Life of Doctor George Stileman/Stillman


Born in London in 1679, George Stileman Pickering, Jr. Gent, was educated and apprenticed to the trade of tailor when he first moved to the colonies to live with his father in 1689. Not liking that profession, George persuaded his father that he should be a Medical Doctor and returned to England, studied medicine and became known as Doctor George Stileman Pickering, Jr.. Rejoining his father in around 1700, Doctor George dropped the last name Pickering, took the new surname spelling of his father - Stillman - moved to Wethersfield with his father, then on to Westerly, Rhode Island, where he was made a freeman or citizen.

Professor Thomas Bliss Stillman writes that George Jr. on a journey from Wethersfield to Boston, passed through the town of Westerly, RI, the seat of a Society of Sabbatarians, who observed the seventh day of the week as the Sabbath, and he was much surprised to see the people at their work on Sunday and thought they must be a very deluded set. Upon his return from Boston, he thought he would stop at Westerly and inquire into the matter. Accordingly, he had an interview with their pastor, Elder Thomas Hiscox, but instead of convincing them of error, he became convinced himself and took up his abode with them.

In 1706, Doctor George Stillman, Jr. married Deborah Crandall, daughter of Reverend Joseph Crandall and Deborah Burdick of Westerly, RI. Deborah Burdick was grandaughter of Samuel Hubbard, charter member of the 1st Seventh Day Baptist Church in America at Newport, RI in 1671. It is through Deborah Crandall that all decendents of Doctor George Stillman are direct decendents of royalty such as: Charlemagne Emperor of the West, King of Franks; Alfred the Great, King of West Saxony; and, the Kings of Scotland PLEASE NOTE - the Crandall links to these lineages are severely disputed by the Crandall Family Association (CFA). After careful review of the evidence presented by the CFA, the Crandall links to the lineages should be considered to be very likely inaccurate. Accurate family links to the lineages have been found in the past and are currently being researched - Bill Stillman, September 2002

Through Lady Elizabeth Montagu Pickering - the wife of Sir Gilbert Pickering - a royal lineage has been thoroughly documented by John R. Sprague III. The Stillman Family Genealogy Home Page extends sincerest gratitude to John R. Sprague for researching and documenting this lineage. All direct decendents of Mr. George Stillman may rightfully claim this lineage as theirs for whatever purposes such claim may serve.

Doctor George Stillman, Jr. purchased a large tract of land in Westerly, RI, situated in the bend of the Pawcatuck River, where he settled after his marriage and practiced medicine. Doctor George Stillman, Jr. was a member of the Westerly Seventh Day Baptist Church where he was appointed lay preacher and served as Clerk of the Church for over 30 years. Doctor George Stillman, Jr. died in 1760.

1700

(about) Joined father in Hadley, MA after he came of age and finished apprenticeship. Evidence that he came from Steeple Ashton., Wilts., was on the fly leaf of his Bible, written in court handwriting of that day. His Bible contains name of Abraham Silverthorne, Taylor, believed to be the one to whom he was apprenticed. Bible owned by Sanford Stillman, Westerly, stated "purchased from Robert Silverthorn, London, Eng, in 1698 when 18 yrs. of age". Legend is that he passed through Westerly on business trip, became acquainted with Seventh Day Baptists and decided to settle there

1703

Mar 22 - made a freeman in Westerly, about same time his father moved to Wethersfield

1704

Juryman

1708

July 17 - joined Seventh Day Baptist Church, giving evidence he had been baptized in England.

1708

bought land of William Crumb and Thomas Shaw, built first two-story house in Westerly at Crumb's Neck on a bend in the Pawcatuck River.

1710

appointed to assist minister of Seventh Day Baptist Church. He was a lay preacher and also practiced medicine.

1711

purchased land of General Assembly

1720

purchased land of Samuel Langworthy

Doctor George Stillman, Jr. deeded land to his sons, after they became 21, and they settled on Crumb's Neck. His will divided a considerable estate. His home went to the youngest son, with provision for life use of part of it by his widow.

