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Prudence (Unknown) Stetson (abt. 1642 - 1687)

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Prudence Stetson formerly [surname unknown]
Born about in Scituate, Plymouth Colonymap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 1670 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified 2 Nov 2018 | Created 17 Dec 2017
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Prudence was the second wife of Joseph Stetson. Her maiden name is not known. They married by 1670. There were seven children from their marriage.[1]


Some gedcoms give her name as Prudence Clapp, with no references I've seen. This is just a guess, but did researchers find a young woman named Prudence Clapp and just assume she was the same Prudence who married Joseph Stetson? There is one reference to this marriage in The Second Boat, 199, page 30, no sources given.[2]


  1. Briggs, page 868.
  2. Entered by Katherine Patterson.
  • Briggs, L. Vernon. History and genealogy of the Briggs family, 1254-1937. Vol. 3. Boston: C. E. Goodspeed & Co., 1938.
  • Source: S-1486906160 Repository: #R-1670203836 Title: The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011 Author: Publication: Operations, Inc. APID: 1,2129::0
  • Source: S-1486907223 Repository: #R-1670203836 Title: Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 Author: Publication: Operations, Inc. APID: 1,2495::0
  • Source: S-1503734856 Repository: #R-1670203836 Title: Family Data Collection - Deaths Author: Edmund West, comp. Publication: Operations Inc APID: 1,5771::0
  • Source: S-1503832204 Repository: #R-1670203836 Title: American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Author: Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. Publication: Operations Inc APID: 1,3599::0
  • Source: S-997640213 Repository: #R-1670203836 Title: U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 Author: Publication: Operations Inc APID: 1,3824::0
  • Also see the surname page at Wikipedia:
  • The Descendants of Cornet Robert Stetson, Stetson Kindred, Vol 1 P 22
  • The Damon family : listing some of the Ohio descendants of Amos Damon of Chesterfield, Mass.
  • Gen. Column of the Boston Transcript. 1906-1941: 17 Nov 1920, 8454


  • This person was created through the import of Shortened files.ged on 30 December 2010.

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On 18 Dec 2017 at 03:31 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Thomas Clapp apparently had a daughter Prudence, but she was unmarried as of the date of his will in 1684. Thus, she can't be the Prudence who married Joseph Stetson by 1670. I am disconnecting Clap-82 as her father.

On 14 Dec 2017 at 16:27 GMT Roy Lamberton wrote:

Unknown-132602 and Clapp-1655 appear to represent the same person because: Right now Joeseph Stetson is shown as having 3 wives - 2 of them named Prudence. I'm pretty sure that these two are the same lady.

In any case it would be cleaner to only show 2 wives... not 3.

On 1 Nov 2016 at 19:57 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Yes, the Internet is full of user-created content (Ancestry Trees, Findagrave, etc.) identifying her as Prudence Clapp, but none of the serious genealogists who have researched this family have found any records identifying her last name.

I've also not seen a record of a date of death for her. What's the source for the Dec 1687 date recently added to this profile? I see that the Findagrave page gives that date, but there's no indication of a gravestone there. Is that date based on probate records or land deeds?

On 1 Nov 2016 at 18:23 GMT James Luper III wrote:

Unknown should be corrected to Clapp

On 19 Aug 2014 at 02:27 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Clapp-677 and Unknown-132602 are not ready to be merged because: These are clearly the same person (Prudence, second wife of Joseph Stetson), but some decision is needed on whether the LNAB should be Clapp (if te evidence is strong enough) or "Unknown". There are 4 profiles needing to be meged.

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