|CHESTER SUTHERLAND, Sec. 11 and 12; P.O. Syne; born Jan. 22, 1817, in Batavia, Genesee Co., N.Y.; his father Joshua, was born in Eastern New York, and his mother, Sarah (Wolcott) Sutherland, in Vermont; Mr. S. learned the trade of carpenter; in 1840, through the agency of a cousin, Chauncey Sutherland, he bought the northeast quarter of Sec. 11; this was entered in June, 1837, by Elisha Starr, of Milwaukee.Forty years ago, Mr. S. paid his first tax on this land, $2.08; on the same land, in war times, he paid $200, besides revenue tax. Mr. S. began by leasing his land while he worked at his trade in the Territorial capital. He married Sept. 21, 1845, in Madison, Wis., Miss Sara A., daughter of Orlin and Abagail (Geer) Rood, of Vermont; the next October they began house keeping in a log house, built on the farm in 1842; it stood thirty or forty rods on the northeast of the large and tasteful farm house now superseding it; Mr. S. has added 165 acres, and has every acre fenced and producing something.
Mr. Sutherland is a Republican; was one of the three County School Commissioners when Sauk and Columbia were also under their jurisdiction, and was Town Superintendent under that system; has also been Justice of the Peace and Town Treasurer.
Mr. and Mrs. Sutherland have six children-Henry, Quincy, George, Albert, Frank and Anna. The eldest married Miss Sarah M. Haight, of Fitchburg, and has erected a home of his own on 80 acres of the old farm; Quincy is a doctor and George is a lawyer, and both reside and practice in Janesville, Wis.
Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1258.