Sunderland, Hansell, Hutchinson, Snedeker
Ann Sunderland, wife of William Hansell
Proposed Sunderland Lineage
Compiled by Judy Griffin, 2007 - email address
Samuel Sunderland (1704 - ) + Elizabeth Barraclough
(1704 - )
... 2 Thomas Sunderland (1742? - ) + Sarah Runyon (1755 - )
....... 3 John P. Sunderland (1770 - 1838) + Elizabeth Slack (1777 - 1838)
.......... 4 Ann Sunderland (1794 - 1872) + William Hansell (1792 - 1872)
.............. 5 Rebecca Hansell (1816 - 1912) + John M. Hutchinson (ca. 1810 - ) See Hutchinson history
.............. 5 Elizabeth Ann Hansell (1819 - 1901) + James A. McGannon. See McGannon history
.............. 5 Llewellyn Hansell (ca. 1825 - 1860s)
.............. 5 Harriet M. Hansell (ca. 1826 – bet. 1900-10) + William P. Jarboe (ca. 1818 - 1876) See Jarboe history
.............. 5 Emma Hansell (ca. 1828 - 1902) + Charles W. Johnson (ca. 1828 - 1896)
.............. 5 Sarah Barley Hansell (1832 - 1922) + Johnson Norris (1832 - 1897)
.............. 5 Lloyd S. Hansell (1836 - 1921) + Hannah H. M. Seward (1839 - 1902)
.......... 4 Samuel Sunderland (1796 - 1875) + Elizabeth Hutchinson (ca. 1802 – bet. 1860-70)
.............. 5 Charles B. Sunderland (1824 - 1900) + Leah Tressler (1837 - 1896)
.............. 5 Elizabeth Sunderland (1830 - 1861) + Watson James Cyrus (1828 - 1886)
.............. 5 David Sunderland (1833 - )
.............. 5 Virginia Sunderland (ca. 1836 - ) + Edmond P. Wilcox
.............. 5 John F. Sunderland (1840 - 1883) + Mary J. White (1842 - )
.............. 5 Samuel Sunderland (ca. 1842 - ) + Cornelia A. Covert ( ca. 1847 - )
.............. 5 Henry L. Sunderland (1844 - ) + Emma J. Nutt (ca. 1843 - )
.......... 4 John Sunderland (1798 - 1846) + Catharine _?_ ( - 1851)
.......... 4 David Sunderland (1800 - )
.......... 4 Elizabeth Sunderland (1802 - 1841)
.......... 4 Harriett Sunderland (1806 - 1883) + Samuel Snedeker (1802 - 1877)
.............. 5 John S. Snedeker (ca. 1846 - 1866)
.............. 5 Catherine Snedeker (ca. 1842 - 1890) + William Hill (1834 - 1896)
.......... 4 Mary Rymer Sunderland (1808 - 1887) + Daniel H. Combes (1805 - 1885)
.......... 4 Caroline Y. Sunderland (1810 - 1891) + Isaac H. Snedeker (1812 - 1877)
.............. 5 Orville A. Snedeker (1848 - 1897) + Emma Delzell (1846 - 1928)
.............. 5 Samuel J. Snedeker (1852 - 1902) + Anna Elizabeth Delzell (1849 - 1934)
.............. 5 George W. Snedeker
.......... 4 Thomas Reiner Sunderland (1813 - before 1876) + Margaret _?_ ( - before 1876)
.............. 5 Sallie Sunderland (ca. 1848 - 1876)
.......... 4 Adelia Virginia Sunderland (1815 - 1892) + Theodore Mershon (1814 - 1880)
.......... 4 Lloyd Wells Sunderland (1815 - 1900) + Sarah Ann Steinburg (1819 - 1892)
.............. 5 Harriet Sunderland (1838 - 1923)
.............. 5 James Slack Sunderland (1841 - 1931) + (1) Jane-Jennie Cooper (1843 - ), (2) Mrs. Barbara Thompson Bridges (1856 - 1933)
.............. 5 Joseph Wood Sunderland (1843 - 1924) + Mary Elizabeth Combes (1848 - 1927)
.............. 5 John Patterson Sunderland (1846 - 1933) + Sophia Robbins (1844 - 1908)
.............. 5 William S. Sunderland (1849 - 1939) + Sarah L. Erwin
.............. 5 Justice B. Sunderland (1852 - 1929) + Caroline Hartwick (1857 - 1932)
.............. 5 Annie W. Sunderland (1854 - 1947) + George Christy (1839 - possibly 1909)
.............. 5 Carrie Sunderland (1856 - 1946) + James G. McReynolds
.............. 5 Ella McGannon Sunderland (1859 - 1930) + James S. Heizer (1859 - 1923)
.............. 5 Lloyd Wells Sunderland (1861 - 1925) + Mary Elizabeth Davis
.......... 4 James L. Sunderland (1821 - 1850) + Nancy Norris (ca. 1828 - )
....... 3 Hugh Sunderland (1775 - 1849) + (1) Rebecca Jones (ca. 1776 - ), (2) Margaret Applegate (1776 - )
....... 3 William Sunderland (1776 - 1845)
....... 3 Peter Sunderland (ca. 1778 - ) + Leacy Jones
....... 3 Thomas Sunderland (ca. 1780 - )
... 2 John Sunderland (ca. 1723 - before 1814) + (1) Mary Rawlinson (ca. 1724 - ), (2) Anne Marple (ca. 1743 - 1814)
... 2 William Sunderland (1730 - 1828) + Sarah _?_
... 2 Peter Sunderland (1737 - 1828) + (1) Sarah? Dye, (2) Catherine Holman
There is little to no documentation for these ancestors of Ann Sunderland.
Samuel Sunderland was born in 1704 in England and died in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Researcher Neil Sunderland stated that Samuel was born April 14, 1698 in Horbury, Yorkshire, England. Samuel married Elizabeth Barraclough on October 30, 1721 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Elizabeth was born circa 1704 in Hipperholme, England, and died in New Jersey. Samuel came to the United States from Durham County, England in 1737 with his pregnant wife and three sons. (1) He may have first arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (2) According to researcher Bobbi Skerry, the father of this Samuel Sunderland was John Sunderland born between 1680 and 1690, who married Elizabeth (surname unknown). The proposed children of Samuel and Elizabeth were John (no information), Thomas, William and Peter Spencer. Peter, the fourth son, and the only son born in the United States, later became a Revolutionary war soldier who fought at Bunker Hill. (3) Another researcher (4) states that Elizabeth Barraclough was born on September 26, 1703 in Hipperholme and married Samuel Spencer Sunderland, son of Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland.
John Sunderland was born circa 1723 in Halifax, Yorkshire. He married Mary Rawlinson circa 1740, possibly in Whittington Hall, Lancashire, England. Mary was born circa 1724. John married, second, Anne Maple on February 1, 1763 in England. Anne was born circa 1743 and died in 1814. John died before June 3, 1814 in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Their children were: William James, born circa 1741 in New Jersey and died in 1829; James Richard, born circa 1745 in New Jersey; Mary, born 1763; Isabelle, born 1765; William, born October 19, 1767; John, born February 4, 1770; Susannah, born 1772; David, born Mary 17, 1774; Benjamin, born January 3, 1783; Ann. Another researcher states that John and Ann’s children were Suzanna (died 1852), Isabella (died 1847), John Jr. (died 1846), William and Ann. (5)
There is an 1803 will for a John P. Sunderland that will names his wife as Ann, and daughters Isabella and Susannah: Will of John Sunderland, July 20, 1803: I, John Sunderland of Middlesex Col, NJ, . . . 1. Give to wife Ann, house & lot lying in Middlesex, NJ where I now live. Also remainder of moveable estate for as long as she lives. Said house and lot etc then (after wife’s death) to my two daughters, Isabella and Susannah – also rest of moveable estate to daughters. My grandson, William, to be brought up in a trade beginning at age 16 years. Wife Ann and daughter Isabel – executors. Inventory taken June 2, 1814, included one large Bible. (6)
Thomas Sunderland, see below.
William Sunderland was born in 1730 in England and died on October 9, 1828 in Centerville, Montgomery County, Ohio. William married Sarah _?_ circa 1770 in Burlington County, New Jersey. Their daughter was Elizabeth Sunderland, born April 9, 1768 in Pennsylvania and died on July 15 in Union County, Indiana. Elizabeth married John Dunkin in 1787 in Pennsylvania. The children of John and Elizabeth were: William, John, Peter, Richard, Rachel, Benjamin, Michael, John, Joshua, Mary, and David. (This is John Rodgers line, he states Elizabeth was daughter of either William or Peter.)
Another researcher (7) has the following information. William Sunderland died in 1823 or 1827. He served in the Revolutionary War, enlisting in New Jersey. He moved to Pennsylvania and then to Montgomery County, Ohio in 1798. He was listed in the 1790 census in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and in the 1785 and 1786 tax rolls in Franklin Township, Fayette County. He may or may not be father to Peter Sunderland, who in 1800 married Nancy Robbins (1783-1858), and/or John Sunderland, who appears in the 1785-86 Pennsylvania tax rolls. The notes prepared by a May D. Kemp (1964): The Pennsylvania Gazette 1738, William Sunderland of Burlington County, New Jersey, aged about 20 years ran away. Description says he was a Londoner.
The records of the Sugar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Centerville, Washington Township, Montgomery County, Ohio have the following that may be William and his family: (8)
William Sunderland died Oct 9, 1828 age 98 yrs (born ca. 1730)
Peter Sunderland died Oct 2, 1841 age 67 yrs 5 mo 23 da (b. ca. 1774)
Nancy Sunderland wife of Peter died Dec 3, 1858 age 75 yrs 10 mo 1 da (b. ca. 1783)
Sarah Sunderland wife of Wm. died Mar 20, 1875 age 81 yrs (b. ca. 1794)
Peter Sunderland, Sr. One researcher (9) has the following information. Peter Sunderland, Sr. was born in 1737 in Philadelphia two weeks after family’s arrival. He served in the Revolutionary War. He was found on the Pennsylvania tax rolls in 1786 and in the 1790 Pennsylvania census, Fayette County. He settled in Ohio, possibly in 1798. His first wife was Anna _?_; and he married, second, Catherine Holman in 1778 in New Jersey. They had eight children: William; Daniel; Isabelle, married Andrew Russell in 1803 and Samuel Washburn; Peter Jr, died in 1812; Dye, 1795-1856; Jennifer, John P. Sunderland Sr., born February 4, 1770, married Elizabeth Slack, born February 2, 1777, on January 13, 1794, 12 children [this must be an error]; Elizabeth, 1768-1843, married John Dunkin; and Richard, 1775-1863.
Other researchers have Peter Sunderland, born March 5, 1737/9 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died on August 1, 1827 in Auglaize County, Ohio. Peter Spenser first married Sarah Dye on May 25, 1778 in Kingston, New Jersey. They had three children: Elizabeth “Betsy,” born April 7, 1768 in New Jersey; William, born September 12, 1771, possibly in New Jersey; Richard, born in 1774. He married, second, Catherine Holman on May 25, 1778 in Trenton, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Their children were: Peter, born 1779 in Brooke County, Virginia; John, born 1781; Francis, born 1784 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania; Isabella, born March 3, 1787 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania; Daniel, born June 4, 1792; Dye, born May 7, 1794 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania; Michael, born October 15, 1797 in Fayette County.
There is information on the Dunkin family that is probably Peter Sr. and his family. (10) “The Dunkin family, some members of which spell their name Duncan, originated from Scotland, branch herein from old Colonial stock of Pennsylvania in the Red Stone country. John Dunkin, grandfather of Michael and William Dunkin, of Selma [Delaware Co.], IN, was a farmer who went from Pennsylvania to OH as a young man; in latter state he married Elizabeth Sunderland, who died July 15, 1843, in Union Co. IN, she the daughter of Peter Sunderland, one of original pioneers. The Sunderlands had preceded Dunkins to that section, and when John Dunkin, accompanied by a companion, crossed the mountains with a knapsack on his back, he found them well settled. Dayton, OH, was then a hamlet. . . . After marriage, John Dunkin settled on Mad river, 3 miles southeast of Dayton [Montgomery County], where he cleared a farm and resided until death. He and his wife were parents of: William, b. Sept. 22, 1788, died Nov. 22, 1870; John, b. Oct. 21, 1790; Peter, b. June 8, 1792; Michael, b. Jan. 29, 1795, died young; Rachel, b. Jan. 20, 1797, d. Jan. 2, 1860; Benjamin, b. Aug. 20, 1799; Michael, b. Aug. 28, 1801; John b. Sept. 5, 1803; Joshua, b. Sept. 25, 1805; Polly, b. Nov. 22, 1807; and David, b. Sept. 22, 1810, d. Sept. 1, 1881. These names and dates are from the records left by William Dunkin, and copied in the family Bible.”
Thomas Sunderland was possibly born circa 1725 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. He married Sarah Runyon in about 1769, in New Jersey. Sarah was born on March 23, 1755, the daughter of Hugh Runyon (1715, New Jersey - 1804 possibly Bedminister, Somerset Co, New Jersey) and Ann Savage/Savige/Savidge (1721-1795). The Runyon (Roignon/Rongnion) and Savage/Savige ancestors were French Huguenots. The Runyons arrived in New Jersey in 1665. (11) Thomas is said to have served in the American Revolution, enlisting as a private from Middlesex County, New Jersey and lived near Princeton, New Jersey. (12) There was a listing for Sunderlin, Thos in Windsor Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey in the 1785 list of freeholders. (13) Another researcher states that Thomas was born July 9, 1742, which is a much more likely birthdate. It is unknown where Thomas and Sarah died. Their children were John Patterson, Hugh, William, Peter and Thomas (most undocumented).
John P. Sunderland, see below.
Hugh Sunderland was born on March 26, 1775. He married Rebecca Jones in about 1794, in New Jersey. Rebecca was born about 1776, date and place of death unknown. He married second, Margaret Applegate in about 1800, Margaret was born about 1776. Hugh died on November 25, 1849 in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey.
William Sunderland was born in 1776 and died on April 29, 1845 in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey.
Peter Sunderland was born in about 1778. He married Leacy Jones on November 5, 1826 in Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey. Leacy was born in circa 1780. The date and place of death for Peter and Leacy are unknown.
Thomas Sunderland was born in about. 1780. The date and place of his death is unknown.
John P. Sunderland
John P. Sunderland (Thomas1) was born on February 4, 1770 in Patterson, Mercer County, New Jersey and died on January 18, 1838 in Trenton, Mercer County at age 67 (possibly John Patterson Sunderland). (14) He married Elizabeth Slack on January 31, 1794 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. Elisabeth was born on February 2, 1777, possibly in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (15) and died in 1838. Elizabeth’s parents are said to have been Cornelius Slack and Elizabeth Spear. A Cornelius Slack enlisted in the Revolutionary War as a teamster. John and Elizabeth’s children were Ann, Samuel, John, David, Eliza, Harriet, Mary R., Caroline Y., Thomas Reiner, Adelie Virginia, Lloyd Wells, and James L.
Carllene Marek has attempted to research the proposed parents of Elizabeth Slack. Her research has turned up some undocumented information. (16) One researcher stated that Elizabeth Slack was born in 1778 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, daughter of Cornelius Slack and Elizabeth Spear. There is a marriage record for Cornelius and Elizabeth, February 5, 1765 in Pennsylvania. (17) Another source (18) states that John P. Sunderland (born February 4, 1770, died January 18, 1838 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey) married Elizabeth Slack on January 13, 1794. This source says that Elizabeth was born on February 2, 1777 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died on March 3, 1838 in Trenton. There is a newspaper clipping from the New Jersey Gazette, March 9, 1838 that gives Elizabeth’s birth as 1774 and death on March 3, 1838 in her 64th year. The gravestones for John P. Sunderland and his wife Elizabeth in the First Baptist Church Yard at Trenton match the information above (this church is named in a number of Sunderland family members below): (19)
Sunderland, Elizabeth, (South wall of Kitchen) - d. Mar. 3, 1838, in
the 63rd yr. of her age. (Consrt of John P. Sunderland)
Sunderland, John P., (South wall of Kitchen) - Feb. 18, 1838, in the 68th yr. of his age.
Sunderland, Eliza, (South wall of Kitchen) - d. Apr. 19, 1841, in the 38th yr. of her age. (Daughter of John P. and Elizabeth Sunderland)
There are two Bucks County will abstracts of interest. (20) Elizabeth Spear, of Northampton Township, a widow, dated July 10, 1775, codicil June 18, 1785. Proved June 25, 1785. The executor was Friend John Thompson (Miller). It named sons John Spear and David Spear, daughters Jane Burley, Elizabeth Slack and Mary Johnston, as well as Elizabeth Spear, daughter of son David. This may be the mother of our Elizabeth Slack. The abstract for a John Slack, a yeoman of Lower Makefield, August 12, 1785, proved October 1, 1785, named sons Cornelius, Thomas, Joseph, Timothy, Philip, John and Noah. Witnesses were Thomas Winder, William Brooks and Jos. Hicks. John may be the father of Cornelius Slack.
