Re: Sitton genealogy, Part Three, Orange/Chatham records
I believe that I have either stated or agreed with all of your points previously.As I have already stated, Bert's database and writings did contain errors.I have never based my research on Bert's work, only on the primary source records and reasonable circumstantial evidence.Bert was mistaken on quite a few details, but I believe that the basic construction of the Sitton family which he set forth, at least back to Maryland, is largely accurate in general.
I believe that I stated already in other postings that Joseph Sitton did not migrate to the Pendleton District of South Carolina as Bert asserted. Only John Sitton migrated to the Pendleton District.Phillip Sitton appears to have followed his Bradley relatives to Greenville County, SC before moving into old Buncombe (now Henderson) County, NC prior to 1800.As I already stated previously, Joseph Sitton was still living in Randolph County, NC as late as 1795, when he sold to Benjamin Marlow/Marley the 91+ acres which he had obtained by land patent on behalf of the orphans of Phillip Sitton in 1780. Marlow owned the land next to it already.
There is no question that Joseph married Dianna Beck, as she is named as a daughter in Jeffrey Beck's Randolph County will.She is identified as the wife of Joseph Sitton in the will. The 1745 birth date of Joseph Sitton is an approximation or traditonal belief, not necessarily based on any proven fact.As you state, it is unlikely that Joseph was born in Culpepper County, Virginia.John Sitton was still residing in Ann Arrundel County, Maryland as late as 1745, as shown by deeds.John Sitton and Elizabeth Pindell were married in 1729, so it is not much of a stretch that they could have been bearing children as late as the 1740s.However, I believe it likely that Joseph Sitton was probably born before the traditional date of 1745.
Bert's information regarding the death of Phillip Sitton is clearly a typographical error, which has unfortunately been widely repeated.Phillip Sitton was obviously deceased by December, 1779 (not 1788), when Joseph made an entry for the land on Brush Creek in Chatham County, NC.The actual grant was issued to Joseph the following year in 1780.As you stated, Joseph Sutton is listed on the 1790 census of Randolph County.However, Hannah Sutton, widow of Phillip, is not listed on the 1790 census of Randolph County.Her name only appears on the 1779 tax list of Randolph County.The circumstantial evidence would suggest that she subsequently married John Phillip Hartsoe before 1783.Hartsoe and his wife Hannah, along with his two nephews and their wives, sold land on Rocky River in Chatham County to Benjamin Watts in 1783.The deed was witnessed by Joseph Sutten.Watts had already purchased the land which adjoined Joseph Sitton's land patent from Abraham Bradley in 1780.Watts later sold that adjoining land to Benjamin Marlow in 1782. The adjoining land was on the Chatham/Randolph line.Phillip's orphan daughter Hannah was also apprenticed at age 15 (thus born about 1768) to Benjamin Watts in 1783.
As I set forth previously, Phillip Sitton's wife Hannah was probably Hannah Hobson, daughter of George Hobson and Hannah Kinnison. Hannah is mentioned in as a granddaughter in the Frederick County, VA will of George Hobson, Sr. in 1748. George Hobson (md. Hannah Kinnison) settled in Orange (later Chatham) County, NC, and their sons were affiliated with the Society of Friends, as were the Becks.Two of George and Hannah (Kinnison) Hobson's sons, Charles and George,married daughters of Jeffrey Beck (thus sisters of Dianna (Beck) Sitton), so it is not a stretch that Hannah Hobson married Phillip Sitton and Joseph Sitton married Dianna Beck. John Sitton married Sarah Rigby, daughter of John Rigby.Her father's name is engraved on her grave marker.Elias Allred married Polly Rigby, Sarah's sister.Allred also migrated to the Pendleton District of SC and later Georgia. His pension application mentions John Sitton/Sutton.
I hope in the future that y-dna tests for proven Phillip, John, and Joseph Sitton descendants will confirm these connections geneticly.I am currently awaiting my second cousin's y-dna test.At least one Sitton descendant has apparently already been tested, though I'm not clear which line he represents. I am hopeful that my cousin will be a match with that Sitton participant already tested.