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Early England Sutton Geneology
The chronicles of England show the early records of the name Sutton to be derived from the Norman race.
There it appears in England from about 1066 A.S., and its history is interwoven within the majestic tapestry which contains the history of England. Professional researchers used such ancient manuscripts as the Domesday Book (compiled in 1086 by William the Conqueror), the Ragman Rolls, the Wace poem, the Honour Roll of the Battel Abbey, The Curia Regis, Pipe Rolls, the Falaise Roll, tax records, baptismals, family genealogies and local parish and church records to establish that the first record of the name Sutton was found in Nottinghamshire where they were descended from knight Drey (Dreu) de Montaigu (Montaigu Drew ?)who came into England at the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. in the train of the Count of Mortain (half brother and advisor of William the Conquerer). He most probably fought October 14, 1066 at the battle of Hastings, England. The PEDIGREE of Drew MONTAIGU Ansger de Montaigu, with his brother Dreu, came to England at the conquest in the train of the earl of Mortain. The former (Ansger, ed.) held lands-in-chief in the counties of Devon and Somerset, and as an under-tenant of the count of Mortain in Dorset, and of the bishop of Countances in the same county. It is apparent that he died without posterity, as there is no record of any in England. Dreu, his brother, held several manors in Somerset, among which were Shipton and Sutton. The first was his seat, which was later called Shepton-Montague and the latter was designated Sutton-Montague. He was the father of William de Montagu, who succeeded him towards the end of the reign of Henry I. He left much posterity in England, among whom were the earls of Salisbury and Manchester. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- His (poss.) 4(+)-Great Grandchildren: Hawise (poss. de NEVILLE) ; Isabella de MONTACUTE ; William (MONTECUTE; MONTACUTE) de MONTAGU Sutton-upon-Trent was granted to Knight Drey de Montaigu (Montaigu Drew ?) as his share of the spoils, to have and to hold forever, and so the Norman became English Sutton
His first seat was at Sutton Montague in Somerset and the family later acquired Sutton upon Trent near Tuxford in Nottingham, where they became Lords of the manor and the Barons Dudley.
The Normans were commonly believed to be of French origin but, more accurately, they were of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and Northern Scotland about the year 870 A.D., under their King, Stirgud the Stout. Later, under their Earl, Thorfinn Rollo, they invaded France about 910 A.D. The French King, Charles the Simple, after Rollo laid siege to Paris, finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo. Duke William, who invaded and defeated England in 1066, was descended from the first Duke Rollo of Normandy.
The surname Sutton emerged as a notable family name in the county of Nottingham. Many junior branches of this prolific family acquired many estates, during the medieval period, including Norwood Park, Scofton, West Retford, Kelham and Averham in Nottingham.
Amongst the titles in this notable family are the Barons Lexington, Lords Manners, Viscounts Canterbury, Count de Clonard and many Baronets. Amongst the offices held were, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord High Chancellor of Ireland, Speaker of the House of Commons and founders of Brasenose College, Oxford. Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Hervey of Sutton, first Lord of Sutton upon Trent.
The surname Sutton contributed much to local politics and in the affairs of England or Scotland. During the 12 th century many of these Norman families moved north to Scotland. Later in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries England was ravaged by religious and political conflict. The Monarchy, the Church and Parliament fought for supremacy. The unrest caused many to think of distant lands.
The democratic way of life of the New World beckoned many. They sailed aboard the fleet of sailing ships known as the "White Sails".
This early and very scarce genealogy traces the ancient lineage of the Sutton family, and their descendants who adopted the surname Dudley. Hervey held Sutton--upon--Trent in Nottingham county England in 1079, and from that place the name was derived in the form of Hervey de Sutton. In 1439, John of this family was made the first Baron Dudley, and so he adopted the surname Dudley. Among the descendants of this John Dudley is Thomas Dudley (1576--1653), Governor of Massachusetts. Descendants of the Governor and others of the family who came to Massachusetts are traced in both male and female lines of descent
Details for de Sutton Family
1. Harvey de Sutton 1st - was born about 1050, lived in Sutton, Notingham, England and died after 1079 .
Harvey - 1st Lord of Sutton on 1079.
