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Isabella Jane Rutherford (Alleine)

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Ditcheat, Somerset, UK
Death: 1739 (84)
County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev Joseph Alleine and Theodoshia Alliene
Wife of Rev. John Rutherford
Mother of Allen Rutherford; Esther Rutherford; James Rutherford; Elizabeth Rutherford; Katherine Jane Walker and 3 others

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Isabella Alleine Rutherford

  • Birth: 1655 Ditcheat, Somerset, England
  • Death: 1740, Ireland
    • The only child of Rev. Joseph & Theodosia Alleine.
    • She married Rev. John Rutherford in County Down, Ireland on Oct 4, although the year is disputed at present.
    • Their children were Katherine & Elizabeth.
    • Isabella died around the year 1740 in Ireland.  

Family links:

  • Parents:
    • Joseph Alleine (1634 - 1668)
    • Theodosia Alleine Alleine (1630 - ____)
  • Spouse:  John Rutherford (1653 - ____)* 
  • Children:  Katherine Jane Rutherford Walker (1682 - 1738)*  
  • Burial: Unknown



Isabella Alleine was the daughter of Joseph Alleine,

  • a Puritan Nonconformist pastor and author.
  • Joseph was born at Devizes, Suffolk, England early in 1634,
  • he fourth of a large family.
  • His father, the "worthy Mr Tobie Alleine of Devizes", was a descendant of Alan, lord of Buckenhall.
  • Alan's descendants had settled in the neighborhood of Calne and Devizes as early as 1430.


  • Isabella Alleine died date unknown.
  • She married Reverend John Rutherford, son of Reverend James Samuel Rutherford and Jean McMath.
  • Children of Isabella Alleine and Reverend John Rutherford are:
    • i. +Katherine Jane Rutherford, b. 1682, Wigton, Scotland, d. 1738, Nottingham, Chester Co., PA.


Book: Maxwell History and Genealogy: Including the Allied Families of Alexander... by: Florence Amelia Wilson Houston, Mrs Laura Anna Cowan Blaine, Ella Dunn Mellette; pg 281-282

In Mrs. White’s “Walkers of Wigton,” we have the record of the Walkers as taken from the old Walker Family Bible, as follows:

  • John Rutherford married Isabella Allein, in Scotland.
  • I. John Walker (emigrant) married Katherine Rutherford, January 1, 1702.
    • Left Newry, Ireland, in 1726.

Issue of John Walker & Katherine Rutherford Walker:

  • # 1. Eliza Walker, married _______ Campbell.
  • # 2. John Walker II, married Ann Houston.
  • # 3. James Walker, married Mary Cuffy.
  • # 4. Thomas, died young
  • # 5. William, died young
  • # 6. Jane Walker, Married James Moore.
  • # 7. Samuel Walker, married Jane Patterson.
  • # 8. Alex Walker, married Jane Hammer.
  • # 9. Esther, died young
  • # 10. Joseph Walker. Married first Nancy McClung. Married second, Griz McCroskey.
  • # 11. Mary Walker, no account, but records state that she may have been the Mary Walker who married John Montgomery of the Revolution. After his death, married William Patterson. She lived to be 104 years old.

II.John Walker, born March 1705.

  • Married March, 1734, Ann Houston.
  • They moved from Pennsylvania with his brother-in-law, Campbell, and settled in Augusta County, Virginia.
  • The Walkers and Hays soon removed to Rockbridge County, on Creek named for the Walkers.

Issue of John and Ann (Houston) Walker:

  • # 1. Susanna Walker, married Pat Porter.
  • # 2. Mary Walker, married Andrew Cowan.
  • # 3. Jane Walker, married William Cowan.
  • # 4. Hetty Walker, married Robert Bell.
  • # 5. John Walker, married Miss Long.
  • # 6. Samuel, killed by Indians
  • # 7. Mary Walker, married John Judy.
  • # 8. Ann Walker, married Samuel Cowan.
  • # 9. Martha Walker, married Alex Montgomery




In Sims' Index to Heralds' Visitations I found references to the Aliens, or Alleyns, of Farnham, as follows :

155. fo. 19b. 891. fo. 20. 1560. fo. 191b.

And Allen 1820. fo. 46b. 1449. fo. 6b.

Also Alleyn v. Allen. Almott, 1449. fo. 5b. 1560. fo. 182b.

I sent these references to Rev. John Holding of Baldoek, Hertz, England, who, after looking them up, sent me the accompanying Coat of Arms and Crest, which he asserts belonged to the Alleins of Suffolk ; and as we have it upon the best of authority that our ancestor, Joseph Alleine, was of this family, I do not hesitate to publish said arms as the one our family used at an early day.

Rev. Holding also sent some interesting data and the records of several generations of the Alleins of Suffolk prior to the time of Joseph Alleine, which I m,ay be able eventually to connect with our branch of the family.

It is not known just how our two ancestors, Joseph and Richard Alleine were related, but they were evidently both descended from Alan, Lord of Buckenhall. The former married Theodoshia, daughter of the latter, and refers to him in his will as his father-in-law. We know that his father's name was Tobie (probably Tobias) and that he had brothers, Francis, Norman and Timothy. Farther than this we could not learn, and of Eichard's family we only know of his three children, William, Eichard and Theodoshia. From different reliable sources we learned the following concerning this family:

The Alleins came out of Suffolk, some of them, as early as 1430, descended from Alan, Lord of Buckenhall, and settled in the neighborhood of Calne and Devizes, whence descended the immediate ancestors of "worthy Mr. Tobie Allein." He was the father of a large family — ^the eldest, Edward, had been a clergyman, but dying in his twenty-seventh year, he was succeeded by the fourth son, Joseph Allein, a non-conformist divine, who was born at Devizes, in Wiltshire, in 1633. Having manifested at a very early age, an eminently pious disposition, and an inclination for the ministry, he was educated with this view and sent to Oxford at the age of sixteen years. At college he was distinguished by diligence in his studies and gravity in his deportment.

