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Thomas Dutton

Male 1621 - 1687  (65 years)

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  • Name Thomas Dutton 
    Born 6 Oct 1621  Sherborn, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Jan 1687  Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6594  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2018 

    Family Susannah ?,   b. 27 Aug 1626, Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1684, Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Joseph Dutton,   b. 25 Nov 1660, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1733/34, East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1876  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Thomas Dutton family record
    Thomas Dutton family record
    Genealogy of the Dutton family of Pennsylvania, preceded by a history of the family in England from the time of William the Conqueror to the year 1669; with an appendix containing a short account of the Duttons of Conn.
    North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, Ancestry.com, p107.

  • Notes 
    • REF: EdwardArleneD family tree on Ancestry.com
      Thomas Dutton, born 1621 in England; died 22 Jan 1657 at Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts (Cutter, v1, 195). He married first Susannah Palmer in 1647. His first child, Thomas, was given him by Susannah on September 14, 1648. Joseph was listed by another source born 25 Nov 1660 at Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts (Town Hall, Woburn, 1660 Births). A total of ten children are listed in many files, starting with Thomas in 1648, Joseph the sixth child 1660, and the last child born 1669. The first four children were born in Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Starting with fifth child Elizabeth in 1658, eight were born at Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts (Cutter, v1, 195; Dick Dutton).
      Thomas married (2nd), Ruth Hooper, widow Marshall, 10 November 1684. (Dick Dutton).
      Thomas Dutton (No. 116), probably son of John Dutton, was of Woburn, Reading, and Billerica, Mass., born abt 1621. He married 1st, Susanna who was born abt 1626, d. 27 Aug, 1684 age 58, Billerica, Massachusetts. He married 2nd, Ruth Hooper, widow, 10 Nov 1684 at Billerica. Five children listed. Thomas was the 4G Grandfather of the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was probably the son of John Dutton. (Bennett, 62).
      John Dutton and his wife's children were Thomas born 1619/22, Elizabeth, 1620, Lucy 1622, Josiah 1623, Robert 1625, and Samuel 1627 (Dick Dutton).
      Most of the New England Duttons are traced back to Thomas Dutton. He lived in Reading seven years (until 1657), and in 1968 has lived ten years in Woburn (1658-68). He removed to Billerica in 1669, and was accepted as an inhabitant November 22, 1669. He settled on the south side of Fox brook by the old and abandoned road to the great plain, northwest of the Davis place. He was living in Billerica in 1675, and died there january 22, 1687. His wife Susannah died August 27, 1684, aged 58 years. He married second, November 10, 1684, Ruth Hooper, probably widow of William Hooper of Reading. Children by first wife, born at Reading: Thomas, mentioned (IV September 14, 1648), Mary born September 14, 1651; Susanna, February 27, 1653-4; John, March 28, 1656-7. Born at Woburn: Elizabeth, January 28, 1658-9; Joseph, January 25, 1660-61; Sarah, March 5, 1661-2; James, August 22, 1665; Benjamin, February 19, 1667. (Cutter, v1, 195; Dick Dutton).
      Middlesex Co., (Massachusetts) Court Records, vol. 1 p. 239 1668 action of slander against Michael Bacon Jr., who had accused him of being a thief. 22 citizens of Reading testified Dutton had "lived amongst us in the Towne of Reading for the space of 7 years thereabouts." Bacon also asserted that Dutton had been notorious in the town of Reading. In the trial, Dutton presented an endorsement, signed by 22 citizens of Reading, that he had lived there seven years and had been held of good character and not been known to take anything not rightfully his. There was also a statement signed by fifteen residents of Woburn stating that Dutton had lived there "near ten years" and had been held in good repute. He won the suit. That list of fifteen is: Josias Convars, William Johnson, Mathew Johnson, James Convars, Samuel Convars, John Broockes, Thomas Peirce, Samuell Walker Sr, John Russell Jr, Henry Broockes, Isack Broockes, Edward Win, Richard Gardner, John Russell Sr, and John Carter (Dick Dutton file).