"The Suttons were Normans in the beginning and before anybody had a surname in the modern sense. It is one of the few names which is practically without variants, although one New England forbearer tried "Sutten" apparently, however, with indifferent success, as few, if any of the family now spell it with an "e". The first Sutton was a Norman and in the train of William the Conqueror when he started upon his never-to-be-forgotten expedition. Sutton-upon-Trent was granted to him as his share of the spoils, to have and to hold forever, and so the Norman Sutton became an English Sutton. (All of this information on the Sutton family is from page 6, 7 and 8 of an unknown publication with the heading of "Decendants of the Sutton-Beasley family of Brown Co., Ohio.")
Sud-tun, meaning a place of dwelling in the South, is the original form of Sutton, and is the name of a large number of towns in England.
More than fifty coats of arms have been granted to the family, which indicates their rank among the English gentry. There were the Suttons of Sutton, in Holderness; the Suttons of Sutton-Madoc, in Shropshire; and the Suttons of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. These were three among the many branches of the family tree planted in England by the Norman founder." Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i. Harvey de Sutton 2nd was born about 1090, lived in Sutton, Notingham, England and died after 1109 . See #2. below.
----- Second Generation ----- 2. Harvey de Sutton 2nd - was born about 1090, lived in Sutton, Notingham, England and died after 1109 . He was the son of Harvey de Sutton 1st.
Harvey - - 2nd Lord of Sutton in 1109 Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i. Harvey de Sutton 3rd was born about 1105, lived in Sutton, Notingham, England and died after 1154 . See #3. below.
----- Third Generation -----
3. Harvey de Sutton 3rd - was born about 1105, lived in Sutton, Notingham, England and died after 1154 . He was the son of Harvey de Sutton 2nd.
Harvey married Elizabeth Patrick.
Harvey - - 3rd Lord of Sutton.in 1154. Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i. Harvey de Sutton 4th was born about 1150, lived in Sutton, Notingham, England and died after 1195 . See #4. below.
----- Fourth Generation -----
4. Harvey de Sutton 4th - was born about 1150, lived in Sutton, Notingham, England and died after 1195 . He was the son of Harvey de Sutton 3rd and Elizabeth Patrick.
Harvey - - 4th Lord Of Sutton in 1175, upon Trent, near Tuxford, County Nottingham. Children: (Quick Family Chart) i. Rowland de Sutton was born about 1195 in Averham, Nottingham, England and died before 1259 . See #5. below. ii. Harvey de Sutton was born about 1175 and died after 1109 .
Harvey - - 2nd Lord of Sutton
----- Fifth Generation -----
5. Rowland de Sutton - was born about 1195 in Averham, Nottingham, England and died before 1259 . He was the son of Harvey de Sutton 4th.
Rowland married Alice de Lexington about 1215. Alice was born about 1195. She is the daughter of Richard de Lexington and Matilda de Cauz.
Rowland - - 5th Lord of Sutton. Children: (Quick Family Chart) i. Sir William de Sutton was born about 1215, lived in Warsop, Nottingham, England and died on 18 Aug 1267 . See #6. below.
----- Sixth Generation -----
6. Sir William de Sutton - was born about 1215, lived in Warsop, Nottingham, England and died on 18 Aug 1267 . He was the son of Rowland de Sutton and Alice de Lexington. Sir William married Maltilda.
Sir William - - 4th Lord of Sutton. Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i. Robert de Sutton was born about 1240 and died on 8 Mar 1273 while living in Warsop, Nottingham, England . See #7. below.
----- Seventh Generation -----
7. Robert de Sutton - was born about 1240 and died on 8 Mar 1273 while living in Warsop, Nottingham, England . He was the son of Sir William de Sutton.
Robert married Joanna. Children: (Quick Family Chart) i. Sir Richard de Sutton was born on 29 Sep 1266, lived in Warsop,Nottingham,England and died after 1346 . See #8. below.
