STEPHENS, James (d.1683), of Gloucester.
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?1st s. of James Stephens of Rodley, Westbury-on-Severn. m. Hester. suc. fa. 1663.
Sheriff, Gloucester 1639-40, 1643-4, alderman by 1648-72; commr. for militia, Gloucester 1648, 1659, Gloucester and Glos. Mar. 1660, assessment, Gloucester 1649-52, 1657, Aug. 1660-80, Glos. 1673-80; mayor, Gloucester 1649-50, coroner 1650, capt. of militia ft. Apr. 1660.1
Stephens’s family background is conjectural, and no connexion has been traced with the local gentry of that name. A tanner by trade, he was a warm partisan of Parliament during the Civil War, but had become a Royalist early in 1660. On 11 Feb. the Council of State issued a warrant for his arrest, but there is no evidence that it was