      In 1661, he was before the court for wife-beating, and was fined notwithstanding the denials of himself and his wife. In 1668, he sued Michael Bacon for slander after the latter accused him of theft of a napkin and a spoon. Bacon was found guilty and fined fifteen pounds, showing the court found the unfounded story a malicious lie. At that time, fifteen pounds was an enormous penalty in a case of this kind. The best men of Reading testified to the excellent character of Dutton and effectually disposed of any suspicion aroused by the charge of wife-beating (Cutter, v4, p. 1884).
      He removed to Billerica, Massachusetts in 1669, and was accepted as an inhabitant Nov. 22, 1669. He settled on the south side of Fox Brook, by the old and now abandoned road to Great Plain, northwest of the Davis place. He was living in Billerica in 1675, and died there January 22, 1687. His wife Susannah died August 27, 1684, aged fifty-eight years. He married (second) November 10, 1684, Ruth Hooper of Reading. Children by . . . (see Cutler volume 1)(Cutler, V4, p. 1884).
      SOURCES:
      1. Dutton, Richard, Col, Dick Dutton's Master File, World Connect Project, Ancestry.com/Rootsweb/ dickdutton.
      2. Cutter, William Richard, New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Volume I, New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913, page 195, Item II, Book, film. Thomas, son of John Dutton, was born in England in 1621, living in Reading . . .
      3. Editors, Volumes 1-148, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1847-1994, The New England Historic Genealogical Society, Qtly, Boston, MA publishers over 147 years, Disc 2, Vol 31, July 1877, p. 305. CD-ROM, NEHGS Boston, MA, 1996, Broderbund Software, Inc., 1996. 148 Volumes, 1847 - 1994. Town Rates of Newton and Billerica (apparently assessed taxes): Tho. Dutton, sen, 1 p'sn & estate 03s, 01d, Tho. Dutton Jr., his estate 04s 06d (probably shillings and pence), Billerica Rates assessed 24 August 1688.
      4. Bennett, Archibald F., "The Ancestory of Joseph Smith the Prophet", The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Windsor, April, 1929, page 62. Thomas Dutton (No. 116), probably son of John Dutton, was of Woburn, Reading, and Billerica, Mass., born abt 1621. He married 1st, Susanna who was born abt 1626, d. 27 Aug, 1684 age 58, Billerica, Massachusetts. He married 2nd, Ruth Hooper, widow, 10 Nov 1684 at Billerica. Five children listed.
      5. Town Hall, Woburn, Massachusetts, Births, Intentions of Marriage, Marriages, Deaths 1641-1843, Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Year 1660, Births, Family History Center, LDS, familysearch.org, Film 859998. Item 1: Transcript of Woburn Records Begin 1847, completed November 1850. Item 2: Original Records 1643 -1744 also on microfilm. Joseph Son of Thomas Dutton born y 25 of 11th month 1660.
      6. Cutter, William Richard, A.M., New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Volume IV, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1913, p. 1884 (II). Some of the data here is supplemental to Volume 1 p. 195.
      7. Filby, P. William and Mary K. Meyer, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, Gale Research Company, Book Tower, Detroit, 1985, Volume I, A-E, p. 781. Thomas Dutton to New England 1636, no more data, 1936. The source 1936: Farmer, John (author). A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England, Lancaster, Massachusetts. Carter, Andrews, & Co., 1829, reprinted Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1976.
      DEATH:
      8. Cutter, William Richard, New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Volume I, New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913, page 195, Book, film. He was living in Billerica in 1675, and died there January 22, 1687.

