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RUTHERFORD, ABNER, son of William and Sarah (Swan) Rutherford, was born March 31, 1814, on the Rutherford homestead, in Swatara township, Dauphin county, Pa. He is in the fourth generation from Thomas Rutherford, the progenitor of the family in Pennsylvania. He received the education afforded by the select schools of Paxtang Valley, and most of his life he has passed in farming. For several years he has been president of the First National Bank of Hummelstown, and has been identified with other corporations, and active in various local enterprises of the day. In 1865 he was a captain of the Tenth company, Ninety-eighth regiment, Pennsylvania militia. For many years he has been one of the vice-presidents of the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society, in the founding of which he took a prominent part. His energy and ability, combined with his business habits, have produced that success which generally follows. Mr. Rutherford married, February 28, 1839, Ann, youngest daughter of William Espy, of Swatara, and their children are: William Franklin, Sarah Ann, Susan Elizabeth and Ada Byron, who married Spencer F. Barber, of Williamsburg, Pa.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Donna Whipple for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 18 Feb 2001

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