Home Grown In the Garden State
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My interest in genealogy began shortly after retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1987. Growing up, despite have a close knit family, there was never any discussion about ancestor, family history, or traditions. By the time I finally got interested, both my mother and father were deceased. I knew very little about my grandparents and wondered just how I fit into the family picture. I began asking questions of my aunts and uncles and was amazed at what little they really knew about their parents and grandparents. Thus, armed with a few tidbits of information, I set on a personal quest to find my roots.
My initial research began with my father's Sutton line. When I began, I thought that the Sutton name was fairly uncommon in New Jersey and that my research would be rather simple. Was I wrong!! The name may not have been common in the my hometown, Bayonne, and immediate surrounds in the 1950s and 1960s but a drive west into Hunterdon, Somerset, or Morris Counties, where my search began, and the name might as well have been "Jones or Smith". I was stunned by the number of Sutton families and I knew this research was not going to be a "cakewalk".
My goals when I began this research were twofold: 1) develop my direct Sutton and Jones family lines, and; 2) validate all events and facts with source information. Fortunately, both my Sutton and Jones families where pretty much a fixture in the state of New Jersey from the time they arrived from Europe. This allowed me to focus my research primarily within New Jersey where I was able to acquire facts and source material directly through repeated research trip to the NJ State Archieves and, as it continues to develop, from published data on the Internet. Other information was acquired from material extracted from various books and papers and information received from other researchers. This latter information, in many cases, lacked the source information necessary to validate the material but provided many clues. I also found that often the supporting records either did not exist or they have eluded my search.
Initially my research focused on my direct Sutton family(paternal father's line), which began with William Sutton who settled in Piscataway, NJ around 1666 having come from Scituate, Massachusettes and my Jones family (paternal mother's line) who arrived from Manchester, England in 1848 and settled in Paterson, NJ. The lines continued to expand and the "genealogy bug" hit me hard. I began extending this research will beyond my direct lines and followed the ever expanding westward migration of the Sutton families from NJ. In addition to my Sutton and Jones lines, I have also researched my father's maternal O'Brien line and mother's maternal Otto line. At about the same time, I began to research my wife's family lines. These are all from Pennsylvania and consist of Eltz, Bush, Connor, and Kelly. All are found on this website.
I dedicate these pages first to my family who tolerated my absences while I was away doing research or at the computer at home doing research or data entry. Secondly, I dedicate this as a remembrance to all those family members I never met but, in someway, have all contributed a little to who I am today.
Aerial view of the Bayonne Bridge, which spans Bayonne, NJ and Staten Island, NY. Also in view is the home on Trask avenue where I grew up.
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Individual Report for Dennis Paul Sutton
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