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The Sutton Family

Prepared by Sean Furniss
Updated 22 December 1996

These notes are based upon the records found in the the notes of Elizabeth Gloria (Glass) Vohs, Grace Elvis (Glass) Brown, Amy Theodora (Glass) Clyde, United States census records, and the biographical records of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Grace Brown and Edith Alexander provided assistance in getting this project started by providing the basic information upon which this document is prepared. Cynthia Staicer assisted in research the Amherst archives to obtain records on the Sutton family.

This internet version is an edited version of the source document. Information about living members of this family has been reduced to protect their privacy.

1. James1 Sutton, Sr. He was born about 1842 in the state of New York. He is believed to have died in 1892. He is buried in the S. 1/2, Lot 19, Block 6, Sec 3 of the old Tacoma Cemetery in Tacoma, Washington. His known residences in Brooklyn were 72 Bergen St. in 1866 and 803 Bedford Ave in 1880.

The 1866 birth record of his son records James Sutton's occupation as being a stationer. He later became a publisher in New York in the 1870's as evidenced by the following listing in Aldine Magazine: THE ALDINE MAGAZINE, James Sutton & Co., Publishers, 58 Maiden Lane, New York. Apparently the magazine burned down about 1885 as a result of labor troubles. Some time after this (probably between 1888 and 1890) he moved to an area outside of Tacoma, Washington on what is now part of Fort Lewis. His private library and papers are believed to be at the State Library in Olympia, Washington.

He was married to Grace Augusta Cannon. She was born about 1844 in the state of Connecticut. She was listed as being Norwegian in the Amherst biographical record of her son Charles. She died in 1899 and is buried in the old Tacoma Cemetery S. 1/2, Lot 19, Block 6, Sec 3 with her husband.

James Sutton Sr and his wife Grace Augusta Cannon were reported to have been buried on their ranch but their remains were relocated to the old Tacoma Cemetery after their lands were acquired for the establishment of Fort Lewis. Their former ranch was on a lake where Ft. Lewis now draws water from a large spring.[1]

+ 2. i Charles Shannon2 born 18 July 1866 in Booklyn, New York, died 6 February 1926 at Kansas City, Kansas.

3. ii Vanderbilt born about 1868 in New York.

4. iii Emma born about 1871 in New York.

5. iv James, Jr., born about 1876 in New York, married first to Louisa Le Baron (b Ville de Carnac, Province of Marbihan, France), married second to Katherine, he and his wives are buried in the old Tacoma Cemetery. Louisa his first wife is buried in S. 1/2, Lot 19, Block 6. He and his second wife are buried in W 2, Lot 48, Block 6. He met his first wife in San Francisco when he returned from the Spanish-American War.

2. Charles2 Shannon Sutton (James1) He was born on 18 July 1866 at 72 Bergen St., Brooklyn, New York. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 6 February 1926 at Kansas City, Kansas. He was buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery at Kansas City, Missouri, on 9 February 1926. George H. Long (father of Martha Elizabeth Long who married Paul Anthony Vohs, Sr., whose son Paul Anthony Vohs, Jr., married Elizabeth Gloria Glass the granddaughter of Charles Shannon Sutton) was the undertaker. The Sutton family plot is located at Lot 199, Block 8, North 1/2.

He attended preparatory school at Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn, New York and completed his studies there in 1882. He attended New York University for a few weeks in the fall of 1883 but left and entered Amherst College where he remained the rest of the academic year 1883-1884. He then returned to New York University, graduating with a BA in the class of 1887. While at New York University he was a member of the Delta Phi fraternity.

"...He engaged in journalism after graduation, locating first in Washington, D.C. From Washington Mr. Sutton moved to Denver, Col., where he served as reporter on the Rocky Mountain News. From Denver he went to Kansas City, Mo., in 1894, and took up similar work on the Kansas City Times. He was advanced in position from time to time until finally he became city editor of the Times.

In 1901 he became associated with the National Life Insurance Company, of Montpelier, Vt., being located in Kansas City, Mo., 1901-1907, in Chanute, Kans., 1907-1909, and in Kansas City, Kans., 1909-1926. At his death he was secretary of William B. Henderson and Associates, Inc., Managers, for Western Missouri and Kansas, for the National Life Insurance Company of Vermont.

...

