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Rebecca Jane Apgar Sutton
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Birth: Apr. 13, 1855
Hunterdon County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1896
New Jersey, USA

Wife of John L. Sutton. Daughter of Jacob B. Apgar and wife Mary .......

I think she and her husband might be at Lower Valley cemetery -- can you check -- thanks A double tragedy took place at Junction, this county, early last Wednesday morning, when Rebecca Sutton, of Califon, shot her lover then herself. The tragedy occurred at a hotel kept by I.J. Iliff. Mrs. Sutton, wife of John Sutton, a well-to-do farmer, shot her young lover, Martin Reed, three times in the head while he lay sleeping in her room, and then sent a bullet through her heart. Mrs. Sutton was about fifty years old and the mother of eight children. Reed was about thirty-five, unmarried, and worked in a sawmill in Beattystown, Warren county. Reed first met Mrs. Sutton, while boarding with her husband in their home at Califon. Their friendship ripened into love, followed by separation of Mrs. Sutton and her husband. Mrs. Sutton then procured employment at J. W. Iliff's hotel, at Hampton Junction. This was ten weeks ago. Reed since called every Sunday night and remained until Monday. The Sunday previous he failed to appear and Tuesday evening, Mrs. Sutton hired a rig and drove to Beattystown for him. They returned together about midnight and retired to Mrs. Sutton's apartments. Mrs. Sutton arose early Wednesday morning and prepared breakfast and while Iliff was busy in the garden, went to his room, obtained his revolver and then stole into her apartment where Reed was still sleeping. She placed the revolver against his forehead and sent a bullet through his head. She then shot him twice more behind the left ear. Mrs. Sutton then shot herself through the heart. Iliff heard the shot and hastened to her apartment and found Mrs. Sutton lying on the floor dead and her clothing on fire, where the bullet penetrated her body. Reed lay in bed breathing heavily and unconscious. Dr. Servis was summoned, but could do nothing for Reed, and he died three hours later, without regaining consciousness. Reed's non-appearance Sunday evening and the thought that he might have deserted her is thought to have driven Mrs. Sutton to take Reed to the hotel and murder him and end her own life. ------------------------- 
Family links: 
  Jacob B Apgar (1810 - 1870)
  Elizabeth Schuyler Apgar (1818 - 1868)
  John H Sutton (1841 - 1935)*
  Alvah Sutton (1868 - 1924)*
  Cora May Sutton Hill (1870 - 1903)*
  Thomas D Sutton (1872 - 1951)*
  John W Sutton (1876 - 1910)*
  Bessie L Sutton Serbe (1880 - 1971)*
  Pearl A Sutton (1882 - 1956)*
  Casper S. Apgar (1841 - 1923)*
  Hannah Caroline Apgar (1853 - 1853)*
  Rebecca Jane Apgar Sutton (1855 - 1896)
*Calculated relationship
Lower Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Hunterdon County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Wayne Apgar
Record added: Mar 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49945857
Rebecca Jane <i>Apgar</i> Sutton
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- Debi Coe
 Added: Jan. 31, 2016
Never to be forgotten, you now belong to the ages and our family history. As a proud descendent of the APGAR FAMILY, I admire you. Rest in Peace, as I know peace and comfort rests with your family.Visit for more info.
- Wayne Apgar
 Added: Mar. 23, 2010

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