|John Stacey||Eleanor Pitman|
|b. abt. 1629||b.|
|d. probate 27 Jun 1672 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. Probate 2 Jul 1713 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||Abt. 1645||John Stacey to Eleanor Pitman (Year based on birth of first child)|
|John Stacey b. 29 Jan 1646 in Essex County, Massachusetts; m. abt. 1674 Agnes Pedrick (b. abt. 1655 and d. 19 Jun 1715 in Marblehead); fourteen children: William, John, Samuel, Abigail, Elizabeth, Edward, Benjamin, Miriam, Grace, Michael, Ezekiel, Sarah, Ebenezer, and Andrew Stacey; d. 23 Mar 1705 in Marblehead|
|Mark Stacey, b. about 1657 in Marblehead; no records after 1672|
|Grace Stacey b. abt.1659 in Marblehead; m. abt, 1684 Michael Coaz/Cowes (bp. 4 Jan 1639 in Stokeinteignhead, Devon, England, probate 30 Jun 1715); eleven children: Mary, Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Samuel, Agnes, William, Sarah, Michael, Eleanor, Mary, and Grace Cowes; d. Mar 1736 in Marblehead|
|Edward Sracey, b. abt. 1662 in Marblehead; no records after 1672|
John Stacey and his wife Eleanor Pitman were the parents of four known children, two of whom are our direct ancestors and were the parents of very large families. Their son, Deacon John Stacey in particular, had several sons who firmly propagated the Stacey name for generations in Marblehead. They with the Pedricks were direct ancestors of Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story. An immigration record exists for a John Stacey who arrived in Marblehead in 1641. If his date of birth is correct, he would have been very young unless he came with his family. The derivation of Eleanor is unknown. Men named Thomas Pitman and our ancestor Mark Pitman lived in Marblehead at her time, but I've been unable to determine if she is related to either of them. Records from this early era are often scarce. I've formed the basis for what I know from the record below:
The four children listed above were all named in his probate administration. It is likely, especially given the gap in years between the first two children that there were more who did not survive childhood. Eleanor Pitman Stacey survived her husband by many years. She conveyed property to her grandchildren, Captain John Stacey and Grace Cowes (later Pousland). The deed information as published by Sidney Perley was useful in establishing relationships. The only records I can find for their sons Mark and Edward are their mention in their father's probate.
John and Grace are both our direct ancestors and have their own family group page:
The vital records, genealogical records, deeds, and wills are our best proof of relationship for our direct ancestors in this family.
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