Person:Zachariah Dutton (1)

Zachariah Dutton
  1. Zachariah Dutton1750 - 1829
m. 1773
  1. Samuel Sneed Dutton1796 - 1874
Facts and Events
Name Zachariah Dutton
Gender Male
Birth? 1750 Charles County, Maryland
Marriage 1773 to Unknown _____
Will[2] 10 Nov 1828 Granville Co., North CarolinaWill
Death[1] Aug 1829 Granville Co., North Carolina


_FREL: Natural

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Moved from Maryland to North Carolina in the mid 1790's

DUTTON-Z Archive Search From: Richardson <> Subject: ZDUTTON - Today's Post: Edmund Dutton Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 14:25:09


Except for a few minor technical difficulties, everything seems to be working great. At first I wondered what kind of Pandora's box I had opened in getting all of us talking, but the more I think about it, the better the idea seems. If we all work together and keep the information flowing, we are sure to get more done. I am glad to have contacted each of you--some of you might have never met apart from this group. You never know when that one person you don't know might have the missing link.

Of the children of Zachariah Dutton, here is the breakdown of how we all connect:

2 from William: Julie Dutton and myself. 2 from John: Rose Spencer and the Woodworths 2 from Jarrett: Nona Gold and Margaret Kinsley 2 from Stephen: Kaye Shirah and Myra Borden 4 from Edmund: Brenda Nitsch, Janice Roper, Charles Van Bebber, and the Woodworths (Betty descends from both John and Edmund) 2 from Samuel Sneed: James Dutton and Judy Knight 2 missing links: Sonya Mims, who most likely descends from the OTHER Samuel Dutton that was in Lawrence Co., Ala. in 1820--probably related to us sooner or later; and Sue Rodgers, whose Duttons are from Virginia and Maryland--also probably related further on up the tree. That leaves 3 children of Zachariah: Matilda, who never married. Elizabeth married William Bailey; nothing else has been proven. She is Zachariah's "lost daughter". Zachariah Jr., who apparently moved to Brunswick County, North Carolina. He is Zachariah's "lost son". James Dutton may have some leads on following him up...

The first thing I noticed was the large number of descendants of Edmund Dutton. This may have something to do with the fact that he had 15 kids. :) [No, can't be that: Samuel had 16.] Whatever the case, Edmund seems to me to be a pretty good place to start our discussion. Let me post a little bit of the information that I have. Then each of you chip in--add, expand, question, comment, discuss--even change the subject. Let's just get the ball rolling.

EDMUND DUTTON Born either September 7 or December 7, 1793 [Sep. from tombstone, Dec. from Family Bible of g.dau Willie Edna Hughes Roper (ancestor of Janice and Charles) in Charles County, Maryland, the son of Zachariah Dutton and possibly ? Penn. Died 28 Dec 1882 in Basham's Gap, Morgan County, Alabama [from tombstone and pension records] Married on 7 Mar 1821 in Limestone County, Alabama to Margaret Barnett Ross [from pension record] Fought in War of 1812. Enlisted on 1 Jun 1814 in Norfolk, Va. (or Lunenburg Co., Va.?) Served in Col. William Green's Company and Col. William Palmer's Company out of Norfolk. Discharged 6 Dec 1814. [from military record and pension record] "Went through the war without a wound" according to Mrs. Estelle Smith. Came to Alabama in ca. 1818, possibly arriving with Stephen Penn, who may have been his uncle. Settled in Lawrence County, Ala., where he lived for most of his life. Buried at Friendship Baptist Church in Danville, Morgan/Lawrence Counties, Alabama. [The church is on the county line: the church itself is in Lawrence County, along with part of the cemetery--the older part of the cemetery, including probably Edmund's grave, is in Morgan. I am not completely sure which grave is Edmund's--there are two markers there for him, a new one and an old one. I would suspect that the new one was correct because of its placement; the new marker was probably placed by Mrs. Odie Dutton Hunter, Edmund's granddau., and mother of Mrs. Estelle Hunter Smith. Julie Dutton speculates that the old marker was lost and thrown away, then recovered; someone, not knowing where it went, just stuck it in the ground somewhere. I'm trying to clear this up.]

MARGARET BARNETT ROSS Born 1 Mar 1805 in Kentucky [from tombstone and census records] Died 20 Nov 1874 in Lawrence County, Alabama [from tombstone] [the "Barnett" comes from family tradition, given by Mrs. Estelle Hunter Smith to Louie Dutton, father-in-law of Julie Dutton, who gave it to me] Buried at Friendship Baptist Church.

15 children, all born in Lawrence County, Alabama:

1. William Dutton, b. 1 Feb 1821, d. 13 May 1883 in Lawrence Co. [from tombstone] Was crippled and never married. [from Mrs. Smith] Bd. at Friendship.

2. Cyrena Jane Dutton, b. 14 Mar 1824, d. 10 May 1862 in Lawrence Co. [from tombstone]. Md. David Day, who was later probate judge of Morgan County. Bd. at Friendship.

3. Alexander D. Dutton, born Dec 1825, d. after 1900 in Texas, probably Wise County. Married. (1) Sarah Elizabeth Hampton, (2) 1st wife's sister, Mrs. Martha Jane (Hampton) Lindsey.

4. Lovinda / Malinda / Lucinda Dutton. [Lovinda from tombstone, Malinda >from Mrs. Smith, Lucinda possibly from census.] B. 27 Sep 1827, d. 19 Nov 1902 in Lawrence Co., Ala. Married Kelso D. Hogan. Bd. at Cave Springs Cemetery in Lawrence Co.

