In regard to John Sitton of Prince George's County, Maryland, the register of Queen Anne’s Parish in Prince George’s County, MD shows that John Sitton married Elizabeth Pindel on June 9, 1729.The register shows that they had at least four children:
Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth Sitton, born Friday, May 15, 173
Benjamin, son of John and Elizabeth Sitton, born Monday, April 17, 1732.
"Phillip and John sons of John Sitton & Elizabeth his wife were born on the Wednesday ye 15th of August about 3 of ye Clock in ye afternoon Phillip the Eldest.1733"
Elizabeth (Pindell) Sitton was the daughter of Phillip Pindell and his wife Elizabeth Holland.Her parents had married in All Hallow’s Parish of Ann Arundel County, MD on August 3, 1709.Elizabeth (Holland) Pindell was the daughter of Otho Holland and his wife Mehitable Larkin.Elizabeth, their eldest daughter, was born January 17, 1709/10, just a little over 5 months after her parent’s marriage."Elizabeth Sutton, wife of John Sutton" was also mentioned as a daughter in the will of her father Phillip Pindall, which was devised June 14, 1742 and proven July 12, 1742.Phillip Pindall, Sr. conveyed a five year old female slave to his granddaughter Elizabeth Sitton shortly after her birth in 1730.
Prince George's Land Records 1730-1733 - Liber Q, Page 95.
Enrolled at request of John Sitton, blacksmith, 12 Sep 1730:
From Philip Pindell, Sr. for love and affection to granddau. Elizabeth Sitton, daughter ofJohn Sitton of Upper Marlborough, blacksmith, by Elizabeth my daughter and his wife; a Negro girl called Sarah age about 5 years.Signed Philip (x) Pindell.Wit. Nathanll. Wickham, Jr., Richard Luckett.
John Sitton was by trade a blacksmith, as evidenced by several documents concerning him and Rev. Jacob Henderson.
Prince George's Land Records 1730-1733 - Liber Q, Page 409.
Enrolled at request of John Sitton, blacksmith, 19 Feb 1731:
Indenture, 5 Nov 1731, between Jacob Henderson and John Sitton, blacksmith, for rents and covenants, part of Duckett's Hope north of Cattaile Meadows and also part of another tract called Jacob's Addition. Lease for 10 years.Signed John Sitton, Jacob Henderson.Wit. Maren Duvall, Sr., William(x) Goe, acknowledged by Jacob Henderson November 12, 1731.
Prince George's Land Records 1730-1733 - Liber Q, Page 438.
Enrolled at request of Rev. Jacob Henderson, bill of sale, 13 May 1732:
John Sitton, blacksmith, for £29.4 which I stand indebted to Jacob Henderson,20 hogs, 9 cattle, 3 horses, a set of Smith's tools as bellows, anvils, hammers, tongs, files, vices and all other tools whatsoever belonging to the trade of which I am possessed, and other possessions. Signed John Sitton, Wit. Elizabeth Philips, Barlly (x) Darby.Bill of sale not acknowledged
Prince George's Land Records 1730-1733 - Liber Q, Page 591.
Enrolled at request of Rev. Jacob Henderson, bill of sale, 15 Jan 1732:
John Sitton, blacksmith, for £29.4; stand justly indebted to Jacob Henderson, all my moveable goods and household stuff.Signed John Sitton.Wit. Isaac Hyde, Turner Wootton.Above acknowledged deed January 13, 1732.
John Sutton evidently became insolvent and was jailed for debt in 1732.He is listed in a bill before the Maryland Assembly for relief of Insolvent debtors on July 15, 1732.
Assembly Proceedings, July 11-August 8, 1732.
Saturday Morning 15th July 1732
This House met again According to Adjournment
Present as Yesterday
Read the Petition of Benjamin Hillyard languishing Prisoner in Prince Georges County Goal, and it being the Opinion of this House that the Petitioners Case is not within the Resolves of this House made last Session of Assembly for Relief of Insolvent Debtors, It is therefore referred to the Consideration of the Lower House of Assembly; sent by Col Ward.
Read the Petition of Roger Moody, John Sitton, Ninian Mariarte, & Henry Odel, Languishing Prisoners in Prince Georges County Goal ; John Bradshaw in Talbott County Goal; Joseph Sedgwick and Daniel Sullyvan in Calvert County Goal & Thomas Stone in Baltimore County Goal & ordered to be Severally thus Endorsed.
On February 14, 1739, John Sitton, Blacksmith, of Prince Georges County, MD obtained a land grant for 47 acres of land called by the name "Desire."He was apparently residing in adjoining Ann Arundel County, MD on April 12, 1745 when he sold his 47 acre tract called Desire in Prince Georges County to Richard Snowden.If John Sitton subsequently settled in Virginia as alleged by some researchers, this document would imply that it occurred after 1745.This may cast some doubt on the chronology and accuracy of claims made by Joseph Sitton’s descendants that he was born in Culpepper County, Virginia.
