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Descendants of John C. Sutton (1794-1858) of Pulaski Co., VA

 

Generation One

 

1.  John C. SUTTON (632);[1],[2] born 1794 in Pulaski Co., VA;[3] married Elizabeth C. ? (633) before 1838; died December 7, 1858 in Pulaski Co., VA.[4]

     He owned 5 slaves, 3 male and 2 female in 1840 in Pulaski Co., VA.[5] He was a farmer with $3000 in real estate in 1850 in Pulaski Co., VA.[6]

 

     Elizabeth C. ? (633)[7],[8] was also known as Elizabeth "Eliza" Sutton. She was born in 1812 in VA.[9] She was a farmer with $20,250 in real estate and $845 in personal property in 1860 in Pulaski Co., VA.[10] She died after 1870.[11]

     Children of John C. Sutton (632) and Elizabeth C. ? (633) were as follows:

+         2.        i.    John C. (628), born July 20, 1838 in Newbern, Pulaski Co., VA; married Elizabeth J. Gunn (629).

           3.        ii.    Sarah (634); born 1840 in Pulaski Co., VA;[12] married William H. Whitman (4485), son of Daniel Whitman (4486) and Elizabeth ? (4487), March 20, 1860 in Pulaski Co., VA.[13]

           4.      iii.    Hannah C. (635);[14] born April, 1841 in Pulaski Co., VA;[15] died of fever on January 3, 1859 in Pulaski Co., VA, at age 17.[16]

           5.       iv.    William (636); born 1843 in Pulaski Co., VA;[17] died May 30, 1864 in Finley US Gen. Hosp., Washington, D. C.[18]

     He was a farmer, living with his mother, Eliza in 1860 in Pulaski Co., VA.[19] He began military service on June 25, 1861 in Wytheville, VA.  A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in the 50th VA INF as Private in Co. I.   His service record taken from 50th Virginia Infantry by John D. Chapla follows.

    

        Sutton, William: In 1860, he was living, age 16, in Pulaski Co., VA.  William enlisted on June 25, 1861 in Wytheville, Wythe Co., VA.  By October 30, 1861, he was sick in the hospital at Raleigh Court House, VA (WV).  William was Wounded In Action in Lewisburg, VA (WV) and "in several other engagements."  He was Killed In Action at Gettysburg, PA on July 2, 1863 or July 3, 1863.

     Sutton, William P.: 2nd Sgt., Co. G(2).  Born in Virginia, he was living in Pulaski Co., VA before the war.  Enlisted and promoted to 2nd Sgt. by Mar. 31, 1864 when he was present in unit.  William P. was Wounded In Action by a gunshot that fractured the lower third of his left thigh and then captured at Spotsylvania Court House on May 12, 1864.  By May 16, 1864 he was a Prisoner Of War in the 2nd US Corps field hospital.  From May 17, 1864 to May 30, 1864, William was a Prisoner Of War in a hospital in Washington, D. C. where he died at age 20 or 21.

 

From the CSA Official Service Records of the 50th VA INF

Sutton, William P. :  Co. G, 50th VA INF, Sgt./Sgt.

     William P. was admitted to the Finley USA General Hospital in Washington, D. C. as a prisoner of war on May 17, 1864 with a gunshot wound that fractured his left lower thigh.  He had been wounded at Spottsylvania Court House on May 12, 1864.  William P. Sutton died on May 30, 1864 at age 21.

     On his Record of Death and Interment is listed William's residence before enlistment-Pulaski, VA; marriage status-single; age-20 and Post Office address-Mrs. Eliza Sutton, Dublin, Pulaski Co., VA.

 

Facts and Conjectures concerning William Sutton's service during the Civil War.

     The Death and Interment record from the CSA Service Records shows that William P. Sutton of the 50th VA INF is the son of Eliza Sutton of Pulaski Co., VA.  The 50th VA INF by John Chapla also shows a "William Sutton" that Chapla identifies with William Sutton, son of Eliza Sutton.  This is evident by the 1860 Census information he cites (living, age 16, in Pulaski Co.).  The Census only lists one Sutton family in Pulaski County, VA in 1860 and this family has one son named William.  Looking at the two 50th VA INF William Suttons, it is possible that they are both William Sutton, the son of Eliza.

     "William Sutton" enlists as a Private in 1861 and serves until the battle Gettysburg in 1863 where he is listed as killed in action.

        "William P. Sutton"  is first listed as "Enlisted, promoted to 2nd Sgt. by Mar. 31, 1864 when present in unit."  Less than two months later, he is wounded and captured in the battle at Spotsylvania Court House.  He dies as a prisoner of war in Washington, D. C. on Mar. 30, 1864.

