Although Sutherlands spread out across the country, they managed to stay in touch. In 1953, Ada Sutherland sent a card to her husband’s cousin, Clarence Sutherland.
Although I am fairly certain that the family line can be traced to William Sutherland and Hannah Avery in the early 1700s, the first Sutherland in the New World is a mystery. Continue reading
Far north in the Scottish Highlands, the counties of Sutherland and Caithness define the furthest boundaries of mainland Scotland. The word “sutherland” is derived from Old Norse suðr land or “suthroen”. Sutherland lies to the south of Iceland and the Viking colonies on Orkney and Shetland islands. Continue reading
Ten generations of Sutherland ancestors have been a part of the American experience. For over 300 years, they witnessed the great events that shaped this nation. Continue reading
In 1880, infant mortality in the United States was nearly 40%. If a woman gave birth to ten children throughout her childbearing years, she could expect to bury four babies before they reached the age of five. Ellen Sutherland was remarkable in that all of her children survived infancy. Continue reading
Eliza Ellen Powell was born April 27, 1860 in Burnsville, Indiana. Robert and Louisa Eliza Powell welcomed their daughter into a family that already included Elizabeth, 3, and Thomas Benton, 1. Two years later, Clinton was born. Continue reading
I was always told that Charles Wesley Sutherland died of tuberculosis when he made the trip to Louisiana in 1892. I think his brother, Isaac Calvin, was also killed by that disease. Continue reading
Iowa, Wills and Probate Records, 1758-1997
Guthrie Probate Records, Vol 3-6, 1875-1894
In the matter of the last will and testament of Isaac C. Sutherland, deceased. Continue reading
I, Isaac C. Sutherland, of the Town of Milo County of Bureau and state of Illinois, being in ill health, but of sound and disposing mind and memory and being mindful of the uncertainty of human life do now make publish and declare this my last will and testament.
Iowa Wills and Probate Records, 1758-1997