Brett Edward Rutherford

Brett Rutherford

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Brett E. Rutherford
Born 1950s.
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Brother of [private brother (1960s - unknown)] and [private sister (1960s - unknown)]
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Father of [private son (1980s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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My interest in genealogy came at an early age. My mother documented my progress as a child in a "baby book" with a beautiful tree that included the names of my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. There were some question marks on some of the blank spaces and I wanted to know who those people were. Needless to say I spent more time "growing up" than working on that little mystery.

But about 25 years ago, when visiting my aunt Ann, she shared with me the contents of a shoe box on a high closet shelf. Along with a deed to the home farm, newspaper articles showing how the community helped replace the roof of grandpa's barn after a tornado, lots of old pictures, also In that box were a few photocopied sheets from the book "The Fate of the Fenwick's 1798-1828" edited by A. F. Wedd (I now own the copyright to that book). We read them together out loud...Who was this Eliza Fenwick that wrote the letters that composed the book and who was this William Rutherford referred to in those letters, and how could I find the rest of the story? The time had come to fill in those blank spaces.

It took over a year to find a copy of the book, on line, at a used book store in England. I spent more than I could afford and waited for the parcel to arrive in the mail. During the time I was looking for the book I did a lot of research and found out that Eliza Fenwick was my 5x great grandmother, William Rutherford, her son in law, his wife Elizabeth Fenwick Rutherford my 3x great grandfathers parents.

An internet search of Eliza Fenwick's name came up with some exciting results. She had written a novel for adults in 1795 titled "Secresy, Or, The Ruin on the Rock" as well as several children's books. The novel was edited and reprinted by Dr. Isobel Grundy[1]and included a detailed introduction consisting of Eliza's history. The novel is still used in the English programs of universities world wide. Dr. Grundy was very helpful in sharing any information she had on Eliza and my thanks to her continue to be expressed.

Then my package from England arrived! "The Fate of the Fenwick's", it contained a series of letters written by Eliza over the time period of 1798-1828 to a variety of people. What a treasure, it contains the day to day struggles and accomplishments of this woman's life through that time period.

The story doesn't end there though, Dr. Lissa Paul[2]from Brock University in Ontario became interested in Eliza's story and has continued to delve into her life and accomplishments. Her research was able to turn up a further collection of letters detailing Eliza's daily activities up to the time of her death in 1840. Dr. Paul was able to use her research to write and publish a book titled "The Children's Book Business, Lessons from the Long Eighteenth Century"[3]. Lissa has generously shared her research with myself and another esteemed WikiTree member, a recently found cousin Dave Rutherford. Dave and I look forward to any other information Dr. Paul can share with us on this amazing ancestor of ours.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION 08:54, 30 July 2016(EDT)

(this is a work in progress...stay tuned for updates and additions)

  • I own a copy of the two volume "Genealogical History of the Rutherford Family" by William Kenneth Rutherford & Anna Clay Zimmerman Rutherford, 2001 reprint edition. I am willing to share information from that publication if you request it.
  1. Dr. Isobel Grundy- A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Professor Emeritus in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta
  2. Dr. Lissa Paul, Professor (PhD), Department of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Education
  3. published by Routledge 2011.

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Eleanor Jackson Boughner was my gg grandmother. I have traced her back to the 1700's and have adopted a large number of Boughner profiles as a result
The Hyatt's have United Empire Loyalist history. Rachel Ostrander, John Hyatt's first wife was a recent discovery for me thanks to to a WikiTree member who was well thanked.
The McKibbin's have been an elusive bunch for me. My maternal Grandfather's family came from Scotland but also have roots in Ireland. I can't find anything before the year 1800.
Majority of my family lives and grew up in this Canadian Province
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I come from the Hunthill and Edgerston lines of the Rutherford family according to the auto biography of my 5x great grandfather, Thomas Rutherford, Weslyan Methodist Minister


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On 13 Jan 2018 at 21:37 GMT Kurt Driver wrote:

Hi Brett Unknown-211761 and Misener-400 have the same names, with slightly different spellings the same year of birth, and are each in Wentworth County. The marriage record of Unknown's son names his parents as Elijah and Ann. Lydiais known as Ann in many sources including her marriage record to Elijah. I suspect that someone founda record of the son, who spells his name as Miers in all later sources, (but is Myres in the 1871 census.)created profiles of him and his parents and decided that they must have the same name as him, therefore the records of his parents must have mispelt their name, whereas he had changed the spelling. They are, I believe, the same people. Kurt

On 30 Jun 2017 at 19:43 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Hi Brett,

I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!

Share personal successes, stories about ancestors, tips, projects you are working on, or anything else you wish.

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Pilots, Mentors, and Leaders of all kinds please add something... your advice is always greatly appreciated.

Hope to see you there!

On 10 May 2017 at 19:21 GMT Cynthia (Edgemon) Rushing wrote:

Hi Brett,

Apparently according to relationship finder tool we're 19th cousins with John Beaufort KG being our 18th great grandfather.

On 8 May 2017 at 21:51 GMT Tammy (Sumner) Vandenberg wrote:

I am on a mission to try and get the data for Jacob Beam (Beam-371) of Beamsville corrected. I don't believe he is part of the Conestoga, Pa Beams. See Jacob Beam Boehm-6 from Conestoga PA. I believe these 2 are being merged on numerous Family Tree sites and have been copied over and over again. Beam-371 was born in 1728 according to his burial records and he was 84. The Conestoga Jacob Beam was born sometime before 1722 as he was the eldest of 4 brothers, the youngest Martin born 1725. Also there are records of Constoga being married to Ann Steiner not Anna Boughner. I have corrected death place and date for Beamsville Jacob. I believe he is my 5th GGrandfather. I live close to Beamsville, ON. The information about NJ seems to be the correct starting point for Jacob from Beamsville. :)

On 24 Apr 2017 at 03:24 GMT Rae (Redford) Santema wrote:

Click on the image tab and it's under photo source.

On 17 Mar 2017 at 00:58 GMT Emma (McBeth) MacBeath M.Ed MSM wrote:

Hey, we're 14th cousins twice removed! I just had to check since in G2G you said you like to talk a lot and so do I! We just happen to be related on my more talkative side of the family too ;-)

On 16 Mar 2017 at 03:36 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Thank you so much, Brett. Your comment means a lot!

On 30 Aug 2016 at 17:04 GMT Gary (Wiegand) Harding wrote:

Hi Brett,

Yes, I remember you well and its good to hear from you! I like this format so much more than the old genforum. Looks like you've been busy? Great work - Please, keep in touch - Gary

On 17 Aug 2016 at 13:27 GMT Barbara Talbot wrote:

Hi Brett - how are you related to Matthew Faulkner Talbot? He is my great-great grandfather on my father's side.

On 13 Aug 2016 at 22:22 GMT Heather Douglas wrote:

Hi Brett

My mother was a Brackenbury have you any relatives in New Zealand.

Sam Stewart

It was on my computer that Sam wrote this, I do have three different branches of the Rutherford's in my tree, Irish, English and Scottish but as I haven't researched your family cant claim a relationship.


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Queen Elizabeth II Brett is 22 degrees from Abby Glann, 24 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 35 degrees from Martin Luther King and 22 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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