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Lieut Francis E Sutton
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Birth: Dec. 23, 1859
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1889

Lieut. Francis "Frank" E. Sutton was the son of Dr. Richard Eskridge and Harriet C. (Green) Sutton.

U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Officers 1775-1900
Sutton, Francis E.
Second Lieutenant, 1 July 1883, First Lieutenant, 9 March 1888. Lost in wreck of U.S.S. Vandalia, 16 March 1889 at Apia, Samoa

New York Herald
March 31, 1889
--concerning Hurricane at Apia, Samoa - the Trenton and Vandalia are a total loss - the Vandalia lost four officers and thirty-four other men, including: Lieutenant of Marines, Francis E. Sutton was appointed to the Naval Academy from New York in 1877. He was graduated No. 6 in a class of ninety-six, and after a cruise returned to the Academy for examination for promotion and passed No. 2. On his own application he was appointed Second Lieutenant of Marines, being the first graduate of Annapolis to enter the Marine Corps. He was promoted to be First Lieutenant, March 9, 1888. He was stationed at Mare Island, and had just been detailed to command the marine guard of the Mohican, but the Vandalia sailing suddenly for Samoa before the arrival of her marine officer Lt. Sutton took his place expecting to fall in with the Mohican on the cruise. His father is a resident of Rome, New York. At the Navy Dept. Lt. Sutton is regarded as having been one of the brightest and most intelligent officers of the Marine Corps and his loss is greatly deplored."

Dodge, Mary Mapes
St. Nicholas: A Monthly Magazine for Boys and Girls, Volume XVII, No. 4, February 1890
The Story of the Great Storm at Samoa, retold for American young folk by John P. Dunning - Pgs. 283-300
Lt. Frank E. Sutton - Pgs. 296-297

"The Vandalia was rebuilt at the Boston Navy Yard and launched in 1876. She was 26 feet long, 30 feet beam, 17.3 draught and 2,000 tons displacement. She was rated as a 12 knot ship and carried 200 officers and men. 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard Eskridge Sutton (1831 - 1897)
  Harriet C. Sutton (1833 - 1890)
 
 Sibling:
  Harry Carroll Sutton (1856 - 1907)*
  Francis E Sutton (1859 - 1889)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"Lost in a hurricane
with the U.S.S. Ship Vandalia
in Apia Bay, Samoa"
 
Burial:
Rome Cemetery
Rome (Oneida County)
Oneida County
New York, USA
Plot: Section H
 
Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: Dec 26, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32410662
Lieut Francis E Sutton
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Lieut Francis E Sutton
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Lieut Francis E Sutton
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- Rubbings
 Added: Jul. 1, 2012
Semper Fidelis Marine!
- Chuck Metcalfe
 Added: Oct. 21, 2011
 
 
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