While it is valid to say that documentary proof of the connection between the Sittons of Orange/Chatham Counties, NC and John Sitton of Prince George’s County, Maryland is not very solid, there is a piece of evidence which suggests the relationship is true.Molly (Sullivan) Howard Viland (1898-1993) of Battle Lake, MN had in her possession during her lifetime an original, handwritten letter written by John Sitton of Prince George County, Maryland to his father dated December 13, 1731.According to researcher Bert Sitton who examined and photocopied the letter, it was among a trove of many old family letters which had been passed down to Mrs. Viland from her ancestors.Mrs. Viland was the daughter of Daniel Sullivan (1869-1933) and Martha May Buckley (1871-1963) of Washington County, MO.May (Buckley) Sullivan was the daughter of Margaline "Margie" (Sitton) Buckley (1848-1925; md. D. R. Buckley), who was the daughter of Harvey Sitton (1815-1893; md. Martha Frances Wingo) of Washington County, MO.Harvey Sitton was the son of James Sitton (1796-1852; md. Mary Bowen) of Stoddard County, MO, who was the son of John Sitton (1763-1843; md. Sarah Rigby) of White County, GA.I believe this is actually your branch of the Sitton family.
The text of the 1731 letter is as follows:
I received yours the 12th of December 1731, was dated the 21 of April 1731 and rejoiced to see a letter from my father which ____.[I] must let you know that it hath pleased All mighty God to Remove my brother Benjamin by death. He dyed September 28 and was buried l[st] of October.The Rev. Mr. John Orme preached funeral Sermon for him. His text was in Deuteronomy the 32 and 29 (O that they were wise, that they understood this that they would consider their latter end). ____ he came to my house and sent me a letter and I went and brought him to my house and he lived twelve days there before he dyed. He seemed to be all ways willing to dye but undera great concern for his wife and children.
I and my wife and child is well, thanks be to God for it and hope that these lines will find you in good health. Remember my duty to my mother unknown and my love to all my sisters. I hope to see you ____ next April and hope sister Sarah will not marry before and soe I take leave to subscribe myself your dutiful son.
Maryland Prince Georges
Queen Ann Town
December 13, 1731
I [removed?] 10 miles on East side of Marlborough November last
Some of the text of the letter has been obliterated over time by folds and tears.Bert Sitton provided me with a copy made from his photocopy, which had degraded.However, through some digital enhancement, I have been able to improve and correct the transcription made by Bert using the copy he gave me.Some years ago, I attempted to locateMrs. Viland’s daughter for the purpose of possibly obtaining a better copy of the original letter.She was residing in a nursing home at the time, and I was not able to establish contact with her.I do not know if she is still living.The document is clearly an original letter written in the hand of John Sitton.It is not a copy nor forgery.Since this letter was among many other letters inherited by Mrs. Viland, one can only conclude that the letter was never actually sent to its intended recipient, but was subsequently handed down through the generations to Mrs. Viland with other family papers and letters.
While John Sitton’s father is not actually identified in the letter, Bert concluded from the content that it referred to the family of Benjamin Sitton (d. 1742) of Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut.The letter does seem to fit this interpretation. The letter mentions the death of John Sitton’s brother Benjamin Sitton on September 28, 1731.Records show that Benjamin Sitton of Enfield, CT, son of Benjamin Sitton and his wife Lydia, was in fact deceased prior to October 10, 1732, and his widow Sarah (Bush) Sitton made an inventory of his estate on February 4, 1733/34.The letter also references the funeral sermon being preached by Reverend John Orme (1690-1758), who was indeed a Presbyterian minister servingthe church at Upper Marlborough, MD from 1720 to 1758.A sister Sarah who was unmarried is referenced in the letter, and Benjamin Sitton’s daughter Sarah would not have been married in 1731.She subsequently married Nathaniel Migalls of Enfield, CT in Somers on May 4, 1737.Most telling of all is the statement “remember my duty to my mother unknown.”Benjamin Sitton’s wife Lydia had died in 1729, and is buried in West Cemetery in Somers, CT.Benjamin Sitton, Sr. remarried to Rachel Bigbee on December 19, 1730.Thus, John’s reference to his “mother unknown” would undoubtedly refer to his new step-mother Rachel, whom his father had recently married but whom he had never met.While the Connecticut connection remains rather theoretical and circumstantial, it does seem to fit within the context of the 1731 letter.
DNA should hopefully one day verify or refute these connections made by Bert Sitton and other researchers.While the letters in your family are very intriguing, it should be born in mind that many early American families perpetuated legends and myths about themselves in letters which may or may not be accurate when examined carefully against original, primary source documentation.The three brothers story is, for example, one of the most universal myths of colonial era families in America.While the letters you mention should be taken into consideration and not dismissed, I do not believe that they alone invalidate the conclusions reached by Bert and other Sitton family researchers. As I have hopefully demonstrated, the documentary evidence and validity of our accepted Sitton lineage is much more substantial than you imply.
Descendant of Phillip and Winnefred (Bradley) Sitton