A researcher who appears to have provided some documentation gives the following information on Cornelius Slack and Elizabeth Spear. (21) Cornelius Slack was born in July 1742 in Lower Makefield, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died on October 10, 1810 in Newtown, Pennsylvania. He was buried in the Presbyterian Churchyard, Newtown, Pennsylvania. He married Elizebeth Spear on February 5, 1765, probably in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Cornelius served in the Bensalem Company, Bucks County, during the Revolutionary War. He settled on land conveyed to him by his father in Lower Makefield, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Spear died on July 10, 1775 in Northampton Township, Bucks County. The parents of Cornelius Slack were John Slack and Jane Winder. John Slack was born before April 17, 1715 in Maidenhead (now Lawrenceville, north of Trenton), New Jersey and died circa September 1785, probably in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County. John was baptized at the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, Maidenhead. He married Jane Winder before 1740 in New Jersey. They moved to Bucks County shortly after they married. Jane Winder died on March 8, 1784 in Lower Makefield. Their children were: Elizabeth, Cornelius, Thomas, Joseph, Timothy (born 1748 in Bucks County), Phillip, Noah and John D.
The children of John P. and Elizabeth:
Ann Sunderland (22) was born on December 28, 1794 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. She married William Hansell who was born November 25, 1792 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. William died on February 11, 1872 in Jersey County, Illinois. Ann also died in Jersey County on September 12, 1872. They are both were buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. (23) Their children were Rebecca, Elizabeth Ann, Llewellyn, Emma, Sarah Barley, Lloyd S. and Harriet M. See Hansell, Hutchinson, Jarboe, and McGannon family histories.
In 1838 Ann and William Hansell sold the property she inherited from her father, John P. Sunderland. It appears that Ann was still in New Jersey and William was in Illinois when these transactions occurred. According to the deed, Ann appears to have signed in New Jersey and William in Illinois:
17 Aug 1838 - William Hansel ... Green County ... Illinois and Ann his wife ... [sold to] ... John Sunderland ... Township of Nottingham ... Mercer ... New Jersey ... [for $600] ... All that equal undivided twelfth part of those several houses and Lots ... which John P. Sunderland deceased died seized ...
1st ... [house and lot ... City of Trenton] ... [adjoining land owners or names - Front and Green Streets, where John P. Sunderland lived at his decease, land of heirs of Lewis Waln] ...
2nd lot being the tavern house and lot ... Township of Nottingham ... Mercer ... [adjoining land owners or names - road from the lower Assanpink bridge to Bloomsbury and Lamberton now in occupation of E. Murray] ...
3rd land on Mill Hill ... Township of Nottingham .. [adjoining land owners or names - Mill Hill Street, Mrs. Gee, Richards I. Bond] ...
4th land two tenements and land owners or names - Green Street, Mrs. Higbee, Edmund Dollas] ...
5th ... farm on Scotch Road in Ewing Township ... [adjoining Obidiah Howell, Ebenezer Rose] ... [20 acres] ... and which one equal undivided twelfth part is the share of ... Ann Hansel above named being one of the children ... of the said John P. Sunderland deceased ...
Signed - Wm. Hansel, Ann Hansel, by Ann Hansel in presence of Thos. Gordon, in New Jersey. 17 August 1838 - in Illinois, William Hansell acknowledged the above deed; recorded in New Jersey 4 March 1839. (24)
This was part of our Ann’s inheritance, the property could not be sold without her agreement and that of her husband. The property was Ann’s father’s home, tavern, and other lots, homes and a farm he owned. This agrees with the information their daughter, Sarah, gave in the 1922 newspaper interview. (25) She stated that “. . . Her father, Wm. Hansel, came west in 1837. His eldest daughter, Mrs. John Hutchinson [Rebecca], and his brother-in-law, Samuel Sunderland, were already here. . . . Mr. Hansel returned for his family, who were then at Trenton, New Jersey. Their immediate departure was prevented by an epidemic of smallpox so the westward journey was not begun until the spring of 1840. Leaving a married daughter in Philadelphia, Mr. and Mrs. Hansel, with their daughters and two sons, traveled by water to Alton. Mr. Hansel and his eldest son then walked to Jerseyville, and Sunderland drove them to Alton in a wagon to get Mrs. Hansel and their household goods.”
Samuel Sunderland, see below.
John Sunderland, see below.
David Sunderland was born on August 24, 1800 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. David may be the D. Sunderland who was a charter member of the Cadets of Temperance, organized on September 28, 1848. (26)
Elizabeth Sunderland was born on August 15, 1802 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. She died on April 17, 1841 in South Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey.
Harriet Sunderland, see below.
Mary R. Sunderland, see below.
Caroline Y. Sunderland, see below.
Thomas Reiner Sunderland was born on December 16, 1813 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey and died before 1876. Thomas married a Margaret _?_ and they had a daughter Sallie who never married. Sallie’s obituary indicates that her parents had died before 1866. (27) It also confirms the siblings of Thomas R., as well as the marriages of his sisters.
Died. Sunderland - At the residence of Mr. Isaac Snedeker in this city, Thursday, August 24th, 1876: Miss Sallie Sunderland. The funeral services were held at the house Friday 25th, at 4 p. m. Rev. J. W. Stark officiating. Miss Sunderland was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and was the eldest daughter of Thomas R. and Margeret Sunderland both of whom are quietly sleeping beneath the graveyard sod. She was a niece of L. W. Sunderland, and Harriet Snedeker, Mrs. Caroline Snedeker, Mrs. Mary Combs and Mrs Deliah Mershon of this county. She came to this city from her native state in 1866, and has since resided with her relatives. She has been a patient sufferer for the last five years, well knowing that her only relief was in death; although her friends fondly hoped that she would yet be spared to them, and that through years to come she might be enabled to spread abroad that influence for good, for which she was so well qualified to exert. But death had marked her for his victim, and on Thursday she peacefully passed to that bright world beyond. In such an hours as this, what consolation can be offered to the sorrowing ones, they can only mingle their tears together, and bow with submission to that inevitable end of humanity, the grave.
Sally, age 22, born in Pennsylvania, was living in the Samuel and Harriet Snedeker household in 1870 (census). Harriet was a sister of her father, Thomas Reiner Sunderland. Thomas and his family were not found in the 1850 or 1860 censuses.
Adelie/Adelia Virginia Sunderland was born on March 17, 1815 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey and died in January 1892 in Jerseyville. She married on October 13, 1839, in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey to Theodore Mershon. Theodore was born in 1814, the son of Joab Hunt Mershon and Phoebe Applegate. He died on April 4 or 7, 1880 in Jerseyville. The obituary of Sallie Sunderland indicates that Adelia went by the name Delilah. Their children were Elizabeth, Ambrose and Horace, all born in New Jersey. Horace died the year before his mother. Adelia’s and Theodore’s obituaries indicates they had four children: (28)
Adelia V., widow of Theodore Mershon died at home of son-in-law . 76 years. Funeral from home of Ludwig Squier. Rev. Ira Tyson serving. Adelia V. Sunderland born in Trenton, New Jersey March 17, 1815. Married Theodore Mershon October 15, 1839. Four children born to them; two survive. In 1864 came to Illinois with her husband. She was one of 12 children, 11 of whom have preceded her in death.
Theodore Mershon, 65 years, died. Home is two miles east of town. Born October 27, 1814 at Trenton, New Jersey. Married at Trenton to Adelia V. Sunderland. Four children. One died in New Jersey. In 1863 moved to Jersey County. Settled on a farm. Fond of reading. Kind and benevolent. Was deaf and this kept him from mingling with people. Leaves wife, three children. Funeral from family home. Rev. C. E. Taylor. Additional info on obit: Died at his late residence, two miles east of town, Sunday morning, April 4th, Mr. Theodore Mershon, aged 65 years, 5 months and 23 days. Mr. Mershon was born October 27th, 1814 at Trenton, New Jersey, and spent his youth and the greater part of his life there. October 15, 1839, he was married at Trenton, New Jersey to Miss Adelia V. Sunderland. Four children were the fruit of this union, of whom, one died in New Jersey and three survive. In 1863 he moved to Jersey County, Illinois and settled on the farm which has since been his home. Mr. Mershon was quiet, reserved man and his natural reserve was intensified by deafness with which he had been afflicted about 35 years. He was very fond of reading and his mind was well stored with useful information. He was kind and benevolent to all, a man of sterling uprightness and great moral worth, having the confidence and respect of all who knew him. His affliction (deafness) prevented his mingling very much in society, yet he enjoyed very greatly the society of his own family, to whom he was deeply attached, and by whom he was greatly beloved. For a number of weeks his health had been feeble, but he became very much worse on Tuesday of last week, and grew rapidly worse till Sunday morning when he passed away. He leaves to mourn his loss, and wait a little time ere the companionship of earth shall be renewed in another world, the wife who for over 40 years, has walked by his side, our aged mother and three children, besides a large circle of relatives and friends. The funeral service took place at the family residence. at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 6 . The services were conducted by Rev. C. E. Taylor, who spoke from words recorded in the 2nd Cor. 5, 1, dwelling upon the thought that scripture asserts as a fact the resurrection of the dead and the re-union in a happier clime, of the redeemed of the lord. There was a very large attendance at the funeral, expressive both of the respect in which the departed was held and of the sympathy felt for the bereaved family.
Theodore and Adelia’s son, Horace: (29) “Funeral services over the remains of Horace Mershon, who died so suddenly last Thursday morning, were held at the home Saturday afternoon. Rev. I. C. Tyson. Died September 3. Married February 24, 1886 to Annie Kirkpatrick, who survives. Mother survives, and a sister and brother.” [Died 03-09-1891]
Lloyd Wells Sunderland, see below.
James L. Sunderland was born on September 2, 1821 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. It appears that James came to Illinois circa 1837. A James Sunderland, resident of Greene County, purchased a total of 120 acres in Greene County on March 22, 1837 and April 19, 1837. (30) He married on August 4, 1847, in Jersey County, Illinois to Nancy Norris. Nancy was probably the sister of Johnson Norris, the husband of our Rebecca’s sister, Sarah Barley Hansell (see Hansell family history). James died on December 15, 1850. The only mention found for James was a notice that there was an unclaimed letter at the post office for him on July 11, 1846. (31) After James died, Nancy married Ebenezer Force on March 30, 1852 in Jersey County. The 1860 and 1870 censuses confirm that Nancy was the sister of Johnson Norris. Their mother Sarah Norris and sister (Elizabeth Hannah) were living with Nancy and Ebenezer Force. (32) It may be that James L. Hutchinson was named after this James L.
Samuel Sunderland (John P.2, Thomas1) was born on February 3, 1796 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey (circa 1798, 1850 census). He married in circa 1821 in New Jersey to Elizabeth Hutchinson, sister of our John M. Hutchinson. Elizabeth was born circa 1802 in Genesee County, New York (circa 1800, 1850 census). Elizabeth must have died between 1860, when she was listed in the census, and 1870 when Samuel was living with his son Charles in Macoupin County and Elizabeth was not listed. Samuel died on May 23, 1875 in Litchfield, Macoupin County, Illinois. The children of Samuel and Elizabeth were Charles B., Elizabeth, David, Virginia, Jonathan, Samuel and Henry. (33) Samuel’s son John provided this information in 1879:
“. . . The Sunderland family is of English ancestry, and emigrated from England to America at a period anterior to the revolution. Samuel, the father of the present sketch, was a native of Trenton, New Jersey. He was a soldier of the war of 1812 [enlisted at age 15]. He was a wheel and mill-wright by trade. He, however, during the last fifteen years resided in his native state, was toll-keeper on the bridge across the Delaware river, connecting New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 1821 he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Hutchison [sic Hutchinson], who was a native of Geneseo [sic Genesse] County, New York. In 1839 Mr. Sunderland came west and settled in Jersey County, Illinois, which was then a part of Greene county. He engaged in farming, which occupation he continued until his death, which event occurred May 23rd, 1875. Nine children were born to Samuel and Elizabeth Sunderland, five of whom have survived the parents. . . .” (34)
Samuel’s obituary: (35) Sunderland. – On Sunday, May 23 at Litchfield, Ill., Mr. Samuel Sunderland in the 80th year of his age. Mr. Sunderland, or, as he was familiarly known, “Uncle Sam,” was born in Trenton, N. J., Feb. 3, 1796. He served as a soldier during the close of the war of 1812, doing duty on the coast of New Jersey. By trade he was a wheelwright, but did not follow it long, working more at the millwright business, at which branch he was considered a master mechanic. He was for a number of years keeper of the bridge across the Delaware River at Trenton, in which position he became quite popular, making many friends by his universal kindness. In 1838 he came to this city, and bought a piece of land north of town and began making improvements immediately. Being an enthusiastic sportsman, the field opened before him in Illinois at that time afforded him the full gratification of that desire, and long will the little incidents of camp life which he loved so well to related be remembered. Mr. S. was the father of nine children, five of whom still survive him. This another one of the old settlers has gone! Soon there will be none left to tell of early times and the many hardships endured!
Samuel and his family moved to nearby Macoupin County circa 1849 when he purchased three 160 sections of land in sections 11 and 12. (36) However, he was enumerated in Jersey County in 1850, owning a farm valued at $8,000. His sons Charles (age 25) and David (age 17) were assisting Samuel on the farm, neither had married, nor had Elizabeth who was 20. Elizabeth Hutchinson’s mother, Rachel, age 66, was living with them. In 1858 Samuel reported that his apple orchard was doing well: (37) Thursday, July, 29, 1858 - Alton, Illinois. The early June variety of apples are quite plentiful in the Jerseyville market and have been for several weeks. Mr. Samuel Sunderland reports his apple orchard as being as fine as ever, and the same may be said of the county generally. By 1870 Samuel is listed as a retired merchant living with his son Charles in Macoupin. (38)
Charles B. Sunderland (39) was born on September 8, 1824 in Trenton, New Jersey (40) and died on February 26, 1900, in Comanche County, Kansas. Charles married Leah Tressler on January 18, 1855, probably in Macoupin County.
“Charles Sunderland. Like many of the residents of Macoupin county, Mr. Sunderland, one of the substantial farmers of Hillyard township, is a native of New Jersey, and was born in the city of Trenton, the capital of the state, on the 8th of September 1824. His father Samuel Sunderland, when only fifteen years old, enlisted in a company of soldiers raised for service in the war of 1812. His father was a mill-wright by trade. His mother’s name was Elizabeth Hutchinson. He lived in Trenton till he was fifteen years old, going to school occasionally, but spending a considerable part of the time in fishing, for which he had a strong natural inclination; the Delaware river which flows past Trenton afforded a good opportunity for the enjoyment of this sport. In 1839 his father emigrated with the family to Illinois, and settled a mile and a half from Jerseyville, in Jersey county. Mr. Sunderland lived in the neighborhood of Jerseyville till 1853, and then moved on the farm which he now owns in section fourteen of Hillyard township. His farm consists of 187 acres of land, only fifty of which were under cultivation when he moved on it. January 18th, 1855, he was married to Leah Tresler, who was born near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, June 22d, 1837. Her father, whose name was Frank Tresler, moved to St. Louis in the fall of 1843, and died there. Mr. and Mrs. Sunderland have nine children living, five boys and four girls, and two who are deceased. The names of those living are, Charles H.; Mary J.; William Edward; Walter J.; Bessie A.; George W.; Alice V.; Leonora and Jennie M.
He has been a democrat in politics and always votes that ticket. His brother is the present sheriff of Macoupin county. He stands well as a good farmer and an honest man. He has had from boyhood a taste for hunting and fishing, at which he has been more than usually successful, and to which occasionally, at leisure moments, he still devotes his attention. While others have taken delight in schemes for the accumulation of money and the gratification of their wishes in other directions, Mr. Sunderland has never been so contented as when bringing down some game with his trusty gun or capturing the finny denizens of streams and rivers.” (41)
A Charles Sunderland owned 160 acres in SE 1/4 Section 14, Hillyard Township (Township 8 North) on plat map. His neighbor was a Snedeker. The family was found in the 1870 census in Macoupin (42) and resided on a farm in Hillyard in 1880. (43) In 1870 his farm was valued at $5,000 and he had a hired farm hand and a girl to help Leah in the house.
There were two children who were probably born and died before 1862 when Charles was born. Charles and Leah married in 1855 and had a child every two years up until 1880 census. Charles’ biography in 1879 stated that two unnamed children had died. The 1860 census lists no children for Charles and Leah. Their children, all born in Illinois, were: Charles H., born circa 1862; Mary J., born circa 1864; William Edward, born circa 1866; Walter J., born circa 1868; Bessie A., born circa 1870; George W. Sunderland, born circa 1872; Alice V.; born circa 1874; Leonora, born circa 1876; Jennie M.. born circa 1879. They must have moved to Kansas after 1880.
Leah died in 1896 in Comanche County, Kansas. (44) “Mrs. Leah Sunderland died at her home in Nescatunga township, last Saturday morning at 3:30 o'clock. She was 58 years of age and leaves a husband and nine children to mourn her loss. She was buried in the Nescatunga cemetery Sunday afternoon.”
Charles H. Sunderland was born in 1862 in Macoupin County, Illinois and died in1910 in Comanche County, Kansas.
