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George Ambrose Sutton

Also Known As: "John George /Sutton/"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Sandwich, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Perquimans, North Carolina, USA
Place of Burial: Perquimans, North Carolina
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Ambrose Sutton and Sarah Rose Mary Sutton
Husband of Sarah Sutton(Tilden)
Father of Esther Sutton; Joseph Sutton; Ann Sutton; Margaret Sutton; Daniel Sutton and 6 others
Brother of Simon Sutton and Samuel Sutton

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About George Ambrose Sutton

[Ashley Shenefelt and Kevin Glade Hoff have DNA match on dna.ancestry.com]

http://www.williamsburgprivatetours.com/sutton%20book%20web.htm

Said to be of Quaker persuasion, the Suttons were apparently neighbors and friends of the Tildens [in England]. Two Sutton boys at the age of 21 years apparently served as servants to the Tildens to pay their passage to America. George Sutton would marry one of the Tilden daughters after their arrival.

George Ambrose SUTTON

Born on 12 Apr 1613 in Sandwich, Kent Co. England. George died in Perquimans Co. No. Carolina on 12 Apr 1669, he was 56. Religion: Church of England, converted to Quaker around 1650. http://www.geocities.com/cersutton/Sutton/RR01/RR01_001.htm#P1558

George Ambrose Sutton who came to Massachusetts on the ship "Hercules" in 1634 from Sandwich, Kent, England. Sandwich is the coastal port near Tenterden.

(Tenterden was the home of the earliest of the Suttons to whom there is a direct verifiable lineage. Tenderden is on the Southeast coast (near the coast) of England and in the County of Kent. In Old English "Tenet Waraden" described a den or clearing in the forest belonging to the men of Thanet, and the town's name is derived from this ancient identification. Tenterden first rose to affluence as a centre for the wool trade in the 13th Century. In 1331 Edward III prohibited the export of raw wool and brought weavers and dyers from Flanders to teach the English to manufacture finished cloth, and in the subsequent decades Tenterden's prosperity grew. In the 15th and 16th Centuries changes in the coastline meant that the Cinque Ports lost much of their influence - indeed Tenterden lost all access to the sea, and today is some ten miles from the coast.)

George Ambrose Sutton was a servant in the party of Nathaniel Tilden of Tenterden, Kent. Within two years of settling at Scituate, he married Sarah, the daughter of Nathaniel Tilden. About 1668, after Plymouth Colony enacted penal laws against the Quakers, George Sutton immigrated to North Carolina with most of his family to escape religious persecution. He died in what is now Perquimans County, North Carolina, within a year of leaving Massachusetts.

On 13 Mar 1636 when George was 22, he married Sarah Tilden, daughter of Nathaniel Tilden & Lydia Huckstep (Hucstepe), in Scituate, MA. Born on 13 Jan 1613 in Tenterden, Kent Co. England. Sarah died in Perquimans Co. No. Carolina on 20 Mar 1677, she was 64.

Two of his sons did not go to NC. Daniel who emigrated to Burlington County, NJ, and William who moved to Piscataway, NJ, did not accompany the rest of the family to North Carolina. ...

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Notes for George Sutton:

http://www.dragonbbs.com/members/ww8566/SuttonRobertAmbroseGenealogy.html

Following the Quaker persecution in Mass., George Sutton and his wife, Sarah, moved to Perquimans County in the Colony of Carolina. He died there April 12, 1669, leaving two sons, Nathaniel and Joseph. They left many descendants who have spread out over North Carolina and Virginia. (The Suttons of Caroline County, VA by T. Dix Sutton)

