"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"
Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others.
Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill.
787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three
counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.
Sutliff, Solon D., a prominent business man of Rhinelander, well
known throughout Oneida County and adjacent territory, can lay claim
to a long line of American ancestors whose genealogy in the direct
line has been preserved and reads in the main as follows: Abraham
SUTLIFF, founder of the puritanical family in America, came from
Plymouth, England, to the New World, he having been groom of the
bedchamber of King Charles I and brother to Mathew SUTLIFF, dean of
Exeter. Abraham was born about 1574 in Yorkshire, England, and
probably lived at one time near Knaresborough, Yorkshire, where some
of his children and the younger Plymptons were acquainted. After the
birth of probably all of his children, he emigrated from Plymouth,
England, to the New World, finally settling about 1623 in the new
settlement of Plymouth, Mass. Soon afterwards he with other
immigrants, mostly gentlemen from Kentshire, who had but recently
arrived, and with some of the settlers of Plymouth, Mass., who had
come over in the Mayflower, went to settle on a site on the coast
of Massachusetts midway between Plymouth and Boston and named
Scituate. Profiting by the sad experience and suffering of the
first settlers of Plymouth, Mass., who at the beginning held their
lands in common, they divided all the land of the third cliff, giving
to each head of a family but one allotment of a small tract of land.
Abraham SUTLIFF, Sr., never-the-less received at least two allotments
on this cliff, probably through the influence of Dean Mathew SUTLIFF,
who owned all the land in the vicinity. These two allotments he
afterwards sold to two different persons. He living for quite a period
of time in Plymouth, Mass., and adterwards moved to Scituate with his
family were he is supposed to have died. Abraham SUTLIFF was a son
of John SUTLIFF, Jr., who was a son of John SUTLIFF, Sr., who married
Margaret HOLDSWORTH, and who was born and living his life in Mairoyd,
Yorkshire, England. The direct descendants of Abraham, Sr., down to
Solon D. SUTLIFF, now living in Rhinelander, Wis., were as follows:
Abraham, Jr., born about 1610 in Yorkshire, England, son of Abraham,
Sr., who was born in Mairoyd, England, About 1574. Nathaniel, Sr.,
born in Scituate, Mass., in 1638, son of Abraham, Jr. Sergeant
Nathaniel, born July 27, 1672, in Medfield, Mass., son of Nathaniel,
Sr. Sergeant John SUTLIFF, born in Deerfield, Mass., in 1697, son of
Sergeant Nathaniel. John SUTLIFF, born July 26, 1727, in Durham, Conn,
son of Sergeant John SUTLIFF. John Hodgkin SUTLIFF was baptized Oct.
16, 1757, at Killingworth, Conn., son of John SUTLIFF. Vanransaler
SUTLIFF, son of John Hodgkin SUTLIFF. Calvin A. SUTLIFF, born in
Monroe County, N.Y., Jan. 29, 1828, son of Vanransaler SUTLIFF. Solon
D. SUTLIFF, born at Bridgeton, Newaygo County, Mich., Oct. 16, 1864,
son of Calvin A. SUTLIFF.
Calvin A. SUTLIFF, the place and date of whose nativity has been given
above, when a young boy removed with his parents to Lenewee County,
Mich., in 1833. He acquired his education in that state and engaged
in the lumber business and in farming, and in time took up his
permanent home inf Bridgeton, Newaygo County Mich., becoming a
prominent logging contractor. He was also quite extensively engaged
in farming in that county. He died in Newaygo, Mich., March 12, 1904.
His wife, whose maiden name was Emily H. WOODWARD, and who was a
native of New York State, died in the same county April 6, 1901.
They had a large family of 13 children, most of whom they reared to
manhood or womanhood, namely, Ellen E., Mattie E., Albert E.,
Flora E., Solon D., Nettie, Frank A., Lottie G., Helen M., Jessie E.,
Milan R., Libby E. and Charles A. The further record of these
children, briefly given, is as follows: (1) Ellen E. died in infancy.
(2) Mattie E., born May 6, 1859, in Bridgeton, Mich., married Cassius
M. WOODWARD, Sept. 24, 1879, and is now residing in Des Moines, Iowa.
(3) Albert E. SUTLIFF, the third child of Calvin A. SUTLIFF and wife,
was born at Bridgeton, Mich., March 18, 1861; he was married Sept. 1,
1886, to Jennie PURCELL of Newaygo, Mich., and they now reside in
Tomahawk, Wis. (4) Flora E. SUTLIFF, born at Bridgeton, Mich., was
married Feb. 14, 1881, to C. F. Keefe. She died at Elkhart, Ind., in
November, 1920. (5) Solon D. (6) Nettie SUTLIFF, born at Bridgeton,
Mich., Aug. 4, 1866, died Sept. 23, 1880. (7) Frank A. SUTLIFF, born
at Bridgeton, Mich., Aug. 29, 1868, is now a resident of Menomonee,
Mich. He was married Jan. 12, 1892 to Clara M. SCHRAMM. (8) Lottie G.
