m. 18 March 1786
m. Dec 1820
Facts and Events
An obituary from the Columbia Statesman 17 Dec 1880 recounts his life: Died-Caruthers On Saturday morning, Dec 11, 1880, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Lucy Watson, eight miles northwest of Columbia, Mo., Mr. John Caruthers in the 88th year of his age. Mr. Caruthers was born in Augusta County, Va., and two miles from Tinkling Spring (Presbyterian) meeting house on July 4, 1793. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, served six months under Capt. Larue(?). Col. Lindsey, Gen. Porter, at Norfolk, Va., and was drawing a pension at the time of his death. In March, 1820 he married a Miss Nancy Brown, the daughter of a well-to-do farmer who lived about two miles from his father’s home, and settled on one hundred acres of land given him by his father. She died in 1827 leaving three children, a son and two daughters. The son, David, removed in early life to California, where he married and engaged in mining. He adopted the plan of tunneling for gold, and was quite successful. He would have accumulated a large fortune, but for an incident which resulted in his instant death. The supporting props of the walls of the tunnel gave way, crushing him to death between a mass of earth and stone. He left no family but his wife. One of the daughters, Mary married Moore Petty, Esq., a well-known and highly respected farmer, teacher and justice of the peace, who resides near Bethlehem Church, in the neighborhood of Harrisburg in this county. Martha, another daughter by his first marriage, married Mr. Ishmael Vanborn, a well-known and prosperous farmer who died several years ago, and who lived near Midway, on the Columbia and Rocheport turnpike. Mrs. Vanborn died before her husband, leaving two children, a son and a daughter. In 1828 Mr. Caruthers married his second wife, Miss Ann Rhodes Martin, of Albemarle County, Virginia, by whom he had 12 children, seven of whom are living. Thomas H, the oldest, is married and lives on a farm seven miles northwest of Columbia and near where his father died. Andrew died in his eleventh year. Martin V is married and lives near Harrisburg, in this county. James K is married and lives on the farm formerly owned by his father-in-law, Alexander Douglas, Esq., five miles northwest of Columbia. William lives near Harrisburg. Julius is dead. His oldest daughter by the second marriage, Margaret, married Mr. John Richards, of Rocheport. Elizabeth, the second daughter, who died a few years ago, married Mr. Geo W Thurston, who lives near Midway. The third and youngest daughter, Lucy, married Mr. James Watson, deceased, who lived on an adjoining farm to his brother-in-law, Mr. Thomas H Caruthers. It was at her house that the deceased died. Mr. Caruthers emigrated to Missouri in the fall of 1832, coming with John Akeman from Bath County, Va. and living for the first four years on the farm now owned by Mr. Robert Scott, five miles west of Columbia. He afterwards purchased 160 acres of land on the old Sexton Road where it crosses the Perche, on which he lived for thirty years. The farm is now occupied by Mrs. Hezekial (Mullaline?). His last wife died in November 1850, but he did not break up housekeeping until 18??, since which time he has lived with his youngest daughter, Mrs. Lucy Watson. In 1818 or 19 he united with the Presbyterian Church and died (knowing?) of the Peace to his ashes, as they rest in the family graveyard on the old homestead.
1820 US Census: Elizabeth Caruthers in Stanton, Augusta County and John Careathers in Waynesboro, Augusta County. (1 male 26-44 and 1 female 26-44 is consistent with his just marrying Nancy Brown earlier in 1820.)