Announce Marriage

Mr. and Mrs. Leon C. Sutton West Gray street announce the marriage of their son Ahral and Miss Dorothy Mergel, of Mt. Ranier, Md., which took place in Washington, D.C.

Source:  Elmira Star-Gazette, September 18, 1920.


Charles B. Sutton

Charles B. Sutton, carpenter’s mate 1/c, of Sayre.  Sunday. Mar. 18, 1945, in Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. Survived by wife, Charline; son, Charles Jr.; daughter, Marian, all of Sayre; father, Leon C. Sutton of Waverly; brothers, Frank of Elmira, Ahral of Savannah, Ga. Burial in Arlington Cemetery, Md. [sic], with full military honors.

Source:  Elmira Star-Gazette, March 19, 1945.

Suicide Was Deliberate

Sent Letters to 21 Friends telling his Intention.


New York, April 21.—Joseph Holden Sutton, managing clerk of the law firm of Hollis, Wagner & Burghardt, shot himself in the Hotel Manhattan on Sunday night. The discovery of the young man’s death was brought about by the arrival at the hotel this morning of a number of friends of Mr. Sutton, who had received letters from him saying he was going to kill himself as he did. There were 21 letters written in all.

Among those notified were all of the ushers who were to act at the wedding of Miss Alice Cary Bussing and Howard T. Kingsbury, at the South Church, Madison avenue and 38th street, tomorrow. Mr. Sutton was to have been one of the ushers. His father, the Reverend J. Ford Sutton, is a retired Presbyterian Minister, who has long been prominent on the conservative side of the New York Presbytery.

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Death of J.P. Sutton

Cheboygan could hardly believe its senses when it was reported on the streets Friday morning that J.P. Sutton, of Kansas City, was dead, and the remains were to be brought here for burial Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Sutton were here together only a few weeks ago, and Mrs. Sutton left for home only Sunday, but we learned she was telegraphed for, on account of her husband’s sudden illness, which necessitated an operation. This is all that is known of the illness and death of Mr. Sutton. When here, all his friends remarked on his fine condition of health and congratulated him on the way time was using him.

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W.H. Sutton

BREVARD—Walter H. Sutton, 76, of Brevard died Monday night in a local hospital following a period of declining health.

A native of Michigan, he was a retired radio operator. He was a member of Brevard Methodist Church and a Mason.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Moody-Choate Funeral Home chapel.

Source: Asheville Citizen-Times, October 11, 1961.

Miss Sutton Is Wed To Mr. Parris

Brevard – Miss Lois E. Sutton and Jerry W. Parris were married April 16 in the Chapel of Brevard Methodist Church by the Rev. Brunson Wallace.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Donna Kelly of Hendersonville and the late Walter Sutton of Brevard.  She is a student nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville.

Mr. Parris is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Parris of Leicester and is employed at K-mart in Asheville where they are living.

Source:  Asheville Citizen-Times, April 30, 1966.

Linton Sutton Has Set His Last Stake

Famous Mining Expert Dies in New York City After Long Illness

Linton Sutton, formerly of Cheboygan, and perhaps the highest or at least the next to highest paid mining engineer in New York city, died [on the] 11th, after a lingering illness of two years. He was still in the prime of life, being only forty-three years of age. A widow and one child survive. The remains were laid to rest on Wednesday, June 13, at Riddlesburg, Pa., where his wife’s parents reside.

Up to the time of his break-down in health, Mr. Sutton was engaged in exploration for the Guggenheim interests, for whom he acted as assistant consulting engineer. His duties took him out of civilization into the wilds of the Dark Continent and into other foreign countries. Two years ago, while leading an expedition through Madagascar, he contracted fever and never recovered from its effects.