Sutton-Newby House. (National Register) This is one of the oldest houses in the Albemarle, probably built circa 1745 by Joseph Sutton on land which had belonged to his family for nearly seventy years. Founders of the family were George Sutton (died 12 April 1669, probably in Perquimans) and his wife Sarah (Tilden) Sutton. Sutton had gone from Sandwich, England in 1634 to Scituate, Massachusetts. After coming to Carolina, Sutton’s children married: Joseph to Deliverance Nicholson, Nathaniel to Deborah Astine, Sarah to John Barrow, and Elizabeth to Ralph Fletcher. Their descendants are numerous. Nathaniel’s son Joseph married Parthenia Durant and fathered the Joseph who probably built the house. The story-and-a-half frame structure is notable for a Flemishbond gable end ornamented by patterns of glazed headers. (THEY CAME TO STAY, A tour of Historic Durants Neck and old Neck, Perquimans County, NC 4 may 1991 Sponsored by NC Society Colonial Dames XVII Century and Perquimans County Restoration Association)

-------------------- George Sutton sailed on the ship, Hercules, in 1634 from Sandwich, Kent, England. He was a servant in the party of Nathaniel Tilden of Tenterden, Kent, England. Within two years of settling at Scituate, Massachusetts he married Sarah, the daughter of Nathaniel Tilden. About 1668, after Plymouth Colony enacted penal laws against the Quakers, George Sutton emigrated to North Carolina with most of his family to escape religious persecution. He died in what is now Perquimans County, North Carolina within a year of leaving Massachusetts.

His family's association with the Quaker religion tends to reinforce the belief that Daniel Sutton, of Burlington County, NJ and William Sutton, who was an influential Quaker in Woodbridge/Piscataway, NJ are his sons. Both had emigrated from Massachusetts at about the same time as the others moved to North Carolina.

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George2 Sutton (Robert Ambrose1) was born Abt. 1613 in England, and died April 12, 1669 in Albemarle Co., Perquimans Dist., NC. He married (1) Sarah Tilden March 13, 1635/36 in Scituate, Mass. She was born January 01, 1612/13 in Tenterden, Kent Co., England, and died March 20, 1676/77 in Albemarle Co.,Perquiman Dist., NC. He married (2) Sarah Tilden March 13, 1636/37 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA. She was born January 1611/12 in Tenterden, Kent Co., England, and died March 20, 1675/76 in Albemarle Co., Perquimans Dist., NC.

Notes for George Sutton:

Following the Quaker persecution in Mass., George Sutton and his wife, Sarah, moved to Perquimans County in the Colony of Carolina. He died there April 12, 1669, leaving two sons, Nathaniel and Joseph. They left many descendants who have spread out over North Carolina and Virginia. (The Suttons of Caroline County, VA by T. Dix Sutton)

Sutton-Newby House. (National Register) This is one of the oldest houses in the Albemarle, probably built circa 1745 by Joseph Sutton on land which had belonged to his family for nearly seventy years. Founders of the family were George Sutton (died 12 April 1669, probably in Perquimans) and his wife Sarah (Tilden) Sutton. Sutton had gone from Sandwich, England in 1634 to Scituate, Massachusetts. After coming to Carolina, Sutton’s children married: Joseph to Deliverance Nicholson, Nathaniel to Deborah Astine, Sarah to John Barrow, and Elizabeth to Ralph Fletcher. Their descendants are numerous. Nathaniel’s son Joseph married Parthenia Durant and fathered the Joseph who probably built the house. The story-and-a-half frame structure is notable for a Flemishbond gable end ornamented by patterns of glazed headers. (THEY CAME TO STAY, A tour of Historic Durants Neck and old Neck, Perquimans County, NC 4 may 1991 Sponsored by NC Society Colonial Dames XVII Century and Perquimans County Restoration Association) -------------------- Following the Quaker persecution in Mass., George Sutton and his wife, Sarah, moved to Perquimans County in the Colony of Carolina. He died there April 12, 1669, leaving two sons, Nathaniel and Joseph. They left many descendants who have spread out over North Carolina and Virginia. (The Suttons of Caroline County, VA by T. Dix Sutton)

Sutton-Newby House. (National Register) This is one of the oldest houses in the Albemarle, probably built circa 1745 by Joseph Sutton on land which had belonged to his family for nearly seventy years. Founders of the family were George Sutton (died 12 April 1669, probably in Perquimans) and his wife Sarah (Tilden) Sutton. Sutton had gone from Sandwich, England in 1634 to Scituate, Massachusetts. After coming to Carolina, Sutton’s children married: Joseph to Deliverance Nicholson, Nathaniel to Deborah Astine, Sarah to John Barrow, and Elizabeth to Ralph Fletcher.

