Sunday, June 17, 2012

John Sutherland

John Sutherland (2 February 1818 - 26 August 1865) was the younger brother of Nathaniel Sutherland Snr.  He was a carpenter and apparently at one time had a business on Courtney Place.  

He married Mary Ann Stoddart (1837 - 18 June 1871), daughter of James Stoddart in 1855.  Together they seem to have had at least four children:

1. John Sutherland (1856 - 29 August 1873, Pipitea Street)

2. Daughter (unknown - doesn't seem to have died as an infant - possibly Helen or Isabella?)

3. James Stoddart Sutherland (29 November 1860 - 19 November 1863).  At the time of James' birth, John was listed as being a carpenter.  James died of diptheria. At the time of his death, the family lived on Thorndon Flat (around Pipitea Street).  James was listed as being John's "third child and second son."

4. Donald Sutherland (July 1862 - 15 June 1863, Molesworth Street, Wellington). Donald died aged just 11 months and was referred to as being John's "youngest child and third son."  

John died on 26 August 1865 at the age of 47, meaning he must have been born around 1818 (meaning he is the right age to be Nathaniel's younger brother).  

Mary Ann Stoddart died at Pipitea Street on 18 June 1871.  She was aged 34 years. 

* I believe there were two John Sutherlands living in the Wellington area during the relevant period - the other John Sutherland died in Wellington and was buried at Bolton Street on 5 February 1890 aged 67, meaning he was born around 1823 - too young to be the correct John Sutherland.  This John Sutherland was buried in plot 41.0 at Bolton Street Cemetery with his family. 

This character could do with some more fleshing out - so any help or information would be gratefully acepted.  In the meantime, I'll try to find some information about Mary Ann Stoddart.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Interesting read and so very sad loosing many of their children. Thanks so much for this information it's really piecing our family history together. Have added this link to my website :D