I agree with Dan Huddleston that the best way to resolve the correct lineage of our Sitton lineage would be through genetic testing.By comparing the y-dna of confirmed descendants of John Sitton (1763-1843, md. Sarah Rigby) of White County, GA, Phillip Sitton (1770-1843, md. Winifred Bradley) of Henderson County, NC, and Joseph Sitton (1745-1832; md. Diannah Beck) of Lincoln County, MO), we would be able to confirm these relationships suggested by the late Bert Sitton and others.
I wish to address various assertions which you have made in some of your postings.Firstly, you assert that the surname Sitton was never Sutton, and that your grandmother stated this.With all due respect, as a serious scholarly genealogical researcher for more than 35 years and a professional career archivist, I have learned that the biggest misconception among most genealogists and the general public is that specific surname spellings actually mattered to our colonial ancestors.They did not.Prior to the 20th century, in particular in the colonial South, surname spellings varied greatly.There were no dictionaries nor standards of spelling, and much of the population was either illiterate or had very limited education.Most clerks spelled names phonetically in documents, and thus an ancestor’s first name and surname could be spelled numerous different ways in county records, sometimes even within the same document.Our ancestors simplydid not observe strict rules in spelling as we do today, nor did they generally concern themselves with adhering to a strict surname spelling.Sitton/Sutton/Setton were all the same to our ancestors.As a genealogical researcher who has personally examined many of the original primary source documents pertaining to our shared Sitton ancestors, I could easily demonstrate that your assertion is incorrect.Indeed, even within the land records of Pendleton District, South Carolina, as well as Buncombe County, NC, my ancestor Phillip Sitton used both the Sitton and Sutton spelling, and your ancestor John Sitton also appears as Sutton in some documents.
Secondly, in some of your postings, you suggest that our ancestral connection to Chatham and Randolph Counties, NC is “weak” or unproven.Actually, the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming that both the Sittons and Bradleys migrated from western Chatham/eastern Randolph Counties, NC tothe Pendleton District of South Carolina.The 1790 census of Greenville County, SC (p. 86) shows Phillip Sutton (Sitton) was residing very close to Abram Bradley.Lawrence Bradley also conveyed land to your ancestor John Sitton.Both of these men were from Randolph County, NC, sons of Lawrence Bradley, Sr. (ca. 1732-1808) and probable sibllings of Phillip Sitton’s wife Winnefred. Your ancestor John Sitton was clearly from Randolph County, NC before migrating to South Carolina and later Georgia.This is clearly shown by the Revolutionary War Pension Application of Elias Allred (#S16307), who married Mary “Polly” Rigby, the sister of John Sitton’s wife Sarah Rigby.Allred’s pension clearly shows that he resided in Randolph County, NC at the time of his service in the war.He later moved to the Pendleton District of SC and subsequently was in Georgia.His pension mentions that he served under Captain John Hinds [misspelled Hines in the pension], and that John Sitton served as his subsitute during the war.John Hinds was the very same individual whose tax district in Randolph County in 1779 included Lawrence Bradley, Joseph Sitton/Sutton, and Hannah Sitton/Sutton, widow of the elder Phillip.Below is Allred’s affidavit.
State of Georgia, County of Hall
On this the 7th day of June eighteen hundred and thirty three personally appeared before John Bates, John M. McApee [?], & Wiley E. Wood, Justices of the Inferior Court of Said County Elias Allred Senr. a resident of Hall County & State of Georgia and Seventy five years the 6th day of May last agreeable to a record of his age kept by his parents who being first duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and Served as herein stated:
That he was drafted into the Service of the United States about the first of December in the year Seventeen hundred and eighty for a three months tour of duty under Capt John Hines who commanded a Company of Horse (deponent furnishing his own horses) and was attached to Col. John Littrell's Regiment Major Gholston [Charles Gholson? or Goldston] also belonged to the said regiment and also marched to where Genl Green's [Nathanael Greene's] army was stationed near the Cheraw Hills in the State of South Carolina from thence we marched up PeeDee River to Salisbury in North Carolina leaving Genl Greene with his army to follow. We made a rapid march to meet with and assist Col. Morgan [Daniel Morgan] who was retreating from Wallis [sic, Lord Charles Cornwallis](after having defeated Tarleton [Banastre Tarleton] at the Cowpens) when we reached Salisbury we found Col. Morgan with his army marching through town. Who placed the company of Cavalry to I belonged together with about eighty of his riflemen to Guard until the main army could be ferried across the Yadkin River. But just about the time the last baggage wagon got onboard the Flat a party of Cornwallis' men said to be about one thousand came upon us. We fired two rounds and retreated and on the next joined Col. Littrel marched to the Barracks and in two or three days was discharged the time for which I was drafted having expired.
Then a few days after getting my discharge I substituted in place of a man by the name of John Sitton for a three months tour of duty in the Cavalry again and under the same officers and was marched to & fro through the State of North Carolina keeping down the Tories and was in one pretty smart skirmish with the like which were commanded by a Col. Fanning [David Fanning] a noted Tory. I think this tour of duty was commanded about the first April 1781. Having Served out this tour of duty, I with several others of the same company agreed to stand as what was termed minute men subject to the call of the same Captain and was frequently called on and was out sometimes two or three days at a time. I have no documentary evidence and know of no person by whom I can prove any service except John Duncan whose affidavit is annexed. I hereby relinquish my claim to a pension or annuity except the present and declare that his name is not on the pension roles of the agency of any State.
1st: I was born the State of North Carolina but am not positive whether in Randolph or Orange County on the 6th day of May 1758.
2nd: I have no record of my age though have seen one made in Book Kept by my father which is worn out or lost.
3rd: I was living in Randolph County, North Carolina when called into service. I remained in the State of North Carolina until the year 1815 then removed to the State of South Carolina Pendleton District remained there until the year 1827 then removed to Hall County State of Georgia where I now live.
4th: I was drafted into the first tour of duty and the Second I substituted
5th: I recollect to have seen Greene, a Capt Skinner a Genl Stephens from Virginia but cannot say whether Genl Stephens was a regular officer or not.
6th: I received a discharge from Capt Hines for my first tour of duty which is lost
7th: John E. Brown, James Russell, Esqr, Simon Terrell & the Reverend_____ [blank in original]
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
Elias (A) Allred
S/ John Bats JJC
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