John Rutherford and his con flab e dab e dozie family tree

AlfRodchenko

John Rutherford's family tree

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 and John

(referred to as the 3 brothers, or 3 step-sons). The second John (one of the 3 brothers),

John Rutherford (junior) is our grandfather.

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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

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