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Papers, 1764-1819, of the Rutherford family of Frederick County, Virginia, and Berkeley and Jefferson Counties, West Virginia, consisting of accounts, affidavits, certificates, commissions, correspondence, court of inquiry papers, forms, land grants, military orders, notices, receipts, reports, and returns. Court of inquiry papers, 7 May 1764, concern a complaint of Susannah Ermantrout against Major George Wilson, stationed at Fort George in Hampshire County, (West) Virginia. Some papers concern a complaint against Colonel Adam Stephen (1718-1791) of the Virginia militia by Colonel Henry Bouquet (1719-1765) of the British army. Several accounts, receipts, and letters relate to the purchase of firearms and supplies for the Virginia militia and Continental Army during the American Revolution. Contains certificates verifying that individuals have taken the oath of allegiance to Virginia. Collection also includes a commission signed by Governor John Tyler (1747-1813) appointing Van Rutherford (1771-1824) a major in the Virginia militia and letters and military orders relating to military matters in Virginia during the War of 1812. Also contains a land grant for 160 acres in the Missouri Territory from President James Monroe (1758-1831) to Overton Harris, father and heir of William B. Harris
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  • Robert Rutherford and Thomas Rutherford were the sons of Thomas Rutherford (ca. 1695-1768) and Sarah de Montargis Rutherford of Essex County, Virginia. Robert Rutherford (20 October 1728-10 October 1803) represented Frederick County, Virginia, and Berkeley County, (West) Virginia, in the House of Burgesses from 1766 to 1775. He sat in the Virginia Conventions and then represented Berkeley, Frederick, and Hampshire Counties in the state Senate. He was elected to the U.S. Congress, serving from 1793 to 1797. He married Mary Dobbin (1732-1813) 13 September 1763, and they had eight children. Robert Rutherford died in Jefferson County at his home "Flowing Spring." Thomas Rutherford (1729-11 August 1804) was a surveyor and landowner. He served as a purchaser of firearms and supplies for Virginia during the American Revolution. He married Drusilla Van Swearingen (1750-1828), and they had three children, including Van Rutherford (17 December 1771-31 December 1824). Van Rutherford was a large landowner and businessman in Jefferson County and a colonel in the Virginia militia. He married Sarah Marke(1777-1828) 11 January 1798, and they had nine children.
  • Benjamin Rutherford and John Rutherford were the sons of John Rutherford (1689-1789) and Violetta Reynolds Rutherford of Essex County. John Rutherford (1730-1800) owned and operated ordinaries in Cumberland County, Virginia, for a time, before moving to Montgomery County, Virginia, then to Kentucky by 1781. He married Mary Merryman and they had eight children. Benjamin Rutherford fought in Lord Dunmore's War. He also lived in Montgomery County and then moved to Kentucky. Married, Benjamin Rutherford had at least three children.
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Douglas, J. A.,
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