Mary Josephine Sunderland was born on March 9, 1864 in Macoupin, Illinois. Mary Josephine married on November 30, 1887 in Coldwater, Comanche, Kansas to Steven Lawson Smith. Steven was born in circa 1862. Mary died in 1955 in Comanche County, Kansas.
William Edward Sunderland was born in 1866 in Bunker Hill, Macoupin County, Illinois. William Edward married on May 3, 1888 in Nescatonga, Comanche County, Kansas to Annie Corder. Place of death for William is unknown.
Walter James Sunderland was born in 1868 in Macoupin County, Illinois and died in 1893 in Kansas.
Elizabeth Bess Sunderland was born on February 1870 in Plainview, Macoupin County, Illinois. Elizabeth Bess married on December 24, 1888 in Coldwater, Comanche County, Kansas to John P. Patterson. John was born about 1870, place of death unknown. Place of death for Elizabeth is unknown.
George W. Sunderland was born in 1872 in Hilyard Township, Macoupin County, Illinois. Place of death is unknown.
Alice Virginia Sunderland was born on November 17, 1873 in Macoupin County, Illinois. Alice Virginia married on March 4, 1894 in Coldwater, Comanche County, Kansas to Oliver Roswell Dunagan. Oliver was born on January 14, 1872 in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. Oliver was the son of Abraham M. Dunagan and Sara Jane ?. Oliver died on May 2, 1937 in Montebello, Los Angeles County, California. Alice died on September 29, 1918 in Patton, San Bernadino, California.
Lenora Sunderland was born in 1876 in Macoupin County, Illinois. Lenora married _?_ Brooks.
Jennie Maude Sunderland was born in 1878 in Macoupin County, Illinois. Jennie Maude married on November 13, 1906 in Coldwater, Comanche County, Kansas to Lewis Brown Sailor. Lewis was born on April 13, 1876 and died in January 1968 in Coldwater, Comanche, Kansas.
Winfield Hancock Sunderland was born on 8 September 1880 in Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois. Winfield Hancock married on March 14, 1901 in Nescatonga, Comanche County, Kansas to Maud Ethel South. Maude was born on 22 September 1881 in Solomon, Saline County, Kansas and died in 1968 in Comanche County, Kansas. Winfield died in March 1968 in Coldwater, Comanche County, Kansas. A child of Winfield and Maude was Arthur Winfield Sunderland, born on April 10, 1902 in Nescatonga, Comanche County, Kansas. Arthur Winfield married on December 16, 1936 in Arizona to Dora Hanna Berlenbach. Dora was born on December 10, 1902 and died in December 1983 in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada. Arthur died in August 1976 in Coldwater, Comanche County, Kansas.
Lloyd Rymer Sunderland was born on March 19, 1882, Gillespie, Macoupin, Illinois. He married on January 25, 1910, in Coldwater, Commanche, Kansas, Ida May Hulsey. Ida was born on July 25, 1889, Walla Walla, Walla Walla, WA, and died on August 13, 1935, Moscow, Stevens, Kansas. Lloyd died on May 19, 1956, Satanta, Haskell, Kansas.
Male child Sunderland was born in 1884 in Macoupin County, Illinois and died before 1885 in Macoupin County, Illinois.
Elizabeth Sunderland was born circa 1830 and died in 1861. (45) Elizabeth married Watson James Cyrus on April 16, 1851. The obituary of Cyrus: Cyrus (Filly). At his home in Litchfield, Ill., at 8 o’clock p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, 1886, Watson J. Cyrus, aged 57 years, 9 months, and 10 days, of neuralgia of the heart. The name of the deceased was originally Watson James Filly; he was the son of Ira and Amia M. Filly, and was born, Dec. 14, 1828, at Jordan, Onondago Co., N.Y. The family removed to Morgan County, Ill., where, when Watson was 6 years old, his father died. A few years later, his mother married Matthew Cyrus, when by act of Legislature, his stepfather’s surname was added to his own. Soon after, the family removed to a farm near Jerseyville. Here the deceased was married to Elizabeth L. Sunderland. Four children were born to them, two of whom, Mrs. Alice R. Cummings and Virginia E. Deckey survive. For a year or two after marriage the deceased followed farming in Macoupin county a few miles west of this city. In 1857, he and his stepfather engaged in the hotel business in Litchfield, which they continued for some years. In 1861 his wife died, and two weeks later, their infant son aged 11 months. The funeral services on Sunday afternoon, at his late home, conducted by Rev. D. H. Snowden, were largely attended. The family extend thanks to the friends who rendered them so many kindnesses in their bereavement. (46)
David Sunderland was born circa 1833. (47)
Virginia Sunderland was born circa 1836 (48) and married Edmond P. Wilcox on January 22, 1857 in Jersey County, Illinois. (49) Children: Catherine, born circa 1858; Ella, born circa 1858; and Austin, born 1859 (1860 census). Catherine and Ella were twins. Catherine died on October 5, 1860. Virginia was living with Samuel Sunderland in 1860, possibly her husband had died. According to the Burial Index, an Ella Virginia Wilcox was born on November 11, 1857 and died in September 1879. (50) This may be the daughter Ella. The same source lists Virginia’s death as December 27, 1881. There is a confusing entry for the Jerseyville Examiner, 1879: “D [death] Edw. Wilcox - Austin Wilcox 22 yrs. - approximately 1877 Daughter Ella very ill.” Suspect Austin may have also died young.
John F. Sunderland was born on May 25, 1840 in Jersey County, Illinois (51) and died on July 4, 1883 in Honey Point Township, Macoupin County, Illinois, at age 43. His obituary: “Again we are called upon to chronicle the death of one of the prominent citizens of the county. J. F. Sutherland, ex-sheriff, died very suddenly at his home in Honey Point township, Wednesday afternoon, of hemorrhage of the lungs. For four years he served the people of Macoupin County faithfully and well as sheriff, quitting the office last fall high in the esteem of all who knew him, and died the friend of everybody. Our county is not prepared to lose such men, but it is the will of some mysterious power greater than we, and we must all yield to the fate that makes us equal.” (52) John married Mary J. White on August 9, 1860 in Jersey County, Illinois. The family resided in Honey Point Township, Macoupin County in 1861 and John was a farmer until 1878. John moved his family to Carlinville when he became Macoupin County Sheriff. Their children, all born in Illinois, were: Frank, born circa 1863; Robert, born circa 1864; Mary, born circa 1866; Willie, born circa 1869. John’s biography:
The present efficient sheriff of Macoupin county, was born in Jersey county, Illinois, May 25th, 1840. . . . The subject of our sketch spent his boyhood days at work upon the farm, and attended the common schools of his native place in the winter season. On the 9th of August, 1860, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary J. White, daughter of Robert H. and Christine White. Mr. White was a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and his wife a native of the northern part of the same country. They emigrated to America in 1833, and settled in New York, and afterwards removed to New Jersey, and subsequently came to Illinois and settled in Jersey county, where the family resided. Six children have been born to John F. and Mary J. Sunderland, five boys and one girl; all are yet beneath the parental roof.
In 1861 he removed to and settled in Honey Point township, in Macoupin county, and engaged in farming, at which he continued industriously engaged until 1878, when he was elected sheriff of the county, and removed with his family to Carlinville, and entered upon the duties of his office.
Such, in short is a brief outline of the history of Mr. Sunderland. In politics he is a democrat, and his first vote in that organization was registered for Stephen A. Douglas in 1860. He has been, from the casting of his first vote up to the present time, a true and consistent member of that political party. He has been more or less prominent and active in the local politics and affairs of his township, and has represented it in the supervisor’s court for a number of years. He was nominated for sheriff during the time that he was supervisor. He received the unanimous support of his party in convention assembled, and at the ensuing election in November following, was elected by a handsome majority, and now fills the office with credit to himself and honor to all who supported him. In his manners he is a genial gentleman. In the management of his office, and in the capacity of a public servant, he is methodical and exact, and in the discharge of his duties, is prompt and determined. In short he is an able officer, and under his management the county’s interests will be in no danger, and the laws will be faithfully executed so far as his is responsible.” (53)
Samuel Sunderland was born circa 1842 in Illinois. (54) He married Cornelia A. Covert on October 18, 1864 in Jersey County, Illinois. (55) The family resided in Macoupin County in 1870 and moved to Rosemond in Christian County, Illinois by 1880 (census).
Henry L. Sunderland was born circa 1844 in Illinois. (56) Henry married Emma J. Nutt on October 31, 1866 in Jersey County. (57) The family was in Macoupin County in 1870 and moved to Litchfield in Montgomery County, Illinois by 1880 (census). Their children, all born in Illinois, were: Franklin, born circa 1867; Laura, born circa 1869; Floyd, born circa 1869; Lena, born circa 1872; Samuel, born circa 1874.
John Sunderland (John P.2, Thomas1) was born on February 5, 1798 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. In 1877, Mrs. Samuel Snedeker (Harriet Sunderland) rented her farm in the southern part of the city to a John Sunderland for six dollars an acre. (58) Researchers have John’s death in Nottingham Township, Mercer County, New Jersey, at age 48. John married a Catharine (surname unknown). It appears that John went to Jersey County, Illinois and returned to Trenton as indicated by his will dated 1846:
John Sunderland . . . Township of Nottingham . . . Mercer . . . my house & lot . . . in Trenton, at the corner of Front & Greene Streets – the shop and lot in Hanover Street, in Trenton . . . to my wife Catharine Sunderland . . . to my brother Lloyd W. Sunderland . . . all that farm . . . [280 acres] . . . at Jerseyville, in the state of Illinois, now in the occupation of George Wharton . . . to my wife . . . a tract of land . . . [160 acres] . . . in the state of Illinois, called The Canfield Tract, bought of me of Mahlon D. Canfield . . . land of . . . [80 acres] . . . in Illinois, called The Wright Tract, if I should recover the same . . . I . . . appoint Catharine Sunderland and James Ewing . . . Executors . . . [Dated - 27 July 1846; witnesses – J. H. Suns, Chas. Gordon, John L. Taylor; proved – 31 August 1846.] (59)
John did appear on the 1840 census in South Trenton, Nottingham Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. It is not conclusive that the John Sunderland in this notice was this John, but it did mention a Samuel Wright and the Wright Tract was mentioned in John’s will. The notice:
Dissolution. Notice is hereby given, that the partnership heretofore existing between the subscriber and Samuel Wright, in the Blacksmithing business, under the firm of Samuel Wright & Co., is dissolved; and all persons indebted to said firm are hereby forbid paying their dues to said Samuel Wright, as he is not entitled to the same; nor has he the right, after this date, to receipt and discharge the same. John Sunderland. Jerseyville, Dec. 17, 1844. (60)
According to Sarah B. Norris (nee Hansell), the only ‘colored’ person in Jerseyville circa 1840s was a Sam Evans brought to Jerseyville by her uncle, John Sunderland, and retained as a helper to Dr. D’Arcy. Samuel Evans, a mulatto or person of mixed blood was living in Jersey County in 1850. In his household were possibly his family, members variously indicated as black or mulatto or person of mixed blood. This seems to be the only instance of a black person, this time apparently a free black, associated with our New England family lines. The obituary of Samuel Evans confirms Sarah’s information and indicates that the Sunderlands and probably Hutchinsons came to Jersey County quite early: (61)
Samuel Evans, colored, well known here, died last Sunday night. He came to this county from Trenton, N.J., in 1836, with Mr. John Sunderland, brother of Lloyd Sunderland, and lived with him awhile, then with Mr. John Kimball, and in 1840 went to live with Dr. D’Arcy, who at that time, kept several race horses. He remained with the doctor until the latter’s death, after which he became a protege of Mr. and Mrs. P. D. Cheney. He was nearly 79 years old, and was the father of sixteen children. The funeral took place Tuesday from the Colored Baptist church, and was largely attended.
In her 1851 will, John’s wife, Catharine, stated that Samuel Sunderland was the brother of her late husband John. Catharine Sunderland (widow) . . . City of Trenton . . . to my grand daughter Sarah Johnson daughter of my son Edward J. Johnson . . . my daughter Jane wife of George Wharton now of . . . Illinois . . . my son Robert McFee . . . Whereas my late husband John Sunderland . . . Samuel Sunderland, brother of my said husband . . . I . . . appoint James Ewing . . . Executor . . . ; [dated 16 August 1851; witnesses J. H. Sims, Chas. Gordon; proved 15 September 1851.] (62)
Catharine probably married twice, possibly before her marriage to John Sunderland, possibly to a McFee and a Johnson. No record of children of John has been found.
Harriett M. Sunderland (John P.2, Thomas1) was born on December 20, 1806 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey and died on May 17, 1883 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, at age 76. Harriet was buried circa May 18, 1883 in the family plot in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. She was married on May 7, 1820 to Samuel James Snedeker. Samuel was born on January 27, 1802 and died on January 12, 1877. They had two children, John and Catherine. Samuel came to Jersey County before 1844 and had a farm south of Jerseyville. (63)
In the roll book for the First Baptist Church, Trenton, New Jersey, Harriet Sunderland was baptized on December 16, 1827, married name Snedeker, transferred September 2, 1843 to Illinois. In 1877, probably after the death of her husband, Harriet went to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa to live with her daughter. (64) Just six years later she was seriously ill and family members traveled to Iowa to see her: “Mr. Lloyd Sunderland and Mrs. Mashon [Mershon?], brother and sister of Mrs. Harriet Snedeker, started for Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, last Monday. Mrs. Snedeker is not expected to live many weeks. Mrs. Samuel Snedeker, . . . sick at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, is not any better. She is suffering from cancer and cannot recover.” (65) Harriett’s obituary:
Mrs. Harriet M. Snedeker was born at Trenton, N.J., Dec. 20th, 1807, and died at Mr. Pleasant, Iowa, May 17th, 1883. Her maiden name was Sunderland, and she was one of twelve children, six boys and six girls. One brother Lloyd Sunderland and three sisters, Mrs. Theodore Mershon, Mrs. Isaac Snedeker and Mrs. Daniel Combs survive her. She married Mr. Samuel Snedeker in 1840, and together they came west in 1845, locating in this county, where they resided till his death Jan. 12th, 1877, a short time after she moved to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, where her daughter, Mrs. W. R. Hill resided, and made that place her home. She was the mother of two children, John who died from lung disease contracted in the army, and Kate who survives her. She was well known here for her energy and perseverance in all her undertakings, and it was mainly through her labors assisted by Mrs. William Hill that the money was raised to put the roof on the old Baptist church, commonly called the “Cumberland.” She was an active member of the Baptist church of this city, always ready and willing to aid in promoting its welfare. She desired to lead and never seemed fatigued, and this indomitable spirit prevailed to the end of life. For the past two years she has suffered much pain, and yet her nearest relatives knew nothing of it. She was confined to her bed three weeks and suffered the greatest pain possible for a human being to suffer. While in Iowa, she assisted largely in building a Baptist church there, and after it was completed and ready for services to be held a tornado struck the town and among other buildings destroyed the church, scarce a vestige remaining. She aided largely in rebuilding this church, and in all charitable objects was ever ready to lend a helping had. Her remains were brought to this city Friday last, and buried in the family lot in the new cemetery. The funeral took place from the residence of Samuel J. Snedeker, was largely attended by friends and relatives who mourn her loss. (66)
Mr. Samuel Snedeker was born in Middlesex county, New Jersey, January 27, 1802. He is the third child of Isaac and Catharine Snedeker, who had a family of eleven children, five yet living. Mr. S. and wife were both natives of New Jersey. They were of Holland Dutch and German decent. His occupation was that of a farmer. He died at his residence about 1850, at the age of eighty years. Mrs. S.’s death took place several years previous to that of her husband. Mr. Samuel Snedeker received his schooling in the vicinity of Trenton, the facilities at that early day not being very good for obtaining an education. When about twenty-four years of age he commenced clerking in a dry goods and grocery store at Trenton, for Scudder & Reider. He remained there five years. In the fall of 1830, he obtained the position of deputy keeper at the state penitentiary, located at Trenton. He remained in that capacity for a period of fourteen years. He was married, in May, 1840, to Miss Harriet N. Sunderland, daughter of John and Elizabeth Sunderland, of Trenton, New Jersey. They were of English and Irish extraction. Mrs. Snedeker received her education in that city. Mr S. and wife have had two children, a son and daughter. Their son entered the army, at the age of nineteen, during the late civil war. The hard and tedious marches, and exposure of camp life, so told on his health and constitution that he contracted a disease and died, on the 31st of December, 1866. In the fall of 1844 Mr. Snedeker removed to Illinois, landing at Jerseyville, and settled on the farm which he had previously purchased, which is now within the city limits. Mr. S. has always been a industrious, active, and energetic man, and has been successful in acquiring considerable property, and ranks among the well-to-do farmers of Jersey county. He came here with but little means, except the land that he owned. In 1838 Mr. Snedeker joined a Baptist church at Trenton, his wife having becoming a member of the church previous to their marriage. Their daughter, Kate E. Snedeker, is a graduate of “Monticello Female Seminary.” She is a lady of fine attainments and scholastic culture, and is considerably skilled as an artist in oil painting. She graduated with high honors at the seminary, and by her courteous manners endears herself to those who have the pleasure of her acquaintance. She is now the wife of William Hill, a merchant of Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Politically, in early life Mr. S. became a member of the whig party. His first vote was given for John Q. Adams, after which he became an enthusiastic admirer of General Jackson. After moving to Illinois he became identified with the free soil party, advocating the cause of Fremont, and voting twice for Lincoln for president. Mr. S. is respected by a wide circle of friends, who appreciate his many good qualities, and also those of his amiable wife. (67)
The Snedeker family were apparently active in anti-slavery efforts, according to a 1923 newspaper article: (68)
Old Under Ground Station Is Still Standing Here
House Was One of First Constructed in Jersey County
Once Stood on Open Prairie
Long Cavern in Which Runaway Slaves Were Secreted Erected Before War Under Present Old Structure
One of the last landmarks of pre-slavery days in Jersey county stands on South State street on the farm now owned by Cottingham and son and which formerly belonged for years in the Snedeker family. The old home is a landmark because of its relationship to the underground railroad of the slave days. In the basement under the old portion of the house until its acquisition by the Cottingham family, existed a log cavern joining the main basement proper in which, according to tradition many slaves were secreted during the night while on their journey into Canada and freedom. The log cavern originally did not join the basement under the house, but was under the older portion of the house, being reached through a trap door in the floor of one of the rooms.
