Thomas Rutherford

4 September 1798–8 December 1879
Birdhope Craig, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Rutherford was christened on 4 September 1798, in Birdhope Craig, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, his father, James Rutherford, was 30 and his mother, Helen Elliot, was 28. He married Janet Sutherland on 1 June 1820, in Latheron, Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 8 December 1879, in West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 81.

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Thomas Rutherford
Janet Sutherland
Marriage: 1 June 1820
Helen Rutherford
Alexander Gunn Rutherford
Catherine Rutherford
Mary Rutherford
James Rutherford
Mary Rutherford
John Rutherford
Thomas Rutherford
Joan Rutherford

Spouse and Children

1 June 1820
Latheron, Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James Rutherford


    Helen Elliot




    Ann Rutherford


    Mary Rutherford


    John Rutherford



    George Rutherford


+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1801 · The Act of Union

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1820 · """The """"Radical War""""."""

The Scottish Insurrection was a week of strikes and unrest with demands for reform in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The economic downturn after the Napoleonic war ended, brought increasing unrest with the Artisan workers in Scotland, seeking action to reform the government. But the insurrection was largely forgotten about, as attention was focused on the better publicized Radical events in England.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: habitational name from a place in the Scottish Borders near Roxburgh, probably named with an early British river name of unknown etymology + Old English ford ‘ford’. There is another place of the same name in North Yorkshire, named with hryðer ‘cattle’ + Old English ford ‘ford’, but this does not seem to have contributed to the surname.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thos. Rutherford in entry for Catherine Rutherford, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Thomas Rutherford in entry for Ann Rutherford, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Thomas Rutherford, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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