Robert Backburn Rutledge

23 October 1783–1824 (Age 40)
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States

The Life of Robert Backburn

When Robert Backburn Rutledge was born on 23 October 1783, in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States, his father, John James Rutledge, was 44 and his mother, Jane Officer, was 34. He married Susannah Mayes in 1805. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He died in 1824, in Henderson, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 41.

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Robert Backburn Rutledge
Susannah Mayes
Marriage: 1805
Thomas Officer Rutledge
James Rutledge
Nancy Elliott Rutledge
Sarah Mayes Rutledge
Jane M. Rutledge
Mary Ann Amanda Rutledge
Robert Blackburn Rutledge

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World Events (8)

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 3

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.
1792 · Becomes the 15th State

Age 9

On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state. It was the first state west of the Appalachian Mountains
1796 · Wilderness Road Opens to Wagons

Age 13

In 1796, the Wilderness Road opened up for wagon use. The route was used by colonial and early settlers to reach Kentucky from the East. It started in Virginia, and went southward to Tennessee and then went north to Kentucky. The main danger of this route was Native American attacks.

Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin. If it is a habitational name, the location and etymology of the place from which it derives are obscure. Routledge, the more common form in the British Isles, is found mainly on the English-Scottish borders. The place in Cumbria, now called Routledge Burn, seems to have received its name in the 16th century from a member of the family rather than vice versa.

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

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