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William Sutton

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William Sutton
Born in Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married in Eastham, MAmap
Died in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJmap
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Categories: Little Quaker Churchyard, Woodbridge, New Jersey.


Contents

Biography

William Sutton was the 3rd child born to George Sutton and Sara Tilden. William was born 25 May 1641 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA

William married Damaris Bishop on 11 Jul 1667 at the age of 26 and they had 12 children; he married Jane Barnes on 9 Jan 1683/4 at the age of 42 and they had 1 child.

William died 28 Apr 1718 at the age of 77.


Genealogical Notes of the Sutton Family of New Jersey

The first of the family of whom we have record was William Sutton, who appears in Massachusetts in 1666, at Eatham on Cape Cod. As the stream of Puritan immigration had almost dried up twenty years before this date, it is extremely probable that he represents the second generation in New England. Their proximity suggests a relationship to one or the other of two families of Suttons, respectively,of Hingham and Scituate, small towns of old Plymouth colony directly across the bay from Eastham.

Careful investigation has failed as yet to establish a connection with either, or to suggest any other lines of research. Our history opens, therefore, at Eastham, on the 11th of July, 1666 with the marriage of William Sutton, yeoman (aged probable 25 years), of either English birth or descent, to Damaris, daughter of Alice and Richard Bishop. Eastham, originally called Nausett, after the name of a local Indian tribe, was at this date a settlement of some 20 years standing, and numbered some four or five dozen souls - a tiny outpost of English life and civilization, planted upon the"narrow neck of land" between the bleak bay and the bleaker Atlantic.

It was in this very year of 1666 that tidings began to spread through New England of the founding of another colony down in the southwest, between the great North and South Rivers, where settlers were welcome, the Indians friendly, the soil and climate excellent, and civil and religious liberty guaranteed. Many people from all parts of the land of the Puritans migrated to this new country of the "Jerseys"; and about the year 1672 William Sutton also removed, and became a landholder under Berkley and Carteret. As Cape Cod was one of the few districts in New England where Quakerism gained a footing, and as William Sutton in his New Jersey home was an influential Quaker, it is very probable that matters of religious belief had much to do with his departure from Eastham.

In the year 1666 a "plantation" of some 40,000 acres was laid out upon the banks of the Raritan, within the bounds of the present Middlesex County, and not far from the spot where a few years later New Brunswick was founded. Its possession was confirmed not only by the white man's title, but by deed from Canackawack and Thingorawis, chiefs of the Naraticong Indians, who were a branch of the LenniLenape. As the settlers were mostly from those parts of New Hampshire and Maine which border the Piscataqua River, they called it Piscataqua or Piscataway, in memory of their old home. Here William Sutton pitched his tent, and prospered; for, thanks to fair dealings with the Indians, the wolves and the forest where the only enemies.

In 1682, when the town and township numbered some 400 souls, he was owner of 249 acres of land, burdened only by the nominal quit-rent of 1/2 penny per acre annually. Small items of his life, grave orhumorous, we glean from the records of more than 2 centuries ago. A Quaker, he was a pillar of the congregation that met in the neighboring town of Woodbridge. We see him in a person of some honor inthe little community; chosen freeholder at one time, constable at another, town-clerk at another, and we find that, with advancing years, his services were desired upon boards of church discipline and inquiry. It is recorded that he contributed "a year old steer" toward the proposed erection of the Friends' Meeting House at Woodbridge - a donation that seems to have been a thorn in the flesh of the finance committee. For two years they were unable to convert the animal into cash, and were obliged to board it during three winters at exorbitant rates, varying from 6 to 8 and 1/2 shillings per winter.

The growth of sons to man's estate and matrimony is marked in the records by such entries as this:

William Sutton hath, in consideration of fatherly love and affection, given and granted to Daniel Sutton, his son, 75 acres of land.

Finally, in 1713, William is spoken of as an aged man, and we hear of him no more. Doubtless another year or two brought the end of his homely and laborious life, and rest in the little Quaker Churchyard at Woodbridge. Damaris Bishop, first wife of William Sutton, died in Piscataway, February 6, 1682. He married, in that town, Jane Barnes, January 9, 1684 or 1685

New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 91, January 1937

John Sutton, who settled in Hingham, came from Attleborough, in Norfolkshire, arriving in the ship Diligent in 1638, with his wife Julien, a son John, and three other children. He also lived in Rehoboth. He died apparently about 1652; his wife in 1672. From "Vital Records of Rehoboth" the present writer infers that among his children where three, named Esther, Anne, and Margaret

George Sutton, of Scituate, arrived in 1638. He had a brother Simon, of Scituate, of whom nothing further is known. George married Sarah Tilden, and had children (according to Savage), John, Lydia, Sarah, and Elizabeth. return

Richard Bishop is noted as a soldier of the colony, in the "Geneological Register of New England", vol. iv., page 255, second column. When William Sutton removed to New Jersey, Bishop sold his property at Duxbury, Mass., and came to live with him.

William of Scituate and Eastham, and of Piscataway, N.J., Quaker, b. about 1641; d. 28 of 4m. 1718; m. (1) at Eastham, on Cape Cod, 11 July 1666, Damaris Bishop, d. 6 Feb. 1682/3, daughter of Richardand Alice (Martin) (Clark) Bishop; m. (2) Jane Barnes, daughter of James Barnes. William Sutton first appears at Barnstable, on Cape Cod, where, on 5 June 1666, he was haled into court and fined for purloining the Bible from the meeting house, "one pound and for telling a lye about the same, ten shillings." His departure from the town was probably expedited by these occurences, and a few weeks later, at the neighboring settlement of Eastham, he took refuge in matrimony with Damaris Bishop. They had ten children, the first three born in Eastham, and the rest born in Piscataway.

