I’m trying to find the parents of my Thomas Sutton, who appeared in Jefferson County, MS, in 1820 when he married Phebe Humphries. He owned a sawmill and grist mill. In the 1830 census, he was listed as “foreign born, not naturalized.” He died in 1835 in Jefferson County.Other than his wife and children, no Suttons were mentioned in his probate packet, which leads us to believe he came to MS alone as an adult and had parents and siblings living in another state. Thomas and Phebe’s children were: John, Thomas, Stephen, Margaret, and an unknown daughter possibly named Sarah. After Thomas died, the family migrated to Caldwell, Jackson, and Bienville Parishes in LA.
These are old family histories from a book called "History of Bienville Parish, LA, Vol. II". It's info about the origins of my Sutton family in the US. These stories should be taken with a grain of salt....
Under the heading "Henry Fletcher Sutton" - Henry Fletcher Sutton was the eldest child of John Sutton [note: John was the son of Thomas Sutton] and his wife Mary S. Carroll. John Sutton had arrived in this country two years after his parents had come. He had remained in England in order to finish college before following his parents to America. John married Mary S. Carroll. John and Mary had the following known children: Henry Fletcher, George Washington [note: my great-great grandfather], Emma Jane, Stephen McKinley, Jackson Whitfield, and John Ervin or Irwin. [note: the article went on to describe the Henry Fletcher Sutton family]
Under the heading "The Jackson Whitfield Sutton Family" - John Sutton was born in England in 1824. His parents came to the United Stataes and settled in North Carolina. John was left in England to finish his education at Cambridge University. He finished two years later and came to the United States. He taught two years at the University of Philadelphia. He came to Caldwell Parish, LA, and established a private school (no public school at that time) known as The Sutton's Academy.
Henry Butler (grandson of Henry Fletcher Sutton, above) conducted an interview with Doris Cummings Amidor when she was in the nursing home. Doris was the daughter of Dixie Sutton Cummings, daughter of George Washington Sutton. These are Henry Butler's notes:
Our Sutton family came from England and eventually settled in a southern state, Doris thought it was South Carolina. The family had a sugar plantation that was inhereted by "the progenitor" [she said those were her father's exact words]. The younger son, John, came to Mississippi and Louisiana. John's uncle was the Earl of Sutterly in Sheffield, England. John's family was well-educated.