Joseph was born in Scituate, Plymouth Colony, the eldest son of Cornet Robert Stetson and his wife Honor (Tucker) Stetson. His birth date is given in Plymouth Colony Records as June 1639 but is estimated as June 1640.  The Kindred genealogy gives his birth date as June 1639. He was christened on 5 October 1645 in the Second Church of Scituate, along with two of his brothers.
As the oldest son he received a double portion of his father's estate, which included his father's farm in Scituate. He lived on that farm, which remained in the family until it was purchased by the Stetson Kindred of America, Inc. He held the office of constable.
Little Else is known about Joseph - according to the Kindred, He does not seem to have been prominent in the life of the community, However, He has left a large family, many of whom have become distinguished men and women.
Joseph married twice [A]. His first wife (1), married in about 1665-66, was Ruth Hiland or Hyland, (Kindred Records list as Hiland) daughter of Thomas Hiland from Tenterden, Kent, England. According to the Briggs Genealogy, she was a sister of Mary Hiland, second wife of Joseph's father, Cornet Robert Stetson, and of Sarah Hiland, wife of Thomas Turner. Ruth (Hiland) Stetson died soon after the birth of her son Joseph, in 1667.
Joseph Stetson then married (2) Prudence, whose last name is not known [A] (Some sources list her name as Clapp , prior to 1670. There were seven additional children from this second marriage.
He died between 4 April 1722, when he created his will, and 8 May 1724, when his estate was inventoried. Find A Grave listes 1723, Buried at the First Parish Cemetery, Norwell, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA 
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On 13 Dec 2017 at 17:50 GMT Frank Leach wrote:
Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi. Name: Joseph Stetson Birth Date: Jun 1639 Birth Place: Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States of America Death Date: 1723 Death Place: Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States of America Cemetery: First Parish Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Norwell, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States of America Has Bio?: Y Father: Robert Stetson Mother: Honour Stetson Spouse: Prudence Stetson Children: Robert Stetson, Lois Ford, Hannah Lincoln
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