As early as 1634, Robert Stetson had a grant of land on the North River near Scituate, Massachusetts, where he later built a house. In 1643 he was on a list of those able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. It was serving as cornet of the troop of horse in 1638, though, that he gained his moniker. Constable at Duxbury in 1642 and elected a deputy to the court in 1653, he represented Scitutate in the general court from 1654 to 1678. Serving in the countil of war from 1661 to 1681, he was active in King Philip's war and guilty, in 1668, of buying Indian titles of land for the land on which the towns of Hanover and Abingdon were established. In 1865, a many times great-grandson, John B. Stetson, took $100, rented a small room, bought a few tools, and established a hat company.
Sources: Cutter, Genealogical and Personal Memoirs, vol. 4, p. 2437; Barry, A Genealogical and Biographical Sketch; Briggs, History and Genealogy of the Briggs Family, 1254-1937, vol. 3, pp. 858-72
generation no. 1
Thomas Stitson, of Modbury, Devon. Married Argent Lukesmore.
generation no. 2
Cornet Robert Stetson, born 18 June 1615, died 1 February 1703. Married (1) Honor Tucker, born 16 February 1613 in St. Andrews, Plymouth, Devon, (2) Mary Hiland, widow of John Bryant.
generation no. 3
Thomas Stetson, born 11 December 1643, will dated 2 July 1729, wife's name not mentioned, presumed dead at the time. Married Sarah Dodson.
Samuel Stetson, born June, baptized 6 October 1645. Married Lydia — — .
generation no. 4
Ebenezer Stetson I, born 22 July 1693, died 1778, buried on Church Hill. Married Lydia Barker of Scituate, who died 20 February 1776.
Jonah Stetson I, born June 1679, died 1766 (see miscellany). Married 31 May 1720 Mercy Turner of Scituate, who died c 1769.
generation no. 5
Ebenezer Stetson II, born 12 December 1728, died in Antigua October 1768. Married (1) 1750 Hannah Hall of Raynham, died 1761, (2) in 1762 Anna Leonard of Raynham.
Jonah Stetson II, born July 1721, baptized 25 February 1722, estate inventory made 4 March 1783: "a man of good property, good character, and good business habits." Lived in Scituate "not far from the Cornet's place." Married 19 December 1751 Elizabeth Hatch of Scituate, born 11 May 1728, died 26 April 1816: "aged 88; an excellent woman and much esteemed."
Source: Barry, A Genealogical and Biographical Sketch, p. 79
generation no. 6
Hannah Stetson, born June 1754 in Dighton, died 18 April 1814 in Camden ME. Married Noah Brooks I, who died at sea.
Micah Stetson, born 21 November 1754, died 27 December 1838: "a representative to the state legislature in 1815-16 and a man of considerable business enterprise." Married 23 March 1783 Sarah Copeland of Scituate.
Source: Barry, A Genealogical and Biographical Sketch, p. 82
generation no. 7
Esther Stetson, born 24 November 1785, died 6 June 1863, buried in Old Burying Ground, Dorchester. Married on 16 February 1812 Noah Brooks II of Boston.
Scituate the fourth Day of September anno Domini 1702. I Robert Stetson of Scituate in the county of Plymouth in New England being aged and week of body but of sound disposing mind and memory ...
The Mark of Cornet
Robert (R) Stetson, Joseph Bearstow, William Bearstow, Samuel Sprague Seal
On the first day of March 1702/3 before Nath'll Thomas Esqr the said Joseph Bearstow William Bearstow and Samuel Sprague... made oath that they did see and here the above said Robert Stetson sign seal and declare the above wrighting to be his last will and testament and that he was then of a disposing mind to the best of there knowledge and judgment."
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