5. Louisa Dutton, b. ca. 1829. Married Joel W. Watkins. Nothing known after 1870.

6. James Dutton, b. 30 Nov 1830, d. 27 May 1914 in Morgan Co. [from tombstone] Married Elizabeth Day. Bd. at Friendship.

7. John Dutton, b. 27 Sep 1832, d. 26 Aug 1907 in Morgan Co. [from tombstone] Married (1) Rachell K. Templeton, (2) Ada Sillavan. John and Ada were the parents of Odie Dutton Hunter.

8. Stephen Penn Dutton, b. Oct 1834, d. aft 1910 in Texas. [from census] Married (1) Mary Frances Dutton, dau. of Thomas Dutton, (2) Mrs. Sarah Jane (Dutton) Turrentine, sister of 1st wife. On census in 1900 in Wise Co., Texas, in 1910 in Parker Co. Ancestor of Betty Woodworth.

9. Samuel Dutton, b. Jan 1837, d. aft 1900, probably in Morgan Co. [from census]. Married Sarah A. Nance. Nothing known after 1900, although his wife died in 1907 and was buried at Herring Cem. in Morgan Co.

10. Edmond (usu. spelled Edmon) Dutton, b. 26 Feb 1839, d. 6 Jul 1914 in Morgan Co. [from tombstone]. Married (1) Lethia B. Nance, (2) Mrs. Mary E. White. Buried at Herring Cemetery in Morgan Co. Ancestor of Brenda Nitsch.

11. (Infant) Dutton, b. 26 Feb 1839, d. in infancy. He was the twin brother of Edmond.

12. Margaret Elizabeth Dutton, b. ca. 1840/41, d. in Wise Co., Texas. [from census] Married George S. Hughes. Buried at Cottondale Cem. in Wise Co. Ancestor of Janice and Charles.

13. Martha S. Dutton, b. 27 Jun 1842, d. 24 May 1910 in Morgan Co. [from tombstone] Married William H. Nance (William, Sarah, and Lethia Nance were siblings). Buried at Hopewell Cemetery in Morgan Co.

14. Mary Frances Dutton, b. ca. 1845. Was unmarried in 1880, but Mrs. Smith says married Joe Caudle. Nothing known after 1880.

15. George Washington Dutton, b. 15 Apr 1848, d. 14 Apr 1923 in Morgan Co. [from tombstone] Md. (1) Martha Emily Simpson, (2) Mrs. Ada (Sillavan) Dutton, widow of his brother John. Bd. at Friendship.

Whew! I'm exhausted! I hope I didn't go overboard!

Love, Cousin Joseph

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  1. Will was made in 1829
  2. Will of Zachariah Dutton

    The will of Zachariah Dutton is the backbone of all of our research here. It ties us to Zachariah, and ties each of his children together as siblings. Without it, I'd still be wondering how all of these people were connected.

    The following is a reconstruction of the will, based on two different transcriptions, and a very bad, incomplete photocopy of the will itself. I will try in the future to obtain a better copy, and fill in any gaps; but I can verify that what I have below is correct.

    Granville County, North Carolina
    Wills 1815 - 1830
    Volume II pages 209-210
    Signed 10 November 1828
    Probated August Sessions 1829

    State of North Carolina
    County of Granville

    In the name of God, Amen. I, Zachariah Dutton, of the County of Granville & State of North Carolina, being weak in body but blessed be God am of sound and vigorous mind, considering the uncertainty of worldly things and the great certainty of Death, do this 10th day of November 1828 make & publish this my last will for the Disposition of that Portion of this worlds goods with which my Labors Through Life have been blessed after first resigning my body to the dust to be decently buried and my immortal spirit into the hands of my alwise Creator who gave it.

    Item: It is my will that at my Death or as soon thereafter as may be convenient and proper that my Executor sell all my Property both Real & Personal and when the money may become due to proceed to the collection and get it all together as near as possible and then to distribute it in the following manner – viz:

    first to pay & satisfy my just debts, then to set apart the sum of one Hundred and fifty Dollars to be kept on Interest until the youngest child of my son John shall become of Lawful age – and then to Divide the amount Equally amongst the Children of my son John – or if my Executor chooses he may pay them off Respectfully as they arrive at Lawful age. the Balance of my Estate may be Distributed in the following manner – say to:

    * to my Daughter Matilda five shillings
    * to my son Zachariah one Eighth part subject to a deduction of $125
    * to my son William one Eighth part subject to a deduction of $165
    * to my son Alexander one Eighth part subject to a deduction of $100
    * to my son Jarrott one Eighth part subject to a deduction of $25
    * to my son Samuel one Eighth part subject to deduction of $200
    * to my Daughter Elizabeth Baly one Eighth part subject to no deduction
    * to my son Edmund five shillings he having his part in Land
    * to my son Stephen five Shillings he having his part in Land
    * to my son John five Shillings ___________1

    the remainder to be Distributed by our acts of assembly and Distribution.

    Item: I hereby nominate constitute & appoint my friend David I. Young my whole and sole Executor to settle & distribute my Property & execute this my last will and testament.

    Zachariah Dutton {SEAL}

    Signed, Sealed and Delivered in presence of
    Joseph Hart
    David Owing Jr.

    State of North Carolina
    Granville County

    August Court AD 1829

    The execution of the foregoing last will and Testament of Zachariah Dutton Deceased was duly proven and __________2 in open court by oath of David Owing Jr. one of the Subscribing Witnesses thereto and who says that he saw Joseph Hart the other subscribing witness sign the same in the presence of the Testator and at his request on motion the same is ordered to be recorded. at the Same time came forward David I. Young who is named as the Executor in said and duly qualified as such.

    1. There really was a line drawn here, in this way. It may mean that the text above ("he having his part in land") is continued down, or it may simply be a blank.
    2. This word was illegible, according to Darlene Cole's and Myra Borden's transcriptions. My photocopy of the will was cut off before it reached this point.