Mary Brough

Thomas Rutter a salt boiler and his wife Mary Brough lived at Lymington, Hampshire.
Salt boiling houses at Lymington-Pennington in Hampshire. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Click image to see original photograph

Johnston Family Ancestor 7th great-grandmother 1670–1760

Mary Brough was born in January 1670 in Lymington, Hampshire, England. She married Thomas Rutter in 1696 in Spilsby, Lincolnshire. They had seven children in 14 years. She died in January 1760 in Lymington, Hampshire, at the impressive age of 90.

Lymington is a port town on the west bank of the Lymington River on the Solent, in the New Forest district of Hampshire, England. Today, it is described as being to the east of the South East Dorset conurbation, and faces Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, to which there is a car ferry service.

Lymington was famous for making salt from the Middle Ages up to the 19th century. There was an almost continuous belt of salt workings along the coast toward Hurst Spit. Mary’s husband, Thomas Rutter worked as a salt boiler on the Lymington River during his life. The following 1698 map indicates the salterns on the river as well as the town of Lymington.

Map of Lymington in 1698 and hand prints of a working saltern with wind pump, evaporating pond, cistern and boiling house. Mary Brough and her husband lived in Lymington.

About one hundred years later, William Rutter, the great grandson of Thomas Rutter and Mary Brough, was superintendent of the Lymington Salt Works. He travelled to the colony of New South Wales on ‘The Brothers’, to work as a salt maker for John Blaxland, at Newington, Parramatta River.

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Mary Brough was born in January 1670 in Lymington, Hampshire, England.

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Mary Brough married Thomas Rutter in April 1696 in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, when she was 26 years old. Thomas Rutter (1670–1744)

Family Tree showing four generations of descendants for Thomas Rutter and Mary Brough
It has been decided not to develop individual web pages for William Rutter 1699-1776 and John Rutter 1736-1811, including their spouses and families.
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  1. Mary’s husband Thomas Rutter passed away in 1744 in Lymington, Hampshire, England at the age of 74. They had been married 48 years. Thomas Rutter (1670–1744)
  2. Mary and Thomas’s first daughter, Ann Rutter, passed away in 1745 at the age of 48. Ann Rutter (1697–1745)
  3. Mary Rutter née Brough died in January 1760 in Lymington, Hampshire, England when she was 90 years old.