by Annette Edwards.

John Sutherland was born on Orkney in the Shetland isles. He was the son of William Sutherland who was a farmer.

By 1880 John had left Scotland and married Martha Tillett in the Romford district.

Martha was born about 1850 in Ilford, her father John was a tailor and draper, her mother Harriet was a milliner and some of her sisters were dressmakers.

Not long after their marriage John and Martha moved to Wrexham where they were living at 45 Chester Street, John was a general draper and outfitter.

They started a family then they moved to Lambpit Street but sadly Martha died there aged only 38.  She was buried on 15 March 1890.

On 5 April 1891 which was the census date, John, now a widower is still in Lambpit Street with 3 daughters under the age of 9, there is a Margaret Sutherland also there, she was born in Scotland so is probably a relative helping with the children.

A few weeks later he married Eleanor Sophie Baker on 2 June 1891 in Lowestoft. Johns address was still Lambpit St, Wrexham. Eleanor was a spinster; her father was George Baker a shoemaker.

They still stayed in Lambpit Street and added more children to the family – Henrietta, John William, Kenneth and Margaret Emma.

Little Margaret Emma died aged just 5 at the Sanitary Hospital; she was buried on 23 April 1897.

John`s daughter Nancy Wilhelminah died aged 16 on 29 December 1901, she was buried with her mother Martha on 2 January 1902.

The family then moved to Orkney House on Egerton Street, but John died there aged 59 on 23 April 1909.

In the 1911 census Eleanor is at 103 Ruabon Road, she is there with Martha aged 23 her step daughter and Kenneth Sutherland 14 her own son.

Her other son John William had moved to Manchester, he was living with Eleanor’s sisters Julia and Alice.  He is 17 and is an apprentice in a cotton mill.

In 1914 John William joined the Army; he was promoted to Lance Corporal with the Manchester Regiment. On 10 June 1915 he was in the Dardanelles  and was wounded  when a bomb went off, his left thumb was blown off and his face and hands were injured, he was transferred to the Military Hospital in Valetta, Malta and embarked for England on 26 June. John William recovered from his injuries and became a captain.

Llangollen Advertiser. 15th February 1918. Lieut. J. W. Sutherland, 17, Egerton St., Wrexham, has been promoted to the rank of captain and adjutant. He is stationed at Scarborough

His mother Eleanor Sophia Sutherland died November 6 1918 aged 63 and was buried with her husband John.

Wrexham Cemetery 04/012/2017
Wrexham Cemetery 29/02/2018

Researched by Annette Edwards. August 2018. Headstone photographs by Graham Lloyd.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery H-02129