Biography of James Rutherford
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Rutherford, James, Madrid, was born in Northumberlandshire, England, April 13, 1820, and came with his parents to this country in 1832. William, his father, settled on a farm in Madrid of eighty acres of uncleared land. The first residence was a log hut, The father and two sons cleared the land, and in a few years had made it a good average farm and had increased it to 104 acres. William Rutherford died on the old homestead July 4, 1878, aged seventy live years. The mother of our subject, Violet Amos, was also a native of the same county in England, born in 1805. They bad eight children, six of whom survive. The mother of our subject died in Angust, 1888. James, the oldest son, was educated in the common schools, and made the farm his home until twenty seven years of age. He then married and rented a farm in Potsdam, afterwards buying 174 acres, where he lived for ten years. in 1805 he bought a farm of 206 acres in Madrid, where he has since resided. Mr. Rutherford is a staunch Republican, and has been the town assessor in Madrid. He married in 1853 Sarah, daughter of Putnam Haskell, the first settler of this part of the town, and they had four children Polly wife of William Rutherford, of Madrid; William, who lives on the Haskell farm; Mary Rutherford, of Boulder, Col.; and one who died in infancy. Mrs. Rutherford died April 10, 1883, aged fifty six years. William Rutherford was born on the old farm December 29, 1857, was educated in the common schools, and has always been engaged in farming. He married, September 7, 1880, Maggie, daughter of John W. Rutherford.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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