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James Retson Genealogy Website

Last revised
January 28 2022

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Family Roots may be accessed from links on the left side of this page. An outline of many of the roots may be found at Surnames can then be found along left hand sidebar. (15/Jan/2017) my Wikitree

Maternal Line mtDNA Haplogroup: H11a2a1 See (I am just commencing research on this line.)

Retson DNA Info

Retson Family House


Picture by Paulette Yorke presented to Mavis York in July 1981 on the occasion of her marriage on the property.. Property in Salmon River, Colchester County, Nova Scotia was owned by the family from 1951 to approximately 1996.            2010             



Some Interesting Ancestors

    Top 10
  1.  Francis Cooke, 10th Great Grandfater of James C. Retson born about 1583 was one of the earlest ancestor to arrive in North America along with son John Cooke on board the Mayflowers.
  2.  Richard Warren, also 10th Great Grandfater of James C. Retson born about 1578 in England arrived in Plymouth Colony along with Francis and John Cooke in 1621 
  3. 8th Great Grandfather John Hoar born in Situate, Massachussetts in 1622 (relative of Nova Scotia Retson's either through Beatrice Clifford-Agnes Hoar or through Bessie Johnson-John Lutes Hoar and then the common ancestor David Hoar) and
  4.  8h Great Grandmother Sarah Lord Wilson b. April 24 1678 at Andover, Massachusetts. m. Joseph Wilson July 4 1670, charged at Salem, Massachussets on Septber 7 1692  as an alleged witch and jailed until January 13 1693 and aquitted January 13 1693 along with her daughter Sarah Wilson Junio .
  5.  John Ratson born in New Hutton in 1779, Westmorland County, England is the earliest YDna bearer and the first to bear the name Retson, which name he died with. His father is beleived to be Richard Ratson and his father Richard Rattson all born in Kendall Parish, Westmorland, England. He migrated across the border between England and Scotland in 1809 and died in Scotland in 1842.
  6. Jeremiah Belcher born in September 1613 in Wiltshire, Lincolnshire, England, one of the earliest if not the earliest ancestors of this website 's designers, James C. Retson to touch foot on the North American continent in 1634. He also bears the distinction of being simultaneously our 9th and 10 great grandfather as one of Jeremiah's daughters, Abigail direct descendent, Grace Retson, married the direct descendent of her sister Dorcus, Cliff Retson in 1941.
  7. Samuel Archibald (1719-1774) first ancestor to die and be buried in Nova Scotia Canada.
  8. Janet Armstrong, b. in Dumfries-shire, possibly in Annan, in 1779, our earlest maternal ancestor and hence the carrier of mitochondria from Haplogroup h11a2a1
  9. John Clifford - probably born in 1801 in Ireland, Grandfather of Beatrice Clifford emmigrated from ireland. Beleived to be a Catholi, all his chidren joined protestant churches.
  10. Joanne (Hinkmen ) Hoare, born in Gloucestor England about 1590, her father Charles was Sherrif of Gloucestor who died in 1638, his father Charles died in 1636, mother of our line in North America and distant grandmother to John Quincy Adams, George Bush and son George Bush. She was a puritan who left England during the civil war to left "seeking a church without a Bishop and a state without a King.

The Retson Surname

There are many derivation of the family name Retson.  By far the most common root is for descendants from Western Europe who can trace their name ultimately to son of Richard, but bore various spellings Rattson, Ratson, Ritson but also Richson, Richardson and variations.  A second common root is through the Greece "Retsos".

Retson Ancestor Timeline

Retson's Ancestor's Occupations

Retson Ancestor's Land

Retson Traditional Candy

Ancestors and Justice

Ancestors of Cliff and Grace Retson

Ancestors of Cliff Retson (PDF Format)

Ancestors of Grace Retson (PDF Format)

Siblings of James C. Retson