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 John Stearns, eldest child and son of Zachariah & Sarah B (Sanford) Stearns, b.17 Feb 1728 in Bedford, Massachusetts, d. 2 Oct 1810 in Amherst, New Hampshire at age 82

m. 1751 Rachel Codman and settled in Merrimack, New Hampshire until they moved in 1772 to Amherst, New Hampshire. They had eleven children.

 Children of John & Rachel (Codman) Stearns:

 1. Rachel Stearns, b. 12 Nov 1752 Merrimack, New Hampshire; d. 17 Jan 1829; m. 1 May 1781, John Dutton; 6 children

 2. John Stearns, b. 25 Apr 1755 Merrimack, New Hampshire (twin to Rebecca); m. 9 Oct 1781 Sarah “Sally” Blanchard, b. 3 Jan 1766 in Dunstable, Massachusetts, d. 1846;

daughter of Augustus and Bridget (Lovewell) Blanchard [Per History of Amherst New Hampshire they settled inVermont.]

3. Rebecca Stearns, b. 25 Apr 1755 Merrimack, New Hampshire (twin to John); m. 6 July 1780 to Roger Dutton

4.Jothom/Jotham Stearns, b. 17 Nov 1757 Merrimack, New Hampshire; m. 25 Aug 1785 Abigail Gould and settled in Goffstown, New Hampshire  one of his daughters, Dolly m. Hon. Mace Moulton of Manchester, another daughter, Relief, married (man) Parker and m2, Deacon Cyrus Eastman of Amherst. (2) (3)

 5. Nathan Stearns, b. 22 July 1761 Merrimack, New Hampshire, d. 11 May 1813 See next Genealogy post

6. Elijah Stearns b. 17 Oct 1763 Merrimack, New Hampshire; m1) 27 Oct 1785 to Eunice Wells of Goffstown, New Hampshire; m2) Prudence Wells of Goffstown, New HampshireHe m3) 1 Aug 1802 Mary Rollins of NewburyMassachusetts

7. Eleazer Stearns, b. 26 Oct 1765 Merrimack, New Hampshire; settled inAmherst, New Hampshire; d. 9 March 1846, age 80, unmarried

8. Reuben Stearns, b. 28 June 1768 Merrimack, New Hampshire; m. Miriam Whiting

9. Elisabeth “Betsey” Stearns, b. 30 March 1771 Merrimack, New Hampshire; m. 13 Dec 1791, Zachariah Stearns

 10. Sally Stearns, b. 1779 in Merrimack, New Hampshire; d. 29 March 1853, buried Last Rest Cemetery; m. 18 Sept 1803 to Robert Anderson [his line in Merrimack Town History]

11. James Stearns, b. 30 Aug 1774MerrimackNew Hampshire

 John Stearns served Merrimack, New Hampshireas as: Hog Reeve, Fence Viewer, Field Driver and Surveyor of Highways.

He served during the Revolutionary War in three different enlistments:

1 May 1775 in Capt Archelaus Torus’ Co., 27th Regiment of Infantry (Foot Soldiers) Continental Army;

15 April 1776 in Capt. Timothy Clement’sCo., Col. David Gilman’s Regiment;

20 Dec 1778 in Capt Simon Marston’s Co., Col. Stephen Peabody’s Regiment service at Rhode Island

[History of Goffstown New Hampshire]

 NB: That some sites have a having a Jonathan Dutton from Tewksbury marring a Rebecca Stearns in 1780. I also noted a Rachel Stearns ofAmherst, Massachusetts marring a John Dutton born 1761 of Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

 I try to get more than one source to verify my lines. When not possible I make a note about having only one source. If it is not my direct line or when I hit a brick wall with my line, I will return later to fill in the blanks. The blanks can inadvertently be filled in when researching some else. I find that I triple check dates and names and still I get confused, so I started writing a note card for each name I find that is a possible match. I can reference my file box whenever the name appears and add information or start another card if it is not the same person. The card is set up as follows:

Rachel Stearns 1752

Rachel Stearns, b. 12 Nov 1752Merrimack,New Hampshire; daughter of John and Rachel (Codman) Stearns d. 17 Jan 1829;

m. 1 May 1781, John Dutton Jr., son of John and Rebecca of Billerica; b. 16 Jan 1751, Billerica, Mass; d. 17 Jan 1829; 6 children

Children of John and Rachel:

Rachel b. 27 Aug 1781
Abigail b. 2 Jan 1783 m. Jacob Abbott
John L b. 16 Oct 1785
Frances b. 18 Mar 1788
Timothy b. 1790 d. in the War of 1812 at French Mills 1813
Samueal b. 1792 m. Mercy Gilmore

 Sources: “History of Merrimack, NH” Vol. 1 Merrimack Historical Society pg 178 birth

               “History of Amherst, NH”   pg 404   Go to Vermont Records for research

Goggled Rachel Stearns b 1755 NH several links (

I would save the link/s in sources under her name for future reference instead of writing each link down, except my top link I used.

The list below is the basic references used for the Stearns Family History generations 1-12. I will add sources to my blog site list as I find them.


Eleanor Mae Stearns-Duncan, Shirley Pease-Stearns and June Lee Stearns-Butka Records and Interviews with Family members

1. History ofMerrimack,New Hampshire

 2. History ofGoffstown,New Hampshire

 3. History ofAmherst,New Hampshire

 4. History ofWatertown,Massachusetts

 5. “The Great Migration Begins, Record 5, NEHGS Register, “Isaac Stearns”

6. Genealogy and Memoirs of Isaac Stearns and his descendants by Avis Stearns Van Wagenen [note this genealogy is not completely accurate for theNew Hampshireline]

7. Family search link

 8.Massachusetts BayColony Charter Link

 9. TheWinthropFleet

TheWinthropFleet of 1630 (An Account of the Vesselseake,

Robert Fien English Homes from Original Authorities)

by Charles Edward Banks.

 10. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire compiled by Erza Stearns 1901 Volume 1 pg 385-394

11. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), Copyright (c) 1987,  June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.

June Stearns Butka has hard copies of marriage records, birth certificates, death certificates, baptismal records, Census sheets and other pieces of Stearns history that include books, letters and poems written by family members over the years.

 History is compliled to the best of my knowledge.




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