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Maj.-General Adam Stephen (b. 1718, d. July 16, 1791)Adam Stephen (son of Unknown Stephen)4026 was born 1718 in Rhynie Parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland4026, and died July 16, 1791 in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, VA now WV4026.
Notes for Adam Stephen:
General Adam Stephen never married. He recognized only one child, Anne. It is thought that Anne's mother was Phoebe Seammon, Adam's apparent mistress, who was remembered in his will along with Anne and her children. Anne married Alexander Spotswood Dandridge. George Washington's wife, Martha Washington was of the same Dandridge family. Anne had a son named Adam Stephen Dandridge.
According to a Stephen family Bible, per James B. Stephen of Sonora TX 1984, our Stephen family who moved to the Republic of Texas in 1829 were descendants/relatives of Adam Stephen who fought with George Washington during the Revolutionary War. This is thought to be Major General Adam Stephen who was second in command to Washington during the war. Major General Adam Stephen's brother, Robert, had a son named Adam who died unmarried and was too young to have been the ancestor of James A. Stephen. Robert's grandson, John Alexander, did make it to Texas and died in Matagorda unmarried in 1846. Maj. Gen. Adam's brother John Stephen may the ancestor to others of the Texas Stephen clan. Nothing is known about him other than he inherited land from his brother, Alexander Stephen in Frederick County, VA. (NOTE: I would love to see the inscription of the old Stephen Bible if anyone knows it's whereabouts please contact me (Randy Haynes) at: email@example.com) At this point it is not known how, or if, the Texas Stephen clan connects.
"Born in Scotland in 1718, he was a graduate of both the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh. After serving the Crown with distinction as a ship's surgeon in King George's War with France, in 1746-1747, following the overthrow of the Pretender, Dr. Stephen came to America. Here, in Fredericksburg, VA, he successfully practiced surgery until 1754 when Col. William Fairfax "forced" Stephen to accept a first Captaincy on the frontier. His distinguished years in the field as as second-in-command to General Washington, had left him only one thought in mind: To live at peace with his neighbors and to find for them and for himself a town on the Tuscarora.Stephen had served as the first High Sheriff of Berkeley County, as a member of the House of Burgess at Williamsburg, and later as a delegate to the Virginia General Assembly, at Richmond. In the Revolutionary War he drove Dunmore out of Norfolk, VA, and fought so well in the Battle of Trenton that he was promoted to the rank of general. Later he engaged in the Battles of Princeton, Chadd's Ford, Brandywine and Germantown. "
"In 1770 General Adam Stephen acquired a 255 acre tract of land in Frederick County, VA, (now Berkeley County, WV) and he built upon it a sturdy limestone residence. Severely rectangular and unembellished, this home of Martinsburg's founder to this day crowns it's rocky hill."History per the Adam Stephen House
More About Adam Stephen:
Burial: July 1791, Queen Street, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV.4026
Education 1: Univ. of Aberdeen & Univ. of Edinburgh.4026
Education 2: March 27, 1740, Master of Arts Degree at King's College.4026
Military service 1: Bet. 1770 - 1776, Second in Command to George Washington.4027, 4028
Military service 2: Bet. 1746 - 1747, King Georges War/France for the Crown.4028
Moved 1: 1745, London, England.4028
Moved 2: 1748, Fredericksburg, VA practice as Surgeon.
Occupation 1: Medical Doctor and Surgeon.4028
Occupation 2: First High Sheriff of Berkely County.4028
Occupation 3: Member House of Burgess at Williamsburg.4028
Occupation 4: Member of the VA General Assembly.4028
Unmarried: Never Married.4028
Children of Adam Stephen are:
- +Ann Stephen, b. Abt. 1755, VA, d. date unknown.