        It is possible that "William Sutton's" death at Gettysburg was actually a wound that caused a separation from his regiment to recover.  When he returned, he was promoted to Sergeant.  After this promotion he was then referred to in the service records as "William P. Sutton."  This change from "William Sutton" to "William P. Sutton" would have caused the compilers of the unit's roster to put down two William Suttons.  More research is needed to confirm this.  It would explain why William P. Sutton's first record is his promotion to Sergeant.[20],[21]

           6.       v.    James M. (637);[22] born 1844 in Pulaski Co., VA;[23] buried in Hickman Cemetery, Pulaski Co., VA;[24],[25] married Mary E. Martin (4488) March 29, 1881 in Pulaski Co., VA.[26],[27]

     He began military service on April 20, 1864 in Newbern, Pulaski Co., VA.  A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in the 4th VA Reserves, Co. C. James was enlisted and discharged as a Private.  Muster rolls show James was present from Apr. 20-Aug. 31, 1864.[28] He was a farm laborer with $2600 in real estate and living with his mother, Eliza in 1870 in Dublin, Pulaski Co., VA.[29]

+         7.       vi.    George W. (638), born March 24, 1847 in Pulaski Co., VA; married Margaret Ann Webb (4491).

           8.     vii.    Rachel (639); born 1849 in Pulaski Co., VA;[30] married D. H. Martin (4489) December 14, 1870 in Pulaski Co., VA.[31]

           9.     viii.    Benjamin R. (640);[32] born 1851 in Pulaski Co., VA;[33] married Julia E. Miller (4490) March 20, 1878 in Pulaski Co., VA.[34]

     He was probably a farm laborer since he is listed with $2600 in real estate.  Benjamin was living with his mother, Eliza in 1870 in Dublin, Pulaski Co., VA.[35]

         10.       ix.    Samuel Ingram (641); born February 8, 1853 in Pulaski Co., VA.[36],[37]

     Samuel Sutton was probably a farm laborer since he is listed with $2600 in real estate.  He was living with his mother Eliza in 1870 in Dublin, Pulaski Co., VA.[38]

 

 

 

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[1]Therese A. Fisher, Marriages in New River Valley, VA: Montgomery, Floyd, Pulaski, and Giles, 9/26/1860, "Sutton, John C. (s/o John and Eliza Sutton)..".

[2]Clarita H. Morgan, compiler, Marriage Records, 1839-1900, in the Pulaski County Courthouse, Pulaski, Virginia, p. 24, line15.  Listed as "J. C. Sutton". Hereinafter cited as Pulaski Marriage Records.

[3]Death Records of Pulaski County, VA   1853-70, Death Records of Pulaski County, VA   1853-70, Sutton, John was 64 when he died on Dec. 7, 1858., Sutton, John    7 Dec. 1858.

[4]Ibid., 12/7/1858.

[5]1840 VA, Pulaski Co. Census , p. 203. Hereinafter cited as 1840 VA, Pulaski Co. Census.

[6]1850 VA, Pulaski County Census , p. 204. Hereinafter cited as 1850 VA, Pulaski Co. Census.

[7]Fisher, Marriages in New River, 9/26/1860, "Sutton, John C. (s/o John and Eliza Sutton)..".

[8]Morgan, Pulaski Marriage Records, p. 24, line 15.  Listed as "E. C. Sutton".

[9]1850 VA, Pulaski Co. Census, Listed with Sutton, John.

[10]1860 VA, Pulaski County Census , p. 704. Hereinafter cited as 1860 VA, Pulaski County Census.

[11]1870 VA, Pulaski County Census , Sutton, Eliza. Hereinafter cited as 1870 VA, Pulaski County Census.

[12]1850 VA, Pulaski Co. Census, Listed with Sutton, John

[13]Morgan, Pulaski Marriage Records, p. 4, line 26.

[14]1850 VA, Pulaski Co. Census, Listed with Sutton, John.

[15]Death Records of Pulaski, Sutton, Hannah C.

[16]Death Records of Pulaski, Sutton, Hannah C.

[17]1850 VA, Pulaski Co. Census, Listed with Sutton, John.

[18]John Chapla, 50th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, VA: H. E. Howard), p. 198. Hereinafter cited as 50th VA INF.

[19]1860 VA, Pulaski County Census, p. 704.

[20]John Chapla, 50th VA INF, p. 198.

[21]CSA Official Service Records; 50th VA INF; Sutton, William.

[22]1850 VA, Pulaski Co. Census, Listed with Sutton, John.

[23]1850 VA, Pulaski Co. Census, Listed with Sutton, John.

[24]Listed as "James M. Sutphin."  No death date listed.

[25]Malita & Douthat, James Murphy, compiler, Gates to Glory, Cemeteries of Pulaski County, Virginia (Douthat, James L.), p. 164. Hereinafter cited as Gates to Glory.

[26]Mary Martin was a widow at the time of this wedding even though she was only 25.  Her previous husbands surname was Matthews.

[27]Morgan, Pulaski Marriage Records, p. 29, line 26.

[28]CSA Official Service Records;, 4th VA Reserves, James M. Sutton.

[29]1870 VA, Pulaski County Census, p. 29.

[30]1850 VA, Pulaski Co. Census, Listed with Sutton, John.

[31]Morgan, Pulaski Marriage Records, p. 12, line 18.

[32]Morgan, Pulaski Marriage Records, p. 24, line 15.

[33]1870 VA, Pulaski County Census, Listed with Sutton, Eliza.

[34]Morgan, Pulaski Marriage Records, p. 24, line 15.

[35]1870 VA, Pulaski County Census, p. 29.

[36]Ibid.

[37]Clarita H. Morgan, compiler, Births and Deaths in the Court Records of Pulaski County, VA, p. 2, Births. Hereinafter cited as Pulaski Births and Deaths.

[38]1870 VA, Pulaski County Census, p. 29.