SAMUEL W. SUTHERLAND, deceased, formerly a resident on section 2, Old Town Township, was an offspring of Dr.
John and Maria (Wilbor) Sutherland, natives of Columbia County, N. Y. After the marriage of the parents they settled
in Columbia County, where the father followed the practice of his profession and was also engaged in farming. He
died there in 1842. She afterward married Samuel E. Hudson, of Newark, Wayne Co., N. Y., and in 1858 they emigrated
to this State and took up their residence in Old Town Township, this county, where he died in August, 1870. She
afterward made her home with her son Samuel, and departed this life in Old Town Township, Oct. 20, 1886. She was
of a quiet, retiring disposition, and was loved for her acts of Christian charity and kindness. By her first marriage
she became the mother of two children, who lived to attain the age of man and womanhood. Our subject was the elder,
and Caroline A., the younger. The latter became the wife of R. P. Layton, and died at Rockford, Ill., one year
after her marriage.
Samuel Sutherland was born at Chatham Center, Columbia Co., N. Y., May 28, 1826. He was reared to farm labor and supplemented his education received in the common schools by a course of study at Kinderhook Academy, Kinderhook, N. Y., and still later attended the Rensselaer Institute, at Troy, N. Y., from which he graduated. He, however, aimed to follow none of the professions, but devoted his entire time to agricultural pursuits, and was thus occupied in Columbia County until 1856. In February of that year he came to this county with his wife and one child, and located in Old Town Township, purchasing nearly the whole of section 2, on which he located and followed his chosen calling until his death, which event occurred May 18, 1879.
Mr. Sutherland was married in Columbia County, N. Y., Dec. 26, 1849, to Miss Mary H. Rider, daughter of D. W. and Anna Rider, natives of York State, where the mother died in August, 1852. The father came to Henry County, Ill., subsequently removing to Iowa, where he departed this life. D. W. Rider, was the father of six children, Mary H., Helen, Anna, Wilson, Adeline and D. W. Mrs. Sutherland was born in Chatham, N. Y., July 19, 1829, and has borne our subject seven children, three of whom are deceased; those living are Anna V., Ed ward W., John C. and Alice M. Anna is the wife of Allan Brown. Mr. Sutherland was Township
Supervisor, and also held other minor offices during his life. He was a member of the Episcopal Church, and highly respected by all who knew him.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 124-125.