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Robert Stetson (b. Jan 18, 1615, d. Feb 01, 1702)Robert Stetson was born Jan 18, 1615 in Modbury, Devonshire, England, and died Feb 01, 1702 in Scituate, Massachusetts.He married Tucker on May 02, 1635 in St. Andrew, Plymouth, England, daughter of John Tucker and Urith Dinnis.
Notes for Robert Stetson:
2179. Cornet Robert Stetson. Born ca 1615 at Modbury, Devonshire. Baptized on 18 Jun 1615 at Modbury, Devonshire.7 Robert died at Scituate, MA, on 1 Feb 1702/3.120
From Deane's History of Scituate:6
"Cornet Robert Stetson received a grant of a considerable tract of land 1634, from the Colony Court, on the North River, which constituted his farm. His house was on a beautiful plain near the river. An unfailing and valuable spring, out of which eight generations of the family have been supplied, marks the spot. 'Cornet's Rocks,' in the river east of his farm, are well known to those who navigate the river. He was posessed of considerable wealth, an enterprising and valuable man in th plantation, a deputy to Court, a Cornet of the first light horse corps raised in the Colony, a member of the Council of war, a Colony commissioner for selling the patent line–in short, he lived long and left a good name at last. ... In 1660, and several years subsequent, 'Cornet Stetson was Commissioner to act for the country in all matters relating to the trade at Kennebec.' Also, 1665, for his services he had granted to him '200 acres south of Mr. Hathaerly's grant, above Accord pond.' Colony Record"
Robert was a man of great public spirit, cornet of the first body of horse in Plymouth Colony, was representative 1654-1662, and often afterwards in 1664 a commissioner for settlement of bounds between the Colonies of massachusetts and Plymouth. In this perilous time, of the counil of war, befrore and after the great dangers of Philip's holtility during which his service was active.2
Since Robert & Honor's daughter Urith was baptized in England in 1636, they probably did not arrive in New England before then. Robert was appointed one of Scituate's two constables on 7 Mar 1643, so he probably arrived by 1642.244
Check out The Descendants of Cornet Robert Stetson of Scituate, Mass. by Oscar Frank Stetson.
On 2 May 1635 Robert first married Honor Tooker, daughter of John Tooker & Urith Dinnis (ca 1584-12 May 1626), at Plymouth, Devonshire.7 Born ca 1612 at Plymouth, Devonshire. Baptized in 1612 at St Andrew's Church, Plymouth. Honor died in 1684.
More About Robert Stetson and Tucker:
Marriage: May 02, 1635, St. Andrew, Plymouth, England.
Children of Robert Stetson and Tucker are:
- +Thomas Stetson, b. Dec 11, 1643, Scituate, Massachusetts, d. Jul 02, 1729.
- +John Stetson, b. Apr 1648, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, d. 1690, Canada.