Zebulon Sutton (1707 - 1743)

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Birthplace: Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey
Death: Died in Bernards Township (Basking Ridge), Somerset, New Jersey
Managed by: Sandra "Salisbury" Gauthier
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About Zebulon Sutton

Genealogical Notes of the Sutton Family of New Jersey by Edward H. Sutton notes that Zebulon was "of Bernards Township, Somerset County, on 1/28/1746-7, he leased of James Stirling of Revolutionary War fame 130 acres of land bordering the Passaic river and next to John Doty....All of Zebulon Sutton's brothers acquired land, either by lease or purchase, of the Alexander estate, a tract of some 800 acres, which was a portion of the original "Harrison's Purchase," which included the town of Basking Ridge.

The town of Basking Ridge (where coincidentally my brother Tim and I grew up) dates from about 1720 and is situated on land with a sharply rising ground as the name implies.

Zebulon lived in the town of North Branch. He attended the old Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge (in front of which me and my family sang Christmas carols every Christmas eve with a number of the rest of the town residents), holding pew 72 in 1783. The Presbyterian Church's website (http://www.brpc.org/history/cemeteryburialrecords.shtml) has a list of the burials there but Zebulon is not listed. A Stephen Sutton appears, b. 1745, d. 3/9/1816.

Daniel's son Zebulon, born Sept. 1, 1707, lived in Mendham. He married Mary Doty about 1731, attended the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and had eight children: Patience, Jonathan, Jeremiah, Uriah, Peter, Mary, Joseph and Anna. On Feb. 28, l746/47, he moved his family to Basking Ridge, leasing from James Alexander (the father of William Alexander, the Lord Stirling of Revolutionary War fame) 130 acres bordering on the Passaic River next to John Doty's 300 acres.

Zebulon remained in the area until about 1769 when the lands he had leased from Alexander were sold to others. Presumably he moved to Hardyston Township in Sussex County c. l770. "Zebulon Sutton was among the early arrivals," wrote Snell in his history of Sussex and Warren Counties, "and located upon what was known as the Rutherford lands [in Hardyston] which he cultivated and rendered productive." [WILL THE RIGHT JEREMIAH SUTTON PLEASE STEP FORWARD?," Warren History, Volume One, No. 3, Spring 1990, http://www.warrennj.org/wths/index.htm].

Boston Transcript, May 14, 1924 Series 1800 - "Edward Lewis married Martha Wetherly, N.J., daughter Mary married Zebulon Sutton, Newfoundland, N.J." I have read several items in various second sources that state that Zebulon did not marry Mary Doty.

Place of birth has also been (erroneously?) reported to be Somerset County, New Jersey.

Place of death has also been (erroneously?) reported to be Woodbridge Township, Middlesex, New Jersey.

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Zebulon Sutton's Timeline

1707
September 1, 1707
Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey
1731
May 23, 1731
Age 23
Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey
1732
May 31, 1732
Age 24
New Jersey, United States
1735
March 23, 1735
Age 27
Somerset, New Jersey
March 23, 1735
Age 27
Basking Ridge, Somerset, NJ, USA
1738
1738
Age 30
Bernard Township, Somerset, New Jersey
1741
July 21, 1741
Age 33
1743
1743
Age 35
1743
Age 35
Bernards Township (Basking Ridge), Somerset, New Jersey
1944
January 8, 1944
Age 36