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.

Charles and Ellen’s youngest child was born two weeks later, November 14 1892. Ellen named the baby for his father, Charles Reid.

Ellen Sutherland was widowed at the age of 32. She had eight children. In addition to the newborn, there were three other children under the age of six. Robert Clarence “R.C.” became the man of the house when he was twelve years old.

It was November in Iowa. The winters were brutal. She had eight children to care for.

Iowa winter


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