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Mrs. Caroline Sutherland
Born September 30, 1842
Mrs. Caroline Sutherland, a well known and highly respected resident of Scotch Grove township, where she makes her home on a farm on section 28, was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, on the 30th of September, 1842, a daughter of Robert and Mary Ann (Bell) Espy, both natives of Pennsylvania. They came to Jones county in 1851, where the father entered land in Scotch Grove township, and here their remaining days were spent. In their family were eight children of whom only three now survive. Mrs. Sutherland is the widow of John Sutherland, who passed away on the 8th of September, 1901.
John Sutherland was born in Canada, in March, 1818, and there the period of his boyhood and youth were passed. In 1837, when nineteen years of age, he came to Jones county with his parents, and here made his home until 1849. In that year, in company with two younger brothers, he started for the far west, traveling overland all of the way, and after arriving in California obtained employment in the gold mines of that state. He was thus employed until 1856, when he returned to Jones county, Iowa, and here continued to make his home until the outbreak of the Civil war, when he enlisted in the Ninth Iowa Infantry as a member of Company D, serving for four years, during which time he was brave and valiant in the defense of his country. He was wounded at the battle of Pea Ridge and again at Vicksburg. His capable service was recognized in his promotion to first lieutenant, and later he was made captain, which rank he was holding when, in February, 1865, he was honorably discharged on account of sickness.
Again returning to Jones county he purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres located on section 28, Scotch Grove township, where he continued to make his home up to the time of his death. In 1870 he was united in marriage to Caroline Espy, of this review, and unto them were born eight children, namely: John B., deceased; Thomas residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Charles R., a practicing attorney of Cedar Rapids; Catherine, deceased; Frank D., still at home; Margaret, engaged in teaching school; Anna D., the wife of Alfred Hanna, of Scotch Grove township; and John C., who is also married and makes his home in Martin, Tennessee.
Mrs. Sutherland still resides on the home farm, which she is capably managing with the assistance of her son, manifesting in the conduct of her affairs much business ability and discernment. She is a member of the Presbyterian church, the teachings of which form the guiding influence of her life, while her husband was identified with the Masonic body, having attained the Knight Templar degree therein. Having resided within the borders of Jones county since the age of nine years, she is well known and figures prominently in the social circles of the community. A lady of domestic tastes, in her home life she has ever been a loving wife and mother and is recognized as a true friend and obliging neighbor, her excellent traits of character gaining for her unqualified respect and regard.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 450.

John Sutherland, husband of Caroline Sutherland.

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