Ota Sutton

Brief Life History of Ota

When Ota Sutton was born on 19 April 1908, in Cocke, Tennessee, United States, her father, Charles M Sutton, was 21 and her mother, Dovie Gilliland, was 19. She married Elbert Phillips on 1 August 1931, in Cocke, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Ivy Hill Township, Haywood, North Carolina, United States in 1940 and White Oak Township, Haywood, North Carolina, United States in 1950. She died on 19 October 1985, in Waynesville, Haywood, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Haywood, North Carolina, United States.

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Elbert Phillips
Ota Sutton
Marriage: 1 August 1931
Elmer Phillips
Pauline Phillips
Burton Phillips
Colene N. Phillips
Jack Phillips
Rebecca Lorena Phillips
William Beecher Phillips

Sources (35)

  • Ota Phillips, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Ottie Sutton, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • Ora Sutton Phillips, "North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994"

World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

1918 · Fort Bragg Established

Named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina was established on September 4, 1918. It was used as one of three training camps used during WWI.


13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of numerous places called Sutton, named with Old English sūth ‘south, southern’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’. The English surname is also common in Ireland (Wexford, Kildare), where it has been established since the 13th century and Gaelicized as de Sutún.

Jewish (from the former Ottoman Empire, including Syria): unexplained.

English: topographic name from Middle English (bi) suthentune ‘(at the place to the) south of the village’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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