A SPECIAL NAME FOR A SPECIAL BABY….

1862 Richard was sent to Oil City Venango County Pennsylvania where their last child was born by the name of Richard Lincoln ‘Link’ Caruthers on October 29th. It’s all in the name. Family stories passed down through generations is that ‘Link’ was named after President Abraham Lincoln. As you read on you will understand why…

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Then on to Clarion District for four years. Now Richard always taught his family to respect and honor the Sabbath Day. To try to live as upright honorable citizen. When the Civil War broke out he had just been appointed as presiding elder of the Clarion District.

Clarion County Penns

Now Richard was a fearless Republican, the other side called him a ‘black’ Republican because he was against slavery. While going his rounds he ‘got into it’ quite often with “Copperheads” and others who he felt were traitors to the government. He was brave as well as a fearless preacher.

On one particular camp meeting in his district Richard let it be known he was going to preach on ‘Loyalty to your country and government’. The word went out and his enemies came prepared to ‘do him up’. They brought their ammunition with them, a whole farm-wagon full. When he began his sermon they all made ready for him. A stray missile came occasionally, but as he warmed to his subjects they came faster and faster.

The preacher had to dodge the issue quite frequently but he stood his ground and finished his discourse without a wound. The next day there was found scattered all around the preacher’s tent and on the platform, previsions enough to last the campers several days….cabbage, potatoes, turnips, beets and squash. It did not come as ‘manna’ but it proved to be ‘manna’ to the camp folks.

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While in Clarion County Richard received a letter from then President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 commending him and the other Methodist ministers on their work in spreading the gospel though the land. The original ‘form’ letter is housed at the Library of Congress in Washington DC…..

ABE LINCOLN 1864

The letter belonging to Richard was passed down to his granddaughter Laura Clarissa Caruthers Crawford. She in turn passed it on to her son Donald Wayne Crawford.While I was doing my research in the Osborne County area I did find a little write up in the Osborne County Farmer….

In 1914 an article in the Osborne County Farmer reads as such…

1914 lincoln letter

Richard would stay in New Wilmington Lawrence County Pennsylvania for three years becoming a presiding elder of the Clarion District.

Then off to Kansas again for an inspection at Baldwin, Douglas County Kansas. While in Douglas County Richard purchased twenty acres from Sheldon and Marie Parker on April 16, 1868 for six hundred dollars. Richard then set out to return to New Wilmington, Lawrence County Pennsylvania. Then in September of 1869 while in Oil City Pennsylvania Richard bought another twenty acres from Phebe and Thomas Smith for sixty dollars again in Douglas County Kansas.

Richard and his family would stay in Oil City for a year until he is sent to Pomfet, Chautauqua County New York in 1870. According to the 1870 Federal Census Richard is now fifty years old listed as a clergyman with $8900.00 worth of real-estate along with $500.00 in personal property.

1871 Richard is made Presiding Elder of Erie Conference Fredonia District for three years, location Fredonia, Chautauqua County New York. Here my 2x Great Grandfather Thomas George Caruthers would become a New York Fireman at the age of twenty-one.

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New York Methodist Church and Thomas George Caruthers New York Fireman.

Well all good things must come to an end but not for long….I promise I will be back to continue or families stories and history…..

Dana

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1858 Off To Kansas

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In 1858 Richard was chosen to travel to the Kansas Territory. He Came to Kansas with a Methodist Delegation for the selections of lands for a Methodist University by the name of Baker University located in Baldwin, Douglas County Kansas. The town company purchased a section of land adjoining Palmyra on the north and donated it to the Kansas Educational Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church on the condition that they locate a college known as Baker University site. The section of land was surveyed into lots and sold, the proceeds being used to erect the college building. As the work on the university building progressed, a number of houses were erected in the area, which soon became known as Baldwin, in honor of John Baldwin of Berea, Ohio, who was the primary benefactor of the college.

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The first and oldest college building and the  oldest university, Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. This three Story stone structure was actually built just off the planned campus because it was to hold college activities for a short time while the remainder of the planned campus was developed.