The preceding was written by Hannah Amelia Stillman Bradfield in FAMILY HISTORY OF HANNAH STILLMAN (MRS. RICHARD) BRADFIELD dated November 1, 1963 - edited for this page

The account of the life of Doctor George Stillman contained in Genealogies and Biographies of Ancient Wethersfield is not entirely accurate and should be considered in the total context of this document. One plausible interpretation is that the name appearing to be "Picard, partly blotted out." is the surname of his deceased mother, Jane Pickering, and her brother Sir John Pickering, Baronette of Nova Scotia 2nd, brother-in-law of Mr. George Stileman Pickering, and uncle to George Stileman Pickering, Jr., with whom the latter most likely would have lived with while obtaining his medical degree in London, England during 1689 - 1700.


Other EXCELLENT sites related to the history of the American Stillman Family of Mr. George Stileman/Stillman are

The Babcock Family

The Bliss Family

The Burdick Family

The Chesbro Family

The Crandall Family Association

The Davis Family

The Langworthy Family

The Maxson Family



Children of Doctor George Stileman/Stillman, Jr.
and Deborah Crandall

daughter of Reverend Joseph Crandall and Deborah Burdick


Deborah Stillman
Born: 11 Jan 1707
Place: Westerly, RI
Died:
Place: West Greenwich, RI
Married: Benjamin Tanner
Born: 24 Dec 1692
Place: West Greenwich, RI
Died:
Place:
Date Married: 13 Apr 1741

business loans

Nathaniel Stillman
Born: 2 May 1709
Place: Westerly, RI
Died: young
Place: Westerly, RI

Mary "Molly" Stillman
Born: 27 Sep 1711
Place: Westerly, RI
Died: 26 Feb 1789
Place: Westerly, RI

George Stillman III
Born: 13 Feb 1714
Place: Westerly, RI
Died: 1760
Place: Westerly, RI
Married: Mary "Molly" Burdick
Born: 1720
Place:
Died: 11 Aug 1811
Place: Petersburg, NY
Date Married: 3 Nov 1737

Joseph Stillman
Born: 5 Dec 1716
Place: Westerly, RI
Died: prior to 28 Feb 1757
Place: Westerly, RI
Married: Mary "Molly" Maxson
Born: 28 Aug 1718
Place: Hopkinton, RI
Died: 12 May 1797
Place: Westerly, RI
Date Married: 17 June 1739

John Stillman
Born: 14 June 1719
Place: Westerly, RI
Died: 5 Nov 1790
Place: Westerly, RI
Married: Mary "Molly" Clarke
Born: 4 Jul 1729
Place: Hopkinton, RI
Died: 26 Feb 1789
Place: Westerly, RI
Date Married: 12 Dec 1745

Elisha Stillman
Born: 25 Apr 1722
Place: Westerly, RI
Died: 26 Jul 1796
Place: Westerly, RI
Married:1) Hannah Rogers
Born: 25 Dec 1727
Place: Westerly, RI
Died: 12 Nov 1758
Place: Westerly, RI
Date Married: 5 Mar 1745
Married:2) Mary "Molly" Davis
Born: 3 Dec 1737
Place: Westerly, RI
Died: 16 Jan 1785
Place: Westerly, RI
Date Married: 3 Jan 1759
Married:3) Elizabeth "Betsey" Burdick
Born:
Place:
Died:
Place:
Date Married:


Benjamin Stillman
Born: 25 Jan 1725
Place: Westerly, RI
Died: 12 May 1791
Place: Hopkinton, RI
Married: Mary Saunders
Born: 13 May 1731
Place: Westerly, RI
Died:
Place:
Date Married: 28 Feb 1751


FAMILY HISTORY OF HANNAH STILLMAN (MRS. RICHARD) BRADFIELD dated November 1, 1963 has been provided by William M. Morgan of Washington, USA

Information has been obtained from ancestry.com