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Rutherfords in Jedburgh and John Rutherford Ainslie
Posted by: Robert Blair (ID *****3627) Date: December 18, 2009 at 19:32:21
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My grt grt grt grandmother was a Sophia Rutherford. She was illegitimate, there is no known birth/baptism record (about 1781), no known marriage record (to John Baird) but she died in 1875 (age 94) and has a death certificate. In the birth records of her children (Jedburgh OPR)she is recorded as Sophia Rutherford.
Her death certificate states her illegitimacy and gives the name of one parent, her father - Rutherford Ainslie, House Proprietor. The mother's name was unknown.
This did not make sense until I found details of the divorce case Thomas Waugh v Jean Ballantyne which took place in the 1790's (very enlightening as to the character of John Rutherford aka John Rutherford Ainslie), and further research has found that the Ainslie was added as the result of his uncle's (William Ainslie) will and that this took place in 1786. I believe that this person was the recorded father of Sophia and therefore my ancestor, even if through an illegitimacy.
John Rutherford Ainslie, born 1754, died about 1799, was a son of Thomas Rutherford, Doctor of Medicine in Jedburgh and Ann Ainslie. There were other children inlcuding Andrew, George (merchant Glasgow), Mary and Williamina (marr John Clunie, Berwick upon Tweed).
Both Williamina and my ancestor Sophia, named sons after John Rutherford Ainslie.
Thomas Rutherford, born 1715 in Jedburgh, was a son of Andrew Rutherford, Apocathery & chirurgeon in Jedburgh.
I am looking for any information which can take this family back to earlier generations or connections towards the present.

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