John Sutton

John SUTTON (1593 – 1672) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather two ways, he was two of 4,096  in this generation of the Shaw line through his daughters Mary and Margaret.

Immigrant Ancestor

John Sutton was born in 1593 in Attleborough, Norfolk, England.  One source shows is birthplace as Rehoboth, Bristol, England.  John’s parents were Henry SUTTON  and  Sarah TILDEN. He was the grandson of Theron SUTTON. He was an only child. He married Juliana ADCOCKE about 1616 in Attleborough, England. He arrived with his family in 1638 on the ‘Diligent‘. John died on 1 Jun 1672 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Alternatively, John’s parents were  George SUTTON and [__?__].

Julian Adcocke was born in Great Ellingham, Norfolk, England. She was  baptized on 11 Feb 1598/99 at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Anglican Church in Attleborough, Norfolk, England.  Her parents were John ADCOCKE and Elizabeth ELDRE. Juliana was buried 4 Jun 1678 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Juilian was baptized at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Church, Attleborough, Norfolk, England

Some sources say John’s wife was Juliana Little who was born around 1595 and her father was Francis Little.    In addition, some think that John may have had another wife before Julian, for the time period between the birth of John, Jr., (1617) and the next child, Esther (1625) is eight years.  (For what it’s worth, there are also 6 years between Anna and Margaret)   In addition, Hannah (1637-1642) is sometimes omitted from the list of children.  This omission could possibly mean that her birth date was really 1638, after the family’s arrival in Massachusetts.

Children of  John and Julian:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Sutton ca. 1617
Attleborough, England
Elizabeth House
1 Jan 1661/1662
Scituate, Mass
12 Nov 1691
Scituate, Mass
3. Mary SUTTON ca.1626
ca. 1645
4 Nov 1703  Rehoboth, Mass.
4. Nathaniel Sutton
2. Esther Sutton ca. 1625
Richard Bowen
4 Mar 1656/57
6 Nov 1688 Rehoboth
5 Anne Sutton ca. 1629
John Daggett 23 Sep 1651
6. Margaret SUTTON ca. 1638
Hingham, Mass
25 Nov 1655 in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony
4 Oct 1676 Swansea, Mass
Buried in 100 Acre Cove, Barrington, Mass
7. Hannah Sutton ca. 1638
Hingham, Mass
Oct 1642
Hingham, Masse

Daniel Cushing, a contemporary of John SUTTON’s at Hingham, records that Sutton, with a wife and four children, came from Attleborough on the Diligent in 1638.  Immediately above the Sutton entry, Cushing lists Stephen Paine and his family, from Great Ellingham [adjacent to Attleborough, in  Norfolk], as passengers on the same ship. The will of former Attleborough resident John ADCOCKE of Great Ellingham, dated 12 October 1638, names (among others) “Stephen Payne my sonn in lawe” and grandchild Elizabeth Sutton.

Among Adcocke’s children were daughters Julian and Neele, baptized at Attleborough in
1598/99 and 1602/03, respectively. Rehoboth vital records list the death in 1660[/61?] of Neele Paine, wife of Mr. Stephen Paine, and the burial in 1678 of Julian SUTTON. On 3 June 1673 letters of administration were “graunted unto Julian Sutton, widdow, the late wife of John Sutton, of Rehoboth, deceased”. It is thus apparent that Neele Paine and Julian Sutton were sisters, both of them daughters of John and Elizabeth (Eldred) Adcocke.

Without explanation, the distinguished genealogist Mary Lovering Holman describes Julian [__?__] as John Sutton’s second wife but fails to mention a first wife. Holman undoubtedly knew that Charles E. Banks had identified Sutton’s Diligent-passenger wife’s forename as Elizabeth.  In attempting to reconstruct the identities of Sutton-family passengers, however, Banks mistakenly used Scituate, Plymouth Colony, records of John Sutton’s namesake son, his wife (Elizabeth House), and four of their children.  Julian Adcocke married John Sutton early enough to have had daughter Elizabeth with him by 1638. Although this does not guarantee that she was also the mother of his daughter Margaret (birth/baptismal date unknown), it does make it likely. John Adcocke’s granddaughter and legatee Elizabeth Sutton was presumably named after his wife (Julian’s mother). Since grandparents’ names were usually given to children early in the birth order, Elizabeth was probably older than Margaret. If so, logic dictates that Julian was also Margaret’s mother. Nevertheless, the name Julian does not appear among any of John Sutton’s known or supposed children and grandchildren.

