Ezekiel Chandler RUBOTTOM
Ezekiel Rubottom was listed as head of household in the 1800 Census.The enumerator for the 1800 census spelled his name E z e k e l R hu b o t t o m. Ezekiel Rubottom was listed on a tax list in Williamson County Tennesee in 1806. The caravan to Missouri must have delayed inTennesee for some time and then continued. Perhaps Missouri was notthe original destination of the group.Ezekiel Rubottom was listed as head of household in the 1800 Census.The enumera tor for the 1800 census spelled his name E z e k e l R hu b o t t o m.
Ezekiel Rubottom was born in either Chatham or Moore County, North Carolina. He appears to have married and purchased land in Moore County, NC. He appears to have left NC between 1802 and 1806. In 1806 he was listed on a Williamson County tax list, but did not appear to own land. He probably migrated to Missouri that same year.
On page 283 of Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri (1888), it says, "In 1806, Elijah, Ransom, and Overton Bettis, brothers, and their brothers-in-law, Ezekiel Rubottom, Elijah Mathews and ______ Alston, came from North Carolina. Elijah Bettis located where Mrs. White now lives, and Overton Bettis near the site of Wellsdale. Ransom Bettis, in 1811, married Polly Kelly, and lived where John F. Rhodes now does. Overton Bettis was a bachelor. All were men of considerable property, and owned slaves. . . This settlement was far from any trading point, and did not grow very rapidly. Up to 1818 the territory now known as Wayne County formed St. Francois Township of Cape Girardeau County, and in 1809 it was reported to the county court that no roads had yet been laid off within it." In December 1818 an act was passed for erecting the southwest part of the county of Cape Girardeau and the eastern part of the county of Lawrence. The new county was named Wayne, and because of its great size, was sometimes called the "State of Wayne." The commissioners appointed to fix upon a site for the public buildings were Overton Bettis, James Logan, Solomon Bollinger, William Street, and Ezekiel Rubottom.
During his lifetime Ezekiel Rubottom served in the State Legislature, was a County Court Judge, and served as a Justice of the Peace. Like his brother Simon Rubottom, Ezekiel was a blacksmith and gunsmith by trade. It is likely that their father Thomas Rubottom worked in this same occupation and taught his sons the trade. Ezekiel was a Mason, a lifelong Democrat, and had considerable influence in his community.
Index of North Carolina Ancestors Contributed by 1003 of Their Descendents, North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1980. Contributed by Thomas William Rubottom, Houston, Texas. Page: p. 169.
Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, 1888. Washington, DC: 1964 Ramfre Reprint. Page: p. 1144.
Rubottom, Thomas W. "Bicentennial Series: The Rubottom Family, Early Area Settlers," The Journal-Banner.