An American Family History

David Sutton


Reverend David Sutton, Sr., born in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey on July 31, 1703. He was the son of David Sutton and Elizabeth Conger.

His wife was named Elizabeth.

Their children may have included:

Elizabeth Sutton (1724, married Jacob Cozad),
Marah Sutton (1726),
Isaac Sutton (1729, married Rachel Doty),
David Sutton (1732 married Phoebe Anne Winters),
John Sutton
James Sutton (1737, married Hannah Cox),
Abraham Sutton (1738, married Mary Chenowith),
Moses Sutton (1745, married Susannah Cox),
Sarah Sutton (1747, married Isaac Cox)

The records of Baptist Church of Middletown, New Jersey included David and Elizabeth Sutton as church members in Monmouth County in June, 1733.

David died in Somerset County, New Jersey. His will was proved on December 19, 1775.

In 1775 Abraham's wife, Mary, accused James of improper advances.

Piscataway Township in New Jersey was first settled in 1666 by Quakers and Baptists who had left the Puritan colony in New Hampshire.

New Jersey's first permanent European settlement was in 1660.






1775, December 1,
Sutton, David,
of Bernards Township,
Somerset County,
will of:

To my wife, of my estate,

To Marah, Jeonner and Abigail, who are the 3 youngest of my daughter, Elizabeth, deceased, 5 a piece.

To the children which my daughter, Marah, had, who is deceased, viz., to eldest son, David, 10, and to each of the rest, 5,

Eldest son, Isaac, 10, and then to have equal with David, John, Abraham, Jeames, Moses and Sarah.

Executors: sons, David and Moses
Witnesses: John Collins, Hannah Collins, Benjamin Courton.
Proved: 19 December 1775.
Lib. L, page 276.

The First Baptist Church of Piscataway is in Edison, new Jersey and was formed in 1689.

from History of the First Baptist Church of Piscataway
Stelton, New Jersey, 1889, by Oliver B. Leonard, Esq.

The Suttons also, came from Long Island, descending from an honorable ancestry in the county of Nottingham, Eng., where the progenitor of Fitz Randolphs lived before emigrating to this country. This family furnished to New Jersey many excellent Baptist preachers during the Colonial and Revolutionary times, one family had four distinguished sons in the ministry. Some of them were among the first to push into the interior to develop the Passaitc valley and the hill country beyond, and at a later date moved to the western part of Pennsylvania.

September 6, 1775

Mary, wife of Abraham Sutton, upon oath chargeth him [James Sutton] with indecent behaviour toward her.

On October 13, 1775

Consulted upon the scandalous report brought against Brother James Sutton, a member of this church and a minister by letter of dismission from the Church of Christ at Scotch Plains, New Jersey and found no cause of accusation.

February 16, 1776 we find that Abram Sutton was the moderator of that meeting. Also we read there that some money was collected for Brothers James Sutton towards paying for his place. In the spring of 1776 James Sutton Junior, son of our first pastor, was the first person baptized in the North Ten Mile Baptist Church. Later in other minutes we find that James Junior was suspended and had to come before the church to confess his error and be reinstated.

On June 14, 1777 we find Isaac Sutton, a minister - perhaps for that time or two or three. He was chosen moderator of this meeting also.

In the September 4, 1779 minutes we find James Sutton, John Buckingham (who is buried in Franklin Cemetery), and Samuel Parkhurst were messengers (delegates) to the Redstone Association of Baptist Churches.

On May 1, 1783 our minutes state that Reverend David Sutton made a visit from the Jerseys and the church gave him an invitation to come and settle among them which he accepted and came the next fall. In the December 1783 minutes we read that by subscription they (church) tried to make up something for the support of Reverend David Sutton and his family.

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.


from Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley Volume 3, by James Morton Callahan

(I) William Sutton, immigrant ancestor of the New Jersey family, may have been related to some of the Massachusetts pioneers. In fact, it is not unlikely that he came to New Jersey from Massachusetts, though no documentary evidence of the fact has been found. There was a considerable movement of population from Massachusetts and especially from Connecticut and Rhode Island to New Jersey and Long Island.

William Sutton was a settler at Piscataway, New Jersey, as early as 1677. A tract of one hundred and twenty acres was surveyed for him, January 30, 1677; one hundred and twenty-five acres, February 11, 1677 ; one hundred and twenty-four and a half acres, September 10, 1678; one hundred and twenty-five acres, February 11, 1685; one hundred and twenty-five acres, February 20, 1686, and one hundred and twenty-five acres, March 25, 1687. The records are very meagre and we know little else about him. The proprietors of East Jersey deeded a large tract of land, March 10, 1697-98, at a half-penny an acre to William, Thomas, Judah, John and Charles Sutton and others. It is reasonable to conclude that they were the sons and heirs of William Sutton. We also have record of Richard Sutton, whose will was dated September 8, 1727, proved February 28, 1732, bequeathing to son Nathan and other children not named. Richard was probably a grandson of William. In 1700 this Richard, Thomas and Judah (or Judson), mentioned above, sign a petition to the kings remonstrating against certain acts of the proprietors.

(II) John Sutton, doubtless son of William Sutton, was born 1660-70. He bought land at Harrison's Neck, in the Passaic Valley, New Jersey, November 11, 1741, and sold his land at Piscataway, December 31, 1741. His will was dated December 17, 1746, proved December 20, 1750. In 1713 John Sutton and fifty others of Middlesex county petitioned to the house of representatives of New Jersey. Children: John, whose will was dated in Somerset county, New Jersey, 1758, mentioning brother David, wife Mary, and children: David, mentioned below; Moses, of Peapack, New Jersey, died in 1746; Aaron, died in 1746; James, member of the Bethel Baptist Church; Jesse; Mary, and Ephraim, who died in 1790.

(III) David, son of John Sutton, was born 1690-1700. His will was dated at Bernards township, Somerset county, New Jersey, December 1, 1775, proved December 19 following. His wife was a legatee, but her name was not given. Children: Isaac, mentioned below; David, John, Abraham, James, Moses, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary.

(IV) Isaac, son of David Sutton, sometimes spelled Sotton, was born 1720-30. He married Rachel, daughter of Benjamin Doty. The three sons, mentioned below, released by quitclaim the lands of their grandfather, Benjamin Doty, to Edward White, in 1784. Jacob, Israel and Samuel all went to Fayette county, Pennsylvania (see page 514, "Chamber's Early Germans of New Jersey"). There were probably other children

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Pennsylvania Pioneers
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