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Notes for John Caruthers, Jr.

John Caruthers and Rachel Bolen were married on 20 November 1802 in St. Clair Co, Illinois. Book B, p296.

Perrin Collection, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois:
1811 March 28: John Caruthers Jr of Turkey Hill Township, bought a 20 year contract for a servant aged 20 years old. Then in 1812 he sold that 20 year contract in Tennessee.

So, John C. Jr. evidently traveled from Illinois to Tennessee sometime between 1811 and 1812, and Alexander Caruthers is born in Kentucky in 1810. Researchers have indicated that possibly John's wife, Rachel, went back to Kentucky to have her baby.
[courtsey Pat T. email 27 Jan 2012]

1810 - unable to locate family

1820 - unable to locate family

1830 Pulaski Co, Arkansas, p245:
John Carrithers - 00020001/001
2m 15-20 c1810-15 = John, Jr or Alexander B. & Allen
1m 50-60 c1770-1780 = John
1f 10-15 c1815-20 = daughter

Antoine Township, Clark Co, Arkansas Territory Tax List
John Caruthers - 1828, 1830, 1832

John Caruthers

One of the earliest recorded land transactions to take place in Pike, then Clark County, Arkansas was between John Caruthers, grantor to James Miles, grantee on December 2, 1821. It was the sale of land in Section 35 of Township 8, South of Range 23, West. The grantee, James Miles, served as Sheriff of Clark County, Arkansas from 1821 until he moved to Texas in 1830. He was married to Sarah Jane McDaniel in Clark County, Arkansas on July 4, 1819. It is not clear if the land transacted above was by John Caruthers senior, or his son, John Caruthers.

John Caruthers, senior, was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 12, 1846. He was living in the 96th Judicial District of South Carolina in July 1776 when he entered the service during the Revolutionary War in a company of rangers under Captain John Carter. This company was attached to a regiment of South Carolina Militia under Major Andrew Pickens. His unit was ordered to patrol the "line between the whites and the Cherokee Indians upon Oconee Mountain". They were attacked by British forces at Crackers Neck and were defeated and dispersed so badly "they could not be rallied". John Caruthers returned home to Rutherford County, North Carolina. John Caruthers was at the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780 as a prisoner of the British. He was taken prisoner about three weeks before on Nob Creek in Rutherford County, and was seen by Benjamin Hardin who would later testify in the Independence County, Arkansas court, 1833, of John Caruthers imprisonment and rescue, following the British defeat, and of his continuing military activity against the enemy. He was drafted back into service under Captain Lampkins and Colonel Malmedy in General Greene's Brigade. They met the British at Eutaw Springs on the Santee River in central South Carolina on September 8, 1781 and were defeated. Thereafter he proceeded to the High Hills of the Santee and remained until they were ordered to Cross Creek, present day Fayetteville, in North Carolina where he accompanied Colonel Malmedy as one of his guards and was discharged. He afterwards joined a volunteer company until the remainder of the war.

After the war, John Caruthers lived in Tennessee from 1786 until 1791. He moved to Christian County, Kentucky and in 1797 to St. Clair, now Madison County, Illinois. In 1815 he settled in Arkansas. A letter written on November 10, 1839 by Harris Flannigan of Clark County, Arkansas said John Caruthers had one relation in this county, a grandson, who drove him from his home after the loss of his war pension certificate, and he was entirely dependent on strangers. He died in Clark County, Arkansas in 1841 at the age of ninety-five.

The identity of the wife of John Caruthers is uncertain. One source indicates her name as Sarah. His recognized children include:

Samuel Caruthers born April 29, 1770 married Sarah Vaughn on March 2, 1802 in Christian County, Kentucky and died August 21, 1847.

John Caruthers married Rachel Bolen on November 20, 1804 at Turkey Hill, St. Clair County, Illinois and died in 1836 in Clark County, Arkansas.

William Caruthers married Margaret Blair on March 2, 1804 in Christian County, Kentucky.

Martha Caruthers married John McDaniel on May 31, 1797 in Christian County, Kentucky. Their daughter, Sarah Jane McDaniel married James Miles.

Sarah Caruthers born August 29, 1776 married Henry Wirt on February 11, 1798 in Christian County, Kentucky and died July 12, 1856.

Elizabeth Caruthers married Joe Thomas in 1816 in Dickson County, Tennessee.

[The Gems of Pike County Arkansas, Vol IX, No. 3, Summer 1998, p9-75-76.]

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