Brett Rutherford
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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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We've missed you. Your Ancestors have missed you. Are you still interested in participating on WikiTree? Please let me know what your intentions are. We would love to see you active again but understand if you are no longer interested.

Let me explain what will happen if you no longer wish to continue on WikiTree, all of your living profiles will be deleted for privacy reasons, all profiles meeting the 150/200 year rule will be opened up and orphaned so others may adopt them and your personal profile will be deleted. I understand how tough that will be after all the work you have put into building profiles. Is there someone you can transfer your profiles to? If yes, please contact me and I will send you information on how to do that.

Thank you for all of your past contributions and hopefully future contributions.

Please see:

Link to some helpful tools

posted by Loretta (Leger) Corbin
Thanks Loretta,

I appreciate your concern. I realize I am not as active as I used to be, however I am not ready give up on WikiTree.

posted by Brett Rutherford
Thank you so much for responding. There are some new tools to help, see message above. If I can be of any assistance, please contact me.


posted by Loretta (Leger) Corbin
Hi Brett, Apparently there are category errors on your profile. These show up on my suggestion list. I'm slowly eliminating my suggestions and would appreciate if you wouldn't mind checking this out for me. The privacy level doesn't allow me to make corrections and I think you would rather make those decisions. Thanks.
posted by Sharon Danbrook
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posted by Sharon Danbrook
Errors corrected

Thanks, Brett

posted by Brett Rutherford
Hi Brett,

We have not heard back from you about the Global Cemeteries Project so assume you do not wish to continue in the project at this time. Thank you for all the contributions you have made; we are sorry to see you go. You are most welcome to rejoin at any time via the G2G sign up post.

Susie :-)

Leader, Global Cemeteries Project

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Brett

You received a message a couple of weeks ago about the new-look Global Cemeteries Project but we have not yet heard back from you. If you would like to continue in the project, please can you PM me your team(s) selections and your e-mail address for the Google group.

If I don’t hear back from you by this time next week I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project at this time.

Many thanks,

Darren :-)

Project Coordinator for Membership Global Cemeteries Project

posted by Darren Kellett
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

posted by Susie MacLeod
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 :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
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,


posted by Susie MacLeod
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).


posted by Susie MacLeod
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

posted by [Living Clark]
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: [email address removed]

posted by Tom Burrows
Hello Tom,

I added you to Phoebe's trusted list.

posted by Brett Rutherford
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
posted by Kurt Driver

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