More than forty years ago a large addition was built by Orville Snedeker, father of Atty. I. D., and Dr. Frank Snedeker, to the eastern portion of the old house, and a basement dug under the same. When the basement under the new portion was dug, the old log cavern was connected with the new basement. There were two underground passageways for entrance and escape purposes on either side of the log cavern under the old portion of the house. With the acquisition of the farm by Cottingham and son the new portion of the house was torn down and the lumber used to construct a tenant house. The original house, however, remains intact.
The present house is unquestionably the oldest in this section of Illinois. When the pioneer George Washington Perrings came to this part of Illinois, he stated that the old house in question stood on the prairie. Perrings oftentimes told one of the present representatives of the Republican that he had counted twenty-six deer in a drove not a half quarter from the present structure. The story of Perrings was corroborated by the late Chas. N. Adams, another pioneer who first lived in a log cabin, neighbor to the place, on what is now the present site of the C. P. & St. L. depot.
The house was first owned by the pioneer Sam Snedeker, who with his brother, Isaac Snedeker and Newell N. Adams and George W. Burke were generally supposed to be the underground railway men in Jerseyville. At Otterville Hiram White and several others were suspected and at Lofton's prairie were found advocates among the McDows and the Whites. An interesting story is often recalled by Barclay Wedding of Jerseyville, a son of the pioneer, Benjamin Wedding. He remembers hearing the story told by Thomas Ford and Harley Hayes to Benjamin Wedding. Thos. Ford was a son-in-law of the anti-slavery pioneer, Newell Adams. Hayes was a Vermonter and very strongly anti-slavery.
Information had been received that a run-away negro was hiding on Calhoun Point in the timber. Hayes and Ford drove to Mason's landing in a spring wagon. Getting a skiff there they rowed up the river to Calhoun point. On the way there they had talked with a man by the name of Bently who was a strong slavery advocate and constantly on the look out for runaway slaves.
About dark Hayes and Ford with the runaway slave rowed to Mason’s landing. They were met in the dark by Bently, who immediately seized one of the three and drove away with what he supposed to be the negro. The party seized was Hayes who had been blacked with burnt cork. Bently did not discover his mistake until he had driven to his home some seven miles from the point. In the meantime Ford had made off with the runaway slave and had landed him with other friends in Jerseyville. From this point he was sent on to Canada.
The old house was built for the centuries. Its framework is of hewn oak joined together with oaken pins and practically indestructible.
Living with Samuel and Harriet in 1850 and 1860 was a Mrs. Mary L. Tindall/Tindell. Mary was in Jersey County as early as 1846, when there was a letter remaining in the post office at Jerseyville. She was born in Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey on June 10, 1782. She died on September 21, 1860 in Jersey County and was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. Just what her relationship was to either the Snedeker or Sunderland family is not known.
In 1870, Samuel was a farmer with real estate valued at $ 4,100(?) and personal estate valued at $1,900. He certainly was a prosperous farmer. Children of Samuel and Harriet:
John S. Snedeker, born circa 1846, died 1866.
Catherine Snedeker Hill was born in Trenton, New Jersey. She was educated at Monticello Female Seminary in Monticello, Illinois and moved to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, after marrying William Hill (1834-1896), a local merchant, on May 10, 1870. Their three children were: John (born April 5, 1871); Irma (born December 11, 1875); and Harriet (born March 19, 1878 and married to Allen Ott). Catherine Hill died in 1890. (69)
Mary Rymer Sunderland
Mary Rymer Sunderland (John P.2, Thomas1) was born on January 20, 1808 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. She married on March 15, 1836 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, to Daniel H. Combes. (70) Daniel was born October 23, 1805, at Trenton, New Jersey. Mary died on July 29, 1887 in Plainview, Illinois, at age 79, and Daniel died on July 27, 1885. Their children were: Edward S., Daniel H. and Caroline A. Caroline married an A. P. Richards. Mary’s obituary:
Died, at the residence of her son, Daniel, in Plainview, Ill., Friday, July 29, 1887, Mrs. Mary R. Combes, relict [widow] of Daniel H. Combes. Mary Rymer Sunderland was born in Trenton, N.J., Oct. 20, 1808. She made a profession of religion at the age of 16 and joined the Baptist church of Trenton, N.J. On the 15th, of March, 1836, she was united in marriage to Daniel H. Combes. In 1845, they removed to this state and settled near Jerseyville. Her husband passed to the better world July 27, 1885, just two years ago. Mrs. Combes passed quietly and painlessly away on the morning of July 29, ‘87. “Grandma” Combes, as she was familiarly called by those who were acquainted with her, possessed a character of true womanly grace and of real worth in every respect. In every relation of life she was a true, christian woman. As a daughter in her father’s house she was loving and obedient, a true and faithful wife to her husband during all the years which they spent together. As a mother, her children bear testimony to her faithful devotion in this respect, and not only her own children but several others whom she fathered to her motherly heart, and loved and cared for as her own, rise up to call her blessed. Her christian obligations, both private and public, were always faithfully met.
Upon arriving at Jerseyville, one of her first acts was to connect herself with the Baptist church of which she remained a consistent member for 41 years, making her entire church connection cover a period of 63 years. As a member of the church, was true to all her duties and active in all good work, her associates in Jerseyville will remember her earnest work in the Woman’s Aid Society during the war. A true patriot, she was deeply interested in the soldiers and in the cause for which they were striving, and she united her earnest efforts with others for their relief. She had a heart of sympathy for the poor and was always ready to help them. Even the much-abused tramp always received something from her hand. There is so much to admire in a long, faithful, christian life, that has battled with temptation, that has borne the trials and suffered the sorrows of life, that has struggled to overcome the weakness that beset us all, and thro’ it all has been loving faithful and true in every relation, and then has come down, where the evening shadows fall gently around, covered all over with the glory of our Savior’s righteousness! Such a life was hers who passed from us to the rest that remaineth for the people of God. Grandma Combes had almost reached the ripe old age of 80 years, and for one of that age she was active and strong, she frequently walked a mile, and often further. She was an obedient daughter, a true wife, a faithful friend, a real christian, and we let the mantle of loving christian charity cover a life that for long years walked amid the infirmities of old age. Her life on earth has ended. Her life in her Father’s House above has just begun. The reunion of loved ones who have gone before, the joy of her Savior’s presence, the delight of walking along the river of life and upon the streets of shining gold, and of resting in the mansions of a Savior’s love, and beholding the light of that City where they need not the light of the sun nor of the moon, for the Lamb is the light therof, this is her portion now. When the call shall come to us to leave this world, may we go to stand with her among the white robed throng of those who have washed their robes and made them in the blood of the lamb. She left three children, Edward and Daniel of Plainview, and Caroline, wife of A. P. Richards of this city. Lloyd Sunderland a brother, Mrs. Caroline Snedeker, widow of Isaac Snedeker, deceased, and Mrs. Adelia Mershon, widow of Theodore Mershon, deceased, of this city, were her sisters. - P. (71)
Daniel’s obituary: Daniel H. Combs (Coombs?) departed this life at ten o’clock Monday morning, July 27, 1885. He was born October 23, 1805, at Trenton, N.J., and in that state, March 15, 1837, was united in marriage to Miss Mary R. Sunderland. He removed with his family to Jerseyville in the year 1845 where he has ever since resided. There were born unto them, three children, Edward S., Daniel H., and Caroline A., now the wife of A. P. Richards, who were all present at his bed side at the time his spirit left them. He was a man retiring and unassuming in manner, of decided christian character. A resident amongst us for more than forty years, he gained an acquaintance of so favorable a nature that it tells of his life better than can be written. An old land mark has gone, who will be missed by all who knew him. “Requiescat in pace.” (72)
Caroline Y. Sunderland
Caroline Y. Sunderland (John P.2, Thomas1) was born on September 5, 1810 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. She married on June 25 1846 in Jersey County, Illinois to Isaac H. Snedeker. (73) Isaac was born November 22, 1812 and died on July 4, 1877. Caroline died on July 5, 1891 at age 81. The 1991 History of Jersey County states that Isaac married, in June 1846, to Caroline Sunderland, daughter of John Sunderland, of Trenton, New Jersey, a sister of Isaac’s brother Samuel’s wife [Harriet]. (74) This account states that Isaac was born on November 22, 1812 at Four Mile Ferry, north of Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. Isaac came to Jersey County in May 1844 where his older brother Samuel had a farm south of Jerseyville. If the 1870 census can be believed, Isaac had real estate valued at $54,000 and personal estate valued at $9,360. This would make the family quite wealthy for the times. Children of Caroline and Isaac were Orville A., Samuel J., and George W. who died in infancy. (75)
“Isaac Snedeker was born at the Four Mile Ferry, north of Trenton, New Jersey, November 22, 1812. He is the youngest son of Isaac and Catharine Snedeker. When a boy Mr. S. used to attend the district schools of his native state, and most of his early boyhood was spent on his father’s farm, until the age of nineteen, after which, for a few years, he was employed on the public works of that state, — such as the building of the Camden & Amboy Railroad, Trenton Water Works, and Delaware and Raritan Canal, and also in assisting in the sale of, and getting information for, the New Jersey Historical Gazetteer and Map of the State. In those various pursuits he spent four years. He then settled in Monroe county, New York, where he bought a farm jointly with his father. He was there engaged in farming about ten years; then, disposing of his property, he came west to Jersey county, Illinois, arriving in May, 1844, where, for a time, he assisted in carrying on his brother Samuel’s farm, south of Jerseyville. He was married, the 25th of June, 1846, to Miss Caroline Sunderland, daughter of John Sunderland, of Trenton, New Jersey. They have had three children, two of whom are yet living. Their son, Orville A. Snedeker, received his literary education at Shurtliff College, Alton, Illinois, and studied law with Hon. R. A. King, and also for a short time at Chicago. He was admitted to the bar in 1870, after which he opened an office in Jerseyville. Samuel G. is engaged in farming with his father. Mr. S. came here poor, but now owns several hundred acres of as fine lands as Illinois affords, besides considerable other property. Mr. S. in early life became opposed to the institution of slavery, and while in New York was made president of an anti-slavery society. He was also elected president of the Jersey County Anti-Slavery Society. In those times it required a man to he possessed of strong nerve and pluck to dare to advocate anti-slavery measures. He voted first for Henry Clay, twice for Lincoln, the latter with whom he was personally acquainted, and during the dark days of secession Mr. S. was among that class of men who dared to come out boldly and advocate the cause of the Union. That cause in Jersey county had few warmer friends than Isaac Snedeker. He was once a candidate for sheriff on the anti-slavery ticket. Mr. S. is a member of the Baptist church. He is among the more solid men of Jersey county.” (76)
In the 1885 history: “. . . in promoting the temperance work, becoming identified with the Sons of Temperance, and one of its most active members. He was also opposed to the institution of slavery while in New York, and was president of an anti-slavery society. He believed it was wrong and opposed it with might and power, and at an early day was instrumental in organizing an anti-slavery society in this county, when it required nerve, firmness and pluck to dare to advocate their principles. He was frequently threatened, and even life endangered, because of his outspoken principles. In June, 1846, he was married to Caroline Sunderland, daughter of John Sunderland, of Trenton, N. J., and sister of his brother Samuel’s wife. The union was a happy one, all through the years of his useful life. In Oct., 1849, Joseph Crabb, a justice of the peace, committed three young men, all nearly as white as himself, to the county jail, under the authority of the black laws of Illinois. Mr. Snedeker had them taken out on a writ of habeas corpus, and taken before the circuit court, and they were discharged. It is claimed that this was the first time that the black laws, under the new constitution of 1848, had been tested, and the first time a negro had been released from a common jail, by a write of habeas corpus, in Illinois. Mr. Snedeker’s first vote was cast for Henry Clay, and he voted twice for Abraham Lincoln, a warm personal friendship existing between them. At the opening, and during the civil war of 1861, there was a strong disloyal element in this county, and it required pluck and courage to stand true to principle. Mr. Snedeker dared to come out boldly and advocate the cause of the Union, and in him the soldier boys had a true and firm friend. He was one of the chief promoters of the objects of the Illinois State Horticultural Society, a regular attendant on its sessions, and in connection with O. B. Galusha, Dr. E. S. Hull, Jonathan Huggins, A. Hilliand, W. H. Mann, Hon. A. M. Brown, D. Wier, Dr. A. G. Humphrey, H. G. Minkler, M. M. Hooton, Dr. J. Long, M. L. Dunlap, and Hon. John M. Pearson, was instrumental in promoting the cultivation of fruit in all parts of the State. He never failed to attend the annual meeting of the society and take an active part in their deliberations, impressing his practical knowledge and embodying it in their reports. His labors in this connection were not confined to this State but he attended the Missouri State Horticultural Society meetings, and took part in its deliberations. He was eminently a social man. Blessed with abundance, he never was so happy as when dispensing hospitality to his friends. In his family relations he was most happy. Isaac Snedeker departed this life July 4, 1877, at his home, after a sickness of nearly one year, terminating in cancer of the stomach. He contained within himself all the good qualities of head and heart that ennobles a man, and should be emulated. Of him it can truly be said, “being dead, he yet speaketh,” for he will live in the remembrance of a large circle of friends for many years. Mrs. Caroline Snedeker resides with her son Orville, in Jerseyville.” (77)
“Death of Isaac Snedeker. On Wednesday, at 6:30 o'clock p.m., Isaac Snedeker, and old and highly respected citizen of the county died at his residence in the eastern part of this city, in the 66th year of his age. Mr. Snedeker came to Jersey county in 1844, and was a very successful farmer. He owned large tracts of land in this and Macoupin counties and in Nebraska. The funeral will take place Saturday morning from his late residence at 10 1/2 o'clock. Services to be conducted by Rev. C. E. Taylor, assisted by the clergy of the city.” – Jersey County Democrat, July 5, 1877.
“Died. Isaac Snedeker. At his residence, near Jerseyville, Illinois, in the 66th year of his age, on July 4, 1877, at 6:15 p.m. The funeral took place from his late residence, on Saturday, July 7th, at 10:30 a.m. Services were conducted by Rev. C. E. Taylor, assisted by the clergy of the city. Isaac Snedeker was born at the Four Mile Ferry, north of Trenton, New Jersey, on the Delaware, Nov. 11, 1812. He was the youngest son of Isaac and Catherine Snedeker. He was in youth brought up on his father's farm, and received his education at the district schools in the neighborhood where he lived. At the age of 10(?) he was employed on public works of that State, building of the Ambey railroad [missing words in this phrase], Trenton water-works, Delaware and Raratin canal, and also assisted in obtaining information, complication and publication for the New Jersey Historical Gazette and map of the State, in which pursuits he spent about four years. He was then fired with the spirit of going to the frontiers, and with roused energy and determination, he, with his father, emigrated to the western portion of New York State, and settled in Monroe county, and engaged in active farming, which, in that county, at that time, meant clearing away the timber. While there he professed a change of heart, and of that eternal hope of the life beyond the grave, which he very frequently spoke of during his sickness, which hope was fully sustained while life lasted, growing stronger as the body grew weaker, always hopeful and cheerful, very confiding, and relying upon the promises and rulings of a Just God. While in New York State, he, with others, after their conversion, commenced the erection of M. E. Perrington Chapel, and though they met with a great deal of discouragements, incident to such undertakings, he and two other young men put their shoulders to the wheel, and with their own means completed the edifice, which to-day stands neath the shade of the trees planted by himself, as an ornament to the neighborhood, a power for usefulness, and as a promoter of those principles which are high, mighty and enobling, teaching the people to love their God, and he alone supremely. After the completion of this work he with his brother Samuel, who passed into eternity so recently, January 12, 1877, came to Illinois in 1844, and located in Jersey county. We have known him since he has lived among us. He has been one of us. We have known him to be kind to the poor, and charitable toward all; a good citizen, a true man, a good neighbor; a man who tried to live after the examples set by his Maker. He was always a great appreciator of the beauties of nature, as exhibited in her grasses, trees and flowers. He would spend much time in talking of any new variety of fruit or flower that came to his notice. He was never too busy to assist in anything that would assist in the cultivation of fruit or flowers. He was Vice-president of the Illinois State Horticultural Society for several years, and one of the Vice-presidents of the American Pomological Society; also, one of the Vice-presidents of the Missouri State Horticultural Society. He wrote much and said much upon the subjects, and was always identified with all local Horticultural and Agricultural Societies in the neighborhood where he lived. Though he was a man that never sought especial distinction, he was rather backward and unassuming, prefering to attend to his own business, but, when brought forward by circumstances that surrounded him, he spoke out frankly his honest convictions. He often remarked that a man should live for some purpose try and become a substantial man, a permanent fixture and reliable, trusting rather upon his word than upon his bond; as such he lived among us. He leaves behind him his widow, the wife of his youth, two sons, Orville A. and Samuel J., known to us all, and two sisters and one brother: Mrs. Catherine Wells of Victor, New York; Mrs. Mary Curtius(?) of Carrollton; and Jacob M. Snedeker of Bunker Hill. He was a kind, indulgent husband, father and brother. But it is said that man was born to die, and so it has been with Isaac Snedeker.” – Jersey County Democrat, July 12, 1877.
The children of Isaac and Caroline:
Samuel J. Snedeker was born in August 1852 and died February 22, 1902. He married Anna Elizabeth Delzell, sister of his brother Orville’s wife, on October 12, 1875 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (78) Anna was born November 7, 1849 and died on March 8, 1934, the daughter of David F. Dalzell and Marietta Wilson. In 1900, Samuel and his family were living in Jerseyville. He owned his home and listed his occupation as census enumerator. Living with them was Anna’s mother, Marietta Dalzell. They had five children, but only three were living by 1900. Their children, all born in Illinois, were: David, born November 1877; Olanis (son), born December 1882; and Emma, born August 1886. Samuel and Anna’s marriage was celebrated in grand style, probably when they returned from Philadelphia:
“Grand Reception. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Snedeker. Thursday evening last was the eventual evening of the week. On this occasion were gathered, by invitation, at the beautiful residence of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Snedeker, situated in the eastern part of the city, the friends and acquaintance of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Snedeker, to congratulate them upon their happy union in the bonds of matrimony, and wish them a God-speed through life. At an early hour the guests began to arrive, in carriages, buggies, on foot, and by the bus, until it seemed to be a general holiday, so great was the assembly. But many as there were, they one and all were received at the gate and greeted with that genial and home-like welcome, that none know better how to extend than does Uncle Isaac (as he is familiarly called), who seems to be particularly adapted for this pleasing position. His pleasant countenance was radiant with smiles, and the shake of the hand gave token of equally as hearty a welcome. Nor was the reception within the house by other members of the family, less cordial; one and all, endeavored to impress upon the minds of their guests that this was an occasion of rejoicing; they were gathered there for the purpose of welcoming home, the son and new-made daughter to the father and mother. Spacious as this hospitable dwelling was, it was scarce large enough for all. Every available spot was filled, by friends eager to congratulate the new-made bride and groom. And many must have went away without even so much as a “God bless you!” (79)
Orville A. Snedeker was born June 11, 1848 and married Emma Delzell in 1873. Emma was born on September 9, 1846 and died on November 27, 1928, the daughter of David F. Delzell and Marietta Wilson. Orville A. was admitted to the bar in 1871 and was elected to the State Legislature from the 47th District in 1892. He died on September 4, 1897 and was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. They had three children: Marietta who died young and for whom the Etta Building in Jerseyville is named, Isaac David and Frank Samuel. Isaac David was a City Attorney of Jerseyville. Frank Samuel was an Osteopathic Physician in Jerseyville for 50 years and managed farms in Macoupin County, Illinois. Frank married Ruth Davis and had three children: Sam, Kathryn and Janet. Orville and his wife sponsored a box social, a typical event of the times, to raise funds for the Baptist Church in 1890: (80)
“A very pleasant sociable was held at the residence of Major O. A. Snedeker last Saturday night, given by the ladies of the Baptist Church. It was a box sociable and the uncertainty of whom should be your companion at supper made lots of fun. The method of a “box sociable” is as follows: Each lady furnishes a common box, usually a shoe box, filled with enough food for a lunch for two. They are usually limited to two varieties of cake. These boxes are enclosed in paper and no distinctive marks placed upon them. About nine o’clock the host or hostess sells the boxes to the gentlemen for twenty-five cents each. On removing the wrapper and opening the box the gentlemen finds the name of the lady who prepared it, and it is his duty to seek for her and entertain her at supper. There is lots of fun in the various changes of partners thus made. About $19 were collected by the ladies at Mr. Snedeker’s.”
In the early history of Jerseyville and Jerseyville of 1889, Orville was dealing in real estate: (81) “Orville A. Snedeker Esq., Real Estate. The successful real estate man in these days, must be what the world calls a hustler or hammer, and more or less of a boomer, and we do not over strike the mark when we characterize our real estate man Snedeker as just this sort of a man. It is with men as with horses. The pulling horse or “free” horse is always in demand and commands a good price. There are pulling men - men who forge ahead whatever the obstacles in the way, and get a front seat and hold it, while the “pull back” man gets a back seat and holds it also. It is safe to say of Mr. Snedeker that he is not a “pull back” man. He is a native of this city and at 16 years of age entered Shurtleff College, and remained about three years, taking the degree of Master of Arts, he subsequently took a commercial course at Chicago, and after a term of two years reading law, he was licensed in 1871 by the Supreme Court of Illinois and the U. S. Circuit and District Courts to practice law. He soon entered into partnership with Hon. O. B. Hamilton, now of Meade Center, Kansas, which partnership continued nine years, during which time the firm enjoyed a very large and lucrative business. Upon the dissolution of this partnership, Mr. Snedeker devoted his whole attention to the handling of real estate in which business he has been remarkably successful, as most of the large deals in Jersey and surrounding counties have been effected either directly through his agency or with the aid of his counsel. His is the owner of the “Etta Buildings,” an ornamental new block on State street - named in remembrance of his departed daughter - also 1,230 acres of very fine improved farming land in Macoupin county, Ill., and some lands in Missouri, Kansas and Texas. His home residence is one of the attractions of the city, and in the companionship of his estimable wife and two sons - Isaac and Frank, he is a very contented and useful citizen.”
Biographical information on Orville was published in the newspaper when he was running for office in 1892: (82) “Here He Is! Jersey County's Candidate for Minority Representative, 37th District. Orville A. Snedeker was born June 11, 1848, in Jersey county; attended the neighboring schools in the country in the winter, working on the farm in the summer, until he was sixteen years old, when he attended Shurtliff College, Upper Alton, for two years; then took up the reading of law in Chicago, remaining there two years; then returned to Jersey county and went to work on his father’s farm and nursery just east of the city during the summer, spending his time in the winter in the law office of Judge R. A. King. In the spring of 1871 he was licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Illinois, and opened a law, real estate and insurance office in Jerseyville. He was married to Miss Emma L. Dalzell, of Philadelphia, in 1873. As a result of this union they have two sons living - Isaac and Samuel F. In 1883 he bought a large farm in Macoupin county, Illinois, to which he devotes much of his time, care and management. He is Vice President of the great Jersey County Fair, and one of the officers and active members of the Alton Southern Horticultural Society. He has been selected by the Republicans of Jersey county as their candidate before the Senatorial Convention to convene at Carrollton, Mary 10th, and Mother Greene and Sister Scott counties will make no mistake in joining hands with us and making it unanimous, and all hurrah for Snedeker.”
A more complete biography was published in 1901: (83) “Hon. Orville A. Snedeker was born in Jerseyville, Ill., June 11, 1848. He was the second son of Isaac and Caroline Snedeker, who came to Jerseyville in the spring of 1844 from New Jersey. His early education was obtained in the public schools of Jerseyville. Was a graduate of Shurtleff College, a graduate also of Bryant & Stratton's Business College. Immediately he began the study of law in the law office of Judge R. A. King. He passed his examination and was admitted to the bar in 1871, and practiced successfully for many years in the lower and higher courts. In 1892 he was elected to the State Legislature, a member of 47th District, 39th General Assembly, and re-elected in 1894. He was Chairman of the Committee on Executive Department, also a member of the Committee on Judiciary, Judicial Department and Practice, State Institutions, Sanitary Affairs, Public Buildings and Grounds. He exerted his best efforts in carrying the Lovejoy monument appropriation for the monument at Alton, Ill. Championed the cause of the State Horticultural Society, by which an appropriation of $4,000 per annum was made, and it became a law. He was the author and introducer of the school house Flag Bill, No. 42, in the House, requiring school directors to furnish the schools with United States flags, but giving the pupils attending the right to determine when Old Glory shall be unfurled. Mr. Snedeker was a lawyer by profession, but carried on farming on a large scale and is reputed as having the largest orchard in the district, making 9,000 apple trees. The official vote of Nov. 6, 1894, shows in what esteem he was held by the people when he ran for Representative on the Republican ticket, in a district that was claimed by the opposite party by 1,319 majority. He ran 993 votes ahead of his ticket. August 12, 1873 he was married to Miss Emma Delzell, of Philadelphia. The fruits of this union were three children - Etta Caroline, Isaac D., and Frank S. Etta C. died in 1883, in about her fifth year. Mr. Snedeker, with his wife and two sons, was a member in good and regular standing in the First Baptist Church of Jerseyville. He died of a slow and lingering disease, spinal paralysis, but his immediate death was very sudden, being caused by pneumonia. In his death the church has lost a loyal and liberal member, the community an honest and useful citizen, his wife and children a devoted husband and father. He died September 4, 1897.”
Lloyd Wells Sunderland
Lloyd Wells Sunderland (John P.2, Thomas1) was born on May 15, 1817 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. He married on December 23, 1836 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey to Sarah Ann Steinburg. Sarah was born on May 8, 1819 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey and died on December 15, 1892 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. Lloyd died on May 12, 1900 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. According to his biography, Lloyd came to Jersey County in 1838, but soon returned to New Jersey. He was found in the 1840 census in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. (84) He purchased land in Section 8 of Jersey Township. (85) Their children were Harriett V., James S., Joseph Wood, John Patterson, William S., Justus Buckley, Anna May, Caroline S., Ella McGannon and Lloyd Wells II. Lloyd and his family were found in the Jersey County censuses 1850-1880. Lloyd’s biography:
“Lloyd W. Sunderland first came to this county in 1838, being then 21 years old. He remained here a short time, engaged as clerk in the only store in Jerseyville, but soon returned to his home in New Jersey, where he was born, May 15, 1817. His parents were John P. and Elizabeth Sunderland, natives of New Jersey. At the age of 16, he went to Philadelphia, and there learned the brick mason’s trade. On his return to New Jersey, he remained nine years, engaged the greater part of his time, as deputy sheriff and constable. In 1847 he again returned to Jersey county, and settled on section 8, of Jersey township, where he has since resided. He owns 280 acres of land, and is one of the leading farmers of the township. He was married Dec. 23, 1839, to Sarah A. Steinburg, daughter of William and Nancy Steinburg. They have 10 children - Harriet, James, Joseph, John, William, Justice, Annie, Carrie, Ella, and Lloyd. Of these three are unmarried. Mr. Sunderland is a democrat, politically.” (86)
In 1848 Lloyd paid taxes totaling $6.16 on 160 acres, property known as the Lloyd W. Sunderland farm, 2 ½ miles north of Jerseyville. He also paid 93 cents on 40 acres in section 16. (87)
The Sunderland family held a family reunion on a regular basis. The 1952 reunion gave many of the names of the family members still alive at the time: “Sunderland Family Reunion, September 1952. Descendants of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd W. Sunderland, pioneer residents of Jersey County, held the thirty-seventh reunion at Pere Marquette State Park. President was Lawrence Jasmon of Springfield. Four family members had died in the past year: Dr. J. H. Sunderland, Lloyd W. Sunderland Sr., Mrs. Carrie McReynolds of Jerseyville and Charles Crawford of Kent, Washington. Officers elected were: Lloyd W. Sunderland, Mrs. Frank Powers, Miss Clara Sunderland. Frank Powers, Miss Hazel Sunderland, Mrs. Frank Stelle, Mrs. Frank Powers, Carl Wagner and Max Downey were to make arrangements for the next reunion. The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd A. Sunderland and son, William D. of St. Louis, Mrs. Grace Brown, Mrs. Dorothy Shasky and daughter Jeannine and son Dale of East St. Louis, Harry McReynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Jasmon and son Bob, Mr. and Mrs. William Peters and Mrs. Edward Keiffer of Springfield, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Downey and sons David and Ernest of Whitehall, Miss Sadie Sunderland, Allen Sunderland, Miss May Sunderland, Mrs. Frank Stelle, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Powers, Mrs. Lloyd W. Sunderland Sr., Miss Hazel Sunderland, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd W. Sunderland Jr. and son John and daughters Mary Ann, Jane Helen and Nancy, Mrs. Augusta Sunderland, Robert Downey Jr., and Miss Clara Sunderland of Jerseyville.”
The children of Lloyd and Sarah:
Harriet Sunderland was born on December 23, 1838 in New Jersey and died on January 22, 1923. (88) Harriet may never have married. She was single at circa age 41 in the 1880 census, living with her sister Ella, listed as single, in Springfield, Illinois in 1910 and 1920.
James Slack Sunderland was born in 1841 in New Jersey and died on June 3, 1931 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. (89) He married Jane/Jennie Cooper on August 12, 1863. (90) Jane listed her name as Jennie on her marriage record and the 1870 census. She was listed as Jane in the 1880 census. They had at least one child, Edward who was born September 16, 1865 and died on December 14, 1945. (91) James remarried in 1883, either Jane/Jennie died or they were divorced. The family lived in Jerseyville up until at least 1880, when Jane was still listed in the census. James next married Mrs. Barbara J. Thompson Bridges on October 19, 1883 in Madison County, Illinois. (92) Barbara was born on July 6, 1856 and died on November 6, 1933, the daughter of Charles and Mary W. Thompson. (93) James and Barbara’s first child, Lottie Fay, died in 1889 at age four. By the 1900 census James and Barbara had three additional children: William, born June 1890; James W., born March 1894; and Wilber, born March 1897. Barbara stated that she had eight children, only five living, but there may have been children from her first marriage. In 1900 James was listed as a teamster.
In 1875, the local newspaper gave a humorous description of the difficulties James had with tramps: “James Sunderland tells the following, the truth of which we will not vouch for. It appears that certain loafers, or dead beats were in the habit, last fall, of using James’s hay loft as a public boarding house, or, in other words, a convenient place to sleep when in needy circumstances. Now, James is good natured, but there is a limit to every one’s patience. James though the time had arrived when forbearance ceased to be a virtue – the thing must stop. On going into the barn one morning early to feed the horses, he soon discovered the presence of lodgers in Hotel de Sunderland, and thought to surprise them by making an early call. So, going into the loft with the fork, for the purpose of getting hay, he soon found evidence of a temporary grave. The hay seemed loose and would be nice for the horses. Carefully selecting the proper spot, he thrust the fork with considerable energy through the hay and into a man’s posterior. There was a howl of pain, then the man tumbled forth. James seemed surprised, tried to apologize, said he looked on the slate, but did not see him registered, so of course he was not to blame.” (94)
This also seems to be James, still having difficulties with tramps, this time a tragic end. (95) “On Friday morning last, about 3 o'clock, Mr. James Sunderland was awakened by a strong light shining directly upon his bed room window; rising hastily, he looked out, and discovered his barn to be on fire. His first thought was to release the horses; without stopping to dress, he ran out and found that one of the horses had broken loose and was out, while the heat and smoke being so great he was unable to release the other; he then returned to the house and dressed himself. Upon coming out again several persons had arrived, but all their efforts to subdue the flames were in vain. After the building had burned down, and the men were standing around the ruins, some one discovered something in the ashes that sent forth smoke of a different color from any of the rest; taking a long pole and removing the ashes, they discovered the remains of a human form, blackened and burned to a crisp. With the aid of a rake they dragged the body out. Further search revealed another body, which was dragged out and laid by the first. A more horrible and sickening sight was never presented to this city. Their bodies were soon identified as Wm. Fenisy and James Morton. Fenisy was well known in this county, having resided here for a number of years, leading for the last few, a drunken vagabond life; sleeping here and there in hay lofts and out buildings. Morton, although a new commer, seems to have followed the same kind of life. The general opinion as to the origin of the fire is, that these two men, in company with another, went into the mow to sleep; that the third one came down, and to find his way out struck a match, which he by accident dropped into the straw, and either did not discover it, or could not put it out in time to save the lives of his comrades. It does not seem probably that any one set fire to the building intentionally. Mr. Sunderland lost a valuable horse, besides a quantity of hay and corn.”
The son of James, James W., had an interesting career, including spending time working in a circus. His obituary: “Funeral services for James W. Sunderland, 82, of Newport, RI were held Aug. 30, 1976, in Newport and burial was at St. Columbia Cemetery in Middletown, RI. Sunderland was born in Jerseyville March 19, 1894, the son of the late James and Barbara Thompson Sunderland and joined the circus after graduation from Jerseyville High School.
“He toured the middle west and south with the Yankee Robinson Circus and Worthington and Allen’s Greater Shows, as a French-horn player. In 1915 he joined the Army. Sunderland also drove cattle through the plain states and was a “gandy dancer” (a name given to men who worked on the railroad and used Gandy Manufacturing tools). The gandy dancers set the tempo for the workers laying tracks. His army career was short lived but it did include a stint with the U. S. Cavalry when he was sent to Mexico to capture Pancho Villa. During that experience he woke up one morning in the battlefield morgue in Columbus, NM, to find himself surrounded by several bodies. He had mistakenly been picked up by medics who thought he was a flu victim, although he was only sleeping. In 1922 he joined the U. S. Navy and served for 25 years. After his Naval career ended he became the time clerk at the U. S. Naval base in Newport, and after his retirement he was a model for the Newport Art Association. He served as Grand Marshal for a number of the parades in Newport, was a member of the Newport Concert Band, Float Reserve Organization, Branch 19 in Newport and a member of the Newport Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars as well as other organizations. He was the husband of the late Eileen Curran Sunderland. His survivors include three sons, James W. Sunderland, Jr., of New York City; John L. Sunderland of Portsmouth, RI; and Joel D. Sunderland of Westport, Mass.; one brother, Wilbur Sunderland, of Daily City, Ca., eleven grandchildren, two great-grand children and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church in Newport with Hambly Funeral Home in charge.”
The child of James S. Sunderland and Jane Cooper:
Edward Sunderland was born about 1864. Edward married Magdalena Hand. Magdalena was born about 1865 in Illinois (1880 census). Place of death for Edward and Magdalena is unknown. Magdalena Hand graduated from Jerseyville High School in 1887. (96) According to the Jersey County Burial Index (online), Edward was born on September 16, 1865 and died on December 14, 1945. Emma Magdaline was born on July 24, 1866 and died on January 22, 1951, daughter of Amanda Grantham Hand. Emma Magdaline may have married previously.
Children of James S. Sunderland and Barbara J. Thompson:
Lottie Fay Sunderland was born circa 1884 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, and died at age four on January 21, 1889 in Jerseyville, Jersey County. “Jerseyville - Died, Monday morning 21 Jan. at 5 o’clock, Lottie Fay, daughter of James and Barbara Sunderland, aged 4 years, 6 months. Funeral services from Baptist Church Tuesday, 2 p.m.; Rev. W. H. H. Avery officiating.” (97)
Wayland D. Sunderland was born in 1888 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. Wayland D. married Pearl Parker. Pearl was born in 1886 and died in 1958. Wayland died in 1960.
James Warren Sunderland was born on March 19, 1894 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. James Warren married Eileen Curran. Eileen was born on April 21, 1896 in County Kerry, Ireland and died on June 15, 1968 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. James died on August 27, 1976 in Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island. Children of James and Eileen were James W. Jr., John L., Joel D. (possibly more). See obituary above.
Wilbur Wines Sunderland was born on March 11, 1897 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. Wilbur Wines married first Josephine Damonte. Josephine was born about 1905. Wilbur married second in about 1919 to Violet Broyles. Violet was born on June 30, 1901. Wilbur died on December 21, 1970 in Daly City, San Mateo County, California.
Joseph Wood Sunderland was born on August 5, 1843 in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, and died on October 25, 1924 in Jerseyville, at age 81, and was buried on October 27, 1924 in Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville. (98) Joseph married Mary Elizabeth Combes, daughter of Isaac R. Combes and Maria Southwick, on November 12, 1868. Mary Elizabeth was born on November 28, 1848 and died on October 2, 1927. Their children were Charles E., born circa 1870; Sarah E., born circa 1872; Ethel M., born circa 1875; Mariah G., born circa 1879; Allen; Sadie; May and Grace. (99) The family resided in Jerseyville. One of the deacons of the Jerseyville Baptist church in 1901 was a Joseph W. Sunderland. (100) The children of Joseph Wood Sunderland and Mary Elizabeth Combs:
Charles Allen Sunderland was born on December 3, 1869 in Jersey County, Illinois. Place of death unknown.
Sarah Isabella Sunderland was born on October 29, 1871.
Ethel May Sunderland was born on May 13, 1875. Place of death unknown.
Grace Maria Sunderland was born on May 1, 1879. Grace Maria married William McKenzie Brown. William was born on October 21, 1878 and died on September 9, 1945. Grace died on June 8, 1961. Grace graduated from Jerseyville High School in 1899. (101)
John Patterson Sunderland was born on May 22, 1846 in Illinois and died on January 15, 1933, at age 86. John married Sophia Robbins on October 25, 1871 in Jersey County. (102) Their child was Louis John Sunderland who was born on December 31, 1873 in Jerseyville, Jersey County and died on December 7, 1932 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, at age 58. (103) Louis was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville. Louis graduated from Jerseyville High School in 1893, (104) and married Augusta Reed on October 25, 1903 in Franklin County, Illinois. (105) Augusta was born on June 24, 1875 and died on October 5, 1963. Louis’ funeral record states that he died by drowning in a well by his own hand. They lived in Jerseyville in 1918, where Louis had 80 acres in Section 15, Jersey County. (106) Their children were Mildred, Jean, Mary and John.
Mildred Sunderland was born on December 25, 1905. Mildred married circa 1930 to John Bryan Melvin on June 28, 1930. (109). John was born on September 1, 1906 and died in April 1977 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida. Mildred died on May 15, 1991 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida at age 85.
John Reed Sunderland was born on 18 June 1913. John Reed married Ruth Hamilton Daubs. Ruth was born on 23 December 1910. John died September 1985 in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois.
William S. Sunderland was born on January 17, 1849 in Jersey County and died on July 23, 1939 in Jerseyville, at age 90. (110) William was buried on July 25, 1939 in Oak Grove Cemetery. This is the William S. Sunderland who served in the Civil War with our William Henry Hutchinson and James L. Hutchinson. In the Jersey County Historical Society list of veterans buried in Jersey County is listed a William S. Sunderland, born 1849, died 1939, buried at Oak Grove cemetery, served in the Illinois 144th.(111) The Illinois Archives online Civil War database has: Sunderland, William; Rank, private; Co. F 144th Inf; Residence, Jerseyville. He served in the military as a private in Company F, 144th Illinois Infantry from 1864-1865. He enlisted on September 15, 1864 and was honorably discharged on July 14, 1865 at Springfield, Illinois. He retired from his blacksmith shop in 1928 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois.
William’s obituary: “Death Claims Last Veteran of Civil War. William Sunderland Dies Sunday Morning. Two World War Veterans Also Succumb. William S. Sunderland, Jersey County’s last Civil War veteran, died at his home in the northwest part of Jerseyville, Sunday, July 23rd, at five o’clock a.m., following several weeks’ illness. The death of Mr. Sunderland marks the conclusion of the thinning ranks of the Civil War veterans in this county. Sunderland served as a Private in Company F, 144th Regiment of the Illinois Infantry Volunteers, enrolling on September 15, 1864. He received his honorable discharge on July 14, 1865, at Springfield, Illinois, after engaging in the greater number of the major battles and skirmishes of the last year of the Civil strife. The deceased was born in Jersey county, January 17, 1849, the son of Lloyd and Sarah Steinberg Sunderland. At the time of his death he had attained the advanced age of ninety years, six months and six days. For fifty years, Sunderland operated a blacksmith shop in Jerseyville, retiring from this occupation in June, 1928. Despite his advancing age, Sunderland was a familiar figure at athletic events at the Jersey Township High school, and in the last few years missed only a few of the basketball games played on the home floor. He is survived by three sons, Lloyd A. of St. Louis, William E. of Kansas City, and Clyde E. of Jerseyville; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Christy and Mrs. Carrie McReynolds of Jerseyville, and one great grandson. Funeral services were held at the Jacoby Brothers Chapel, Tuesday, July 25th, at three o’clock. Reverend M. C. Foltz, pastor of the Jerseyville Methodist Church, officiated and interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery.” (112)
The Illinois State Archives Marriage database lists a Wm S. Sunderland married a Sarah L. Erwin in Jersey County, Illinois on November 14, 1883. This seems to be this William S., and Sarah was probably the mother of the children listed in the obituary. In the 1910 census William’s wife was listed as Sarah, and they stated they were married only once. Though in the 1900 census she was listed as Vina. Also, William and Clyde have the middle initial E. which could stand for Erwin. However, William would have been thirty-four when married, quite late for a first marriage. William could have been married before the marriage to Sarah Erwin, possibly to a Belle Moore. Fortunately there is a newspaper notice of the marriage of William S. Sunderland and “Vinie” Erwin. (113) The list of individuals giving gifts confirms that this was the marriage of this William Sunderland. It mentions his father, his brothers John, Jett and Lloyd, sisters Ella and Anna. The families must have been doing quite well, considering the gifts given the couple.
“Sunderland-Erwin. On Wednesday evening, Nov. 14th, at the residence of the bride’s parents by Rev. Vantreese, Wm. S. Sunderland, of Kane, to Vinie, daughter of Judge A. D. Erwin, of Jerseyville. The following is a list of presents: Parlor set 7 pieces, 2 table cloths, 1 dozen napkins, 1/2 dozen towels, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Erwin; China tea set 56 pieces, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd W. Sunderland; 1 cane set, 6 chairs and rocker, Samuel Erwin, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Erwin, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Erwin, Mr. and Mrs J. D. v, Mr. and Mrs. Scot Belt; China tea set, Mr. and Mrs. John Sunderland; Silver cake basket, Mr. and Mrs. Jett Sunderland; Bouquet holder and card receiver, Ella and Annie Sunderland; cake basket Harriet Sunderland; glass berry dish, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. McReynolds; cake stand Lloyd Sunderland D, Jr.; silver castor, Dr. Perry and Norah Erwin; parlor lamp, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Eads; water set, Mrs. James McClure and family; 1/2 dozen fruit plates, Charles Beatty; silver pickle castor and fork, Francis M. Hassett and mother; glass butter dish, Harry and Mary McGee; glass berry dish, Julia McGee; 1 pair of vases, little Maudie Sunderland; silver cake basket, Wm. M. Cory and sisters and F. E. Felter; glass water pitcher, Mrs. Pat Faeha; silver pickle castor with tongs, Jennie and Tillie Davis; glass water pitcher, Miss Clara Buffington; glass tea set, Dr. C. J. Buffington, oat meal set, Dr. A. K. VanHorne; pair silver napkin rings, S. L. Hill and family; mustard spoon, Walter Erwin; glass fruit dish and pillow shams, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Erwin, Warrensburg, Mo.”
William could have married a Belle Moore on May 18, 1876 in Jersey County, Illinois. The IGI and the Illinois State Archives have a William Sunderland, age circa 24 (born circa 1852) married to Belle Moore. Researchers Bobbie Skerry, Joseph Sunderland and John Rogers have William’s first wife listed as Belle Edwards, their marriage date as May 18, 1878 and Belle’s death as 1881. However, William is listed as single with his father Lloyd in the 1880 census with no wife. There is a death record for an Isabella Sunderland, 1878, Jersey County. This remains a mystery. A child of a William S. Sunderland and Belle Edwards was Maude Belle Sunderland, born on March 14, 1877. Maude Belle married _?_ Crawford and died circa 1940.
The children of William S. Sunderland and Sarah Lavina Erwin were:
Eva Pearl Sunderland was born on August 17, 1884 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. Date and place of death unknown.
Lloyd A. Sunderland was born on March 15, 1886 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. He married Julia A. Biendick. Julia was born on November 13, 1883 and died in August 1973 in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri. Lloyd died on December 29, 1960. Children of Lloyd A. Sunderland and Julia A. Biendick: Lavina Marie Sunderland, born on March 4, 1913 and died on December 13, 1932; and William D. Sunderland, born on September 22, 1919.
William Edgar Sunderland was born on May 17, 1889 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. He married Frances Agnes Anderson. Frances was born on December 8, 1891 and died on February 14, 1954. William died in September 1978 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. Child of William Edgar Sunderland and Frances Agnes Anderson was Frances Sunderland, born on June 30, 1921. She married William W. Wright. William was born about 1920.
Clyde Earl Sunderland was born on March 6, 1891 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. He married Ethel Dodson. Ethel was born on March 2, 1903 in Illinois and died on December 30, 1991 in Illinois. Clyde died in March 1966, Pleasant Hill, McLean [Pike?] County, Illinois.
Winona E. Sunderland was born on November 15, 1894 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois and died on January 9, 1896 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois.
Perry Erwin Sunderland was born on December 11, 1896 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois and died on August 23, 1937.
Justice or Jett Buckley Sunderland was born January 12, 1852 and died on March 3, 1929. He married Caroline Hartwick on October 25, 1882. Caroline was born on November 24, 1857 and died on November 23, 1932, the daughter of E. O. Hartwick and Mary Squires. The list of individuals at their wedding included Jett’s brother, William and Miss Vinia Erwin, a year before their marriage. This was another big event, as described in the local newspaper. (114)
“Married. Last Wednesday evening the residence of Mr. E. A. Hartwick, one mile south of town, was brilliantly illuminated in honor of the marriage of his daughter Carrie to Mr. Jett Sunderland. The house was well filled with invited guests, there being about seventy five present. At eight o’clock the happy couple entered the parlor and in a few minutes were made one by Rev. Heagle. The bride was becomingly attired in white and the groom wore the conventional black, white tie and kids. After the congratulations the company repaired to the dining room, where a bountiful repast was spread and to which all did ample justice. About midnight the guests departed, wishing Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Sunderland a happy and prosperous life. The following presents were received: Set silver knives, forks and spoons, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Sunderland, parent of the groom; $20, Mr. and Mrs. James Perrings, Mrced, Cal., aunt and uncle of the bride; china set, 54 pieces, Harriet, Annie and Ella Sunderland; silver pickle castor, J. W. Sunderland and wife; lace pillow shams and toilet set, Miss Ella Hartwick; water service, Geo. Woodruff and wife; silver pickle castor, L. P. Squires and wife; silver castor, Will Sunderland and Miss Vinia Irvin [sic Erwin]; tea set, Wm. Perrings and wife; set solid silver teaspoons, Mrs. E. Loy; parlor lamp, James and Lloyd W. Sunderland; fruit dish, Miss Almira Woodruff; silver berry dish, Will and Rob Kirby and sisters; tea set, Wm Squier and wife; silver butter dish, Doug Davis; counterpane, J. P. Sunderland and wife; cake stand and half dozen individual salts, Charley and Georgie Woodruff; silver pickle fork, Miss Rebecca Hankinson; silver berry dish, Henry Craig and sisters; pitcher, half dozen goblets and pair of majolica bread plates, James McReynolds and wife; water service, Mr. E. J. Stelle and Cretie; silver cake stand, Will and Carrie Cory, Kane; pair fruit dishes, O. A. Tiff and wife; silver salt stand, Charley and Laura Berkenmeyer; linen table cloth, L. Kirkpatrick and wife; solid silver teaspoons, Mrs. H. D. Christopher and Maggie; cake stand, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hill; pickle castor, Geo. Adams; one dozen desert dishes, Wm. Nutt and wife, Kane; lamp, Miss Mattie Woodruff; pair bouquets, Walter Perrings.”
The children of Justus Buckley Sunderland and Carrie Squier Hartwick:
Jett Heagle Sunderland was born on April 22, 1884 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. He married circa 1912 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois to Dorothy Ione Montgomery. Dorothy was born on September 26, 1880 and died on October 2, 1962. Jett died on November 22, 1951. According to a newspaper article, Jett and Dorothy may have divorced circa 1921. (115) “Another woman is charged with causing the family troubles which resulted in Mrs. Dorothy Sunderland of Granite City to file a suit for divorce against her husband, Dr. Jett Sunderland, a Jerseyville dentist. She says she is now employed by a St. Louis hardware firm to support a minor child. They were married at Jerseyville on October 4, 1907 and separated on [October?] 31, 1918. The petition states her husband declared he did not care for her. According to papers he has paid $8 monthly toward the support of the child.” The children of Jett Heagle Sunderland and Dorothy Ione Montgomery were:
Jett Olden Sunderland was born on January 26, 1913 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. He married Harriett Cordell. Harriet was born on July 1, 1917 and died in December 1986 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California. Jett died on September 1, 1967. There is a birth announcement that lists two daughters of a Captain Jett O. Sunderland: Carol and Jean Cordell who was born January, 4 1954 in Denver, Colorado (JCHS Sunderland file).
Esther Louise Sunderland was born in 1915 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois and died in 1916 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois.
Frances Alma Sunderland was born on June 26, 1917 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. She married Harold Lacy Fisher. Harold was born on August 15, 1917 and died in June 1983 in Bridgeton, St. Louis, Missouri. Frances died in October 1989, Bridgeton, St. Louis County, Missouri.
