John Sutton (b. before 1711)
Association between the Samuel
Poe family and this John Sutton in the historical record for Colonial
John Sutton (b. before 1711) was the son of John Sutton of Essex County who died in 1731. He also named a son John. The suffix Senior and Junior are both attached to John Sutton (b. before 1711) in the historical record.
Follows is a sampling of records showing a connection between the Sutton and Poe families.
1) John Sutton (born before 1711) and William Poe (associated with Samuel Poe of Essex County) serve together on a jury, showing an association with the Poe family as early as 1736, when William Poe was at least 30 years old.
[13 Nov. 1736]
Action on the case. Joseph Bickley jr. agt. William Martin. Jury, Robt. Baber, Roger Madison, William Daniel, Thomas Guy, James Terrill,
John Sutton, William Poe, Benja. Grubs, Timothy Ellis, James Herndon, James Desmukes and Benja. Rennolds, find for the plaintiff. Pounds 5.14.11 3 farthings damage. Benja. Rennolds foreman. It’s considered the plaintiff recover against the defendant and Timothy Terrill his security Pounds 5.14.11 3 farthings
2) In a suit against John
Sutton, the sheriff of
11 June 1748
Scire facias sued out by James and Robert Berries merchants in Glasgow to renew a judgment agt. John Sutton 9 Aug. 1746 for pounds 8.90.11 - current money and 160 pounds of tobacco also 15 shillings or 150 pounds of tobacco for an attorney's fee and costs. The sheriff made return he caused Sutton to know by Samuel Pow and Nicholas Oliver and the defendant did not come. It's considered judgment be renewed for the debt and costs (italics added).
3) Samuel Poe proves an attachment against the estate of John Sutton. One wonders if this suit was symbolic, given that the award is a single comb (horse brush? Or something else called a “comb” that is of meager value?)
11 May 1753
Suit on attachment, Samuel Poe agt. the estate of John Sutton*. The plaintiff proving his account, judgment is granted him for pounds 28.18.7. The Sheriff attached one comb. It's ordered he cause the comb to be sold.
4) John Sutton is present for an order summoning to court Stephen Poe (son of Simon Poe, SR) to bring the will of Richard Bradford. Richard Bradford is the father of Hannah Bradford, wife of Stephen Poe, SR, son of Simon Poe, Sr, son of Samuel Poe. This is the strongest evidence that John Sutton was this close to the Poe family.
p. 240 [9 Dec. 1756]
It’s ordered Rachel Bradford and Stephen Poe be summoned to next court and to bring the last will of Richard Bradford
Present: John Sutton
5) John Sutton
sells land to Edward S. Straughn. One of the
witnesses is Thomas Powe, the son of Mossom Poe (probably the youngest of the sons of Samuel Poe
4 March 1765 (recorded)
Septr. 6, 1774
John Sutton (X) and Elizabeth his wife of St. Geo. Par. Spts. Co. to Edward S. Straughan of same Par and Co. 60 lbs curr 100 a in St. Geo. Par., Spts. Co., part of a tract purchased by sd. Sutton of Nicho. Copland. Witnesses, Larkin Chew, Thomas Powe, Reuben Straughan.
13 May 1783, Pg. 33A
Hannah Sutton be bound unto Benjamin Watts and his Wife until she arrives to Lawful Age to learn the business of Housewifery she now being fifteen years of age.
6) John Sutton sells land to Benjamin Poe. This is either Benjamin Poe, the son of Samuel Poe, or a grandson of Samuel Poe.
23 September 1771.
John (X) Sutton, Senr., and Elizabeth, his wife, of Orange Co. to Benjamin Poe, of Berkeley Par., Spts. Co. Pounds 12 curr. 164 acres. Jos. Willoughby, Edward Brasfield, Leonard Brasfield. No date of Record.
Texas DAR GRC report ; s1 v334 :
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Typescript ; index
Richmond, VA : the Compiler, c1977, 1978
This references implies a Quaker connection to the Sutton family. We again find references to Quakers regarding the Ward and Ligon families)
p. 176 Will of Edward Braine
Pounds 12 to buy gould rings for: Capt. William Byrd, Capt. William Randolph, Capt. Peter Perry, Capt. John Rudds, my brother James Braine and his wife, my brother Frederick Johnson and his wife, Mr. John Guy, Mrs. Hannah Archer, Mr. William Sutton, and Henry Harman.
