Phillip Sitton of Buncombe (Henderson) County, NC owned land in the Pendleton District of South Carolina, although he was likely residing in the Mills River area of present day Henderson County, NC by the time that he acquired it in 1802. He made an entry for his first land grant in Buncombe County in 1800.The 1790 census of Greenville County, SC shows that Phillip Sutton was residing there, as were members of his wife Winnifred Bradley's family. Abram Bradley was listed very near Phillip in Greenville County.Both Lawrence Bradley, Jr. and Ambrose Bradley had migrated to the Pendleton District from Chatham County, NC by the early 1790s, and Lawrence Bradley even sold land to John Sitton in 1793. It is likely that Phillip Sitton migrated from Chatham County, NC to South Carolina with his in-laws, the Bradleys. Winnifred (Bradley) Sitton's father was probably Lawrence Bradley, who was deceased by 1808 in Randolph County, NC.Her parents were not Lawrence Bradley and wife Winnifred Wisdom, as identified by Bert Sitton.That Lawrence Bradley resided in Wilkes/Burke County, NC, and was not identical with Lawrence Bradley of Randolph County, NC.Both men died around the same time frame, causing much confusion among researchers.
John Sitton also migrated from Chatham County, NC to the Pendleton District, as he appears in records of Pendleton District as early as 1791.John Sitton's brother-in-law Elias Allred (md. Polly Rigby) also migrated from Chatham County, NC to the Pendleton District, as proven by his Revolutionary War Pension Application.
You are correct that Joseph Sitton (md. Dianna Beck) did not migrate to the Pendleton District of South Carolina, as Bert suggested.I believe that Bert was mistaken on that point.Joseph's presence is attested in Chatham County, NC as late as 1795 when he sold the land patent he had acquired on behalf of the orphans of his brother Phillip Sitton in 1779. All of the circumstantial evidence would support that Phillip Sitton (md. Winnifred Bradley) of Henderson County, NC and John Sitton (md. Sarah Rigby) were two of those orphans. I believe that Phillip Sitton's widow Hannah subsequently married John Phillip Hartsoe.
Joseph Sitton's wife was Dianna Beck, and her father Jeffrey Beck "of Guilford County" died leaving a will in Randolph County, NC (devised July 11, 1774, Proven 1780).The will mentions "Daughter Dianna Sitton wife to Joseph Sitton." The Becks were members of the Society of Friends, as were the Hobsons. Diana (Beck) Sitton's sister Sarah Beck married Charles Hobson, and her sister Hannah Beck married George Hobson, Jr. Both Charles and George, Jr. were sons of George and Hannah (Kinnison) Hobson of Chatham County, NC.Hannah, wife of Phillip Sitton, was likely George Hobson's daughter as well, and the sister of Charles and George, Jr. who married the Beck sisters.
The question of Pendleton versus Pindell is probably just a phonetic one.Pindell was also rendered in some primary records as Pindle or Pendle.Pendleton is probably just a phonetic mispelling or elaboration of Pendle.With no disrespect to Enid Wells Sitton, her book is a secondary source, and does NOT constitute definitive proof of anything. Do you know if the original family record of Joseph Sitton and his wife Eleanor Gibson from which she drew her information actually renders your great-great grandmother's middle name as Pendleton? Without viewing the original source (as opposed to Ms. Sitton's book), her middle name might very well be the creation ofMs. Sitton or some other genealogist.Prior to the early 19th century, it was somewhat rare for persons to have middle names in the South.About 1800-1820, they came into common usage. Your great-great grandmother was born within the time frame that middle names start to appear more commonly.I frequently see circumstances where genealogists assign middle names to ancestors which are not actually attested in primary sources.I don't know if this would be the case here, however, but merely mention it from my own research experiences.
Elizabeth (Pindell) Sitton's father was Phillip Pindell of Ann Arundell County, Maryland. His first name is the likely source of the name Phillip in the Sitton family.Our connection to John Sitton and his wife Elizabeth Pindell of Prince George's County, Maryland is bolstered by the Molly Viland letter.Mrs. Viland was a descendant of John Sitton (md. Sarah Rigby), and she possessed an original 1731 letter written by John Sitton of Prince George's County, Maryland to his father which was never sent, and was instead handed down among descendants. Bert Sitton acquired a photocopy of the original 1731 letter directly from Mrs. Viland.It is very unlikely that such a letter would have survived and been in the possession of John Sitton's descendants living in Missouri unless our family was indeed connected to the Prince Georges County, Maryland Sitton family.
You are correct that Joseph Sitton may not have been born in Culpepper County, Virginia. Joseph Sitton was allegedly born about 1745. Records show that John Sitton of Prince George's County, Maryland was residing in Ann Arundel County, Maryland as late as 1745, when he sold his land. He does seem to appear after that year, so it is possible that he might have subsequently settled in Virginia, thus giving rise to the belief that son Joseph was born in Virginia. There is a John Sutton with wife Elizabeth who appears in Spotsylvania County, Virginia records, although he was there probably too early to be identical with John Sitton of Prince George's County, Maryland.
Y-chromosome DNA testing would be the best way to confirm these alleged genealogical connections.One would need to test confirmed and proven male descendants of Phillip Sitton (md. Winnifred Bradley), John Sitton (md. Sarah Rigby), and Joseph Sitton (md. Diana Beck) for a possible genetic match.Testing of a proven descendant of Benjamin Sitton of Somers, CT would also be necessary to confirm the alleged Connecticut connection asserted by Bert Sitton and some others.
August 5th is a Monday.The State Archives of North Carolina is closed every Monday.It is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday.If you plan to spend another day next week at the Archives, I might be able to meet with you, though I have appointments on the 5th and it would not be convenient for me on that day.
Hope this helps.