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The Story as I Know It:
Edmund Rutter was born sometime between 1700 -
1710. His date is based on the fact that when he died in 1755 all
his children were under age. Which puts his marriage date about
or after 1735. I have no direct confirmation of his age. It
is believed that he was the son of Edmund
Rutter and maybe Ann Ricketts.
Ancestry.com has a lengthy discussion that highlighted an
inventory of the estate of John Rutter
dated 1706 in Dorchester
County Maryland. The appraisal was done by Richard and Edmun(d) Rutter. He
believes this John Rutter was the father of Edmund and John Rutter who lived mid
18th century in Western Maryland. I
will follow this assumption until I can find further confirming
evidence one way are the other. I do not know now how Richard
fits into the picture. Dorchester
is on the Eastern Shore of the
Chesapeake Bay. Cambridge is the County seat.
If our Edmund Rutter was
born in Dorchester County, then he moved
to Frederick County
sometime before his death in 1755. Edmund Rutter is found in the Frederick County Land Records 1748-1761,
compiled by P.A. Anderson. The first record is from May
7, 1753 where he recorded his brand for cattle and pigs. There
are 3 others, one from 1753, and two from 1754. I need to get
details and original copies. It is believed that John
Rutter who had patent on Rutter's Delight, 100 acres, in
Washington County is
Edmund's brother. His patent is dated from
3/7/1738. Early Settlers of
Washington County Md Plat map shows the
patent as L-38 on map #17, #40. I believe it is about 5
west of Funkstown. John also had another patent of 100 acres, Gaming
Alley, dated May 10, 1752.
firstname.lastname@example.org believes that Edmund married Ann Ricketts
about 1730, but there is no documentation. A number of other web
sources believed his wife's name to be Ann.
Edmund left a will. It is noted in the Index of MD Colonial Wills 1634-1777, lib
30, pg 72. It was printed in the Western Maryland Genealogy Vol I, pg
115. The will is dated June 4, 1755, "Edmund Rutter of All
Saint's Parish Frederick County being very
sick...". He wanted his whole estate sold, his wife to receive a
third and the rest divided among the children: Benjamin, James, Edmund,
Mary, Elizabeth, and Priscilla. All were
He left directions for them to "learn a trade". His wife was never
named. She must have done well by her sons, for years later
it was written about James Rutter that he "was an
exceptionally educated man
for his day, being known as civil engineer and surveyor". from Livingston County Kentucky Histories
I have checked the All
Saint's Records but could find nothing about the Rutter family. There are
records that place sons Benjamin and
Edmund in Western
* Benjamin Rutter signed a petition in 1766.
* Edmund married and lived his life in Hagerstown, and was active in the St. Johns Parish Episcopal Church
James was probably the youngest son. He apparently moved to Pennsylvania with his mother (and sisters?)
If you know the answer please CONTACT US.
1. Confirm Edmund's father.
2. Who was his mother?
3. What was his wife's name?
4. When and where did they wed?
5. When did they move to Frederick County?
6. What are the birth dates for all the children?
7. Where is Edmund buried?
8. Check the County court records for the deed transfers of the estate and apprentiship of his sons?
9. What is the source of info that his widow moved to Pennsylvania?
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