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SUMMARY of the HISTORY
of the RUTTER FAMILY

The Beginning

The Rutter name is a common name in the Maryland area where the Rutters came from.

The Rutter surname is English. The name has three origins. The first as a occupational name for someone that played the rote, which was an early medieval stringed instrument. The second was a nickname for a cheerful person, from the Middle English word "rote", or glad. The third was also a nickname for a unscrupulous person, a robber or highwayman or footpad (highwayman on foot) which comes from the Old French word "routier".

The Sixth Generation   -   The Richard Rutter Family

The first record of a Rutter on the Gillett family tree was Richard Rutter. He was born in 1746. Where he was born (England or America) is not known at this time. There is a strong possibility that it was in Cecil County, Maryland.

Richard married Ann Ashbaugh. Ann was born in Cecil County, Maryland, the daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Boyer) Ashbaugh. Both of her parents were born in Cecil County, Maryland. They were of German descent.

The Richard Rutters were members of the Hopewell Methodist Church in Cecil County, Maryland.

Richard fought in the American Revolution with the Maryland Militia. He was a private in Captain Charles Anderson's Company No. 3. He had enlisted September 23, 1775. At the time he was about 29 years old.

Richard and Ann (Ashbaugh) Rutter were the parents of eight children, six sons and two daughters:

  • Esther Rutter - born about 1774 - married ______ Harson - he also was born about 1774
  • Sarah Rutter - born about 1775 - married Daniel Murphy - he was born in 1775 in Baltimore, Maryland
  • William Rutter - born about 1777
  • John Rutter - born June 14, 1779, in Rising Sun, Cecil County, Maryland - married Mary Bay about 1802 in Rising Sun, Cecil County, Maryland - she was born January 12, 1784, in Havre de Grace, Hartford County, Maryland, the daughter of William Bay - John and Mary were the parents of twelve children - Mary died before November 1834 less than 50 years old - John died January 15, 1860, in Cecil County, Maryland, at the age of 80
  • Richard Rutter - born about 1781
  • Samuel Rutter - born about 1783
  • Thomas Rutter - born 1785 - married Mary Fisher February 16, 1825, in Cecil County, Maryland - she was born in 1794 in Maryland - Thomas and Mary were the parents of two children - Mary died August 16, 1884, near Woodlawn, Cecil County, Maryland, about 90 years old
  • Charles Rutter - born about 1790 in Cecil County, Maryland - married (1) Mary Gillespie on March 10, 1814, in Cecil County, Maryland - she was born about 1790 - Charles and Mary were the parents of one daughter - Charles married (2) Sarah Campbell on November 9, 1816, in Cecil County, Maryland - she was born in 1795 in Maryland - Charles and Sarah were the parents of nine children - Charles died in 1845 in Waterford Township of Washington County, Ohio, about 55 years old - Sarah (Campbell) Rutter died February 5, 1864, in Washington Township, Morgan County, Ohio, about 69 years old - direct ancestor

Richard was a blacksmith. Ann (Ashbaugh) Rutter died before 1824. Richard Rutter died in 1825 in Bachelor's Hall, Cecil County, Maryland, about 79 years old.

The Fifth Generation   -   The Charles Rutter Family

Charles Rutter was born about 1790, the last child of Richard and Ann (Ashbaugh) Rutter. Charles first married Mary Gillespie on March 10, 1814 in Cecil County, Maryland. Cecil County is located in the extreme northeast section of Maryland at the northern part of Chesapeake Bay northeast of Baltimore, Maryland.

Charles and Mary (Gillespie) were the parents of one daughter:

  • Mary G. Rutter - born October 3, 1815, in Cecil County, Maryland - died June 1850 at the age of 34

Mary (Gillespie) Rutter must have died (probably in child birth) as Charles Rutter married Sarah Campbell on November 9, 1816, in Cecil County, Maryland. Sarah was born in 1794 in Maryland.

