Frances Tough

Female Abt 1597 - 1673  (~ 76 years)


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  • Name Frances Tough  [1
    Born Abt 1597  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 20 May 1670-23 Dec 1673  Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I41761  Alger
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2020 

    Father Ralph Tough,   b. Abt 1570,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Unknown,   b. Abt 1572,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1595  [1
    Family ID F18103  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Edward Stebbins,   b. Abt 1595,   d. 24 Aug 1663-19 Aug 1668, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married Abt 1628  [1
    Children 
     1. Mary Stebbins,   b. Abt 1629,   d. 29 Jun 1657, Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 28 years)
     2. Elizabeth Stebbins,   b. Abt 1631,   d. Aft 1694, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F18102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sampson Chester,   b. Abt 1592,   d. Bef Feb 1625/26-1628 
    Married 26 Nov 1617  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Church of Saint Anne's Blackfriars [1]
    Children 
     1. Margaret Chester,   b. Abt 1618,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Joanna Chester,   b. Abt 1620,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. John Chester,   b. Abt 1621,   d. May 1696, Guildford, , Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     4. Abigail Chester,   b. Abt 1623,   bur. 8 Sep 1636, Bermondsey, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 13 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F18630  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Thomas Smith,   b. Abt 1595,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 25 Feb 1626/27  Bermondsey, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F20494  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The exact date of Frances' birth or baptism is not known as the existing parish registers for Burrough-on-the-Hill, Leicester, England, do not start until 1612.

      Apparently she went to London as a young woman, where she married Sampson Chester, also from Leicestershire, at the Church of St. Anne's Blackfriars, London, on 26 Nov 1617. The Chesters were a "Visitation" family, and their pedigree appears in the "Visitations of Leicestershire, 1619" published by the Harlleian Society Publications, vol. 2, page 138. This Visitation record signed by Sampson Chester's brother, John, indicates that Sampson Chester was married at that time to "Frances the daughter of Ralph Tuffe." Apparently none of her Chester children came to New England with her, although a grandson also named Sampson Chester later came to Connecticut to collect the legacies left to his father, his brother, and himself.

      She received a life estate in the family home under the will of her husband Edward Stebbins or Stebbing.

      In her will, dated 20 May 1670 and proved 20 Jan 1673/4, she included bequests to her son John Chester and his sons in England as well as to family members in New England. The inventory of her estate taken 28 Jan 1673 totalled 82 pounds 11 shillings with no real estate included. See data on her in Volume 3 of "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633," by Robert Charles Anderson (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA 1995) at pages 1750/4 and a pair of articles in the October, 1954 issue of The American Genealogist (Vol 3): "The Family of Frances (Tough)(Chester)(Smith) Stebbing, wife of Edward Stebbing, of Hartford, Connecticut," by John Insley Coddington, pages 193-204, and "The Toughs of Leicestershire, England," by Mrs. Florence E. Skillington of Leicestershire, England, pages 205-212.

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: alger@alum.mit.edu [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Website downloads, GEDCOM of rshdsh database from rootsweb.com - 14 Aug 2004 (Reliability: 3).


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