Stetson (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of October 29, 2020:

  • Recruiting additional direct male-line Robert Stetson descendants for NGS/WGS SNP testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)

Still to do as of October 29, 2020

  • NGS/WGS test multiple Stetson descendants to firmly place family clade as well as discover any subclades unique to descendants lines


First Generation

(Cornet) Robert Stetson was baptized 18 Jun 1615 at Modbury, Devonshire, England, son of Thomas Stitson and Argent Lukesmore and died at Scituate (now Norwell) 1 Feb 1702/3. He married twice, first Plymouth, Devon, England 2 May 1635 to Honour Tucker. Late in life, after his first wife died, Cornet Stetson married Mary (Hiland) Bryant. He had twelve children, all by his first wife: Urith (died young), (poss. Jonah) (likely died young), Joseph, Benjamin, Thomas, Samuel, John, Eunice, Lois, Robert, Timothy & Mercy.

Second Generation

Joseph Stetson was born at Scituate (now Norwell) about Jun 1639 and died there 8 May 1724. He married three times, fir. Bst bef 1667 to Ruth Hiland, second, bef 1670 to Prudence ______, and third (late in life) to Lydia _____. By his first marriage he had one son Joseph. By his second wife he had seven children: Robert, Lois, William, Desire, Prudence, Samuel & Hannah.

(Capt.) Benjamin Stetson was born at Scituate (now Norwell) abt 1 Aug 1641 and died there 4 May 1711. He married Hingham 15 May 1665 to Bethia Hawke and they had ten children: Benjamin, Matthew, James, Bethiah, Hannah, Eunice, Samuel, Mary, Deborah & Margaret

Thomas Stetson was born at Scituate (now Norwell) 11 Dec 1643 and died there after 2 Jul 1729. He married before 1671 to Sarah Dodson and they had twelve children: Hannah, Thomas, Gershom, Sarah, Joshua, Caleb, Elisha, Elijah, Mary, Ebenezer, Ruth & Margaret

(Sgt.) Samuel Stetson was born at Scituate (now Norwell) 12 Jul 1646 and died there in 1723. He married twice, first before 1679 Mercy _____ and second, before 1691 Lydia Pickles. By his first wife, he had four children: Samuel, Elizabeth, Lydia and Patience. By his second wife he had eight children: Jonas, Mary, John, Silas, Seth, Nathaniel, Deborah & Rachel

(Ens.) John Stetson was born at Scituate (now Norwell) 7 Apr 1648 and died there 15 Jan 1690. He married bef 1677 to Abigail Hudson and they had at least two daughters: Abigail & Honor.

Robert Stetson (II) was baptized at Scituate (now Norwell) 29 Jan 1653 and died in 1737. He married abt 1670 Deborah Brooks and they had nine children: Sarah, Nathaniel, Bathsheba, Isaac, Timothy, Resolved, Nathaniel, Peleg & Amy.

Timothy Stetson was born at Scituate (now Norwell) abt 1658. He is said to have married Eunice _____ (but not recorded in Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700)

DNA Results R1a-M198

Previous testing

The Stetson, Stilson, Stitson, Stidson DNA Project Group 1 - All kits in this group probably share a common male ancestor within the genealogical time frame. Currently lists five individuals who are close Y-STR matches to each other. None of them have done any Y-SNP testing, and they all have done Y-37 STR testing. FTDNA predicts they fall under R1a-M198, and the Nevgen Y-DNA Haplogroup Predictor tool is unable to further refine this prediction.

NGS/WGS testing

NGS/WGS testing of descendants of (Cornet) Robert Stetson would further refine the haplogroup for the family and possibly define subclades for descendants.

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