(Thanks to Eugene Cole Zubrinsky for this research. For more details, see his article “Julian  Adcocke, Wife of John1 Sutton of Hingham and Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and Their  Family,” forthcoming in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.).

Journey to the Colonies

In 1638 while Hannah was still a baby (or perhaps not yet born) and John, Jr., was already a man of 21 years, the Suttons decided to move to America.  They were part of a group of 133 passengers who traveled to Ipswich, the capital of Suffolk County in SE England, and booked passage on the ship Diligent, captained by John Martin of Ipswich.  (The ship’s passenger list is one reason for confusion about the children. The ship lists John, wife, and four children.  Hoping to provide specifics, early biographers went to other sources for the children’s names.  At least one or more listed John, Jr.’s, children as John, Sr.’s, offspring.  John, Jr., at age 21 would probably not have been listed as a child on the ship. In addition, his marriage took place in America; he did not bring children or a wife with him on the Diligent.

It is interesting that the Suttons left the Hingham area of Norfolk County, in SE England to come to Hingham, Suffolk County, in SE Massachusetts, New England.

Geographically Hingham was a little less than half way between the two older settlements of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay, and wisely it tried to maintain that separation in other ways, too. Settlers from around the town of Hingham, in Norfolk Co, England where the Sutton family had lived, had been coming to New England and settling near each other since 1633. No doubt these people had written to their friends and relatives in their former home. Their new settlement in Massachusetts was originally called Bare Cove [not Bear Cove] because that was how the area looked; almost its entire harbor was exposed at low tide.   By 1635 enough colonists had come to the Bare Cove settlement for the place to need some supervision. Hence, the May court of that year swore in Joseph Andrews as constable of the place, and the town passed a resolution officially changing the name from Bare Cove to Hingham.

The town kept some records of the people arriving, receiving lands, and settling in the area. In 1638 John Sutton and his family were included in the list of yearly arrivals. The third clerk of the town of Hingham wrote:

The number of persons who came over in the ship ‘Diligent,’ of Ipswich, in the year 1638, and settled in Hingham, was one hundred and thirty-three. All that came before were forty-two, making in all one hundred and seventy-five. The whole number that came out of Norfolk (chiefly from Hingham, and its vicinity) from 1633 to 1639, and settled in this Hingham, was two hundred and six.

Modern historians say that there was a much larger number of settlers here [in Hingham] in 1639 than would appear from [the clerk’s] estimate….Many of the first settlers removed to other places during the militia difficulties which occurred within a few years after the settlement of the town; and a considerable number had previously obtained lands at Rehoboth.

In addition, a possible (and major) reason for the discrepancies might be that Mr. Cushing, the clerk who made the ship’s list for the town records, was 19 years old when the ship Diligent arrived; however, he was in his 60’s when he attempted to make a complete list of those on board.

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.)

Because of Puritan religious intolerance, Hingham’s location outside Plymouth and outside Boston (Massachusetts Bay Colony) made it even more attractive, especially for those Separatists, Brownists, Baptists, and,  Quakers—who might find themselves in jeopardy. (Brownists were followers of Robert Browne, founder of the Congregational church.)

When Roger Williams was thrown out of Plymouth in 1635, he searched for land where he and his followers could be free to worship as they chose. They wanted land outside the boundaries of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay. He went first to today’s Rehoboth/Seekonk area, on the east shore of Narragansett Bay and the Pawtucket River. He purchased land there from the Indians, but Plymouth claimed the land he had purchased and threw Williams and his followers out. All the people who came after Williams suffered the same fate. They would buy Indian land and then would be thrown off the land by either Plymouth or Massachusetts Bay. Finally, Williams was forced to move across the river to Providence where he established Providence Plantations, and there in 1639 he established what is generally recognized as the first Baptist church in America.

John Sutton and his family arrived in Hingham in 1638, one year before Providence was founded. They remained in Hingham until 1642. Their move coincided with the recent founding of Rehoboth in 1641. In that year both Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay raised concern “about ‘wickedness’ and ‘offenses against churches.’” That concern is probably what prompted the Rev. Samuel Newman to ask Plymouth Colony for permission to settle and to purchase the right to settle north of the area Roger Williams had originally chosen. Some modern historians believe the Plymouth government did not really understand just which land was involved. Newman was not as controversial as Roger Williams. He was, however, “a thorn in the side of the Plymouth Colony,” and they were probably glad to get rid of him. He was “strong minded and intelligent” and had a group of followers who agreed with his views which were “somewhat different than the established church.”

