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It was the fall of 1902, when the writer of this history met James T. Ruddell of Ursa Township. In the course of conversation Mr. Ruddell stated that his grandparents both were German. The grandfather, Stephen A. Ruddell was born of German parents in Pennsylvania in 1768, and the grandmother, Susan C. David, was born on the ocean about 1780, when her parents were on their voyage from Germany to America, where they settled down in Pennsylvania. The father of Stephen A. Ruddell was a farmer by occupation , and also served as preacher, doing mission work among the Indians. In the year 1780, during the uprising of the Indians, the Ruddell family were captured by the red men at Ruddell and Martin's fort and were held in captivity for fifteen years, being released when Gen. Anthony Wayne, who bore the nickname "Mad Anthony," made his treaty with the Indians, having broken their power in two vigorous campaigns, thus giving peace to the frontier settlements. Subsequently, Stephen A. Ruddell and Miss Susan C. David were married and later moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky, where Mr. Ruddell engaged in the milling business until 1817, when he disposed of all his business affairs and moved to Clarksville, Missouri, where he followed farming until 1829, in which year he with his family came to Adams County, Illinois, locating in Ursa Township, where he passed the remaining years of his life until about 1840, when he died.

John Mulhein Ruddell, the son of Stephen A. and Susan (David) Ruddell, was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, September 28, 1812, and came with his parents when the family settled down in this county. In March, 1832, he was married to Miss Martha Ann Dunlap, who was born in Kentucky, her parents locating in Mendon Township in the fall of 1830. John M. Ruddell became prominent in public affairs, serving on the board of supervisors for about fifteen years, he also was school treasurer for about thirty-five years, and served as a member of the state legislature about the year 1846. In the year 1896 Mr. and Mrs. Ruddell both died within a period of three months. The children living were: George H, Ruddell in Andrew County, Missouri; James T. Ruddell and Mrs. Margaret R. Wiester, both in Adams County, the husband of the latter, Jacob W, Wiester, born in Pennsylvania, also being of German descent, as the name indicates.

James T. Ruddell, a son of John M. and Martha A. (Dunlap) Ruddell was born in Ursa Township, this county, November 4, 1855. He grew up on the farm and was married December 20, 1876, to Miss Sarah E. Jenkins, a daughter of William A. and Rachel (Price) Jenkins. James T. Ruddell continued farming until his father's death and then moved to Ursa, where he conducted a store for two years, after which he became manager of the Ursa Creamery Company. He has held the office of assessor for nine years, collector for four years, and has served as school director for many years. He now has retired from active business.

Wilcox, David. Quincy and Adams County History and Representative Men. Chicago: Lewis, 1919, pp 273-274.

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