Rutherford Exposed: The Story of Berta and Bonnie

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  • Merry Magdalene
    Merry Magdalene

    The expression "Liar, liar, pants on fire" suddenly springs to mind!

  • Lady Lee
    Lady Lee

    Maybe this was spotted already (my head is dizzy with it all too) but in

    The S.S. Mariposa, Sydney/Honolulu-Los Angeles, 29 April-16 May 1938

    Malcolm and Pauline Rutherford (Malcolm's wife? - ages 48 and 41 respectively) were on the cruise with the Judge, Bonnie and William Heath,Matthew Howlett, and Berta Peale

    edited to add

    I noticed that you did make mention of this trip back on page 24 of the thread. It is curious

  • Nosferatu

    Wow, Bonnie has really made a mess of things!

    BTW, I missed it, but who found out where Rutherford was buried?

  • uninformed

    where was the righteous judge's wife during all these decades?

    (1 Timothy 3:4-5) 4 a man presiding over his own household in a fine manner, having children in subjection with all seriousness; 5 (if indeed any man does not know how to preside over his own household, how will he take care of God’s congregation?. . .

    You guys are truly phenomenal.

    I so respect your research and abiltiy to put this stuff together!!!!!!!!!


  • jimbo


    Bonnie Boyd was apparently even younger than da Judges son Malcolm.

    A cruise to Hawaii financed by the borg!!! Who could resist???

    Hey I think they owe me a cruise to Hawaii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Merry Magdalene
    Merry Magdalene

    So many questions... If Jean BOYD Shelton was Bonnie, what happened to baby Jack (born about 1919) when she and her mother, Victoria, went to Bethel in 1923? If Marjorie BOYD was Bonnie, where was she in 1920?

  • Merry Magdalene
    Merry Magdalene

    I know this little tidbit isn't worth much, but I think I found Victoria Boyd's parents in the 1880 census (or did Leo already find them? head is still spinning with all the info):

    In Waterloo, Blackhawk, Iowa, 1st Ward, 1880, was a household consisting of--

    John PAULING, a tailor, born in Scotland ~1839
    Anice, his wife, born in Canada ~1845
    May, daughter, born in Canada ~1864
    Georgia, daughter, born in Illinois ~1866
    John, son, born in Iowa ~1868
    Margaret, daughter, born in Iowa ~1870
    Victoria, daughter, born in Iowa ~1872
    Nora, daughter, born in Iowa ~1874
    Charles, son, born in Iowa ~1879

  • Merry Magdalene
    Merry Magdalene

    Ah! And it suddenly occurs to me that the barely legible Lanora RANKINE (in a previous census), s-in-law, is actually Lanora PAULING (see Nora PAULING in the 1880 census above), Victoria's sister and, therefore, John BOYD's sister-in-law!

  • Leolaia

    1) I think it is pretty clear that Bonnie is not Jean because the 1900 census (which is presumably before all the lying got started) indicates that Jean was born in the month of December. If there was anything that Bonnie was consistent about, it was that she was born in the month of July. Marjorie Boyd, on the other hand, was born in July 1896. And in the 1910 census of possibly the same family, "Bonnie Boyd" appears in Marjorie's place. Yet it is interesting that Jean worked as a stenographer, the same job that Bonnie would later have under Judge Rutherford.

    2) Indeed, what happened to Bonnie's nephew Jack? Did Jean change her name back to "Boyd" or did she remarry? I checked the 1930 census but couldn't find a Jean who was born in Iowa who had a son named Jack born in Texas around 1919.

    3) Very interesting find regarding Victoria's possible parentage, the DOB does match and possibly it's the right town. However Victoria Pauling in the 1880 census has a Scottish father, whereas Victoria Boyd indicates that her father was from "Ireland". I agree that the surname of John Boyd's in-law in the 1900 census could well be "Pauline" (= Pauling) but there are serious problems in identifying this person with "Nora Pauling". Notice that the gender is "M", not "F", and notice the DOB as March 1876 as opposed to c. 1874.

  • Merry Magdalene
    Merry Magdalene

    Hope I'm not reaching too much, but it just seemed to close to ignore, especially since in the 1930 census Victoria Boyd indicated that her father was born in Scotland--

    Victoria R. Boyd was 56 years old, thus born in 1873-1874 in Iowa, whose father was born in Scotland and whose mother was born in Canada (of English descent). She was widowed by 1930, and was 17 years old when she first was married (i.e. in 1890-1891). We know elsewhere that Bonnie Boyd was born in 1898-1899 (as she was 31 years old in 1930) in Iowa, so this makes her mother a native of Iowa as well. This finding will hopefully open the door to new avenues of research on Bonnie's family history....

    And knowing how accurate some of the census takers' info has been (through other research), it seemed possible to me that the "male" notation for Lenore Rankine/Pauline in the census was mistaken. Especially since John Boyd would have been too young at that time to have a son-in-law. Also, mightn't the R in Victoria R actually be a P? At any rate, I'm happy to let it go if you think it can be safely ruled out.

    Have you checked out the Marjorie Boyd that was in New York in 1920? Probably not her as I think there are a couple listed, but maybe worth checking and ruling out.

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