Stephen was born at Blackburn, Lancashire, England.
He married Sarah Eagle (born at Dartford, Kent, England in 1834) at Wellington in 1859.
They had 11 children, 5 sons & six daughters. Three of the sons have their own profile, Thomas, Ernest & Arthur.
One son-in-law, James Donald served in WW1.
Stephen was a freehold farmer based in Karori, Wellington most of his life. All the sons became farmers mostly in the Horowhenua & Manawatu regions.