Charles and Sarah (Campbell) Rutter were the parents of nine children, six sons and three daughters:

  • John B. Rutter - born May 4, 1817, in Cecil County, Maryland - married Eliza A. Williams March 23, 1843, in Morgan County, Ohio - Eliza was born April 27, 1818, in Connecticut - John B. and Eliza A. (Williams) Rutter were the parents of four children:
    • Sarah D. Rutter - born in 1843 in Moscow Mills, Morgan County, Ohio - married Jefferson Borden April 13, 1862, in Morgan County, Ohio
    • Emaline Rutter
    • Charles Rutter - born October 19, 1848, in Morgan County, Ohio - died September 14, 1850, in Morgan County, Ohio, almost two years old
    • John B. Rutter - died January 1855 in Morgan County, Ohio
    John B. Rutter, Sr. died June 25, 1851, in Washington County, Ohio, at the age of 34 - his wife, Eliza, died February 17, 1904, in Morgan County, Ohio, at the age of 87 - both of them, plus both sons, are buried in Mount Olive Cemetery in Morgan County, Ohio
  • Eliza Ann Rutter - born August 19, 1819, in Baltimore County, Maryland - married Lorenzo Kelly July 13, 1844, in Morgan County, Ohio - they were the parents of seven children - Lorenzo died July 6, 1885, in Keokuk, Iowa, about 69 years old - Eliza died October 3, 1902, in Keokuk, Iowa, at the age of 83 - my great-great grandmother
  • William C. Rutter - born about 1820 in Cecil County, Maryland - married (1) Catherine Mackey on April 15, 1849 - she was born about 1825 in Pennsylvania - William and Catherine were the parents of two children:
    • Charles B. Rutter - born May 1850 in Washington County, Ohio, and died there August 14, 1850, -- only 3 months old
    • Catherine Rutter - born in 1851
    Catherine (Mackey) Rutter died and was buried in the Round Bottom Cemetery in Washington County, Ohio - William then married (2) Lucy Jane Beebe on August 10, 1852 - she was born about 1835 in Ohio - William and Lucy (Beebe) Rutter were the parents of six children:
    • Catherine Rutter - born about 1852, in Ohio
    • Edgar Rutter - born July 30, 1853, in Ohio
    • William R. Rutter - born June 15, 1855, in Ohio
    • Russell A. Rutter - born September 5, 1857, in Ohio
    • Hiram M. Rutter - born October 29, 1859
    • Winfield S. Rutter - born December 22, 1861, in Illinois - he was a blacksmith - in 1900, when he was 39 years old, he was listed as being at the hospital for the insane in Kane County, Illinois
    William served in the Civil War in Company B of the 77th Ohio Regiment - he was captured in Shiloh, Tennessee - he died September 24, 1862, in prison at Macon, Georgia, of disease caused by privation and bad sewage at about 42 years old
  • Charles T. Rutter - born in 1822 in Cecil County, Maryland - married (1) Lucinda Deen on March 2, 1847, in Morgan County, Ohio - she was born in 1829 in Ohio - Charles and Lucinda (Deen) Rutter were the parents of six children, probably all born in Ohio:
    • George Rutter - born in 1848
    • Isaac Rutter - born in 1850
    • Nancy Rutter - born in 1852
    • Alice Rutter - born in 1854
    • Charles T. Rutter - born March 5, 1856
    • Milton Rutter - born in 1858
    Lucinda must have died as Charles married (2) Nancy Gage - she was born about 1817 in Ohio - Charles and Nancy were the parents of one daughter:
    • Ella Rutter
    Charles Rutter died June 19, 1859, about 37 years old
  • Oliver Wendell Rutter - born January 15, 1824, in Baltimore County, Maryland - married (1) Mary Elizabeth Woodmancy on January 16, 1851, in Waterford Township of Washington County, Ohio - she was born about 1834 in Connecticut - Oliver and Mary had nine children, all born in the Waterford Township of Washington County, Ohio:
    • Theodore Rutter - born about 1852
    • Oliver Cushman Rutter - born May 14, 1854 - married Ellen Augusta Flowers June 15, 1876, in St. Francisville, Missouri - she was born June 11, 1857, in Clark County, Missouri - Oliver and Ellen were the parents of 5 children - Oliver died December 13, 1940, in Klamath Falls, Oregon
    • Clarence Rutter - born February 19, 1856
    • James W. Rutter - born about 1858
    • Albin J. Rutter - born October 16, 1859 - married Mary Alice Day March 4, 1884, in Beatrice, Nebraska - she was born January 28, 1868, in Greene County, Tennessee - Albin died January 1, 1908, in Cortland, Nebraska
    • Charles W. Rutter - born in 1865
    • Etta M. Rutter - born in 1866
    • Samuel E. Rutter - born December 1869 - married Lockie McFetridge - she was born about 1869 in Kansas
    • Elizabeth Rutter - born April 1871
    Oliver Rutter was listed as being a cooper in both the 1850 and 1860 census for Ohio - he had property worth about $300 - Mary (Woodmancy) Rutter died June 1871 in Washington County, Ohio, about 37 years old - Oliver then married (2)Celestia Sherman on June 9, 1872, in Washington County, Ohio - she was born March 6, 1839, in Ohio, the daughter of Abel and Margaret (Brown) Sherman - Oliver died September 13, 1904, in Gage County, Nebraska, at the age of 80
  • Theodore T. Rutter - born about 1827 - married Lucy Webster November 13, 1852, in Washington County, Ohio - she was born in Ohio about 1837 - Theodore Rutter was also listed as being a cooper in the census for 1850 but the census of 1860 indicated he was a farmer - Theodore and Lucy (Webster) Rutter were the parents of at least four children:
    • Sarah M. Rutter - born about 1854
    • Caroline Rutter - born about 1856
    • Levi Rutter - born about 1857
    • Phoebe Rutter - born about 1860
  • Sarah Rutter - born about 1829
  • Levi Rutter - born February 1, 1831 - married Sarah Levina McNeal on January 19, 1853, in Waterford Township of Washington county, Ohio - she was born in Ohio on April 25, 1834 - Levi Rutter was a farmer according to the 1860 census while a cooper in the 1850 census - in the 1860 census his farm property was valued at $6,000 which was quite high, especially for his age--about 29 years old at the time - his personal property was valued at $1,391 which also was quite high - his wife, Sarah, must have inherited the property - Levi and Sarah were the parents of six children:
    • Calvin Rutter - born October 12, 1853 - died January 7, 1855, only 15 months old
    • Adelia A. Rutter - born about 1854 - died in 1936 about 82 years old
    • Mary E. Rutter - born about 1857
    • Vesta L. Rutter - born October 25, 1859 - married Alexander Humpheys on May 15, 1879
    • Arthur E. Rutter - born January 16, 1865 - married Florence Wood on October 9, 1887, in Beverly, Washington County, Ohio - Arthur Rutter died January 17, 1933, at the age of 68
    • Grace Rutter - Born in 1871
  • Cynthia Rutter - Born about 1833 and died before 1850, less than 17 years old.

The early records of the Rutter family indicate that they came from near Baltimore, Maryland, to Morgan County, Ohio, in 1837. At the time Charles was about 47 years old while his oldest daughter, Eliza Ann Rutter, would have been about 21 years old. A marriage between a Benjamin Rutter and Melissa Leget took place in Morgan County on August 21, 1834, which might have been a cousin of Eliza Ann Rutter and one of the reason they settled there in Ohio.

Charles Rutter died in 1845 in Waterford Township of Washington County, Ohio, about 55 years old. His wife, Sarah (Campbell) Rutter, died February 5, 1864, in Washington Township of Morgan County, Ohio, about 67 years old. She was buried at the Mount Olive Cemetery in Morgan County, Ohio.

The Fourth Generation   -   The Lorenzo and Eliza (Rutter) Kelly Family

Eliza Ann Rutter was born August 19, 1819, in Maryland. She traveled to Morgan Couny, Ohio, about 1837. She was about 18 years old at the time. Eliza married Lorenzo Kelly in Morgan County, Ohio, on July 13, 1844. Lorenzo was born about 1816 in Ohio. At the time of their marriage Lorenzo was about 28 years olds and Eliza was almost 25 years old.

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Lorenzo Kelly died July 6, 1885, in Keokuk, Iowa, about 69 years old while his wife, Eliza (Rutter) Kelly, died October 3, 1902, in Keokuk at the age of 83.