Re: Sitton genealogy, Part Three, Orange/Chatham records
While John and Phillip Sitton are very interesting to me, it is Joseph T. Sitton, his son Phillip and Phillip's daughter Elizabeth who are my ancestors.I think Edith Sitton's book, and Bert Sitton's data base contain certain errors about Joseph.
Joseph may or may not have been born in 1745 in Orange County (Culpeper)VA, but he surely married Dianna Beck in Orange County,NC.He lived in the Hillsborough District of Randolph County as late as the 1790 census, so, Bert Sitton surely is incorrect that four of his children (Thomas, b. 1780, Jesse, b. 1783, Lawrence, b. 1785 and Diannah, b. 1788) were born in Pendleton District, SC.It seems doubtful that Joseph ever lived in SC.
Joseph's great granddaughter Diannah Beck Sitton (the daughter of Guyon Gibson Sitton, not the daughter of Phillip Sitton) said (cited in Edith Sitton's book) that Joseph was the oldest child of John Sitton and Elizabeth Pendleton [sic], but if that's so, he was born well before 1745; in fact, the oldest child of John and Elizabeth was a Daughter named Elizabeth, born 11 months after her parents' marriage in 1729.
Diannah said that Joseph fought in "several battles" in the Revolutionary Army; Bert Sitton said that Joseph "is believed" to have served in the war.He moved his family to (Davidson County?) TN some time in the 1790s; this suggests he may have received a Land Bounty Warrant for his war service.However, no record of such a grant has surfaced.His son Phillip lived in Smith County, TN, and it is there where Elizabeth Pendleton Sitton was born.Joseph and most or all of his descendants later moved to Lincoln County, MO.
The "Regulator Petitions" of the 1770s in Orange County, NC bear the signatures of Phillip Sitton and John Sutton, surely one if these names (probably John's) is a transcription error.But the 1790 census shows Joseph's name, and the widow of Phillip, as Sutton
Bert Sitton wrote that Phillip Sitton died in 1788; this has to be a typographical error for 1778.Phillip's children were orphans in Dec. 1788, when Joseph bought land "in behalf of " them.