Discovered Relatives

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Donald “Cumber” Sutherland
Photo owned by Elinor Mitchell, of Georgetown, Ontario
Reproduced with permission of Neil Remington Abramson

Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows:

I have found some of my Sutherland relatives. Sutherland is the mother’s side of William Walter Remington, my father. They were talking at Christmas about their relative who died in prison so long ago, googled him, and found some of our exchanges and my impressions on your blog. They are my third cousins and live in Georgetown, Ontario.

It turns out they are not Empire Loyalist stock. The original patriarch arrived in Nova Scotia from Scotland in 1816. They have sent pictures; my wife sees a strong family resemblance.

On my father’s mother’s side, I now find that my great great great grandfather was Donald Sutherland. He was born in Scotland in 1766 and arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia, in 1819, dying in 1841.

My great great grandfather was Donald “Cumber” Sutherland. He was born in Scotland in 1816, dying in 1875, buried at Bayhead.

My great grandfather was Rev. Daniel Stewart Sutherland, the only known member of the family to convert from Presbyterian to Anglican, to win the heart of the woman he wanted to marry. He was born in 1851. No one knows when he died. but my grandmother was born in 1888 and her sister in 1886, so he probably was still alive at the turn of the century. He became an Anglican priest but eventually disappeared. He was my paternal grandmother’s father. As a non-Presbyterian, he was an anomaly, and the only one. His disappearance was not anomalous. Apparently people did that, in the late 19th century.

My half-sister Gale says our grandmother never spoke of her father Daniel. Gale thinks our great-grandmother was an extremely correctly Christian lady and that her daughters were raised the same way. It seemed that for whatever reasons they were very critical of Daniel and he simply walked away, abandoning them.

With the exception of Daniel, the whole family has always been Presbyterian, as I am now. Daniel, the anomaly, was an Anglican, as I was, for many years.

It’s interesting to believe all your life that you have almost no family, and then discover you are unknowingly part of a great family, going back to 1766, and receiving a 10 page genealogy, in which I am included.

I met my 3rd cousin, Elizabeth Mitchell, her husband Peter, and three of their children. We hit it off ever so well, seeming to have so much in common in terms of attitudes and values, though in completely different countries.

My father, William Walter Remington, was pleased, during his forcefully abbreviated life, to call himself a Scot, though I think he got it from his mother. Remington is a Brit name, I think. I guess I can do the same.

Plus Bill might also have said, and I can definitely say, that we go back to a family arriving in 1819, almost half a century before the founding of Canada.

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Daniel Stewart Sutherland
Photo owned by Elinor Mitchell, of Georgetown, Ontario
Reproduced with permission of Neil Remington Abramson

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Practising Lawyer and Part-Time University Instructor (Accounting, Commercial Law, Organizational Behaviour); Part-Time Federal Tribunal Member. Non-practising Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant).
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