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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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Richard William Rutledge and Emily Kerby


Richard William Rutledge was born December 27, 1816, in Greenbriar, Virginia, to William Richard Rutledge and Elizabeth A. Williams.

Emily Kerby was born April 3, 1828, in Delaware. (Who are her parents? Is it "Kerby" or Kirby"? Where is evidence of her maiden name?)


On October 31, 1844, Richard (27) married Emily Kerby (16) in Fulton County, Illinois. (Note: This document is not on ancestry; find copy of marriage document. When did Richard and Emily move to the Fulton County area from Virginia and Delaware?)


On July 26, 1845, Richard and Emily have a son, William Rutledge, who died at the age of 1 on September 27, 1846. (source?)


On November 25, 1846, Richard and Emily have a son, Barker John Rutledge (location of birth?).


On July 16, 1849, Richard and Emily have a son, Robert Thomas Rutledge. (location of birth?).

In the 1850 census, McDonough County, Illinois, Richard is 30 years old, born in Virginia, owning real estate. He is living with his wife Emily (22, Delaware), and children John (4) and Thomas R. (1). Olive Churnwell (13) is also in the home. (How is Olive related?)


On December 12, 1852, Richard and Emily have a daughter, Frances Elizabeth Rutledge. (location of birth?).


On September 19, 1854, Richard and Emily have a son, George Finlay Rutledge. (location of birth?).

On November 1, 1855, Richard received a land patent jointly with James H Epperson (Is he related?) from the U.S. General Land Office, Quincy, Illinois District. The legal description is "The Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 34, in Township 6 North, of Range One East, in the District of Lands, formerly subject to sale at Quincy, now Springfield, Illinois, containing 40 acres." (Meridian 4th PM - 1815 Illinois). From the above map, we can see the parcel to the east of North County 34 Highway (also known as Marietta Road) and south of E. Buchwheat Road.

Access today to the area seems to be from the south on E. Parker Road, to Lafary Lane, to Temple Road.

This leads to a farm home and the road to the plot is on the north side of the structures.

1913 Fulton County Plat Map | Fulton County Townships | Fulton County Maps | Maps

In 1913 on the plat map, a John E. Reno owned the land and you can see the "L" shaped property combined as one parcel of real estate.

The 1895 plat map also shows the land in an "L" shape owned by John E. Reneau.

This map shows the close proximity to the post office New Philadelphia as the location of residence in the 1860 census below. New Philadelphia is in McDonough County and the land patent is in Fulton County. Did the family really live on the land grant and the census taker made an error in having them live in the wrong county by using the nearest post office as the location?

This source map is a good perspective of location with the land patent being in Harris Township of Fulton County.


On October 4, 1856, Richard and Emily have a son, Johnson Keith Rutledge. (location of birth?).


On October 21, 1858, Richard and Emily have a son, James Lyman Rutledge. (location of birth?).


In the 1860 census, New Salem Township, McDonough County, Illinois (post office New Philadelphia -above on map), Richard is 42 years old, born Virginia, a farmer, owning real estate valued at $1400 and personal property valued at $450. He is living with his wife Emily (32, Delaware), and children John (13), Robert (10), Frances (7), George (5), Johnson (3), and Lyman (1). Also in the home is Ellen Rutledge (30, Virginia), who is a seamstress. Neighbors are Robert Rutledge and George Rutledge and John Rutledge. There is a Taylor in John's household. (How is Ellen and the others related?)


Read more about New Salem Township in McDonough County, Illinois in 1885. There is mention of a Robert G. Rutledge, Rev. George Rutledge, and Mary Rutledge. What are their relationships? There is no mention of a Kerby/Kirby family.

In the June 9, 1860, agriculture schedule, New Salem Township, McDonough County, Illinois, Richard owns 80 acres of land "improved in farms" and 20 acres "unimproved in farms", cash value of 1000, value of farming implements and machinery of 50, horses (4), assets and mules (0), milen cow (3), working oxen (?), other cattle (7), sheep (18 ), swine (10), and live stock (273). Produce is listed as bushels of wheat (120), rye (0), Indian corn (500), oats (0), rice (0), tobacco (0), 400 lb bales of ginned cotton (0), wool, peas and beans (0), Irish potatoes (0), and sweet potatoes (20). (Also listed next Robert Rutledge and John Rutledge.)


