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generation ancestor The chronology of the Strattons shown below is from
St25 Juliana de Straton dau or heiress of y Stratton 1202 Juliana de Straton vs. Philip son of Gilbert in Culeste FFS 10 4 John, 74 = 12
St24 John de Straton 1284 Thomas de Weylaund and Margaret his wife and Richard their son vs. John de Stratton in Pethagh and Framesdene FFS 85 13 Edward I, 4
m Dronisia x 1284 John de Beaumond vs. John de Stratton and Dronisia his wife in Turkelton juxta Kirketon FFS 86 13 Edward I, 19 1284 Thomas de Weylaund and Margaret his wife and Richard their son vs. John de Stratton in Peglagh and Framesdene FFS 86 13 Edward I, 20
St23 Oliver de Stratton
m Clementia x
1320 Oliver de Stratton b about 1295 d after 1347 and Clementia his wife vs. John de Neketon and Robert Cordoun in Jakele, Thrandestone, and Eye (William de Jakele and Alice his wife appon clam) FFS 146 14 Edward II, 4 1320 William de Shympyngford and Johanna his wife vs. Oliver de Stratton and Clementia his wife in Cokefeld, Afletone, and Stanefeld (John son of Robert Pecok of Ridbourne, senior, and Matilda his wife app clam) FFS 147 14 Edward II, 7 1320 John le Tornour of Redbourne chaplain vs. John son of Robert Pecok of Redbourne, senior and Matilda his wife, of the advowson of Parva Cornerth Church and part of the manor (Robert son of Herbert Wayland, William de Symplyngford and Johanna his wife, Olivia sic de Stratton and Clementina his wife appon clam) FFS 149 14 Edward II, 42 1320 John le Tornour of Redbourne chaplain vs. John son of Robert Pecok of Redbourne and Matilda his wife in Great and Little Cornerth, Essington, Newton, and Great Bures (Robert son of Herbert Wayland, William de Symplyngford and Johanna his wife, and Oliver de Stratton and Clementia his wife app clam) FFS 149 14 Edward II, 49 Sir Oliver de Stretton, 1347 appointed (with others) to collect taxes in Suffolk FR vol. VI Edward III 1347-1356; p. 19 Membrane 30, March 10 Reading . 1347 Oliver de Stretton, knight; others appointed to act “in the room of Oliver de Stretton, knight, in the county of Suffolk” FR vol. VI Edward III 1347-1356; p. 20 Membrane 29, Apr 18 Reading
St19? Geoffrey de Stratton b c 1350
m Isabella x
St19-1? probably of this family
Alice Stratton b c 1380 m Roger Cavendish
1365 Geoffrey de Stratton and Isabella his wife vs. William Andrews of Sprouton in Huntlysham, Chatysham, Parva Wenham, Hemmyngeston, Gosebek, Codenham, Bergham, Assh juxta Gosebek, Beilham, and Blakenham FFS 232 39 Edward III, 1
St19-2 1383 Godfrey de Stratton, “chivaler”: order to investigate whether Godfrey and others illegally acquired some property in Suffolk FR vol. X Richard II 1383-1391; p. 9 Membrane 26, Oct. 6 Westminster ; 1384 Godfrey de Stratton, “chivaler,” appointed with others to collect taxes in Suffolk FR vol. X Richard II 1383-1391; p. 72 Membrane 19
Sorry, from here on this needs some editing and relations established St19-3 William de Straton b by 1327
m c1376 Alice dau of William de Reed at Michaelmas before St. Luke, 29 Ed. III (c1355) William providing proof of age for Thomas de Loudham; location in Kirketon, Suffolk IPM vol. XIV Edward III; pp. 293-294 (303) Thomas brother and heir of John de Loudham **NOTE - According to A Book of Strattons (p. 48), quoting Davy’s Suffolk Collections, the manor of Kirkton alias Shotley came into the Stratton family by the marriage of Isabel Loudham, daughter and heir of Sir William Loudham (died 1376), to the father (unnamed) of Walter de Stratton, who, in turn was the father of Augustine de Stratton, first noted below. In light of this, the association of this William de Stratton with the Loudham family is interesting.**
c1372 William de Stratton: b c 1316; servant of the elder John de Loudham; espoused without consent Margery, the maid of Joan, John's wife , William providing proof of age for John de Loudham; location in Kyrketon, Suffolk IPM vol. XIII Edward III; pp. 212-213 (229) John son of Thomas son of John de Loudham
St19 John de Stratton (dates from wikitree) b 1320 Norfolk d 1360 Shotley Suffolk)
m Isabel Loudham b c 1325 in Lye Hall, Weston, Norfolk d 1360 Shotley Suffolk
St18 Walter de Stratton of Kirkton b 1348 in Shotley, Suffolk d 1392 in Shotley Suffolk
m Cecily Walters of York
1376 Walter de Stratton vs. Margaret daughter of Ralph de Shymplyngford of the manor of Kirketon juxta Everwarton in Cokefeld, Alpheton, and Shymplyng FFS 248 50 Edward III, 17
1382 Thomas ate Oke, Walter de Stratton, John de Staverton, Thomas Standon, and John Cardinal vs. William Cardinal and Sarah his wife in Capel FFS 255 6 Richard II, 11
1376 John Pyshale, late parson of Alderton church, George de Felbrigge, Robert Hotot, William Berard, Walter de Stratton, and Robert Waleys of Ipswich vs. John de Weston of Ipswich and Alice his wife in Witnesham, Westerfeld, and Todenham FFS 247 50 Edward III, 5
St17-1 Augustine Stratton b 1374 Shotley Suffolk d there 1392
m aft 1401 Margaret Jenny b 1385 Shotley d there 1469 she m1 before 1401 George Seckford and had son George
St17-1-1 Edmund Stratton b 1400 Shotley d 11 Oct 1476 Shotley
m 1436 in Shotley Margaret Mosell b 1415 d 1529
St17-1-1-1 George Stratton b 1440 Shotley d there 28 Oct 1498
m1 x +1 ch
m2 Elizabeth Simone Fiske b 1455 Shotley d 1498 +3 ch
St17-1-1-1-1 John Stratton b 1480 d 16 Sep 1560
m Agnes x b c 1480
-1 Thomas Stratton b 1507 Shrivenham Oxford m Joan b 1509 d c Jul 1580 -1-1 William Stratton
-1-2 Agnes Stratton
-1-3 Thomas Stratton
-1-1-1 Joan Stratton b 1548 m James Saunders
-1-1-2 Christian Stratton b c 1550 m y Cox
-1-1-3 Agnes Stratton
St17-1-1-1-2 George Stratton Gent b 1490 Shotley d there 24 Aug 1547
m Elizabeth b c 1494 Shotley d 1559 Suffolk
St17-1-1-1-2-1 John Stratton Esq b c 1520 Shotley d there 16 Sep 1560
m 1545 in Shotley Cecily Felton
+1 Thomas Felton of Playford Suffolk b c 1470 d 1558
m Cecily Seckford b 1498 ?Suffolk d 1579 she m1 Thomas Sysley
-a Thomas Seckford b c 1495 d 30 Sep 1575 m Margaret Wingfield dau of Sir John Wingfield and Anne Touchet (dau of John Touchet, Lord Audley)
+2 Robert Felton of Shotley Suffolk
m Margery Sampson dau/heir of Thomas Sampson of Playford
+2 Thomas Seckford b c 1470 d 23 Nov 1505 Seckford
m Margaret Purrey
+3 John Felton
m Joan Mossell dau/coheir of Thomas Mossell by Margaret (dau of Sir Thomas Vise de Lou, son of William by Rose, sister/heir of Elizabeth de Shotisbroke)
+3 George Seckford
m Margaret Goldingham
St17-1-1-1-2-1-1 Thomas Stratton b c 1546 Shotley d 29 May 1596 Dedham Essex
m 1571 Dorothy Nicholls b c 1550 Shotley Suffolk d 4 Mar 1617 dau of John Nicholls b 1513 Bronsham Devon and Cecily Merell b 1525 grandau of Robert Nicholls b 1513 Bronsham Devon d 1586 Brundish Suffolk and Anne Colby as well as Walter Merell b 1497 Ipswich
St17-1-1-1-2-1-1-1 Thomas Stratton
St17-1-1-1-2-1-2 Susanna Stratton
St17-1-1-1-2-1-3 Darcas Stratton
St17-1-1-1-2-1-4 Anne Stratton
St17-1-1-1-2-1-5 Sarah Berriff
St17-1-1-1-2-1-6 Dorothy Stratton
St17-1-1-1-2-1-7 Benjamin Stratton
St17-1-1-1-2-1-1-8 John Stratton Gent. b 10 Oct 1583/6 Shotley d by 4 May 1627 m 1606 Anne Derehaugh b c 1585 Badingham Suffolk dau of William Derehaugh and Mary Wright b by 15 Apr 1564 Bradfield St George Suffolk d by 4 Mar 1622 -1 Anne Bessing Stratton m c 1605 Essex d 22 Oct 1680 Andover MA m John Frye
-2 John Stratton Gent b c 1606 Shotley d c 1645 Salem
-3 William Stratton b c 1608 Shotley d c 1632
-4 Anthony Stratton b c 1610 Shotley
-5 Elizabeth Stratton b c 1614 Ardleigh Exxex d 27 Jul 1668 MA m John Thorndike
-6 Mary Stratton b c 1616 Shotley
-7 Dorothy Stratton b c 1618 Shotley
-1-1 Mary Frye b 1631 Watertown MA d 27 Oct 1674 Concord MA m Samuel Stratton
-1-2 Benjamin Frye
-1-3 Elizabeth Frye m Stiles
-1-4 James Frye
-1-5 Samuel Frye
-5-1 Sarah Thorndike m Low
-5-2 Elizabeth Thorndike b 1641 Salem MA d there 30 ASug 1672 m John Proctor III
-5-3 Paul Thorndike
-1-1-1-1 Mary Stratton m Hoare
-1-1-1-2 Samuel Stratton
-1-1-1-3 Richard Stratton
-1-5-2-1 Elizabeth Proctor m Very
-1-5-2-2 Martha Proctor m Gowing
-1-5-2-3 John Proctor b 1668 d 1748
-1-5-2-4 Thorndike Proctor b 15 Jul 1672 Salem MA d 1758 Danvers MA m 15 Dec 1697 Salem Hannah Felton

-1-5-2-4-1 Nathan Proctor b 18 Oct 1698 Salem MA d Oct 1775 m 14 May 1723 in Salem Mary Read
-1-5-2-4-2 Thorndike Proctor Jr b 2 Jun 1700
-1-5-2-4-3 Ebenezer Proctor b 16 Aug 1702
-1-5-2-4-4 Jonathan Proctor b 2 Aug 1705
St17-1-1-1-2-1-9 Francis Joseph Stratton b 1593 Shotley d 2 Jun 1641 James City Co VA
m 13 Jun 1625 Bremhill Parish Joane Button
-1 Edward Stratton b 1623 Bremhill Wilts d c 1 Dec 1688 Bermuda Hundred Henrico VA m1 Elizabeth Thruston b c 1630 Bremhill Wilts d 1678 Henrico VA + 2 ch m2 aft 1684 Martha Browne b 1633 Varina Henrico VA d by 1 Feb 1696 Bermuda Hundred Henrico dau of John Browne b 1609 Henrico Co VA d c 1632 Northampton VA she m1 1652 in Varina Thomas Shippey and had Martha Shippey adp Brown b 1659 Bristol Parish Pr Geo Co VA m 1678 Edward Stratton -1-1 Edward Stratton b 1633 Bremhill Wilts d by 3 Dec 1698 Henrico Va m Martha Shippey
-1-2 Rebecca Evans Stratton b 26 May 1656 Charles City VA d 2 May 1726 Henrico Co VA m1 Anthony patram m2 Charles Featherstone m3 Samuel Newman

-1-1-1 Martha Stratton m Cox
-1-1-2 Edward Stratton
-1-1-3 Sarah Stratton m Jones
-1-1-4 Mary Stratton m Batte
-1-1-5 Prudence Stratton b 27 Aug 1688 Bermuda Hundred Henrico d 1727 m 1704 Henry Anderson b c 1680
-1-1-6 Annie Jennie Stratton b 1695 Henrico VA d there 1752 m 1712 Joseph Watson
-1-1-7 Elizabeth Stratton b 27 Aug 1698 Henrico VA d aft Sep 1724 m 22 Sep 1709 Thomas Chamberlayne b 1652 Gloucester Engl d c 1719 ?VA son of Edmund Chamberlayne Jr and Eleanor Coles he m1 Mary Wood and had Brian Chamberlin
-1-2-1 Francis Patram I m Frances Elam b 1681 Bermuda Hundred Chesterfield Co Va dau of M;artin Elam and Frances Perrin b 1650 Henrico Co VA
-1-2-2 Anne Featherstone b c 1674 Henrico VA m Abraham Burton
-1-2-3 Henry Charles Featherstone, Sr.
-1-2-4 Susannah Featherstone
-1-2-5 Sarah Featherstone
-1-2-6 Walter Newman
-1-2-7 Samuel Newman

-1-1-5-1 Frances Anderson b c 1715 m 1733 Thomas Watkins
-1-1-6-1 John Watson b c 1714 VA d 28 Sep 1763 Henrico VA m Mary Susannah Bigger
-1-1-7-1 Elizabeth Chamberlayne b c 1709 Henrico VA d c 1770 VA m Henry Batte
-1-1-7-2 Dorothy Chamberlayne b 1710 Varina Parish Henrico VA d 22 Aug 1782 Amelia Co VA m 27 Jul 1727 Peter Jones III

-1-1-5-1-1 Henry Watkins
-1-1-5-1-2 Thomas Watkins Jr
-1-1-5-1-3 Joel Watkins
-1-1-5-1-4 Elizabeth Watkins m Massie
-1-1-5-1-5 Susannah Watkins m Morton
-1-1-5-1-6 Francis Watkins
-1-1-5-1-7 Nancy Watkins m Blakey
-1-1-5-1-8 Jane Watkins m Hundley
-1-1-5-1-9 Prudence Watkins m Royster
-1-1-5-1-10 Susannah Watkins m Morton
-1-1-5-1-11 Francis Watkins
-1-1-5-1-12 Mary Watkins m Pankey
-1-1-5-1-13 Sally Watkins m Spencer
-1-1-6-1-1 John Watson II b 28 Mar 1745 VA d 2 Oct 1814 Wilson TN m Elizabeth Ann Jones had issue
-1-1-6-1-2 Sarah Watson b c 3 Aug 1779 Yellow House VA d 1814 Hanover Co VA m 3 Aug 1779 Nathaniel West Dandridge Jr b 26 Oct 1762 Hanover VA had issue son of Nathaniel West Dandridge Sr and Dorothey Spotswood
-1-1-7-1-1 Elizabeth Chamberlayne Batte m col Richard Jones III had issue son of Richard Jones Jr and Sarah Stratton
-1-1-7-2-1 Elizabeth Francis Jones
-1-1-7-2-2 Ridley Jones m Branch
-1-1-7-2-3 Margaret Jones
-1-1-7-2-4 Peter Jones
-1-1-7-2-5 Thomas Jones
-1-1-7-2-6 Richard Jones
-1-1-7-2-7 Dorothy Jones m Short
-1-1-7-2-8 Mary Jones
-1-1-7-2-9 Mary Alice Jones m Thornton
St17-1-1-1-2-1-10 Anthony Stratton b 1610 Suffolk
St17-1-1-1-2-1-11 Elizabeth Stratton b 1614 Colchester Essex
St17-1-1-1-2-2 Anthony Stratton b c 1526 Shotley
St17-1-1-1-2-3 Robert Stratton b c 1529 Shotley
St17-1-1-1-2-4 Philip Stratton b c 1532 Shotley
St17-1-1-1-2-5 Margaret Stratton b c 1534 Shotley
St17-1-1-1-2-6 Katherine Stratton b c 1536 Shotley
m Francis Harman
St17-1-1-1-3 John Stratton b 1520 Shotley Suffollk
St17-1-1-1-4 Alice Stratton
St17 John Stratton b 1385 in Shotley, Suffolk d after 1439/69 in Weston, Norfolk Lord of Tyes-Hall, Lons and Aldenhams, Lord of Weston, co. Norfolk in 1430
m 1424 in Weston, Norfolk or 1421 in, Longville, Norfolk, England Elizabeth Lutterell Lu17 b 1388 in Dunster, Somerset d after 4 Oct 1438 she m2 William HARLESTON
St16 Elizabeth Stratton b 1425 d Dec 1474
St16-2 William STRATTON 1 was born 1427 in Weston, Norfolk
St18-2? 1374 Edmund de Stratton of Ouesden Suffolk one of several accused of poaching PR Edward III vol. XV 1370-1374; p. 493 Membrane 4d, July 12 Westminster 1431 ?= Edmund de Stratton appointed with others to collect taxes in Suffolk FR vol. XVI Henry VI 1430-1437; p. 68 Membrane 18
St18-3? Walter de STRATTON b 1350 in Shotley, Suffolk d 1392 Shotley, Suffolk
m 1377 in Shotley, Cecily b 1357 Shotley
St18-3-1 Augustine de STRATTON b 1378 in Shotley, Suffolk d after 5 Apr 1417. Augustine married N.N. on 1401 in Shotley, Suffolk, England.
m2 Margaret JENNEY, she m2 Sir George Seckford
m1 x 1381 in Shotley, Suffolk d 1405 in Shotley, Suffolk +1 ch
1410 Augustin de Stratton , John Braham, Knight, John Stanerton, William Mounteney, Roger Ca Wendyssh and Thomas Dysynge of Braham Robert Coketon of Kyrketon in Hundred of Saunforde and Matilda his wife and John Cukhook of Wolferston and Alianara his wife in Braham FFS 281 12 Henry IV, 15
1414 Augustinus Stratton of Kyrketon, Thomas Erpyngham, chevalier, and John Stratton St17 vs. John Frere and Margaret his wife in Kyrketon FFS 284 2 Henry V, 16
1430 Augustine Stratton of Kirton (apparently in Norfolk), 10 marks PR Henry VI vol. II 1429-1436; p. 61 Membranes 18 and 17, May 19 Westminster
1434 Augustine de Stratton, “squyer,” appointed with others to collect taxes in Suffolk FR vol. XVI Henry VI 1430-1437; p. 191 Membrane 13
1436 Augustine de Stratton appointed with others to collect taxes in Suffolk FR vol. XVI Henry VI 1430-1437; p. 286 Membrane 9
1436 Augustine de Stretton, Esq., of Suffolk commission of array to Augustine (among many others) PR Henry VI vol. II 1429-1436; p. 524 Membrane 19d, July 12 Westminster
St18-3-1-1 Edmund STRATTON b 1402 Shortley d 11 Oct 1476
m Margaret MOSELL b 1415 in Starston, Norfolk d after 30 Sep 1474
1440 Edmund Stratton “of Shotle, esquire,” appointed with others to collect taxes in Suffolk FR vol. XVII Henry VI 1437-1445; p. 144 Membrane 13
1455 Edmund Stratton of Coulyngge witness to statement concerning passage of lands (many in Suffolk) PR Henry VI vol. VI 1452-1461; pp. 206-207 Membrane 11, Feb. 9 Westminster
1474 Edmond Stratton, of Shotley, Esquire: will dated 30 Sep 1474; wife Margaret; sons George, Augustine (clerk), John, others unnamed , manors of Levyngton and Thorkalton
Book of Strattons; pp. 50-51 Will of Edmund Stratton (Ipswich Wills - Book II, fo. 266) 1477 Edmund de Stratton of Suffolk died sometime before 25 Oct 1477
writ of mandamus for an inquisition post mortem for Edmund FR vol. XXI Edw. IV, Edw. V, Rch. III 1471-1485; p. 138 Membrane 15 #408, 25 Oct 1477
1477 Edmund Stratton: d 11 Oct 1476; wife Margaret ; Augustine Stratton, clerk, son and heir (age 40) manor of Kyrketon, "lands called Le Perye" in Kyrketon, Shotley, Erwarton, and Chelmondeston, Suffolk
St18-3-1-1-1 Augustine STRATTON b 1437 in Shotley, Suffolk d 1485 in Shotley, Suffolk
St18-3-1-1-2 George STRATTON was born 1442 d 8 Jun 1498
m Elizabeth b 1455 Shotley
Book of Strattons; pp. 51-52 Chancery Inquisitions Post Mortem 17 Ed. 4 (13 Oct 1477) sic 1498 George Stratton: died Friday after Whitsun 1498; wife Elizabeth; son and heir George (age 8 and more) manors of Kyrton and Thurkolton, Suffolk IPM Henry VII vol. II; p. 151 (231) George Stratton; writ 26 Jun 1497, inquisition 28 Oct 1498
1498 George Stratton: died Friday after Pentecost 1498; wife Elizabeth; son and heir George (age 8); perhaps younger son(s)
manors of Kirton and Thurkolton Book of Strattons; pp. 52-53 Exch. Inquisitions Post Mortem file 610, No. 6 (28 Oct 1498)
1501 George Stratton minor son and heir of George Stratton, Esq. Robert Suthwell, Esq., granted the wardship and marriage of George PR Henry VII vol. II 1494-1509; p. 235 Membrane 5 (17), July 27 Westminster
1547 George Stratton, gent.: will dated 24 Aug 1547
Harman; sister Elizabeth Hawys/Hewes; cousin Thomas Yaxley
manor of Kirketon alias Shotley, Suffolk; unspecified covenant between George Stratton and John Southwell and Ciselye Sampson
Book of Strattons; pp. 53-54 Will of George Stratton - P. C. C. Populwell 9
1500 George Stratton: died Friday after Whitsuntide 1498; wife Elizabeth; son and heir George (age 10 and more) manors of Kirton Hall and Thurkelton, Suffolk IPM Henry VII vol. II; p. 229 (363) George Stratton; commission of concealments 10 Jul 1499, inquisition 15 Oct 1500
St18-3-1-1-2-1 George STRATTON b 1490 d Jun 1548 m x
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1 John STRATTON b 1522 d 16 Sep 1560
m Cecily Felton b 1525 Playford Suffolk d aft 23 Sep 1560
1559 John Stratton, gent: will 8 Dec 1559 - 16 Jun 1561; wife Cicelie; children: Mary, Elizabeth; brother-in-law Francis Harman (his children: Robert, Richard, Cicelie,
Elizabeth; siblings Philip, Margaret, Anthony; goddaughter Cycelie Forgonn
Book of Strattons; p. 54 Will of John Stratton - C. C. Norwich
1560 John Stratton son of George Stratton of Thurkelton and Kyrkton: died 16 Dec 1560 “sic”; married about 25 Henry VIII Cicily Felton (daughter of Thomas Felton, Esq., deceased, and Cicily __ Felton Sampson (widow of Thomas Felton and Nicholas Sampson, Esq; son and heir Thomas Stratton (14 years old at father’s death); brothers Anthony, Robert, and Philip Stratton , mention made of indenture made among Cicily ( __ ) (Felton) Sampson, John Southwell, Gent. executor of Thomas Felton’s will, and George and John Stratton in consideration of marriage between John Stratton and Cicily Felton; manors of Thurkelton and Kyrkton, Suffolk
Book of Strattons; pp. 54-56 Inquisition Post Mortem for John Stratton, Esq. - Wards and Liveries, Vol. S-N, 117 , 1596 Thomas Stratton: will 15 Apr 1596 - 4 Nov 1596; living in Dedham, Essex, when will written; wife Dorothy; children John (heir; not yet 21), Benjamin, Mary, Elizabeth,
Joseph, and Sarah Beriff; granddaughter Sarah Beriff; sister Elizabeth Hankyn/Tankyn (her children: Roger, Thomas, and John); cousins John Collett and Ann Morgan (wife of John Morgan, exec.) , manors of Kyrketon and Thurkelton alias Shurkelton, Suffolk
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1 Thomas STRATTON b 1546 d 29 May 1596 m Dorothy Nicholls b 1554 Brundish Suffolk d Mar 1617
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-1 Thomas STRATTON bap 24 Feb 1574 in Shotley, Suffolk Book of Strattons; pp. 56-57 Will of Thomas Stratton - P. C. C. Drake 84, 1597 Thomas Stratton, gent.: died 29 May 1596 “sic”; wife Dorothy (living at Stowmarket at time of inquisition); son John (age 15 years and 99 days at taking of inquisition) manors of Kyrketon alias Shotley and Thurkolton alias Shurkolton, Suffolk -1 John Stratton of Shotley b 1581 (Book of Strattons; p. 58 Inquition Post Mortem (19 Jan 1597) of Thomas Stratton, gent. - Chancery Inquisitions Post Mortem, Vol. 250, No. 24 , 1621/7 John Stratton, gent.: will 24 Sep 1621 - 19 May 1627; wife Ann; children John (heir), William, Anthony, Ann (eldest dau.; not yet 18), Elizabeth, Marie, and Dorothy Stratton; brothers Benjamin and Joseph Stratton; kinswoman Marie Harrison manors of Thurcalton alias Surcalton in Shotley and Kirton Hall, Suffolk)
-2 Benjamin Stratton b c 1583
-3 Joseph Stratton b c 1585
-4 Marie Stratton b c 1587 m y Harrison
-1-1 William Stratton
-1-2 Anthony Stratton
-1-3 Ann Stratton b c 1604
-1-4 ElizabethStratton b c 1606
-1-5 Marie Stratton b c 1608
-1-6 Dorothy Stratton b c 1610
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-2 Susanna STRATTON b 1575 in Shotley, Suffolk d Jan 1594 in Shotley, Suffolk bur 19 Jan 1594 in Shotley
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-3 Anne STRATTON bap 1 Sep 1577 in Shotley, Suffolk d Mar 1592 in Shotley bur 3 Mar 1592 in Shotley
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-4 Dorothy STRATTON bap 1 17 Dec 1579 in Shotley, Suffolk d Oct 1580 in Shotley bur 16 Oct 1580 in Shotley
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-5 John STRATTON b 12 Oct 1581 d May 1627
m Anne Drehaugh b 1580 Badingham Suffolk

Book of Strattons; p. 59 Will of John Stratton - P. C. C. Skynner 52
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-5-1 John STRATTON bap 8 Nov 1604 d 1644.
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-5-2 Thomas STRATTON bap 8 Jan 1606 in Badingham
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-5-3 William STRATTON bap 28 Apr 1607 in Badingham d Dec 1631 in Ardleigh, Essex
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-5-4 Margaret STRATTON b 1609 in Badingham d May 1617 in Shotley bur 26 May 1617 in Shotley
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-5-5 Anne STRATTON bap 13 Feb 1612 in Badingham
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-5-6 Anthony STRATTON bap 5 Apr 1615 in Badingham
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-5-7 Elizabeth STRATTON b 1617 d by 29 Jul 1668 m Salem MA John Thorndike b 1600 Great Waddington Suffolk d Nov Westminster London.
-1 Anne THORNDIKE b 1636 in Ipswich, Essex, Ma d after 29 Jul 1668 in Westminster London
-2 Sarah THORNDIKE b 1638 d 1672 m 10 Dec 1661 Ipswich MA John Low bap 2 Mar 1634 Boxford Suffolk d Jan 1706 Ipswich MA
-3 Elizabeth THORNDIKE b 1640 d 30 Aug 1672 m John Proctor bap 9 Oct 1631 Assington Suffolk d 19 Aug 1692 Salem MA + 7 ch he m2 Martha Jackson + 5 ch m3 Elizabeth Bassett son of John Proctor b 1595 Assington Suffolk d Oct 1672 Ipswich MA and Martha Harper b 1607 Groton Suffolk d Sep 1672 Ipswich MA
-4 Capt Paul THORNDIKE b 1642 d Dec 1697 m Mary Patch b 6 Apr 1649 Salem MA d Mar 1718 Beverly MA
-5 Mary THORNDIKE b 1649 in Ipswich, Essex, Ma d 5 after 30 Mar 1674.
-6 Alice THORNDIKE was born 1652 d after 14 Dec 1690.
-7 Martha THORNDIKE b 1654 in Ipswich, Essex, Ma bap 10 Apr 1669 in Westminster Abbey, Westminster d after 3 Jul 1672

-2-1 John LOW b 24 Apr 1665 in Ipswich
-2-2 Elizabeth LOW b 18 Oct 1667 in Ipswich
-2-3 Margaret LOW b 26 Jan 1669 in Ipswich
-2-4 Thorndike LOW b 1672 in Ipswich
-3-1 Elizabeth PROCTOR b 1663 in Salem, d 5 after 29 Nov 1678.
-3-2 Martha PROCTOR b 1 Apr 1665 in Salem d 5 10 May 1665 in Salem m Nathaniel Gowing b 1663 Lynn MA
-3-3 Martha PROCTOR b 4 Jun 1666.
-3-4 Mary PROCTOR b 20 Oct 1667 in Salem d 15 Feb 1668 in Salem
-3-5 John PROCTOR b 28 Oct 1668 in Salem d 23 Mar 1749 in Danvers, MA
-3-6 Mary PROCTOR b 30 Jan 1670 in Salem
-3-7 Thorndike PROCTOR b 15 Jul 1672 in Salem d 1758 in Salem
-4-1 Mary THORNDIKE b 8 Jan 1669 d Oct 1732.
-4-2 Elizabeth THORNDIKE b 14 Oct 1670 d after 7 Sep 1729.
-4-3 Hannah THORNDIKE b 14 May 1673.
-4-4 Capt John THORNDIKE b 22 Jan 1675 d 24 Mar 1760.
-4-5 Paul THORNDIKE wb 17 Apr 1677 d 14 Feb 1742.
-4-6 Martha THORNDIKE b 1681 d 5 Dec 1764.
-4-7 Herbert THORNDIKE b 1684 d 6 Jan 1762
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-5-8 Dorothy STRATTON b 1619 in Badingham d after 19 Jul 1641.
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-5-9 Mary STRATTON b 1621 in Badingham
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-6 Dorcas STRATTON b 1583 in Shotley, Suffolk d Apr 1595 in Shotley bur 30 Apr 1595 in Shotley
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-7 Benjamin STRATTON b 1585 in Shotley, Suffolk d May 1627 in Shotley buried 23 May 1627 in Shotley
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-8 Mary STRATTON b 1587 in Shotley
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-9 Elizabeth STRATTON b 1589 in Shotley, Suffolk d Feb 1599 in Shotley bur 21 Feb 1599 in Shotley
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-10 Joseph STRATTON b 1591 Shotley, Suffolk d 1641 James City Parish, VA m 1617 in Shotley Suffolk Joan
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-1-11 Sarah STRATTON b 1593 in Shotley, Suffolk
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-2 Mary STRATTON b 1548 in Shotley, Suffolk d after 5 Dec 1559.
St18-3-1-1-2-1-1-3 Elizabeth STRATTON b 1550 in Shotley, Suffolk d after 15 Apr 1596
St18-3-1-1-2-1-2 Anthony STRATTON b 1525 in Shotley, Suffolk
St18-3-1-1-2-1-3 Robert STRATTON b 1529 in Shotley, Suffolk
St18-3-1-1-2-1-4 Margaret STRATTON b 1531 in Shotley, Suffolk d Apr 1574 in Shotley, Suffolk bur 2 28 Apr 1574 in Shotley
St18-3-1-1-2-1-5 Philip STRATTON b 1533 in Shotley, Suffolk d after 5 Dec 1559.
St18-3-1-1-2-1-6 Katherine STRATTON b 1536 in Shotley, Suffolk
St18-3-1-1-2-2 Elizabeth STRATTON b 1492 d after 24 Aug 1547 m Roger Hawys b 1488 Shotley Suffolk
St18-3-1-1-3 John STRATTON b 1444 in Shotley, Suffolk
St? - - - - -
reported by and probably related to the above and included in the scrambled scan below was:
William Stratton b 1585 Berks d 1647 Tenterden Kent
m Elizabeth x b 1591 London d 1635 Kent
St?-1 John Stratton b Tenterden Kent bap 14 AUG 1621 London d aft 30 AUG 1684 East Hampton Suffolk Co NY
m Salem, MA 1637 Sarah Bancroft b 19 MAR 1619 Belchford Lincolnshire d 10 MAY 1685 East Hampton NY
St?-1-1 Sarah Stratton b c 1643 East Hampton d 1684
m Stephen Hand b c 1635 Lynn Essex Co MA d 15 Apr 1693 East hampton NY son of John Hand b by 4 Jun 1609 d 24 Jan 1660
St?-1-1-1 Stephen Hand b 1661 NY d 13 NOV 1740
m Esther Osborn b 1 MAR 1666 East Hampton NY d 26 FEB 1739 Wainscott Suffolk Co NY dau of John Osborne b 31.07.1631, Ashford, Kent, England d 02.05.1687, Wainscott, Suffolk NY
-1 John Hand b 1694 East Hampton d 18 FEB 1755 mHannah Leek
-2 Rebecca Hand b c 1696 East Hampton m John Osborn
-3 Abigail Hand b 1701 East Hampton d bef OCT 1731 m David Blatchley
-4 Mary Hand b 2 OCT 1708 Wainscott m James Hand
St?-1-1-2 SamuelHand b 1668 East Hampton d 1735
St?-1-1-3 Alice Hand b 1670 Hartford Co CT
m William Shipman
St?-1-1-4 Sarah Hand b 1674 East Hampton NY d 1735
m1 Ichabod Leek
m2 John Parsons
St?-1-1-5 Elizabeth Hand b 1678 East Hampton d 16 NOV 1711
m Daniel Osborn
St?-1-1-6 Abigail Hand b 1681 Hartford Co CT d 18 APR 1747 ,
m Jacob Griswold
St?-1-2 John Stratton b 1645Long Island City NY d 19 FEB 1735
St?-1-3 Stephen Stratton b 1646 East Hampton d 8 APR 1697
St?-1-4 Hannah Stratton b 1649 East Hampton
m Stephen Hedges
St?-1-5 Joseph Stratton b 1649 East Hampton d 23 DEC 1722
St?-1-6 Abigail Stratton b 1650 East Hampton d 1680
St?-1-7 Rebecca Stratton b 1650 East Hampton d 14 MAY 1703
m William Bushnell
St?-1-8 Cornelius Stratton b 1653 East Hampton d 27 MAR 1704
m Martha Hull
St?-1-9 Ruth Stratton b 1659 East Hampton d 1740
m1 John Hedges
m2 John Mowbray
m3 James White

source: raw OCRed txt file of Book of Strattons: Harriet Russell Stratton, ed. A Book of Strattons: Being a Collection of Stratton Records from England and Scotland, and a Genealogical History of the Early Colonial Strattons in America, with Five Generations of their Descendants, vol. 1. New York: The Grafton Press, 1908.
(unfortunately the tables etc. of the book and other printing format was scrambled and had to be deciphered and changed from .txt to HTML, so I am not sure it is correct) FFS: Walter Rye, A Calendar of the Feet of Fines for Suffolk. 1910.

FR: Calendar of the Fine Rolls, etc.

IPM: Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, etc. Sources: registered pedigree at the College of Arms from He1 to Lu18 and beyond.
Data from: although the date do not correspond with the above


There appear to be two manors in Kirton, for one now belongs to
Capt. E. G. Pretyman, of Orwell Park, D.L., by inheritance from Col.
Tomhne, who acquired from the Duke of Hamilton, who held in 1855, and
the other now held by Francis Taylor, having been acquired from the heirs
of the Rev. J. Cartwright, who held the same prior to 1855.

One of the manors was formed out of the holdings of Roger Bigot. It
is not clear to whom in very early days either of these manors belonged, but
one was for some generations the lordship of the Stratton family.

In the time of Edw. III. it was held by Walter de Stratton, and we meet
in 1376 with a fine levied by this Walter against Margaret, daughter of
Ralph de Shymplygford.^ Somewhat later the manor was held by George
Stratton, son and heir of Augustus Stratton. Edward Stratton died
seised of the manor in 1477,* and a fine was levied of the manor in 1567
by Thomas Stratton, son of John Stratton.^ There is, however, amongst
the State Papers in 1597 a grant of the manor in perpetuity to Robert
Barker, of Ipswich.^

In 1702 we find amongst the Treasury Papers a petition of the tenants
and suitors of parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall for the continuance of Edmund
Layton, as under-steward of the manor.''

The other manor seems to have been held by the Sampson family, and
Davy makes Thomas Sampson, of Playford, who died in 1483, lord, from
whom he makes the manor descend in the same course as the Manor of
Playford, in Carlford Hundred, to Sir Henry Felton, Bart. It is not easy to
distinguish between entries relating to this manor and the Manor of Kirkton,
in Shotley.

One of the manors in 1804 belonged to Sir William Rowley, Bart., and
the following year to the Rev. John Cartwright.

There is amongst the State Papers in 1530 a grant in fee of Kirton
Manor to Thomas, Duke of Norfolk, at that time said to have been in the
King's hand by reason of the attainder of Cardinal Wolsey.^

' Dom. ii. 340, 3426.

"^ Dom. ii. 4236.

3 Feet of Fines, 50 Edw. III. 17.

n.P.M., 17 Edw. IV. 34-

5 Fine, 9 Eliz. 30.

6S.P. 1597.427-

^T.P. 1702, 85; 1703, 150, 151-

8S.P., 22 Hen. VIII. 220 (11)

(The author's appologies for the fact that the following is still the raw scan of the original book posted on the Internet with obviously misscanned characters in some places and dissembled table columns that have yet to be corrected or reassembled to be properly understood.)

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Preface xi

Explanations xv


Origin of the Name 3

Evolution in Spelling . 4

Places Called Stratton . . . . . 7

Stratton Arms 11

Sources of Genealogical Material in England ... 15

Lists of Stratton Wills in England 16

Abstracts of Wills 24

Hundred Rolls .... 29

Calendar of Patent Rolls . . . 29

Close Rolls .... 30

Inquisition Post mortem Records . 33

Court of Requests Records ... 34

Proceedings in Chancery . 35

Early Strattons in Great Britain ... 37

Scotland — The Lauriston Line . . 38

England— The Shotley Line . . 43

The Shrivenham Line 61


Colonial Strattons 69

First Strattons in America . . 75

Joseph * of James City, Virginia 75

John 1 of Salem, Massachusetts .... 77

Early Strattons of Boston 85

Bartholomew * and his Descendants 85

Caleb 1 and Descendants to 5th Generation 92

Early Strattons of Easthampton, Long Island ... 99

viii Contents


Richard J and Descendants to 5th Generation .... 102

John 1 and Descendants to 5th Generation 117

Thomas Stratton ! of Eastern Shore, Virginia, and De-
scendants to 5th Generation 141

Strattons of Watertown, Massachusetts 153

Samuel 1 and Descendants to 5th Generation .... 157

John and Descendants to 5th Generation 182

Strattons of Waltham and Weston 197

Joseph of Waltham and Descendants to 3rd Generation . 197

Jonathan of Weston and Descendants to 3rd Generation 200
Edward Stratton of Bermuda Hundred, Virginia,

and Descendants to 6th Generation 213

Early Connecticut Strattons 225

John of Woodbury and Descendants to 5th Generation . 226

William of Winsor and Descendants to 5th Generation . 230

Early New Jersey Strattons 237

Emanuel of Evesham and Descendants to 5th Generation 241

Mark of Evesham and Descendants to 5th Generation . 248

Strattons of Sussex County 290

New Jersey- Virginia Strattons — Parentage not Traced 296

Strattons in Military Service 301

Colonial Wars 301

Revolutionary War 303

Genealogical Charts 309-325

Indexes 327


Shotley Church Frontispiece


King Charles' Letter. 1655 xiv

Old Latin Will xvi

Stratton Hall, Norfolk 6

Church-Stretton 10

St. Michael Church and Stretton Parva 24

Stratton St. Andrew 28

Stratton Park, Hampshire 34

King Charles' Letter, 1681 36

Lauriston Castle 38

Stour River and Dedham Village 44

Harwich — Ancient and Modern 46

Kirkton Manor and Shotley Hall 48

Levington Church 56

Shrivenham Village and Shrivenham Church .... 60

Tenterden Church 64

Old Document at Boston 68

Copp's Hill Gravestones 86

Main Street, Easthampton 98

Homes of Governor Stratton and J. L. Stratton . . 114

Stratton Homestead and Old Wind Mill ..... 138

Stratton Manor, Virginia 142

Old Hungers Church . . 146

Elkington and Old Castle 148

Old Document at Cambridge 152

Will of Samuel Stratton a 158

Tombstones at Watertown 168

Settlement of Estate of John Stratton 2 182

Bermuda Hundred 214

Friends' Burialground and Enoch Stratton House . 240

Old Buttonwood Tree 248

Stone Road and Mark Stratton Estate 276

Owen Stratton House 284


Stratton Arms

Suffolk 11

Nottingham 12

Scotland 13

Shotley 13

Arms of Sulyard, With Stratton Quartering 13

Lauriston Castle, From an Old Drawing 14

Stratton Arms, Lauriston 3S

Seal of Alexander Straton 40

"Antler" 84

A Stratton Chest 116

Old Church at Easthampton 140

Old Quaker Meeting-House 299


THIS volume is well characterized by its name, "A Book of
Stkattons." It is not a genealogy of any one line of
Strattons, but contains data concerning many lines, attempts
to account for all Colonial Strattons in America, and includes
much of interest on the early Strattons of England and Scotland.
More than five thousand Strattons, descendants of the Colonial
emigrants, have been satisfactorily placed, and many branches
brought down to the present day.

Genealogical records of these descendants to the fifth genera-
tion from the emigrant, are given in this first volume; the second
volume takes up each line where this volume leaves it.

The work is published for the Strattons, — for those who
are interested, and in the hope of interesting others. Much of
the data presented was collected with no thought of publication,
— from a pure love of such work, and a desire to know more of
our Stratton ancestry. Even now the compiler would gladly defer
publication for a few years, until more of the "missing links"
might be found, but for an urgently expressed desire on the part
of other Strattons to possess a copy of the data already collected,
a wish to put this data, by duplicating it, beyond the possibility
of loss, and a hope that its circulation may create, on the part of
the Strattons of the present generation, a greater interest in family
history, and so induce others to record facts which otherwise
may be irretrievably lost with the passing away of the older ones
among us.

Even as a child the writer was interested in genealogical lore,
and from her grandparents and the older members of her father's
family, early learned what they knew of their ancestry. Later,
a more systematic research was begun, at first with the thought
of collecting data on one line only. Then, — discovering that while
original records contain much concerning the early Strattons,
very little on the name had ever been published, — data on all lines
were collected and classified. It soon became apparent that the

xii Preface

"three brothers" theory (the tradition heard in childhood, and
found in many Stratton families to-day) would by no means
account for all the seventeenth-century Strattons in America.
As the collection grew the interest in it grew also, until many
sources of information have been searched for material. In the
Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Somerset House, London, are
recorded one hundred and forty-two Stratton wills and admin-
istrations from 1412 to 1720. Sixteen of these are marked "be-
yond the seas," or "abroad," showing that many more than
"three brothers" had left England before 1720. A list of these
wills and administrations has been obtained, and several wills
abstracted for this volume. Early Stratton wills are found in
other English courts. Many Stratton records are found among
the original papers in the Public Record Office, London. Others
are found on the church records of various parishes. Some work
has been done among all these sources in England, and enough
unconnected data collected to give some idea of the vast amount
of interesting material obtainable, and to serve as a guide and
encouragement to further study in early Stratton genealogy.

In this country considerable research has been made among
the records of the thirteen original colonies, and in others of the
older states; data obtained from town, county and probate records;
from wills, deeds and invoices; from church records, gravestones
and old family Bibles, — while hundreds of letters have been written
to Strattons in this country and in Great Britain.

And yet the work is far from complete, and several puzzling
problems remain unsolved. It is ardently hoped that the search
may continue, until the ancestral line of every Colonial Stratton
may be established in the Old World and his descendants here as
fully traced as existing records may render possible.

In collecting this material, the compiler has had correspond-
ence with many people, and would here gratefully acknowledge
indebtedness, and gladly return thanks to the many Strattons
who have so cheerfully and intelligently responded with family
records and with words of encouragement and appreciation.

Much help has also been received from town, county and probate
clerks, and pastors and rectors of churches, who have courteously
replied to letters and furnished records, — in not a few cases with-
out a fee, although in every case a fee was offered.

Preface xiii

For carefully taken notes, extended records, or material aid
in research, special thanks are due Dr. Charles Carroll Stratton
of Oregon, Mr. Sidney Vanuxem Stratton, Sr., of Mississippi,
Mr. Francis A. Stratton of New York, Mr. James T. Stratton
(now deceased) of California, and Dr. Charles R. Straton of
Salisbury, England.

From Rev. Anson Titus, Boston, the compiler has received
many helpful suggestions, and invaluable aid on puzzling points
in New England research.

The greater portion of the research among original papers in
England was made by Mr. J. Henry Lea and his agent, Mr.
Hutchinson, in London, who have taken a kind interest in the

Special aid in collecting data on various branches has also
been rendered by Miss Mary A. Stratton of Massachusetts, Rev.
James Stratton of Hants, England, William H. Zelley (son of
Daniel Stratton Zelley) of New Jersey, Hon. Thomas J. Stratton
of Virginia, Mrs. Sarah Stratton Juliand of New York, Guilford D.
Stratton of New Hampshire, Rev. Joseph Stratton of Berkshire,
England, E. Piatt Stratton of Long Island and Senator Stratton
of Colorado.

Among others, not Strattons, who have kindly contributed
notes and suggestions, or copied records not accessible to the
compiler, are Mr. E. L. Smith of Boston, Miss Mary Frances Peirce
of Weston, Kirk Brown of Baltimore, Miss Mary Utley of Hart-
ford and Mrs. C. P. Yeatman of Barranquilla.

Errors will doubtless be found in this volume. Everyone at
all familiar with genealogical work well knows the many sources
from which errors will creep in, in spite of the most painstaking
efforts to avoid them.

Anyone finding mistakes, or having additional data to con-
tribute, will confer a favor by communicating the same to the

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Facsimile of a Letter from King Charles II
Written in exile at Cologne, to Captain Robert Straton, an officer in the
king's army. "Mrs. Jannet Browne'' was another officer in disguise. (Page


BUT few explanations are necessary. The abreviations usual
in such \vorks are used: — b., born, m., married, d., died, etc.
In a few cases prob., sup., abt. are used for probably, supposed,
about, etc. These, and the few other abbreviations used, will be
readily understood.

As in other genealogical works the small figure following a
name, and placed above the line, indicates the number of the
generation from the emigrant ancestor.

The number preceding the name is an individual number, and
denotes the person's place in the line of Strattons to which he

The minus sign ( — ) placed before the number in the lists of
children's names shows that this individual is not traced further.
If a son, nothing more is known of him; no attempt has been
made in this volume to trace the descendants of the daughters.

The plus sign ( + ) preceding a number denotes that the num-
ber and name are repeated on a succeeding page (the number
in black faced type), where a more detailed account of the in-
dividual is given.

Repetition has been avoided except where it seemed necessary
for a clearer understanding of a subject, or to bring together the
facts pertaining to the biography of an individual.

A special feature of this volume is the charts, showing at a
glance the descendants, to the fifth generation, of fourteen of the
Colonial Strattons. In every case the individual number in the
text is the same as the number used for that individual on the
chart. Therefore, in referring to any person whose name occurs
on a chart, it will only be necessary to mention the number and
chart, as: 28, Chart H, married Abigail Morton. The descend-
ants of 125, Chart G, have not been located. Further information
is desired concerning 63, Chart D; 199, Chart M, lived in Rich-
mond, Ind.

xvi Explanations

Volume II, in taking up each line where this volume leaves it,
continues these numbers.

For a synopsis of our knowledge of the earlier Strattons in
America, see the chapter on "Colonial Strattons" in this volume.

In some lines, of course, the fifth generation comes much nearer
the present time than in others.

In the case of the descendants of the eldest son of Samuel Strat
ton of Watertown the fifth generation lacks some years of reach-
ing Revolutionary times, while some of the fifth generation from
Mark Stratton of Evesham served in the Civil War. This is
readily understood when we consider that Samuel x of Watertown
was born in 1592, while Mark 1 of Evesham was born nearly one
hundred years later.

It will be seen that the charts are not quite complete. A few
of the sons in each chart have not been traced beyond the third or
fourth generation.

It is the hope of the writer that some of these may yet be found ,
and that very full data of later generations may be compiled for
a future volume. Will not all Strattons aid in this work by
collecting and contributing further items of interest concerning
their own lines?

IN DEI NOMINE AMEN tercio decimo die Januarij anno dm
MCCCCxij et anno regni Regis Henrici quarti post conquestum
quarto decimo EGO NicTius Stratton Civis London sanus miets &
bone memorie facio ordino & constituo pns tesfm meu' in hunc
modum In pmis lego & comendo atam mea' deo oThipotete beg?
Marie matri sue & onTib sets eius corpuscp meu' sepeliend' in eccia
sancti Alphegi infra Crepulgate Lodon ITM lego & volo cp ex-
pense mee fun'ales fiant per ordinacoem ct disposicoem eorundm
executor' meor' ITM lego summo altari dee eccie sci Alphegi p
decimis & oblacohib? meis oblit' & detenTs vjs. viijd. ITM lego
fabrice corpis sive navis eiusdm eccie xiijs. iiijd. ITM lego magro
clerico eiusdm eccie vjd. ITM lego invencoem <fc sustentacoeni
unius capellani ydonei & honesti continue dia' in dia' p anima mea
& arusibj Robti Charlton ct Matild' Holbeck ac oriii quibj teneor
<fe oim fidelm defunctor' p unu' annu' integrum px post obitum
meum sequen' celebratur ix marc'. ITM lego ad pticipand' divi-
dend' & distribuend' int' paupes indigentes liTtantes & morantes
infra parochiam sancti Alphegi xxs. ITM lego ad dividend' parti-
cipand' & distribuend' incontinent' post obitum meu' paupiljj
Connigilg in Civitate London & suburb' eiusdm manentihg ad
orand' pro aui mea & animar' p'dcis xx marc'. ITM lego moni-
alljj Hethyngham Castell in cfThi Essex ad exorandum pro aTa mea
xxs. ITM lego monialiTg de Cheshunt in coin Midd' ad exorand'

pro aTa mea xxs

ITM lego Agneti uxi mee tluo tenementa cum gardino adiacen'
jacen' in Morestrete in pochia 8ci Egidij hhd & tenend' prefate
Agneti & assign' suis ad t'minu' vite eiusde' Agnetis Et volo qd
pMca iluo ten' post mortem dee Agnet' p exec' meos vendant' et
qd tota pecunia in pijs opilT? plenar' disponat' Residuu' vero ornt
& singlis honor' & catallor' meor' mobil' & imobil' non legator'
do & lego Agn' uxi mee de quibuscu' tf bonis meis & hujus tesfi
mei facio ordino &: constituo meos exec' vitlelt dcam Agnete' uxem
meam dcin Willm Clay & Steplim Toppefeld cive & allucar' Lon-
don cuiquidm Willmo Clay xls. & dco Stephano xiijs. iiijd. p eor'
labore in hac pTe sustinend' lego.

Will of Nicholas Stratton
Oldest Stratton Will in Prerogative Court of Canterbury — Abstract from

Original Latin


" The dry branches of genealogical trees bear many pleasant and curious
fruits for those who know how to search for them." Henry Ward Beecher.

" Many questions arise in the course of genealogical work, which only History
can answer." John Fiske.



"Let us begin at the beginning." Pursuivant of Arms.

THE Strattons cannot be traced to a common ancestor in
Great Britain, however far back we may go. The name
is a "place name" and had several, probably many, origins.
Whenever the family home was on an old Roman road this sur-
name was not uncommon. It is derived from two Anglo-Saxon
words, — street, a paved road; and tun, an enclosure, a home, or
a small village. When the Saxons came into Britain they found
there the paved roads of the Romans. Such roads they had
never before seen, and having no name by which to designate
them, began to use the Roman word stratum, which soon became
street, from which comes our word street.

To an enclosure, having a strong wall, within which dwelt a
family, — usually a family of wealth, with other families depend-
ant upon it, forming a small village, — the Saxons gave the name
tun, and from this we get our word town, which in the termina-
tion of names is now usually contracted into ton, as Charles-town,
Charleston; East-town, Easton; Long-town, Langton; Street-
town, Stratton.

Surnames began to come into use about the eleventh century.
Men took these names from the localities in which they lived
as well as from occupations, mental traits, physical features, etc.
The name Stratton was first applied to the place, or enclosure, and
later to the family that dwelt therein. Thus in 1124, in the Laur-
iston line, in Kincardinshire, Scotland, we find Alexander, filius
Roberti, to whom the " lands of Straton " were granted by David I,
of Ledland, — the king who introduced feudalism into Scotland.
Alexander then became Alexander de Straton. Two or three gen-
erations later the "de" was dropped and the family became

4 A Book of Strattons

Stratons of that Ilk, and later of Lauriston, and in 1296 Alexander
Straton swore fealty to Edward I, son of John de Baliol, or " King
John," — the rival of Bruce for the crown of Scotland. In Oxford,
in the thirteenth century, lived Adam de Stratton, who "holdth
the manor of Wydeford," and who had a brother William Strat
ton. Mention is found of one John de Stratton in County Norfolk
in the time of Edward I; while on the eastern coast of Cornwall
is the "Hundred of Stratton."

Notice that the counties, or shires, of Kincardine, Oxford,
Norfolk, and Cornwall are widely separated. There are other
localities where the name seems to have originated, and in most
of these are found Strattons to this day. A more thorough re-
search would doubtless show the several localities from which
came Strattons at an early date to the American colonies, thus
establishing all the distinct lines here.

evolution in spelling

In the old records the name is variously spelled. Most sur-
names as we find them to-day are evolved from earlier forms.
An antiquarian who has given some study to the subject thinks
that "de Strate" as it appears on a lease (1197) in the British
Museum, is the original of Stratton in one locality. There is
good reason for believing that Richard Stroughton (written also
Stroute), vicar of Dovercourt, 1531, belonged to the Strattons of
Shotley. Several of the early Alexanders of Lauriston spelled the
name Straiton, while others of the same line wrote it Stratoun.
William of Tenterden wrote Stretton in signing his own will in
1647, while on the books of his company it is written Stratton.
At Copps Hill, Boston, the name is spelled two ways on the same
stone, at the grave of Bartholomew Stratton who died 1686. The
town clerks of Watertown, Mass., found five ways for spelling
Samuel Stratton's name, 1647-1672. The early records of Virginia
and New Jersey show almost as great a variety. There was no
recognized standard of orthography in those early days.

The following will of Nicholas Stratton, of County Norfolk,
Eng., dated 19 November, 1527, and copied from the original,
is a good example of the Old English of the sixteenth century.

I leave my bodye to be beryed in the churchyard of All Saints

Origin of the Name 5

in Walsingham. I geve to the heye auter ijs. To the contynuauns
of Jhesus preste there iiijd. To the comon lyght iiijd. To the
Cathedrall Churche of Norwich iiijd. To iche of my godchildren
iiijd. To Johan Wryght my servaunte to her mariage xxs. To
Margaret my wyf my howse in Chirchgate lately Cabages sum-
tyme Pedders for lyf; and aftr hir deces I wyll the same to be
soulde and the money holy disposed upon some speciall Ornament
or Iuell for the seyd chirche. The residewe of my goodys I geve
them holy unto my wyf, whom I ordeyne myn executrix.
Witnesses :

Sir John Gelis pshe proste, Jafery Lathe

Thomas Cocke, John Colet, Geo: Scharppe
Proved 13 December 1527 by the executrix.

Archdeaconry of Norwich, 1520-1529.

The following "complaint" of Sir Richard Stroute (or Strat
ton) to "the Kyng our Sou'ain Lord" (Henry VIII), copied
from the original in the Public Record Office, London, seems at
the first glance unintelligible. By a little careful study, however,
it is easily deciphered and presents a choice example of the spel-
ling of that period:

To the Kyng our Sou'ain Lord. Lamentably complanyg
shewyth vnto your hyghnes your daly Oratour and subiect Wyllm
Goldacre of Harwych in the countye of Essex maryn' That
where as Elyzabeth wyf of yor seyd orator abouth the fest of the
Exaltacon of the holy crossp last past beyng in the towne of
Harwych aforeseyd wher yor seyd oratour dwellyth aboute the
besynes of yor seyd orator one Nycholas Wood servaunt to oone
Sir Rychard Stroute nowe poche p'st of Harwych By the com-
andmet and pcuremet of the seyd Sir Ric' accopynyd wt other
ryotous psons to the nowmbre of thre vnknowne as yet to yor
seyd orator then and there riotously made assaute vpo the wyf
of yor seyd poore liegma (he then beyng in hambourght in Estland
about hys feytts & besynes) and cruelly & ryotously bette woundyd
& left for deed the same Elyzabeth hys wyf So yt she as yet is
in Iepdie of hyr lyf for the same woundis & strokys And further
more gracious sou' and lord the seyd Sir Rychard at the comyg
home of yor seyd Subgiect entedyg to dystroye & vtt'ly to

6 A Book of Strattons

vndoo yor seyd Orator hys wyf & chyldern haith manysshyd
menaced & daillie doith manasshe & thretyn yor seyd Orator
wt vnlawfull & vnfyttyg words and causyth hys seyd s'vaunt to
do the same So that yor seyd Orator ys cotynually in Iepdie of
hys lyf hys wyf & chyldern cotrarie to yor lawes ryght and good
conscience And forasmoche as yor Orator ys but a pore maryn'
and the seyd Sir Rychard ys well benyfycyd besydes the seyd
s'vyce wych he ys in as ys aforeseyd he ys lykely to dystroye hys
wyf & chyldern orels to be dryvg out of the same Towne for fere
of hys lyf wyf & chyldern To the pillous example of other lyke
offenders yf such Ryotys manasses and mayntenaunce shuld
remayn vnponysshed In consyderacyo whereof please yt yor
hyghnes to grante a wryte of subpena to be dyrectyd vnto the
seyd Syr Rychard & Nycholas comandyg theym by the same to
apere before yowr hyghnes and the Lordys of yor most honorable
counsell at Westmr at a c'teyn day vpon a payn to aunswer to
the p'mysses And yowr pore Subgeict shall dayly pray to god
for the p'serwacion of yor gace long to endure.

Star Chamber, Vol. 16, }o. 150.

The exact date of this Complaint is not recorded, but it was
between 1527 and 1532. This, it will be remembered, was in the
days of Luther, and of the Reformation. PLACES CALLED STRATTON 7

"Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set."

Proverbs xxii, 28.

THERE are in England to-day, according to Lewis' Topo-
graphical Dictionary, more than forty places named Stratton
(or Stretton), and near the most of them may still be seen
traces of old Roman roads. The following is a partial list of
Stratton St. Andrew, a market town and parish, including the

small sea-port of Bude, in County Cornwall, 17 miles from

Stratton St. Mary, a parish 3£ miles from Dorchester, County

Dorset. A Roman road passes through his parish.
Stratton St. Peter, a parish in the County of Gloucester, 12 miles

from Cirencester. The church is a small ancient structure,

with a steeple rising between the nave and chancel. The

ancient Ermine Street passes through this parish.
Stratton Park, in Hampshire, near Milcheldever, 8-J miles from

Winchester. The Roman road may be seen here today.
Stretton, a chapelry, in the parish of North Wingfield, County

Derby, 4£ miles from Alfreton.
Stretton, St. Nicholas, a parish 8| miles from Oakham, County

Stretton, a chapelry, 3 miles from Penkeridge, County Stafford,

supposed to occupy the site of the Roman Pennicrocium.

The chapel is dedicated to St. John.
Stretton, a township, in the parish of Burton-upon-Trent,

County Stafford.
Stretton-Baskerville, a parish in the County of Warwick. The

church is in ruins.
Stretton Church, a market town and parish, 13 miles from Shrews-
bury. The ancient Watling Street passes through it. 8 A Book of Strattons

Stretton Magna, a parish in the County of Leicester, 5^ miles

from the City of Leicester. The Roman Via-Devana passes

through it.
Stretton-Grandsome, a parish in the County of Hereford, 1\

miles from Ledbury.
Stretton-on-the-Foss, a parish in the County of Warwick, 3 miles

from Shipston upon the river Stour. The old Roman Fosse-
way passes through it.
Stretton-sugwas, a parish in the County of Hereford, 3| miles

from the city of Hereford.
Stretton-under-Foss, a hamlet in the parish of Monk's Kirby,

County Warwick, 6^ miles from Rubgy. The old Fosse-road

runs to the westward of the place.
Stretton-upon-Dunsmoor, a parish 5^ miles from Dunchurch,

County Warwick.
Stratton, a joint hamlet with Holmes, County Bedford, f of a

mile from Biggleswade.
Stratton Hall Farm, a parish in County Suffolk.
Stretton St. Michael, 1 mile from St. Mary Stratton, Co. Norfolk.

The church is in ruins.
Stratton, an extra-parochial liberty (but now a parish) in the

County of Suffolk, adjoining the parish of Levington, and

containing (in 1832) but one house, the ancient hall. In

Chapel Field, between Levington and Trimley, are the ruins

of a church or chapel, almost concealed by trees and

Stratton St. Margaret, 2^ miles from Swindon, County Wilts.
Stratton- Audley, a parish 3 miles from Ricester, County Oxford.

Contains Stratton-Audley Park.
Stratton Long, a parish 10$ miles from Norwich, County

Stratton, East, a parish 6 miles from New Alresford, County

Stratton-on-the-Foss, a parish 6 miles from Shepton-Mallet,

County Somersett, situated on an ancient Fosse-way.
Stratton-Strawless, 4£ miles from Aylsham, County Norfolk.

Contains Stratton House.
Stratton, Upper, a tything, in the parish of Mitcheldever,

County Southampton, six miles from New Alresford. Places Called Stratton 9

Stratton, a township, in the parish Tilston, County Palatine of

Chester, 4^ miles from Malpas.
Stratton, West, a tything, in County Southampton.

It is very evident, from the above, that Stratton is a "place
name," and in many places it must have originated where we
find it to-day. From several of these places families took the
name, giving rise to distinct lines of Strattons. How many of
these lines are represented in America, only farther research can

* In King and Queen County, Virginia, Stratton Major Parish was estab-
lished in 1664-5. It was probably named by one of its first ministers, who
may have come from some Stratton town, or parish in England. Nothing is
now known of its ministers previous to 1724. The Parish register contains
these entries :

"1768. On Tuesday evening died the Rev. Wm. Robinson, Lord Bishop of
London, Commissary for the Colony & rector of Stratton Major Parish."

"1771. On Sunday last William Nelson jr. and his new married Lady made
their appearance in Stratton Major Church."

In 1774 Rev. Wm. Dunlap was rector of Stratton Major. He was ordained
in London in 1767 and was a relative of Benjamin Franklin. The last entry in
the register was in 1783. Old Stratton Major Church was sold and the bricks
removed many years ago.

Stratton Island, on the coast of Maine, received its name from John Stratton
of Shotley, Eng., to whom 2000 acres of land, including this island, was
granted in 1631.

The town of Stratton in Maine was probably named after Nehemiah Strat
ton (a descendant of Samuel Stratton i) who settled in Maine from Massachu-
setts soon after the Revolution. He was one of Washington's Life Guards.

Stratton, and Stratton Mountain (2000 ft.), Windham County, Vt., were
named for Hezekiah Stratton 's family of Northfield, who owned lands in that
vicinity. He and his six sons gave their country valiant service in the
French and Indian War.

Stratton, Neb., received its name from Zaccheus Stratton, a descendant of
Mark Stratton of New Jersey (1713).

Stratton, Va., was named for Francis A. Stratton of Mt. Vernon, N. Y.,
who owned large tracts of coal and timber land in that vicinity.

Stratton ville, Pa., was named for John Stratton, one of its first settlers,
coming from Evesham, N. J., to Pennsylvania about 1820.

Stratton Falls, Delaware County, N. Y., received the name from the Strat
tons who settled at Roxbury soon after the Revolution, coming from Sims-
bury, Conn. 10 Church-Stretton, romantically situated in a
beautiful little vale of Staffordshire, derives its
name from the location of its church near the an-
cient Watling Street, which here lies parallel with
the road from Shrewsbury to London. The old-
est part of the church was built in the fourteenth
century. (Page 7.)

Views of Church-Stretton
The Village — Hia;h Street — The Church


"Might I but know thee by thy household Badge."

Shakespeare, Henry IV.

AS the name Stratton had several origins, so there are several
coats of arms belonging to different
lines of Strattons. Burke's Encyclopedia of $\

Heraldry gives no less than eight different \^fe^

arms of Stratton (Stretton, Straton, Stratoun), -wll-ib.

while Foster's Feudal Arms gives three not ^J__^?_Zjtil\
found in Burke. How many of these are S|j|ill|-P lBls^|
registered can be determined only by sub- Fy/x^yy//y^-J
mitting the list to the College of Arms in Vy/.v;'/.:-: '/:'•''?''•'§
London.* The arms of the Lauriston, and No'l'vXvX^r
the Shotley Strattons are already determined, ^ij^^

and are correctly given on other pages of this stratton (Suffo lk)

A few others, from Burke's Armory, are here given for those
Strattons who may be interested in the study of this subject: f

* At the College of Arms, or Herald's College (founded in 1464 by Edward
IV and chartered by Richard III in 1483) are registered all the arms granted
since the College was founded, as well as many older ones. Some of the old
families who were "ancient" when the College was founded refused to register
their arms, and their descendants are even better entitled to bear arms than
many later families who paid fees for grants in the sixteenth and seventeenth
centuries. The official opinion of the College, however, is final on all questions
of Arms.

f The compiler has found these, and other Coats of Arms, in the possession
of Strattons in this country — in several cases handed down through three or
four generations, and preserved as of interest in having been assigned to per-
sons of our names in the past. Which of them may belong to American Strat
tons by "inherited right" only future investigation will show. "There is no
way of fixing authority for use of Arms but by tracing back the line to an
armigerous ancestor, either on record at the College of Arms, or who used
Arms unquestioned before the time of the Commonwealth." Lea. 12 A Book of Strattons

Stratton (Suffolk) Or, on chief indented azure, 3 escallops argent.
Crest a hawk belled & jessed ppr. Motto: Surgere tento.

Stretton (Nottingham) Argent, a bend
engrailed sable, cotised gules.

Stretton ( ), Argent, a bend en-
grailed sable. Crest, a demi-eagle
issuant holding in dexter claw a
laural branch ppr.

Stratoun (Scotland), Barry of five, each
per fesse, argent and sable. Crest, a
pelican's head erased vulnerated.

Stretton (Nottingham) _ , _ , , . , . ~ .

Foster s Feudal Arms mentions a Seign-
ior de Stratton, who was knighted by Edward III at the ca-
pitulation of Calais in 1343. Arms: "Or, two bars and in the
cantel an escutcheon gules." In Knights of England, by Wm. A. Shaw, are the following:
Richard de Stratton, 1303 (in list of Knights of the Bath; Gilotus
de Stratton, Knt. by Edward the Black Prince, in the campaign
which ended in Battle of Poitiers, 1355; William Stretton, by
Henry VIII at York Place (now Whitehall), London.

As a general rule the simpler the arms the older they are. The
arms of the Shotley Strattons are crusader's
arms, pure and simple, and if search were
made it would in all probability be found that
an early Stratton achieved distinction in the
crusades. It is well known that the escallops
(see Arms of Stratton, Suffolk) were used by
the pilgrims in the crusades, and were often
added to the arms of the gentle pilgrim after his
return from the Holy Land.

The colors on the arms represented on these

pages are indicated by the markings usually used gt re tton ( )

in engravings and on seals:

Surface Color Heraldic Term

Plain Silver Argent

Dotted Gold Or

Horizontal lines Blue Azure

Vertical lines Red Gules

Crossed lines Black Sable 14 Stratton Arms


Stratton (Shotley)
arms of the Shotley

The five besants on the Shotley arms also suggest its origin.

Boutell says: "The besant, in heraldry, apparently derived its
name from the Byzan-
tine coins that the cru-
saders, when in the
East, actually fixed
upon their shields."

For those Strattons
who are interested in
heraldry, this embla-
zonment of the Sulyard
arms is given below, as

Stratoun (Scotland) a good example of the
"quartering of arms."

(Visition of Suffolk, 1561.) Notice the

Strattons in the lower right hand corner:

Arms, counting aoross the shield from left to right

1. Sulyard 5. Andrews

2. Fayrford 6. Weyland

3. Barton 7. Burnaville

4. Good 8. Stratton

Note: Sir John Sulyard m. a daughter of
John Andrews and his wife Elizabeth, daughter
and heir of John Stratton of Suffolk. John
Andrews was son and heir to James An-
drews, who m. a daughter of William Wey- Arms of Sulyard
land, whose wife was a daughter of Sir Wil- (Co. Suffolk)
Ham Burnaville of Kent, who m. a daughter of Quartering Stratton
Robert Barton and his wife Margaret, daughter of John Good of

Lauriston Castle

From an Ancient Sketch


" This shall be written for the generations to come." Psalms cii, 18.

FROM the records in the Public Record Office, London, may be
gleaned a great amount of material on the early Strattons.
Many of these are not easy to translate. Some are in Latin, others
in old English. They are usually dated by giving the time from
the succession of the reigning king. The following from the Pipe
Series, Recusant Rolls, 5 Charles I, will give some idea of the
difficulties encountered by the student in deciphering these an-
cient documents:

Alex' Stratton miles Dnus de Lawrenston deb'
xiijs. iiijd. per ann' de firma duar' part' un'
mes' sive tent' et ix acr' terr' arr' prat'
et past' cum ptln in Burton Lennard in com' p'd*
anni vaP xxs. pcelT terr' Xpofer' Netherwood
recus' hend ad fin' tmij xxj an' rectcfo inde
anuatim tresdecim solidi et iiij den'.


"Alexander Stratton Knight Lord of Lawrenston oweth 13s. 4d.
per annum for the farm of two parts of one messuage or tenement
and 9 acres of arable land meadow and pasture with appurtenances
in Burton Lennard in the county aforesaid the annual value 20s.
parcel of the lands of Christopher Netherwood recusant; To hold
for the term of 21 years paying therefor yearly 13s. 4d." Lea.

* Nearly all the material given in this chapter was obtained in England
for the compiler by the well-known genealogist, J. Henry Lea, and is from
original records. 16 A Book of Strattons


The most prolific sources of genealogical information are the
early wills. In the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Somerset
House, London, are recorded forty-one Stratton wills and adminis-
trations from 1412 to 1720. Sixteen of these are marked "beyond
the seas," or "abroad," showing that these Strattons had left
England before 1720. A list of these wills and administrations
has been obtained and several of them abstracted for this volume.
Early Stratton wills are found in other English courts.



Note: Those marked * have been abstracted for this Book
of Strattons.

"Pts," as used below, means "in parts beyond the seas,"
"abroad." ?Stratton, Nicholas, St. Alphage, London, 1412
Streten, de, Thomas, London & Kent, 1450
Stretton, John, LL.D., Treasurer of Chi-
chester,' Canon of Sarum, 1474
Strotton, Hugh, Anglesey, 1514
?Stratton, George, gent Kirketon alias
Shotley, Suff. 1548
?Stratton, Thomas, Wilts, 1581
Stratton, Alice, widow, Berks, 1604
?Stratton, Thomas, gent Shotley, Suff,
Dedham, Essex, 1596
?Stratton, William, Berks, 1604
Streton, Thomas, Berks, 1593
Stretton, William, London & Kent, Oct., 1609
Streaton, William, Rochester, Kent, 1609
Stretton, William, London, 1615, 93
?Stratton, Robert, Wilts, Jan., 1618
Stratton, Francis, Hunts, June, 1619
Stratton, David, Deptford, Kent, June, 1620
?Stratton, John, Wilts, Nov., 1624
?Stratton, William, Suffolk, May, 1625
26 Marche
19 Rous
19 Watty s
2 Holder
9 Populwell
17 Darcey
62 Harte
84 Drake
53 Harte
31 Nevill
93 Dorset
76 Dorset
4 Meade
63 Parker
68 Soame
100 Byrde
45 ClarkGenealogical Material in England 17

John, Shotley, Suffolk,
Thomas, Bucks,
Walter, Derby,
Alice, Wilts,
William, London,
John, London,
John, Middx., 1640
Elizabeth, London
Robert, Middx.,
Joseph, Pts.,
Edmund, Berks,
John, Bucks,
Thomas, Middx.,
Anthony, Berks,
George, London
John, Surrey,
John (no place),
William, Kent,
John, Wilts,
Samuel, Middx.,
Edward, Wilts,
John, Berks,
Anne, Westminster,
William (no place),
Thomas, Berks,
Nathaniel, Herts,
Bernard, Berks,
Peter, Stepney,
Peter, mariner
Florence, Berks,
Thomas, Essex
Anthony, Hunts,
Richard, at sea,
Thomas, Essex,
Elizabeth, Wilts,
Elizabeth, Bucks,
Thomas, Wilts,
William, Oxford,

May, 1627
June, 1630
June, 1641
Jan., 1642
Dec, 1642
Feb., 1645
Feb., 1645
Feb., 1647
Nov., 1647
Nov., 1647
Nov., 1654
Aug., 1653
Feb., 1655
Aug., 1655
Apr., 1656
June, 1656
June, 1656
Nov., 1656
Nov., 1656
Nov., 1656
Jan., 1657
Jan., 1657
July, 1657
Sept., 1657
Feb., 1658
Nov., 1658
July, 1658
Nov., 1658

52 Skynner
58 Scroope
60 St. John
62 Awdley
Admon 27
Admon 106
Admon 99
Admon 107
125 Coventry
Admon 41
Admon 98
Admon 173
Admon 27
Admon 27
Admon 29
Admon 170
(no folio
Fines, lost)
9 Essex
101 Pembroke
159 Bowyer
Admon 593,
Admon 186,
Admon 31
Admon 167
138 Berkley
216 Berkley
252 Berkley
Admon 285
382 Berkeley
398 Berkley
Admon 12
34 Ruthen
Admon 174
366 Ruthen
59 Wotton
636 Wotton
Admon 180
Admon 291 18 A Book of Strattons
Stratton, Richard (no place),
Strutton, Edward (no place),
Stratton, Gresham (no place),
Strutton, James (no place),
*Strutton, James, Essex,
Stretton, Richard, London,
Stratton, Agnes, Northton,
Stratton, William (no place),
Stretton, William, Coventry,

*Streeton, Benjamin, London,
Stratton, Edward, Middx.,
Stratton, Henry, London,
Stretton, Anna, Surrey,
Stratton, William, Devon,
Streton, William, Pts.,
Stratton, Anna (no place),
Stratton, Thomas, Essex,
Stratton, William, Bristol,
Stratton, Thomas, Berks,
Stretton, William (no place),
Stratton, John, Berks,
Stretton, Barth., (no place),
Stratton, Nathaniel, Herts,
Stretton, John (no place),
Stretton, William (no place),
Stratton, Jane, Berks,
Stratton, John, Bucks,
Stratton, Thomas, Line,
Stratton, alias Jannings, Maria,

Stretton, William, London,
Stratton, Hester, Line,
Stretton, John.,

Previous grant
Stretton, John, Pts.,
Stretton, William, London,
Stretton, Robert (no place),
Stratton, James, Pts.,
Stratton, Samuel, London,
Mar., 1659 Admon
Apr., 1659 207 Pell
Oct., 1659 508 Pell

Oct., 1659 508 Pell
Oct., 1659 507 Pell
Mar., 1660 Admon
Apr., 1660 66 Nabbs
July, 1660 Admon
Nov., 1660 296 Nabbs
Apr., 1662 55 Laud
Mar., 1665 27 Hyde
Feb., 1665 18 Hyde
May, 1665 53 Hyde

1667 Admon
Apr., 1668 Admon
Oct., 1668 Admon
Jan., 1669 10 Coke
May, 1669 62 Coke
Dec, 1670 180 Penn
May, 1672 Admon
July, 1673 95 Pye
Aug., 1673 Admon
Feb., 1674 24 Bunce
July, 1674 Admon
Mar., 1675 Admon
Feb., 1677 24 Hale
May, 1682 63 Cottle
Oct., 1684 130 Hare
June 1685 Admon
Jan., 1686 Admon
Feb., 1690 31 Dyke
Aug., 1690 Admon
July, 1674

Aug., 1690 Admon
Mar., 1691 59 Vere
Feb., 1693
Admon June, 1693 100 Coker
Oct., 1693 165 Coker Genealogical Material in England 19
Stratton, James, Kent, Nov.,
Stratton, Nathaniel, Middx., Dec,
Streton, John, Surrey, Nov.,
Strutton, Paul, Pts., Dec,
Stretton, William, London, Oct.,
Stratton, John, Berks, May,
Stratton, Thomas, Salop, Dec,
Stratton, Thomas, Berks, Jan.,
Stratton, Anthony (no place) Mar.,
Stratton, Anthony, Wilts, May,
Stratton, Mark, Ely (Cambs), Apr.,
Stretton, Giles, London, Nov.,
Stratton, John, Pts., Jan.,
Stratton, Thomas. London, Jan.,
Stretton, John, London, Feb.,
Strutton, John, (?) Cambs, Dec,
Streaton, Thomas, (?) Cambs, Pts., Dec,
Strotton, Cicily, Wilts, Aug.,
Stratton, Anthony (no place), Dec,
Prior grant Mar.,
*Stretton, William, Pts., Jan.,
Stratton, John., Pts., Sept.,
Stratton, James, Pts., Mar.,
Stratton, John, Bristol, Aug.,
Strutton, John, Pts., Oct.,
Stratton, Thomas, Berks, July,
Stratton, Andrew, Pts., Jan.,
Stratton, Thomas, Pts., Mar.,
Strutton, Francis, London, Mar.,
Stratton, Anthony, Mar.,
1st grant Dec,
Stratton, John, Kent, Mar.,
Stratton, Elizabeth, Bristol, July,
Streatton, George, Leic, Nov.,
Stratton, Jane, Wilts, Apr.,
Streten, John, Pts., Surrey, Sept.,
Stratton, John, Pts., Oct.,
Strutton, William, Middx., Jan.,
693 197 Coker
693 218 Coker
695 191 Irby
697 Admon
697 211 Pyne
699 82 Pett
699 (?) Admon
700 14 Noel
701 Admon
701 73 Dyer
903 Admon
703 Admon
704 Admon
704 Admon
704 50 Ash
704 Admon
704 Admon
705 106 Gee
705 Admon
700 (sic)
706 22 Eades
706 202 Eades
Admon with will
707 73 Poly
707 Admon
707 Admon
707 188 Poley
709 20 Lane
100 Lane
90 Smith Admon
710 90 Smith
169 Smith

710 254 Smith

711 90 Young
711 193 Young
711 220 Young
712 Admon 20 A Book of Strattons

Stratton, William, Pts., July, 1714 Admon

?Stmton, Thomas, London, Aug., 1714 166 Aston

Stretton, Catherine, London, Apr., 1715 76 Fagg

Admon with will
Stratton, William, Somer., June, 1717 122 Whitfield
Stratton, James, Pts. & Middx., Dec, 1717 243 Whitfield
Stretton, Jonathan, Coventry, Feb., 1718 44 Tenison
Stratton, alias Streaton, Alex-
ander, Pts., Mar., 1718 Admon
Strutton, Studen alias, William,

Kent, July, 1720 Admon

Straton, Alexander, Middx. & Pts., Oct., 1720 Admon

Stratton, Richard, Middx., Dec, 1720 263 Shaller



Stratton, Edarwd, of Hanger, psh. of Bremhill, 19 Feb. 1904.

Will, Invent.
Stratton, William, of Little Hinton, yeoman, 26 Jan. 1613. Will,

Stratton, Thomas, of Woodborough, 8 Feb., 1620. Will, Invent.
Stratton, Joah, of Christian Malford, 21 Feb., 1622. Will,

Stratton, Thomas, of Huish, 16 April, 1824. Will, Invent.
Stratton, Henry, of Seagrey, gent., 7 Jan., 1625. Invent.
Stratton, Thomas, of (no place), 12 Dec, 1637, Admon Bond.
Stratton, Thomas, of Seagrey, yoeman, 3 Feb., 1670, Invent.,

Stratton, Thomas, of Woodborough, 21 April, 1676, Will,

Stratton, Thomas, of Allcannings, carpenter, 29 April, 1675, Will,

Stratton, John, senior, of Brinckworth, 16 May, 1677, Invent.,

Stratton, Rebecca, of Brinckworth, widow, 4 June, 1679, Will,

Stratton, Rebecca, of Seagrey, widow, 6 June, 1679, Will,

Invent. Genealogical Material in England 21

Stratton, William, of Earlescourt, gent., 15 Oct., 1684, Will,

Stratton, Edward, of Allcannings, 16 Oct., 1693, Invent, Bond.
Stratton, Anne, of Seagrey, widow, 20 Oct., 1693, Invent, Bond.
Stratton, John, of Pewsey, yoeman, 4 May, 1699, Will, Invent.
Stratton, Richard, of Woodborough, husbandman, 15 April, 1700,

Will, Invent.
Stratton, Robert, of Nether Seagrey, Gent., 27 May, 1701.
Stratton, Thomas of (no place), 6 May, 1709, Bond.
Stratton, Margery, of Pewsey, widow, 12 Nov., 1714, Will, Bond,

Stratton, Robert, of Allcannings, laborer, 21 May, 1718, Invent.,




Stratton, Friswide, of Hasland, widow, 19 May, 1619, Will, Invent.,

Stratton, Alexander, of Easterton, 31 March, 1638, Invent., Bond.
Stratton, Frizwith, of Seene, widow, 30 July, 1660, Invent., Bond,

Stratton, William, of Woodborough, 19 Sept., 1662, Will, Invent.
Stratton, Thomas, of Pewsey, carpenter, 12 Sept., 1664, Invent.,

Stratton, John, of Hilmarten, 8 August, 1689, Will, Invent.
Stratton, John, of Brinckworth, 15 June, 1720, Admon, Bond.



Stratton, Mary, of East Knoyle, spinster, 16 April, 1624, Will,

Stratton, Robert, of Balkington, 8 Jan., 1638, Will, Invent.
Stratton, Edward, of Melksham, 8 Oct., 1671, Will.
Stratton, John, of Bradford, fuller, 23 May, 1682, Will, Invent,

Stratton, Edward, of Melksham, yeoman, 25 Sept., 1682, Will,

Invent. 22 A Book of Strattons

Stratton, Edward, of Bradford, fuller, 24 April, 1705, Will, Comm.
Stratton, Christopher, of Bradford, 7 July, 1712, Invent, Bond.



Stratton, David de Calne, 1563 fo. 30, Bk. 1

Stratton, Thome de Beydon, 1572 " 38, Bk. 3

Stratton, Thome de Beydon, 1634 " 128, Bk. 12

Stratton, John de Twifford, 1634 " 133, Bk. 12



Stratton, Edward, Doddington,
Stratton, Thomas, Trumpington,
Stratton, William, Chesterton,
Stratton, Thomas, Wimblington,
Stratton, William, Doddington,
Stratton, Robert, "

Stratton, Robert, March,
Stratton, James, "
Stratton, Stephen, Doddington,


Stratton, Christopher, Slipton, 1597 fo. 76


Stratton, William, fo. 283



1690-98 fo. 142

(< n <

' 356


' 217


' 450


' 176


' 11



11 n t

' 48


1 290

Stratton, Anthony, Winwich, 1696

Genealogical Material in England 23



Stratton, John, Kirckton,
Streton, John, Bramford,


fo. 14



?Stratton, Nicholas, Walsingham, 1527

Stratton, Thomas, Corpustye, 1691

fo. 393
" 118


Straton, Ursula, Banham 1557

fo. 396




William, Puddington,

1563 fo. 166


Thomas, St. Trives,




Thomas, Whaplode,


' 490


George, Kirton,

1611 '

' 76


Margaret, Market Deeping,


' 388


Richard, Chichley,


' 196


Anthony, W. Torrington,


' 499


Francis, Stamford,


' 68




Stretton, Fosbrook, Bottesford,


fo. 277

If an apology is needed for giving so much space to this long
list of wills, and the following pages of extracts from the old
records, it must be found in the hope of the compiler that they
may serve to interest others in a further research. Certainly, it
is more than likely that among the wills and administrations
from 1628 to 1720 may be found references to Strattons in America
which would result in establishing ancestral lines and dis-
covering items of interest and historical value on the family
name. 24 A Book of Strattons



Eighteen of these wills have already been copied, or abstracted,
from the originals for this volume. Those of the Shotley and
Shrivenham Strattons are given in full under those lines. Ab-
tracts of others are given below:
WILL of JOHN STRATTON, of Seagrey, Wilts, gent., dated
Oct. 11, 1614.
I bequeath my Manor of Thickewood in the parish of Cullerno
co. Wilts to my son Henry Stratton for life with remainder to
John Stratton son of said Henry and his heirs; provided always
that my son Edward Stratton do hold and enjoy the said Manor
for 10 years next following my decease to enable him to pay my
To my grandchild Ann Stratton daughter of my son Edward
and her heirs all the lands and tenements in Yatton Keynell and
Easton Percye co. Wilts which I purchased of Josias Taylor f
Yatton Keynell gent.
To my son Edward Stratton four of my best brass vessels.
My hous at Seagrey and my house at Brinckworth co. Wilts.
My house at Haseland, parish of Bremble, Co. Wilts.
Poor of the parishes of Chippenham Calve and Malmsbery.
Residuary legatee and executor, my son Edward.
Overseers, my friends Thomas Sumers of Littleton in the parish
of Stepleashton co. Wilts gent, John Woodland of Chippenham
yeoman, Richard Smith of Kennett yeoman, John Gale of Avon
yeoman, and Thomas Walker of Brinckworth gent.
Witnesses :
Charles Baylyffe, John Hibberd
Jasper Wheeler, Henry Blackmore
Richard Pockridge, Robert Childe
Edward Adye, William Brewer
Proved 19 November 1624 by the executor named.


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Stretton St. Michael Church
In the Parish of Long Stratton, Norfolk. A Fair was granted here to
Roger de Stratton by King John. (Page 8.)

Stretton Parva
An ancient chapelry in the parish of King's Norton, six miles from
Leicester. Genealogical Material in England 25
WILL of ROBERT STRATTON of Hanger in the parish of
Bremhill co. Wilts, dated 2 January 1617-18.
To be buried in the churchyard of Bremhill.
To the church and poor of Bremhill 20s.
Mr Thomas Collyer vicar of Bremhill 13s. 4d.
Whereas I have agreed with Lady Lucy Baynton Lady of the
Manor of Bremhill that the names of my son Thomas Stratton and
my daughter Phrizwith Stratton shall be in my copy of the re-
version of my living at Foxham as also that my daughter Eliza-
beth Stratton and my son Thmas Stratton shall be nominated in
the reversion of my living at Spirthall now in consideration thereof
I do give unto my son Thomas Stratton £30.
My daughter Elizabeth £20.
My daughter Phrizwith Stratton £250.
Residuary legatee and executrix, Jean my wife.
Overseers, my brother Thomas Stratton and my brother in law
Thomas Somner.
Tho: Collyer, Joan Lewse
Proved 31 January 1617-18 by the executrix.
WILL of JOHN STRATTON of Kingston co. Wilts, yeoman
dated 14 March 1649-50.
Poor of Kingston Deverell 40s. Poor of Mayden Bradley 40s.
Church of Kingston aforesaid 10s. Church of Mayden Bradley 10s.
Grace Bridle daughter of Jonathan Bridle deceased a feather-
Nicholas and Ann Oldyn children of my sister Joan deceased 40s.
My kinswoman Susan Allen daughter of my brother Henry
Stratton deceased 40s.
John Oldyn my godson son of my said sister Joan £6.
Whereas I hold by Indenture on the grant of Sir Edward Sey-
mour Knt. 4 acres arable land in the eastfield of Mayden Bradley
and 4 acres arable land in the middlefield there for certain years
yet enduring, determinable upon the death of one Edward Oldyn
and of one William Davis in said Indenture named, now I do give
one half the said land to John Fewe and Catherine Fewe children
of Jeffrie Fewe of Mayden Bradley my kinsman during all my 26 A Book of Strattons
estate therein; and the other half I give to my godson Nicholas
Davis son of my son in law Nicholas Davis.
Andrew Leversage son of my son in law Andrew Leversage £5.
My daughter in law Grace Hayme £5.
The three children of my daughter in law Elinor Stone wife of
William Stone of Froome Woodlands 40s. apiece.
Residuary legatee and executor, my son in law Richard Cantloe.
Edward Rickards, Marie Bourne
Proved 8 June 1650 by the executor named.
WILL of ELIZABETH STRATON the elder of Pawsey co.
Wilts, widow dated 14 February 1654-5.
Tomasin Elington my daughter 12d.
Jane Harding my daughter 12d.
Elizabeth Straton my daughter all the rest of my goods, the
same to be made over to John Straton and Edmund Straton my
sons for her maintenance for the term of her natural life.
Overseers, said John and Edmund Straton.
Witnesses :
Josias Cowley, John Sheperd
15 Feb. 1657-8 commission to John and Edmund Straton the
sons, special trustees and residuary legataries, to administer.
WILL of THOMAS STRATON of Manuden (co. Essex) dated
4 October 1502.
To be buried in the churchyard of St. Marie of Manuden.
To the high altar there xijd.
The rest of my goods I leave to my wife (not named), whom I
ordeyne executrix.
Supervisor, John Queler of Manuden.
Witnesses :
John Clement, William Wodcoke
WILL Nuncupative of JOHN STRETON of Bramford co. Suf-
folk blacksmith, dated 18 February 1632-3.
He gave unto Alice his wife 26 pounds owing to him by Isaac
Kettle and Henry Branstreete.
To his son John Streton he gave all the stuff in his shop. Genealogical Material in England 27
Money he did owe to Mr John Blomefield of Ipswich.
Witnesses :
John Tann, John Wagger, both of Bramford.
Proved 22 May 1633 by Alice Streton.
WILL of THOMAS STREATON of Deadham co. Essex yeoman
dated 29 August 1639.
To my eldest son Palle Streaton all my working tools in my
shop and £20 in the hands of my brother Jonas Streaton.
To my five children, 4 daughters and one son, by my last wife,
£4 each at 21.
My wife household stuff.
The residue of my goods to be sold and the proceeds equally
divided amongst my four daughters and my son Jonas.
My youngest daughter Sarah the hach in the parlour.
Executor, my brother Jonas Stratton.
Witnesses :
Henry Fen, Thomas Makin
Proved 12 December 1639 by the executor named.
WILL Nuncupative of WILLIAM STRATTON of Walton co.
Suffolk gent dated 30 March 1625.
First, concerning this eldest son, he declared that he had assured
to him so much of his estate upon his marriage as he intended
to convey. To William his second son he gave £12 per annum.
To Roger his son £200. To Thomas his youngest son one house
with the land thereto belonging in Walton, in the occupation of
one Cocke, of the value of £22 per year. We willed that Rachell
his wife should have the education of the said Thomas, and the
use of the said house and lands until Michaelmas next.
Witnesses :
William Stiles, Mr. William Edwards, phisitian, John Crane
15 May 1625 commission to Rachell Stratton relict to administer.
WILL of JAMES STRUTTON of Walden co. Essex tanner
dated 25 March 1659.
Marie Strutton and Suran Strutton my brother Jeffrey Strut-
ton's daughters £10 each at 21.
My brother Richard Strutton 10s. and to five of his children
namely Margaret Strutton John Strutton Amy Strutton Joan 28 A Book of Strattons
Strutton and Ann Strutton £10 to be equally divided amongst
them at their several ages of one and twenty years.
John Turner my brother Jeffrey's prentice a hyde of leather.
My brother Richard Strutton's wife Margaret two white blank-
John Strutton eldest son of my brother Jeffrey my free land
lying in Wenden.
Residuary legatee and executor, my brother Jeffrey.
Witnesses :
John Strutton, Thomas Archer, Tho: Sell
Proved 8 October 1659 by the executor named.
WILL of THOMAS STRUTTON of Little Wenden co. Essex
tanner dated 5 June 1657.
To my two sons in law and their wives my daughters namely
to Benjamin Martin and Amie his wife and to Thomas Rich-
mond and Ann his wife my customary land in Little Wenden and
Arkesden co. Essex; likewise my freehold pasture called Dux-
streets Pasture in Great Wenden; together with my pasture called
the Moores in Little Wenden until Thomas Strutton my grand-
child attain his age of 8 (sic) years when I do give the same unto
him and his heirs forever.
Martha Strutton my grandchild £50 at marriage or 21.
My cosin Marie Strutton daughter of Richard Strutton my
brother's son £20 at 21.
Residuary legatees and executors, my said sons in law.
John Strutton, Robert Jagger, Wm Densley
Proved 25 November 1657 by the executors named.
21 January 1656-7 issued letters of administration to Martha
Stratton relict of Thomas Stratton late of Wendon co. Essex
WILL of WILLIAM STRUTTON of H. M. Ship Guernsey
dated 20 December 1703.
Sole legatee my wife Margaret of St. James Westminster,
whom executrix.
Witnesses :
Thomas Lane, John Bates, Samuel Draper Genealogical Material in England 29

Many mentions of Strattons have already been found in the
Public Record Office — on the Hundred Rolls, Calendar of Patent
Rolls, Close Rolls, Inquisition Post Mortem Records, Court of
Requests, Records and Proceedings in Chancery.
The counties, or shires, of England were early divided into
Hundreds, — supposed to have originally contained one hundred
The court held for all the people of a Hundred was known as
the Hundred court. The name Stratton appears frequently on
the Hundred Rolls and many items similar to the following may
be found :
Oxon. William de Straton held one virgate of land in Godigdon
of the Prior of Chetwode, rent 13s. 4d.
Oxon. Joun Golaffre held the Manor of Certenden by one
knight's fee of Adam de Stratton, who in turn held it of the
Countess of Albemarle.
Oxon. The heirs of Alexander de Aundevil held the Manor of
Podelicot of Adam de Stratton by one knight's fee, and the
said Adam held the same of the Countess of Albemarle.
Norf. Sir W. Giffard, Sheriff, is found guilty of negligence for
that he did not take William de Dunston who killed John de
Norf. Found that Robert de Norton, Sheriff, took of John de
Stratton five cows for a debt of the Lord King viz : 10s. and
gave him no acquittance.
Lands holden in capite, or chief, could only he alienated by
royal consent. When an alienation was made without this con-
sent first obtained a formal "pardon" was afterwards obtained.
Many of these pardons are found on the Calendar of Patent Rolls. 30 A Book of Strattons
16 Eliz: Part 5
Regina 27 May con' Anthonio Stratton the office of kepinge
of the gaines of hare partridge and fezaunts ad vitam.
23 Eliz: Part 5
R. 2 Sept' con' Johi Hyton gent lie' alien' iiij mess' in Shrev-
enham in com' Berks Willo Strotton.
32 Eliz: Part 11
R. primo die Junij con' Willo Stratton pardon spial.
34 Eliz: Part 13
R. 2 Decemb' con' Rico Dennys licen' alien' quinqz partes
manerij de Hampton Turvile et al in com' Wiltes Thome
Stratton et al.
9 James I: Part 20, No. 5
R. nono die Aprilis con' Alexo Straton milit' Dno de Laurens-
ton omnia bona et catalla et duas ptes terrar' rone Recusancie
Georgij Stockdale Rici Nicholson Johis Cowpland Thome
Branch et alior'.
10 James I: Part 33
R. viij die May con' Johi Strotton gen' pardon al' quia ac-
quiss' sibi et hered mesuag' et al' in Kingrove et alibi in com'
Glouc' de Arnaldo Lygon mil' et al'.
16 James I: Part 29, No. 94
Rx 16 die Feb' con' Thome Stratton pardon al' mesuag' et
alia in Forneham infra paroch' de Shrevenham in com' Berks
de Rico Constable gen'.
11 Car. I: Part 38, No. 66
Rx primo die Aprilis con' Edro Stratton gen' et al' licen' al'
Geo Flower un' messuagiu' un' gardin' et alia cu' pertin' in
Old Sadbury Chipping Sandbury Doddington Wapley at Cod-
rington in com' Glouc'.
16 Car. I: Part 15, No. 24
R. 17 Junij con' Edro Stratton pardon al' quia acquisivit sibi
de Georgio Flower maner' de Kingrove in porchia de Sodbury
in com' Glouc'.
The Close Rolls, too, contain many mentions of the early
Strattons, some of which have been abstracted. Genealogical Material in England 31
10 Eliz. Part 11: John Stratton r' Xpofero Draper mil.
25 Eliz. Part 6: Inden' fca Simoni Stratton per Johem Carter.
*28 Eliz. Part 24: Johes Stratton r' Thome Penne.
*32 Eliz. Part 8: Inden' fca Thorn' Stretton per Riem Thekeston
et al.
44 Eliz. Part 5: Inden' tripartit' fact' int' Thoman Stretton ex
prima pts Robtu' Crannoll et al' ex seda pte et Johem Reve
ex t'cia pte.
11 James I. Pt. 19: Indentur' fact' Johi Stretton et al' per Edrm
17 James I. Pt. 20: Geo: Stretton Samuel Soame et al' per
Humfrm Streat.
22 James I. Pt. 41 : Edrus Stratton r' Robto Stratton.
*1 Car. I. Pt. 31: Johes Stratton r' Johi Hayward mil'.
3 Car. I. Pt. 19: Willo Stretton per Johem Wylmer.
3 Car. I. Pt. 22: Thome Stratton et al' per Johem Farmer.
4 Car. I. Pt. 1: Robto Stratton et al' per Edrum Barrett.
*6 Car. I. Pt. 37: Anne Stratton per Franciscu' Noone.
6 Car. I. Pt. 11: Roberto Bourne per Thomas Stratton.
This list is not complete. Many more might be found.
28 Eliz. Part 24.
JOHN STRATTON of Cuddington co. Bucks yeoman recog-
nizes to owe unto Thomas Penne citizen and vintner of
London £160 to be paid at the Feast of St. John Baptist
next after the date of this recognizance. Given at West-
minster 22 March 28 Eliz. (1578)
The condition of this Recognizance is such that if the
above bounden John Stratton do pay to the said Thomas
Penne the sum of £74 on the 28th day of September next
within the now dwelling house of the said Thomas Penne sit-
uate in Thames Street in the parish of St. Martin's in the Vin-
trye of London that then this recognizance shall be voyde.
32 Eliz. Part 8.
INDENTURE made 13 February 32 Eliz. Between Rich-
ard Thekeston of London gent and Henry Best citizen and
* These have been abstracted for this volume. 32 A Book of Strattons
scrivener of London of the one part and Thomas Stretton
of Stretton co. Derby yeoman of the other part Witnesseth:
That said Thekston and Best for a certain sum of money
to them by the said Stretton paid do by these presents
bargain sell and confirm for themselves and their heirs
unto the said Stretton and his heirs forver all that their
croft and all those their two virgates of land and pasture
with all common and waste land thereto pertaining lying
in Dunesthorpe alias Duringthorpe in the counties of Liecester
and Derby now or late in the tenure of Walter Stretton parcel
of the possessions of the late Monastery of Pollesworth in co-
Warwick and to one Richard Stretton by latters patent dated
2 July 19 Eliz. for the term of 21 years by the yearly rent of
12s. granted And also all and singular the houses buildings
etc to the said croft and premises belonging and in as ample
manner and form as the Queen by her letters patent dated
29 January in the year above written did grant the same unto
the said Thekeston and Best TO have and to hold unto the
said Thomas Stretton and his heirs and assigns to the sole
use and behof of the said Thomas Stretton and his heirs for-
ever as of the Queen's Manor of Estgrenewiche in co. Kent
by fealty in free socage and not in capite or by Knight
service. Recognized 18 February and enrolled 20 February.
1 Car. I. Pt, 31
SUFFOLK JOHN STRATTON * of Shortley co. Suffolk gent
recognizes to owe unto John Hayward of the parish of St.
Bartholomew the Great and West Smithfield London Knt.
D.C.L. £200 to be paid at the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle
next following the date of this recognizance. Dated at West-
minster 3 November 1625.
The Condition of this Recognizance is such that if the above
bounden John Stratton do pay unto the said Hayward the
sum of £104 at the now dwelling house of the said Hayward
situate in Great St. Bartholomew's near West Smithfield
London on the 5th of May next, that then this recognizance
shall be void.
Vacat' 2 May 3 Charles I., the condition being fulfilled.
* This John Stratton was brother of Joseph Stratton who came to James
City, Virginia, in 1628, and father of John Stratton of Salem, Mass. Genealogical Material in England 33
6 Car. I. Pt. 37
INDENTURE made the 25th day of June 5 Charles I. be-
tween Francis Noone of Martlesham co. Suffolk gent on the
one part and Anne Stratton late of Ardley co. Essex
on the other part Witnesseth: That said Noone for £340
in hand paid hath bargained and sold unto the said Anne
Stratton all that his Manor of Martlesham Hall lying in Mar-
tlesham Keasgrave Bealings Magna Beallings Parva Bamsholt
Trimbley St. Martin Trimley St. Mary and Foxall co. Suffolk
with all the copyhold and customary lands and tenements
parcel of the said Manor as also his advowson and right of
patronage of the church of Martlesham Provided always
that if the said Noone do pay unto the said Anne Stratton the
full sum of £340 upon the 26th day of March 1638 then this
Indenture shall be void.

inquisition post mortem records
Henry 7, Car. 2:
?Stratton George, Suff., 14 Hen. 7 E. File 610, No. 6 Dupli-
cated in C. Vol. 13, No. 125.
?Stratton John, Suff., 2 Eliz C. Vol. 128, No. 58
Dup. in Wards & Liveries, Vol. 8, No. 177.
?Stratton Thomas, Suff., 39 Eliz C. Vol. 250, No. 74
Stratton William, Berks., 44 Eliz C. Vol. 267, No. 103 Dup.
in W. & L. Vol. 26, No. 180.
Stretton Richard, Leic, 13 James I C. Vol. 517, No. 180
Stratton John, Glouc, 2 Charles I C. Vol. 425, No. 3,
Edward Stratton son and heir, aged 40.
Stratton John, Wits., 12 Charles I C. Vol. 479, No. 90
W. & L. Bdle 89, No. 233.
(Same man)
Stratton John, Glouc, 12 Charles I C. Vol. 480, No. 15
W. & L. Bdle 87, No. 187
(Same man)
Stratton Mary, Wilts., 11 Charles I C. Vol. 479, No. 45
W. & L. Bdle 87, No. 336
* For abstracts of these three see "Shotley Strattons," in this volume. 34 A Book of Strattons
Stratton Thomas, Berks., 7 Charles I C. Vol. 462, No. 22
W. & L. Bdle 81, No. 101
Stratton William, lunatic, Lond., 6 Charles I
C. Vol. 454, No. 34
This list is not complete.

Abstracts Miscel., Book 134. 16 May 2 Charles I. Touching
the cause of the sute of Thomas Garrard Esq. complt against John
Stratton Gent and Elizabeth his wief defts The said John Stratton
maketh othe that Sir John Kiddermaster coming unto Mayden-
head about the first Monday in Lent last, sayd unto this depont
hat if he would not accept of fyve pounds for his debt due from
the said Thomas Garrard, being eleven pounds, and if the said
Stratton would sue, or take any legall course to come by the same,
that then Mr Garrard would exhibit his bill in the Court of Re-
quests, sayinge that this depont should spend as much as his
debt came unto, and it might be lose it when he had soe done, and
did then speake of some other that he had sued in the lyke kynde
in the same Court.
20 May 2 Charles I. Touching the cause at the sute of
Thomas Garard Esq. against John Stratton Gent and Elizabeth
his wief defts: William Bennell of Langley Marrish in the county
of Buck gent, aged xxv yeres or thereabouts, maketh othe that
that upon Thursday last past he did shewe unto the said John
Stratton an order of this Court made between the said parties
dated the xijth of this instant which the said Stratton did take
in his hands and did looke thereupon, confessing to this de-
ponent that he had a copie thereof, And this deponent then de-
manded of the said Stratton for and to the use of the said Court
the some of xxs. for costs, But the seyd Stratton refused to pay
it, this deponent having left a copy of the said order for him
upon the xvth day of this instant at an office in Fetter Lane
where the said Stratton useth to wryte.
Other Strattons are found on the records of the Court of Requests.

- 3 Genealogical Material in England 35

proceedings in chancery — abstracts
STRATTON v. FRANCKLYN, Eliz. S, 25: 40

Bill of Complaint of William Stretton citizen and alderman
of the City of Rochester, co. Kent, dated 2 June 1597:
Sir George Sidenham Knt and Elizabeth his wife were
seised in the right of said Elizabeth of the Manor of Motten-
den co. Kent and lands in Sutton Valance and Warden co-
Kent late part of the possessions of the Monastery of Mot-
tenden and devised the same to one Thomas Mascall gent
who did assign the said Manor and lands unto plaintiff.
But one Thomas Francklyn of the City of Canterbury hath
obtained possession of the Indenture of lease and other deed
relating to the said Manor and hath entered into the said
premises. Sues for the return of the deeds etc.

STRATTON v. HILTON, Jam. I, S. 26: 12

Bill of Complaint of John Stratton of Segrs co. Wilts, gent

dated 2 Nov. 1619:

Edmund Escourte late of Tedbury co. Glouc. deceased
was about June 15 James I. seized of certain messuage
lands in Brinckworthe Braden and Braden Marsh co. Wilts,
which formerly did belong to Thomas Escourte Esq. de-
ceased father of said Edmund and then were in the occu-
pation of Jeffrey Pynell William Baylye John Robyns,
William Osborne and John Willmor. Said Edmund being
so seised did with the consent of Margaret his then wife
and of Richard Hilton of Daglingworth co. Glouc. gent (who
together with the said Margaret did intermeddle with and
manage said estate) for the sum of £750 sell the said mes-
sages unto plaintiff. In or about April 16 James I. Ed-
mund died at Bath, leaving goods valued at £1000 and
making Margaret his wife sole executrix; after whose death
said Margaret married the said Richard Hilton.

STRATTON v. NEWMAN, Car. I, 103: 14

Bill of Complaint of Thomas Stratton dated 26 Nov. 1628:
Plaintiff and one Thomas Newman his father in law had 36 A Book of Strattons

divers dealings together for loan of money and delivery of
cattle, all which money and cattle, thro' the mediation of
one Mr Leach and one Anthony Hardinge, are paid unto
the said Newman, who promisey to give him, plaintiff, a
receipt for the same, but hath failed so to do.

STRATTON v. BISHOP, Charles I, S. 110: 51

Bill of Complaint of Richard Stratton of Shaw co. Wilts

husbandman dated 9 May 1639:

Michael Tincombe senior of Devises co. Wilts gent being
seised of a messuage called Tynkfield lying in Allcannings
co. Wilts, together with 6 acres of land, of the yearly value
of £4, did long time since demise and grant the same unto
John Stratton plaintiff's father, Alexander Stratton plain-
tiff's elder brother, and plaintiff himself, for their three
lives. John Stratton the father died, and Alexander Strat
ton, plaintiff's elder brother, also died, about the month of
March, leaving issue Katherine his oly daughter, and heir,
now wife of one George Bisshoppe of Easterton co. Wilts
yeoman, who hath gotten possession of the lease to the
detriment of plaintiff.

To all these sources must be added the Parish Registers of
births, marriages and burials, many of them reaching back to
very early days, and the gravestones in the yards of so many of
the ancient churches.

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Lauriston Castle. (Pages 38-42)


"Peculiar interest always clusters around the beginnings of things." Lyon.

THREE distinct lines of Strattons have been especially studied
in Great Britain:

Stratons of Lauriston, 1124-1904.

Strattons of Shotley, 1392-1631.

Strattons of Shrivenham, about 1530-1660.

Of the Lauriston Line it is not yet proven that any settled
in America before the Revolution, — although tradition says that
the line was represented here in colonial days. (See Stratons
of Lauriston.)

Of the Shotley Line, while it is known that two settled in
America as early as 1628, proof is yet wanting to show that they
have descendants by the name of Stratton living here to-day.
(See Strattons of Shotley.)

Considerable space is given in the following pages to these two
lines, — because they contain much of general interest, and be-
cause they show what might be done in other lines if a sufficiently
thorough research could be made.

From the Shrivenham Line several emigrants had settled in
America before 1660, and from them many Strattons of the present
generation in the United States have been satisfactorily traced in
lineal descent. (See Strattons of Shrivenham.)

A glance at Chart 1, and at the outline on pages 62 and 63,
will show that others of these lines may have settled in America
and have descendants here to-day. The Stretton Arms on
page 12 is thought to belong to the Shrivenham line. Proof is

It is ardently hoped that further research may soon be under-
taken in England to trace the Shrivenham line back to the origin
of this name, and establish the coat of arms to which it is en-
titled, as has been done in the Lauriston and Shotley lines. 38

A Book of Strattons

Straton (Lauriston)


Arms: Argent 4 bars embattled counter embattled sable, over all an es-
cutcheon gules. Crest, an eagle, displayed, on hand in armor, couped
at wrist.

Lauriston Castle,* the home of the Stratons for more than
four hundred years, is in the Parish of St. Cyrus, Kincardineshire,
Scotland. The name, in this instance, origi-
nated from the lands of Straton, near Edin-
burgh, which were granted by David I to
Alexander, films Roberti, in the twelfth cen-
tury. The records begin with this Alexander,
son of Robert, about 1100, and some branches
are traced down to the present generation

It was to this line that the Charles Straton
belonged who brought to the king the news of
the surrender of Edinburgh castle. To this line
belonged, also, "our trusty and welbeloved
captaine Robert Straton" to whom King Charles' letter was
written in 1655; and Walter Straton who was murdered at Perth
while defending his sovereign in 1437; | and David Stratton, the
martyr of Edinburgh.^

* The photograph of Lauriston Castle was kindly sent the compiler by the
present owner of the property. The etching of the castle is from an old sketch.

t See Lives of Scottish Poets, Vol. I, p. 16. Also, The Fair Maid of Perth
by Sir Walter Scott, and The Spawife by John Gait.

| David Stratton, the martyr.

"Several others were brought into the Bishop's Court, among them Norman
Gourlay and David Stratton. They had said that there was no purgatory, and
that the passion of Christ was the only expiation for sin, and that the tribula-
tions of this world were the only sufferings that the saints underwent.

"These two although greatly solicited by the Archbishops and others of
the clergy, refused to recant, and were accordingly condemned as obstinate
heretics and sentenced to be burned upon the greenside between Lerth and
Edinburgh, with a view to strike terror into the surrounding country. In the
afternoon of the same day (Aug. 27, 1532, under the reign of Henry VIII),
they were taken to the place of execution, and kneeling down, they prayed
with great fervency for some time. Then Stratton, addressing himself to the
spectators, exhorted them to lay aside their superstitions and idolatrous no-
tions and employ themselves in seeking the true light of the gospel. He wished
to have said more but was prevented by the officers. The sentence was

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The Lauriston Line
genealogical outline 39

1. Alexander Alius Roberti=To whom the lands of Straton

were granted by David I of Ledland,

2. Michael de Straton

3. Alexander de Straton

4. Richard de Straton

5. Sir Alexander Straton
First Baron of Lauris-

=Living in Kincardineshire in 1276.

=One of the commissioners chosen by
Baliol 1291. Swore fealty to Ed-
ward I, 1291. Mentioned by Pope
John XXII, 1320. In Parliament,

6. Sir Alexander Straton=High Sheriff of Kincardineshire,

of Lauriston.


7. John Straton
of Lauriston.

=Mentioned in a conformation by
Robert II.

then put into execution and the Martyrs cheerfully yielded up their
bodies to the flames commending their souls to the mercy of their Heavenly
Father and hoping for immortality through the merits of their blessed Re-

From Fox's Book of Martyrs. 40

A Book of Strattons

8. Sir Alexander Straton=Anne, daughter of Alexander de


Sat in Parliament, 1371. Killed at
the Battle of Harlaw, 1411.

Seal of Alexander Straton,
affixed to a charter, dated
Sept. 1, 1376, belonging to
Mrs. Barclay-Allardice, of Ury
and Allardice.

9. Sir Alexander Straton=
Baron of Lauriston.

=A daughter of Lord Southerland of

One of the 24 Barons sent to Eng-
land in pledge for James I, 1424.

10. Sir Alexander Straton=
de Lauriston.

A daughter of Forbes of Tolquhaun.
A hostage in 1432. Sat in Parlia-
ment, 1463-1470.

His brother Walter, cup-bearer to
James I, was murdered the night
that the king was assassinated at
Perth, 1437.

11. Alexander Straton
of Lauriston and
The Knox.

= Margaret, eldest daughter and co-
heir of Strachan of Dillivard.

12. Alexander Straton
of The Keym and

=Marian, daughter of Andrew, Lord
Grey, and of his spouse Janet, only
daughter of Lord Keith.
His son David was burned as a
martyr at Edinburgh, August 27,

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Alexander Straton
of Lauriston.

= Agnes Ogilvie, of Findlater. She
survived her husband and married
Sir David Lindsay.

Andrew Straton
Brother of the last
Baron of Lauriston,
who was eldest nephew
and co-heir with Pat-
rick, Lord Grey, 1541.

15. George Straton
of Lauriston.

16. Alexander Straton

17. Andrew Straton
of Warburton.


David Straton
of Fatherhall.

^Margaret, daughter of Sir David
Lindsey, who was eighth in descent
from Robert Bruce, King of Scot-

: Eldest daughter of Sir John Forbes
of Pitsligo. Member of Parliament
for Kincardineshire in 1567. Died
in 1580. •

= Agnes, daughter of Arbuthnot of
that Ilk, and granddaughter of
Robert, Lord Kieth. Member of
Parliament, and one of the commis-
sioners for the union of England and
Scotland. In 1605 Parliament award-
ed him a pension of 100 marks from
the Lordship of Scone.

=Marjory Forbes, a daughter of the
Bishop of Aberdeen.

Isabella Strachan.
died 1725.

Born 1636—

19. James Straton
of Drumhenry.

:Mary .


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20. David Straton
of Mary kirk.

= Ann Cairricross, 1744. Born 1722 —
died 1795.

21. Charles Straton
of St. Cyrus.

= Janet Schwabble, 1794. Born 1758
in Kincardine, and died there in

22. Charles Straton

=Helen Neddrie, 1841. Born, 1813,
in Marykirk, Kincardineshire. A
lawyer. Settled in America. Died
in New Brunswick, 1899.

Andrew Straton of the eighteenth generation in this line,
had a son Andrew, who, tradition says, is the ancestor of some
American Colonial Strattons. The compiler has found no proof
of it. A more extended research would doubtless bring to
light much interesting material, and might prove that others of
this long line are represented among the Strattons in our country

Much of the information concerning this line is from records
kindly given the compiler by Dr. Charles R. Straton, of County
Wilts. Eng. (eldest son of the last-named Charles in the outline
above), and is largely from manuscript in his possession.* Dr.
Straton has a son, Captain Charles Henry Straton, and a grandson
Charles Noy Straton — and so the lineal line has been traced
through twenty-five generations, from Robert, father of Alexan-
der de Straton, born in Scotland before 1100, to little Charles
Noy Straton, born in India, in 1904.

May not equally long and interesting "trees" be in store for
the several lines of American Strattons whose ancestry has not
yet been traced back of Colonial days?

* This outline, given above, shows but one branch, i. e. one son in each
generation. The records of the collateral branches fill many pages of manu-
script. The Strattons whom the compiler has found in this country belonging
to this line have settled here within the last two generations. Most of them
spell the name "Straton." It is quite possible, however, that others came at
an earlier date — and perhaps in Colonial Days.


Pedigree of Stratton of Shotley, Suffolk and D<am Essex (Cn^i j / ^~T~

' r ' ssex - ^Compiled from original sources.)


Will dated and proved
1392. Buried in Lev-
ington Church.


itrix to her husband.


EDMUND STRATTON, of Shotley, Esq.
Will dated 30 Sept. 1474. Died
11 Oct. 1476. Buried in Shotley
Church. Inq. 31 Oct. 1477.

Devisee under father's will of the
Manor of Thurkalton for life, after
death of his mother. Aged 40 in
1477. Died before 1498.

?ee under husband's will of the
>r of Thurkalton for life.

Devisee under father's will of the
Manor of Levington. Also of the
Manor of Thurkalton after decease
of his mother and his brother Augus-
tine. Entailed the Manor of Kirk-
ton by deed and the Manor of
Thurkalton by will. Died, Friday
after Pentacost 1498. Inq. P. M 28
Oct. 1498.


gent, born 1490. Inherited the Man-
ors Kirkton and Thurkalton. Will
dated 24 Aug. 1547. Proved P.C.
C.l 13 June 1548. Buried in Shot-
ley Church.

. Predeceased her husband.


ELIZABETH. Devisee under
brother's will of a tenement in

JOHN STRATTON of Shotley, esq.
Inherited the Manor of Kirkton and
Thurkalton. Died 16 I Sept. 1560.
Inq. P. M. 23rd Sept. 1560. Will
dated 5 Dec. 1559. Proved C. C.
Nor. 16 June 1561.

CICILY, Daughter of Thomas Fel-
ton, esq. and of Cicily, his wife af-
terwards wife of Nick Sampson, Esq.
marr.: settlement dated 24 Aug. 25
Henry VIII. Proved her husband's
will 1561.

ANTHONY, legatee under
father's will. Probably of
age in 1547. Legatee under
brother John's will 1559
"if alive."

under father's
of £20 to be

MARGARET, legatee under father's
will of £30, to be paid 1552. Bur-
ied at Shotley, 28 Apr. 1574. Leg-
atee under brother John's will 1559.
Then unmarried.

PHILIP, legatee under

father's will of £20, to
be paid 1554. Legatee
under brother John's
will of 1559.


legatee under
lather's will.

THOMAS STRATTON of Shotley. Suffolk and Ded-
ham, Essex, gent. Born 1546. Inherited Manors of
Kirkton and Thurkalton. Will dated 15 April 1596.
Proved P. C. C 4 Nov. 1596. Died at Dedham 29
May 1596. Buried at Shotley 1 June 1596. Inq. P.
M. 19 Jan. 1596-7. Left his lands in trust to his cousin
John Morgan, of Ipswich, gent., during his heirs mi-

DOROTHY, marr. before 18 Aug.
15 Eliz. 1 1573 co. exectx. of hus-
band's will. Afterwards marr. : . .
Linton. Admon. Ipswich to son
John -I Mar. 1616-17.

MARY, legatee under fa-
ther's will.

ELIZABETH legatee un-
der brother's will 1596.

JOHN STRATTON, of Shotley, Suffolk and Ardleigh,
Essex, gent. Aged 15 years and 99 days, 19 Jan. 1596-7.
Inherited Manors of Kirkton and Thurkalton at 21.
Will dated 24 Sept. 1621. Proved P. C. C 19 May
1627. Died at Ardleigh, Essex. Buried at Shotley,
4 May 1627.

ANN Derehaugh co-exct
of husband's will. Came to
America as early at /0S7,
and lived in Salem, Mass.

BENJAMIN, life annuity,
of £10 under father's will.
Legatee under brother John
will, 1621. Buried at Shot-
ley, 23 May 1627.

.Y, legatee under fa
; will 1596. Then un-
edf Married Harrison.

ELIZABETH, legatee un-
der father's will 1596.

JOSEPH STRATTON, legatee un-
der father's will of £100 at 21, and
under brother John's will. Died at
James City, Va. Admon P. C C.J
to relict Joan, 2 June lt>4l ?


JOHN STRATTON, minor in 1621. Devisee under
father's will of Manor of Thurkalton after mother's
death. Had grant of 2,000 acres of land in New Eng
land I Dec. Ib31 , having then resided three , ears there.

WILLIAM, legatee under
father's will of £100 at 21.

ANTHONY, legatee under
father's will of JElOO at 21.

ANN, leginder father's
will of £it 18.

ELIZABETH, legatee under father's
will of £ 100 at 18. Came to America
in the ship "increase" in April /035'
Married John Thorndtke and settled
in Beverly, Mass.

MARY, legatee under fa-
ther's will of £100 at 18.

DOROTHY, legatee under
father's will of £100 at 18.
Came to America about


i t>;

The Shotley Line 43


Arms: Argent, on a cross sable, five besants.

In the eastern part of England, about seventy-five miles from
London, near the extreme end of the peninsula formed by the
rivers Orwell and Stour stands the village of Shotley, or, as it is
called in Domesday, "Scoteleia." Another name commonly
coupled with the place in ancient records is Kirketon, frequently
abbreviated into Kirton, and signifying, as we gather from the
form it takes in Domesday — " Cherchetuna " — the town or hamlet
of the church.

Directly opposite the village of Shotley, looking across the
estuary of the united rivers, may be seen the town of Harwich,
with its crowded shipping; and, beyond the town, a glint of the
open sea. Dovercourt, where Richard Stroughton, or Stratton,
was vicar in the early part of the sixteenth century, lies a little
further south. A ferry boat plies between Harwich and Shotley
Gate, as the pier or landing place is called. Ipswich, nine miles
away, may be reached either by the Orwell or by road; and it
was no doubt by the latter that Thomas Stratton, squire of
Shotley, travelled when he proceeded to Ipswich, in the twenty-
seventh year of the reign of good Queen Bess, to obtain from the
magistrates of that town licence for Mistress Dorothy, his wife,
to "eat fleshmete during the Lenten season," because of some
infirmity with which she was then afflicted.

"A note of all such Persons as be lycenced to eat fleshmete this
lent season by the Bayliffs of Ipswich according to the Orders &
directions of Her Maties Most Honorable Pvy Councell: —

" Dorothie the wief of Thomas Stratton gent."

1585, Ipswich Court Books.

Coming up the gentle slope of Shotley Street from the Gate,
one descries ahead, crowning a moderate eminence overlooking
the Haven of Orwell, the odd structure known as Shotley church.
According to Domesday, two churches stood in this parish in the
time of the Conqueror, but one of these has long since crumbled
into dust, its very site being now unknown. As it fell into disuse
and ruin — as it appears to have done at a very early period — the 44 A Book of Strattons

religious interests of the community centered more and more in the
remaining church, and hence in course of time that part of the
parish in which it stood came to be known as Kirketon, or Church-
town, as distinguished from Shotley proper.

On the present church time has laid its hand heavily. The
ancient upper tower has totally disappeared. The Chapel of St.
Anne probably stood at the east end of the north aisle. No trace
of it now remains, nor is there anything to indicate the window
towards the construction, or completion, of which Edmund
Stratton in 1474 contributed his six shillings and four pence.
The church has no stained glass. (See Will of Edmund

Unpretentious as the church is in outward appearance, the in-
terior is greatly admired for its "elegance" — by which term, it is
to be feared, is intended the beauty of the restoration carried out
by the incumbent in 1745, rather than the chaste architecture of
the more ancient roof or windows. Certainly the 1745 chancel,
with its finely carved reredos, its oak panelling, and its chancel
arch of wood, is interesting work of its kind; but one regrets the
disappearance of the older chancel, and deplores the inconsiderate
care with which every vestige of funeral monuments, mural tab-
lets, and memorial inscriptions has been removed, obliterated, or
hidden from view. The lofty thirteenth-century arch from the
nave into the tower, which was then bricked up, but has within
recent years been opened out again, could better be spared than
these. All have disappeared. Of the members of the Stratton
family who, as we learn from the wills, were laid to rest within
the church, not a trace remains. Their only surviving monument
in the parish is the ancient manor house, still known as Kirkton
Hall, and the entries in what remains of the earlier parish registers.

These are unfortunately only too few in number. Everything
relating to the baptisms, marriages and burials of the family, as
it was before the year 1571, is lost. From that date onwards the
burial register is intact; but the registers containing the marriages
and baptisms are missing. On turning out the parish chest a few
fragmentary sheets of ancient paper — remnants of the original
register — were found adhering to the iron bottom. From these
three Stratton baptisms were gleaned. They are written in a
much bolder hand than the other entries amongst which they

The Stour River, Below Dedham Bridge
{Page 49)

Mill Laxe
Showing the church tower, Dedham village. (Pages 43-49.)
The Shotley Line 45

appear, thus indicating that the family so honored was one of
importance in the parish.*

The Chantry Certificates in the Public Record Office in London
for the year 1546 show that there was anciently attached to the
church of Shotley a chantry endowed with lands to the value of £7
a year. Of this sum lis. went to the poor; the remainder to a
priest to sing masses in the church for the souls of the departed.
Such, at least, was the intention of the founder, one Richard
Stroughton or Stratton, clerk, sometime curate of the church of
Harwick, afterwards vicar of that church and of the adjoining
church of Dovercourt.

WILL of RYCHARD STROUGHT(ON), preest, Vicar of Dower-
courte and of Harwich, (co. Essex), dated 16 September,
1531. Abstract.
To be beryed in the chapell of Dowercourte, before the Image
of the Roode there, or in the chapell of Saint Saviour in Harwich.
I wyll that the day and yere of my departyng be graven upon the
stone which I bought and ys all redy made to be layd oon my
grave To the priour and convent of Colne to regyster my name
to be prayed for there xs. To the Black ffryers of Ipswich vjs.
viijd., for that I am a brother ther. A treigentall of masses to be
songe for me where I lye. My buryall, my vijth daye, my xxx
day, and my yere tyde to be kept. I wyll have fyve masses of the
five woundes of our lorde god to be seyd for me at the King's newe
chappell at Westminster, and in lyke maner at Boston. Ellyn
Browne (dowter of Robert Browne) all my moveable goods in

* The greater part of these notes on the Shotley Strattons were furnished
the compiler by Mr. J. Henry Lea, Genealogist, and Mr. Hutchinson of Lon-
don. Some of the sources searched for data are:

Cromwell's Excursions in Suffolk.

Davy's Noblemen and Gentlemen of Suffolk.

Kirby, J., The Suffolk Traveller.

Page, A., History of Suffolk.

Suffolk, Nobility and Gentry of.

Add. Mss., Visitations of Suffolk.

Add. Mss., Suffolk Collections.

Add. Mss., English Pedigrees (Suffolk).

Hart. Mss., Arms and Pedigrees of Suffolk Families.

The Registers at Shotley and Dedham.

Probate records at Ipswich. 46 A Book of Strattons

my howse at Dowercourte except the bedstedd in the hall which
shalbe reservyd to Richard Allen. Margaret Strangman my newe
howse by the churchyard in Harwich, which I lately edifyed.
All my goodys that be in Beldames otherwyse called Giles I wyll
equally to Margaret Strangman and Richard Culfo. To Harrye
Dennant my boye my howse called Bennetts after the decess of
Alice Fykytt. Elwys Clays my tenement in Harwich called
Wryts. Alice Sparke my howse in Harwich called Giles. My
lands and tenements in the Soken, viz. in Thorpe and Kyrkeby
to be sold. Ellen Browne my greate howse in Harwich. Richard
Culfo my tenement called Monks in Ramsey, he paying therefor
yerely xxvjs. viijd. towards the fynding of a preest to syng for
me, my frendes sowles, and all xpian soules, in Schotley; likewise
my howse in Thorpe. Myn executors or els the churchwardens of
Schotley shall bye asmuche lande as the yerely valour of xxs.
towards the increase of my seyd preests lyving to syng for me at
Shotley. Whereas the churchwardens of Shotley joyntly with
othir been seased of & yn certayn londs in Chelmeton, Shotley,
Dovercourte, and Ramsey to thuse of this my wyll, that ys to
say to thuse of a preest to syng for my soule, my fathers soule,
my mothers soule, and all xpen soules in the parish churche of
Shotley, now if at any tyme to come yt so happen that the seyd
use be barred or broken by the Kings lawes, then I wyll all the
seyd londes be solde and the money thereof given to an honest
preest to syng as aforeseyd as long as the money will endure.
Proved 20 October 1531.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Thrower 8.

Whether he was a member of the Shotley family, we cannot say
with certainty, but the fact of his having founded the chantry
there in order that masses might be said for the souls of his father
and mother, as well as for his own, would seem to indicate either
that he was of the Shotley Strattons or very nearly related to

Shotley: In feoffment a chantry founded by Richard
Strought(on), Vicar of Dovercourt, (co. Essex), and divers
others One stipendiary priest to sing in the parish church of
Shotley for 99 years. The lands then to be sold to maintain a
priest as long as the money remains. Present priest, John Bull,
aged 33 years, of "very honest conversation and small learning, The Shotley Line 47

as reported; holding no better living." Yearly value £7. To
the poor lis. No jewels or goods.

Chantry Cert, Suffolk: 1546 — P. R. Office, London.
The priest for whose maintenance he thus provided did not long
continue to sing for the souls of the departed in the old church
overlooking the Orwell and the Stour. Long ere the 99 years of
the original enfeoffment had expired the Reformation came, and
with it the wholesale confiscation of lands demised to " pious uses "
such as this. The chantry lands of Shotley thus became the prop-
erty of the Crown, and Edward the Sixth, having founded a Gram-
mar School at Bury St. Edmunds, conferred them upon that school
as part of its endowment. Something of their later history is un-
folded in the Chancery suit, "The Town of Bury St. Edmunds v.
Edward Goodling and others," One of the defendants in this ac-
tion was "Stratton, widow." This was none other than Mistress
Dorothy, relict of Thomas Stratton of Shotley, gentleman, and
mother of Joseph Stratton, probably the first of the name to
adventure his fortune in the New World. She died early in the
year 1617, having in the meantime married again; and John
Stratton, her eldest son, administered her estate.

The Bill of Complaint of the Governors of the Free Grammar

School of King Edward the Sixth in Bury St. Edmunds co.

Suffolk, dated 7 May, 1599:—

The said Governors are seised in their demense as of fee n the

Chauntrie of Kirketon alias Shotley and in lands called Hanslett

Stirpe, Hailes, Crowes Tenement and Cokes lying in Kirketon

alias Shotley and in Shelympton alias Chelmston to the said

Chauntries sometyme belonging; all which Chauntrie and lands the

said late King by his Letters Patent did graunte for the maynten-

aunce of the said School. But nowe one Edward Goodinge gent and

others, viz. Robert Knappe, (blank) Stratton, widowe, John Mer-

rells, Thomas Lewgar gent, William Dawes and divers others have

wrongfully entered into the said Chauntrie lands and do wrongfullie

take the whole yssews thereof to their own uses, to the eveill ex-

amplesof others and to the hindrance of godlye and charatable uses.

The Answer of Edward Goodinge, one of the defendants, to the

above Bill of Complaint, dated 8 June 41 Eliz.: —

This defendant saith it is verv trewe that the Governors of the 48 A Book of Strattons

said School were about xxiiij yeres since seised of and in the said
Chauntrie lands; but it is likewise very trewe that before those
lands came into the possession of the said Governors, they were
letten to ferme for the term of four score and nynetene yeres.
These leases the predecessors of the said Governors, about xvj
yeres since, did confirm by charter; which charter this defendant
is prepared to produce in support of his title.

Chan. Proc. Eliz. B. 14:25 P. R. Office, London.

Kirkton Hall — or, as it is now commonly called, Shortly Hall —
is in all probability the same as that referred to in the Stratton
wills as the family residence, although little of the present building
is of earlier date than about 1630. It is a picturesque half-timbered
house, of no great size, having the older part much rebuilt and
added to. Internally it has been sadly cut up and altered. For-
merly the inmates entered a spacious hall-place, which ran sheer
up to the height of the roof. The upper portion of this hall has
long since been converted into chambers.*

Kirkton Manor is still called by that name. It appears to have
come into possession of the Strattons through the marriage of
Isabell, daughter and heir of Sir William Loudham, with one of
the early Strattons of Levington. The eldest son of this marriage,
Walter de Stratton, died seized of the Manor in 1392. He was the
immediate progenitor of the Strattons of Shotley, who held the
Manor until about 1627, when it was sold by Ann Stratton, relict
of John of Shotley and Ardleigh, and John her eldest son.f

* This property passed out of the hands of the Stratton family about 1630,
having been sold by John Stratton, Jr., and his mother Ann Stratton when
they were making preparations for coming to America. The present owner is
Mr. Berners of Woolverstone, who kindly sent the compiler the picture of
Shotley Hall.

t From Davy's Suffolk Collections:
Walter de Stratton cone' Dno Hen' Despenser Epo Norwic' & al' xiij marc'
argent' ann' redd' precipiend' annuat' ad totam vitam Isabella fil' Willi de
Loudham chr See Monial' Domus See Katerine in Flixton de Mnio suo de
Kirkton juxta Erwarton & de oibz ten' & terr' suis in villis de Cockefeld
Alpheton & Shimplinge que nup' fuer' Jo de Shimplingford. (Harl. MSS.


Sir William de Loudham Knt died 50 E. 3, 1376.

Walter de Stratton his heir died 1392.

Augustine Stratton held what was late Wm. de Loudham, 1428.

The Ancient Stratton Hall, ok Kirkton Manob

.Original seat of the Suffolk Strattons and occupied by them in the time of

Edward III. (Page 48.)

From a photograph taken for the compiler in 1906.

Shotley, or Kirkton Hall

Parental home of Joseph Stratton 1 of James City, Va., and John

Stratton 1 of Salem, Mass. (Page 48, also chart 1.)

The Shotley Line 49

In his will, dated 15 April, 1596, Thomas Stratton of Shotley
speaks of John Morgan of Ipswich, gentleman, as "my cousin,"
and devises to him in trust all his lands — excepting only those
forming the jointure of Dorothy his wife — until John Stratton,
his son and heir, then a minor, should attain the age of one and
twenty years. (See Will of Thomas Stratton.)

John Morgan lived in the parish of St. Clement's, Ipswich — a
parish from very early times the resort of all the better class of
seafaring men of this busy and enterprising seaport. Under the
shadow of St. Clement's dwelt the "mariners," the "master
mariners," and the shipwrights of Ipswich — men who built their
own ships and sailed them into every part of the commercial

It was into contact with such men as these — some of them sea-
soned sailors who had many a time made the voyage into those
mysterious "parts beyond the seas" of which the landsman
dreamed, others of them lads like themselves, sweating out the
days of their apprenticehood at capstan and halliards — that the
young Strattons were brought, and probably almost daily. From
the windows of the old Hall at Shotley one could watch their ships
come and go. From Shotley Gate one could board them, with the
aid of a boat, what time they came crawling into Orwell Haven,
weather worn and heavy from some distant voyage, yet redolent
withal of their rich cargoes of East Indian spices or Virginia
"leaf." The house at Dedham where Thomas Stratton died was
a matter of only an hour's hard rowing down the winding reaches
of the Stour; the house of Ardleigh, where John Stratton ended
his days, rather less.

In this way we can imagine the glamour of the sea, and of those
marvellous lands which lay beyond it, laying its spell upon the
young Squires of Shotley. Other influences were at work there,
too. It was at Trimley St. Mary, just across the Orwell rom
Shotley, that Thomas Cavendish, the circumnavigator, was born;

Edmund Stratton died 17 E. 4, 1477 (sic)

Augustine Stratton elk. son and heir 1477 (Brothers. See will of Edmund.)

George Stratton died 14 Hen. 7. (Brothers. See will of Edmund.)

George Stratton son and heir died 14 Hen. 7., 1498

John Stratton gent son and heir died 2 Eliz. 1560

Thomas Stratton gent son and heir died 29 Eliz. (sic)

John Stratton son and heir (died 1627). 50 A Book of Strattons

from Ipswich Old Quay that he sailed away, whilst Joseph Stratton
was yet a boy, on that ill-fated voyage from which he never re-
turned. Not so far away lay also the village of Grundisburgh,
the birthplace of the first Englishman — Captain Bartholomew
Gosnold — to make the direct voyage to New England, and to
winter upon its shores. Gosnold had brought back with him a
new tuber, called "patatoe," and there was much speculation as
to whether it would grow in English soil and prove suitable food
for English people. And last, but by no means least, there was
the unprecedented action of the staid old Council and Portmen
of Ipswich Town, who, at a recent Great Court holden in Moothall
— 4 March, 8 James I. — had actually "adventured" the sum of
One Hundred Pounds, out of the town moneys, "in the voyage
into Virginia."

Out from under such influences came Joseph Stratton to Vir-
ginia and John Stratton to New England, in 1628.

A more extensive research would probably show that other
Strattons came to America from the same locality — and possibly
from the Shotley line.


WILL of EDMOND STRATTON— 1474. (Ipswich Wills-
Book II, fo. 266)
In The Name of God Amen I Edmond Stratton of Shortle
skwyer the last day of September 1474 being in my good
mende make my testament and my last will in this wyse ffirst
I be owethe my Sowle to Almyghty god and to our lady Seynte
Mary and myn body to be beryed in the cherche of Shotle Also I
be qwethe to a wyndowe on the northe syde of ye chappell of
Seynte Anne in the chirce of Shotle xxvjs. viijd. I will yt George
my sone have the maner of Levyngton with all the londys and
pertenawnce longyng to ye seyd maner duryng his lyve And aftr
the disses of the seyd George I will that myn feffis make a suffi-
cient state in tayle to myn heyrys made with oute ende And for
defaute of eyrys male unto the eyrys generall Also I will that
John Chapman make a state in the maner of Thorkalton to such
men as Margete my wyff and Austyn Stratton clerk my sone wil
name to the pfyte of the seyd Margete duryng hir lyff Also I will The Shotley Line 51

that the seyd Margete and hr attorne have onte of the seyd man
of Thorkylton x marke vj yere aftr hir disses for to paye myn
dettys And also I wil that after the disses of ye seyd Margete
myn wyff that Awstyn Stratton clerk myn sone have the seyd
maner of Thorklyton duryng hys lyff And aftr the disses of the
seyd Margete and Awstyn I wyll yt ye ffeffes make a sufficient
estate in tayle to George Stratton and to the eyris male of his body
lawfully begetyn And for defaute of eyris male of the seyd George
to John Stratton and to the eyris male of his body lawfully begetyn
and so foorthe for defaute of issu male to his nexte brother and his
issu male and so forthe from on brother to a nothir to thir issu
male as long as ony brother is on lyve And for lak of soche issu
male to ye eyrys generall Also I wyll yt ye hangyng of ye great
chambir jj greet spets a greet braspott ij awndernys and ij tram-
aylys remayne to the place Also I beqwethe all the remnawnt of
ye stuff of myn howse to Margete myn wyff Also I be qwethe the
residue of all myn goody s be for not beqwethyn to Margaret myn
wyff whom I ordeyne and make myn executrix.

SUFFOLK INQUISITION taken at Ipswich co. Suffolk 13 Octo-
ber 17 Ed. 4 (1477) before John Penley the King's Eschea-
tor in said county by virtue of a write dated 25 October
17 Ed. 4, by the oaths of Thomas Bennys Thomas Alwyn
Henry Thorne Thomas Cook Richard Punt Geoffrey Taylour
John Belle Thomas Craske John Whytyng John Stolyard
John Whyte Richard Beden and John Pyt who say:

That Edmund Stratton did not hold any lands or tenements of
the King in capite on the day he died for that before his death by
charter dated at Kyrketon 13 August 14 Ed. 4. he did grant and
confirm unto Robert Brewes Esz John Cheke Bennet Caldwell
John Pope elk. Richard Faryngton elk. and Thomas Vecatour of
London all that the Manor of Kyrketon with all the lands tene-
ments rents and services thereto belonging and all other the lands
called Le Perye as they lie in the towns of Kyrketon Shotley Er-
warton and Chelmondeston co. Suffolk to have and to hold to
the aforesaid Robert John etc. etc. and their heirs and assigns for
ever BY virtue of which gift and confirmation the said Robert
John etc. etc. were thereof seised in their demesne as of fee; That 52 A Book of Strattons

the said Manor is worth per annum in all issues 10 marks; That it
is holden of Cecily Duchess of York as of her Honor of Clare by
the service of a fourth part of one Knight's fee; That the said
Edmund Stratton died 11 October 16 Ed. 4 (1476): That Augus-
tine Stratton clerk is son and next heir of said Edmund and of the
age of 40 years; and that Margaret Stratton late wife of said Ed-
mund hath occupied the aforesaid premises from the said 1th day
of October until the taking of this Inquisition and hath taken the
profits thereof and is of the said premises seised in her demense
as of free tenure by virtue of the aforesaid charter.

Chancery Inquisitons Post Mortem 17 Ed. 4.

SUFFOLK INQUISITION taken at Blythborough co. Suffolk
28 October 14 Henry VII. (1498) before Philip Tylney Esq.
the King's Escheator in said county.

The Jurors say on oath that before the taking of this Inquisi-
tion Robert Brews Esq. John Cheke and Benedict Caldwell were
seized in their demesne as of fee of and in the Manor of Kirton and
being thereof so seized did by charter give that Manor to Thomas
Sampson Esq. William Grys William Grye Edmund Bokkyng and
John Caldwell to have and to hold to them and their assigns for
the term of the life of Elizabeth Stratton late wife of George Strat
ton with remainder thereof after the death of the said Elizabeth
to the aforesaid George Stratton and the heirs males of his body
lawfully begotten BY virtue of which gift the same Thomas
Sampson and his feoffees aforesaid were thereof seized in their
demesne as of freehold Which Manor is worth per annum ten
pounds and is holden of Philip Calthorp Knt. as of his Manor of
Erwarton by fealty but by what other services the Jurors know

The Jurors also say that before the taking of this Inquisition
the said George Stratton was seised in his demesne as of fee of and
in the Manor of Thurkolton and being thereof so seised did give
that Manor unto Edward Sulyard John Sulyard John Caldwell
Peter Tybell elk. and William Pixsoner to hold to the use of the
said George and his heirs and assigns for ever And afterwards the
said George died and by his last will (to the said Jurors in evidence
produced) did will that his executor should take the issues and The Shotley Line 53

profits of the said Manor for the term of 15 years for the fulfilling
of his said will and that, the said term ended, the said Manor
should remain to George Stratton his eldest son and to his heirs
males for ever That the said George Stratton (the father) died on
Friday next after the Feast of Pentecost 13 Henry VII (1498);
that George Stratton is his son and heir and of the age of 8 years;
and that the said George Stratton held no other lands in county
Suffolk the day he died.

Exch: Inquis: P. M. file 610, No. 6.

WILL of GEORGE STRATTON of Kirketon alias Shotleye co.

Suffolk gentilman dated 24 August 1 Edward VI. (1547.)

Abstract. (P. C. C. Populwell 9.)
To be buried within the church of Shotley. John Stratton my
son and his heirs males all my lands in Kirkton alias Shotley and
other towns adjoining except a tenement at the church gate of
Shotley sometime Richard Strangman's which I do give unto Eliz-
abeth Hawys my sister. Anthony Stratton my son £20. Robert
Stratton my son £20 to be paid in the year 1550. Margaret Strat
ton my daughter £30 to be paid in the year 1552. Philip Stratton
my son £20 to be paid in the year 1554. John Stratton my son to
pay all these sums. Agnes Sakes £3. Katherine Harman my
daughter ij mylch kyen. Elizabeth Hewes aa fetherbedd. William
my servant. I will that John my son perform all such covenants
as are between me and John Southwell and Ciselye Sampson
widow. I will that John my son shall have all my cattails plate
corn etc. together with such sums as be due to me from John South-
well; he putting in bonds to my executor for the payment of my
debts funeral charges etc. I will have bestowed at my buryall
such charges with dedes of charitie as shall be thought necessarie;
and an honest herce with myn armys so that it be done without
pompe or pride. I will have a grave stone with myn armys uppon
it. Executor Robert Caldwell. My cosin Thomas Yaxleye to be
an helper to myn executor. My son John shall not demand any
gift that I have given and not rehersyd herein. I give to Thomas
Bayman for his paynes to come to Shotleye to see the bondys layed
and delivered by my son John vs. Witnesses: John Strat
ton, Thomas Yaxley, John Davers, Francis Harman. Codicil
(undated): If John my son do refuse to perform my will then 54 A Book of Strattons

my executor and such as I do put in trust shall enjoy the profits
of my Manor of Kirketon for four years towards the performance
of this my will. Witnesses: Thomas Yaxleye, William Rich-
ards, John Stratton, John D avers. 13 June 1548 Robert Caldwell
the executor renounced and commission issued to John Stratton
the son to administer.

WILL of JOHN STRATTON of Kyrketon alias Shotlie co.
Suffolk gentellmanne, dated 8 December 1559. (C. C. Nor-
I leave my bodye to be buryede in the Churche of Kyketon
neyghe unto the Sepulture of my father. Mary and Elizabeth my
daughters and their heirs my tenements called Guiles and Mondes
in Kyrketon sometyme James Biscoo's with the lands to them be-
longing as contained in a deed of feoffment to me made by John
Barlye deceased. Robert, Richard, Cicelie and Elizabeth children
of my brother in law Francis Harman £3-6s-8d. each at 21 out of
my Manor lands. Philip Stratton my brother xx marks. Margaret
Stratton my sister £30 at marriage. Anthony Stratton my brother
"if he be on live," £3-6-8; but if he be departed from this life,
then to his wife 26s. 8d. Cycelie Forgonn my god daughter 13s.
4d. Executrix, Cicelie my wife. Supervisor, Richard Cornwalyes
Esq, to whom for his paynes a graye mare of iij yeres olde. Ann
Bingelowe widow of London 26s. 8d.
Proved 16 June 1561 by the executrix.

SUFF. INQUISITION taken at Bury in the county aforesaid the

23rd day of September sic, 2 Eliz. post mortem John

Stratton Esq.:—

The Jurors say on oath that George Stratton father of the said

John Stratton was seised in his demesne as of fee of and in the

Manors of Thurkelton and Kyrkton 260 acres of land 30 acres of

meadow 100 acres of pasture 100 acres of marsh and 12s. rent with

appurtenances in Thurkelton Kyrkton Shotley Arwarton and

Chemyngton in the aforesaid county and of and in one cottage

called Mimes one other cottage called Strangmans and another

cottage late James Bastowes and being so seised did by Indenture

dated 24 August 25 Henry 8. made between one Cicily Sampson

then relict of Nicholas Sampson Esq deceased and before relict of The Shotley Line 55

Thomas Felton Esq. deceased and one John Southwell gent
executor of the last will of the said Thomas Felton on the one part
and the aforesaid George and the said John Stratton then son and
heir apparent of the said George on the other part covenant with
the said Cicily Sampson and John Southwell in consideration of a
marriage between the said John Stratton and Cicily Felton one
of the daughters of the said Thomas Felton to be celebrated and
solemnized that the said George should recognize by Fine in the
Court of King's Bench at Westminster the said Manor of Thur-
kelton to be the right of one Humphrey Wingfield Knt as that
which the said Humphrey Thomas Seckford Esq. John Fletewood
George Christmas John Southwell and John Soone gents had of
the gift of the said George and that said Humphrey Thomas John
etc. and their heirs after the said Fine suffered should stand seised
of and in the said Manor to the sole use and behoof of the said John
Stratton and Cicily Felton and of the heirs males of the said John
of the body of the said Cicily lawfully begotten and for default of
such to the use of the said John and the heirs males of his body
and for default of such to the use of Anthony Stratton another son
of said George Stratton and their heirs males of said Anthony and
for default of such to the use of Robert Stratton another son of
said George and the heirs males of said Robert and for default of
such to the use of Philip Stratton another son of said Goerge and
the heirs males of said Philip and for default of such to the right
heirs of said George for ever and the said George Stratton by
the said Indenture did further covenant with the said Cicily
Sampson and John Southwell that within three years next follow-
ing the date of said Indenture he the said George should make a
good and sufficient estate in fee simple of and in the said Manor
of Kyrkton sic and of and in divers lands to the said Manor be-
longing and of and in all other the lands of the said George except
the three cottages aforesaid unto the aforesaid feoffees and unto
Francis Harman and John Stevens alias Frelove to have and to
hold to the said feoffees and their heirs to the sole use and behoof
of the said George and of so much of them as he the said George
should assign for the term of their lives to such wife or wives as he
should marry and if it happened the said George not to marry
them after the decease of the said George to the sole use of the
executors of the said George for the performance of his last will 56 A Book of Strattons

during four years next following his decease and after the said
four years ended to the sole use and behoof of the said John Strat
ton and his heirs males of the body of the said Cicily Felton law-
fully begotten with contingent remainders as before limited and
expressed in default of such issue And the Jurors say that the
said John Stratton afterwards took to wife the said Cicily Felton
and that the said Fine was suffered in the said Court in the 25th
year of King Henry the Eighth By virtue of which Fine the said
John Stratton and Cicily his wife were seised of the said Manor of
Thurkelton in their demesne viz. the said John as of fee tail and
the said Cicily as of freehold with remainders as in the said In-
denture expressed and limited And of the said Manor of Kyrkton
and all other the lands and tenements which the said George
Stratton had in co. Suffolk except those excepted And afterwards
the said George Stratton died and the said John outlived him and
was seised of the said Manor of Kyrton and of all other the prem-
ises above recited in his demesne as of fee tail and of and in the
said cottages in his demesne as fee and being so seised did die the
16th day of December sic 2 Eliz. And Cicily wife of the said John
outlived him and is now living at Shotley aforesaid And the said
Manor of Thurkelton at the time of the death of said John was
holden of Thomas Felton Esq. as of his Manor of Shotley and is of
the clear annual value of £13 And the said Manor of Kyrkton
was then holden of the Queen as of her Honor of Clare by knight
service viz. by the quarter part of one knight's fee for all services
and is of the clear annual value of £10 And the said cottages are
holden as parcel of the Manor of Kyrkton and are of the annual
value of 20s. And that Thomas Stratton is son and heir of the
said John Stratton and was of the age of 14 years at the time of
his father's death.

Wards and Liveries, Vol. S-N. 117.

WILL of THOMAS STRATTON of Karketon alias Shotley co.

Suffolk gent now lyving in Dedham co. Essex dated 15 April

1596. Abstract. (P. C. C. Drake 84.)
Dorothy my wife shall during her life enjoy these demense
lands parcell of my Manor of Kyrketon alreaddie assured for her
jointure (all which lands are situate in Shotley and towns ad-
joining) and shall vertuouslie carefullie and motherlie bring up my The Shotley Line 57

children in good educacon. To her I give likewise all my house-
hold stuff in my house in Dedham where I now remayne together
with a silver pott that was her father's. My farm or Manor of
Thurkoulton alias Shurkelton and all my lands in the tenure of
Thomas Crickman and Robert Runting in Shotley and certain
lands in the occupation of John Sparke (which I had of Sir Philip
Parker Knt in Shotley) I give unto John Morgan of St. Clem-
ents in Ipswich gent until John my son and heir shall accomplish
his age of one and twenty years the said John Morgan in the
meantime performing this my will with the issues and profits
thereof. If my wife decease before my son John accomplish his
said age then I will all the lands unto her devised to John Morgan
until my said son attain his full age. Benjamin my son a life
annuity of £10 out of the said lands after my son John shall
enjoy them. Mary my (eldest) daughter £50 at marriage and £5
yearly until that time. Elizabeth my daughter £50 at one and
twenty. Sarah Beriff my daughter's child £30 at 21. My son
Joseph £100 at 21 and £5 yearly after his age of 14 years for his
maintenance.* Sarah Beriff my daughter. My sister Elizabeth
Hankyn 20s. to buy her a ring; also £10. Roger, Thomas, and
John Tankyn children of my said daughter 40s. apiece at 21. My
servants Elizabeth Squire and Katherine Sallowes. Poor of Shot-
ley £5; poor of Dedham 20s. Executors, my wife Dorothie and
John Morgan. The rest of my lands and tenements in co. Suffolk,
I will to John Morgan until my eldest son attain his full age. To
my cosyn John Morgan £10 and the pasturing of two geldings in
certain marshes before to him devised. My cosyn John Collett a
black coulte now going upon Dedham Heathe. Ann Morgan my
cosyn John Morgan's wife 20s. to buy her a ring as a gentle token
of my remembrance. Mr Doctor Chapman 40s. Thomas Bate my
servant the end of the house wherein he now dwelleth during his
Witnesses :

John Cullet, William Debnam
Proved 4 November 1596 by Thomas Ashwood proctor for John

Morgan the executor, power being reserved to Dorothie the


* This is the Joseph Stratton who came to James City, Va., in 1628 and was
member of the House of Burgesses the following year. 58 A Book of Strattons

SUFFOLK INQUISITION Taken at Stowmarket co. Suffolk
19 January 39 Elizabeth before John Batty sforde Esqr. the
King's Escheator for said county post mortem Thomas
Stratton gent:

The Jurors find that Thomas Stratton was on the 18th
of August 15 Eliz. seised in his demesne as of fee of and in
the Manor of Kyrketon alias Shotley in co. Suffolk and being
thereof so seised did by Indenture bearing date the same
18 August 15 Eliz. for the jointure of Dorothy then his wife
enfeoff John Nicolls of Laxfield co. Suffolk gent John Dameron
of Westerfield co. Suffolk gent and Robert Felton of Grun-
disburgh co. Suffolk get of and in the said Manor and of and
in all the lands etc. thereto belonging lying in Kirkton alias
Shotley Chelmondeston and Arwarton to have and to hold
to the said feoffees to the sole use and behoof of the said
Thomas Stratton and Dorothy his wife and to the heirs males
of the said Thomas of the body of the said Dorothy lawfully
begotten and in default of such to the sole use and behoof
of the right heirs of the said Thomas for ever By virtue
of which enfeoffment the said Thomas and Dorothy were
seised of and in the whole site of the said Manor viz. Thomas
in his demesne as of fee tail and Dorothy for the term of her
life And the said Thomas was seised of and in the residue
of the said Manor to him and his heirs for ever.

The Jurors further say that the said Thomas Stratton was
at death likewise seised in his demesne as of fee of and in
the Manor of Thurkolton alias Shurkolton in co. Suffolk and
of and in one close of land containing 3 acres late purchased
of Philip Parker Knt; that the said Thomas before he died
did make his last will in writing and did thereby devise his
said Manor of Thurkolton with all other his lands in co.
Suffolk unto one John Morgan in trust until John son of the
said Thomas should be 21 years of age; that said Thomas
died the 29th day of May last past at Dedham in co. Suffolk
sic; that John Stratton is his son and next heir and of the
age of 15 years and 99 days at the taking of this Inquisition;
that Dorothy late wife of the said Thomas is now alive viz.
at Stownmarket.

Chancery Inquisitions Post Mortem, Vol. 250, No. 24. The Shotley Line 59

WILL of JOHN STRATTON of Shotley co. Suffolk gent dated
24 September 1621. Abstract. (P. C. C. Skynner 52.)
Poor of Shotley £3. I give out of my Manor of Thurcalton alias
Surcalton in Shotley now in the occupation of Thomas Cample
unto Ann my wife £50 yearly for life; the remainder of the rents
of the said Manor to go to my executors towards the bringing up
of my children. I give to my son John * at his age of one and
twenty the remainder of such rents as shall be due out of my said
Manor during the life of Ann his mother; and after her decease
I will all my said Manor unto my son John and his heirs for ever,
and in default to my next heir at law. My Manor at Kirton Hall
where I do now dwell with the lands thereto pertaining and now in
the occupation of me the said John Stratton, Richard Throward,
Christopher Wilton, and John Wilton I will shall be sold by my
executors for the performance of this my will. William and
Athony my sons £100 each at 21. My eldest daughter Ann £100
at 18. Elizabeth, Marie, and Dorothie my daughters £100 each at
18. f Residuary legatees my executors. Benjamin Stratton my
brother £6-13-8. Joseph my brother 40s. to buy him a ring. My
kinswman Marie Harrison 20s. Executors Ann my wie and John
my son. Supervisor Mr. Robert Clench of Holbrooke co. Suffolk

John Havell ser., John Wilton
Proved 19 May 1627 by Ann Stratton the relict and John Strat
ton the son executors.

John Stratton the testator died at Ardleigh in Essex — the
parish adjoining Dedham — and was buried at Shotley. John his
son must have been of age on or before 19 May, 1627, else he could
not have obtained probate of the will. Careful search was made
in the Close Rolls, at the Public Record Office, London, for the
Indenture of sale of the Manor of Kirkton, but without success.
Failure to discover it is probably due to the fact that the in-
dentures there enrolled are calendared Under The Names of
Grantees Only. In this case the names of the Grantors only are

* This John Stratton, Jr., came to America and settled at Salem, Mass.
t The daughters, Elizabeth and Dorothy, came to Salem, with their mother,
Ann Stratton, widow. 60 A Book of Strattons


Grant of land on the coast of Maine to John Stratton of Shotley.
By the Plymouth Council, December 1, 1631.

A Graunt passed to John Stratton of Shatley sic in the County
of Suffolke gent and his Associates of Two Thousand Acres of Land
butting upon the South Side of the River or Creeke called Cape
Porpus and on the other side Northwarde of the said River ex-
tending or to be extended from the said Rivers Mouth of the said
Cape with all other Profitts or Commodities whatsoever there
specified paying to the King one fifth part of all the Gold and Silver
Oare and another fifth part to the President and Councill and
paying more to the said President and Councill for every Hun-
dred Acres of Land in use two shillings to the Rent Gatherer as
by the same Graunte may appeare.

State Colonial Papers, 1574-1631. P. R. Office, London.

Warwick House, 2 December 1631. There was a Pattent agreed
upon for John Stratton for a proporcon of Land containing 2000
acres * * * with all Comodityes & Privileges proper for his
necessary occasions as by his said graunt more at large appeareth.

The Consideration for and in respect that he had lived in New
England these three yaeres last past and had expended 1000 li. in
transporting of cattle and maintaining of servaunts in their Im-
ployment and for that he now purposeth to transport more cattle
and to settle a plantecon there according to his grant and for that
he is to pay the one fifth part of ye Gold and Silver Ore three to
be found to the Kings Maty and one other 5th part to the President
and Councell and also is to pay ijs. for every Hundred Acres of
Land in use by the yeare when it shall be demanded by the Rate
Gatherer and not to Alien the same without consent first had and
obtained which said Pattents were signed by the Lord Gorges and
Sr Ferdinando Gorges and ready to pass ye Seale and afterwards
were left with Mr. Walter Williams to be dispatcht by the Earle
of Warwicx president.

State Colonial Papers, 1631-1633. P. R. Office, London.

In the same month, December, 1631, John Stratton left England to take possession of this grant on the coast of Maine. For
further records of him see "John Stratton of Salem" in this volume.

A Street in Shrivenham Village
{Pages 61 and 98)

Interior of Shrivenham Church
{Page 64) The Shrivenham Line 61


Shrivenham is a parish of Berkshire, about seventy miles west
of London. The picturesque old village of Shrivenham, with its
thatched houses, some of them more than four centuries old, is
situated near a remnant of an old Roman road.

How early the Strattons were in Shrivenham has not been
learned. It is quite probable that one of the origins of the name
was in this region. The earliest Stratton will of Berkshire in the
Prerogative Court of Canterbury was probated 1593 (31 Nevill).
Earlier wills might be found in other courts. Mention is made,
on the Hundred Rolls, of Strattons in Northhampton and Oxford,
just north of Berkshire, in the time of Edward I. A more extended
research than the compiler has been able to make would doubt-
less reveal much of interest and might trace the line back to the
origin of the name.

From Burke's "Landed Gentry" we find that Thomas Stratton was buried in the churchyard at Shrivenham in April, 1587.
His wife, Joan, died seven years earlier. They had a son
Thomas, whose eldest son married Anne Locke (an aunt of John Locke the philosopher), and from them is descended John Locke Stratton of Turweston House, Buckinghamshire b 1818 m2 Mary WILLES d 8 Mar 1924, and
George Stratton, Barrister-at-law, and M. P. for Leicester and Northampton.

William Stratton died in Shrivenham in 1604. In his will he
calls himself an "aged man," from which we infer he was born
in the first half of the sixteenth century. As he named one of his
daughters, Joan, and speaks of his cousin Thomas Stratton, it
seems very probable that he was a son of Thomas and Joan
Stratton of Burke's "Landed Gentry."

He is the ancestor of many Strattons in America to-day. (See
the following genealogical outline.)

The churchyard in which William Stratton and his wife were
buried (see his will, page 64) contains many old stones from which
centuries of time have entirely effaced the inscriptions. The old
church, built before 1500, in which services are still held every
Sabbath, was the place of worship for at least twelve generations
of Strattons. 62 A Book of Strattons


I. William Stratton.

Died in Shrivenham, Eng.

Will dated September 16, 1601, probated May 12,
II. 1. Joan, m. James Saunders.

II. 2. Christian, m. Cox.

II. 3. John, of Shrivenham.

Executor of his father's will in 1604-5.
III. 1. William, son of John, b. 1585.

Lived in London from 1606 to 1636.
Removed to Tenterden, County Kent, where he died
in 1647.

m. 1st, Elizabeth .

m. 2d, Margaret , after 1632.

1. Sarah, b. 1613; m. Isaac Pickering.

2. John, b. 1614; d. in infancy.

3. Rebecca, b. 1615; d. 1620.

4. William, bapt. March 6, 1618; d. 1645.

m. 1st, Sarah Wyatt, December 27, 1742.

2d, Susana , 1647-8.

3d, Anne Waldegrave, 1663.
Lived and died in Tenterden.

a. William, b. 1643; d. 1646.

b. Esther, b. 1648.

m. Benjamin Horner, 1673.

c. *James, bapt. November 26, 1650,

Received degrees B. A., M. A. and D. D. from
Cambridge, 1670-82. Adm. his father's estate
in 1675, and his brother William's estate in 1686.

d. Luke, b. 1652; d. in infancy.

e. Elizabeth, b. 1653.

f. William, b. 1655.

d. in London, 1685, a bachelor.

g. Samuel, bapt. November 17, 1656.

A merchant on Lime St., London, where he died
in 1S93. His will gives one-half of estate to

* Nothing more is known of him. He may have come to America. The Shrivenham Line 63

wife Hannah and one-half to children (not

h. Susana, b. 1658; d. 1660.
i. Rebecca, b. 1659; d. 1661.
j. Stephen, b. 1660; d. 1684, unmarried; buried in


5. Richard, bapt. November 30, 1619.

See Strattons of Long Island.

6. John, bapt. August 14, 1621.

See Strattons of Long Island.

7. *Joseph, bapt. March 10, 1624-5.

Legatee under father's will, 1647.
Perhaps m. Anne Kerbey in London, 1648.

8. Benjamin, bapt. March 10, 1624.

m. .

Died in London, 1662. No issue.

9. Bartholomew, bapt. January 12, 1627-8.

Settled in Boston, Mass., about 1658.

10. Elizabeth, b. 1631.

m. Thomas Couch.

11. Samuel, bapt. July 23, 1633.

m. Rebecca, daughter of William Graves,
a. William, "only child."

Will made February 6, 1690. Left all to his
mother, then a widow.

12. Caleb, bapt. June 10, 1631.

Settled in Boston, Mass., about 1660.

13. Mary, b. 1637; d. 1638.

14. *Thomas, bapt. February 10, 163S-9.

Legatee under father's will, 1647.

15. Nathaniel, bapt. March 5, 1642-3.

m. Elizabeth .

d. 1693, a citizen of London.

a. Mary, m. William Avers before 1693.

b. Nathaniel, named in father's will, 1693. f

c. Elizabeth, named in father's will, 1693.

* Colonel Chester found no later record of these sons in England. They
may have settled in America.

t A Nathaniel Stratton m. Mary Eldridge in Tenterden, April 6, 1727. 64 A Book of Strattons

The following is a full abstract of William Stratton's will,
dated 16 September, 1601:

"To be buried in Shrivenham Churchyard, near my wife; to
the poor of Shrivenham eight pounds; to my poor sister, Agnes,
five shillings per annum for her life; to Zachary Lidyard and his
wife, my kins-woman, and their children three pounds; to the
children of my son-in-law, James Saunders, viz. John, Richard
Thomas, Nicholas and Jane, twenty pounds among them; to
Christian, my daughter, sixty pounds, but if she die unmarried,
this to go to the children of said James Saunders and my daughter
Joan, his wife; to Margaret and Agnes Coxe, children of my
daughter, Agnes, long since deceased, each twenty shillings when
sixteen years old; to William, son of my son, John Stratton, four
pounds; all residue of my estate to said John, my son, and he to
be my executor. Overseers of my will my cousin, Thomas Strat
ton and my son-in-law, James Saunders."

The executor, John Stratton, proved the will in the Prerogative
Court of Canterbury 12th of May, 1604. To obtain the relative
value of these legacies, then and now, they must be multiplied by
at least ten. This gives a value of about $5,000, besides the
"residue" — which was probably by far the greater part of his
estate — left to his son John. Nothing more has been learned about
this John Stratton. It is quite probable that he had other children
besides the William mentioned in his father's will. His own will
has not been found.*

William Stratton, son of above John, was apprenticed in Lon-
don in 1599, then aged fourteen years. f In the records of his

This is the only Stratton entry on the Tenterden registers not included

* A thorough search of the Registers of Shrivenham Parish would doubtless
give much additional data, and might account for other Stratton emigrants
to the American colonies. There were Strattons living in Shrivenham until
a few years ago, when the last of the family there died, a very old lady.

t "Serving a seven years' apprenticeship in London and thus securing the
freedom of the city carried with it many advantages. For such an appren-
ticeship a considerable premium was required. Only the well-to-do persons
of the humbler classes could afford so to place their sons, — and even the gen-
try were often glad to avail themselves of placing their younger sons in the
way of maintaining themselves in one of the various branches of business in
London." — Col. Chester for Mr. S. V. Stratton.



x H

ffl The Shrivenham Line 65

company he is described as "son of John Stratton of Shriven-

At the end of his seven years' apprenticeship, at the age of
twenty-one, he became a free citizen of London, where he resided
for twenty-five years, in the parish of St. Leonard, in Eastcheap,
at that time in the heart of the old city. He married Elizabeth

about 1612, and the records of the baptisms of their

children are found in the parish register. In 1635 Elizabeth died,
and was buried at St. Leonard's, June 12. Soon after the death
of his wife, William Stratton gave up his business in London and
retired to Tenterden, in the county of Kent. He married, second,

Margaret (a widow with two daughters), who became

the mother of his three younger children, born in Tenterden.
He made his will May 31, 1647, and died within the year. In this
will he describes himself as "jurat," and is so described in the
parish register at Tenterden.*

His will is in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury; following is
a full abstract of it:

"My executor to pay to my wife Margaret, 1,045 pounds, as
agreed upon before our marriage; to my daughter, Elizabeth, 140
pounds, at her marriage, or when twenty years of age, and a trunk
of linen appointed by her mother; to my sons John, Thomas and
Nathaniel, each 120 pounds, when 23 years of age; to Caleb, my
son, 110 pounds when 23; to Joseph, Benjamin and Samuel, my
sons, each 100 pounds, when 23; to Bartholomew, my son, 90
pounds when 23; to my daughter, Sarah Pickering, 10 pounds for
her children; to my wife's daughters, Rose and Margaret, each
10 shillings. All the rest of my estate to William, my son, and he
to be my executor."

It will be seen that his bequests to his wife and younger children
amount to a little more than £2,000. Colonel Chester thinks
it only reasonable to presume that the portion given his eldest son
was as much more. Multiplying by ten to give the equivalent at
the present day, makes £40,000, or $200,000. "It is clear enough
that he was one of the solid and substantial middle-class men of

* "The word jurat is equivalent to alderman, or rather alderman and com-
mon councilman combined. It is an evidence of the social standing of William
Stratton in his new home that his fellow-townsmen elected him one of their
chief rulers." — Col. Chester. 66 A Book of Strattons

his day, a result obtained, no doubt, during his business career
of a quarter of a century in London." *

Of the sons of William Stratton of Tenterden, who settled in
America, — Bartholomew and Caleb in Boston, and Richard and
John on Long Island, — three, at least, have descendants living
here to-day. f Richard, it will be noticed, is the only son not
named in his father's will in 1647. He was twenty-three years of
age in 1642, — the age at which the other sons were to receive
their portions of the father's estate. He had probably been given
his portion and emigrated from Tenterden to America, settling
on Long Island, where we find him in 1643; and where his brother
John followed a few years later. (See Early Strattons of Long
Island and Early Strattons of Boston.)

* Nearly all the data here given on this branch of the Strattons was kindly
furnished the compiler by Mr. S. V. Stratton of Mississippi, and was obtained
for him in London by the late Col. Joseph Lemuel Chester, the well known
American antiquarian.

t While there is no actual proof that Richard and John Stratton of Tenter-
den and Richard and John Stratton of Long Island are the same, Colonel
Chester, after a most exhaustive and thoughtful research felt fully convinced
that such was the case, and the compiler has found no reason to doubt it.
After giving several pages of data which led him to this conclusion Colonel
Chester adds, "while admitting that this evidence might not be sufficient to
contest an estate at law, I submit that morally it is of the strongest character." PART II 67

'Attempt the end and never stand in doubt;
Nothing's so hard but search will find it out." Herrick.

This facsimile of an old document in Boston Courthouse,
from which was deciphered material concerning Samuel and
Alice St rati on (see pages 153, 157) serves to show the difficulties
encountered in a search for genealogical and historical truths.
Photographed for this volume.


'Tis as easy to be heroes as to sit the idle slaves

Of a legendary virtue carved upon our fathers' graves.


THE first Strattons of whom any mention has been found in
colonial records came to America in 1628, — just twenty-one
years after the settlement at Jamestown.

In this year, Joseph Stratton of Harwich, Eng., came to
James City, Va., and his nephew, John Stratton of Shotley,
came to New England.

Before another twenty-one years had passed several more than
the traditional "three brothers" had crossed the Atlantic and
settled in the New World, — while others still had visited our
shores but left no evidence of having settled here.

Before Colonial days were ended the descendants of these early
Strattons were numerous and widely scattered. On the Revolu-
tionary War Records we find no less than one hundred and twelve
names of Strattons who took part in the struggle for American
Independence, — the name being found on the Revolutionary
Rolls in nine of the thirteen original States.

The following outline shows the Colonial Strattons who are
known to be emigrants, and others not yet (1907) traced to any
earlier American ancestor, — with place of settlement, and date of
first mention so far found in Colonial records:

' Joseph Stratton, James City, Va.
John Stratton, Scarboro, Me.
Bartholomew Stratton, Boston
Caleb Stratton,

Richard Stratton, Long Island
John Stratton,

Thomas Stratton, Eastern Shore, Va.
Samuel Stratton, Watertown, Mass.

John Stratton, Watertown, Mass.

1628) Uncle & "I
1628 I nephew
1658 i Broth-
1660 J era





not yet

Edward Stratton, Bermuda Hundred, Va. 1671

John Stratton, Woodbury, Conn. 1682

William Stratton, Winsor, Conn. 1706

Emanuel Stratton, New Jersey 1713

Mark Stratton, 1713 I

Joseph Stratton, Watertown, Mass. 1717

(^ Jonathan Stratton, Weston, Mass.


"^. to be


1 No clew

found to any


J with an earl-
ier American

J line.

. from some
*? of the above,
but proof of
the same is

J yet wanting. 70 A Book of Strattons

Of the sixteen Strattons named in this outline, thirteen are
known to have descendants living in the United States to-day.*
The ancestry of the first two,— Joseph of James City, and John
of Salem, — is very fully and interestingly traced back to Walter
de Stratton of Suffolk, England, in 1329. (See The Shotley Line.)

The two Boston emigrants — Bartholomew and Caleb — were
from Tenterden, England, and were great-grandsons of William
Stratton of Shrivenham. Their line back to about the middle of
the sixteenth century is given on another page of this volume.

That Richard and John of Long Island were elder brothers of
Bartholomew and Caleb, there seems no reason to doubt. f (See
Long Island Strattons.)

The English lines of Samuel of Watertown and Thomas of the
eastern shore have not yet been determined. %

Of the next three, — John of Watertown, Edward of Bermuda
Hundred and John of Woodbury, — the most diligent research has
failed to find any trace earlier than the dates given, or the least
clew to any connection with any earlier Strattons. §

Of the last five Strattons named in the outline, it can now only
be said that while it seems very probable that they belong to
earlier American lines, the compiler has so far found no proof of

(See "Contents" of this Volume for the pages upon which full
records of each of these Colonial Strattons are found.)

In addition to the sixteen Strattons in the above outline,
others have appeared for a short time upon Colonial records,

* Over four thousand of these descendants have been satisfactorily traced
by the compiler. Each line, down to the fifth generation, is given in this first
volume of A Book of Strattons. The second volume will take each line up
where this one leaves it.

t It is very much hoped that actual proof may yet be found.

% Clews, however, have been found which it is hoped will lead to the estab-
lishment of their homes and ancestry in the old world.

§ In this volume these three are treated as emigrants — i. e. the first of
their lines in America.

|| If such is the fact, researches still being made in Connecticut, Massachu-
eetts and New Jersey must in time find the "missing links." It is barely
possible, however, that some of these men were "after planters," coming from
England at about the date of first mention given here — in which case the evi-
dence must be looked for in England. Colonial Strattons 71

with no clew to their ancestry and no discovered trace of any de-

i. William Stratton, Marblehead, Mass. 1649-1658

ii. John Stratton, Maryland and Delaware 1672-1677

iii. Thomas Stratton, Maryland 1677-1686

iv. Thomas Stratton, Maryland 1729-1744

v. George Stratton, Maryland 1708-1718

vi. Anthony Stratton, of London 1697-1701

vii. William Stratton, of Bristol 1640-1652

viii. William Stratton, mariner 1695

What little has been found concerning these men is given here:

I. From 1649 to 1658 "Mr. William Stratton" lived in
Essex County, Mass. (as shown by deeds). He owned ten acres of
land, with "ye old mill and all utensils and implements there-un-to
pertaining," near Throgmorton's Cove, — in that part of Salem
which in 1649 became Marblehead. In 1657 he was in Marble-
head, and John Bradstreet was his attorney. In 1658 he had sold
his property and his name disappears from the records there.
Unavailing search has been made for any clew to his whereabouts

II. In 1672 John Stratton was granted fifty acres in Dor-
chester County, Md., for "having transported himself into the
Province to inhabitant." And the name of John Stratton ap-
pears in 1672 in Queen Anne and Kent Counties, Md., and in
1677 in Newcastle County, Del. The records give nothing to
show that he became an inhabitant there, or any clew to his
residence elsewhere. (See Land Grants, Annapolis. Also, Court
Proceedings, Kent, Queen Anne and New Castle Counties.)

III. In 1677 Thomas Stratton "came into Maryland."
(Book of Land grants, patents, arrivals, at Annapolis.) f

* At this time many families were moving from that part of Massachusetts
to new colonies. Many settled in Connecticut, near Hartford. In 1641 John
Throgmorton with thirty-six English families from Massachusetts, settled on
the peninsula now known as Throgmortons, near Flushing, Long Island.
Ann Hutchinson came to Pellam Neck, just east of Throgmortons.

t "The book in which this is originally recorded is so nearly gone to decay
that it is impossible to decipher anything more of this entry. Many of the 72 A Book of Strattons

In Annapolis wills, Liber C, 1682-1686, is recorded a long and
interesting will of Edmund Gibbons of Delaware River. His pos-
sessions were widely scattered, — lands in Delaware, Pennsylvania,
Carolina and New York; debts and concerns in the Barbadoes; a
debt of long standing in Virginia; cattle and horses on Long Island.
To "Brother Thomas Stratton and his wife" is bequeathed "the
plantation called Mulberry Swamp (not located) and what stock
there is on it, my new chest of goods at Briggs, and my chest and
goods at New Castle and a mare on Long Island." Thomas
Stratton is one of the executors of this will; Jonathan Naville of
Salem County, N. J., was another executor.

IV. Nothing more is found of a Thomas Stratton in Maryland
for forty-six years, and then (1729) a Thomas Stratton bought
land in Cecil County. Four years later, September 3, 1733, the
church records of St. Stephen Parish (Cecil County), give the
marriage of Thomas Stratton to Hannah Mannering (or Man-
waring) .

August 28, 1734, and March 30, 1739, Thomas Stratton and
wife Hannah sign deeds to two tracts of land in Cecil County, —
one called " Hispanola," the other "Bullen's Ridge." February,
1744, Thomas Stratton quitclaims to Martin Alexander of Cecil
County all rights to a large tract of land known as "Knowlwood."

This is a quaint old deed beginning:

"To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come.
Know ye that Thomas Stratton, of Kent County, in the Territory
of Pennsylvania (now Maryland) sendeth greetings. Know ye
that said Thomas Stratton for valuable considerations him there-
unto moving, hath remised, released and for ever quit-claim," etc.

No wife joins him in signing this deed, and then his name dis-
appears from the records there, and nothing more is known of
him. *

leaves of the book crumble into pieces upon being handled." — Kirk Brown,

* Cecil County, Md., was taken from Baltimore County in 1673. It joins
New Castle County in Delaware. Salem County, N. J., is just across the river
in New Jersey. Kent County was established in 1640. The history of these
counties is closely connected. William Penn, it will be remembered, as well
as Lord Baltimore, claimed this vicinity to the Atlantic. Many Quakers
settled here. Strattons from Long Island settled in Salem County, N. J., aa
early, at least, as 1716. Colonial Strattons 73

V. In 1708 (November 1st) Jacob Neal of Kent County, Md.,
appoints "my good friend George Stratton" (or Strutton)
executor of his will.

In 1718 the will of George Stratton of Cecil County, gentleman,
is probated.* No sons are mentioned. His estate goes to his two
daughters, Mary Stratton and Elenor, wife of Cornelius Tobin
(Annapolis Wills, Liber J. C. & W. B.).

VI. In 1697-1699 Captain Anthony Stratton, mariner, of
London, had some claims in the province of Maryland. May 1,
1701, he is diseased, and Richard Branch of Talbott County, Md.,
enters caveat against any person administering on his estate.
(Annapolis Wills, Liber 18, Folio 43).

VII. William Stratton, mariner and merchant, of Bristol,
Eng., appears several times in American ports, bringing goods and
passengers. In 1644 he is master of the "Rain Bow," then in
port in Boston. In 1646-1648-1649 he has power of attorney to
transact business for parties in Boston, Charlestown and London.
In 1642 Hugh Jones, John Abbott and John Vinning came over
in "Mr. Stratton's ship." f

VIII. In November, 1696, a "Mr. William Stratton" pre-
sented a petition to the council and assembly at New Castle, Del.,
concerning the brigantine "Tryall," of which he was then master.
Associated with him was "Mr. E. Stratton." The same case was
in court in Boston, January, 1697-1698.

The brigantine was "taken in New Foundland waters." There
is no evidence that these mariners ever had a residence in America.

Could this have been the William Stratton, mariner and mer-
chant, of Bristol, who appeared on our shores fifty-five years

* The administrators of this will are "held and firmly bound unto the Right
Hon. Charles Baltimore, in full and just sum of £100. sterling money of Eng-
land." The will is returned by Matheas Vanderhuyden, Deputy Commis-
sioner — who married a daughter of Augustus Herman, one of the most promi-
nent men of his day in Maryland. Herman and his family lived at " Bohemia
Manor," in Cecil County. Mannering (or Manwaring) Hall was near Bohemia

t William Aspinwall, Recorder of Suffolk County, Mass., gives twelve
references to this William Stratton, of Bristol. See Aspinwall' s Records, pub. THE FIRST STRATTONS IN AMERICA

"What is all this worth?" Abbe Roynal.


(See Chart 1)

THE first Stratton to appear on Colonial records was Joseph
Stratton, 1 youngest son of Thomas Stratton of Shotley and
Ardleigh. (See Strattons of the Shotley Line.)* He came to Vir-
ginia in the spring of 1628 — the same season of the year in which
twenty-one years earlier the first little colony sailed up the beauti-
ful James River to the site of Jamestown. Doubtless Joseph
was as charmed as were they with this "land of flowers" in the
season of its beauty — the "Good Land," as the Indians called it.

By his father's will Joseph was to have "£100 at 21, and £5
yearly after his age of 14." In 1621 he seems to have been in
Shotley and by the will of his brother John was given " 10 shil-
lings to buy him a ring." In 1623 he was living in Harwich, just
across the River Stour from Shotley. In April, 1628, he came to
Plymouth and "sete saile for to goe to Virginia." He married
Joan , whether in England or Virginia is not yet known. f

When the House of Burgesses assembled, March 24, 1629, we
find Joseph Stratton a member of the same — less than a year after
his arrival in the colony.

He represented Nutmeg Quarter, Denheigh County. Two
years later he was again in Burgess, representing Nutmeg Quarter
and Waters Creek — (called Watts Creek on maps of to-day).

In 1635 he owned 500 acres of land at Nutmeg Quarter. One

* See pedigree and history of Shotley Strattons, in Part I of this Volume.

t The records at Shotley and Dedham show nothing of him later than 1621.
The registers at Harwich and Ardleigh have not been searched. One of them
may contain his marriage record — and possibly baptisms of his children. He
could not have been far from thirty-five years of age when he came to
America. 76 A Book of Strattons

entry says this land was "granted him," another that he "bought
it from the attorney of Sir Frances Wyatt." (Virginia Land

On this land Joseph Stratton was apparently living in 1639, and
that same year George Stratton was appointed "Viewer of the
tobacco crops," (according to Act of Assembly, 1639), from Waters
Creek to the lower port of the County," while John Stratton was
appointed to the same office in Lower Norfolk County.* (Robin-
son's manuscript.)

In 1640 Joseph Stratton was still living in Virginia (Lechford's
Notes). No record of his death has been found, but on the 2d of
June, 1641, Joan Stratton, "relict of Joseph Stratton, late of
James City in Virginia" was commissioned by the prerogative
court of Canterbury, Eng., to administer his estate.

Joan was probably then in England, but whether she came
there after her husband's death, or before, or whether or not
she was ever in Virginia, is one of the still unsolved Stratton

All recognized sources of information in Virginia have been care-
fully searched for farther data, but without avail.

It is possible that he is the ancestor of the Strattons who appear
later in other Virginia counties.

Some stray item, from some unlooked for source, may yet come
to light to prove this — for the present nothing more is known of
Joseph Stratton of James City.

The then Denheigh County became later a part of James City,
Warwick and Charles City Counties. Nutmeg Quarter and
Waters Creek are in what is now Warwick County. The early
records of this county and of James City have been destroyed.
Very few records of this vicinity escaped the destructive fires of
1863 and 1865. Many were destroyed at earlier dates.

* For all other knowledge we have of this John Stratton of Lower Norfolk,
see footnote under Thomas Stratton of the Eastern shore. No other mention
has been found of this George Stratton, of Waters Creek. They may have
been sons of Joseph — if so it is hoped that future investigations may prove
it. So many of the old records of Virginia have been destroyed, however,
that there is little hope of. finding more there. Harwich and Ardleigh would
seem to be the most likely field for research. George and John were doubtless
at least twenty-one in 1639, hence they were b by Joseph came to James
City. John Stratton of Salem 77


(See Chart 1)

John Stratton, eldest son of John and Ann (Dearhaugh)
Stratton of Shotley, Eng., was born about 1606.* By his father's
will dated September 24, 1621, he was to have, at the age of 21,
certain rents from the Manor of Thurcarlton during his mother's
lifetime and the manor itself after her death. His father died in
Ardleigh, and was buried in Shotley, May 4, 1627.

Soon after his death Kirkton Manor was sold to meet the re-
quirements of the will. John Stratton, Jr., was one of the execu-
tors of this will. He must have come to America the follow-
ing year (1628), for in December, 1631, he was granted land in
Maine "in consideration for and in respect that he had lived
in New England these three years last past, and had expended
1000 li. in transporting cattle and maintaining of servants in their
imployment." (See Land Grant to John Stratton, in Part I.)
Of his movements during these three years we know nothing
more. In the latter part of 1631 he had returned to England
and was with his mother and sisters at Dedham. He was then
preparing to return to the New World, and it was probably dur-
ing this time that Thurcarlton Manor and the demesne lands
were sold.j

In December, 1631, he left England to take possession of the
land that had been granted him on the coast of Maine. Near the
coast he encountered a storm, and " lost valuable papers and goods
by the casting away of a boat." Lechford's Notes.

This grant to John Stratton consisted of "2000 acres on the
coast of Maine, in the vecinity of Ogunquit and Kennebunk rivers
on the south side of Cape Porpoise, and an island near the mouth
of the Saco River." The island is opposite Black Point, a little
west of Richmond Island, and about four miles from Old Orchard.
It is still known as "Stratton Island."

Many references are found in Maine historical works to "Mr.

* See pedigree and history of the Shotley Strattons, Part I in this Volume.

t In the Suffolk Ship Money Returns for the year 1639-40, the name Strat
ton does not appear amongst the property holders of the parish of Shotley,
showing that the family had sold all their possessions there before that
date. 78 A Book of Strattons

Stratton's" claim. Judge Southgate's History of Maine refers to
him as the first settler of Scarboro. The present city of Wells *
probably had its origin as "Stratton's plantation."

A manuscript written in 1660, and recently discovered in the
British Museum by Henry F. Waters, A. B., refers to "Wells, a
handsome well peopled place lying on both sides of a river, for
which place a patent was long since granted to one' Mr. Stratton.' "

Felts' Ecclesiastical History of New England says: "Thomas
Jenner (who had been settled at Weymouth, but now preaching
at Saco), replying to a letter of Winthrop, writes, ' I have been
solicited, both from the inhabitants of Stratton's plantation and
from those of Caskoe to be a means to help each of them to a godly
minister, therefore I do make bold to entreat your worship to do
your endeavor to furnish them both.' "

At this time immigrants were rushing into New England.
Applications for grants became numerous, and patents were
issued without sufficient regard to definite boundaries, which
later led to litigation. In a letter dated September 27, 1641,
Thomas Gorges (" Superintendant of the affairs of Sir Ferdinand
Gorges, Knight, Lord proprietor of the Province of Mayne")
mentions this claim of Stratton's, yet granted to others (July 14,
1643) land comprised within Stratton's grant — for which John
Stratton seems never to have obtained redress.

There is nothing to show that John Stratton remained long in
this vicinity. In January, 1636, he had been away from there for
some time.

March 28, 1636, "It is petitioned for Mr. Edward Godfrey
that an attachment might bee of one Brase Kettell, now in the
hands of Mr. Edward Godfrey which was belonging to Mr. John
Stratton of a debt dew now 3 years from Mr. Stratton to him."

Cook County Records, Alfred, Maine.

September 19, 1636, John Stratton was in Massachusetts Bay
Colony, and was "fined £10 for lending a gun to an Indian for
four days."

December 7, 1636, "John Stratton being fined £10 is remitted
to 10s if he goe to the Merrimack." Mass. Bay Colony Records.

Later, John Stratton, Goodman Woodward, with an Indian,

* The town records of Wells were burned in the destruction of the house of
Joseph Bowles in 1657. John Stratton of Salem 79

and two others, were appointed "to lay out a line three miles
north of the northermost part of the Merrimac." This line eventu-
ally became the boundary between New Hampshire and Massa-

August 8, 1637, "Mr. Stratton requests a farm beyond Ipswich
Pond," near Salem. March 1, 1638, this farm was "laid out to
John Stratton" — 100 acres. The same year he was "admitted
inhabitant" of Charlestown and given permission to buy the
Withwell house.* He was granted other lands in Charlestown —
six different lots making 63 acres in all — with their rights. f The
records at Charlestown, however, give no evidence of his ever
having lived there, and he probably lived at Salem, where, in
1638, he was granted a house lot "there being two in the family."
At this time he is styled "a merchant" and Lechford records
several notes of John Stratton, merchant.!

That he was a man of standing in those early days is shown by
the character of the men with whom he was associated, as well as
by the extent of his business transactions. About this time finan-
cial misfortunes began to overtake him. The decision in England
seems to have been against him concerning a part, at least, of
his land grant in Maine. Large debts due him in Virginia he could

* Thomas Withwell was a teacher. He came to Charlestown 1635-6, and
was for several years the grammar teacher there.

t The location and boundaries of these lots are given in the Land Records
of Charlestown. One lot adjoined that of Rev. John Harvard, pastor of the
church at Charlestown, and first benefactor of Harvard University. Another
joined George Bunker, of the family who possessed Bunker Hill. This book of
Land Records began March 26, 1638. It may be that John Stratton possessed
lands there before that date.

% Promisory Note — John Stratton, gent, of Salem — Dec. 6, 1638.

This wittnesses yt I Jno Stratton of Salem, merchant, have
In 1641 there received of Edmund Angier of Cambridge, divers comodityes
had been Re- and wares amounting to the some of twentye pounds & six-
ceived on this teen shillings & eight pence to be payd the sayd Edmond
note one mare Angier or his assignees att or upon the five & twentye of
value twentye- November next after the date hereof,
pounds. Witness my hand this twenty-fifth of September, 1638.

Jo Stratton.
Payment to be made
in moneye, or cattle
as money, delivered at
the Governors farme. 80 A Book of Strattons

not collect. Much of his property in Charlestown went into the
hands of assignees, and we find him conveying all his "interests
what-so-ever, in lands at Cape Porpus, to Richard Saltonstall,
Esq 1 and Hugh Peters, pastor in Salem, — the rest that is not sold
to Mathew Craddock, mercator, for £10." September 26, 1639,
"John Stratton, gent, of Salem, made a letter of assignment and
attorney to Mr. Richard Hutchinson, citizen and iron monger
of London." This letter was "signed, sealed and delivered in
the presence of John Winthrope Esq r Governor of the Jurisdic-
tion of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in New England."


Know all men by these present that I John Stratton of Salem
in New England, gent, for or in part payment of 50£ w ch I owe
me to Valentine Hill of Boston in New England, mercer, doe
hereby give & grant unto the said Valentine Hill all that my lott
or farme granted & assigned to me by the Townsmen of Salem
aforsaid containing one hundred acres or there-abouts bee it more
or less lying and being in the villiage within the prescints of the
said town of Salem near the land of Mr. Hawthorne and St.

I say in part payment of so much of the said 50£ as the said
premises are well worth but if the premises are worth 50£ then in
full payment of the said 50£.

Then what in value the same shall come short of the said 50£
I or my heirs, executor or Ad mB shall and will pay & satisfy me unto
the said Hill his executor or ad ms as soon as the said Valentine
Hill shall receive news from England that the 50£ are not, and
cannot be received from John Harrison, gent, by vertue of one
letter of attorney made by me unto Richard Hutchinson, citizan
and iron-monger of London upon one bill or writing where-unto
Adam Winthrope was witness, according to appointment of the
said Valentine Hill & to the said Richard Hutchinson his executors
ad me & assignees according to the said letter of attorney then
this present gift & grant shall be voyd & of no force. And I further
covenent promise & grant to & with the said Valentine Hill that
I will pay all costs & charges to be expended in the endeavor to
recover said 50£ of said John Harrison if the same shall not be
recovered of him. Lechford's Notes. John Stratton of Salem 81

Then we find him making this will :

"I, John Stratton, in the present letter of attorney mentioned,
doe hereby make and declare this my last will and testament
touching the suits and matters therein contained as followeth:

" My will is that if it please God that I depart this life before the
said suits and matters are finished that my attorneys, in the said
letter of attorney mentioned shall be my executors jointly and
severally to recover the premises. In testimony thereof I have
here-unto set my hand and seal."

To this will is affixed the following:

"And the said Governor do hereby certify that the above said
John Stratton did in my presence publish and declare the said
writing to be his last will and testament touching the premises
which I have granted also to testify under the said public seal."

Lechford's Notes.

July 19, 1641, John was still in Salem, where he, with his mother
and sisters,* made a letter of attorney to Captain Edward Gibbons
of Boston and Robert Stileman, merchant, of London, to receive
from John Thurston of Hockston, Eng., the legacies left him by
this last will and testament of Mrs. Mary Dearhaugh, late of Bar-
rington, County Suffolk, Eng. (See pedigree of Shotley Strattons.)
Two years later the town records of Salem show that John Stratton
is "absent" and Thomas West is to have the use of his 10 acre

* See pedigree of Shotley Strattons.

In 1637 the name of Ann Stratton, widow, appears on a list of church mem-
bers in Salem. She was still living there in July, 1642. After this date she may
have married again.

Elizabeth Stratton married John (son of Francis and Alice Thorndike of
Little Carlton, Eng.), of Beverly, Mass. After her death he returned to Eng-
land, where he died in 1662 and was buried in the east cloister of Westminister
Abbey, near his brother, Rev. Herbert Thorndike. Their son Paul Thorndike
lived in America, and has descendants here to-day.

Dorothy Stratton was in Salem, unmarried in 1640. Some have found rea-
sons for believing that she married William Pester of Ipswich about 1642.
He was son of William Pester, Esq. , of Barnard Castle, Eng.

William Stratton, brother of John of Salem, made preparations to come to
Virginia with his Uncle Joseph in 1628. He did not come at that time, how-
ever, and nothing has been found to show that he ever came to America. In
a deposition taken before Lechford in 1640-41, John Stratton of Salem,
testifies that he is the "only brother & heir & next of kin & creditor of William
Stratton, gent, of Ardleigh, in the County of Essex, Eng. deceased." 82 A Book of Strattons

lot at Derby Fort Side on condition that he " sufficiently fence

And then the name of John Stratton disappears from Salem
records, and all efforts to locate him elsewhere have utterly
failed. Nothing has been found to show that the "suits and mat-
ters" mentioned in his will were ever brought to trial.*

No mention has been found of any children of his, until twenty
years later, in 1660, when we find a daughter, Anne Stratton,
then the wife of William Lake, living in Salem in the house which
John Stratton had owned in 1639.

"William Lake the husband of Anne the daughter of Mr. John
Stratton, p'l't ag'st Thomas Cauly de'f 't, in an action of the case
for witholding or refusing to give possession of a pr'cell of land,
that was formerly the land of the said John Stratton mortgaged
to Major Gibbins, deceased, & by him given to Anne affores'd
now wife of the said William Lake to his great damage, ans: to
attachttdu:22: 9 ra0 70."

Case "8, 22, 9 m0 1670, Essex County Court," Salem, Mass.

"To the marshall of Salem, or his Deputy. You are required
in his Majesties name to attach the body or goods of Thomas
Caly Cauly & take bond of him to the value of forty pounds with
sufficient security for his appearance at the next County Court
held at Salem, then & there to answer the complaint of William
Lake, the husband of Anna the Daughter of Mr. John Stratton in
an action of the case for withholding or refusing to give possession
of a p r cell of land that was formerly the land of the said John
Stratton mortgaged to Maj or Gibbons deceased and by him given

* One of these suits (see Lechford's Notes) was against Joseph Stratton of
James City, to recover "debts due my father and my brother William in their
life time."

The petition (dated December, 1641) for this suit was referred by the Gov-
ernor of Massachusetts to the Governor of Virginia as follows: "To the Right
Woree Sir Francis Wyatt, Knight, Gov. & Capt. General of his Majesties
colony in Virginia, I, Thomas Dudley, Esq*, Governor of the jurisdiction of
Massachusetts Bay in N. E. doe hereby certify that I have received this present
certificate before written from John Endicott, Esq. and have at the request
of John Stratton herein named granted to exemplifie the same."

We know that Joseph Stratton died before June 2, 1641. The suit was
probably settled out of court — and perhaps in England. John Stratton of Salem 83

to Anna aforesaid the now wife of ye said William Lake — to his
great damage & hereof make returne. 22, 9 mo 1670."

Essex County Court Files, 16: 119.

Record of this case— 29, 9 mo 1670, says: "Withdrawn."

In Essex County Deeds, 3, p. 106, is deed, dated 2, 12 mo 1670
of William Lake, Cooper, and wife Ann, of Salem, conveying 10
acres of land at Darby Fort Side, Marblehead, to Thomas Caly (or
Cauly), netmaker.*

William Lake died, and his widow married William Stevens
of Salem. The Registry of Deeds shows that on February 5, 1717,
Anne Stevens, widow, of Salem for the consideration of £20 con-
veys to Thomas Flint, Jr., "100 acres of land granted to my
honored father Mr. John Stratton Jan. 31, 1638." The deed says:
"I am ye True, Sole, & Lawful owner of ye above Bargained
premises, as I am heir, to my father Mr. John Stratton and Law-
fully possessed of ye same in my own proper Right as a good,
perfect, & absolute estate of inheritance."

Essex County Registry of Deeds, 33: 117.

This 100 acres, Anne Stevens had placed in the care of Thomas
Flint, March 12, 1692. It was on the north side of Ipswich River, and
was the same 100 acres " laid out " to John Stratton March 1, 1638.

Anne Stratton and William Lake were married about 1660.
They had four children born in Salem between 1662 and 1675. f
He died before June 26, 1680, and her second husband, William
Stevens, died before 1685. She died after 1718.

If John Stratton left other children the most diligent research
has thus far failed to bring to light any proof of the fact, or to
reveal any clew to his residence after July, 1641.

And so for the present we must leave him

"Hidden from all research
Among the depths of Time."

* It would appear, from the case being settled out of court, that both Lake
and Cauly had some claim on this ten acres. The bounds between Salem and
Marblehead were not well defined. (See William Stratton of Marblehead.)
Wm. Cauly died 1672, leaving wife, Mary, daughter of Benjamin Parmeter.

t Two of these children, Ann and William, died in childhood. One daughter,
Abigail Lake, married William Allen and had at least two children, who owned
the ancient Lake homestead in Salem in 1730. The other daughter, Mary
Lake, married Lewis Hunt of Salem, and had a daughter, Mary, who married
Paul Langdon and moved to Hopkinton.


" There are some persons who cannot discriminate between a taste for pedigree
and the pride of ancestry." — " English Heraldry," Charles Boutell.

BARTHOLOMEW and Caleb Stratton of Boston, were younger
sons of William Stratton of London and Tenterden, Eng.
(See Shrivenham Strattons.) At just what date they came to
America has not been ascertained. Bartholomew is first found in
Boston in 1658; Caleb in 1660. It is quite probable that each of
these young men left England soon after coming into his patri-
mony. (See Wm. Stratton's Will, Shrivenham Line.) They owned
real estate in Boston and were men of standing there as shown by
their business relations and the families into which they married.
In the records of them "Mr." is usually used, — a title of no little
distinction at that day. They seem to have formed no church
alliance in Boston; there are no baptismal records of their chil-
dren. Bartholomew married a Quaker, — granddaughter of the
eminent Ann Hutchinson. Caleb's wife was a daughter of Alex-
ander Adams, of Dorchester and Boston, and many of his early
descendants were Friends.


(See Chart A)

1. Bartholomew Stratton, 1 sixth son of William Stratton, of
Tenterden, Eng., was born January 12, 1627-28. At what
date he came to New England is not known. As early as 1658
we find him married and living in Boston. In 1662 be owned land
there — had owned it for some time — and his house and home lot
were valued at £60. Bartholomew, like several other early Strat
tons, was a merchant mariner, and made several trips between
Boton and London, carrying goods and passengers. In 1665 he
was master of the ship "Unity" which had just come into port
at Boston from London.

86 A Book of Strattons

In 1673 "Mr. Bartholomew Stratton" was employed by Mr.
Robert Marshall of Boston, to go to Piscataqua (now Portsmouth),

New Hampshire, to inspect a

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<<7 OJjt/Lo' V fWUP*. At this time he testified that

he was forty-six years old.
In 1678 he took the oath of
allegiance in Boston.

He married Eliphal Sanford, daughter of Governor John and
Bridget {Hutchinson) Sanford of Rhode Island.* His children
and grandchildren married into families well known in Boston.
He died January 9, 1686, and is buried at Copp's Hill.f The
stone marking his grave stands nearly in the center of the Hill
and is very well preserved. The same stone bears an inscription
to Bartholomew and one to his wife, Eliphal, showing that it was
erected after January 19, 1724, — the date of her death. On the
opposite side of the path, is a stone to the memory of their daughter,
Mrs. Bridget (Stratton) Ladd, who "Departed this life in the
79th year of her age," and near by, are stones marking the resting
places of three other members of the family.

Children: — Born in Boston.

+ 2 William, 2 b. 1658.

* John Sanford came to Boston from Alfred, Lincolnshire, Eng., in 1631.
He was among those who were "frozen out" of Boston on account of his
Religious belief. He married Bridget, daughter of the eminent Quakeress,
Anne Hutchinson. Among the legacies in his will, dated June, 1653, is this:
"To daughter Eliphal, £100, of which £60 to be hers at marriage and £40 at
her mother's marriage or death." In 1663, his widow, Bridget, now the wife
of Major William Phillips of Boston, took receipt from Bartholomew Stratton,
husband of her daughter Eliphal, for this legacy. Major Phillips was a man of
"many acres" in Maine. Saco, Maine, was headquarters of his land interests.

t Copp's Hill, near Christ Church, is the second oldest burying ground of
Boston, the oldest being King's Chapel Burying-ground on Tremont Street,
where the first interment was in 1630. Copp's Hill is the most interesting as
well as the largest of the ancient burying-grounds. For a long time it was
known as "Old North Burying-ground." The first interment here was in
1660. Here are the graves of Drs. Increase, Cotton and Samuel Mather,
Andrew Eliot, the father and grandfather of Governor Hutchinson, a sister
of Paul Revere, and many others with whom the early history of Boston has
made us familiar. This burying-ground was "ancient" at the time of the
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-3 Ann, 2 b. Feb. 16, 1662; m. Tobias Atkins.*

-4 Bridget 2 , b. Jan. 28, 1664; m. Robert Ladd; d. in Boston,

Nov. 2, 1743.f
If there were other children, a most careful search in Boston
has failed to show any trace of them. Restcome Sanford, son of
Governor John Sanford, in his will, mentions, "my sister, Eliphal
Stratton and her three children."

2. William Stratton 2 (Bartholomew *) was born in Boston,
January 30, 1658. Very little is known of him before his mar-
riage. We know that his mother was a Quaker. She and her
mother, Bridget Sanford, were once arrested in Boston for persist-
ing in being Quakers, but remained true to their religious belief.
Drake, in his History of Boston, and other historians of early re-
ligious belief in New England, refer to them. William was

doubtless brought up a Quaker. He married Elizabeth ,

some time before 1685. In 1695 his name appears on a list of the
residents of Boston. In the will of Bridget Sanford-Phillips, date
1696, is this legacy: "To my grandson, William Stratton, one
thousand acres of land bought of Fluellin Sumtimus (an Indian)
to his heirs and assignees forever. Also one set of silver buttons,
also a gold ring." This land has not been located. No mention
is found in an} r of the churches of Boston, of the baptisms of any
of his children, until in 1698, when in the Second Church of Boston
occurs this entry: Elizabeth, wife of William Stratton, was ad-
mitted member of the church and on this same day her children
were baptized "in the right of their mother." — (Drs. Increase and

* Ann Stratton 2 married Tobias Atkins. Their children were Ann and
Eliphal. Ann Atkins married Samuel, son of Deacon Samuel Marshall, and
had issue: Samuel, Atkins, William, Katherine, Eliphal. Eunice — who married
Edward Ladd Sanders, and Ann — who married John Stamp, and died, a
widow, in Boston in 1786, aged 73 years, "only surviving grandchild of Ann
Atkins." Eliphal Atkins married Samuel Tulley (or Tilley) and had issue:
Samuel, Sarah, Elizabeth, William and Eliphal, who married Samuel Swift
(graduate of Harvard; died during the seige of Boston) and had issue: Sarah,
Ann and Eliphal. Samuel Tilley married second Elizabeth Foster.

t Bridget Stratton 2 married Robert Ladd; their children were Edward, and
Bridget, who married William Sanders and had issue: John; Bridget (died
1775); Hannah (died before 1775), and Edward Ladd, who married Eunice
Marshall as his second wife. See will of Ann Stratton (9). 88 A Book of Strattons

Cotton Mather, ministers.) * At Copp's Hill, near the grave of
Bartholomew and Eliphal, stands a stone bearing this inscription:
" Here lies the body of Mrs. Elizabeth Stretton, wife of Mr. William
Stretton, deceased May 14th, 1727 in ye 64 yr."

No record of William's death has been found, nor any stone to
his memory.

Children : — Born in Boston.

- 5 Elizabeth, 3 d. unm., Feb. 15, 1720, aged 33 yrs., 9 mos.

Buried at Copp's Hill.

- 6 Eliphal, 3 d. April 15, 1717, aged 27 yrs.; buried at Copp's

Hill; m. 1st (in Second Church by Cotton Mather)
Samuel Hopkins; 2d Ebenezer Graves.

- 7 William, 3 b. Feb. 1, 1693; bapt. Jan. 19, 1698,— after

which nothing is known concerning him.t

- 8 Bridget, 3 b. Jan. 19, 1694; d. in Boston April 27, 1769,


- 9 Ann, 3 d. in Boston, unm., Nov. 22, 1778, aged 82 yrs.

(See her will below.)
-10 John, 3 bapt. Jan. 19, 1698. (So says unpublished manu-
script in Gen. and Hist. Rooms, Boston.) Nothing
more is known of him.
The published records of the Second Church give the baptism
of four of these children, — Elizabeth, Eliphal, William and Ann, —
January 19, 1698, the same day that their mother was admitted

* Second Church, Boston, was organized about 1649, and a building was
erected the following year, which was burned in 1676, and rebuilt in 1678.
It was in this house of worship that the children of Elizabeth Stratton were
baptized. This building was destroyed by the British soldiers in 1775. The
building now occupied by the Society of the old Second Church is on Boylston
Street. The communion-service of the Church contains some very old and
highly interesting pieces. In the first building there were some pews that had
special doors leading to the street.

From Boston records we learn that in 1700 "the tax of Widow Stratton was
abated." It is suggested that William 2 died 1697-98, and that Elizabeth —
perhaps having been brought up in the Second Church — returned to the church
of her youth with her children. Her ancestry has not been traced. She was
born about 1665. A study of the Elizabeths born in Boston 1664 to 1666,
would be interesting and might prove her parentage.

f Unless this one item refers to him: In 1615 a William Stratton, barber, is
defendant, in Boston, in a case of debt. Barber then meant Sergeon, and as-
sisted the physician in bleeding patients, as was the old-time custom. Bartholomew Stratton of Boston 89

to membership. Unpublished records say that John was baptized
on same date. Little Bridget was then four years old; she must
have been baptized at the same time, but in some way her name
was left off the list. The dates of birth, marriage and death given
here are from Boston town records, and Copp's Hill gravestones.
Bridget and Ann were admitted to the Second Church in 1725,
and were living together in Boston in 1757, when their signatures

appear on a mortgage. Bridget died in 1769. In 1776 Ann
Stratton's "Mansion House" on Green Street, near Bowdoin
Square, was valued at £500,* and she "owned a pew in Rev.
Mr. Howard's church." This was the year in which her will was
made, and it bears her signature in her eightieth year.



In the Name of God Amen. I Ann Stratton of Boston, in the
County of Suffolk and State of Massachusetts-Bay. Spinster, being
Sick in Body but through the Divine Goodness of Sound Disposing
Mind and Memory, and not knowing how soon it may please God
to call me out of this World Do make and Ordain this my last
Will and Testament, as follows: That is to say principally and
First of all I Recommend my Soul into the hand of the Merciful
God who gave it to me and my Body I Commit to the Earth for a
Decent Burial in hopes of a Glorious Resurrection to Eternal Life
through the alone Merits of my Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ who himself arose from the Dead. And as for my worldly
estate which it hath pleased God to Bless me with after my Just

* This house and lot was conveyed, Aug., 1726, from John Sanford to
Elizabeth Stratton, and from her descended to Ann. From Ed. Ladd Sanders
it descended to his daughter Susanna, who married Isaac Smith. She was
"sole heir" to her father. In 1810 she conveyed the property to Jonas Coo-
lidge, reserving to Eliphal Swift "the front chamber for her natural life." 90 A Book of Strattons

Debts and Funeral Charges are paid I dispose thereof as follows.


Infinis — I give to my kinswoman Ann Stamp of sd Boston, Widow
my Silver Tankard, Markt s A. M., my Silver Porringer also
of the same mark and another Silver Porringer marked B. A.
S., my wrought Silver Cup marked E. S. on one side and
W. H. on the other side, and also my Blew Damask Gown,

Item. I Give to my Kinswoman, Eliphall Swift of said Boston,
Spinster, the Sole use and Improvements of the Front Cham-
bers in my Mansion House in Cambridge Street, Note —
This property was in Green Street, so says Deeds, in sd Bos-
ton during her Natural Life, and necessary Furniture for
the said Chamber. I also Give her Thirty Pounds Lawful
Money, my Wearing Linen, my Green Tabby Gown and Velvet
Cloak, A Silver Salver, Two Silver Salts and Silver Pepper
Box, Two Silver Porringers, One Silver Table Spoon, Two
Silver Tea Spoons, and a Large Gold Ring marked E. M.,

Item. I give to Elizabeth Foster of Tilsbury or Tisbury, in Mar-
tha's Vine Yard, in sd State, my Blue Cloth Riding Hood,
my wrought Cup markt E. M. and also a Stone Ring,

Item. I give to my Friend and Kinsman, Edward Ladd
Sanders of sd Boston, Gentn., a Large Silver Tankard,

Item. All the Remainder of my Plate and Wearing Apparel I give
to the sd Ann Stamp and my Kinswoman Eunice Marshall, sd
Boston; Spinster, in Equal Shares, forever.

Item. I Give, Devise and Bequeath All my Right, Title and In-
terest in and to certain Lands situated in the Countys of
York, Cumberland and Lincoln in the Eastern Parts of the

* One cannot help wondering if any of these silver cups, tankards, porrin-
gers, spoons and rings are still in existence. It is possible that some collection
of Colonial relics in Boston may contain one or more of them. The writer
would like to possess the Green Tabby Gown and Blue Cloth Riding Hood for-
ever! It's a pity that her "Good Friend," Edward Ladd Sanders (son of her
cousin Bridget Stratton Sanders) did not place a stone at Copp's Hill in
memory of his generous donor. Bartholomew Stratton of Boston 91

State unto the sd Edward Ladd Sanders, Ann Stamp and
Eunice Marshall, their heirs and assigns in equal shares,

Item. I Give, Devise and Bequeath unto the sd Edward Ladd
Sanders and the said Eunice Marshall the Whole of my Real
and Personal Estates in sd Boston and Elsewhere not herein
before Deposed of to be Enjoyed by them, their heirs and
assigns in Equal Shares, forever. The said Eliphall Swift,
however, to have the Improvement of the Front Chamber of
my sd Dwelling House during her Natural Life as afore

Item. My Will is that my Executor Pay the aforementioned
Legacys to the Respective Legatees in Twelve Months after
my Decease.

Lastly, I Do Constitute and Appoint my Good Friend the sd

Edward Ladd Sanders to be the Sole Executor of this my

Last Will and Testament, hereby Revoking All Wills and

Testaments by me at any time heretofore made.

In Witness whereof I the said Ann Stratton have hereunto set

my hand and Seal this Second day of December Anno Domini One

Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Six.

Cflvyfl flfiktkrn--

This will of Ann Stratton is the last mention we have of this
family. It will be noticed that her will names no Strattons; all
her beneficiaries are descendants of her father's sisters. Some
find in this a strong reason for believing that her brothers died
without issue. Her sisters, we know, left no descendants. On
the other hand, if her brothers, William and John, had died in
Boston it is rather strange there is no record of it. If they lived
to manhood they must have inherited lands from their father's
estate. A thorough study of land titles might locate these lands,
and give a clew to their later residence. It may be that some of
the untraced Strattons in the United States to-day are descended
from this interesting line. 92 A Book of Strattons


(See Chart B)

1. Caleb Stratton, 1 brother of Bartholomew, was baptized
at St. Leonard's, Eastcheap, London, June 10, 1635. (See Shriven-
ham Strattons.) By his father's will, 1647, he was to have £110
at 23 years of age. We know nothing more of him until 1660,
when he is in Boston and is styled "a mariner." December 12,
1661, he bought a house and lot of William Hudson, in Boston.
July 4, 1662, John Sunderland, attorney for Caleb Stratton, sold
this property and Caleb, "having just returned from ye voyage"
signed the deed. Some time before 1662 he married Mary Adams,
daughter of Alexander and Mary (Coffin) Adams* In 1665 he
seems to be living in Hingham where the birth of his son John is
recorded, but in 1675 he is living in Boston. In 1684 his name
appears in the division of the estate of his father-in-law, Alexander
Adams, and this is the last record we have of him. No will, or
any record of his death has been found. His widow died in Bos-
ton, February 3, 1698.

-2 Elizabeth, 2 b. in Boston, Feb. 24, 1665; m. 1st William
Jarvis, 2d Solomon Townsend; d. in 1713; buried at
Copp's Hill.
-3 John, 2 b. in Hingham, Mass., July 6, 1670. Birth recorded
in Hingham town records. No other mention of him has
been found.
-4 Samuel, 2 b. March 3, 1675 (so recorded in the published

town records of Boston). f
-5 William, 2 record of whose birth has not been found.

* Alexander Adams was of Dorchester and Boston. He was a shipwright.
His wife was a sister of Tristram Coffin, one of the nine original purchasers of
the island of Nantucket. In the settlement of Adams estate in 1684, his son-
in-law, Caleb Stratton, was to have the homestead. Mary Adams, wife of
Caleb Stratton, was born Jan. 19, 1641, in Boston.

t It may be that this name in the Boston records is an error, and that the
son born March 3, 1675, was not Samuel, but William. No other mention of
Samuel has been found. Descendants of William have been traced to the
present generation. They claim that March 3, 1675, was the birthday of
William. The birth of William is not recorded in Boston, but according to
Boston deeds William was "only son" of Caleb Stratton in 1703. Caleb Stratton of Boston 93

5. William Stratton 2 (Caleb *) was "only son of Caleb Strat
ton, deceased, and Mary his wife," October 26, 1703. At this date
he conveys two-thirds of the homestead and land to Soloman
Townsand — "where Townsand now lives, estate of Caleb and
Mary Stratton, from their father Alexander Adams; " also two-
thirds of " house-hold stuff;" value £48. Suff. Co. Deeds.

This homestead was "43 feet frontage on Lane to North Bat-
tery." As William was "only son" and possessed two-thirds of
his father's estate, it is inferred that his brother (or brothers) died
before 1703, without issue. His sister, Elizabeth Townsand,
probably owned the remaining one-third. William's name does
not again appear in Boston. He was evidently preparing to leave
there when he sold his two-thirds of "home-stead and house-hold
stuff." We next find him living in Nantucket in 1708, having
previously married Susanna Cartwright, daughter of Edward and
Elizabeth (Trott) Cartwright* Their home was in the northern
part of the town of Nantucket (the part then called "Sherburn")
near where the Jethro Coffin House still stands, — built in 1686.
In 1716 the town voted to "build a town house on the hill be-
tween William Stratton's and George Burke's.

West of No-Bottom Pond is a winding passway, connecting
Duke and Westchester Streets. At the southeast corner of its
junction with Westchester Street stood William Stratton's house.
It was on the land given him by deed of gift from James Coffin in


Be it known to all men by these presents that I James Coffin
of the Island of Nantucket in the province of the Massachusetts
bay in New England Esqr being willing to promote the good and
welfare of my kinsman William Stratton of the sd Island of Nan-
tucket and for divers other considerations me thereunto moving
have given granted infeoffed conveyed and confirmed and do
by these presents fully freely and absolutely give grant infeoffed
Convey and Confirm unto the said William Stratton half an acre
of land on which his house now stands which I had of William

* Susanna Cartwright was born in 1679. The record of her marriage to
William Stratton has not been found. It was probably in 1707-8. 94 A Book of Strattons

Worth Esqr as by his grant bearing date the fourth day of Aprill
in the year 1712 may appear the first bound of the sd land be-
ginning at the Swamp to the Southward of the sd Stratton house
and running Nine Rods North Northwest Six Rods to the East-
ward of the house from thence West Southwest Nine Rods till it
comes about one Rod and a half to the Westward of the house
from thence South Southeast to the Swamp and along the Swamp
to the first bound To have & To hold the sd half acre of land as
above bounded to him the sd William Stratton his heirs and as-
signs to his and their proper use and benefit forever So that the
said William Stratton his heirs and assigns may have hold use
occupy possess and Injoy the sd land for ever without any let
hindrance or molestation by me the sd James Coffin or my heirs
or by any other person by our means consent or procurement.
In Witness Whereof I the sd James Coffin have hereunto set my
hand and seal this fifth day of Aprill anno que Dom 1712.

Signed Sealed and delivered in James Coffin (Seal)

the presence of us

Eleazer Folger Junr
Jonathan Coffin

Nantucket County Records of Deeds.

In another deed, dated "sixth day of the tenth month of the
fifth year of the Reign of George of Great Britain, King, Annoque
Domini 1718," Jethro Starbuck conveys "one quarter of an acre
of land with dwelling house thereon" to William Stratton, Block-

William Stratton was a Friend. The first "Monthly Meeting"
on the Island was in 1708, and the first meetinghouse was on
the lot adjoining his home lot.

He died August 28, 1740, intestate.

Children: — Born in Nantucket*

* In 1641 the island of Nantucket was conveyed to Thomas Mayhew by
James Forsett, agent to the Earl of Sterling. On July 2, 1659, Mayhew con-
veyed to nine purchasers all his right to the island for "thirty pounds of cur-
rent money and two Beaver hats, one for myself and one for my wife."

For the Nantucket Strattons the records of the Island have been searched ,
including Dr. Folger's manuscripts, which are considered authority on early
Nantucket families. Caleb Stratton of Boston 95

+ 6 Caleb, 3 b. 1708; d. 1786.

- 7 Mary, 3 b. Aug. 1, 1710; d. 1781; m. Thomas Moore.

- 8 Elizabeth, 3 b. Aug. 14, 1712; d. Jan. 6, 1780; m. Daniel

Coffin of Boston (second wife).

- 9 Deborah, 3 b. Jan. 21, 1714; d. 1769; m. John Coker,

July 31, 1754.
-10 Mariam, 3 b. Feb. 11, 1717; d. 1791; m. James Perry.
-11 Hannah, 3 (twin) b. Feb. 11, 1717; m. John Sherman of

-12 John, 3 b. Sept, 19, 1720; "died unmarried." (Folger.)

6. Caleb Stratton 3 (William, 2 Caleb *), was born October 3,
1708, and lived and died in his native town, Nantucket. He was
a Quaker, as were many of his descendants. On the "31 8t of the
11 th month (called January) 1728-9" he married Lois Odar,
daughter of Anthony and Sarah Odar. He is called "sole adminis-
trater" of his father's estate, in a deed in which "Caleb Stratton,
chare-maker, in consideration of the sum of one hundred & eighty-
five pounds money of the old tenor," conveys to Thomas Brock
"the dwelling house and land that was lately my father's William
Stratton." This deed is dated "fifteenth day of April in the
Nineteenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign lord George the
Second by the Grace of God King of Great Brittain, France &
Ireland Defender of the faith &c anno que Domini 1746." This
was the property which William Stratton bought of Jethro Star-
buck in 1718. In 1752 Caleb Stratton and wife Lois and others,
convey to David Joy "one Cow common of the Island of Nan-
tucket" which was conveyed to them by their uncle Eleazer.
(Folger.) By another long and interesting deed (Book 7, p. 15,
Nantucket Deeds), Jonathan Small, an Indian, conveys to Caleb
Stratton, chairmaker, "a certain dwelling house at or Neare a
place called Quais," in Nantucket.

Lois Stratton died May 11, 1755, and Caleb married, 2d, Naomi
Long, who survived him and was living in 1800.

Caleb died December 6, 1786. He left no will.

Children: — Born in Nantucket.

-13 Eunice, 4 b. Nov. 9, 1729; d. unm.

+ 14 Odar, 4 b. 1731.

+ 15 William, 4 b. 1733. 96 A Book of Strattons

-16 Susanna, 4 b. Mar. 19, 1735.

+ 17 Benjamin, 4 b. 1737; d. 1810.

+ 18 Christopher, 4 b. 1738; d. 1793.

+ 19 Anthony, 4 b. 1740.

-20 John, 4 b. Jan. 2, 1742; d. at sea — so says the Friends'

Records. He was probably unmarried.
+21 Caleb, 4 b. 1745.
-22 Sarah, 4 b. Apr. 15, 1747; d. Dec. 25, 1770; m. Samuel

Stanton, Jr., in 1766.
+ 23 Philip, 4 b. 1749.

14. Odar Stratton 4 (Caleb* William, 2 Caleb 1 ), born July 27,
1731; married Margaret Gwinn, daughter of David Gwinn of
Salem. She was born July 23, 1729. Folger says they had a
daughter, Judith, 5 (24) born July 5, 1757. Friends' Records say
he was "disowned Nov. 26, 1774." Nothing more has been
found concerning him.

15. William Stratton 4 (Caleb, 3 William, 2 Caleb 1 ), was born
August 10, 1733. He married Hepsabeth Russell, daughter of
David Russell, of Nantucket (date of marriage not found). On the
13th of April, 1787, William Stratton, mariner, deeded to Chris-
topher Stratton "all Right, Title, Interest, Estate Claim & De-
mands I have on the Island of Nantucket."

Records at Nantucket give nothing more concerning him.
Friends' Records say that he "Died abroad" but give no date.
(See footnote under William Stratton of Winsor.) A family
record says that his wife Hepsabeth died September 10, 1793,
and that they had a son William 5 (25), who married Susan Sher-
man. Further information concerning him is very much de-

17. Benjamin Stratton 4 (Caleb, 3 William, 2 Caleb 1 ), born
April 2, 1737; married Judith Macy, December 16, 1758. She
was a daughter of Robert and Abigail Macy and a descendant of
Thomas Macy, one of the nine "first settlers" of Nantucket.
Benjamin was a Friend and, by trade, a cooper.

He owned considerable property on the Island. One tract of
land was deeded him by Robert and Abigail Macy "in considera-
tion of the Love, Good Will, and Neaturell afection we have and Caleb Stratton of Boston 97

bear unto our son-in-law Benjamin Stratton." In November,
1775, he removed to Nine Partners, near Troy, N. Y. His will is
recorded in New York City. He died May 3, 1810.
Children: — Born in Nantucket.
-26 Eunice, 5 b. Oct. 18, 1759; m. 1st, Dr. S. Tripp; 2d, James

-27 Elizabeth, 5 b. Apr. 21, 1762; d. in Hudson, N. Y., unm.,
aged 74 years. Her will names fourteen legatees, most
of them children of her brothers.
+ 28 Benjamin, 5 b. 1764. See Vol. II.
-29 Peter, 5 d. in infancy.
-30 Lydia, 5 b. Aug. 27, 1769; m. Enos Alley of Long Island.

See Chart B.
+ 31 Latham, 5 b. 1775; d. 1849. See Vol. II.

18. Christopher Stratton 4 {Caleb, 4 William, 2 Caleb '), born
April 22, 1738, married Abigail Harris, daughter of John and Abi-
gail Harris. He died October 20, 1793. In his will {Probate
Records, Nantucket) he gave all his real and personal estate to
his wife during life, with full power to sell it should she need
it for her support. Only one child is mentioned in the will — a
daughter Hepsabeth Stratton, then deceased. At his wife's death
the property was to go to his grandsons, Edward Freeman Strat
ton and Thomas Blin Harris. His wife disposed of the real
estate, in 1808, to Paul and Christopher Mitchell.


— 32 Hepsabeth, 5 d. before 1793, mentioned in father's will.

— 33 John, 5 name found on a family record.

— 34 Ruben, 5 name found on a family record.

Any further data concerning this family would be greatly

19. Anthony Stratton 4 {Caleb? William, 2 Caleb 1 ) was born
October 23, 1730. He married Hannah Jones, who was born
July 7, 1744. Friends' Records say he was "desowned Feb. 30,
1771;" probably for marrying out of the Society. Anthony
Stratton, cordwainer, and wife Hannah sold a house and lot in
Nantucket, March 19, 1772, after which their names do not appear
there. Folger says they had no children. It is thought that they
moved to Rhode Island, and were there during the Revolution.

98 A Book of Strattons

21. Caleb Stratton 4 (Caleb, , 3 William, 2 Caleb 1 ), born April 27,
1745; married Charity Chapman of Rhode Island. He died on
board a vessel from London, April 11, 1769. Folger says he had a
son Obed 5 (35), born December 15, 1767, who married Elizabeth
Wyler, and died without issue.

23. Philip Stratton 4 (Caleb , 3 William, 2 Caleb *) was born
May 2, 1749. He married Lucretia (Clark), daughter of Paul
Paddock, and widow of Seth Clark. Friends' Records says that he
moved to Nine Partners, N. Y., February 25, 1775. Folger's
manuscript says he had no children.

From pages 95-98 it will be seen that of the eight sons of Caleb
Stratton 3 of Nantucket, all of whom lived to manhood, the de-
scendants of only one, Benjamin, 4 have been traced. The com-
piler has found several families of Strattons having traditional
knowledge of descent from the Nantucket Strattons, but no au-
thentic records have been found showing from which son they
are descended. The descendants of Benjamin 4 have in their
possession an old family Bible containing entries which have
helped materially in completing the records of that branch. The
compiler has hoped — and is still hoping — to find data which shall
prove to be the missing links needed to complete the records of
other branches of this line — a line whose ancestry goes back to
1530 in the old village of Shrivenham. 99 EARLY STRATTONS OF LONG ISLAND

"Our generation passeth away and another generation cometh."


THE town of Easthampton, on the eastern part of Long Island,
was settled in 1649. The territory was bought by the govern-
ors of the colonies of New Haven and Connecticut, from the Mon-
tauk Indians and assigned to the early settlers. Among the nine
"first settlers" appears the name of John Stratton. About a year
later he was joined by his brother Richard. The two men were
prominent among the colonists. Their names appear continually
on the town records.

In all the interests and enterprises of the town in its early days
they had a part. The home lots of both Richard and John were
on the northwest side of the main street, which ran parallel with
the coast. Besides these, they owned many other lots of land,
some by allotment, in common with other proprietors; others by
purchase.* These lands were divided among their children, who
in turn continued the division, or sold them to seek homes in other
sections. Their sons and daughters married into other families of
standing and prominence. The names James, Hedges, Hand,
Conkling, Gardener, Osborne, Hull, Huntting, Mulford and Fithian
are all well known in the colonial history of Long Island and
Connecticut, and with all of them were the early Easthampton
Strattons connected by marriage.

The proprietors early attached an importance to the keeping of
a record of their "proceedings" and from these faithfully kept
records we learn to-day much of the daily life of our ancestors.!

* For allotments of land to Richard and John Stratton, see Easthampton
Town Records, Vol. II, pages 58-65.

t The first Town Clerk (1650) was Thomas Talmage (ancestor of DeWitt
Talmage, D. D.) and the oath administered reads thus:

"In being chosen recorder for the present yeare doe here sware by ye Great
and living God yt you will at al times during this yeare for whc you are chosen
labour with care and contiontse to record such things as shall be lawfully 100 A Book of Strattons

The luxuriant wild grasses of the island led the early colonists
to give much attention to cattle raising and the records contain
many "ear-marks" by which the cattle of the various owners were
known; while many sheep were herded on the lands held as "com-
monage." *

" A True discoverie of the eare markes of every mans ppr marke
of their cattell as ffolloweth: viz: Richard Stratton his marke is
cropt in the right eare & halfe the fore part of the left eare cut off.

" John Stratton his marke is cropt in left eare & 2 slits Downe
the same eare."

E. H. Records.

There was much fishing along the coast, and during the long
winter months many engaged in whaling, going on long cruises —
from which some never returned. The Strattons it seems were
more cautious and went to sea by proxy.

"Bee it known to all men by these presents that I harry Indian
and Heeler indian boath of us doe firmly bind and engage our selves
to goe to sea for John Stratton senior and John Stratton junior
the next winter following the date here of, to kill wheals and to
have halfe they gett boath in oyle and boane and to attend all
seasons and to doe their labor at sea and on shoar and to save the
craft: in witness hereof wee doe sett to our hands and seals the
day and year above written.

" Harry Indian his N marke
" Hecler Indian his y marke
" Signed and sealed in the presents of us

" Joseph Stratton

" Cornelius Stratton March 18, 1680-81.

acted and ordained by voate also to carefully keepe such things as shall be
committed to your trust so near as you can so help you God."

* Memorandam — this agreement made between the owners of ye sheep of
this town of Easthampton & John Stratton as followeth: That John Stratton
hath agreed that his sonne Steven shall keepe ye sheep & will do his best en-
deavor that they goe fourth to keeping the present yeare for which the owners
of the sheepe doe agree to give to ye sd John Stratton seven shillings six pence
by ye week in good pay viz. in wheat part, if it be to be had & Indian Corn,
porke or oyle & he shall have of the owners proportionable to the sheep every
one hath 30 lbs. of wool. Indian corn to be paid at 3 Is by the bushel & wheat
att 4ss 6d his tyme beginning April 13, 1669.

Book B, page 77, Easthampton Records. Early Strattons of Loxg Island 101

"Aug. 12, 1683. This Indenture is recorded between Richard
Stratton and John Indian son of Wobberton in which said John
doth bind himselfe a servant unto ye said Richard Stratton and
with him to serve & dwell after the manner of such an apprentice
for a term of two years, and to faithfully serve and his commands
obey in all places & at all times, as a true & faithful servante ought
to doe, & to behave himselfe in Word and deede. For this the said
Richard doth engage to pay ye sd John indian 12 pounds in
money att, or before the end of the term & to find ye said John
sufficient meate and drink. And if ye said John doth goe to sea
with consent of Richard Stratton then hee to goe upon halfe
share ye said Richard to find boate & craft sutable for a halfe

From Easthampton Town Records.

One cannot help wondering if John Indian kept his part of this
contract and "behaved himselfe in Word & deede as a faithful
servante ought to doe."

The following, also, is a fine specimen of the original spelling and
quaint composition of those early records:

"March the 22th 1671-72 Att a Town metinge it is agreed and
Concluded between the Towne being one partie and Richard
Stretton the other ptie that the sd Richard is to fence the highway
that goeth to the Xorwest that is the fence that lyeth nexte alonge
by his land well and sufficient acordinge as he shall see cause for
the securinge of himselfe from all Damage from Cattell according
to law and this to be done from time to time and att all times for-
ever. And in consideration of the same The Towne doth give and
grant unto the aforesaid Richard Stretton eight acres of land to bee
laid out either all the reare of the second lott belonginge to the
aforesaid Richard bounded by Thomas Talmage west and Thomas
Osburne Junior east or else by another second lott belonginge to
the said Richard Stratten which is the westernmost or last lott upon
that Division either to have eight acres of land upon the side of
this aforesaid lott or else in the other place above specified which
the aforesaid Richard Stratten shall see best for himselfe uppon
the sight and vew thereof. These eight acres of land is granted
unto the aforesaid Richard Stratton by the Town forever upon
Consideration of the premises above specified." 102 A Book of Strattons


(See Chart C)

1. Richard Stratton appears first on Easthampton records
in 1651.* In 1643 his name is on the "whale list" at Southamp-
ton, L. I. Nothing has been found concerning him between
these two dates. f He married Elizabeth Edwards, daughter
of William Edwards. % His will (a copy of which is in the surrogate
office in New York City) is dated April 7, 1674 and proved June,
1676, before the Court of Sessions held in Southold, L. I. He died
before August 24, 1675, at which date an inventory of his estate
was made.

The town did not record vital statistics. The church records of
births, deaths and marriages began in 1697, with Rev. Nathaniel
Huntting's pastorate.


The last will and testament of me, Richard Stratton Sen'r of
Easthampton, being in my perfect mind and understanding:
First. I give my soule to God who gave it and my body to ye Dust
from whence it came, and mine estate as followeth:

1 — To my eldest sonne, Richard, I give my two six acres home
lotts of the 2 nd Division by in next Thos. Osburn, jr. on ye south
and to Lieut. Talmage up on the north.

2 — To my second sonne, Thomas, I give six acres of land out of
my home lott att the rear of its addition, the whole breadth,
fronting upon the lane one side and William Ffithean on the other
side, and I also give him my six acre lott wich belonged to my one
allott'nt lying the farthest lott beyond Abraham Hauks.

3 — I give all my land both East and West to my two sonnes
above said to be equally divided between them after the decease
of my wife Elizabeth Stretton excepting my land at the little
plaine and six acres more lying at the two mile hollow.

* For his birth and ancestry see Shrivenham Strattons, this Volume.

t It seems very probable that he spent these six years in Southampton.
The records of Southampton during this period are not at all complete.

X William Edwards came to Taunton, Mass., as early as 1643, moved from
there to Lynn and settled at Easthampton in 1649-50. Richard Stratton of Easthampton 103

4 — I give to my four sonnes all the meddow belonging to me and
all the commonage and what land may be laid out to me hereafter
with all privilege belonging to the said land to be equally divided
amongst them.

5 — I give my home lotts and my houseing and buildings upon
the same to my wife, Elizabeth, during her life and after her
deceass to my two youngest sons, Isaac and Benjamin together
with all my land att the little plaine and my six acres of land neer
the two mile hollow. My will is also that if any of my sonnes die
without issue my other children surviving shall have their part
of land afore's'd shall have it equally amongst them.

6 — I give to my daughter Elizabeth six pounds to be paid her
by my executrix (whom I appoint to be my wife Elizabeth) out
of my moveable estate when she comes of age or if she lives to be
married to be then paid her.

7 — I give to my oldest sonne Richard thirty pounds to be paid
him by my executrix when he comes att age of 21 years.

8 — The overseers of my will I desire to be my father-in-law
Will'm Edwards and my brother, John Stretton Sen'r.

Witness my hand and seal

Richard Stretton.

After Richard's death, his widow, Elizabeth, married Thomas
Baker of Easthampton and died a widow, January 5, 1704-5.

+ 2 Richard, 2 b. about 1655.
+ 3 Thomas, 2 d. 1704.
+ 4 Isaac, 2 m. in Easthampton, 1703.
-5 Elizabeth, 2 mentioned in her father's will, after which

nothing is known of her.
+6 Benjamin, 2 d. in New Jersey in 1716.

2. Richard Stratton 2 (Richard a ) was not of age at the date
of his father's will in 1674; he was of age, however, at the time
of his mother's second marriage in 1678, — hence was born be-
tween 1653 and 1657. He inherited lands and money from his
father's estate in Easthampton.

His name appears from time to time on the records of his
native town, where he lived and died. He (probably) married
(as early at least as 1580) Sarah Sturges, daughter of John 104 A Book of Strattons

Sturges of Fairfield, Conn.,* who in his will dated March 2, 1697,
mentions his "Son-in-law, Richard Stratton and his five children

by wife Sarah, my daughter." Later he married Mary ,

who was his widow in 1602. He died June 7, 1697, as shown by
the church records.

- 7 Solomon, 3 b. 1680-1685.

- 8 David, 3 b.

- 9 Abigail, 3 m. Daniel Burr, Nov. 7, 1705.

-10 Hannah, 3 m. Thomas Chatfield, May 26, 1707.

-11 Deborah, 3 m. Eliakim Conkling, July 22, 1708.

+ 12 Richard, 3 probably settled in Rehoboth, Mass.

Solomon (7) gave quitclaim deed, in 1706, to certain lands which
he had inherited as eldest son. August 9, 1714, David (8) deeded
to Thomas Chatfield and Samuel Mulford all the lands and privi-
leges which he had "received by my father Richard Stratton's
will except the eight acres willed to me at the end of the home
lotts he gave to my brothers Solomon and Richard." f Solomon,
by a note on the margin of the deed, admitted David's right to
make the deed. Their names then disappear from the records at
Easthampton and nothing more is known of them.


Know all men by these presents that I Solomon Stretton, eldest
son and heir unto Richard Stretton deceased who was eldest son
unto Richard Stretton formaly of Easthampton deceased Do
for myself and my heirs forever quit all manner of claim of my
right title or interest in or unto all or any of the lands meadows
and privileges of commons in Easthampton or at Meautauket
that was given by the last will and testament of my grandfather
Richard Stretton deceased, unto Isaac Stretton and unto his
heirs and assigns forever: I say I do for myself and my heirs
forever quit all maner of claim that by law I have or seem to have
or any way pretend to have, unto the aforesaid premises as also
to a half share of Meautauket; unto the said Isaac Stretton and
to his heirs assignees forever without any the least hindrance or

* John Sturges was 37 years old in 1660, at which time he settled in Fair-
field, Conn. He married Deborah, daughter of John Barlow.

t This will has not been found although careful search has been made for it. Richard Stratton of Easthampton 105

molostation by or from me the said Solomon Stretton and my
heirs forever and I do here for myself and my heirs forever as far
as lies in me ... & confirm the said land meadow and privi-
leges unto the said Isaac Stretton and to his heirs assigns forever
as witness my hand and seal set this 19 day of Feb. 1705-6.

the mark of
Solomon S Stretton

3. Thomas Stratton 2 (Richard x ) was not yet of age when his
mother married the second time. In her marriage contract dated
1678 his mother stipulates that "My son Thomas Stratton shall
be paid out of the Estate at ye age of twenty one yeares the sum
of twenty pounds in currant pay in the case he continue with me
soe long." By his father's will he was given two lots of land in
Easthampton.* He married Mary Miller, daughter of John
Miller of Easthampton. This we learn from the will of John
Miller, who died in Cohausy, N. J., in 1699. In this will, dated
the year of his death, he names his daughter Mary, wife of Thomas
Stratton of Easthampton. f As there is no record of this mar-
riage we know nothing of the date of it. It may have occurred
as early as 1680. Thomas died in Easthampton, May 26, 1704.
His widow was still living there in 1706. No record of a second
marriage, or of her death, is found there. She may have followed
her father's family to New Jersey.