In 1653 he became a tutor in the college of Corpus Christi, to which he belonged, and where for the exercise of his gifts in prayer, he had performed the office of chaplain, which he preferred to a fellowship ; and in this situation he was so assiduous and so successful, that many of his pupils occupied respectable stations both in the established church and among the non-conformists.

In 1655 he left college, and was assistant minister at Taunton Magdalen, in Somersetshire, until the year 1662, when he was deprived for non-conformity. During this connection, he was indefatigable in his ministerial services, and his conduct was so amiable and exemplary as to secure the affectionate esteem and attachment of his parishioners.

After his exclusion from the Church, he persevered in his labors, and preached commonly six or seven, and sometimes fourteen or fifteen times a week; till in 1663 he was committed to Ivelchester gaol (jail), where seven ministers and fifty Quakers were closely confined and enduring similar hardships. At the assizes Allein was convicted of having preached in the preceding May, and sentenced to pay one hundred marks, and to remain in prison until the fine was paid. "I am glad," he said, on receiving his sentence, "that it has appeared before my country, that whatever I am charged with, I have been guilty of nothing but doing my duty; and that all which appeared from the evidence was, that I sung a psalm and instructed my family, others being there, and both in my own house."

By an imprisonment of twelve months, Allein's constitution was impaired and the duration of his life shortened. After his release, he renewed his labors, and his sufferings were also renewed; his health gradually declined, and in 1668 he finished his course at the age of thirty-five years.

His biographers, Anthony Wood excepted, bear testimony to his learning and charity. Zealous in his own mode of worshiping God, he was not, as ministers of the established church have testified, in the least bitter towards any Christians who worshiped in another manner. He preserved a great respect for the church, notwithstanding all his sufferings, and was eminently loyal to his prince, notwithstanding the severities of the times.

His writings breathe a true spirit of piety, for which they have been always and deservedly esteemed. His works are : "An Explanation of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism," in 1656, 8v. ; "Call to Archipus,"' exhorting the ejected members to continue in their ministry, 1664, 4to.; "An Alarm to the Unconverted," 1672, 8vo. and 13mo., of which twenty thousand were sold, and after it was printed in 1675 under the title, "A Sure Guide to Heaven," fifty thousand; "Christian Letters, full of Spiritual Instruction," in 1672, 8vo.; "Cases of Conscience," 1672, 8vo. ; "Kemains, etc.," 1672, 8vo., and several other small practical pieces, besides an imperfect body of natural theology in Latin, which has not been printed. An account of his life and death is often annexed to his writings. Calamy's Baxter, Vol. II, page 577, etc. Neal's History of the Puritans, Vol. II, page 670, 4to. Biog. Brit.

The following is taken from the Encyclopaedia Britannica: Giving a sketch of his public life, the article reads as follows : "In preaching after the intense, awakening, wistful type; in catechizing with all diligence and fidelity; in visitation among the poor and sad and mean; in letter writing, tender and sympathetic; in devotional intercession through long consecrated hours of day and night, he was a model of pastoral devotion.

Allein was no mere scholar or divine, but a man who associated on equal terms with the patriarchs of the Royal Society, then laying those broad and deep foundations on which re^'-ts England's present scientific renown. These scientific studies and experiments, nevertheless, were ever kept in subordination to his proper work. The extent of his influence was, in so young a man, unique, resting fundamentally on the earnestness of his nature and the manifest power of his ministry.

When he died, the mourners remembered their beloved minister's words while yet with them, "If I should die fifty miles away, let me be buried at Taunton," and they found a grave for him in St. Mary's Chancel.'


Joseph Alleine of Wilton, Somerset, Gent. Will dated Oct. 18, 1667; proved Feb. 4, 1668-9, by his relict, Theodoshia Alleine (12 Coke, Somerset House).

He states his desire to be buried at St. Magdalene's, Taunton, where he had been Vicar, 1642-1662.

He bequeathed to his wife £320, his brother Timoth}^, his niece Joane Alleine, his nephew Zachary, and Mark, his niece Hester Alleine — his friends, Mr. John Mallacke of FuUands and Mr. Eichard Alleine of Frome (or Trome), his trustees, my father-in-law Mr. Eichard Alleine, my mother-in-law, the relict of my father, £10.

He also names his brother, Francis Alleine, his brother-in-law, Alleine, and his brother, Norman.

The inscription on his monument in Taunton Church is as follows: "Hic jacet Dominus Josephus Alleine Holocaustum Tauntoneuses, et Deo, et vobis. Here Mr. Joseph Alleine lyes To God and you a sacrifice."

There was a Catherine Alleine of Bristol, widow, Avhose will is dated May 6, 1691 [35 (Book) Vere, Somerset House].

To the eight children of my daughter, Katherine Webb, £2000 — amongst them at ages of 21. My grandson, John Webb, one guinea. Securities in the Manor of Butleigh Somersetshire, &c. Eesidue to my daughter, Katherine Webb, Executrix.

[I publish the above in reference to Catherine Alleine, on account of the name Catherine, which was the one given to Joseph Alleine's granddaughter and suggests the idea that there was a relationship existing between the two families. — Ed.]

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Isabella Jane Rutherford's Timeline

Ditcheat, Somerset, UK
Age 13
Age 13
Age 21
Roxburghshire, Scotland
Age 23
Age 27
Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 41
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Roxburghshire, Scotland
Age 84
County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom