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RUTHERFORD, FRANCIS W., farmer, was born December 4, 1845, and is a son of John B. and Keziah (Park) Rutherford. The grandfather, Samuel, was born July 16, 1769, and his wife, Miss Elizabeth Bronson, in October, 1770. The maternal grandfather was born in Dauphin county, and married Miss Margaret Ainsworth. Their children were: Thomas, Samuel, Matthew, Eliza, Mary, Margaret, William, Margaret Long, and Matilda. The grandfather was a director of the Harrisburg Bank.

The father was born in Dauphin county, while the mother was a native of Chester county. His wife’s maiden name was Miss Keziah Park, and their marriage occurred March 19, 1833. Their children were: Mary L., Eliza J., Adaline, Samuel, John A., Francis W., K. V., and Mamie G. He was engaged in farming until he retired in 1878. He filled a number of township offices and served in the State Legislature, and also for one term as State senator. He died October 10, 1892, and his wife July 2, 1885. They were both members of the Presbyterian church, of which Mr. Rutherford was an elder for many years.

Francis W. received his education in the public schools of Swatara township until he was seventeen years of age, when he attended the Millersville State Normal School. In 1864 he enlisted in company D, One Hundred and Ninety-fourth regiment, and served until honorably discharged. After the war he engaged in farming with his father. He was married, February 14, 1878, to Miss Ella S. Elder, daughter of Joshua and Nancy (Brown) Elder. Their children are: Joshua, Thomas M., Norman, Francis W., Samuel B., Jane W. Mr. Rutherford is a school director and a member of Post No. 58, G. A. R., Harrisburg, Pa. In politics he is a Republican and he and his family are members of the Presbyterian church. Mrs. Rutherford’s father was born January 18, 1802, Swatara township. He first married Miss Elenora Shearer, by whom he had three sons: Joshua R., David R., and John. He married, secondly, Miss Mary Gilmore, and they had one daughter, Elizabeth M., wife of William K. Cowden. His third wife was Miss Nancy Brown, daughter of Thomas and Margarette (Ainsworth) Brown. Their children are: Margaret, Matthew, Eleanor, Matilda, and Mary Ada, deceased. The father died August 25, 1888, at the age of eighty-two years, and the mother October 4, 1887, aged seventy years. Both were members of the Presbyterian church.

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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –
Date of Transcription: 17 July 2001
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