Rutledge Family

William Pinckney RUTLEDGE

A.  Captain William Pinckney RUTLEDGE born in Tennessee 29 July 1815 to James and Nancy (ARMSTRONG) RUTLEDGE, died in Williamson County Texas 27 April 1890, buried Pond Springs Cemetery, on land donated in 1872 by his brother Thomas Lafayette RUTLEDGE (1820-1898) and Thomas’s wife Helen Mariah (CAMP) RUTLEDGE.  William P. RUTLEDGE became a Captain in the Mexican War.

WP RUTLEDGE was married three times:

1  Mary Ann Elizabeth JACKSON, born 21 March 1826, died in childbirth 29 August 1842.  Buried Washington Cemetery, Washington County Texas.

2  Susannah CAMP, born ca. 1826/1827 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Died 1863 Williamson County Texas.  I feel it extremely likely that Susannah is  buried next to WP Rutledge in Pond Springs Cemetery.  Susannah and Helen CAMP were daughters of John Banks CAMP; the sisters married RUTLEDGE brothers.

3  Margaretta “Ettie/Effie” (OLIPHANT) CARTER, born ca. 1842 Indiana.

Known children of William P. and Mary Ann Elizabeth (JACKSON) RUTLEDGE:

i. William P. RUTLEDGE, born August 1842 in Texas.  Corpl. Rutledge died 21 October 1862, buried Stonewall Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia.

Known children of William P. and Susannah (CAMP) RUTLEDGE:

ii. Samuel A. RUTLEDGE, born ca. 1846 in Texas.

iii. Ann Eliza RUTLEDGE, born ca. 1849 in Texas.

iv. John Toliver RUTLEDGE, born ca. 1855 in Texas.

v.  Franklin Creighton RUTLEDGE, born ca. 1858 in Texas.

(Occasionally, a William S. and a Lula are counted as his children, but they were actually his CARTER stepchildren – their mother was his third wife Margaretta “Ettie/Effie” (OLIPHANT) CARTER – see the 1880 Williamson County Texas census)

James and Mary RUTLEDGE

B.  James Thomas RUTLEDGE, son of William’s brother Edward Armstrong RUTLEDGE, was a nephew of the above William Pinckney RUTLEDGE and Thomas Lafayette RUTLEDGE who donated the land for Pond Springs Cemetery.  James was born in Tennessee 11 September 1851, and died in Williamson County Texas on 17 June 1909.  He is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery with his wife Mary Estella (BUCHANAN).


C.  Beulah RUTLEDGE, daughter of James’s brother John Walker RUTLEDGE and Julia Elizabeth ANDERSON, was a niece of the above James Thomas RUTLEDGE.  She is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery in an enclosed plot with her grandparents, James and Lucy ANDERSON.

Rutledge Infants of Maney and Addie (Glenn) Rutledge

D.  “1900 – Infants of Maney and Addie (GLENN) RUTLEDGE” were the grandchildren of the above James T. RUTLEDGE.  Hand-made marker signed by LE Warren.

Infant of WO and SC RUTLEDGE

E.  “Infant of WO and SC RUTLEDGE” was the child of William Obed and Susan Catherine (OLIVER) RUTLEDGE.  According to family researchers, this baby girl appears to have born and died in 1883.  She was the granddaughter of Thomas L. and Mariah RUTLEDGE who donated the land for Pond Springs Cemetery.

F.  “Effie and [unknown] RUTLEDGE” – Both were part of the 1964 transcription.

G.  Edgar RUTLEDGE – relationship unknown, his grave was not found in the 1964 transcription, it is unknown how the 1964 researchers knew of its existence.  Assumed to be a child, he has not been found in any census.



“Tom Rutledge grew up in Maury County, Tennessee, where his father was a farmer. He followed his older brother, William Pinckney Rutledge, who had moved to Texas between March 2, 1836, and October 1, 1837, to Washington County, Texas where Tom received a 3rd class 320 acre land grant on March 20, 1839. His brother, W. P. Rutledge, received a 2nd class land grant there and became a Captain in the Texas Army, fighting in the Mexican War of 1842.

Tom Rutledge was on the 1840 Republic of Texas census in Washington County. In 1848 he married Helen Camp, daughter of J. B. Camp in Grimes County. Her older sister had married W. P. Rutledge. Tom Rutledge was listed on the federal census of 1850 in Grimes County, living with his father-in-law. Rutledge moved to Pond Springs, Williamson County, about 1852, where he purchased a portion of the Elisha Allen Land Grant through his father-in-law, J. B. Camp (Travis County, 4/42). He was later joined there by his younger brother, Edward Armstrong Rutledge.

At Pond Springs, Tom Rutledge built a store, post office, and blacksmith shop across the road from the log school house at Pond Springs. Rutledge became the first postmaster of Pond Springs on March 16, 1854. His store became a stop on the Austin to Lampassas stage line, and Rutledge built a rock fence on each side of the road, “giving a elegant appearance as the stage approached and passed between the store-post office and blacksmith shop on the west, and the log school on the east”. He was residing here in the federal census of 1860.

