Biography of Lewis Sutherland



Berrien County

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LEWIS SUTHERLAND is of Scotch descent, the son of Lot Sutherland, and was born in Barker, Broome Co., N. Y. Feb. 28, 1831, being the sixth in a family of nine children. His mother died when he was but seven years of age. In 1836 he came with his fatherís family to Michigan, and lived with them near Kalamazoo. About 1839 his father removed to Bainbridge township, Berrien County, and purchased one hundred acres of land on section 27, and there the boyhood days of the son were passed, without incident save such as are common in the lives of farmersí boys. He acquired a fair education, enabling him to engage in any ordinary business. When nineteen years of age he took up his residence at the home of John Morgan, in Bainbridge, and remained with him three years. Being desirous of witnessing life in the mining region of California, Mr. Morgan went to that State, leaving Mr. Sutherland to care for his family, and promising to pay him one fourth of his net earnings in the land of gold. When the time for settlement arrived the sum amounted to five hundred and sixtytwo dollars and fifty cents, and with it Mr. Sutherland purchased one hundred and sixty acres on section 23 in Benton township. In 1860, when twenty nine years of age, he was married, at Battle Creek, to Miss Matilda Howard, who was born in Kane Co., Ill., March 12, 1843. She is the daughter of Joseph and Anna D. Howard, and the oldest of seven children. Her parents settled in Bainbridge township, Berrien County, when she was but four years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Sutherland have been the parents of six children, of whom but four are living.

Sterling L. Sutherland was born Feb. 23, 1861; Edgar B., born April 17, 1864, died Aug. 14, 1866; Grace C., born Jan. 1, 1866, died Aug. 18, 1866; Addie E., born Aug. 4, 1867; Darwin B., born May 16, 1869; Lot F., born May 16, 1871. In 1860, Mr. Sutherland sold his farm on section 23 and purchased eighty acres on section 36, and has since purchased an equal amount adjoining it. He also owns real estate in various other localities, and is the possessor of three hundred and ten acres in all. At the death of his father, in 1866, Mr. Sutherland received as his share of the estate two hundred and fifty dollars.

Mr. Sutherland is, politically, a Democrat; has held the position of highway commissioner for three years, and has filled other minor offices. On religious subjects his views are liberal. He is a man of strictly temperate habits, thoroughly upright in his business transactions, and by his fellow townsmen is classed among their most valuable citizens. He is a most successful farmer, and has triumphed over all difficulties since his humble beginning in the battlefield of life.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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