Baker U

That same year, the Methodist Church built a chapel that was used by the congregation. Baker University is the oldest four-year college in the state of Kansas and four of its buildings are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Baker University is a private institution of higher education that was founded in 1858 as the first senior college in the U.S. state of Kansas. Affiliated with the United Methodist church, the university is named for Bishop Osmon Cleander Baker. The university’s main campus is in Baldwin City, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) southwest of Kansas City. Graduate courses are conducted. Baker University was chartered on February 12, 1858.

Business buildings were also erected and one by one the business enterprises of Palmyra moved to Baldwin.

John Baldwin erected a saw and grist mill at the present-day site of Fifth and Indiana Streets, and inaugurated other commercial enterprises, which proved the death blows to the old town of Palmyra, which later was abandoned. The post office was moved and the name officially changed from Palmyra to Baldwin City on May 22, 1862.

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As the Conference moved forward and did more and more reorganizing Richard was given another circuit to work in called ‘Old Clarksville Circuit’ this is where Richard received his first church erected in 1858.

Old Clarksville Circuit’

It was a frame structure 30×40 feet in diameter and stood on Mercer Avenue. Prior to the church being erected the society worshiped in the school house.

Then it was off to Jamestown District at Wattsburg Borough, Erie County, Pennsylvania in 1859.

Methodist Church in Wattsburg PA

 

 

 

 

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JUST FOLLOW YOUR HEART…

I think or I hope I have laid some groundwork for my 3x great grandfather Rev. Richard Alexander Caruthers. Richards parents are Richard Ewing Caruthers and Eleanor Rebecca Findley. Then his grandparents are Richard Caruthers and Mary Ewing who comes down from James and Lydia Roberts Caruthers and Maskell Ewing and Mary Padgett. On his mother’s side it is the Honorable William Findley and his second wife Elizabeth Cochran.

Richard started his life out as a millwright by trade but quickly became a child of God. He worked and studied hard as a young man to achieve the dreams he so passionately believed in. He found the love of his life in a sweet German girl and together they began to not only show love but spread it wherever their horse and buggy took them.

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Richard Alexander and Nancy settled down and started their family but not without trials and tribulations at hand. Their first child Mary Elizabeth was born October 29, 1841 probably in Saltsburg Borough, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. They then had a second daughter by the name of Eleanor Findley Caruthers born sometime in 1843 but dying around 1844 in unknown location. It was shortly after this that Nancy attended a Methodist Camp Meeting and it was here she gave herself over to God and the Methodist Church. Together Nancy and Richard began to live the legacy we have all come to love and will continue to love for generations to come.

Richard and Nancy attended the Pleasantville Methodist Church in Irwin Twps., Venango., Pa. in 1844 for about a year.

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Richard studied under Andrew Rice the first class leader who was then succeeded by Andrew Byers and Phineas Dunham in what was then called the “Pittsburgh Conference”. That next year, the Erie Conference was formed.

Richard studied and earned his license to preach and then in July of 1845 was received on trial in the Erie Conference, Franklin County at Ridgeway Mission later it becoming the Washington Circuit and Rimersburg of Clarion County Pennsylvania.

Franklin County Pennsylvania

Richard was given what was known as the “Salem Circuit” moving onto Salem Cranberry Twps., Venango County Pennsylvania in 1845 through 1850.  Another child is born and dies in 1850 location is unknown.

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Ministers assigned to a particular church may have “rode the circuit’ to outlying areas to perform various ordinances for their parishioners. Records for itinerant (circuit riders) ministers may be recorded in their personal records or the records of the church where they are assigned.

This is where Richard organized the Salem Methodist Episcopal Church at Lee’s school house near the pike a mile from Oil City. Among the first classes were: Mrs. James Lee, Harriet Lake, Jane and Mary Long along with James Shaffer who was the leader.

