(Transcribed by Peggy Barriskill Perazzo, December 2005 to January 2006)

"Recollections of A Busy Life,"
By Eli Fayette Ruggles

H. L. Ruggles & Co., Publishers, (published circa 1904)

TABLE of CONTENTS

Introduction & Brief Descendant - PHOTOS
Partial List of Descendants of Eden Ruggles
 Chapter I - Surnames in this section of the book: RUGGLES, SEARS, WALLACE, KINKLE, DRAKE, JACKSON, WHITFORD, OLDS, HAMMOND, OLNEY, CONKLING
  • Dedication
  • "Havana, Ill., Feb. 9
  • First Settlers of Hartford

 Chapter II - Surnames in this section: RUGGLES

  • The Log House Home.

 Chapter III - Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, CONKLING, MANLEY, OLDS, SPRINGER

  • First School
  • Labor a Blessing
  • Larger Family - Larger House
  • Barn Built

 Chapter IV -Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, BROWN, MOFFAT

  • Mother
  • Our Spring
  • Martin and the Hard Winters of 1842

Chapter V- Surnames in this section- RINGLETON(KINKLE), WILLIAMSON, SIKES

  • Part of a New Country Song
  • Marriage of Fernando
  • Conscience Not Always Obeyed
  • Sister Melvina
  • The New House

Chapter VI - Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, CONKLING, HAYDN, ADAMS, WILLIAMS, PARKER, TAYLOR

  • Hurrah For the Railroad
  • Log Houses Go Up in Flames
  • First Stoves
  • The Eagle's Upward Flight
  • The Building and Growth of A New Country
  • Wealth in 1848 Versus Wealth in 1902
  • The Pretty Cub
  • A New Country Fourth of July
  • Freman and Our Blind Father
  • The Breaking Team and Plow
  • The Result of a Fever

Chapter VII - Surnames in this section: RUGGLES, BREED, CONKLING, ROBERTSON, REYNOLDS, OLDS, TAYLOR

  • The Stone Well - A Sketch of S. F. Breed. (rescuing Eli Ruggles)
  • Lyman the Choice

Chapter VIII - Surnames in this section- EASTMAN, FELLOWS, HUBBARD, JACKSON, ONLEY, MANLEY

  • The Little Preacher
  • More of Brother Martin
  • Fernando and Lyman and the Gold
  • Father a Prophet

Chapter IX - Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, COLFAX, BALDWIN, BRONNER, YOUNG, HALL, SIMMONS, NELSON

  • Sisters Mariah and Lucretia.
  • School in Niles and its Results
  • Moving the House and Bar.

Chapter X

  • Looking for a Wife
  • Strange Freak In Nature
  • The Oncoming Strife Between Freedom and Slavery.
  • The Decision

Chapter XI - Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, WOODMAN

  • Brother Freman
  • Martin and the War
  • A Birthday Party
  • Finding a Waif
  • Sold the Old Farm
  • The Going Home of Minnie
  • Abraham Lincoln is Shot.

Chapter XII- Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, RAWSON, YOUNG, EDEE

  • Freman and Family Arrive
  • Father and Mother Transferred to J. W. Young and Wife
  • Mother Goes to A Better Country

Chapter XIII - Surnames in this section: RUGGLES, PARKHURST, EDEE,YOUNG, HALL, THOMPSON,
BALDWIN, CLARK, CAREY

  • Off for Houghton Lake
  • Review

Chapter XIV

  • California - Westward Ho!
  • Sacramento Los Angeles
  • My Visit at Woodland
  • At the Ranch Home of My Niece, Molly Cox, and Husband
  • At Winter's, Cal
  • In San Francisco
  • Off For Home
  • A song - We're Growing Old Together. by Allie Toland Criss. E. F. Miller. Last Verse by E. F. Miller
 
 
 

Introduction & Brief Descendant Chart for the families mentioned in this book:

"Recollections of A Busy Life," By Eli Fayette Ruggles, H. L. Ruggles & Co., Publishers, (published circa 1904). 