-------------------- The Suttons were Normans in the beginning and before anybody had a surname in the modern sense. The first Sutton was a Norman and in the train of WIlliam the Conqueror when he started his never to be forgotten expedition. Sutton-upon-Trent was granted to him as his share of the spoils, to have and to hold forever, and so the Norman became English Sutton. Sud-tun, meaning a dwelling in the South, is the original form of Sutton, and is the name of a large number of towns in England.

George Sutton was born in Sandwich, County of Kent, England in 1613. As a servant in the party of Nathaniel Tilden of Tenterden, England, he sailed in 1634 on the ship "Hercules". He may have been one of those poorer men who often worked their passage to America with wealthier relatives or friends. Within two years of the settlement of the group, the Tildens, 7 children, 7 servants, at Scituate Mass, George Sutton married Sarah Tilden, daughter of Nathaniel. Sarah was baptized in St Mildred's Church, Tenterden, 1/1/1613.

George Sutton probably upset the Tilden family at his marriage to Sarah Tilden in Scituate March 13, 1636, for he was a strong Quaker by faith and continued in his belief throughout his life. One 1/15/1644, George Sutton took the oath of Fidalitie at Scituate. They had 8 kids.

About 1688, George Sutton emigrated with most of his family to NC. Anglican VA, had not been so hard on the Quakers as had Puritan New England. It is fair to conclude that the Quaker faith had as much to do with George Sutton's removal to NC as it did with William Sutton's to Piscataway in NJ. -------------------- The Suttons of England and North Carolina 1620-1974 states that the " Sutton name is Saxon from 'Suth' and 'Tun' meaning Southtown.

Sutton, Sutton and More Suttons by Doris E. Bland states on p. 4 that "several Suttons came to the New World in the 1600s including Nicholas who came to VA in 1622, George in 1634 with his brother Simon, and John who came from Attleborough in Norfolkshire on the ship 'Diligent' in 1638."

In 1634, he sailed on the ship "Hercules" of Sandwich, Kent, England as a servant in the family of Nathaniel Tilden. His brother Simon was also on board as servant of William Hatch.

George was a Quaker. He is listed in the Compendium of American Genealogy as "SUTTON, George (ca. 1610-1669) [sic] Quaker; prob. from Tenterden, Kent, England to Boston in the "Hercules," 1634 at Scituate, Mass. thence to Perquiman's Co., NC 1668; m. Sarah (1613-1677), dau of Elder Nathaniel Tilden."

It was not uncommon for poorer Puritan folk to work as a servant in return for the passage over. It must have caused some raised eyebrows when he married the daughter of his former employer a mere 2 years after the settlement of the group at Scituate. If he was a Quaker at the time it would have been all the more shocking as Nathaniel Tilden was a Catholic. It is possible that Tilden may not have been very happy about this marriage of his daughter.

George in listed as an Overseer of Highways and as a town officer in Seventeenth Century Colonial Ancestors by Mary Louise Marshall Hutton and in Pioneers of Massachusetts respectively [above paraphrased from Sutton, Sutton and More Suttons... compiled by Doris Bland).

Although the identity of his father has yet to be proven, Marge Waterfield states in her book The Sutton Family and Allied Lines that Joseph Sutton of Kent is probably the father of George (although she provides no documented proof).

