I am the eldest child of seven siblings and one half sibling, born August 21, 1938 in Lorena, TX. My father was Jesse Sutterfield and my mother was Kathleen Woodruff-Sutterfield. I have two children, Donald Dwayne Wood, born April 12, 1959, father Charles H. Tankersley, and Wendall Thomas Wood, born ?, 1964?, father Donald Lee Wood.
My occupation and career was as a nurse, beginning in a doctor's office when a senior in high school, where I was trained to do lab tests, assist with patient exams, sterilize supplies and equipment, expose and develop xray film, do billing and re-order supplies. My experience ranged from doctor's assistant in a number of offices, then Nurse aide in nursing homes, nurse aide in a hospital, LPN and, finally, RN. I worked in every area of the hospital , but loved best the job I had at the end of my career, in ICI/CCU, giving direct patient care.
Four years younger than I, he was a tow-headed kid, whom I used mercilessly while acting out what I had seen at the movies. He grew to be a tall, handsome fellow. He served an enlistment in the Army,married Maxine Burris Sutterfield, with whom he had a son, Steve. He had a son, Jason, with his second wife, Jackie, who already had a son, Burney, and a daughter, Toni, from her previous marriage.
Since his Army service, he has worked as an airplane mechanic at Wiley Post Airport, and will retire from there in a few years. He has just recently married for the third time to a lady of long acquaintance, Vickie, who we are all anxious to meet and welcome.
There was a wee soul returned to God when Joy Sue died from pneumonia a short month after being born prematurely.......no penicillin in those days to save her tiny life.
Stan was born when we were living on the farm in a former chicken coop. Dad made a push cart we called the go buggy....I guess you could say it was a homemade pram. It was from that go buggy that Stan caught sight of his first plane flying over and he never had any other goal than to fly. His major at Talequah was in math and he went into the Air Force from college graduation He married his college sweetheart Patricia Johnson who was the perfect person to help him plan and advance his career.His first trainer was the T-38 at Vance AFB in Enid. While there he co-owned his first plane of eight, including the one he is now building from the ground up. Stan's career advanced, with many awards and honors and he continued his math studies to the Masters level. He retired at Lt.Col., just short of the one star rank he wanted . His flying didn't stop with his last F-16. Since retirement, he has flown with Southwest and now is Captain. His wife bought and brought to success, a flower shop in the Tampa, FL area, which she still has, but in addition she recently trained to be a flight attendant and also works for Southwest. Their son, Kevin, graduated fron the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and is now following the ca! reer path of his dad, flying fighters. He is married and has a new daughter, Ainsley, with his wife, Kamden. Stan and Patti also have a daughter ,Keri, and son-in-law, Jeremy, in Fort Worth. They publish an E-directory of housing and apartments aimed at needs of college students, and have not started a family yet.
Debi was born when I was 16 years old, so like I did with the other siblings, I helped in her care, too. She was very attached to Mom or , maybe, was as strong willed then as now, because every time Mom and Dad wanted to grocery shop without taking all the kids, she cried from the time they left til they drove into the yard.....I left many a pinch mark on her. Later , when she could walk and talk, she depended on me to bring her a "hushey baw" (hershey bar), which I would lick off her face before washing it. Her schooling beyond graduation was toward becoming a CPA, passing her Boards on the first attempt, quite a feat, I have heard. She was married to Andy (cant remember his real first name, everybody just called him Andy), and by mutual preference they did not have children, and eventually divorced. She went to work for the man who invented the grocery shopping cart, Sylvan Goldman, even to the present time of finally concluding the settling of his vast estate.
After her divorce, Debi then fell madly in love with the man who , then and now, makes her laugh, Cameron Cherry. After Cam got out of the Navy, one of the jobs he held was with McGraw-Hill, Dodge Reports. He attended OCU Law, mastered the bar exam and now practises in their joint office in Edmond, OK where they live. Although they did not have children, when Cam's sister was killed in an accident, they adopted her son, Hollis, and raised him to be a good man and a very interesting person.
Next in line and about 2 years older than Don, is Tim. By the time he was born I had left home. He and Don are close pals, having played together all these years. Tim left high school after completing the 11th grade, and was soon married to a neighborhood girl, Lily Tiger (I think, Choctaw tribe) and had a baby coming whom they named Cecilia. She was followed by Sam and Amanda. I can't remember the jobs he held before setting up his own motorcycle repair shop. Long after he was divorced from Lily, he went to Moore-Norman Vo -Tech , learning about heating and air conditioning. For a while he was apprenticed and applying himself to getting his contractors license. Tim now owns and operates All Around Heat and Air, giving the best, most prompt, friendliest, and most dependable service available in the OKC metro and is a true success story. He has rebuilt the same house twice after tornadoes and! lives there with two of his three grandchildren, Katy and Justin, for whom he has guardianship.
