John W. Sutton

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.   

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