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History of the Sutton Family

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  • Title History of the Sutton Family 
    Short Title History of the Sutton Family 
    Author "Medieval Ancestors of Robert Abell" , "Kin of Mellcine Thurman Smith" and Al Myers. 
    Repository Ancestors 
    Source ID S6 
    Text History of the Sutton Family

    The following history on the Sutton family is from various sources including:

    "Medieval Ancestors of Robert Abell" , "Kin of Mellcine Thurman Smith" and Al Myers.

    01. Hervey De Sutton, Lord of Sutton upon Trent, near Tuxford, County Nottingham, gave the church of Sutton to the canons of Radford near Worksop, Notts. Various origins have been given for the Suttons, but it is clearly proved by a deed cited by Dugdale that they are from Nottingham Suttons in which John, son of him, who married Margaret de Someri, styles himself Johannes filius Johannis de Sutton super Trent, dominus of Dudley, etc., dated 12 of Edward III (1284). He had Robert, who died sine prole, Richard, who had an only daughter, and Rowland. "The Dudley Genealogies," James Henry Mason (Glendale, Cal.: 1987), p. 11." states that "Hervey de Sutton was a great-grandson of Hervey de Sutton, a Saxon tenant of Earl Allan at Sudton, or Southtown, in the fourteenth year of the reign of William I, The Conqueror, A.D. 1079.

    02. Rowland Sutton was third son of Hervey. He was Lord of Sutton Upon Trent and died by 1259. He married Alice de Lexington about 1215. They also had Robert, of Averham, Notts. in 1256 who m. (1) Alice and had Richard (a priest) and John (a priest); Robert m. (2) Isabel, dau. of Hugh Picot (q.v.) - their issue was Baron Lexington's house of Averham.

    03. Sir William Sutton, born about 1215, died in 1268, seized of the manor of Worksop in Nottinghamshire. He married first Matilda, who was of record with her sister Alice in 1250. He married second Eva, who survived him and married second a Robert Paynell.

    04. Sir Robert De Sutton, born about 1241, seized of the manor and advowson of Worksop, Nottinghamshire, the manor of Sutton, Notts., and Aston le Walls and Byfield in Northamptonshire. He married Johanna.

    05. Sir Richard De Sutton, son of Robert and Johanna was born September 29, 1266, was living as late as 1346. He married Isabel Patric, (widow of Philip Burnel, by whom she had no children) who was dead by 1318.

    06. Sir John De Sutton, Lord of Dudley Castle, Staffordshire, England, from 1326, died about 1359. He married Margaret De Somery, who died in 1384, the Baroness Dudley, sister and heir of John de Somery. From 1316-1320 he was engaged in wars in Scotland, and from 1318-129 he was in the retinue of his brother-in-law, John de Somery. He was accused of complicity in the rebellion of Thomas Earl of Lancaster against the king, and was extorted to give up all his right and interest in the castle and town of Dudley to Hugh le Despencer. In addition he gave up the manors of Sedgley, Swinford and Rowley-Somery, as well as other lands, not obtaining restitution until Edward III became king. He was knighted in 1326.

    07. John De Sutton, son of John and Margaret. He married Isabel De Cherleton. He was in the war against the Scots (1333-1334) and had letters of protection dated April 8, 1333 while he was in the retinue of Ralph Basset of Drayton. He was a knight in 1338; he was summoned to Parliament in 1342. He was in the king's service in 1347, and was then called Lord of Duddeleye.' In 1350 he was sent with a relieving force from England to St. Jean de Angely; he was here summoned to advise the king as to the safety of the kingdom. In 1352 he was one of the commissioners appointed to array archers in Staffordshire. In 1359 John de Sutton, chevalier, was in the retinue of William de Bohum, Earl of Northampton, and died in France...." In addition to his heir, John, he had Thomas de Sutton who served in 1369 in France in the army of the Black Prince. He died on Friday before November 23, 1359.

    08. Sir John De Sutton, son of John and Isabel was born about 1338. He died probably in France about 1369. He married (1) Katherine Stafford on December 25, 1357. He married (2) Joan Clinton after 1361. John was of full age as his father's death. He sold parts of Malpas in 1367 and was a knight, serving in the French war in 1369 (dying soon after).

    09. Sir John De Sutton, son of John and Katherine, of Dudley Castle, Staffordshire, born at Coleshill in Arden in county Warwick, east of Birmingham on December 6, 1361. The wardship of this nobleman, he being in his minority at his father's death, was granted to Richard, Earl of Arundel, and sold to Sir Philip de Spenser in 5th of Richard II for 300 marks. He married (according to Burke's Dormant and Extinct Peerage) 1st Margaret de Mortimer, but had no issue, and by 2nd wife, Joanna de Clinton, had John, his successor (Joan de Clinton was the daughter of Sir John Clinton, died 1355, and Joan, daughter of Sir Roger Hillary, Knight, son of Sir John Clinton, died 1325, and his wife Alice, daughter of Sir Robert Grendon, son of Sir John Clinton [and wife Isabel], brother of James Clinton, who was grandfather of the Petronella Clinton, who married John Woodward of Solihull of County Warwick.

    10. Sir John De Sutton, son of John was born on February or March of 1379/80, He married before December 10, 1401 to Constance Blount. John was a knight and of Dudley Castle. He was 21 when the post-mortem insquisition was held of great-grandmother Isabella - at this time the lands and Castle were restored to him. He now held the manors of Sedgley, Kinswinford and Rowley-Somery in Staffordshire, and also Himley and Over Penn in the same county, attached to Dudley Castle. He also held lands in Tipton and the manor of Prestwood in the forest of Kinver.

    11. Sir John De Sutton, Lord Dudley, aged 5 years in 8 of Henry IV, 1407. He was summoned to Parliament from 8 of Henry VI 1430, to 22 of Edward IV 1475, when he died. He had the honor of bearing the standard at the funeral of Henry V. In 1428 he was Treasurer of the Household and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. In 26 of Henry VI, in consideration of his services, he received a grant of an annuity issuing out of the part of the customs of London, and being one of the King's Counsel he was sent as an ambassador to the Duke of Brittany and later to the Duke of Burgandy. Toward the end of the reign his services were rewarded with the Order of the Garter about 1459. He was wounded at the battle of Bloreheath and for this he received several honourable trusts and offices from his sovereign. He was summoned to Parliament from 18 of Henry VI, 1440, to 3 of Henry VII, 1485, but this is not clear, as the different books give his grandson John for part of this time. Sir John Sutton married Elizabeth Berkeley, daughter of Sir John Berkeley of Beverstone, County Gloucester, by his first wife Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Bettishorne. She died shortly before Dec. 8, 1478, and was buried in St. James Priory, Dudley. He died Sept. 30, 1487, in his 87th year. They had children: Edmund, married Joyce Tiptoft, who died in the lifetime of his father, and his son John succeeded his grandfather. John, who assumed the name of Dudley, Wm. Bishop of Durham, and three daughters, Margaret, Eleanor and Jane.