James Rutledge Sr. & Frances Skaggs | George Rutledge and Rose Boyer | James Bernard Rutledge and Nancy Estes | James William Rutledge and Rubina Wright | Wilson Alvin, Sr. and Jessie Mae Wright (Wilson's WWII page)
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)
Frances Skaggs parents: James Skaggs and Frances Beeler |
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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Rutledge is my maiden name and I am a descendant of James Rutledge Sr. and Frances Skaggs.
Patriarch Genealogists: I wish to thank William D. Rutledge and John D. Rutledge for their avid research on this line over the last 50 years.
There has long existed a brick wall and many speculations at to my Rutledge ancestors in the 1700's. I will continue to pursue it for as long as I am able and hope to one day put puzzle pieces together. My 4th great-grandfather, James Rutledge, was born in 1790 in North Carolina. We know this from the 1850 Missouri census. There has been speculation that it was a 'census error' and that he was really born in South Carolina.
Who was my 5th great-grandfather Rutledge? One of his children, James Rutledge, was born in 1790. The Revolutionary War was fought April 19, 1775 to September 3, 1783, with the Declaration of Independence being signed on July 4, 1776. My James Rutledge was born merely 7 years after the Revolutionary War ended making it highly likely that his father fought in the Revolutionary War. If anything, his parents lived through the Revolutionary War.
1. There is a 1790 census in North Carolina with a finite number of Rutledge households. One of my goals which I have initiated is to put together and follow the trees of these individual families, getting to know them.
2. There is a zero-distance Y-DNA match that begins with Edgar Rutledge Taylor. I am trying to find time to trace their ancestral line which I am also putting online. A 'zero-distance' match means that there was no mutation of genes. Y DNA is male-to-male which is special DNA because we can know that this line and our line have a common male ancestor. Their line does is in Randolph County, Missouri, and goes back to New Salem, McDonough County, Illinois. where they do live fairly near the family of Ann Rutledge, who was the girlfriend of Abraham Lincoln. From Illinois back in time they appear to come from Virginia. How Virginia and North Carolina meet in our ancestral lines is yet a mystery, but somewhere their family has to connect to our family and it may be what breaks down our brick wall.
Click to open a larger copy of the above image. This chart is from the Rutledge Y-DNA project at Family Tree DNA. There is one known and verified man with Y-DNA connected to Edward Rutledge, the signer of the Declaration of Independence from South Carolina. His brother, John Rutledge, was part of the Philidelphia Convention that wrote the Constitution of the United States of America. Either one of them, or their father or grandfather, are likely to be my ancestor per Y-DNA. Note how many DNA markers are exactly alike. The top bright green line is "my" Y DNA. Next below him is Dave the 'zero-distance" match mentioned above. The third bright green line is the known signer decendant's DNA.
I sure wish I could figure out all these trees and figure out who James Rutledge, circa 1790's father is. The Declaration of Independence is 1776, which is only 14 years prior to the birth of my James Rutledge. I mean, like really, we are practically right there! So frustrating! lol