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Descendants of Airard FITZ-STEPHENS

17. Generation

22. Edward STEPHENS (Henry STEPHENS , John STEPHENS , Thomas STEPHENS , John STEPHENS , John STEPHENS , Richard STEPHENS , John STEPHENS , John Fritz STEPHENS , John , Henry , John , Fitz , Ralph , Ralph , Thomas , Airard ) was born about 1523 in Frochester, Glouchestershire, England. He died on 22 Oct 1587 in Eastington Church, Glouchestershire, England.

Edward Stephens (1523 - 1587) was Lord of Eastington manor. He married Joan Fowler and had sixteen children. They both died the same year and are buried in Eastington Church.

Source: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=don4736&id=I18567

EDWARD STEPHENS, Esq., lord of the manor of Eastington, acquired the manors of Eastington and Alkerton, co. Gloucester,1 1573. The estate of Eastington had been held during the Middle Ages by the De Molends and the De Balurns, and it is recorded that Henry de Newmarch had it in succession to Thurston Fitz Rolf. It passed into possession of the celebrated Edward de Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, and his wife the granddaughter of Prince George Plantaganet, Duke of Clarence, niece of Edward IV, and Richard III; and through Lord Stafford to Edward Stephens in the fifteenth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Edward Stephens erected a manor house there of the Elizabethan style.2 Of this house only a rude drawing of a portion of the front remains, the building having been destroyed by fire in 1778, at which time perished the oldest archives of this family, which had been there deposited. Eastington manor includes the village of that name. The parish church has been restored in modern times.1 In the churchyard Whitefield when curate did his first open-air preaching, the sacred edifice being incapable of holding his hearers. The most notable feature of the interior of the church is the altar tomb2 with recumbent effigies of Edward Stephens, and his wife Joan, and showing sculptured the family coat of arms. Edward Stephens in 1557 built Chavenage Hall in his manor of Horsley, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire not far distant from Eastington.3 The date and his initials and those of his wife are carved over the entrance doorway. The house, whose front is in the form of the letter E in honor of Queen Elizabeth, stretches back in a series of buildings partly erected since his time. A demi eagle, the crest of the family, forms a finial over the porch, and over one of the west gables. In the great hall, at the left of the entrance, is paneling of the Elizabethan period. The windows have coats of arms in the stained glass, and the walls were in his day hung with armor. A chimney piece shows carvings of the Stephens arms; and these arms and the arms of Fowler are elsewhere displayed in the house. The covered ceiling of the minstrel gallery is finely paneled. The original dining room has paneling of the date 1627. In the bed rooms is some good tapestry. The bed room used by Sir Philip Sidney has another ancient chimney piece. The chapel was built of materials from the ruins of Horsley Priory near by. Edward Stephens married Joan, daughter of Richard Fowler, Gent., of Stonehouse, co. Gloucester, who died August 5, 1587. His will dated August 13, was proved November 27, 1587, by his brother-in-law, William Fowler, Gent., and his son Richard. He died October 22, 1587, aged sixty-four, and was buried in Eastington church, where his tomb, already referred to, exists to this day, in fair preservation.

Source: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/t/e/William-Lackey--Stephens/GENE20-0017.html#CHILD17

Edward married Jane Joan FOWLER about 1552 in Glouscestershire, England. Jane was born about 1529 in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England. She died on 5 Aug 1587 in Eastington Church, Glouchestershire, England.

They had the following children:

  23 M i Richard STEPHENS was born about 1554 in Eastington Church, Glouchestershire, England. He died in Dec 1599 in Eastington Church, Glouchestershire, England.
  24 M ii James STEPHENS was born about 1556 in Eastington Church, Glouchestershire, England. He died on 19 Feb 1589/1590 in Eastington Church, Glouchestershire, England.
  25 M iii Thomas STEPHENS was born in 1558 in Eastington Church, Glouchestershire, England. He died on 23 Apr 1613 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England.
  26 F iv Eilzabeth STEPHENS was born about 1560 in Eastington Church, Glouchestershire, England. She died on 2 Dec 1581 in Eastington Church, Glouchestershire, England.
  27 F v Margaret STEPHENS was born about 1562 in Eastington Church, Glouchestershire, England. She died in England.
  28 F vi Alice STEPHENS was born in 1564 in Eastington Church, Glouchestershire, England.
+ 29 M vii Anthony STEVENS Baron of WinterBourne

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