John Stinchfield

John Stinchfield was born in Leeds, England in 1715. At the age of 14, with his widowed father, John sailed to America and settled in Gloucester, Massachusetts. John met Elisabeth Burns on the ship and married her two years later. They had six children, five sons and a daughter, while living in Massachusetts.

In 1755, John moved his family to Maine to settle in a place they called New Gloucester. John and two of his sons were among a small number of men who constructed the block house, or fort, that served as a home to twelve families for about six years. John died in 1783.

The oldest son of John and Elisabeth Stinchfield, John Stinchfield Jr. married Mehitabel Winship in about 1760. Theirs was the first marriage performed in New Gloucester. They eventually had nine children. The John Stinchfield House, built in 1800, probably by their son John, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Thomas and Roger Stinchfield, also sons of John and Elisabeth, left New Gloucester in 1779 to settle in a place they called Leeds, after the birthplace of their father. Their log cabin was the first permanent structure in Leeds. Stinchfield Beach is located on the eastern shore of Androscoggin Lake in Leeds.



A note to researchers: The name Stinchfield varies in different records. In some cases it is spelled Stenchfield, in others Stanchfield.

The connection between Eric Eastman and John Stinchfield is as follows: Eric Eastman, Blanche Savilla Jones, Amy Sophronia Whitney, Job Hall Whitney, Frances Tufts Whitney, Rebecca Stinchfield, John Stinchfield Jr., John Stinchfield



4 thoughts on “John Stinchfield

  1. 12th generation Stinchfield living in Oregon. We have had several Stinchfield family reunions out this way and one Stinchfield, Stanchfield family reunion.

  2. I currently live (and grew up) in the house that Thomas Stinchfield built in 1769+\- in New Gloucester Maine, not far from his father’s house that you have pictured in this story. Coincidentally, I had a childhood friend who grew up the John Stinchfield home on Gloucester Hill and we would play there as children not knowing the connection between his house and mine. As far as my house, Thomas’ father, John, sold the 100-acre parcel of land it now sits on to Thomas in 1769, and shortly after, built a large colonial home which I can proudly say still stands tall. It still has many original features. Thomas lived here in New Gloucester until 1778 or so when he and his brother moved on to establish the town of Leeds in Maine. The house has exchanged hands many times until my grandparents purchased it in the early 1940’s and I am happy to now own it. I consider myself just the caretaker of the home because of those that came before me especially the Stinchfield family who built it.


    Bob Leighton

  3. Dear Robert and Daniel,
    Mehitabel Winship is my 4th great grandmother. All of the foregoing characters in the story are my direct ancestors. My great great grandfather is Jacob Stinchfield, father of Charles Stinchfield, who is the father of Mary Ella Stinchfield, my great grandmother. I am proud to see this page, and know that the Stinchfields are alive and well! Thanks for your post. I am on and my name is Rochelle Zimmer. Daniel, I think I contacted you once, not sure!

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