Re: Sitton Genealogy, Part Five, John Sitton of Prince George's County, MD
Mark, I very much appreciate yourwork on Sitton.Ihave been searching family since 1968., and I am no stranger to variants in names., variants amusingly called “déformé”by rhe French.
However,the word :”weak” came from Bert, and I was merely quoting him at the period of time in which he and I were in contact for several years in the1970s.Hesaid thatthe link between the NC Sitton and the Sutton/Sittons was “weak”..his choice of words.
I find the letter of Molly to be stunning... This Molly was my mother’s cousin and I had met her a time or two when I was a child, and also her sister Effie. We all went berry picking one afternoon at my grandparents’ home. AlsoIhad known her mother May Sullivan, who came once in a while to visit my grandmother VirginiaSitton Hanson, baby of 12, daughter of Harvey Sitton.. My grandmother talkedof her family history always, and she and May were very close….so I suspect that had May any letter like this, Grandma would have known about it and talked about it.
As I began searching Sitton in the 1960s, I was in contact with a number of relatives, maternal and paternal. I found Bert’s ad in the Genealogical Helper, and webegan writing. Hepointed me toRita Sitton Grant, who was alsosearchingSitton, Her ancestor was a brother to my Harvey Sitton.She and I met one summer day to go looking for information.Molly’s sister Effiehad directed me to Molly who wasmore interested in family history thanshe was. (Molly and Effie and my parents all had gone about the same time to SE Missouri State Teachers College in Cape Girardeau. ).
Mollyand Rita and Iworked on Sitton andI wasprivy to Molly’s letters of the 1800s from WINGO and SEAY family members in Virginia of the 1800s. No Sitton letters as I recall.(All of thedocuments and letters I had are now with a younger cousin who will continue work.)
BY 1974 I had enough materialaccumulated to apply to DAR for my mother and me to go in on John Sitton. We were accepted.
I continued to try to gain more information, and Ilocated the county historian Madeleine Anthony of Lumpkin County, GA. She also copied and exchanged letters for me from theSitton family, and wediscussed marking John Sitton’s grave, by DAR. She saw to it that that happened, and she knew of the conflict about Sitton and Sutton, andshe wasworking on the Weir Boyd line which links into Sitton.I have the letter she wrote me after thededication, at which timethe Sitton or Sutton dispute became open.
Meanwhile, Mollygot angry oversomething, I do not know what, andscolded Rita and me in her letters, and stopped writing to us. I do not know what that was all about, but after that, I read that she was all in favor of the Sutton connection and she was inclose contact with those in NC,SC and GA who were convinced thatthis was all one group of people.
I had done more homework on MD records and I had read a lot about theSitton/Suttonsin MD records, which are very good records.
I find it strange that Molly had never disclosed this 1731 letter to me or Rita. Shesharedfamily letters, as I said above, but nothing to indicate that she had any letter of this type. QuestionsI haveat this point are: Where did she get that letter ? Did she have it all along and forget she had it ? Or was it given to her as a personcollecting important old letters ?
Where did Molly get this letter ? When ? From whom ?
Next, why wouldthe grandchildren of John Sitton invent such a story of the Scottish background ? Names in the story are John, Philip and William. Original name SETON or SEATON, Scotland , changed to Sitton when escaping, 1715 or 1745..
Sons of Joseph , son of John Sitton (1763), lived with and near John Sitton. A letter ,Madeleinecopied for me: Benjamin F. Sitton, grandson of John wrote about hearing father (Joseph) and Grandfather (John) talking about the Rigby estate indicated that the family talked about who they were. These were educated people. Musicians, educators, inventors... I can send you a copy I kept of a hand written letter by Ben F. Sitton which by itself tells a lot about the education behind it. Mrs. Anthony copied this for me. Ben and Marion andWarren werethe three bachelor sons of John’s Joseph.My Gr. uncle John J. Sitton had written toWarrenSitton of Dahlonega and had gotten thefamilybackground.DAR recordsshow that a “Sitton Bible”has Scotlandas the home territory.Rita had a family Bible withScotland as a family place.
So, as I said initially, I was stunnedby this part of your excellent layout on Genforum. Thanks for all your good documentation.