Outlaw Genealogy, Albert Timothy Outlaw & Arnie Henry Outlaw

". . . he [William Sutton] lived in Eastham from 1666 to Oct 1671. . . . He went west to NJ about 1672 or 1673. The quest of religious freedom was perhaps the reason for his removal, since in the NJ Colony he was an influential Quaker. On or near the Partian River, not far from the present town of New Brunswick, William Sutton settled and prospered. Known for his fair dealing with the Indians, thewolves and forest were his only enemies. In 1682 he was the owner of 249 acres if land. He held the office of freeholder constable and town clerk. In 1713 he was spoken of as an aged man and he was buried in the Quaker churchyard in Woodbridge."

William Nelson, Ed. Patents and Deeds and other early records of New Jersey, 1664-1703

1685-6 Feb. 17. Patent to William Suttone of Piscataway, for several small parcels, vizt: 1. a houselot of 22 acres, bounded E by Timothy Caute, W by a road, N and S by small brooks; 2. 19 acres of upland, bounded S by a road, N by a small brook, W by Thomas Farnsworth. E by George Wingfield; 3. 79 acres of upland, bounded SW by Doctor Henry Greenland, NE by Michael Symones, NW by Daniel Leoington, SE by a small brook; 4. 4 acres of meadow,bounded S by James Godfrey, N by Vincent Rognion and Nicholas Munday, E by Richard Smith, W by Robert Gannett and Peter Bellew.

1687 March 25. Patent to William Suttone of Piscataway, for 125 acres there, 25 being due to his wife Jane as headland, the other 100 acres being granted to W. S. as an old settler; all bounded S by Edward Dunhame, E by John Randolph, N and W by unsurveyed land.

List of Judges and Assistants of Middlesex County Courts of Common Pleas and Quarter Secession (1683-1736)) 1685/6 - Feb.17.

William Sutton was a Quaker and living most of his life as a farmer, he was recognized as an outstanding member of the community.

New Jersey Archives, vol XXI

Pantent to William Suttone of Piscataway for several small parcels of land.

1685 - March 25. Pantent to William Suttone of Piscataway for 125 acres: 25 thereof being due to his wife, Jane, as headland, the other 100 acres being granted to William Suttone as an old settler.

1693 - Aug 28. William Sutton, constable of Piscataway gives return for the election of a Representative in place of Hopewell Hull, deceased.

1697 - March 10. Confirmation of 21 persons including William Sutton, Thomas Sutton, Judah Sutton, all of Piscataway for a small tract of meadow.

Other References

Bancroft's "History of The United States", Vol. 1, page 468. return

"Geneological Notes of the Sutton Family of New Jersey" by Edward F. H. Sutton, New York, T. A. Wright, Printer and Publisher, 1900.

Vol 91, Date: Jan 1937 - William of Scituate and Eastham, and of Piscataway, N.J., Quaker, b. about 1641; d. 28 of 4m. 1718; m. (1) at Eastham, on Cape Cod, 11 July 1666, Damaris Bishop, d. 6 Feb. 1682/3, daughter of Richard and Alice (Martin) (Clark) Bishop; m. (2) Jane Barnes, daughter of James Barnes. William Sutton first appears at Barnstable, on Cape Cod, where, on 5 June 1666, he was haled into court and fined for purloining the Bible from the meeting house, "one pound and for telling a lye about the same, ten shillings." His departure from the town was probably expedited by these occurences, and a few weeks later, at the neighboring settlement of Eastham, he took refuge in matrimony with Damaris Bishop. They had ten children, the first three born in Eastham, and the rest born in Piscataway.

William Nelson, Ed. Patents and Deeds and other early records of New Jersey, 1664-1703, 1976 Reprint by Genealogical Publishing Company from Archives of the State of New Jersey, First Series, Vol XXI:, Page 75 of Reprint from Page 285 of East Jersey Deeds, etc., Liber "A", Page 98 of reprint from Page 95 of East Jersey Deeds, etc., Liber "B" Citation post date: 2006-06-08

Ancestry of Sutton and Ratliff from Harrison Country, Missouri, Kevin Sutton, contact, database: k_l_sutton, Citation post date: 2007-02-27

Belinda Melton Hughes, "BJ Hughes family genealogy website", Online website [1], The Sutton Lineage Page 1, Generation 3, Children of George Sutton & Sarah Tilden Citation post date: 2007-03-02

Genealogical Notes of the Sutton Family of New Jersey, Edward F. H. Sutton, New York, T. A. Wright, Printer and Publisher, 1900, pages 6-10 Citation post date: 2006-06-08

List of Judges and Assistants of Middlesex County Courts of Common Pleas and Quarter Secession (1683-1736)) 1685/6 - Feb.17, Citation post date: 2006-06-08

New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 91, January 1937, Citation post date: 2006-06-08

New Jersey Archives, vol XXI, Citation post date: 2006-06-08

Outlaw Genealogy, Albert Timothy Outlaw & Arnie Henry Outlaw, Citation post date: 2006-06-08

R. Ulmer, ulmerancestry@yahoo.com, "Ulmer Ancestry", Online website, [2], Citation post date: 2006-06-08

New England Historic Genealogical Register

The Sutton Family History [3]


Acknowledgements

  • WikiTree profile Sutton-1590 created through the import of Williams Family Tree(1).ged on May 30, 2012 by Chris Harter.







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