The son of two Saint Johners, Stephen has ties to Loyalist history that go back to 1783 when his ancestors were fellow passengers with New Brunswick’s first Black Loyalists aboard the Union. His 1975 bachelor’s thesis on an aspect of Black Loyalist history became the basis for his contribution to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
In addition to submissions to The Loyalist Gazette and more than 770 articles for Loyalist Trails, Stephen’s research has appeared in multiple genealogy periodicals, a national children’s magazine, The Beaver, and a number of Maritime newspapers.
He served as a consultant for two websites created by the University of New Brunswick (Black Loyalists in New Brunswick and Loyalist Women in New Brunswick), spoke at two national historical conferences, served as Peter C. Newman’s consultant and researcher, and authored two books on Black Loyalists. Stephen and his wife live in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia where they raised two daughters and now enjoy the proximity of two grandsons.