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SUTCLIFFE — SUTLIFFE
FAMILY IN AMERICA FROM BEFORE
J66I TO 1903.
THE DESCENDANTS OF
With a brief account of their English
ancestry back to J 500 — also the
ancsstry of families related by inter-
BENNETT KURD SUTLIFFE,
R. S. PECK & CO., Printers and Engravers,
Though for a number of years I had been seeking information in
regard to my ancestry, it was in 1895 that the tentative efforts hitherto
put forth in that direction became a fixed purpose to become possessed
of all the knowledge in regard to my ancestral line that I could possibly
The centennial of this town (Plymouth, Conn.) being celebrated
during the above mentioned year, a book commemorative of that event
was published at that time, and in tracing my family line back as far
as possible into the past, for insertion in this book, I grew desirous of
instituting a systematic search for all data appertaining to the Sutliffe
family, it being borne in upon me that more attention should be paid
to preserving everything regarding the men and women on whom de-
pended the growth and prosperity of this fair land; and having gath-
ered a store of information, with the assistance of my wife and eldest
daughter, without whose aid I could not have reached the goal toward
which I strove, I have desired to share it with others.
During the course of my investigations, I have visited Plymouth,
Dedham and Deerfield, Mass., consulting the records of each town and
meeting in the last named place Mr. George Sheldon, author of the His-
tory of Deerfield, from whom I gained information.
I saw in Deerfield the lots owned by the first Nathaniel Sutliffe —
No. 34, No. 60. sold to him by Timothy Dwight, and No. 42.
The records and histories of the towns of Durham, Haddam, Hig-
ganum, Clinton, Branford, Litchfield, Waterbury, Watertown and Ply-
mouth, Conn., have yielded stores of information, and I have sought
wherever I deemed it possible to find a clue to any branch of the family.
For the facts relating to Dr. Matthew Sutclifiie, I am indebted to the
Biographical Notes of his life, by Mrs. Frances Troup, Offwell House,
Honiton, Eng.; also through Mr. Harvey S. Sutliff, of Solon, Iowa; Mr.
Van Duyne Sutliffe, of Philadelphia, Pa.; Mr. Frederick A. Sutliff, of
Southington, Conn.; Miss Katherine Pri chard, of Waterbury, Conn., and
others too numerous to mention, I have acquired much valuable mate-
I found many traditions in my search, but though they may be in-
teresting, yet they cannot be put down as history, so I have omitted
what I could not verify by record. I have also carried back as far as
possible the ancestry of the families intermarrying with the Sutliffes
in as many cases as I was able to do so.
4 SUTLIFFE GENEALOGY.
The name Sutcliffe, on the authority of Henry Barber in his book on
British Family Names, is said to have been derived from Southcliffe,
a local name in Lincoln and York counties, England.
The Sutcliffes came over from the Low Countries in the reign of
the last Edward (1547-1553), on account of .the persecutions against
the primitive reformers, and established woolen manufactories in the
neighborhood of Bolton and Heptonstall, Lancashire.
Burke tells us that the arms of the Sutcliffe family were, "Ar. an
elephant pass. sa. tusks or." Dr. Matthew Sutcliffe, the Dean of
Exeter, had for his crest "a dexter hand, holding up a sacerdotal cup,
proper." John Sutcliffe, Groom of the Bedchamber to Charles L and
nephew of Dr. Matthew Sutcliffe, obtained a confirmation of his family
arms with a difference in the crest, his crest being "a demi-man, armed
in antique mail or, holding in the right hand a spear in pale of the last,
over the shoulder, a belt gules."
WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE, of Hoc Hoile in Erringden, dead in 1637.
He married Sarah , and is supposed to be the granter of Erring-
den Park 4 James I.
MERCY, m. Nathan Carter, of Sowerby.
ROBERT SUTCLIFFE, son of William and Sarah Sutcliffe, mar-
ried Susanna, daughter of Robert Thomas, of Riddiem in Wadsworth.
He was living In 1662, but died before 1665.
WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE, son of Robert and Susanna (Thomas)
Sutcliffe, was of full age in 1665.
