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"Old Somerset of the Eastern Shore of Maryland"
1The tombstone over the grave of William Stevens states that he was 57 years old at the time of his death, December 23, 1687. The record of the death and burial of Richard Stevens, April 22, 1667, given in Somerset Court, Liber IKL, p. 241, states that said Richard Stevens was youngest son of JohnStevens, of Llebourn [Lidbourne?], in the parish of Mealmore [Millmore?], County of Buckingham, England, and that said Richard Stevens was brother of William Stevens, of Somerset County, and that he had died April 20th at the house of his said brother William, and was buried at his brother William'splantation, called "Rehoboth," in Somerset County, April 26, 1667.
2William Stevens seems to ha ve invariably signed his name: "Will: Stevens." InNorthampton County (Virginia) records, Order Book, 1656-1664, p. 206, we find one "Will: Stevens" as a member of a petit jury, February 15, 1664 [1664/5]. Jennings Wise, in his Ye Kingdome of Accawmacke, or the History of the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the 17th Century, pp. 111-112, confuses William Stevens, of Rehoboth, Somerset County, Maryland, with a certain Major Philip Stevens, a Cavalier refugee to Virginia in 1649 with Col. Henry Norwood. The identity of "Major Stevens," the companion of Colonel Norwood, as being Major Philip Stevens is clearly proved by a statement in the William and Mary Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. XXIII, p. 53. 3VII Arcv. Md., pp. 5 and 7. 4XV Arcv. Md., p. 260, October 7, 1679, "Then was Col William Stevens, Esqr, sworne one of his Lordshipps Privy Council." 5Andrews, Tercentenary History of Maryland, Vol. I, p. 324. 6Richardson, Sidelights on Maryland History, Vol. II, p. 175. William Stevens' tombstone states that he was "one of ye Deputy Lieutenants of this Province of Maryland" (see ante, p. 329). 7V Arcv. Md., pp. 309-3 10 (Stevens as commander of horse in Somerset and Dorchester Counties). 550