An American Family History

The Sutton Family


Reverend David Sutton, Sr., born in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey on July 31, 1703.

He married Elizabeth Cox (1705-1746).

Their children included:
Elizabeth Sutton (1724),
Mary Sutton (1726),
Isaac Sutton (1729),
David Sutton (1732),
John Sutton (1732), and
Abraham Sutton (1738).

All five sons became ministers.

David died in Somerset County, New Jersey on December 19, 1775

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.


The Reverend David Sutton, Jr. was born about 1732 in New Jersey. He was the fifth pastor of the North Ten Mile Baptist Church and served for 33 years

He married Phoebe Anne Winters. Anne was born in Middletown, New Jersey and buried in Washington County, Pennsylvania about 1783.

Their children (all born in Kingwood) included:
David Sutton (1767),
Sarah Sutton (1767),
Andrew Sutton (1772),
Anna Sutton Parkhurst (1774), and
Catherine Sutton Frazee (1779).

Kingwood Township is on the western border of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. It was founded in 1798.

Baptist churches were found in early colonial settlements and grew out of the English Separatist movement and the doctrine of John Smyth who rejected infant baptism.

Abraham Sutton (David) was born March 22, 1738/39 in Somerset, New Jersey.

He married Mary Chenowith. Their children were born in Allegheny County, Maryland which was Frederick County at that time.

Mary and Abraham's children probably included:
Joanna Sutton (1761)
Ann Sutton (1763)
Mary Sutton (1764, married David Frazee),
David Sutton (1766)
Sarah Sutton (1767, married David Fox),
Andrew Sutton (1769), and
William Sutton (1771).

And on May 3, 1791 the Washington County court record said Abraham Sutton and Philip Hewit were appointed guardians of the minor children of David Frazee: Phoebe, Sarah, David, Mary and Ann Frazee who were all under age 14 years old.


David Sutton (Abraham, David) was born on March 15, 1766 in Fort Cumberland, Maryland. He was the son of Reverend Abraham Sutton and Mary Chenowith. He married Anchor Fox. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Anchor Fox.



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.

Colonial Maryland
Colonial New England
Colonial Virginia & West Virginia
Quakers & Mennonites
New Jersey Baptists
German Lutherans
Watauga Settlement
Pennsylvania Pioneers
Midwest Pioneers
Jewish Immigrants

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