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Elizabeth Owen was probably born in Pennsylvania about 1750. from Pennsylvania Archives Series 3. So far I don't know who her parents were.

She married James Rutter Sr. in Pennsylvania in 1772 and born him three children there. They migrated to Washington County Kentucky about 1778 where they had six more children. They were:
1. Edmund born 1774 married Elizabeth Phillips
2. Peggy Rutter born about 1775 married Joseph Ray
3. Elizabeth married William C. Rogers
4. James Jr. married Catherine Lamkin/Patterson
5. Sally Rutter married Patrick H. Rice
6. Mary born 1788 married Mark Phillips
7. Letitia Griffin married Lilburne Lewis/2nd Christopher Houts
8. William married Polly Grundy
9. John P. born 1798 married Matilda McCarthy

James Sr. had a land grant in Livingston County in western Kentucky. Apparently for some years he moved back and forth between the two counties. By 1810 James had moved there permanently. Some of the children stayed in Washington County. It is possible that Elizabeth never made the move to Livingston County. We do know that on Dec 15, 1808 James and Elizabeth sold land to Mr. Lancaster of Washington County, Kentucky. It consisted of 388 acres on both sides of Harden Creek. Both James and Elizabeth signed it with an x. This is recorded in Livingston County, Kentucky Deed books A-C 1800-1817.

Much of the above information comes from the book Livingston County, Kentucky marriage Records Vol. I Oct 1799 to July 1839.

On Feb 1, 1814 James Rutter Sr. signed his will that did not mention his wife. A woman over 45 is on the Rutter family listing of 1810 Livingston County Census.  I assume therefore that Elizabeth had died between 1810 after the census was taken and Feb. 1 1814.

A very tragic story about Elizabeth and James daughter Letitia and her husband Lilburne Lewis can be found in the book Jefferson's Nephews by Boynton Merrill, Jr. Lilburne was a nephew of Thomas Jefferson. He was involved in a tragic murder and subsequently committed suicide in Livingston County. Letitia then married Christopher Houts and moved to Missouri. Her son by Lilburne changed his name to Houts.


If you know the answer please CONTACT US.

1. Where and when was Elizabeth born?

2. Was her maiden name Owen?

3. Who were her parents?

                    4. When did she die and where is she buried?


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