In the the 17th century, two lines of the Dutton family left Cheshire to come to America. As was the case for many other emigrants, the Dutton's were fleeing the religious persecution that came with being Quakers. Although unproven at this time, it is thought the first to come was John Dutton and his wife Mary, who emigrated with their children to New England in 1630 where their line became known as the Dutton's of Massachusetts. It is known for certain that their son Thomas was living in Reading Massachusetts in 1648. For more information on this line, see the links at the bottom of this page.
In 1682, John Dutton with his wife, Mary Darlington, and their four children came to America and settled on a 500 acre tract in Aston Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania which was adjacent to Philadelphia County. This line, which became known as the Duttons of Pennsylvania, is the one that is documented here.
DUTTON, John b 1647 Overton Township, Cheshire, England d 4 May 1693 Aston Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
m ca. 1674 Mary Darlington b ca. 1650 d 1717 Aston, Chester, Pennsylvania
John came to America in 1682. The Surveyor General directed the following order to his deputy in Chester County (a.k.a. Upland):
By order and Directions from the Governor for setting out Lands to the Purchasers in Pennsylvania, &c; I hereby Authorize thee to survey or lay out to Tho: Rowlands' assign four handred and eighty acres on the western side of Upland Creek, next to Nathanield Evans; and next lay out to John Warel two hundred and forty acres; and next lay out to John Neild two hundred and forty acres; and next John Edge, one hundred and twenty; and return to me true Duplicate of the ffield work and Protrracted ffigures which are to remain in my office. (Dated the 10th of ye 7 mo.,1682)
The following return was made:
October the 8th 1682. Laid out for John Dutton 500 of Land on the west side of Upland creek, beginning at Nathaniel Evans' corner tree, &c.
Mary Dutton's mark:
After John's death Mary married John Neeld (also Neild or Neald)
DUTTON, John b 25 October 1675 Overton Township, Cheshire, England d ca. 1736 Delaware County Pennsylvania
m 11 Oct 1704 Elizabeth Kingsman b 6 Sep 1685 d ca. 1745
m 14 Feb 1701 Leusy Barnott b 2 Feb 1681, daughter of Richard and Frances Barnard of Aston
m 11 Jun 1701 Concord, Pennsylvania Gwin Williams (the marriage date is for the couples second declaration of their intention to marry. This was at a Monthly Meeting held at Nicholas Pyle's)
m 9 Dec 1707 Chichester, Pennsylvania Ann Brown
On 15 June 1712 Robert purchased 100 acres of land from his mother, his father having died in 1693. The land was located in Chester County and came to his father by way of Thomas Rowland who had purchased it from William Penn as is described in the deed. Their signatures from the deed follow (not to scale):
m 4 Aug 1733 Chichester Monthly Meeting Prudence Reynolds b 16 Jan 1713, daughter of Francis Reynolds and Elizabeth Acton
DUTTON, Kingsman b ca. 1711 Ashton Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania d ca. 1765
m bef. 7 Jan 1736/37 Ann Routh b 1721 Chester County, Pennsylvania, daughter of Francis and Barbara Routh
Kingsman, who was a carpenter, inherited 200 acres of land in Chichester township. On this land he erected a two-story brick house which was still standing in 1930 (pictured at right). It was located near the east branch of Chichester creek, about half a mile from the south west corner of Aston township, Delaware County. In the east gable is a stone bearing the initials D., K. & A., and the date 1753. The ruins of a sawmill are nearby or at least they were in 1871.
Kingsman died in testate before 29 July 1765. The probate records indicate that Ann was most likely his wife at his death as she was the administratrix of his estate. No mention of the land that Kingsman inherited from his mother is made in the records. It most likely was already deeded to the eldest son, possibly Kingsman. The following signatures appeared on one of the records.
