Pvt. James William Rutherford, (CSA)

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Pvt. James William Rutherford, (CSA)

Birthplace: Logan County, Kentucky, USA
Death: January 23, 1888 (47)
Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Place of Burial: Steep Hill Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Shelby R. Rutherford
Husband of Louisa E. Rutherford
Father of Col. Henry Holcomb Rutherford

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About Pvt. James William Rutherford, (CSA)

James William Rutherford was born in Logan Co., Kentucky to Belvina Inman and Shelby R. Rutherford. His family moved to Missouri after the death of his mother. In 1859, James, along with his father brother, moved to Sebastian County, Arkansas.

1850 - District 10, Butler, Kentucky

Shelby Rutherford - 40 Henry Rutherford - 17 Catharine Rutherford - 16 Harriett Rutherford - 14 James Rutherford - 11 Shelby Rutherford- 4

1860 Census - Upper, Sebastian, Arkansas

Shelby Rutherford Charita Rutherford James Rutherford Taylor Rutherford Ashley Rutherford

During the War Between the States, James William served as Private in Company B of the 15th Arkansas Regiment along with his brother-in-law, Samuel S. Thurman, and with his future brother-in-laws James Jackson McAlester and William Thomas Bugg. He was captured at the Battle of Big Black Bridge in Mississippi and held prisoner at Camp Delaware until he was exchanged for a Union solider.

After his discharge and pardon, he became a successful farmer and business partner with his brother-in-law, William Thomas Bugg. He received a land grant in 1868 in Sebastian County. In February of 1870, he married Louisa McAlester. They resided for a short time in in the home of Louisa's mother and father, William Jackson and Elizabeth Holcomb McAlester before establishing a home nearby.

1870 Census - Marion, Sebastian, Arkansas

Louisa Rutherford -19 James Rutherford - 27

1880 Census - Marion, Sebastian, Arkansas

James Rutherford - 40 Louisa Rutherford - 28 Lyllian Rutherford - 9 Henry Rutherford - 7 Lissie Rutherford - 5 Mary P. Rutherford - 3

Louisa and James had six children: Lillian, Henry Holcomb, Elizabeth, Mary Pearl, James Taylor "Rud," and Louisa "Lulu" Rutherford. Louisa died from complications of childbirth only ten days after the birth of their daughter, Louisa "Lulu." A year and a half later, James married a widow, Elizabeth Ward. Three and one half year later, he passed away.

James William and his brother-in-law, William Thomas Bugg, purchased three acres adjoining the one half acre Steep Hill Cemetery and donated the land to the community to be used for burial.

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Fort Smith New Era (newspaper) January 27, 1883

James W. Rutherford, one of Sebastian County's best and most exemplary citizens, died at this home in Sulphur township, nine miles from the city, last Monday at 9 A.M. from an ulcer in the throat from which he has long suffered.

He was 47 years of age and leaves a wife and 5 children to mourn his untimely end. His remains were interred at Steep Hill cemetery on Wednesday. Jim Rutherford was most widely know and highly esteemed whose loss will be keenly felt by the community where he has lived form many years. His first wife was sister of Mr. J.J. McAlester of McAlester, C.N., who arrived here on Tuesday evening to attend the funeral--she died several years ago. Mr. Rutherford married Mrs. Lizzie Ward--sister of Mr. Wm. McCarther, who survives him. We extend to the family and relatives of the deceased our utmost sympathy.

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Mr. James Rutherford, died January 23, 1888. He was 47 years old. Cause of Death: Consumption *note--T.B. Buried on January 24, 1888. Buried in Case#1 1/2 5=9 Cost of burial: $25.00 paid for by Mr. T.W. Bugg

Source: Birnie Brothers Funeral Home Records: #1871

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Pvt. James William Rutherford, (CSA)'s Timeline

September 2, 1840
Logan County, Kentucky, USA
February 17, 1873
Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
January 23, 1888
Age 47
Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Steep Hill Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA