly owned by Richard Kimball); ten acres of Remote Meadow (originally granted to William Jennison); and a Great Dividend of sixty acres (formerly granted to William Jennison) [WaBOP 117]. In the Composite Inventory he held thirteen parcels, being the twelve listed above (with some minor adjustments) and a farm of two hundred and fifty-nine acres [WaBOP 22].

      On 16 April 1664 "Isaac Sternes" of Watertown deeded to "my son Samuel Sternes . . . one messuage or tenement . . . in the abovenamed town and is the now dwelling house of the said Samuel Sternes containing one dwelling house with a parcel of land adjoining thereunto by estimation four acres" and "one parcel of land granted me by the town called In Lieu of the Township, and five acres of meadow land in that meadow called Nonesuch" [MLR 4:123].

      In his will, dated 14 June 1671 and proved in October 1671, "Isack Sternes of Watertown" bequeathed to "Mary, my beloved wife," his entire estate during widowhood (or if she remarries, dower rights); to "my grandchildren, the children of my son John Sternes," £80 which, "being added to what my son had formerly," will make them up to a double portion; to son "Isaac Sternes" £70 to make up his portion; to son "Samuel Sternes" £40 to make up his portion; to "my grandchildren, the children of my daughter Mary, deceased," £35, of which "my grandchild Isaac Lernot" is to get £10 and the remainder to the rest of the children of "my daughter Mary Lernot," to make up her portion; to daughter Sarah Stone, £40, to make up her portion; to daughter Elizabeth Manning, £20 to make up her portion ("to be secured for the good and benefit of the children"); to daughter "Abigail Morse" five acres of meadow "being at Samuel's farm" and £40 to make up her portion; to "my kinsman Charles Sternes," £10; sons Isaac and Samuel Sternes executors; residue equally to surviving children [MPR 4:127-28].

      The inventory of "Isaac Sternes, Sr., taken the 28th of 4th [June] 1671, who deceased the 19th the 4th [June] 1671," totalled £524 4s., of which £407 was real estate: "housing and homestall of twelve acres," £100; four acres upland and two acres meadow, £18; eight acres upland, £26; six acres meadow land, £30; three acres marsh, £15; fourscore acres of upland, £60; twelve acres upland, £12; nine acres upland, £5; sixty acres upland, £15; fifteen acres upland, £8; four acres meadow land, £8; twenty-five acres meadow land, £60; one hundred ninety acres of meadow, £40; and one hundred five acres upland, £10 [MPR 4:129-30; Bond 451, who provided the total, but misread the date of death].

      BIRTH: By about 1600 based on estimated date of marriage.

      DEATH: Watertown 19 June 1671 [WaVR 33 (and inventory)].

      MARRIAGE: By 1625 Mary Barker, daughter of John and Margaret (Walter) Barker of Stoke Nayland [Lechford 291-92]. On 23 May 1665 "Goodwife Stearns Senior" was one of several Watertown residents warned to town meeting to answer for not "attending their seats in the meetinghouse appointed them by the town" [WaTR 1:85]. She died at Watertown on 23 April 1677 [WaVR 42]. (John Brooks Threlfall has identified the parents and other ancestors of Mary Barker [GMC50 439-50].)


      i MARY, bp. Nayland with Wissington, 6 January 1625/6; m. Woburn 9 July 1646 Isaac Learned, son of WILLIAM LEARNED.

      ii ANNA (HANNAH), bp. Nayland with Wissington, 5 October 1628; m. Watertown 25 December 1650 Henry Freeman [WaVR 15 (which incorrectly calls the groom "Samuel")], son of SAMUEL FREEMAN.

      iii JOHN, b. say 1630; m. (1) by 1654 Sarah Mixer, daughter of Isaac Mixer (in his will of 8 May 1655 "Isacke Mixture" bequeathed to "my daughter Sarah the wife of Jno. Sternes" [MPR 1:52]; John, son of John and Sara Stearns, b. Billerica "the second week" of May 1654; Sarah, wife of John Stearns, d. Billerica 10 or 18 June 1656) [NEHGR 66:179]; m. (2) Barnstable 20 November 1656 Mary Lothrop, daughter of Thomas Lothrop [PCR 8:46; Billerica record says he m. "Mary Lathrop" in Barnstable "[blank] December 1656"].

      iv ISAAC, b. Watertown 6 January 1632/3 [WaVR 3]; m. Cambridge 28 June 1660 Sarah Beers.

      v SARAH, b. Watertown 22 September 1635 [WaVR 4]; m. Cambridge 7 June 1655 Samuel Stone, son of Gregory Stone.

      vi SAMUEL, b. Watertown 24 April 1638 [WaVR 5]; m. Cambridge 1 February 1662[/3] Hannah Manning.

      vii ELIZABETH, b. say 1644; m. Watertown 13 April 1664 Samuel Manning [WaVR 26].

      viii ABIGAIL, b. say 1646; m. Watertown 27 April 1666 John Morse [WaVR 27].

      ASSOCIATIONS: Charles Stearns, who was in Watertown as early as 1646 and who named a son Isaac, was called kinsman in the will of Isaac Stearns.

      COMMENTS: The terms of the will of Isaac Stearns make it clear that John was his eldest son. He may also have been the oldest child, but there is a four-year gap between the last child recorded as born in England and the first recorded as born in Watertown; placing John in this gap would be consistent with his approximate date of marriage. Since he was not recorded as born at Watertown, he may have been born aboard ship in 1630, or in some English parish where the Stearns family possibly perched briefly before sailing for New England.

      On 4 December 1638 Isaack Sternes and John Page were fined 5s. for "turning the way about" [MBCR 1:247].

      About 1643 [-]

      Isaacke Sterne of Waterton in New England, planter, sometimes of Stoke Nayland in the County of Suffolke, tailor, and Mary his wife, daughter of John Barker late of Stoke Nayland aforesaid, clothier, deceased," made a letter of attorney to Thomas Gilson of Sudbury, baker, to claim a bond of ??5 agreed to be paid before Munnings married Margaret Barker, mother of the said Mary [Lechford 291-92].

      (2) Starnes, H. Gerald, Forrest's Forgotten Horse Brigadier, Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1995, pp. 93-96:

      There are two basic European immigrant origins of the old southern U.S. family surname, Starnes. They are the 1630 Stearns family's arrival in Massachusetts from Suffolk County, England, and the 1710 Staring family entry into New York from the German Palatinate. Both of these family lines have played very colorful, participating roles in the colonial and early U.S. history. Col. James W. Starnes was a descendent of the English Stearns line who changed the spelling of their name after having migrated southward in the Colonies.

      Isaac Stearns and his wife, Mary, emigrated to Watertown, Massachusetts in the year 1630 aboard the "Arabula" (or Arabella), which also carried Governor Winthrop from Suffolk County, England. It is generally accepted that two of his brothers, Daniel and Shubael, accompanied Isaac on the voyage. Shubael died shortly after having arrived in the New England colony and Isaac raised his two orphaned sons, Charles and Nathaniel.
    Person ID I5518  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 

    Father William STEARNS 
    Mother Emma RAMSFORD 
    Family ID F2985  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary BARKER,   b. 1 Jan 1594, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1677, Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 20 May 1622  Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. John STEARNS,   b. Abt 1630
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F2984  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart