Ancestors of Dennis and Marie Eltz Sutton
Birth: 4 Jan 1729 - Piscataway, Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey 6202
Death: Abt 17 Oct 1817 - Williamsport, Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Cause of Death:
Father: Samuel Sutton
Spouses and Children
1. *Letitia Haines 3449
Marriage: Abt 1754 3449
1. Asenth Sutton
2. Dorothy Sutton
3. Amariah Sutton
4. Susanna Sutton
5. Every Sutton
6. Arod Sutton
7. Isaiah Sutton
8. Mary C. Sutton
Amariah was a witness to the will of William Miller and made inventory of his estate on 20 Sep 1768.
Indian Land and its Fair-Play Settlers, 1773-1785 (The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 7, No. 4 (1883), pp 420-425 - Published by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.)
The summary process of ejectment employed by the Fair-play men is clearly described by William King in a deposition taken March 15, 1801, in Huff v. Satcha, in the Circuit Court of Lycoming County:
"In 1775 I came on the land in question. I was informed that Joseph Haines claimed the land. He asked thirty pounds for it, wich I would not give. He said he was going to New Jersey, and would leave it in the care of his nephew, Isaiah Sutton. Some time after I heard that Sutton was offering it for sale. I had heard much disputing about the Indian land, and thought I would go up to Sutton's neighbors and inquire if he had any right. I first went to Edmund Huff, then to Thomas Kemplen, Samuel Dougherty, William McMeans, and Thomas Ferguson, and asked if they would accept me as a neighbor, and whether Isaiah Sutton had any right to the land in question. They told me Joseph Haines had once a right to it but had forfeited his right by the Fair-play law, and advised to purchase. Huff showed me the consentabl line between Haines and him. Huff's land lay above Haines's, on the river. I purchased of Sutton, and was give him nine pounds for the land...
"Amariah Sutton testified, July 5, 1800, that he came to the plantation on which he then resided in 1770. (He lived on the east bank of Lycoming Creek on the border only of Indian land.) That Joseph Haines, who was his relative, came from New Jersey a few years after, and began to improve on the tract of land at the mouth of Lycoming Creek on the Indian land side, making his home at his, Sutton's house, that in the course of three years he returned to New Jersey and never came back. "We were all driven off by the Indians in May, 1778."
"John Sutton says: - "I came to Lycoming Creek in 1772, went to the Indian land in 1773, and have lived there ever since except during the Runaway. There was a law of the Fair-Play men, that if any man left his improvement six weeks without leaving some person to continue his improvement, he lost the right to push his improvement. After the war I was one of the first to come back. I believe that William Tharpe and myself were the two first men who came to the Indian lands. I never understood that William Greer's calim extended as far as where Tharpe now lives [March 13, 1797, date of deposition]; the improvements made by William Greer was near the house in which Greer now lives. A man name Perkins lived on the land in dispute between William Greer and William Tharpe. In the winter of 1775-6, Thomas Kemplen bought out Perkins, and Kemplen sold to James Armstrong, commonly called 'Curly Armstrong.' I saw William King living in the cabin in which Tharpe now lives. I sold my place which adjoined William Tharpe's to JOhn Clark. I came back after the war with the first that came in eighty-three. William Dougherty lived on Tharpe's land, after him Richard Sutton. Sutton lived in the cabin in '84 or '85. I am sure he lived there before Mr. Edmiston came up to survey." 6395