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Daughters of the Revolutionary War lineage:
Nancy Estes's parents (John D. Estes and Catherine Jane Kirkpatrick) (John's parents unknown)

Catherine Kirkpatrick's parents (Joseph Marion Kirkpatrick and Martha Patsy Ross)

Martha Patsy Ross's parents William Ross and Eliza Jane Allen | William Hugh Ross, Jr. and Mary Griffin

Other Ancestors:

Frances Skaggs parents: James Skaggs and Frances Beeler |

Joseph Kirkpatrick's parents ( David Sevier Kirkpatrick and Catherine White) | John Hugh Kirkpatrick and Margaret "Jane" Wilkins (possible Revoluntary War; there are 2 John Hugh Kirkpatricks)

Catherine White's parents (Joseph White and Janet Mebane)

Rutledge DNA Connection: Edward Gent Rutledge | James Enos Rutledge | William Richard Rutledge | Richard William Rutledge | Harry Milton Rutledge | Edgar Rutledge Taylor | (This line is connected by DNA, but we have not yet put together the puzzle pieces)

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James Rutledge Sr. and Frances Skaggs


James Rutledge Sr. was born about 1790 in North Carolina (from 1850 census).

Frances Skaggs was born about 1810 in Missouri to James Skaggs and Frances "Fanny" Beeler. James and Frances were 20 years apart in age. They would have 10 children. James Skaggs, Father of Frances, would die in 2011 when she was 1 year old and before her brother Hiram was born. The family had only recently moved to Missouri when Frances was born.


When did James travel to Missouri? Did he come with his parents?

There was a 1790 census in North Carolina; Click here for research on early Rutledges. As seen in the 1796 above map (click for larger size) The counties of mention are Lincoln (3), Stokes (4), Wilkes (1), Surray (3), Rowan (3), Duplin (2), and New Hanover(2).


James and Frances married about 1825. ( a guess before first child? Need documentation.
Frances's alleged sister, Nancy, is married in Franklin County, Missouri on 17 Apr 1826. This is a clue the family may have lived there. In 1850 & 1860, the alleged sister Nancy is living in Cuba post office, Benton, Crawford, Missouri.
The alleged brother Hiram moves to Clarke County, Mississippi. It is interesting that many of his children have the same names. Also, it is interesting that James and Frances Rutledge's first child below is named Hiram.
The alleged father James Skaggs dies in Jefferson County, Missouri
DNA match line goes to Illinois and that is where Frances's Mom Fanny is alleged to have died. Is it possible that they were married in Illinois?)


Their first son, Hiram Rutledge, was born on August 28, 1827. James was 37 years old and Frances was 17 years old. (what is the source of this information?)

Their second son, George W. Rutledge, Sr. was born February 22, 1830.


The 1830 census for James Rutledge lists 2 males under age 5 (Hiram and George), one male between 30 and 40 years (James), and one female 20 and 30 years old (Frances). lists this census page as "Meramec Township, Crawford County." lists this census page as "Meramec Township, Washington County." and mogenweb lists the transcription of this page as "Merrimac Township, Washington County."

Present day maps indicate a Meramec Townships in St. Louis County, Dent, Phelps, Franklin, Jefferson, and Crawford Counties. The above map shows the two possible Meramec Townships of present day and the nearby Washington County. In the next census in 1840, the family is living near Aptus in Washington County. Therefore, either of the Meramec Townships in the above image would be in close proximity to where the family moved next. I considered that the county lines may have moved, but according to the interactive map, it does not appear that the Washington County lines have moved from 1830 to the present day.


Their third child, first daughter, Elizabeth Betsy Rutledge, was born August 9, 1832.

Their first son, Hiram, died on September 7, 1833, at the age of 6 years. (what is the source of this information?)

Their fourth child, second daughter, Nancy Jane Rutledge, was born December 19, 1834.

Their fifth child, third son, John R. Rutledge, was born November 7, 1837.

Their sixth and seventh children, fourth and fifth sons, were twins who were born and died on August 17, 1840. (what is the source of their birth at Shibboleth, Washington County, Missouri?)

The 1840 Census in Liberty Township, Washington County (and page 2), lists:

[1]Free White Persons - Males - Under 5 (John R. at age 3)

[1]Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14 (George W. at age 10)

[1]Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59 (James at age 50)

[2]Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9 (Elizabeth Besty at age 8 & Nancy Jane at age 6)

[1]Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39 (Frances at age 30)

[1]Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade

[4]Free White Persons - Under 20

[1]Free White Persons - 20 thru 49

[6]Total Free White Persons

[6]Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves


What did James manufacture or trade? Beavers, buffalo, and fox pelts were all the rage when James was living. In St. Louis was the American Fur Company trading post from 1808 to 1849. In 1817 law excluding all foreign fur traders from American soil.


Their eight child, third daughter, Mary (Polly) Ann Rutledge was born February 23, 1842.

Their ninth child, fourth daughter, Frances Rutledge, was born March 11, 1845.


The October 8, 1850 Census in Liberty Township, Washington County, lists James Rutledge, age 60, male, farmer, born in North Carolina and Francis Rutledge, age 40, female, born in Missouri. Their children, all born in Missouri, are listed as George, age 20 male, also farming; Nancy, age 15 female; John, age 20 male; Polly, age 8 female; and Francis, age 5 male. Their daughter Elizabeth, age 18, was married and living with her husband, Joseph Evans.


Their tenth child, fifth daughter, Martha Lucrietia Rutledge, was born November 25, 1851.


James died on October 7, 1852, at the age of 62, only 1 year after his daughter Martha was born. (where is source?)


In the August 17, 1860 census in Liberty Township, Washington County, Frances, called "Franny," is living with her son George, at the age of years. Also in the home are her daughter-in-law Rose and three grandsons, James, George, and Stephen.


In the August 15, 1870 Census, Washington County, Johnson Township, Osage Post Office, Frances is living with her son, John R. Rutledge (age 32), in the Osage post office area of Johnson County. Also in the home are her daughter-int-law Mary (age 36), grandson William (age 16), grandson Daniel (age 6), and grandson John (age 3). She "cannot write" and her birthplace is Missouri.

[Berryman was oiginally called Osage, founded in the 1830s. The present name is after John Berryman, the acquaintance of an early settler. A post office named Osage was established in 1836, the name was changed to Berryman in 1886, and the post office closed in 1986. It is located along Route 8, it lies in the Mark Twain National Forest about sixteen miles west of Potosi. Wikipedia] However, Berryman is not in Johnson Township, but rather slightly south. The farm could have been in Johnson Township, but they used the Osage/Berryman post office.


In the June 7, 1880 census in Richwards, Washington County, District 176, Frances (age 56) is living with her son, John R. Rutledge (age 42), in Richwoods, at the age of 68 years, and her daughter-in-law Mary (age 46), grandson Daniel (age 17), grandson John J (age 13), and granddaughter Nancy (age 9). Under the "sick" column, it indicates "debility." She "cannot write" and she and her parents were born in Missouri.


Frances died November 10, 1883, in Richwoods and was buried November 11, 1883, at the age of 73 years. The death information listed on the Secretary of State's website indicates her nationality as German and her cause of death was "partial paralysis" for a period of one month.



Note: My Grandpa said that his ancestors came from a large home in Wheeling, West Virginia. His family has taken him there to see the plantation at some point in his life. Where does this Wheeling WV come into the picture?



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