Linton Sutton was the son of one of the members of the firm of Sutton Bros., who ran the saw-mill across from Gallagher’s along in the seventies and eighties. He took his early training in the city schools, eventually graduating from the Houghten [sic] school of Mines with the first class that ever left that institution. After leaving school his rise was rapid and he successively held some of the highest positions along the lines of his chosen profession that the country could offer him.

Source: Cheboygan Democrat, June 23, 1911.

Slate Hill Girl A Graduate Nurse

Unionville—Mrs. Seely Sutton went to New York last week to attend the graduation exercises of the Class of 1933 of nurses at the Presbyterian hospital.  There were seventy-five in the class of which Miss Evelyn Sutton of Slate Hill was a member.  A number of Slate Hill relatives also attended.

Source:  Middletown Times Herald, June 6, 1933.


Etta Sutton in the Family of Amzy Sutton in the 1880 Census

In the 1880 Census of Orion, Oakland County, MI, the family headed by  Amzy R. Sutton  includes an Etta Sutton, aged 18.  Some online genealogies, therefore, include her as a daughter of Amzy’s, even though her date of birth would be well before the age at which Amzy’s one known wife would have been capable of bearing children.  Who was Etta Sutton?

She provides us with an illustration of why all information should be checked against alternate sources.  Her name was Etta Place, and she was an orphan who was taken in by the Sutton family.  A census taker erroneously named her as Etta Sutton in the 1880 census.  Her obituary, which tells the known facts of her life, appears below.  

Death of Miss Etta Place

Passed Away at Woman’s Hospital After Two Month’s Illness

Miss Etta Place passed away at the Woman’s hospital at 11:30 o’clock Sunday night after an illness of over a year’s duration with acute mania.  Very little is known of Miss Place’s life.  About thirty years ago when Mrs. A.R. Sutton of 900 Hoyt avenue was going by boat from Cheboygan to Marine City a woman who said she was the mother of Miss Place, then a girl of 14 years, gave her to Mrs. Sutton as a nurse girl.  Mrs. Sutton brought the girl home with her but in all the years that have elapsed since that time, the mother has never appeared nor made the slightest inquiry about her child.  The girl refused at all times to speak of her parents.  She has worked in the Sutton home since then up to about 2 months ago when she was taken to the hospital.  She was broken down in health and, it is said, was losing her mind.  Her condition did not improve and death was the result.  Mr. Sutton said this morning that so far as he knew Miss Place had no living relatives whatever, and if she had, they were unknown to her at the time of her death.

The News was later told by a friend of Miss Place that Miss Place was the daughter of the head partner of Carruthers & Place lumber dealers who were very prominent in this section of the state about 40 years ago.  The family resided at North Newburg a little village about four miles from Durand, Mich., at that time a thriving lumber town.  Mr. Place died, leaving a daughter, Etta, an older son and a younger daughter.  He left his wife considerable money together with a large amount of insurance.  From the first it was alleged that the mother was inattentive to her children.  In a few years she went to St. Louis, Mo., where she lost all her money and finally married a shoemaker.  The abandoned children were carried for at first by an uncle, a brother of their father but he was poor and had a large family and they were finally given into the care of the Masons in whose ranks the father was very highly esteemed.  What became of the children after that is unknown.

Miss Place was about 45 years old.  At the Sutton home there is nothing but praise for her faithful nature and kindly services and there her loss will undoubtedly be deeply felt, as her long service had almost made her one of the family.  The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the residence and she will be laid at rest in Forest Lawn.  Rev. W.H. Gallagher, of whose church Miss Place was a life-long member, will officiate.

Source:  Saginaw Evening News, February 27, 1905.

Ora D. Sutton

SUTTON—August 4th, 1936, at rest, in this city, Ora Dayton Sutton.  Funeral service at the home, No. 10 Mills avenue, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, D.S.T., Rev. Wm. T. Griffiths officiating.  Interment family plot, Pine Hill cemetery, Slate Hill road.  Friends may call Thursday evening at the home.

Source:  Middletown Times Herald, August 6, 1936.