In 1861, Richard and Emily have a son, Charles Franklin Rutledge, and is buried is buried in Barker-Miner Cemetery in Fulton County, Illinois.. His stone read "Charles Franklin son of R.W. & E Rutledge died June 12, 1867, age 6ys 5mts, 12ds." (Jan 1, 1861 is 6 years, 5 months, 11 days.)

The Barker Cemetery and the Miner Cemetery are next to each other and this appears to be a family cemetery. The first death to occur was that of Enos Rutledge (Richard Williams' Grandfather), who was buried in the Barker Cemetery.

Barker/Miner Cemetery is located in Section 18 of Farmers Township. If you are going in a westerly direction on Route 95, go past Marietta and take the first left turn as you leave the town. This should be Route 34. Keep going south on Route 34 as it winds through the countryside. You will see the cemetery on the right where Route 37 (1550N) intersects with Route 34. Route 37 is also known as Temple Road. The above map shows a distance of 19.8 miles from Buschnell (1865 tax list location below) to the cemetery location.

The cemetery can be seen on Google Maps.


On March 18, 1863, Richard and Emily have a son, Edward L. Rutledge. (location of birth?).


The 1865 IRS Tax List, Illinois District 9; Monthly and Special Lists; June 1865-Apr. 1866, shows a location of Buschnell, article column is "income," no. in abstract is 241, valuation of 108, rate of tax 5, for a total of 540. The above map shows the location of the land patent through the post office of New Philedelphia, and then Bushnell where he was taxed (as distance of 24 miles).


On September 1, 1866, Richard and Emily have a son, Richard Warren Rutledge, who died the same day and is buried in Barker-Miner Cemetery in Fulton County, Illinois.


On January 17, 1868, Richard and Emily have a son, Harry Milton Rutledge. (location of birth?).

In the 1870 census, New Salem Township, McDonough County, Illinois, (Pennington Point Post Office) Richard is 53 years old, born Virginia, a farmer, owning real estate valued at 4,800, and personal property valued at $1,300. He is living with his wife Emily (42, Delaware), and his children Barker J. (23), Robert F. (20), Francis (17), George F. (15), Johnson (13), Lyman (11), Eddy (7), and Harry (2). Living nearby are Robert Rutledge, John Rutledge, and Jacob Taylor. (How are they related?)

Pennington Point was 8 miles north of Macomb. The post office was established May 16, 1847, as Johnson, and changed to Pennington Point on July 26, 1865 (source: Place Names of Illinois By Edward Callary). There was a Pennington Point Methodist Church and currently a Pennington Point Cemetery which is south of Macomb. The location of the cemetery on Google Maps is similar to the location in the above 1935 plat map near Adair. (Note: The family were known to be Methodist. Can the be found in this church's records?) It is worth noting that

Did they move slightly or was it just a post office change?


On July 30, 1870 (soon after the 1870 census), Richard and Emily have a daughter, Emma Luella Kate Rutledge. (location of birth?).

In the 1880 census, Salisbury, Chariton County, Missouri, R.W. Rutledge is 64 years old, a farmer, from Virginia. He is living with his wife, Emila (50), and his children Johnson (23), Eddy (17), Harry (12), and Lulu (10). His son John Rutledge (33) with his wife Rachel (30) are on the prior page of the census. His son Thom Rutledge (30) with wife Susan and two children are a few pages prior to John.

Why did they move to Missouri? What year between 1870 and 1880 did they move?

Emily died on September 5, 1884, and is buried in Chariton, Chariton County, Missouri.

The note on the photo indicates she died of typhoid after caring for her 26 year old son, Lyman James Rutledge, who had the fever. He died one week after his mother, never know of her death.


This is Emily's death notation on Ancestry. (Note: Get copy of original document at FHL Film number 988510.)


Emily's stone at Prairie Hill Cemetery Wayland Township, Chariton County, Missouri, reads "Wife of Richard William Rutledge, Jr., born April 3, 1828, Died Sept 5, 1894 . . . .

1890 census does not exist.


Richard William died August 13, 1899, and is buried in Chariton, Chariton County, Missouri.





I was curious about "Lincoln Land" which I know as New Salem and we all know Lincoln dated Ann Rutledge. Since they were in New Salem Township, I looked up the distance from Lincoln Land to their first post office location. New Salem is in Pike County. Ann Rutledge's father founded New Salem, Illinois.

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