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Aaron Sutton

Huntington County Volunteer (View posts)
Posted: 9 Apr 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Sutton, Ruble, Dillon, Swaim, Cunningham, Back, Hammer
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901

The Sutton family is one of the many prominent families of Warren, and for a period of more than fifty years have materially assisted in the development of this section of the state. Among the older citizens of the county, and one whose own history has been inseparably interwoven with that of the county, is Amos K. Sutton, Sr., who was born in what is now a suburb of Cincinnati, November 25, 1813, and when a child of five years was carried to the woods of Darke county, the home being made seven miles north of Greenville. In 1829 the family removed to near Winchester, Randolph county, Indiana. His father, Jacob Sutton, came from Pittsburg, where he was married to Miss Phebe Sutton, whose death occurred in Randolph county. This gentleman died at his son Abraham's home in Salamonie township, having attained his ninety-third year. He was the father of three sons: Samuel, who died near Portland, Jay county, at the age of eighty; Abraham, who came to Huntington county, where he resided until the age of eighty-one, whose son, Amos K. Sutton, Jr., still resides in Salamonie; Amos, the third son, was married in Randolph county while still in his minority to Miss Hannah Ruble, a young lady of nineteen. After residing two years in Randolph county, near where his brother Samuel lived, he came to this vicinity, his father having entered eighty acres of land for him. He resided on this farm for more than thirty years, and the improved and excellent condition, wrought from the original wilderness, is the result of his constant labors. His cabin stood in the midst of heavy timber, penetrated here and there by scarcely perceptible roads. He worked at making rails for fifty cents per hundred, and it was not unusual for him to make two hundred and fifty in a day.

Some years since he left the farm and retired to Warren, where he has since enjoyed the fruits of his former labors. After passing over life's highway together for upwards of sixty-three years, his companion was called to the life beyond on the 25th of September, 1897. They were the parents of thirteen children, of whom six are living at the present time. Mr. Sutton has always been one of the recognized stanch, uncompromising Democrats, whose faith in the underlying principles of Democracy was breathed into him when a boy, at a time when the ideas expressed in the constitution of our country were still recognized by all. The old notions of democratic government have ever appealed to his ideas of right and justice, there never having been a time when he was willing to yield any of those old principles. Mr. Sutton stands to-day an example of what may be accomplished in a new country by the constant exercise of those qualities so strongly displayed in the lives of our pioneers.

Aaron Sutton was born in Randolph county, Indiana, August 28, 1836, thus being in his seventeenth year when the family came to Huntington county. He was married on the 6th of December, 1860, to Miss Rebecca E. Dillon, daughter of John and Sara Dillon, who was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, her parents coming to Salamonie township in 1837, entering land on section 15. After their marriage Mr. Sutton took charge of her father's farm, operating it until after his death, in 1875, at the age of eighty-five. He had produced a valuable farm from the wilderness, upon which the greater part of his life was passed, though his latter years were spent in Warren. Soon after the war Aaron secured his present farm, paying eleven hundred dollars for eighty acres, upon which he has made extensive improvements. His wife died of consumption February 1, 1868. March 29, 1873, he was married to Miss Harriet Swaim, she being the second of the four daughters of Rev. Samuel H. Swaim, of whom further mention is found on another page of this work. Mr. and Mrs. Sutton resided on their farm, with slight intervals, until 1895, when they retired to their present congenial home in Warren. But one daughter, Ida B., was born to the first marriage, and she is now the wife of J. E. Cunningham, of Lafayette, Indiana. Mr. Sutton is a Republican, and is frequently found in the party councils, though he has no inclination for political office.

Mrs. Sutton is the daughter of Rev. Samuel Hines and Elizabeth Pence (Back) Swaim, her mother being a daughter of Aaron and Marguerite Elizabeth Luger (Hammer) Back, a sister to Mrs. Daniel Zent, the only survivor of the family; she is now living with her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Adaline Thurston, upon a part of the original farm entered by her father, Aaron Back, one of the early pioneers. Mrs. Sutton was married on the farm where she was born, December 11, 1847. She is a well-read, cultured lady, partaking of many of the superior qualities of intellect that characterized her father. For some years Mr. Sutton drove the hack plying between Warren and Huntington, the exposure resulting in a serious attack of rheumatism; and during the time of his illness she assumed charge of the driving and made many trips, sometimes under difficult circumstances, but generally reaching her destination on schedule time. As a girl she was fond of horses, it not being uncommon for her to participate in a neighborhood horse race, and her love for the animal is as great now as in years past, still finding great enjoyment in the handling and driving of a spirited animal. She is one of that kind of women whose influence, though never exerted in an ostentatious manner, carries great weight in shaping the literary, social and moral tone of the community.
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