Ruth Granger Sutliff

Ruth Granger Sutliff (23 Dec. 1770 – 7 Aug. 1843) was born in Granville, Massachusetts to Seth and Ruth Allen Granger, and was the fourth of six children. She was cousin to Gideon Granger Jr, appointed by Thomas Jefferson as fourth postmaster general of the United States. It was Gideon Granger who arranged her marriage to Samuel Sutliff in 1804. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Ohio, where she gave birth to seven children, six of whom survived, and four of whom would became lawyers and abolitionists. Ruth Sutliff stayed in Vernon until the death of Samuel in 1840, then made a trip east to visit family, most likely her brother Seba and his wife. She then moved to Iowa to live with her eldest son, Allen Curtiss Sutliff. She died in 1843, the same year as both her sons Samuel G. and Flavel. She was the first person buried in in Cedar township, Iowa. The town of Sutliff, Iowa was named for Allen Curtiss. History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties (2 vols.; Cleveland, OH: H. Z. Williams & Bro., 1882), 1: 178; “The Sutliff Family,” Iowa City Press-Citizen, 28 Jan. 1950.