Mr. Sutton served as 2nd Lieutenant, Company A., 5th Missouri Infantry, U. S. V., in the War with Spain, 1898.

Mr. Sutton was the editor of Responsibility, a monthly publication. ... a member and vestryman of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of that city. He was an active member of the Masonic order; also a Scottish Rite Mason, being a member of the Consistory of Western Missouri, No. 2, Valley of Kansas City, Orient of Missouri. ..."

In his hand written notes on the 1920 biography form for Amherst, he also noted that he was the managing editor for the Kansas City World [1901?], that he had received the War Medal (Spanish American War) from the United States and the State of Missouri, and that he rendered service as a civilian by being a taxpayer.

On 5 May 1890, he married Emma Amelia (Amy) Wilson of Brooklyn, New York. Although her last name has been spelled both as Wilson and Willson, the former is believed to be correct because it is the same as his hand written record submitted to Amherst. The location of the marriage is not known for certain but has been believed to have occurred at the Sutton family home on what is now part of Fort Lewis.

According to her death certificate, Amy was born 11 July 1869 in Brooklyn, New York. (Note: the birth information listed on her death certificate could not be confirmed in the New York City municipal archives. For that date they list only the birth of a female child to Agnes A. Doyle and William Wilson both of Ireland.) The records of Grace Glass indicate Amy's year of birth to have been 1871. She died of a coronary occlusion following the amputation of a leg with gangrene. She had diabetes mellitus for two years prior to her death. She died on 18 September 1956 at Providence Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas, and was buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri, on 20 September 1956.

Amy Wilson was the daughter of Edward S. Wilson and Johanna Christine Dorothy Vente. Johanna Vente (whose maiden name was also reported as Minyetti) apparently came from France with her aunt and uncle. Johanna Vente's first husband, a Norwegian named Gus Petersen, died during the Civil War. Edward Wilson, a sea captain, was Johanna's second husband. Edward Wilson was born about 1841 in Norway, emigrated to the United States about 1860, and died of cardiac paralysis at 61 42nd St., New York City, New York, on 12 June 1902. Johanna is reported to have died in 1886 in (Brooklyn?) New York. Johanna and Gus Petersen had one son - Gus Petersen. Johanna and Edward Wilson had four children - Edward Wilson, Amy Wilson, Ada Wilson (married Harry W. Rowley of New York City) and Hannah Wilson.[2]

+ 6. i Grace Theodora3 born 27 March 1891 on the Sutton homestead at Fort Lewis, Washington, died 17 March 1974.

+ 7. ii Albert Drayton born 5 January 1893, buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.

+ 8. iii Amy Valentine born 14 February 1896, buried in Jacksonville, Florida.

9. iv Charles Vanderbilt born 22 August 1899, never married, buried in the Sutton family plot at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.

+ 10. v Edward Devereaux born 24 August 1902, buried in Leavenworth, Kansas.

11. vi Daughter died at birth on 25 May 1910.

6. Grace Theodora3 Sutton (Charles2 Shannon, James1) She was born at the Sutton home on what is now part of Fort Lewis, Washington, on 27 March 1891. She died on 17 March 1974 at Lawton, Oklahoma, and is buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri, Lot 199, Block 8, North 1/2.

She was married to Henry James Glass on 11 April 1918 by the R. K. Pooley, the rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Henry James Glass was born on 1 June 1891 at Kansas City, Kansas. During the first World War he served in the military working as a Machinists Mate in the Navy Fire Department at the Great Lakes from 8 June 1918 to 30 September 1921. He worked as fireman in Kansas City, Kansas, and was a captain with the fire department at the time of his death. His death certificate reports that he worked as a fireman for 26 years. He died on 22 October 1937 due to a coronary embolism brought on by arterio sclerosis and hypertension. His residence at the time of his death was 449 North 19th St., Kansas City, Kansas. He was cremated 25 October 1937. He was the son of Jacob Herman Glass who was born on 22 July 1857 in Buffalo, New York, and Sally Belle Miller who was born in Warren County, Ohio (also reported as being born in 1858 in Tennessee and as being 1/8 Iroquois Indian). After the death of Jacob Herman Glass, Sally Belle Miller married E. B. Myers His paternal grandparents were Lena (-?-) and Henry Glass (originally Otenclass) - born in Germany. His maternal grandparents were (-?-) Miller and Elizabeth (-?-).[3]

+ 12. i Grace Elvis4

13. ii James Sutton stillborn November 1922, buried in the same grave as Charles Shannon Sutton's unnamed daughter (person #11) in Woodlawn Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas.

+ 14. iii Margaret Louise born 28 February 1925, died 6 March 1993.

+ 15. iv Amy Theodora

+ 16. v Elizabeth Gloria born 11 November 1935, died at Carbondale, Illinois in August 1960, buried in Kansas City, Kansas.

7. Albert Drayton3 Sutton (Charles Shannon2, James1) He was born on 5 January 1893. He was married to Myrtle Morse. Albert and his wife are buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.[4]

+ 17. i Beatrice Dorothy4 born 4 March 19--.

+ 18. ii Myrtle Jean

8. Amy Valentine3 Sutton (Charles Shannon2, James1) She was born on 14 February 1896. She married Chelcie Ray. They had three children. The first two were twins. She and her husband are both buried in Jacksonville, Florida.[5]

+ 19. i Charles Emerson4 died in Jacksonville, Florida.

+ 20. ii Majorie Jean

+ 21. iiii Alma Doris

10. Edward3 Deveraux Sutton (Charles Shannon2, James1) He was born on 24 August 1902. His wife's name was Ruth (-?-). They had two children. He is buried in Leavenworth, Kansas.[6]

+ 22. i Catherine Amy4

23. ii Ruth Ann Sutton married John Burton, later divorced.

12. Grace Elvis4 Glass (Grace Theodora3, Charles Shannon2, James1) Grace married Melvin Ray Brown.[7]

+ 24. i Virginia Suzanne5

25. ii Melvin Ray

14. Margaret Louise4 Glass (Grace3 Theodora Sutton, Charles2 Shannon Sutton, James1 Sutton) She was born 28 February 1925. She died on 6 March 1993. Her first husband was Dayle Mofferd. Margaret and Dayle had one son. After divorcing her first husband, she married Harold James Champ. Margaret and Harold had a son and a daughter.[8]

26. i Dayle Lane Mofferd5

27. ii Harold James

28. iii Margaret Rose

15. Amy Theodora4 Glass (Grace Theodora3, Charles Shannon2, James1) She married Joseph Eugene Clyde. [9]

29. i David Eugene5

30. ii Michael Stewart

31. iii Steven Lee

32. iv Henry Mitchel

16. Elizabeth (Beth) Gloria4 Glass (Grace Theodora3, Charles Shannon2, James1) She was born on 11 November (Armistice Day) 1935 at Providence Hospital, 18th St. and Barnett Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. It cost her parents $47.00 for the costs of the delivery and the 12 day stay in the hospital. She was baptised at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Kansas by the Reverend Carl Nau on Easter Sunday 1937 and later confirmed at the same church on 30 March 1947. She was named for great grandmother (Elizabeth Miller) and the American Flag "Old Glory." She died of undiagnosed diabetes at Carbondale, Illinois, in August 1960 and is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.

Her baby book records that on her first birthday she had a large angel food cake decorated with an American flag. She attended school at the McKinley elementary school in Kansas City, Kansas. Beth Glass was active in the International Order of the Job's Daughters. In December 1952, she was installed as musician and in June 1953, she was installed as Honored Queen.

She was married to Paul Anthony Vohs, Jr. He is the son of Paul Anthony Vohs, Sr. and Martha Elizabeth Long. He married for the second time to Lowil Jeanette Kilzer. (Additional information about the Vohs family can be found in The Vohs Families of Miami County, Kansas)

After Elizabeth Glass' death, her three children lived with Paul Vohs, Sr. and his second wife, Edith Alexander. They then returned to live with their father and stepmother.[10]

+ 33. i Martha Elizabeth5

+ 34. ii Toni Lynn

+ 35. iii Kathryn Marie

17. Beatrice Dorothy4 Sutton (Albert Drayton3, Charles Shannon2, James1) She was born 4 March 19--. She was adopted as a child. She first married Pat Kissinger. He was a prize fighter, served in World War II and was reported as missing in action. Her second marriage was to Vincent Henry. Her son from her first marriage was adopted by her second husband.[11]

