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Rutledge, Annlocked

(07 January 1813–25 August 1835)
  • Lewis Gannett


Rutledge, Ann (07 January 1813–25 August 1835), a disputed character in Abraham Lincoln's early life, a disputed character in Abraham Lincoln's early life, was born in Kentucky, the third of nine children of James and Mary Ann Miller Rutledge. Her family migrated to southeastern Illinois when she was three years old and then later to central Illinois, where Ann's father cofounded a frontier village, New Salem. She grew to adulthood in a two-room cabin known as the Rutledge Tavern. A loft accommodated farmers in town to have their grain processed at a mill that James Rutledge had also cofounded. Ann and her elder sister helped their mother prepare food for lodgers and others who took meals at the tavern. It was a simple, rustic life and Ann by all accounts enjoyed it with cheerful vigor. Firsthand sources describe her as an excellent housekeeper who had a particular gift for sewing. Her brother Robert reported that she diligently applied herself to studies with the village schoolmaster. Ann Rutledge had dark blue eyes and auburn hair....

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