When Newman acquired the land near the Pawtucket River, he named it Rehoboth. This name is mentioned three times in the Bible—the most fitting being in Genesis 27:22 which speaks of disputed land. “And he [Isaac] moved away from there, and he dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said ‘ At last the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.’” Newman and his followers purchased the land (approximately a square mile) together as a proprietary body. Each congregation member had a definite land allotment as part of that proprietary body. After laying out the property lines, the church members drew lots to decide fairly who would receive which parts of the land the group had bought.

When John and his family moved to Rehoboth in 1642, it is believed that he was probably a follower of Rev. Newman, but there might have been other reasons for the family’s move. In 1643 after the move, John, Sr., deeded his house in Hingham to his son John, Jr. John, Jr., had remained in Hingham where he married and had a family of his own. He and his family lived on his father’s former property. Esther, Anna, and Margaret remained with their parents until they married. Hannah was 5 years old when the family moved. She died that year and was buried in Rehoboth. Many researchers note that ”John, his wife, and one daughter were buried in Rehoboth.”


1. John Sutton, Jr.

John’s wife Elizabeth House (Howse) was born in 1636.  Her parents were Samuel House (Howse) and Alice Lloyd.  Elizabeth died in 1679.

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.

2. Esther Sutton

Esther’s husband Richard Bowen was born in 1624.  His parents were Richard Bowen and Ann Born of Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales [or of Llwyngwair, Pembrokeshire, Wales]   Richard died in 4 Feb 1675 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass

Richard and Esther had nine children:  Richard, Hester, Sarah (1), Sarah (2), Obadiah (1), William, Thomas, Mary, John, Obadiah (2).  Sarah (2) and Obadiah (2) were named after siblings who died at an early age.  Richard died and was buried in Rehoboth.  Esther’s date of death and place of burial are unknown.

3. Mary Sutton (See Capt. John FITCH‘s page)

4. Anna Sutton

Anna’s husband John Daggett/Doggitt was born in 1626 in England.  His parents were  John Daggett and Bethsheba Pratt . (Some sources give John and Hepzibah Brotherton Doggitt as John’s parents.  The elder Daggett was married twice.) John died 9 Sep 1707 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Anna and John had at least one son named Nathaniel who was born (Aug 1661), married (24 Jun 1686), died (14 Dec 1708), and was buried (1708) in Rehoboth.  Nathaniel’s wife was Rebecca Miller (1661-1711), daughter of John and Elizabeth Millard.  (No info on why Rebecca changed her name from Millard to Miller.)

The Daggett House is an historic house in Slater Park in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The house is the oldest house in Pawtucket, and one of the oldest surviving buildings in the state.

Daggett House Musuem Slater Park Pawtucket Rhode Island — 16 2nd St, Pawtucket, RI 02861 Between Empire St and Federal St

The large farmhouse was built around 1685 for John Dagget, Jr. on the site of an earlier 1643 house which was burned by Native Americans during King Phillip’s War. According to his diary, George Washington allegedly stopped at Daggett House while travelling between Newport and Boston.

The house is supposed to have passed by inheritance in 1707 from its original owner to his eldest surviving son, Joseph Daggett, a doctor of medicine, a wheelwright, and a miller. Joseph married Jonah PALMER‘s daughter Mary. The farm was presumably inherited by Joseph’s son Israel, a cooper, in 1727.

5. Margaret Sutton (See Joseph CARPENTER‘s page)

6. Hannah Sutton (1637-1642) died as a five-year-old in Rehoboth.


Our Sutton Family History

Descendants of John Sutton

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN3 SUTTON (HENRY2, THERON1) was born Abt. 1593 in Attleborough, England, and died June 01, 1672 in Rehoboth Island, RI. He married JULIAN LITTLE Abt. 1616 in Attleborough, England, daughter of FRANCES LITTLE. She was born Abt. 1595 in England, and died June 04, 1678 in Rehoboth Island, RI.

Notes for JOHN SUTTON:
In my ten years of research on the Suttons, I have accumalated a small Sutton library that consists of 14 Sutton notebooks, census records, Sutton histories, probate records, wills, death and birth certificates, CD’s, books, and various Sutton lineages. I have made a study of various Sutton branches to determine how each one connects. By no means am I an authority on the Suttons. My claim on Sutton knowledge is based on my research and the documents I have collected.