To Capt. Daniel Lewellen, Stephen Hudson, and Thomas Hayles, each a gould ring of 10 shillings price
To Mr. Bannester, a ring of 20 shillings price
To Jeremiah Kent, his freedom, to begin 7 years after my death
To Henry Harman, all the best wearing clothes
All the rest to dear and loving wife Sarah Braine, and she to be full executor.
My Good son Edward Crostland
to be bound to my wife, to keep him in school til he
be fit for
My trusty friend Henry Harman to assist my wife
If my wife die without marrying, then my estate to be divided between children of my brother and sister Johnson
Dated August 26, 1691
Wit: William Sutton, Martha Sutton, Anthony Berne
Recorded 1 Sept. 1709
(This will is followed by Quaker marriage certificate of Elizabeth Johnson to James Humphrey 31 Dec. 1706, and after that by a power of attorney from the Humphreys and Johnsons to John Woodson* of Henrico County, to take possession of plantation etc., dated 4 Oct. 1707
Woodsons can later be found in
1 June 1692
p. 314 Sarah Brain appoints Henry Harman her attorney
Wit. Nicho. Haynes , Wm Sutton
Signed: Sar. (SB) Brain
Recorded 1 June 1692
2 April 1720
A-7: John Sutton of
Northumberland Co. heir of Wm. Sutton dec’d, produced survey by John Coppedge
2 Apr. 1720 (made for Wm. Sutton). John Sutton 27 A. in said
John Sutton b. prior to 1711, d. Caroline 1785,
son of John Sutton (d. 1731), md.
Sarah ______ and had William, John, James, Stephen and Joseph. His will was
probated in Caroline in 1785. (Below, in 1771, wife is named
T. Dix Sutton. Richmond Press, Inc.
p.4 The many Suttons who came to
John Sutton, b. prior to 1688, d.
We do not know the date of his birth, but it must have been prior to 1688 because at the time of his death he had two sons, William and John, who qualified as his executors and must have been at least 21 years of age. The exact date of his death is not known but the Spotsylvania Order Book, page 41, dated may 5, 1731, carries the following entry: “In the action of trespass upon the case between John Sutton, gent. Plt., and William B. Nichesson, def., for 530 pounds of tobacco due by account, the plt. Being dead, ordered that the suit be dismissed.” The executors qualified in Caroline in 1732
John Sutton b. prior to 1711, d. Caroline, son of John Sutton md Sarah _____ and had William, John, James, Stephen and Joseph. He was Church Warden, St. Margaret’s Parish in 1741. His will was probated in Caroline in 1785. He was a Justice in Caroline in 1758, see. Order Book, 1755-58, page 39.
Descendants of John Sutton and his wife, Temperance Lane
Carrie T. Goldsborough and Anna G. Fisher. 1941
NOTE: This John Sutton and wife,
This couple was married about 1758, but the exact date and place has not been established. Their children were John Jr., born May 25, 1759, Robert, William, Mary, and David born 1776.
Soon after the birth of his first child, John Sutton,
Sr. purchased a farm in
p. 13-14 Sutton Notes
We cannot state definitely
who were the parents of the John Sutton who married
1727 John Sutton Junr. Witnessed a deed in Spotsylvania Co. VA
1730 John Sutton Junr. Is a
witness in Spotsylvania Co. Crozier,
1732 “John Sutton of
The following indicates that he moved from
1739 “John Sutton of St. Marks Parish Orange co.” leases to John Mansoil “100 A. in county and parish aforesaid and is part of a tract of land whereon said John Sutton now lives.” Orange co. Deed Book 3, p. 328
He returns to
1741 “John Sutton of Spotsylvania” leases to Richard
Copeland 120 A. in
Since this lease corners with that of John Mansfoil (see above) it must be part of the tract purchased in 1732.
