ORIGIN AND COAT OF ARMS
Motto: “Virtutis amore”
(By love of virtue )
Arms: "Per pale qules azure, a fesse guttes d'eau"
Crest: A lion rampant spotted sanguine.
Old English records indicate that the Stevens family was originally located in the Shire of Gloucester and are listed in the Hundred Rolls of 1273.
The Stevens family gained prominence when Thomas Stevens, an eminent lawyer during the reign of James I (1603-1635), became Attorney General.
One of the early settlers bearing the name of Stevens was John Stevens of Oxfordshire, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1638. His grandson, Ebenezer, was one of the patriots who took an active part in the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Ebenezer Stevens later served in the battles of Ticonderoga and in the Virginia Campaign.
Early American historical records indicate the prominent part members of this family played in the development of our nation. Their descendants can be found throughout the United States today and are well represented in the arts and professions as well as in the world of business.
Last updated September 5, 2015
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