William M. Sutton - KY -> MO
contributed by Patricia A. Boyle, 5802 North 42nd Av,
Phoenix, AZ 85019-1820
From The Heritage of Buchanan County, Missouri, by
River Heritage Association
William M. Sutton was born on May 28, 1788, in Garrard Co.,
His father was John Sutton (c. 1750- c. 1817), one of the
Baptist preachers in Kentucky. John had immigrated from
Co., Virginia during 1784-87 with his two brothers, Benjamin and
Rowland Sutton. Benjamin, Rowland and another brother, William,
had all served in the Virginia Continental Line during the
for which they received Kentucky land grants or pensions.
M. Sutton grew up on his father's farm along the Dix River, near
Lancaster, Kentucky. The Suttons and related familites were
members of the Forks of Dix River Baptist Church founded in 1782.
William's brother, Humphrey, served as a private in a volunteer
unit during the War of 1812.
William Sutton married Lucinda Barlow, daughter of Henry and
Barlow, on 24 Nov 1815. Lucinda apparently died in childbirth
with the birth of their seventh child in Jnuary 1830. On April
1, 1831, William married Elizabeth Hampton and of this union nine
children were born. In July 1835, William bought a 129 acre farm
in Lincoln County, KY, bordering Hanging Fork Creek. During the
next fifteen years all of William's children by his first wife
either married or moved away from home.
In March 1851, William Sutton journeyed to Platte Co., Missouri
and purchased a 140 acre farm about three miles west of
Missouri. On 12 Sep 1851, he sold his farm on Hanging Fork Creek
and left Kentucky after his children, Granville and Barbara Ann
were granted letters of dismissal from the Dix River Baptist
on the third Saturday of September.
Less than ayear after the Suttons arrived in Platte County,
Barbara Ann (age 14) married Benjamin Franklin Harris, a
Near William Sutton's farm, on the opposite side of the Missouri
River, was Quindaro, Kansas. Founded by Abolitionists, Quindaro
was one of the major stations of the Underground Railroad for
smuggling slaves out of MO into KS and NE. William Sutton, a
former slave holder in Kentucky, either did not like being so
close to the abolitionists, or the border war that was developing
over the slavery issue. Possibly for his family's safety he
to move to another farm.
On 25 January 1853, William Sutton purchased 80 acres in Section
9, Crawford Township, Buchanan County near the village of Taos.
The following winter three Sutton children died after drinking
infected milk during an outbreak of tuberculosis. In January
1858, William and Elizabeth Sutton moved into a house on a 3/4
acre lot in Taos, located behind the crossroads general store.
They still maintained their farm.During the Civil War, George
Washington Sutton (William's son) was enlisted in the Paw Paw
Militia, a Union home guard militia composed of southern
George participated in a Southern bushwacker raid against a
militia unit in Ridgeley, Platte County on 10 Jun 1864. The
of the bushwackers was killed outright while the second in
Lt. William Feland was captured and executed by firing squad.
On 19 Jul 1864, a Federal patrol from Ft. Leavenworth entered
Taos and searched several homes for Federal muskets. They
William Sutton's house and stole a suit belonging to George
despite protests by Mrs. Sutton.
Wiiliam M. Sutton died at age 85 on 8 Dec 1873, followed by his
wife, Elizabeth in June 1875. Both are buried in the old Taos
Cemetery, now destroyed, near Taos. Wiiliam's direct descendants
in Buchanan County are traced through his son, Harvey Sutton,
my great grandfather.
Harvey Sutton was born 1 Sep 1839 in Lincoln Co., KY. He married
Phoebe E. Boller of Taos on 28 Dec 1876. Of their twelve
only four survived to adulthood: Mrs. Mabel Wiggington, John
R. Sutton, Luther Sutton, and Charles W. Sutton. Harvey Sutton
died in 1911; Phoebe remarried a John Lynch in 1923. She died
in 1940 and was buried with Harvey in the Halleck Cemetery.
Charles W. Sutton was born in Taos on 21 Sep 1883 and married
Bessie Sellars on 2 Jun 1908 in St. Jospeh. They were residents
of South St. Joseph for many years and raised three children.
Mr. Sutton retired from the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Railroad in 1952. Charles W> Sutton died on 26 Feb 1970
by Mrs. Sutton on 5 Feb 1978; both are buried in the Halleck
Descendants of William M. Sutton are found in the following
MO, IA, KY, WA, TX, AZ, IL and OH. There are many related
in Buchanan County including Foster, Wiggington, Dean, and
His lineage has been traced back to 1666 and is in the process
of being verified.
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