This copy of the book was sent to my great grandmother Augusta Florence (Ruggles) Sears/Wallace/Sears in Esparto, California, where she was living at the time, from H. L. Ruggles, 142 Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Augusta's parents were Fernando C. and Leanna (Kinkle) Ruggles who lived first in Placerville, El Dorado County, in 1849 and about a year later in Woodland, Yolo County, after migrating from Michigan with other family members. States and towns that our Ruggles families lived in include the following: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; Illinois; Milan, Ohio; Norwalk, Ohio; Berrien County and Van Buren County, Michigan; and Placer County and Yolo County, California et al. ~ Peggy Barriskill Perazzo

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(Note: The following family material is not documented or verified. I am presenting it first so you will see the structure of the family. Peggy B. Perazzo)

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Partial List of Descendants of Eden Ruggles

(1) Eden RUGGLES (1766 - 1855) b: 13 May 1766 in Brookfield, Connecticut,
d: 19 Jan. 1855 in Huron Co., Ohio; Number of children: 11; married
Artemesia JACKSON (1771 - 1864) b: 12 Mar 1771 in Brookfield, Connecticut,
d: 02 Feb. 1864 in Huron Co., Ohio, Number of children: 11.

(2) Joseph RUGGLES (1792 - 1875), b: 04 Oct. 1792 in Brookfield (near
Hartford), Connecticut, d: 02 Aug. 1875 in Decatur, Van Buren Co.,
Michigan; Number of children: 10; married Sylvia BROWN (1800 - 1870), b: 30
Aug. 1800 in Wilkes Barre, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.

 

Children of JOSEPH RUGGLES and SYLVIA BROWN: (source information)

1. FERNANDO CORTEZ RUGGLES, b. 26 Apr 1819, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania; d.
13 Mar 1896, Woodland, Yolo Co., California. Fernando married Leanna KINKLE
(1820 - 1900), b: 05 Dec. 1820 in Delaware Co., Ohio, d: 04 Oct. 1900 in
Hanford, Kings Co., California. Number of children: 9.

2. FREMAN D. RUGGLES, b. 14 Jan 1821, Pennsylvania; d. Abt. 1898, Hartford,
Van Buren Co., Michigan. Freman married Aravesta WOODMAN. Number of
children: 3.

3. MARTIN L. RUGGLES, b. 20 Mar 1823, Pennsylvania; d. Abt. 1864, Chicago,
Cook Co., Illinois. Martin married Sarah Ann TAYLOR. Number of children: 4.

4. LYMAN BROWN RUGGLES, b. 03 Apr 1828, Pennsylvania; d. 30 Oct 1896, Near
Hanford, Kings Co., California. Lyman married Martha Ann DEXTER (1838 -
1887), b: 13 May 1838 in Illinois, d: 08 Aug. 1887 Near Hanford, Kings Co.,
California. Number of children: 6.

5. LEWIS RUGGLES, b. 27 Jul 1830, Ohio; d. Abt. 1902. Lewis married Laura
BRONNER. Number of children: 4.

6. ELI FAYETTE RUGGLES, b. 02 Nov 1833, Ohio; d. 19 Aug. 1904, Oak Park,
Illinois. Eli married Viola CAREY PHELPS a widow, b: 1836 in Pennsylvania, Number of
children: 7.

7. JOSEPH WESTLEY RUGGLES, b. 02 Dec 1837, Ohio; d. Abt. 1898, Oak Park,
Oakland Co., Michigan. Joseph married Luana BALDWIN, d: Aft. Mar 1922.
Number of children: 2.

8. SYLVIA MARIA RUGGLES, b. 16 Apr 1840, Michigan. Sylvia married David S.
BALDWIN. Number of children: 3.

9. ALVIRIA MELVINA RUGGLES, b. 1842, Michigan; d. 05 Dec. 1849, Decatur,
Van Buren Co., Michigan.

10. LUCRECIA ARDILLA RUGGLES, b. 06 Apr 1845, Hartford, Michigan; d. 19
Mar. 1922, Hanford, Kings Co., California. Lucretia married John Westley
YOUNG, d: 16 Oct. 1914 in Hanford, Kings Co., California. Number of children: 4.

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