ROBERT SUTCLIFFE, son of William Sutcliffe, was of full age In
WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE, son of Robert Sutcliffe, married Sarah .
ROBERT (supposed to be eldest son), m. Mary Eastwood.
WILLIAM, died s. p. 1727, adm. granted to his brother.
JOHN, died coll., will 1733.
MARY. m. Holyroyd, of Mylton Royd.
ROBERT SUTCLIFFE, son of William and Sarah Sutcliffe, mar-
ried Mary, daughter of John Eastwood. She died April 12, 1698, and he
died June 6. 1728, aged 62.
SUTLIFFE GENEALOGY. 2
WILLL\M, bap. at Heptonstall, April 15, 1698.
HENRY, m. Mary . Children, Joseph and others. He was
of Mill in Wadsworth.
WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE, son of Robert and Mary (Eastwood) Sut-
cliffe, was baptized at Heptonstall, April 15, 1698; married, at Coley,
February 26, 1716, Dorothy, daughter of Godley, Alderman of
ROBERT, m. Ellen , and his second wife was the daughter
of Cockcroft, of Mairoyd, s. p. Robert died s. p.
JOHN, m. Grace (Gibson) Grimshaw.
WILLIAM, d. coll. about 21 years of age.
ABRAHAM, of Brig Royd, near Ripponden.
SUSANNA, m. Thomas Lister, of Old Town in Wadsworth.
JOHN SUTCLIFFE, son of William and Dorothy (Godley) Sut-
cliffe, married for his second wife, Grace, daughter of James Gibson, of
Brig Royd, near Stansfield; widow of John Grimshaw (son of William
Grimshaw, of Howarth Clerk, by daughter of John Lockwood, of Little
Ewood. Grimshaw was of Little Ewood and had no issue). John Sut-
cliffe died April 9, 1772.
ROBERT, owner of Hoo Hoile, married Rachel Bowyer, only child
of Thomas Cross, Esq., of Great Brammingham, County Bedford. He
was residing at Bath in 1826 and died in 1827.
JOHN, d. inf.
ROBERT, d. Inf.
WILLIAM, d. May 7, 1852, without issue; of Trinity Col., Camb.,
and the Inner Temple; Esq., only son and heir apparent 1826; m. the
daughter of Wm. Robertson, M. D., of Bath.
JANE, aged 14.
CLARA, living unm. 1826; d. unm.
THOMAS, d. coll.
ABRAHAM SUTCLIFFE, son of William and Dorothy (Godley) Sut-
cliffe, married . He was of Brig Royd, near Ripponden.
WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE, son of Abraham Sutcliffe, married Sarah or
Grace, daughter of Henry Greenv.'ood, of Field Head, in Stansfield.
WILLIAM, d. Jan. 17, 1806, aged 34.
HENRY, d. young.
6 SUTLIFFE GENEALOGY.
JOHN. d. May 4. 1808, aged 21.
MARY, m. John Foster.
GRACE, d. April 1, 1805, aged 24.
MARY SUTCLIFFE, daughter of William and Sarah or Grace (Green-
wood) SutclifTe, married John Foster, of Slack, near Heptonstall, Dec.
IS. 1794. He died July 17, 1839.
WILLIAM, d. inf.
JOHN, d. Nov. 25, 1841, m. Sarah, daughter of Henry Lord, of
Bucup, in Rossendale.
JOHN SUTCLIFFE, of Melroy, County York, gent., married Mar-
garet, daughter of Owlsworth, of Ashtey (should be Holdsworth,
ADAM, of Grimsby, County Line, m. the daughter of , Con-
stable of York.shire. One child, JUDITH, daughter and heiress.
"■ MATTHEW, Dean of Exeter, m. Anne, daughter of John Bradley,
of Louth, County Line, Esq., by Frances Fairfax, of Denton, his wife.
One child, Anne, w. of Hals, of Devonshire.
SOLOMON, of Melroy, gent., m. Elizabeth Bradley, sister of Anne.
JOHN, one of the Esquires of the body to King James,
in. Alice, daughter of Lulce Woodhouse, of Kimberly, Co.
Norfolk. Esq. Child. SUSAN.
