“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.
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.
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…..