RUTHERFORD. S.S.B.
Back Up Next

RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL SILAS BRISBIN, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., April 28, 1825. He is a son of John Parke and Eliza (Rutherford) Rutherford. Thomas Rutherford, first ancestor of this branch of the family in America, and of the fourth generation preceding Samuel S. B., was born in Ireland, June 24, 1707, and emigrated from that country in 1729. He was married in the following year, on September 7, by Rev. James Anderson, of Donegal, province of Pennsylvania, to Jean Murdoch, born in Ireland, April 5, 1712. They had these children: Agnes, born July 9, 1731, died in 1735, aged four years; Eleanor, born January 16, 1733, married, first, to William Williams; secondly, to John Donaldson; Jane, born January 22, 1734, married Thomas Mays, and lived in North Carolina; John; Thomas, born August 14, 1738, died in 1739; Agnes (2), born September 14, 1740, married William Gray; Thomas (2), born February 12, 1743, died January 8, 1760, aged sixteen years and ten months, killed by falling from a tree which he had climbed for a squirrel; Mary and Elizabeth, twins, born February 18, 1745; Mary, married Andrew Mayse; Elizabeth, died October, 1745; James, born August 28, 1747, died March 6, 1809, aged sixty-one years, married to Margaret Brisbin; Samuel, born December 13, 1749, married Susannah Collier, enlisted as lieutenant in the Revolution, and was promoted to captain, died May 2, 1785, aged thirty-five; Elizabeth (2), born February 27, 1752, married, first, Patrick Galloway, secondly, Patrick Harbinger, who was hanged by Tories during the Revolution, and thirdly, Thomas Archibald. Thomas Rutherford died April 18, 1777, aged seventy. His wife, Jean Murdoch, died August 10, 1789, aged seventy-seven.

John Rutherford, son of Thomas, and great-grandfather of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., February 16, 1737. He was married, February 4, 1762, to Margaret Parke. They had seven children: Jane, born August 26, 1763, wife of Samuel Hutchinson, died February 28, 1807, aged forty-three; Martha, born February 22, 1765, wife of James Collier, died August 27, 1849, aged eighty-four, was buried at Greenfield, Ohio; Thomas, born November 28, 1767, died October 18, 1793, aged twenty-five years and ten months; Samuel, born July 16, 1769, married Elizabeth Brisbin, died November 26, 1833, aged sixty-four; Mary, born September 13, 1771, wife of Robert Gray, died August 16, 1863, aged ninety-one years; John, born January 15, 1774, died May 1, 1832. aged fifty-eight; married, first, Jane Maeder, and afterwards Priscilla Barrett; and William. John Rutherford was a farmer, and died October 1, 1804, aged sixty-seven; his wife died in January, 1810, aged seventy-three years.

William Rutherford, paternal grandfather of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born August 4, 1776. He was a farmer, and was twice elected to the State Legislature. He was married, March 17, 1801, to Sarah Swan, born January 1, 1779; daughter of William and (Renick) Swan. They had ten children, of whom the only survivor is Hiram, who resides at Oakland, Coles county, Ill. Their deceased children are: John Parke; Martha, died October 20, 1851, aged forty-eight; William Wilson, died March 13, 1873, aged sixty-seven, married Eleanor Crain, and resided on Front street, Harrisburg, Pa.; Margaret, died June 7, 1889, aged eighty; Samuel, died March 26, 1872, aged sixty-one; Sarah, died March 28, 1873, aged sixty-one, wife of Daniel Kendig; Abner, died September 2 1890, aged seventy-six; Mary, died April 14, 1818, aged ten months; Cyrus Green, died March 30, 1850, aged thirty, killed by the falling of a tree. William Rutherford was a Whig. He and his wife were members of the Paxtang Presbyterian church. He died on the farm on which he was born and spent his life, January 17, 1850, aged seventy-three. His wife Sarah died June 17, 1852, aged seventy-three.

