Contributed by: Glenn Fields
The Confederate Sutton Brothers My great-great-great grandfather, Benjamin Sutton was born in 1795 in Dobbs County, North Carolina. He bought land in the White Hall (Seven Springs) vacinity, worked hard and amassed a large amount of land in Wayne, Lenoir and Craven counties. He was married three times and was the father to twenty-one children. Eight of his sons served in the Confederate Army and one served in the home guard. Four of them did not survive. One was killed in battle, two died of disease and one died from wounds received in battle and from confinement as a Yankee prisoner of war. The five that survived returned home to live out the rest of their lives in the area. Benjamin Sutton died in 1864 and is buried about a mile northeast of Seven Springs on Alice Warters Road at the Lenoir/Wayne county line. Below is a record of his sons’ service to their country, the Confederate States of America. John W. Sutton, Private, resided in Lenoir County, North Carolina and enlisted in Craven County at age 18, July 15, 1861. He served in Co. C 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. He died in a hospital at Petersburg, Virginia, July 19, 1862 of “bilious fever”. According to his sister, Winnifred, who wrote her remembrances of wartime in the early 1900’s, he was brought home and buried in the family cemetery.