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.


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.

estate payment 1

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

rebecca caruthers aitkenWilliam Aitken


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