Sitton genealogy, Part One
Mark, thank you very much for today's posting.I find I do have to be in Raleigh on Tuesday, the 6th as well as Monday, the 5th.Perhaps I'll work in the State Library on Monday, and spend Tuesday in the Archives.I have a 5:00 p.m. appointment at NC State.I don't know how to contact you; You can reach me at 828-708-2191.I don't plan to take a computer with me, so I'll be out of touch by email.
I found in Pendleton SC land records that show John Sitton as witness for both the purchase and the sale of land there by "Phillip Sitton of Buncombe County, NC."This has caused me to believe that Phillip never lived in Pendleton District; I'm assuming that the John Sitton who did so was likely Phillip's brother.
I'm aware that Edith Sitton's book is an undocumented secondary source, and I'm quite sure that it contains several errors -- quite probably the maiden name of John Sitton's wife is one such error.I have other sources (also secondary and undocumented) that also record John Sitton's wife as Elizabeth Pendleton.One is a book by her great grandson David Erastus Finley.I know also that there are many sources saying her maiden name was Pindell, though.I'm very skeptical that the name Pendleton is a phonetic misrepresentation of Pindell, though.For now, it remains a mystery why the daughter of Phillip Sitton and Eleanor Gibson might be seen so often as "Elizabeth Pendleton Sitton."
Edith Sitton's book contains two pages under the title, "Recollections of Diannah Sitton," (nee Beck).There, Diannah appears in the third person, suggesting that these recollections were recorded by somebody else, perhaps Edith.They mention that Diannah was a Quakeress, and that her parents strongly objected to her marrying Joseph Sitton. (It was common for Quakers to evict from the church men and women who married outside the church, but whether this occurred in Diannah's case isn't recorded.The fact that her father mentioned her in his will suggests that perhaps she wasn't.)
The will in which Phillip Sitton named Joseph Sitton guardian to his orphan children hasn't been found, to my knowledge.It appears not to be in Orange County NC records; perhaps it's in Chatham County or Guilford County.
Elizabeth Pendleton Sitton is said to have been born in Smith County, TN, before her family moved to Lincoln County, MO, where she married James C. Wilson. (Her brother Joseph Wesley Sitton also married James Wilson's sister Katherine)I'm told it was fairly common for persons to receive as middle name the surname of doctors who attended at a child's birth; there was a doctor named Pendleton in Troy, Lincoln County, MO when the Sittons moved there, but I don't know if there was such a doctor in Smith County, TN when she was born.
In sum, it seems that some parts of Bert Sitton's data base are wrong, as are some parts of Edith Sitton's and David Finley's books.Untangling these mysteries almost surely will require Y-DNA testing of male Sittons of Connecticut, North/South Caroline and Georgia.
Thanks for your very informative posting.