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John, d. 1672 in Springfield, MA; HOW was he cousin to Sarah Stevenson?
Posted by: Duane Boggs (ID *****6286) Date: March 05, 2011 at 07:44:48
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In 1672, John Lombard (a/k/a John Lumbard ) of Springfield, Massachusetts wrote his Will and made a bequest of a cow to his "cousin" Sarah Stevenson (a/k/a Stephenson) "when she shall go from my wife". I interpret this to mean that Sarah Stevenson was living with John and Joanna (Prichard) Lombard in 1672 and was likely still single and relatively young. Also in Springfield was a James Stevenson. In 1695, this James Stevenson was made administrator for the estate of a John Stevenson of Rehoboth, Massachusetts (near Rhode Island border).

Some digging shows that this John, James and Sarah were all children of a John and Sarah (Fisher) Stevenson of Boston. After the father John died (sometime between 1655 and 1658), the widow Sarah (Fisher) Stevenson married William Blackstone. Further digging shows that Sarah Fisher had married William Blackstone's older brother, John Blackstone, before 1639, and so was actually married three times.

Some further digging shows that Sarah Fisher was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Fisher of Boston. Thomas Fisher left her a legacy in his Will, which widow Mary paid to John and Sarah (Fisher) Blackstone, per legal records in Boston in 1639. Widow Mary Fisher remained in Boston (church membership in 1647) and died there in 1653.

On the Latter Day Saints International Genealogical Index are some extracts of parish records from the church of Saint Mary Woolnoth, in London, England. In 1618, a Thomas Fisher married a Mary "Lumber". In those days of less general education (than we have now) and looser spelling rules (no Webster's Dictionary yet), the name Lombard was variously spelled Lumbard, Lumberd, possibly "Lumber" and even Lambard, Lamberd and Lambert.

I believe that this Mary "Lumber" was the sister of John Lombard's father; thus John Lombard, born before 1620, was a first cousin of Sarah Fisher, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Lombard) Fisher. Then, Sarah Stevenson (born in 1655), the daughter of Sarah (Fisher) (Blackstone) Stevenson, was actually John Lombard's first cousin once removed.

Does anyone have any information that would shed light on the relationship ("cousin") between John Lombard and Sarah Stevenson? If so, please post here or contact me directly at duaneaboggs@live.com.



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