LUKE, d. without issue.
JOHN, m. daughter of John Kirton, Co. Line.
Tlie above pedigree, which is transcribed from a volume of Pynson's
Collections Hail. 10.")2, f. 14 S, is stated to have been examined and con-
firmed by Wm. Segar, Garter, 1624. There is said to have been no place
called Melroy, in York county or any other county, Mairoyd probably
being the i^lace Intended, which is in the same parish with Astey, viz.,
that of Halifax; a conjecture which receives a strong confirmation from
the circumstance that the Cockcrofts, the principal family there, were
accustomed to use the arms of Sutcliffe, as may be seen in Watson's
History of Halifax, p. 318.
Arms of Holdsworth — "Argent, on a fess between 3 lions passant
gules, as many billets of the field."
Arms of Bradley — "Or, on a ohevron gules, between 3 cross-cross-
lets, fltche sable."
SUTLIFFE GENEALOGY. y
Arms of Constable — "Quarterly gules and vaire, a bend or."
DR. MATTHEW SUTCLIFFE, second son of John Sutcliffe, of Mal-
royd, was a native of Yorkshire, and was born presumably soon after
1550. But little can be learned of his early life, the first recorded date
discovered being that of his admission as a scholar at Trinity College,
Cam., April 30, 1568. He took the degree of B. A. in 1570-1, was Minor
Fellow Sept. 27, 1572, M. A. in 1574 and Major Fellow April 30, 1574.
In 1579, he was appointed Lector Mathernaticus and he received the
degree of LL.D in 1581.
On May 1, 15S2, he was admitted a Civilian, becoming one of the mem-
bers of that famous association that long occupied "Doctors' Commons."
It is uncertain at what date or from what university he received the
degree of D. D., but as it was necessary that the Provost of Chelsea
College should be a Professor of Sacred Theology, and as Sutcliffe held
that position in 1610, it is possible that he had already received that
On January 30, 1586-7, he was instituted to the Archdeaconry of
Taunton and Milverton II. Prebend, in the diocese of Bath and Wells.
It is uncertain how long he held this ofnce, but his successor was in
office in 1604. His promotion from the time he became Archdeacon was
very rapid, and on the 12th of October, 15S8, he was installed Prebend
in Exeter Cathedral, being raised on the 27th of the same month to the
dignity of Dean of Exeter, which position he held for the unusually
long period of forty years, no other dean being recorded as having re-
tained that office for so long a time.
As he was also Vicar of West Alvington, in Devon, the Archbishop
of Canterbury, on March 10, 1589, granted him letters of dispensation
allowing him to hold the vicarage, the deanery, and prebend, together
with another benefice, with or without cure. Letters patent under the
great seal of James I., dated November, 1605, relate that he received
such a dispensation, and refer to his having become "Vicar of Harber-
ton and Lezant. He was instituted to Harberton on November 9, 1590,
and to Lezant April 6, 1594, as well as to Newton Ferrers, December
27, 1591. He was also made Prebend of Buckland Dynham, in the dio-
cese of Bath and Wells, in 1592.
As early as 1590, a book appeared from his pen under the title of "A
Treatise of Ecclesiastical Discipline, wherein that confused Forme of
Government, which certaine, under false pretense and title of Reforma-
tion and True Discipline, do strive to bring into the Church of Eng-
land, is examined and confuted." This title is much more condensed
than those of other volumes by him; a descriptive title-page of about
one hundred words, exclusive of Bible texts and publisher's name and
address, was by no means unusual. He was the author of a large
number of works, which are, with one exception, all of a disputatious
nature, chiefly attacks upon, and replies to attacks of, such "popish
propagandists" as Bellarmin and Parsons.
Dean Sutcliffe was for a long time in high favor at court; he had been
appointed one of the royal chaplains during the reign of Queen Eliza-
beth, and is stated to have retained the office under her successor. King
g SUTLIFFE GENEALOGY.