When Richard was first licensed to preach his neighbors, friends and even some of his own family would come listen to him. After a while word got back to Richard Ewing just how good Richard Alexander was in following the word of God. Richard Ewing’s heart relented and he ask for ‘Dick’ to come see him and his mother. Now back in those days it was a common thing for the church people to keep their barrel of ‘Old Rye’ in the cellar. His father was no exception, so quite often the father would oblige to sleep off the effects in that said cellar. This disgusted Richard Alexander so he made a vow to God that he never use the accursed stuff, fight it with all his power and we can say he kept his word. Of so many things that could and would annoy him it was tobacco and alcohol. Needless to say after this Richard never had a close relationship with his father.

Richard and Nancy moved to Wilmington Mercer County Pennsylvania. Then on November 16, 1847 a son was born to which they named him David Ewing Caruthers.

Richard was sent to Tylersburg Clarion County Pennsylvania where another son was welcomed to the growing family on March 14, 1850 by the name of Thomas George Caruthers. In that same year on the 14th of July Richard was given the position as Deacon in Methodist Episcopal Church Erie Conference.

Then in 1851 he was transferred to Erie Conference Franklin District at Shippenville for 2 years-residence Pennsylvania. In 1852 another son was born and died by the name of Alexander Simpson ‘Simmie’ Caruthers at the age of one.

1854 Richard was sent back to New Wilmington Pennsylvania while being blessed with yet another child on September 7 naming her Nancy Emma Caruthers. They stayed here for two years.

Then in 1856 Richard was transferred to New Castle District at Mercer for 1 year. Just in time to welcome another son on March 8, 1857 by the name of William Clark Caruthers.

Now on his first two districts he had quite a number of the places he had filled as a minister. But his second district in New Castle Richard began to have trouble with the outlaws and the whiskey crows coming to the camp meeting’s trying to break them up. At one camp meeting it was to be held on the campgrounds part way between New Castle and New Wilmington. The campground was in a fine grove of large trees that covered quite a large tract of ground on both sides of the stage road, between these two places the camp being on one side of the road.

When the ‘Toughs’ heard that the meeting was to be held there they gathered their forces to have a picnic that included dancing and whiskey on both Sundays.

There was a man and his wife who just had one child, a darling little curly headed boy about three years old named Harry. His father and mother were in with the Toughs. The Sunday before the meeting began they were going to meet some of their bunch to help out. While they were getting ready to get in their buggy, they put little Harry in the wagon telling him to stand there a minute. They turned to go back to the house when they heard a noise, looked around and saw one of the horses kick darling Harry in the head killing him instantly. Suffice to say the Roughs didn’t show up that year. When the meeting began this man and his wife came to one of the meetings and were soundly converted.

There was just one or two of the bunch who resented Richard so one night they rode into the camp and asked for that ‘Son of a gun of a Methodist preacher who walked fork end down, the one they call Caruthers. Well the camp was just sitting down to have dinner when the elder got up to go see what was going on. Just as he came out between the preachers tent and his own the big bully made at Richard with a knife. Intending to disembowel him the man struck him on the right side. Now Richard was known for wearing broad full pants so when the knife connected with Richard it hit his leather pocketbook which received the brunt of the thrust. Just the tip of the knife making a little cut bringing blood. What saved this preacher’s life? His wife had followed him carrying a tea kettle of boiling hot water. Now as the bully stooped to take strike again she let him have a biff and he got out of her reach with a terrible howl and oath. The other men of the camp had gotten there by this time and had the man arrested putting him in the New Castle jail.

Another incident happened with the Presbyterian College in New Wilmington where Richard and Nancy was living at the time. There were several young men attending this college who were preparing themselves for the Presbyterian Ministry. One Sabbath morning in their Sabbath school class, taught by one of the professors of the school, their teacher made the remark that there where infants in hell not a span long. This horrified some of the students and that afternoon they went to Elder Caruthers house to talk to him. He was away on his quarterly meeting but Nancy let them know he would be home the next day. Almost as soon as he got home three or four of them came to tell him about it wanting him to take it up. They did not believe such doctrine and knew the Elder didn’t either.

Richard finally meet up with the professor in a debate to prove to him there are no babies in hell. Needless to say these young men left the Presbyterian University entering a Methodist school and became ministers.

 

 

 

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Revolutionary War Patriot…

 

RICHARD CARUTHERS GREENWICH, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

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Richard Caruthers was just one of our Revolutionary War heros. He is listed in the Official Register of the officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War–
“Caruthers, Richard. Adjutant, Second Battalion, Cumberland;
Adjutant, Colonel Potter’s Regiment, State Troops.

 

Richard is also listed on a reconstructed Record….

U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820
Name: Richd Caruthers
Gender: M (Male)
State: New Jersey
County: Cumberland County
Residence Year: 1780
Household Remarks: Name on a petition, Dec 1782, to the Representatives from inhabitants of Cumberland Co. who, because Delaware Bay is controlled by the enemy, cannot transport their produce by water. They cannot earn money.

Name: Richd Caruthers
Gender: M (Male)
State: New Jersey
County: Cumberland County
Residence Year: 1780
Household Remarks: Name on a petition, 25 Oct 1783, to the General Assembly from freeholders and inhabitants of Cumberland County recommending measures to make their court actions less expensive and provide a more equit

Source Citation: Document: Manuscript Collection, 1680s – 1970s, BAH: Legislative Records, 1782 – 1787 [New Jersey State Archives]. Call Number: Box 1-15, Folder 25. Page Number: 1. Family Number: 2.

1774-Listed on the Tax List in Cumberland Co., N.J., Hopewell Twnp. pg. #006

1776, May 7-Richard Caruthers listed in Muster Roll of light infantry of Potter’s Brigade in Bridgeton, N.J.

1778-Listed on the Tax List in Cumberland Co., N.J., Hopewell Twnp. pg #016
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I do have a copy of the marriage bond but as you can see from the one I have of James and Lydia they are very hard to read so I transcribed it here.

NEW JERSEY MARRIAGES
FHLC 0888702; Vol. C (1765 – 1797) [total of 778 bonds] pg. 680

Know all Men by these Presents, That We Richard Carothers and Uriah Mills of this township of Hopewell in the County of Cumberland and State of New Jersey are held and firmly bound unto His Excellency William Livingston Governor and Commander in Chief of New-Jersey,&c. in the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds, current lawful Money of New-Jersey, to be paid to the said William Livingston Governor, &c. his Successors or Assigns; for which Payment well and truely to be made we bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, and every of them, jointly and feverally, firmly by these presents: Sealed with our Seals, dated the Sixteenth Day of December Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, That whereas there is a mutual Contracat of Marriage between Richard Caruthers of the one Party and Mary Ewing of the other Party, and the Parties have complied with the Terms prescribed in an Act of the General Assembly of New-Jersey,made in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninteen, intitled, An Act clandestine Marriages. Now, if it shall hereafter appear, that the Certificates produced, or either of them, have been fraudulent, or that either the afaoresaid Richard Caruthers or the aforesaid Mary Ewing had no the Consent of their Parents, Guardians, or Persons under whose Care they were, signing the said Certificates; or that the said Richard Caruthers or the said Mary Ewing or either of them, had sum lawful Let or Impediment of Pre-contract, Affinity or Consanguinity, to hinder their being joined in The Holy Bands of Matrimony, and afterwards of living together as Man and Wife; then this Obligation to stand and remain in full Force and Virture, otherwise to be void and of none Effect.
Sealed and Delivered
in the Presents of
Rich Caruthers

Mary Fithian

Eli Elmer
Uriah Mills

All the individuals you see in the bond connects to the Caruthers in one way or another. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

In 1781 Richard and Mary have a son naming him Richard Ewing Caruthers. Richard is still in the military as well as a farmer. Richard also works for the people to try and make their lifes better in any way he can. Then on February 9, 1790 Richard dies.