DUTTON, Jacob b ca. 1713 d shortly before 16 Aug 1749 when letters of administraction on his estate were granted to his widow Hannah
m 21 Oct 1742 Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Thomas Smith of Birmingham township
All of these children are mentioned in Joseph's will
m 27 Dec 1756 Old Swedes Church, Wilmington, Delaware Ruth Watson d bef. 15 Jun 1763
My family records, which are 70 to 120 years old, and several other genealogies have Ruth Watson as the second wife of Kingsman Dutton of generation 41 above. This genealogy reflects an additional generation were Ruth Watson is married to the son Kingsman Dutton of generation 41, also named Kingsman. This contention is supported by probate records for Kingsman Dutton of generation 41 that indicate that Ann was still the wife of that Kingsman at his death (she was the administratrix for his estate). Additionally, a probate record for Ruth (Watson) Dutton dated 15 June 1763 in Chester County has also been uncovered. It tells us that she was a widow at the time of her death and that she had a minor son named Kingsman. It was signed by Kingsman Dutton who almost certainly was her father in-law. Also, Samuel Dutton, the grandson of Kingsman (b ca. 1737), reported that his father (Kingsman b 1759) was born in Delaware (previously Chester) County which is where the Dutton land is located.
DUTTON, Francis b ca. 1745 d 1840 Shepherdstown, Belmont County, Ohio
m 17 Apr 1775 Old Swedes Church, Wilmington, Delaware Hannah Talbot b Middletown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania
m Lydia Booth
DUTTON, David b ca. 1756 Chester County, Pennsylvania d 1837 Harrisville, Ohio
m 1 Oct 1778 Old Swedes Church, Wilmington, Delaware Hannah Rogers b 1761 Chester County, Pennsylvania d 14 Nov 1837 Harrisville Ohio, daughter of Robert Rogers and Mary Talbot who's sister was Hannah Talbot above.
m Jane Bishop d 24 Aug 1828, daughter of Thomas Bishop and Margaret
DUTTON, Joseph b Aug 1763 d May 1827
m Mary Davis b 17 Apr 1764 d 15 Mar 1847
DUTTON, Kingsman b 5 Feb 1759 Delaware County Pennsylvania d 24 Feb 1837 Hockingport, Athens County, Ohio
m 1784 Mary Craig b 21 Nov 1763 Delaware County Pennsylvania d 1834 Hockingport, Athens County, Ohio
It is likely that Kingsman changed his name to Kinsman as sentiment against the King of England rose just prior to the American Revolutionary War as evidenced by the signature below. His son's name may have also been Kinsman.
Kingsman served two tours of duty in the Chester County, Pennsylvania militia during the American Revolution. He first enrolled in 1777 in Captain James Thompson's 7th Company of the 6th Battalion. His second tour started in 1781 as a private in Captain James McClaskey's 7th Company of the 7th Battalion. The information is from the records of the Office of the Comptroller General of Pennsylvania. The records ascribe Kingsman's residence as Aston Township.
After the war Kingsman moved to Frederick County, Virginia in 1787/88. The family then moved three or four times, staying in Hampshire County for at least five years (1794 to 1798), but ending up back in Frederick County. In November or December of 1802, they moved to Wood County, Virginia and settled 2½ miles up the Kanawha. Four years later on 11 Dec 1806, they made their final move to Troy Township, Athens County, Ohio. Kingsman and Mary are buried in the Hockingport Cemetery.
According to Samuel Dutton, the Dutton's were the third family to settle in Troy Township. They were preceded by Benjamin Hoyt who kept a tavern and Jacob Humphrey who had a house and two acres at the mouth of Four Mile Run. At the time the area was almost all unbroken forestand and was filled with wild game. The pioneers would hunt deer, bears, turkeys, and coons for meat.
In addition to being a farmer Kingsman was a blacksmith and barrel maker. He also owned several pirogues and flatboats. He and his son Samuel ran a business moving settlers up the stream as far Logan and sometimes almost to Lancaster.
The Dutton farm was located next to the Ohio River and it remained in the Dutton family for almost 150 years. For most of that time, the family lived in a house built on a rise that gave a view of the river.
DUTTON, David b ca. 1781 d 22 March 1816 Highland County, Ohio
m ca. 1798 Tennessee Phoebe Ellis b ca. 1775 d 23 July 1821 Fayette County, Ohio
DUTTON, Robert b 2 Sep 1788 d 20 Apr 1845 Harrison County, Ohio
m 13 Jun 1811 Harrisville, Ohio Abigail Matson b ca. 1790 d 2 Mar 1831, daughter of Nehemiah Matson
m 2 Oct 1833 Anna Wharton b 1800 d 28 Oct 1869, daughter of Ezra and Martha Wharton
Robert was one of the founders of Harrisville. In addition to farming, he was a wagon maker.
