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.  He was 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 Indianapolis 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, "Shelbyville Sketches".
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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