His son, John Parke Rutherford, father of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born in Dauphin county, February 14, 1802. He was a farmer. In 1836 he was appointed supervisor of the Pennsylvania canal, and held that position for three years, after which he resumed farming, and continued until 1861, when he was appointed quartermaster in the United States army, and served through the war. He also filled the office of county auditor for one term of three years. After leaving the military service he retired from active business for five years. Mr. Rutherford was married, in October, 1824, to Miss Eliza, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Brisbin) Rutherford. Of their seven children, five are living: Samuel S. B.; Elizabeth Martha, born June 26, 1833; Sarah Margaret, born August 21, 1835, wife of Job D. Randolph; Mary Jane, born December 9, 1837, wife of John Elder; Eleanor Gilchrist, born April 15, 1841. Their deceased children are: William Swan, born August 19, 1827, died January 24, 1895, aged sixty-seven years and five months, and John Alexander, born November 23, 1830, died December 17, 1891, aged sixty-one years. Mr. Rutherford and his wife were members of the Paxtang Presbyterian church. Both died at the old homestead: Mr. Rutherford May 12, 1871, at the age of sixty-nine, and Mrs. Rutherford January 30, 1860, aged fifty-eight years.

Samuel Silas Brisbin Rutherford attended the private schools of Susquehanna township, Dauphin county, and was for one session at the academy at Middletown, Pa. In 1848-49 he taught in the public schools. On June 1, 1849, he received an appointment to a clerkship in the Harrisburg post office, which position he accepted, and occupied for four years and one month. He afterwards entered the employ of John H. Brant, commission merchant, as clerk, and was thus occupied for five years, when Mr. Brunt went out of business. Through Mr. Brant's influence Mr. Rutherford was employed as clerk in the freight office of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, where he continued until 1861. After this he was appointed clerk under his father in the quartermaster's department, and served until the close of the war in 1865. In 1866 Mr. Rutherford came home and assisted his brother during the month of August. In September, through the instrumentality of Mr. Calder, he was sent to Baltimore; he removed his family to that city, and resided there until April, 1870, when he returned to his old homestead. He has resided there ever since, and attended personally to the cultivation of the land until 1876, when he gave up active duties. Mr. Rutherford was married, at Harrisburg, August 28, 1860, to Miss Mary Caroline, daughter of James and Ann (Reigel) Walker; born October 1, 1842. They had five children: James W., born April 1, 1862; John P., born July 4, 1864; Bessie, wife of James A. Rutherford, born at Baltimore, Md., February 24, 1867; Ramsey, born in Baltimore, June 17, 1869; Thomas Wilson, born December 24, 1873. Mrs. Rutherford died September 26, 1874, aged thirty-two. Mr. Rutherford was married the second time, March 22, 1888, to Miss Annie Walker, sister of his first wife, born September 4, 1843. Of this marriage there is no issue. Mr. Rutherford has filled various township offices. In 1876 he was elected assessor, and served one year; he was re-elected in 1879, 1880 and 1982. He is a Republican. He is a member of the Paxtang Presbyterian church, and is a trustee and the treasurer of the church. James Walker, father of Mrs. Rutherford, is a native of Dauphin county, and a millwright. He was also a miller for a number of years; he subsequently bought a farm, and spent the remainder of his life in agricultural pursuits. His wife also was a native of Dauphin county.

RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL SILAS BRISBIN, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., April 28, 1825. He is a son of John Parke and Eliza (Rutherford) Rutherford. Thomas Rutherford, first ancestor of this branch of the family in America, and of the fourth generation preceding Samuel S. B., was born in Ireland, June 24, 1707, and emigrated from that country in 1729. He was married in the following year, on September 7, by Rev. James Anderson, of Donegal, province of Pennsylvania, to Jean Murdoch, born in Ireland, April 5, 1712. They had these children: Agnes, born July 9, 1731, died in 1735, aged four years; Eleanor, born January 16, 1733, married, first, to William Williams; secondly, to John Donaldson; Jane, born January 22, 1734, married Thomas Mays, and lived in North Carolina; John; Thomas, born August 14, 1738, died in 1739; Agnes (2), born September 14, 1740, married William Gray; Thomas (2), born February 12, 1743, died January 8, 1760, aged sixteen years and ten months, killed by falling from a tree which he had climbed for a squirrel; Mary and Elizabeth, twins, born February 18, 1745; Mary, married Andrew Mayse; Elizabeth, died October, 1745; James, born August 28, 1747, died March 6, 1809, aged sixty-one years, married to Margaret Brisbin; Samuel, born December 13, 1749, married Susannah Collier, enlisted as lieutenant in the Revolution, and was promoted to captain, died May 2, 1785, aged thirty-five; Elizabeth (2), born February 27, 1752, married, first, Patrick Galloway, secondly, Patrick Harbinger, who was hanged by Tories during the Revolution, and thirdly, Thomas Archibald. Thomas Rutherford died April 18, 1777, aged seventy. His wife, Jean Murdoch, died August 10, 1789, aged seventy-seven.