He was early interested in the settlement of New England; his
shrewd business talent perhaps enabled him to foresee dimly the future
prosperity of the country. Capt. John Smith mentions that the Dean
assisted and encouraged him in his schemes. After describing his suc-
cessful voyage and giving an enthusiastic account of the New World,
"It pleased Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Master Doctor Sutcliffe, Dean
of Exeter, to conceive so well of these projects and my former employ-
ments there, to make a new adventure with me in these parts, whither
they have so often sent to their continual losse." This must have been
about 1616, and it is thought that he was interested in that country at
an earlier date.
It can be readily imagined that the Dean was a friend of the immortal
Sir Walter Raleigh, perchance also of Sir Francis Drake, for the defeat
of the Armada took place the very year that Dr. Sutcliffe was installed
Dean. He may have heard direct from them of their glorious adven-
tures and marvelous tales of the New World. Nor is it unreasonable
to imagine this, for we know he w'as friendly with Sir Ferdinando
Gorges and intimate with Sir Lewis Stukeley; he probably heard from
Capt. John Smith of his wonderful escape from the club of Powhatan,
and he may have seen, too, that famous Indian beauty, the rescuer
Pocahontas. It may certainly be br-lieved he knew her son, Thomas
Rolfe, who lived at Farringdon with his guardian, this same Sir Lewis
Stukeley. He appears to have been one of that circle of Western adven-
turers who paved the way for the successful settlement of the Puritan
colony and the prosperity of their descendants. Mr. J. Wingate
Thornton, in his "Landing at Cape Anne," mentions the Dean's interest
In the early undertakings of the Plymouth Company. He states that
Capt. John Smith, in his "Generall Historie," published in 1624, referring
to the proposed scheme of distributing to each member of the company
a grant of land, writes that it was "at last engrossed by twenty
patentees that divided my map into twenty parts and cast lots for their
shares." Mr. Thornton reproduces this map, which was published soon
after in Purchas's "Pilgrims," whereon are given the names of these
patentees, with their respective allotments, beginning with the Earl of
Arundel and Sir Ferdinando Gorges, including Dr. Sutcliffe, and ending
with Dr. Bar. Gooch. The portion assigned to the Dean appears, as
nearly as can be judged from the inaccurate topography, to lie in Mas-
sachusetts, not far distant from, if it does not actually include, Boston.
Dean Sutcliffe's will includes a reference to a share in the "Great
Neptune," which he had of Dr. Barnaby Gooch, his co-adventurer in
this early patent, and he states that the papers concerning that ship
were to be found in "one of the boxes in the great deske in my Studdie
at Exeter." No doubt that box contained other documents which would
reveal the Dean's exact connection with, and his interest in. this early
partition of New England.
He built and endowed the "College of Controversy" at Chelsea, tlie
charter of incorporation of which was issued May 8, 1610. It was to
consist of a provost and twenty fellows, eighteen to be in holy orders,
and the other two either laymen or divines. They were granted a com-
SUTLIFFE GENEALOGY. g
mon seal, various privileges and immunities, and license to possess
lands In mortmain to the value of £ 3,000 per annum. The scheme was
received with so much favour by His Majesty that he allowed it to be
called "King James, his College in Chelsea."
Dr. Sutcliffe writes in his will that it was founded "principallie for the
maintenance of the true Catholike Apostolike and Christian faith, and
next for the practice setting foorth and encrease of true and sound
learning against the pedantry, Sophistrie, and Novelties of the Jesuitts
and other the popes factors and followers, and thirdly against the treach-
ery of Pelagianizinge Arminians and othei's that drawe towards Popery
and babilonian slavery endeavoringe to make a rent in gods Church, and
a peace between heresie and gods true faith betweene Christ and Anti-
chrisi." But the college soon encountered difficulties which finally
engulphed it, and after the death of its mainstay. Dean Sutcliffe, it
speedily sunk into semi-oblivion. In the troublous times before the
Restoration, the college fared badly, and the property after passing
from one person to another, was purchased at last by King Charles II.
in 1682, and he established there the now famous Chelsea Hospital.
Dean Sutcliffe married Anne, daughter of John Bradley, of Lowth,
and Frances, his wife, daughter of John Fairfax, of Swarby. They had
one child only, a daughter and heiress, named Anne, who married
Richard Hals, of Kenedon, probably soon after the year 1600. Dean
Sutcliffe died in 1628-9.