----- Eighth Generation -----
8. Sir Richard de Sutton - was born on 29 Sep 1266, lived in Warsop,Nottingham,England and died after 1346 . He was the son of Robert de Sutton.
Sir Richard married Isabel Patrick. Isabel was born in 1260, lived in Shocklache,Cheshire,England. She was the daughter of William Patrick and Bernice de Malpas. She died after 1290 . Children: (Quick Family Chart
) i. John de Sutton I was born about 1286, lived in Dudley,Worcester,England and died before 1338 . See #9. below.
----- Ninth Generation -----
9. John de Sutton I - was born about 1286, lived in Dudley,Worcester,England and died before 1338 . He was the son of Sir Richard de Sutton and Isabel Patrick.
John married Magaret de Somery. Magaret was born in 1290. She was the daughter of Roger de Somery. She died in 1384 .
John - With the death of John de Somery in 1322 the extensive estates of the Barony of Dudley entered into a period of confusion and disputed ownership.
Only in 1327 did John de Sutton, after imprisonment in the Tower of London and the extraction of a forced disclaimer to the property, eventually inherit the family estates of his wife Margaret de Somery.
The Castle had a relatively calm succession of the de Sutton lords, all name John. Children: (Quick Family Chart) i. Maud de Sutton was born about 1303 and died in 1354 .
Maud - m. Ralph JOCELYN, b. 13 Dec 1275
ii. John de Sutton II was born about 1304 and died on 23 Nov 1359 in Dudley Castle, Stafford, England . See #10. below.
----- Tenth Generation -----
10. John de Sutton II - was born about 1304 and died on 23 Nov 1359 in Dudley Castle, Stafford, England . He was the son of John de Sutton I and Magaret de Somery.
John married Isabel de Cherleton before 1329. Isabel was born about 1308 in Malpas, Chester, England. She was the daughter of Lord John de Cherleton and Hawyse verch Griffith "Gadarn the Hardy" de La Pole. She died on 10 Apr 1397 in Dudley Castle, Stafford, England . (Sources: - 1)
John - One of the "Barons of Dudley".
After his death, his wife held claim to the castle, and while his sons held the title, they could not attend Parliament as the Castle was in control of a woman (Isabel). When she died, the Barons were again summoned. Children: (Quick Family Chart) i. John de Sutton III was born about 1329 in Malpas, Chester, England and died in 1369/1370 in France . See #11. below.
----- Eleventh Generation -----
11. John de Sutton III - was born about 1329 in Malpas, Chester, England and died in 1369/1370 in France . He was the son of John de Sutton II and Isabel de Cherleton. John married Katherine Stafford on 25 Dec 1357. Katherine was born about 1340 in Tunbridge, Stafford, England. She was the daughter of Sir Ralph de Stafford and Margaret de Audley. She died before 25 Dec 1361 .
John - served in the Army in France.
Not necessarily the son of baron #2. While he definitely was Baron #3, the jury is still out on whose son he was. Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i. Sir John de Sutton IV was born on 6 Dec 1361 in Coleshill, Arden, Warwick, England and died on 10 Mar 1395/1396 . See #12. below.
----- Twelth Generation -----
12. Sir John de Sutton IV - was born on 6 Dec 1361 in Coleshill, Arden, Warwick, England and died on 10 Mar 1395/1396 . He was the son of John de Sutton III and Katherine Stafford.
Sir John married Alice Le Despencer. Alice was born about 1364 in Carlington, England. She is the daughter of Phillip Le Despencer.
Sir John - His mother probably died in childbirth. His birth occurred at Coleshill probably because it was the home of his father's nearest cousin, Joan (later his father's second wife), while Dudley Castle was occupied by his father's widowed mother and (since Nov 1359) her second husband, Richard le Fissher, with whom John de Sutton was in frequent litigation. After the death of his father about 1369 his wardship and marriage were granted to Richard Fitz Alan, Earl of Arundel. during this period he was married to JOAN_____. He served in the King's Fleet under the Earl of Arundel after he came of age. Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i. Sir John de Sutton V was born in 1380 in Coleshill, Warwick, England and died on 29 Aug 1406 in England . See #13. below.
