Was born in Bedford county, Tennessee, March 7, 1812; a son of John and Eleanor Splawn, nee Leighton, both natives of South Carolina, but who came to Missouri in 1816, and became the first settlers in Carroll county, their nearest neighbor, except a brother, being forty miles distant. Here our subject was reared from the time he was four years of age till he was eighteen, then, in 1880, his parents came to Daviess county, and died there, his father March 1, 1837, and his mother September 4, 1843. He was married, August 31,1835, to Miss Isabel Atkinson, who was born July 18, 1812, in Ray county, Missouri, and was a daughter of Thomas and Sarah Atkinson, nee McCarroll. They were natives of Tennessee, but came to Missouri at a very early day. Her father died January 24, 1837, and her mother March 21, 1843. Five children have been the issue of Mr. and Mrs. Splawn's marriage, all living; viz., John W., born September 6, 1836, now living in Harrison county; Joseph Watson, born March 10, 1839, now at home; Beththena A., born November 15,1840, wife of Lewis F. Shores; Mary E., born January 17, 1843; and Martha W., born April 12,1845. Mrs. Splawn died August 28, 1850, after a protracted illness of five years.
She was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Chnrch, and passed to her reward mourned by a largo circle of friends and relatives. Mr. Splawn continued to live in Daviess county till the year 1856, then moved to Grundy county and located near where he now lives. This was then a sparsely settled neighborhood, and here he brought his family of small children and Betkthena, the eldest daughter, took charge of the family till she was married, October 20,1872. Mr. Splawn owns two hundred and eighty acres of land, well improved and stocked. During his younger days ho was known as the best marksman, with his flint-lock rifle, in Grundy county, and to-day owns the old gun witli which he helped drive out the Mormons; few with our more improved guns can compete with him at target practice. He is well and favorably known by a large circle of friends in Grundy and adjoining counties and everyone has a kind word to say of" Uncle Isaac" and his pleasant family. There is, also, in the family a young man, Monroe Riggs by name, a nephew, whom he has reared since he was two years of age and who is now in his twenty-seventh year; also John M. White, whom he has reared since four years of age. Mr. Splawn is a staunch Republican and glories in the name. Mr. Shores, his son-in-law, served for three years as a member of company K, Third Missouri cavalry.
History of Grundy Co MO Birdsall and Dean 1881
SUTTON, John Wesley
Physician; born Richmond, (Bedford Co) Tenn., March 15, 1862; Irish descent; son of William E. and Elizabeth Jane (O’Neal) Sutton; father’s occupation physician; paternal grandparents Samuel and Dovie (Johnson) Sutton; maternal grandparents John H. and Cynthia (Howard) O’Neal; educated University of Tenn., Richmond and Winchester Normal, graduated from University of Tenn. medical dept. with degree of M.D. in 1892; in early life taught school; married Gwynn Rosson Jan. 30, 1886; member F. & A.M.; engaged in the practice of medicine and stock raising in Lincoln Co., Tenn.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler