I have never been able to find any clues of how and when the Joshua Sutton family came to Canada/Quebec from Ireland. I have searched Ship's Passenger Lists for some time early in my research.

I would sincerely appreciate any advice on how to track early origins of this Joshua SUTTON line.
Jim Sutton

My principal research interest: Joshua and Catherine [Hamilton] Sutton and descendants.

My direct SUTTON family genealogical research leads back only as far as the early 1800s. I have traced my SUTTON line back from Massachusetts where my father was born to Quebec, first Montreal and then back to Kingsey Falls and Wendover. Wendover, Quebec is a river community in Drummond county, just outside of Drummondville. Drummondville is found about 65 miles Northeast of Montreal.

I am focusing research on the family of Joshua and Catherine [Hamilton] Sutton of Wendover, Drummond county, Quebec. I believe from a review of Census entries that they arrived in Quebec between 1815 and 1825 from Ireland or USA. The 1825 Canadian Census finds a Joshua Sutton family in Wendover with 10 'inmates.' There may be four additional family members that are now unknown to us, certainly there is a 10-12 year gap between Robert and Mary's birthdates and those of William Hamilton and Alicia M.


1. Elizabeth SUTTON, born ca 1802. She married Henry Johnson on 7 May 1827 in Drummondville, Quebec. She died 30 April 1851 a few miles south in Barnston, Stanstead Co, Quebec where she was living with other family.,

2. Robert SUTTON, born ca 1803-05 in Ireland according to later Census responses, married Sarah C. Buckland on 15 Oct. 1829 at St. James CE in Hatley, Stanstead county, Quebec and lived nearby in Barford, Quebec. Robert moved after 1870 to Turner, Maine USA where he died in 1880. He and Sarah had nine children.

3. Mary SUTTON, married Thomas William BRIDSON, Lumber Merchant, on 12 Aug 1825 at the Sutton farm in Wendover, Drummond County, Quebec. Both are reported deceased on the 8 Sep 1859 date of the marriage of their daughter Eliza to Andrew DUNCAN. Mary and Thomas lived in Quebec City after their marriage and had five children there. Thomas died of Cholera in late 1834 In Quebec City.

4. Ann SUTTON, born ca 1809, perhaps in Clogheen, County Tipperary, Ireland.

5. Julia SUTTON, born ca 1813, perhaps in Clogheen, County Tipperary, Ireland, perhaps in .

6. William Hamilton "James" SUTTON,born ca 1818, was married in 1846 in Kingsey, Drummond Co., Quebec, Canada to Mary Abercrombie of the Robert Spence Abercrombie family. He died in Kingsey Falls on 2 May 1861. He had six children several of whom moved to Worcester, Massachusetts and NH. Mary died in nearby Danville, Quebec.

7. Alicia M. SUTTON, born abt 1821 also perhaps in Ireland, married Alexander SCOTT in 1847 at St. Paul CE in Kingsey Falls, Drummond co., Quebec. She died on 11 Apr. 1874 and is buried in Crooker Brook cemetery in Dixville, Stanstead co., Quebec. Alicia and Alexander had five children.

8. George SUTTON, born ca 1820, perhaps in Béal Átha Póirin, County Tipperary, Ireland.

I do not know of any registration of the arrivals of immigrants to Quebec so it is difficult to pinpoint the arrival of a family other than using their first appearance in the register. I have a question for you: a Joshua Sutton married Sarah Clifford July 7th 1819 in Hatley. Given the given name and the place, is this Joshua not related to your Sutton family?
Re: Joshua Sutton
This may be a stretch but if Joshua and or Catherine were born in Ireland, they may have been Naturalized as citizens of Canada at some point.
In US, these documents usually include when and how they arrived. I do not know where such records are held in Canada.
Also on ancestry.com a James Brown has a Sutton Tree including your family. Good Luck!

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