-13 Thomas, 3 living in New Jersey, "a minor of 15 years,"
Sept. 28, 1715, when his uncle, Noah Miller, was ap-
pointed his guardian.

* How these lands' were disposed of, deeds do not show, and no will of Thomas
Stratton has been found. Many of the early deeds were not recorded, and
often wills were not probated. New York State laws admit of the title passing
and no deed or will recorded, if the proper owner is in possession of the prop-
erty and holds the unrecorded deed, or unprobated will — or even proves his
relation as "next of kin" to the last known owner.

t Beginning about the year 1690 emigrants began to pass over from Con-
necticut and Long Island to "New Jersie," and among them were many
Easthampton families. It seems more than probable that among these emi-
grants were Strattons as early, at least, as 1704. John Miller removed with
his family from Easthampton to New Jersey before 1699. His will, dated
Aug. 23, 1899, is in the archives at Trenton. 106 A Book of Strattons

Although the records at Easthampton contain nothing more
concerning this family, it is quite probable there were other

4. Isaac 2 (Richard : ) was named in his father's will, 1674,
and nothing further is known of him until November 5, 1703,
when he married Margaret Edwards in Easthampton. By
trade he was a cooper. November 27, 1708, Margaret, "ye wife
of Isaac Stratton owned ye covenant " in the church, and on that
same day two of her children were baptized. From 1704 to 1710
Isaac Stratton's signature is found to six different deeds by which
he disposes of the various lots of land which he owned — by in-
heritance and purchase, and then his name disappears from the
records of his native town, and he has not yet been located else-

Children: — Born in Easthampton.

-14 Sarah, 3 bapt. Nov. 27, 1708.

-15 Isaac, 3 bapt. Nov. 27, 1708.

Also, another child that d. July 25, 1708, "aged about
1 or 2 years."

This family, also, may have moved to New Jersey, where there
are early Strattons whose ancestry is yet unaccounted for. Fur-
ther information is very much desired.

6. Benjamin Stratton * (Richard J ) married Mary ,

some time before 1698. Their seven children were born in East-
hampton and some of their descendants still live there. On the
1st of March, 1704, Benjamin and his brother Issaac, divided the
home land left them by their father's last will. This land and
other property owned by Benjamin was sold by him, as shown
by deeds on record at Easthampton. The last of these deeds is
dated September 3, 1715. Very soon after this date he removed
with his family to Fairfield, Salem County, N. J., where he died
before September 14th of the following year. Letters of ad-
ministration were granted his widow, Mary Stratton,* Octo-

* Her maiden name has not been found, although careful search has been
made for it. A more thorough study of probate records at Riverhead and
Trenton might discover her parentage. There is no doubt that she belonged
to one of the fine old families of Easthampton. Left a widow, within a year Richard Stratton of Easthampton 107

ber 18, 1716, and the estate was settled April 8, 1717. An in-
ventory of his estate is preserved in the archives at Trenton.

Children: — Born in Easthampton, L. I.

-16 Abigail, 3 bapt. Sept., 1699.

+ 17 Benjamin, 3 d. in New Jersey, 1759. f

-18 Mary, 3 bapt. Jan. 2, 1603-4.

+ 19 William, 3 d. in New Jersey, 1759.

+ 20 Jonathan, 3 d. in Easthampton, 1760.

+ 21 Isaac, 3 bapt. May 27, 1711; d. in New Jersey.

+ 22 David, 3 bapt. Jan. 2, 1615; d. in New Jersey.

All of these children were baptized by Rev. Nathaniel Huntting,
pastor of the church at Easthampton for fifty-four years.

12. Richard Stratton 3 (Richard, 2 Richard *) lived for several
years after his father's death on the land which he inherited,
"ye breadth of his home lot toward the north end being 24 poles
and seven foot." The last record of him at Easthampton is De-
cember 8, 1711, when his name appears on a list of Freeholders.

February 19, 1718, Richard Stratton married Rachel Cole, in
Boston. They settled in Rehoboth, Mass., where five sons were
born to them, and in that vicinity some of their descendants still
reside.* Rehoboth church records say that Richard and Rachel
Stratton were "dismissed from Rehoboth Church to Dunstable
Sept. 23, 1729." His name appears among the Freeholders of
Dunstable, July 6, 1747.

Children: — Born in Rehoboth, Mass.

-23 James, 4 b. May 12, 1719.

-24 David, 4 b. Oct. 22, 1721.

+ 25 Richard, 4 b. Nov. 18, 1724.

after moving into a new country, with a family of seven young children,
among her descendants are men and women well known in the history of her
adopted state for their intelligence, patriotism, uprightness of character and
Christian activity.

* That Richard of Rehoboth was Richard 3 of Easthampton is based upon
family tradition and "circumstantial evidence." There was much intimacy
for several generations between the people of Rehoboth and Easthampton,
and considerable trade between Rhode Island and Long Island. Anyone
better informed on this line will confer a great favor by communicating same
to the compiler. 108 A Book of Strattons

-26 John, 4 b. May 12, 1726; d. Feb. 28, 1730.

-27 Jonathan, 4 b. Aug. 26, 1729.

The History of Lynchborough, N. H., shows that a James and
David Stratton appeared there in 1745, in company with Wm.
Holt; James settled on Cornelius Tarbell's right; David bought
land of Samuel Lemon, December 31, 1745.*

17. Benjamin Stratton 3 {Benjamin, 2 Richard 1 ) was born in
Easthampton; baptized in the church there February 22, 1701-2,
and moved with his father to New Jersey in 1715-16. Novem-
ber 28, 1723, he married Abigail Preston, daughter of Levi Pres-
ton.^ Benjamin lived at Fairfield, where he was an active member
of the Presbyterian Church. He died at the age of fifty years.
His will, dated July 13, 1751, and proved September 18th of the
same year, is on record at Trenton.


To wife Abigail, the use of one-third of home farm and one-
third of movable estate. To daughter Abigail Harris 40 shillings
(she having received her portion at her marriage). To sons
Jonathan & Benjamin Stratton my house, land and tenements,
where I now live, and the improvements of all the lands belong-
ing to John Bellap, to be equally divided between them; to
Jonathan the land and marsh called Peter's Neck, except a piece
of marsh hereafter described; and to son Benjamin all my right
and title in the land and marsh called 'Long Island.' To son
Preston Stratton my plantation bought of Jeremiah Culver and
some marsh in Peter's Neck at the head of the creek (description
of land is here given), and £5 when 14; To my three daughters,
Freelove, Thomazine, and Elizabeth, £40 each at 18, or marriage.
To my two youngest sons, Levi and John £50 each at 14.
Executors, Sons Jonathan and Benjamin.

* The French were subdued at Louisburg in 1745, and from that time until
fresh trouble arose with the French and Indians in 1755 very many families
were moving from the older towns to the frontiers, and many new settlements
were made in New Hampshire and Vermont.

t The Prestons came from New England and settled in Cumberland County,
N. J., as early as 1706. Richard Stratton of Easthampton 109

Children: — Born in Fairfield, N. J*

-28 Levi, 4 bapt. Sept. 27, 1724; d. Mar. 28, 1728.

-29 Abigail, 4 bapt. Feb. 25, 1726; m. Harris before

1751; d. Apr. 4, 1759.

+30 Jonathan, 4 bapt. Dec. 28, 1728.

+ 31 Benjamin, 4 bapt. Mar. 21, 1730.

-32 Freelove, 4 bapt. , 1733; m. Ambrose Whitteker.f

-33 Thomazine, 4 bapt. June 20, 1735; d. 1785.

-34 Elizabeth, 4 bapt. Oct. 28, 1737; d. June 14, 1759.

-35 Preston, 4 bapt. Jan. 1, 1740; d. Apr. 20, 1740.

-36 Preston, 4 bapt. Aug. 8, 1741; d. Nov. 18, 1759. A grave-
stone to his memory stands in the old Cross-roads
Presbyterian graveyard near Fairton, N. J.

+ 37 Levi, 4 bapt. Mar. 21, 1743.

+ 38 John, 4 bapt. Nov. 10, 1747.

The records tell us nothing more of Benjamin Stratton (17) but
we have good reasons for believing that he was a man of intelli-
gence and energy, a respected and active member of the little
community in which he lived. Left fatherless at the age of
sixteen years, he early identified himself with the Presbyterian
Church at Fairfield, — into which church all his children were
baptized; dying a comparatively young man, he had accumulated
quite a large property for that early time in New Jersey, and left
his wife and children well provided for. Among his descendants
is a large proportion of professional men, who have occupied
positions of trust and honor. Of the ten Stratton graduates of
Princeton College, eight are his descendants.

19. William Stratton 3 {Benjamin, 2 Richard 2 ) was baptized
January 13, 1705-6, and was ten years old when his father moved
to New Jersey. He married Phoebe Fithian, daughter of Jona-
than Fithian,% and lived in Deerfield, N. J. He died in the au-

* Fairfield, N. J., was settled largely by families from Connecticut and Long
Island. Almost every family of Easthampton had representatives among the
first settlers of this part of New Jersey.

t A family record says that Freelove was named for a sister of her mother —
a daughter of Levi Preston. Had Levi Preston other children?

% The Fithians came from Easthampton and settled in Salem County, N. J.,
about 1710. 110 A Book of Strattons

tumn of 1759. His will, dated July 30, 1759, and probated De-
cember 22, is on file at Trenton. In it he mentions his wife,
Phoebe, his brother David and the five sons and two daughters
named below. His sons Jonathan and Fithian were executors of
the will, hence must have been of age in 1759. William was to
have the "weaver shop"; Jonathan and Fithian certain lots of
land; sons Ephriam and Aaron were to have £50 each at the age
of 21.

Children: *

+ 39 William, 4 d. in 1796.

— 40 Jonathan, 4 executor of his father's will.

-41 Sarah, 4 m. Parvin before 1759.

-42 Phoebe, 4 m. John Woodruff Aug. 15, 1757.
+ 43 Fithian, 4 executor of his father's will.

-44 Ephriam, 4 d. in 1777. Letters of administration granted
Fithian Stratton.

— 45 Aaron, 4 of whom nothing has been found after the date

of his father's will.

20. Jonathan Stratton 3 (Benjamin, 2 Richard *) was born in
Easthampton; baptized June 20, 1708. He was but eight years
old when his father died in New Jersey. Some time before he was
twenty-two years of age he returned to his native town, where he
spent the remainder of his life. January 20, 1730-31, he married
Mahitable Reeves, daughter of Abraham and Puah Reeves. f
Mahitable, wife of Jonathan Stratton, "owned ye covenant" in

* More data concerning the sons of this family is very much wanted. There
was a Jonathan Stratton who married Elizabeth Thackara (or Thackary) in
Salem, N. J., March 17, 1779. They settled in Philadelphia, and belonged to
the Third Presbyterian Church, and had several children, among them a son,
Benjamin Thackary Stratton, whose descendants are traced to the present
generation. (See Vol. II.) It is thought that this Jonathan was a grandson
of William Stratton of Deerfield. Proof is wanted.

Fithian had a nephew, Lot Stratton, who was, also, a Revolutionary soldier t
and who settled in Lycoming County, Pa. Later information concerning him
is desired; also concerning a Preston Stratton whose name is associated with
Fithian, but to whose parentage the writer has found no clew.

f Puah Reeves, after the death of her husband, Abraham Reeves, married
John Davis, who in his will leaves much of his estate to his nephew, John
Davis, and his daughter-in-law, Mahitible Stratton, and her son Benjamin
Stratton. Richard Stratton of Easthampton 111

the church at Easthampton, October 15, 1732. He died May 30,
1766. His widow survived him seventeen years, dying in Septem-
ber, 1783.


-46 Mary, 4 bapt. Oct. 15, 1732.

-47 Jonathan, 4 bapt. Aug. 11, 1734.*

-48 Abraham, 4 bapt. Oct. 17, 1736; d. Sept. 25, 1738.

-49 Mahitable, 4 bapt, June 8, 1740; d. Aug. 20, 1752.

-50 Abraham, 4 bapt. Apr. 28, 1744; d. young.

+ 51 Benjamin, 4 d. in Easthampton.

21. Isaac Stratton 3 (Benjamin, 2 Richard 1 ) was baptized at
Easthampton, May 27, 1711, and was only about four years old
when his father moved to New Jersey. He died in Cumberland
County, N. J., intestate, at the age of 42 years, and his estate
was administered by Mary Stratton (undoubtedly his widow),
January 5, 1753. No children are mentioned in the administration.

22. David Stratton 3 (Benjamin, 2 Richard x ) was baptized at
Easthampton, January 2, 1615. But little is known of him. He
seems to have lived for a while at Deerfield, N. J. where he owned
land. He is mentioned in his brother William's will in 1759. He
married Elizabeth , who survived him, and was his ad-
ministratrix, January 14, 1764. In the administration he is said
to be "of Stow Creek, Cumberland Co." Nothing further is
known of his widow. It is not at all improbable that he left
children, although none are named in the administration.!

* This may be the Jonathan Stratton who died at Easthampton in July ,
1759. He may have married Anna Reeves of W. Hartford, April 1, 1754.
No trace has been found of any children.

t A David Stratton, whose parentage has not yet been traced, settled in
Millville, N. J. He married Sarah (Preston?). They were the parents of five

children: Preston, b. Dec. 16, 1773; m. Sarah Bateman. Lydia, m. 1st

Gaston; 2d, William Osier. Israel, who was associate judge of Cumberland
County. Jeremiah, b. Sept. 1, 1779; m. 1st, Zerviah Bateman; 2d, Mrs. Mar-
garet Buzby; was justice of the peace and county judge. Sarah, m. Enos

The descendants of David of Milville have been very fully traced. Any
clew to his parentage will be very much appreciated, both by his descendants
and by the compiler. For his descendants see Vol. II. 112 A Book of Strattons

25. Richard Stratton 4 (Richard? Richard, 2 Richard *) was
born in Rehoboth, Mass., November 18, 1724. He married Sarah
Newell, February 7, 1750. Town records show that he lived
in Attleboro and Foxboro, Mass., and Cumberland, R. I., — yet
he may have lived all his life in one house, for these three towns,
and several others, were comprised in Ancient Rehoboth, and the
boundaries between them have only recently been established.
Deeds of Suffolk County show that he bought a piece of land in
Wrentham in 1772. His will, in Suffolk County probate office,
was made June 19, 1778, and proved August 21st of same year.
It names only his wife Sarah and son James who is to settle with
the rest. His wife survived him twenty-eight years, dying Decem-
ber 27, 1806.

In a small cemetery near Foxboro, surrounded by woods and
known to but few, are several Stratton gravestones,-— one bears
this inscription:

In memory of

Richard Stratton

who died of ye small pox June 21, 1778 in ye 53 rd year of his age.

" How suddenly I leave behind

My children dear and wife so kind,

But Heaven's Decree with Joy obey

And wait the Resurrection Day."

Near by stands a stone to the "memory of Mrs. Sarah Stratton,
widow of Mr. Richard Stratton, who died in the 78th year of her

Children: — Births recorded in Foxboro and Attleboro, Mass.

+ 52 James, 5 b. 1751; d. 1809. See Vol. II.

-53 John, 5 b. July 7, 1753; d. Aug. 15, 1753.

-54 Rachel, 5 b. June 28, 1754.

+ 55 George, 5 b. 1756; d. 1817. See Vol. II.
Births recorded in Cumberland, R. I.

-56 Sarah, 5 b. Oct. 20, 1758; m. Eben Fisher, Jr., Mar. 25,
1790, and removed to Holden, Me., and d. Aug. 15,

+ 57 Lemuel, 5 b. 1761; d. 1816. See Vol. II.

-58 Richard, 5 b. July 23, 1763.

+59 Robert, 5 b. 1765; d. 1842. See Vol. II. Richard Stratton of Easthampton 113

-60 Cynthia. 5

+ 61 David, 5 b. Mar. 1768. See Vol. II.

+62 Joseph, 5 b. 1769; d. 1806. See Vol. II.

30. Jonathan Stratton 4 (Benjamin* Benjamin, 2 Richard *)
was baptized in Fairfield, N. J., December 28, 1728. He married
Abigail Buck, Feburary 19, 1754. She was born May 4, 1730,
and died, two years after her marriage, May 24, 1756. He then
married Catherine Marshall.

Children: — Born in Fairfield, N. J.

-63 Ruth, 5 bapt. Dec. 18, 1754.

-64 Jonathan, 5 bapt. Jan. 19, 1757. See footnote under

Wm. Stratton 3 (19).
-65 Catherine, 5 bapt. April 19, 1759.

31. Benjamin Stratton 4 (Benjamin, 3 Benjamin, 2 Richard 1 )
lived at Pittsgrove, N. J. He was baptized in the Presbyterian
church at Fairfield, March 21, 1731 (another record says that
this was the date of his birth). He married Sarah Austin of
Boston, October 9, 1752. His will (Trenton, Liber 9, p. 367)
was made February 9, 1759, and probated June 6, 1759. This
will describes him as being "sick and weak" and says the planta-
tion is to be equally divided between his sons Benjamin and
James. Witnesses, Henry Brooke, Jonathan Smith, Peter Austin.
He died on the 26th of March. His widow married Thomas
Ogden, of Fairfield.*

Children: — Born in Fairfield, N. J.

-66 Benjamin, 5 b. Oct. 2, 1753. Was this the Benjamin
Stratton who died in Salem County, intestate, letters
of administration to Israel Bowen, May 24, 1802?

-67 Sarah, 5 b. Oct. 2, 1753.

+ 68 James, 5 b. 1755; d. 1812. Built Stratton Hall, Swedes-
borough, N. J. He was the father of Governor
Charles C. Stratton. See Vol. II.

37. Levi Stratton 4 (Benjamin, 3 Benjamin, 2 Richard 1 ) was

* Sarah Austin was born July 26, 1730, and died Nov. 1, 1804. Thomas
Ogden (1720-85) was a descendant of John Ogden, who came from Eng-
land in 1640; moved from Southampton, L. I., to Elizabeth, N. J., and was
the first Governor of New Jersey. 114 A Book of Strattons

born in Fairfield, 1743. He married Abigail Powell. May 3,
1778, he united with the Presbyterian church at Fairfield and in
1790 was a ruling elder. His wife died December 18, 1785, in the
44th year of her age. He died, February 15, 1792, intestate, and
his estate was administered by his brother, John Stratton. Stones
to their memory are standing in the Old Stone Churchyard at

Children: — Born in Fairfield, N. J.

-69 Sarah, 5 b. April, 1775; m. Ruben Buck. Their daughter,
Sarah Buck, m. Levi Stratton, son of John (38) and
Eleanor (Leake) Stratton.
+ 70 Daniel Powell, 5 b. 1784; d. 1840. Lived at Bridgeton,
N. J. See Vol. II.

38. John Stratton 4 (Benjamin, 3 Benjamin, 2 Richard 1 ) was
but four years old when his father died in 1751. May 3, 1762,
Joseph Dayton was appointed his guardian. He married, April 5,
1775, Eleanor Leake, daughter of Nathan Leake of Deerfield.*
They lived for several years at Fairfield and were members of the
Presbyterian church there. Mr. Stratton was a zealous Whig.
In 1783 he removed to Deerfield, where he was a justice of the
peace, and a ruling elder. At the time of his death he was a
member of the Pittsgrove Presyterian church. He died in 1814
a much esteemed citizen; his wife survived him but one month.
Tombstones bearing the following inscriptions, mark their graves
in the Pittsgrove churchyard:

In memory of

Mr. John Stratton

Who departed this life in peace and comfort, Feb. 11, 1814, aged

66 yrs. 3 mos and 1 day

"The righteous have hope in Christ."

In memory of
Mrs. Eleanor Stratton
Who departed this life in peace and joy, March 9, 1814, aged
62 yrs. 5 mos and 19 days.

* According to Judge Elmer in Brief Notices of Old Residents of Cumber-
land John Stratton married, 1st, Abby Leake and 2d, Eleanor Leake, sister
of Abby. They were the only daughters of Nathan Leake, grandson of Recom-
pence Leake, who moved from Long Island to Deerfield, N. J., about 1732.

Stratton Hall, Swedesboro, N. J.

Built in 1794. Birthplace and home of Hon. Charles Creighton Stratton,

Governor of New Jersey in 1845-48. {Page 113.)

Home of Dr. John Leake Stratton
At Mount Holley, N. J.
(72, Chart C; see page 115) Richard Stratton of Easthampton 115

"For we know that of our earthly house of this tabernacle
were dissolved, we have a building of God an house not made
with hands, eternal in the Heavens."
Children: — Born in Fairfield, N. J.
-71 Elizabeth, 5 b. 1776; d. 1777.
+ 72 John Leake, 5 b. 1778; d. 1845. Lived at Mt. Holly,

N. J. See Vol. II.
-73 Gilbert Tennent, 5 b. Feb. 6, 1781; d. at the age of 26
years, unm.; gravestone at Pittsgrove.
Born in Deerfield, N. J.
+ 74 Nathan Leake, 5 b. 1786; d. 1862. Lived at Bridgeton,

N. J. See Vol. II.
+ 75 Levi, 5 b. 1791; d. 1838; m. Sarah Buck daughter of
Ruben and Sarah Stratton (69) Buck. See Vol. II.

39. William Stratton 4 (William? Benjamin, 2 Richard x )
lived in Deerfield, N. J., where he was a blacksmith by trade and
owned real estate which he inherited from his father. The date
of his birth is not known, but he seems to have been married before
1759, when his father refers to "my son William and his family."
He married Rebecca . He died March 26, 1796.

Children: — Born in Deerfield, N. J.

+ 76 William, 5 d. Feb. 2, 1812. Settled in Philadelphia. See
Vol. II.

There were probably other children, who settled in Philadelphia,
and other parts of Pennsylvania. Proof of this is much desired.

43. Fithian Stratton 4 (William, 3 Benjamin, 2 Richard x ) was
born in 1738. He married Ruth (or Sarah?) Buck, and lived
at Deerfield, N. J., where he was an active member of the Presby-
terian church. About 1781 he was disciplined by his church, for
"consorting with the methodist." Later, he joined the Methodist
church and became a local preacher in that denomination. He
was an adjutant in Col. Enos Seeley's Battalion, New Jersey State
Troops. He died October 26, 1817, and is buried in the Presby-
terian churchyard at Deerfield, where a tombstone stands to the
memory of Rev. Fithian Stratton. Poulson's Am. Advertiser
(Phila.), of January 27, 1825, has this obituary notice: "Mrs.
Sarah Stratton, widow of Rev. Fithian Stratton died 1st mo. 26." 116

A Book of Strattons

51. Benjamin Stratton 4 (Jonathan? Benjamin, 2 Richard 1 )
was born in Easthampton, L. I. The record of his baptism has
not been found. In 1770 he was the only one living of the six
children of his parents. But little is known of him. He was
probably the Benjamin Stratton who died in Easthampton
June 28, 1781. He married Mary (Havens?)
Children :
-77 Diana. 5

Benjamin, 5 moved to Saratoga County, N. Y. See Vol. II.
Mary. 5

Jonathan, 5 bapt. Feb. 19, 1769; d. 1833. Lived in East-
hampton. See Vol. II.

+ 78
+ 80

More information concerning Benjamin 4 is very much desired.
The vital records at that period were but imperfectly kept. His
old home is still standing, and is one of the landmarks of his native
town. It is believed to be the home of his parents from the date
of their marriage in 1730.

The descendants of Jonathan 5 continued to live there to the
present generation — esteemed citizens of the town of which their
ancestor was one of the founders in the old colonial days.

As far as can be learned from records at Easthampton, the Strat
tons of this branch are the only descendants of Richard Stratton x
who continued to live there after the third generation.

An Oak Chest Belonging to One of
the Descendants of Richard Strat
ton. 1

Tradition says, " Brought from Eng-
land by Richard Stratton in 1643." John Stratton of Easthampton 117


(See Chart D)

1. John Stratton was at Easthampton, L. I., as one of its
"first settlers" in 1649. It is possible that he came to Southamp-
ton with his brother Richard as early as 1644.*

His name stands fifth on the list of founders of the town, and
from the first he was a prominent man among the settlers. In
1652 the boundaries of his home lot are given in the town records
as follows:

"John Straton ffour ackers upon the litel plaine be it more or
lesse bounded by the hie way South and Thomas Talmage junior
West and on the North parte agt Luke Lillie and part agt Richard
Straton: and the hie way East"

As son of William Stratton of Tenterden, he would have been
twenty-eight years old when he came to Easthampton, and by
his father's will (see page 65) would have received £120, or about
$1200 at the age of twenty-three. He acquired considerable real
estate on Long Island which by his will he divided among his nine

His four sons lived and died at Easthampton and he has de-
scendants living there to-day.

He was one of the few men of the town who owned serv-
ants. In the inventory of his personal estate at the time
of his death are "2 negro and childe." One of these he willed
to his daughter, Ruth White. The other two, according to a
family tradition, were given their freedom. Two of his children
were b by he came to Easthampton. Before 1645 he
married Sarah , whether in England or America is not

* For his ancestry see Shrivenham Strattons, this Volume. Also, see Early
Strattons of Long Island.

Howell's History. of Southampton says: "John Stratton had a grant of land
in 1644, not here in 1649 but one of the settlers of Easthampton in that year."

The records at Southampton give no evidence of a John Stratton ever having
lived there. If this grant was to John, brother of Richard Stratton, he proba-
bly returned to England, and remained there until about 1649. William
Stratton of Tenterden, in his will, 1647, mentions his son John and says nothing
to indicate that he is not in England.

Bond, Savage and others supposed this grant at Southampton was to John
Stratton of Salem. Much unsuccessful search has been made for any proof
of this theory. 118 A Book of Strattons

known. On March 1, 1664, he was one of the deputies sent by
Easthampton to Hampstead to declare loyalty to the British
Government. He was made executor of his brother Richard's
will in 1674. His own will, dated August 30, 1684, was proved
before the Court of Sessions held in Southampton, March 16, 1685.
One of the witnesses to this will is Rev. Thomas James, first pastor
of the church at Easthampton.


The last will and testament of mee John Stratton, Sen'r, of
Easthampton, in Suffolk County, upon Long Island in America,
being at this present through gods mercy of perfect mind and
understanding I give my soule to god who gave it and bequeath
my body to ye dust from whence it came and my Estate as fol-
io weth:

1st I give to my beloved wife Sarah the south end of my house
wholly from bottom to ye topp of it dureing her life, and halfe
my home lott and addition to it dureing her life, and I give to her
dureing her life halfe my cloase lying by the side of ye pond called
Hook pond, also my will is shee shall have for her use dureing
her life my peice of meadow I formerly bought of George Miller,
Sen'r, lying at ye North West, also my will is my wife dureing her
life shall have the use of all my goods lying within doors, and after
all this to be disposed of according as I apointe in this my will.

2dly my will is my eldest son John Stratton shall have my hous I
live in and barne (viz) one half of my dwelling hous, being the north
end of it, dureing his mother's life, and after mine and her decease
the whole shall be his and his heires forever, also I give to him
halfe my home lott and the addition to it dureing his mother's
life, and after mine and her decease the whole lott and addition to
it shall be his and his heires forever. Also I give to my son Jno.
and his heires halfe my cloase lying by Hook pond, that parte
next Jerimiah Miller's lott, also I give to him and his heires thirteen
acres of land lying at Wainscott (viz) six acres of land to adjoyne
to ye seven acres I formerly gave him, this to come downe to ye

beach, also I give unto the nine acres he hath already

fenced in eastward, also I give unto this my son John my wood-
land lott lying by William Mulford's lott eastward and Mr. Mul- John Stratton of Easthampton 119

ford westward, being ten acres or thereabouts, also I give unto
my son John and his heires besides the meadow he hath possion
of, all my meadow at wapeack and at akkabowak, also I give unto
him halfe my lott of meadow I had of Jerrimy Conkline, lying at
ye northwest, also I give to this my son John comonage soe much
as comes to a share of a thirteen acre lott, both at ye towne and
at montaukut; be it further known my will is that after my de-
cease my son John shall take possession of halfe my house and lott
at home as aforesaid upon this condition hee deliver up the house
hee now lives in and the home lott and adittion to it to ye posses-
sion of his brother Stratton as I shall further apoint.

3dly I give to my 2d son Joseph fifty acres of land, more or lesse,
lying at Wainscot (viz) all my land there undisposed of to my son
John as aforsd. Also I give unto him two percells of meadow, one
lying at ye north-west, the one by the west creek next Capt.
Talmages meadow, the other percell lying with Capt. Talmage
undivided, this land aforesd. I give to him and his heires forever.

41y I give to my 3d son Stephen thirty-one acres of land lying in
ye woods, bounded upon the south by Robert Dayton's lott, upon
ye west by William Mulford's lott and the highway north, to him
and his heires forever. Also I give him six acres of land more
eastward, lying upon the plaine near the Indian Well, alsoe I give
unto him and his heirs six acres and a halfe a land lying upon the
Easterneplaine by Goodman Bishop's lott, upon the east: also I
give this my son Stephen that percell of meadow is mine lying at
ye little northwest by Samuell Parson's meadow. Also I give to
him half my meadow at ye great northwest lying by Sam'll Mul-
fords meadow.

oly I give to my 4th son Cornelius Stratton the house home lott
and adit ion my son John now lives upon, to him, and the heires of
his body to take possession of it at his marriage or after my de-
cease; alsoe I give unto him after mine and my wife's decease half
my cloase lying at hoock pond north, alsoe I give to this my son
Cornelius and his heirs forever my ten acre cloase lying eastward,
now fenced in. lying by Stephen Hedges lott. Also I give unto him
six acres of land I bought formerly of Jermy Meecham, lying by
Mr. Mulford's lott east; also one acre of land lying south of hoock
pond by Tho. Osborne's lott west; alsoe I give him three acres
and halfe more lying upon the Mill plaines; also I give him a 120 A Book op Strattons

percell of meadow at little northwest, bounded by Stephen Hedges
upon the south; alsoe half apeice of meadow at ye great norwest
lying by Sam'll Mulford south; also another percell of meadow
lying upon the east side of ye norwest, the part being his brother
John's as aforesd; alsoe a percell of meadow after my wife's de-
cease, which I bought of Georg Miller.

61y I give to my grand child Joseph Hand my three acres and
halfe and sixteen pole of land lying north of Samuell Parson's
cloase; alsoe foure acres of land lying by Tho Bee's Lott, he not
to have this land aforesaid untill he comes at age, neither shall
hee allinate or dispose of it anyway without ye advice and consent
of his father Stephen Hand and his uncles John and Stephen;
alsoe I give him twenty pounds out of my estate, to be paid him
by my Executors one year after mine and wife's decease, in good
current pay and price, he not to dispose of it without advice and
consent as aforesd, of his father and my two sons.

71y I give to my daughter Abigaile, wife of Henry Norris, ten
pounds out of my estate to be paid by my executors after mine and
wife's decease in good pay and price current within one year as

81y I give to my daughter Rebeka Busnell twenty pounds after
mine and wife decease, to be paid her at price current in good
pay within a year by my executors.

91y I give to my daughter Ruth White my negro girle called
Hager and five pounds besides out of my estate, to be paid aforesd,
to my other daughters.

lOly I give to my son Joseph Stratton ten pounds out of my
estate, to be paid as aforesaid to my daughters.

11 — I give to my grand child Steven Hand five pounds to be
paid by my executors in maner as aforesaid.

12 — I give to my grandchild Stephen Hedges five pounds, to
be paid in maner as aforesd.

13 — I give to my son John all debts and leagacyes paid: a
duble portion of moveable goods, both within doors and without,
after his mother's decease.

14 — I give to my two younger sons Stephen and Cornelious all
debts and Leagacyes paid the remainder of my moveable goods,
after their mother's decease, to be equally divided between them,
and the remainder of my comonage I will to be disposed of to my
John Stratton of Easthampton 121

three sons Joseph, Stephen and Cornelius both that at the towne
and montauket.

15 — Also my will is if any of my sons aforesaid should decease
without any heirs of their body lawfully begotten the land be-
queathed as aforesaid to any of them, shall goe to my other sons
shall survive or their heires, to be devided in equal shares amongst
them; due consideration being allowed for what charges hath
been layd out by any one of them upon the lands aforesaid.

16 — My will is my three sonns John, Stephen and Cornelious
together with their mother, soe long as shee lives, be executors of
this my will and testament.

Lastly I desire Stephen Hedges and Stephen Hand to be over-
seers of this my will, with due consideration to be paid them by
my executors for what pains and charge they may be at concerning
it, and in confirmation of this my will and testament I set to my
hand and seale this 30th day of August, Anno Domini 1684.

John Stratton.

Signed, sealed in presence of us

Thomas James, Stephen Hand.

The exact date of John Stratton's death is not known, but it
was before March 12, 1685-6, as an inventory of his estate bears
that date. This was presented, with the will, to the Court of

* March the 12: 1685-6, the inventory of John Stratton's Estate:

9 pewter platters, 2 quart potts and 3 small bassons and 2 old potts,

the rest of the things being old 2

2 brass kettles, one of them old 5

3 candle sticks, 2 of them old

2 pairs of fire tongs and a gridiron

1 brass ladle and a choping knife

1 old driping pan, 1 old kan

1 tub, 1 churn, 1 wheele

8 old chayres, two table and form 1

Beding blankets and sheets 7

2 negro and childe 50

7 potts, cettles and scellets 03

Cart and plow takleing, being all old 03

1 grindstone 12s, boules, keelers and pailes lie 01

3 howes, 2 tramils 12s, 1 old wheel 2s, a musket 7s 1














122 A Book of Strattons


+ 2 John, 2 b. about 1645.

- 3 A daughter, who m. Stephen Hand, and d. before 1684,

leaving children.

+ 4 Joseph, 2 b. 1649; d. 1722.

+ 5 Stephen, 2 d. 1697.

+ 6 Cornelius, 2 d. 1704.

— 7 Abigail, 2 m. Henry Norris.

— 8 Rebecca, 2 m. Bushnell.

- 9 A daughter, who m. Stephen Hedges before 1684.

-10 Ruth, 2 m. James White, in Southampton, Nov. 24, 1675.

2. John Stratton 2 (John *) was about four years old at the
date of the first mention of his father in Easthampton. He may
have been born in England — or in Southampton. He early became
a prominent man in the colony where his name appears many
times on the records, and he is usually styled "Mr John Stratton,"
showing the respect and esteem in which he was held by his towns-

By his father's will he became possessed of seven lots of land
"with commonage both in ye town and at Montauket, besides one
half of the dwelling house and home lot, while his mother lived
and the whole of it after her death, with a double portion of mov-
able goods both indoors and out." In 1694 he was chosen collector
for the town. He married Mary James, daughter of Rev. Thomas
James * Both he and his wife were members of the church at

9 cowes 18£, 2 oxen 6£, 10s 24 10

2 steers 6£, 6 more small cattle 10£, 8s 16 8

6 more young cattle 7, 10s 07 10

6 calves 4£, 1 mare, one horse, 1 yearling horse 6£ 10

36 sheep 8£ 10, 8 small swine 40s 10 10


By Stephen Hand and ) The Totall 145 14 6

Stephen Hedges.

* Rev. Thomas James, son of Rev. Thomas James of Lincolnshire, Eng.,
came to America in 1632 in the ship "William and Francis "; was pastor of
the church at Easthampton for forty-six years. Of him Hon. H. P. Hedges
says: "Minister James understood the Indian language; sometmes instructed
the Indians, preached to them and acted as interpreter. He was learned,
resolute, just, sincere, fearless, active, a powerful personality." John Stratton of Easthampton 123

Easthampton when Nathaniel Huntting became its pastor, and
their son, John, was baptized by him.

On the church records Mary's death is thus recorded: "Feb. 14,
1718. The wife of Mr. John Stratton died a little before midnight
aged about 64 yrs." Seventeen years later is this record : " Feb. 19,
1735-6. Mr. John Stratton died about 7 of ye clock, aged about
90 years."

Children :

-11 A child, 3 not named; d. Jan. 7, 1696-7.

- 12 Esther, 3 d. April 20, 1707.

+ 13 John, 3 bapt. Dec. 10, 1699.

That there were children older than these is quite possible, but
the records at Easthampton contain nothing to indicate it.

4. Joseph Stratton 2 {John *) died at Easthampton, Decem-
ber 23, 1722, "att 10 of ye clock in ye morning, aged 73 years."
In 1683 his estate at Easthampton was valued at £100. The name
of his first wife is not known. She died April 3, 1714.

His second wife, Sarah, was left a widow at his death. His will,
dated October 8, 1722, names no sons. It mentions his "present
wife, Sarah," with whom a marriage settlement had been made
October 28, 1714, which she accepted in lieu of all claim for dower.
His estate, real and personal, he leaves in about equal shares to
his two daughters, with small legacies to his three grandchildren,
children of his daughter, Martha Conkling.

Children :

— 14 Hannah, 3 m. Jessop.

-15 Martha, 3 m. Ananias Conkling, Apr. 3, 1701.

The will of Joseph 2 is on file at Riverhead. There is nothing
in it to indicate that there were any other children.

5. Stephen Stratton 2 {John x ) is named as one of the execu-
tors of his father's will in 1684. He married Hannah Reeves,
daughter of Robert and Elizabeth {Mott) Reeves of Hartford, Conn.*
The date of this marriage is not known. It may have been as

* Elizabeth was a daughter of John Mott, one of the first settlers of Weath-
ersfield, Conn. 124 A Book of Strattons

early at least at 1680, though there is nothing in his father's will
to show that he was married in 1684.

Two years after his death his widow, Hannah, married Isaac
Halsey of Southampton, December 11, 1699. His death is thus
recorded on the church books at Easthampton: "Died April 8,
1697, Stephen Stratton, abt. break of day."


+ 16 John, 3 d. in Easthampton, 1775, date of birth not known.

Easthampton records show no other children, but as the births
earlier than 1696 were not recorded, there may have been others.
If so they must have left Easthampton, and may have settled in
Connecticut among their mother's relatives.

6. Cornelius Stratton 2 {John J ) was the youngest son of
John Stratton. In his father's will he is named as one of the ex-
ecutors. This may, or may not, indicate that he was of age at
that time. The will shows that he was not married at that date.
At his marriage, or after his father's decease, he was to have the
"house home lott and addition," then occupied by his eldest
brother, John. The date of his marriage has not been found, but
on the probate records at Fairfield, Conn., there is plenty to show
that he married Martha Hull, daughter of Cornelius Hull of

Fairfield Probate Records, Volume 1689-1701, -page 126. Will
of Cornelius Hull of Fairfield, dated September 16, 1695, contains
a bequest to " my daughter Martha the wife of Cornelious Stratton
seventy acres of my long lot."

Fairfield Land Records, Volume 3, page 393, Joseph Stratton
and Samuel Stratton of Huntington, L. I., sell one half of 70 acres
"which was our Grandfather Levt Cornelius Hulls late of Fairfield
deceased the whole seventy acres was given by him to our Mother
Martha Straton of Easthampton on said Long Island his daughter."
Dated April 15, 1718.

Cornelius Stratton may have lived in Connecticut for a while
after his marriage, and his widow returned there after his death.
In 1699 he was living at Easthampton and owned "ye covenant"
in the church there, and his son Samuel was baptized. Cornelius
died in Easthampton March 27, 1704. John Stratton of Easthampton 125


+ 17 Joseph, 3 date of birth not known.

+ 18 Eliphalet, 3 d. 1753, aged about 55 yrs.

+ 19 Samuel, 3 b. 1699; d. 1791.

-20 Rebecca, 3 bapt. Aug. 8, 1703; lived in Connecticut, but
d. in Easthampton, Feb. 3, 1721, while on a visit to
her brother Eliphalet.

From Fairfield Probate Records:

"There being two of the sons of Cornelious Straton late of Long
Island dec'd being providentially Cast into this Govermint and
there being no persons in Law to take the care of them and one
of them namely Samuell Straton being under age for Chooseing
his Gardian the Court of Probates held in Fairfield december 6:
1710 do therefore make Choice of And Appoint his Unckle Samuell
Hull of Fairfeild to be his Gardian." Vol. 1702-1750.

" Joseph & Sam 11 Stratten were by a Court of Probate held in
Fairfield august y e 28 th 1727 appointed Admrs on ye Estate of
their Mother Martha Adams Late of Huntington deed. & they have
given bond with surety on file." Vol. 1724-1729, p. 32.

13. John Stratton 3 {John, 2 John 2 ) was born December 10,
1699. Nothing more is known of him until his marriage to Amy
Conkling, December 29, 1719. Two years later is this church
record at Easthampton: " Died, Sept. 29, 1721, John Stratton jr.
son of Mr. John Stratton, aged about 22 years." His widow, Amy,
married Mathew Dayton in Easthampton, 1725.

Children: — Born in Easthampton.

+ 21 John, 4 bapt. Oct. 8, 1721.

16. John Stratton, 3 "weaver" (Stephen, 2 John 1 ) married
Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Nathaniel Smith, a prominent citizen
of that region. She was born in 1698, and died March 30, 1765.
They lived on a farm near Easthampton. In 1728 he was con-
stable at Easthampton. His uncle, John Stratton 2 (John *), in a
quitclaim deed dated 1698, refers to him as "John Stratton,
junior, son of Stephen." This was the year after the death of
Stephen, and the year before the birth of John 3 son of John
Stratton. 2 After this John, son of Stephen, is often called "John
Stratton jr" both in church and town records. 126 A Book of Strattons

June 16, 1717, "John Stratton, jr., owned ye covenant, also his

In 1775 he was sergeant-major in a regiment of volunteers in
Suffolk County. In April of that year he declared his loyalty to
Continental Congress. He died July 21, 1775.

Children: — Births recorded on Easthampton church records.
-22 Hannah, 4 bapt. June 16, 1717; m. Timothy Miller, June 30,

-23 Phebe, 4 bapt. Mar. 15, 1719.
+ 24 Stephen, 4 bapt. Jan. 15, 1721.
-25 Amy, 4 bapt. July 14, 1723.
+ 26 John, 4 bapt. Oct. 17, 1725.

— 27 Smith, 4 bapt. July 16, 1727; received into the church at
Easthampton in 1754; graduated at Princeton, N. J.,
1755; became a Presbyterian minister; d. Mar. 8, 1758;
buried at Southold, where a stone stands to his memory.
-28 Samuel, 4 bapt. Mar. 23, 1729, of whom further informa-
tion is wanted.
+ 29 Mathew, 4 bapt. July 4, 1730.
-30 Joseph, 4 bapt. June 10, 1733; d. May 2, 1734.
-31 Elizabeth, 4 bapt, Oct, 12, 1734; d. aged 8 mo.
-32 Henry, 4 bapt, Dec. 11, 1737; d. Aug. 10, 1738.

John 3 made his will " May ye 7, A. D. 1759 "; a copy of it is on
record in New York City Surrogate Office. He wills to "wife Eliza-
beth h of all lands, likewise north end of dwelling house with use of
linter fireplace and oven, with all privilages there unto belonging.
Likewise ^ of all my cattle and ^ of all my sheep and half the privi-
lage of the orchard. Likewise all my furniture, except my desk,
weaving-loom, wrench, books, reed and gnees, wool combs and
my family utensils. The rest to be to her my said wife during her
natural life. Son Mathew to have certain lands and all articles
mentioned above." There are legacies, also, to sons Stephen,
John and Samuel; and daughters Hannah, Phebe, Amy and

17. Joseph Stratton 3 (Cornelius, 2 John 1 ) was b by
1696. After his father's death in 1704, he and his brother Samuel
lived at Fairfield, Conn., with their mother's people. In 1717 John Stratton of Easthampton 127

Joseph bought land in Huntington, L. I., and settled there. He

married Elizabeth , whether in Fairfield or Huntington

has not been learned. He made his will in 1749 and died in Hunt-
ington in 1751.

Children: — Born in Huntington, L. I.

-33 Rebecca, 4 m. James Chichester, May 30, 1745.

-34 Elizabeth, 4 m. Epenetus Bryan, Dec. 24, 1739.

+ 35 Joseph, 4 bapt. Nov. 19, 1724.

+ 36 John 4 bapt. Oct. 22, 1727.

-37 Martha, 4 m. John McGear, June 9, 1753.

-38 Stephen, 4 bapt. Dec. 10, 1732.*

-39 Anne, 4 bapt. Nov. 24, 1734; m. Daniel Sherwood of

+ 40 Cornelius 4 bapt. Apr. 3, 1737.



In the name of God, Amen. I Joseph Stratton of Huntington
in the County of Suffolk and Colony of New York being of sound
and perfect mind memory and understanding but calling to mind
the mortality of my Body and that it is appointed for all men once
to die do make ordain constitute and declare this my last Will and
Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first of all
I commit my Soul to God that gave it and my Body to the earth
to be buried in a Christian like manner and touching such worldly
estate as God hath bestowed upon me I give devise and dispose
of the same in the following manner and form: Imprimis I will
and order that all such debts as I owe in Law or Conscience be
paid and satisfied by my hereafter named executors in some con-
venient time after my decease.

Item I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth
Stratton a Bed and furniture and twenty pounds in money to her
and her assign to be raised out of my moveable estate and the use
of all my Lands and Meadow (except eight acres which I shall
hereafter give to my son Joseph Stratton in a Deed of sale) with

* A Stephen Stratton married Jane Eustick at West Farms. Conn., in 1778.
He has not yet been identified.

t Surrogate's Office, New York City, Book 18, Record of Wills, page 47. 128 A Book of Strattons

all my Buildings so long as she continues my widow but if she will
not except of said Bed furniture and the use of my Lands Meadow
and buildings in stead of her thirds or widow Right then my will
is that she shall have no more of my estate than the Law will
allow her. Item I give and bequeath to my beloved son Joseph
Stratton that piece of Land being about half an acre at the west
end of my home Lott wherein his Tanfatt is fixed and eight acres
of my field called the old Field on the north side thereof and one
third of a hundred right in the Commons of huntington to him his
heirs and assigns. Item I give and Bequeath to my beloved son
John Stratton twenty acres of Land in the eastern purchase . . .
in the second Tere of Lotts and Ten acres of Land on the plains
Eastward of the Newfound pond joyned on the east to the Land
laid out to the right held by Eliphalet Jarvis to him his heirs and
Assigns forever. Item I give and Bequeath to my beloved son
Stephen Stratton the half of that Meadow Lott at the South end
which I bought of William Jarvis also all the Land I have South-
ward upon the plains lying North of the Road called Sabath day
path and six acres Joyning on the east side of the Land laid out
to the right formerly held by Eliphalet Jarvis on the Plains Be-
tween dicks hills and Cowharbour South Path and a third of a
hundred Right to him his heirs and assigns forever. Item I give
and Bequeath to my beloved son Cornelius Stratton my lott of
land on which I now dwell (except half an acre which I shall give
to my son Joseph) with all my Buildings also half that Meadow
Lott I bought of William Jarvis at the North end and all the South
part of my old field beside that eight acres on the north side,
which I shall give to my son Joseph and four acres of Wood Land
on the North East corner of that tract of Land commonly called
the Young Orchard and a third part of a hundred Right to him
his heirs and assigns forever but if any of my said sons that are
now in nonage should die in nonage and without lawfull Issue in
such case my Will is that his or their part shall be equally divided
between the surviving Brethren and remain to them their heirs and
assigns forever as above. Item I give to my Daughters Rebeckah
Martha and Ann and to my Grand DaughteriRuth Bryan daughter
to my Daughter Elizabeth deceased, equally between them all
my moveable estate except what is disposed of above. Lastly I
nominate constitute and appoint my Brother Samuel Stratton John Stratton of Easthampton 129

and Thomas Conkling both of huntington executors of this my
last Will and Testament to execute fullfill and perform the same
according to the true intent and meaning thereof.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
third day of February in the twenty third year of his Majesty's
Reign and in the Year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ one
thousand seven hundred and forty nine fifty.

Joseph Stratton l. s.

Signed sealed and published pronounced declared by the said
Joseph Stratton in the presence of the subscribers as his last will
and Testament

Hezekiah Rogers, David Sammis Jun r , Jonathan Jarvis.

Huntington September 12 th 1751
Whereas I have lately bought a certain parcell of Land sence the
date of my enclosed Will and my Will is that the said land should
be sold to the best advantage by my executors and all my just
debts paid and the rest disposed according to my enclosed Will
giving my loving Brother Samuel Stratton and my good Friend
Thomas Conkling my executors full power and authority as well
as to dispose of the said land above as to fullfill my within will as
witness my hand the day and year above written
John Satterly, Gilbert Potter


Joseph X Stratton.


18. Eliphalet Stratton 3 {Cornelius, 2 John 1 ) was born in
1696-7, probably in Easthampton. His father died when he
was about six years old. Nothing is known of him from this time
until his marriage to Phebe Conkling, in Easthampton, March 15,
1715. He owned considerable real estate and was a man of stand-
ing in the community. March 2, 1716, he and his wife were re-
ceived into the church by Rev. Nathaniel Huntting. In 1724-6
he was chosen trustee of the town. His will, made 1744, names
his wife, Phebe, and eight children. His death is thus recorded
on the church records: "Mr. Eliphalet Stratton died Sept. 21, 1753,
aged about 55."

Children: — Born in Easthampton.

-41 Martha, 4 bapt. Mar. 14, 1715; m. Lemuel Pierson, of
Sag Harbor, Apr. 9, 1741. 130 A Book of Strattons

-42 Cornelius, 4 bapt. Sept. 22, 1717; d. Sept. 15, 1742, "aged

25 yrs."
+ 43 Jeremiah, 4 bapt. Sept. 20, 1719.
+ 44 David, 4 bapt. Jan. 20, 1723.
-45 Rebecca, 4 bapt. May 9, 1725; m. Abraham Mulford, in

-46 Samuel, 4 bapt. Nov. 27, 1726; d. young.
-47 Mary, 4 bapt. July 9, 1729; d. aged 7 yrs.
-48 Samuel, 4 bapt. Aug. 3, 1729; d. in 1754, without issue.
-49 Phebe, 4 bapt. Nov. 26, 1732; m. David Topin, of Sag

Harbor, Dec, 1746.
+ 50 Abraham, 4 bapt. Sept. 5, 1736.

19. Samuel Stratton 3 {Cornelius, 2 John l ) was baptized at
Easthampton, December 10, 1699. He was living in Fairfield,
Conn., in 1710, probably with his mother's people, his father
having died when Samuel was but five years old. At this time
his uncle, Samuel Hull of Fairfield, was his guardian. April 2,
1728, he married Ruth Piatt of Huntington, L. I. He lived in
Huntington where he owned real estate and was a man of some
prominence. At the age of 86 years he was received into church
membership at Huntington — Rev. Nathan Woodhull, pastor.
He died at New Canaan, Conn., at the home of his daughter,
Mrs. Samuel Silliman, while on a visit there.* In the old cemetery
at New Canaan is a stone to his memory, bearing this peculiar

In memory of
Samuel Stratton
Long Island
Who departed this life 10th March, A. D. 1791, aged 92 years.
His languished head is at rest.
Its thinking and aching are over.
His quiet immovable breast
Is heaved by affection no more.

Children: — Born at Huntington.

-51 Ruth, 4 m. Dr. Isaac Mulford Huntting of Poughkeepsie,

Nov. 30, 1753.
* New Canaan was then a part of Stamford, Conn. John Stratton of Easthampton 131

-52 Elizabeth, 4 m. Samuel Cook Silliman,* of New Canaan,

+ 53 Eliphalet, 4 bapt. Jan. 8, 1745.

21. John Stratton 4 (John? John, 2 John 1 ) was the only child
of John and Amy (Conkling) Stratton. He was born in East-
hampton about a month after the death of his father. The record
of his birth on the church books stands thus: "Born Oct. 8, 1721,
John son of John Stratton jr., deceased son of Mr. John Stratton."
June 6, 1744, John Stratton married Mary Gardiner, daughter
of Lion Gardiner, who was born September 19, 1725. Fifteen
years later this entry is found on the church books: "Dec. 16,
1759 John Stratten's wife desceased." There aFe no records of
children on the church books at Easthampton. A family record
says that this John Stratton died leaving only the following


-54 Ruth, 5 m. Hedges.

-55 Sarah, 5 m. Jessup.

-56 Mary, 5 m. Conklin; d. Sept. 23, 1775.

-57 Hannah, 5 m. Chatfield.

-58 Anna, 5 m. Hildreth.

If this is correct, then this branch of the Stratton name ends
with this family. Anyone having further data will confer a favor
by communicating with the compiler.

24:. Stephen Stratton 4 (John, 3 Stephen, 2 John *) was born
January 15, 1721, and lived in Easthampton as late as April 29,
1779, when his name is found signed to the document declaring
loyalty to the Constitutional Congress. In November, 1754, he
married Ruth Osborn. In his father's will he is given lands at
Montuck. In the Revolution he belonged to the 1st Regt. of
Suffolk County Minute Men, after which the compiler has found
nothing concerning him. The church records at Easthampton
mention only the following

Children :

-59 Ruth, 5 bapt. May 1, 1760.

-60 Jonathan, 5 d. July 21, 1775.

* Or "Gold" Silliman, as some records have it. 132 A Book of Strattons

A family tradition has it that Ruth (Osborn) Stratton died
early, that Stephen married again and that there were other

26. John Stratton 4 (John, 3 Stephen, 2 John *) was baptized at
Easthampton, October 17, 1725. The record of his marriage has
not been found, but he seems to have been living in his native
town as late as 1759, when he is mentioned in his father's will.

Children: — Baptized at Easthampton.

-61 John, 5 bapt. May 3, 1750.

-62 Henry, 5 bapt. 1752; d. at sea, Jan. 10, 1768.

-63 Frederick, 5 bapt. Sept., 1753.

-64 Selvanus, 5 bapt. 1757; d. Oct. 13, 1772.

-65 A son, 5 bapt. July 8, 1760.

In the record of baptism the name of this son is not given.
There may have been other children.*

28. Samuel Stratton 4 (John, 3 Stephen, 2 John 1 ) was baptized
March 23, 1729, and is named in his father's will in 1759. This
is probably the Samuel Stratton who died in Easthampton,
April 17, 1790; whose estate was administered by his widow
Sarah, and who had the following

Children: — Born in Easthampton.

+ 66 Samuel, 5 bapt. Jan. 2, 1765. See Vol. II.

-67 Sarah, 5 bapt. Apr. 4, 1766.

And there may have been others.

29. Matthew Stratton 4 (John, 3 Stephen, 2 John 1 ) was born
in Easthampton and received baptism in the church there July 4,
1730. He learned the weaver's trade, but lived on the home farm

* The church records of this period are very incomplete, only a part of
the births are given. One leaf of the Record appears to be lost, containing
entries of deaths for 1760-63. Very few marriages are recorded from 1754
to 1793. January 1, 1793, the minister of the church makes this entry: "I
have for a long couse of years omited puting down marraiges — which I think
has been a faulty omission — which I mean to remedy for the Future." Many
of these omissions must be supplied from family records — or remain forever
"missing links." It is sincerely desired that any one having further data
may communicate with the compiler, that a future volume may be more com-
plete. John Stratton of Easthampton 133

inherited from his father. He was one of the executors of his
father's will in 1759, and signed the document declaring his

loyalty to Congress in 1779. He married Phoebe , who

died in 1775. His second wife died in 1818, aged 75 years. Mat-
thew made his will February 3, 1792, and it was proved May 20,

Children: — Born in Easthampton.

+ 68 John, 5 only son mentioned in his father's will. See Vol. II.

-69 Elizabeth, 5 b. 1769.

-70 Samuel, 5 bapt. Jan. 13, 1771; perhaps this is the Samuel
Stratton who was drowned at Easthampton, Sept. 3,

-71 Martha, 5 mentioned in father's will.

-72 Phoebe, 5 b. May 12, 1776; m. Thomas Conkling.

35. Joseph Stratton 4 (Joseph, 3 Cornelius, 2 John J ) was born
in Huntington, L. I., and baptized in the church there Novem-
ber 19, 1724. He married Ruth Wicks, in Huntington, May 13,

Child: — Born in Huntington.

+ 73 Jonathan, 5 bapt. Jan. 13, 1748. See Vol. II.

No other children are recorded at Huntington, and no other
records of Joseph 4 are found there. He probably removed to
Fairfield, Conn., where his brothers had settled, and where his
son, Jonathan, 5 married Mary Godfrey.*

36. John Stratton 4 {Joseph 3 Cornelius, 2, John l ) was born in
Huntington, L. I., and baptized in the church there October 22,
1727. He married Grace Osborn,f January 18, 1749, and
settled in Fairfield, where his father had lived when a boy, and
where he had many relatives. He was a Revolutionary soldier,
enlisting, with his three sons, in Captain Deamon's company of

* They were married by Rev. Daniel Buckingham of Westport Congre-
gational Church, Fairfield County, Conn.

t "She was a daughter of David and Dorothy (Buckley) Osborne, grand-
daughter of John and Sarah (Bennett) Osborne, and great-granddaughter of
Captain Richard Osborne, the first of that name in this country." S. V. S. 134 A Book of Strattons

Fairfield, — Colonel Beebe's regiment. He died in Fairfield,
February 2, 1817, aged 90 years, and was buried in the churchyard
there. His wife died at the age of 83 years.
Children: — Born in Fairfield, Conn.
+ 74 Joseph, 5 b. 1751; d. 1827. Settled in Roxbury, N. Y.

See Vol. II.
+ 75 Stephen, 5 b. 1754; d. 1842. Settled in Thompsonville,

Sullivan County, N. Y. See Vol. II.
+ 76 Samuel, 5 b. 1755; d. 1838. One of the first settlers of

Roxbury, N. Y. See Vol. II.
-77 Elizabeth, 5 bapt. Jan. 27, 1760; m. Daniel Bradley.
-78 Grace, 5 bapt. July 6, 1763; m. Thomas (?) Darrow.
-79 Dorothy, 5 bapt. Apr., 1765.

40. Cornelius Stratton 4 (Joseph* Cornelius, 2 John x ) was
born in Huntington in 1737. He married Abigail Hull of Fair-
field, Conn., August 15, 1764. She died at the age of 70 years.
He served in the French and Indian War, August 7th to 23d, 1757,
in Captain Daniel Bradley's company, Colonel Andrew Burr's
regiment. "Rode his own horse from Fairfield." Served in
Captain Nash's company in the Revolution in 1777. He died
at West Farms, near Fairfield, August 11, 1810. Abigail, his
widow, died February 21, 1813.

Children: — Baptized at West Farms church*

-80 Mary, 5 bapt. June 3, 1765; m. Seth Wakeman, Apr. 4,

-81 Clarrisa, 5 bapt. Apr. 19, 1767; m. Gideon Wakeman, Jr.,
Dec. 8, 1783.

-82 Sarah, 5 bapt. 1769; m. Thomas Bennett.

-83 Eunice, 5 bapt. June 9, 1771; m. Wm. B. Smith, Feb. 11,

-84 Abigail, 5 bapt. May 2, 1773; m. Joseph Barlow Gor-
ham, Nov. 16, 1763.

— 85 Joseph, 5 bapt. Jan. 14, 1775; d. June 4, 1775.

+ 86 Hull, 5 bapt. June 30, 1776. See Vol. II.

* These records are now in the town clerk's office at Fairfield. This church
was organized in 1763. A part of Fairfield became Weston in 1787, and later
a part of Weston became Westport, and a part Eastport. John Stratton of Easthampton 135

+ 87 Eliphalet, 5 bapt. Apr. 18, 1779. See Vol. II.
-88 Debby, 5 bapt. Aug. 3, 1783; d. June, 1784.

43. Jeremiah Stratton 4 (Eliphalet, 3 Cornelius, 2 John 1 ) was
baptized in Easthampton by Rev. Nathaniel Huntting, Septem-
ber 20, 1719. He married Elizabeth Baker, September 14,
1741; was admitted to church membership August 22, 1742, and
was named as one of the executors of his father's will in 1744.
About 1747 he removed to Southampton, L. I., where in 1762-3
he owned a lot of land in partnership with his brother Abraham.
He seems to still have been living in Southampton in 1765; when
the records say: "We laid out 3 lotts to the southward and pro-
ceeded to Jeremiah Stratton 's well." After this the Southampton
records give nothing concerning him. No will of his has been
found, and no settlement of estate, although much search has been
made for the same.

Children: — Born in Easthampton.

-89 Elizabeth, 5 bapt. Aug. 22, 1742.

-90 Chloe, 5 bapt. July 8, 1744.

-91 Priscilla, 5 bapt. Mar. 23, 1746.
Probably born in Southampton.

— 92 A son, 5 mentioned in his uncle's will. See will of David
Stratton 4 (44).

It is more than probable that there were other children born
in Southampton. Daniel Stratton, who served in the First Regi-
ment, Suffolk County Militia, during the Revolution, is thought
to have belonged to this family.

44. David Stratton 4 (Eliphalet, 3 Cornelius, 2 John : ) was born
in Easthampton in 1723. He married Jemima Howell, daughter
of Edward Howell of Southampton. April, 1767, David Stratton
and his wife "owned ye covenant" and were received into church
membership. He died January 6, 1770. The record of his death
is at Easthampton, but in his will, dated December 9, 1769, he is
said to be "of Southampton."

Child : — Born in Easthampton.

-93 David, 5 bapt. Apr. 10, 1768. See footnote under David 3
(22) Richard 1 . 136 A Book of Strattons



In the Name of God Amen — I David Stratton of Easthampton
in the County of Suffolk and Province of New York Yeoman &
being indisposed in Body but of sound and perfect mind and
memory and calling to mind the mortality of my Body How
precarious and uncertain my life I do make and ordain this my
last will and Testament in the form and manner following —

Imprimis — I will order and direct that all my just Debts be
paid by my Executors, out of my movable estate in a reasonable
Time after my Decease —

Item I give unto my beloved wife Jemima the use and Im-
provement of all my Estate real and personal after my just Debts
are paid as long as she shall remain my widow for her support
and to the Intent that she shall bring up my Child in a suitable
and proper manner that is to say until my son shall arrive at the
age of twenty one Years, but if it should so happen that my s d
wife should marry before my s d son shall arrive at the age of
twenty one years then and in such case my Will is that my s d
wife Jemima shall have one third part of all my movable Estate
and the Improvement of two thirds of my Lands until my said
son shall arrive at age and also the use of one half of my house
and buildings during her natural life —

Item I give unto my beloved son David Stratton his heirs
and assigns for ever all the rest residue and remainder of my
Estate real and personal Lands and Tenements Goods and Chat-
tels of what nature or kind soever or wheresoever scituated when
he shall arrive at the age of twenty one Years but if it should so
happen that my said son David should die before he shall arrive
at Age or without lawful Issue then and in such case my Will is
that my wife Jemima shall have the use and improvement of all
my Lands and Buildings during her natural Life and after her
decease to go to the son of my Brother Jeremiah Stratton and the
son of my late Brother Abraham Stratton to be equally divided
between them their heirs and assigns forever. Lastly I do hereby
constitute and appoint my friends Jeremiah Miller Jun. and

* Surrogate's Office, City of New York, Book of Wills, No. 27, page 500. John Stratton of Easthampton 137

Thomas Osborn joynt Executors of this my last Will and Testa-

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
ninth day of December Anno Domini one thousand seven hun-
dred and sixty-nine.

David Stratton l. s.

Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by him the sd David
Stratton as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us

Daniel Hedges, Jeremiah Miller the 4th, John Chatfield.

50. Abraham Stratton 4 (Eliphalet* Cornelius, 2 John l ) was
baptized at Easthampton, September 5, 1736. By trade he was

"a joyner." He married Eunice , a widow, and went to

live in Southampton as early, at least, as 1758, and bought land
there and a windmill. He owned, also, considerable stock which
grazed upon the "commons" around Southampton, and the town
records give his "earmark" thus: "Crop on each ear, 2 over
clefts." His will, made September 8, 1762, names only three
children, all under age. This will was probated in 1763.

Children: — Named in father's will.

-94 Eunice. 5

+ 95 Abraham, 5 b. 1760. See Vol. II.

+ 96 Eliphalet, 5 settled in New York State. See Vol. II.


In the Name of God Amen I Abraham Stratton of Southamp-
ton in the County of Suffolk and Colony of New York Joyner
being week in Body but of sound mind and memory thanks be
given to God for the same but calling to mind the mortality of the
Body and that it is appointed for all men once to Die do make
and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say - princi-
pally and first of all I recommend my Soul, into the hands of
Almighty God and my body I recommend to the earth to be
buried in a decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Execu-
tors hereafter named nothing doubting but at the General resur-
rection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of

Surrogate's Office, City of New York, Book of Wills, No. 24, page 15. 138 A Book of Strattons

God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath
pleased God to bless me, withall I Will and bequeath in the man-
ner and form following viz :

Imprimis I will and bequeath unto my loving Wife Eunice
Stratton the one third of all my Lands and the one third of all
my moveable Estate to be her during her natural life likewise I
give unto my said Wife two of my best Cows and Eight of my best
Sheep likewise I give unto my said Wife all and everything be-
longing to her at the time of my marriage that was given her by
her former husband furthermore my will and Order is that my
said Wife have the improvements of all my Lands during the
time she remains my Widow except such land as I have Ordered
to be sold and as my Children shall arrive to age or marriage I
Will and order they receive their respective Legacies hereafter
mentioned. Imprimis I Will and bequeath unto my Loving
Daughter Eunice Stratton the sum of twenty five pounds to be
to her and to her heirs and assigns forever.

Imprimis I Will and bequeath unto my loving son Abraham
Stratton a lott of Land known by the name of Hains Lott likewise
a piece of Land lying in partnership with Jeremiah Stratton and
a piece of Meadow land lying on the south side of the Road at a
place called Towd at North Sea with the one half of my Right at
Meantauket and the one half of all my Commonage to be to him
and to his heirs and assigns forever.

Imprimis I will and bequeath unto my loving son, Eliphelet
Stratton a Lott of land containing twelve acres adjoyning to
Jeremiah Strattons home Lott likewise a piece of Wood land
which I bought of David Corwithe containing half a fifty
in the North side Lott and a piece of Meadow lying on the
North side of the road at a place called Towd at North Sea
with one half of my Right at Meantauket and the one half of
all my Commonage to be to him and to his heirs and Assigns

Imprimis I Will and Order that the lott of land I bought of
Jesse Jennings be sold and the money arising therefrom to be to
the use of my son Eliphelet Stratton and to his heirs and assigns

Imprimis I Will and Order that the one half of the Wind Mill
belonging to me be sold and the money arising therefrom to be

The Old Mill at Easthampton
From Stratton Genealogy

Stratton Homestead, College Point, Long Island

Built by Elephalet Stratton in 1792. (53, chart D, page 38.)

From Stratton Genealogy, by S. V. Stratton, Sr. John Stratton of Easthampton 139

equally divided between my two Sons to be to them and to their
heirs and assigns forever.

Imprimis My Will and Order is that if either of my sons
marry under age and should have Issue and then Die before he
arrive to age then his Legacy shall not go to his surviving Brother
but shall go to the Issue above mentioned but if either of my sons
Die without Issue and under age then his part to go to the sur-
viving Brother and if my Daughter Die before marriage and
under age then her part to be divided between the two Brothers.
My Will and Order is that after my Just debts are satisfied and
Legacies paid from the moveable Estate if any money remains I
would have it equally divided between my two sons.

Imprimis I constitute and appoint my trusty friends Capt
Silas Cook and Israel Hallsey my Sole Executors to this my last
Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and seal this Eighth day of September in the year of
our Lord 1762.

Abraham Stratton l. s.

Signed Sealed and Delivered Published Pronounced and De-
clared by Abraham Stratton to be his last Will and Testament in
presence of us

David Cooper, David Cooper Juener, Joseph Gibbs.

53. Eliphalet Stratton 4 (Samuel? Cornelius, 2 John x ) was
baptized at Huntington, January 8, 1745. His early life was spent
in his native town. September 15, 1767, he married Mary Valen-
tine of East Chester, New York. They became the parents of
eight children. After her death, at the age of sixty-two years, he
married Lucretia Dale. He was an energetic business man and
accumulated considerable property. He moved from Huntington
to a farm of 350 acres which he purchased from Abraham Law-
rence about 1787 — land bought from the Indians by William
Lawrence in 1650. This farm was near Flushing, L. I., and was
thereafter known as Strattonport. About 1857 a large part of the
farm was laid out into village lots and incorporated as College
Point. The Stratton homestead was built in 1792. Mr. Stratton
was an active member of the Episcopal Church. He died at the
age of 85 years, December 31, 1831, and is buried in the church-
yard at Flushing. 140

A Book of Steattons

Children : — Born at Huntington.

- 97 Elizabeth, 5 b. 1773; m. Thomas Lawrence.

- 98 Samuel, 5 d. about 1810; left no descendants.

- 99 Mary, 5 m. William Prince.
100 Hannah 5 .

-101 Jane, 5 m. Gabriel Winter.

-102 Ruth, 5 d. unm.

-103 Amelia, 5 m. John F. Cornfield of England.

+ 104 Piatt, 5 b. 1787. See Vol II.

-105 Lewis, 5 d. in South America; left no descendants.

Old Church at Easthampton, in Which
Eight Generations of Strattons Wor-
shiped. Torn down in 1861


"And I found a register of the genealogy of them which came
up at the beginning."

Nehemiah vii, 5.

IN 1615 the secretary of the Virginia Company sent "10 men and
10 soldiers" to the "land across the waters," to catch fish and
make salt for the parent colony at Jamestown. Thus began the
settlement of the Eastern Shore of Virginia at "Dale's Gift" on
Old Plantation Creek. Five years later another settlement was
made a few miles away, which took the Indian name of Acco-
macke. The early history and traditions of this "land beyond
the waters" is of intense interest. In 1622 when the great Indian
massacre took place along the James, it was contemplated moving
the entire company to the Eastern Shore. The aborigines of this
shore were, according to tradition, the most timid, peaceable and
kind-hearted of any of the Indians found on the continent. These
early settlements grew and multiplied, and in 1632 were organized
as Accomacke County. On the 2d of March, 1642, the name was
changed to Northampton, in honor of Colonel Obedience Robins
who came from Northamptonshire, Eng. In 1663 Northampton
was divided and the northern part became Accomacke County.
The first church on the shore was built on Old Plantation Creek.
The exact location is not known. The second was at Arlington
Gate — nothing but a few bricks surrounded by dilapidated tombs
(among them the tombs of the Custis family) are left to mark the
spot where it stood.

Hunger's Parish was established in 1634. Rev. Wm. Cotton
was its first minister. The present Hunger's Church was built
about 1690. It is located on the north side of Hunger's Creek,
near the old village of Bridgetown. Among the vestrymen elected
June 22, 1691, was Benjamin Stratton.* The Strattons were early

* The vestrymen elected that day were Major John Robins, Captain Custis, 142 A Book of Strattons

a prominent family on the Shore. Their estate was "Stratton
Manor," near Old Plantation Creek, not far from Cape Charles
City. Their descendants are connected by marriage with many
of the old families of eastern Viriginia.*

Later, one branch of the family came into possession of "Old
Castle" and "Elkington " in Northampton County.

(See Chart E)

1. Thomas Stratton b by 24 Mar 1625 Layham Parish Suffolk d 2 Nov 1659 Northampton Co VA married Alice Hawkins. At what date

they came to America is not known. In 1632, Alice, widow of
Thomas Stratton, was living on the Eastern Shore with her two
children. In 1636 she was granted 200 acres of land "for trans-
porting into Virginia Thomas Stratton, herself and two others."
Later she married Henry Bagwell, town clerk of Accomacke
County, and by him had several children — among them, John and
Thomas Bagwell. Only two children of Thomas and Alice Stratton
have been found. There may have been others. f


+ 2 Thomas, 2 first mentioned in Accomacke County in 1632.

-3 Mary, 2 m. Handy.

2. Thomas Stratton 2 (Thomas *) was b by 1632,
whether in England or Virginia is not known.

Captain Foxcroft, John Shepheard, Benjamin Stratton, Priece Davis, Benja-
min Nottingham, John Powell, Jacob Johnson, Thomas Eyre, John Stoakley,
Michael Dickson. This election took place soon after the present Hungars
church building was erected.

* Among these families are Wilkins, Harmanson, Stoakley, Digges, Nivison,
Parsons, Parker, Tazewell, Nottingham and others — names coeval with the
first settlements of Virginia.

Northampton County has a fine lot of old records. They are only partly
indexed, however, and not in good shape for examination. A more exhaustive
research than the author has been able to make might bring to light additional
data on this interesting line of Strattons, and discover some still "missing
links" connecting unidentified Strattons of later generations, with this line.
The reader will confer a favor by notifying the compiler of any error, or con-
tributing any further information concerning the Eastern Shore Strattons.

t The following Strattons, found mentioned on the early Virginia records
are yet unaccounted for: — May 9, 1638, and March 27, 1651, land was granted

Stratton Manor, Northampton Co., Va.
Built before 1657, remodeled in 1764. (Pages 142-146.) Thomas Stratton of the Eastern Shore 143

Among the old records at Eastville is this: "Thomas Stratton
of Northampton County. The mark of his cattle as followeth:
Croped & slitt on ye right eare overbitten & holed on ye left eare;
giving notice to the clerke to record By me Thomas Stratton,
Sept. 7, 1651." This same year, 1651, he was deeded 100 acres
of land by his mother, Mrs. Alice Bagwell. He was probably at
least twenty-one years of age at this time and so born as early as
1630. November 27, 1657, he was granted 300 acres of land in
Northampton County "on the Ridge southerly on Dun Branch."
This land was "granted by the right of emigration of Thomas and
Alice Stratton," and formed a part of the large estate later known
as "Stratton Manor" — and still known by that name, although
it passed out of the hands of the Strattons about fifty years ago
(1858), having been in possession of the Stratton family for eight
generations. Thomas Stratton's name appears on the court
records several times from 1657 to 1660. In 1658 he served on
the jury "by an order from the court at James City, likewise by
an order of the Court of Northampton County." He married
Agnes Johnson, who survived him. At a court holden in North-
ampton County, August 3, 1660, it is ordered "yt Mrs. Agnes
Stratton be paid out of the estate of Robert Fisher six hundred
and ninety-seven pounds of tobacko & cask, being ye balance of

to John Stratton, Lower Norfolk County, Va. The 150 acres granted him in
1651 was for transporting to the colony John Franklin, Margaret Heath and
Patience Tomlins. (See Virginia Land Grants.) The records of Lower Norfolk
(now Princess Anne County) give no evidence of his ever having lived there.
What John Stratton was this?

In 1646, 100 acres of land was granted to Robert Harrison and Sissley
Stratton. No other mention is found of Sissley Stratton.

August 16, 1658, certificate was given to Elizabeth Stratton, widow, for
300 acres, for bringing into Virginia Elizabeth Wilkins, William Damson,
Edmund Moore, Elenor Edwards, Daniel Freesell and John Power. (See
Certificates of Headrights, Virginia.) Nothing more is known of this Elizabeth
Stratton, and the 300 acres of land is not located.

June 8, 1673, John Stratton appears at court in Accomack County, with a
complaint against John Watts. Request is referred to next court.

During Bacon's Rebellion, in 1676 a paper concerning the killing of a cow
belonging to Morris Dennis, is signed by John Stratton, commissary, of Accomack, and in 1677 John Stratton of Accomack lost a shallop in Warwick Creek
Bay. It had been used "in his Majistie's service against the late Rebells by
order of Sir Wm. Berkeley, Governor of Virginia." Nothing more is known of
this John Stratton (possibly a son or grandson of y Stratton m Alice Hawkins). 144 A Book of Strattons

her account for salary, expenses expended and disbursed by her
late husband, deceased." Thomas Stratton died in 1659 — between
October 13 and November 2.

Children: — Born at Stratton Manor.

+ 4 Benjamin, 3 b. 1657; d. 1717.

— 5 Ann, 3 named in father's will.

It will be seen that these are the only children mentioned in
the father's will. There may have been a son born after the death
of his father. A Thomas Stratton died at Stratton Manor, Novem-
ber 3, 1700, aged about 40 years, whose parentage is unaccounted
for. There is no record to show that he left any descendants.



In the name of God Amen. I Thos. Stratton, beinge very sick &
weak of body but in perfect sense & memory, God be praised, I
do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner &
form following. Imprimis, I bequeath my soul to the hands of
my maker & redeemer from whence I had it, my body to the earth
hoping for a joyfull resurrection there at the last day and for my
worldly estate I bequeath as follows:

Item, I give and bequeath to my loving wife three cows, two ewes
two yearlinge heifers that was her own and the servt. boy Dorman
and all other household goods whatsoever excepting two pewter
dishes which I give unto my daughter Ann Stratton.

Item, I give & bequeath to my son Benjamin Stratton all my land
this plantation that I live on & that at the head of the seaboard
side & if in case my loving wife sees fit on occasion to sell it for
her own benefit or the boy's which she please that at the seaboard
side also, I give unto my loving wife this land I now live on during
her life & after to my son Benjamin Stratton and his heirs exers.
and admrs. also I give and bequeath to my children Ann Stratton
and Benjamin Stratton, their heirs exrs. & assigns two cows, two
heifers & all the female increase to run on stock together & if in
case one of them dies they must fall to the other & the male to my
loving wife. Also I give to my son & daughter 4 ewes to run in as

* Book of Deeds and Wills, Northampton County, 7, p. 245. Thomas Stratton of the Eastern Shore 145

stock together & all the female increase & the male to my wife
only there is to be paid out two ew lambs the next fall, also I give
to my wife my mare and horse & horse colt & my boat & if in case
the mare live & bring increase to put my children in stock with
one or two mare colts as soon as she can, also I give and bequeath
to my sister Handy one ewe lamb to be delivered the next fall
after this that is coming, this to be paid out of the children's
stock if the ewe lives to bring increase. I also give to my brother
John Bagwell my pistell and to my brother Thomas Bagwell my
cutlass, also I desire that my loving wife have the tuition and
bringing up of my daughter Ann Stratton til she be 15 or 16 years
old. If it please God that my wife should be with child now what
I have given to my two children for a stock or portion must serve
for three and as they come of age to have out their share propor-
tionate thereto, like also I ordain my loving wife Agnes Stratton
sole executor of this my last will and testament also paying and
discharging my debts and legacies.

Lastly I do appoint my loving friends and neighbors Mr. William
Millinge & Mr. William Smith overseers of this my last will and
testament whereby my will may be performed & that my wife
may not be wronged nor debarred from her right.

Witness my hand this 13th day of October, 1659.

Thomas Stratton."

William Smith, Bartholomew Cories.
Proven in open Court 2nd. day of Nov. 1659. 3. Ann Stratton b c 1655 Accomack Co VA d there 4 Mar 1711 m 1664 in Accomac VA William Burton
3-1 Ann Burton
3-2 Samuel Burton
3-3 John Burton
3-4 Thomas Burton
3-5 Joseph Burton
3-6 Benjamin Burton
3-7 Woolsey Burton Esquire
3-8 Samuel Burton
3-9 Jacob Burton
3-10 Stratton Burton

4. Benjamin Stratton 3 (Thomas, 2 . Thomas *) was born
February 25, 1657. He was "son and heir of Thomas" when in
1662 he was granted 257 acres at Mondries Creek, and 300 acres
on the Ridge southerly on Dun Branch, Northampton County.
November 26, 1682, he was granted two other tracts — 300 acres on
Dun Branch; and 247 acres, "being a neck of land called Ac-
quassa." (Virginia Land Grants, Book 4, p. 537 and Book 7, pp.
197-198.) In addition to the lands which he inherited, and those
granted him, he bought several other tracts as shown by deeds
of Northampton County. It was probably in his day that the
oldest part of the Stratton Manor (still standing) was built, and
built partly of bricks which were brought from England. He 146 A Book of Strattons

married Ann Wilkins, daughter of Nathaniel Wilkins, who after
her marriage received a tract of land in Northampton, by deed of
gift from her father. She was born February 10, 1662. Benjamin
and Ann Stratton were Episcopalians, members of Old Hunger's
Church, where he was vestryman in 1691. Ann Stratton died
June 16, 1700, "at sundown." Benjamin died October 22, 1717,
aged 60 years. The old Stratton Manor Register is still in existence
— in the possession of a descendant — giving the "Births and
Deaths of the Stratton Family."
Children : — Born at Stratton Manor.

- 6 Agnes, 4 b. Apr. 25, 1684; d. 1711; m. Johnson.

- 7 Ann, 4 b. Aug. 14, 1686; d. Dec. 1, 1702.

- 8 Benjamin, 4 b. June 30, 1688. Supposed to be the Ben-

jamin who died at Stratton Manor, May 28, 1760. No
record of marriage found.

- 9 Nathaniel, 4 b. June 19, 1691; d. Mar. 29, 1709.
+ 10 John, 4 b. 1695; d. 1751.

-11 Thomas, 4 b. Sept. 21, 1697; d. Dec. 19, 1697.
-12 Joseph, 4 b. Dec. 6, 1699; d. May 10, 1700.

Only two of these children, it will be seen, were living at the date
of their father's will, and he names only sons, Benjamin and John,
and the children of his daughter, Agnes.



In the name of God Amen, I Benjamin Stratton, of the County
of Northumberland, Va. Knowing the uncertainty of this life,
do make this my last will and Testament. I hereby give unto my
son Benjamin Stratton, all this my Plantation I now live on with
all appertenances belonging, being 247 acres of land to the said
Benjamin Stratton & the heirs of his Body Lawfully Begotten, for
want of such heirs then to my son Jno Stratton.

I give to my son Benjamin Stratton three negroes, Dorotha,
Charles, and David, and my great Bible, one gun called beakes.

I give to my son John Stratton my plantation on ye Seaboard
side which I bought from John Summers, by estimation 100 acres
and 12 acres which I bought Edmond Bobbes, lying in the Pine
Swamp, and 100 acres conveyed to me by Wm. Watterson by

Old Hungers Church, Eastern Shore, Va.
Where Benjamin Stratton was vestryman in 1691. (Pages 141-142.) Thomas Stratton of the Eastern Shore 147

deed 30th Sept. 1695 to him and his heirs, and for want of such
heirs to my son Benjamin Stratton.

I give to my son John Stratton one young negro called George,
my best feather bed, bolsters & pillows, bed curtains & Valence,
one pair of my best and largest sheets, Quilt & Blanket. One
Iron Pot, about 4 gallons, Iron Kettle, about 4 gallons, one new
pine cupboard, made by Andrew Hooper, one Walnut table,
about five or six feet long, my long gun called Rede, and all the
cash I have now in my possession. My will is that my son John
Stratton have sufficient house room for himself and negro, till
he can provide himself with a house.

I give my grand son Benjamin Johnson a negro or Mallatto girl
called Mary, except the first child the said Mary shall bring that
lives one year after it is delivered, which my will and desire is and
I do give to my grand daughter Ann Johnsonn. If it should please
God to take them out of the world, I do give the negro or Mallatto
and her increase to my heirs in common law.

I give to my grand son Benjamin Johnson my Carbine.

I give to my grand daughter Ann Johnson a thirty five shilling
piece Gould called a Portugal Mayder, one set of Linen Curtains &

I give to my grand son and daughter Benjamin and Ann John-
son, 4 heifers, 2 of 2 years old, 2 of 3 years old, 4 young Ewes and
Lambs, 1 dozen huckback napkins equally.

all to remain in the hands of my execator untill they are of age or

I will that my son Benjamin Stratton have full power & liberty
to bet what timber he hath occation to make use of from his plan-
tation, without making waste or spoil from the said 100 acres 3
give my son Jno. Stratton.

I give all the rest of my estate unto my two sons Benjamin and
Jno. Stratton, and if my sons cannot agree to divide, then they are
to each of them to choose a man, to divide they to stand by the
division, the negroes included.

Benj. Stratton seal.

John Robins, Richard Thorman,

Appoints two sons Benjamin and Jno. Stratton executors
Dated 29. July 1716. Probated Nov. 19th, 1717. 148 A Book of Strattons

10. John Stratton 4 (Benjamin, 9 Thomas, 2 Thomas 1 ), b. at
Stratton Manor, March 21, 1695. By his father's will he in-
herited "ye plantation at ye seaboard side," and in want of heirs
to his oldest brother, Benjamin, 4 he was to have also the home
plantation. There is no evidence that John 4 ever owned the Manor
property — it is not mentioned in his will, and the births of his
children are not found in the Stratton Manor Register. His son,
Benjamin, 5 did own it, however, and it has been in the possession
of Benjamin's descendants until the present generation.* John
Stratton must have been a man of considerable prominence on
the Eastern Shore. In 1729 he was granted 152 acres of land on
the sea-board side, and in 1732, he received a grant of 252 acres at
the head of Knight Gut. This last grant he probably sold, as
no mention is made of it in his will. The 152 acres he willed
to his sons. He had other dealings in real estate, buying
and selling lands in different parts of the county, as shown by

He married Susannah , who survivied him and was

living in 1754.f He was High Sheriff of Northampton County in
1732-4. Among his descendants are men well known in Virginian
history. He died April 15, 1751, "about sunrise."

Children :

+ 13 Benjamin, 5 b. 1721; d. 1784; m. Elizabeth Stewart;
remodeled Stratton Manor, where he lived, and where
his children were born. See Vol. II.

— 14 Thomas, 5 b. 1722-3; living in Northampton County in
1758; further records concerning him, or his descend-
ants, desired.

+ 15 John, 5 b. 1726; d. 1795; m. Gertrude Tazewell; father

* How Benjamin 5 came into possession of Stratton Manor, is an interesting
question which it is hoped future research may determine. It is suggested
here that he may have received it from his Uncle Benjamin 4 who seems to
have died without issue.

t The compiler has been unable to find the family name of Susanna. A
thorough search of wills, and deeds of gift, of this period in Northampton
might discover it. She may have been the second wife and this John Stratton
who married Esther Harmanson before 1720. Was it through his marriage
(first, or second?) that the Strattons came into possession of "Elkington?"
The Harmansons were a fine old family on the Eastern Shore and were
connected by marriage, before 1690, with the Elkingtons.

Elkixgton, or " New Castle '
Situated on a branch of Hungers Creek, 2 miles from " Old Castle."
Built in 1799. Home of Hon John Stratton, member of Congress, 1801-03.
(Pages 142, 148.)

"Old Castle," Northampton- Co., Va.
On Cherrystone creek, commanding a beautiful view down the creek
to Chesapeake Bay. Built by John Stratton (No. 10, chart E) about
1721; remodelled in 1794. (Page 142.) Thomas Stratton of the Eastern Shore 149

of John Stratton, Jr., member of Congress, 1801-03.
See Vol. II.

— 16 Susannah, 5 m. John Wilkins.

+ 17 Nathaniel, 5 m. Elicia ; d. 1768-9; his widow

d. about 1780, leaving a will. See Vol. II.

-18 William, 5 probably d. between Feb. 14, 1750, and Apr. 11,

— 19 Agnes, 5 m. Wilkins.



In the name of God Amen. I, John Stratton of Northampton
County Virginia, being of perfect sense and memory, do make and
ordain this my last will & testament in manner & form following:
First & Principally I recommend my soul to God my creator,
hoping through the merits of my Savior Jesus Christ to receive a
joyful resurrection and as to what Worldly Estate God in his
mercy has been pleased to bestow upon me, I dispose of the same
in manner and form following: Item, I give and bequeath to my
son Benjamin Stratton one hundred & fifty two acres of land which
I have Pattent for in my own name bearing date the 27 day of
Sept. 1729, and 12 acres in the Piney Swamp and 60 acres of land
more, forty of which I purchased of one Southey Rew as appears
for same, recorded in the County Ct. of Northampton, the other
20 a. lying between the land of Maj. Peter Bowdoin deed, and
Mary Johnson's formerly, which I purchased of Elias Dunton and
Abegale his wife, to him and the hiers of his body, lawfully be-
gotten forever, always provided that my said son Benjamin & his
heirs, when he or they shall be required, shall make over and con-
vey by deed a good and absolute estate in fee simple to my son
Thomas Stratton and his heirs in a 100 acres of land with warranty
to my said son Thomas and his heirs as aforesaid, which said 100
acres of land lies on the Bay side in the County aforesaid joining
westerly upon the land of Marriot Parsons' lands formerly and
northerly upon the land of Luke Shaw and Abigale his wife,
Easterly on the land of Preeson Bowdoin and southerly upon the
land of William Scott, which said 100 acres of land was given by
my dead father to me and my heirs lawfully begotten of my body 150 A Book of Strattons

forever, and my will is that if my said son Thomas shall sell the
said 100 acres of land that it shall not be in his power to sell it to
any person but his brother Benjamin, provided he will pay as
good a price to be judged by two men appointed for that purpose,
but if my said son Benjamin his heirs shall not make such deed as
aforesaid to my said son Thomas and his heirs then I give what I
have and shall give by this will to my son Benjamin to my son
Thomas and his heirs forever. I also give unto my son Benjamin
1 negro fellow called David, my still head and worm & tube and
also what he hath received already from me in the same manner &
form as the other gifts given him. Item: I give unto my son
Thomas Stratton all my right title and interest in the said 100
acres of land lying and being in this County, where my son Ben-
jamin Stratton now liveth which was given to me by my dec'd
father to him and his heirs forever, but in case my son Benjamin
Stratton shall think fit to pay to his brother Thomas Stratton sixty
pounds current of Virginia in lieu of the land given to my son
Thomas Stratton then I give the aforesaid land to my son Benja-
min Stratton and all the other legacies I have already given him
the said Benjamin Stratton. Item: My further will and desire
is that my wife Susanna Stratton hath the whole use of my planta-
tion I now live on during her widowhood and no longer to bring
up my children and in case my son Benjamin Stratton or his
heirs should refuse that liberty then and in that case I give all
the land that I bought out of Charles Gildings land for the use
aforesaid and then to my son Thomas Stratton as aforesaid.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Nathaniel Stratton fifty
pounds current money of Virginia and my smith's tools, 1 horse
saddle & bridle, my pistoles & holsters and sword, one years
schooling and my gun called Reed. Item: I give unto my son
William Stratton fifty pounds as aforesaid, my silver shoe buckles
1 horse, saddle and bridle, my best suit of clothes, 1 year's school-
ing and my little gun. Item: I give unto my daughter Agnes my
negro woman called Sarah & her daughter called Dinah and their
future increase to my said daughter and her heirs forever. Item:
I. give to my son John Stratton 25 pounds. Item: I give to my
daughter Susanna Stratton my negro girl called Rachael and her
future increase to my daughter and her heirs forever, one silver
spoon and a warming pan, 1 horse briddle and saddle. Item: I Thomas Stratton of the Eastern Shore 151

give the use of my negro called Hager and her increase to my
daughter Anne Jacob during her natural life and after her decease
then the said wench and her increase to be equally divided between
all the children of my said daughter Anne. I give her 1 silver
spoon. Item: I give all the Remainder of my negroes to be equally
divided between my following children, viz. Thomas, John, Su-
sanna, Nathaniel and William, to them and their heirs forever.
Item: I give my grandson John Stratton 1 cow and calf. Item:
I give unto my son Benjamin Stratton 6 sheep. Item, All the rest
of my estate I give to my wife and following children, viz., Thomas,
John, Susanna, Nathaniel, William and Agnes, to be equally
divided amongst them upon the death or marriage of my said wife,
which may first happen. Item I give unto my daughter Agnes 1
year's schooling and one silver spoon. Item: My will and desire
is that my loving wife Susanna hath the whole use of my estate
during her widowhood & no longer

Item: It is my will that my estate be not appraised and I desire
that my two friends, John Wilkins senr. and Major Edward Robins
will be so kind as to assist my wife in the execution of this my will
and to observe that my children have justice done them in the
division of my estate. Lastly I nominate and appoint my loving
wife Susanna my sole Executrix of this my last will and testament
revoking all former wills by me heretofore made. In witness
whereof I have to this my said last will sett my hand the 14th.
day of Feb. 1750.

John Stratton.

Signed published and declared by the said John Stratton to be
his last will in the presence of

Robert Warren jr., Thomas Moore, James Bassford.

My will and desire is that what I had given to my son William
Stratton by my last will I give to my son Thomas Stratton 22
pounds 10 shillings, all the other legacies given in that Paragraph
I give to my son Nathaniel Stratton 22 pounds 10 shillings, the
other legacies and my wearing apparel to be equally divided
between my sons Thomas and Nathaniel Stratton. Item I give
to my son John Stratton 5 pounds more than is before given him.
I nominate my loving wife Susanna my sole executrix of this my
last will and testament, revoking all former wills by me heretofore 152 A Book of Strattons

made. In witness whereof I have to this my said last will set my
hand the 11th. day of April 1751. I nominate my son Benjamin
Stratton my sole executor in case of his mother's death and if he
refuses my son John Stratton. I desire my will shall stand all
but the gift I made my son William Stratton.

John Stratton.

It will be seen that John Stratton 4 died four days after adding
the codicil to the above will. In the settlement of his estate in
1752, his son William was not mentioned. He probably died be-
tween the making of the will and the adding of the codicil. Na-
thaniel was not of age when the estate was settled.

John, Jr., may have been given land by deed of gift from his
father before the will was made. At any rate, soon after his
father's death he owned land in Northampton County.

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" Tell ye your children of it, and let them tell their children,
and their children another generation."

Joel i, 3.

WATERTOWN, on the Charles River, was founded by Puri-
tan immigrants who arrived in the "Lady Arbella" from
England, July 30, 1630. One of the first acts of this little company
was to assemble on the banks of the river for a day of fasting and
prayer, when a paper was drawn up and signed " in order to coales-
cence into a church estate." This is the often quoted " Watertown
Covenant," — a long, quaint, old document. About a month later,
the Court of Assistants, sitting at Charlestown, ordered that
" Tri-mountain be called Boston; Mattapan, Dorchester; and the
town on the Charles river, Watertown." * The first winter in
Watertown was one of much suffering. "Shell-fish, ground-nuts
and acorns were the only food many could obtain." "One that
came to the Governor's house to complain of his suffering was
prevented, being informed that even these the last batch was in the
oven." (Hutchinson's Hist, of Massachusetts.) But these were a
people not easily daunted. Many had come into the wilderness
from comfortable, prosperous homes in England. They accepted
the suffering and privations as a part of the price they were willing
to pay for freedom of thought and action. Among these people
was formed the first Congregational church in the Massachusetts
Bay Colony — "the first church to openly declare the right of the
congregation to absolute control over its own affairs." "From
Watertown, in 1632, came the first protest heard in America

?The territory then called Watertown embraced what is now Waltham,
Weston and a part of Lincoln. The boundaries between Watertown and
Newtown, Cambridge, Dedham, Concord and Sudbury were established at
different periods between 1634 and 1754. 154 A Book of Strattons

against taxation without representation." (Fiske's Beginnings in
New England.)

While Savage, in writing of Watertown, says: "With the spirit
of devout piety and trusting faith which marked the Puritan
character in general, there were men of strong convictions with
a sturdy courage to assist them." And this same independence
of thought characterizes many of their descendants, scattered
throughout our country to-day.

Just when the Strattons came to Watertown is not known,
but they were there in 1647 and may have come several years
earlier.* At a town meeting "9th 10 mo: 1647 Samuel Stratton
was chosen surveyor for this yeare cominge." His sons, Samuel,
Jr., and John, in all probability came with him. The third son,
Richard, remained for a while in England, and is probably the
Richard Stratton who came over in the "Speedwell" in April,
1656, when he is said to be from Gravesend, County Kent. If
there were other children they must have remained in England,
for no mention of them is found here, and none others are men-
tioned in Samuel's will.

December 6, 1652, Samuel Stratton, Sr., Samuel Stratton, Jr.,
and John Stratton took the "oath of Fidelity," and their names
appear on the muster roll of a company of Watertown Militia.
The men of this muster roll maintained the company and held
themselves ready to be called out at any time. (See Chart G.)

Samuel, Sr., was at this time sixty years old. The following
year he was made a "freeman." f In 1656 he was chosen with
the deacons "to have the ordering of the sitting of persons in the
meeting-house." His home was on the northerly side of Mount
Auburn Street — near where later stood James R. Lowell's home
— then a part of Watertown, now a part of Cambridge.

As early, at least, as 1667 another John Stratton appeared at
Watertown. (See Chart H.)

* Watertown was the fourth town constituted in Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Only one town in the state has older original records. These records — town
and church — are kept with the greatest care and minuteness, so that from
them we get many delightful glimpses into the home and business life of those
early days.

t To be made a freeman before 1662 a man must be a member of the church
— "must own ye covenant." Under the new charter in 1662, property right,
or estate was considered. Strattons of Watertown 155

The relationship, if any existed, between him and Samuel
Stratton has not been found. He married a daughter of Thomas
and Mary (Knapp) Smith. Thomas Smith was one of the pro-
prietors of Watertown, having been granted land there July 25,
1636, at which date he was one of the 120 freemen of the town.
In 1639 he owned eight lots of land. He died March 10, 1692,
aged 92 years. His will mentions his "loving daughter Mary." *
The Knapps were in Watertown in 1632.

This John Stratton was 25 years old when his name first
appears on Watertown records.

His home was in the west precinct, in that part of Watertown
which later became Waltham. He died there in 1691, aged 49
years, leaving five sons. The inventory of his estate, at the date
of his death, shows that besides the homestead of ten acres, —
with house, barn, stock, household stuffs, a chest, books, arms,
etc., — he owned another piece of land, — fifteen acres, — in Cam-
bridge bounds, f

The name John Stratton appears constantly on the town
records, but as there were two of the same name — men of about
the same age — living there at the same time, and each having a
son John (with but six years difference in age), it is often im-
possible to tell to which John the records refer. The records of
the "town proceedings" are often quaint and puzzling; as are
also the church records. The references of town clerks and pastors
to "John Stratton in ye woods," "John Stratton up in ye town,"
"My neighbor young John Stratton," "John Stratton who owned
ye covenant," — are not always clear.

At various times from 1663 to 1690 a John Stratton was chosen
Surveyor of Highways, constable and tithing-man. May 27,
1663, John Stratton of Watertown was made a "free man." In
1682 John Stratton was selectman. November 3, 1683, and
March 28, 1684, the selectmen's meetings were held at John Strat
ton's house. £

* This will was made 1688, and was witnessed by George Lawrence, Joseph
Wellington and John Robinson.

t As all research has thus far failed to find any proof of this John Stratton
in New England earlier than 1667 — the date of his marriage in Watertown —
he is treated in this Volume as the emigrant of his line in America, and called
"John Stratton 1 of Watertown."

X 1693, John Stratton, tything man, was appointed "to se that the said 156 A Book of Strattons

That the early Strattons of Watertown possessed the same
independence of thought which characterized other Watertown
people, there is plenty of proof among the very early original
papers in Cambridge and Boston.

On the records of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, under date of
May 13, 1648, is this enactment: "The corte beinge desirous that
the same cource which has been taken in England for the dis-
covering of witches, by watching, may be also taken here with
the witch now in question & therefore doe order that a strict
watch shall be set about her every night, & that her husband be
confined to a private roome & watched also."

Felt, in his Ecclesiastical History of New England, says that this
passage refers to Margaret Jones, wife of William Jones. She was
executed as a witch June 15, 1648.*

Now, it seems that Samuel and Alice Stratton were not of the
strictest Puritanic stripe, but were generous and liberal in their
thinking, and their treatment of those who differed from them,
and were among the few who cherished a leniency toward the
so-called "witches." From the old, half-effaced court papers of
that period we find that "Samuel Stratton said that Jones's wife
Died wrongfully, and was no witch and that the magistrates
would doe anything for bribes, and the members also." And
that "Ales Stratton said that Good wife Jones dyed wrongfully
and was no more a witch than she was." Hugh Clarke of Water-
town and Roxbury, Mr. Pemberton and wife Eleanor, and Samuel
Durkin were of the same opinion. But these people had to pay
for this "independence of thought."

warehouse be not plased so as to damnify the towne for their cattels coming
to soft water."

1694 John Stratton contributed 10 shillings toward mending the meeting-

1696 John Stratton was one of a committee concerning locating the new

1696 John Stratton, Sr., and John Stratton, Jr., "descentted" to call Rev.
Mr. Angier to be minister for the whole town.

1706 John Stratton paid £6. 13. 1 toward building "a house to entertaine
the minister in neer the meeting-house."

* This was probably the earliest execution in the region of Boston. William
Jones was arraigned for the same crime, but escaped execution and "petitioned
to go to the Barbadoes." He came to Cambridge from England in the
"Hercules" in 1634. Samuel Stratton of Watertown 157

At the county court held at Cambridge October 30, 1649, it
was ordered that "Samuel Stratton, senior, and his wife should
appear before the publique assembly at Watertown the next
lecture Day to pay a fine of £5 and acknowledge their offense
committed against ye commonwealth & court, and acknowledge
ye justice & leniency of the court in dealing so mercifully with
them." And in case they refused to make full acknowledgment
they were to pay another fine of £5 more. The original paper
containing this order is thus inscribed: "The partyes did ac-
knowledge ye mercy of the magistrates sentence herein incerted

? dealt with them but of the charges laid upon them they

are of the same mind." *

At the court at Cambridge April 2, 1650: "Goodman Stratton
refusing to make full acknowledgement enjoyned by the court,
is enjoyned to pay five pounds he is granted liberty for payment
of ye same until the next 8 th mo." No mention is made of Alice. f

And so it seems that Samuel Stratton incurred the displeasure
of the court and magistrates, and paid the fine for the privilege
of remaining "of the same mind." Like other Watertown men
he had "strong convictions and the courage to maintain them." X

(See Chart G)
1. Samuel Stratton was born in England about 1592, and
settled in Watertown, Mass., with wife Alice, as early, at least,
as 1647. Before 1657 Alice died. The date of her death has not
been learned. The last mention that has been found of her is
November 9, 1649).

June 27, 1657, Samuel married Margaret, daughter of Thomas

* The words in brackets cannot be deciphered, the original paper is so
effaced and torn.

t The author has received valuable aid on the Watertown Strattons — as
well as on other lines of New England Strattons — from Rev. Anson Titus of
Tufts College, Massachusetts.

X Should any descendant of Samuel and Alice Stratton wish a further in-
vestigation of this matter, much yet unpublished material may be found
among the earlier court files at Cambridge and Boston. The old broken,
half-effaced pages of these original papers — some of them in fragments, with
parts illegible— are difficult to decipher, but will well repay careful study,
and might bring to light matter of much interest not only to Strattons, but
to every student of the history of those early Colonial days. 158 A Book of Strattons

Boivlins, and widow of William Parker of Scituate and Boston.
They were married in Boston by Governor John Endicott. Mar-
garet died, a widow, in Watertown, December 7, 1676, aged 81
years. Samuel Stratton owned real estate in Watertown and
Concord, — several lots, with mansion, barn, orchard, etc. His
descendants are found to-day in almost every State in the Union.
More than two thousand of them have been traced. In almost
every case they are among the substantial citizens of the towns
in which they dwell, — many occupy positions of trust and honor.



In the name and by the help of ye Lord Jesus Christ I Samuel
Stratton Senior, being in Sound memory and understanding, But
near my Death I make my last will and testament I give my
Body to ye Earth from whence I had it to be decently buried, and
my soule I give to God y l gave it me in shure and certaine hope
of ressurection to life through ye merritts of Christ Jesus, and con-
cerning my good y* God hath left me to wit — my house and land
at home and abroad my cattell chattlles what ever belongs to mee
in New England I will y* after my decease they be apprised, and
my Debts being paid I will yt it be delivered into the hand of
my sonn John after my Decease to be disposed of as followeth.
I Will yt my loving wife have out of my state a comfortable
maintenance, and after her death I will y* all ye movables in my
house be equally divided between Samuell my sonn and my sonn
John, the land and house and barnes and meddowes nearer my
house or more remote I will yt sonn John shall fully and peacably
injoy without any molestation or disturbance, onely I will yt my
grand son Samuell ye sonn of my deceased son Richard when
he is of age shall have ye house and land adjoining to it yt my
sonn John dwelt in to ye time yt he entered into ye farme he
now is in being formerly ye land of old Felch, Mis. Allen and old
Folger, willing yt ye land In Concord formerly being mine but
now in my sonn Samuells hand yt it be his forever as his full due
and portion.

And I appoint my sonn Johnmy sole executour of this my last
will & testament revoking all other wills heretofore made, wittness
my hand this p r sent 19 of December 1672.


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Original Will of Samuel Istratton, Preserved at the Courthouse
in Cambridge. From a photograph
(Pages 153-161) Samuel Stratton of Watertown 159

My will is yt servant Thomas Cooper have a cow after my


Samuel X Stratton, seal


Sealed & delivered in prence of
Richard Norcross.

Cambr. 31, l mo 1673
Mr. Richard Norcross being sworne do say that he was prsent
when Samuel Stratton above named deces'd, Signed, Sealed &
Published this instrument as his last will & testament, and that
according to his best understanding he was of sound judgement
& memory when he so did.

Justinian Holden aged abt 60 years being sworne do say that
he was present with the above named Samuel Stratton deces'd
abt ye time he made this his last will as he apprehends it was ye
same day and he ye sd Samuel declared to him that he had an
intent to alter one yt he had formerly made and that he would
make his last will to be accord to the contents of this above
written instrument, for the substance thereof, and according to
his best understanding he did judge him at yt time to be of sound
Judgment & memory.

Before Capt. Daniel Gookin
& Thomas Danforth, Recorder

This will was made when he was "near his death," — which
probably accounts for its not bearing his autograph. He died
December 25, 1672, aged 80 years.



This is An Inventory of the houses and Lands and moveables of Samuel
Stratton senior deceast apprised by us who have here subscribed this 3d of
Janu. 1672.

£— s— d
Impr: Wearing cloaths both linnen and woollen 001 .15.00

In ye Roome called ye parler: One fether bed and fether
bolster three fether pillowes 2 pillow beers and a straw
bed, one paire of sheets, one blanket one rugg with ye
bedstead and curtains and valants 008 . 00 . 00 160 A Book of Strattons

A cubbard and cubbard cloath and a deske 001 . 00 . 00

A table 2 forms six qushons 3 Chairs one stoole 001 .10.00

A warming pan: a paire of tongs and a paire of small cob-
irons 000.10.00

In ye roome called ye kitchen : three kitles 2 skillets of brass

and a brass ladle 001 . 10.00

seven pewter platters 2 little plates of pewter, 2 pewter
cups a pint botle one salt one pewter pott, and a dram
cup, six spoones 01 . 04 . 00

one Iron morter one friing pan a pair of tongs a tramell a
peele one Iron candle stick: an old gridiron an iron pot
with pot hooks a chafindish a little morter and pestell
a fier shovell and a spit 2 smoothing irons and a brand
a churne five cheese fatts a sive 001 .00.00

a kneeding trough 3 pailes a tray 4 wooden dishes 2
earthen pans one earthen pott a paire of small skales
and weights 8 trenchers 001 . 00 . 00

Ammunition; 2 muskits a fowling peece, a rest, a cutlass

a paire of bandeleeves, worme and scowrer-bullets .... 001 . 10 . 00

In ye roome called ye butry: a tabll, a box, a Keeler, a lin-

nen wheele 2 woolen wheels a reaell with other lumber 001 .00.00

In ye Chamber over ye parler: A small flock bed, one f ether

pillow, a small boltster 2 sheets 001 .00.00

and some old lumber in the same chamber 00. 10.00

In ye Chamber over ye Kitchen: 4 hoops, and 4 boxes for
cart wheeles, one oxnaile with other old Iron and 3
plow shars one coulter 001 .10.00

a cross cut saw, a handsaw, a hamer a perser stock, a wry
bit, 3 axes, 2 wedges, a paire of beetle rings one aguer
one breaking up how, with old Iron 000 . 16 . 00

In ye room called ye Ciller: 6 barrells, a small quantity of

meet and tallow, 3 old Keelers 001 .00.00

A parcell of small cheeses 000 . 16 . 00

A grindstone and iron wrench 00 . 06 . 00

Utensils for husbandrie: one old cart and wheeles and irons
belonging to them, and one tumbrill with wheeles to it,
one plow, two yoaks, 2 chains, a cart rope 005.10.00 Samuel Stratton of Watertown 161

about 4 bushels of Indian corne in the ears 00. 10.00

pease and wheate in ye barne and small quantity of hay 02.00.00

seaven hors kind young and old 015.00.00

eleven neat cattle young and old 22 . 00 . 00

2 sheepe and two swine 01 . 10 . 00

A dwelling house and out houses with ye land about ye
od houses ye Land containing about 65 acres with one

acre of marsh 100 . 00 . 00

10 acres of meadow in Cambridge bounds neare Justin-
ian Houldings 020.00.00

A lott called divident land of thirty five acres 009.00.00

A parcell of land called township land of ten acres 007 . 00 . 00

A parcell of land called a farme 008 . 00 . 00

A panall 000.04.00

A fowleing peece, a case of pistolles and holsters and a

hemp comb an Iron crow and a spade 001 .13.00

An other dwelling house and barne with nineteene acres

of land' to it 030.00.00

A frow and a paire of hooks for a yoake three roods of

upland 001 . 10 .00

The estate of Samuel Stratton afors'd was apprised ye day and yeare affor-
eaid by us.

Richard Beeres.
Henrie Bright.
William Bond.

Children: — Born in England.

+ 2 Samuel, 2 d. 1707, in Concord.

+ 3 John, 2 d. 1720, in Watertown.

+ 4 Richard, 2 b. 1629; d. 1658, in Watertown.

Although there is nothing in Samuel Stratton's will to indicate
that he had other children than these three sons, it is not at all
improbable that there were others who remained in England.
A more thorough study of the Strattons of County Kent, Eng.,
might discover the baptismal records of his children, and establish
his line there, — and might account for other Strattons of New

2. Samuel Stratton 2 {Samuel x ) was born in England and
probably came to Watertown with his father as early as 1647.
March 25, 1651, he married Mary Frye.

"1651. Samuell Straton and Mary fry Marryed the 25:1: m." 162 A Book of Strattons

She was probably a daughter of John Frye, who died in Andover
in 1693, but no record of her birth has been found. About four
years after their marriage they removed to Concord, where he
owned land and where his descendants lived for many genera-

Mary died October 27, 1674. The following year Samuel
married Hannah Wheat, daughter of Moses Wheat. The date
of her death is not known, but Samuel's death is thus recorded:
"Samuel Stratton, sen r ye husband of Hanah his late wife dyed
December ye 5th day, 1707."

Children: — Born in Watertown, Mass.

— 5 Anna, 3 b. Apr. 4, 1652; m. Wm. Hayward of Concord,

Apr. 14, 1672.
Born in Concord, Mass.

— 6 Mary, 3 b. Jan. 19, 1656; m. Daniel Hoar, son of John

Hoar, July 16, 1677. She d. 1716, and Daniel m. Mary
+ 7 Samuel, 3 b. 1660; d. 1717.

— 8 John, 3 b. Oct. 28, 1662; d. June 9, 1670.
+ 9 Richard, 3 b. 1664; d. 1724.

-10 Judah, 3 b. Nov. 28, 1666; d. Mar. 11, 1667.

-11 Eleazer, 3 b. Feb. 12, 1668; d. in military service at Fort

Ann, in 1688-9.
-12 John, 3 b. June 4, 1671; d. Apr. 28, 1672.
-13 Joseph, 3 b. Oct. 2, 1676; d. Dec. 9, 1693.
-14 Rebecca, 3 b. Aug. 26, 1678.

3. John Stratton 2 (Samuel *) is first mentioned in Water-
town in 1652, though he is supposed to have come from England
with his father. March 10, 1658, he married Elizabeth Traine,
daughter of John and Margaret Traine of Watertown. She was
born September 30, 1640, and died May 7, 1708.

* Concord was founded in the fall of 1635 — a plantation on the site of an
old Indian village, Musketequid. Many of its early inhabitants were for a
while in Watertown. At a town meeting, August 3, 1635, the voters of Water-
town agreed that "there be too many inhabitants in the Town, and the town
thereby in danger to be ruinated." Watertown was then about six miles
square, and had, according to Bond, one hundred landowners! Samuel
Stratton bought land in Concord of Thomas Adams in 1656 — two parcels,
with dwelling house, barn and orchards — when he is called "a planter." Samuel Stratton of Watertown 163

will of john stratton 2

In the name of God, Amen the fourth day of Novemb* 1708.
I John Straton of Watertown in the county of Midd x within her
Majesties Province of the Massachusets-Bay in New-England
yeom: being weak in body, but of Sound & Desposeing memory,
thanks be given unto god therefore, calling unto mind the mor-
tality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men
once to die, Do make & ordaine this my last will and testament,
that is to saie, principally & first of all I give & commend my
Soul into the hands of god that gave it; and for my body I comend
it to the earth, to be buried in a christian-lik and-Decent manner,
at the Discretion of my executors, assuredly hoping at the Gen 11
Resurrection I shall receive the same againe by the mighty power
of god: And as for the worldly estate it hath pleased god to bless
me with in this life, I give, devise & dispose of the same in the
following manner & form.

Imp 1 : I give and bequeath to my son John Straton & to his
heires and assignes forever the mantion house barn & orchard
that he now liveth in and halfe the land (that is to say) the whole
of my homstall to be equally Divided between my Son Samuell
Straton & sd: son John he sd John to have that and so eastward
where he now dwelleth, untill the one halfe be mad up. also I give
to my sd Son John that lott called Clerks lott, my sd Son Samuel
Straton to have free egrese & Regres — thro sd lands for ever.

Item I give and bequeath to my Son Joseph Straton & to his
heires & assignes for ever my lott of wood-land lying neer to Liue*
Jn° Bruers. and all my sheep, and fifteen pounds in cuntrey pay
to be paid him by my executors within fower years after my
Deces. by my executors, equally out of my estate.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Samuell Straton and
to his heires & assignes for ever the other halfe of my homstall
together with my mantion house barn out houseing & orchards,
and also that lot of land lying over the w r ay against my sd : house
called by the name of Brights lott, also all my wareing apparrell
both woollen & linen, also my best fether bed, bed sted curtaines
& valient and al the beding therto belonging, together with all
my husbandrey utencels and my oxen, and also fower chaires 164 A Book of Strattons

my great brass kittle & a tramill, one pair of andirons, spitt,
fier-pan & tongs, also my will is that what provision I die seized
of be returned to my sd: son at my Deces, also that my sd: Son
Samuell & his heires & assignes to have for ever throw my son
Johns land free egrese & Regrese with catties, carts and what he
may have occation for. also I give to my sd: son Sam 11 my Sword
musquet & ammunition, livery cobard and the long table and
wencecod chest.

Item: I give to my two own Daughters Eliz: & Rebecca: my
little cobart & and the great box.

Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizebeth Chenry
two pounds and ten shilling in contrey pay to be pd : her by my
executors equally, and also one cow, (she having alredy had the
greatest part of her portion out of my estate) within fower years
after my Deces to be pd.

Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Rebecca Seaverns
fifty shilling in contrey paie to be pd her within fower years after
my Deces, and also on cow, she haveing had the greatest part of
her portion alredy.

Item: I give to my Grand Son John Straton my fowlling-peic.

Item: I give to my Daughter in law my son Josephs wife on
paire of sheets & one of my best putter platters.

Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter in law Sarah my
son Samuels wife on pair of sheets and the next best of my puter

Item: I give and bequeath to my Granddaughter Elizebeth.
Cherny my wives bible.

Item: I give and bequeath to my Grandaughter Eliz: Severns
my own Bible.

Item: I give and bequeath to my two Sons Samuell Straton
& John Straton & to their heires and assignes for ever all the Rest
and Residue of my out-lands wood lands, pasture land meadow
land both marsh & fresh meadow together with my close of
English grace, all to be equally divided between them, also my
tow comb betwen them.

Item: My will is that all the Rest and Residue of my moveable
estate excepting two bed steds namly one trundel bed sted and
the bed sted in ye Rom where the comb stands I give to my son
Samuell with what I have alredy given In consideration of his Samuel Stratton of Watertown 165

care that he hath had on me, and what I hope to Receive of him
towards the support of my old age, all the Rest as aforesd to be
equally Divided between my five Daughters, namly my son Johns
wife, my son Joseph wife, my son Samuels wife my son Chenrey
wife, and my Son Severnes wife, and I do nominat, appoint &
constitute & ordaine my two sons John Straton & Samuell Straton
my executors, to se this my last will & testament performed, and
I do herby Revock may null & voide all former or other wils by
me herto fore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and seal the day and year abovesd.


John J S Straton seal


Signed Sealed & published in the presence of.
Jonas Bond, Samuell Thatcher, Manings Sawin

John Stratton lived twelve years after the date of this will, —
outliving by two years his eldest son, whom he had named as one
of his executors. He died March 16, 1720.

Children: — Born in Watertown, Mass.

-15 Elizabeth, 3 b. 1660; d. 1660.

+ 16 John, 3 b. 1661; d. 1718.

-17 Elizabeth, 3 b. July 2, 1664; m. John Chenery, son of
John and Sarah (Boylson) Chenery of Watertown,
June 4, 1685.

+ 18 Joseph, 3 b. 1667; d. 1732.

+ 19 Samuel, 3 b. 1669; d. 1728.

-20 Rebecca, 3 b. May 16, 1672; m. Samuel Seaverns, Dec.
20, 1699.

-21 Ebenezer, 3 b. Nov. 2, 1677; d. Oct. 2, 1678.

—22 Jonathan, 3 b. Mar. 6, 1679. Not mentioned in his father's
will, 1708, which seems a good reason for believing
that this is the Jonathan who died in Watertown,
Dec. 31, 1707, — in all probability unmarried.

4. Richard Stratton 2 (Samuel *) was born in England, and
came over in the "Speedwell" in April, 1656. The first mention
we have of him in Watertown is in April, 1658; he then had wife
Susannah. 166 A Book of Strattons

1658: "Samuel Straton sonn of Richard and Susan Straton
borne the 8 of April 1."

"Richard Straaton aged abought 30 years: Dyed the 25 of
July." (Watertown Records)

In the inventory of his estate no land is mentioned. His
widow, Susannah (or Susan), married Thomas Darkin, Novem-
ber 11, 1660, and lived in Concord.

Child: — Born in Watertown.

+ 23 Samuel, 3 b. 1658; d. 1726.

7. Samuel Stratton 3 {Samuel, 2 Samuel l ) was born March 5,
1660. As eldest son he inherited the homestead at Concord. On
the town records he is spoken of as "a weaver." November 28,
1688, he married Elizabeth Fletcher, daughter of Francis and
Elizabeth (Wheeler) Fletcher. She was born in Concord August 24,
1663. His death is thus recorded on the original records at Con-
cord: "Samuel Stratton, the husband of Elizabeth his wife Dyed
november ye 30 day 1717 (in his 58 th yr. g. s.)." His widow
lived many years later, dying April 18, 1762, "in the hundredth
year of her age."

Children: — Born in Concord.

+ 24 Samuel, 4 b. 1684; settled in Rutland.

+ 25 Hezekiah, 4 b. 1688; settled in Northfield.

+26 John, 4 b. 1690; d. 1722.

-27 Elizabeth, 4 b. Feb. 16, 1692; m. Jan. 26, 1713, Jonathan

+ 28 Joseph, 4 b. 1695.

-29 Mary, 4 b. Mar. 5, 1698; m. Oct. 16, 1718, James Dawson
of Boston.

-30 Benjamin, 4 b. Dec. 1, 1701; d. unm. in Concord, Nov. 29,
1779. "Non compos" for many years. (C. R.)

-31 Anna, 4 b. Nov. 26, 1704; m. Billing.


In the Name of God Amen I Samuel Stratton Sen r of the Town
of Concord in the County of Middx ss in the Province of the Massa-
chusetts Bay in New england Yeoman Being of sound good and Samuel Stratton of Watertown 167

Perfect memory — Praise be Given to god for the same yit knowing
the Uncertanty of this Life on Earth and Being Desirous to Settle
things in order Do make and ordaine this to be my Last Will and
Testament Hereby Revoking all fformer Wills by me made &
signed to be void and of none effect

In Primas My soule I give into the Hands of Allmighty god
that gave it in suer and Certaine Hopes of eternall Life through
our Lord Jesuss Christ And my Body to the Earth from whence it
Came to be Decently Interred at the Discretion of my Executors
hereafter Mentioned and after my funerall expencies and Debts
Satisfied and paid What Worldly Goods it hath pleased god to
Endow me with all I Do give and Bequeath in Manner ffollowing —

Item I give and bequeath to my Well-beloved Wife Eliseabeth
Stratton and her Heirs forever: all my moveable goods Whatso-

My Will is that my two sons Hezekiah Stratton and Benjamin
Stratton shall have so much either of them as shall make thier
Parts equall With What John and Joseph Straton have Received
by Deeds of Gif from me allread: Allso my Will is that my two
Daughters Mary Stratton and Anna Stratton shall have so much
of my estate as shall make their Parts equall with thier sister
eliseabeth Minott: and Further my Will is that my Wife eliseabeth
Straton shall have the whole Improvement of all my Reall estate
so Long as shee shall Remaine a Widow in my Name and shee
shall have Liberty to sell any part of it for her subsistence if need
shall Require to be don with the advice of my Son Samll Stratton
and What Land shall Remain after my Wives marraige or De-
cease my sons shall Devide it equally amongst them all and they
to pay to thier sisters so much apeie as one of thier shaers in the
Land that shall be Remaining after my Wives marraige or De-
cease shall be Apprised by Indeferant men: Hereby Authorizing
and ffully Impowering My Beloved Wife Eliseabeth Stratton and
my son Samuel Stratton to be Executrs of this My Last Will and

In Witness Whereof I the sd Samuel Stratton have hereunto
Set my hand and seal the twentieth and fifth Day of Aprill Anno
1717 and in the 3d year of his Majesties Reign over England & C


Samuel v Stratton Seal.

mark 168 A Book of Strattons

Signed sealed & Published in the Presence of us to be the Last
will and testament of Samuel Stratton

Mary Davis, Joseph Meriam, John Meriam Junr

9. Richard Stratton 3 {Samuel, 2, Samuel J ) was born in Con-
cord, Mass., in 1664. " 1664. Richard son of Samewell Stratton
& mary his wife borne 27. desem'." (C. R.) He seems to have left
his native town while quite a young man. He was at Charles-
town for a while, and in Boston and Andover, and then settled at
Chelmsford where he owned land and a mill. In the records he
is styled "Mr. Richard Stratton, miller." January 6, 1686, he
married Naomi (Hoyt) Lovejoy, widow of John Lovejoy of An-
dover. She died December 8, 1687, seven days after the birth of
their son Ichabod. Twelve years later, April 8, 1699, Richard
married Margaret Sheaf, who was born in Charlestown, May 12,
1673. His will is at Cambridge Courthouse. It is dated March 4,
1724, and proved the following year. His widow, Margaret,
married a Mr. Parker, and died in 1750.

Children :

+32 Ichabod, 4 b. 1687; d. 1762.

-33 Ruth, 4 b. Apr. 11, 1700; m. Jacob Warren.

-34 Mary, 4 bapt. Sept. 7, 1702, by Cotton Mather, in Second
Church, Boston; m. Joseph Adams.

-35 Margaret, 4 b. Oct. 1, 1705; m. Jonas Whitney.

16. John Stratton 3 (John, 2 Samuel a ) was born August 24,
1661. He lived in Watertown, where the births of his five children
are recorded. He married Abigail (Prentice?) about 1688.
She died October 25, 1732, aged 66 years. He died, intestate,
February 20, 1718, and his estate was administered the following
year. Both are buried in the Old Arlington Cemetery, corner
Arlington and Mt. Auburn Streets, Watertown, where stones
mark their graves. (Nos. 211 and 212.) In the division of the
estate the five children are named. An inventory of the estate
includes the manor house, barn and orchard, and 30 acres of land
valued at £300, and specifies £7, 6s. 9d. per annum for the main-
tenanceof " Mr. John Stratton, the honored father of the deceased."

Children: Born in Watertown.

+ 36 John, 4 b. 1689; d. 1735.

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Tombstones of John Stratton (A'o. 16, t'/jo/Y (?) and His Son

John Stratton 4

(Pages 168 am/ 175) Samuel Stratton of Watertown 169

+ 37 Ebenezer, 4 b. 1692; d. 1735.

-38 Abigail, 4 b. Sept. 14, 1698; m. John Stone of Framing-
ton, Nov. 4, 1719.

-39 Mary, 4 b. Sept. 14, 1698 (twin); m. Samuel Myrick of
Watertown, on May 19, 1718.

+40 Jabez, 4 b. 1701; d. 1774.

In the division of John Stratton's estate it is shown that Ebe-
nezer (37) received "his full portion in his father's lifetime and
before me (Judge Foxcroft) did release all claim," etc.*

18. Joseph Stratton 3 {John, 2 Samue I 1 ) was born January 13,
1667; married Sarah Howe, daughter of Abraham and Hannah
(Ward) Howe, November 14, 1695. They settled in Marlboro,
Mass., where he owned several lots of land, where his name
appears frequently on the town records, and where he died
September 18, 1732, "between 2 and 3 o'clock in the morning,
in his 66 year." His widow, Sarah, died in Marlboro in 1646.
The legatees of her will, made September 29, 1746, and proved
November 10 of the same year, were the four children named
below and her grandsons, Aaron Brigham and Joseph Temple.

Children: — Births recorded in Marlboro, Mass.

+41 Joseph, 4 b. 1&96; d. 1774.

-42 Sarah, 4 b. Nov. 30, 1700; m. Thomas Brigham of Marl-
boro, Jan. 25, 1720.

-43 Elizabeth, 4 b. Sept. 13, 1710; m. Abraham Temple of
Marlboro, Apr. 12, 1732.

+ 44 Jonathan, 4 b. 1714; d. 1758.

19. Samuel 3 (John, 2 Samuel *) was born August 18, 1669, and
lived in Watertown. He married Sarah Perry in Watertown,
December 20, 1699. They were married by "Mr. Henry Gibbs,
minister." This was a "double wedding," as the record says
Samuel was married at his father's house and his sister Rebecca
was married at the same time and same place. Sarah was a daugh-
ter of John and Sarah (Clary) Perry and was born in Watertown,

* It has been thought that there were other children in this family, whose
births are not recorded at Watertown. The writer has found nothing to
indicate it. 170 A Book of Strattons

July 11, 1675; and died there in 1726, three years after the death
of her husband. He died September 28, 1723. From 1703 to
1722 he was tithing man, constable and surveyor in Watertown.

Children: — Births recorded in Watertown.

— 45 Sarah, 4 b. Aug. 6, 1701; d. in infancy.

+ 46 Samuel, 4 b. 1703.

-47 Nathaniel, 4 b. Nov. 2, 1705; m. Esther Parker, daugh-
ter of Nathaniel Parker, in Newton in 1728, and d. a
few months later. Their daughter Abial (133) was b.
Jan. 28, 1729, after the death of her father, and m.
Thomas Larraly of Cambridge in 1748. Esther Stratton,
widow, d. in March, 1775. Nathaniel's estate was not
yet settled in 1732, when his "rate" is given in Water-
town records.

-48 Sarah, 4 b. 1710; m. John Sawin, Jr., of Watertown,
May 1, 1739.

-49 Elizabeth, 4 b. June 20, 1713; m. John Ferguson, "late
of Watertown, now of Sudbury."

+ 50 Jonathan, 4 b. Apr. 4, 1716; m. Elizabeth, daughter of
John and Elizabeth Sawin of Watertown, June 14,

The will of Samuel Stratton (19) names the five children above,
all under age. Jonathan Stone was appointed guardian for Sarah
and Elizabeth; Joseph Mason for Jonathan. March 20, 1726, the
sons, Samuel and Nathaniel, were appointed to administer their
mother's administration. Before the estate was settled, however,
Nathaniel died, and the business was finished by Samuel, with
Isaac Watson as surety.

23. Samuel Stratton 3 {Richard, 2 Samuel x ) was born in
Watertown, April 8, 1658. His father died when he was but three
months old, and two and a half years later his mother married
again. By his grandfather's will in 1672 he was to have a house
and land in Watertown when he became of age. He was then
fourteen. We know nothing more of him until 1689, when we find
him with wife Ruth, living in Concord, Mass. Here his seven
children were born, and here he died in 1726. "Samuel Stratton
Husband to Ruth his wife died October ye 11, 1726 " (C. R.) Samuel Stratton of Watertown 171

Children: — Born in Concord, Mass.

-51 Samuel, 4 b. Feb. 2, 1689; d. "son of Samuel and Ruth,"

Jan. 28, 1715. He was doubtless unm.
-52 Ruth, 4 b. June 23, 1692; m. Jonathan Pike of Concord,

Apr. 25, 1716.
-53 Susannah, 4 b. June 6, 1696; m. Moses Keyes, July 4,

-54 Mary, 4 b. June 10, 1698; d. Jan. 5, 1717.
+ 55 Enoch, 4 b. 1700; d. 1755.
+ 56 Jabez, 4 b. 1703.
-57 Abigail, 4 b. Jan. 24, 1705 v

Sa^i ^J?fT~&ffon/

24. Samuel Stratton 4 (Samuel, 3 Samuel, 2 Samuel 1 ) was born
in 1684. As eldest son he succeeded to the Stratton homestead
in Concord by
"deed of gift" in
his father's life-
time. "Sam 11
Stratton & Sarah Signature in 1722, from a Paper Concerning the Settle-
. „ , . . . „ ment of His Father's Estate

Allen both of Con-
cord, were married by ye Rever nd Mr. Joseph Estabrooke Janu-
ary ye 11 th day 1709/10 " (C. R.) They lived in Concord until
about 1736, when they removed to Rutland, Mass. Their son
Hezekiah remained in Concord and his descendants lived there
for many years.

Children :—Born in Concord, Mass.

-58 Thomas, 5 b. Mar. 6, 1710; m. in Concord, May 30, 1732,
Sarah, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Baker) Ball
of Concord. After this date his name does not appear
on the records at Concord. Information concerning
him is desired. The Balls and Bakers were old families
of Concord. John Ball, the immigrant, was in Water-
town in 1630.
-59 Sarah, 5 b. Apr. 6, 1712; d. Feb. 3, 1723.
+ 60 Hezekiah, 5 b. 1714. Sons settled in New Hampshire and

Vermont. See Vol. II.
— 61 Jonathan, 5 b. June 29, 1716. His name does not occur
again upon the records at Concord. (This may be the
Jonathan who was killed by the falling of a tree at a 172 A Book of Strattons

place called " Elictzander, " near Concord, in 1774,
whose estate was administered by Eleazer Brooks and
John Hartwell, and who left widow, Elizabeth. In
the administration no children are named.)

-62 Jane, 5 b. Dec. 14, 1717; m. John Fletcher in Rutland,

-63 Mary, 5 b. Oct. 27, 1719; m. Timothy Brown in 1750.

+64 Samuel, 5 b. 1720; d. 1809. See Vol. II.

-65 Elizabeth, 5 b. Mar. 13, 1723.

-66 Ebenezer, 5 b. Feb. 13, 1725; d. in Rutland in 1741.

-57 Sarah, 5 b. Apr. 8, 1733; m. John Watson in Rutland in
1771, as his second wife.

25. Hezekiah Stratton 4 (Samuel, 3 Samuel, 2 Samuel l ) was
born in Concord in 1689. In 1713 he went to Deerfield, Mass.,

and two years later settled at Northfield. He bought land in
Northfield as early as May 10, 1713, but does not seem to have
gone there to live until 1715. On July 12, 1717, he married Eliza-
beth Hawks, daughter of Eleazer Hawks of Deerfield. He was
one of the first permanent settlers of Northfield and one of the
influential men of the town. He was chosen surveyor in 1722;
was town treasurer in 1723, and selectman in 1721-28-40-41-43.
He was wounded by the Indians when Northfield was attacked
on the morning of October 9, 1723. He was a lieutenant under
Captain Elijah Williams in the French and Indian War. "Heze-
kiah and his six sons were brave and intelligent soldiers, who
served their country well." (History of Northfield.) Five of his
sons were landowners in Northfield in 1751. He died in Decem-
ber, 1756. His widow, Elizabeth, died April 9, 1788, aged 90

Children: — Born in Northfield.

+68 Ebenezer, 5 b. 1718; d. 1801; captain in French and Indian
War. See Vol. II.

* See History of Northfield for many mentions of this family. Samuel Stratton of Watertown 173

+ 69 Samuel, 5 b. 1720; d. 1803; ensign in French and Indian

War. See Vol. II.
— 70 John, 5 b. Oct. 28, 1721; sergeant and ensign; at Crown

Point expedition in 1754; killed by the Indians on that

terrible " Bloody Morning" of Sept. 8, 1755.
+71 Eleazer, 5 b. 1722; d. 1789. In French and Indian War.

See Vol. II.
+ 72 Hezekiah, 5 b. 1724; d. 1800. In French and Indian War.

See Vol. II.
-73 Mary, 5 b. Aug. 22, 1725; m. Joseph Stebbins of Deerfield.
-74 Sarah, 5 b. June 24, 1727; d. Oct. 17, 1736.
-75 Hannah, 5 b. Apr. 11, 1729; d. Oct. 29, 1729.
-76 Asa, 5 b. Jan. 19, 1731; at Crown Point in 1754; killed by

the Indians at Northfield, Sept. 8, 1755.
-77 Hannah, 5 b. Sept. 9, 1732; m. Philip Mattson, Jan. 28,


26. John Stratton 4 (Samuel* Samuel, 2 Samuel *) was born
in Concord, July 17, 1690. He married Elizabeth Carter,
daughter of Sebrean and Eliza-
beth Carter of Concord, June
27, 1716. They resided in
Boston. He died in 1722-3,
and his widow, Elizabeth, married William Atkinson in 1725.
This is probably the John Stratton who is spoken of in Suffolk
County Court Files, Folio, 15-457, as a coaster and mariner. In
1721 he was sued by Samuel Dewey of Georgetown, Maine,
concerning some lumber. The " Pay Rolls" dated March 8, 1722,
to December 17, 1722, contain the name of "John Stratton,
mariner, in his majesties service to the Eastward" (i. e. on the
coast of Maine), as master and pilot commanding sloop " George,"
a transport.

Mass. Archives, Boston, 91, 28.

Children :

-78 Elizabeth, 5 bapt. in Second Church, Rev. Cotton Mather,
minister, Sept. 6, 1719.

-79 Sebrean, 5 bapt. Feb. 19, 1720-21.

-80 Samuel, 5 of whom James Dawson, his uncle, was ap-
pointed guardian in 1726.

iP&fa ^(rftMvnT, 174 A Book of Strattons

#*#ef& Sfmjfcr^

28. Joseph Stratton 4 (Samuel, 3 Samuel, 2 Samuel *) was born
January 31, 1695-6. January 30, 1717, he married Rachel

Woolley, daughter of
Joseph and Rachel
Woolley of Concord.
She was born June
14, 1698. Their eleven children were born in Concord, 1717-42.
In 1752, Joseph Stratton was in New Hampshire. That year
a charter was granted the town of Washington, N. H., and
among the signers to the petition were Joseph Stratton, gen-
tleman, and his son Nathan. February 12, 1753, Joseph
Stratton, Joseph Wheeler, John Mills, Jonathan Fisk and Abel
Miles, all of Concord, sold land in Washington, N. H., to Peter
Prescott of Concord. Joseph seems, however, to have returned
to Concord, and to be living their in 1765, but neither his, nor his
wife's death is recorded at Concord. When his daughter Elizabeth
died in 1802, the church records refer to her as the daughter of
the "Late Ensign Joseph Stratton." His will, made in 1773,
names only four children, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Jonas and John.
Children: — Births recorded in Concord, Mass.
+ 81 Joseph, 5 b. 1717; d. 1754. See Vol. II.
-82 Rachel, 5 b. Dec. 20, 1719.

+ 83 Nathan, 5 (or Nathaniel?) b. 1723; d. 1760. See Vol II.
-84 Elizabeth, 5 b. July 6, 1725; d. unm. in Concord, Oct. 22,

-85 Dorothy, 5 b. Aug. 4, 1727; m. Nathaniel Williams of

Weston, Sept. 20, 1750.
-86 Lydia, 5 b. Dec. 10, 1729.
+87 Jonas, 5 b. 1732. See Vol. II.
-88 Lois, 5 b. Mar. 14, 1735.
-89 Abigail, 5 b. Aug. 13, 1737; m. Solomon Wheeler, son of

Francis and Mary Wheeler of Concord.
+ 90 John, 5 b. 1740. Revolutionary soldier. See Vol. II.
-91 Charles, 5 b. Apr. 8, 1742. At Fort Dummer in 1760.
" Reported dead, 18 years of age."

32. Ichabod Stratton 4 (Richard 3 Samuel, 2 Samuel *) was the
only son of "Mr. Richard Stratton" of Chelmsford.

He was born December 1, 1687. His mother died when he was Samuel Stratton of Watertown 175

a week old, which may account for his name, Ichabod, i. e. "child
of sorrow." He learned the cooper's trade while a boy. He
lived in Chelmsford, Littleton,
Brookfield and Hardwich. In sn ^\

1709 he married Elizabeth Q CT^L fo < &~ffi*0.tfa\L
Hildreth of Charlestown. In (y "

1731 he was chosen con-
stable of Hardwich, and in 1739 Surveyor of Highways. He
died in 1762.

Children: — Births recorded in Chelmsford, Mass.

- 92 John, 5 b. 1710.

+ 93 Richard, 5 b. 1712; d. 1768. See Vol. II.

- 94 Isaac, 5 b. 1715.

+ 95 Francis, 5 b. 1716. See Vol. II.

- 96 Naomi, 5 b. Feb. 6, 1718.

+ 97 Ichabod, 5 b. 1722. See Vol. II.

- 98 Elizabeth. 5

Births recorded in Brookfield, Mass.
+ 99 David, 5 b. 1728. See Vol. II.
-100 Ruth, 5 b. May 25, 1730.

36. John Stratton 4 (John, 3 John, 2 Samuel *) was born May 4,
1689, married Mercy Holden, daughter of William Holden, and
lived in Cambridge. Like his father he was "a weaver." Deeds
show that he bought and sold several pieces of land in Cambridge.
He lived on Mt. Auburn Street — probably on the old homestead
of his great-grandfather, Samuel, 1 which he, as eldest son, must
have inherited. He is mentioned in his grandfather's will in 1708.
He died March 27, 1735-6, aged 46, and is buried in the old
Arlington graveyard (No. 215). In the settlement of his estate
the five children below are mentioned. His widow, Mercy, married
Christopher Grant, about 1739.

Children: — Born in Cambridge, Mass.

+ 101 Joshua, 5 b. 1722; d. 1753. See Vol. II.

-102 Mercy, 5 b. Sept. 22, 1724; d. 1749, unm.?

-103 Eunice, 5 b. Dec. 22, 1727; m. Joseph Coolidge, Dec. 11,

-104 Abigail, 5 b. Dec. 7, 1729; m. Ephraim Seager, Oct. 28,
1755. 176 A Book of Strattons

+ 105 John, 5 b. 1732; m. Mary Coolidge; ancestor of the
Strattons of Swanzy, N. H. See Vol. II.

37. Ebenezer Stratton 4 (John, 3 John, 2 Samuel 1 ) was born
in Watertown, December 1, 1692, and baptized in Charlestown,

May 7, 1693. He

^S -^ learned the tailor's

u/0 >- z' / y » A* ? trade. June 6,

\sG(A\tftJVr ^JT>T£**WC' 1716, he married

Lydia Fuller of
Newton. They lived in Cambridge. He died intestate, December
4, 1735, and letters of administration were granted his widow,
December 29. She died November 9, 1647, leaving a will which
is recorded in East Cambridge.

Children: — Births recorded in Cambridge.

-106 Lydia, 5 b. 1717; m. Samuel Child of Dudley in 1734.

-107 Abigail, 5 b. 1718; d. 1736.

- 108 Elizabeth, 5 b. 1720; m. Joseph Cook, June 7, 1739.

- 109 Thankful, 5 b. 1721 ; m. Ebenezer Richards, Dec. 24, 1741.

- 110 Mary, 5 b. 1722; m. Samuel Walker, Dec. 20, 1750.

-Ill Sarah, 5 b. 1725; m. Isaac Williams, Jr.

+ 112 John, 5 b. 1727; d. 1791. See Vol. II.

-113 Ebenezer, 5 probably died young. In administration of
the father's estate in 1735, John is called "only son."

40. Jabez Stratton 4 (John, 5 John, 2 Samuel *) was born March

28, 1701, and married Tibitha Coolidge, daughter of Thomas and

Sarah (Eddy) Coolidge,

^rf^j/^ Yy J)/ /+~ ^ April 29, 1725. They

Cy&tJ ^^OsUCf^ were married in Water .

town by Rev. Seth
Storer. She was born November 2, 1702. They lived in Water-
town for about eleven years after their marriage and then re-
moved to Sherburne (now Sherborn), Mass., in 1736-7. His name
appears often on the records. In Watertown he owned several
lots of land, and was " tithing-man " for several years. In Sher-
born, he was one of the substantial men of the town. He made
his will October 26, 1764, and it was proved March 29, 1774. In
it he mentions only wife Tibitha, and sons Abijah, Nathan and Samuel Stratton of Watertown 177

Elias, with Benjamin Kendall as administrator, but in the set-
tlement of the estate Jonas Greenwood receives a portion also.
Children: — Born in Watertown, Mass.
+ 114 Abijah, 5 b. 1728; d. 1774. Lived in Natick, Mass.

See Vol. II.
+ 115 Nathan, 5 b. 1726; d. 1805. Lived in Sherborn. See
Vol. II.

+ 116 Elias, 5 b. 1730 . Removed from Sherborn to Athol,

Mass. See Vol. II.
-117 Sarah, 5 b. 1734; m. Jonas Greenwood.

Born in Sherborn.
-118 Ebenezer, 5 b. Apr. 30 (?), 1742. Not mentioned in
father's will, 1764.

41. Joseph Stratton 4 (Joseph, 3 John, 2 Samuel *) was born in
Marlboro, Mass., March 10, 1696, and lived and died in his native
town. A deed shows that in 1748 he sold land in Marlboro to his
brother Jonathan. No wife joins him in this deed.

August 23, 1772, Joseph Stratton of Marlboro, and wife Abigail
convey to William Boyd, land in Marlboro, "excepting that part
set off to Betty, widow of Jonathan, as a part of her third."

March 2, 1767, Joseph Stratton, gentleman, of Marlboro, made
his will, which was proved May 31, 1778, by William Boyd, ex-
ecutor. The legatees are wife Abigail, Jonas Sanders, "if he stay
with me till he is 21," nephews, Aaron Brigham and Joseph
Temble, both of Grafton, and William Boyd. Abigail Stratton,
widow, died in Marlboro in 1795, leaving a will dated 1792. This
will gives legacies to Molly Rice "who lived with me before her
marriage;" to Louise Morse, "whom I brought up from her youth,
and to her two daughters — Abigail who was named after me, and
Anne;" to Francis Morse and Louise his wife "from whom I have
received many favors and hope I have made them equal returns."

The greater part of their estate went to their adopted son,
William Boyd. He married Lydia Morse; served in the Revolu-
tion and died in Marlboro in 1817, aged 82 years.

44. Jonathan Stratton 4 (Joseph, 3 John, 2 Samuel *) was born
in Marlboro, December 28, 1714. He married Elizabeth Brigham
of Marlboro, February 23, 1742. He inherited and succeeded to 178 A Book of Strattons

the homestead of his father in Marlboro, where he lived and died.
His name occurs often on the records there. He died August 10,
1758. His estate was administered by Hezekiah Maynard. His
widow, Elizabeth ("Betty") continued to live in Marlboro, where
she married Elisha Hodges in 1765. She died in 1793 and her son
Jonathan Stratton was appointed her administrator, March 11,

Children: — Born in Marlboro, Mass.

+ 119 Jonathan, 5 b. 1742. See Vol. II.

-120 Betty, 5 b. Apr. 11, 1744; m. William Brigham, Sept. 4,

-121 Sarah, 5 b. Mar. 20, 1746; m. Daniel Barnes, Nov. 14,

+ 122 Samuel, 5 b. 1748. See Vol. II.

-123 Lucy, 5 b. Dec. 4, 1750; d. unm., Apr. 1, 1771.

-124 Aaron, 5 b. Sept. 6, 1753; d. Oct. 19, 1753.

46. Samuel Stratton 4 (Samuel* John, 2 Samuel *) was born
April 23, 1703. He lived in Watertown, where he owned real
estate, and is called both " a miller" and " a weaver." In 1732 he,
with others, petitioned the proprietors for half an acre of "ye
common and undivided land of Watertown upon which to erect
and maintain a windmill." He married twice, first Hannah
Smith of Dedham, October 28, 1725, and second Hannah Grover
of Cambridge, December 7, 1738.

Children: — Births recorded in Watertown.

-125 Oliver, 5 b. Sept. 6, 1727.

-126 David, 5 b. Mar. 1, 1731.

-127 Mary, 5 b. Aug. 13, 1733.

+ 128 Samuel, 5 b. June 29, 1739. See Vol. II.

-129 Sarah, 5 b. July 6, 1742.

-130 Hannah, 5 b. Aug. 19, 1745.

+ 131 Nathaniel, 5 b. Oct. 16, 1748. See Vol. II.

-132 Sarah, 5 b. Nov. 18, 1750.

Further records of this family are very much desired.

55. Enoch Stratton 4 (Samuel, 5 Richard, 2 Samuel *) was born
in Concord, Mass., November 24, 1700. He was with the Con-
tinental Army, under Captain Penhollow at Georgetown (now Samuel Stratton of Watertown 179

Bath), Me., July 19 to November 14, 1722. Nothing more is
known of him until 1725, when we find him living in Weston with
wife, Rebecca. The following year he returned to Concord, and
lived there for several years, and then removed to Glastonbury,
Conn., where he bought land, April 18, 1743, for £100, and June 6,
1743, for £50. In these deeds he is called a blacksmith. He was
in the French and Indian War, serving in Colonel Eleazer Goodrich's
2d Regiment, Connecticut Militia, April 13 to October 29, 1575,
and in 3d Company, 3d Regiment, under Major John Paterson,
March 31 to October 25, 1756. He died in Glastonbury and his
will is recorded at Hartford. His widow, Rebecca, died February
13, 1794, aged 95 years.

Children: — Born in Weston, Mass.

+ 134 John, 5 b. 1725; d. 1761. See Vol. II.
Born in Concord, Mass.

- 135 Mary, 5 b. Oct. 26, 1726; m. Nickols.

+ 136 Samuel, 5 b. 1728. See Vol. II.

+ 137 Isaac, 5 d. 1759. See Vol. II.

- 138 Rebecca, 5 b. Apr. 17, 1731 ; m. Gustin.


In the name of God amen I Enoch Stratton Blacksmith of the
town of Glastonbury in the County of Hartford and in the Colony
of Connecticut in New England in America this 24th day of May
Anno Domi 1755 and in the 28th year of the Reign of our Sovereign
George the Second King of Great Britain &c being in usual health
of body and of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be to God
therefore yet now seriously calling to mind the mortality of my
body believing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do
make and ordain this my last will and testament Viz Principly
and first of all I give and recommend my soul to God who gave it
and my body to be buried with a decent burial nothing doubting
but at the great and general Resurrection, I shall receive the same
again by the great and Almighty power of God and in addition
to my worldly Estate which it has hath pleased God to bless me
with in this life I give demise and despose of in the following
manner and form imprimis I give and bequeath to my faithful and 180 A Book of Strattons

well beloved wife Rebeccah one third part of all my Real Estate
to her use and benefit as long as she continues my Widow or in
Lieu and stead thereof a good and comfortable maintenance to be
allowed her by my three sons if it should be her Choice and desire
that they should support her while she remains my Widow I
likewise give and bequeath to my said beloved wife all and every
my household movable Estate goods to her own proper use and
behoof and dispose forever I also give and bequeath to my well
beloved son John one third part of all my Real Estate in Lands
Buildings fruit trees and woods in the Township of Glastonbury
together with all the appurtenances and privileges thereunto
belonging in fee simple forever to himself heirs and assigns. I
likewise give and bequeath to my said beloved son John one third
part of my cattle farming tools and implements and one third
part of my Smith tools and of all my out door Estate and movables
whatever to him his heirs and assigns to their own proper use and
benefit forever It is likewise my will that he pay to his Sisters
Mary Nickals and Rebeccah Gustin Ten pounds each in current
bills of the old tenor equal to Exchange of Spanish dollar at three
pounds twelve shillings per dollar within the time of one year after
my decease.

I likewise give and bequeath to my beloved son Samuel one third
part of the farm I now live upon in the township of Glastonbury
together with one third part of the buildings thereon standing
and of all the trees thereon growing and of all the appurtenances
and privilages thereunto belonging and one third part of all my
lands and Real Estate in Glastonbury to himself his heirs and
assigns as a good Estate in fee simple forever. I likewise give my
said Son Samuel the one third part of all my out door movables
and catties and of my Smith tools and farming tools and of all
the other movables excipting what movables I have given to my
wife to him his heirs and assigns to their proper use and benefit
forever and it is my will that my said son Samuel take that part
of my Estate I now live upon which Contains all of the buildings
if it be his choice so to do when he and his brothers come to devide
he allowing to them the Quantity and Quality in other lands or
Estate as they and he shall agree or as shall be determined by
men mutually chosen by them to apprise and make the division
between him and them in case they do not agree on the division Samuel Stratton of Watertown 181

themselves. I likewise will and order my said son Samuel to pay-
to each of his Sisters aforenamed ten pounds appeace in current
bills as afore expressed within a year after my death.

It is my will that my three sons divide my real and personal Es-
tate between them equally in quantity and quality and that they
be equal in maintaining my wife and in paying my debts. I like-
wise give to my well beloved son Isaac his heirs and assigns forever
as a good indefeasible Estate one third part of all my Real Estate
in lands and of my personal Estate and movable Estate as afore
expressed to his brother John and it is my will he pay to his two
sisters fore named Twenty pounds old tenor &c within one year
of my Decease. It is my will my three sons pay all my just debts
and that they equally receive all debts due me. I likewise give
my beloved Daughter Mary Nickals thirty pounds current money
of the old tenor to be paid her by her brothers within one year
after my death. I likewise give and bequeath to my well beloved
Daughter Rebeccah Gustin thirty pounds old tenor to be paid as
fore expressed to her sister Mary. I will that my apprentice Timo-
thy Gosler live with my son John after my death until he be fifteen
years of age and from the age of fifteen until he is one and twenty
it is my will that he live with and sirve my son Samuel and that
said Samuel teach said Timothy Gosler my apprentice his art or
trade of a blacksmith perform the indenture. I do Constitute and
ordain Mr Samuel Kimberly and Mr John Kimberly both of
Glastonbury executors of this my will and testament and I do
hereby revoke and disanul all and every other former testaments
wills Legacies and bequests and Executors by me in any ways
before named and made willed and bequeathed Ratifying and
Confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness and confirmation hereof I have hereunto set my hand
and seal the day and year above mentioned.

Enoch Stratton.

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by Enoch
Stratton as his last will and testament in the presence of us the

Isaac Chalker, Stephen Strickland, Joanna Chalker

56. Jabez Stratton 4 (Samuel, 3 Richard, 2 Samuel ! ) was born 182 A Book of Strattons

in Concord, Mass., February 15, 1703; married Sarah , who

died in Concord, October 26, 1725, leaving an infant son, Benjamin.
Soon after her death Jabez left Concord and went to Lexington.

Before 1732 he married Margaret . He died in Lincoln,

in 1754; his estate was administered by John Hoar, with Joseph
Bridge of Lexington, and Thomas Wright of Woburn as sureties.

Children: — Born in Concord.

+ 139 Benjamin, 5 b. 1725. A Revolutionary soldier. See
Vol. II.
Born in Lexington.

- 140 Sarah, 5 b. April 30, 1732; d. Apr. 29, 1735.

+ 141 Jabez, 5 b. 1733. See Vol. II.

— 142 Sarah, 5 b. June 1, 1737. Joseph Abbott was her guardian
in 1754.

-143 Anna, 5 b. 1740; d. 1740.

(See Chart H)

1. John Stratton was married in Watertown, Mass., in 1667.
His marriage is thus recorded on the town books: "John Stratton
and Mary smith Joyned in Marryage the 26. 9mo. 1667." (Mary
Smith's ancestry is given on page 155.) From a deposition
taken in 1672, we learn that he was born in 1642; hence was
twenty-five years old at the time of his marriage.* His home
lot in Watertown was in the western part of the town and joined
the land of his father-in-law, Thomas Smith. Here John Stratton
died April 7, 1691, one month before the birth of his son Samuel.
The property remained undivided for some years, the eldest son,
John Stratton, Jr., "caring for his mother and her several small
children, out of his own proper estate, paying all ye debts truely
and honestly and further did manage the husbandry of ye living
left by his said father for full 9 years."

In January, 1701, " the younger children being well out of hand,

* Neither the place, nor exact date of his birth has been found. In 1670
Zachariah Smith "of Piscatqua" met an "untimely death, killed by the
Indians." In the settlement of his estate in October, 1672, John Stratton,
aged 30 years, of Watertown, and Stephen Smith, aged 25 years, gave deposi-
tion concerning "our father Thomas Smith." (See page 155.)

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Photographed at Cambridge for this volume. {Page 182.) John Stratton of Watertown 183

the Relect Widdow and her eldest son, did mutually agree to come
to a reckoning according to law and justice." Edward Winn,
attorney, of Woburn, was appointed to settle the estate. The
widow, Mary, continued to live with her eldest son (who had
married Bethshuah Applin) until his death in 1708, followed
within a year by the death of his wife, leaving several small chil-
dren. Then, John Applin, father of Bethshuah, moved with his
family into the house owned by " the late John Stratton," and paid
a yearly rent. Mary and her orphaned grandchildren seems to
have lived with the Applins. January 21, 1713, "John Applin
presented a paper showing that his son, John Stratton, died in
1708, and his daughter Bethshuah, wife of John Stratton, in 1709,
and that his daughter Mary Applin had charge of the children."

January 1, 1719, " a receipt was filed by John Applin from Mary
Stratton, widow, for her maintenance, in virtue of a bond given
by her eldest son John Stratton, Jr.," dated January 13, 1701.

Mary died September 27, 1719, having survived her husband
twenty-eight years.

Children : — Born in Watertown.

+ 2 John, 2 b. 1668; d. 1708.

+ 3 Thomas, 2 b. 1670.

- 4 James, 2 b. Jan. 18, 1672; d. 1701 in Bristol County, Mass.,

"a single man." His estate was administered by his
brother-in-law, Henry Nicholson, barber, of Boston,
1702-03. He left a " certain sum of money in the hands
of Richard Greenall (or Greeval?) of Little Compton,
to be delivered unto my mother Mary Stratton, widow,
if she be living, in case of her decease to other relations
in Watertown, New England."

- 5 Mary, 2 m. in Woburn, Edward Winn, lawyer of Woburn,

Jan. 3, 1693.

- 6 Sarah, 2 m. in Boston Henry Nicholson of Boston, Jan. 9,

1702, by Rev. Christopher Bridge, "Rector of King's
Chapel People."

- 7 Hannah, 2 m. in Woburn, John Sanderson, Jan. 1, 1701.

- 8 Judee, 2 b. Aug. 13, 1680; d. young.

- 9 Jonathan, 2 b. Aug. 22, 1684; living in 1701 when Edward

Winn was appointed his guardian. (Further data
much desired.) 184 A Book of Strattons

-10 Mercy, 2 bapt. July 30, 1687.

-11 Samuel, 1 bapt. May 10, 1691, "son of Widow Stratton."
This is probably the "Samuel Stratton, late a soldier
at Fort William" (Boston Harbor) for whom Henry
Nicholson was appointed administrator, Apr. 13, 1722.

Of this family the births of John, Thomas, James, Judee and
Jonathan are the only ones recorded on the town records of Water-
town; the baptisms of Mercy and Samuel are from the Bailey
manuscript; * court files show that Mary, Sarah and Hannah
belonged to this family; no evidence has been found of any other

2. John Stratton 2 {John l ) was born March 3, 1668. He
was 23 years old when his father died, and was made joint executor,
with his mother, of the estate. For the years he had charge of
the property and cared for his mother and his younger brothers
and sisters. t February 15, 1690-91, he married Mary Butters.
Of this marriage no children are recorded. Mary, wife of John
Stratton, died in Watertown, November 15, 1695. He married,
second, Bethshuah Applin, daughter of John and Bethshuah
(Bartlett) Applin, of Watertown, January 3, 1698. This must
have been a "double wedding," as his sister, Mary, was married
same date, both by Rev. Samuel Angier. Bethshuah, daughter of
Thomas and Hannah Bartlett, was born in Watertown, April 17,
1647, and married John Applin, November 9, 1671. Their daughter,
Bethshuah Applin, was born May 1, 1673, and baptized Decem-
ber 5, 1686, her father "having that day owned ye covenant."
On March 16, 1708, John Stratton died, aged 40 years. Admin-
istration was granted his widow, Bethshuah, May 10, 1608.
Before another year Bethshuah died, — April 27, 1609, — and

* Thomas Bailey was a minister at Watertown. At a town meeting in 1685,
it was voted that if "Mr. Bailey shall pleese cum to dwell amongst vs to carry
on the wurke of ye ministry that ye town decleared that they would give him
fower score pounds and his house rent free and suffityant fyreing for the yeare."

t A John Stratton bought 5 acres of land in Watertown of Daniel Church
in 1688; 10 acres of woodland of John Smith in 1698; 10 acres of woodland of
Lawrence in 1706. These lots were bounded in part by the lands of John and
Joseph Smith and John Whitney. A closer study of deeds at Cambridge
might show which John Stratton made these purchases. John Stratton of Watertown 185

John Applin was appointed administrator of the estate of his
"son and daughter, John and Bethshuah Stratton," and guardian
of their children.

Children: — Baptisms from the Bailey manuscript.

-12 Mary, 3 bapt. Sept. 25, 1698.

-13 John, 1 bapt. Aug. 8, 1701; d. "a single man," "a soldier
to the eastward," under Capt. Moody. Administration
granted Jonas Smith in Watertown, Feb. 22, 1721.

-14 Rebecca, 3 bapt. Aug. 8, 1701 (a twin); m., in Framing-
ham, Jabez Pratt of Framingham, Mar. 31, 1726.

+ 15 Jonathan, 3 b. 1702.

-16 Bethshuah, 3 bapt. Sept. 10, 1704.

There may have been other children, but these are the only
ones whose baptisms are recorded in Watertown. They were
probably baptized in their mother's right. For some reason
John Stratton did not have the births of his children entered on
the town books, and he may have had children by his first mar-
riage whose births were not recorded.

3. Thomas Stratton 2 (John x ) was born in Watertown in
1670 and married there in 1699. Town records: "Thomas Strat
ton son of John and Mary Stratton borne the 26 Day of October."
"Thomas Stratton and Dorcas maxwel Joyned in marriage:
July: 19: 1699." Dorcas Maxwell was a daughter of Thomas
and Dorcas Maxwell of Boston. She was born February 27, 1678.
Thomas Maxwell was a member of the "Scots Charitable So-
ciety" in Boston, which determines his nationality. From 1680
onward for about a quarter of a century, he was a "Sealer of
Leather" in the town of Boston, and in 1693 was a doorkeeper
in the "Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay

Thomas and Dorcas Stratton lived in the Western Precinct of
Watertown, where nine children were born unto them. Decem-
ber 1, 1727, Thomas was chosen Surveyor of Highways. In 1731
the town paid him for timber from his farm for a bridge near
Deacon Livermore's mill. December 16, 1732, he was still living
in Watertown, when "consideration of ye petition of Thomas
Stratton and others was adjourned to ye next selectmans' meet-
ing." The petition did not come up at the next meeting, and the 186 A Book of Strattons

name does not later occur on the town or church books at Water-
town or Waltham. No record of the death of Thomas, nor that
of Dorcas, has been found. It is probable that they removed
with some of their children to some other town and died there.

Children : — Born in Watertown.

+ 17 James, 3 b. 1700; d. 1775.

-18 Thomas, 3 b. Feb. 12, 1702.

-19 Dorcas, 3 b. Mar. 2, 1705.

-20 Mary, 3 b. Jan. 8, 1706; m., in Watertown, Henry Smith
of Lexington, Feb. 18, 1730.

+ 21 David, 3 b. 1708; d. 1783.

-22 Samuel, 3 b. Oct. 19, 1709.

-23 Ebenezer, 3 bapt. July 12, 1713; d. in infancy.

-24 Ebenezer, 3 bapt. May 15, 1715.

-25 Mercy, 3 bapt. Jan. 13, 1717; m. Moses Cutting in Water-
town in 1736.

Of this family David 3 is the only son who settled in Water-
town (later Waltham). He seems to have lived on the home-
stead farm; and some of his children lived there as late, at least,
as 1764. Of the sons Thomas, 3 Samuel 3 and Ebenezer, 3 in-
formation is much desired. This may be the Samuel Stratton
mentioned in the proprietor's records of Mendon who helped in
the survey of the town and had a grant of land April 26, 1736,
and who married Mary, daughter of Samuel Walker, of Framing-
ham, November 17, 1737, and in 1741 was in Hopkinton. The
compiler has no further record of him.

15. Jonathan Stratton 3 (John? John x ) was baptized by
Rev. Thomas Bailey in Watertown, August 9, 1702. In 1713
he was "an orphan," living with his grandfather, John Applin,
in the house that had belonged to his late father, John Stratton,
and was under the charge of his aunt, Mary Applin. In 1720
Jonas Smith, his father's cousin, was appointed his guardian.

In 1723 a Jonathan Stratton of Watertown bought thirty acres
of land in Weston, " with a mansion hous on it," of James Whitney
of Watertown. February 13, 1724, he mortgaged, to the com-
missioners of the "Land Bank Scheme," this same house and
land for £30. In both the deed and the mortgage he calls him-
self "Jonathan Stratton, husbandman." In March, 1725, and John Stratton of Watertown 187

again in 1726, Jonathan Stratton, laborer, of Weston, sold land
in Weston. No wife signed these deeds. The boundaries of these
lands prove that the land sold by Jonathan Stratton, laborer,
was the land bought by Jonathan Stratton, husbandman. This
last deed, made in 1726, was not recorded until October 11, 1737.*

November 26, 1728, Jonathan Stratton of Weston and Deborah
Cutler of Watertown were married in Watertown by Rev.
Warham Williams "Minister of ye Gosple." t This marriage
record is found on both the Watertown and Weston town books.
No clew has been found to any children of this marriage, and
for ten years the name of Jonathan Stratton does not again occur
on the church or town records at Weston.

Among the deeds of Mendon, Mass., is this: Jonathan Stratton
of Mendon, housewright, sold to Jacob Gibbs of Hopkinton, for
£5 " all interest in any grant the General Court shall make for the
services of my late honored father, John Stratton, in the first
expedition to Canada." J This paper is dated November 12,
1735, acknowledged by Jonathan in Hopkinton, March 24, 1737,
but not recorded until March 10, 1739. (No record of a grant
for above services has been found.)

In the clerk of court's office at Cambridge is this: "Jonathan
Stratton and wife Deborah, were warned from Hopkinton Aug. 30,
1737. Mehitable Smith was under their charge." And from
Watertown Records (Vol. Ill, p. 175) is this:

"At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown on the 23 rd day
of June 1738. It being Signified to the Selectmen that Samuel
Stowell and familie was Come to live in Watertown at one of his
Dwelling houses in s d Town who came from Waltham to Water-
town the 23 rd day of May last. And that John Jenison had taken
to live with him one Robert Crow a Lad who came from Salem in
the county of Essex. Also the Selectmen are Informed that there is
one Deborah Stratton Wife of one Jonathan Stratton come to
dwel in Watertown who came last from Hopkinton Some time in

* Whether these land deals refer to this Jonathan Stratton, or to his uncle
Jonathan Stratton 2 (John x ) the compiler has found no means of determining.

t Deborah, a daughter of Ephriam and Deborah Cutler, was born in Water-
town, January 11, 1705.

J This was probably the expedition against Montreal under General Win-
throp in King William's War. About 1735 the General Court had a spasm of
generosity toward its old soldiers and gave grants of land to many. 188 A Book of Strattons

April last past. And resides with her father Mr. Ep m Culter of
sd Watertown,* the selectmen fearing yt the above sd persons
may prove Chargable to ye sd Town Ordered the Clerk to Isue
out Warrants to ye Constables to warn the aforesd Samuel Stowell
Wife & familie Robt Crow & Deborah Stratton forth with to
Depart out of sd Watertown the Selectmen refusing to accept
of them to be Inhab tB in sd Town." f

The records at Menton, Hopkinton, Waltham, Weston and
Watertown have been searched in vain for any later mention of
Jonathan with wife Deborah, and her name does not again occur
in the records of any of these towns. J The name of a Jonathan
Stratton appears again upon Weston records in 1738, and from
that time it occurs frequently there for more than half a century.
(See Chart J.)

17. James Stratton 3 (Thomas, 2 John 1 ) was born in Water-
town, June 29, 1700. He married Deborah Rand, daughter of
William and Persis (Pierce) Rand. The Rands were one of the
good old families of Charlestown. Thomas Rand, the father of
William, was a son of Robert and Alice Rand who came to Charles-
town about 1636. Thomas married Sarah, daughter of Edmund 1
and Elizabeth (Whitman) Edenden of Scituate and Boston. Persis
was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Peirce and granddaughter

* Ephriam Cutler married Deborah, daughter of John and Sarah Stone in
1703. He moved from Watertown to Brookfield about 1739.

t This "warning out of town," which sounds so harsh to-day, was then
often but the common notice of the weekly selectmen's meeting to put on
record the fact that the "said persons" had recently come to town and were
not recognized as townsmen, and the town, by giving this legal notice, could
not in any way be held responsible for them. In one case, in Watertown, a
woman "warned out of town," died soon after, while her husband was abroad,
and the town gave her a sumptuous funeral, showing that she was a much
respected person.

t Dorchester town records has this:

" March 27, 1750. Jonathan Clapp of Dorchester, born in 1705, married
Deborah Stratten of Braintree, as second wife."

The Clapp Genealogy says:

"Jonathan Clapp m. Deborah Straten of Braintree but a member of the
church at Waltham. She died Feb. 16, 1780, aged 75 years."

Who this Deborah was (or whether maid or widow at the time of her mar-
riage with Jonathan Clapp) has not been determined. John Stratton of Water/town 189

of Thomas and Elizabeth Peirce, who came to Charlestown about
1634. She was born January 30, 1668-9, and died June 25,
1748. She married, first, John Shepherd in 1690, who died the
following year; and married, second, William Rand, who was
born September 11, 1674, and died February 9, 1747. Their
daughter Deborah married James Stratton, 3 October 12, 1721,
in Watertown.

For five or six years after their marriage James and Deborah
lived in Charlestown and Boston, and then removed to Stoning-
ton, Conn., where they united with the church and where they
lived for about seven years. Three of their children were born
there. In the spring of 1736 they left Stonington, and, returning
to Massachusetts, settled at Athol (then called "Pequoid" or
Payquage Plantation), where land was granted him and he be-
came one of the proprietors of the town, and where some of his
descendants live to this day. The exact date of Deborah's death,
and of the births of the younger children, cannot be ascertained,
as the records of the first fifteen years of Athol were burned.
In a paper signed by James Stratton in 1748, concerning some
money coming to his children from the estate of their grand-
parents, William and Persis Rand of Charlestown, he refers to
his "late wife Deborah." His home was on "The Street" (now
Pleasant Street) in that part of Athol then known as "East
Pequoid Hill." *

James Stratton made his will March 15, 1774, and it was pro-
bated November 6, 1776. His death occurred October 22, 1776.
He was doubtless buried in the old cemetery on Mill Brook, where

* In July, 1732, the "Great and General Court" ordered the laying out of
the township of Pequoid six miles square. The committee of survey was in-
structed to "lay out sixty-three house-lots, two for religious purposes, one for
a schoolhouse, and one for each of the sixty proprietors who should settle
there on." No settlement was made until September, 1735, when five men
with their wives "set out on foot from Hatfield, with their clothing, provisions
and furniture on their backs" to build new homes in the dense forest. These
were Richard and Samuel Morton, Ephraim Smith, John Smeed and Joseph
Lord. The following spring they were joined by others, among whom was
James Stratton. And here in the wilderness, fifteen miles from any white
settlement, surrounded by prowling, hostile and treacherous Indians, these
heroic men and women courageously endured privations and hardships, and
laid the foundations for the prosperity, independence and happiness of their
descendants. 190 A Book of Strattons

the graves of the early settlers are marked by simple, rough,
field stones, with no inscriptions.*
Children: — Born in Charlestown.
-26 Mary, 4 d. in Charlestown in May, 1724, aged 16 mo.

Born in Boston.
-27 Mary, 4 b. Sept. 2, 1724; bapt. in Cambridge, Sept. 17,
1724; m. John Rand in May, 1744; d. before 1774.

Born in Stonington, Conn.
+ 28 James, 4 b. 1729; d. 1782.

-29 Deborah, 4 b. Nov. 4, 1733; m. Seth Kendall, 1756, in Athol.
-30 William, 4 b. 1735; d. 1805.

Born in Athol, Mass.
—31 Elizabeth, 4 m. Benjamin Townsend of Athol, 1769.
+ 32 Stephen, 4 b. 1743; d. 1814.

— 33 Abigail, 4 m. Chase of Petersham, Mass.

+ 34 Peleg, 4 b. 1748; d. 1833.



Will allowed Nov. 6th, 1775.

In the name of God, Amen, this fifteenth day of March A. D.
1774 I, James Stratton of Athol in ye County of Worcester &
Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in New England cordwainer,
calling to mind my frailty & mortality & knowing that it is ap-
pointed to all men once to die, do make & ordain this my last will
& testament in manner following that is to say,

First of all, I give & recommend my soul to the tender mercy of
God through ye merits of my only Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
and my body I commit to ye earth to be decently buried at ye
discretion of my executor hereafter named, and touching such
worldly goods and estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless
me in this life,

Imprimis my will is that after ye payment of my just debts and
funeral charges and I do hereby give sons James Stratton, William
Stratton, Stephen Stratton and Peleg Stratton part & part alike
in all my estate, two parts to my daughters an including what
they have already received from me as part of their portion as

* In 1859 the town erected, near the spot where the first meetinghouse stood,
a large granite monument in memory of these early settlers. John Stratton of Watertown 191

may appear on my book of accompts excepting thirteen pounds
six shillings and eight pence that my son James Stratton hath
received is not to be reckoned as part of his equal portion of my
estate with his brethren, it being so much that I have given him
more than I have given his brethren because he is my old son.

Item, I give to my daughters Abigail Chase Deborah Kendall
Elizabeth Townsend part and part alike in all my estate half as
much as my sons including what they have respectively received
as part of their portion as may appear on my book of accompts.
Item, I give to Mary Rand daughter of my daughter Mary Rand
deceased half as much in all my estate as one of my daughters
including one half of what her mother Mary Rand, received of my
estate as part of her portion of my estate as may appear on my
Book of accompts.

Item, I give to the heirs of my Grandson John Rand one half
part as much in all my estate as one of my daughters including
one half of what my daughter Mary Rand received of her portion
out of my estate as may appear on my book of accompts.

Item, My will further is, That whereas my daughters Deborah
Kendall & Elizabeth Townsend lived at my house some time
after they were eighteen years old, so that I acknowledge myself
indebted to each of them eight pounds, I do hereby order my
executor hereafter named to pay each of them eight pounds out
of my estate before there be any division of my estate for their
service as aforesaid.

Item, I do constitute & appoint my well beloved son James
Stratton of Athol aforesaid the sole executor of this my last will
& testament, renouncing and forever revoking all other & former
wills, ratifying & confirming this and this only as my last will.


Signed, sealed, published & declared by the testator to be his
last will in presence of us have set our hands as witnesses ye day
& date above.

Jno. Haven, Stephen Batchelor, Reuben Graves. 192 A Book of Strattons

£51. David Stratton 3 {Thomas, 2 John 1 ) was born November
20, 1708, in Watertown; married Hannah Smith of Lexington,
January 30, 1728, — daughter of Joseph, Sr., and Hannah Smith.
She was born in Lexington in September, 1707. They were mar-
ried by Rev. Warham Williams. Their home was in that part of
the town which in 1738 became Waltham. Here they lived for
over thirty years, and then removed to Bolton, Mass., where
David died in the spring of 1783. Administration on his estate
was granted his son, David Stratton, Jr., in May, 1783.*

Children: — Births recorded in Watertown.

-35 Hannah, 4 b. Sept. 26, 1729.

-36 Lydia, 4 b. Mar. 1, 1737; m. Samuel Nutting, Oct. 22, 1751.
Births recorded in Waltham.

-37 Eunice, 4 b. Mar. 15, 1738.

-38 Lois, 4 b. Feb. 25, 1739; m. John Demont of Newton,
Oct. 29, 1764.

+ 39 David, 4 b. 1742; d. 1819.

-40 Mary, 4 b. Feb. 29, 1744; m. Thaddeus Hastings of Lex-
ington, May 29, 1763.

+ 41 Jonas, 4 b. 1746.

28. James Stratton 4 (James, 3 Thomas, 2 John a ) was born in
Stonington, Conn., and baptized there January 6, 1729, by Rev.
Ebenezer Rossiter. When six years old he moved with his parents
to Athol, Mass., where he lived the remainder of his life. Decem-
ber 26, 1751, he married Abigail Morton, daughter of Samuel and
Lydia (Smith) Morton.

Samuel Morton was son of Abraham and Sarah (Kellog) Morton
of Hatfield, and a grandson of Richard and Ruth Morton who
settled in Hatfield from Hartford, Conn., in 1670. t

* March 17, 1783, David Stratton, Sr., of Bolton deeded to Jonas Stratton
one acre of land in Stow, and Jonas was to "buy his sister Hannah a brass
kettle, new, holding 4 pailsfull." David Stratton, Jr., was witness to this deed.

t Sarah Kellog was a daughter of John and Sarah (Moody) Kellog of Hadley,
and a descendant of John Denning, one of the petitioners for the Connecticut

Richard Morton was a grandson of George Morton, the "financial agent" of
the " Mayflower." He did not, however, come over in the "Mayflower," but
remained in Holland where he married Julia Carpenter about 1621, and came
to Plymouth three years later -in the "Ann." John Stratton of Watertown 193

Samuel Morton married Lydia, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary
(Dickinson) Smith, in Hatfield in 1731, and became one of the
"five first settlers" of Athol.

The marriage of his daughter Abigail to James Stratton, Jr.,
was the first marriage in the church of Athol, by its first minister,
Rev. James Humphreys. A meetinghouse had been built by the
first settlers, but was burned before it was quite completed. The
next was built on "The Street," near the Fort. Here religious
services were held, but no church was organized "with an ortho-
dox minister" until May, 1750. The Mortons were active in its

James Stratton was elected selectman in 1774-75-76-78. The
date of Abigail's death is not recorded. James died July 29,
1782 and is buried in the old cemetery on Pleasant Street.

Children: — Born in Athol.

+ 42 Zebulon, 5 b. 1753; d. 1842; a Revolutionary soldier.
See Vol II.

-43 Maribah, 5 b. July 20, 1755; m. Stephen Batcheler of
Athol, Apr. 28, 1774.

+44 Thomas, 5 b. 1758; d. 1818; Revolutionary soldier. See
Vol. II.

-45 Asa, 5 b. 1760; d. aged 19; a Revolutionary soldier at the
age of 17 years.

-46 James, 5 b. 1765; d. 1785.

The stone marking the grave of James Stratton, 4 in the old
cemetery, bears this inscription:

In memory of
Mr. James Stratton
who died July 31 Bt 1792
in the 63 rd year
of his age.
Pause and think, as you pass by
As you are now so once was I;
As I am now so you will be,
Prepare for Heaven and follow me.

30. William Stratton 4 (James, 3 Thomas, 2 John *) was born
in Stonington, Conn., in January, 1735, and was only a few months 194 A Book of Strattons

old when his parents removed to Athol. He married Elizabeth
Smith of Athol in 1780. He died in 1805, and is buried in the
Lower Village Cemetery. His will is recorded at Worcester.

Children: — Born in Athol, Mass.

+ 47 James, 5 b. 1780; d. 1851. See Vol. II.

-48 Joshua, 5 b. 1783; d. 1862; m. Elizabeth Phillips; no chil-
dren. He was blind for many years.

+ 49 Asa, 5 b. 1785; d. 1835. See Vol. II.

-50 Ira, 5 b. 1788; d. aged 7 years.

-51 Sarah, 5 b. 1790; m. Levi Derby.

-52 Elizabeth, 5 b. 1793; m. Elihu Fields in 1811.

-53 Esther, 5 m. Robinson.

-54 Mary, 5 m. Moses Wood, 1817.

32. Stephen Stratton 4 (James, 3 Thomas, 2 John *) was born
in Athol, Mass., in 1743. In 1767 he married Martha Graves of
Athol. April 9, 1775, he responded to the Lexington call, and was
a sergeant in Captain Ichabod Dexter's company. September 28,
1777, he re-enlisted and served in Colonel Nathan Sparhawk's
regiment with the Northern Army at the reduction of Burgoyne.
He died in his native town and the stone marking his grave in the
old cemetery bears this inscription:

Stephen Stratton


March 31, 1814

aged 71

By its side is a stone to the memory of Mrs. Martha Stratton,
wife of Colonel Stephen Stratton, who died November 15, 1810,
aged 66 years.

Children: — Born in Athol.

-55 Hannah, 5 b. 1767; m. Benjamin Fairbanks, 1787.

+ 56 Nathaniel, 5 b. 1770. See Vol. II.

+ 57 Levi, 5 b. 1772; d. 1821. See Vol. II.

-59 Nancy, 5 b. 1774; d. 1810.

+ 59 Abner, 5 b. 1776; d. 1852. See Vol. II.

-60 Stephen, 5 b. 1778; d. aged 6 years.

-61 Ezra, 5 b. 1781; moved to Vermont.

-62 Stephen, 5 b. 1783; d. aged 18 years. John Stratton of Watertown 195

+ 63 Harvey, 5 b. 1781. See Vol. II.

-64 Martha, 5 b. 1785; m. Luther Lord of Athol.

34. Peleg Stratton 4 (James, 3 Thomas, 2 John *) was born in
1748. He lived in Athol, on land inherited from his father. He
was with his brother Stephen at the reduction of Burgoyne. In
his native town he was noted for his wit and humor, and many
stories are told by his descendants of his humorous sayings and
readiness in repartee; also of his love of music. He married
Elizabeth Kendall, daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Evans)
Kendall. Lieutenant Samuel Kendall, father of Jesse, was one of
the "five first settlers" of Athol in 1734. He served in the French
and Indian War, was a man of great activity and enterprise, and
one of the influential men among the early settlers.

Peleg died in 1833, aged 85 years.

Children: — Born in Athol.

-65 Deborah, 5 b. 1770; m. Samuel Morse.

-66 William, 5 b. 1773; d. in childhood.

+ 67 Abel, 5 b. 1775; d. 1829. See Vol. II.

-68 Elizabeth, 5 b. 1778; m. William Townsend, 1805.

+69 Peleg, 5 b. 1781 ; d. 1860. See Vol. II.

-70 Jesse, 5 b. 1783; d. aged 4 years.

+ 71 David, 5 b. 1786; d. 1853. See Vol. II.

+ 72 Jesse, 5 b. 1789; d. 1864. See Vol. II.

+ 73 Andrew, 5 b. 1791 ; d. 1848. See Vol. II.

-74 James, 5 b. 1795; d. in Hillsboro, Ga., in 1825; unm.

+ 75 Asa Evans, 5 b. 1798; d. 1877; settled in the South in 1819.
See Vol. II.

39. David Stratton 4 (David, 3 Thomas, 2 John *) was born in
Waltham, December 26, 1742; married Dinah (Wheeler?) about
1769. For two or three years following their marriage they lived
in Stow, and then settled in Bolton, Mass., where he was a
farmer.* His name appears upon the Lexington Alarm Rolls,

* The plantation between Concord and Lancaster at first bore the Indian
name "Pompossitticut," and in 1683 was established as Stow. Bolton was
a part of Lancaster until June 24, 1738. The bounds between Stow and
Marlboro were not established until 1783. Parts of the original plantation
were later included in the towns of Sudbury, Harvard, Boxboro and Hudson —
and in all these towns Stratton records have been found. 196 A Book of Strattons

April 19, 1776, in Colonal Asa Whitcomb's regiment. He died in
Bolton in 1819, aged 77 years. His will is in the probate office at

Children : — Births recorded in Stow.

-76 John, 5 b. Oct. 31, 1770 (further data desired).

-77 Lydia, 5 b. Feb. 25, 1772; d. unm.
Births recorded in Bolton.

-78 Lucy, 5 b. 1773; m. Hooker Sawyer in Marlboro, 1795;
called "dearly beloved daughter" in her father's will.

-79 Anna, 5 b. 1778.

-80 Susannah, 5 b. 1780; m. Stephen Stow.

+81 Isaac, 5 b. 1782. See Vol. II.

-82 Elizabeth, 5 b. 1784; m. Thomas Carr.

-83 Achsah, 5 b. May, 1786; d. in Bolton, July 28, 1786; never

-84 Mary, 5 b. 1788; m. Timothy Goodale of Marlboro.

-85 Levina, 5 b. 1790.

41. Jonas Stratton 4 (David, 3 Thomas, 2 John *) was born in
Waltham, July 14, 1746. Some time before 1770 he bought land
in Stow and settled there. He was a Revolutionary soldier in 1777,
and again in the summer of 1778, in Captain Nathan Sergeant's
company stationed at Winter Hill. By trade he was a carpenter.
March 15, 1770, he married Anna Barnard of Bolton, who was
born February 6, 1755. He died March 14, 1797.

Children: — Born in Stow, Mass.

-86 Lois, 5 b. July 24, 1771.

+87 Lewis, 5 b. 1773; d. 1851. See Vol. II.

+88 Sewell, 5 b. 1775; d. 1830. See Vol. II.

-89 Mary, 5 b. Nov. 24, 1780.

+90 John, 5 b. July 12, 1782. See Vol. II.

-91 Abigail, 5 b. Mar. 20, 1785.

-92 Anna, 5 b. Mar. 13, 1788.

+93 Jonas, 5 b. Oct. 10, 1791. See Vol. II.

+94 David, 5 b. May 5, 1794. See Vol. II.

-95 Barnard, 5 b. Aug. 25, 1796.

-96 Lydia, 5 b. Aug. 25, 1797 (twin).

Of the above sons more information is desired concerning John,
Jonas, David and Barnard. Joseph Stratton of Waltham 197

Strattons of Waltham and Weston

On the records at Watertown (later Waltham) and Weston
appear, in 1717 and 1738, the names of two Strattons of whose
parentage proof is yet lacking, although long and faithful search
has been made for the same — Joseph Stratton of Waltham and
Jonathan Stratton of Weston.

That they belong to one or the other of the two Watertown
lines (Samuel, 1 or John *) there is no shadow of a doubt.*

Bond, and other recognized authorities, supposed them to be
the sons of Joseph Stratton 3 of Marlboro. Original papers at Cam-
bridge prove that they do not belong to the Marlboro branch, f

Joseph 3 (John, 2 Samuel *) had two sons, Joseph and Jonathan,
but they are fully accounted for on pages 169, 177 and 178. Jo-
seph, Jr., of Marlboro evidently left no descendants (page 177),
while the children of his brother Jonathan 4 are fully traced.
Also, see Jonathan, 4 son of Samuel, on page 170.

On the following pages is shown all that has thus far been found
concerning these two men. The search for further data concerning
them has been most thorough; still it is not impossible that among
unindexed and unclassified material in Cambridge Court Files,
or elsewhere, may yet be found some record which will prove their
places on the Stratton "genealogical tree."


(See Chart I)

On the "Second Book for the Registry of Births, Deaths and
Marriages for the town of Watertown" is this entry: "Joseph

* It might be well to recall here, that the house of Samuel Stratton * (in-
herited by his son John 2 and John's children) was in the eastern precinct of
Watertown, a part of which later became Cambridge; while the house of John
Stratton 1 was in the west precinct. In 1708 a "heap of stones" on the land
of John Stratton was on the dividing line between Watertown proper and
Watertown farms — later Weston. See Watertown Records, Vol. II, p. 183.

t The writer has found nothing to prove any relationship between Joseph
of Waltham and Jonathan of Weston, but there was certainly very close in-
timacy between their families, and their homes were not far apart. 198 A Book of Strattons

Stratton and Sarah Hager both of Watertown wer Married by-
Mr. Samuel Angier, a minister of the Gosple in S d Town, June 14th

1717." No record of his birth has
A jfm.^.1 been found, but the record of his

Ljtij-ln * XEYtLbVK/ age at the time of his death shows

that he was born about 1690, hence
was about 27 years old at the time
of his marriage. By trade he was a cordwainer, and deeds show
that Joseph Stratton, cordwainer, bought land in Watertown
in 1716-20-22-24. At a town meeting held in Watertown, March
6, 1726, he was chosen constable. To this office he was again
chosen in 1727-30-31. In 1732 he was chosen tithing-man. In
this same year (March 6) he bought a piece of land of John Sto-
well, paying £149 for it, and March 21, 1743, he bought of Joseph
Mansfield still another tract, of seven acres, for which he paid £99.
These two tracts joined the land he already owned and were
bounded on the south by the town way, and were in Waltham.

Sarah Hager, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Hager, was bap-
tized in Watertown "ye 24th of May, 1691." Samuel was son of
William and Mary (Bemis) Hager, and was born in Watertown,
March 20, 1645.

To Joseph and Sarah Stratton seven children were born. The

births of none of them are recorded in Watertown until 1730-1,

when the births of the first six were recorded at one time, on page

73, of the " Second Book for the Registry of Births," etc.

Children: — Probably born in Watertown.

-2 Elizabeth, b. June 12, 1718; m. Samuel Harrington; d. in

-3 Sarah, b. Mar. 6, 1720; m. 1st, Shubaal Child, Jr., of Wes-
ton, Feb. 11, 1744; he was killed in war, Apr. 17, 1748;
she m. 2d, John Hager, June 6, 1757.*
-4 Lydia, b. July 22, 1722; m. Jonathan Hammond (his

second wife), May 1, 1750.
-5 Jemima (twin), b. Feb. 13, 1725; m. Joseph Garfield of

Weston, May 19, 1748.
-6 Kezia, b. Feb. 13, 1725; m. John Merick of Weston, May 19,
1748. (Notice this "double wedding" of the twins.)

* A daughter of Sarah (Stratton) and Shubaal Child, Jr., married Jonathan
Stratton, Jr.. of Weston, in 1768. Joseph Stratton of Waltham 199

-7 Joseph, b. Apr. 25, 1729; d. Oct. 17, 1750; unm.
+ 8 Benjamin, b. 1732.

It will be noticed that the eldest son, Joseph, Jr., died at the
age of twenty-one years. He was buried in Grove Hill Cemetery,
Waltham, where a stone stands to his memory.

In 1754, Joseph and Sarah entered into an agreement with their
only living son, Benjamin, whereby he was to have charge of the
homestead, and of several tracts of land "to improve on shares,
and to conduct himself in every respect in such a suitable manner
relating to the premises, as to render himself a comfort & blessing
to his aged parents, the said Joseph and Sarah, and that their
lives may be made comfortable to them, which is the thing pro-
posed in the transaction between the said Joseph and Benjamin,
the father and son." This agreement was made May 7, 1754, and
recorded February 5, 1760. November 26, 1770, Joseph, "being
aged and weak in body" made his will. This will mentions his
wife Sarah, the five daughters named above, and son Benjamin.
He lived six years after making this will. In Grove Hill Cemetery,
Waltham, stand two gravestones with these inscriptions:
Joseph Stratton died March 10, 1776
in 86 th yr.
Sarah, wife of Joseph Stratton
died Feb. 8, 1771 in 80 th year.

8. Benjamin Stratton (Joseph) was born in Watertown,
May 19, 1732. He married Hepsebah Stearns, daughter of John
Stearns, February 2, 1764. She was born in Watertown, No-
vember 12, 1741. Benjamin lived on the home farm in Waltham
until September 7, 1778 — two years after the death of his father —
when he sold this homestead (40 acres, with dwelling house and
barn) to Leonard Williams of Waltham, for $1,200. Four months
later, December 2, 1778, he bought two tracts of land (80 acres) in
Newton and went there to live. This land joined the land of John
Stratton (son of John, 4 John, 3 John, 2 Samuel a )of Cambridge Village.

The following year, 1779, Benjamin Stratton of Newton sold
of John Stratton of Cambridge, for £500, seven acres of land in
Waltham, "together with the privilage for him and his heirs and
assignees to pass and repass through the said Benjamin's other
land as the path now is, with sleds, carts, &c." The boundaries 200 A Book of Strattons

show that this is the same seven acres of land that Benjamin's
father, Joseph, bought in 1743.

On the same date, November 30, 1779, John Stratton sold to
Benjamin Stratton for £600, eleven acres in Newton joining the
land Benjamin had bought in 1778. On January 14, 1785, Benja-
min sold the remainder of his land in Waltham to Isaac Gleason,
for £130, "excepting the privilage that I have heretofore granted
to the aforesaid John Stratton of passing across the premises." *

In all these deeds Hepsibah Stratton signs "in token of her

Children: — Born in Waltham.

- 9 Lydia, b. Feb. 9, 1765; m. Nicholas Thwing, son of John
Thwing, May 20, 1790. He was a Revolutionary sol-
dier, in 1780.
-10 Mariana, m. Samuel Lawson of Weston, Apr. 27, 1785, in

-11 Sarah, m. Isaac Coolage, Jr., Apr. 27, 1796.
-12 Lois, bapt. Feb. 16, 1772; d. in Newton "a single woman"

in 1773.
+ 13 Joseph, bapt. May 14, 1775. See Vol. II.
+ 14 John, for whom Samuel Lawson was appointed guardian
in 1793. See Vol. II.

Benjamin was a Revolutionary soldier, from Waltham, at Lex-
ington, April 19, 1776. He died in Newton, where an inventory of
his estate was made December 14, 1791. The estate was assigned
to Joseph, eldest son, of Roxbury on condition that he settle
with his brothers and sisters. November 1, 1796, he sold the es-
tate to Nicholas Thwing for $2,000 — 30 acres, and 3 acres with
dwelling house — "it being the whole of the estate that my late
honored father died seized of," and paid his brothers and sisters
$441.72 each.


(See Chart J)
Jonathan Stratton of Weston and Dinah Bemis of Waltham
had their "intentions of marriage" published, October 15, 1738.

* In these land dealings between Benjamin Stratton and John Stratton
there is nothing to indicate relationship between them, nor any particular
intimacy between their families. Jonathan Stratton of Weston 201

They were married in Waltham the first day of the following month
by Rev. Warham Williams. Dinah, daughter of Joseph and
Elizabeth (Peirce) Bemis was born in Watertown, April 23, 1718.*

In 1743 Jonathan bought 40 acres of land in Weston, paying
£205 for it. This land was in the northwestern part of the
town, near the Lincoln line. From this date until 1774 he bought
other tracts of land adjoining his first purchase, amounting in
all to about 400 acres. In the first deeds he calls himself
"Jonathan Stratton, housewright." After 1763 he is styled
"Jonathan Stratton, Gentleman."

In 1757-9, he was in the French and Indian War, enlisting in
Captain Elisha Jones' company, and being "returned from Lake
George with Col. Nicholas" in 1759. In 1762 he was in a company
of militia and is called "Lieutenant" in the town records. In
1767-9 he was one of the selectmen of Weston. He was at Lex-
ington, April 19, 1776, under Captain Samuel Lawson.

By trade he was a carpenter and housewright. f His name
appears often on the town records, and he was evidently a man of
energy and enterprise. His land deal in 1774 includes 70 acres, a
mansion house and other buildings, then known as the Allen place,
situated on the road (now Concord Street) a little southeast of
his first purchase in Weston. Before 1782 he had moved into this
"mansion house," and had turned his former home over to his
sons Isaac and Elisha. Here he spent the remainder of his long
life, and at his death gave this homestead to his youngest son,
John, whom he made sole executor of his will, dated January 24,
1794. John, however, lived but a few weeks after the death of his
father, and the will was executed by Joseph Russell (a neighbor,
and a brother of Elisha Stratton's wife), who was also executor of
John's will.

* Joseph was a son of John and Mary (Harrington) Bemis of Watertown.
John was son of Joseph and Sarah Bemis, and brother of Mary who married
William Hager. Elizabeth was daughter of Joseph and Martha Peirce.

t At a town meeting, May 30, 1767, the town "paid Lieut. Jonathan Strat
ton for 38 days work on the meeting house at 4/ per day, and his son Jona-
than jr for 17 days at 3/ per day." 202 A Book of Strattons

This homestead was long a landmark in Weston, remaining
in the family four generations.

The old " mansion house " was taken down by George Dunn, who
married Isabella Viles, whose mother, Abigail (wife of David
Viles) was a daughter of John Stratton. In its place was built a
new house, which is still standing, in the construction of which
some parts of the old mansion house were used.*

Mr. Dunn sold the place to John Ford, owner of the Youths'
Companion, who built a larger house at a little distance from the
Dunn house. The heirs of Mr. Ford sold the estate to Mr. Grant
Walker of Boston who has altered and improved the house and

Among the voters taxed in Weston in 1793, are:

Lieutenant Jonathan Stratton £28

Daniel Stratton 27

Lieutenant Isaac Stratton 26

Elisha Stratton 20

The following year Jonathan is not taxed, while John, who
paid no tax in 1793, is taxed £28, showing that Jonathan had
practically turned over all his real estate to his sons. This is
shown, too, by deeds of gift made by him at various times.

In 1782 Jonathan paid one poll tax.f In 1797 Isaac, Elisha and
John paid for one poll each, Daniel for two polls, and Jonathan is
put down on the list for one poll, "not taxable." % Again, on a
tax list dated October 21, 1801, is: "Jonathan Stratton, one poll,
not taxable." This is the last mention found of him. The citation
to his widow and heirs is dated October 13, 1702. He must have
died between these two dates. The inventory of his estate is
dated December 3, and his will was proved in court December 8,
1802. The most thorough search has failed to find any record of
his death, or of Dinah's death. §

* At what date this mansion house was built, it is impossible to determine.
The Aliens were in Watertown as early as 1664 and their house was then in
that part of the town which was set off as Weston.

t The compiler has found no later date of a poll tax from Jonathan Stratton,
but the tax lists for several years at this period are incomplete.

J A man paid poll tax for his sons from 16 to 21 years of age. At 80 years he
was exempted from paying a poll tax for himself.

§ It will be noticed that the will says he was "advanced in age and under
the decays of nature." We know he lived seven years after the making of Jonathan Stratton of Weston 203

Jonathan and Dinah "owned ye covenant" and were admitted
into church membership at Weston, February 25, 1739, and in
this church their twelve children were baptized.

Children: — Born in Weston.

- 2 Lucy, b. Mar. 10, 1739; d. 1802; m. Daniel Livermore, Jr.,

Nov. 25, 1756.

- 3 Mary, b. 1740; d. 1742.

- 4 Mary, b. Dec. 20, 1742; d. 1832; m. 1st, William Bond,

1761; 2d, Bezaleel Flagg.

- 5 Beulah, b. Jan. 17, 1745; d. in Washington, N. H.; m.

Mar. 14, 1764, Solomon Jones, son of Moses and

Hannah (Bemis) Jones. He was a Revolutionary

+ 6 Jonathan, b. 1746; d. 1819.
+ 7 Daniel, b. 1748; d. 1816.
+ 8 Isaac, b. 1751; d. 1823.
+ 9 Elisha, b. 1753; d. 1817.
-10 Sarah, bapt. Aug. 24, 1755; m. Apr. 13, 1778, Benjamin

Cleveland "belonging to the Service of the United

States." Weston Records.* He served seven years

in the Revolution.
-11 Elizabeth, b. Sept. 25, 1757; d. Mar. 13, 1835; m. Joseph

Seaverns, son of Samuel and Sarah Seaverns, May 4,

+ 12 John, b. 1760; d. 1802.
- 13 Braddyll, b. May 2, 1762 ; d. aged 3 yrs.


In the Name of God Amen. I Jonathan Stratton of Weston
in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

this will. There seems no way of determining his age. Daniel Kendall pub-
lished in 1813 a "bill of mortality" in which he states that there died in Wes-
ton between 1783 and 1813, twelve persons who were "90 and upwards";
three who were "95 and upwards" and one (a woman) who was "102, less
2 weeks." He does not give the names of these people.

* This is one of the earliest uses of the words "United States" in town
records. — Weston Records. 204 A Book of Strattons

Gentleman, being advanced in Age & under the decays of Nature
but of perfect Mind and Memory, thanks be given to God: bearing
in Mind the Mortality of the Body, and knowing it is appointed
for all Men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and
Testament, that is to say, Principally and first of all, I give and
recommend my Soul into the Hands of God who gave it and my
Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian burial
at the discretion of my Executor nothing doubting but at the
general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty
Power of God. And as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith
it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, after paying my just
Debts and funeral Charges, I give, devise, and dispose of the same
in the following manner and form — viz

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to Dinah my beloved Wife, (in
case she does not take her Right of Dower out of my Estate) as
follows, viz, the use of the Easterly half of my dwelling House
(commonly called the Allen House) for her to live in, and a full,
comfortable and convenient supply of firewood, Food, Drink,
Cloathing Medicine and Attendance as shall be necessary for Her,
both in Health and Sickness: likewise the use and disposal of
my Household Furniture (except my Desk) Also the use and
disposal of my Books, and wearing Aparel, and to have a decent
Christian burial at her decease, at the charge and Discretion of
my Executive herein after named, And if the said Dinah doth
not dispose of said Furniture, Books and Clothing, it is my Will
and pleasure, that my Books and Wearing Aparel, be equally
divided among my sons, and the Furniture to be equally divided
among the Daughters hereinafter named after said Dinah's de-

Item. I give to my beloved Son Jonathan Stratton and to my
beloved Daughters Lucy Livermore, Mary Flagg, Sarah Cleave-
land and Elizabeth Seaverns, to each of them, severally the
sum of Forty Shillings, to be paid at the expiration of one
year after my decease, which with what they have severally re-
ceived out of my Estate in my Lifetime, is their portion thereof

Item. I give to my beloved son Daniel Stratton, my Carpenter
Tools, now in his possession, also a promisary note of hand by
him subscribed promising to me to pay twenty-five Pounds, 4/
with Interest, on demand dated October 10 th A. D. 1793. likewise Jonathan Stratton of Weston 205

my Horse Stable, standing near the Public Meeting House in said
Weston, upon the South Side of the great Road.

Item. I give unto my beloved Daughter Beulah Jones, a Note of

Hand, Subscribed by her Husband Solomon Jones, promising to
pay me, or my Order thirteen Pounds, with Interest, dated March
21 rt 1786. I likewise give to said Beulah the sum of ten Shillings,
to be paid in one year after my decease.

Item. I give unto my beloved sons Isaac Stratton, and Elisha
Stratton, the Southerly part of the Land I purchased of John
Walker (commonly called Pine Wood Pasture), to the Squadron
line which runs West and East, until it comes to the Wall thence
by the Wall and Fence as it now Stands to Separate the upland
from the Meadow: it being the same Pasture which they have
improved several years last past. I likewise give to the said
Isaac and Elisha two thirds parts of my Lands lying upon the
eastside of Cherry Brook (so called) upon the North Side of the
Town Way, and two thirds parts of my Lands lying upon both
sides, of said Brook, lying upon the South side of said Road,
(being the Lands which I purchased of Braddyll Smith, Esq r and
William Bond) except as in hereinafter excepted and reserved
respecting Wood. I moreover give to the said Isaac and Elisha
one half of my large Stable, built for a Chaise Stable, near the
north westerly corner of the Public Meeting House in Weston

Item. I give to John Cleaveland his Victuals and Cloaths, while
he shall live with, and wait upon my Wife aforesaid, and if he
arrives at the Age of twenty-one years, I give him a Cow, a Sheep
and a Lamb for his own Use and Benefit.

Item. I give to my beloved son John Stratton the remainder of
my Real Estate, viz. The Allen Farm (so called) which I purchased
of Isaac Searl (except reserving a Way across a part of it for
Elisha Stratton and his Heirs to pass and repass to the hither
Meadow so called), as also the Northerly part of the Land I pur-
chased of John Walker aforesaid : likewise the Jones Brook Meadow
(so called), lying Chiefly upon the West side of the aforeside
Brook and the North side of the aforesaid Road: Moreover I
give the said John the other third part of my Lands I purchased
of Braddyll Smith Esq r and William Bond aforesaid, to whom I
have herein before given to Isaac and Elisha aforesaid and I re- 206 A Book of Strattons

serve to the said John, the Privilidge of Cutting Wood upon any
part of last mentioned Lands for the support of one Fire during
the terme of the natural Life of Dinah my Wife aforesaid. I also
give to the said John the half of my large Stable by the Public
Meeting House aforesaid, the said Stable to be improved and
enjoyed the one half by Isaac & Elisha, and their Heirs, and the
other half by the said John and his Heirs. And if the Land afore-
said wherein the said Isaac, Elisha and John are joint Sharers, to
be equally devided among them or their Heirs in one year after
my decease; respect being had to the reservation aforesaid upon
the condition aforesaid relative to the Woods being cut thereon.
I like wise give to the said John Stratton, my whole stock of Cattle,
my farming and husbanding tools, which I have not disposed of
in my lifetime. Also my Credits & my Desk, at the decease of
my Wife.

And I do hereby Constitute and appoint John Stratton aforesaid,
my Sole Executor to this my last Will and Testament. And I
hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other
former Wills, Testaments, Legacies and Bequests and Executors
by me in any ways before named Willed and Bequeathed, ratifying
and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this
twenty-fourth day of January A. D. One Thousand seven hundred
and ninety four.

Jonathan Stratton seal.

Signed, sealed, Published, Pronounced and Declared by the
said Jonathan Stratton, as his last Will and Testament in the
Presence of us who in his presence have hereunto Subscribed our

Josiah Biglow, Grace Biglow, Joseph Russell.

The foregoing will was presented for probate December 8 th 1802,
by Joseph Biglow Russell, the executor having lately deceased,
and present were Josiah Bigelow, Joseph Russell and Grace Bige-
low, the witnesses.

The papers of this estate are in Docket 15621, Middlesex Co.,
Mass., Probate Office, East Cambridge, and recorded in Vol. 92,
pp. 345-348. Jonathan Stratton of Weston 207

To the Hon ble Oliver Prescott Esq 1 Judge of Probate for the
County of Middlesex.

Where as I the Subscriber am nominated Sole & Executor in
the last Will and Testament of Jonathan Stratton, late of Weston
in said County, Gentleman, deceased, to execute said Will, and
Where as I am in a poor State of Health, these are to request your
Honour to authorize and empower Joseph Russell of said Weston
to carry the same into effect.

John Stratton.
Weston Nov. 2, 1802.

Attest, Nath 1 Allen,

Alpheus Biglow.

6. Jonathan Stratton (Jonathan) was born in Weston,
March 8, 1746. Nothing more is known of him until he is twenty-
two years old, when we find these two entries on the Weston Town

"The Intentions of Marriage Between Jonathan Stratton jun r
and Sarah Child Both of Weston Were Entered, august 21 8t ,

"Jonathan Stratton ju r & Sarah Child Both of Weston Were
Joyned in marriage by the Rev r M r Sam 11 Woodward minister
of the Gospel in Weston Sep' 20, 1768."

Sarah Child was a daughter of Shubaal, Jr., and Sarah (Stratton)
Child and was born in January, 1747. Her mother was the second
daughter of Joseph Stratton of Waltham (See Chart I), and her
father was son of Shubaal and Abigail (Hartwell) Child — one of
the oldest families of Weston.

Jonathan, like his father, was a carpenter, as well as a farmer.
March 4, 1776, he enlisted as a soldier in the Revolution and was
with Captain Jonathan Fisk's company at Dorchester Heights.
September 3, 1777, he sold to his brother, Daniel Stratton, 99 acres
of land in Weston, "it being the interest of his wife in the Child
estate." February 7, 1778, he was paid £15 for his services in
the town's quota of men.

A few months later he removed from Weston to the Narragan-
sett plantation in Worcester County, Mass. From this plantation
the new town of Gerry (name changed to Phillipston in 1814) 208 A Book of Strattons

was formed in 1786, and Jonathan Stratton, Jr., was one of its
first selectmen. He bought land here, and the deeds of Worcester

County show that for the next

ii r sftij quarter of a century he dealt

d(?\AAf\A/t\ ^ifitLtwiJ ^ mte extensively in real estate

Q in that section, and was a man

of enterprise and business
ability. He died in Phillipston, December 1, 1819, aged 73
years. Sarah lived to the age of 98 years and 6 months, dying
August 23, 1846, in Phillipston.*
Children: — Born in Weston.

+ 14 Shubael Child, b. 1768; d. 1816. See Vol. II.
-15 Sarah, b. Oct. 20, 1770; m. William Rice, Dec. 5, 1797.
+ 16 Braddyll, b. 1772; d. 1826. See Vol. II.
-17 Relief, b. May 25, 1774; m. George Howe of Petersham,

- 18 Lucy, b. Nov. 7, 1778; d. Oct. 31, 1779.

Born in Gerry (now Phillipston) .
+ 19 Jonathan, b. 1780; d. 1844. See Vol. II.
+ 20 Isaac, b. 1783; d. 1854. See Vol. II.
+ 21 Nathan, b. 1784; d. 18—. See Vol. II.
-22 Mary, b. Oct. 10, 1786.
-23 Susan, b. Jan. 17, 1789; d. Oct. 14, 1817.

7. Daniel Stratton (Jonathan) was born May 9, 1748. Like
his father he was a carpenter and housewright, as well as a farmer.
By his father's will Daniel is to have "all my Carpenter's tools."
He seems to have been a man of much energy and enterprise.
Repeatedly he was taxed for his "faculty" (income from his
trade). In 1772 he had £80 out at interest and was paying a tax
on real estate. In 1777 he bought 99 acres of land with buildings,
of his brother Jonathan, Jr., and paid £456. 13s. 2d. for the same.
With his father and brother Elisha he responded to the "Lexing-
ton Alarm" on the eventful April 19, 1775. In 1798 Daniel Strat

* A great-granddaughter who remembers her well, writes the compiler (in
1900), that she was a woman of remarkable activity and mental ability, and
that she retained her memory and cheerful disposition to the last year of her
long life. Jonathan Stratton of Weston 209

ton, owner and occupant, paid taxes on, 1 house and 1 acre of
land, also 99 acres, also 13 acres, in Weston, and for 2 polls.

October 30, 1775, he married Martha Fuller of Newton. They
were married in Waltham.* Their intentions of marriage had been
published in Weston, August 19. Daniel and his brother John
were " Independents " and were not taxed for the minister. Daniel
died October 13, 1816, and a stone stands to his memory in the
Central Burying Ground in Weston. Martha died October 8,
1820, aged 65 years.

Children: — Born in Weston.

+ 24 Daniel, b. 1777; d. 1837. See Vol II.

-25 Elizabeth, b. Nov. 24, 1778; d. in Philadelphia 1846; m.
Jeddo Thayer of Roxbury, son of Lieut. Jeddo Thayer
of Waltham.

-26 Martha, b. July 31, 1780; d. Nov. 13, 1828; m. Henry
Coggin of Natick, Apr. 11, 1813.

-27 Nancy (twin), b. July 31, 1780; m. Robert Fiske of Wal-
tham, 1801.

+28 Josiah, b. 1782; d. 1865. See Vol. II.

+29 Dana, b. 1784; d. 1850. See Vol. II.

-30 Samuel, b. Dec. 5, 1787; d. unm.? Not living in 1834.

-31 Myranda, b. May 1, 1790; m. Enoch Jones, Apr. 1, 1810.

-32 Sarah, b. June 24, 1794; d. unm. July 25, 1834.

-33 Dorcas, b. Aug. 23, 1796; m. Frances Garfield, May 10,

+34 Calvin, b. 1798; d. 1823. See Vol. II.

8. Isaac Stratton (Jonathan) was born in Weston, June 26,
1751, and baptized by Rev. Seth Storer, July 21. He married
"in the church" at Weston, February 10, 1784, Sarah Jones,
daughter of Nathan and Sarah (Seaverns) Jones, who was born in
Weston, March 1, 1760. Nathan was a son of Elisha and Mary
Jones, and brother of Nathum Jones of Weston. Sarah Seaverns
was daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Seaverns.

Isaac was lieutenant of a company of militia. In 1774 this com-
pany seemed to think they were Tories, and they organized to

* Waltham records give October 30 as the date of this marriage, while the
returns from Waltham to Weston give October 2. 210 A Book of Strattons

fight for the king. Later, the committee of the town presented
the Massachusetts Provincial Congress with the signed recantation
of the whole company, dated April 7, 1775. The blame was laid
(and was probably due) upon the smooth tongue of the man who
organized the company, and Congress agreed to accept the
excuse, provided the town committee kept an eye upon said

In 1798, as shown by the tax receipts of Weston, Isaac and
Elisha Stratton were "owners and occupants" of a house and lot
in Weston, and were paying taxes on 99 acres, 80 perches of land
valued at $2,000. This house was ona" turn of the Great Road "
(now Concord Street), in the northwestern part of the town.
Isaac died January 23, 1823.

Children :

-35 Louisa, b. Dec. 9, 1786; d. 1870; m. June 1, 1806, Cyrus
Russell, son of Joseph and Susannah (LTpham) Russell,
b. Dec. 17, 1784. Joseph was son of Thomas and
Hepsibeth (Nichols) Russell of Watertown.

+ 36 Nahum, d. in Richmond, Va. See Vol. II.

-37 Elizabeth, d. young.

+ 38 Henry, b. 1792; d. 1874. See Vol. II.

-39 Mary, m. Woodbury Hill, May 25, 1815; d. in Holderness,
N. H.

-40 Martha, b. 1797; d. Jan. 1, 1859; m. Samuel Smith, May
27, 1819.

-41 Priscilla, m. Daniel Burns of Keene, N. H., in 1818.

— 42 Louis, d. in Richmond, Va., and buried in the old ceme-
tery there; unm.

There were two other children, who died in infancy, in 1785 and
1786. The data of this family is mostly from private records.
The births of the children are not recorded in Weston, though
they were probably born there. The record of Isaac's death is on
the Weston town books.

9. Elisha Stratton (Jonathan) was the fourth son and was
born October 2, 1753. He was at Lexington, April 19, 1776, in
Captain Samuel Lawson's company. He was lieutenant in a com-
pany of militia, and later is called "Colonel" in the town records.
September 18, 1776, he married Mehitable Russell, daughter of Jonathan Stratton of Weston 211

Thomas and Hepsibeth (Nichols) Russell, who was born in Water-
town, April 21, 1756. Her name appears 1814 to 1818, as a mem-
ber of the "One Cent Society" of Weston. The one hundred
and twenty-five members of this early woman's missionary
society pledged themselves to contribute one cent a week for the
"support of missionaries and other instructors, and purchase
Bibles and other useful books for the poor and destitute." Feb-
ruary 22, 1794, at a church meeting "to know the mind of the
church whether they will in any respect alter the terms on which
one may be admitted to membership," it was decided to appoint
a committee of five "to examine into the whole business, and re-
port at a future day." One of this committee was Elisha Stratton.

Both Elisha and Mehitable are buried in the Central Burying
Ground in Weston. A stone marks each grave.

Children: — Born in Weston.

-43 Susan, b. Oct. 7, 1780; d. 1864; m. Joseph Cheney of

+ 44 Thomas, b. 1782; d. 1857. See Vol. II.

+ 45 Charles, b. 1785; d. 1817. See Vol. II.

-46 Harriet, b. Jan. 4, 1790; d. Oct. 27, 1846; m. Jonathan F.
Hurd of East Sudbury in 1815.

+ 47 Elisha, b. 1795; d. 1854. See Vol. II.

+48 George, b. 1798; d. 1852. See Vol. II.

12. John Stratton (Jonathan) was baptized in Weston,
January 13, 1760, by Rev. Samuel Woodward. He was next to
the youngest son, his younger brother, Braddyll, dying in child-
hood, and his older brothers having settled in homes of their
own. John lived at the homestead and cared for his parents in
their old age. He married, March 2, 1785, Abigail Russell, daugh-
ter of Thomas and Hepsibeth (Nichols) Russell, a sister of his
brother Elisha's wife.

By his father's will the homestead was given to John, but he
lived only a short time after his father's death.* His own will
was made November 15, 1802, and his death occurred the same
day. Joseph Russell, his wife's brother, was his executor. April 5,
1806, his widow married Seth Babcock of Weston.

* In the inventory of the personal property of Jonathan, senior, mention is
made of "the maple desk" which in his will is given to his son John. 212 A Book of Strattons

Children: — Born in Weston.

-49 Abigail, b. Oct. 28, 1791; d. Aug. 7, 1868; m. Apr. 5, 1821,

David Viles of Weston, who died July 26, 1872, aged

76 years.
There was also a child, who died December 4, 1785, aged 3
weeks, and an adopted son, William Stratton Moore.


(See Chart F)

"It is only shallow-minded pretenders, who either make distinguished origin a
matter of personal pride, or obscure origin a matter of personal reproach."

Daniel Webster.

ONE of the very early settlements on the James River above
Jamestown was "Henrico City," named in honor of Prince
Henry. It had but a short existence, but left its name upon
Henrico County. Later, Bermuda Hundred on the south side of
the James at the mouth of the Appomattox was settled by Sir
Thomas Dale. In 1631 a patent of land along the James was
granted to Thomas Pawlett. In 1645 a blockhouse, for the
protection of the settlers against the Indians, was built where
Richmond now stands. In the spring of 1674 the Virginia gov-
ernment gladly gave Captain William Byrd a liberal grant on
condition that he would settle thereon "fifty able-bodied men
to defend the nation." He built a strongly fortified house on the
brow of the hill, and a warehouse on the site now occupied by
the Exchange Hotel (Richmond). It was probably at this time
that the first Stratton came to Henrico County. Many new
settlers came at about this time, both from England and from
the eastern part of Virginia and settled on the rich lands along
the James. Many of the early records have been destroyed, and
but few old land marks in the vicinity of Bermuda Hundred are
left standing. The old burying ground, once a part of the Strat
ton farm, at Bermuda Hundred, and where, in all probability,
three generations of Edward Strattons were buried, was long ago
abandoned as a burial place. Only a few broken, half-buried and
almost wholly effaced stones mark the place. (See picture of
this burial place.) It is the desire of some of the descendants to
place here a small monument, or marker, with an appropriate
inscription, in memory of these long ago ancestors of our name. 213 214 A Book of Strattons

At just what date Edward Stratton a came to Henrico County
the writer has not been able to learn, but he was living in Bermuda
Hundred in that part of Henrico which later became Chesterfield
County, as early as 1674. He was then a man of at least thirty-
eight years of age, — hence born as early as 1633. The probabilities
are that he was a much older man.*

Of his first wife, the mother of his children, we know nothing. f
He married her before 1655, and she died before 1776. Some time
before 1679 he married Martha Snippy, widow of Thomas Shippy
of Bermuda Hundred. J She died about 1695, leaving a will dated
July 24, 1692. §

Some time between 1671 and 1676 Edward Stratton bought
287 acres of land at Bermuda Hundred. The land had been
granted to Martin Elam and by him conveyed to Stratton. Later,
this land was found "to escheat unto his majisty from John
Zouch, Esq.; but Col. William Byrd obtained an assignment of
said escheat and re-assigned it to Edward Stratton as per Wm.
Byrd's deed, July 1, 1681." || June 1, 1687, Edward Stratton,
for 15 pounds sterling, deeded one-half of this land to Thomas

* He may have been a son of Joseph Stratton 1 of James City, but as not
the slightest evidence of this has been found, he will be considered in this
volume as the first of his line in America.

It seems not unlikely that his ancestry may be found in Wiltshire, England.
Wills of the Edward Strattons of Wiltshire are found in the prerogative court
of Canterbury, and many inquisitions post-mortem on the Wiltshire line are
on record in London.

t The diary of Robert Thurston of Martin's Hundred, Va., indicates that
there was an early marriage between a Thurston and a Stratton. The Thurs-
tons were closely connected with the Gibbs family, early settlers in Virginia.
A further study of these families might reveal her ancestry.

X The Shippeys were among the very early settlers of this region. Thomas
Shippey, Sr., was granted 300 acres of land "about 3 miles above Curies on
Great Branch of Four Mile Creek," July 24, 1637.

§ Her sister, Mary — who was aged about 50 years in 1688, and was the wife
of Gilbert Piatt — was her executrix. The will mentions her children by
Thomas Shippey. Her daughter, Martha Shippey, married Edward Strat
ton, Jr.

|| This deed is thus recorded on the First Book of Deeds, Henrico County, p.
171: "Edward Stratton, planter, of Henrico Co. Deed for 287 acres from
William Byrd on south side James river. July 1, 1681. Consideration 1600
pounds Tobacco."

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April 27, 1686, Edward Stratton and Abel Gower were granted
489 acres of land in Henrico County "according to most ancient
bounds formerly granted to Geo. Browning." (Book 7, p. 508.)
This land was on the south side of the James, just north of the
mouth of the Appomattox River. This land in 1708 belonged to
his grandson Edward Stratton. 3

The will of Edward Stratton, Sr., dated December 1, 1688,
names only "my loving wife and my son Edward Stratton,
junior." His daughter, Rebecca, had probably had her portion
at the time of her marriage. If there were other children no
mention of them has been found. He died soon after the mak-
ing of this will, in which he refers to himself as being in a "sick
and weak condition."


+ 2 Edward, 2 b. 1655; d. 1698.

-3 Rebecca 2 legatee in her brother's will; m. Robert Newman.



In the Name of God Amen, I Edw d Stratton Sen r being in a
Sick weak condition doe make & ordain this my last will & testa-
ment in manner & form as followeth

First. I will & bequeath my Soul to Almighty God who gave
it hoping in his merceyes to receive full & free pardon & absolu-
tion & remission of all my sins, & my body to return to ye dust
from whence it came & to be buryed at ye discretion of my Exec"
hereafter named.

Imp re I bequeath to my loveing wife Martha ten pds. Sterling
& after my debts & funerall charges paid And fully satisfied.
All the rest of my estate Goods & Chattells to be divided into
three parts my wife to have one & my son to have the other two.
I make my son Edw d Stratton Jun 1 my Exec r of this my last
will & testam 1 whereunto I have sett my hand & seal this tweneth
fifth day of December 1688.

Signed & sealed in ye G 1 Elam

psence of hig

John Warsham Edw d E Stratton Sen r seal

Mary Piatt mark 216 A Book of Strattons

2. Edward Stratton 2 (Edward x ) was executor of his father's
will in 1688. He was born in 1655, as shown by depositions taken
at various times in Henrico County. He lived in Bermuda Hun-
dred. At the age of twenty-two years he had married Martha
Shippey, as shown by a deed of gift from Thomas Shippey to
"Edward Stratton, junior, and his wife, Martha, my daughter."
The deed is for a "tract of land and an island " in Henrico County.
This "tract of land" was probably the 46 acres in Bermuda
Hundred, containing the dwelling house where he lived and died.
The same is mentioned in his will. In 1717, his son, Edward
Stratton, 3 sold this land to Francis Epps, Esq, — "46 acres more
or less, excepting 6 foot square of land where my father is buried,"
— so reads the deed.

October 20, 1691, Edward Stratton and John Warsham were
granted 879 acres in Henrico County on the north side of Swift
Creek.* He also owned 150 acres south of this creek as shown
by a deed dated February 1, 1691. And in 1703, April 24, his
widow, Martha Stratton, " and others" were granted 4,000 acres
on the north side of Appomattox River, in Henrico County. His
will is dated August 27, 1698, and proved December 1st of the
same year. This will mentions his estate "both in England and
Virginia." When this will was made he was 43 years old and had
lived at Bermuda Hundred at least 27 years. f He died within a
few weeks after this will was made. His children married into
some of the prominent families of Henrico, Chesterfield and Prince
George Counties. His widow married John Brown of Henrico,
and died in 1721. His will mentions but one daughter, but in the
settlement of the estate, in Virginia, after the widow's death, the
five daughters are mentioned.

Children: — Born in Bermuda Hundred, Va.

-4 Martha, 3 m. George Cox, Oct. 22, 1697.

* The name of Warsham appears often in connection with the Strattons,
and it may be that the Warshams and Strattons were connected by an early
marriage of which no record has yet been found. Other names found in con-
nection with the Strattons of Henrico, are Wormach, Kendall, Gower, Epps,
Travers and Mosley. They were neighbors, and evidently friends, in Virginia.
They may have come from the same neighborhood in England.

t If he had an "estate" in England some administration or court proceed-
ing there might show it. It is hoped that further search may some time be
made. Edward Stratton of Bermuda Hundred 217

— 5 Mary, 3 m. William Batte of Prince George County, in 1704.
-6 Prudence, 3 m. Henry Anderson of Chesterfield, May 1,

4-7 Edward, 3 b. about 1679, ancestor of many Virginia Strat

tons of to-day.
-8 Elizabeth, 3 m. Thomas Chamberlain of Henrico County.
-9 Sarah, 3 m. Henry (?) Jones.



In the name of God Amen. I Edward Stratton of ye County
of Henrico being sick and weak in Body but of sound and perfect
memory doe make & ordaine this my last will and testamente in
manner & forme as f olloweth Viz :

First. I give & bequeath my soul to almighty god who gave
it, hoping through the meritts of my Saviour Jesus Christ to Re-
ceive full & free pardon for all my sins and my body to be buried
at ye descression of my Executrix hereafter named.

As touching my worldly estate I give as followeth.

Imprimess. I give to my son Edward Stratton all my lands,
I am possessed with, to him and his heirs forever only one half
of my dwelling house I give to my Loving wife during her widow-
hood. Likewise I give my son Edward Stratton my Negro man
Dick & my Negro boy Tom and the gun wch was left him by his

And further my desire is that my Son should have the benefitt
of his negroe Labors att the age of nineteen but not to sell or
dispose of either of them till ye age of twenty-one years: Like
wise I give him a mare & coalt which he calls his own.
Item. I give to my daughter Martha Cox ten pounds sterling.
Item. I give to my loving Sister Rebecka Newman a gown &
petty coate of thirty shillings price.

Item. I give to John Clyburn, junior, a hiefer with calf & a gun.
Item. I give my loving wife my negro man Jack and after my
debts are paid I give my Loving Wife all my Crop of Tobacco &
All the rest of my estate I give to my wife and children that are
with me. My Daughter Martha to have no more than the ten
pounds wch is before express 'd. 218 A Book of Strattons

And further my will is that my Estate which is to be divided
be delivered in kind as it now is, both in England and in Virginia.

I make my loving wife my whole and sole Execu't: of this my
last will and Testament. Revoaking all other wills by me made.

In witness where of I have here unto set my hand & seale this
27 th day of August— Anno Dom. 1698

Edward Stratton.
Signed in ye presence of

Rech'd Cooke junior

John Bowman

John Worsham

7. Edward Stratton 3 (Edward, 2 Edward x ) was born about
1679, and was less than 19 years of age when his father died.
He was an only son and by his father's will was given all the lands
that his father died "possessed with." Some time between 1703
and 1708 he married Anne Batte, daughter of Henry Batte of
Prince George County. From her father's estate she inherited
250 acres of land in Bristol Parish, Prince George County.

In 1708 and in 1717 Edward Stratton and wife Anne sold parts
of their estate at Bermuda Hundred. They were still living there,
however, in June, 1719, after which nothing has been found con-
cerning him.* It is not known at what date he died; but in 1749
his widow, Anne Stratton, made a deed conveying to her son,
William Stratton, land on the south side of the James River
"where the said Anne now dwelleth," and this is the latest men-
tion found of her. This land conveyed to William seems to have
been a part of the land which had belonged to the first Edward
Stratton in 1686, — the old Stratton homestead in Henrico (now
Chesterfield) County. It probably passed out of the hands of the
Strattons in the fourth generation.

Children: — Born in Bermuda Hundred.

-10 William, 4 living in Bermuda Hundred in 1749.

+ 11 Thomas, 4 from whom many descendants are fully traced
to the present generation.

It is not unlikely that there were other children.

* Diligent search has been made for his will, or any settlement of his estate —
thus far without success. Edward Stratton of Bermuda Hundred 219

How long William possessed the land conveyed to him by his
mother is not known. Tradition says he is the ancestor of un-
located Virginia Strattons of to-day. Proof is wanted.* Many
of the early records of Chesterfield and adjoining counties were
destroyed during the Civil War. Bermuda Hundred was the
scene of much fierce fighting. None of the Colonial houses were
left standing.

11. Thomas Stratton 4 (Edward, 5 Edward, 2 Edward 1 ) was
probably born in Bermuda Hundred about 1710-15. He was a
farmer and lived, after his marriage, on his farm in Dale Parish,
Chesterfield County, and was a man of some prominence in
that section. He owned several large tracts of land, one of
which was in Cumberland County, about 50 miles west of his

He was married before 1749, — possibly as early as 1730. His
wife, Elizabeth Elam, was the daughter of Robert Elam, Sr. t a
wealthy planter of Chesterfield.

In 1749 he sold 100 acres of land on the "south side of the
James" to William Womach. His wife joins him in this deed.
This was doubtless land which he inherited from his father and
was a part of the original Stratton estate at Bermuda Hundred.
He died in 1773-4. His will, made September 24, 1773, was
proved in court in January, 1774, by the two witnesses, Richard
Batte and Peter Elam.

Children: — Born in Dale Parish, Va.

— 12 Thomas, 5 executor of his father's will in 1773. Died be-

fore July, 1781. His will, made Nov. 26, 1775, names
only his two brothers, one sister and two sisters-in-law.
No wife is named in the settlement of his estate. He
probably died unmarried.

— 13 Nancy, 5 legatee in her brother's will in 1775.

+ 14 Henry, 5 settled in Bedford County, Va. See Vol. II.
+ 15 John, 5 settled in Cumberland (then Pawhatan) County,
Va. See Vol. II.

* Further information concerning William Stratton is very much desired.
Anyone having knowledge of him, or any clew to any descendants of his,
will confer a favor by communicating with the compiler. 220 A Book of Strattons


In the name of God. Amen. Sept. 24th, 1773.
I, Thomas Stratton, of the County of Chesterfield & parrish of
Dale, be at this time of sound mine & perfect memory, tho' weak
in body, do make and publish this to be my last Will & Testament,
in manner & form, &c, following:

I give unto my wife the land I do now live on, three Negroes,
Harry, Sarah & Will, five head of Cattle, one bay Colt, one Feather
Bed & furniture during her natural life.

I do give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas Stratton the
Tracts of Land I do live on after my Wife's death, one Negro boy
named Isaac, one feather Bed & furniture & all my stock to be
equally divided among my three sons Thomas, Henry & John
Stratton. I give & bequeath unto my son Henry Stratton a tract
of land lying on the (road) that goes from Bermuda Hundreds to
Osborns, & one negro boy named James & one feather Bed &
furniture. I give and bequeath unto my son John Stratton one
tract of land that lies in Cumberland County, formerly the prop-
erty of Abraham Womack, & one Negro boy named Joe, & one
bed & furniture.

And all the rest of my estate to be equally divided among them

I hereby nominate and appoint my son Thos. Stratton Executor
of this my last Will & Testament.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed
my seal.

Thos. Stratton.
Signed & sealed in presence of us:

Rich'd Batte.

Peter Elam.

14. Henry Stratton 5 (Thomas, 4 Edward, 3 Edward, 2 Ed-
ward a ) was born in Dale Parish, Chesterfield County, Va. In the
Revolutionary War he was a lieutenant in the naval service and
later drew a pension of land. Papers on file at Richmond show
that in 1779 and 1780 he advanced a considerable sum of money
to purchase necessary materials and provisions, and in discharg-
ing seamen's wages. On March 3, 1781, he settled his account Edward Stratton of Bermuda Hundred 221

with William Armstead, commercial agent for the Government,
whose certificate of that date acknowledges a balance due said
Stratton of £4,987, 2s., paper money. From his father he in-
herited a farm near Bermuda Hundred, and by his brother
Thomas's will he came into possession of the home farm in Dale
Parish. He married Sarah Hampton, and they became the
parents of thirteen children. Some years after their marriage
they removed to Bedford County, where 175 acres of land was
granted to Henry Stratton, on the south side of Goose Creek,
May 20, 1770. He died in the autumn of 1799. Both he and
his wife are buried in the old family cemetery, near Liberty,
Bedford County.

Children :

-16 Judith, 6 m. Henry Davis.

-17 Mary, 6 m. See.

-18 Martha, 6 d. before 1799.

+ 19 William, 6 m. Mary Haynes in 1793. See Vol. II.

+20 John Hampton, 6 m. Mary Ann Turner in 1788. See
Vol. II.

+21 Thomas, 6 m. Elizabeth Leftwich. See Vol. II.

-22 Henry, 6 legatee under father's will in 1799. (Further
data is desired.)

+23 Archibald, 6 m. Edna Dickinson in 1793. See Vol. II.

-24 Elizabeth, 6 m. Edward (?) Smith.

-25 Anna, 6 m. Cannady.

-26 Jeanny, 6 m. Thomas Leftwich.

-27 Sarah, 6 m. James (?) Winfrey.

-28 Milicent, 6 m. Hurt.

The descendants of Henry Stratton (14) are found in almost
every southern and western state. Among them are men well
known in political and educational movements, as well as suc-
cessful business men.



In the name of God, Amen, I, Henry Stratton of Bedford
County, knowing the Mortality of man, & being indisposed in
body but of sound mind, do make my last will & Testament 222 A Book of Strattons

(hereby revoking all other wills & Testaments by me heretofore
made) in manner & form following that is to say, (Item 1st) After
the payment of all my Just debts, I give to my Dear & loving
Wife Sarah Stratton the land & plantation whereon I now live
together with all my personal Estate (except such legacies as
shall be hereafter named) during her natural life or Widowhood
(Item 2d) I give to my Daughter Judith Davis the negro Girl
Sarah which is now in possession of Henry Davis, to be enjoyed,
she & her increase by my Daughter Judith & her children forever —
(Item 3d) I give to my Daughter Mary See five shillings current
money for her & her Heirs forever, (Item 4th) I give to the Chil-
dren of my Daughter Martha Deed five shillings for them & their
Heirs forever, (Item 5th) I give to my Son William my negro
Girl (little Frank) for him & his Heirs forever, (Item 6th) I give
all the land I now possess to my Sons John & Thomas after their
Mother's decease to be equally divided between them — for them
& their Heirs forever, (Item 7th) I also desire that at the decease
of my Wife the rest & residue of my personal estate be equally
divided between my following Children, After paying to my
Son Henry Stratton Forty Pounds current money — to Betty
Smith one equal part for her & her heirs forever — to Anna Cannady
one equal part for her & her Heirs forever — to Milly Hurt one
equal part for her & her Heirs forever — to Jeanny Leftwich one
equal part for her & her Heirs forever — to John Stratton one
equal part for his & his Heirs forever — to Sally Winfrey one equal
part to her & her Heirs forever — to William Stratton one equal
part to him & his Heirs forever — to Archibald Stratton one equal
part to him & his Heirs forever — to Thomas Stratton one equal
part to him & his Heirs forever — & lastly I do hereby nominate
Constitute & appoint my Dear & loving Wife Sarah Stratton
Executrix Thomas Leftwich & John Hampton Stratton Executors
to this my last will & testament, wherof I have hereunto set my
hand & affixed my seal this 19th day of November Anno Domini
one thousand seven Hundred & ninety nine
Signed, seald & published in the presence of

Henry Stratton seal

Charles Nelms

Presley Nelms

Wm. Leftwich Jr. Edward Stratton of Bermuda Hundred 223

At a Court held for Bedford County the 23rd day of December
1799. This last Will & Testament of Henry Stratton was proved
by the oath of Charles Nelms and Presley Nelms, witnesses whose
names are thereto subscribed & ordered to be recorded. And on
the motion of Thomas Leftwich & John H. Stratton two of the
Executors therein named who made oath thereto certificate is
granted them for obtaining probate in due form on giving security
Whereupon they together with William Leftwich Jun. and
Stephen Preston their securities entered into and acknowledged
their bond in the penalty of Five thousand dollars conditioned
for the said Executors due & faithful administration of said de-
cedents estate & performance of his Will — liberty being reserved
the Executrix therein named to join in the probate when she shall
think fit.


James Steptoe, C.B.C.

15. John Stratton 5 (Thomas, 4 Edward, 3 Edward, 2 Edward 1 )
was born in Dale parish, Chesterfield County, and after his mar-
riage removed to Cumberland County, where land had been left
him by his father's will. He married Susan (?) Douglass. They
lived on a plantation about five miles east of New Canton, in that
part of Cumberland which in 1777 became Pawhatan County.
He served in the Revolutionary War, — in the First Regiment,
Light Dragoons, Continental Troops.

Children: — Born in Cumberland (Pawhatan) County.

+ 29 John, 6 m. Sarah Ann Toler, and settled in Appomattox
(then Campbell) County. See Vol. II.

— 30 Catherine, 6 m. John Huddleston.

+ 31 William, 6 m. Tucker a daughter of Thomas

Tucker, and settled in Pawhatan County. See
Vol. II.

+ 32 James, 6 m. Mary Stegar, daughter of Capt. Stegar, of
Revolutionary War fame. See Vol. II.

— 33 David, 6 lived in Pawhatan County. Data of him is de-

+ 34 Robert, 6 some of whose descendants settled in Tennessee.

See Vol. II.
+ 35 Peter, 6 m. Huddleston. See Vol. II. 224

A Book of Strattons

+ 36 Daniel, 6 m. Elizabeth Walker, and moved to Campbell
County. See Vol II.

-37 Ann, 6 d. unm.

The descendants of- John Stratton (15) of Cumberland and
Pawhatan are connected by marriage with many of the fine old
families of that part of Virginia. Quite a number of them have
been traced down to the present generation. They are found
throughout the south and west, in many professions and lines of
business, and are often leaders in the communities in which they

Autograph of Henry Stratton 5 of Bedford, Co., Va., 1799


"By an instinct of our nature, we all love to learn the places of our birth and
the chief circumstances of the lives of our progenitors." James Savage.

THE first authentic record that the writer has found of Strat
tons in Connecticut, is in 1682, — John Stratton of Wood-
bury. As he was a "landowner" at that date it is reasonable to
believe that he was of age, and, if so, he was born as early, at least,
as 1661.

In 1705 William Stratton appears at Winsor. If he was
twenty-one at the time of his marriage, he was born as early as

No connection has been found between these two men. As far
as we know, and judging from the first mention of their names,
one may have been a son of the other, but no possible clew to
this has been found. Descendants of each have been traced
down to the present generation and are living in many parts of
the United States to-day.

There are several theories and traditions as to their connection
with earlier lines, but no proof.

It may be of interest to notice:

1. That a John Stratton 1 disappeared from Salem in 1641-2,
and that nothing is known of his whereabouts thereafter.

2. That William Stratton, the miller, left Marlboro about 1659
and has not been located elsewhere.

3. That Caleb Stratton had a son John, born in Hingham in
1670, of whom nothing more is known.

4. That the grandsons of Richard and John Stratton of East-
hampton are only imperfectly accounted for.

From some of these sources may have come John Stratton of
Woodbury and William Stratton of Winsor.

To the compiler it seems more reasonable to believe that in one
or the other of these lines may be found their parentage, than
that they were "after-planters from England." It must be re- 226 A Book of Strattons

membered that this section was largely peopled from the older
settlements of Massachusetts, and that there was much "Traffick
and bussiness," and many intermarriages between the early
settlers of Connecticut and Long Island.*

Research is still going on, and some yet undiscovered record,
— church, town, or probate, — may contain the solution to this
one of several "Stratton problems." If what is here written may
serve to so interest others in the search, that ultimately a com-
plete record of these Strattons may be found, one object of this
volume, — and that one dear to the writer's heart — will have been


(See Chart K)

John Stratton's name appears on the town records of Wood-
bury, Conn., in 1682, with no clew to his former residence. There
were "lay outs" of land to him in 1682, 1685, 1687 and 1689. In
1702 John Stratton was living in Woodbury, was the head of a
family, and a division of land, — a meadow on Shepang River, —
was granted him. Whether this was the John to whom land was
laid out in 1682, or a son of the same, is not clear. The probate
records at Woodbury and Fairfield show that John Stratton died
in 1716. Henry Wakely and John Hall were appointed his ad-
ministrators December 11, 1716. The administration mentions
only his widow (not named), who is to have one-third of the
estate during life; a son to whom a "double portion" is given and
a granddaughter who is to have one-third of two-thirds of the
estate. No evidence of any other children has been found, and
no other mention of his widow.

Children: — Named in settlement of their father's estate.

+ 2 Thomas. 2

-3 Rachel, 2 m. Henry Wakely, Dec. 12, 1706; d. Mar. 1707-8,
leaving a daughter Abigail, who is named in her grand-
father's administration.

Henry Wakely was born January 27, 1683, and was a son of

* Felt found among the court files of Ipswich a reference to "John Stratton,
who settled to the south of us and thus encouraged our doubtful enemies, the
Dutch." John Stratton of Woodbury 227

Jacob Wakely. After the death of Rachel he married Sarah
Frost. His daughter Abigail married Thomas Daskum.

2. Thomas Stratton 2 (John x ) settled in Stratford, Conn., the
year following his father's death in Woodbury. He married
Mary Johnson, September 5, 1717. He seems to have been a
man of some prominence in Stratford where he owned several
pieces of real estate. He was a pew holder in the Second Episcopal
Church and contributed toward the building of this church in

Children: — Born in Stratford, Conn.

- 4 John, 3 b. Oct. 27, 1718.

- 5 Rachel, 3 b. Feb. 13, 1721.
+ 6 Thomas, 3 b. 1723; d. 1787.

- 7 Mary, 3 b. Apr. 12, 1726.

- 8 Hannah, 3 b. Oct. 27, 1728.

- 9 Charity, 3 b. Mar. 27, 1733; m. Archibald Phippery,

May 4, 1750.
+ 10 David, 3 b. 1737.

6. Thomas Stratton 3 (Thomas, 2 John l ) was born March 13,
1723. He lived in Stratford and was a member of the Episcopal
Church. He was a Revolutionary soldier in 1775, from May 5
to October 8, serving in Company 2, Fifth Regiment Continental
Troops, under Colonel Waterbury.

May 6, 1746, he married Sarah Barlow, daughter of John and
Mary (Sykes) Barlow. She died in 1770, and May 30, 1771, he
married Anna (Curtiss) Smith, widow of Henry (?) Smith. She
was a daughter of Daniel Curtiss of Stratford. Thomas died in

Children: — Born in Stratford, Conn.

-11 Sarah, 4 b. 1746.

-12 Eunice, 4 b. 1748.

-13 Elizabeth, 4 b. 1752; m. James Sherman, Nov. 3, 1770.

-14 David, 4 b. May 24, 1754.

+ 15 Thomas, 4 1756.

-16 Hannah, 4 b. 1759.

* The Indian name for Stratford was Cupheag. Christ Church in Stratford
was founded in 1723 by Dr. Johnson ) the father of Episcopacy in Connecticut. 228 A Book of Strattons

+ 17 John, 4 b. 1771.

-18 Anna, 4 b. 1775; m. Samuel Bronson in 1803.
-19 Joseph, 4 (or perhaps Josiah?), b. Oct., 1776.
-20 Edward, 4 b. 1778.
+21 Daniel, 4 b. 1781.

Any further data concerning the sons David, Joseph and
Edward is much desired.

10. David Stratton 3 {Thomas, 2 John) was born in Stratford,
Conn., June 10, 1737. At the age of nineteen he served in the
campaign against the French and Indians and was at Fort Wil-
liam Henry, under Captain Lacey, of Fairfield. October 13,
1756, the Muster Roll of the seventh company reports "David
Stratton sick at Albany." He returned to Fairfield, and re-
enlisted April 8, 1757, in Colonel Lyman's Regiment, 5th Company,
Captain Samuel Hubbell of Fairfield. In 1759 he served from
April 5 to December 2 in Colonel Wooster's Regiment, 6th Com-
pany, Captain Tomlinson.

June 23, 1768, he married Hannah Sanf ord, daughter of Ebenezer
and Sarah (Chapman) San ford of Stratford. She was born Feb-
ruary 25, 1744. Their home was in that part of Fairfield which
was later incorporated as Weston.

Children: — Births recorded at Weston, Conn.

-22 Sarah, 4 b. Sept. 29, 1769; m. Thomas Bennett, Jr.,
Aug. 24, 1788.

-23 Mary, 4 b. July 16, 1772.

-24 David, 4 b. 1775.

-25 Ebenezer Sanf ord, 4 b. July 17, 1777; "moved west,
where he married and left a family." Further infor-
mation wanted.

-26 Hannah, 4 b. July 20, 1780.

+27 Robert Chapman, 4 b. 1785.

These births were all recorded on the Weston town records
March 28, 1798.

15. Thomas Stratton 4 (Thomas, 5 Thomas, 2 John) was born
September 11, 1756, in Stratford. He married Martha Edwards,
in 1778. They lived in Stratford and Bridgeport. He died at the John Stratton of Woodbury 229

age of 91 years. But are buried in Mountain Grove Cemetery in


+28 Samuel Edwards, 5 b. 1779. See Vol. II.

+ 29 Seth Sherwood, 5 grandfather of "Gen. Tom Thumb."
See Vol. II.

— 30 Eunice, 5 m. Grenville Porter.
-31 Elizabeth, 5 m. George Smith.

17. John Stratton 4 (Thomas* Thomas, 2 John 1 ) was born in

Stratford, February 17, 1772. He married Mary in 1803;

she died the same year, aged 23. In 1805 he married Charity


-32 John W. 5

-33 Elizabeth. 5

— 34 Josiah. 5

Of this family further records are much desired.

21. Daniel Stratton 4 (Thomas* Thomas, 2 John 1 ) was born
in Stratford, Conn., January 14, 1781; married Mary Fenn Ware
in 1805, and settled in Milford, Conn., where he died January 9,

Children: — Born in Milford.

-35 Selina, 5 b. Mar. 21, 1806; m. Joseph Hind, Oct. 27, 1821.

-36 Curtis, 5 b. June 2, 1809; d. aged 2 yrs.

+ 37 Marcus, 5 b. 1811; d. 1898. See Vol. II.

-38 Mary Ann, 5 b. May 29, 1814; m. James Barnett, Oct. 10,

-39 Daniel Curtis, 5 b. Apr. 22, 1817; d. Feb. 20, 1820.

+40 David Gould, 5 b. 1819; d. 1906. See Vol II.

-41 Roxana, 5 b. Jan. 28, 1821; m. Joseph Bassett, Oct 10,

-42 Charlotte, 5 b. Oct. 2, 1823; m. Oliver Case; lived in New

-43 Eunice, 5 b. Jan. 14, 1825; m. John Coburn, May 7, 1844.

27. Robert Chapman 4 (David, 3 Thomas, 2 John ! ) was born in
Weston (then called North Fairfield), Conn., October 11, 1785. 230 A Book of Strattons

He married Phoebe Hines. They lived on a farm in Weston and
were members of the Episcopalian Church.
Children: — Born in Weston.

— 43 Ebenezer, 5 d. unmarried (?).
+ 44 Allen, 5 b. 1813. See Vol II.

— 45 Harvey, 5 d. aged 15 yrs.

— 46 Miles, 5 d. unmarried.

-47 Sarah, 5 m. Joel Hoey in 1822, and lived in Newtown,

-48 Aurilla, 5 b. Feb. 18, 1821; m. I. D. Reed in New York
City, July 25, 1849.

The first settlement at Fairfield was made in 1739 by several
families from Winsor. They were soon joined by a company from
Watertown and another from Concord. The region was known
to the Pequots as "Sasco" — the Great Swamp. The Indian
name for the Fairfield Plantation was "Unquorva." The set-
tlers purchased a large tract of land of the natives, and when
Connecticut obtained charter privileges the General Assembly
gave them a patent. The present towns of Fairfield, Greenfield,
Weston, a part of Stratford, Bridgeport and Redding were com-
prised in this tract. For two generations the Congregational
church was the only mode of worship in the colony. In 1706 an
Episcopal church was organized. Fairfield was laid in ashes dur-
ing the Revolution and in the burning of the courthouse and
churches many records were destroyed.


(See Chart L)

The first mention of William Stratton at Winsor, Conn.,
is the record of his marriage, January 17, 1705-6, to Abigail
Moore.* She was born September 12, 1682, daughter of Andrew

* That Willam of Winsor belongs to an earlier Stratton line there seems
little reason to doubt, although the "missing link" has thus far evaded the
most careful search made by the compiler and by Rev. C. C. Stratton, D. D.,
who has given the subject much thoughtful study and research. That this
"link," like several others much desired to complete ancestral lines in other
branches, will eventually be found, the writer confidently believes. During
the periods of Colonial wars there was great restlessness among the Colonists, William Stratton of Winsor 231

and Sarah (Phelps) Moore of Winsor. The Moores were one of
the fine old families of that region, and among the very early
settlers. If William Stratton lived in Winsor before his mar-
riage no record of the same has been found, — nor anything to
afford any clew to his former residence. That he lived in Winsor
after his marriage we know, and his two sons were born there.

In May, 1709, he was of that unfortunate command that set
out to invade Canada, during the Old French War. The conti-
nental troops got as far as Wood Creek, near Albany, where they
lay until fall. There was much sickness and suffering, and many
deaths. On the original records at Winsor is this entry: "Oct.,
1709, William Stratton died on board the vessel coming from
Albany." On the fifth of the following December his widow,
Abigail Stratton, was appointed administratrix of his estate.
She was still Abigail Stratton at the settlement of her father's
estate in 1720, after which no record of her has been found.

Children: — Born in Winsor, Conn.

+ 2 Serajah, 2 b. 1706; d. 1758.

+ 3 William, 2 b. 1708; d. 1766.

2. Serajah Stratton 2 (William J ) was born March 7, 1706-7.
Records of him are found both in Winsor and in Simsbury, — the
adjoining town on the west. He probably lived very near the line
between the two towns. December 12, 1728, he married Eunice
Case, daughter of Elizabeth and Samuel Case. She was born in
Simsbury, July 8, 1704. The Case family lived in that part of the
town which later became Broomfield. A deed is found showing
that Serajah Stratton and Eunice, his wife, sold land in Simsbury
in 1735. This was not the land upon which their house was
situated. May 1, 1758, Serajah enlisted for service in the French
and Indian War. He was clerk of the company organized by
Captain Nathaniel Holcomb, under Colonel Pheneas Lyman. On
July 30 of the same year Serajah died in the service of his country,
— as did his father forty-nine years before.

Administration on his estate was granted his widow Eunice.
The inventory of estate includes, besides the farm and house, live-

and much moving from place to place. William was probably born about
1680-4 — possibly a little earlier. Any clew which may lead to his parentage
would be greatly appreciated by his descendants and by the compiler. 232 A Book of Strattons

stock, farming implements and carpenter's tools, household furni-
iture and clothing; also, a "Beak-horn" and books, — including
"an old family Bible" (would we could find it to-day!) and a book
called Pleasant Companion.

Children: — Births recorded in Simsbury, Conn.

+ 4 Martin, 3 b. 1730.

-5 Eunice, 3 b. July 27, 1733; m. 1st, Dudley Higley, who died
in 1771; 2d, Nathaniel Messenger.

- 6 Serajah, 3 b. July 7, 1740; obeyed the "alarm call" in

1757, — then only seventeen years old — and marched to
the relief of Fort Edward and parts adjacent, under
Captain Trumble of Winsor. Apr. 21, 1758, he enlisted
in the French and Indian War in the same company in
which his father served; was discharged Oct. 28, 1758.
His name does not again occur at Simsbury. (Further
information concerning him is much desired.)

3. William Stratton 2 (William l ) was born in Winsor,
September 25, 1708. He lived in Sumeld, a township north of
Winsor. He married Jemima Nelson, before 1730, and died in
Sumeld in 1766.

Children: — Born in Suflield, Conn.

- 7 Mary, 3 b. 1730.

- 8 William, 3 b. Mar. 3, 1736. In May, 1774, his name ap-

pears in a list of five men, in Sumeld, who "being
Baptists by profession were relieved from the minis-
terial tax." No record of his marriage or death is
recorded at Suffield.*

* In 1796-7 a list giving "ship-masters natives or residents of Weathers-
field" contains the name of William Stratton, master of the sloop " Victor."
This may be the William Stratton who married Ruth Buck of Weathersfield.

In 1796 (February 21) a William Stratton married Mary Ann Howard in
Baltimore, Md. He was a sea captain, and died at sea about 1802-3. His
name does not occur at Baltimore earlier than the date of his marriage. From
1796 to 1801 his name is in the Baltimore directory, thus: " William Stratton,
Ship-master, 34 Wolf St., Fells Point, Baltimore." William Obediah, only son
of William and Mary Ann (Howard) Stratton, was born in Baltimore, Novem-
ber 19, 1798. For his descendants see Vol. II.

At about the same time two other Strattons appeared in Baltimore, Robert
and James, supposed to be cousins of William. In 1802 they were in the William Stratton of Winsor 233

- 9 Jemima, 3 b. 1739.

+ 10 John, 3 b. 1744; d. 1824.

+ 11 Abigail, 3 b. 1746.

4. Martin Stratton 3 (Serajah, 2 William J ) was born in Sims-
bury, Hartford County, Conn., January 13, 1730. He married
Hannah Griffin, October 1, 1767. When the town was divided,
in 1786, their home was in that part from which the new town of
Granby was formed. About five miles from Simsbury is a small
village still bearing the name "Stratton-Brook."

Martin was a farmer and lived on the homestead which, as eld-
est son, he had inherited from his father. The latest record which
the writer has been able to find of him in Hartford County was in
1786. Some time before 1691 the family moved to Bradford
County, Pa.*

Children: — Births recorded in Simsbury.

+ 12 Martin, 4 b. 1768.

+ 13 Cephas, 4 b. 1769; d. 1833.

+ 14 Timothy, 4 b. 1772; d. 1853.

-15 Silas, 4 b. Mar. 20, 1776; of whom further information is

+ 16 Calvin, 4 b. 1777.

- 17 Serajah, 4 b. 1779; went to Ontario County, N. Y., Mar. 12,

grocery business, corner Lancaster and Market Streets, Fells Point. Nothing
more is known of Robert except that he died in Baltimore in 1836, leaving
about $3,500 worth of property, secured by a mortgage on a house and lot in
Tenth Street, New York City. The legatees and executors of his will were his
two friends, John Watchman and John Bratt, two noted machinists of Balti-
more. James married Hannah, daughter of James and Hannah Latimer.
Where this marriage occurred is not learned, but they lived only a short time
in Baltimore. James died young, leaving an only child, James Latimer Strat
ton, born 1801, who was brought up by his maternal grandparents in New
York State. This son married Eliza Colon, a native of Nantucket. He died
in Hudson, N. Y., in 1859 — "a grand and noble man," writes an old gentleman
who still remembers him, "worthy of his lovely and noble wife." They left
no children. The only legatees of his will are his wife, Eliza (who died in As-
toria, L. I.), and her half-brother, Wm. H. D. Bronson of Brooklyn, N. Y.

* No record of Martin's death, nor of Hannah's has been found. Many of
his descendants have been traced to the present day. Among them are men
occupying positions of trust and honor. See Rev. Charles Carroll Stratton,
D. D., in Who's Who in America. 234 A Book of Strattons

1812, was made ensign, and later lieutenant, in Colonel
A. Saxton's Regt. In 1813 was promoted to captain in
Colonel Peter Allen's Regt., 22d Infantry. Resigned
before 1816. Has not been located after this date.
Births recorded in Granby.

-18 Fannie, 4 b. July 8, 1782; m. John Hays.

-19 Phineas, 4 b. May 24, 1786.

10. John Stratton 3 {William, 2 William l ) was born in Suffield,
Hartford County, Conn., in 1744. In 1767 he married Orpha
Nelson, of his native town. She died in 1789 and two years later
he married Lucy Austin. He died in Suffield, aged 80 years, — his
second wife having died four years earlier.

Children: — Born in Suffield.

-20 John, 4 b. Aug, 18, 1767. No further record of him is
found in Suffield.

-21 Orpha, 4 b. 1769.

-22 Ruth, 4 b. 1770.

+ 23 Harvey, 4 b. 1773.

12. Martin Stratton 4 (Martin, 3 Serajah, 2 William 1 ) was
born in Simsbury, Hartford County, Conn., March 13,1768. He
seems to be the first of the family to "go west." Taking his tools
with him he went across the country to Bradford County, Pa.
Here he worked at the carpenter's trade, living in Towanda, at
the home of Ezra and Ann Rutley, whose daughter, Rebecca
Rutley, he married about 1796. After their marriage they lived
for a while at West Burlington, and then returned to Towanda.
Here he bought a farm, and in company with his brother Cephas,
built a gristmill. In 1809 or 1810 a sawmill was built; "He was
called Capt. Stratton. He was kind hearted, generous, and much
respected by his neighbors." (History of Towanda.) Rebecca died
in 1818. No date of Martin's death has been found.

Children :

— 24 Samuel, 5 b. 1808; inherited the homestead, near Towanda.

—25 Martha, 5 m. Thomas Hawkins.

There were other children. Any further data of this family
would be gratefully received. William Stratton of Winsor 235

13. Cephas Stratton 4 (Martin, 3 Serajah, 2 William 1 ) was born
May 13, 1769, and came with his father's family to Bradford
County, Pa., where, in company with his brother Martin, he
owned and operated a saw and gristmill in 1809 and 1810. He
married Hannah Adams about 1796. They lived near Towanda
until 1813 and then removed to Tioga County, Pa., and lived for
five years near Canoe Camp. October 12, 1818, they left Penn-
sylvania for Hamilton County, Ohio, and settled at Cumminsville,
on Mill Creek, a few miles north of Cincinnati, where he died
October 28, 1833.

Children: — Born in Pennsylvania.

-26 Seymore, 5 b. Bradford Co.; d. in Tioga Co., Pa.

+ 27 Curtis Philander, 5 b. 1799; d. 1873. See Vol. II.

+ 28 Orange, 5 b. 1800. See Vol. II.

-29 Dilla, 5

-30 Silsa, 5 f TwinS ' d - y ° Ung -

+ 31 Martin, 5 b. 1806. See Vol. II.

-32 Milton, 5 b. 1808; d. 1840.

+ 33 Myron. 5 See Vol. II.

-34 Harriet M. 5 , b. 1816; d. Sept. 18, 1888, unm.

— 35 Samantha, 5 b. Feb. 5, 1817; d. unm.

In section 35, lot 94, of the old Cumminsville Cemetery (once
a part of the Stratton farm), back of Cincinnati, may be seen the
last resting place of Cephas and Hannah Stratton, and three of
their children, Milton, Harriet and Samantha.

14. Timothy Stratton 4 (Martin, 3 Serajah, 2 William *) was
born November 4, 1772. While yet a young man he removed
from Hartford County, Conn., to Bradford County, Pa. He mar-
ried Elizabeth Horton about 1797, and lived on a farm near
Towanda until 1816, when they removed to Springfield, Ohio,
where he died, aged 81 years.

Children: — Born in Pennsylvania.

-36 Phineas, 5 b. 1798.

+ 37 Stephen Curry, 5 b. 1800. See Vol. II.

+ 38 Timothy, 5 b. 1802. See Vol. II.

-39 Calista Ann, 5 b. Mar. 18, 1805; m. Casper Budd.

+ 40 William, 5 b. 1807. See Vol. II.

+ 41 Henry Spalden, 5 b. 1809. See Vol. II. 236 A Book of Strattons

+ 42 Calvin, 5 b. 1811. See Vol. II.
-43 Richard, 5 b. Oct. 6, 1813; d. 1815.

Born in Ohio.
+ 44 Isaac Horton, 5 b. 1817. See Vol. II.
-45 Eliza Jane, 5 b. Nov. 24, 1721; d. 1725.

16. Calvin Stratton 4 (Martin, 3 Serajah, 2 William x ) was born
May 31, 1777, came to Bradford County, Pa., about 1690-1.

He married Horton, a sister of Elizabeth Horton. He

was a captain in the war of 1812, and about the close of the war
removed with his family across the Alleghany Mountains into

Children :

—46 Phineas. 5

-47 Timothy, 5 settled in Indiana.

-48 William. 5

-49 Henry. 5

— 50 Isaac, 5 settled in Indiana.

+ 51 Calvin, 5 b. 1812. See Vol. II.

— 52 A daughter who married Colonel Charles Budd of Indiana.
The descendants of Calvin are the only ones of this family

whom the compiler has been able to locate. Any clew to the other
sons would be gladly received.

23. Harvey Stratton 4 (John, 3 William, 2 William 1 ) was born
in Suffield, Conn., December 30, 1773. He married and lived in
Southwick, Mass. His first wife died and he married, second, a
Mrs. Betterton.

Children: — Born in Southivick (?).

+ 53 Julius. 5 See Vol. II.

— 54 Zopher. 5
-55 Mary. 5

— 56 Lucia. 5

— 57 Morgan. 5
-58 Allen. 5

The above names of children of Harvey Stratton are found
recorded at Southwick, without dates. The books there contain
no further record of the family. Information concerning the
other sons is much desired. EARLY STRATTONS OF NEW JERSEY

" Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask thy
father, and he will show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee."

Deuteronomy xxxii, 7.

IN 1664 the territory between the Hudson and the Delaware
was granted, by the Duke of York, to Lord Berkeley and
Sir George Carteret. To this territory was given the name New
Jersey, Carteret having been governor of the Isle of Jersey. Ten
years later Berkeley sold his portion, East Jersey, to the Quakers.
Later, William Penn bought West Jersey from the heirs of Car-

In 1702 the two colonies were united and New Jersey was there-
after a royal province. As early as 1665 a few people from Long
Island settled in East Jersey. In 1677, the "Good ship Kent"
brought over from England about 200 people, the first colony
sent out by the West Jersey Company. Religious toleration was
permitted, and at once settlers began to come into "the Jersies"
from New England and Long Island colonies. Other emigrants
came rapidly from England.*

* Wm. Penn, it will be remembered, was much interested in the attempts
of the Quakers to make West Jersey a refuge for those who were persecuted
for " religion's sake." Reference is found to an early acquaintance in England
between the Penns and Strattons:

"Thomas Penn's will dated Jan. 29, 1655-6. Letters of administration
issued to Richard Stratton, principal executor of Thomas Penn, late of Strat

Folio 11. Prerogative Court of Canterbury.

In "a collection of the sufferings of the people called Quakers for the Testi-
mony of a Good Conscience from their rise in 1650. Taken from Original
Records, and other Authentick Accounts by Joseph Bessel," published in
London by Luke Hinde, 1753, are references to John Stratton, Bucking-
hamshire, 1660 to 1676. He was "taken out of meeting by armed men and
committed to prison" for not appearing before the Surrogate of the Bishop
of Lincoln, to answer a charge of absenting himself from his parish chruch,
and for not receiving the sacrament." With him were many others, among 238 A Book of Strattons

In 1681 the ship "Paradise" brought a body of colonists,
among whom were Timothy Hancock and his sister Mary, from

Mary married William Matlock, who came in the "Kent."
Timothy settled on a tract of 100 acres of land in Burlington
County, between the forks of the Pensauken Creek, about two
miles from the present town of Moorestown. In 1682, in con-
nection with William Matlock and John Roberts, he bought a
piece of land of the Indian chief Tallaca, the original deed to
which is still preserved by a descendant of Wm. Matlock:

"Know all people that I tallaca have had and Received of &
from John Roberts with the consent of the neighborhood at
pimsawquin one match coate one Little Runlit of Rum and two
bottles of Rum In Consideration whearof I the said taleca doe
hearby grant Bargin & sell unto the said John Roberts timothy
Hancock and William Matlock all those plantations at pimsaw-
quin promising for Ever to defend the said John Roberts &c
from all other Indians Laying any Claime theareto in wittness
whearof I the said talleca have hear unto set my hand and seale
the twelveth day of April 1684.

"the mark of Z talleca."

Timothy was a young man when he came to New Jersey.
Three years later, — November 16, 1684, — he married Rachel
Firman, in Evesham monthly meeting. Rachel died before 1690
and Timothy married Susannah Ives.* He was a prominent man
in the colonv.

them Edward Chester, Thomas Martin, William Francis, Henry Newman,
Henry House, John Briden and Robert Wallis.

In the same volume is given a long letter to Fretwell, dated August 16,
1677, telling of the persecutions of the "people reproachfully named Quakers,"
of Rhode Island and Long Island. Among those mentioned are Lydia Wright,
Sarah Miles, Robert Edwards, Miles Foster, Humphrey Hodges, William Neale,
William Mumford, Bridget Phillips and Eliphal Stratton.

* The Firmans were among the first settlers on Long Island , and being
Quakers they were probably among those who early removed to West Jersey.
There was a large settlement of Friends at Salem, N. J. The records of their
monthly meetings are now being compiled for the Pennsylvania Genealogical

No record has been found showing the date of Rachel's death, nor that of
Timothy's marriage to Susannah, but the following from the public records Early Strattons of New Jersey 239

The first "Friends meeting" was held at his house and the
monthly meetings continued to be held there on alternate "First
Days" for several years. The first burial ground for the com-
munity was on his land.* In the autumn of 1713 two daughters
of Timothy Hancock married Strattons. These two young men,
Emanuel Stratton and Mark Stratton, were brothers. The records
of their marriages give no clew to their parentage or former
residence. In each case the record simply says, "he being a
single man." From this date much is known of them. More
than a thousand of their descendants have been satisfactorily

Conflicting traditions are found concerning their ancestry.

Cregar's Haine's Ancestry, published in 1887, contains

"Emanuel Stratton of Gloucester County, New Jersey, yeo-
man, a native of Long Island and a member of the Society of
Friends is said to have descended from a William Stratton, of
Stratford, England, four of whose sons emigrated to America.
Emanuel died in 1725 appointing his 'lone brother,' Mark Strat
ton of Evesham, executor of his will."

This is the belief of many branches of his descendants, founded,
as far as the writer has been able to learn, upon tradition
only. By a careful study of the original will at Trenton, the
word which Cregar supposed to be "lone" proves to be "lovin"

as published in Vol. XXI, N. J. Archives, page 479, goes to prove that both
occurred prior to May 1, 1690:

"1690, 1st d., 3rd mo. Deed: Daniel Mills of Northampton River, Bur-
lington Co., Yeoman to Timothy Hancock on Cropwell Creek said Co., and
wife Susannah, formerly Susannah Ives, for 80 acres to be taken up in West
Jersey." And from the same source is a mention of a deed given in 1690,
by Walter Humphries of County of Gloucester, England, by his son and
attorney, Joshua Humphries, "to Timothy Hancock and his daughter
Elizabeth by his former wife Rachel Firman." Several published works
claim that Ann, daughter of Timothy Hancock (wife of Mark Stratton), was
the daughter of his first wife. The above proves that this is not true, as Ann
Hancock was born August 11, 1691.

* This old graveyard, one half acre, is now a part of a farm. It is on a knoll,
on the west bank of the north branch of Pensanken Creek. An effort is being
made by one of the descendants of Timothy Hancock to permanently mark
this last resting place of many of the first settlers. Otherwise the location
of this ancient burial ground must soon be lost. 240 A Book of Strattons

(loving), but there is nothing to indicate that there were other

A tradition found in other branches says that these brothers
came directly from England to New Jersey, and this belief is
strengthened by the following little sketch written and left by
"Grandmother Cowperthwaite," a great-granddaughter of Mark
Stratton :

"A History of the burial of the first person in the Orthodox
Friends' Graveyard at Medford, N. J.

"Martha Cowperthwaite 's great-grandfather, Mark Stratton,
departed this life 4th mo. 3rd, 1759, aged 67 years. He came out
from old England in 1702 with Robert Bradock, sr., and others.
He was buried in a piece of ground by the new school house, by
the consent of Friends."

This was written many years after Mark's death, — after the
death of all his children. That he "came out from Old England"
was probably a tradition only with " Grandmother Cowperthwaite,"
who was born nearly fifteen years after the death of her great-
grandfather. Yet traditions are always of interest, often sug-
gestive and helpful in research, and sometimes lead to the dis-
covery of facts, — hence these are given here.

Mark and Emanuel Stratton, and all their children, were
Friends, as are many of their descendants to-day.* Leaving their
ancestry in the region of tradition, records of their descendants,

* Mark's sons usually spelled the name Strattan, and several branches so
spell it to-day. Neither Mark nor Emanuel signed his own will.

In the old wills, deeds, meeting records, etc., the name is spelled in several
different ways. There can be no doubt that the name was originally a
"place name," the last syllable derived from the Anglo-Saxon "tun," now
correctly written town, or "ton."

It might be added here, that among many widely separated branches of
this line the compiler has continually come across two beliefs which run like
this: "We come from an armigerous line of Strattons, our grandfather always
told us that we were entitled to the Stratton arms. Our ancestor brought
with him to the colonies an oak chest with the Stratton crest covered on it.
This chest was in the family for several generations, and ought to be found
somewhere among the descendants to-day." "The first Stratton of our line
settled on an island," — some say Long Island, others claim that it was "Staten
Island, which at first was called Stratton Island." The compiler has found
no authority for these traditions, but it would be interesting to learn when
and where they originated.

?je^/^m^ -w ***-.." "

Old Orthodox Friends' Graveyard, Medford, N. J.
The schoolhouse, in the background, stands where the "new schoolhouse"
stood in 1759. Near it are several Stratton graves. (Pages 240, 251.)

Enoch Stratton's Home
Built in 1792 by Enoch Stratton (31, Chart M), grandson of Mark
Stratton. 1 Enoch's great-grandson, Mark Stratton Zelley, may be seen
in the picture (1907). (Page 276.) Emanuel Stratton of Evesham 241

as completely as the compiler has been able to collect them, are
here given to the fifth generation. Volume II of this work will
continue the compilation from the point where this volume
leaves it.*


(See Chart N)

1. Emanuel Stratton f married Hannah Hancock, Novem-
ber 6, 1713. She was a daughter of Timothy and Susannah (Ives)
Hancock and was born June 25, 1695. Her home was in Chester
Township, Burlington County, and this marriage is recorded on
the minutes of the Haddonfield monthly meeting. J At this time
Emanuel was "of Gloucester County." § December 28, 1717,
he purchased from Timothy Wilkins, 117 acres of land in Evesham
Township in Burlington County. September 24, 1719, he bought
two acres, seven perches of land of William Sharp, and in
May, 1723, he bought of his brother, Mark Stratton, land in


+ 2 Emanuel, 2 b. 1714; d. 1781.

—3 Jacob, 2 legatee in his father's will in 1725.

— 4 Mary, 2 m. Joseph Lewis of Burlington Co., Oct. 18,


— 5 Martha, 2 m. Joshua Ballinger in Feb., 1741, at the Had-

denfield monthly meeting.
Emanuel Stratton * made his will April 5, 1725, and died before
the seventeenth of the following June. He was probably a com-
paratively young man at the time of his death. His will is re-
corded at Trenton, Liber 2, folio 309. His brother Mark, whom
he made his executor, outlived him thirty-one years.

* For convenience in referring to them Mark and Emanuel are here called
the first of their lines, and written Mark * and Emanuel, 1 although no claim
is made that they were the emigrants.

t In the original records of him, as in the signing of his will, it is written
"Manuel Stratton."

X Evesham monthly meeting was established by a division of Haddenfield,
about 1759.

§ Gloucester County then included the present counties of Salem and
Cumberland, where many early Quakers settled. 242 A Book of Strattons



In the name of god Amen: the 5th day of April: 1725 I Manuel
Stratton being weeak of body but of good and perfect memory
thankes be to Allmighty God for it, and Calling to mind that all
men are borne to dye: first of all I bequeath my soul to God
that gave it and my body to be buered in a decent maner by my
Executors here after named — now as touching my worldly Estate
which it hath pleased God to Bless mee with, when all my Just
debtes are payed out of my moveable Estate: I give and bequeth
to hanah my Loveing Wife all the Rest of my goodes and Chattels
Except two horses and three Coues two Sowes and five Sheep
and plow and plow irons and geares for two horses all which I
Give and be queath to my son Manuel when hee Shall Com to
the age of twente one years: Itam I give and bequeath to my
Son Maunel all my Landes to him his heairs and Assigns for Ever:
and it is my will and plesure and I do hereby order: that my
son Manuel doe pay to his brother Jacob the Sum of twenty
pounds when he the sd Jacob shall be twente four years old but
if it So happen that my son Manuel shall depart this life
without a Lawfull heair of his body, then and in such Case: my
son Jacob shall have and in Joy all my Landes to him and his
heairs or assignes for Ever: but then hee the sd Jacob shall pay
to his two Sisters, Mary and Martha the sum of ten pounds a
peace: when he the sd Jacob Shall be twente five years old if his
Sisters are then a live to reseve it.

Itam I give and bequeth to hanah my Wife all my plantation
for her queitly and peaceably to ues ocupy and injoy during her
life or widowhud: but if Shee see Caus to mare again then the
plantation Shall be let to Rent and that money that Can be Raised
Shall be Equally devided among st all my Children: and for the
true per formance and Execut ing of this my Last will and Testa-
ment I doe make hanah my Wife and Mark Straten my Lovin
brother my Executors to see all this my Last will and Testament

* The inventory of his "goods and chattels" names "movable estate" to
the amount of £161 8s. 6d. Some of the articles are "down stairs in the
new house," and some are in the "old house." Emanuel Stratton of Evesham 243

performed and done: in witness where of I have set my hand and
seal the day and year first above writen.
Sined Sealed and de- -


duely Executid in the

presanc of us

his jC S C

Zackriah P Prickit


John I prickit


John Inskeep

Be it Remembered that on the thirteenth Day of January
Anno Domini one thousand Seven hundred and thirty four before
me Samuel Bustill D Register and ordinary for the Western
Division of the Province of New Jersey personally came and
appeared Mark Stratton one of the Executors of the within last
will named and appointed he being one of the People called
Quakers on his Solemn affirmation according to Law, did declare
and affirm that the within written Instrument contains the True
last Will and Testament of Manuel Straiten the Testator therein
named as far as he knows and believes, and that he will well and
truly perform the Same so far as at this Time in him lyeth, and
the Law will charge, and that he will render a just account when
he shall be thereunto required.

Affirmed before ^^y^a^/C^X^^€t^S9^
me Sam 1 . Bustill '— ^^ ^£
D. Reg*. #*0<*<1*-

Pro. New Jersey )

Count: Burlington J

This Second day of November Anno: Dom: one thousand
seven hundred and twenty five personally came before me Samuel
Bustill Surrogate of the Western Division of the province of New
Jersey duly Commissioned and impowered for the proving of
Wills and swearing of Executors &c: Hannah Stratten the Execu-
trix in the within written will of Manuel Straten dece d named 244 A Book of Strattons

and appointed she being one the people called Quakers, on her
Solemn affirmation according to Law she doth declare, that the
writing contained on the other half of this sheet of paper is the
last Will and Testament of Manuel Straten the Testator, therein
named as far as she knows and believes & that she will well and
Truly perform the same by paying the Debts of the dece d and
then the Legacies contained in the said Will so far forth as the
Goods Chattels & Credits of the s d dece d Will thereunto Extend
or the Law will charge and that she will make a True and perfect
Inventory and also render A Just acco 1 when thereunto required.

r&e+lC*^ fj i//tCOC&*^ Affirmed at Burlington

* Before me

/K^^<^- Sam 1 . Bustill Surr.

An Invetary (dated June 17, 1725) of all the goodes and Chatels of Manuel
Straten desesed.

£ s. d. f.

to his purs and aparil 23 10 7 2

to 9 Cows and 2 yearlings 24

to 3 mayers 12

to 20 sheep 5

to a wagin 5

to a plow and Irons and 22 harra teeth 1 15

to hors gears and tackling 2 10

to 2 axis 4 hones and other Edgtooles 2 10

to 1 stack of hay 2

to Corn in the heir 1 16

to Wheat and Rey on the ground 6

to 4 sheens 1

to 2 saddeles 3

to 3 potes and hookes and a pare of tongs 2

to Sundere sortes of houshold goods 20

It has been claimed that the use of the "a" in spelling the name
might afford a clew to the ancestry of this line. The facsimiles
given serve to show how Mark and Emanuel signed their own
names. Their sons adopted the "a," and some of their descendants
continue it. Emanuel Stratton of Evesham 245

2. Emanuel Stratton 2 (Emanuel *) was born in 1717. He
was only eleven years old when his father died. He inherited, at
twenty-one, the lands (239 acres) which his father bought in
Evesham, and by purchase acquired other lands.

He married Mary Joyce, February 20, 1741. In July, 1748,
he sold much of his inherited land to Michael Brannin. He seems,
however, to have continued to live in Evesham, where he died
at the age of 67 years. His will, recorded in Trenton, is dated
August 31, 1781, and proved the following October. It names
no real estate, except a cedar swamp which is bequeathed to his
son Samuel. All the children except Josiah and Mary were mar-
ried at the date of this will. It may be that property had already
been divided among them.

Children: — Probably born in Evesham.

— 6 Rebecca, 3 m. 1st, Ephraim Clinhuff, Jan. 13, 1762, and

2d Carlile, about 1775.

+ 7 Samuel, 3 executor of his father's will in 1781.

— 8 Mary, 3 m. Simeon Haines, of Burlington, May 28, 1766, —

youngest son of Abraham and Grace Haines.

— 9 Hannah, 3 m. Seth Crispin, Dec. 8, 1779.
+ 10 Emanuel, 3 of Gloucester County.

— 11 Mercy, 3 of whom nothing is known after date of her

father's will.

— 12 Josiah. 3 This is probably the Josiah of Evesham who

married Sarah Alio ways — date of marriage Feb. 20,



2 *

Emanuel Strattan of the Township of Evesham in the County
of Burlington in the Western Division of the province of West
New Jersey yeoman being week in Body but of sound and Perfect
Mind and Memory Thanks be to God therefor as for all his mercies
Calling to mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing it is ap-
pointed for all men once to Die Do make and ordain this my

* Burlington County Files (original wills) 1778-83, Liber 23, folio 164.
Official Secretary of State, Trenton, N. J. 246 A Book of Strattons

Last Will and Testament that is to Say Principally and first of
all I Recomment my Soul unto the hands of Almighty God that
gave it and my Body to the Earth to he buried in a Chieftain like
manner at the Discretion of my Executors here in after Named
and touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased
God to bless me in this life I give Devise and Despose of the same
in the following manner and form.

Imprimis it is my will and I do hereby order that in the first
Place all my just debts and funeral charges to be well and truely
paid by my Executors as Soon as Reasonably may be after my

Itim I give and bequeeth unto my Dearly Beloved wife Mary
all my Movable Estate to her own Proper Use and benefit During
her Natril Life or widowhood and then to be Left at her Descre-
tion to My Children that is then Living.

Itim I give and Bequeeth unto my Son Samuel Strattan all
my Cedar Swamp to him his heirs and assigns for Ever and also
my old hunting gun.

Itim I give and Bequeeth unto my son Emanuel Strattan five

Itim I give and Bequeeth unto my son Josiah Strattan five

Itim I give and bequeeth unto my Daughter Rebeckah Carlile
five shillings.

Itim I give and Bequeeth unto my Daughter Mary haines five

Itim I give and bequeeth unto my daughter Mercy Strattan
five shillings.

Itim It is my will and I do hereby order that my executors
to pay my Just debts, funeral charges and the aforesaid ligacies
out of my movable estate within one year after my Deceas and
I hereby Make and Constitute ordain and appoint my trusty
friends Mary Stratton and Samuel Stratton my executors of this
my Last Will and testament Ratifying allowing and confirming
this and no other to be my Last Will and testament in Witness
whereof I have here unto Set my hand and seal this thirty-first
Day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hun-
dred Eighty and one.

Emanuel Strattan Seal Emanuel Stratton of Evesham 247

Signed, sealed, published and Declared by the within named
Emanuel Strattan as his Last will and testament in the presence
of us.


Daniel Strattan, James + Addams, Thomas Shinn


This will was probated by Mary Stratton and Daniel Stratton,
October 5, 1781.

7. Samuel Stratton 3 {Emanuel, 2 Emanuel}) married Eliza-
beth Price. He lived in Evesham at the date of his marriage.
A family record in the possession of a descendant says he died
in Evesham in 1788-89, at the age of 36 years. The compiler has
found no official record of him, except his marriage license, dated
August 24, 1771, and the mention of him in connection with his
father's will, in which he and his mother were named as executors
and called "my trusty friends."

He must have died intestate, as no will of his has been found.


+ 13 Jacob, 4 b. 1772.

It is thought there were other children, but no record of them
has been found.

lO. Emanuel 2 (Emanuel, 3 Emanuel *) was living in Gloucester
County, June 6, 1774, when he married Sarah Shute. Later in-
formation concerning him is desired.

13. Jacob Stratton 4 (Samuel, 3 Emanuel, 2 Emanuel *) was a
farmer living near Swedesboro, New Jersey. He was quite a
prominent member of the Society of Friends at Swedsboro. He
married Mary O'Riley.* She is spoken of by her descendants as a
"sweet little Quakeress" and is remembered for her many acts
of kindness. He died February 21, 1856.

Children: — Born near Swedesboro, N. J.

-14 Elizabeth, 5 b. 1794; d. 1874; m. Benjamin Ballinger.

+ 15 Samuel, 5 b. 1796; d. 1874. See Vol. II.

+ 16 William A., 5 b. 1801; d. 1850. See Vol. II.

+ 17 Thomas J., 5 b. 1805; d. 1886. See Vol. II.

— 18 Jacob, 5 died in infancy.

* A cousin of O'Riley, the Irish statesman. 248 A Book of Strattons

+ 19 Emanuel R., 5 b. 1807; d. 1888. See Vol. II.

-20 Lucretia B., 5 b. 1809; d. 1896; m. Wm. Justis.

-21 Maria, 5 b. 1811; d. unmarried in 1870.

+ 22 Nathan Taylor, 5 b. 1813; d. 1888. U. S. Congressman,

1854-56. See Vol. II.
-23 Ann, 5 b. 1818; d. 1890; m. Samuel White.


(See Chart M)

1. Mark Stratton lived in Evesham Township, near the
present town of Medford, New Jersey. October 8, 1713, he mar-
ried Ann Hancock, daughter of Timothy and Susannah (Ives)
Hancock. His marriage is found on the Haddenfield monthly
meeting records.

May 16, 1716, Mark bought 120 acres of land of Felix Leech,
a part of which he sold to his brother Emanuel in 1723. In 1755,
besides his homestead farm, he owned several other tracts of
land, which by his will he divided among his five sons.

He lived to see all his children married into good old Quaker
families of the community, and settled in homes of their own,
not far from the paternal roof.

Among his descendants, now found in almost every part of
our country, are stories of his devout Christian character, and
noble, manly appearance, and of the sweet beauty of his wife, and
her sisters, "the Hancock girls." According to the record left
by "Grandmother Cowperthwaite," Mark died April 3, 1759,
aged 67 years, and was buried "in a piece of ground by the new
schoolhouse." This piece of ground became the Friends' grave-
yard at Medford, and many of Mark's descendants are buried
there. The exact spot of Mark's last resting place can never be
known, but it is greatly to be desired that his many descendants
should contribute toward the erection of a tablet in this burial
ground (which still belongs to the Friends and is kept in good
condition), inscribed with an appropriate inscription to his

Children: — Born in Evesham.

+ 2 David, 2 b. 1714; d. 1771.

+ 3 Daniel, 2 b. 1715; d. 1801.

Old but ton wood tree, which Elizabeth, d. of Thos. and Ruth St rat ton
Shinn (page 249), as a school girl, planted before her father's door, about 1765.

It stands to-day (1908) a well known landmark, in what was known two
generations ago, as Shinntown, on the stone road, south of Medford, — the
road over which the Evesham Strattons traveled to reach Camden and Phila-
delphia. Her father's house stood to the left of the tree, where W. H. Zelley
is seen standing in this picture. (Page 276.) Mark Stratton of Evesham 249

- 4 Ruth, 2 m. 1742, Thomas Shinn, son of Samuel and Sarah

(Scholey) Shinn.*
+ 5 John, 2 b. 1718; d. 1790.
+ 6 Enoch, 2 b. 1720; d. 1781.
+ 7 Isaac, 2 b. ; d. 1781.

- 8 Ann, 2 m. Hugh Sharp, 1748. He came, in the ship " Sam-

uel" in 1682, from Middlesex Co., England. Ann was
his second wife.

- 9 Elizabeth, 2 m. William Berry.

- 10 Jane, 2 m. Joshua Norcross, Apr. 10, 1754.



I Mark Strattan of Evesham in the County of Burlington in
the Western Division of the province of New Jersey (yeoman)
being but weak of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory
thanks be to God therefor as for all other his mercies. Calling
to mind the mortallity of my body and knowing it is appointed
for all men once to die, Do make and ordain this my Last Will
and Testament (that is to say) Principally and first of all I Rec-
omend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it;
and my body to the Earth to be buried In a Christian like and
Decent manner at the Descretion of my Executor herein after
named and touching Such worldy Estate wherewith it hath
pleased God to bless me in this Life, I Give Divise and Dispose
of the Same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis It is my will and I do hereby order that In the first
place all my Just Debts and funeral Charges be well and truly
paid by my Executors as Soon as Reasonably may be.

Item I Give and bequeath unto my Dearly beloved wife Ann,

* Samuel Shinn was a son of Thomas and Mary (Stockton) Shinn. Thomas
was one of the nine children of John and Jane Shinn, who came from England
about 1679 and settled near Philadelphia.

t Liber 9, folio 202, Burlington County (original) Files, 1753-59. Office of
Secretary of State, Trenton, N. J.

For the early wills of this line of Strattons (recorded at Trenton) the com-
piler is indebted to William H. Zelley (a descendant of Mark) who kindly
had them copied from the originals. Mr. Zelley has also furnished other
valuable material for this chapter. 250 A Book of Strattons

All my houshold goods and moveable Estate, and also all the uses
and profits of my homested plantation where I now Dwell (being
in the occupation of my Son Daniel Strattan) During the time
She shall keep Sole and and Remain my widdow.

Item I Give and bequeath unto my Son David Strattan the
Sum of Twenty Shillings proclamation money (having Given
him already what I can reasonably afford. Item I Give and
bequeath unto my Son Daniel Strattan his heirs and assigns for-
ever All my aforesaid homested Tract of Land and plantation as
it now Stands Divided from the other part of my Said Land which
is hereinafter Di vised to my other two Sons John and Isaac,
provided always that he my said Son Daniel Do well and truly
pay or Cause to be paid unto my wife Ann aforesaid the yearly
rent thereof During her widdowhood, and also Do after the
marriage or Decease of my said wife which Shall first happen)
pay or Case to be paid unto my Son Enoch Strattan the Sum of
Ten pounds proclamation money and also unto my Son David
Strattan the Sum of Twenty Shillings money as aforesaid and
also unto my four Daughters (namely) Ruth the wife of Thomas
Shinn, Ann the wife of Hugh Sharp, Elizabeth the wife of Wil-
liam Berry & Jane the wife of Joshua Norcross to each and every
of them the Sum of Ten pounds money aforesaid and that In Six
years after the Decease of my Said wife, provided also that If
my said Son Daniel or his heirs Executors or Administerators Do
or shall neglect or Refuse to pay the uses and Legacies afore
Divised That then and in Such Case it shall and may be Lawfull
to and for my Executor aforesaid or his heirs to sell and Convey
such and So much the Said Land as Shall be Sufficient to pay
the Same Ratifying and Confirming his or their Deed or Deeds
to the purchasers thereof.

Item I Give and bequeath unto my Son John Strattan his heirs
and assigns forever All that tract of Land and plantation whereon
he Dwelleth which is bounded as follows Beginning at a pine
Corner of my whole tract and Corner to John Gosling's land and
bounds by Goslings line. South four Degrees East thirty one
Chains to a post then by Charles Reads Land North fourteen
Degrees East thirty one chains and three quarters to a pine then
North Eight Degrees East twenty Chains and three quarters to
a post then by a line Run for a Division between John Strat Mark Stratton of Evesham 251

tan and Daniel Strattan North Sixty five Degrees West ninteen
Chains to a post Corner to Isaac Strattans and by the same South
five Degrees West twenty five Chains to a black oak marked for
a Corner in Goslings line and by the same South Sixty one Degrees
East seven Chains and a half to the place of beginning Contain-
ing about fifty three acres. Item I give and bequeath unto my
Son Isaac Strattan his heirs and assigns forever All that tract
of Land where he now Dwells Bounded as follows Beginning at
a gum tree Corner to my whole tract and Corner to John Goslings
land and bounds by s d Gosling North fifty Degrees East twenty
Chains and a half to a pine bush then South forty one Degrees
East one Chain and thirty Links to a black oak Corner to Daniel
Strattan's land then by the same South three Degrees and a half
East thirty nine Chains to a pine in John Strattans line then by
the same North Sixty five Degrees West four Chains and ninety
Links to a post then South five Degrees West twenty five Chains
to a black oak in John Gosling's line then by said Gosling's land
the several lines thereof to the place of beginning Containing
about Ninty acres And I Do make ordain Constitute & appoint
my son David Strattan only and Sole Executor of this my Last
will and testament Ratifying allowing & Confirming this and No
other to be my Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof
I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seal the ninteenth Day of
June in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and
fifty five.


Mark + Strattan. seal.


Signed Sealed published pronounced and Declared by the
within named Mark Strattan as his Last Will and Testament In
the presence of us


William W Garwood, John Prickitt, John Burr Ju r


Know all men by these presents that I Mark Strattan of Eve-
sham in the County of Burlington in the Western Division of the
province of New Jersey yeoman, have made & ordained the
within my Last Will and Testament in writing bearing Date the
Ninteenth Day of June In the year of our Lord one thousand 252 A Book of Strattons

Seven hundred and fifty five I the said Mark Strattan by this
present Codicell Do Ratify & Confirm my said Last will & Testa-
ment: And Do will & Require That If Either or any of my said
Daughters Shall Die before the time apointed in my said Will &
Testament for their Receiving their Legacie or Legacies That
then and in Such Case It is my my will That her or their Legacie
or Legacies who shall be Deceased Shall & may be Equally Di-
vided and paid unto the Survivor or Surviver's of my said Daugh-
ters: And my will & meaning is that this Codicell or Schedule be
adjudged to be apart of my Last Will & Testament and that all
things therein Contained be faithfully and Truly performed as
fully & amply as If the Same ware Declared and Sett Down in
my said Last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I have here-
unto Sett my hand & Seal this 14th Day of October In the year
of our Lord 1756.


Mark + Strattan. seal.


Signed Sealed published and Declared by the said Mark Strat
tan as part & Parcill of his Last Will & Testament In the
presence of us


William W Garwood, John Prickitt, John Burr Ju r


David Stratton the Executor in the within Will named being
of the people called Quakers on his Solemn affirmation which he
took According to Law did declare that the within writing Con-
tains the True Last Will and Testament of Mark Stratton the
Testator therein named & That he will well and Truly perform
the same by paying first the Debts of the said Deceased & then
the Legacies in the said Testament named so far forth as the goods
Chatties & Credits of the said deceased can thereunto Extend
and that he will make and Exhibit into the Registry of the Pre-
rogative office in Burlington a True and perfect Inventory of all
and singular the Goods Chatties and Credits of the said Deceased
that have or shall come to his Knowledge or possession or to the
Possession of any other person or persons for his use and render
a Just and True account when thereunto Lawfully required
Affirmed the 8th day of April Anno Domini 1759.

David Stratton. Mark Stratton of Evesham 253

2. David Stratton 2 (Mark a ) was born in Evesham, in 1714—
15. He married Mary Elkinton, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth
(Antram) Elkinton; she was born November 2, 1714, and died
February 21, 1808. They were married January 7, 1736-37, at
the meetinghouse in Chester Township (now Moorstown) New
Jersey. Joseph Elkinton was son of George Elkinton, "blacksmith
and maker of edged tools," who came to New Jersey on the
"Kent" in 1677. He came from Warwickshire, and "passed the
Burlington monthly meeting" June 6, 1688, and married Mary,
daughter of Walter Humphreys, and widow of Enoch Cove.
Walter Humphreys, "Weaver," came to New Jersey about 1679.
George Antram, father of Elizabeth, came about 1680. He was a
shoemaker. Almost every boy among these early Quakers was
taught a trade.

In his certificate of marriage David Stratton is styled "a tailor."
He became a prominent man in the Society of Friends and in
the township. The Pennsylvania Gazette of December 11, 1755,
contains this advertisement:

"Wanted, a sober person, that is capable of teaching a school.
Such a one com-
ing well recom-
mended may find
employment by
applying to David

Stratton of Evesham, in the County of Burlington, West New

In 1759 he was executor of his father's will. His own will is
dated May 20, 1771, and was proved the 11th of the following
month. It mentions his wife and the eight children given below.
To his wife he gave all his real and personal estate.

To the children, only small legacies — 1 to 15 shillings — in money.
They had probably received their portions when coming of age, or
at marriage.

Grandson, Seth Stratton, was to have £5 at twenty-one.
At date of this will all the daughters were married, except
Mary, who was not yet eighteen. His wife Mary was his exe-

She outlived her husband thirty-seven years, dying at the age
of 94 years.

^)<*V>} C/FF&tf&l 254 A Book of Strattons

Children: — Born in Evesham.

-11 Sarah, 3 m. Conrad Devo of Burlington, Oct. 23, 1765.

— 12 Susannah, 3 b. Aug. 14, 1739; m. John Painter, in 1759,

and moved to Frederick Co., Va. He was son of

John Painter, the emigrant.
-13 Amy, 3 m. Garrot Goff (or Groff) of Salem, Nov. 15, 1764.
+ 14 Joseph, 3 b. 1743; settled in Virginia in 1770.
+ 15 Elias, 3 went to Virginia in 1770.

— 16 Mark, 3 named in his father's will, 1771, after which

nothing has been found concerning him. It is quite
probable that he, also, settled in Va.
+ 17 Daniel, 3 b. 1750; d. 1836.

— 18 Mary, m. 3 John Hunter of Burlington, Nov. 3, 1773.

In the above list the sons are given in the order in which they
are named in the father's will.

At least five of this family went to Virginia. Joseph and
Susannah were already there at the time of their father's death.

The length 'of their sojourn in Virginia, however, was limited
to a generation, or less. These Strattans were Quakers, and as
Quakers they were opposed to slavery . For a while there was a
large Society of Friends in Virginia, but their antislavery views
caused bitter feelings against them, and many of them after a
few years sought homes in the free states. Most of these Strattans
moved from Virginia to Pennsylvania and Ohio between 1800
and 1812.



I David Strattan of Evesham in the County of Burlington in
the Western Division of the province of New jersey Taylor being
Weak in Body but of sound and Perfect mind and Memory
Thanks be to God there fore as for all his other mercies Cauling
to mind the Mortallity of my Body and knowing it is appointed
for all men once to Die Do Make and ordain this my Last will
and testament that is to say Principally and first of all I Recom-
mend my Soul unto the hand of Almity god that gave it and my
Body to the Earth to be buried in a Christinlike maner at the Mark Stratton of Evesham 255

Discretion of my Executrix here after named and touching such
worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased god to bless me with
in this Life I give Devise and Dispose of the same in the folowing
Manner and form. Imprimis It is my will and I Do hereby order
that in the first place all my Just Debts and funeral Charges be
well and truly paid by my Executrix as soon as may be.

Itim I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Devo one
shilling. Itim I give and Bequeath into my Daughter Susannah
Painter one shilling.

Itim I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Amay Groff one
shilling. Itim I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Mary
Strattan the sum of five shillings. Itim I give and Bequeath unto
my Daughter Mary aforesaid one of my fether Beds and furniture
which my Executrix thinks Proper at her Descretion at the age
Eighteen years.

Itim I give and Bequeath unto my son Joseph Strattan the
sum of ten shillings and also all Demands as I have against him.
Itim I give and Bequeath unto my son Elius Strattan fifteen
shillings. Itim I give and Bequeath unto my son Mark Strattan
five shillings and one Broad ax betlerings & wedge. Itim I give
and Bequeath unto my son Daniel Strattan five shillings one
goug & 2 augers markt DS and seal Clasps & hamer & Brand iron.
Itim I give unto my Grandson Seth Strattan the Sum of five
Pounds to be paid to him by my Executrix when he arrives at
the age of twenty one years.

Itim I give and Bequeath unto my Dearly Beloved wife Mary
all my Rail and Personal Estate to her her heirs and assigns for
Ever whatsoever & wheresoever and I Do order the aforesaid
Legeseas to be paid to the Legatees within one year after My
Deseas Except my Grandsons which is to be paid when he arives
at age. And I Do make and Constitute ordain and appoint my
Dearly Beloved wife Mary only sole Executrix of this my Last
will and testament Ratifying allowing and Co-firming this and no
other to be my Last Will and testament. In Witness whereof
I have here unto set my hand and seal the twenteth Day of May
in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred & Seventy
one. And also apointing Thomas Shinn for an assistance to my
Wife if occasion shall Require.

David Stratton. seal. 256 A Book of Strattons

Signed, sealed, Published, Pronounced and Declared by the
within named David Strattan as his last will and testament in
the presents of us

Joseph Willcox, Jonathan Oliphant, Abraham Prickitt

Mary Stratton sole Executrix of the Last Will & Testament
of the within named David Stratton being duly affirmed (she being
of the people called Quakers) doth declare that the within Writing
Contains the true Last Will & Testament of the Testator therein
named so far as she knows & verily believes, that that she will well
& truly perform the same first by paying the debts of the said
deceased & then the Legacys in said Will — specified so far as the
Goods Chattels & Credits of the said Deceased can thereto Extend
that she will make & Exhibit into the Prerogative at Burlington
a true & perfect Inventory of all & singular the Goods Chattels
& Credits of said Decedent that have or shall come to her Knowl-
edge or posesion or to the posession of any other Person or Persons
for her Use & render a just & true account of her Administration
when thereto lawfully required.
Affirmed the 11th June Mary Strattan.

1771 before
Jos: Read Surrogate.

An Invetery of the good and Chatties of David Strattan Deceast
taken this first Day of June 1771.

£145, 19, 1
John Branin )

Lawrence Webster )

Mary Strattan Ex x All affirmed to Invty at Mt. Holly
June 11th, 1771

Jos: Read Surrogate

3. Daniel Stratton 2 (Mark a ) was born in 1715. By trade he
was a cabinetmaker. He married Mary Sharp, — date of marriage
license May 1, 1739. They were married "out of meeting," but
sent in an acknowledgment of their marriage, which was accepted
and recorded.

By his father's will he inherited the "homestead tract of land
and plantation." Here his children were born, and here he lived
all his life, dying at the age of 85 years.. Mark Stratton of Evesham 257

His will, a fine old document, names twenty-nine legatees,
He had acquired considerable property and was a prominent man
in the community, noted for his business integrity and upright
dealing, and for his kind interest in the wellfare of all with whom
he came in contact.

Children: — Born in Evesham, N. J.

+ 19 Joshua, 3 b. 1739.

+ 20 Jonathan, 3 b. 1741; d. 1805.
21 Hannah, 3 m. Samuel Phillips, Apr. 3, 1769.

+ 22 Amos, 3 living in Burlington Co., in 1796.

— 23 A daughter, who m. Samuel Jones, and died before 1796,
leaving six children.

+24 David, 3 died before 1796.


I Daniel Strattan of Evesham in the County of Burlington and
Western Division of the State of New Jersey, being weak in body,
but favoured with a disposing mind and Memory. Do make and
ordain this my last Will and Testament. Imprimis, it is my Will
and I do hereby order that all my Just Debts and Funeral charges
be well and truly paid out of my Personal Estate by my Executors
herein after named.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Three Sons vitz b ., Joshua,
Jonathan & Amos Strattan, all my wearing Apparel to be Divided
Equally amongst them or the Survivors of them. Item I give and
bequeath unto my Son Joshua Strattan a Certain parcell or Tract
of Land, whereon he now Liveth & also Fifteen Acres & a half of
Land as will more plainly appear by a Draft, as I have divided it
from my other Lands viz b ., Nine Acres & a half Joining that part
which my Son Jonathan Bought of Samuel Jones & Six acres of
Land more. Joining my said Son Joshua's Ditch all which three
pieces or Parcells of Land, as above described I give unto my said
Son Joshua Strattan with all and every the Appurtenances there-
unto belonging during his Natural Life. And then I give & be-
queath the above said three pieces or parcells of Land unto my
four Grand Sons Sons of my said Son Joshua viz b ., Aaron, Michael,
Daniel & Stacy Strattan to them their Heirs & Asigns for Ever 258 A Book of Strattons

to be Equally divided amongst them provided they the said
Aaron, Michael, Daniel & Stacy Strattan or the Survivors of them
do pay unto their Four Sisters viz b ., Phebe, Ann, Mary & Elizabeth
the sum of Fifteen pounds to be Equally Divided amongst them
or the Survivors of them, which money is to be paid in Twelve
Months after the Death of their Father.

And I will & order that my Daughter in Law Elizabeth Strattan
wife of my Son Joshua Strattan, shall have a Home in my House
after the Death of my Son Joshua if she survive him as Long as
she remains his widow but no Longer. Item I also give and be-
queath unto my said Joshua Strattan, his Heirs & asigns for Ever
a Certain Lot or piece of Ceeder Swamp Containing Three Acres
& Twenty four perches, be the Same more or Less it being the
Second Lot.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Jonathan Strattan, my
Homestead plantation whereon he now Liveth & occupieth to-
gether with three Acres & a half Quarter of Land which I Bought
of John Gosling as is now Divided by Draft Containing in the whole
Ninety one Acres of Land be the same more or Less with every
the Appurtenances unto him his Heirs & Asigns for Ever. Item
I also give & bequeath unto my said Son Jonathan Strattan his
heirs and assigns for ever the Fourth Lot of Ceeder Swamp con-
taining Five Acres, three Roads & five perches be the Same more
of Less. I likewise give & bequeath unto my Son Jonathan Strat
tan My Clock. Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Amos
Strattan, his Heirs & asigns for ever Fifty four Acres of Land,
whereon he now liveth and occupieth. I also give and bequeath
unto my said Son Amos Strattan his Heirs and asigns for ever, the
Fifth Lot of Ceeder Swamp Containing Six Acres two Roods and
Twenty three perches, be the Same more or Less. I likewise give
and bequeath unto my Son Amos Strattan my Corner Cupboard
that stands by my Clock.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Grand Son, John Strattan,
Son of my Son David Strattan Deceased, all that piece or parcel
of Land whereon my Son David lived (exceipt two Lotts herein
after mentioned and described given to my Grandson Joseph
Strattan) with every the appurtenances unto him the said John
Strattan his Heirs & asigns for ever. Item I also give and be-
queath unto my Grandson Joseph Strattan, two Lotts or pieces Mark Stratton of Evesham 259

of Land being a part of the before mentioned peice or parcel of
Land where my Son David formerly lived which was survey'd
therefrom by William Sharp as may more plainly appear by a
Draft thereof Dated Second of the Second Month in the year of
our Lord One Thousand seven Hundred & Ninety six which
said two Lotts or peices of Land Contains Six Acres & a half with
every the Appurtenances unto him the said Joseph Strattan his
heirs & asigns. Item I also give and bequeath unto my two
Grandsons John and Joseph Strattan, Sons of my Son David,
a Lot of Ceeder Swamp Containing three Acres three Roods and
thirty three perches be the same more or Less, to be equally di-
vided between them, their Heirs and asigns for ever. Item I
give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Martha Strattan,
Daughter of my Son David, My pair of Low Chest of Drawers
and also my Dutch Spining wheel. Item I give and bequeath
unto my Grandson Michael Strattan, a Certain piece of Lot of
Ceeder Swamp Containing four Acres and a half to him his Heirs
and asigns for ever, and also Forty Shilling in Money. Item I
give and bequeath unto my Grandson Owen Strattan his heirs
and asigns for ever, a Certain Lot or piece of Ceeder Swamp (Con-
taining five Acres and one Quarter be the same more or Less,
known by the name of the old Swamp, which two last mentioned
Lotts or pieces of Swamps I Purchased of Solomon Gaskell.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughters May War-
wick Twenty Shillings. Item I give and bequeath unto my
two Grand Daughters Prudence and Naomi Strattan Daughters
of my Son Jonathan, Twenty Shillings to Each of them. Item
I give and bequeath unto my two Grand Daughters Hannah and
Rachel Strattan (Daughter of my Son Amos) Twenty shillings
to Each of them. Item I give and bequeath unto my two Grand
Daughters Sarah Sharp and Mary Lippincott, Daughters of my
Son in Law Samuel Phillips ten pounds to be divided between
them or to the Survivors of them. I also give to the said Sarah
Sharp my Sett of Bed Curtins, and I likewise give to the said
Mary Lippincott my Looking Glass that hangs over the Drawers.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Son-in-Law Samuel Jones's
Six Children viz b , Samuel, William, Elizabeth, Mary, Daniel &
David Jones Six Pounds to be Equally devided amongst them or
the survivors of them. And I will and order that these several 260 A Book of Strattons

sums of money herein before mentioned Given and bequeathed
by me shall not be paid in Less than one year after my Desease.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Sons Jonathan and Amos
Strattan, and to my Grandsons, Aaron and Michael Strattan,
all the rest residue and Remainder of my Estate both real and
Personal if any there to be Equally divided amongst them or the
Survivors of them, their Heirs and asigns for Ever. And I do
hereby Constitute make and ordain & appoint my two Sons
Jonathan and Amos Strattan Executors to Execute this my last
Will and Testament hereby Ratifying allowing and Confirming
this and no other to be my Last will and Testament.

In Witnesss, whereof I have hereunto sett my Hand and Seal
this Twenty third day of the Second Month in the year of our
Lord one Thousand seven Hundred and Ninety-six (1796).

Signed, Sealed, Published
and Declared by the said
Daniel Strattan to be his

Last will and Testament V *?* -/ '

in the Presence of us

Gershom Penquite, Ephraim Strattan, John Forr

<$a*J#£ 'jfrafot.

Jonathan Stratton & Amos Strattan Executors in the within
Testament being duly affirmed according to Law did declare &
Say that the within Instrument contains the true last Will and
Testament of Daniel Stratton the Testator therein named so far
as they know & as they verily believe that they will well & truly
Perform the same by Paying first the debts of the said Deceased
and then the Legacies in the said Testament specified so far as
the Goods Chatties & Credits of the said Deceased can thereto
extend & that they will make and exhibit into the Prerogative
office at Trenton a true & Perfect Inventory of all & Singular the
Goods Chatties & Credits of the said Deceased that have or shall
come to their knowledge or Posesion or to the Posesion of any
other Person or Persons for their use & render a just & true ac-
count when thereunto lawfully required.

Affirmed at Mount Holly Jonathan Strattan.

23d May, 1801 before Amos Strattan.

Sam 1 J Read Surrogate Mark Stratton of Evesham 261

It will be seen that this will was made when Daniel was 81 years
old. His children were past middle age, and several of his grand-
children were married and had families of their own.

The sons named as legatees in the will had long been settled
on the homestead, or on lands adjoining it. Were there other
sons not mentioned in this will? See Chart 0.

5. John Stratton x (Mark x ) was born July 10, 1718, married
Ann Prickett, November 13, 1744. She was a daughter of William
and Rebecca Prickett, of Chester Township, N. J. At Haddenfield
monthly meeting, February 12, 1742, "John Stratton (by William
Forster) requested a certificate to Friends in Shenandoah, Vir-

About this date, and for several years later, there was much
moving from New Jersey to Virginia, and much visiting back and
forth. There was a large settlement of Friends near Winchester,
Virginia, where Hopewell monthly meeting had been established.
It was customary in those early days, — and is still continued to
some extent, — to give to Friends travelling from home, a certificate
showing that they were in good standing in the meeting to which
they belonged, and recommending them to the kind treatment of
Friends whom they might visit. The certificate was read at the
monthly meeting, and entered upon the minutes. It was probably
such a certificate that John Stratton "requested." If he went to
Virginia he did not long remain there. Two years later he married
in New Jersey and settled nearMedford (then Upper Evesham), on
a farm of 53 acres, part of his father's estate. Here he lived for
fifty-five years, a consistent member of the society. Here Ann
died, December 7, 1783, and John seven years later, July 9, 1790.

Children: — Born at Medford, N. J.

-25 Esther 3 (or Hester), b. July 21, 1745; m. Isaiah Hunt,
May 28, 1766.

+26 Ephraim, 3 b. 1747; d. 1828.

-27 Ann, 3 b. Jan. 6, 1749; d. Apr. 29, 1788; m. Barzillah

-28 William, 3 b. 1752.

-29 Isabella, 3 b. June 27, 1755.

—30 Jane, 3 b. Feb. 5, 1759; m. Benjamin Sever of Evesham,
Dec. 29, 1783. 262 A Book of Strattons

+ 31 Enoch, 3 b. 1762; d. 1826.

-32 Susannah, 3 b. Feb. 13, 1755; d. Aug. 19, 1824; m. Bar-
zillah Brannin (his second wife).

-33 Beulah, 3 b. Apr. 7, 1768; m. Joshua Holbert.

According to a family record William 3 (28) died May 4, 1778.
This may be the William Stratton who married Hannah Antram,
July 28, 1777. (New Jersey marriage licenses.)

6. Enoch Stratton 2 (Mark a ) was born September 8, 1720,
married Amy Elkinton in 1746, — sister of Mary Elkinton whom

his brother D avid

•? V^ / S - Stratton married.

X^L. s^i/s^^* Ss ^» She was born Janu-

^^vfTwWz ary 13j 1724> and

died February 1,
1817, thirty-six years after the death of her husband. They be-
longed to Haddenfield monthly meeting.

His will was made on June 14, 1781. He died on the first day
of the following month.

Children: — Born in Evesham*
+ 34 Isaiah 3 b. 1748; d. 1781.
-35 Anna, 3 b. Dec. 24, 1749; d. Oct. 25, 1786; m. Joshua

Shreeves, who died in 1790.
+ 36 Josiah, 3 b. 1752; d. 1789.
-37 Elizabeth, 3 b. Feb. 13, 1754; d. Jan. 21, 1822; m.

-28 Alice, 3 b. Jan. 3, 1756.
-39 Ruth, 3 b. Mar. 16, 1758; d. Oct. 16, 1790; m. Thomas

Sharp of Evesham, Dec. 7, 1778.
-40 Hope, 3 b. July 23, 1760; d. Mar. 11, 1794; m.

-41 Abigail, 3 b. Mar. 6, 1763; m. John Bates, in 1782. She

died in 1828, and he in 1829. He was only son of John

Bates, the emigrant, who settled in Philadelphia about

1740, and whose wife was Sarah (Collins).
-42 Levi, 3 b. Dec. 9, 1765.

* Much of the data concerning this family is from the old Bible of Abigail
(Stratton) and John Bates. Mark Stratton of Evesham 263

will of enoch strattan 2

I Enoch Strattan of the Township of Evesham in the County
of Burlington in the Western Division of the Province of West
New jersey yeoman being week in Body but of Sound and Perfect
mind and Memory Thanks be to God therefore as for all his other
mercies Calling to mind the mortallity of my Body and knowing
it is appointed for all men once to Die Do make and ordain this
my Last Will and Testament that is to Say Principally and first
of all I Recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty god
that gave it and my Body to the Earth to be buried in Cristianlike
manner at the Dicretion of my Executors herein after Named and
touching such worldly Estate where it hath pleased god to bless
me in this Life I give Divise and Dispose of the Same in the fol-
lowing manner and form.

Imprimis it is my will and I Do hereby orter that in the first
Place all my Just Dets and funeral Charges to be well and truly
to be paid by my Executors as soon as Reasonably majr be after
my Deceas.

Itim I give and bequeath unto my Dearly Beloved Wife Amey
all my movable Estate to her own Proper Use and benefit During
her Natril Life or widowhood and then to be Left at her Discre-
tion to my Daughters then Living & also my Lodging Room
for a home for her and Liberty of the out house Seller & kitching
and Liberty in my orchard for aples for home Use and Liberty
of a gardin and to have a Cow and a horse kept and firewood
brought to ye Dore in Lew of her Dower.

Itim I give and bequeath unto my Sun Isaiah Strattan his
heirs and assigns for Ever all my homestut house & Lot or Planta-
tion Except Eight acres which I hereafter bequeeth Unto my Son
Levi Strattan.

Itim I give and Bequeeth unto my Sun Josiah Strattan his
heirs and assigns for Ever all that house and Lot wheir he now
Liveth Containing Seven acres be the Same more or Less Pro-
vided always that he my Sun Josiah Strattan Do well and truly
Pay or Cause to be Paid unto my aforesaid Wife Amey five Pounds
a year yearly and Every year During the term of Six years and
no Longer but if my wife should Die before the Six years is Ex- 264 A Book of Strattons

pired that my will is that my Sun Josiah shall pay the Remain-
der of the money unto my Sun Levi Strattan when he shall arive
at age of twenty one years.

Itim I give and Bequeeth unto my Sun Levi Strattan his heirs
and assigns for Ever a Certain piece of wood Land Containing
Eight acres to be Survaid of from the west Eand of my homestid
tract where it may best Suit.

Itim I give and Bequeeth unto my three Suns aforesaid Isaiah
Josiah & Levi Strattan a Certain Peas of Ceder Swamp which I
Purched of my Brother Daniel Strattan Shear and Shear alike
to be Divided as may best Suit.

Itim I give and bequth unto my five Daughters Namely Anner
Elizabeth Ruth Hope & Abigal five shilings Each to be Paid to
them in three month after my Deceas.

Itim it is my will and I Do hereby order my Executors to pay
my Just Dets funeral Charges & these five Last Legocyss out of
my movable Estate And I Do make and Constitut ordain and
Appoint my trusty friends Amey Strattan and Isaiah Strattan
my Executors of this my Last will and testament Ratifying
allowing and Conforming this and no other to be my Last Will and
testament In Witnes whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and
Seal the foreteenth Day of June in the year of our Lord one
thousand seven hundred eighty & one.

Enoch Strattan. seal.

Signed Sealled published pronounced and Declared by the
within Named Enoch Strattan as his Last Will and testament in
the presence of us

Ephraim Strattan, John Walling, Thomas Shinn

Amey Stratton and Isaiah Stratton Executrix & Exec r in the
said Will named being duly affirmed do declare that the within
writing contains the true Last Will and Testament of Enoch
Stratton the Testator therein named to the best of their knowl-
edge and belief, that they will well and truly perform the same
first by paying the debts of the said dec'd & then the Legacys in
the said Testament specified so far as the Goods Chattels &
Credits of said dec d can thereto extend that they will make and
exhibit into the Prerogative Office at Burlington a true & perfect
Inventory of all & singular the Goods Chattels & Credits of said Mark Stratton of Evesham 265

dec d that have or shall come to their knowledge or posesion or
to the posesion of any other person or persons for their use and
render a just and true account of their Administration, when
thereto lawfully required.


Affirmed 28 July 1781 Amy + Stratton.

before Jos: Reed Surrogate T mark

Isaiah Strattan.

7. Isaac Stratton 2 (Mark *) was born about 1719. He

married, first Ann (who was the mother of all his children),

and second, Mary Prickett, widow, March 4, 1778. (Date of li-
cense.) She survived him and died in 1795. Her will, recorded
at Trenton, names only her children by her first husband. But
little is known of Isaac Stratton. His name has not been found
on the Friends' records. Perhaps his first marriage was "outside
of the society." His name occurs in the list of men who enlisted
in the French and Indian War, in Captain Enoch Hunt's Com-
pany, Colonel Samuel Hunt's Regiment, raised in the Province
of New Jersey, and to serve one year from May 8, 1761. In his
will he is styled "Isaac Stratton, senior, of the township of Eve-
sham." By this will the six sons are to have five shillings each;
daughter Elizabeth five pounds, and a silver tankard, while the
residue of estate goes to his wife, Mary. The original will is in
the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton.

There seems to have been some difficulty in settling the estate,
and when the will went to probate a large number of depositions
were taken. Jacob Sharp testified that "On the Saturday before
Isaac Stratton died he told the deponent that he was not satisfied
with the writing he had made and wished his youngest son,
Benjamin, to have twenty or thirty pounds, also his horse and
watch and clothes, and he also told deponent about five weeks
before his death that he was not satisfied with the will in the
keeping of Lawrence Webster."

Children: — Probably born in Evesham.

— 43 Abraham. 3

— 44 Isaac, 3 prob. m. Mary Bullen, in Evesham, Dec. 25, 1782.
+45 Thomas, 3 b. Nov. 15, 1755.

-46 John. 3
-47 Sanders. 3 266 A Book of Strattons

— 48 Benjamin. 3

-49 Elizabeth. 3

Of the above sons only Thomas has yet been authentically
traced after the death of their father. The Abraham and John
Stratton who were living in Cumberland and York Counties, Pa.,
in 1780, may belong here. Some of the family may have gone to



In the name of God Amen. I, Isaac Strattan of the Township
of Evesham in the County of Burlington, in the State of New
Jersey, senior, being weak in Body but of sound and desposing
mind memory and understanding do make and publish this my
last will and Testament in manner and form following (to witt)

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to each of my sons Abraham,
Isaac, Thomas, John, Sanders and Benjamin Strattan the sum
of Five Shillings apiece and no more to be paid to them and each
of them in six months after my decease out of my personal estate
by my Executors here in after named.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Strattan
the sum of Five pounds in Gold and Silver coin and my peuter
Tankard and Box Iron and Heaters, the same to be paid and
delivered to her by my said Executors here in after named in
Six months after my decease.

Item. After all my just debts and funeral charges and Ex-
pences be paid and discharged by my Executors here in after
named Then I give divise and bequeath unto my beloved Wife
Mary Strattan and to her Heirs and Assigns for ever All the Rest
Residue and Remainder of my Estate both Real and personal of
what Nature and kind so ever. And I do hereby Nominate con-
stitute and appoint my said Wife Mary Strattan Executrix and
my Friend Lawrence Webster Executor and the Survivor of them
executrix and executor of this my last will and Testament and I
do hereby Revoke annul and make void all former and other
Wills and Testaments by me hereto fore made and do declare
this and only this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness
thereof I the said Isaac Strattan set my Hand and Seal this Mark Stratton of Evesham 267.

Thirteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and eighty-one.


14. Joseph Stratton 3 (David, 2 Mark l ) was born in Evesham,
N. J., December 9, 1743.* He married Naomi Quinn, daughter
of Benjamin Quinn.-\ Their marriage license is dated March 30,
1765. Five years later they moved to Virginia, taking with them
a certificate from Evesham monthly meeting to Hopewell
monthly meeting.

"Hopewell monthly meeting, Va., 5 mo. 7, 1770. Joseph
Stratton produced a certificate from Evesham, N. J., for self,
wife Naomi and children Sarah and Joseph."

Here five more children were born unto them. In 1779 Joseph
was appointed to take subscriptions for the printing of John
Churchman's Journal, at Culpepper monthly meeting. In this
year his three children Benjamin, Hannah and Jacob are men-
tioned on the meeting records. In 1780, by a division of Hope-
well, the family became members of Crooked Run monthly meet-
ing, x

* This date, and many others of this family are from the old family Bible
of Joseph and Naomi, now in possession of their great-grandchildren.

t The story is that Benjamin Quinn was kidknapped from Ireland when a
schoolboy, brought to America and sold into slavery for a term of years;
that he was of wealthy parentage, for when noticed on shipboard, he wore
fine linen and silver knee and shoe buckles.

% As early as 1730 members of the Society of Friends began to move west-
ward and southwestward along the navigable waterways. About 1732 Alex-
ander Ross obtained from the Governor and Council of Virginia a grant of
100,000 acres of land on Opequan Creek, a tributary to the Potomac River,
in Virginia, with the intention of establishing a Quaker settlement. The
emigration of Friends began immediately into this region from Maryland,
Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and some parts of New England, especially
Nantucket. Meetings were established at Monoquesy, on a river of that
name, and at Hopewell in Frederick County, five miles north of Winchester,
Va. At first these were under the charge of Nottingham monthly meeting.
In 1735 they were organized into Hopewell monthly meeting, under the
auspices of Chester quarterly meeting. This monthly meeting embraced all
the territory to the west and southwest as far as settlements had been made.
Wherever a little company of Friends settled a "meeting" was established, 268 A Book of Strattons

Six years later, they moved to Campbell County, Va., locating
near Lynchburg, where there was a large Society of Friends.
Here they became connected with the South River meeting, bring-
ing a certificate from Crooked Run, dated April 29, 1786, for
"Joseph Stratton, wife Naomi and seven children, namely, Sarah,
Joseph, May, Benjamin, Hannah, Jacob and Joel Stratton."

In the society here, as at Hopewell and Crooked Run, Joseph
and Naomi became prominent members. Their names are often
on the records of South River and Seneca meetings. Old South
River meetinghouse is still standing a few miles out of Lynchburg
and is known as the "Old Quaker Church." It is now used, how-
ever, by the Presbyterians who, a few years ago, purchased it
and restored it from the ruins into which it had fallen. Seneca
meetinghouse, near South River, has long since passed away.

Children: — Born in New Jersey.

— 50 Sarah, 4 living in Campbell Co., Va., unm. in 1793.

and a meetinghouse built, as at South River, Campbell County, Va. (near the
Bedford County line), at Redstone, Fayette County, Pa., Westland, Washing-
ton County, Pa., Center and Middletown meetings in Ohio and many others.
Of this emigration James Pleasant Bell says: "Their movement was parallel
to that of the Scotch-Irish. These two waves passed over the same ground
at the same time, but the two did not intermingle, for the gentle and peace-
loving Friend, who decried all war, avoided the holding of office, sought not
his own, and put his abiding faith in the personal presence of God, free grace
and the powers to be, had little in common with the restless, aggressive,
fighting, ruling Scotch-Irish, or the democratic but stern tenets of Calvinism."

These meetings were under the care of Hopewell, and a part of Baltimore
yearly meeting, until at various dates from 1757 to 1803 they were established
as separate monthly meetings, with the right to receive certificates of mem-
bership. In 1812 the Ohio yearly meeting was established, embracing Red-
stone, Westland, Center, Middletown, Miami and other meetings in Ohio.
As early, at least, as 1810 monthly meetings were established at White River,
Wayne County and Blue River, Washington County, Indiana.

The records of these monthly meetings are a valuable source of information
concerning the westward emigration of the families connected with them.
A member of any meeting carried with him a dated certificate from the meeting with which he had been connected. This was lodged in the monthly meeting nearest his new home. On the books of these meetings, records were made of certificates given and received.

"Between the lines" of these records may be read many a thrilling story of the journeyings of these gentle Friends, along the "blazed ways," through the almost unbroken wilderness of the new West and of the building of their new homes, with the "red men of the forest" for their nearest neighbors. Mark Stratton of Evesham 269

+ 51 Joseph, 4 b. 1769; d. 1831.
Born in Virginia.

-52 Mary, 4 living in 1786.

+ 53 Benjamin, 4 b. 1773; d. 1851.

-54 Hannah. 4

+ 55 Jacob, 4 b. abt. 1780.

+ 56 Joel, 4 b. before 1786.

There may have been other children, although South River records mention only these seven. In the fall of 1802, Joseph and Naomi, with children Hannah and Joel, left Virginia, taking with them a certificate from South River to Westland.

They settled in Ohio. Their son Jacob and his wife came to Ohio at about the same time, and Joseph and Benjamin soon followed. Later Jacob and Joel moved to Indiana. Of the daughters, Sarah, Mary and Hannah, the compiler has found nothing more.

15. Eli as Stratton 3 (David, 2 Mark 2 ) was born in Evesham, N. J. The date of his birth has not been found, nor any record of his marriage. In 1770 he went to Frederick County, Va., and on July 7 of that year was with his brother Joseph at Hopewell monthly meeting, and had with him a certificate from Evesham meeting. A year later, about the time of his father's death, he returned to New Jersey. On the records of Hopewell we find the following: "On the 6th of the 5 mo., 1771, Elias Stratton of Crooked Run monthly meeting, requested a certificate to Evesham, N. J., but at the next meeting it was reported that he was likely to return from that place. A certificate was signed for him at Hopewell 12 mo. 2, 1771 and ordered sent to him." Nothing has been found to show that this certificate was ever deposited in New Jersey and it seems more probable that he returned to Virginia and settled in Frederick County, and perhaps some of the Strattons who appear in that vicinity in the next generation were his children. It is not unlikely that his brother Mark settled in Virginia also, since no mention of him has been found in New Jersey after his father's death in 1771.

From about 1785 to 1815 more than twenty families of Strattons left Virginia and settled in the States to the north and west of the "Old Dominion." Many of them found homes in Pennsylvania and Ohio, 270 A Book of Strattons

some tarried in Kentucky and Tennessee, — their children in most cases moving still farther west. The country was new and sparsely settled. The Allegheny Mountains divided them from their former homes. Their new homes were widely separated, the roads often inaccessible and communication between the different families was infrequent. Little attention was paid to the keeping of family records. It is not strange, then, that knowledge of ancestral lines was lost, or became very in- distinct with the passing away of the first generation in the new country. Their descendants to-day, in tracing their connection with the earlier Strattons, must in many cases depend mainly upon tradition and a few incomplete records from old family Bibles. The difficulty is increased by the fact that there were two entirely distinct lines of Strattons in the same part of Virginia, — the New Jersey-Virginia Strattons, and the descendants
of Edward Stratton of Bermuda Hundred.

That both lines were early represented in Kentucky and Tennes- see is well known. The county records are too incomplete to afford much help, though a thorough search of deeds might give some clews. To which line each early settler belonged can be determined in most cases only by a careful study of all records and traditions found among their descendants. Quite an exten- sive correspondence with descendants of several different branches has led the compiler to the conclusion that the following, at least, are descendants of Mark Stratton * of New Jersey, though proof of their parentage is yet lacking:

+ III Seth Stratton, b. 1762; came from Frederick Co., Va., to Shelby Co., Ky., abt. 1805.

+ IV William Stratton, moved from Spottsylvania Co., Va., to Trimble Co., Ky., soon after 1795.

+ V Absalom Stratton, came from Va. to Simpson Co., Ky., abt. 1809.

+ VI Caleb Stratton, b. in Va. in 1793, settled in Ohio after 1819.

While the following came from Virginia at about the same time, not enough data has yet been found to connect them with ancestral lines.*

* Their descendants have been quite fully traced, and will be given in Vol. II, before the completion of which it is hoped their ancestry may be determined. Mark Stratton of Evesham 271

a James Stratton, b. near Lynchburg, Va.; m. Dicey Russell, settled in Sumner Co., Tenn., before 1812; was at the Battle of New Orleans. b Thomas E. Stratton, b. in Va. abt. 1775; settled near Nash- ville, Tenn., abt. 1805; m. Elizabeth, d. of Willis S. and Elizabeth (McLaren) Swan. c William Stratton, b. in Va.; settled in Nashville, coming via N. C; m. 1st, Mary Snow; 2d, Deliah Balden, in 1825. d John Stratton, b. in Va.; m. Dica Mayo; settled near Louisville, Ky., before 1810.
e William Stratton, b. in Va. abt. 1789; settled in Logan Co., Ky., abt. 1812.
f William Stratton, b. in Va., Dec. 22, 1779; m. Rhoda Bennett; settled in Shelby Co., Ky., abt. 1810.
g Hiram Stratton, b. in Va.; settled in Floyd Co., Ky., before 1811; m. Hannah Lesley. (Associated with him, perhaps brothers or cousins, are Harry Stratton, Solomon Stratton, Cornelius Stratton and Tandy Stratton.)
h Robertson Stratton, b. in Va. abt. 1800; settled near Russellville, Ky.; had a cousin John Stratton whose son, Marshall, was an early settler at Carlinville, 111. The facts given above were furnished the compiler by descendants of these early Strattons in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Proof is lacking to show the relationship which existed between them, and their connection with Virginia lines. That this proof may yet be found the compiler does not doubt. Clews are being followed up, and county records and deeds searched, — for the results of which it is thought best not longer to delay this volume. Will not descendants of each branch take pains to collect and contribute any records, or traditions which may help to establish "missing links"?

17. Daniel Stratton 3 (David, 2 Mark *) was born in Evesham, December 15, 1750. By trade he was a carpenter and cabinetmaker. He married, first, in New Jersey about 1774. In October, 1779, he was at South River monthly meeting in Virginia, as a "Visiting Friend."

The certificate which he presented these shows that he was then "of Evesham." He moved to Virginia soon after, settling 272 A Book of Strattons

in Campbell County, near Lynchburg. The South River meeting records contain the birth of six of his children. October 10, 1901, Daniel Stratton, with wife Shady, and children Margaret, John, Mary, Daniel and Elias, were given a certificate from South River. This certificate was presented at Westland, January 23, 1802. They settled on the Western Reserve, in Logan County, Ohio, not far from West Liberty.*

A granddaughter, still living (aged 90 years) remembers seeing Daniel Stratton when she was about nine years old. He had come on horseback from West Liberty to Clinton County to visit his son Mahlon.

She remembers him as a tall, slender old gentleman in Quaker dress. He was a man of strong convictions, very decided in his ideas of right and wrong. He had lived for twenty-two years in Virginia and left there on account of his intense dislike of the institution of slavery. He died January 14, 1836, aged 85 years and 19 days.f

Children: — Probably born at Evesham, N. J.

+ 57 Mahlon, 4 b. 1775; d. 1860.

-58 Amy, 4 m. Nathan Brown in Ohio, Dec. 18, 1806. Births recorded at South River, Va.

-59 David, 4 b. June 6, 1782; m. Mary Garwood, Mar. 12, 1807.

+ 60 John, 4 b. 1784; m. Esther Garwood, Oct. 15, 1807.

-61 Margaret, 4 b. Aug. 11, 1787; m. David Oglesby; lived at Painters ville, O.

-62 Mary, 4 b. Feb. 6, 1793; m. Thomas Garwood, Mar. 20, 1809.

* In 1787 the famous ordinance for governing the territory northwest of the Ohio contained a stipulation that "religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged, and hereafter, forever, there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in this territory except as a punishment for crime." It was this ordinance that encouraged so many Quakers to leave Virginia for the Western Reserve.

t Daniel married more than once. Family traditional records differ con- cerning his wives' names and dates of marriage. One record says that he married first, Shady Grubb, second, Sophia Bryan, third, Nancy Hull (n6e Garfield). Another that his first wife was Mary, the mother of the two eldest children, and that Shady was the mother of all the other children, that she died soon after the family came to Ohio. It is quite certain, at any rate, that Shady was the mother of the six younger children. Mark Stratton of Evesham 273

-63 Daniel, 4 b. Mar. 9, 1797.

+ 64 Elias, 4 b. 1798.

These Stratton-Garwood marriages are recorded on the Hope- well monthly meeting records. Ohio yearly meeting, it will be remembered, was not organized until 1812.

19. Joshua Stratton 3 {Daniel, 2 Mark *) was born in Evesham, Burlington County, N. J., November 28, 1739. He married Elizabeth Brannin in May, 1761; daughter of Michael and Eliza- beth (Norcross) Brannin. Michael Brannin was son of Francis and Bridget Brannin, and Elizabeth was a daughter of John and Mary Norcross. After Joshua's marriage he lived for a while in the eastern part of Now Jersey at Great Egg Harbor, but re- turned to Evesham and was living there in 1796. He was con- nected with Haddenfield monthly meeting. In 1810 he moved from New Jersey to Ohio, with his sons Michael and Stacy and their families, and his daughter Elizabeth. They settled at Salem, in Columbiana County, where their son Aaron Stratton had settled three years earlier.

Children: — Born in New Jersey.

-65 Lydia, 4 b. Jan. 9, 1762; m. Samuel Warwick, Jr., and died before 1796.

-66 Phoebe, 4 b. Feb. 12, 1763.

+ 67 Aaron, 4 b. 1764; d. 1821.

+ 68 Michael, 4 b. 1766; d. 1858.

-69 Anne, 4 b. Feb. 19, 1768; m. Thomas Johnson.

-70 Asa, 4 b. Nov. 16, 1769.

-71 Daniel, 4 b. Jan. 29, 1771; d. 1803; administrator, Michael Stratton; Sureties, Marmaduke and Henry Smith; inventory of estate made by Nathaniel Buzby and John Stratton, value $654.14. No wife or children mentioned.

-72 Mary, 4 b. Dec. 21, 1772.

+ 73 Stacy, 4 b. 1774; d. 1835.

-74 Elizabeth, 4 b. Sept. 21, 1776; m. James Langstaff; lived in Ohio.

-75 John, 4 b. Nov. 18, 1778.

It will be noticed that Asa and John are not named in their grandfather's will. It is thought that they died, without issue, 274 A Book of Strattons

before 1796. No record of Mary has been found; the rest of the family settled in Ohio.

20. Jonathan Stratton 3 (Daniel, 2 Mark x ) was born June 9, 1741, married Sarah Owen, daughter of Rowland and Prudence

Owen of Welch

^^T Jfr ancestry. Their

*M*ms4f±s* JZ*. SjS home was the old

*?&47t0t*L &**9t*&**-i Stratton homestead given to

Jonathan by his father's will. He died September 8, 1805.


+ 76 Job, 4 b. 1765.

+ 77 Owen, 4 b. 1769; d. 1843.

-78 Noah, 4 b. 1770; living in Philadelphia in 1813.

+ 79 Eli, 4 b. 1772; d. 1838.

-80 Prudence, 4 b. 1778.

-81 Caleb, 4 b. 1781.

-82 William, 4 b. 1783.

-83 Naomi, 4 b. 1786.

This (81) may be the Caleb Stratton who settled near Bellbrook, Ohio, where he was a silversmith. Of William and Noah nothing more has been found. As Owen, Prudence and Naomi are the only ones mentioned in their grandfather's will, it is thought all the others had left Evesham before 1796?

22. Amos Stratton 3 (Daniel 2 Mark l ) was the third son of Daniel. He was born about 1743. No record of his marriage or of his death has been found, but in 1796 he was married and living on a farm of fifty-four acres in Burlington County, — land which was given him by his father. He was one of the executors of his father's will.


-84 Hannah, 4

-85 Rachel, 4

These two children are named in their grandfather's will in 1796, of which Amos was one of the executors. Nothing more is known of the family. 24. David Stratton 3 {Daniel, 2 Mark 1 ) married Rebecca Owen, daughter of Rowland and Prudence (Powell) Owen. Rowland was son of Joshua Owen, the emigrant from Wales. David Stratton died in 1784, leaving eight children. His widow died in December, 1795, leaving a will in which all the children are named.

Children :

+86 John, 4 b. 1773; d. 1857.

-87 Joseph, 4 b. 1775.

—88 Martha, 4 m. Win. Cowperthwaite.

—89 Heptha, 4 m. Joseph Prichard.

-90 Ann, 4 m. Samuel Bassett.

— 91 Rebecca, 4 m. John Rogers.

— 92 Sarah, 4 m. Moses Lippincott.

— 93 Beulah, 4 unmarried in 1795.

These daughters were prominent members of the society of Friends. Martha was known to a large circle of acquaintances in New Jersey as "Grandmother Cowperthwaite." It is from the record left by her that we learn of the burial of Mark Stratton. 1

26. Ephraim Stratton 3 (John, 2 Mark J ) was born at Medford, N. J., April, 1747. He married Margaret Minion, daughter of Stephen Minion, September 15, 1773. She g , ,

mo. WJES 9*W. QMdtif*

he married Rachel

Shinn, daughter of John and Lydia (Carter) Shinn. She died in 1798. In 1802 he married Hannah Palmer, daughter of Jona- than and Ann Palmer. He died in 1827. The old residence of Ephraim Stratton is still standing. It is near the village of Cross Keys, south of Medford. It was built about 1795.
Children: — Born in Medford.

By first marriage.
+94 Ruben, 4 b. 1776; d. 1864.
-95 John, 4 b. Apr. 26, 1777.

-96 Alice, 4 b. June 26, 1779; m. Edward Bolton, son of Reuben Bolton.
By second marriage.
-97 Lydia, 4 b. Aug. 20, 1786; m. John R. Sleeper. 276 A Book of Strattons

31. Enoch Stratton 3 (John, 2 Mark 1 ) was born January 3, 1762. He married Hannah Brannin, April 11, 1792, at Upper Evesham monthly meeting. She was born January 9, 1761, and died November 10, 1829. She was a daughter of John and Jane (Moore) Brannin. Enoch and Hannah lived near Medford, and their farm was probably a part of the original Stratton estate. The house built by Enoch is still standing, on land adjoining the old home of his brother Ephraim, built about the same time.

To this house Enoch took his bride in 1792. Here all his children were born, and here he died, August 18, 1826, and Hannah two years later.

Children :

-98 Dorothy, 4 b. Jan. 28, 1793; m. March 26, 1816, Daniel Zelley, son of Daniel and Bathshuba (Braddock) Zelley, who was born May 14, 1791.*

-99 Abi, 4 b. Dec. 16, 1794; d. Apr. 26, 1859, unmarried.

+ 100 John, 4 b. 1796; d. 1839.

-101 Achsah, 4 b. Dec. 20, 1798; m. Mar. 17, 1899, Samuel Reeves, son of Joseph and Martha (Carpenter) Reeves.

+ 102 Enoch, 4 b. 1801 ; d. 1804.

- 103 William, 4 b. Sept. 28, 1804; d. Aug. 10, 1827, unmarried.

34. Isaiah Stratton 3 (Enoch, 2 Mark l ) was born April 23,

1748, married Mary . His will, dated December 22, 1781,

gives to his wife the homestead, and to his son Gideon all other lands; to daughters Elizabeth and Hope, £10 each.

Executors to this will are his wife Mary, and friend Job Collins; witnesses, Hope Stratton, Enoch and Isaac Evans. It was probated January 7, 1782. He died December 26, 1781, aged 33 years.

Children :

+ 104 Gideon, 4 b. 1776.

-105 Elizabeth, 4

-106 Hope, 4 m. Abraham Reeves, Jan. 13, 1803; she d. July 3, 1819, and he m. 2d, Mary Matlock.

* Enoch 3 wrote his name "Strattan" as do many of his descendants.

The second son of Dorothy and Daniel was Daniel Stratton Zelley. He married Sarah B. Ashead, daughter of Amos and Sarah (Butcher) Ashead. They had four sons, the second of whom was William Henry Zelley, who has kindly furnished the compiler many records on this line of Strattons.


On the stone road, going from Medford to Cross Keys, looking south toward the original Mark Stratton estate.

On the right is the John Stratton house (100, chart M). Between this house and the barn the Enoch Stratton house appears in the distance. {Page 276.) At the left is the homestead of Daniel and Dorothy Stratton Zelley (98, chart M), while the small white spot, in the distance, near the center of the picture, shows the position of the old Ephraim Stratton home. (Page 275.) Mark Stratton of Evesham 277

These are the only children named in the will. They were probably born in Evesham Township, as Isaiah was " of Evesham " at the date of his will.

36. Josiah Stratton 3 {Enoch, 2 Mark x ) was born in Evesham, N. J., June 18, 1752. He married Mary Davidson, daughter of William Davidson and Tacy, his wife.

Mary was born September 22, 1749, and died March 3, 1809. They lived in Woolwich Township, Gloucester County, N. J. In his will dated January 8, 1789, he refers to himself as "a cordwainer." The will gives to his wife about one-third of the estate and divides the remainder equally among the children "when they come of age." He was a farmer, as well as a cordwainer, and was a member of the Society of Friends. January 28, twenty days after the making of his will, "Josiah Stratton departed this life, at his dwelling-house in Woolwich Township." He was interred in the Friends' burying ground at Upper Evesham, January 30, 1789. The will was proved the following June.

Children :

+ 107 Isaiah, 4 b. 1782; d. 1816.

- 108 Bethuel. 4

+ 109 Josiah. 4

-110 William. 4

-Ill Elias. 4

These five children are mentioned in the father's will. Information is wanted concerning the younger sons, William and Elias.

45. Thomas Stratton 3 (Isaac, 2 Mark 1 ) was born November 15, 1755, and on February 23, 1777, he married Sarah Matlock in Evesham. She was the daughter of Joshua Matlock and was born October 10, 1756.

Children :

-112 Jacob, 4 b. Sept. 6, 1778.

-113 Ebenezer, 4 b. Dec. 18, 1780; d. young.

-114 Allen, 4 b. Dec. 7, 1782.

-115 Elizabeth, 4 b. Oct. 8, 1786.

+ 116 Bradford, 4 b. 1789 .

-117 George, 4 b. May 9, 1793.

-118 Ebenezer, 4 b. Nov. 29, 1794.

-119 Charles, 4 b. Jan. 18, 1797. 278 A Book of Strattons

Allen, George and Ebenezer were evidently living in Philadelphia, 1810 to 1820, as these names occur in the city directories of those dates. Later information of them, and of their brothers, Jacob and Charles, is desired.

51. Joseph Stratton 4 (Joseph, 3 David, 2 Mark *) was born in Evesham, February 6, 1769. He was but two years old when his father moved to Virginia (Frederick County) and but fifteen when the family settled in Campbell County, Va. Here he lived until he was forty-three years of age.

He was a man of energy and enterprise and early made a place for himself. He owned a mill and a farm. Like all other Friends, he was strongly opposed to slavery. December 9, 1792, he married Theodocia Moorman, daughter of Micajah and Susannah Moorman, of Campbell County, "a woman of strong force of character and devoutly religious." *

In 1809, Joseph and Dosha (as in most of the records her name is written) left Virginia with their six children and went to Clinton County, Ohio, where he had taken a quarter section of land.
Their home was on Lytles Creek, about nine miles west of Wilmington. Dosha died October 25, 1823. Five years later, April 15, 1828, Joseph married Rebecca (Kinley) Harvey, widow of Samuel Harvey and daughter of Edward and Margaret (Waymise) Kinley. To this second marriage two children were born. Joseph died February 7, 1831, aged 62 years, respected and honored by all who knew him. Both he and Dosha are buried in the old burial ground at Lytte church.

* The Moormans were among the first settlers of Lynchburg. There was an early marriage between the Moorman and Lynch families. This marriage certificate of Joseph and Theodocia was signed by 29 witnesses, among them are the names Stratton, Moorman, Johnson, Bloxsour, Greeg, Schofield and Betts. In addition to these names the following appear as witnesses to the marriage of Mahlon Stratton and Sarah Moorman: Hunnicut, Stanton, Burgess and Via. Other names occurring often as witnesses to marriages in the old Seneca and South River meetings are Crew, Macey, Fisher, Terrell, Pleasant, Butler, Kirby, Holloway, Hanna, Paxon, Pidgeon, Daugherty, Coffin, Preston, Liggett, Schooly and Russell. Certificates of removal show that people of these names settled in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, coming from Virginia about the beginning of the nineteenth century. Mark Stratton of Evesham 279

Children: — Born in Campbell Co., Va.

By first marriage.
+ 120 David, 5 b. 1793; d. 1867. See Vol. II.
-121 Susannah, 5 b. Nov. 2, 1795; m. first, Thomas Thatcher,

and, second, William Hadley; d. Aug. 18, 1880.
-122 Nancy, 5 b. Nov. 16, 1797; m. Joshua Moore in 1816;

d. in Dec, 1881.
+ 123 Joseph P., 5 b. 1800; d. 1879. See Vol. II.
+ 124 Micajah, 5 b. 1802; d. 1857. See Vol. II.
-125 Esther, 5 b. Feb. 4, 1804; m. John Pyle, Feb. 4, 1820.

Born in Clinton Co., O.
+ 126 Benjamin, 5 b. 1812; d. 1897. See Vol. II.

By second marriage.
-127 Rebecca, 5 b. 1829.
+ 128 Edward Kinley, 5 b. 1831. See Vol. II.

53. Benjamin Stratton 4 (Joseph 3 David 2 Mark *) was born April 17, 1773 near Winchester in Virginia. In 1786 he came with his father's family to Campbell County, Va.

He married Amy Curl, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Curl, in South River meetinghouse, January 29, 1796. She was born in 1777. They lived in Virginia about six years after their marriage and their children were born to them there.

At a monthly meeting held at Redstone, Fayette County, Pa., April 12, 1802, this record was made: "Benjamin Stratton produced a certificate for himself, wife Amy and children Rebecca, Naomi and Levi, from South River, Va., dated October 10, 1801, and indorsed at Westland, Washington County, Penn., March 10, 1802."

Two years later he requested a certificate for himself, wife and children from Redstone to Middletown monthly meeting. This was signed for him November 30, 1804. Later he removed to Henry County, Ind., where he died March 2, 1851. He was a farmer and blacksmith.

Amy died July 7, 1866.

Children :

- 129 Rebecca, 5 b. Dec. 24, 1797; m. Caleb Cope, Nov. 13, 1818.

-130 Naomi, 5 b. July 28, 1798; m. Isaac James; d. 1849.

+ 131 Levi, 5 b. 1800; d. 1889. See Vol. II. 280 A Book of Strattons

+ 132 Ephraim, 5 b. 1804. See Vol. II.

+ 133 Benjamin, 5 b. 1806. See Vol. II.

-134 Jerusha, 5 b. June 1-22, 1808; m. Thomas Ball; d. in Straughus, Ind., July 23, 1837.
-135 Martha, 5 b. Oct. 17, 1810; m. John Stewart, Aug. 29, 1828; d. Oct. 8, 1885.
-136 Mary, 5 b. Oct. 17, 1812; m. Isaac Parker, May 30, 1831.
+ 137 Joseph, 5 b. 1815; d. 1884. See Vol. II.
- 138 Samuel, 5 b. Sept. 1, 1817; d. unmarried in 1834.
-139 Luma, 5 b. Mar. 23, 1820; m. Robert Hall, Oct. 2, 1839; d. Sept. 8, 1841.

55. Jacob Stratton 4 (Joseph* David, 2 Mark 1 ) came to Campbell County, Va., with his father in 1786. He was probably born in Frederick County, Va.

He married Rebecca Curl, (daughter of Joseph Curl), whose sister Amy his brother Benjamin had married. They were married in Seneca meetinghouse November 12, 1800. To this marriage certificate are the signatures of twenty-two witnesses, among whom are Hannah Stratton, Amy Stratton, Daniel Stratton, Dosha Stratton, Shady Stratton, Joel Stratton and Benjamin Stratton. Two years later Jacob and Rebecca left Virginia.

Westland (Pa.) monthly meeting records contain this entry: "Jacob Stratton, with wife Rebecca, with certificate from South River dated 9 mo. 11, 1802, received at Westland 1 mo. 24, 1803, by way of Middletown."

Children :

-140 Joel, 5 b. Oct, 13, 1801.

-141 Hannah, 5 b. Sept. 29, 1803.

-142 Anna, 5 b. Nov. 19, 1805.

- 143 Mark, 5 b. Nov. 21, 1807.

-144 Sarah, 5 b. Jan. 5, 1810.

There were other children than those recorded here. Their names and other information concerning this family is wanted.

56. Joel Stratton 4 (Joseph, 3 David, 2 Mark l ) was born in Virginia about 1783, and came to Ohio with his father's family in 1802. He married, September 5, 1811, Rebecca Reed, daughter of Robert and Rebecca Reed. Mark Stratton of Evesham 281

From Ohio they moved to Indiana, after which the compiler has not been able to trace them. Information concerning them is desired.

57. Mahlon Stratton 4 (Daniel, 3 David, 2 Mark 1 ) was born July 1, 1775, in New Jersey, probably in Evesham Township, and moved, while yet a little child, with his father's family to Campbell County, Va. Here he was connected with the South River monthly meeting of which he became a prominent member. He was a farmer, and worked also at the carpenter's trade. October 17, 1898, he married Sarah Moorman, daughter of Mi- cajah and Susannah Moorman. In the fall of 1809 they removed to Ohio.

"10 mo. 14, 1809, Mahlon Stratton, Sarah his wife and five children, Levi, David, Susannah, Mary and Mahlon were given a certificate from South River to Center monthly meeting." This certificate was presented at Center monthly meeting about five months later. They lived for about ten years in Green County and then moved to Clinton County, settling on Lytle Creek, near where his cousin, Joseph Stratton, had settled a few years before, and whose wife was a sister of Sarah Moorman Stratton.

Of Mahlon Stratton, a granddaughter, who remembers him well, writes the compiler: "He was a wonderful man in many respects. Coming to Ohio when the county was new and heavily timbered, with Indians and wild animals a plenty, he built a comfortable house for his family, doing all the work, with his own hands, — felling the trees, hewing the logs and making the shingles; even making the bricks for the chimneys and building the large fireplace. He made all the furniture, — chairs, tables, bedsteads, bureaus, — having been taught the cabinetmaker's trade by his father in Virginia. This home, with its orchard and flower garden, soon became noted for its hospitable cheerfulness. The Indians ever found in him, and his gifted wife, wise councilors and friends and none were ever turned cold or hungry from his door. He gave the land for a meetinghouse, gave much of the timber and helped to build the house. His wife, Sarah, was of a poetic nature and her descendants preserve several poems which she composed while working among her flowers, or about her house- hold duties." 282 A Book of Strattons

Mahlon died April 12, 1860, and Sarah, February 6, 1863. Both are buried in the little graveyard which he gave to the Quakers.
Children: — Born in Campbell Co., Va.
+ 145 Levi, 5 b. 1799; d. 1894. See Vol. II.
+ 146 David, 5 b. 1801. See Vol. II.
— 147 Susannah, 5 b. 1803; d. at the age of eight years.
-148 Micajah, 5 b. 1805; d. aged nine months.
-149 Mary, 5 b. 1807; m. Robert Dawson.
+ 150 Mahlon, 5 b. 1809. See Vol. II.

Born in Ohio.
- 151 Sarah, 5 b. 1812 ; m. Joel Hays.
— 152 Rachel, 5 b. 1815; m. Manson Moorman.
- 153 Elizabeth, 5 b. 1817; unmarried; living in 1907.
-154 Esther, 6 b. 1819; d. unmarried.
- 155 Susan, 6 b. 1822; m. Samuel P. Rayburn.

60. John Stratton 4 (Daniel, 3 David, 2 Mark a ) was born in
Campbell County, Va., December 16, 1784, and came to Ohio in 1802. He married Esther Garwood, October 15, 1807, sister of Mary and Thomas Garwood, and daughter of Isaiah and Mary Garwood of Hopewell, Va. They lived in Fairfield Township, Columbiana Co., where John died about 1825. He was a farmer and carpenter.*

Children: — Born in Fairfield Township, Columbiana Co., Ohio.

-156 Amy, 5 b. Dec. 14, 1809.

- 157 Ruth, 5 b. Apr. 24, 1812.

-158 Sabina, 5 b. June 16, 1814; d. Nov. 26, 1827.

+ 159 David, 5 b. June 28, 1816. See Vol. II.

-160 Levi, 5 b. Sept. 10, 1819; d. Nov. 24, 1827.

- 161 Isaiah, 5 b. Mar. 14, 1822; d. Jan. 12, 1827.

-162 John, 5 b. 1824; d. Nov. 24, 1827.

- 163 Mary, 5 b. Aug. 26, 1827.

64. Elias Stratton 4 (Daniel, 3 David, 2 Mark *) was born in

* This record is given by a grandson of John. 4 John may have lived just across the Columbiana County line, in Beaver County, Pa., where a will of a John Stratton was filed on November 24, 1840. He left his personal and real estate to his wife Esther, who was his executor, and names no children. The witnesses were Moses Welch and John R. Braden. Mark Stratton of Evesham 283

Virginia, June 2, 1798, and came with his parents to Ohio when he was four years old. He married Mary Ingledew, August 31, 1820. This marriage is recorded on the Hopewell records. He was a farmer and lived in Logan County, and later in Union County, Ohio. He died at Big Spring, Ohio, in March, 1867.
Children: — Born in Union County, Ohio.
-164 Shady S., 5 b. June 16, 1821; m. Joseph Gloscock.
-165 Elmira G., 5 b. Oct. 22, 1822; m. 1st, Wm. Stillwell,
2d, Frank Patterson, 3d, Jonathan Henry; d. in the West.
-166 Mary M., 5 b. Aug. 3, 1824; m. 1st, Wm. T. Campbell,

2d, Solomon Dayton; d. in Plattsburg, Ohio, 1888.
+ 167 William I., 5 b. 1826; d. 1883. See Vol. II.
-168 Rebecca A., 5 b. May 27, 1829; m. Jacob Evans; d. in

+ 169 Daniel M., 5 b. 1833. See Vol. II.
-170 Lucinda F., 5 b. May 27, 1842; m. 1st, Valentine Wilson,

1860, 2d, Henry Devault.
+ 171 Elias J. Hamilton, 5 b. 1844. See Vol. II.
- 172 Mary Sophia, 5 b. Oct. 20, 1848; m. Wm. Bennett.

67. Aaron Stratton 4 (Joshua, 3 Daniel, 2 Mark 1 ) was born September 16, 1764. He lived from 1796 to 1806 at Great Egg Harbor, in the eastern part of Burlington County, — the part that later became Atlantic County. He was a millwright and built a mill at Egg Harbor. He married Jerusha Smith.

In 1797-98 he made a trip to Pennsylvania and Ohio, and January 6, 1798, was at Redstone monthly meeting "a visiting minister in good esteem," having with him a certificate from the monthly meeting of Egg Harbor and Cape May, N. J., dated October 4, 1797. Eight years later, in the fall of 1806, he re- moved with his family to Salem, Ohio, where he died in 1821.* He was a lifelong member of the Society of Friends, and held in high esteem by all who knew him.

Children: — Born at Great Egg Harbor, N. J.

-173 Evi,° b. 1796; d. 1841, in Salem, Ohio.

+ 174 Aaron, 5 b. 1799; d. 1871. See Vol. II.

* The first settlement at Salem was in 1801. 284 A Book of Strattons

68. Michael Stratton 4 (Joshua, 3 Daniel, 2 Mark ! ) was born January 6, 1766; married Rhoda Alton in 1788, and lived near Haddenfield, in Gloucester County (now Camden County), N. J., until the spring of 1810, when he moved with his family of eleven children to Salem, Ohio. He was a "school master of ye olden time," and a man well known and greatly respected in the community, a consistent and lifelong Friend. He lived to see all his children married and settled in homes of their own, dying at the age of 92 years.

Children: — Born in Gloucester County, N. J.

+ 175 Josiah, 5 b. 1788; d. 1846. See Vol. II.

+ 176 Charles, 5 b. 1790; d. 1852. See Vol. II.

+ 177 Joseph, 3 b. 1792; d. 1843. See Vol. II.

-178 Ann, 5 b. 1793; d. aged two years.

-179 Ross, 5 b. Feb. 25, 1795; d. aged five months.

+ 180 Joshua, 5 b. 1798; d. 1826. See Vol. II.

+ 181 Daniel, 5 b. 1799; d. 1872. See Vol. II.

-182 Elizabeth, 4 b. Jan. 10, 1800; d. June 7, 1866; m. Barton Dean, 1840.

+ 183 Aaron, 5 b. 1801 ; d. 1885. See Vol. II.

-184 Mary, 5 b. 1805; d. Oct. 23, 1874; m. Jacob Barber.

-185 Abigail, 5 b. 1807; d. Dec. 18, 1846; m. Jonathan Reed.

-186 Michael, 5 b. Sept. 13, 1808; d. unmarried, Feb. 1, 1843.

+ 187 George, 5 b. 1809; d. 1834. See Vol. II.

73. Stacy Stratton 4 (Joshua, 3 Daniel, 2 Mark x ) was born in New Jersey, September 13, 1774, married Hannah Lippincott about 1795, and lived near Haddenfield, N. J., until May, 1810, when he came with others of his father's family to Ohio, where his brother Aaron had located three years earlier. Here he lived twenty-five years, dying in 1835. He lived on a farm about six miles from Salem, and was prosperous in his vocation as a farmer, and was one of the solid, reliable men of the community. His old farmhouse is still standing. He was raised in the Quaker church, but lost his birthright in the society by marrying outside of it.

Children: — Born in New Jersey.

-188 Elizabeth, 5 b. Sept. 12, 1796; m. Daniel Dole; d. 1890.

-189 Samuel, 5 b. Nov. 24, 1798; d. unmarried.

( >\yex Stratton House

South of Medford, on the road loading off to the left from " Landing Bridge." Built about 1795. (Page 285.) Mark Stratton of Evesham 285

-190 Lydia Ann, 5 b. Apr. 29, 1801; d. July 9, 1884; m. Joshua Owen.
-191 Rhoda, 5 b. Mar. 62, 1803; d. 1845; m. Richard Dole.
+ 192 Daniel S., 5 b. 1804; d. 1884. See Vol. II.
-193 Hannah, 5 b. May 19, 1807; d. unmarried, 1846.
-194 Esther, 5 b. Sept. 28, 1809; d. Mar. 28, 1856; m. John

Gauntz, Oct. 27, 1836. Born in Ohio.
+ 195 Stacy L., 5 b. 1811; d. 1891. See Vol. II.
+ 196 William C., 5 b. 1813; d. 1875. See Vol. II.
-197 Ruth, 5 b. Aug. 22, 1817; m. Henry Owen.

76. Job Stratton 4 (Jonathan, 3 Daniel, 2 Mark a ) was born in

Evesham Township in 1765. He married Lettice , about

1805. About 1820 they moved to Warren County, Ohio, and settled on a farm, where both died while their children were yet young.

Children : — Born in New Jersey.

-198 Sarah, 5 b. Jan. 1, 1806; m. 1st, Curtis Mills, 2d, Clark

Willcutts; d. in Marion, Ind.
+ 199 Simri, 5 b. 1807; d. 1873. See Vol. II.
-200 Abigail, 5 b. Nov. 18, 1813; m. 1st, Wm. Edgerton,

2d, Richard Hubbard; d. in Milton, Ind.
— 201 Joseph, 5 d. in Piqua, Ohio.
—202 Lettie, 5 d. in Marion, Ind.

77. Owen Stratton 4 (Jonathan, 3 Daniel, 2 Mark 1 ) was born May 16, 1769. He married, first, Hope (Brannin) Shinn (a widow with two daughters, Esther and Mary Shinn), and, second, Mary Haines, daughter of Isaac and Mary (Watkins) Haines. He was a farmer and lived on a farm near Medford, afterwards occupied by his son Charles. The old farmhouse is still standing.

Later in life he moved into Medford, to a home near the meeting- house, where both he and Mary died. His death occurred September 30, 1843. Mary died May 1, 1844.
Children: — Born near Medford, N. J.

By first marriage.
-203 Keziah, 5 b. Oct. 17, 1793; m. Thomas Prouch; d. May 12, 1858.
-204 Ann, 5 b. 1795; m. Thomas Reeves. 286 A Book of Strattons

By second marriage.
-205 Rebecca, 5 b. May 15, 1809; m. Joseph E. Troth; d. Oct. 22, 1901.
+206 Charles, 5 b. 1811; d. 1880. See Vol. II.
-207 Sarah, 5 b. Apr. 19, 1814; m. Isaac Collins; d. Dec. 25,

-208 Hope, 5 b. Sept. 17, 1816; m. Samuel Wills; d. Dec. 7,

-209 Martha A., 5 b. 1818; d. unmarried, Feb. 9, 1893.

79. Eli Stratton 4 (Jonathan, 3 Daniel, 2 Mark a ) was born in
New Jersey, December 20, 1772. He married Eunice Dallas, daughter of William and Rebecca Dallas, October 23, 1799. She was born October 7, 1771. About 1822 they moved from Salem, N. J., to Preble County, Ohio, and later settled in Indiana. He died near Spiceland, Henry County, Ind., August 17, 1838. Eunice died February 16, 1859. Both were members of the Society of Friends.

Children : — Born in New Jersey.

-210 Sarah Clark, 5 b. May 24, 1801; m. Thomas S. Teas, Nov. 10, 1825.

+211 Jonathan Dallas, 5 b. 1804; d. 1879. See Vol. II.

+212 William L., 5 b. 1808; d. 1885. See Vol. II.

+ 213 Joseph E., 5 b. 1811; d. 1878. See Vol. II.

-214 Anthony, 5 b. Mar. 10, 1814; d. Apr. 4, 1814.

86. John Stratton 4 (David, 3 Daniel, 2 Mark *) was born in Burlington County, N. J., September 23, 1773. May 14, 1806, he married Sarah Reeves, who died the following year. Two years later, January 31, 1809, he married Elizabeth Shough. He lived on a farm near Medford, until about 1820, when he emigrated to Clarion County, Pa. Here he bought land and built a home. He was one of the first settlers, and the town of Strattonville was named for him. He died March 26, 1857. He was raised a Quaker, but married outside of the society and at Strattonville was connected with the Methodist church.

Children: — Born near Medford, N. J.
By first marriage.

+215 John Reeves, 5 b. 1807; d. 1851. See Vol. II.
By second marriage. Mark Stratton of Evesham 287

-216 Theopilus, 5 b. 1809; d. 1810, in New Jersey.
-217 Ann, 5 b. 1811; d. 1811.
+218 Joseph Shough, 5 b. 1814. See Vol. II. This family write their name Strattan.

87. Joseph Stratton 4 (David, 3 Daniel, 2 Mark 1 ) was born August 21, 1775, near Medford, N. J. He married Ann Antrim about 1799, and moved to Ohio, where he died about 1810. His widow, Ann Stratton, married John Cope, in 1814, and moved to Centerville, Wayne County, Ind.

Children :

+219 Daniel, 5 b. Sept. 25, 1800. See Vol. II.

+220 John, 5 b. Mar. 1, 1803. See Vol. II.

-221 Sarah, 5 b. Apr. 8, 1805; d. unm.

-222 Rebecca, 5 b. Apr. 4, 1807; m. Jesse Neil.

+223 Owen, 5 b. Nov. 11, 1809. See Vol. II.

94. Reuben Stratton 4 (Ephraim 3 John 2 Mark x ) was born January 29, 1776, in Medford, N. J. He married Rebecca Barrett and lived in Medford and Moorstown. His death occurred in August, 1864.


+224 Elwood, 5 d. 1881. See Vol. II.

+225 Samuel. 5 See Vol. II.

+ 226 Reuben. 5 See Vol. II.

-227 Charles. 5

— 228 Joseph, 5 died at sea, unmarried.

+ 229 Richard. 5 See Vol. II.

-230 Elizabeth, 5 m. Edward Dougherty.

—231 Rebecca, 5 m. Charles Van Winkle, son of Walter and Phebe Van Winkle of Philadelphia.

100. John Stratton 4 (Enoch, 5 John, 2 Mark r ) was born in Medford, October 6, 1796. February 23, 1823, he married Mary Sloan Branson, daughter of James and Rebecca (Bishop) Branson. She was born November 3, 1797, and died February 22, 1879.


-232 Hannah A., 5 b. Dec. 12, 1824; m. Charles T. Peacock, Feb. 3, 1845; d. Jan. 31, 1887. 288 A Book of Strattons

+233 Enoch B., 6 b. 1826; d. 1896. See Vol. II.

-234 Rachel Ann, 8 b. Jan. 10, 1827; d. June 20, 1843; unmarried.

+235 William, 6 b. 1830. See Vol. II.

-236 Rebecca J., 6 b. Jan. 11, 1833; d. March 30, 1896; unmarried.

+237 Theodore, 6 b. 1835. See Vol. II.

+238 James Leander, 6 b. 1837. See Vol. II.

102. Enoch Stratton 4 (Enoch, 3 John, 2 Mark *) was born September 16, 1801, and married Amy Thorn, of Bordentown, N. J., November 5, 1828. After their marriage they went to Philadelphia where Enoch engaged in brickmaking, and did some business in the hardware line. In 1848 they went to New York, where, for nearly thirty years, he was a successful contractor and builder. In 1874 they moved to Altoona, Pa., and made their home for the remainder of their lives with their son George. Enoch died September 25, 1882, and Amy ten years later. Children: — Born in Philadelphia.

-239 Isabella Morgan, 5 b. Apr. 24, 1831; m. Joseph T. McDowell, May 6, 1852; d. Aug. 26, 1872.
-240 Mary Anna, 5 b. May 9, 1833; m. Edward Scantlebury,

Oct, 14, 1854.
+241 George Wooley, 5 b. 1836. See Vol. II.
-242 Virginia Thorn, 5 b. Mar. 20, 1838; m. George Billin,

June 8, 1859.
-243 Emily Longstieth, 5 b. Nov. 21, 1841; m. William Hill,

Oct. 1, 1863.
+ 244 William Irvine, 5 b. 1845. See Vol. II.

Born in New York.
+ 245 Edward Rudolph, 5 b. 1850. See Vol. II.

104. Gideon Stratton 4 (Isaiah, 3 Enoch, 2 Mark J ) was born in Woodlyn, N. J., May 25, 1776, and married Sarah Gaskill about 1802. They lived and died in Mount Holly, N. J.

Children: — Born in Mount Holly.

+246 Isaiah, 5 b. 1803; d. 1851. See Vol. II.

+247 Benjamin, 5 b. 1805; d. 1883. See Vol. II.

+248 Charles, 5 b. 1807. See Vol. II. Mark Stratton of Evesham 289

-249 Israel, 5 b. Aug. 30, 1809.

-251 Hannah, 5 b. 1813.

-251 Mary L., 5 b. 1818.

The birth records of this family are from the old family Bible of Gideon Stratton, in the possession of a grandson in Philadelphia. Data of the family of Israel Stratton 5 is wanted.

107. Isaiah Stratton * (Josiah* Enoch, 2 Mark *) was born in Salem, N. J., October 25, 1782. He married Anna Green, Decem- ber 29, 1804, a daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Huddy) Green, and granddaughter of Capt. Joshua Huddy, the Revolutionary patriot of New Jersey.* She was born August 8, 1785. They lived for a while in Philadelphia. Isaiah was brought up a Friend, but marrying outside the society, he joined the Second Baptist church in Philadelphia. For a time he was a schoolmaster in the Quaker City, but after 1808 he became a Baptist minister, and removed to New Mills (now Pemberton), N. J. He was one of the founders of the Triennial Baptist Convenon, now the American Baptist Missionary Union. He died at Pemberton, June 7, 1816. His widow, Anna Green Stratton, married Joel Van Meter, a merchant of Philadelphia, and died his widow in 1858.

Children: — Born in Philadelphia.

-252 Elizabeth Green, 5 b. July 4, 1806; d. Aug. 8, 1811; interred in Second Baptist church burying ground.

-253 Deborah T., 5 b. Apr. 29, 1808; d. in childhood.

—254 Anna, 5 b. Sept. 4, 1810; m. John Alderman of Upper Pittsgrove, N. J.; moved to Woodstown; one of their sons was Stratton Alderman.

+255 Isaiah Green, 5 b. 1813; d. 1887. See Vol. II.

-256 Jane, 5 b. Sept. 3, 1815; d. in childhood.

The records of this family are from the old family Bible of Isaiah Stratton, 4 now belonging to his grandson, Rev. Joel Van Meter Stratton. The title-page of his book shows that it was "printed for Thomas Dobson, in 1799, at the Stone House, No. 41, South Street, Philadelphia." A family tradition con-

* For an account of Captain Huddy see Bancroft's History of the United States, Vol. X, p. 562, Storer's Report to the Twenty-second Congress and Heath's Memoirs, p. 336 290 A Book of Stratton

nects Anna (Green) Stratton with Nathaniel Green of Warwick, R. I., — a great-great-grandson of Roger Williams.

109. Josiah Stratton 4 (Josiah, 3 Enoch, 2 Mark J ) was born about 1786. He married Sarah (?) Adams, daughter of James Adams, and lived in Manchester, N. J.

Children: — Born in Manchester.

— 257 James, 5 b. 1819; d. unmarried.

+258 John, 5 b. 1822. See Vol. II.

+259 Charles, 5 b. 1822. See Vol. II.

—260 Sarah, 5 b. 1825; m. Jacob Applegate.

-261 Josiah, 5 b. 1828.

+262 George B., 5 b. 1830. See Vol. II.

+ 263 Loveman, 5 b. 1833. See Vol. II.

-264 William, 5 b. 1835.

116. Bradford Stratton 4 (Thomas, 3 Isaac, 2 Mark *) was born January 7, 1789, in Chester Township, one mile from Moonstown.

He married Dorothy , October 3, 1813. They lived in

Moorestown and Philadelphia.


+265 Ebenezer, 5 b. 1816; d. 1878. See Vol. II.

Another family record gives the date of Bradford's birth as September 6, 1778.

There may have been other children, if so the compiler would be glad to learn of them.


The deeds of Sussex County, N. J., show that in 1779 two Strattons owned land in that county: I Daniel Stratton, b. about 1758.

II Thomas Stratton, b. 1760.

They both left New Jersey before 1820; Daniel died in Ohio; Thomas in Pennsylvania. Their descendants believe that they were brothers, and nothing has been found to contradict this belief. No authentic record has been found to show their parentage, or Strattons of Sussex County 291

the place of their birth.* Tradition says that they were grandsons, or great-grandsons of Mark Stratton. 1 (See Chart M.)

The following is all that the writer has thus far found concerning them.

I. Daniel Stratton was born in New Jersey of Quaker parentage. t In 1779 he purchased land in Vernon Township, Sussex County. The records there show nothing more concerning him until 1809, when he deeded a part of this same land to Daniel Stratton, Jr. He died in Hancock County, Ohio, about 1824. That he was descended from Mark Stratton 1 and "his beautiful wife Ann Hancock" is well understood by his descendants. Daniel's grandson, Mark Stratton of Wabash, Ind., claimed that he was named for his ancestor "the original Mark Stratton." The record of Daniel's marriage has not been found, but we know that he had at least five children, who settled in Ohio.

Children: — Born in Sussex County, N. J.%

+ 3 John, see note below.

+ 4 Daniel, b. 1781; d. 1836.

— 5 David, settled in Ohio.

-6 Margaret, m. John Burson; lived in Ohio.

+ 7 Joseph, b. 1788; d. 1836.

-8 Sarah, m. Isaac Newman; lived in Ohio.

The Sussex County records show that there was a John Stratton, who married Christina Osborn, in Vernon Township, officiating minister, Thomas Teasdale. Whether he belonged to this family, or was a son of Thomas Stratton (II) has not been determined. It is thought that he settled in Beaver County, Pa.

The compiler has the will of a David Stratton who died in Richland County, Ohio, in 1843, whose parentage has not yet been proven. This will mentions his wife (not named), and names five sons, John K., Daniel G., Washington and James

* Some search has tjeen made in Sussex County. A more thorough study of all records there might give some clew to the former residence of these two men.

t His name appears in a list of New Jersey Coast Guards from Sussex County in the Revolution.

% There may have been other children, not given here, who remained in New Jersey or settled in Ohio. 292 A Book of Strattons

Laget (all under age), and four daughters, Mary Elizabeth, Rachel, Ann and Nancy. One of the daughters seems to have married a man by the name of Dancer, as the will mentions grandchildren David and Elizabeth Dancer. Witnesses to this will are John Dancer, John G. Dancer and John Class; the executor, John Bryte. Whether this David was the son of Daniel, or not, the records of Richland County do not show, and the compiler has found no further trace of this family.

II. Thomas Stratton, if brought up a Quaker, must have swerved from the principles of his parents and become a "War Quaker," for he served two years in the Revolutionary War. The first record we have of him is April 1, 1777, when he enlisted in the Continental Army, in an Orange (N. J.) County regiment under Capt. John Santford, in Col. William Malcolm's regiment. He was soon transferred with his company to Col. Oliver Spencer's Additional Regiment, 4th New Jersey Volunteers. Orange County, N. J., joins Sussex County, N. J. Thomas took part in the campaign against the Six Nations in Western Pennsylvania and New York, and in the battles of Newtown, Connecticut Farms and Springfield (all in N. J.), and was discharged July 15, 1779. Papers on file at Trenton show that in 1820 he was granted a pension, and in his application for the same he states that he was then living in Beaver County, Pa., and that he was born in 1860. He married Elizabeth Chandler in New Jersey. Their home in Beaver County was in Chippewa Township, where some of their children lived and died, while others settled in Ohio. Thomas died in 1846. His wife survived him only three months. Both are buried in the old Chippewa Cemetery.

Children: — Born in Sussex County, N. J*

— 9 John(?). See note under children of Daniel Stratton(I).

— 10 Isabella, m. Downard; lived in Muskingum Co.,

— 11 Hannah, d. in Beaver Co., Pa.

— 12 Joseph, settled in Ohio(?).

— 13 Rachel, d. in Pa.

* There may have been other children than those given here. May there not be found somewhere among the descendants of these children an old family Bible giving more complete data of this family? Strattons of Sussex County 293

— 14 Samuel, d. in Beaver Co.; buried in Chippewa Cemetery. + 15 Daniel, b. 1794; d. 1879.

4. Daniel Stratton (Daniel) was born in Vernon Township, Sussex County, N. J., June 31, 178.1. In 1806 he married Sarah Rogers. She was probably a daughter of John Rogers, "lately from New York, " who purchased land in Vernon Township in 1802.

In 1819-20 Daniel moved with his family — wife and seven children — to Wayne County, Ohio, "stopping for a few weeks in Beaver County, Pa., to visit relatives," so writes a descendant. His farm in Wayne County was near that of his brother Joseph who had settled there two years earlier. About 1836 he moved from Wayne to Hancock County, Ohio, and settled on a farm, where he died in 1856.

Children: — Born in Sussex County, N. J.

-16 Mary Ann, b. Oct. 8, 1807; m. Philip Bridgeman in 1825.

-17 Amy, b. Jan. 17, 1808; m. Eleazer Perrigo in 1830; d. in Hancock Co. in 1875.

+ 18 Daniel, b. 1810; d. 1904. See Vol. II.

+ 19 William, b. 1812; d. 1837. See Vol. II.

+20 Joseph, b. 1814; d. 1890. See Vol. II.

+21 John, b. 1816; d. 1862. See Vol. II.

+22 Henry, b. 1817; d. 1896. See Vol. II. Born in Wayne County, Ohio.

-23 Susan, b. Jan. 25, 1820; m. Jacob Cook, 1840.

-24 James, b. Sept. 3, 1822; d. unmarried, in Hancock Co., 1841.

7. Joseph Stratton (Daniel 1 ) was born in Vernon Township, Sussex County, N. J., May 16, 1788. December 3, 1807, he married Elizabeth Perrigo, who was born March 31, 1792. She was of French extraction, and was probably a daughter of Joseph Perrigo * who first appears in Sussex County in 1802, when the county deeds show that he brought land there. In the spring of 1817 Joseph and Elizabeth, with their four children, left New Jersey for "the west" and, after remaining a few months in Beaver County, Pa., reached Wayne County, Ohio, in November. He settled on a quarter section of land, about ten miles north of Wooster,

* Joseph Perrigo settled in Wayne County, O., before 1820. 294 A Book of Strattons

in Canaan Township. Although married at the age of fifteen, Elizabeth, according to family tradition, was a woman of unusual education and refinement. She taught all her children to "read, write and cipher" before they went to school. Joseph, too, had acquired a good education, and after coming to Ohio he taught school winters and worked at the carpenter's trade summers. Of him a granddaughter writes, " although the kindest of fathers in his home he so prided himself on his impartiality toward his own children in school as to be almost Spartan in his treatment of them, and many were the hard tasks and sound thrashings that he gave them." Although a Quaker in New Jersey, in Ohio he settled in a Methodist community and joined a church of that denomination, of which he was an active member.

The Wayne County History says: "Few men were ever more implicitly trusted and esteemed by his neighbors than ' Uncle Joseph Stratton' as he was familiarly called. At the first election in 1819 he was elected Justice of the Peace, and twice afterwards was elected to the same office, holding also other county and township offices. He was an active friend of schools and a zealous member of the M. E. church." He died December 20, 1836, leaving a family of twelve children. His wife lived many years longer. The last years of her life she was blind. A grandson, living in Westerville, Ohio, writes: "I have in my possession an old clock (I can hear it ticking as I write) which my grandparents brought with them from New Jersey, and I can remember seeing my grandmother wind up the weights, for she always took care of the clock herself, even after she was totally blind." She died August 9, 1861.

Children: — Born in Sussex County, N. J.

-25 Anna, b. Jan. 17, 1809; d. Aug. 12, 1852; m. Joseph Miller.

+26 William, b. 1810; d. 1857. See Vol. II.

+27 Mark, b. 1812; d. 1889.* See Vol. II.

+ 28 Thomas, b. 1815; d. 1864. See Vol. II.

* A daughter of Mark Stratton (27) writes the compiler that she has in her possession a beautiful carved black walnut chest, brought from New Jersey by her grandfather, on the "till" of which was penciled the words: "Made by Daniel Stratton in 1760." If this date is correct, by which Daniel Stratton was the chest made? Strattons of Sussex County 295

Born in Beaver County, Pa.
+ 29 Daniel, b. 1817; d. 1890. See Vol. II.

Born in Wayne County, Ohio.
-30 Sarah, b. Apr. 3, 1821; m. Alfred Parmenter.
+ 31 Cyrus, b. 1823; d. 1896. See Vol. II.
-32 Margaret, b. Dec. 11, 1825; m. John Myers.
-33 Elizabeth, b. May 2, 1828; m. William Rumbaugh.
-34 Catharine, b. May 11, 1830; m. Jonas Heckert.
-35 Mary, b. Aug. 29, 1832; d. May 2, 1879; m. Isaac

-36 Jane, b. Dec. 3, 1835; d. Dec. 18, 1841.

15. Daniel Stratton (Thomas) was born in New Jersey, June 14, 1794, and came with his father's family to Beaver County, Pa., before 1812. He served in the War of 1812 in Capt. David Knowles' company, under Col. Robert Miller. October 16, 1813, he married Rachel Logan.

In the spring of 1821 he removed, with his wife and three small children, from Chippewa Township, Beaver County, to Huron County, Ohio, settling on a farm near Norwalk. Here he lived to see all his children married and settled in homes of their own, dying August 12, 1879, at the age of 85 years.
Children: — Born in Beaver County, Pa.
-37 Elizabeth A., b. Mar. 26, 1815; m. Galen A. Mills, May 3,

1834; d. in 1892 in Berea, Ohio.
-38 Margaret, b. May 11, 1817; m. William Fuller, Sept. 24,

1836; d. in Toledo, in 1902.
-39 Cathrine R., b. May 25, 1819; m. Austin Taft, Dec. 26, 1850. Born in Huron County, Ohio.
+ 40 Thomas, b. 1821. See Vol. II.
+ 41 Nathan, b. 1823. See Vol. II.
-42 Julia Ann, b. Jan. 11, 1826; d. 1826.
-43 Rachel Ann, b. June 18, 1827; d. 1832.
+44 David, b. 1829; d. 1892. See Vol. II.
+ 45 John Logan, b. 1831. See Vol. II.
+ 46 Daniel, b. 1833. See Vol. II.

-47 Helen Ann, b. Mar. 27, 1836; m. Frederick R. Waldon, Feb. 12, 1857. 296 A Book of Strattons


III. Seth Stratton was born October 15, 1762. In 1771 he is mentioned in the will of his grandfather, David Stratton of Evesham, N. J. (See his will.)

He married Mary Greenway in Winchester, Frederick County, Va. She was born January 8, 1762. This marriage is recorded in the town clerk's office at Winchester. His name is on the Revolutionary pension list at Richmond.* About 1805 he moved with his family from Virginia across the Alleghany Mountains, to Shelby County, Ky., where he bought land and cleared a farm on Buck Creek, near Fisherville. He was prominent among the very early settlers of Shelby County, and a highly respected citizen. His children were all members of the Buck County Baptist church.

He died December 29, 1845. His wife died seventeen years earlier, September 26, 1828.

Children: — Born in Virginia.

+48 William, 5 b. 1788; d. 1835. See Vol. II.

- 49 Hannah, 5 m, William Ellis.

+ 50 Joseph, 5 b. 1792; d. 1864. See Vol. II.

—51 Mary, 5 m. Moses Shelley.

+ 52 Seth, 5 b. 1797; d. 1860. See Vol. II.

— 53 Sarah, 5 died unmarried in Kentucky.

— 54 Elizabeth, 5 d. unmarried, in Kentucky.

According to William F. Boogher's Gleanings in Virginia History, Seth Stratton was in Capt. Daniel Morgan's rifle company, which marched from Winchester, Va., to Cambridge, Mass., and joined the army under General Washington. They were twenty-four days on the march. In the same company were George and William Greenway.

IV. William Stratton was one of the very early settlers of Trimble County, Ky. At just what date he came into "the

* Among his grandchildren and great-grandchildren are many stories of his Revolutionary War service, and they have in their possession articles of clothing that he wore as a Revolutionary soldier.

They claim that he had no own brothers, but had a half-brother by the name of Devoe. New Jersey-Virginia Strattons 297

wilderness of the west," as it was then called, the compiler has not been able to learn, but in 1795 he was living in Spottsylvania County, Va., and the deeds of that county show that on September 1st of that year he sold to James and Sally Clark a farm of sixty acres, which he had purchased from James Petigrew, receiving for the same £55. The witnesses to this deed were Andrew Monroe and Henry Garnett.* It seems quite probable that he was then preparing to leave Virginia. Kentucky was admitted as a State in 1792, and the fertile lands of the "dark and bloody ground" which had seen so many fierce Indian conflicts immediately attracted a large immigration from Virginia. Mr. Stratton was a man of good education, a school teacher for many years, and greatly loved and respected by all who knew him.

Children: — Born in Trimble County, Ky.

+55 John A., 5 b. 1803; d. 1833. See Vol. II.

+ 56 Elisha, 5 d. in Louisville, Ky. See Vol. II.

+57 James, 5 d. 1863. See Vol. II.

-58 William B., 5 d. 1827, unmarried.

— 59 Susan, 5 m. Matthew Kenedy; lived in Madison, Ind.; d. 1840.

V. Absolom Stratton came from Virginia and settled in Kentucky in the early part of the nineteenth century. In 1781 he was a Revolutionary soldier, and the war records at Richmond show that he was granted a pension. Among his descendants the belief is current that he was born in New Jersey; that he came from Virginia to Kentucky in company with five brothers, four of whom stopped in northern Kentucky, while one went on to Tennessee. Absolom settled in Simpson County. He married a Miss Ennis, in Virginia, some time before 1805. After her death he married Celia (Graham) Logan, in Kentucky, in 1822. He was a farmer, and worked also at the carpenter's trade. He belonged to the Baptist church. If he was brought up a Quaker he must have lost his birthright in the society when he became a soldier. He died in Simpson County, about 1831. Three years after his death his widow married Zachariah Morris, a Baptist minister, and was again left a widow in 1848. Later she went

* In this deed his name is written "Strutton," and he sometimes so wrote it in Kentucky, while some of his grandchildren spell their name Strattan. 298 A Book of Strattons

to Texas and died at the home of her son, in the spring of 1867, aged about 72 years.

Children: — Born in Virginia.

By first marriage.
-60 Mary, m. Gilbert Allen of Simpson Co.; he died in 1832, and she m. John C. Busby.
+61 George Von, b. 1808. See Vol. II. Born in Kentucky.
-62 John, b. abt. 1810.

— 63 Sidney, moved to Arkansas.

— 64 Ludlow, lived in the west.

-65 Luvica, m. Garrett; d. in Arkansas.

-66 Washington, d. in Arkansas.

-67 Winnie, m. Abraham Daniel.

-68 Cynthia, m. Lewis Clark; d. in Texas.
By second marriage.

+ 69 James Davis, b. 1825. See Vol. II.

+ 70 Joshua P., b. 1827. See Vol. II.

+ 71 Thomas Jefferson, b. 1829. See Vol. II.

After the father's death, in 1831, the family became scattered. Information concerning the sons of the first marriage, or their descendants, is very much desired.

VI. Caleb Stratton was born January 20, 1793. January 21, 1819, he married Jane Falkner, in Virginia. This marriage is recorded on the Hopewell meeting records, where Caleb is said to be "son of Thomas and Sarah."* Jane was a daughter of Jesse Falkner, Jr., whose sister, Martha, married David, son of John and Susannah (Stratton) Painter, f

Soon after their marriage Caleb and Jane moved from Virginia to Ohio, and settled in Green County, where they were connected with the Friends' Society.

Children: — Born near Xenia, Ohio.

— 72 Ruth, d. unmarried, in Monrovia, Ind.

* No other mention has been found of this Thomas and Sarah. Nothing has been found of any full brothers or sisters of Caleb, but he is said to have had half-brothers and sisters by the name of Curl.

t Another family record says Jane was daughter of David, brother of Jesse Falkner, Jr.

New Jersey-Virginia Strattons 299

— 73 Eliza, m. Thomas Thompson; d. in Emporia, Kan.,

May 28, 1889.
+ 74 Jesse Falkner, d. in Kansas, 1899. See Vol. II.
-75 Sarah, d. in Xenia, Sept. 12, 1827.
-76 Thomas, b. July 19, 1830; d. July 5, 1838.
-77 Hiram, b. Oct. 1, 1837; d. July 26, 1838.

South River Meeting-House, Built about 1760 Reproduced by Permission of Mr. J. P. Bell

(See page 268)


" They never fail who die in a great cause. Though years elapse and others share as dark a doom, They but augment the deep and sweeping thoughts Which overspread all others, and conduct The world at last to Freedom."

Byron's Marino Faliero. (This is from a table scanned with old OCR, so the personal data may not always be in the right row)



John Stratton, 1675, Major Appleton's Co., Narraganset campaign (Bodge).
William Stratton, 1675, Lieutenant Gillam's command (Bodge).

king William's war

John Stratton, Watertown, 1689-90, expedition against Canada; received grant of land for service.


William Stratton, Winsor, 1707-8, expedition against Canada.

Enoch Stratton, Concord, 1722, alarm list, called to Georgetown (now Batte), Maine.

Hezekiah Stratton, Northfield, 1722-3, "2d per mile paid for use of Stratton's horse."

John Stratton, 1722, "master & pilot, Sloop George, in his majis- tie's service," Boston Harbor.

Jonathan Stratton, sentinel, in Capt. John Wheelwright's company of Middlesex men, Aug. 22 to Nov. 27, 1722. 302 A Book of Strattons

king George's war

John Stratton, 1739-44, at Castle William, Boston Harbor.

Ebenezer Stratton, sergeant, 1749, stationed at Fall Town and Northfield.

Eleazer Stratton, Northfield, 1748-9, sergeant at Forts Dummer, Morrison and Pelham.

Hezekiah Stratton, Northfield, 1748-9. "Volunteered from Northfield."

John Stratton, sentinal, 1748, Capt. Eleazer Melvin. Reported killed. " sergeant, Northfield, 1749, Capt. John Catlin.

William Stratton, 1747, Hampshire Co. "Found his own provisions," Lieut. Josiah King.



Cornelius Stratton, Fairfield, 1757. "Rode his own horse."
David Stratton, 1756, Weathersfield Company, at Fort William Henry. 1757, Fairfield Co., Colonel Lyman's Regt. 1759, 6th Co., Colonel Wooster's Regt. 1761, 4th Co., Captain Whiting's Stratford Company.
Enoch Stratton, Glastonbury, 1755-6, 3d Co., 2d Regt.
Isaac Stratton, 1757-8, Capt. Eliphalet Whittlesey's Co., 1st Regt.
John Stratton, 1759, 1st Regt., 5th Co. 1760, 1st Regt., 12th Co.
Serajah Stratton, Simsbury, 1758, clerk of Capt. Nathaniel Hol-

court's Co.
Serajah Stratton, Jr., 1757-8, marched to relief of Fort Edward. Massachusetts.

Asa Stratton, Northfield, 1755, Crown Point Expedition. Reported killed.
Charles Stratton, Concord, 1760, expedition against Canada. Reported killed, 18 yrs old.
Benjamin Stratton, Concord, 1757, Maj. John Minot. Military Service in Revolutionary War 303

Daniel Stratton, 1764-5, in garrison at Fort Halifax (present Winslow, Me.).
Ebenezer Stratton, 1758, Capt. Henry Spring's Co., Col. William

Elias Stratton, Sherborn, 1757, on Alarm List.
Francis Stratton, Corporal, Western, 1756-8, Crown Point.
Hezekiah Stratton, Concord, 1758; marched 128 miles to relief of

Fort Williams, Ensign Jonathan Brooks.
Isaac Stratton, 1857, Capt. Sam. Robinson's Co., Col. Timothy Ruggles.
Jabez Stratton, 1757, Lincoln Co., Maine, Capt. Ebenezer Cutler. " Sherborn, 1757, Train Band and Alarm List.

" " Princeton, 1760, Capt. Nathan Brigham.

John Stratton, ensign, Northfield; 1755, Crown Point. Reported killed. " " ensign, 1st Regt. Middlesex Co., Watertown Co.,

Jonas Stratton, Concord, corporal in 1755; 1st lieutenant in 1760-

Jonathan Stratton (no town given), 1754, Colonel Winslow's Regt., for defense of eastern frontiers. " " Weston, 1757, Capt. Elisha Jones.

li " 1758-9, returned from Lake George with

Colonel Nicholas. Josiah Stratton, Concord, 1759-60, aged 17. " Had his own arms."
Nathan Stratton, Concord, 2d lieutenant, 1758; expedition against

Canada, 1760. Reported dead.
Samuel Stratton, Rutland, 1758, marched to relief of Fort William Henry. Chelmsford, 1761-2, Capt. Moses Parker. New Jersey.

Isaac Stratton, 1761, in Capt. Enoch Hunt's Co., Col. Samuel Hunt's Regt.



Aaron Stratton, lieutenant "Knolton's Rangers," (Mass.), 1776.

Cornelius Stratton, 1777, Capt. Nash's Company at the Fishkills. 304 A Book of Strattons

E. Stratton, 1775-83, "Count de Grasse," 2 guns, 30 men, commanded by E. Stratton.
John Stratton, sergeant, 1777, Capt. George Burr's Co., 1775. " " Captain Dimon's Company of Fairfield.

Joseph Stratton, Lexington Alarm List.

" " sergeant, 1775, Captain Dimon's Co.

Fairfield, 1775. 4th Co., 5th Regt. Lemuel Stratton, 6th Regt.
Samuel Stratton, 1776, State Troops, Captain Hale's Co. " 1776-7, on ship "Oliver Cromwell," Captain Roberts' men. " " 1777, Georgia Battalion. "Enlisted for the whole war." " of Long Island. In list of noncommissioned

officers in Connecticut.
Stephen Stratton, corporal, 1775, 1st Co., 7th Regt.
Thomas Stratton, 1775 and 1777, Stratford, 2d Co., 5th Regt., and Captain Booth's Co., 4th Regt. Massachusetts.
Aaron Stratton, lieutenant, 1777; captain, 1779-80, Col. Michael Jackson.
Abijah Stratton, Natick, sergeant and 2d lieutenant, 1776; 1st lieutenant, 1780.
Asa Stratton, Athol, 1777.

" " Hampshire Co. Regt., 1777. To reinforce Gen.

Petersham, 1778.
Benjamin Stratton, Brookline, Apr. 19, 1775.
Waltham, Apr. 19, 1775.
Woburn, Apr. 19, 1775.
" " 1776, in Hampshire Co. Regt. at Nantasket.

" " 1780, Capt. Lemuel Clapp's Co. at Dorchester.

Daniel Stratton, Natick, 1775.
Weston, 1776.
David Stratton, Bolton, 1775. Rutland, 1775, at Winter Hill.
Elias Stratton, seaman, aged 27; at Gloucester, 1775; on Brigantine" Freedom," 1777. Military Service in Revolutionary War 305

Elisha Stratton, Weston, 1775.

Ebenezer Stratton, Athol, 1775-60, service in Rhode Island.
Rutland, 1775.
" Sherburn, in same company with Abijah

Stratton of Natick.
Elijah Stratton, 1777, Hampshire Co. Regt.

1780, Capt. Walter McFarland's Company.
Eliphalet Stratton, 1780, Hampshire Co. Regt.; aged 20 yrs., stature 5 ft. 9 in.
Francis Stratton, corporal, 1776, Western; sergeant, 1778.
George Stratton, 1776, Capt. Joseph Lovell.
Isaac Stratton, Greenwich, 1778, Berkshire Regt. " Rutland, 1781; blacksmith; enlisted for 3 yrs.; 38 yrs. old. (town not given), major, 2d Regt. Berkshire Co., 1777." (town not given), sergeant, Berkshire Co. Regt.
Jabez Stratton, Greenwich, 1780; 46 yrs. old.
James Stratton, Wrentham, 1775." (town not given), Capt. Bradbury Sander's Co.,1776. Suffolk Co. Regt., 1776-7.
John Stratton, sergeant, Concord, 1776. private, Concord, 1780; aged 40 yrs. private, Concord, 1781; 41 yrs. old; enlisted for three years. Cambridge, 1776." " Conway, 1781, aged 25 yrs." " Sudbury, 1776, gunner.

" " Watertown, 1775, 1st lieutenant.

Watertown, 1777, fifer.
Williamstown, 1775-7.
Jonathan Stratton, Acton, 1775; reported sick in hospital. Athol, 1781; 18 yrs. of age. Westford, 1777-8. Weston, 1775.
Jonathan Stratton, Jr., Weston, 1776, at Dorchester Heights.
Joel Stratton, 1777, with Capt. Timothy Page's Co. at Bennington.
Jonas Stratton, Stow, 1778. 306 A Book of Strattons

Joshua Stratton, Watertown, 1775.
Joseph Stratton, Concord, 1776-7.

1777, on Brig "Penet"; 1779, on ship "Live
Josiah Stratton, Holden, 1775.

Lemuel Stratton, 1782, Captain Baxter; service at Hull.
Nathan Stratton, Watertown, 1777; Rhode Island service, Col.

Josiah Whitney.

Nathaniel Stratton, 1776 (town not given), Capt. Phineas Stearns.

" Watertown, 1778, marched from Watertown

to Dorchester Heights; Josiah Whitney's


Peleg Stratton, Athol, 1777. With Northern Army at Seduction

of Burgoyne.
Samuel Stratton, Dedham, 1778, marched to Roxbury.

" " Greenwich, 1781; 16 yrs. old, 5 ft in height; en-

listed for three years.
" " Natick, 1775, Captain Morse, Col. Samuel Bullard.

" " Princeton, 1780; aged 17 yrs.

1781, Captain McFarland's Co.
Stephen Stratton, 1777, Athol. With the Northern Army at

reduction of Burgoyne.
Thomas Stratton, 1777, at reduction of Burgoyne.
William Stratton, 1778, Athol, Col. John Parke.

1778, Woburn, Capt. Timothy Winn's Co.
Zebulon Stratton, Athol, 1775-8, at Lexington, April 16, and at

reduction of Burgoyne.

Mack Stratton, 6th Regt.
New Hampshire.

Daniel Stratton, 1775, New Ipswich Co. Minutemen.
John Stratton, 1775, lieutenant, Capt. James Parr's Co. at Great

Jabez Stratton, at Charlestown, N. H., 1781. He belonged to a

Massachutetts Regiment.
Nathaniel Stratton, 1777, marched from New Ipswich to reinforce

the garrison at Ticonderoga.
Nehemiah, 1778-81, New Ipswich. One of Washington's body-
guards. Military Service in Revolutionary War 307

New Jersey.

Amiriah Stratton, 2d Regt., Continental Troops.

Annanias Stratton, 1777-81, 7th Co., 2d Battalion; was present

at surrender of Cornwallis.
Daniel Stratton 1778, Coast Guards.
Fithian Stratton, 1775-77, 1st Battalion, State Troops.
Lott Stratton, 1775-7, in Col. David Potter's Battalion of

Volunteer Militia from Cumberland Co.; born, 1756; living

in Lycoming Company, Pa., when granted pension.
Thomas Stratton, 1779-80, Brigadier-General William Maxwell's

New Jersey Brigade, Major-General John Sullivan's Division,

Continental Army. Resident at Beaver Company, Pa., when

granted a pension in 1820.
New York.

Daniel Stratton, Suffolk Co. Militia, 1st Regt.
Hussy Stratton, Suffolk Co. Militia, 1st Regt.
John Stratton, Suffolk Co. Militia, 1st Regt.

" " 2d lieutenant in the New Marlborough Co.,

Northern Regiment Minutemen.
Robert Stratton, Orange Co. Militia, 1st Regt.
Samuel Stratton, Suffolk Co. Militia, 1st Regt.
Stephen Stratton, Suffolk Co. Militia, 1st Regt.
Thomas Stratton, Orange Co. Company, 1777-8.
William Stratton, 2d Regt.

Thomas Stratton, on pension list. (Pennsylvania Archives.)
William Stratton, on pension list. (Pennsylvania Archives.)
Rhode Island.

Anthony Stratton, Continental Troops.

John Stratton, 1780, Rutland, expedition against Ticonderoga.
Jonathan Stratton, 1781, Col. Ebenezer Wallbridge's Regt.
Absolom Stratton (no date given), Continental Troops. Received

Henry Stratton, lieutenant in naval service.
Isaac Stratton, infantry, received pension of land and money.
John Stratton, light dragoons, Continental Troops.
Seth Stratton, infantry, Frederick Co. troops. Received pension. 308 A Book of Strattons

These names have been gleaned from many sources. Most of
them are from the official records in the offices of the Adjutant
Generals of the various states; some are from abstracts of service
obtained from the United States War Department; while others
were taken from the following published works:

Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution.

Connecticut Men in the Revolution.

Vermont Revolutionary Rolls.

New Hampshire War Rolls.

Pennsylvania Archives.

New York in the Revolution.

In a few instances two records in the list may refer to the same
man at different dates, — as in the case of Thomas Stratton who
enlisted in an Orange County, N. Y., company and was transferred
to a New Jersey brigade, and whose name appears in the list of
Revolutionary soldiers from each of these two states.

A more extended abstract of service rendered in individual
cases will, in many instances, be found in the biography of that
individual, either in this volume, or in Vol. II of this work. Others
may be obtained by application to the Hon. Secretary of War,
at Washington, D. C.

No claim is made for completeness in the above list. Any
authentic addition to it would be gladly received, — or any data
which might help to complete the records of service rendered in
the Revolution, or in any Colonial war, by anyone bearing the
name Stratton. CHARTS

A. Bartholomew Stratton, Boston

B. Caleb Stratton, Boston

C. Richard Stratton, Easthampton

D. John Stratton, Easthampton

E. Thomas Stratton, Virginia

F. Edward Stratton, Virginia

G. Samuel Stratton, Watertown
H. John Stratton, Watertown

I. Joseph Stratton, Waltham

J. Jonathan Stratton, Weston

K. John Stratton, Woodbury

L. William Stratton, Winsor

M. Mark Stratton, New Jersey

N. Emanuel Stratton, New Jersey

O. Daniel and Thomas Stratton, New Jersey



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