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Thomas Hamilton "Ham" Sutton
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Birth: Nov. 6, 1843
Wabash County
Indiana, USA
Death: Dec. 6, 1892, USA

Thomas Hamilton Sutton, Marshall; first made his entry upon the stage of action at La Gro, Wabash Co., Ind., November 6, 1843. His father, Samuel Sutton, was of Scotch descent, and was born in Berks County, Penn., May 5, 1803, and died in Marshall, November 8, 1856. His mother was born near Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, Christmas, 1808, and died also in Marshall, January 25, 1881. Her maiden name was Matilda Morrison; she was of Irish parentage, her parents emigrating to America about the year 1800. Her two elder sisters were born in Ireland, herself and a younger brother in Ohio. Samuel Sutton and Matilda Morrison were married in Rush County, Ind., April 10, 1828. The result of this union was a family of five daughters and three sons, five of whom yet survive, to-wit: Ann Archer, wife of William Archer; Amanda Cole, wife of De Lance Cole; Drue Burner, wife of Dr. S. A. Burner; Charlotte Wallace, wife of L. A. Wallace, and the subject of this sketch. His father's family removed from Indiana to Illinois in 1848, and finally settled on the farm now owned by Jarius Quick, about two miles north of Marshall, where they remained about two years, and then removed to Marshall in March, 1851 where the family has since resided.

At an early age the boy commenced to learn the "art preservative of all arts," as a roller boy in the office of the Eastern Illinoisan, working at nights and on Saturdays. What education he received was at the inferior free schools of the times, and afterward at the Marshall College, under the tutorship of the kind and estimable Christian gentleman, Rev. Elias D. Wilkin, who was then principal of the institution, and of whom he will ever maintain the liveliest feelings of gratitude, and whom he regards as his greatest benefactor. He swept out the building and built fires for his tuition, and worked in the printing office for his books.

In June, 1862, he enlisted in the three months' service, in Capt. Newton Harlan's Company, Seventieth Illinois Infantry. The command was stationed at Camp Butler and Alton, Ill., its principal duty being to guard rebel prisoners. The company was mustered out in October, 1862, and in the following spring he entered service of the United States as a storekeeper, at Springfield, Mo., under the late Uri Manly, Captain and Quartermaster. He was afterward assigned to duty at Little Rock, Ark., where he was appointed Purchasing Agent of Government supplies, and supercargo of steamboats plying the Arkansas River. His duties at times were delicate, difficult and important, for one so young, yet he performed them to the entire satisfaction of his superiors, receiving a personal letter of commendation from Gen. Carr, Chief Quartermaster of the Army of the Southwest. In consequence of a sunstroke received in August, 1864, followed by malarial fever, he returned to his home in November, 1864. In February, 1865, he again enlisted in the army, and was elected Second Lieutenant of Company G, One Hundred and Fifty-second Illinois Infantry. He was Clerk of the Military Examining Board in Memphis, and was afterward appointed by Maj. Gen. Milroy, to take charge of the Bureau of Health and Quarantine in said city. He was mustered out in September, 1865, and returned home.

In the year 1866, and a greater portion of 1867, he was a compositor in the Messenger printing office. In the early winter of 1867, he entered the County Clerk's office as Deputy, and acted as such until January, 1873, when, in connection with Mr. T. W. Cole, he commenced to abstract the land titles of Clark County, and continued in said business until 1879. One year of the time, in partnership with Mr. Eth Sutton, he published the Marshall Messenger. He was for some years connected with the Terre Haute Express, writing the well known "Marshall Splinters." He served as Mayor of Marshall for four consecutive terms, covering a period of seven years.

December 21, 1875, he was united in marriage to Emma Doll, daughter of the late Stephen Doll. One child, a son, was born to them, which died at the age of two years. In politics he is a Democrat, as were all his ancestry. He has twice been Secretary of State Democratic Conventions, and three times Secretary of Congressional Conventions. He is also author of the introductory part of this work, embracing the general history of Clark County.

Thomas Hamilton Sutton, of Marshall, the next County Clerk, was in many respects the most remarkable man that ever held the office, or Clark County ever produced. He had fine legal and clerical ability, was an excellent linguist, a strong and elegant writer, and a poet of no mean ability. He it was who wrote Part Second of the History of Clark County published by O. L. Baskin & Co. in 1883, and no more competent man for this work could have been found in the county.

He was born in Wabash County, Ind., November 6, 1843, and came to Clark County with his parents in 1851. He was educated in the common schools and at Marshall College, kept by Rev. Silas D. Wilkin. While getting his education he worked as an office boy Saturdays and Sundays in the "Eastern Illinoisian," a paper published in Marshall by Silas S. Whitehead. He was a soldier in the Union Army, was Clerk of the Military Examining Board at Memphis, Tenn., and at one time had charge of the Bureau of Health of that city. After his return from the army he worked as a compositor in the office of the "Marshall Messenger." He was Deputy County Clerk from 1867 to 1873, and together with Thomas W. Cole commenced the abstract of titles to the lands of Clark County. For one year, in connection with Eth Sutton, he published the "Marshall Messenger." He was a writer for the "Terre Haute Express" for some years, his contributions being entitled "Marshall Splinters." He was four times Mayor of Marshall in succession, and was often the Secretary of Democratic State and Congressional Conventions. He was a well-reared, genial, witty and popular man, and made a most excellent County Clerk.

Mr. Sutton died in office and William S. Lowry, of Casey Township, was appointed to fill the vacancy, and he in turn was elected for a full term of four years as County Clerk. He made a .very good officer, and was succeeded by William B. Hodge, Jr., who was followed by Charles H. Thatcher, of Wabash Township, and he by John W. Fredenberger, of Auburn Township, the present occupant of the office, and a candidate for re-election on the Republican ticket. Mr. Fredenberger is faithful in the discharge of his duties, in genial, pleasant, accommodating, moral and popular. He is not only a good officer himself, as he is a good man, but he has had the good sense to retain as his deputy William T. Martin, a popular and competent county officer.

Source: History of Crawford and Clark Counties, IL 1883 
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  Samuel Sutton (1803 - 1856)
  Matilda Morrison Sutton (1808 - 1881)
  Emma C. Doll Sutton (1857 - 1885)
  Sammie Sutton (1877 - 1879)*
  Ann Sutton Archer (1832 - 1895)*
  Amanda Sutton Cole (1834 - 1913)*
  Drucilla S. Sutton Burner (1838 - 1923)*
  Charlotte Sutton Wallace (1840 - 1916)*
  Thomas Hamilton Sutton (1843 - 1892)
*Calculated relationship
Marshall Cemetery
Clark County
Illinois, USA
Plot: 4-31
Created by: Cindy Cornwell McCachern
Record added: Jan 15, 2011
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Thomas Hamilton Ham Sutton
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Thomas Hamilton Ham Sutton
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Thomas Hamilton Ham Sutton
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