Sally was a peaches and cream colored baby, soft and sweet. I didn't get to help raise any of the kids after Stan. She had as normal a childhood and school experience as it was possible to have with Mom . After graduation, she had wanted to go to college to major in archeology, but didn't get far on that. She married a sweetheart from highschool, "Rusty" Swift and they started his army career and later had one son, Logan. After a rocky few years, they divorced and she met Edward Castellano at work, and the best thing that could have happened for her. They have three kids, Jacob, Tabitha and Sara, whom they homeschooled, along with Logan. They did an excellent job of parenting and educating four very talented, smart, and confident kids. Only Logan is out of the home, just last year moving to Dallas to live with his dad and start college classes. Edward works for an electrical company, h! aving some education in that, but not his journeyman's license. Sally is a seamstress extrardinaire,even making her own wedding dress as well as sewing for the public. They live in Moore,OK.
Last one, born to Mom and "Bud" Godsell, my youngest and prettiest sib, in her 30's. She married Jimmy Garcia as soon as she graduated. They have two sons, J.J., now 18 and graduated, and Joseph, beginning eight grade this year. Jimmy works with a forklift at Paragon, in Waco, TX, where they live, and has a business of his own repairing TV's and VCR's in OK and TX for Rentacenter. Sheri works with office machines, first with Standard Ins. and now with an optometrist. She is enrolled in LVN courses, with plans for getting her RN.
We all called him Pa, but his name was Joseph Marion Woodruff, and he was the tallest man I ever knew. Not just because he was tall, but because of the content of his character. He's the subject of some of my earliest and best memories.
The Woodruff family came from Georgia; before that, there are tales of English descent, but the only person still alive (at least, I hope he's still alive) who's actually done geneological history on the Woodruffs and knows, is Pa's brother in Dallas, TX, and at the moment, his name eludes me. The Woodruffs of Georgia, Pa's ancestors, owned slaves, I'm sad to say. I've never known whether his father taught him to be friends with and kind to black people but stories of his equal treatment of every man follow him. Instead of the Indian blood I always wished my mother's cheekbones and hair indicated, it's more likely there was DNA from African slaves. I don't know whether they had the usual southern crops or lifestyle, but, hopefully my great-uncle has it recorded.
Robert Woodruff once owned Coca-Cola but sold it and from reports I've read, was philanthropic with his wealth. Pretty neat family fact.
My granddad was a farmer all of his life and at times we lived on his farm, joining in on the haybaling in the summer and us kids loved the turkey babies he raised for a while.It wasn't unusual to play with my cousins there, or to sit for hours while the adults talked about everything, including telling the tall tales about the person-of-the-day's piccadilloes. Sometimes, we got to sleep-over at Pa and Ma's house, kids ricked up crosswise on a metal framed bed with a cotton mattress and sheets so white they could blind you in the light of day if you ever saw the bed un-made (highly unlikely).
Pa and Ma were totally mismatched in temperament, but obviously still in love. Pa would come in from the field, clean up on the back porch (Ma didn't allow anyone to bring field dirt into the house), find Ma, usually in the kitchen and with a big whoop, he'd grab her around the knees, lifting her high above his head and twirl around with her. The whole time Ma would be squealing, "Joe, Joooe! Put me down!", and, eventually he would when she was breathlessly out of squeals, and how he laughed!
Ma's name was Addie Bea Easter Woodruff. Her family was in Mississippi and the only things I know about them are those my mother related. According to her, there was a good deal less integrity in the Easters than in the Woodruffs....do ya think her opinion was colored a bit by hero-worship of her dad.? I only met one other Easter family member, best I can remember, and that was Ma's sister, who was one of the sweetest and most gentle creatures God ever fashioned, Aunt Alma.
Pa and Ma raised 11 children, only two of which died before they should have. Pa had a stroke when he was well into his eighties and eventually died from the effects. Ma, also in her eighties,dressed for a trip to town one day and laid down for a quick rest before her ride came, and died with her purse in hand.....a true shopper to the last.
I never was privileged to meet my paternal grandfather and started too late in life picking the minds of those who knew him. His name was John Sutterfield and reputed to be a farmer and a well respected man. He was much older than his bride when he married Sara Azlee Holder in order to have a mother to raise his orphaned children, a commom practise in that hard time. He fathered 21 children, 6 of them with my grandmother.
Grandma married one more time but we must have been out of state or something, at any rate, I never knew him. Maybe he was in the family before I was born (most likely), I know only that his last name was Johnson.
Grandma was deaf, thought to be due to childhood measles. She had a reputation for being the hardest working woman in history, and I know she was no less than the runner up. I never saw her idle... when she was resting, she was hand carding cotton for quilt batting, sewing, embroidering, crocheting (which I learned from her) or preparing food for preservation or the next meal, which was always cooked from scratch. My mother hated her and has told many bad things about her, but was the only person who believed those tales.
I have a ton of good memories about Grandma and as many regrets that I was not around enough in her later years. She died in her eighties from stomach cancer.
