Some of the Descendants of

ROBERT STETSON
and his wife
HONOUR TUCKER
of Scituate, Plymouth Colony

First Generation


Cornet ROBERT1 STETSON was probably born in England about 1613 (Stetson 1:9). At Plymouth, co. Devon, England, on 2 May 1635, he married HONOUR TUCKER (GR 151:438). A daughter of John Tucker of Plymouth, England, she was baptized at Plymouth on 28 February 1612/13 (Col Gen 3:229).

The Stetsons came to America sometime after the baptism of their first child in England (1636) and before Robert's election as Constable in Scituate, Plymouth Colony (1643), probably around 1642. Earlier researchers claimed he had arrived by 1634, when he received a large grant of land on North River, Scituate (Stetson 1:9; Deane 340-341; Savage 4:183). However, more recent scholarship points to this later date (GR 151:439).

Robert Stetson swore to the Oath of Fidelity at Scituate, probably in 1642 (GR 151:438). He was elected to the office of constable at Scituate on 7 March 1642/43 (GR 151:438). He was recorded as a man able to bear arms in Scituate in 1643 (GR 1:257).

Robert Stetson called himself a carpenter, of Scituate, on deeds written on 3 December 1651, 1 October 1652, 28 August 1658, and 10 November 1662 (MD 15:32; 19:65; 41:65; 42:148).

On 31 October 1651 Robert Stetson sold his house, barn and adjoining land in Scituate to Humphrey Johnson (MD 17:100-02). On 10 November 1656 a permit to erect a sawmill in Scituate was issued, and Robert Stetson responded (MD 13:45). For the full text of the permit, see below. On 10 November 1662 Robert Stetson sold his one-third right in the sawmill to Joseph Tilden. He stated that the sawmill on Third Herring Brook had been built by Timothy Hatherly, Joseph Tilden, and Robert Stetson (MD 19:65).

In addition to his election as Constable in 1643, Robert Stetson held numerous public offices. He was Scituate's representative in the General Court of Plymouth Colony in the years 1654-6, 1658-66, 1667, 1669, 1670-1671, 1673, 1674, and 1677-1678 (Col Gen 3:229). In 1664 her served on the Commission to set the boundary between Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies (Col Gen 3:229; Deane 341). From 1666 to 1671 he served Scituate as a Selectman (Stetson 1:12). He also was foreman for road building in Scituate, and in 1668 purchased of Sachem Shikatabutte for the Colony a tract of land at Drinkwater (Hanover), of 6 square miles. Most of it had already been granted to him by the Colony.

Robert Stetson was active in the small military force of Plymouth Colony. For twenty years, 1656 to 1676, he held the title of "Cornet"--second in command of the cavalry of the colony (Stetson 1:12-18; Col Gen 3:229; Deane 341). At the start of King Philip's War he was sent in a group to Mount Hope to interview King Philip. He later fought in King Philip's War. He was "press master" for Scituate, resaponsible for military recruitment, in 1675. With Isaac Chittenden he led the defense of Scituate on 21 April and 20 May 1676.

Robert's wife, Honour Stetson, died in 1684 (Sci Internet). They were both members of Second Church (Congregational) of Scituate (Pratt).

Some time after his first wife's death, Robert Stetson married MARY2 HILAND Bryant. The daughter of Thomas1 and Deborah Hiland, Mary was baptized at Tenterden, co. Kent, England, on 27 March 1631 (Sci Internet). She was brought to America by her parents in 1637, and married John Bryant, as his third wife, in April 1664 (VR Sci 2:38). They had eleven children. John Bryant died at Scituate on 20 November 1684.

Robert Stetson dictated his will at Scituate on 4 September 1702 (Savage 4:183). In it he provided for his wife Mary; daughter Eunice Rogers; and Abigail, widow of son John. Cornet Robert Stetson died at Scituate on 1 February 1702/3 (VR Sci 2:444), age 90 years. His will was proved in Plymouth County on 1 March 1702/3 (Savage 4:183).

The name "Stetson," often written "Studson" or "Stutson," comes from the Danish for "stepson."

Robert Stetson and his first wife Honour had the following children:

