Rutledge Family History & Genealogy
Biographies & Family Trees
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Most Common First Names
- James 3.5%
- John 3.3%
- William 3.2%
- Mary 2.1%
- Robert 2.1%
- Charles 1.4%
- Thomas 1.3%
- George 1.2%
- David 0.9%
- Joseph 0.8%
Rutledge Last Name History & Origin
Nationality & Ethnicity
These are the earliest records we have of the Rutledge family.
Rutledge Death Records & Life Expectancy
According to our database of 10,618 people with the last name Rutledge that have a birth and death date listed:
These are the longest-lived members of the Rutledge family on AncientFaces.
- Nancy J Rutledge lived 110 years
- Jim W Rutledge lived 109 years
- Mary Rutledge lived 105 years
- Cora Rutledge lived 104 years
- Helen W Rutledge lived 104 years
- Alpheus E Rutledge lived 102 years
- Ura Jane Rutledge lived 103 years
- Guillermo Rutledge lived 103 years
- Sylvester Rutledge lived 103 years
- Flora Rutledge lived 101 years
This area so long in dispute between the English and the Scots was settled before the Norman Conquest as part of the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria by the Angles. The people of this part of the Border in time came to be organized into tribes or clans. This was the land of freebooters and raiders. "These trackless and desolate regions", he says, "were notorious for the activities of troopers before the Union" in 1603. This land was "no other thing but theft, reiff, and slaughter", until the boundary was finally agreed upon in 1552. John Lang in his Stories of the Border Marches refers to "the wild men of Bewcastle".
For many centuries Carlisle and Bewcastle township were within Scotland. The township is now in England in the County of Cumberland along the present border, on high land, an area of rolling hills. Anciently, Bewcastle was the site of a Roman Fort or Station. In 1470 Edward IV granted the manor and castle, which had long lain waste, to his brother, the Duke of Gloucester, then Lord Warden of the Western Marche. He sublet the area to Cuthbert Rutlege, John Rutlege, Robert Elwold (Elliot) and Gerald Nickson (Nixon). The remains of a pele tower, or castle, still stand and the old church of St. Cuthbert is kept in good repair.
Undoubtedly, the earliest known location of the Rutledges was on the Bailey Water, at Kershopefoot, at Masthorne and between Kershopefoot and the Leven (now the Line) waters, all nearby places "within the Rule of Bewcastell". The Kershope burn is now part of the modern boundary line between the two countries.
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