John Rutherford, son of Thomas, and great-grandfather of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., February 16, 1737. He was married, February 4, 1762, to Margaret Parke. They had seven children: Jane, born August 26, 1763, wife of Samuel Hutchinson, died February 28, 1807, aged forty-three; Martha, born February 22, 1765, wife of James Collier, died August 27, 1849, aged eighty-four, was buried at Greenfield, Ohio; Thomas, born November 28, 1767, died October 18, 1793, aged twenty-five years and ten months; Samuel, born July 16, 1769, married Elizabeth Brisbin, died November 26, 1833, aged sixty-four; Mary, born September 13, 1771, wife of Robert Gray, died August 16, 1863, aged ninety-one years; John, born January 15, 1774, died May 1, 1832. aged fifty-eight; married, first, Jane Maeder, and afterwards Priscilla Barrett; and William. John Rutherford was a farmer, and died October 1, 1804, aged sixty-seven; his wife died in January, 1810, aged seventy-three years.

William Rutherford, paternal grandfather of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born August 4, 1776. He was a farmer, and was twice elected to the State Legislature. He was married, March 17, 1801, to Sarah Swan, born January 1, 1779; daughter of William and (Renick) Swan. They had ten children, of whom the only survivor is Hiram, who resides at Oakland, Coles county, Ill. Their deceased children are: John Parke; Martha, died October 20, 1851, aged forty-eight; William Wilson, died March 13, 1873, aged sixty-seven, married Eleanor Crain, and resided on Front street, Harrisburg, Pa.; Margaret, died June 7, 1889, aged eighty; Samuel, died March 26, 1872, aged sixty-one; Sarah, died March 28, 1873, aged sixty-one, wife of Daniel Kendig; Abner, died September 2 1890, aged seventy-six; Mary, died April 14, 1818, aged ten months; Cyrus Green, died March 30, 1850, aged thirty, killed by the falling of a tree. William Rutherford was a Whig. He and his wife were members of the Paxtang Presbyterian church. He died on the farm on which he was born and spent his life, January 17, 1850, aged seventy-three. His wife Sarah died June 17, 1852, aged seventy-three.

His son, John Parke Rutherford, father of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born in Dauphin county, February 14, 1802. He was a farmer. In 1836 he was appointed supervisor of the Pennsylvania canal, and held that position for three years, after which he resumed farming, and continued until 1861, when he was appointed quartermaster in the United States army, and served through the war. He also filled the office of county auditor for one term of three years. After leaving the military service he retired from active business for five years. Mr. Rutherford was married, in October, 1824, to Miss Eliza, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Brisbin) Rutherford. Of their seven children, five are living: Samuel S. B.; Elizabeth Martha, born June 26, 1833; Sarah Margaret, born August 21, 1835, wife of Job D. Randolph; Mary Jane, born December 9, 1837, wife of John Elder; Eleanor Gilchrist, born April 15, 1841. Their deceased children are: William Swan, born August 19, 1827, died January 24, 1895, aged sixty-seven years and five months, and John Alexander, born November 23, 1830, died December 17, 1891, aged sixty-one years. Mr. Rutherford and his wife were members of the Paxtang Presbyterian church. Both died at the old homestead: Mr. Rutherford May 12, 1871, at the age of sixty-nine, and Mrs. Rutherford January 30, 1860, aged fifty-eight years.

