Benjamin F. Sutherland, Fulton Co. AR
I am hoping someone can solve a mystery for those of us researching a line that is somehow connected to Benjamin Franklin Sutherland who lived in Fulton Co., AR, and died in OK. In Sarah and Benjamin Sutherland's 1900 Fulton Co., AR household is a Mary L. Sutherland, b. 1884, who is identified as his sister. Was she the daughter of Benjamin's father William Wesley Sutherland who died in 1890?
This Mary L. Sutherland is Mary Love Sutherland, b.1884 AR, d. 1970 CA, was the daughter of Mary Love Dollar, b. circa 1844 AL, who married George Richard Sharp and moved to AR. They had children then split up. Mary Love Dollar Sharp married second James H. Farrar/Fair in 1879 and had a daughter Jessie. They split up. Mary Love Dollar Sharp Farrar/Fair then became involved with (married?) a Sutherland, and their daughter was Mary Love Sutherland who was living with Benjamin F. Sutherland in 1900. Sarah and Benjamin F. Sutherland were in Jackson Co., AR for the 1870 census and that is where Mary L. and James H. Farrar were in 1880.
So, Mary Love Sutherland was b. 9 Feb 1884 AR, d., 20 Nov 1970, ran a hotel for years in Phoenix, d. in Los Angeles, married Aubrey Tipton Pearson on 8 Oct 1905 in Fulton Co.. This is interesting since one researcher on Ancestry.com says that Emma J. Sutherland, the daughter of Sarah and Benjamin F. Sutherland who was the same age as Mary L. on the 1900 census, married an unknown Pearson. Aubrey Tipton Pearson's father was Adolphus Pearson, b. ca 1852 MS, died after the 1880 AR census.
The Benjamin Sutherland family moved to Oklahoma City after the 1900 census as did Mary L. and Aubrey Pearson. They divorced but had two children, one being a son named Randall.
Also, both Benjamin and Mary Love Sutherland on the 1900 census say their father was born in NC; William Wesley Sutherland was born in SC according to census data. However, on all later censuses Mary Love Sutherland Pearson says her father was born KY. Mary Love Sutherland's mother and father both were dead by the 1900 census and this is why she is living with the Benjamin F. Sutherland family.
I hope someone can solve this mystery. Having done genealogical research for years now, I know that sometimes skeletons surface many years later. If someone can solve this mystery, I would be most appreciative.
David E. White (my direct email is email@example.com)