36. i Patrick Hugh5

18. Myrtle Jean4 Sutton (Albert Drayton3, Charles Shannon2, James1) She married Vernon Harp.[12]

37. i Janet5

38. ii Barbara

19. Charles Emerson4 Ray (Amy Valentine3, Charles Shannon2, James1) He died in Jacksonville, Florida. His wife's name was Anne (-?-).[13]

39. i Beth5

20. Majorie Jean4 Ray (Amy Valentine3, Charles Shannon2, James1) She married Max Suttles. They lived in Raytown, Mississippi.[14]

40. i James5

41. ii Donald

21. Alma Doris4 Ray (Amy Valentine3, Charles Shannon2, James1) She married William Minter. They lived in Jacksonville, Florida.[15]

42. i John5

22. Catherine Amy4 Sutton (Edward Deveraus3, Charles Shannon2, James1) She married E. J. Webb. [16]

43. i Catherine Susan5

44. ii James Sutton

45. iii Drayton

24. Virginia Suzanne5 Brown (Grace Elvis4, Grace Theodora3, Charles Shannon2, James1) She married James Kingsbury. [17]

43. i Kimberley6 married to Robert John Wooding.

44. ii Tracy Lynn married to Alan Roger Bank.

45. iii Christopher Edwin

33. Martha5 Elizabeth Vohs (Elizabeth Gloria4, Grace Theodora3, Charles Shannon2, James1) She married Sean Barry Furniss. He is the son of Clinton Chollet Furniss, Jr., and Maire Keenan.

All three of their daughters were born in Puerto Rico, so following the hispanic system, their legal surname includes both Furniss and Vohs. [18]

46. i Megan6 Caitrin

47. ii Clare Elizabeth

48. iii Erin Christine

34. Toni5 Lynn Vohs (Elizabeth Gloria4, Grace Theodora3, Charles Shannon2, James1) She married Darrel Popham. He is the son of Walter William Popham and Ruth Leone Purcell.[19]

49. i Drew6

50. ii Kelly

35. Kathryn Marie5 Vohs (Elizabeth Gloria4, Grace Theodora3, Charles Shannon2, James1) She was first married Jason Coe. Her second marriage was to Jim Stanton. She had two children from her first marriage.[20]

51. i Rabecka6 Lynn

52. ii Paula Jeanette


References and Notes

[1] "Albert Drayton Sutton to Grace Elvis Glass," 13 April 1974, information about labor dispute and publishing business, copy in possession of author; "Grace Elvis Glass Brown to Martha Vohs Furniss," 6 Feb. 1983, letter in possession of writer; Information about James Sutton, his family, his business and private papers was provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown; Birth Certificate for unnamed male child of James Sutton, birth certificate 996, Department of Records and Information Services, Municipal Archives, 52 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007, copy in possession of author; Death Certificate for Charles Shannon Sutton, death certificate 205 21020, Vital Statistics, Dept. of Health & Environment, Topeka, Kansas, copy in possession of author;1880 U.S. Census, New York, Vol. 37, ED 232, Sheet 23, Line 9, Census record provides names, ages used to estimate year of birth and state of birth; Information about James Sutton, Jr., provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown.

[2] Birth Certificate for unnamed male child of James Sutton, birth certificate 996, Department of Records and Information Services, Municipal Archives, 52 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007, copy in possession of author; Death Certificate for Charles Shannon Sutton, death certificate 205 21020, Vital Statistics, Dept. of Health & Environment, Topeka, Kansas, copy in possession of author; Death certificate for Amy Emma Sutton, death certificate 56 014549, Vital Statistics, Department of Health & Environment, Topeka, Kansas, copy in possession of writer; Death Certificate for Edward S. Wilson, death certificate 10525, Department of Records and Information Services, Municipal Archives, 52 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007, lists country of birth, years of residency in the US, birthplace of parents, age and cause of death; "Albert Drayton Sutton to Grace Elvis Glass Brown," 13 April 1974, copy in possession of author; Records for Charles Shannon Sutton, Amherst Biographical Record, 1920 edition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, copy in possession of author; "Grace Elvis Glass to Martha Elizabeth Vohs Furniss," 6 February 1983, in possession of author; Information provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown.

