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 sonsí service to their country, the Confederate States of America. William Sutton, Captain, resided in Lenoir County, North Carolina where he enlisted for the war at the age of 38 on June 9, 1861. William Sutton had a nick name, Pony Bill. He was Captain of Co. A 40th Regiment North Carolina Infantry (3rd Regiment North Carolina Artillery). He was captured at Fort Hatteras on August 29, 1861 and was confined at Governorís Island, New York and at Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, Massachussetts until paroled for exchange on June 11, 1862. He resigned in Wilmington, North Carolina on October 15, 1862 while on furlough from May, 1862 suffering the ill effects of Yellow Fever.