The Irish Suttons

Submitted by columnist Nicholas M. Sutton, Apt. #1, 26 Court St., Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland.

Search of the Church of Ireland records of the parish of Templeshanbo, Co. Wexford, for the surname SUTTON.

Marriage Banns

Thomas Baile of Enniscorthy and Jane Sutton of Templeshanbo. The proclamation of this marriage was announced on the following Sundays, 16th April 1815, 23rd April 1815 and 30th April 1815.

William Sutton and Sarah Rathwell, both of Templeshanbo parish. The Banns of this marriage were called on the following Sundays, 31st January 1819, 7th February 1819 and 14th February 1819.


Thomas Baile of Enniscorthy and Jane Sutton of Templeshanbo were married on the 3rd May 1815.

William Sutton and Sarah Radwell (notice the difference in the spelling of the last surname to when it appeared in the Banns), both of Templeshanbo, were married on the 20th February 1819.

Thomas Pierce and Phillipah Sutton, both of Templeshanbo were married on the 29th April 1819.

James Rath, aged 32, a widower, and a farmer by profession (son of John Rath, farmer, of Ballincash, parish of Kilcormick, Co. Wexford), married Mary Sutton, aged 26, of Clonjordan, Templeshanbo, (daughter of Samuel Sutton,a farmer). They were married on the 26th July 1849.


Samuel Sutton was born to William and Sarah Sutton of Monalee, Templeshanbo on the 12th February 1819.

The following are the children of Samuel and Mary Sutton, farmers, of Clonjordan, Templeshanbo,

Nicholas born 28th March 1820
Jane born 7th September 1821
Edward born 7th April 1823
Mary born 22nd March 1825
Margaret born 25th March 1829
Richard born 16th December 1830
William born 10th February 1838
Samuel baptised 7th June 1840
Sarah baptised 4th September 1842
George born 12th July 1845

Burial Register

Alice Sutton, Clonjordan, aged 70 years, 29th January 1827.

The following has also been collected from other sources on the above family. From a list of claims for losses suffered during the 1798 Rebellion shows that Alice Sutton, a widow from Clonjordan made a claim for loss of property sustained at Enniscorthy and at her residence in Clonjordan. She lost cattle, beds and bedding, cloaths, provisions and crop which she claimed E39. 4s. 6d. for the loss of.

Samuel Sutton Emigrates To Canada

Samuel Sutton of Clonjordan was one of many people who solicited the Colonial Office in the early 1820's seeking passage to Canada. In his letter he mentioned his 'many relatives in Canada' and that he had received from there a letter from his brother-in-law, Robert Davis, (reference: Wexford, History and Society; essay in same by Bruce Elliott titled "Emigration from South Leinster to Eastern Upper Canada," citing reference from C.O. 384/8, f 367, P.A.C. reel B-882. ('See note). Sutton Searcher subscriber, Rod Sutton of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, whose great-grandfather was the Samuel Sutton of Clonjordan, baptised in June 1840, informed me that some if not all of the Clonjordan family emigrated c.1850. They were certainly gone out of Clonjordan and Monalee by the time Griffiths Valuation of property was compiled in 1853. Some of the children of Samuel and Mary Sutton, i.e., six if not a possible seventh turned up in various houses in the Beckwith township, Ontario, during the 1851 Census. The 'possible seventh' child was Elizabeth, aged 16 years at that time, (there is no record of her in the Templeshanbo records). The six that were in Beckwith in 1851 were, Edward, Richard, William, Samuel, Sarah and George. Their parents had not been located so they may not have emigrated nor is there anything known of their other children except that James and Mary (Sutton) Rath also appear to have emigrated.

Thomas and Phillipah (Sutton) Pierce emigrated the same year that they were married in 1819. They went out on the ship EOLUS.

* Note.

There may be other references to Suttons for the Sutton Searcher on these microfilm reels as they are compiled from correspondence from people in their attempt to obtain passages and provisions to Upper Canada. Their endeavours were assisted by the mediation of two brothers from New Ross, Co. Wexford, who corresponded on their behalf with the Colonial Office for many years. Back in November of 1817 the Elly brothers had compiled a list of names of the people preparing to emigrate from the counties of Carlow and Wexford in the Spring of the following year, 1818. In December they forwarded the list to the Colonial Office but no assistance was ever forthcoming. The list comprised of the names of the head of the families and the number of people in each family. It was divided into two sections, Roman Catholics and Protestants, with 281 R.C's and 710 of the latter, making a grand total of 5,502 people in all willing to emigrate. Despite not receiving British government assistance many of the people named in the Elly's list did turn up in various townships in the eastern part of the province by the mid 1820s with very few of them going to Upper Canada. Of the eight Sutton families named on the list only #1, Edward Sutton with #10 in his family, were Roman Catholics. The #7 Protestant families were, Gar't Sutton,#9 in family; Wm. Sutton, #2 in family; Saml. Sutton, #4 in family; Thos. Sutton, #10 in family; Tos. Sutton, and John Sutton, both of whom were travelling singly; and Arnold Sutton who had #9 in family. All the Suttons named on the list were farmers by profession. The reference for the list is PRO, CO. 384/1. Public Archives of Canada, reel B-876.

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