Some of the Descendants of

and his wife
of Scituate, Plymouth Colony

Sixth Generation

CHARLES6 STETSON, Junior (Charles5, Anthony4, Robert3, Joseph2, Robert1), was born at Rochester, Massachusetts, on 24 May 1755 (Stetson 3:29), to Charles Stetson and his wife Bethsheba Hatch.

Charles Stetson and JANE6 JENNEY (Jethro5, Cornelius4, Lettice3, Samuel2, John1) published at Dartmouth, Massachusetts, on 18 November 1783 their intentions to marry (LP). They were married at the Church of Christ, First Congregational, in Dartmouth on 23 December 1783 (VR Dart 2:478). Jane Jenney was born on 25 June 1765, according to her age at death. Her parents were Jethro Jenne and his wife Desire Mitchell.

Charles Stetson served in the American Revolution. Records indicated he served in 1775, and was again enlisted for three months in 1780:

Stetson, Charles, Rochester, Private, Capt. Earl Clap's co., Col. Theophilus Colton's regt,; company return dated Oct 7, 1775.
Stetson, Charles, Sergeant, Capt. George Claghorn's co., Col. Abiel Mitchell's regt.; engaged July 31, 1780; discharged Oct. 31, 1780; service 3 mo., 2 days; regiment raised in Bristol co. to reinforce Continental army for 3 months.
(MSSRW 14:939)
Charles Stetson and family settled in that part of Dartmouth that became New Bedford, and he engaged in ship building. This was an opportune time, for New Bedford's whaling enterprise was developing in those years. Daniel Ricketson, in New Bedford of the Past, outlined some of this Stetson's accomplishments:
On the opposite side of the river, at Oxford Point, was the shipyard of Peleg Huttlestone, and below the bridge that of Abner Pease. . . . Between the bridge and the Head-of-the-River were no less than four shipyards, that of Charles Stetson the most important. He built fifty-three vessels, large and small, many of them ships, and among them, the Hunter and Walker, for Seth Russell & Sons, the Augustus, 400 tons, Ladoga, Brig Hepsabeth, etc. . . . (Ricketson 114)
Charles Stetson wrote his will at New Bedford on 24 July 1815 (BCP 51:580-581). For the text of Charles Stetson's will see below.

Charles Stetson died at New Bedford on 12 March 1816, age 61 (or in his 61st year--grave marker) (VR NB 3:161). His widow, Jane, lived another twenty-five years, dying at Dartmouth on 25 April 1841, age 75 years and 10 months (VR Dart 3:70). They were both buried at Acushnet Cemetery, which is now located in Acushnet, Massachusetts (VR Dart 3:70).

Charles Stetson's will was proved in Bristol County Probate Court on 6 May 1817. On that date Jehazael Jenne was appointed executor as Humphrey Hathaway of New Bedford refused, and appraisers were appointed to set off the widow's dower. Appraisers for the estate were sworn on 10 November 1817. They reported the following assets:

292 3/4 acres in New Bedford $ 200
homestead 3000
house on land at Belleville, NB 425
store and lot, head of river, Fairhaven 650
9/10 of undivided ceder swamp woodlot, house and lot in Rochester 225
Total 4500

The widow's dower was set off for Jane Stetson on 18 March 1818. (BCP 51:589-591; 55:59-60; 56:47)

Charles and Jane Stetson had the following children:

