REV. JAMES A. RUTLEDGE, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Wintersville, was born in Jefferson county, near Richmond, September 27, 1853, the son of Thomas and Mahala (Skelley) Rutledge, both natives of Jefferson county. Thomas is of the second generation of the family native to this county, his father, James Jr., having been born on Yellow Creek, where the latter's father, James, a native of Ireland, settled about 1780. THere were seven sons in the family of the elder James Rutledge. James Jr., a farmer by occupation, was married to Dorcus Fulton, by whom he had nine children, sirght of whom survive. Thomas Rutledge was born in April 1827, was reared as a farmer, and has followed that vocation. March 11, 1852 he was married to Mahala Skelley, by whom he has six sons and three daughters. Four of the sons are ministers of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which the parents are also members. James A., with mention of whom this sketch opens, received his early education in the common schools of the Jefferson county, and completed his studies in Richmond college. He then began his study for the ministry in 1883, being licensed to preach in the same year, and he has ever since been in the work. He has served on the Mingo and Warrington circuits, and was assigned his present charge in 1887, and here has labored quite satisfactorily and effectively. March 13, 1878, he was married to Celia A., daughter of Amos Albaugh, and they have one child, Clara B.
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