SUTLIFF (eighth child of Calvin G.), was born at Bridgeton, Mich.,
June 21, 1870, was married June 5, 1889, to James E. HAYDEN. (9) Helen
M. SUTLIFF, born at Bridgeton, Mich., Sept. 5, 1871, married W. Ralph
WAGERS of Newaygo, Mich., and resides at Elkhart, Ind. (10) Jessie E.
Sutliff, born at Bridgeton, Mich., Aug. 29, 1873, died April 20, 1893.
(11) Milas R. SUTLIFF, born at Bridgeton, Mich., June 19, 1876, was
married June 24, 1902, to Jennie M. BARNES of Rhinelander, Wis., and
now resides in Ashland, Wis. (12) Libby E. SUTLIFF, born at Bridgeton
, Mich., Feb. 1, 1875, died Nov. 8, the same year. (13) Charles A.
SUTLIFF (13th child of Calvin A. SUTLIFF), born at Bridgeton, Mich.,
Dec. 14, 1880, was married at Newaygo, Mich., to Effie E. HERRON and
resides in Detroit, Mich. Solon D. SUTLIFF, acquired his elementary
education in the schools of Bridgeton and later attended business
college at both Valparaiso, Ind. and Grand Rapids, Mich. During the
years 1882, 1883 and 1884, together with his brother Albert, he
conducted a livery business in Newaygo, Mich., after which they took
up logging and lumbering in its various branches and were thus occupied
in that locality until 1889. In May of that year they came to
Tomahawk, Wis., and here also followed the logging and lumbering
industry. In 1890 they with others organized the Homestead Land Co.,
at Tomahawk, though Solon D. never took an active part in the
business. On Dec. 29, 1890 he located in Woodboro, Oneida County,
Wis., and became connected with the George E. Wood Lumber Co., first
as scaler and camp clerk, remaining as such until their mill was
built in 1892, when he took charge of their office, subsequently
continuing with them for 14 years. From December, 1904 until the fall
of 1905 he was employed in the Brown Bros.' office in Rhinelander, and
from the fall of 1905 to 1908 he occupied a position as traveling
lumber salesman. In the winter of 1908 the Rhinelander Lumber & Coal
Co. was incorporated, Mr. SUTLIFF being connected with it. He is now
the sole owner and proprietor of the business, having purchased the
other members' interests. He has retained the old name but the concern
is not now a corporation. Lumber of all grades and varieties is
handled; also a full line to building supplies and fuel. Ever since
he came to Rhinelander Mr. SUTLIFF has taken an active part in
promoting the business interests of the community, having himself laid
out and platted the S. D. Sutliff Addition on the East Side, also
the Riverside Addition on the West Side. He has been connected with
the Rhinelander Building and Loan Association for several years and
is now serving as its vice president. His beautiful home on the corner
of Dahl Street and Baird Avenue is one of the most tasteful and
substantial residences in the city. He is a stockholder and director
of the First National Bank of Rhinelander, and a stockholder in the
Oneida National Bank of Rhinelander; also assistant secretary of the
Thunder Lake Lumber Co. of the same city. While living in Woodboro he
was for several years chairman of the town board. Elected mayor of
Rhinelander in the spring of 1918, he served in that office for two
years, giving the city a good business administration; he has also done
efficient work as a member of the Board of Education. The local Elks
lodge numbers him among its interested members, and he attends and
helps to support both the Congregational and Episcopal churches. Solon
D. SUTLIFF was first married in Grand Rapids, Wis. (now Wisconsin
Rapids), Aug. 15, 1899, to Nettie WHEELAN, who was born in Grand Rapids
Sept. 22, 1874, and died in Rhinelander Feb. 10, 1910. She left two
children: Wheelan D., born June 20, 1900, at Woodboro, Oneida County,
Wis., and now a student at Cornell Medical School, New York City; and
Robert C., born May 8, 1902, in Woodboro, now a student at the
Annapolis Naval Academy. On Dec. 17, 1919, Mr. SUTLIFF
was married to Mathilda BURNSEN of Superior, Wis.
Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 240-242 (with picture);
History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin;
Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others;
1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
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