  1. SMITH7 STETSON b. in 1786
    • b. about 1786/87 (based on age at death) (Stetson 3:29)
    • d. in Buzzards Bay on 16 June 1806 (VR Dart 3:70)
      • He drowned in Buzzards Bay, aged 19. "2 sons of Charles and Jane, drowned June 16, 1806 at the mouth of the Acushnet River"--Acushnet Cem.
    • b. about 1788/89 (based on age at death)
    • d. in Buzzards Bay on 16 June 1806 (VR Dart 3:70)
      • He drowned with brother William, aged 17. "2 sons of Charles + Jane, drowned June 16, 1806 at the mouth of the Acushnet River"--Acushnet Cemetery
    • b. on 24 February 1792 (Stetson 3:29; VR NB 1:450--1794--Congre Ch Cem Lunds Cr.)
    • d. at Scituate, MA, on 10 June 1828 (VR Sci 2:444)
    • m. (int. at New Bedford on 14 June 1817 (VR NB 2:517); int. at Fairhaven, MA, on 24 June 1817 (VR Fhvn 37)) at Fairhaven on 12 October 1817 MARY MENDELL (he of New Bedford; she of Fairhaven; by Benjamin R. Hoyt, preacher) (VR Fhvn 27)
      • b. at New Bedford on 28 January 1793 (VR NB 1:326)
      • child of Ellis and Hannah (Hammond) Mendell
    • d. in 1816 (Died between New York and New Orleans) (Stetson 3:29)
    • m. MARY THRIFT of Norfolk, VA (Stetson 3:29)
    • d. young (Stetson 3:29)
    • b. on 10 July 1797 (Stetson 3:29)
    • m (1) (int. at Fairhaven on 7 October 1824 (VR Fhvn 152); int. at New Bedford on 8 October 1824 (VR NB 2:517)) at Fairhaven on 31 October1 1824 HANNAH MENDELL (he of New Bedford, she of Fairhaven; by Erastus Otis) (VR Fhvn 68)
      • b. at New Bedford on 18 August 1802 (VR NB 1:326)
      • child of Ellis and Hannah (Hammond) Mendell
      • d. at Dartmouth on 1 July 1834 (wife of Peleg, daughter of Ellis and Hannah Mendell, in 33d year--Acushnet Cemetery) (VR Dart 3:70)
    • m (2) (int. at New Bedford on 25 February 1835) PRISCILLA WARD of Middleboro (VR NB 2:517)
    • b. in 1800 (Stetson 3:29)
    • m (int. at New Bedford on 16 May 1822 (VR NB 2:516); int. at Fairhaven on 18 May 1822 (VR Fhvn 46)) at Fairhaven on 4 June 1822 Capt. THOMAS SEVERANCE 2d (he of Fairhaven, she of New Bedford; by John Hawes, J.P.) (VR Fhvn 65)
    • b. in 1803 (Stetson 3:29)
    • d. at Dartmouth on May 1803 (daughter of Charles + Jane--Acushnet Cemetery) (VR Dart 3:70)
    • b. in 1805 (Stetson 3:29)
    • m. (int. at New Bedford on 20 November 1830 (VR NB 2:516); int. at Fairhaven on 20 November 1830 (VR Fhvn 63)) HANNAH H. BENNETT (he of New Bedford, she of Fairhaven)
    • b. in 1807 (Stetson 3:29)
    • Did he marry EMILY JANE PEIRCE at Brookline, MA, on 12 September 1833 (GR 78:334)?
    • m (1). at New Bedford on 16 July 1827 WILLIAM RICHIE (both of New Bedford) (VR NB 2:517)
      • d. bef 1844 (before his wife's second marriage)
    • m (2). in 1844 JOSEPH PIERCE (Stetson 3:29)

Will of Charles Stetson
Bristol County Probate 51:580-81

In the name of God Amen. I Charles Stetson of New Bedford in the County of Bristol and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, shipwright, being weak in body but of sound disposing mind and memory do this twenty-fourth day of July in the year of our Lord One Thousand and eight hundred and fifteen, make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following. That is to say:
First, I give to my beloved wife Jane the use and improvement of all my real estate together with all my household goods, livestock, and farming utensils during the time she remains my widow--
Second, Respecting the residue of my estate of what nature or kind whatever, my will is that it be divided in equal share among five of my children, namely Peleg, Betsey, Susan, Ebenezer, and Charles, to have and to hold the same to them their heirs and assigns forever--
Third, my will is that on the marriage or decease of my widow, the whole of my household goods shall be equally divided between my two daughters, Betsey and Susan, and that all my real estate and the residue of my personal estate of which my widow has the use and improvement shall then be divided in equal shares among Peleg, Betsey, Susan, Ebenezer and Charles, my children above named to have and to hold the same to them their heirs and assigns forever--
4th, having in my opinion heretofore made ample provision for and prior to this day bestowed a full proportion of my estate on my other three children, namely Smith, Samuel and Silas my will respecting them is that they shall not receive any part or portion of any estate that I shall die seized of.--
And lastly I do constitute + ordain Humphrey Hathaway of New Bedford aforesaid [illeg.] and sole executor or this my last will and testament. In testimony [illeg] of I do hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Charles Stetson {seal}
Signed sealed published pronounced and ordained by the said Charles Stetson as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence hereunto put our names as witnesses to the same.
William Gordon
Thomas J. Terry
Charles Sumner

Information on this family is found in the following:

Other references abbreviated above include:

Bristol County Probate Records. Taunton, Ma.
New England Historical and Genealogical Register.
Leonard Papers. New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford, Ma.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Secretary, ed. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War. Boston: Wright L. Potter, 1902.
Ricketson, Daniel. New Bedford of the Past. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1903.
VR Dart
Vital Records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. Boston: NEHGS, 1929, 1929, 1930.
VR Fhvn
Smith, Leonard H., Jr., and Dorothy Marvelle Boyer, eds. Vital Records of the Town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, to 1850. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1993.
Vital Records of New Bedford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. Boston: NEHGS, 1932, 1932, 1941.
VR Sci
Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. 1909; Boston: NEHGS, 1976.

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