My ancestor, Captain Stephen Churchill was born 7 Jun 1743 in Plymouth, Massachusetts to Stephen and Hannah Barnes Churchill. He was the third generation to bear the name of Stephen and subsequently named one of his own sons “Stephen” as well.
Stephen married Lucy Burbank, the daughter of Timothy and Mary Kempton Burbank in Plymouth on 10 Jul 1766. By the time of the Revolutionary War, they had seven children in their home in Plymouth.
Along with other men in Plymouth, Stephen volunteered to support the succession of the colonies from Britain and served in the Massachusetts militia.
Stephen was appointed Captain of the small guard that manned the “Gurnet” at the mouth of Plymouth Harbor complete with its small battery of cannons.
After the war, he and Lucy completed their family with the births of another six children, thus rounding out the family with the need for fifteen chairs around the dinner table.
Lucy passed away before Stephen on 5 Dec 1821 in Plymouth. Within four years, he joined her again when he passed away on 7 Sep 1825 in Plymouth. They are buried in Kingston, Massachusetts and have a very large posterity.