Stephen Fatherly Pilley

Stephen Fatherly Pilley was a Methodist Episcopal minister in the Alabama Conference. He was ordained in 1835. Rev. Pilley started out as a circuit riding preacher in the 1830’s then went on to minister in several churches throughout Alabama.  Continue reading

An Actor and a Fiddler

“Mr. Stephen F. Pilley, with apparent concern, and signs of deep penitence, approached and knelt on the floor with his head in the chair by which the preacher had stood on the delivery of his sermon. There and then, while prayers were being offered for him, Mr. Pilley professed to find pardon and experience regeneration.”
A History of Methodism in Alabama, Rev. Anson West D.D., Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1893 (reprinted in Alabama West Florida Conference Historical Society)

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The Laird of Monzievaird

In 1684, a small group of Scottish families left their homeland to seek their fortune in the New World. Since the venture was funded by James Drummond, the fabulously wealthy Lord Chancellor of Scotland, it was known as the Earl of Perth Expedition. Three Sutherland brothers were part of those settlers. One of them, William Sutherland, may have been our ancestor. Continue reading

Sutherland y-DNA Project

The Y-chromosome is passed down from father to son. Genealogists can trace direct paternal ancestry back hundreds of years by identifying unique attributes in male Y-chromosome. The Sutherland DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA is dedicated to comparing Y-DNA markers of male descendants of Sutherland, Sutherlin, Southerland (and related Clans/Septs) for genealogical and genetic purposes. Continue reading