Some of the Descendants of

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

Seventh Generation


SMITH7 STETSON (Charles6-5, Anthony4, Robert3, Joseph2, Robert1) was born in 1786 (Stetson 3:140) to Charles Stetson, Junior, and his wife Jane Jenney.

At New Bedford, Massachusetts, on 18 September 1806, Smith Stetson married PHEBE5 HORTON (Jotham4, David3-2, Thomas1) (VR NB 2:517). According to the New Bedford Vital Record they were both of New Bedford, but the Stetson Genealogy called her "of Boston." She was born on 16 August 1786 (based on her age at death on her grave marker at Acushnet Cemetery). Her parents were Jotham Horton and his wife Sarah Francis.

The residence of Smith and Phebe Stetson was located in the Acushnet section of New Bedford by the vital records of their daughter Sarah.

Smith Stetson died at City Point, Virginia (now Petersburg), in 1817 (Stetson 3:140). His small estate was not presented to probate court until the time of his widow's remarriage. On 4 July 1823 Silas Stetson was named administrator for estate of Smith Stetson, late of New Bedford (BCP 60:446). Worth Pope, Silvanus Ames, and Resolved Sherman, were appointed on that day to take inventory of the estate of Smith Stetson, mariner, late of New Bedford (BCP 61:21). The inventory, which Silas Stetson swore to on 7 October 1823, was modest (BCP 61:22):

1 bureau, 8 chairs $ 13.00
6 bed quilts, 2 blankets 16.00
1 bed, 6 teaspoons 17.00
one table cloth .50
1 pr. hand irons .25
Total 46.75

Phebe Stetson and EBENEZER A. POPE published at Fairhaven, Massachusetts, on 7 September 1822 their intentions to marry (VR Fhvn 47). They were both of Fairhaven. Ebenezer Pope died before 6 May 1828, on which date the widow of Ebenezer A. Pope, late of Fairhaven, requested Alfred Nye be appointed administrator of his estate. On 29 July 1828 it was ordered to set off the widow's dower to Phebe Pope (BCP 66:273; 67:170).

Phebe Pope and WILLIAM W. TABER published at Fairhaven on 6 October 1832 their intentions to marry (VR Fhvn 87). They were married in 1832 by Rev. William Gould (VR Fhvn 77). They were both of Fairhaven.

Phebe (Horton) (Stetson) (Pope) Taber died on 21 January 1838. The grave marker at Acushnet Cemetery, immediately adjacent to that of Charles Stetson, reads, "Mrs. Phebe, consort of William W. Tabour, died Jan. 21, 1838 aged 51 years 5 mos 5 ds. (Acushnet Cem; VR Dart 3:72). The identity of Phebe is further supported by the will of Francis Horton, her brother, who remembered his sister Phebe Taber.

Smith and Phebe Stetson had the following children:

  1. JANE8 STETSON (Stetson 3:140)
    • m (int. at Fairhaven on 17 January 1829 (VR Fhvn 60)) at Fairhaven on 3 February 1829 JOHN ALDEN Jr. (both of Fairhaven; by Alfred Nye, J.P.) (VR Fhvn 72)
  2. WILLIAM8 STETSON (Stetson 3:140)
  3. SARAH H.8 STETSON b. at New Bedford on 4 July 1809
  4. FRANCES8 STETSON (Stetson 3:140)

Information on this family is found in the following:

Other references abbreviated above include:

BCP
Bristol County Probate Records. Taunton, Ma.
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.
VR NB
Vital Records of New Bedford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. Boston: NEHGS, 1932, 1932, 1941.

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