George Alva Rutter

Male27 March 1878–3 June 1951

Brief Life History of George Alva

When George Alva Rutter was born on 27 March 1878, in Monroe, Xenia Township, Greene, Ohio, United States, his father, Ebenezer Rutter, was 36 and his mother, Ruth Ellen Shaw, was 23. He married Willa Mae Reeder in 1902, in Tyler, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Simpson District, Harrison, West Virginia, United States in 1930 and Clay District, Harrison, West Virginia, United States in 1940. He died on 3 June 1951, in Shinnston, Harrison, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Shinnston, Harrison, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Alva Rutter
1878–1951
Jessie Pearl Boggess
1881–1969
Marriage: 8 November 1906
Hellen Edna Rutter
1908–1975
Baby Rutter
1912–1912
Cecil Alva Rutter
1926–2011

Sources (23)

  • G A Butler in household of Ebenezer Butler, "United States Census, 1900"
  • George Alva Rutler, "Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003"
  • George A Rutter, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 November 1906Harrison, West Virginia, United States
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (13)

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    World Events (8)

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 3

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

    1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

    Age 4

    A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

    1898 · War with the Spanish

    Age 20

    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

    Name Meaning

    English: occupational name from Old French roteor, roteeur, routeeur ‘player on the rote’, a musical instrument, a kind of harp or fiddle. The regular modern development of the name would have been to Roter (rhyming with boater), and to Router or Rowter (rhyming with doubter). These variants survive in small numbers, but the principal modern form is Rutter, found in fairly large numbers across England, especially in the northeast and in the West Midlands. The shortened vowel in Rutter may have been influenced by rotte, rutte, Middle English variants of Old French rote. Compare Root 2.

    English: nickname from Middle English roter, rotour ‘robber, plunderer’, also ‘scoundrel, lecher’, a borrowing of Old French rotier, Anglo-Norman French routier ‘soldier of fortune; robber, highwayman, ruffian’, though this is a less likely source of the modern surname.

    Dutch: nickname from Middle Dutch rut(t)er ‘freebooter, footpad’, cognate with 2 above.

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

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