Isaac Ruddle, Frontiersman
Facts and Events
Isaac Ruddle was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Acquisition of Land in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys:
- Isaac Ruddle, 8 Dec. 1748/49 - 14 Mar. 1749/50; 140 acres on South side of North River of Shannandoa; adj. Augustine Coffman, below the Narrow Passage, land surveyed for Christian Bowman. Chain Cariers - Hugh Devinny & Archibell Ruddle. John Funk present on survey. Surv. George Byrne. [Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Orange & Augusta Counties, with Tithables, Delinquents, Petitioners, 1730-1754, Volume One, Peggy Smomo Joyner, pg. 31].
Acquisition of Land from Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants 1742-1775, Vol. 2:
- G-397: Isaac Ruddle of Augusta County, 140 acres in said County. Surv. Mr. George Byrne. On North River of Shannondoah, adj. Augusta Coffman, Christian Bowman. 2 Aug. 1750. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, pg. 42].
Will of Isaac Ruddell
- From "John Ruddell of the Shenandoah Valley: His Children and Grandchildren", by Harold Turk, Smutz, Ed. D., June 1974:
- Will of Isaac Ruddell: Bourbon County, Kentucky Will Book D, p. 239-41:
- In the name of God Amen. Being of sound mind and memory & Considering the mortality of my body, I have thought necessary to make this my Last will and Testament in manner and form following, that is, I do hereby apoint my son Steven Ruddell and my son-in-law John Mulhering my lawful Executors to have this my will fully performed as fair as they are abel so to do, that is in the first place to have my body decently buried & all my just debts paid. I then give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Ruddell one third part of all my Moveable Estate during her Natuerel life. Likew will and bequeath her the one third part of my home plantation with the building and apertenances there unto belonging with two Neagro slaves, that is George and Eastor, which Neagros are to be set free from slavery at her Dises. Likewise all her grain is to be ground tole free.
- I give and bequeath to my two sons Namely Steven Ruddell and Abraham Ruddell three hundred and ninety acres as has been allredey layd of on the East side of the tract I now live on and to be divided equely between them as may best sute themselves.
- And to my son- in-law John Mulhering I give and bequeath two hundred acres as it is now laid of more or less; but if no prier right should take the two hundred acres of land which I give to my Daughter Betsey which John Mulhering has sold to Adam Smilser, then John Mulhering is to pay for the two hundred acres he now lives on as woodland to be divided among my children as will be hereafter mentioned. Likewise if any prior right should take any part of the three hundred and ninety acres I have given to my two sons Stephen and Abraham Ruddell it is to be made up to them out of the home plantation so as to make them whole. But if in case the home plantation will not be sufficient it is to be made up to them out of my land in the Elenoy Grant, let it be understood that if any part of the Two hundred acres which he John Mulhering has sold to Smelser should be lost he is to be made whole out of my home plantation and other land as above mentioned.
- I likewise give and bequeath to my Daughter Margry Dewits two sons namely Isaac and John Dewit five hundred acres of land in the Elenoi Grant on fourteen mile crick. The lot is Number 179 And also to have an equal division of my moveable Estate that is their Mothers part and I likewise I will and bequeath to Cornellss Rudels two daughters that is Polley and Nancey shall have their eaqual sheare that should have been their fathers of my Moveable Estate - An it is Likewise my will that as to my out lande should aney claim right or interfarence be brought against my home plantation, that the out lands above mentioned should be sold to defray such expence should aney accrue and the Reversion to be equily Devided between my three Children that is Stephen Ruddell, Abraham Ruddell and Elizabeth Mulhering and as to my mill I will that them and the two third of my home plantation of two hundred acres more or less to be equely devided between Stephen Ruddell, Abraham Ruddell and Elizabeth Mulhering.
- And at my wifes' disses the other third part of the home place to be equely devided among my three Children as above named and as for my son George Ruddell I have given a full proportionalele part with the rest, to wit, eight hundred acres of land on the waters of Elkhorn and two hundred acres on flat run with a note of seventeen pounds, also one other note of two pounds which notes I order to be given up to him or to be destroyed.
- I Also will and bequeath to him one hundred dollars more to be paid in cash out of my Estate. NB. One Neagro man bought and given to Stephen Ruddell at eightyfive pounds.
- And also one given to Abraham Ruddell at fourty pounds, the price of both is to be charged to them and taken out of their sheare of the home plantation And I do hereby renounce all other wills and Acknowledge this to be my last will and testament this sixth day of March one thousand eight hundred and six.
- In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.
- (signed) Isaac Ruddell
- In the presence of us)
- Thos A. Tomson )
- Jesse Daugherty )
- William Thomson. )
- Bourbon County February Court 1812 This Last Will and Testament of Isaac Ruddell deceased was produced into Court and proved according to law by the Oaths of Thomas A. Tomson and Jesse Daughterty subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded.
- Attest Tho. P. Smith DCBC
Information on Isaaac Ruddle
Birth: About 1729 in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Death: Feb 1811 in Ruddle's Mill, Bourbon County, Kentucky
Father: John Ruddell Sr. b. 1695 in Londonderry, North Ireland
Mother: Mary Cook b. 1698 in Christina Hundred, Maryland
Burial: Feb 1811 Stone Creek, Bourbon County, Kentucky
Changed: 25 Sep 2005 13:04
Spouses & Children
Elizabeth Bowman (Wife)
Marriage: 1750 25 Sep 2005 12:56
Note: From "A History of Shenandoah County Virginia" by John W. Wayland, Ph.D., p. 636:
Capt. Isaac Ruddell went from Shenandoah Co. to Kentucky, 1777. In April 1779, assisted by John Burger, he began founding Ruddell's Station, Harrison County, KY, where Capt. John Hinkson, from Mononghela, had made an improvement in 1775 but abandoned it. Col. Henry Byrd and Simon Girty, with 600 Indians and Canadians, captured Ruddell's Station, June 22, 1780. A demand to surrender was answered by Capt. Ruddell that he would do so only on conditions prisoners would be under protection of the British troop and not be turned over to the Indians. This was agreed. As soon as the station's gates were opened the Indians began looting and seizing screaming women and children. Upon Ruddell's remonstrance, Col. Byrd confessed the Indians were out of his control. Martin's Station was next taken by the British force. The Indians pressed the capture of Bryan's Station, but Byrd refused. At the forks of Licking, KY., prisoners were given the Indians, Capt. Hinkson alone making his escape. The remainder were taken to Detroit, where they were not released until after four years. A number, including some from Shenandoah County, remained with the savages. Col. Byrd himself married one of the captives. Capt Isaac Ruddell was a captain in Clark's regiment.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Find A Grave.
Birth: 1738 '[prob. closer to 1728*]]
Death: Feb., 1812
* - as Isaac Ruddle was of legal age to acquire land in 1749, he was likely born closer to 1728 in order to conduct such a transaction.