The History of my Rutledge Lineage


In genealogy the most common lineage to be research is ones own surname. Their father, then their father's father and so on as far back as possible. This is the history of my for fathers.


Michael Ray Rutledge




James Ray Rutledge

      The Rutledges raised two children, Mike and Kim.




Verna John Spencer Rutledge

Verna John Spencer Rutledge, born 26 APR 1905 in Yell County, Arkansas; died Octoger 19, 1998 in Arkansas; buried in Charleston, Arkansas. He married Verona Mae Scott on Septmenber 11, 1926 in Sulphur Springs, Yell County, Arkansas.


      In Verna’s early life, Vernie Rutledge taught school for two years west of  Dardanelle, Arkansas, During that time he met and married Verona May Scott in 1926.  They moved to Ft. Smith where he completed a business diploma at Draughon’s Business College in 1929.  He and Verona moved to Branch shortly thereafter when he accepted a job as the bookkeeper for the Grand Prairie Railroad and Coal Company.  It was common for the workers to go by nicknames, so Mr. Jim McKenzie started calling Vernie “Shorty”.  That name stayed with him for the rest of his life.

      In the early 1930’s the depression hit, prices fell and the Railroad and Coal Company had to suspend operation.  Since Vernie and Vernia lived in a little three room rent house on the property, he agreed to continue overseeing the company equipment and property for several months while the company waited to begin operation again.  When the company had to declare bankruptcy, Vernie was given the rent house and land on which the office and rent house sat as a partial payment for back wages owed him by the company.  In 1932 or 1933 they moved the house across the pasture to near Hwy. 22 where it presently sits—however having been remodeled several times.  They later built a gas station but the business was not sufficient to produce a living for the growing family, so Vernie then began traveling daily throughout parts of East Sebastian, South Franklin and West Logan Counties selling Rawleigh products.  Verona was very supportive of Vernie during their working years.  While Shorty was on his routes, she managed the gas station, sold school supplies, raised a garden, and canned.  Her three gardens always seemed big enough that they likely could have fed much of the town.  In the 1040’s Vernie started selling MFA Insurance and continued until his retirement in the late 1970’s when he turned the business over to his son, John Rutledge.  MFA is now Shelter Insurance and is the same business that Jim Milam now manages in Charleston. 

      Since they lived just across the street from the Branch school, there untold numbers of nights in the 1940’s and 1950’s when the three older Rutledge children were on school ball teams the Rutledge house served as a center for many members of the team.  Often Verona would fix supper for team members and many times members of the teams would then spend the night after returning from out of town games.  At various times over the years, Vernie served on the town council and on the Branch School Board.  He served as secretary of the Franklin County 4-H Club Board in the 1970’s.  He was a deacon in the Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church just east of Ratcliff for over 55 years.  Verona served as an advisor for the Branch 4-H Club during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

      Vernie and Verona were married seventy-two years.  In the fall of 1995, 1996 and 1997, they were given a prize for those three years at the South Franklin Fair in Charleston for having been married the longest.

      The Rutledges raised four children, John Verna, Jr., William Hoyt, Virginia Mae, and James Ray.  Their first born, Mary Estline, died shortly after birth.



Napoleon Bonaparte Rutledge

Napoleon Bonaparte Rutledge, born August 24, 1876 in Yell County, Arkansas; died December 17, 1946 in Chickalah Mountain, Yell County, Arkansas; buried in Mtn Springs, Chickalah, Yell, Arkansas. He married Mary Dillon Harkey on Febuary 6, 1898 in Harkey's Valley, Arkansas.


The Rutledges raised seven children, Frances Armenda Rutledge, Amon Dexter Rutledge, Ernest Magellan Rutledge, Verna John Spencer Rutledge, Nellie June Rutledge, Armo Napoleon Rutledge, and Lloyd LaFayette Rutledge.



Charles Spencer Rutledge

Charles Spencer Rutledge, born July 15, 1846 in Monroe County, Mississippi; died January 14, 1927 in Chickalah Mountain, Yell County, Arkansas; buried in Mt. Spring Cemetery, Yell County, Arkansas. He married Kisey Arminda Elizabeth Holmes on April 8, 1866 in Itawamba County, Mississippi.


