Welcome to my web site!
My interest in genealogy began shortly after retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1987. Growing up, despite having a close knit family, there was never any discussion about ancestors, 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 other family members questions regarding the family 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.
When I began this research my goals 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 Archives 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 in many instances that the supporting records either did not exist or they may have just 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, Massachusetts and my Jones family (paternal mother's line) who arrived from Manchester, England in 1848 and
settled in Paterson, NJ.
But the "genealogy bug" hit me hard and my research extended well 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.
The DNA Issue
In 2008, I added DNA as a tool to help with my family research. DNA can be very useful in knocking down those "brick walls", but it can also open that proverbial Pandora's Box. My DNA test results opened that box. When comparing my YDNA (STR) results with those of other Sutton lines, there was quite a disparity. This disparity was too varied to be caused by mutation of the genes. Thus the only other possibility was that an occurrence commonly called a "non-paternal event or NPE" took place somewhere in the paternal line. My thoughts were, given the age of the line, it probably occurred back several generations, as I had a solid paper trail for at least the last three generations. However, this continued to eat at me, so I decided to try to eliminate the chance that this event occurred in the recent generations by first having my brother test. His DNA results matched mine so I knew that Harold Sutton was in fact our father. I had one male cousin in the line who I was able to locate and requested he test. The results, his DNA matched all those other Sutton's but not mine. I now had the answer to where the NPE occurred and that Isaiah Sutton was not my dad's legitimate father, despite the birth certificate having Isaiah listed as the father.
I opted to take DNA testing one step further and took the FamilyTreeDNA "Big Y" test in June 2016. This test proved vital in determining my true paternal line. The results of the Big Y test showed that my dad's father was a member of the McDevitt (McDaid) family. My goal now, while I may never learn my dad's actual father, is to at least connect to a direct McDevitt family so I can continue to research and extend this Irish ancestry. I have included in this research, McDevitt families that I have traced who were living in Bayonne, New Jersey at the time of my dad's birth.
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.
Individual Report for Dennis Paul Sutton
Index of Names
I have attempted to transcribe all the marriage and death information found in the Hunterdon County Democrat newspaper and offer it here for you to search. The extracts cover the period 1838-1888. The information not only contains information relevant to Hunterdon County but throughout New Jersey and other locations across the United States. I still have microfilm up to 1900 which I plane to eventually extract the data from. The below link will take you to extract pages. Click "Ctrl F" to open a search box and enter your search information.
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