1742 “John Sutton of
He probably resided on this land for later
Spotsylvania Records refer to him as “of
1746 “John and Elizabeth Sutton, his wife, of
--- Orange County Deed book 10, p. 325.
1764 (Jan.) “John Sutton and Elizabeth, his wife, of
St. George Parish Spotsylvania county” sell 100 A. in
St. George Parish.
--- Ibid. p. 239
1764 (Nov.) Thos. Kimbrow
and Elinor, his wife, of
John and Elizabeth may have moved to this land for,
1771 John Sutton and Elizabeth, his wife of
A few years later we find
John and his wife Elizabeth, in
1776 “John Sutton and his wife, Elizabeth, of
Probably the land bought from Thos. Kimbrow in 1764.
John Sutton, died 1692
6 May 1678
Upon ye Petition of William Young he is discharged from being Constable and John Sutton is appoyned to succeed him in that place.
2 June 1679
Mr. Thomas Roby is appoyned counstable in ye place of Jno. Sutton. James Merrit, and orphan, is bound as an apprentice to Mr. Chistr. Robinson till he comes of age.
23 November 1687
And they say upon further examination that the persons under written are thought by this Court capable to serve as Footmen and to finde themselves Armes &c.
List includes John Sutton
2 January 1687/88
Upon the Petition of Francis Wortley,
a poor impott: person. who
is in a very miserable helpless condition; It is ordered that John Sutton
doe receive & entertayne the said Worteley for this yeare and that hee bee considered & paid for the same in this
6 Feb 1687/88
The Suite of Christopher Robinson and Catherine his wife, the Executrix of Major Robert Beverley, against John Sutton is referred to next count
14 May 1688
Order agt. the Sheriff is granted to John Sutton for the non appearance of Thomas Ballard
24 June 1688
William Tignor of Middlesex and Dorothy his wife to Thomas Stiff. John Sutton, present
11 Nov. 1689
Ordered that Mr. Mattews Kemp as High Sheriffe & Collector of this county doe pay to the severall p:sons following ye severall sums to them allowed:
To John Sutton for 2 wolves heads 00400
7 July 1690
The Accot: of Christopher
Robinson & Catherine his Wife Exerex. of Majr. Robert
Beverly late of this
accompants charge themselves with: all & singular
ye goods & chattels of ye sd Deceased specified
in an Inventory thereof made & exhibited into ye Registorey
of ye sd
Errors Excepted July ye 7th 1690 p
2 May 1692
Probate of ye last will and testament of Mr. John Sutton, deced, is grated to his widdow, Elizabeth Sutton, Exrx of ye sd. Testamt.
3 September 1694
Account of John Robinson, John Armistead, William Churchill, William Daniell, Edwin Thacker and Paul Thilman Executors of the Last Will and Testament of Christopher Robinson Esqr. Deced as well of and for such and so much of ye goods and chattells of Major Robert Beverley as for ye payments and disbursements out of ye same as followeth:
To ye Inventory & appraismt of ye Estate. To Severall Debts reced by Chr. Robinson and Catherine his Wife as followeth Received of
(long list includes)
In pursuance to an order of
6 April 1696
This indenture made the Sixth day of Aprill 1696 Between Thomas Williamson of the Parrish of
Christ Church in
In presence of Sampson Darell
Thomas (T) Williamson
27 May 1695
Another deed mentions the same line of trees of John Sutton
5 June 1704
Christopher Sutton served on Grand Jury
4 Sept 1704
Case Christopher Sutton, Guardian of Rebecca Beaumon, Plt. and John Hadley
& Sarah his wife Administratrix of William
Beaumont deced upon motion of Defendts
by Capt. Wm Jones, their Atty an Imparlance
is granted them until
2 Oct 1704
Christopher Sutton, guardian of Charity Beaumont
5 Mary 1704/5
Christopher Sutton on Jury
7 August 1710
Townsend’s Estate to be appraised. Ordered Robert Johnston, Thomas Jones, Richard Hill,
John Miller & William Barbee or any four of them some time between this and
7 August 1720
Porter’s Estate to be appraised. Order includes Christopher Sutton as appraiser
6 Dec 1715
Christopher Sutton present at indenture