Source: History of Bureau County, IL
H. C. Bradsby, Editor
Chicago: World Publisher Company 1885
Reprinted by: Higginson Book Company, Salem, MA
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
Ferdinand Sutton, Malden, was born in St. Clairsville, Belmont Co., Ohio, September 30, 1823. His father, Manoah Sutton, was born September 15, 1791, at Dover, N. J. He was a bricklayer and plasterer by trade, but also engaged in farming; he died in York, Penn., October, 1855. He was married November, 16, 1820, at Flashing, Ohio, to Elizabeth Frazier, born in Culpepper, Va., February 14, 1798, and now residing in Malden. They were the parents of eight children, four of whom are now living, viz.: Alice Ann, born August 11, 1821, wife of Joseph Morrison; Ferdinand, born September 30, 1823; William, born June 12, 1828, of Malden; Phebe E., born January 10, 1832, wife of Freeman Rackley, of Malden.
In 1852 the family came to Bureau County, Settling first in Dover Township and afterward in Berlin. Ferdinand Sutton has made this county his home since 1852, being engaged in farming and in the grain and stock business. For some time he lived on the farm, also three years in Princeton, but for several years past has resided in Malden, and carried on the grain and stock business, though he and wife still own a farm of 526 acres in Selby Township. Mr. Sutton's opportunity for gaiing an education was so limited that he only attended school fourteen days; nevertheless, through his own energy he has overcome all difficulties and madae life a success.
He was married in this county, April 1, 1858, to Nancy J. Field. She was born in Harrison County, Ohio, February 10, 1838, and died April 9, 1865, in Berlin Township, Illinois. She was the mother of three children: Charles, born January 16, 1859, married to Lena Callinan, October 11, 1882; Frank, born February 20, 1861, a merchant of Cheney, Neb.; Mary, born February 22, 1863.
Mr. Sutton was married September 25, 1867, to Angelia (Adams) Pierce. Her father, William B. Adams, was born in Otsego, Otsego Co., N. Y. February 11, 1806 and his wife Priscilla was born at the same place February 16, 1806. Their children were also born in Otsego County, N. Y. Lyman B. was born January 27, 1833; Angelia A., born June 22, 1835. Lyman B. Adams was married to Rebecca Burnham, September 20, 1853, at Fredonia, N. Y. Their son, Charley B., was born November 27, 1855, in Selby, Ill., and died December 16, 1882, at Malden. Rebecca Adams died March 19, 1882 at Malden, Illinois. Angelia A. Adams was married to Rhodolphus F. Pierce, June 22, 1851, at Hartwick, Otsego Co., N.Y.He was born September 10, 1830, in Otsego County, N. Y., and died May 2, 1861, in Selby, Bureau Co., Ill., May 5, 1854, and settled on the old John Hall farm. William B. Adams died August 18, 1869, at Malden. His widow, Priscilla, is still living at Malden, Ill.