Edna Mary Sunderland was born on August 11, 1887 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. She married Edward Andrew Houseman. Edward was born on March 7, 1880 and died on September 18, 1959. Edna died on November 23, 1970.
Hazel Sarah Sunderland was born on September 23, 1889 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois and died on April 11, 1975 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois.
Clara Alma Sunderland was born on September 10, 1891 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois and died on August 28, 1970 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois.
Annie W. Sunderland was born February 28, 1854 and died on May 8, 1947. Annie married George Christy on June 3, 1885. (116) Other researchers list her name as Anna Mary. Fortunately there is a biography of George: (117)
“George Christy is one of the extensive landowners of Greene county, living in Kane township, and is a representative of one of the old and honored families here. His father, John Christy, came to Illinois at a very early day, casting in his lot with the pioneer settlers of Greene county when the work of progress and improvement had scarcely been begun in this part of the state. He married Miss Elizabeth Dennison, a native of Kentucky, and they became the parents of eight children. John Christy devoted his energies to agricultural pursuits and his excellent business ability and keen discernment were demonstrated in the success which attended his labors. He worked persistently and diligently, made careful investment of his financial resources and became the owner of extensive landed interests. He died in the year 1845 and his wife passed away in 1872.
“George Christy, the youngest of their eight children, was born on the old family homestead in Kane township, on the 7th of November, 1839. No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for him in his youth and throughout his entire life he has superintended extensive agricultural interests. He is now the owner of a very valuable farm of five hundred and ten acres in this county and has extensive realty holdings and other desirable property, including five hundred and fifty acres in Jersey county. His is one of the most elegant homes of the county, the palatial residence being supplied with furnishings such as wealth can secure and refined taste suggest.
“In September, 1875, Mr. Christy was united in marriage to Miss Annie M. Sunderland, a native of Jersey county, Illinois, and a daughter of Lord [sic Lloyd] Sunderland, who located there at an early day. Mr. and Mrs. Christy occupy a prominent position socially and the hospitality of the best homes of Greene county is cordially extended them. In citizenship Mr. Christy is reliable and loyal and his co-operation may always be counted upon in support of any measure which he deems of public benefit. In politics he is a Republican, but has always refused office.”
In 1900, Annie and George were listed, and Annie stated that she had no children. George was age 60 and Annie only 46. By 1910 Annie was a widow, stating that she had no children. Living with her were a couple who had no relationship to Annie. In 1930, and possibly 1920, Annie was living in Jerseyville, a widow with no other members of her household. This seems to be a newspaper notice of George’s death. “Christy. Died -08-1909. George W. Christy died at home near Kane age 69 yr. Funeral from home Rev. J. B. Ravenscroft. Prosperous farmer in Greene Co.”
Carrie S. Sunderland was born circa 1856. She was incorrectly listed as Harry, age 14 in the 1870 census. Carrie married James G. McReynolds on October 31, 1878 in Jersey County, Illinois. (118) Biography of James’ father:
“Thomas J. McReynolds came to Jersey county in March, 1835, accompanying his parents, Joseph and Margaret (Anderson) McReynolds. Joseph McReynolds and his wife were both natives of North Carolina, but at the time of the birth of the subject of this sketch, March 6, 1832, they resided in Sumner county, Tenn. They soon after removed to Posey county, Ind., where they remained until the spring of 1835. On their arrival in Jersey County, they settled on section 15, Jersey township, purchasing 160 acres of land. Joseph McReynolds died here July 3, 1860. His widow survived him until Jan. 26, 1873. Thomas J. has always resided upon the homestead, settled by his father in 1835, and has now one of the best farms in the township. His residence, barn and other improvements are well and substantially built, and everything about the place is indicative of the thrift and enterprise of the owner. Mr. McReynolds was married Nov. 2, 1854, to Rosa A. Keller, daughter of William and Dorothy Keller. They have had eight children, seven of whom are living - James G., married to Carrie S. Sunderland, and living in Jerseyville; William J., married to Elizabeth Martin, also in Jerseyville; Charles L., Lela M., Maggie Al, Gussie R. and Frances M. Mr. and Mrs. McReynolds are members of the M. E. church. He is politically a democrat. His farm now comprises 190 acres of land, on sections 15, 16 and 4.” (119)
Caroline and James were in Sangamon County, Illinois by 1900 and still there in 1910. They had one child, Harry Cleveland McReynolds, born on June 5, 1883. By 1920 it appears that Caroline was a widow, a servant in the Andrew J. Marshall household in Springfield, Sangamon County. Her son Harry was married, and it seems surprising that Caroline was not living with them. In 1930 Caroline, now age 73, seems to have been a lodger in the Chas. Lifet(?) household. While it is possible that these Caroline McReynolds were not Caroline Sunderland, the census records seem to indicate that this was Caroline. It does seem amazing that none of the Sunderland family took her in after her husband died.
Other researchers state that Caroline was born on August 28, 1856 in Jerseyville, died on June 27, 1952, and married James Gallagher McReynolds. There is a burial record for a Caroline McReynolds, Oak Grove Cemetery, died October 21, 1946. The latter makes more sense, otherwise Caroline would have lived to the ripe old age of 96.
Ella Sunderland was born circa 1859. She is probably the Ella McGannon Sunderland who was born on January 6, 1859, Jerseyville, married circa 1880 James S. Heizer and died October 15, 1930. James S. Heizer was born June 26, 1859 and died on March 29, 1923. They were both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville. Ella and James were living in Springfield, Illinois by 1910, married seven years, with no children listed. Ella’s spinster sister Harriet was living with them in 1910 and 1920. Ella M. Heizer, a widow, age 70, was living in Springfield, Illinois in 1930, no other individuals in the household.
Lloyd Wells Sunderland II was born August 4, 1861 and died on March 4, 1925. Lloyd married Mary Elizabeth Davis on April 21, 1885 in Jersey County, Illinois. (120) Their children were Gertrude May, Mabel June, Florence Davis, Ruth C., Marcus Byron, Lloyd Wells III and Nellie H. Biographical information on Mary Davis’ family:
“John W. Davis, a prominent and leading farmer of Jersey township, was born in North Carolina, Sept. 19, 1819. His parents, James and Elizabeth (Morrow) Davis, were also natives of North Carolina. In 1835 the family came to Jersey county, locating in this township, where James died in 1840, and his wife, in 1851. John W. lived with his parents until their death, and has always remained upon the homestead farm, of which he took charge on the death of his father. He was married Dec. 8, 1847, to Eliza A. Fitzgerald, daughter or [sic] Jesse and Elizabeth Fitzgerald. By this union eight children were born - Elam, married to Alice Bullard and living in Sangamon county, Ill.; Helen, wife of Newton Lowe, also in Sangamon county; Charles A., married to Eliza Felter, and living in Jersey county; Georgiana, wife of David Hunt, of New Jersey; Douglas; Edward L.; Eva, wife of Edward Acom, of Nebraska; and Eliza, wife of Lloyd Sunderland, of this county. Mr. Davis owns a fine farm on section 2, comprising 540 acres, also 320 acres of land in Sangamon county, and 640 acres in Nebraska, making, altogether, 1,500 acres. Mrs. Davis died in 1873, and in Feb., 1876, Mr. Davis was married to Emma Cray. Mr. Davis visits Nebraska once or twice annually, to look after his interests in that new and rapidly growing state. He is one of the substantial and influential citizens of Jersey county, and stands high in the esteem of all who know him. (121)”
There was an interesting article on Lloyd Wells II’s son, Marcus Byron, in the local newspaper in 1920: “Marcus Sunderland Wounded in Street Fight over a Girl. Shot in Chest by Rival Sunday Evening on North State Street. Elzy Pickerel, Jr. Held in Jail. Warrant Charges Assault With Intent to Kill - Hearing Set for Next Wednesday - Alberta Lewis Object of Contention. Marcus Sunderland is suffering from a bullet wound in his chest and Elzy Pickerel, Jr., is in the county jail as a result of an altercation regarding a young woman Sunday evening on the streets of Jerseyville. Sunderland, commonly known as “Mope,” is 24 years old and is employed at the Jersey garage. “Tough” Pickerel, 21 years old March 1, has been employed as delivery man for the Keehner-Delano grocery. Miss Alberta Lewis, daughter of Mrs. George Gauf of Jerseyville, had an engagement with Pickerel, according to the latter’s statement. As he was going to meet her about eight o’clock he saw Sunderland, accompanied by Scott Wood, drive up to Miss Lewis and ask her to ride with them. Pickerel went up to the group and asserted that he had an engagement with the girl. He and Sunderland had an argument and presently Pickerel pulled out a 32-calibre revolver, according to his own statement, and warned Sunderland to keep away from him and let them alone. Shot in Chest. Abusive language passed between the two and Sunderland advanced upon Pickerel, saying he was going to make the latter “eat the gun.” After they had edged a distance down the block, Pickerel fired, the bullet striking Sunderland in the chest. It was deflected by a bone and spared him from fatal injury. ‘I didn’t mean to hit him; I was only trying to scare him,’ said Pickerel to a representative of the Republican, who interviewed him in the jail. The warrant issued for his arrest charged Pickerel with assault with intent to kill. Wednesday of next week has been set for his hearing before Justice Thatcher. Woods took Sunderland to Dr. L. J. Giers office, where the physician probed for the bullet, but at the wounded man’s request deferred examination until the following day. He is getting along satisfactorily and no serious results are expected. Sunderland had close acquaintance with bullets while in service overseas with company M of the 28th infantry. He was wounded by a machine gun in the side and arm. While he was between two German prisoners who being carried back from the front lines acted as stretcher bearers, the Germans were killed by a shell that exploded nearby and Sunderland sustained further injury from fragments.” (122)
Marcus did not marry the woman he and Pickerel fought over. He did marry Elizabeth “Lizzie” Crull on April 4, 1922. Marcus was born in 1897 and died on April 21, 1930. buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.
The children of Lloyd Wells Sunderland II and Mary Eliza Davis were (1991 History of Jersey County):
Gertrude May Sunderland was born on May 29, 1885 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois and died on August 19, 1899 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois.
Mabel June Sunderland was born on 12 June 1887 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. She married Robert Lynn Downey on 15 December 1909. Robert was born on 18 July 1885 and died on 6 January 1958 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. Mabel died on 31 January 1950 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. Both are buried Oak Give Cemetery, Jerseyville. (History of Jersey County - 1991 pp. 391-392, includes a photo of Mable & Robert). The children of Mabel June Sunderland and Robert Lynn Downey were: Robert Maxwell, died November 18, 1987; Charles Ellsworth, died December 31, 1936; Edith Alfreda; Harold Eugene Downey, born October 4, 1923 in Jerseyville, and died June 17, 1994 in Jerseyville; William Russell Downey, born April 28, 1928 in Jerseyville and died at birth.
Florence Davis Sunderland was born on March 7, 1890 in Jerseyville. She married Frank Everett Steele. Frank was born on August 5, 1871 and died on May 24, 1943. Florence died on January 30, 1972. Their children were: Roy Moore Steele, born June 17, 1913 and died in January 1984 in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona; Truman Ellsworth Steele, born on May 29, 1915 and died in December 1962.
Ruth C. Sunderland was born on November 2, 1891 in Jerseyville. She married Martin B. Peirson. Martin was born on October 1, 1883 and died on April 4, 1961. Ruth died on May 17, 1970.
Marcus Byron Sunderland was born on October 20, 1896 in Jerseyville. He married Elizabeth Frances Crull. Elizabeth was born on May 4, 1905 and died on April 4, 1978. Marcus died on April 21, 1930.
Lloyd Wells Sunderland III was born on July 14, 1899 in Jerseyville. He married Nellie Martha Hard. Nellie was born on November 5, 1901 in Rockbridge [?], Illinois and died on November 21, 1973 in Jerseyville. Lloyd died on February 26, 1952 in Jerseyville. Lloyd III continued the family business, Sunderland Motor Company in Jerseyville. The children of Lloyd Wells Sunderland III and Nellie Martha Hard were: JoAnn and Lloyd Wells IV. JoAnn married Howard Perdun, had a son Gregory L. (123) Lloyd Wells Sunderland IV, born on May 16, 1925. He married Mary Decker on September 14, 1946. Mary is the daughter of Fred Decker and Eleanor Wheaton. She was born on September 3, 1925 in Jerseyville. Lloyd IV is an automobile dealer in Jerseyville. He graduated from Shurfleff College in 1949 after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He is a director of the Jersey State Bank and a member of the First Baptist Church, the Masonic Lodge and is a Shriner. Lloyd IV and Mary resided 407 N. Washington, Jerseyville in 1976. The children of Lloyd IV and Mary are John born circa 1948 (married Janice Scott, resides St. Louis County, child: Lloyd V); Mary Ann born circa 1949 (resides Brentwood, Missouri), Jane born circa 1951 (married Karl Schweickhardt of Baldwin, Missouri, children: Julie and Jennifer Ray); Nancy Elizabeth born March 5, 1952 (married Jack Underwood of Jerseyville, (124) children: Mary and Sarah); and Rebecca Sue born December 23, 1960 (married Dan Mueller of Florissant, Missouri, child: Robert).
Nellie H. Sunderland was born on August 12, 1901 in Jerseyville. She married Frank J. Powers. Frank was born on February 18, 1896. Nellie died on February 21, 1973 in Jerseyville.
1 Rodgers, John; Sunderland, Joseph; Skerry, Bobbie, email/website data. Data from: John Rogers, <rampages.onramp.net/~rodgers/geneal/sunder/john1680.html>, accessed 13 February 2000; Joseph Sunderland, February 2000; and a Gedcom from Bobbi Skerry, received via email on 13 December 1999. There is little documentation from these three sources.
2 Liz Watson, “Sunderlands,” email message 8 July 2003. “I don’t have much on Samuel, but do have some info on his children, much of which comes from a ‘handwritten document prepared cir 1963 by a Mrs. Mueller, San Mateo, CA.’ She wrote, ‘This is the Sunderland outline as it seems to us but much of it must be proven.’ Mrs. Mueller is great great granddaughter of John P Sunderland Sr, great granddaughter of Samuel. I also have input from Clara, great granddaughter of John P Sunderland Sr, granddaughter of Lloyd W. Sr, daughter of Jett B. Samuel arrived in Philadelphia, PA, in 1737. Supposedly descended from Earls of Sunderland, England.”
3 History of Jersey County - 1991 p. 576.
4 [BARRACLOUGH] Elizabeth BARRACLOUGH who m SUNDERLAND, 21 Feb 2000. Barraclough email list.
5 Liz Watson, “Sunderlands,” email 8 July 2003.
6 Liz Watson states this will information is from notes prepared by May D. Kemp (1964).
7 Liz Watson, “Sunderlands,” email 8 July 2003.
8 Sugar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery (Old Centerville Cemetery), Centerville, Washington Township, Montgomery County, Ohio, www.carolynjburns.com/cemeteries/cem_sugarcreek.html.
9 Liz Watson, “Sunderlands,” email 8 July 2003.
10 Commemorative Biographical Record of Prominent and Representative Men of Indianapolis and Vicinity. Contains biographical sketches of business and professional men and of many of the early families. Chicago : J.H. Beers & Co., 1908, pp. 269-272.
11 Carllene Marek, “Hutchinson,” email 31 January 2000. Thomas Sunderland ( b.1742 England) immigrated 1747? m. Sarah Runyon (b.1755). Her parents were Hugh Runyon (1715 NJ-1804 NJ?) and Ann SAVAGE/SAVIGE (1721-1795). My Runyon (Roignon/Rongnion) and Savage/Savige ancestors were French Huguenots. The Runyons arriving in New Jersey 1665. Carllene states that most of the information is not well documented and comes from several publications.
12 Liz Watson, “Sunderlands,” email 8 July 2003.
13 Francis Bazley Lee, Ed., Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County New Jersey, Vol. I, New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1907, p. 29.
14 Rodgers, John; Sunderland, Joseph; Skerry, Bobbie, email/website data. Data from: John Rogers, <rampages.onramp.net/~rodgers/geneal/sunder/john1680.html>, accessed 13 February 2000; Joseph Sunderland email February 2000; Gedcom from Bobbi Skerry 13 December 1999. There is little documentation provided from these three sources.
15 Carllene Marek, “Hutchinson,” email 31 January 2000. John P. Sunderland (1770-1838) m. Elizabeth Slack (1777-1838). She was born in Bucks Co, PA. Her parents were Cornelius Slack and Elizabeth Spear.
16 Email from: "Carllene Marek" Subject: Fw: Elizabeth Slack m. Sunderland, 22 Mar 2006
17 Source: Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania Marriages to 1790, Names of Persons for whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued in the Province of Pennsylvania Previous to 1790. Some Pennsylvania Marriages-prior to 1810, Volume I - E.K. Meyers - printed 1890 - Harrisburg, Pa. www.geocities.com/Heartland/6508/MARR.HTM, 1765, Feb. 5 Spear, Elizabeth and Cornelius Slack
18 Biographical Card Index from the NJ Historical Society
19 Gravestones First Baptist Church Yard, Corner of Centre and Bridge Streets, Trenton, New Jersey. Copied Apr. 27, 1943, by Mrs. Alfred P.S. Bellis, Morrisville, Pennsylvania, from records in the possession of the Congregation Of the First Baptist Church, trentonhistory.org/Cem/FirstBaptist.htm, accessed 2006.
