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Major Thomas Luten

Also Known As: "Thomas", "Thomas Lutton", "Thomas Luten"
Birthplace: Probably, England
Death: February 16, 1729 (73-82)
Chowan County, Province of North Carolina
Immediate Family:

Son of Michael Lutton, II; Michael Luten, Jr and Hannah Sarah Lutton
Husband of Mary Luten, widow Currer
Father of Thomas Luten, Jr; Esther Hicks; Thomas Luten, Jr.; Rachel Farlee; Orpah Melton and 2 others
Brother of Michael Lutton; Mary Wilsone Lutton; Edward Luten; Francis Luten; Lydia Luten and 1 other

Occupation: Major, Captain, Provost Marshall, ect.
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About Major Thomas Luten

Luten (or Leuten, Luton, Lutten), Thomas d. ca. March 1731


Thomas Luten born 1651 Carolina Colony, son of Michael Lutton and Hannah (Wilsone) Lutton. He was the brother of Michael Letton III, Mary Wilson Luten, Edward Luten, Francis Luten, Mary Elizabeth Luten and Anna Luten.



Thomas Luten (or Leuten, Luton, Lutten), justice of the General Court and Chowan Precinct Court, Assembly member, and provost marshal, was in the North Carolina colony by October 1684. He became justice of Chowan Precinct Court before April 1694 and remained on the court at least through October 1695. Luten sat as justice at a special term of the General Court in the spring of 1698 and was appointed provost marshal that April. He continued as provost marshal through June 1702 or longer. In February 1711/12 he was a member of the Assembly, and from May 1727 through April 1730 he was a justice of the General Court. Throughout most of his career he held military titles, first captain and later major.

From time to time Luten served in other capacities. In May 1701 he was appointed to investigate an alleged assault by Indians, and in the early 1700s he was deputy surveyor for Chowan Precinct. In 1712 he and three others were appointed by the Court of Chancery to hear and determine an appeal from the Court of Admiralty. He was on the vestry of St. Paul's Parish from 1701 until his death.

Luten married Mary Currer, widow of John Currer, in 1684. He lived in Chowan Precinct, where he had extensive landholdings. He was survived by his wife, Mary; four sons—Thomas, William, Constance (or Constant), and Henderson; and five daughters—Christian Luten, Rachel Farlow, Ann Brinn, Sarah Standing, and Mary Haughton. Luten's daughter Mary was married to Jonathan Evans, and had children by him, before her marriage to Haughton. Little more is known of the lives of his daughters.

Thomas Luten, Jr., shared his father's interest in public affairs. He was justice of Chowan Precinct Court from 1717 to 1719 and again in the 1730s and represented Chowan in the Assembly in 1733, 1735, and 1739. He also served on the vestry of St. Paul's Parish. He died about 1766, survived by his wife, Hannah, a daughter, Elizabeth Mathias, and three sons—William, John, and Thomas.

Henderson Luten also represented Chowan in the Assembly in 1735, but little more is known of his life or of the lives of Constance and William. All four brothers appear to have lived in Chowan. Constance died before 12 Feb. 1742/43, Henderson died before 2 July 1740, and William died sometime after October 1745. _______

He married

  • (1) Mary Wilkerson. Child: Henderson Luten, b. 1740, Chowan, NC
  • (2) Mary Currier. Child: Easter Frances Luten, b. 1645, Charles City, VA, d. 1744, Brunswick, VA
  • (3) Mary Cullen. [see kids under her name] [Mary Cullen was widow Currier]
  • (4) Elizabeth Jordan. Child: Daniel Hicks [Luten], b. 1730, Caswell, NC, d. 1764, Caswell, NC


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Major Thomas Luten's Timeline

Probably, England
Charles City County, Virginia
Chowan, North Carolina, USA
Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
Chowan, North Carolina, United States
February 16, 1729
Age 78
Chowan County, Province of North Carolina