The busiest "little" township in Indiana
Clear Creek Township
Monroe County, Indiana
Monroe County, Ind.;  born near the village of Harrodsburg,
December 28, 1852, is the eldest son living of F. B. and Elizabeth
Sutherland, whose maiden name was Sellers.  The subject of this
biography is of English, Irish and Scotch extraction.  

The father of Mr. Sutherland was born in Ashe County, N. C.,
March 7, 1821, and his mother in Laurel County, Ky., September
24, 1823.  His paternal grandfather was Joseph Sutherland, a
native of Grayson County, Va.;  born 1790.  His great-grandfather
was Alexander Sutherland, of Scottish nativity, and who came to
America  prior to the Revolutionary war, in which he was a soldier,
and was at the battle of Bunker Hill.  The great-great-grandfather
pioneer days of Indiana the Sutherland family came to Monroe
County, and there remained until our subject was about twelve
years of age, when he removed to Perry Township, Lawrence
County, and the major part of Mr. Sutherland's life has here been

His early life was devoted to the service of his father and in
attendance at the country school.  Mr. Sutherland had so far
advanced with his studies by the fall and winter of 1872-73, that
he was capable of teaching school, and during this time he
taught his first term.  During the summer of 1873 he attended the
Bedford Male and Female College, and in the spring of 1874 he
entered the Northern Indiana Normal School, at Valparaiso.  In
1879 he graduated from that institution.  Immediately after his
graduation he accepted a position in the Southern Indiana
Normal School, at Paoli, and in 1880 he became Superintendent
of this school and as such, remained for three years and then
resigned his position to engage in the mercantile business in
Springville, Ind., in which he still continues.  During the winter of
1883-84, however, he superintended the public schools at
Orleans, Orange County, Ind.  

The mercantile business has been a success.  He has invested
about $3,000 and adopted the cash system. The marriage of Mr.
Sutherland took place August 19, 1877, to Miss Emma Pearson,
a native of Lawrence County, Ind., daughter of William L. and
Amanda J. Pearson.  To this union have been born:  Lola M.
and Eugene F.  Mr. Sutherland is a stanch Republican, and cast
his first Presidential ballot for U. S. Grant.  He is a member of the
I. O. O. F.  Mr. and Mrs. Sutherland are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church.

"History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Co.'s, Indiana"
Goodspeed Bros. and Co., 1884