George moved his family to North Carolina on or about 1688. A paper in the Massachusetts Archives states : "I Joseph Sutton of Corralinah doe Testify that is the yeare 1671 my mother Sarah Sutton did Receive in Corralinah from the hands of Caleb Lambe the sum of five pounds in English Goods sent with a Bill of Ladeing which five pounds was in full of a Legacy given by my grandfather Timothy haterly and paid or sent by my Oncle Mr. Joseph Tildens Executrix : he the said Joseph Tilden being appointed to adminnester to the estate of Mr. hatherley : I say that I witnes and Testify that this five pound was payed and received on the accoumpt abovesaid : In witness whereof I have heeronto sett my hand this 23rd of May 1673 Witnessed pr me James Cudworth Joseph Sutton (Plymouth Colony Deeds, Vol. 3, pt. 2, p. 320). -------------------- George was one of Nathaniel Tilden's seven servants accompanying the family on the Hercules. -------------------- Following the Quaker persecution in Mass., George Sutton and his wife, Sarah, moved to Perquimans County in the Colony of Carolina. He died there April 12, 1669, leaving two sons, Nathaniel and Joseph. They left many descendants who have spread out over North Carolina and Virginia. (The Suttons of Caroline County, VA by T. Dix Sutton)

http://www.dragonbbs.com/members/ww8566/SuttonRobertAmbroseGenealogy.html -------------------- ID: I5257

Name: George SUTTON

Sex: M

Birth: 12 APR 1613 in Tenterton, Kent, England

Death: APR 1669 in Perquimans, North Carolina

_UID: C538AD98A1752048B89EC3A426DB88CCD2FE

Change Date: 27 SEP 2005 at 14:21:41

Marriage 1 Sarah TILDEN b: 13 JUN 1613 in Tenterton, Kent, England

Married: 13 MAR 1636 in Scituate, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts 1

Children

John SUTTON b: 1593 in Of Rehoboth, Bristol, England

Sources:

Title: FamilySearch Pedigree Resource File

Abbrev: FamilySearch

Note: Weeks - Atherton - Carpenter

-------------------- Married: On 3/13/1635-36 in Scituate, Plymouth Colony, to Sarah Tilden born 1/13/1612-13 in Tenterden, Kent Co, England.

1Ambrose Sutton1587 - .+Sarah Rose Mary Warner1589 - . 2George Sutton1613 - 1669 ....+Sarah Tilden1612/13 - 1676/77 .... 3Joseph Sutton1637 - 1694/95 .......+Deliverance Nicholson1638 - 1700 ....... 4Joseph Sutton1684 - 1723/24 ..........+Bennett Stipney- 1707/08 .......*2nd Wife of Joseph Sutton:..........+Rebecca Jones.......... 5Christopher Sutton1723/24 - .............+Elizabeth ???............. 6Hanah Sutton1748 - ................+John Fowler1739 - 1808 ............. 6John Sutton.......... 5Hanah Sutton1723/24 - .......... 5Sarah Sutton1723/24 - .............+??? Thomas.......... 5Elizabeth Sutton1723/24 - .............+Issac Mullen.......... 5Mary Sutton1723/24 - 1737/38 ....... 4Christopher Sutton1685 - 1711 ..........+Miriam Toms....... 4George Sutton1687 - 1733 ..........+Mary ???.......*2nd Wife of George Sutton:..........+Elinor Ashley.......... 5Thomas Sutton- 1749 .............+Elizabeth Jones............. 6Joshua Sutton1720 - 1790 ................+Ann Sheppard................ 7David Sutton................... 8Absolom Sutton......................+Phoebe Powell...................... 9Elizabeth Sutton1815 - .........................+James Wright...................... 9Phillip Sutton1800 - ...................... 9Stephen Sutton1800 - ...................... 9Moses G. Sutton1806 - 1875 .........................+Elizabeth Louise Eliza Webb1810 - 1857 ......................... 10Mary Sutton1828 - ............................+Riley Mathis.........................

http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/m/u/r/Miranda-L-Murphy/ODT1-0001.html -------------------- There is no evidence that his middle name was Ambrose, or that he was born in Sandwich, Kent.

