"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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