  1. URITH2 STETSON
    • bp. at Plymouth, england, on 26 April 1636 (GR 151:438)
  2. JOSEPH2 STETSON b. at Scituate on June 1640
  3. Capt. BENJAMIN2 STETSON
    • b. at Scituate on August 1642 (VR Sci 1:330--Aug 1641; GR 151:439 explains why VR may be in error)
    • bp. at Second Church, Scituate, on 5 October 1645, by William Witherell (VR Sci 1:347; "Records of the Second Church of Scituate," GR 57:82)
    • d. at Scituate on 4 May 1711 (VR Sci 2:442)
    • m. at Hingham, MA, on 15 August 1665 BETHIA LINCOLN (VR Sci 2:266)
  4. THOMAS2 STETSON
    • b. at Scituate on December 1644 (VR Sci 1:335--Dec 11, 1643; GR 151:439 explains why VR may be in error)
    • bp. at Second Church, Scituate, on 5 October 1645, by William Witherell (VR Sci 1:347; "Records of the Second Church of Scituate," GR 57:82)
    • Will. on 2 July 1729 (Savage 4:184)
    • d. aft 2 July 1729
    • m. 1671 SARAH DODSON (Savage 4:184)
      • b. at Scituate on 26 August 1652 (VR Sci 1:136)
      • Child of of Anthony Dodson
      • d. bef 2 July 1729 (not in husband's will)
  5. SAMUEL2 STETSON
    • b. at Scituate on June 1646 (VR Sci 1:335)
    • bp. at Second Church, Scituate, on 12 July 1647 ("Records of the Second Church of Scituate," GR 57:83)
    • d. aft 1722 (living) (Savage 4:184)
    • m (1). bef 1687 MERCY or "Mary" (Savage 4:183)
      • d. at Scituate on December 1687 (VR Sci 2:444)
    • m (2). aft 1687 LYDIA PICKLES (Deane 340-341--her first name; last name from J Briggs, 3)
  6. JOHN2 STETSON
    • b. at Scituate on April 1648 (VR Sci 1:332)
    • bp. at Second Church, Scituate, on 7 May 1648 ("Records of the Second Church of Scituate," GR 57:83)
    • d. in 1690 in military expedition to Canada (Savage 4:183)
    • Probate. at Plymouth County, MA, on 15 January 1690/91 (MD 30:139)
      • inventory, 15 January: house, barn, 7 acres of upland, wages for Canada expedition;
      • inventory sworn to by widow Abigail on 17 March
    • m. about 1676 ABIGAIL (Savage 4:183)
      • b. bet 1652 and 1662 (based on age at death)
      • bp. at Second Church, Scituate, on 14 July 1678 ("Records of the Second Church of Scituate," GR 57:182)
        • Abigail wife of John Stetson and Abigail daughter of John Stetson baptized on same day
      • d. at Scituate on 19 September 172x (VR Sci 2:442)
        • last numeral of year is missing; age 67--South Parish Cemetery, Norwell
  7. EUNICE2 STETSON b. at Scituate on 28 April 1650
  8. LOIS2 STETSON
    • b. at Scituate on February 1651/52 (VR Sci 1:333)
    • bp. at Second Church, Scituate, on 21 March 1651/52 ("Records of Second Church, Scituate," GR 57:84)
    • d. probably young (Deane 340-341; Savage 4:183)
  9. ROBERT2 STETSON
    • b. at Scituate on 29 January 1653/54 (VR Sci 1:335)
    • bp. at Second Church, Scituate, on 26 February 1653/54 ("Records of the Second Church of Scituate," GR 57:84)
    • m. in 1676 DEBORAH BROOKS (Savage 4:183--Joanna)
      • bp. at Second Church, Scituate, on 18 March 1654/55 ("Records of the Second Church of Scituate," GR 57:84; VR Sci 1:50)
      • Child of William Brooks
  10. TIMOTHY2 STETSON
    • bp. at Second Church, Scituate, on 11 October 1657 (VR Sci 1:347; "Records of Second Church, Scituate," GR 57:86)
    • d. probably young (Deane 340-341; Savage 4:183)

Information on this family is found in the following:

Other references abbreviated above include:
GR
New England Historical and Genealogical Register.
MD
Mayflower Descendant. Boston: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.
VR Sci
Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. 1909; Boston: NEHGS, 1976.


PERMIT FOR BUILDING A SAWMILL

A writing appointed to be recorded as followeth:
At a full town meeting of the town of Scituate, November the tenth, 1656: Free liberty was this day granted to any man or men of the town to set up a saw mill upon the third herring brook as near the North River as conveniently it may be on these conditions, viz: that in case any of the townsmen do bring any timber unto the mill to be sawn the owners of the mill shall saw it whether it be for boards or planks before they saw any of their own timber and they are to have the one half for sawing of the other half. And in case any man of the town that doth not bring any timber to the mill to be sawn shall want any boards for his own particular use, the owners of the mill shall sell him boards for his particular use so many as he shall need for the country pay at three shillings and six pence an hundred inch sawn. but in case the men of the town do not supply the mill with timber to keep it at work, the owners of the mill shall have liberty to make use of any timber upon the common to saw for their benefit. and in case any man or men of the town do undertake to build a saw mill as aforesaid they shall begin the work within three months after this day or else this order to be void.
James Torrey, Town Clerk

We whose names are underwritten do testify that we were with Robert Studson at work the ninth of February 1656 to provide timber to build the saw mill that the said Robert Studson hath built.
Joseph Wormall (his mark)
John Hudson (his mark)
Joseph Berstow (his mark)


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