From the fact that the Dean was so intensely interested in the set-
tlement of New England and aided so generously those who adventured
there, it is very probable that the Nathaniel Sutcliffe whom we find in
Massachusetts in 1661 was the descendant of one of the Dean's brothers,
presumably his brother John, who was Groom of the Bedchamber co
1. NATHANIEL SUTCLIFFE.
The first mention of him is found in the records of Dedham, Mass.
It states that Nathaniel Sutcliffe paid 3s. 4d. for his County rate for Col-
edge, 2-10 month, 1661.
The History of Medfield, Mass., states that in 1663 Nathaniel Sut-
cliffe and John Bullard sawed 450 feet of lumber to use about che
enlargement of the meeting-house. This was done by hand "at a saw
pit." The residence of Nathaniel Sutcliffe was about 100 rds. westerly
of the Plympton homestead, on the road to the Long Causeway. Upon
their removal to Deerfield, Mass., with the Plymptons in the spring of
1673, this place was sold to Joseph Bullard. At the "burning of Med-
field," the house was burned by the Indians, and was never rebuilt.
The History of Deerfield says that Nathaniel Sutliffe ("c" omitted)
was a settler there in 1673 on the Col. Asa Stebbins lot, and that he was
killed with Capt. Turner at the Falls fight (Pesheomsaket), May 19, 1676.
There is a tradition that he was burned at the stake by the Indians.
During the observance of Old Home Week at Deerfield, Mass., the
last week of July, 1903, the one hundredth anniversary of the burning of
the town was celebrated with appropriate ceremonies, and four tablets
lO SUTLIFFE GENEALOGY.
placed in Memorial Hall to the memory of the pioneers of Deerfield were
dedicated; among them, one to Nathaniel Sutcliffe, bearing the follow-
In Honor of Nathaniel Sutcliffe
Of Dedham before 1661
Medfield in 1663
A settler at Pocumtuck in 1673
with his wife Hannah Plympton
A Soldier in Phillip's War
Killed with Capt. Turner, May 19, 1676.
Erected by B. H. Sutlitle, of Plymouth, Conn.
Nathaniel Sutcliffe married Hannah Plympton (daughter of Serg.
John). January 31, 166.T. She was born in Dedham, Mass., March 1, 1645.
2+HANNAH. born Dec. 19, 1665, Medfield, Mass.
3 JUDITH, born 1669, Medfield, Mass.
44-NATHAXIEL, born 1672. MedHeld, Mass.
- 5+JOHN, born 1674, Deerfield, Mass. P '^^
Hannah (Plympton) Sutliffe married second, in 1677, Samuel Har-
rington. They removed to Branford, Conn., about 1679-80.
7 MEHITABLE, born Oct. 3, 1681, Branford, Conn.
Samuel Harrington, Sr.'s, will was dated 1719. His son Samuel was
etecutor. Inventoried at 252-02s. (New Haven Records, Vol. 4, p. 578.)
He died July 25, 1719.
6. SAMUEL HARRINGTON.
Son of Samuel and Hannah (Plympton) Sutcliffe Harrington, married
8 SAMUEL, bap. 1705.
9 HANNAH, born March 25, 1707.
10 SARAH, born April 29, 1709.
11 JOHN, born Aug. 27, 1712.
12 LYDIA, born Nov. 22, 1714.
He was one of the Deacons of the First Congregational Church in
Branford, Conn., in 1730, and one of the Selectmen chosen for the town
of Branford, Oct. 11, 1716.
2. HANNAH SUTCLIFFE.
Daughter of Nathaniel (1) and Hannah (Plympton) Sutcliffe, was born
in Medfield, Mass., Dec. 19, 1665. Removed to Deerfield with her parents
in 1G73, and removed to Branford, Conn., with her mother and stepfather
about ir.SO.. She married Thotn.i.s Wheedon. Jr. (3651) about 1686.
SUTL.IFFE GENEALOGY. U
13 HANNAH, born 1687.
14 ABIGAIL, born 1689.
ir, THOMAS, bap. Feb. 28, 1692.
