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Luten (or Leuten, Luton, Lutten), Thomas

by Mattie Erma E. Parker, 1991

d. ca. March 1731

Thomas Luten (or Leuten, Luton, Lutten), justice of the General Court and Chowan Precinct Court, Assembly member, and provost marshal, was in the North Carolina colony by October 1684. He became justice of Chowan Precinct Court before April 1694 and remained on the court at least through October 1695. Luten sat as justice at a special term of the General Court in the spring of 1698 and was appointed provost marshal that April. He continued as provost marshal through June 1702 or longer. In February 1711/12 he was a member of the Assembly, and from May 1727 through April 1730 he was a justice of the General Court. Throughout most of his career he held military titles, first captain and later major.

From time to time Luten served in other capacities. In May 1701 he was appointed to investigate an alleged assault by Indians, and in the early 1700s he was deputy surveyor for Chowan Precinct. In 1712 he and three others were appointed by the Court of Chancery to hear and determine an appeal from the Court of Admiralty. He was on the vestry of St. Paul's Parish from 1701 until his death.

Luten married Mary Currer, widow of John Currer, in 1684. He lived in Chowan Precinct, where he had extensive landholdings. He was survived by his wife, Mary; four sons—Thomas, William, Constance (or Constant), and Henderson; and five daughters—Christian Luten, Rachel Farlow, Ann Brinn, Sarah Standing, and Mary Haughton. Luten's daughter Mary was married to Jonathan Evans, and had children by him, before her marriage to Haughton. Little more is known of the lives of his daughters.

Thomas Luten, Jr., shared his father's interest in public affairs. He was justice of Chowan Precinct Court from 1717 to 1719 and again in the 1730s and represented Chowan in the Assembly in 1733, 1735, and 1739. He also served on the vestry of St. Paul's Parish. He died about 1766, survived by his wife, Hannah, a daughter, Elizabeth Mathias, and three sons—William, John, and Thomas.

Henderson Luten also represented Chowan in the Assembly in 1735, but little more is known of his life or of the lives of Constance and William. All four brothers appear to have lived in Chowan. Constance died before 12 Feb. 1742/43, Henderson died before 2 July 1740, and William died sometime after October 1745.


Administrators' Bonds, boxes 4, 11, Albemarle Book of Warrants and Surveys, 1681–1706, Albemarle County Papers, 1678–1739, Chowan Precinct Court Minutes, 1715–19, General Court Minutes, 1727–30, Wills of John Curren and Esther Pollack (North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh).

John L. Cheney, Jr., ed., North Carolina Government, 1585–1974 (1974).

J. Bryan Grimes, ed., Abstract of North Carolina Wills (1910).

J. R. B. Hathaway, ed., North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, 3 vols. (1900–1903).

Mattie Erma E. Parker, ed., North Carolina Higher-Court Records, 1702–1708 and 1709–1723 (1974, 1977).

William L. Saunders, ed., Colonial Records of North Carolina, vols. 1–4 (1886).

Additional Resources:

The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 2. (accessed June 18, 2013).



Thomas & Mary were also my 7th generation great grandparents. I descend down through their son Thomas Luten who married Hannah, then through their son John Edward Luten (1753-1784) who married Mary. They also had a son named John Edward (1782-1836) who married a Mary & they had a son named John Edward Luten (1832-1901) who married Ester Jane Barineau. Their son Malcolm Hentz Luten (1868-1936) married Florence A McDaniel and had a son named William Corry Luten (1899-1968) who married Eva Maraget Johnson who had a so named William Malcolm grandfather! I am working on linking all the family on Find A Grave for future generations.

I am ecstatic about finding this biography! Thomas Luton is my 7th great grandfather. I descend from his daughter, Rachel, who married James Farlee. Quite a number of spelling variations are encountered in genealogy, Farlee, Farley, Farlow, and others, and this is one of them. I have seen other's genealogies which gave Luton as Rachel's maiden name, but I had found no proof until today! In 2010, I finished writing a 1200+, two volume
book, on the many descendants of Amos Parker and his wife, Mary Farlee. Mary was one
of the daughters of James and Rachel Luton Farlee. If anyone in interested in more info, please contact me! The best to the publishers of this book, and for allowing it to be put online for Family researchers. I am truly grateful. Kathy Jo Bryant

Kathy, I have been trying to trace down my ancestry. With what you said about the variations in sir names is interesting. I believe I have traced down to Thomas Luten which seems to have changed Constantine to Luton. I would like to discuss further with you if you have the time.

Please use my email address to get back to me, Scott. Thanks for contacting me! Kathy Jo Bryant

My side of the family descended from Thomas Luton, Jr. You can see it on my family tree. Wish it was as easy to trace my mother's family back. She's first generation, both her parents coming from Germany.

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