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The family of the John Sutton of Pennsylvania
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The Peterson family line begins with John Sutton who was born in
1680 in Frankford, Pa. and died January 6, 1722, in Oxford, Pa. John
married Parnella (last name unknown) and they had eight children. An
interesting thing happened to the Petersons during the Revolutionary War.
John's grandson, James Sutton changed the family name from Sutton to
folklore goes (this is one version of the story) that James supported King George as did his brothers
and he was known as a Tory because his family had been here for 100
years and they didn't see any reason to separate from England and
apparently didn't want to be independent. The colonists had already
burned James and his family out of their house in New Jersey, so
they went to his father's (Thomas Coates Sutton) home
in Pennsylvania. The colonists heard he was there and wanted to hang
him. Rather than face death, he grabbed his wife and children and
fled to Crawford County where he helped build the community of
Greenwood, Pa. The colonists didn't know Thomas Coates and James
were father and son. So James' father told the colonists that
James wasn't his son, but rather was "Peter's son." Some guy named
Peter lived down the road or nearby. Hence, James started using
"Peterson" instead of "Sutton." His brothers joined him in later
years; some kept the Sutton name, others changed to Peterson as
The family line covers seven generations and begins with John Sutton
(#1) and follows down through Thomas Coates Sutton (#2), James
Sutton Peterson (#3), Ezra Peterson (#4), Isaiah Peterson (#5),
James Walter Peterson (#6) and ending with Otis Wilson Peterson (#7),
- John Sutton,
b. 1680 d. Jan 6, 1722, Frankford, Pa. John married
Parnella (last name unk.) b. 1684 and d. Aug 5, 1743 in
Oxford, Pa. They had eight children:
Parnell Sutton, b. Unk., d. Unk.
John Sutton, b. 1700, Frankford, Pa.,
Luke Sutton, b. 1702,
Frankford, Pa., d. Unk.
Elizabeth Sutton, b. 1710, Frankford,
Pa., d. Unk.
Ozwin Sutton, b.
1712, Frankford, Pa., d. Unk.
Thomas C. Sutton, b. 1715, Frankford,
Pa., d. Dec. 1803, Pittsgrove, N.J. (see below)
b. 1716, Frankford, Pa., d. Unk.
b. 1718, Frankford, Pa., d. Unk.
- Thomas Coates Sutton,
b. 1715, Frankford, Pa. d. Dec 1803, Pittsgrove, N.J. He
married Edith Abbott, b. Unk., d. 1841. They had nine
Thomas Sutton, b. 1738, Red Bank, N.J., d. Sep. 1816, Pa.
b. 1740, Deptford, N.J., d. Jun. 17, 1778, Long Island City,
* John Sutton, b. 1744, Deptford,
N.J., d. Mar. 13, 1819, Pittsgrove, Pa.
* Joseph Sutton, b. 1744, Deptford, N.J., d. Mar. 13, 1819,
James S. Sutton, Jan
2., 1746, Red Bank, N.J., d. Feb 16, 1837, Crawford Co., Pa.
Moses Sutton, b. 1748, N.J.,
d. bef. Sep. 1816, Greenwood, Pa.
b. 1750, Deptford, N.J., d. Sep. 1816, Middletown, Pa.
b. 1752, Red Bank, N.J., d. Sep. 1816, Nova Scotia, Canada
b. Sep. 1754, N.J., d. aft. 1816
* John and Joseph may have been the same person given the
identical years and dates of death.
- James Sutton
Peterson, b. Jan 2, 1746, Red Bank, N.J.
d. Feb 16, 1837, Crawford Co., Pa. James married Elizabeth
Abbott, b. 1753, d. 1841, in Crawford Co., Pa. Their 14
Micah Peterson, b. Unk., d. Unk.
b. Unk., d. Unk.
Uriah Peterson, b.
1771, Pittsgrove, Pa., d. 1865, Greenwood, Pa.
b. Jul. 1, 1773, Pittsgrove, Pa., d. Mar. 23, 1842,
Thomas Peterson, b. 1775,
Pittsgrove, Pa., d. Unk.
b. Nov. 2, 1778, Pittsgrove, Pa., d. Oct. 7, 1870, Greenwood
James Peterson, Jr., b. 1784, N.J.,
d. 1822, N.J.
Amos Peterson, b.
1786, Pike Run, Pa., d. Jun. 15, 1840, Greenwood, Pa.
b. 1787, Salem Co., N.J., d. 1855, Crawford Co., Pa.
b. 1788, Washington Co., Pa., d. 1874, Brown Co., Ill.
b. Sep. 24, 1790, Washington Co., Pa., d. May 24, 1884,
Crawford Co., Pa.
Ruth Peterson, b.
Sep. 24, 1790, N.J., d. Jan. 1839, Rushville, Ill.
John T. Peterson,
b. 1792, N.J., d. 1881, N.J.
Ezra Peterson, b. 1794, N.J., d. 1854, Pike Run, Pa. (see
- Ezra Peterson,
b. 1794, N.J. d. 1854, Pike Run, Pa. Ezra was married to
Mary McFadden, b. 1793 at Pine Creek, Pa. and d. Jan. 2,
1867 at Greenwood, Pa. They has 13 children as shown below:
David Peterson, b. 1814, d. 1856
b. 1816, Pa., d. 1849
Nov 8, 1818, Crawford Co., Pa., d. Feb. 24, 1871, Conneault,
Theophilius Peterson, Dec. 14, 1819,
Crawford Co., Pa., d. Jun. 18, 1902, Cochranton, Pa.
Feb. 14, 1821, Greenwood., Pa., d. May 3, 1885, Childers,
Ezra Peterson, Jr., b. Dec. 1,
1821, Greenwood, Pa., d. Jun. 8, 1858, Crawford Co., Pa.
b. Mar. 21, 1824, Greenwood, Pa., d. Sep. 1, 1909,
Ragan Peterson, b. Jul.
2, 1827, Greenwood, Pa., d. Apr. 14, 1915, Rocky Grove, Pa.
b. abt. 1827, Pa., d. Unk.
Nov. 1, 1830, Greenwood, Pa., d. Dec. 11, 1849, Geneva, Pa.
Isaiah C. Peterson,
b. Dec 22, 1833, Pa., d. Apr. 1, 1916, Wildcat, Kan. (see
Emily Ann Peterson, b. Aug. 25, 1836, Greenwood, Pa., d.
Mar. 21, 1888, Greenwood, Pa.
b. Mar. 10, 1839, Greenwood, Pa., d. Jul. 27, 1840,
- Isaiah C. Peterson,
b. Dec 22, 1833, Pa. d. Apr 1, 1916, Wildcat, Kan.
Isaiah married Martha Morgan Wilson, b. Mar. 1848, in Bates,
Mo., and d. after 1924. Isaiah and Martha had 10
children of which only four were named and survived:
Ora Peterson, b. 1879, N.M. d. bef. 1910
Andrew A. Peterson b. Jan 19, 1884, Dennison, Tex. d. Oct
14, 1963, Howard, Kan.
James Walter Peterson, b. Apr. 5, 1888, d. Jan. 11, 1965,
Wilmington, Calif. (see below)
Grover C. Peterson, b. Feb 28, 1889, McAlester,
Okla. d. Unk.
Plus 6 other unnamed children who died prior to the
- James Walter Peterson,
b. Apr 5, 1888, Gainsville, Tex. d. Jan 11, 1965,
Wilmington, Calif. He married Pearl M. McIntyre, b. Nov.
20, 1890 in Ruskin, Neb. and d. Dec. 3, 1987 in Wilmington,
Calif. James and Pearl had five children:
Otis Wilson Peterson, b. Nov 5, 1912, Fremont, Neb.
d. Oct. 16, 1974, Lomita, Calif. (see below)
Vada E. Peterson, b. Nov 30, 1914, Fremont, Neb., d. Apr
8, 2000, San Marco, Calif.
Peterson, b. Nov 10, 1916, Wildcat, Kan., d. Jan 30, 1994,
Betty Jo Peterson, b. 1921, Wildcat, Kan.
Martha J. Peterson, b. Dec 19, 1924, Wilmington, Calif.
James worked for years as a pipefitter for the Borax Company
in California and prior to that, he was a farmer in
Otis Wilson Peterson, b. Nov 5, 1912, Fremont, Neb., d. Oct. 16,
1974, Lomita, Calif. Otis married
Virginia Ann McDonald, b. May 24, 1915,
Council Bluffs, Iowa d. Apr 27, 1987, Escondido, Calif.
They were married Jul. 24, 1937 in Wilmington, Calif. and
had two children:
James Walter Peterson, b. Jan. 30,
1947, Long Beach, Calif.
Randy Otis Peterson,
b. Nov. 18, 1952, Sacramento, Calif.
Otis served in the Air Force (then the Army Air Corps) from
1942 until 1964 when he retired at the grade of Senior
Master Sergeant and then was advanced to the grade of Flight
Officer based on his wartime service rank. Much of his
time in his early service was spent as a flight engineer on
B-29s. Later in life, one of his hidden talents was
revealed to his son, Randy. In 1974, Otis went fishing
with Randy in Fallbrook, Calif., and Randy relates the
following story: "about noon the next day dad walked down
through the avocado grove to the lake which was located near
the ranch house and dad and I went fishing as Ed had
previously stocked his private lake with Bass and Trout. I
had previously fished quite a bit with my friends in So.
Cal. and I thought I could easily "out fish" dad. Turns out
that Dad had a lot of experience fresh water fishing,
as a young man, and he held the fishing pole in his right
hand and "gently worked" the line using his left hand
and hauled in one fish after another. I spent more time
grabbing the net, unhooking and releasing Dad's fish
that afteroon that I did on my own pole."
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