There are no birth or christening records that match his alleged birth date of April 12, 1613, or even for that year.

Furthermore, this does not fit with the marriage of Ambrose Sutton and Sarah Warner on Aug. 25, 1613, Kelvedon near Colchester, Essex, England.

There is no evidence that George Sutton is the son of Robert Ambrose / Ambrose Sutton and Sarah Warner, and neither is there any evidence to tie Ambrose Sutton to Kent.

There is also no evidence that Ambrose Sutton had the first name Robert.

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George Sutton appears to have come from a more modest family in Biddenden, Kent. This makes sense when you consider he was not wealthy enough to pay for his own passage, but was an indentured servant.

Biddenden is located near Tenterden, the home of Nathaniel Tilden, the man who would become George Sutton's employer, and eventually his father-in-law.

There are marriage and christening records in Biddenden that seem likely to belong to George Sutton, his brothers Simon, Bernard, and Robert, and parents Robert Sutton and Mary Austin.

Brother Simon Sutton also traveled to America, and was a witness to the will of Nathaniel Tilden.

Marriage:

10-13-1605 Robert Sutton married Mary Austin.

Baptisms:

12-27-1607 George Sutton son of Robert Sutton

12-19-1619 Simon son of Robert Sutton

9-13-1612 Bernard son of Robert Sutton

2-26-1614 Robert son of Robert Sutton

See also George Sutton's baptism record here:

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NNLM-R3J

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Baptisms of the other three children may also be found at FamilySearch. In multiples, for some reason. For Simon, there are records for both 12/15/1619 and 12/19/1619.

Simon son of Robert Sutton

12/15/1619:

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NTKT-PZJ

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JM9Q-5B4

12/19/1619:

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J7GS-PZL

Bernard son of Robert Sutton

9/13/1612:

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N253-CTY

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N1CR-QJ7

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JQWM-3L3

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J7LK-DBK

Robert son of Robert Sutton

2/26/1614:

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NNND-4Y1

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NY8J-RJB

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JSQ1-KX3

The marriage record of Robert Sutton and Mary Austin does not appear to be there.

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See discussions here: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SUTTON/2010-07/1280243728

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SUTTON/2003-12/1070292981

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SUTTON/2006-03/1142569029

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https://archive.org/stream/genealogicalnote00sutt/genealogicalnote00sutt_djvu.txt

The following is a passage from:

GENEALOGICAL NOTES OF THE SUTTON FAMILY OF NEW JERSEY

BY EDWARD F. H. SUTTON, 1900

[printed for private circulation]

II. GEORGE SUTTON sailed 1634 on the ship Hercules of Sandwich, Kent, as a servant in the party of Nathaniel Tilden, of Tenterden, in the same county. The poorer Puritans often worked their passage in this way with wealthier relatives or friends; at all events, within two years of the party's establishment at Scituate GEORGE married Nathaniel's daughter, Sarah Tilden. Nathaniel Tilden, it may be mention- ed, though a merchant, was of aristocratic connections, and descended of a very ancient Kentish family. His departure for New England was thought worthy of note in a History of Sandwich published in 1792. A pedigree compiled in Elizabethan times by the famous antiquary, Camden, is still in possession of English representatives of the name, tracing their descent from Sir William Tylden de Sittenbourne and Gongleton, Cheshire, "who fought in ye Van of ye English Armie commanded by Lord Audley under ye Black Prince at ye Battle of Poictiers Anno 1356." In New England Nathaniel Tilden, styled "Gentleman", was at once accorded the position due to his social status, education and comparative wealth. He was an elder of the church and held important offices of trust.