[3] Grace Elvis Glass to Martha Elizabeth Vohs Furniss," 6 February 1983, in possession of author; Records for Charles Shannon Sutton, Amherst Biographical Record, 1920 edition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, copy in possession of author; Information provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown; Marriage Certificate for Henry James Glass and Grace Theodora Sutton, marriage certificate 23269, Vital Statistics, Department of Health & Environment, Topeka, Kansas, copy in possession of author; Death Certificate for Henry James Glass, certificate of death 205 40427, provides information about military service, occupation, parents, cause of death and dispostion of his body, copy in possession of writer; Baby book of Elizabeth Gloria Glass, in possession of writer.

[4] Records for Charles Shannon Sutton, Amherst Biographical Record, 1920 edition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, copy in possession of author; Information provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown, 19 Jan. 1989.

[5] Records for Charles Shannon Sutton, Amherst Biographical Record, 1920 edition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, provides information about birth, copy in possession of author; Information provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown.

[6] Information provided by Amy Theodora Glass Clyde and Grace Elvis Glass Brown.

[7] Information provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown, 19 Jan. 1989; "Grace Elvis Glass Brown to Martha Vohs Furniss," 6 Feb. 1983, information about birth of Virginia Suzanne Brown, letter in possession of writer; Family group sheets provided by Virginia Brown Kingsbury; Information about birth of Melvin Ray Brown provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown, 19 Jan. 1989.

[8] "Grace Elvis Glass Brown to Martha Vohs Furniss," 6 Feb. 1983, letter in possession of writer; Birth of Margaret Louise Glass, information provided by Virginia Brown Kingsbury; Information provided by Amy Theodora Glass Clyde, 16 June 1989

[9] "Grace Elvis Glass Brown to Martha Vohs Furniss," 6 Feb. 1983, letter in possession of writer; Information provided by Amy Theodora Glass Clyde, 16 June 1989.

[10] Receipt from Providence Hospital to Mrs. Theodore Glass, dated 22 Nov. 1935, in possession of writer; Weekly calendar for 6 Apr. 1947, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Kansas, information relating to confirmation in possession of writer; "Grace Elvis Glass Brown to Martha Vohs Furniss," 6 Feb. 1983, information about death, letter in possession of writer; Information about burial provided by Amy Theodora Glass Clyde, 16 June 1989; Baby book of Elizabeth Gloria Glass, in possession of writer; Report cards for kindergarten1st, 3rd and 4th grades for Beth Glass, in possession of writer; Programs for Public Installation of Job's Daughters, Scottish Rite temple, Seventh and Ann, Kansas City, Kansas, 18 Dec. 1952 and 18 June 1953, in possession of writer; The Kilzer Families, Carl Paul Kilzer, edited by Sean Furniss; Family history records of Elizabeth Gloria Glass; Family group sheets provided by Toni Lynn Vohs and Kathryn Marie Vohs, provide information about dates of birth, marriages, children; Notes from Mrs. Paul A. Vohs (Edith Alexander); personal knowledge of writer.

[11] Information provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown, 19 Jan. 1989.

[12] Information provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown, 19 Jan. 1989.

[13] Information provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown, 19 Jan. 1989.

[14] Information provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown, 19 Jan. 1989.

[15] Information provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown, 19 Jan. 1989.

[16] Information provided by Grace Elvis Glass Brown.

[17] "Grace Elvis Glass Brown to Martha Vohs Furniss," 6 Feb. 1983, letter in possession of writer; Family group records provided to Sean Furniss by Virginia Brown Kingbury, Kimberly Kingsbury and Tracy Kingsbury.

[18] Birth Certificate for Martha Elizabeth Vohs; Birth Certificate for Sean Barry Furniss; Report of child born abroad of American parents for Sean Barry Furniss; Report of birth for Sean Barry Furniss; Marriage Certificate for Sean B. Furniss and Martha E. Vohs; other information based upon personal knowledge of the writer; Copy of Martha's birth certificate, all of Sean's records and their marriage certificate are in possession of writer, Lowil Jeanette Kilzer, Martha's stepmother, is listed as her mother since she was adopted by her stepmother after her mother's, Elizabeth Glass, death;

[19] Family history records of Elizabeth Gloria Glass; Family group sheet prepared by Toni Lynn Vohs Popham.

[20] Family history records of Elizabeth Gloria Glass; personal knowledge of writer; Family group sheet prepared by Kathryn Marie Vohs Stanton.


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