(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)
Introduction & Brief
Descendant Chart for the families mentioned in this book:
- Introduction & Brief Descendant
- 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,
- "Havana, Ill., Feb. 9
- First Settlers of Hartford
Chapter II - Surnames
in this section: RUGGLES
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
- Our Spring
- Martin and the Hard Winters
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,
- Hurrah For the Railroad
- Log Houses Go Up in Flames
- First Stoves
- The Eagle's Upward Flight
- The Building and Growth of A
- Wealth in 1848 Versus Wealth
- 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,
- 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,
- Sisters Mariah and Lucretia.
- School in Niles and its Results
- Moving the House and Bar.
- 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,
BALDWIN, CLARK, CAREY
- Off for Houghton Lake
- 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
"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
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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)
Partial List of Descendants of
(1) Eden RUGGLES (1766 - 1855) b: 13 May 1766 in Brookfield,
d: 19 Jan. 1855 in Huron Co., Ohio; Number of children: 11; married
Artemesia JACKSON (1771 - 1864) b: 12 Mar 1771 in Brookfield,
d: 02 Feb. 1864 in Huron Co., Ohio, Number of children: 11.
(2) Joseph RUGGLES (1792 - 1875), b: 04 Oct. 1792 in Brookfield
Hartford), Connecticut, d: 02 Aug. 1875 in Decatur, Van Buren
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;
13 Mar 1896, Woodland, Yolo Co., California. Fernando married
(1820 - 1900), b: 05 Dec. 1820 in Delaware Co., Ohio, d: 04 Oct.
Hanford, Kings Co., California. Number of children: 9.
2. FREMAN D. RUGGLES, b. 14 Jan 1821, Pennsylvania; d. Abt.
Van Buren Co., Michigan. Freman married Aravesta WOODMAN. Number
3. MARTIN L. RUGGLES, b. 20 Mar 1823, Pennsylvania; d. Abt.
Cook Co., Illinois. Martin married Sarah Ann TAYLOR. Number of
4. LYMAN BROWN RUGGLES, b. 03 Apr 1828, Pennsylvania; d. 30
Oct 1896, Near
Hanford, Kings Co., California. Lyman married Martha Ann DEXTER
1887), b: 13 May 1838 in Illinois, d: 08 Aug. 1887 Near Hanford,
California. Number of children: 6.
5. LEWIS RUGGLES, b. 27 Jul 1830, Ohio; d. Abt. 1902. Lewis
BRONNER. Number of children: 4.
6. ELI FAYETTE RUGGLES, b. 02 Nov 1833, Ohio; d. 19 Aug. 1904,
Illinois. Eli married Viola CAREY PHELPS a widow, b: 1836 in
Pennsylvania, Number of
7. JOSEPH WESTLEY RUGGLES, b. 02 Dec 1837, Ohio; d. Abt. 1898,
Oakland Co., Michigan. Joseph married Luana BALDWIN, d: Aft.
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.
Van Buren Co., Michigan.
10. LUCRECIA ARDILLA RUGGLES, b. 06 Apr 1845, Hartford, Michigan;
Mar. 1922, Hanford, Kings Co., California. Lucretia married John
YOUNG, d: 16 Oct. 1914 in Hanford, Kings Co., California. Number
of children: 4.
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