In researching land records for Ellen Sutherland, I found homestead patents for Lewis H. Sutherland and Isaac C. Sutherland in the same area. Based on their names and ages, I believe that they were Charles Wesley’s nephews by his older brother James Hiram Sutherland (1939-1915). Continue reading
HOMESTEAD PROOF – TESTIMONY OF CLAIMANT
Mrs. Ellen Sutherland (widow), being called as a witness in his own behalf in support of homestead entry, No. 19101, for SE 1/4 Sec 35, Township 8S R 9 W La Mer, testifies as follows: Continue reading
The family spent five years in Welsh while Ellen looked for land. Five years of false leads and disappointment. Five years wondering if she made the right decision. Continue reading
In either 1893 or 1894, Ellen Sutherland packed up her children and headed south. Continue reading
Ellen Sutherland was 32 years old. Eight children. Widowed. Alone.
Charles Wesley Sutherland died October 31, 1892, age 43. His death was recorded in Fenton, LA. Family tradition says that he was buried in Welsh, LA. His grave has never been located.
By 1892, Charles was ready to move south. His mother died in January. He may have been seriously ill and hoped that warmer weather would help his health. Charles and Ellen made plans to move the family south.
It all started in Adel, Iowa.
Charles Wesley Sutherland and Eliza Ellen Powell were married on Jan. 9, 1880. Charles was 30 yrs old. Ellen was 19.