The 1790 census shows ‘Widow Caruthers’

Name:
Widow Caruthers
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Fallowfield, Chester,Pennsylvania
Free White Persons – Males – 16 and over: 3
Free White Persons – Females: 1
Number of Household Members: 4
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1790 United States Federal Census

 

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Richard Left Mary a widow at the age of thirty seven years, she married, a second time, the Hon. William Findley of Westmoreland county, Pa. History written by the pen of her nephew says, “She was a sensible, pious and excellent woman. She was remarkable for her resignation to the will of God and was exemplary in her duties to her family and society.” Letters she wrote to a relative, recounting the death of Mr. Findley and telling of an almost fatal fall from a horse, she had, breathe throughout the spirit of meek submission, firm trust in Jesus, and strong attachment to Him.

 

 

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Our Ancestors Belong To Us

“Men who are regardless of their ancestors and of their posterity are apt to be regardless of themselves.  Our ancestors belong to us by affectionate retrospect, our descendants, by affectionate anticipation. “Thus spoke Daniel Webster, at the Anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims held at Washington, D. C., on December 22, 1845

Our James Caruthers is the first documented Caruthers here in the United States. He shows up in New Jersey on a land map prepared by John Clement.

James had been a bit of a challenge up until about six months ago when I received a DNA match. It matched to James Carruthers and his father Robert Caruthers 1668 Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland and his wife Elizabeth Farquhar born 1672 in Raphoe, Donegal Ireland. Elizabeth married Robert Carruthers, son of Robert Carruthers and Sarah Halliday, on 12 Aug 1713. James was born 8 Sep 1715, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland.

James Carruthers next documented is in a marriage bond to Lydia Roberts dated the 6th of December 1733.1733 JAMES AND LYDIA ROBERTS CARUTHERS MARRIAGE LIC2

As far as I can tell there were three children born to the union. First James 1734 then a daughter named Deliverance in 1735 and then our Richard Caruthers in 1740.

Richard Caruthers was married twice. His first wife went by the name of Philenah Mills born 1749 and the daughter of Ephraim Mills and Rebeccah Maschel. They are listed in the Greenwich Presbyterian Church records on page 116 as being married on the 24 of September 1766. To this union two children where born. Obediah c 1769 and then a daughter Rebecca in c 1771. Philenah passed away in 1777 in Cumberland County New Jersey.

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Then directly under that entrance you will see the marriage of Richard Caruthers to Mary Ewing daughter of Maskell Ewing and wife Mary on the 19th of December 1780 along with a footnote stating this being Richard second marriage.

This is where our story ends for the day but stay tuned it gets a lot more complicated…..

To be continued…..

 

 

 

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A YOUNG REBELLION..

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I’m going to dedicate today’s memory to a new found cousin. She too comes down through our Caruthers line but is a generation ahead of me and that’s what makes thing work out with your family history. Each generation can tell each other about what happened in their generation and you can tell them what happened in yours. You share stories, you laugh, you cry and then the pictures exchanged between you are priceless. I love it when I am able to share a face for them to put to a name and vice versa. If we don’t do this and pass on the family history it will die.  Whenever I read this story I always think of myself.  You could say I am my grandfather’s granddaughter because you see even as a child if someone told me I couldn’t do something no matter what it was I always proved them wrong. Now I’m not going to name any names but she will know who she is. I hope you enjoy this.

TODAY’S MEMORY IS OF OUR GRANDFATHER…..

Dr. Rev. Richard Alexander

Dr. Rev. Richard Alexander Caruthers

 

Richard Alexander Caruthers was born on March 21, 1819 in Rural Valley, Armstrong County Pennsylvania to Richard Ewing Caruthers and Eleanor Rebecca Findley Caruthers Now Richard Alexander was a millwright by trade but soon became involved in the Methodist Ministry.

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It is said through family legend passed down through the generations that Richard Alexander Caruthers was raised a Presbyterian. Richard’s father being one of the founding fathers of the Rural Valley Presbyterian church.

