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.

John H. Sutton

J.H. Sutton, of Monroe Corners, N.J., died Tuesday morning at [unclear] o’clock, at the age of 79 years.  Besides his wife, he is survived by one brother, Dayton C. Sutton, of Slate Hill, and one sister, Mrs. Anna L. Tibbitts , of Newark, N.J.

The funeral will be held at his late home Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Source:  Middletown Times-Press, November 28, 1917.

Unionville Man’s Car Badly Wrecked

Unionville—Albert Sutton ran into a large truck that is alleged to have been on the wrong side of the road near the Creeden farm one night last week, badly wrecking his car. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sutton were badly cut by flying glass and their young son was unconscious for a time.

Source: Middletown Times Herald, August 8, 1932.

Leo Sutton

Leo Sutton, forty-three, died yesterday at his home near Slate Hill after a long illness.  He was born May fourteenth, 1890, at Slate Hill, a son of Dayton C. and Mary Farber Sutton.

He is survived by the following brothers and sisters:  G. Ernest, Harry, Lilliam [sic] M. Flossie and Mary of Slate Hill; Ora D. and Clarene [sic] of Middletown; Seeley J. of Fly Creek, N.Y., and Merton of New York and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the home near Slate Hill Wednesday at two o’clock, Interment will be in the family plot in Pine Hill cemetery.

Source:  Middletown Times Herald, December 4, 1933.

Willard C. Rogers, 81, 50-year Oxford Resident, Dies After Short Illness

Willard C. Rogers, a 50-year resident of Oxford, died Sept. 22 after a two-month illness.

Mr. Rogers, who was 81 years of age, was a carpenter by trade.

He was born in Independent Township Jan. 6, 1879, the son of Claude and Mary Sutton Rogers. He married Anna Bailey in Clarkston in 1901.

Surviving are a son and daughter, Maurice Rogers and Mrs. Dorothy Fritz, both of Lake Orion. Other survivors are a brother and sister, Lee Rogers and Miss Hattie Rogers, both of Oxford; eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were held Sunday in the Flumerfelt Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Porritt of Ortonville officiating. Interment was in Seymour Lake Cemetery.

Source: Lake Orion Review, September 29, 1960.

Joanna Bates Sutton & Joseph Ford Sutton

The marriage of the Rev. Dr. J. Ford Sutton and the widow of A.M. Sutton was celebrated yesterday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church by Rev. Howard Duffield. The wedding was a quiet affair, only the sons of the Rev. Dr. Sutton and a few near relatives being present.

Source: New York Daily Tribune, June 28, 1901.

Katharine Palmer & Frederick J.H. Sutton

SUTTON — PALMER: On Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Grace Church, in the City of New York, by the Rev. Karl Reiland, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Sutton, father of the bridegroom, Katharine Jeanette Palmer, daughter of Ablah W. Palmer, of Amenia, N.Y., to Frederick Judson Holden Sutton.

Source: New York Times, November 25, 1909.

Bessie Sutton & Luther Clay Slavens

The Democrat has received the announcements and wedding cake, and there is no doubt that Miss Bessie Sutton, who was born and educated in Cheboygan and has so many friends here among the young, was happily married at Kansas City, Oct. 12, the Kansas City Times says. The marriage of Mr. Luther Clay Slavens, Jr. to Miss Bessie Sutton was solemnized last Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Sutton, 1911 East Twelfth Street. It was a home wedding and only the immediate families were present. The bridal couple left on the evening train and will visit Chicago, Washington, Baltimore, New York and Boston. They will be at home to friends at Thirty-third and Baltimore avenue on Thursdays in November. Miss Bessie has a host of friends in Cheboygan who will wish her the greatest happiness in the new life she has entered upon.

Source:  Cheboygan Democrat, October 21, 1893.