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The late Mr. William Sutton, one of the oldest and most respected residents of the township of Sarawak, in the County of Grey, passed away peacefully to his heavenly rest at his residence at Presque Isle, on January 5, 1894. Mr. Sutton was born at Betchford, Lincolnshire, England, on March 16, 1811. His parents were God-fearing people, and did all they could to train up their children in the fear of the Lord. Mr. Sutton left home at the early age of eleven years, for the purpose of learning a trade. At the age of nineteen he left his native land, wishing to get away from parental restraint, and crossed the Atlantic, landing at Quebec on May 31, 1830. Having spent a few hours there he sailed for Prescott, where he worked at his trade of shoe-making for a time. While there a revival was commenced, the meetings were held from house to house, and the young Mr. Sutton, learning that the meeting was to be held at his boarding-house the next evening, tried to shun it, for he was apparently determined to resist every effort and influence that might leading him to Christ. He did his best to get away from the meeting that night, but through the interposition of God was hindered, and the consequence was that he was so deeply convicted by the Spirit of God that he found no peace till he surrendered himself to Christ, who had said, "Come unto me and I will give you rest." Henceforth he was a true soldier of Christ and devoted himself to his service. He married in the year 1839 a lady by the name of Catharine Brown. They had a large family, but only three survived him. Mr. Sutton was for a time a missionary among the Indians; was a local preacher in the Canada Methodist Church at the time of the union in 1884. At that time he joined the Kemble Circuit and laboured as a local preacher on that circuit to the end. He was a very acceptable preacher among his own people. He preached also with much acceptance to the Presbyterians in Kemble and Sarawak. He was in the harness till the last, and died at the ripe age of eighty-two years and ten months, in the hope of a glorious resurrection.

Christian Guardian. June 13, 1894, p.579.

[This obituary was found in 1996 by Donald B. Smith of the University of Calgary during his research re Nahneebahweequay and copied from a xerox at the County of Grey - Owen Sound Museum]

Source: County of Grey - Owen Sound Museum

Submitted by: Susan Schank

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Comment: Susan Schank is the ggg grandaughter of Catherine and William Sutton

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