Samuel Silas Brisbin Rutherford attended the private schools of Susquehanna township, Dauphin county, and was for one session at the academy at Middletown, Pa. In 1848-49 he taught in the public schools. On June 1, 1849, he received an appointment to a clerkship in the Harrisburg post office, which position he accepted, and occupied for four years and one month. He afterwards entered the employ of John H. Brant, commission merchant, as clerk, and was thus occupied for five years, when Mr. Brunt went out of business. Through Mr. Brant's influence Mr. Rutherford was employed as clerk in the freight office of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, where he continued until 1861. After this he was appointed clerk under his father in the quartermaster's department, and served until the close of the war in 1865. In 1866 Mr. Rutherford came home and assisted his brother during the month of August. In September, through the instrumentality of Mr. Calder, he was sent to Baltimore; he removed his family to that city, and resided there until April, 1870, when he returned to his old homestead. He has resided there ever since, and attended personally to the cultivation of the land until 1876, when he gave up active duties. Mr. Rutherford was married, at Harrisburg, August 28, 1860, to Miss Mary Caroline, daughter of James and Ann (Reigel) Walker; born October 1, 1842. They had five children: James W., born April 1, 1862; John P., born July 4, 1864; Bessie, wife of James A. Rutherford, born at Baltimore, Md., February 24, 1867; Ramsey, born in Baltimore, June 17, 1869; Thomas Wilson, born December 24, 1873. Mrs. Rutherford died September 26, 1874, aged thirty-two. Mr. Rutherford was married the second time, March 22, 1888, to Miss Annie Walker, sister of his first wife, born September 4, 1843. Of this marriage there is no issue. Mr. Rutherford has filled various township offices. In 1876 he was elected assessor, and served one year; he was re-elected in 1879, 1880 and 1982. He is a Republican. He is a member of the Paxtang Presbyterian church, and is a trustee and the treasurer of the church. James Walker, father of Mrs. Rutherford, is a native of Dauphin county, and a millwright. He was also a miller for a number of years; he subsequently bought a farm, and spent the remainder of his life in agricultural pursuits. His wife also was a native of Dauphin county.

RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL SILAS BRISBIN, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., April 28, 1825. He is a son of John Parke and Eliza (Rutherford) Rutherford. Thomas Rutherford, first ancestor of this branch of the family in America, and of the fourth generation preceding Samuel S. B., was born in Ireland, June 24, 1707, and emigrated from that country in 1729. He was married in the following year, on September 7, by Rev. James Anderson, of Donegal, province of Pennsylvania, to Jean Murdoch, born in Ireland, April 5, 1712. They had these children: Agnes, born July 9, 1731, died in 1735, aged four years; Eleanor, born January 16, 1733, married, first, to William Williams; secondly, to John Donaldson; Jane, born January 22, 1734, married Thomas Mays, and lived in North Carolina; John; Thomas, born August 14, 1738, died in 1739; Agnes (2), born September 14, 1740, married William Gray; Thomas (2), born February 12, 1743, died January 8, 1760, aged sixteen years and ten months, killed by falling from a tree which he had climbed for a squirrel; Mary and Elizabeth, twins, born February 18, 1745; Mary, married Andrew Mayse; Elizabeth, died October, 1745; James, born August 28, 1747, died March 6, 1809, aged sixty-one years, married to Margaret Brisbin; Samuel, born December 13, 1749, married Susannah Collier, enlisted as lieutenant in the Revolution, and was promoted to captain, died May 2, 1785, aged thirty-five; Elizabeth (2), born February 27, 1752, married, first, Patrick Galloway, secondly, Patrick Harbinger, who was hanged by Tories during the Revolution, and thirdly, Thomas Archibald. Thomas Rutherford died April 18, 1777, aged seventy. His wife, Jean Murdoch, died August 10, 1789, aged seventy-seven.

John Rutherford, son of Thomas, and great-grandfather of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., February 16, 1737. He was married, February 4, 1762, to Margaret Parke. They had seven children: Jane, born August 26, 1763, wife of Samuel Hutchinson, died February 28, 1807, aged forty-three; Martha, born February 22, 1765, wife of James Collier, died August 27, 1849, aged eighty-four, was buried at Greenfield, Ohio; Thomas, born November 28, 1767, died October 18, 1793, aged twenty-five years and ten months; Samuel, born July 16, 1769, married Elizabeth Brisbin, died November 26, 1833, aged sixty-four; Mary, born September 13, 1771, wife of Robert Gray, died August 16, 1863, aged ninety-one years; John, born January 15, 1774, died May 1, 1832. aged fifty-eight; married, first, Jane Maeder, and afterwards Priscilla Barrett; and William. John Rutherford was a farmer, and died October 1, 1804, aged sixty-seven; his wife died in January, 1810, aged seventy-three years.

