Note: The notes about the STEARNS family find here within are from the STEA
Note: RNS FAMILY RECORD by John P Stearns, Santa Barbara, CA, 1894.
Much of what is known of the origin of the Stearns family in America, is supplied by tradition; and is quite fully related in Bond's Geneologies and History of Watertown.
The grandfather of the writer (John P Stearns) hereof was born in Lynn, Mass., in 1713, and had a tradition that three brothers by the names of Daniel, Isaac and Shubael Stearns, came from England to America in 1630, and settled at or near Watertown, Massachusetts. That Daniel died unmarried. That Shubael and Isaac each brought their families with them. That soon after landing Shubael and his wife both died, leaving two sons, named Charles and Nathaniel, eight or ten years of age, who were reared and cared for by their uncle Isaac. That these sons afterwards married, and each, as well as their uncle Isaac, left a large family, from whom all of the name of Stearns in America are supposef to have descended.
It may not be amiss to here relate a traditional anecdote of the first landing of the Stearns family in Boston Harbor, or on the Charles River, related as follows: That on reaching anchorage on America, Isaac, like the spies sent into Canaan, went forward and selected a place of settlement; and soon after, the balance of the company coming up, an emulation arose between the two boys as to which should step on land first, and they sprang from tne boat, Charles missed his footing and fell into the water, and from this incident it was christened Charles River. Nevertheless the historian claims for the name a royal orgin.
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