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Polemon Sutton was born in Ulster County, N. Y., March 20, 1824, and is a son of Charles Sutton, who was born
in Westchester County, N. Y., August 22, 1783, and departed this life January 17, 1870, and Dorcas (Kniffin) Sutton,
who was born in the same county as her husband, February 26, 1785, and passed over the mystical river to the other
shore August 2, 1864. They had a family of nine children, viz.: Merritt M., Phebe F., Elizabeth, Abigail M., Polnia,
Lydia, Edwin, Polemon, Jane A. In 1834, Polemon, the snbject of this sketch, accompanied his parents, who were
farmers, to Sandusky County, Ohio, from which place he came to Cass County, in 1844, and on reaching here, his
entire worldly wealth consisted of $1. He commenced as a farm hand at $10 per month, one-half store pay, but before
the season had passed concluded to commence farming on his own account, and having obtained a contract for eighty
acres of land, returned to Ohio to work where money was more plenty. Returning, he commenced in earnest pioneer
labor on his farm, and being very active, energetic and industrious, evidences of prosperity could soon be seen
on every hand, and before his death, which occurred July 18, 1865, 150 acres of fine farming land had been brought
under cultivation, and he considered one of the prominent and progressive farmers of the township. Although his
educational advantages were principally confined to the district school, he thoroughly improved them and became
so conversant with the. common branches that he became a very successful school teacheró several winter months
being devoted to this calling. Whatever he did at all was well done, and therein lay the key to his success. Originally
a Democrat, on the formation of the Republican party, he became one of its stanchest members, and during the war
assisted in filling the quota of soldiers due from his town. Although holding the offices of School Inspector and
Town Clerk, he was not a political aspirant, but always took an active part in political affairs in which he evinced
the greatest interest, and it is to such men in their private capacity as citizens that a just and equitable government
looks for support. Although a firm believer in Christianity, he was not a member of any religious organization.
He was married May 13, 1852, to Phebe A. Moody, who was born in Medina County, Ohio, July 12, 1833, and was a daughter
of Ethan and Eccellann (Hatch) Moody, who came to Cass County in 1848, and remained here until their deaths, which
occurred October 26, 1881, and December 21, 1865, respectively. Their family consisted of four childrenó Phebe
A., Andrew J., Ethan A. and Horace B. Mrs. Sutton is a lady of more than ordinary business ability, and now successfully
conducts the farm left by her husband; and their fine farm buildings, an ornament to the township, were completed
under her supervision after the death of her husband. She is the mother of two childrenó Lola M. and Emma, both
of whom reside at home.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.