William Rutherford, paternal grandfather of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born August 4, 1776. He was a farmer, and was twice elected to the State Legislature. He was married, March 17, 1801, to Sarah Swan, born January 1, 1779; daughter of William and (Renick) Swan. They had ten children, of whom the only survivor is Hiram, who resides at Oakland, Coles county, Ill. Their deceased children are: John Parke; Martha, died October 20, 1851, aged forty-eight; William Wilson, died March 13, 1873, aged sixty-seven, married Eleanor Crain, and resided on Front street, Harrisburg, Pa.; Margaret, died June 7, 1889, aged eighty; Samuel, died March 26, 1872, aged sixty-one; Sarah, died March 28, 1873, aged sixty-one, wife of Daniel Kendig; Abner, died September 2 1890, aged seventy-six; Mary, died April 14, 1818, aged ten months; Cyrus Green, died March 30, 1850, aged thirty, killed by the falling of a tree. William Rutherford was a Whig. He and his wife were members of the Paxtang Presbyterian church. He died on the farm on which he was born and spent his life, January 17, 1850, aged seventy-three. His wife Sarah died June 17, 1852, aged seventy-three.

His son, John Parke Rutherford, father of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born in Dauphin county, February 14, 1802. He was a farmer. In 1836 he was appointed supervisor of the Pennsylvania canal, and held that position for three years, after which he resumed farming, and continued until 1861, when he was appointed quartermaster in the United States army, and served through the war. He also filled the office of county auditor for one term of three years. After leaving the military service he retired from active business for five years. Mr. Rutherford was married, in October, 1824, to Miss Eliza, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Brisbin) Rutherford. Of their seven children, five are living: Samuel S. B.; Elizabeth Martha, born June 26, 1833; Sarah Margaret, born August 21, 1835, wife of Job D. Randolph; Mary Jane, born December 9, 1837, wife of John Elder; Eleanor Gilchrist, born April 15, 1841. Their deceased children are: William Swan, born August 19, 1827, died January 24, 1895, aged sixty-seven years and five months, and John Alexander, born November 23, 1830, died December 17, 1891, aged sixty-one years. Mr. Rutherford and his wife were members of the Paxtang Presbyterian church. Both died at the old homestead: Mr. Rutherford May 12, 1871, at the age of sixty-nine, and Mrs. Rutherford January 30, 1860, aged fifty-eight years.

Samuel Silas Brisbin Rutherford attended the private schools of Susquehanna township, Dauphin county, and was for one session at the academy at Middletown, Pa. In 1848-49 he taught in the public schools. On June 1, 1849, he received an appointment to a clerkship in the Harrisburg post office, which position he accepted, and occupied for four years and one month. He afterwards entered the employ of John H. Brant, commission merchant, as clerk, and was thus occupied for five years, when Mr. Brunt went out of business. Through Mr. Brant's influence Mr. Rutherford was employed as clerk in the freight office of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, where he continued until 1861. After this he was appointed clerk under his father in the quartermaster's department, and served until the close of the war in 1865. In 1866 Mr. Rutherford came home and assisted his brother during the month of August. In September, through the instrumentality of Mr. Calder, he was sent to Baltimore; he removed his family to that city, and resided there until April, 1870, when he returned to his old homestead. He has resided there ever since, and attended personally to the cultivation of the land until 1876, when he gave up active duties. Mr. Rutherford was married, at Harrisburg, August 28, 1860, to Miss Mary Caroline, daughter of James and Ann (Reigel) Walker; born October 1, 1842. They had five children: James W., born April 1, 1862; John P., born July 4, 1864; Bessie, wife of James A. Rutherford, born at Baltimore, Md., February 24, 1867; Ramsey, born in Baltimore, June 17, 1869; Thomas Wilson, born December 24, 1873. Mrs. Rutherford died September 26, 1874, aged thirty-two. Mr. Rutherford was married the second time, March 22, 1888, to Miss Annie Walker, sister of his first wife, born September 4, 1843. Of this marriage there is no issue. Mr. Rutherford has filled various township offices. In 1876 he was elected assessor, and served one year; he was re-elected in 1879, 1880 and 1982. He is a Republican. He is a member of the Paxtang Presbyterian church, and is a trustee and the treasurer of the church. James Walker, father of Mrs. Rutherford, is a native of Dauphin county, and a millwright. He was also a miller for a number of years; he subsequently bought a farm, and spent the remainder of his life in agricultural pursuits. His wife also was a native of Dauphin county.

RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL SILAS BRISBIN, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., April 28, 1825. He is a son of John Parke and Eliza (Rutherford) Rutherford. Thomas Rutherford, first ancestor of this branch of the family in America, and of the fourth generation preceding Samuel S. B., was born in Ireland, June 24, 1707, and emigrated from that country in 1729. He was married in the following year, on September 7, by Rev. James Anderson, of Donegal, province of Pennsylvania, to Jean Murdoch, born in Ireland, April 5, 1712. They had these children: Agnes, born July 9, 1731, died in 1735, aged four years; Eleanor, born January 16, 1733, married, first, to William Williams; secondly, to John Donaldson; Jane, born January 22, 1734, married Thomas Mays, and lived in North Carolina; John; Thomas, born August 14, 1738, died in 1739; Agnes (2), born September 14, 1740, married William Gray; Thomas (2), born February 12, 1743, died January 8, 1760, aged sixteen years and ten months, killed by falling from a tree which he had climbed for a squirrel; Mary and Elizabeth, twins, born February 18, 1745; Mary, married Andrew Mayse; Elizabeth, died October, 1745; James, born August 28, 1747, died March 6, 1809, aged sixty-one years, married to Margaret Brisbin; Samuel, born December 13, 1749, married Susannah Collier, enlisted as lieutenant in the Revolution, and was promoted to captain, died May 2, 1785, aged thirty-five; Elizabeth (2), born February 27, 1752, married, first, Patrick Galloway, secondly, Patrick Harbinger, who was hanged by Tories during the Revolution, and thirdly, Thomas Archibald. Thomas Rutherford died April 18, 1777, aged seventy. His wife, Jean Murdoch, died August 10, 1789, aged seventy-seven.

John Rutherford, son of Thomas, and great-grandfather of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., February 16, 1737. He was married, February 4, 1762, to Margaret Parke. They had seven children: Jane, born August 26, 1763, wife of Samuel Hutchinson, died February 28, 1807, aged forty-three; Martha, born February 22, 1765, wife of James Collier, died August 27, 1849, aged eighty-four, was buried at Greenfield, Ohio; Thomas, born November 28, 1767, died October 18, 1793, aged twenty-five years and ten months; Samuel, born July 16, 1769, married Elizabeth Brisbin, died November 26, 1833, aged sixty-four; Mary, born September 13, 1771, wife of Robert Gray, died August 16, 1863, aged ninety-one years; John, born January 15, 1774, died May 1, 1832. aged fifty-eight; married, first, Jane Maeder, and afterwards Priscilla Barrett; and William. John Rutherford was a farmer, and died October 1, 1804, aged sixty-seven; his wife died in January, 1810, aged seventy-three years.

William Rutherford, paternal grandfather of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born August 4, 1776. He was a farmer, and was twice elected to the State Legislature. He was married, March 17, 1801, to Sarah Swan, born January 1, 1779; daughter of William and (Renick) Swan. They had ten children, of whom the only survivor is Hiram, who resides at Oakland, Coles county, Ill. Their deceased children are: John Parke; Martha, died October 20, 1851, aged forty-eight; William Wilson, died March 13, 1873, aged sixty-seven, married Eleanor Crain, and resided on Front street, Harrisburg, Pa.; Margaret, died June 7, 1889, aged eighty; Samuel, died March 26, 1872, aged sixty-one; Sarah, died March 28, 1873, aged sixty-one, wife of Daniel Kendig; Abner, died September 2 1890, aged seventy-six; Mary, died April 14, 1818, aged ten months; Cyrus Green, died March 30, 1850, aged thirty, killed by the falling of a tree. William Rutherford was a Whig. He and his wife were members of the Paxtang Presbyterian church. He died on the farm on which he was born and spent his life, January 17, 1850, aged seventy-three. His wife Sarah died June 17, 1852, aged seventy-three.