The Rutledges raised ten children, Alfred Henryson Rutledge, William Harding Rutledge, James Henry Rutledge, Charles Sylvester Rutledge, Napoleon Bonaparte Rutledge, Ollie Clifford Rutledge, Margaret Susan Melinda Rutledge, Celia Armenda Rutledge, Mary Lou Emma Rutledge, and John Calvin Rutledge. Frances M. Rutledge their fourth child died at birth.



Alfred Henry Rutledge

Alfred Henry Rutledge, born Febuary 2, 1807 in Limestone County, Alabama; died January 2, 1863 in in the Civil War Battle of Stones River near / Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He married Susannah Hodges on November 10, 1842 in Monroe County, Mississippi.


The Rutledges raised nine children, Nancy Ann Rutledge, Charles Spencer Rutledge, Mary Virginia Rutledge, William Oscar Rutledge, Sarah Elizabeth Rutledge, James Alfred Rutledge, Susan Elnora Rutledge, Henry Allison Rutledge, and Edora Elzira Rutledge.



Joseph Rutledge

Joseph Rutledge , born 6 OCT 1771; died 13 AUG 1843 in Monroe County, Mississippi. He married Nancy Harden 24 DEC 1799 in Columbia County, Georgia.

The first record of Joseph Rutledge is his marrage to Nancy Harden on December 24, 1799 in Columbia County, Georgia. A partial list of the 1805 Tax list James Luke living next to Edmondson & Rutledge in Columbia County, with the Water Course as Greenbriar. The 1806 tax list showes Joseph Rutledge paid $1.00 for slaves and $85.00 for land. It showes his adjoining Luke & Denson in Columbia county. The water way is listed as G. Brier.

He is then believed to have moved to Alabama in 1807. He bout land on Febuary 8th, 1818 from Benjamin Murrell of Madison County, Alabama. Two years later in Limestone County, Alabama, he deeded land to John Hardin. On January 2 1821 in Limestone County, Alabama Allison Hodges sold land to Joseph Rutledge.

The 1830 Limestone County, Alabama census report shows Joseph Rutledge:
Males: (5-10 yr) 1 (10-15 yr) 2 (15-20 yr) 1 (20-30 yr) 1 (50-60 yr) 1
Females: (15-20 yr) 2 (20-30 yr) 2 (40-50 yr) 1
There is no 1820 census report.

From minutes of the New Hope Baptist Church in Monroe County, Mississippi, June 1835, Joseph Rutledge, an ordained deacon, and Nancy, his wife, were received by letter of transfer into the New Hope Baptist Church on the second day of the June 1835 three-day meeting.

Joseph died August 13th, 1843 in Monroe County, Mississippi. According to Alfred's family Bible, Joseph was 71 years, 10 months, and 7 days old. The fifth son, Joseph, became administrator of the estate. The appraisal of personal estate of Joseph Rutledge was filed January 2nd, 1844, with a total value of $5295.29.

The Rutledges raised ten children, Martha Rutledge, Sarah Rutledge, William W. Rutledge, Alfred Henry Rutledge, Ann Spencer Rutledge, Nancy Rutledge, Robert A. Rutledge, James T. Rutledge, Joseph Rutledge , Jr., and Elizabeth S. Rutledge.

Rutledge Surname

Rutledge is a variation of Routledge, an English and Scottish name. The spelling Rutledge can be found as far back as the 1400's. This Old English name is believed to be taken from "RED LACHE" (or pool). The Routledges are beleived to be border reivers from "The Debatable Land ". Rutledges probably all came from the Barony of Liddle in Cumberland Co. England. The forest of Liddle and the Debatable land to the south-west formed a `buffer state' between the kingdoms of England and Scotland and the inhabitants were noted for extreme lawlessness, the area being one of continual bloodshed and pillage between rival factions. When James VI of Scotland came to the English throne, he showed the utmost zeal in uprooting the inhabitants of Liddle, against whom he naturally bore a grudge. In 1606 the most troublesome members of the Grame (i.e. Graham) clan were transported to Co. Roscommon, and it was hoped that as regards the rest, His Majesty ‘would stick such a terror into them that they would make haste after their friends into Ireland.' The other clans, including the Routledges were said to 'have been as offensive as the Grames though not so powerful.



Atlantic Modal Haplotype

After performing a Y chromosome DNA tests it seems that I most likely belong to the Atlantic Modal Haplotype (AMH). The members of AMH are thought to be the descendants of the Paleolithic hunter-gatherers who arrived in Europe before the last Ice Age about 40,000 years ago. This DNA pattern is most common in Western Europe, but is also found in all other parts of Europe.