Facts and Events
John Ruddell Sr. Birth: 1695 in Londonderry, North Ireland Death: May 1781 in Shenandoah County, Virginia Sex: M Father: Mother:
Spouses & Children: Mary Cook (Wife) b. 1698 in Christina Hundred, Maryland
Marriage: 1715 in Chester County, Pennsylvania 25 Sep 2005 12:56 Children: John Ruddell Jr. b. About 1716 in Chester County, Pennsylvania Cornelius Ruddell b. About 1717 in Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania Stephen Ruddell b. About 1725 in Chester County, Pennsylvania Archibald Ruddell b. About 1727 in Chester County, Pennsylvania Isaac Ruddell b. About 1729 in Chester County, Pennsylvania Clara Clarissa Ruddell b. 1735 in Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania George Ruddell b. About 1737 in Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania Sarah "Sally" Ruddell b. 1741 in Augusta County, Virginia
The four most common spellings of the family name is RUDDELL - RUDDLE -RIDDELL - RIDDLE. The earliest and traditional spelling in America is Ruddell. This is the spelling used as signatures on wills and deeds by the first three generations. It has continued in use for many of the family, particularly those who went to Kentucky and from there westward. About 1741, John Ruddell moved to Virginia and settled on Smith Creek about 4 miles northeast of the present town of New Market, VA. At that time it was in Augusta County, later Frederick and finally Shenandoah. Ref: John Ruddell of the Shenandoah Valley by H. Smutz. John paid taxes in Chester County, Pa.. from 1718 thru 1740. Will was dated 20 Mar 1781, Shenandoah, VA. Named wife Mary, son in law Mounce Bird. Witnessed by son Archibald who not an heir. Note: From "A History of Shenandoah County Virginia" by John W. Wayland, Ph.D., p. 636-7; lists his name as James; other sources say his name was John: "The families of John RUDDELL and Andrew BIRD were neighbors in Augusta Co., VA., and witnessed each others' documents. ,Mounce BIRD married Clara RUDDELL, John RUDDELL's daughter; and John named them in his will. ,It is probable that John RUDDELL's sons, Cornelius, Stephen and George married respectively, Ingabo, Mary, and Magdelene BIRD, daughters of Andrew, and that Andrew BIRD's son, Amos BIRD married Sarah RUDDELL, dau. of John. Andrew BIRD, according to Wayland, was son of Abraham BIRD of Calvert Co., Md., and was not related to the prominent William BYRD family of Virginia. The Rev. Twyman WILLIAMS, late of Hampden-Sydney, a descendant of Andrew BIRD, did considerable research on the family and planned to publish a BIRD genealogy, but died before he accomplished that. I understand that he furnished the BIRD data for Wayland's HISTORY OF SHENANDOAH COUNTY.