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 Mary Ann <I>Miller</I> Rutledge

Mary Ann Miller Rutledge

Death 26 Dec 1878 (aged 91)
Birmingham, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA
Burial Birmingham, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA
Plot Row 11
Memorial ID 29943701 · View Source
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Lacking firm biographical material for Mary Rutledge that could be reliably used for this memorial:

The following is adapted from the 1890 Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties. Mary Ann Rutledge was the mother of Ann Rutledge, who was fabled to be the first love of an adult Abraham Lincoln.

"From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties – 1890
Anthony T. Prewitt, deceased, was a native of Kentucky, his birth having occurred on October 25, 1810. While growing to manhood he learned the tanner trade and worked thereat until he came west. Prior to leaving his native state he was united in marriage with Sophrona J. Latimer and accompanied by his young bride, immigrated to Lee County Iowa, in a very early day. About 1843 they removed to Van Buren County, where Mrs. Prewitt died November 9, 1845, leaving four children to mourn her loss, namely: Goldson, who is engaged in carpenter trade; James D., a farmer by occupation; Sarah J. wife of James Stuckey; and Ann M., wife of C.C. Reynolds.
On October 14, 1846, Mr. Prewitt was again married, his second union being with Nancy C., daughter of James and Mary A. Miller Rutledge, both of whom were of southern birth, the former born May 11, 1781, and the latter October 21, 1787. The place of their nativity is not certainly known, but they lived in South Carolina and Georgia, prior to immigrating to Pike County Illinois. About 1824 they removed to Sangamon, now Mennard County Illinois, where Mr. Rutledge built and operated a mill for some time. He afterward kept a tavern in New Salem and subsequently settled on a farm, where he died December 3, 1835. He and his wife were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and were intelligent and industrious citizens, well respected by all. Their family numbered nine children, as follows: Jane O., John M, Anna Mayes, David H., Robert B. Nancy C., Margaret A., William B. and Sarah F. The third child, known in history as Ann Rutledge, was the lady to whom President Lincoln was engaged, and whose death, at the age of twenty-three spread such a gloom over the young lawyer's life. In 1838 Mrs. Rutledge, with six of her children, removed to Van Buren County Iowa, locating near the Jefferson County line. She died in Birmingham that county, December 26, 1878, being over ninety-one years of age at the time of her death.
Mrs. Prewitt was born in White County Illinois on February 10, 1821, and with her family settled in Van Buren County as above stated. After her marriage she lived on the farm in that county, making it her home until 1880 when she became a resident of Fairfield, which is still her home.
The death of Mr. Prewitt occurred on February 9, 1864, and was the cause of deep regret throughout the entire community. He was a man that looked with wistful eyes to the moral advancement of the community and in everyway possible aided in the triumph of right over wrong. He served as an Elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and made his religion a part of his life. Politically, he was a Republican, but he loved the quiet of his home more than the excitement of a public career, and in consequence never sought political distinction. He was not of a grasping disposition, but always strove to make his family comfortable, and was ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need.The rearing and educating of the children fell largely upon Mrs. Prewitt, who tenderly and carefully performed the duty thus left to her. The record of her children, four in number, is as follows: David, the eldest died at the age of twenty- four years, leaving a wife and two children; Mary E. died in infancy; Anthony M. is a minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, now engaged in pastoral work in California; and William S. an expert stenographer, is court reporter for the district. Mrs. Prewitt and her youngest son are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. "

Note: this section updated August 1, 2016 and further updated January 2, 2018 -

There are several memorials in place for different Rutledge family members, some with headstone photos, some without, some with headstone photos for a particular memorial but not for others who may also be buried in the same cemetery. The following information was written when this memorial was first entered, and is being left "as is" but with the observation that some of the references are for certain memorials that do not have headstone photos at this time but may be in the process of having headstone photos posted.

It isn't certain if some of the "headstones" are original or recreations dome in memory but not necessarily "over" the actual grave. Given the historical nature of the Rutledge family it may be that some monuments are put up out of respect, but without knowledge of a specific and documented burial plot, so some caution is needed.

*James Rutledge has a Find a Grave memorial for him by another contributor placing him in what is now known as Old Concord Cemetery, Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois. While it does appear from other sources that James was buried here (his daughter Ann Rutledge was originally buried there) and there are some 15 Rutledge surname/related surnames listed at that cemetery, it seems odd to me that no headstone or cemetery view photos are in place for them. While it may well be that he and the other Rutledge family members are there in unmarked graves, the complete absence of much detail information or photos makes me cautious about providing direct spouse and parent/child relationship links to that memorial. I am putting him in this bio section for those that wish to view his memorial on their own, but pending further confirmation that his memorial in that cemetery is valid I am not making a direct relationship link to that memorial for him (sic. a relationship link has since been entered between these memorials, from "John James Rutledge" to this memorial).

Memorials for daughter Ann Rutledge (both memorials are maintained by Find A Grave as Famous People. Update: evidently someone contacted F/A/G administrators and they have directly linked the memorial for Ann Rutledge from the Oakland Cemetery to this memorial. I'll keep the following links in place in this section, but I appreciate that F/A/G administrators linked Ann to her mother directly. //rkt June 4, 2011). Ann is buried in Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois:

Original burial at Old Concord Cemetery: Ann Rutledge

Reburied at Oakland Cemetery: Ann Mayes Rutledge

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Small script at bottom: "Oh, mother dear, a short farewell, that we might meet again above, and roam where angels love to dwell, where trees of life bear fruits of love."

Gravesite Details Also on this monument is an inscription for John Rutledge, who died May 17, 1879, aged: 68y5m18d.





  • Created by: Richard K Thompson
  • Added: 20 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29943701
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Ann Miller Rutledge (21 Oct 1787–26 Dec 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29943701, citing Bethel Cemetery, Birmingham, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Richard K Thompson (contributor 46900770) .