----- Thirteenth Generation -----
13. Sir John de Sutton V - was born in 1380 in Coleshill, Warwick, England and died on 29 Aug 1406 in England . He was the son of Sir John de Sutton IV and Alice Le Despencer. Sir John married Constance Blount before 1401 in Worcestershire, England. Constance was born after 1373 in Barton Blount, Derbyshire, England. She was the daughter of Walter Blount and Sancha de Ayala. She died on 23 Sep 1432 in Northampton, England .
Sir John - Son and heir of Dudley Castle, co. Stafford, was born in Feb 1380 (aged seventeen years and three weeks on death of father), or a few days before 23 Mar 1379/80 (inquest into his inheritance from his great-grandmother Isabel).
In 1401 he did homage and had livery of the Barony of Dudley and other family lands (the first time they had been vested in a male heir since the death of his great-grandfather in 1359). Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i. Sir John de Sutton VI was born on 25 Dec 1400 in Dudley Castle, Staffordshire, England and died on 30 Sep 1487 in Staffordshire, England and was buried in St James Priory, Dudley, Staffordshire, England . See #14. below.
----- Fourteenth Generation -----
14. Sir John de Sutton VI - was born on 25 Dec 1400 in Dudley Castle, Staffordshire, England and died on 30 Sep 1487 in Staffordshire, England and was buried in St James Priory, Dudley, Staffordshire, England . He was the son of Sir John de Sutton V and Constance Blount.
Sir John married Elizabeth Berkeley. Elizabeth was born before 1422 in Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England. She was the daughter of Sir John Berkeley and Elizabeth Betteshorne. She died about 8 Dec 1478 and was buried in St. James Priory, Dudley, Staffordshire, England .
Sir John - Only in 1432 with the succession of John de Sutton VI did the barony come to prominence for he had a long and successful career in the service of the royal court. Amongst his many appointments he held the lieutenancy of Ireland. In the Wars of the Roses he supported the Lancasterian faction under Henry VI and was imprisoned at Ludlow Castle.
In 1455 he was captured at the battle of St Albans and again imprisoned. Despite his previous loyalty to the Lancastrian cause he was soon employed on diplomatic missions for the Yorkists acting as ambassador in negotiations with Burgundy and Brittany.
John de Sutton VI survived the slaughter of these wars and died in 1487 after a long and most distinguished career.
As Lord Steward in 1422 he brought home the body of King Henry V to England, and was chief mourner and carried the standard of King Henry V at his funeral. he fought throughout the wars with France and was a firm supporter of the House of Lancaster in the Wars of the Roses. He was summoned to Parliament from 15 Feb 1439/40 by writs directed Johanni de Sutton de Duddeley militi, whereby he is held to have become Lord Dudley. He was the first of his family to adopt the surname of Dudley as an alias for Sutton. He was taken prisoner with King Henry VI on 23 May 1455 at the first Battle of St. Albans, and was wounded at Blore Heath on 23 Sep 1459. Children: (Quick Family Chart) i. Sir Edmund Sutton was born after 1422, lived in Dudley,Worcestershire,England and died after 6 Jul 1483 . Sir Edmund married Joyce de Tiptoft about 1450. Joyce was born about 1430. She died in 1485 .
Sir Edmund - married Joyce de Tiptoft about 1430and later Matilda Clifford
ii. Jane Sutton was born about 1434, lived in Dudley Castle, Staffordshire, England.
Jane married Thomas Mainwaring. Thomas was born about 1450 in Ightfield , SW of Whitchurch, Shropshire, England. He was the son of William Mainwaring and Margaret Warren. He died in 1508 .
In the Middle Ages the Sutton family inherited the title and estate of Lord Dudley and lived in Dudley Castle. (Click here to view full size image.)
Sources: 1 Thorns among the roses Holly Forrest Tamer Web: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=tamer&id=I14436
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