Scope and arrangement
The Richard Sutton genealogical research papers contain family papers dating from 1801 to 1886, and Sutton's research notes, copies of documents, and correspondence generated by his research on the Sutton and Steele families. The family documents are largely papers of members of the Steele family of New York City, in particular Sutton's great-grandfather, William Steele. These include correspondence between William Steele and various family members, and legal documents. The correspondence deals with family concerns and records deaths, illnesses, and even his son's refusal to return home to attend school after spending a summer away working. A small amount of William's correspondence with others outside the family is also included.
The collection also contains nineteenth century portrait photographs of members of the Steele and Sutton families, and a picture of the home of Effingham B. Sutton, Effingham Park, in West Islip, Long Island. The bulk of the original documents concern the keeping of the Steele household at 113 Lexington Avenue. Included are receipts and bills for such household needs as children's clothing, wine, rent, milk, tuition and school books, use of a coach, plumbing supplies, a subscription to the New York Bible Society, 1822, "sprinkling the street," 1857, and miscellaneous other expenses. Richard Sutton's research files contain genealogical data forms, notes, and charts dealing with his various family lines, but also contain his correspondence with other members of his family, in which many of them relate personal stories about his ancestors. It also includes Sutton's manuscript genealogy entitled "Descendants of David Sutton and His Wife Mary Brown."
The Richard C. Sutton genealogical research papers are arranged in two series: