Stephen Carmick (1718-1774)

Stephen Carmick

This is a brief biographical sketch about Stephen Carmick (sometimes also spelled Carmack).  Near the end of his life, Stephen Carmick owned a large plantation in Southwark, a small portion of which later became Morris Street.

Stephen Carmick was born around 1718 and died a few years before the start of the American Revolution.  He married Anna Christina Kock at Trinity Church in New York in 1755.  Although family records differ on the number of children they had, his obituary stated that at the time of his death there were “ten small children” who survived him.

Captain William Spafford sold slaves, rum, and ship provisions in early Philadelphia

Below is a brief sketch of the life of William Spafford (sometimes also spelled “Spofford”). William and his wife Rebecca were the first occupants of the large house still standing on the northwest corner of Front and Bainbridge Street.