DUTTON, David b 29 Jan 1792 d 1834 Washington County, Ohio
m Mary Rogers, daughter of John Rogers
DUTTON, James b 6 Mar 1785 Delaware County, Pennsylvania d 2 May 1828 Sinking Spring, Highland County, Ohio
m 25 May 1815 Pike County, Ohio Elizabeth West b 1783
James and Elizabeth were reported to have had five sons and two daughters from one source. This is partially confirmed by a listing of his heirs in the will of his brother John: David Dutton, Abraham Gal, Jonathon Dutton, James Dutton, Joseph Staley, Malinda Staley, Morgan Gall, Calvin Dutton. This would suggest four sons and three daughters assuming Malinda (Dutton) Staley was the wife of Joseph Staley and Abraham Gall and Morgan Gall were the husbands of the other two.
James moved to Ross County Ohio in the spring of 1807. He is buried in the Suter Cemetery on the Garmar Farm presumably in Highland County, Ohio.
m 22 Dec 1808 Joel Wolfe b 10 Jul 1787 d 10 Sep 1846.
Jane the Joel are reported to have had six sons and four daughters. Only the six mentioned above are known.
m 1 Feb 1826 Miriam Parsons b 22 Feb 1796 d 8 Jan 1840, daughter of Horace and Sarah Parsons.
John and Miriam are buried in the Hockingport Cemetery
DUTTON, Kinsman b 26 Jun 1791 Frederick County, West Virginia d 1823 Hockingport, Ohio
m 21 Mar 1822 Athens County, Ohio Nancy Paulk b ca. 1798, daughter of Cyrus Paulk and Eunice Parsons
Nancy was the sister of Susan below who married Craig.
DUTTON, Samuel b 8 Feb 1794 Hampshire County, Virginia d 7 Feb 1883 Hockingport, Athens County, Ohio
m 18 Jan 1821 Nancy Brookhart b 15 Nov 1800 d 10 Feb 1861 Hockingport, Athens County, Ohio, daughter of Abram and Mary Magdalene (Koehler) Brookhart
Samuel was a prominent citizen in the area. He served several time as a township trustee from 1838 to 1854. When Samuel was 84, he wrote a history of his father's family. Samuel and Nancy are buried in the Hockingport Cemetery. The following signature is from a book that made its way to him through many hands.
DUTTON, Craig b 19 Jun 1796 Hampshire County, Virginia d 3 Nov 1866 Hockingport, Ohio
m 15 Feb 1825 Athens County, Ohio Susan Paulk b 16 Jun 1794 Springfield, Massachusetts d 24 Mar 1886 Hockingport, Ohio, daughter of Cyrus Paulk and Eunice Parsons
Craig and Susan are buried in the Hockingport Cemetery. Susan was the sister of Nancy who married Kinsman above.
m 21 Mar 1830 Thomas Bay
Mary and Thomas lost three children in infancy. Mary and most likely Thomas are buried in the Garden Cemetery, Meigs County, Ohio
m 15 Jun 1824 John Leonard Sawyer b 7 Sep 1795 d 7 Oct 1859
Ruth and John are buried in the Hockingport Cemetery.
m 8 Sep 1824 Highland County, Ohio Lydia Barrett b 1803 d 26 Sep 1848 Fairfield County, Ohio
m 16 Oct 1850 Athens County, Ohio Martha A. Waterman, daughter of David and Maria (Eckert) Waterman
Maria and Ida appear in the 1860 census for Olive township, Meigs County, Ohio. Ida, Jennie, and David appear in the 1870 census for the same location. Maria may have married by then. Jennie should have been in the 1860 census. Martha was a teacher and the granddaughter of Dr. Waterman, a surgeon in the Revolutionary War. The wife of Dr. Waterman, was a daughter of Josiah Bartlett who signed the Declaration of Independence.
A biography of the family appears in History of Meigs County, Ohio 1838. Craig is buried in the Hockingport Cemetery.
DUTTON, Lydia E. b 9 Jun 1824 Hockingport, Athens County, Ohio d 5 Feb 1868
m 28 Nov 1847 Athens County, Ohio John Palmer b 12 Feb 1824 Washington County, Ohio d 1902
James Augustus b ca. 1860
John and Lydia are buried in the Hockingport Cemetery. When his mother died, James went to live with his uncle James. When his first cousin Edwin's boys were old enough they went to live with James in preparation for attending the University of Ohio in Athens.
