This pamphlet’s purpose? Well, other than to lay out the differing theories of members of this large branch of ‘Rutherford’, the intention originally was to supply my children, grandchildren, etc with a record of a ‘belonging’ ... much as the brief tales my father told me as a boy did for me. As this is a digital record (there may be a limited printing?) I hope it will be of use in the giving of that ‘belonging’ feeling ... shared and passed on. So here is an ancestry, at times contradictory, with dodgy19th century census records, and a difference of opinion amongst JohnRutherford (senior)’s decendants ... all good stuff. Followed up by a couple of Appendixes: a potted history of my father, James Beckett Rutherford, and a sort of delve into the surname Rutherford’s source.
SOME DEBATE ON JOHN RUTHERFORD’S ANCESTRY ALAN RUTHERFORD, WITH MUCH HELP AND EGGING-ON ... I remember my dad instilling ‘name-pride’ in us kids, saying ‘remember you are a Rutherford, son’ and it was quite nice to have that belonging feeling … but in later years I have come to question this familial-pride thing … its interesting to know your forebears, but also a proud nonsense. Within our ‘Rutherford’ line, the main bone of contention seems to revolve around our great grandfather JOHN RUTHERFORD (senior), father of George, James andJohn (referred to as the 3 brothers, or 3 step-sons). The second John (one of the 3 brothers), JohnRutherford (junior) is our grandfather. 1 One theory, is that John senior was the son of single-parent Marion Rutherford: where at 6 years old, his surname is Pickie (in1851), but by 1861 it becomes Rutherford (see census images on pages 14-15). If he had remained John Pickie ... well, a whole branch of Rutherfords that have decended from his line could have been surnamed Pickie? I mentioned this to Carol Callender(a cousin), ‘From our cousin James, I have Marion Rutherford (single parent) as being our greatgreat-grandmother, and her son, John (Pickie) Rutherford, our great-grandfather, was actually named ‘John Pickie’ in 1851 census ... which could have meant that all of us ‘glorious Rutherfords’ decended from him might have had to run the gauntlet at school with the nickname ‘nose-pickie’ ... wonderful stuff!’ OCTOBER 2016