His son, John Parke Rutherford, father of S. S. B. Rutherford, was born in Dauphin county, February 14, 1802. He was a farmer. In 1836 he was appointed supervisor of the Pennsylvania canal, and held that position for three years, after which he resumed farming, and continued until 1861, when he was appointed quartermaster in the United States army, and served through the war. He also filled the office of county auditor for one term of three years. After leaving the military service he retired from active business for five years. Mr. Rutherford was married, in October, 1824, to Miss Eliza, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Brisbin) Rutherford. Of their seven children, five are living: Samuel S. B.; Elizabeth Martha, born June 26, 1833; Sarah Margaret, born August 21, 1835, wife of Job D. Randolph; Mary Jane, born December 9, 1837, wife of John Elder; Eleanor Gilchrist, born April 15, 1841. Their deceased children are: William Swan, born August 19, 1827, died January 24, 1895, aged sixty-seven years and five months, and John Alexander, born November 23, 1830, died December 17, 1891, aged sixty-one years. Mr. Rutherford and his wife were members of the Paxtang Presbyterian church. Both died at the old homestead: Mr. Rutherford May 12, 1871, at the age of sixty-nine, and Mrs. Rutherford January 30, 1860, aged fifty-eight years.

Samuel Silas Brisbin Rutherford attended the private schools of Susquehanna township, Dauphin county, and was for one session at the academy at Middletown, Pa. In 1848-49 he taught in the public schools. On June 1, 1849, he received an appointment to a clerkship in the Harrisburg post office, which position he accepted, and occupied for four years and one month. He afterwards entered the employ of John H. Brant, commission merchant, as clerk, and was thus occupied for five years, when Mr. Brunt went out of business. Through Mr. Brant's influence Mr. Rutherford was employed as clerk in the freight office of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, where he continued until 1861. After this he was appointed clerk under his father in the quartermaster's department, and served until the close of the war in 1865. In 1866 Mr. Rutherford came home and assisted his brother during the month of August. In September, through the instrumentality of Mr. Calder, he was sent to Baltimore; he removed his family to that city, and resided there until April, 1870, when he returned to his old homestead. He has resided there ever since, and attended personally to the cultivation of the land until 1876, when he gave up active duties. Mr. Rutherford was married, at Harrisburg, August 28, 1860, to Miss Mary Caroline, daughter of James and Ann (Reigel) Walker; born October 1, 1842. They had five children: James W., born April 1, 1862; John P., born July 4, 1864; Bessie, wife of James A. Rutherford, born at Baltimore, Md., February 24, 1867; Ramsey, born in Baltimore, June 17, 1869; Thomas Wilson, born December 24, 1873. Mrs. Rutherford died September 26, 1874, aged thirty-two. Mr. Rutherford was married the second time, March 22, 1888, to Miss Annie Walker, sister of his first wife, born September 4, 1843. Of this marriage there is no issue. Mr. Rutherford has filled various township offices. In 1876 he was elected assessor, and served one year; he was re-elected in 1879, 1880 and 1982. He is a Republican. He is a member of the Paxtang Presbyterian church, and is a trustee and the treasurer of the church. James Walker, father of Mrs. Rutherford, is a native of Dauphin county, and a millwright. He was also a miller for a number of years; he subsequently bought a farm, and spent the remainder of his life in agricultural pursuits. His wife also was a native of Dauphin county.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Robert Demy rdemy@earthlink.net for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project http://maley.net/transcription.

Date of Transcription: 28 August 2001

Copyright (c) 2001 All Rights Reserved: Use, duplication or reproduction for profit or presentation by any person or organization is strictly prohibited.

Pages 1011 - 1013