I have two Sutton lines in my family. I married a Sutton from Arkansas, and my mother’s maiden name is Sutton. This Sutton history is from my mother’s Sutton family. I have come to the conclusion, after ten years of research, that John Sutton and Julian Little are my mother’s Sutton ancestors.

This paragraph was listed as a Footnote at the bottom of page 62 in ” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume XCI, 1937.” It reads: ” On page 151 of ” My Children’s Ancestors, ” 1913, by Rev. R. T. Cross, it is stated that John Sutton was the son of Henry Sutton, who was the son of Theron Sutton, and that he came from Attleborough England. Four children, John, Ester, Anna ( who married John Daggett ), and Margaret are given. No authorities for this English ancestry are given, and it remains for futher search to determine its accuracy.”

John Sutton arrived in the port town of Hingham, Mass. in 1638 from the town of Attleborough, England. He arrived on the HMS Diligent of Ipswich. The Master was John Martin of said Ipswich. This passage can be found on page 62 of, “The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume XCI, 1937.

I have found during my research three other passages that give different listings on John Suttons’ arrival to Hingham, Mass. (1) In the “History of the Town of Hingham” vol. 3 p. 227, states: “John Sutton, his wife and four children came from Attleburaye and settled in New Hingham, 1638,” (Cushings MS). (2) In the “Planters of the Commonwealth,” by Charles Edward Banks, p. 193, Ships Passenger List, states: “John Sutton, Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton, Hannah Sutton, John Sutton, Jr., Nathaniel Sutton, and Elizabeth Sutton.” (3) In the “Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants,” by Charles Edwards Banks, Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co., 1957, p. 115, states: “John Sutton arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1620.”

After checking over the records, I have found that the, “History of the Town of Hingham” is the most accurate. In the two passages from Banks’, he gives different information each time. In Banks’, “Planters of the Commonwealth,” he has listed: John Sutton, Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton, Hannah Sutton, John Sutton, Jr., Nathaniel Sutton, and Elizabeth Sutton” on the Ships Passenger List. This family is the Family of John Sutton, Jr., Elizabeth House, and their children. He has confused the family of John and Elizabeth house Sutton with that of John Sutton and Julian Little. I have a copy of John Sutton Jr.’s will. The will names his wife as Elizabeth Sutton, and his children as: John Sutton, Nathaniel Sutton, Nathan Sutton, Hannah Sutton, Elizabeth Sutton, Sarah Sutton, and Hester Sutton.

The town of Hingham, Mass. gave John and his family 4 acres of land. This was printed in ” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume XCI, 1937.” It reads: ” To all Xpian people to whom these prnts shall Come 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.” This conveyance was made 2 Dec. 1653 and acknowledged before ” Jo: Endecott Govr the 22th day of December.” 1660.” ( Suffolk Deeds, Vol. 3. pp. 401-403. )

John Sutton, the passenger on the Diligent, who removed in 1643 to the town of Rehoboth, a place of religious tolerance, died there 1 June 1672 ( Vital Records of Rehoboth, p. 879; Mayflower Decendant, vol. 19, p. 165). This passage can be found on p. 62, 63 of, “The New England Historical and Genealogical Register,” volume XCI.

In, “The New England Historical and Genealogical Register,” volume XCI, 1937, Published by The Society, 9 Ashburton Place, Boston states this passage on page 65: “George Sutton, as far as it is known, was not related to John Sutton.”

1. Julian Sutton’s will is mentioned on page 63 of ” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume XCI, 1937,” It reads: ” Cf. “Inventory of the estate ( totaling L 27-16-02 ) of the widow Julian Sutton taken by the subscribers the 18th of June 1678. exhibited to the Court holden at Plymouth te fift of July 167- on the oath of John Ffitch of Rehoboth. Peter Hunt, Nicholas Peeke, Daniel Smith, William Carpenter, (Plymouth County Deeds (Wills), vol. 3, pt. 2. p. 207 ) and ” An inventory of the Goods and Chattles , ( totaling L 55-03-00 ) of John Sutton of Rehoboth deceased the first of June 1672 taken by Liettenant Peter Hunt, Ensigne Henery Smith and William Carpenter.” ( sb, vol. 3. pt. 1. p. 55 )

2. ” In the Rehoboth records will be found the burial of Julian Sutton, his widow, 4 June 1678, whom Savage ( vol. 4, p. 254 ) mistook for a man and stated that ” no more is known of him.” This passage can be found on page 63 of, ” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register,” Volume XCI, 1937.