20 ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/bucks/wills/willabstbk4.txt, Wills: Abstracts: Book 4 : Bucks Co, PA 1778-1786, Contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives.
21 Roscoe C. Keeney, author of "6,474 Slack Relatives"; "Cornelis Barentse Slecht and Some of his Relatives" by Rev. Lawrence Slaght, pp. 17, 30; Pennsylvania Archives, Vol 5 - 302; Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Will Book, Bucks County Courthouse, letter of administration issued; children listed in "History of Bucks County", by Davis, 3-639; Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Will Book. 1785, Book 5, p. 406, Book 4, pp. 325, 326, 391; Pennsylvania Vital Records, 1700's to 1800's, Volume 1, Register of Baptisms, 1701-1746, First Presbyterian Church of Philidelphia, p. 82, online at www.member-webroots.org/deadrelatives/allg50.htm, accessed 2006.
22 Carllene Marek, “Hutchinson Connections,” email 19 May 1998. John P. Sunderland 1770-1838 married 1794 Elizabeth Slack 1777-1838. The eldest of their 10 children was Ann Sunderland born 1794, married William Hansel. Ann & William had at least 4 daughters and two sons. One daughter, Sarah Hansel born 1832 in New Hope, Bucks Co, PA married in 1854 in IL to Johnston Norris. Another unnamed daughter born before 1830 married John Hutchinson. This undocumented info comes from a distant cousin, Carl Sunderland. [Note: The unnamed daughter is certainly Rebecca Hansell. Supported by the obituaries of both Sarah and Rebecca that state they were sisters and by Rebecca’s marriage record.]
23 William Hansell and Ann, his wife tombstone. Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois.; “William Hansell and Ann, his wife. William Hansell, born in Berks Co. PA, 11 mo. 25 day 1792, died 2 mo. 11 da 1872. Ann, his wife, born in Trenton N. J., 12 mo 28 day 1794, died 9 mo 12 da 1872.
24 Bob Ford, “Sunderland,” email December 2, 2000. Deed New Jersey, Mercer County, New Jersey. Deed Book A, p. 420 (possibly 421).
25 Jerseyville Republican, (Jerseyville, Illinois), January 12, 1922 (reprinted in The Prairie Schooner, Jersey Co. Historical Society, Fall 1982, pp. 14-16).
26 Cooper, Marshall M., History of Jerseyville, Illinois, 1822 to 1901, Jerseyville, IL: Jerseyville Republican Print, 1901, p. 20.
27 Jersey County Democrat, 31, August 1876.
28 Jersey County Democrat, January 21, 1892. Weekly Republican, April 16, 1880.
29 Jersey County Democrat, September 10, 1891.
30 Purchaser: Sunderland James. Residence of Purchaser: Greene. Legal Description: Aliquot Parts or Lot: NENW. Section Number: 32. Township: 09N. Range: 12W. Meridan: 3. County of Purchase: Greene. Details of Sale: Acres: 40.00. Price per Acre: 1.25. Total Price: 50.00. Type of Sale: FD. Date of Purchase: 04/19/1837. Volume: 339. Page: 172. Purchaser: Sunderland James. Residence of Purchaser: Greene. Legal Description: Aliquot Parts or Lot: E2SW. Section Number: 29. Township: 09N. Range: 12W. Meridan: 3. County of Purchase: Greene. Details of Sale: Acres: 80.00. Price per Acre: 1.25. Total Price: 100.00. Type of Sale: FD. Date of Purchase: 03/22/1837. Volume: 339. Page: 166.
31 Alton Telegraph & Democratic Review (Alton, Illinois), July 11, 1846. List of Letters remaining in the post office at Jerseyville, Illinois, July 1, 1846. P. Silloway, P. M. Accessed Ancestry: 11/21/2003. Sunderland, James
32 Ebenezer Force household. 1860 Illinois Federal Census, Jerseyville Precinct; Jersey County, Roll: M653_188, dwelling 143, family 141. Ebenezer Force household. 1870 Illinois Federal Census, Township 8 Range 11, Jersey, Illinois; Roll: M593_233; Page: 697, dwelling 11, family 11.
33 Samuel Sunderland household. 1850 Federal Census, Jersey County, Illinois, Township 8, range 11, enumerated August 30, 1850, p. 109.
34 History of Macoupin County, Illinois with Illustrations Descriptive of its Scenery, and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879, p. 105. On pp. 251-52, the biography of Charles Sunderland states that his father, Samuel, enlisted in a company of soldiers raised for service in the War of 1812 when he was fifteen and that his father was a mill-wright.
35 Jersey County Democrat, May 27, 1875.
36 Macoupin County, Illinois Public Domain Land Track Sales to Patentees (original purchases from U. S. Government), all purchased on June 8, 1849: Sunderland, Charles, SW 1/4, Section 01, Township 09 North, Range 06 West, 160 acres. Sunderland, Samuel, SW 1/4, Section 12, Township 09 North, Range 06 West, 160 acres. Sunderland, Samuel, SE 1/4, Section 11, Township 09 North, Range 06 West, 160 acres. Sunderland, Samuel, NW 1/4, Section 11, Township 09 North, Range 06 West, 160 acres.
37 Alton Weekly Courier (Alton, IL) - Thursday, July, 29, 1858. The early June variety of apples are quite plentiful in the Jerseyville market and have been for several weeks. Mr. Samuel Sunderland reports his apple orchard as being as fine as ever, and the same may be said of the county generally.
38 Charles Sunderland household. 1870 Federal Census, Macoupin County, Township 8, Range 8. Plainview post office, enumerated July 22, 1870, page 13 (264), dwelling 93, family 92, Washington: National Archives. Samuel, age 75, male, white, retired merchant, born New Jersey. Accessed on-line November 2002.
39 Carllene Marek, “Hutchinson connections,” email 19 May 1998. Samuel Sunderland 1796-1875, married 1821 Elizabeth Hutchinson. Samuel & Elizabeth’s oldest child, Charles B. Sunderland 1824-1900 married Leah Tressler.
40 Macoupin County Illinois History, Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough & Co., 1879, pp. 251-52. Biography of Charles Sunderland states he was born September 8, 1824 in Trenton, New Jersey. It names his wife and states he was married on January 18, 1855.
41 Macoupin County Illinois History, Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough & Co., 1879, pp. 251-52.
42 Charles Sunderland household. 1870 Federal Census, Macoupin County, Illinois, Township 8, Range 8. Plainview post office, enumerated July 22, 1870, page 13 (264), dwelling 93, family 92. Washington: National Archives. Accessed online, November 2002.
43 Charles Sunderland household. 1880 Federal Census, Macoupin County, Illinois, Hillyard Township. Washington: National Archives, Microfilm no. T9-0232, page 208B.
44 The Western Star, June 6, 1896.
45 1850 Federal Census, Jersey County, Illinois.
46 From the Litchfield Monitor, printed in the Jersey County Democrat, October 7, 1886.
47 1850 Federal Census, Jersey County, Illinois.
48 1850 Federal Census, Jersey County, Illinois.
49 Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, online <www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html>, Virginia Sunderland data downloaded December 25, 2002. Vol. A, p. 199. Sunderland, Virginia married Edmond P. Wilcox on 22 January 1857 in Jersey County, Illinois.
50 Jersey County Index of Burials, online at www.rootsweb.com/~iljersey/Cemetery/cemeteryW.htm, accessed December 2004.
51 Macoupin County Illinois History, Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough & Co., 1879, p. 105.
52 Virden Record, July 6, 1883. Reprinted in Littleton P. Bradley, “Virden, Illinois, and Vicinity Obituaries. Volume I - 1881 Through 1885. Ferguson, MO: Author, 1994, p. 35. V.R. July 6, 1883.
53 Macoupin County Illinois History, Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough & Co., 1879, p. 105.
54 Samuel Sunderland household. 1870 Federal Census, Macoupin County, Illinois, Township 9, Range 6, Post Office Clyde, enumerated July 18, 1870, p. 8, dwelling 54, family 55. Washington: National Archives. Saml Sunderland, age 28, male, white, occupation farmer, real estate value $3,200, personal property value $100, born Illinois. Accessed online 2002.
55 Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, online at <www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html>, accessed December 2002. Vol. A, p. 175. Samuel Sunderland married Cornie A. Covert on October 18, 1864 in Jersey County.
56 Henry Sunderland household. 1870 Federal Census, Macoupin County, Illinois, Township 9, Range 6, Post Office Clyde, enumerated July 18, 1870, page 8, dwelling 53, family 56. Washington: National Archives. Accessed on-line November 2002. Henry, age 26, male, white, occupation farmer, real estate value $3,200, personal property value $300, born Illinois.
57 Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, online at www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html, accessed on-line, December 2002. Vol. A, P. 177. Henry L. Sunderland married Emma J. Nutt on October 31, 1866 in Jersey County, Illinois.
58 Jersey County Democrat, February 1, 1877.
59 “Mercer County Wills - Book ‘A’,” Mercer County Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 3, p. 55.
60 Alton Telegraph & Democratic Review (Alton, Illinois), January 18, 1845. Accessed online at Ancestry.com in November 2003.
61 Jersey County Democrat, January 31, 1884.
62 Mercer County, New Jersey Deed Book B:285
63 Ruby Postlewait, History of Jersey County, Illinois: Sesquicentennial Edition, Curtis Media Corp., 1991
64 Jersey County Democrat, February 22, 1877.
65 Jersey County Democrat, May 17, 1883.
66 Jersey County Democrat, May 24, 1883.
67 “Old Settlers of Jersey County,” 1872 Jersey County Atlas, p. 30.
68 This newspaper clipping appears to have been printed in the Jerseyville Republican, probably February 15, 1923.
69 Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa, online at sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/findingaids/html/HillCatherine.htm, accessed December 2003. They hold Catherine’s Papers 1854-1871.
70 Hunterdon County, New Jersey Marriages, 1795-1875, Vol. 3, p. 159. Mary R. Sunderland married Daniel H. Combs, 15 March 1836, Rhees officiating. From <ancestry.com>. Accessed on-line December 2002.
71 Jersey County Democrat, August 4, 1887.
72 Jersey County Democrat, July 30, 1885.
73 Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html, Vol. A, p.8 and Vol. A, p. 167. Sunderland, Caroline married Isaac Snedeker, June 25, 1846 in Jersey County, Illinois. Accessed on-line December 25, 2002.
74 Ruby Postlewait, History of Jersey County, Illinois: Sesquicentennial Edition, Curtis Media Corp., 1991, p. 535.
75 Ruby Postlewait, History of Jersey County, Illinois: Sesquicentennial Edition, Curtis Media Corp., 1991, p. 674.
76 “Old Settlers of Jersey County,” 1872 Jersey County Atlas, p. 27.
77 History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois. Springfield, IL: Continental Historical Co., 1885, p. 535.
78 IGI, Batch No.: M748744, Dates: 1875 - 1876, Source Call No.: 1769061, Type: film.
79 Jersey County Democrat, November 4, 1875.
80 Jersey County Democrat, January 2, 1890.
81 Jersey County Democrat, October 31, 1889.
82 April 29, 1892, newspaper clipping.
83 Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, Jerseyville Republican Print, 1901, pp. 94,95.
84 1840 Federal Census, Mercer County, South Trenton, Nottingham Township, New Jersey. Washington: National Archives (published by SK Publications, Wichita, Kansas.
85 Ruby Postlewait, History of Jersey County, Illinois: Sesquicentennial Edition, Curtis Media Corp., 1991
86 History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois. Springfield, IL: Continental Historical Co., 1885, p. 476.
87 “Another Old Tax Receipt,” from a newspaper, dated Springfield, Il., March 16, 1916. Reprinted in the newsletter of the Jersey County Historical Society, Spring 2006. The information came from Mrs. J. S. Heizer, nee Sunderland.
88 Jersey County Index of Burials, www.rootsweb.com/~iljersey/Cemetery/cem.html.
89 Illinois State Archives, Database of Illinois Death Certificates 1916-1950, online at www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html, accessed on-line December 22, 2002. Certificate No. 420058. Sunderland, James Slack, male, white, age unknown, died 1931-06-03, Jersey County, Jerseyville, filed 31-06-05.
90 46. Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, online at <www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html>, accessed on-line December 24, 2002. Vol. A, p. 174. Sunderland, James married Jennie Cooper on August 12, 1863 in Jersey County.
91 Jersey County Index of Burials, www.rootsweb.com/~iljersey/Cemetery/cem.html. James S. Sunderland household, Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, Washington: National Archives. National Archives film No. T9-0216, page 67B. James S. Sunderland, married, male, white, age 39, birth place New Jersey, parents born New Jersey, occupation farmer. Jane Sunderland, wife, married, female, white, age 37, born Illinois, parents born New Jersey, occupation keeping house. Edward Sunderland, son, single, male, white, age 14, born Illinois, at school.
92 Illinois State Archives, Database of Illinois Death Certificates 1916-1950, online at www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html, accessed online December 22, 2002. Page 194, license no. 800. James S. Sunderland married Barbara J. Thompson (Mrs) Bridges on October 19, 1883 in Madison County, Illinois.
93 Jersey County Index of Burials, www.rootsweb.com/~iljersey/Cemetery/cem.html.
94 Jersey County Democrat, 1875. Reprinted in Jersey County Historical Society Newsletter, Fall 2004.
95 Jersey County Democrat, December 21, 1876.
96 Cooper, Marshall M., History of Jerseyville, Illinois, 1822 to 1901, Jerseyville, IL: Jerseyville Republican Print, 1901, p. 66.
97 Republican Examiner, (Jerseyville, Illinois), January 25, 1889.
98 Gubser Funeral Record, (Jerseyville, IL: Jersey County Historical Society.), No. 67, October 27, 1924 (also stamped 223), Record of Funeral.
99 The first four children are from 1880 Jerseyville census, second four are from 1918 Prairie Farmer’s Reliable Directory.
100 Cooper, Marshall M., History of Jerseyville, Illinois, 1822 to 1901, Jerseyville, IL: Jerseyville Republican Print, 1901, p. 34.
101 Cooper, Marshall M., History of Jerseyville, Illinois, 1822 to 1901, Jerseyville, IL: Jerseyville Republican Print, 1901, p. 74.
102 Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, online at <www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html>, accessed online December 2002. Vol. A, p. 181. John Sunderland married Sophia Robbins on October 25, 1871 in Jersey County. Bible Record, Family record, photocopy from Robert Ford. John Sunderland and Sophia Robbins were married Oct 25 1871.
103 Gubser Funeral Record, (Jerseyville, IL: Jersey County Historical Society.), Record of Funeral. Yearly No. 77 (stamped 227), December 9, 1932. Record of Funeral.
104 Cooper, Marshall M., History of Jerseyville, Illinois, 1822 to 1901, Jerseyville, IL: Jerseyville Republican Print, 1901, p. 70.
105 Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, online at <www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html>, accessed online December 2002. Vol. 2, p. 161. Lewis J. Sunderland married Augusta Reed on October 25, 1903 in Franklin County, Illinois.
106 Prairie Farmers Reliable Directory, 1918, Jersey County. Sunderland, Louis J. (Augusta Reed). Children: Mildred, Jean, Mary, John. Jerseyville R2, Jersey County Sec 15. Owns 80 acres. Tenant 40 acres, William Hanes. Came to Jersey County 1873.
107 www.kinsitesforfamilies.com/Sunderlands.htm, website accessed December 2002.
108 Liz Watson, “Sunderlands,” email 8 July 2003.
110 Illinois State Archives, Database of Illinois Death Certificates 1916-1950, <www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html>, accessed online, December 22, 2002. Certificate No. 72. Sunderland, William S., death date 23 July 1939.
111 Online at Jersey County GenWeb page.
112 Undated newspaper clipping from Marty Crull, sent December 2002.
113 Jersey County Democrat, November 22, 1883
114 Jersey County Democrat, November 2, 1882.
115 Edwardsville Intelligencer, September, 27, 1921.
116 Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, <www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html>, accessed online, December 22, 2002. License No. 68. Annie W. Sunderland married George Christy in Jersey County on June 3, 1885.
117 Ed Miner, Past and Present of Greene County Illinois, Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1905, p. 382.
118 Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, <www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html>, accessed online, December 22, 2002. Vol. B. Carrie Sunderland married James G. McReynolds in Jersey County on October 31, 1878.
119 History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois. Springfield, IL: Continental Historical Co., 1885, pp. 489-490.
120 Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, online at <www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html>, accessed online December 2002. Vol B, license 1094. Lloyd W. Sunderland married Mary E. Davis on April 21, 1885 in Jersey County.
121 History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois. Springfield, IL: Continental Historical Co., 1885, pp. 486-487.
122 Jerseyville Republican, March 25, 1920. Scan of newspaper clipping sent by Marty Crull.
123 1991 Jersey Co. history, p. 686
124 JCHS Sunderland file, newspaper article dated 9-2-76.