Re: Sitton/Seton and Sitton/Sutton: two groups ?
Many thanks to Mark, David and Virginia for this fabulous discussion of the Sitton family lines that runs thru Maryland and NC and especially to Mark for posting specific locations and transcriptions of key primary sources (rather than the usual vague "land records in X show").
I stumbled across this discussion looking for an answer to the confusion of Elizabeth Pindel/Pindell or Elizabeth Pendelton as the wife of John Sitton reported father of Joseph Sitton of Revolutionary War record.I was confused/bemused to have found the SAR application of Enid Wells Sitton's husband on ancestry.com and his application dated 1960 gives Elizabeth Pindel as Joseph's mother and yet shortly thereafter his wife publishes a book that gives, without any source, Pendelton as her name, which made me think it might have been a typo (repeated over and over now on the web) so I was delighted to see this curious matter being discussed here!
I was particularly drawn in your previous discussion to the hope that someday a Y-chromosome study result will help establish if and where all of these Sitton/Suttons are tied together.Y-chromosome studies are the "gold standard" of genetic genealogy, of course, but I want to also encourage those researching these Sitton lines to consider also the new autosomal DNA tests which allow males and females to test, including males who are not direct male surnames.Although autosomal DNA testing is challenging (a much longer discussion), it can provide interesting results and is a new tool for helping sort things out.I am a descendant of Ambrose Sitton, a son of Phillip Sitton and Winifred Bradley, and have been getting interesting preliminary findings from FTDNA's autosomal test to others with Sitton lines (one to a descendent of Joseph Sitton m. Diannah Beck).Unfortunately, the nature of autosomal DNA is that you have to triangulate the results with multiple matches to increase certainty that it is a valid match.(Ancestry.com's dna test offers many more matches, but it currently lacks the chromosome browser tool to narrow down where a specific dna match is; however, about two months ago, FTDNA began accepting transfers of ancestry.com raw data to its data base).I hope that more Sitton descendants will consider taking one of the autosomal DNA tests (I would suggest taking the ancestry.com DNA (about $99 but they have sales frequently) and then transferring the results to FTDNA for about $50...you get a bigger pool of possible matches that way.)A few Y-chrome projects are starting to add a separate group for the autosomal dna test results...I don't know if the Sutton/Sitton y-chrome dna project will consider doing that, but it is a way to keep adding information in this new field of genetic genealogy tools.
Again, thank you all for a fabulous discussion of the confusing, fragments of information.