Marriage: Abt. 1616, Attleborough, England

Children of JOHN SUTTON and JULIAN LITTLE are:
2. i. JOHN4 SUTTON, b. 1617, Attleborough, England; d. 1691, Scituate, Mass.
iii. MARY SUTTON, b. 1626; m. (1) JOHN FITCH; m. (2) THOMAS ARMSBEE.
iv. ANN SUTTON, b. 1627; m. JOHN DAGGETT.
vi. HANNAH SUTTON, b. 1637, Attleborough, England; d. October 1642, Rehoboth Island, RI.

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN4 SUTTON (JOHN3, HENRY2, THERON1) was born 1617 in Attleborough, England, and died 1691 in Scituate, Mass.. He married ELIZABETH HOUSE January 01, 1660/61 in Scituate, Mass., daughter of SAMUEL HOUSE and ELIZABETH HAMMOND. She was born October 23, 1636 in Eastwell, England.

Marriage: January 01, 1660/61, Scituate, Mass.

i. ELIZABETH5 SUTTON, b. October 20, 1662, Scituate, Mass; m. RICHARD MANN.
3. ii. JOHN SUTTON, b. February 28, 1663/64, Scituate, Mass.
iii. MARY SUTTON, b. January 23, 1664/65, Scituate, Mass; d. Haverhill, Mass; m. JOHN GUILE.
iv. SARA SUTTON, b. November 03, 1667, Scituate, Mass.
v. HANNAH SUTTON, b. November 03, 1669, Scituate, Mass.
vi. HESTER SUTTON, b. October 25, 1671, Scituate, Mass.
4. vii. BENJAMIN SITTON, b. March 22, 1673/74, Scituate, Mass.
viii. NATHANIEL SUTTON, b. July 31, 1676, Scituate, Mass; m. MARY RAY.
by Eugene Cole Zubrinsky, FASG Ojai, California, 2008 Last revised 18 October 2011 Prepared for Carpenters’ Encyclopedia of Carpenters 2008 Update.

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  5. Sky Sutton says:

    Fascinating work!

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  7. Gene Zubrinsky says:

    One of the source citations on your John Sutton webpage is obsolete: The Joseph3 Carpenter sketch, formerly at , is now at . The material contained therein pertaining to Julian Adcocke, moreover, was significantly updated on 18 October 2011. Also, keep an eye out for “Julian Adcocke, Wife of John1 Sutton of Hingham and Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and Their Family,” which will probably appear in the October 2012 issue of the _New England Historical and Genealogical Register_.

    While I’m gratified that you would think enough of my work as to repeat entire paragraphs verbatim, perhaps when doing so you wouldn’t mind using quotation marks and explicit citations. Thanks.

    • Gene Zubrinsky says:

      Perhaps it was my bracketing both the old and new URLs in horizontal carets that caused them to disappear from my previous comment when it posted. Here, without any surrounding punctuation, is the valid web address of the Joseph3 Carpenter sketch, which contains updated information about John Sutton’s wife, Julian Adcocke, and their children: (Ignore the final period, of course.)

      In case URLs, regardless of surrounding punctuation, are automatically deleted from comments posted to this website, one may find the same item by entering “carpenter cousins joseph3” or “carpenter sketches” in his/her browser’s search field.

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Gene,

      Thanks for not coming down to hard on my potential plagiarism. My primary goal is sharing interesting stories about our forebearers. I don’t footnote each biographical fact, though I try to include links to the original sources. I usually try to attribute, indent and italicize extended quotations, but I must admit I’m more consistent at this now than I was at the beginning.

      I’ve updated the link to your article, better cited your work in this one, (admittedly, not to journalistic standards) and added a citation at the top of my Joseph Carpenter article acknowledging your scholarship.

      Lately, I’ve been concentrating on 19th Century cousins who were living after 1850 where I can do some original research of my own based on family census records.

      Kind Regards, Mark

  8. Gene Zubrinsky says:

    Sorry, I inadvertently used a lower-case j, which should have been upper-case. The correct URL is

  9. This Sutton coat of arms is copyright of Please remove it, or at least add a link to our website and remove any advertising to outside companies, such as…. This amounts to you using my images to collect ad dollars for yourself. Please cease and desist. You have quite a huge number of my graphics on your site at

    Mike Kennaugh

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