Jane Rutherford (née McGuffog)

1763 - 1835


  1. Born in 1763 "in Craig", Balmaclellan, Kirkcudbrightshire, Jane was the third of four daughters of David McGuffog and his wife Margaret Mains. Since David McGuffog was not the proprietor of Craig it would seem likely that he was a substantial tenant of the owners of the 1760s, one of the Galloway Gordon families. Jane and two of her sisters are mentioned in the will of James McGuffog of Stamford, Lincolnshire, in 1828 (proved 1829) and one sister was bequeathed items in the will of his widow (proved 1840).

  2. Wife of John Rutherford (widowed from 1816). Owned Sue River estate in St Mary, Jamaica, or at least held it under some system of trust. Four children named in her will - John, Maria Catherine, Elizabeth Margaret and Jane. Elizabeth Margaret was born in December 1788 and baptised in January 1789 in Kingston, Jamaica. Two other baptisms: Wilhelmina in Kingston in 1787 and Lydia Rutherford in Kingston in 1790. The daughter Jane married Allan Bell in St George, Jamaica, in 1817. John Rutherford senior died in St Mary, Jamaica, in 1816.


  1. GROS OPR Births 856 10 17 Balmaclellan; Will of James McGuffog, Gentleman of Stamford, Lincolnshire, PROB 11/1760/404; Will of Mary McGuffog or MacGuffog, Widow of Stamford, Lincolnshire, PROB 11/1931/155.

  2. PROB 11/1856; Familysearch.org, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online]; The Colonial Journal vol. 2 issues 3, 4 p. 563.

We are grateful to Jim Brennan and Alison Brown for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Maiden Name
John Rutherford
John, Elizabeth Margaret, Maria Catherine, Jane

PROB 11/1856 - precis.

Jane Rutherford of St Andrew, Jamaica, widow.

First, payment of just debts and funeral expenses.

All rest and remainder to my dearly beloved children Elizabeth Margaret Muttlebury now in Canada, the widow of James Muttlebury, late doctor of medecine, Maria Catherine Montgomery, the wife of George Montgomery of Ireland, a Captain of His Majesty's Army, and Jane Bell, the wife of Allan Bell of Hillowtown in Galloway in Scotland Esquire, share and share alike as tenants in common.

If Allan Bell shall make any claim as a creditor on my estate after my death the amount of such claim shall form a deduction from his said wife's share of my estate.

My son John Rutherford of London, John Fowles and John West of Kingston, Jamaica, merchants, and William Wemyss Anderson of Kingston, attorney at law, to be my executors. And for the prpose of securing the due execution of any trust estates in this island vested in me I devise to William Wimyss Anderson and John West all estates real personal or mixed in this island now vested in me in trust to the use of any persons whomsoever particularly to the estate of Sue River in St Mary or St Thomas in the Vale with the slaves thereon. Anderson and West to execute the trusts under which the said estate of Sue River slaves and stock have been vested in me and all other trusts as fully and effectually in all respects as I could have done in my lifetime.

Signed 20/05/1834.

Sworn in Jamaica 28/05/1835. Administration granted Jane Bell (wife of Allan Bell) 25/01/1836.

Associated Estates (3)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1817 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Executrix
1832 [EA] - → Owner
1834 [EA] - → Previous owner

Relationships (4)

Mother-in-law → Son-in-law
Wife → Husband
Aunt → Niece