On this same voyage of the Hercules in 1634 came SIMON SUTTON as a servant in the party of William (l) Hatch. He is evidently nearly akin to GEORGE SUTTON, but his name disappears from the records, and beyond the fact that he served as a witness to the will of Nathaniel Tilden in l64l, nothing is known of him. William (l) Hatch had a son William (2) Hatch, also a passenger on the Hercules, and the intimate nature of the friendship between the latter and GEORGE SUTTON is of particular interest. William died in Virginia in 1657» Before he under- took that long and dangerous journey he made his will, and entrusted the keeping of it -- not to his own brother-in-law, Lieutenant James Torry, the Town Clerk, but to GEORGE SUTTON.

Nathaniel Tilden died in 1641, and the following year his widow Lydia married Timothy Hatherley, who thus became step- father-in-law of GEORGE SUTTON. Hatherley and his lifelong friend, James Cudworth, men of the very first prominence in Plymouth Colony, were liberals in principle. When Plymouth, following the lead of Massachusetts, enacted penal laws against the Quakers, these two alone, of all the magistrates, entered a strong protest. They paid for their temerity by the loss of political position and influence. Cudworth was, indeed, fined for holding intercourse with Quakers (merely with the intention of discovering their tenets) and eventually disfranchised, but he lived to see the turn of the tide and to be re- seated as a magistrate. Hatherley died while still under the ban.

Their courage bore fruit. Their personal influence was such that the Ply- mouth penal laws, though similar to those of Massachusetts were not enforced with the Massachusetts rigor. No Quaker suffer- ed death in Plymouth, and Quaker congre- gations, barely tolerated at first, sprang up and eventually flourished, particularly on Cape Cod.

As might have been expected, one such developed at Scituate, the home town of Hatherley and Cudworth, which eventually attracted members of some of the best of the local families, including Cudworth’s own. But it grew slowly and was not numerous enough to need a meeting house until 1676. Ten years before that date, or about the year 1668, GEORGE SUTTON, who had been so intimately associated with the disinterested champions of Quakerism, emigrated with most of his family to North Carolina.

Anglican Virginia had not been so hard on the Quakers as Puritan New England. George Fox found them numerous there when he visited the Old Dominion in 1672. The northern parts of North Carolina, when opened for settlement a few years earlier, received Quakers along with other Virginia immigrants; indeed Bancroft exaggerates so far as to say that North Carolina was settled by Quakers. While that is not the case, it is certain that the complete religious freedom of a new and unorganised province was attractive to many settlers, and certain it is that after Fox's missionary visit of 1672, the sect grew and flourished amazingly in North Carolina, so that before the end of the century a Quaker had been elected Governor. In no other Colonial Province excepting Pennsylvania and West Jersey, were the Quakers so numerous and powerful.

It is fair to conclude that Quaker faith had as much to do with GEORGE SUTTON'S removal to North Carolina as with WILLIAM SUTTON'S to Piscataway. That GEORGE and his family were Quakers in their new home, there is small doubt. One of the earliest Quaker meeting houses in the Province was built towards the end of the 17th century on "Sutton's Creek" so called because it marched with the lands of GEORGE or his sons. JOSEPH, one of the latter, married Deliverance Nicholson, whose family had suffered per- secution for Quakerism in New England. GEORGE settled in that part of the Province that, after bearing various other names, is now Perquimans County and left a numerous posterity. He died there April 12, 1669 aged about 56.

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George Ambrose Sutton's Timeline

1612
April 12, 1612
Sandwich, Kent, England, United Kingdom
1632
1632
Age 19
Hingham, England
1636
March 13, 1636
Age 23
Scituate, MA, USA
1636
Age 23
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
1637
1637
Age 24
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1638
1638
Age 25
Hingham, Norfolk, , England
1639
November 20, 1639
Age 27
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1641
May 25, 1641
Age 29
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
1642
1642
Age 29
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1643
1643
Age 30
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA