American Silversmiths

John Strangeways Hutton
(Abt 1684-1792)


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1. Catherine Cheeseman
2. Ann Van Lear

John Strangeways Hutton
  • Born: Abt 1684, New York City NY
  • Marriage (1): Catherine Cheeseman before 1715 in New York City NY
  • Marriage (2): Ann Van Lear in 1735 in Philadelphia PA
  • Died: 23 Dec 1792, Philadelphia PA

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  Events in his life were:

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  • Made freeman of New York City NY, 8 Feb 1720. 18
  • He worked circa 1735-1785 as a silversmith in Philadelphia PA initially in the shop of Joseph Richardson.
    Though retired from active trade by the late 1740s, he continued to produce silver goods into his 90s.
  • , . 1 Taken from The Windham Herald (aka The Pheonix), issue of Saturday, September 22, 1792:

    From the (Philad.) Daily Advertiser. Mr. Claypoole, Believing that the following particulars of Mr. John Strangeways Hutton, now living in this city, in the 109th year of his age, may interest the public, they are communicated, with his consent, by your humble servant, C. W. Peale. Philadelphia, Sept. 3, 1792. After having a few days since taken Mr. Hutton's portrait from life, which is to be preserved in my Museum, the following particulars respecting the old gentleman were collected from his children, and others of his acquaintance. That he was born in the city of New York, in 1684; was bound an apprentice to a sea-faring man, who put him to school in New-York to learn navigation; at which time he became intimate with a boy who worked at the white-smiths trade, with whom he amused himself in acquiring the use of the hammar; from whence he obtained a facility in working at plate work in the silver-smith's business. He followed a sea faring life for 30 years, and then commenced the silver-smith's trade, without having served any apprenticeship to it; yet, in Philadelphia, he has been esteemed one of the best workmen, at hollow work, in that line of business; and there are still pieces of his work in this city much esteemed. He made a tumbler in silver when he was 94 years old. Through the course of a long and hazardous life, in various climes, he was always plain and temperate in his eating and drinking; and avoided spiritous liquors, excepting once, when he was a lieutenant in a privateer, which sailed from Barbadoes in Queen Ann's wars, being on a cruise on the Spanish main, he, with 50 or 60 men made a descent on a village; in pillaging of which, himself, with most of the men, became intoxicated. The Spaniards took advantage of their situation, and got between them and the sea, and killed every man of his party, except himself & one other, whom they made prisoners; from which state he atempted an escape, by cutting out a sloop, but was detected, and again put into confinement. He married his first wife at New-York, whose maiden name was Catharine Cheeseman, by whom he had 8 children, 25 grand children, 23 great grand children, and 3 great great grand children. At the age of 51 he married his second wife, in Philadelphia; her maiden name Ann Vanlear, 19 years old when he married her; by whom he had 17 children, 41 grandchildren, and 15 great grand children. The state of his issue at this time, according to the best accounts I could collect, are --

    [children & grandchildren]; Alive; Dead

    Children by his first marriage; 8; 7 Grand children; 25; 6 Great grand children; 23; - Great great grand children; 3; - Total Alive; 59 Total Dead; 13

    Children by his 2d marriage; 17; 12 Grand children; 41; 16 Great grand children; 15; 4

    Total Born: Alive: 132 Dead: 45

    Now living 87; of whom the greater number reside in Philadelphia: two families of them in Richmond, Virginia. His second wife died in Philadelphia, 14th November, 1788, aged 72 years and a half. He never had an headach; and often said that he thought himself in his prime of life, when a the age of 60 years. He was always fond of fishing and fowling; and till his 81st year, he used to carry in his hunting excursions, a heavy English musket. He was ever a quiet, temperate, and hard working man; and is now a good humoured, hearty old man. He can see, hear, and walk about, and has a good appetite, with no complaints whatever, except from the mere weaknesses of old age. In the early part of his life he was on two scouts against the Indians: he used to tell that in one of those excursions, they went out in the night, how they lifted up their feet high in stepping to prevent a noise amongst the leaves; that they took an Indian woman prisoner, who led them to where the Indians lay; that they fired on and killed the most of the Indians before they could get to their arms, and a few only escaped. That the Indians came in and made a peace, before this scouting party returned. He knew the noted pirate Teach, called Blackbeard; that an act of oblivion had passed, which permitted all pirates to return to their allegiance: that Blackbeard then came to Barbadoes, where he saw him; this was a short time before that pirate made his last cruize, and was killed in Carolina. His grandfather, by his mother's side, Mr. Arthur Strangeways, died at Boston, sitting in his chair, when at the age of 101 years. His father, Mr. John Hutton, was born at Bournesdures, in Scotland, where, it is said, there are many of the family now living.

John married Catherine Cheeseman before 1715 in New York City NY. (Catherine Cheeseman was born about 1688 in NY?, died before 1735 in Philadelphia PA and was buried in Philadelphia PA.)

John next married Ann Van Lear in 1735 in Philadelphia PA. (Ann Van Lear was born in 1716 in Philadelphia PA and died on 14 Nov 1788 in Philadelphia PA.)

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