Richard Ewing Caruthers was an elder of the Rural Valley Presbyterian Church which was organized August 1, 1835. A number of Christian people had been accustomed to meet in a house built for church and school purposes at a point eight miles east of Kittanning and two miles west of Rural Valley.   The ground had been donated to the inhabitants by Hon. William Findley and here they had established a Sabbath School. They also met for divine worship and had joined the church of Kittanning in engaging Rev. Joseph Painter to preach.

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Rural Valley Presbyterian Church, Rural Valley,Armstrong County, Pennsylvania

Although when in his nineteenth year he attended a Methodist Church Camp meeting around 1838 and it was there he converted to Methodism. Richard Ewing Caruthers, despising the Methodist Church, was so angered at Richard Alexander for this that he drove him out of the house and refused to pay for any of Richard Alexander’s formal education.

 

Richard was determined to lead a spiritual life of his choice with or without his father. Richard being a young man with only about six month of education decided to go out and purchase some old text books. He would sit at night by the candlelight teaching himself to be a better educated man.

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At the age of twenty two Richard Alexander meet a young German woman by the name of Nancy Cook. On the eleventh day of February 1840 they married. The only information the family knows about Nancy Cook is what was told to her daughter Nancy Emma Caruthers Dunham by her older brother Thomas George Caruthers.

The story goes as follows….

Nancy Cook’s parents were of the Reformed Lutheran Church. Nancy’s father died at a very young age and that Nancy herself was only about ten years old when her mother remarried a man said to be by the name of Dougherty. The only language Nancy Cook spoke was German but after her mother remarried Nancy was taught to speak English and eventually forgot how to speak German. Nancy never spoke of her parents. But this is a normal circumstance when you are disowned or excommunicated from the church back in those times. Most likely when Nancy married Richard Alexander Caruthers from the Methodist religion and she being from the Reformed Lutheran she was abolished from her church so did not speak of her family at all.

Nancy Cook Caruthers good pix

This is the only photo we have of Nancy Cook Caruthers.

There was a house fire in Kill Creek, Osborne County, Kansas back in 1895 and all was lost. An article in the Osborne County Farmer tells how it all happened…

1895 Aug 1 OCF House fire 1

I hope you all enjoy my ramblings and come back and see me again real soon. Until then I bid you ADIEU’

Dana

 

 

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REBECCA CARUTHERS

Rebecca was the eleventh child of Richard Ewing Caruthers and Eleanor Rebecca Findley Caruthers born in 1827 at Cowanshannock, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. She too was a God fearing woman and was raised in the Presbyterian faith. Rebecca was only fifteen years old when her father died. According to a letter her mother wrote April 6, 1848 states that James Ewing and Rebecca along with Nancy Patterson still still lives at home with her. Rebecca and Nancy helps their mother with the house and gardening while James works the fields. Rebecca and William attended the church her father helped establish in Rural Valley, Armstrong County Pennsylvania.

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Corner stone at Rural Valley Presbyterian Church.

 

Later in life as Rebecca became closer to her brother Rev. R A Caruthers she and William changed from the Presbyterian Church the the Methodist Church.

Now after William died Rebecca moved to McPherson Kansas and shows up on the 1880 Kansas Census on 167 Ash Street with her daughter Hannah and husband Joseph Owen.

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This is a promissory note with Rebecca’s signature. Looks to be a payment to her daughter for a loan from her inheritance plus interest off her father’s estate.

Rebecca Caruthers older

It states that Rebecca is a dressmaker living there with Homer,Virginia, Martha and Joseph and wife ‘Anna’ (Hannah) who is also a dressmaker.

As you can see Anna looks like her mother Rebecca. Joseph Owens was a school teacher in McPherson Kansas.

Joseph Carroll Owen and wife Hann Aitken

Joseph and Anna Aiken Owens

Rebecca remained in McPherson until her death  on May 28, 1888. Rebecca is buried next to her husband William in the McPherson Cemetery.

 

William & Rebecca Aitken

William and Rebecca Caruthers Aitken McPherson Cemetery

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