Bellamy S. Sutton
Hon. Bellamy S. Sutton
was born in Hamilton County, Ohio,
near Cincinnati, June 3rd, 1841, a son of Rev. John S. and Mary
A. (Addis) Sutton, and of English descent. His father was
born in Mercer County, Pa., 1807, and died at Blanchester, Ohio,
January 6, 1876. His mother was born in Fayette County, Pa.,
May 20, 1815. His paternal grandfather, born in England, came
to America about 1790, and was a Brigadier General in the War of
1812. He died in Hamilton County, Ohio, prior to the birth of
our subject. The father of Mr. Sutton was a Methodist minister,
and was in the active ministry for twenty-seven years. Our subject is the fourth of six children, four of whom now live.
raised on a farm until sixteen years of age, then learned telegraphy. He began the
study of law in 1858, in the office of Judge W. H.
Baldwin at Blanchester, Ohio. In 1860, he went to Lawrence
County, Ill., and then as a partner of Hon. Aaron Shaw continued
the law practice until 1862, and then went into the service of the
United States, in the Department of Military Telegraph and continued that until 1864, when he was employed by the
and Cincinnati Railway, now " Big Four," being stationed at London, Fairland and Shelbyville.
In 1874, he was elected Circuit
Clerk of Shelby County, and served one term. In 1880 and 1881,
he practiced law in Shelbyville, in partnership with Hon. J. V.
Mitchell, and in 1882, elected Joint Representative for the counties
of Marion, Shelby and Bartholomew, serving one term. He is a
Democrat of the kind that believe to the victors belong the spoils,
and has always taken an active part in the affairs of his party. He
is a Mason, and in 1879 was honored by being made Grand Master
of the Grand Lodge of Masons of Indiana. October 19, 1865, he
was married to Miss Matilda C. Crum, of London, this county,,
born February 7, 1845. Their two children are named Minnie E.
and Myrtle I. Mr. Sutton has long been one of the representative
men of this part of Indiana.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, pages 538-39,
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming