James Rutland Jr

Sally’s great-great-great-great-great-great Grandparents:

James Rutland Jr bef 1701 – ca 1755 | his parents
& perhaps Esther Cullen or Callum ca 1708 – | her parents
of Bertie County North Carolina


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


I have come to believe that this man called James Rutland Jr was a younger cousin of the James Rutland who married Elizabeth Williams in 1708. as opposed to him being a son.

An Esther Rutland is listed as a member of Sandy Run now deceased.

Nov 7 1723 Minutes of the Executive Council p128 –Petition of James Rutland Jr setting forth that James Rutland Sr sometime agoe obtained a patent for 70 A in Bertie–which is not cultivated–pray it be granted to him–so ordered.

7 Nov 1723 James Rutland Pat. for 600 acres .

Nov 19 1739 James Rutland jun to William Moor 66¬£ for 65 a. on SS Ahotskey Marsh at a branch commonly called Henards Branch adj. Baker, Part of a patent formerly granted James Rutland, Jun., “for seventy acres” dated April 6, 1724. Wit: Charles Horne, jurat, Robert Whitfield Aug Ct. 1740.

Nov 13 1740 f-162 James Rutland to James Rutland jun 100£ for 400 a. in two tracts (1) 160 a. by patent granted to Owen McDaniel March 1, 1719 (2) 240 a. granted to George Stevens July 30 1726. Wit: John Rutland, Jean Levernick Nov. Ct. 1740

Nov 13 1740 f-163 James Rutland jun to James Rutland sen. 100¬£ for 286 a. on WS Ahoskey Swamp adj. “James Rutland, the elder,” James Wood, George Smith, Land granted James Rutland jun Nov 17, 1723. Wit: John Rutland, Jean Levernick Nov. Ct 1740.

12 Oct 1741 f-321 Thomas Jones of Pettyshoar to James Rutland Jun. 80£ for 300 a. on Woatom. Granted Thomas Jones Sept 22, 1730 adj. Peter West. Wit: R. Forester, Will Cathcart Feb Ct 1741.

Sept 9 1749 G-278 James Rutland of Northampton Co to John West 9¬£ for 100 a. “Night Watom Meadows” at Snuffmill Branch. Part of patent formerly granted to Thomas Jones Gent for 300 a. dated Sept 22, 1730. Wit: Charles Horne, Michael Horne. May Ct 1750.

July 19 1750 G-343 James Rutland of Northampton Co to Arthur Cotten 12£ for 100 a. on Wattom Swamp adj. Peter West. Part of patent to Thomas Jones for 300 a. dated Sept 22, 1730. Wit: Charles Horne, Benjamin Wynns. Feb Ct 1750 Samuel Ormes C/C

1755 There is a muster list of Captain Samuel Cotten’s company in Northampton Co, NC labeled after 1748. I date it to be 1755. Thos. Cotten is the Lieutentant on this list; in 1754 he was the ensign. Sam Cotten was promoted to Lieut. Colonel by 1763. The names of James Rutland and James Rutland Jr are both on the list. It appears that James Rutland died shortly after this muster as a son-in law Thomas Beaney is deeding on 14 May 1755 land given to him by James’s will.

14 May 1755 NH co Deed Bk II, p. 216 – Thomas Beaney of Bertie Co to William Rutland of Northampton Co 15 pounds current money of VA. 150 acres on the head of A Hoskey, on the south side of the swamp part of the tract granted to James Rutland Jr for 600 acres in 1723 which land was given to me by James Rutland in his last will and testament. Wit: John Cooper, Cader Powell, Patie Turner. Reg NH co Aug ct 1755.

1759 James Rutland’s farm was where Northampton, Bertie, & Hertford Counties meet–was used as a land mark in the formation of Hertford county in 1759.
About the Rutlands: Cousin Jack Tyler of Roxobel owns the farm where the three counties meet. He told me last summer that when he was a boy there was a cemetery there. It had no stones but was surrounded with an iron fence with “Rutland” on the gate. At some point, it was plowed under. E-mail from James E Moore 5 Aug 98

Children of James Rutland [2]
1. Elizabeth [Bess] Rutland ca 1723 – 10 Feb 1779
married Arthur Cotten 1716 – 1789
a. Cullen Cotten
2. William Rutland ca 1724 – 1795 Northampton Co
buys land NH 1745
married Sarah ?
3. John Rutland ca 1725 – died 1763 Bertie Co, NC
wit: 1745, wit: 1756
married Charity Watson
dau of John Watson
4. daughter [had died 1752/Aug 1755]
married Thomas Beaney of Bertie Co died Aug 25 1855/28 Oct 1856
5. Mary [Polly] Rutland
married Moses Moore
6. James Rutland [3] bef 1738
married Margaret ?
7. Edward Rutland
sells land to James Powell 1752; buys land NH 1756
married Martha Daughtry died 1792 Northampton Co will

