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.
The Rutledges raised two children, Mike and Kim.
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, 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, 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, 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.