Rutledge, James M.

Born: 1814-09-29

Died: 1899-04-10 Petersburg, Illinois

Rutledge lived in Sand Ridge, Illinois, where he lent out oxen for clearing land early in Sangamon County's history. He was a friend of Abraham Lincoln's in New Salem and assisted him in surveying.

Gravestone, Concord Cemetery, Petersburg, Illinois; Benjamin P. Thomas, Lincoln's New Salem (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1934), 21; Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, eds., Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998), 768-69.