Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois
Edited by H. C. Bradsby, Chicago: World Publishing Co., 1885
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
JOSEPH SUTHERLAND, Milo, was born February 16, 1824, in Washington County, Ind. His great-grandfather was a native of Scotland. His grandfather, Roger SUTHERLAND, was a native of New York; he died in Missouri. The latter's son, Isaac SUTHERLAND, who is the father of our subject, was born in 1804 in New York State. At the age of seventeen he went to Indiana, where he farmed till November 1839, when he came to Milo Township in Bureau County, but soon afterward went to Fulton County, where he lived five years and then returned to his county. Here he resided till August, 1876, when he went to Iowa, where he died two years afterward. He was married twice. His first wife, Sylvia HACKETT, was born in Ohio. She died in 1835. She was the mother of eight children of whom four are yet living, viz.; Joseph, Sylvester, Mrs. Philena WHIPPLE and Darius. His second wife, Mrs. Margaret KEERNS (nee McKEAIG), was the mother of three children by her first marriage and six by her last. Of these, Harrison and Harvey, who are twins, Lemuel and Charley, are yet living in Iowa. Our subject is principally self educated. He was married January 13, 1850 to Matilda WEIDMAN, born November 18, 1830, in Champaign County, Ohio. She is a daughter of J. W. WEIDMAN, and is the mother of the following children: Edwin, Clara E., Elzora (deceased, aged sixteen years), Mrs. Emma KELSO, Mrs. Hulda SHIMMEL, Frank (deceased), Nettie, Sylva and Walter SUTHERLAND. Joseph SUTHERLAND is a Republican, and is one of the most intelligent and leading men in the Milo Township. He has been Constable six years, Commissioner twelve years, Treasurer six years and filled school offices. He has been a successful farmer and owns 300 acres of land in this county and 3,360 acres in Nebraska.