Wayne County West Virginia Biography of Joseph RUTHEFORD


         Joseph RUTHEFORD, son of Hiram and Mary (Workman) Rutheford of Wayne county. was born in this county, September 13, 1845. He is a farmer of Butler district, owning 157 acres of valuable, well improved land, situated near CenterVille, about 3 miles from where Whites creek empties into Big Sandy, and on the first-named stream. In addition to his farm labors, he fills the office of constable and is president of the board of education in Butler district. He was first commissioner of the board and in 1883 was elected president for four years.

         In Wayne county, April 1, 1869, Mary A. Workman became his wife, and the home established by their marriage is brightened with five children: Hiram Harvey, born February 1, 1870; William Taylor, February 17, 1872; Joseph Lilburn, April 6, 1874; Henry F., September 20, 1877; and Charles W., June 30, 1880. Mary A., wife of Joseph Rutheford, was born in Wayne county, March 31, 1850, a daughter of H. and Ellen (McClure) Workman. Her father was born in this county and her mother was born in Lawrence county, Kentucky. Spencer Rutheford, uncle of Joseph, was a Federal soldier in the war between the States for four years, a participant in many severe engagements, and among the rest in that which resulted in the capture of the celebrated Confederate Morgan. Joseph Ruthefordís postoffice address is Whites Creek, Wayne county, West Virginia.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Wayne County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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