Thomas Rutherford: Birth: 14 AUG 1738. Death: 1739
Mary Rutherford: Birth: 18 FEB 1744. Death: 1816
In 1689, several brothers of the Scottish family of Rutherford joined the army of William III when he invaded Ireland.They were present and fought at the Battle of the Boyne. Two of them were company officers, and the third was a Presbyterian clergyman. They all remained on the island, one settling in County Tyrone, another in County Down, and the minister in County Monaghan. Several of the sons of these men emigrated to America during the decade between 1720 and 1730; among them was Thomas Rutherford, the progenitor of the family in Paxtang. No likeness of Thomas Rutherford is in existence, and the only description of him is a traditional one, which represents him as a dark-haired, well built man, about five feet ten inches in height, full of energy and of such business habits as led to financial success. His youthful attachment to Jean Mordah, whom he afterward married, was reciprocated. The Mordahs were about to sail for America, and Thomas, fearing he might lose his Jean, proposed and was accepted; but Jean was scarcely sixteen and her parents refused permission for her to marry and took her with them to America. On the cover of his memorandum book, preserved in the family, Thomas inscribed in the legend "Enquire for Dennygall". This was the location of the Mordah's in Pennsylvania, and, in the following year, 1729 he appeared in person at their door and claimed his Jean. Mr. Mordah, doubtless, still thought the pair too young, and, in order that more time might be gained, required his prospective son-in-law to be the possessor of a certain sum of money with which to begin the world, before he would entrust the youg lady to his keeping. Thomas was obliged to acquiesce, and took his departure for Philadelphia. When he returned, he was mounted on a good horse and had with him the documents which satisfied the old gentleman's requirements. They were married in 1730, and lived in Donegal until after the death of John Mordah, in 1744, when they moved to Derry, and, in 1755, to Paxtang, where they spent the remainder of their days. Their house, a two story log, stood on the site of the present residence of Silas B. Rutherford, at Paxtang station, and was burned down in 1840. The old house standing directly opposite the station was built after Thomas Rutherford's death, about 1783, and the old stone house over the spring was, probably, built before Mr. Rutherford bought the property.
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