Peter Moore Sutterfield (b: 1775) is believed to be the patriarch of all the Sutterfields that settled in Searcy County, Arkansas. He married Mary Rogers in 1801 in Laurens County, South Carolina. By 1812 Peter, Mary and Children had moved to Giles County, Tennessee. They were the parents to seven (known) children and the entire family were located in Wayne County, Tennessee by 1840. Early census records indicate there were three (3) additional girls in the family, their names are unknown.
At this point there are conflicting stories on the move from Tennessee to Arkansas. One accounting states that they came to Arkansas in a huge wagon train made up of Hatchetts, Holmes, Dentons, Morrisons, Woods, Watts, Campbells, Brarnes, Sutterfield and others. The second version has some of the Sutterfield boys coming to Arkansas in 1839, visiting families they had previously known in Tennessee. It is known Gasaway, James Odle, Nathaniel and Henry P., departed Tennessee December 26, 1841, for Searcy County, Arkansas, by the way of Cape Giradeau, Missouri. Enroute, it is believed they visited the William Sutterfield family, including his father Edward Sutterfield. This part of the Sutterfield Family arrived in Reynolds County, Missouri, from White County, Tennessee, in 1839-1840. William died in 1841, but his father Edward lived until 1849. Edward was a Revolutionary War Veteran who was born in Virginia. Indication are that Edward and Peter Moore Sutterfield are brothers but as of this writing this has not been verified.
The Sutterfield advance party arrived at the mouth of Young Hollow, on Long Creek, Searcy County, (Henderson Lawrence Place) Landis, February 18, 1841. Over the next five years all the living children and their families moved from Tennessee to Arkansas. It was at this time that the name was changed from Satterfield to "SUTTERFIELD". As one researcher aptly put it: "When Peter Moore Satterfield came to Arkansas he had six grown sons and one grown daughter, all with large families of their own. They too, came to Arkansas with their families and settled in and around Searcy County, Arkansas. For some unknown reason the entire family change their name from Satterfield to Sutterfield upon their arrival in Arkansas. Land, census, marriage and military records all indicate the name was spelled Sutterfield by all members of the family after their arrival in Arkansas." Side note; The Edward Satterfield family in Missouri changed to the Sutterfield spelling also.
Peter Moore SUTTERFIELD died June 26, 1846 and is buried in the Landis, Searcy County, Arkansas, Cemetery.
The SUTTERFIELD’S were one of the predominant families in Searcy County, Arkansas in the last half of the 19th century. In 1880 the descendants of Peter Moore Sutterfield living in and around Searcy County numbered approximately: 6 sons, 1 daughter, 20 grandsons, 27 granddaughters, 60 great grandsons, 37 great granddaughter and many, many great great grandchildren. Even today, 140 years latter, there are many Sutterfield’s in northern Arkansas who are descendants of Peter Moore Sutterfield.
Many times in genealogy there is much devoted to names and dates, and so very little devoted to the actual family history. The family stories on the hardships, sorrows, happiness and experiences a family endures are seldom recorded. Many events of the family are lost to the past. As each generation passes in time and no written account is recorded, we the grandchildren loss a small part of our heritage. We tend to disassociate ourselves from a family we knew nothing about. The Sutterfield’s have a proud heritage in this country. They fought for independence in 1776, they helped preserve that republic in the War of 1812, they cried and bled through the Civil War and they sent their sons to die in Foreign lands in World War I and II. This research on the Sutterfield’s is a small contribution to that heritage. I urge all members of the family to continue it, to correct, and add to it.
Copied, edited and added to the information on the Sutterfield families gathered and compiled by the late James Scoville Sutterfield of Conway, Arkansas.
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Peter Moore Sutterfield Military Record - Records indicate that Peter paid taxes in Giles County, Tennessee in 1812 and he is listed in the 1820 census for the same county. Records in Dwight Sutterfield possession indicate that Peter Moore Sutterfield was a PVT. in the Company Commanded by Capt. J. N. Williomson in the 2nd Regiment of Drafted Infantry or "Footman." In the war with Great Britain declared by the US on the June 18, 1814. Peter Moore Sutterfield was drafted at Giles County, Tennessee on or about September 10, 1814 for a term of 6 months and continued in active service for the term of 4 months and 21 days. He was honorably discharged at Camp Manderville on February 10, 1815, by furnishing an able boded substituted to perform the balance of said term of service. Peter, Military and pension records may be obtained from the National Archives using GSA form 6751.
PES Researcher comment: Most of the stories that appear was obtain from Dwight Sutterfield HC 78 Box 120, Timbo, Arkansas 72680. The information from the Court House in Marshall, Searcy County, Arkansas was obtain with the help of George Earl Sutterfield, HC 80 Box 358, Harriet, Arkansas, the County, Sheriff. Mrs. Sibyl Lawrence and son Morris, HC 76, Box 330, Marshall, Arkansas 72650, provided access to the Landis Cemetery and the old home place on Long Creek.
This information was obtain during a visit by Perry and Barbara Sutterfield to Searcy County during October 9 thru 14, 1997
Hope this helps, Perry Sutterfield