William 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 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.

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