John Sutton, Jr. (c.1617 - 1691) MP

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Birthplace: Attleborough, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Occupation: Carpenter
Managed by: Christopher Lee Empey
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About John Sutton, Jr.

Will: 12 NOV 1691 Note: Age about 70. Bequests to wife Elizabeth and children John, Nathaniel, Nathan, Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah and Hester. 2

  • parents: John SUTTON & Julian ADCOCK b: BEF 11 FEB 1598/9 in Attleborough, Norfolk, England

Married:

  1. 1 JAN 1661 in Scituate, Plymouth, MA Elizabeth HOUSE b: BEF 23 OCT 1636 in Scituate, Plymouth, MA Possibly a second marriage. 4 5

The couple had eight children:  John, Mary, Sarah, Hannah, Hester, Benjamin, Nathaniel, and Nathan.   Elizabeth and all eight children are named in John, Jr.’s, will.  After selling his father’s house, John and Elizabeth moved to Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA where they remained until John, Jr’s., death 12 Nov 1691.  Elizabeth, it is said, moved to Rye, NY where she died.  She may have remarried.  Son Benjamin would change the family name to Sitton.

Notes listed by Richard Schepper. * * * * * * * Notes from WFT #3101 V ol 3. John Sutton, born 1642, married to Eliza House, "purchased Conihass et (N, Scituate) lands; Selectman 1668. Surveyer of highways 1683. Commiss ioned ensign of Military Co. of Scituate, March 1670 [Reference: Pierce 's Colonial Lists, page 72] and served in King Phillips War. Will prov ed 30 Mar. 1692 [Reference: Plymouth County Probate Records]"

The town of Hingham gave John Sutton four acres of land for his family. (Had they gone to VA, PA, or SC, the Suttons would probably have received 50 acres per family member.) We may assume that after receiving their land, the family built a house and began farming, for years later, after John, Sr.’s, death, John, Jr., sold the house the family had built on the four-acre lot. Public records for Suffolk Co in 1653 state:

John Sutton junior of Cittuate in New England Carpinter. . . conveys to Mathew Cushen Senior of Hingham. . . my house & all my house lott Containeing fower accres of land . . . wch was giuen by the Town of Hingham to John Sutton my father. [original spelling retained.]

The fact that John Sutton, Jr., is identified as “carpinter” is significant in that carpentry was a skill often used by colonists who did not have a lot of money to buy land. Perhaps both he and his father supplemented the family income through carpentry, though I was unable to find John, Sr., identified as a carpenter. One reason that John, Jr., may have chosen to take his family to Scituate after his father died was that that town had a blossoming ship building trade. As a carpenter, John, Jr.’s, skills would have been valuable there. (Later John, Jr.’s, sister Margaret married Joseph Carpenter, who, fittingly, was a carpenter/joiner by trade.)

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  1. New England Marriages Prior to 1700  By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Page 721. "SUTTON, John [2] (1621-1691) (ae 70 in 1691) & Elizabeth HOUSE (1636-1679+); 1 Jan 1661; Scituate
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John Sutton, Jr.'s Timeline

1617
1617
Attleborough, Norfolk, England
1660
January 1, 1660
Age 43
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
1662
October 20, 1662
Age 45
Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA
1663
February 28, 1663
Age 46
Scituate,Plymouth Co. Mass
1665
January 22, 1665
Age 48
Scituate, Plymouth, MA, USA
1667
November 3, 1667
Age 50
Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA
1669
November 3, 1669
Age 52
Scituate,Plymouth Co. Mass
1671
October 25, 1671
Age 54
Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA
1674
March 22, 1674
Age 57
Scituate, Plymouth , Massachusetts
1679
August 9, 1679
Age 62
Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA