Brett 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)]
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 1 Jan 2019 at 12:56 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Brett,

We’ve made some exciting changes to the Global Cemeteries Project. The sub-projects have been merged into the Global Project to help with Leadership and to facilitate collaboration.

Some roles within the project have changed. From now on, there are Project Coordinators for each continent, and one for Welcome and Integration, plus Team Leaders for each individual Country etc.

Please let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project, if you’d like to continue in an existing role, and which team(s) you’d like to be on. Please also give me your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group.

Many thanks,


Leader, Global Cemeteries

On 17 Oct 2018 at 13:52 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Brett,

I’ve not heard back from you so presume you don’t want to continue in the Canada Project at this time so have gone ahead and removed your badge. If that changes anytime you would be most welcome to re-join in the future.

Susie :-)

On 31 Aug 2018 at 18:54 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Brett,

I haven’t yet heard back from you to say whether or not you’d like to continue in the Canada Project. Please can you let me know if you’d like to stay, what team(s) you’d like to be in, and let me know your e-mail address so I can add you to the project Google Group? If I haven’t heard back from you by this time next week I’ll assume you no longer want to be in the project and go ahead and remove you. You would, of course, be most welcome to re-join at any time.

Many thanks,


On 20 Aug 2018 at 19:02 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Brett,

Greg Lavoie, Dave Rutherford and I have put a lot of work into restructuring the Canada Project. Have a look at the new project page.

You'll see that we've changed the project name to the Canada Project and the badge will be changed shortly. We've done this in order to provide lots of ways for people to contribute to Canadian Profiles. We've also moved towards a team approach with top level teams being lead by Project Coordinators and sub-teams being lead by Team Leaders.

Would you like to continue in the Canada Project, and if so, which team(s) would you like to be on?

Let me know if you have any questions. Once I hear back from you I'll add you to the Google group and get you set up in your team(s).


On 13 Apr 2018 at 00:40 GMT Anonymous Clark wrote:

Hi Brett,

wiki ID 38203-Clark Im looking for an Ancestor of mine, Ephraim Bearce (Bearss) 1803-1889 Could you tell me who could help with Sugar Loaf, Victoria, Nova Scotia, Canada or what web site to use? Thank You, star

On 9 Mar 2018 at 23:39 GMT Tom Burrows wrote:

Heiio Brett

Phoebe Ann McIlwain is my great great grandmother. I can't add her to my family tree without your okay. She is the only one of 16 great great grandparentsnts not on my tree. Could you please assist me. Burrows-2253 you can see my bio at: my email is:

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.

New members stop in and say Hello, introduce yourself, share your story, or ask for help.

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. :)

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