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Alvah Russel Rutan (1821 - 1877)

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Rev Alvah Russel Rutan
Born in New Jersey, United Statesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1846 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 28 Aug 2019 | Created 14 Apr 2013 | Last significant change: 28 Aug 2019
16:50: Eric Weddington edited the Biography for Alvah Russel Rutan (1821-1877). (Removing 1880 Census reference as he died in 1877.) [Thank Eric for this]
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Alvah was arrested and sent to Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the Civil War in what is known as the Fishing Creek Confederacy.

31 Aug 1864 he was arrested at his home in Fairmount Township, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania. He was then arrested again in October of 1864. He had a trial in November of 1864 and was sent to Fort Mifflin in December of 1864. Alvah was finally released from Fort Mifflin on 1 March 1865. Alvah was never really told what he was arrested for; they wanted to question him about the disloyalty of others. During the time that Alvah was in prison his family suffered a lot and nearly all of his crops were lost.

Research Notes

I do not know who Alvah's parents are. They could be Samuel and Susanna Cymer (Kymer) Rutan but I do not have any proof yet.

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  • 1860 U.S. census, Ancestry, Digital images Author: Pennsylvania, Luzerne County Publication: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • American Bastile. A history of the illegal arrest and imprisonment of American citizens during the late Civil War Author: John A. Marshall Publication: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Thomas W. Hartley, 1871.
  • Probate Records 1683 - 1994. Columbia County Court House, Bloosmburg Author: Pennsylvania. Columbia County.
  • Death Certificates. Author: Pennsylvania. Columbia County.

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