James Sutherland Jr, born in the North West (Rupert’s Land) ca 1800, was the son of James Sutherland Sr and Nancy Cook. James Sr (ca 1770-1806), from Burray, Orkney, worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the York Factory district. Nancy was the daughter of William Hemmings Cook, an HBC man originally from London, England, and a Cree woman.
James Jr remained in the York Factory area until the 1820s, when he came to Red River. He settled on a river lot in St. Andrew’s parish and began farming. In 1829 he married Elizabeth (Betsey) Calder. Elizabeth, also born in the north, was the daughter of a Cree woman and an HBC trader from Orkney, James Calder. James and Elizabeth had three children, Anne, William, and John. There seems to be no further record for Anne or John; William married Margaret Inkster in 1859, with whom he had a large family.
James died in 1844 and was buried in St. Andrew’s churchyard. Widow Elizabeth Sutherland married Cuthbert Cummings in 1851, and had two more children – William and Catherine. Elizabeth died in 1907 and was buried at St. Andrew’s.