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Joseph Stetson (abt. 1640 - abt. 1724)

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Joseph Stetson
Born about in Scituate, Plymouth Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1666 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1670 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified 9 Aug 2019 | Created 30 Dec 2010
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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. [1] The Kindred genealogy gives his birth date as June 1639.[2] He was christened on 5 October 1645 in the Second Church of Scituate, along with two of his brothers.[3][1]


As the oldest son he received a double portion of his father's estate, which included his father's farm in Scituate.[4] 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.[2]

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[2].


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.

Children [2].:
  1. (i) Joseph Stetson, b. 1667

Joseph Stetson then married (2) Prudence, whose last name is not known [A] (Some sources list her name as Clapp [5][6], prior to 1670. There were seven additional children from this second marriage.[4][2]

  1. (ii) Robert Stetson, b. 9 Dec 1670-
  2. (III) Lois Stetson, b. Mar 1672
  3. (iv) William Stetson/Studson, b. Dec 1673; d. 14 Aug 1600 at Yarmouth, Massachusetts [2].
  4. (v) Desire Stetson, B. Sep 1676 [7]
  5. (vi) Prudence Stetson, b. Sep 1678 [7]
  6. (vii) Samuel Stetson, B. Dec 1679 [7]
  7. (viii) Hannah Stetson, b. Jun 1682 [7]


He died between 4 April 1722, when he created his will, and 8 May 1724, when his estate was inventoried.[8] Find A Grave listes 1723, Buried at the First Parish Cemetery, Norwell, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA [5]

Research Notes

  • Stetson Kindred genealogical Index: 1-1
A. Excerpted information: His first wife was Ruth Hiland, daughter of Thomas Hiland, and his second wife was Prudence (--). His eldest son Joseph was the son of Ruth; other children, including Lois, are likely the children of the second wife. Ruth's father's 1683 will mentioned grandson Joseph Stetson, but not the other seven children of Joseph Stetson Sr. Prudence is known from her husband's will, so either wife could be Lois's mother. A Genealogical and Biographical Sketch of the Name and Family of Stetson, by John Stetson Barry, 1847, did not have the first wife. See Barry for additional children and descendants.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bangs, pages 438-439.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Stetson: Vol. 1, No. 1 Pg 22
  3. Barry, p. 15
  4. 4.0 4.1 Briggs, page 868.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 14 February 2019), memorial page for Joseph Stetson (Jun 1639–1723), Find A Grave: Memorial #80161568, citing First Parish Cemetery, Norwell, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Rita Gibson (contributor 47361904)
  6. Prudence Clapp Stetson's Find A Grave: Memorial #80161586)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Stetson: Vol. 1, No. 1 Pg 23
  8. Barry, p. 16
  9. Stratton, Eugene A, Plymouth Colony, 1986, p 359.

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On 13 Dec 2017 at 17:50 GMT Frank Leach wrote:

Find a grave for Joseph Stetson: Source Information U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. 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

On 1 Dec 2017 at 17:11 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

A family would have to have exceptionally long generations for anybody to possibly have sufficient autosomal DNA from Joseph for their DNA test to show up on this profile. The only relevant DNA results would be Y-DNA for males (probably males named Stetson) who trace their paternal-only ancestry to Joseph or mitochrondrial DNA results for someone who traces their maternal-only line to Honor Tucker Stetson.

On 1 Dec 2017 at 15:08 GMT Roy Lamberton wrote:

Not sure how you add DNA results, but my line traces back to Joseph through his son Robert. My Ancestry test shows up on Rober's page, but not this one. I'm Lamberton-139 - my Great Grandmother was a Stetson.

On 25 Sep 2014 at 03:28 GMT Jessica Kissner wrote:

Stetson-108 and Stetson-23 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. One has more detail then the other but still there is a lot of stuff that is the same.

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