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
Charles Wesley’s father, Isaac, was born in Washington, NY in 1802. Sutherlands had lived in Dutchess County for over a hundred years but the family would soon move west. Continue reading
Two thirds of would be homesteaders either gave up their claim or failed to meet the requirements of The Homestead Act. Cal Sutherland was nearly one of them. Continue reading
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
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.