16 JOHN, bap. Sept. 1694.
17 NATHANIEL, bap. July, 1697.
18 REBECCA, bap. Sept. 1701.
19 MARTHA, bap. Jan., 1708.
Thomas Wheedon, Jr., died Oct. 16, 1707. (From Branford records.)
Inventory on Thomas Wheedon, Jr., estate, Nov. 1, 1707, 549-08-00.
Wife, Hannah, adm'r. (From New Haven Probate records, Vol. 2.)
4. SERJ. NATHANIEL SUTLIFFE.
Son of Nathaniel (1) and Hannah (Plympton) Sutliffe, was born in
Medfteld, Mass., in 1672. Removed with his parents to Deerfield, Mass.,
in 1673. He was Selectman in Deerfield in 1702. He then moved to
Branford, Conn. The Church Manual gives his name and his wife's
name in 1704. He then moved to Durham, Conn., and at the first town
meeting held in Durham he was elected Constable. The Durham His-
toi-y states that Nathaniel Sutliffe took an active part in matters per-
taining to church and education. At a town meeting in Durham, Octo-
ber 3, 1714, it was voted by the town "that the meeting-house be seated
and also the Town by voate made choyse of James Wadsworth, Caleb
Seward, Jr., Nathaniel Sutliffe, William Seward and Henry Crane to
be a committee to seate sd house."
He was Representative from Durham for four years, 1728-29, '30-31.
Serj. Nathaniel Sutliffe married Sarah Savage (daughter of John of
Rehoboth) in 1691 or 1692.
20-hSARAH, b. 1693. ^
21 + (Capt.) NATHANIEL, b. 1695.
22+(Serj.) JOHN, b. 1697-8.
23 SAVAGE, b. Nov. 9, 1699; d. Feb., 1700.
24+HANNAH, b. June 13, 1701.
25+JUDITH, b. 1704.
26+EUNICE, b. Aug. 7, 1706.
27+MARY. b. July 16, 1708.
28 JOSEPH, b. June, 10,1710; d. June 22, 1711.
29+JOSEPH, b. July 27, 1712.
30+ANNA. b. May 30, 1715.
Serj. Nathaniel died April 1, 1732, in the 60th year of his age.
Sarah, his wife, was born in Rehoboth, March 10, 1674, and died July
4, 1733, in the 60th year of her age (Plymouth, Mass., Records).
Both are buried in the old cemetery in Durham, Conn.
12 SUTLIFFE GENEALOGY.
20. SARAH SUTLIFFE.
Daughter of Serj. Nathaniel (4) and Sarah (Savage) Sutliffe, was born
in Deerfield, Mass., in 1693. She went with her parents to Branford,
Conn., and afterwards to Durham, Conn. She married Abraham Crit-
31 ABRAHAM, b. Aug. 3, 1714.
32+SARAH, b. Sept. 12, 1715.
33 SUSANNA, b. Sept. 5, 1720.
34 MARY, b. Sept. 27, 1722.
35 NATHANIEL, b. April 5, 1730.
36-f SAMUEL, b. Feb. 20, 1733-4.
37 ANNA, b. Dec. 25, 1726.
21. CAPT. NATHANIEL SUTLIP^FE.
Son of Serj. Nathaniel (4) and Sarah (Savage) Sutliffe, was born in
Deerfield, Mass., in 1695. He married Hannah . He died January
7, 1760, in his 64th year. Hannah, his wife, died July 16, 1772, aged 92.
Both are buried in the old cemetery in Durham, Conn.
On top of his monument are two crossed swords; a crown rests be-
tween the points.
"Shield and spear let mortals wear.
While I Aetherial Honours share."
The Book Company of Durham was instituted on the 30th day of Octo-
ber, A. D. 1733. This, it is supposed, was the first established in the
colony. The original founders were, viz.. Col. Elihu Chauncey, Capt.
Nathaniel Sutliffe (Sutlief), Mr. Huit Strong and five others.
In 1773 a tract from Haddam was added to the northern part of Dur-
ham, which is still called "Haddam Quarter." The inhabitants there