Marriages of Bertie Co, NC 1762-1868 by Fouts
8 Nov 1774 Harrell, Amos & Charity Rutland; Benjamin Harrell, Bm
30 Nov 1774 Rutland, John & Amelia Nazery; Watson (x) Rutland, Bm.
5 Nov 1775 Rutland, Shadrack & Parthena Carter; Jesse Cotten, Bm
9 Feb 1795 Rutland, Riddick & Jemima Horton; Henry Clay Milburn, Bm
13 May 1799 Grover, Jas S & Elisabeth Rutland; Norsworthy Rutland, Bm
4 May 1802 Rutland, James & Elizabeth Rhodes; Benjamin Coffield, Bm.
12 Nov 1807 Rutland, James & Sally Bailey; Thomas Rhodes, Bm.
12 May 1828 Rutland, Norsworthy & Elizabeth Rutland; R H Barnes, Bm

from a list of members of Sandy Run Baptist Church
Nov. 19 1773 – James Rutland was a deacon.
James Rutland – dismissed
Miles Rutland
David Rutland
Meshech Rutland
Abednigo Rutland
Watson Rutland
Zilpah Rutland – dead
Esther Rutland – dead
Charity Rutland
Lucretia Rutland – dismisssed
Marinah Moore – wife of Jas.
Sarah Rutland – dead
Mary Rutland – bapt after Lemuel Burkitt’s death

11 Nov 1819 Bertie Co Apprentice Bonds Henry, 12, Allen, 11, Charles, 8, & Chania Charlton bound to James Rutland. Shoe maker & spinning. NCGSJ 1986 p145

US Census 1790 – Bertie Co NC —
Rutland: John 1 -1 -2 -3 -6 13T son of John the son of James
John 1 -5 -3 -0 -6 15T
James 1 -1 -5 -0 -0 7T maybe son of William son of James

US Census 1790 – Halifax Co NC —
Rutland: Shadrack [for Robt. Ricks] 2 – 3 – 6 -1 -28 40 total

US Census 1790 Hertford Co NC —
Rutland: William 1 – 2 – 3 – 0 – 4 p187

US Census 1790 Northampton Co NC —
Rutland: Thomas 1 – 2 – 1 – 0 – 2 is he son of James
Reddick 1 – 3 – 0 – 0 – 4 son of John the son of James
Blake 1 – 4 – 1 – 0 – 0 son of John the son of James
Charity 0 – 0 – 1 – 0 – 4 widow of John the son of James
Wilson 1 – 1 – 2 – 0 – 0 son of Edward the son of James
Roderick Cotten listed next 1 – 0 – 1 – 0 – 5
Sion 1 – 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 son of Edward the son of James

USCensus 1790 Orangeburg SC
Rutland: Cullen 1 – 7 – 0 – 0 – 0

USCensus 1790 Camden District SC
Rutland: James 1 – 3 – 4 – 0 – 0

1800 Census Bertie Co NC
John Rutland 10201 00010 0 6
James Rutland 00101 10101 0 6

1800 Census Halifax Co NC
Elizabeth Rutland 11100 11110 0 35

1800 Census Hertford Co NC
William Rutland 11001 32010 0 7

1800 Census Northampton Co NC
Watson Rutland 00201… 00110. .0 14
Sarah Rutland 10000 01101 0 1 widow of William
Abedigo Rutland 10010 00100 0 11
Meshick Rutland 10001 00010 0 1
Sion Rutland 20010 10010 013

1800 Census Franklin Co NC
Reddick Rutland 22001 10100 0 3

1810 Census Bertie Co NC
Whitmell Rutland 2 m 10/16, 3 m 16/25, 1 m 26/45, 1 f 26/45, 1 f 45+, 1 f b, 25 sl
James Rutland 1 m 45+, 2 f 0/10, 2 f 10/16, 1 f 45+, 8 sl

1810 Brunswick Co NC
R Rutland 1 m 0/10, 2 m 10/16, 1 m 45+, 1 f 0/10, 1 f 26/45
J. Rutland 1 m 16/25, 1 f 26/45

1810 Census Halifax Co NC
Abednego Rutland 2 m 0/10, 1 m 10/16, 1 m 45+, 2 f 0/10, 1 f 26/45, 6 sl

1810 Census Northampton Co NC
Watson Rutland 2 m 0/10, 1 m 45+, 1 f 0/10, 1 f 26/45, 14 sl
Norsworthy Rutland 1 m 0/10, 1 m 26/45, 2 f 0/10, 1 f 16/25 11 sl
Masheck Rutland 1 m 16/25, 1 m 26/45, 1 m 45+, 3 other free persons
James Rutland 1 m 26/45, 2 f 0/10, 2 f 16/25, 3 sl
David Rutland 1 m 16/25, 1 m 26/45, 3 f 0/10, 1f 16/25, 2 sl
Orren Rutland 1 m 0/10, 1m 16/25, 1 f 0/10, 1f 25/45, 1 f ov 45 5sl

Fed Direct Tax 1815 & 1816 2nd Collection District-
– Bertie, Martin, Halifax and Northampton Counties- NCGSJ 1984 p 35
Name 1815 1816
Rutland: Abednego 1.00 1.00
David 2.00 —-
Elizabeth —– 1.00
James 1.00 —–
Norsworthy 2.00 1.00
Thomas B. 5.42 6.27
Watson 1.00 1.00
Whitmel 2. 00 2.00
[Elizabeth is James of Bertie’s widow]

A list of Taxables within Capt. Edward A Callum’s District Bertie County and Taken by William Britton for the year 1815 includes
James Rutland Senr. 420 acres, 3 Value, 1260 amot. 3 Slaves
Elizabeth Rutland by James Rutland Senr. 44i/3 acres, 20 Value, 886.67 amot. 83 3/4 acres, 6 Value, 502.50 amot. 1389.17 Total Value. 5 Slaves
Redden Rutland 1 free poll. 2 Slaves
Johnson Rutland. 1 free poll
Whitmel Rutland. 130 acres. 6 Value. 780 amot
Miles Rutland 100 acres. 6 Value. 600 amot. 1 free poll. 1 Slave
Blake B Rutland 200 acres. 4 1/2 Value. 900 amot. 1 free poll. 2 Slaves.
Watson Rutland 33 acres. 15 Value. 495 amot
NCGSJ Nov 1999 p375 [abstract by Raymond A Winslow Jr.

1820 Brunswick Co NC
John W Rutland image missing on ancestry.com
Redding Rutland 1 m 16-18, 1m 18-25, 1m ov 45 1 f 26-45

1820 Census Halifax Co NC
Eliza Rutland 1m under 10, 1f 25-45, 1 f ov 45

1820 Census Northampton Co NC
Whitmell Rutland 1 m 26/45, 2 f 0/10, 1 f 26/45, 1 f ov 45
Norsworthy Rutland 4 m 0/10, 1m 10/16, 1 m 26/45, 1 f 0/10, 1 16/25, 1 f 26/45
David Rutland 1 m 26/45, 2 f 10/16, 1f 16/25, 1f 25/45
Elizabeth Rutland 1 m 0/10, 2m 10/16, 1m 16/18, 1 f 10/16, 1 f ov 45

1830 Anson Co NC
John M Rutland 00 00 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1830 Bertie Co NC
John Rutland 00 00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 01 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Elizabeth Rutland 02 00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 00 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Whitmell Rutland no entry by name
James Rutland 12 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 10 00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miles Rutland 10 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 02 00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1830 Brunswick Co NC
John W Rutland 00 10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 00 01 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reden Rutland 10 00 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 00 00 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

1830 Census Halifax Co NC
Turner Rutland 00 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1830 Census Northampton Co NC
Whitmell Rutland 00 00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 00 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Naurie Rutland 00 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 00 00 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
David Rutland 00 00 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 00 00 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Rutland Wills in North Carolina archives
Bertie Co
Elizabeth 1836; John ca 1762; John 1804
Northampton Co
David 1860, Martha 1792, Rebecah 1805, Thomas 1793, Watson 1820,
William 1795, Wilson 1802
Halifax Co
Drusilla 1831, Elizabeth 1823, Shadrack 1797,
Brunswick Co
Joseph 1829, Redden 1834,
Anson Co
Sion 1805, Martha 1826

To all known descendants of James Rutland Jr and wife Esther

One thought on “James Rutland Jr”

  1. Rutland’s:
    Let me start where we all agree Elizabeth wife of Arthur Cotton.
    Birth date I se not you have her at c 1723 so if her first born Cullen Cotton was born c 1740 to have been 21 to sign deed as proven. Then she only 17 when he was born.
    Before this she was born c 1718.
    Next generation:
    James b c 1682 and wife Elizabeth Williams b c 168?.
    Now given it is allowed women can bear children from 12 onward during the time era of c 1700 a lot of women did bear children into their 40’s. However a proven marriage date of 1708 is given. So even a 1718 would be 10 years into marriage.
    Next we have James Rutland b c 166? who married a Elizabeth Basse daughter of Edward Basse1622-1696 and Mary Tucker the Indian Maiden. with a marriage date recorded as 1644. So this Elizabeth would be born c 164? and be 20 years older than her husband.
    My line of thinking at this point is that we are missing a James but he there I think the line goes like this at this point.
    In Reverse:
    Edward Basse 1622-1696=1644 Mary Tucker c1630-c1700.
    Elizabeth Basse c 1645-c 17??=James Rutland (I) c1645- c17??.
    James Rutland (II) c166?- c17??= ?
    James Rutland (III) 1682-1751=1708 Elizabeth Williams c168?-17??.
    Elizabeth Rutland 1718-1779=Arthur Cotton 1716-1781.
    This seems to lay out with the deeds better and also the every 20 year generations seems more correct than having 40 year olds wait 20 years to have children after marriage.
    Question now is who was wife of James (II)?

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