    • REF: Who was John Dutton? lewittramsey274 Ancestry.com
      According to Darrell A. Martin although a great deal about the descendants of Thomas DUTTON are "well known and documented" almost "nothing" is known about John DUTTON, legendary founder of the New England DUTTON clan. One thing we "know" is if he had a wife named Mary NEEL (NEELD, NIELD, OR NEELDT) "it was a coincidence of near-miraculous proportions." He believes that mistakes in the LDS records occurred when those records were computerized.
      Contemporary to the Massachusetts John DUTTON, there is a John Dutton who was an early settler of eastern PA. Many of his descendants are on the LDS list and there is a fair amount "known" about him. He married Mary Darlington. When he died he left a widow who married a Mr. NEELD or NIELD. LDS computerized records needed to identify multiple records submitted by Mormons. (Since Thomas DUTTON is an ancestor of Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet, he appears "often" as expected.) Martin believes that in this process Mary Darlington Dutton Neeld became known as "the unknown wife of Massachusetts John DUTTON. This mistake so complicated the LDS records that John DUTTON is also confused with his own grandfather, siring children over a 100 year period. Though partially corrected, "Mary NEELD" lives on in many misguided DUTTON searchers.
      There is no documentation whatever concerning Thomas DUTTON'S origins. His father's name MAY HAVE BEEN JOHN. Or not...
      We do know that Thomas' wife was named Susanna. However, we have not so much as a "clue" what her maiden name was. At some point in the past, somebody came up with PALMER. Who knows, it may be right; still it is unsubstantiated and lives on via computerized records and Web pages.
      The verifiable facts:
      THOMAS DUTTON was probably born in England circa 1619. (William Richard Cutter, Dutton; James Savage, Dutton, Henry A. Hazen, History of Billerica, MA, with a Genealogical Register, pg. 45; Edward F. Johnson, Woburn Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1640-1873, Part III, pg. 284; Lilley Eaton, Genealogical History of the Town of Reading, MA, pg. 63; John Farmer, Dunton & Dutton; Archibald F. Bennett, The Ancestry of Joseph Smith the Prophet.)
      THOMAS DUTTON was the son of John DUTTON, the legendary progenitor of the family in New England. THOMAS DUTTON was married to Susannah (?), possibly in Lynn, Essex County, MA in 1647. (James Savage, Dutton; Archibald F. Bennett, The Ancestry of Joseph Smith the Prophet; Lilley Eaton, Genealogical History of the Town of Reading, MA, pg. 63.)
      THOMAS DUTTON resided in Reading,Middlesex County, MA circa 1650-1658. (Willam Richard Cutter, Dutton; James Savage, Dutton; Lilley Eaton, Genealogical History of the Town of Reading, MA, pg. 14.) It is difficult to determine when he arrived in Reading, as some of the earliest records of that town and its parent, Lynn, are missing. The published Reading vital records do not include the birth of his eldest child, Thomas Jr. He does not appear in the land division list of 1652, does in 1655, and does not in 1666. The Dutton vs. Bacon suit says seven years in Reading, and ten in Woburn as of 1668. Based on those statements, and given a year's leeway at each removal, he may have settled in Reading as early as 1649, but 1650 is more likely. His second child, Mary, was recorded as born there in Sep 1651.
      THOMAS DUTTON resided in Woburn, Middlesex County, MA, circa 1658-1669. (William Richard Cutter, Dutton; James Savage, Dutton; John Farmer, Dunton & Dutton.)
      THOMAS DUTTON resided in Billerica, Middlesex County, MA in the range 1669 and 1687. He apparently lived in Billerica until he died. Cutter, quoting Hazen or a mutual source, says his home was "on the south side of Fox Brook, by the old abandoned road of the 'Great Plain,' northwest of the Davis place." (William Richard Cutter, Dutton; James Savage, Dutton; John Farmer, Dunton & Dutton; Henry A. Hazen, History of Billerica, MA with a Genealogical Register, pg. 45; Lilley Eaton, Genealogical History of the Town of Reading, MA., pg. 63.)
      THOMAS DUTTON married Ruth (?) in Billerica, MA, on 10 NOv 1684. (Vital Records of Billerica to 1850, pg. 249; Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Reading, MA, to the year 1850, pg. 323; Eaton - pg. 63; Hazen - pg 45; Cutter; Savage)
      THOMAS DUTTON died on 22 Jan 1686/67 in Billerica, MA. (Cutter)
      "Most of the Dutton families of NE of colonial stock are traced to him as their ancestor." It is not certain where he first settled, but it was possibly in Lynn (until 1637 called Saugus). Two of his supposed siblings, Robert and Samuel, were setters of Reading, probably from Lynn befroe the town was incorporated 29 May 1644. Thomas first appears in Reading records in a division of land in 1655. He had lived in Reading for 7 years, where three of his children were born (but not, as often said, Thomas, Jr.), when he moved to Woburn about 1658. Statements of four children born in Reading are contradicted by the residence chronology in testimony in the suit vs. Bacon. (Savage; Hazen, pg. 45)
      He was charged with wife-beating in 1661 and fined, over both his and his wife's denials. (Cutter; Johnson, Woburn Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1640-1873, Part III -- pg. 83).
      "In 1668, THOMAS DUTTON brought an action of slander against Michael Bacon, Jr., who had charged him with being a thief. Capt. Edward Johnson, aged 69, and his wife, Susan, aged 71, testified in this case 'that Michell Baken, Junior, cam to our Hous & shewed us a Napkin & spoone which he said they found in Godman Dutton's' and when the witnesses said that 'Dutton was not mistrusted for any such thing as theft the said Michell Baken Junior said he had word from one of Reading that the said Dutton was known to bee soe there: & therefore wisht him [i.e. Johnson] to search for his goods att his house.' ...citizens of Reading [said that Thomas] 'Lived Amongste us ... did carry himself well & honestly Towards his Neighbors, etc.' ... [citizens of Woburn said Thomas] 'having lived amongst us in the Towne of Woburne ... has bine very Industrus in his calling and has not to our knowledg bine any way given to steall or to take any thing that is not his owne.' "Bacon was found guilty and fined fifteen pounds, showing that the court regarded the unfounded story as a malicious lie. At that time fifteen pounds was an enormous penalty in a case of this kind. The best men of Reading and Woburn testified to the excellent character of Dutton, and effectually disposed of any suspicion aroused by the charge of wife beating." (Cutter)
      He moved from Woburn to Billerica in 1669. His sons Thomas & John were there with him in 1675. (Cutter; Savage)