DUTTON, James Brookhart b 21 Nov 1821 Hockingport, Athens County, Ohio d 10 May 1873 same
m 12 Oct 1853 Athens County, Ohio Hannah Humphrey b 30 June 1827 d 28 Mar 1886 Hockingport, Ohio, daughter of Isaac Humphrey
A picture of the children, taken in the late 1860's, is shown at the top of this page. James and Hannah are buried in the Hockingport Cemetery. James' signature is from a letter James wrote to his uncle. Hannah's signature is from her bible. She added Athens, 26 June 1853
m 2 Jan 1851 John Milton Parker b 13 Aug 1824 Berver County, Pennsylvania d 16 Oct 1905
Ethelinda and John are buried in the Hockingport Cemetery
m Emma C. McLane b 3 May 1832 d 5 Jan 1909
Charles, Emma, and their son are buried in the Hockingport Cemetery
m 18 Oct 1832 Miami County, Ohio Elizabeth Smith
m 22 Aug 1895 Jerusha Letcher Gray b ca. 1857 Augusta County, Virginia
David and Jerusha were married in Woods County, West Virginia by H. Cofer. The license was granted the day previous to the marriage. David is listed as 33, Jerusha as 38.
DUTTON, Clara Elizabeth b 21 Jun 1857 Hockingport, Ohio d 7 Apr 1892 Hockingport, Ohio
Clara ran a millinery shop in Hockingport, Ohio. She never married and is buried in the Hockingport Cemetery. The signature is from a school book she used.
DUTTON, Edwin Augustus b 26 Feb 1859 Hockingport, Athens County, Ohio d 31 Jan 1936 Columbus, Ohio
m 12 Nov 1884 Woods County, West Virginia Lethe Rebecca Curtis b 12 Nov 1858 d 1935
Edwin and Lethe are buried in the Hockingport Cemetery. The signature is from a school book that Edwin shared with his sister Clara.
In 1913, the Ohio River overflowed its banks and flooded Hockingport. The river is shown near or at its height on 30 March.
DUTTON, Lucy Irene b 5 Sep 1860 Hockingport, Ohio d 23 Aug 1901
Lucy never married and is buried in the Hockingport Cemetery. She's listed in the 1880 census as single and in the household of her mother. The following signature is from a book she owned.
In a companion volume, Lucy added 6 May 1886 and Chicago, Ill.
m 26 Oct 1887 Lottie Arabelle Cogshall b 8 Nov 1857 Iowa City, Iowa d 7 Oct 1939
DUTTON, Herbert Palmer b 1 May 1887 Hockingport, Ohio d 20 Apr 1947
m 16 Apr 1911 Athens County, Ohio Mary Estelle McGirr d after 20 Apr 1947
Herbert was responsible for organizing the Farm Bureau Association in Athens County.
DUTTON, Clarence Edwin b 1 May 1894 Hockingport, Ohio d Sep 1968
m 13 Jul 1922 Worthington, Ohio Helen Marie Garaghty b 25 Sep 1893 Caroll, Ohio
DUTTON, Walter Curtis b 27 July 1889 Hockingport, Ohio d 2 Nov 1962 East Lansing, Michigan
m Marie Graham England b 20 April 1889 Logan, Ohio d 24 May 1969 San Mateo, California
Walter graduated from the University of Ohio in Athens, and was a horticulturist for Dow Chemical in East Lansing, Michigan.
m 9 Sep 1916 Annie Lee Atkinson b 4 Jun 1894
DUTTON, Joseph Curtis b 11 Dec 1924 Columbus, Ohio d 1 Sep 2002 Mansfield, Ohio
m 1948 JoAnn Evans d 1995
Information on Joseph's family is from an Obituary that appeared in the Marysville Journal-Tribune on 8 Nov 2003.
DUTTON, Charles Edwin b 26 Feb 1918 Lansing, Michigan d 20 Dec 1979 Palo Alto, California
m 2 Sep 1944 San Francisco, California Ellie Hathaway Stillmanb private Manila, Philippines
Charles (Ned) was a psychologist who practiced in Stockton and Palo Alto, California.
DUTTON, Steven Stillman b private Stockton, California
m 13 Sep 1991 Hanover, Germany Klaudia Drechsler
DUTTON, Greg Bartlett b private Stockton, California
m 27 May 1978 West Linn, Washington Barbara Buchanan b Grandview, Washington
DUTTON, Travis Harrison
DUTTON, Alexander Ian