According to Helen Rutledge’s Confederate widow pension #36829, Tom Rutledge served the Confederacy transporting freight for the confederate government between Mexico and Texas. According to the pension record, Fred Peck served with Rutledge, as well as Augustus Horst, and Frank Hale. Peck says in the record that they went out to Eagle Pass and hauled cotton for the Confederacy. Horst also confirmed this in the record.

After the war, Rutledge returned to Pond Springs, and was on the 1867 voting register there (Williamson County, p. __), where he stated that he had been in Texas __ years and in Williamson County __ years. In 1867 J. B. Camp deeded to H. M. Rutledge land (Travis County, 10/507). In 1870 T. L. was on the federal census for Pond Springs. On February 16, 1872, donated a part of his land to become the Pond Springs Cemetery (Williamson County, p. 575).

In the federal census of 1880 he was still in Pond Springs. When the Austin and Northwestern railroad was built in 1882, it bypassed Pond Springs, creating a new village two miles to the northeast. Rutledge’s store declined, and on May 25, 1885, he purchased 320 acres of land on the waters of Rock Springs Creek, about 17 1/2 miles northeast of Burnet, Texas (Burnet County, p. 389).

On December 27, 1889, Rutledge and his wife sold their land in Burnet County to their daughters Marion and Cornelia for one dollar. Rutledge lived there until his death in 1898. He is buried in Bachelor’s Peak Cemetery, which was near his property. His wife and family continued to live on the family land.

His son W. O. Rutledge, grandson W. M. Preece, and daughter Eliza East relinquished claims to this land in 1905 and 1906. Helen Rutledge moved to Austin about 1911, and lived with her daughters Cornelia Olive and Marion Stanton Rutledge in South Austin. She died in 1922 of the denge, and is buried alongside her husband at Bachelor’s Peak.

There must have been a dispute over the disposition on T. L. Rutledge’s estate, as William Preece relinquished claims to the Burnet County land for $50 on March 20, 1905 (Burnet County). Eliza East did the same for $50 on August 21, 1905 (Lampassas County), and W. O. Rutledge the same for $100 on April 12, 1907 (Lampassas County). Helen Rutledge also relinquished claims for $10 on May 3, 1910 (Burnet County). T. L. Rutledge’s estate was finally processed in Lampassas County, Texas, as a proof of heirship was filed there on December 22, 1910 (volume 49, p. 107).

It seems that almost everyone buried in Pond Springs Cemetery is of RUTLEDGE descent or is an in-law !  If you can help untangle this knot further, please contact this blog.

– Suzanne

Published in: on November 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. You are doing a great job on this site and The Rutledge line is my husbands about 3 grands back. Is there any one of them you need to know more about? he might be able to help you he has a Rutledge book.
    Dora E Niceschwander Isaacks

    • Yes and it is SO KIND of you to offer ! We cannot get by unless the descendants help. Here are a few of my questions:
      1 I ASSUME that Susannah Camp Rutledge is buried in Pond Springs. Would you happen to have clarity on that?
      2 I cannot seem to find the death certificates of James Thomas and Mary Estella Buchanan Rutledge, would you happen to know where they died and are the dates of their stones correct?
      3 Are there any know photos of Effie Rutledge?
      4 There was an “Edgar” Rutledge in the 1964 transcription but I have no info on him.
      5 As always I loooove photos !

      – Suzanne

      • Hi Suzanne, if there is a book on the Rutledge family. Please let me know I would love to read it thank you very much, Susan

  2. I’ve been researching the history of my wife’s Great Grandfather, Samuel Jackson Isaacks who grew up around the Pond Springs area and eloped with one of the Rutledge daughters, Minnie Willard Rutledge, When her parents found that he and Minnie were in love they forbid her to see him and that is why they eloped – he was 15 and she was 20 or 21 at the time they married. He mentions in his many writings her sister Cornelia and says she went by Nelie, and was friends with her brother Pinkney who went by Pink. In his several memoirs SJ speaks lovingly and highly of his Minnie and credits her with much of his success, He had very little formal education but self educated himself, becoming a teacher at the Pond Springs School, then buying a newspaper in Elgin “The Courier”, passed the exam to become a lawyer, was elected to the state legislature in 1903, was first mayor of Midland, TX, was a district and federal judge – served in the Tx legislature until the early 1950’s. And, as mentioned earlier, gave great credit to his wife, Minnie W Rutledge Isaacks for much of his success. They are not interned at Pond Springs, but in El Paso where they eventually moved in the early 1900’s. We have many historical writings by Samuel J, his and Minnie’s daughter Maud Isaacks (also served in the state legislature), as well as their family research archives and photos from that era

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