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Archibald Ruddell was born in 1727 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. His parents were John & Mary Ruddell of Shenandoah Valley. He died in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia around 1787 at the age of 60.

When Archibald was 28 he married Elizabeth BEGGS. She was born around 1730 and died in 1787 aged 57 in Shenandoah Valley.

The Spring 2000 Ruddlesforter publication mentions that, "Archible performed military service for several years during the French and Indian War. He was assigned to Frederick County, Virginia Colonial Militia commanded by Capt. Thomas SPEAK and qualified as Ensign of Foot in 1753 and as Lieutenant in 1757. One record has survived showing that he drew military compensation in Sept. 1758 of 3.6 Pounds. Below is a picture from the Ruddlesforter article of "Laurel Hill," in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, Archibald Ruddell's home.

He served as a Private in Holman Rice's Company of the Foot in the Regiment of Guards command ed by Francis Taylor from April 1,1779 to May 31, 1779. (source:" Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution 1775-1783",by John H. Gwathmay). This book is found in the Virginia section in the DAR Library, Wshington,D.C. Also he is referenced in VA Public Claims,Vol. III,P. 841. Although his given name was Archibald, he signed his name "Archible". *source

Archibald's son James Ruddell served in the American Revolution and was captured in the attack on Ruddell's Fort by the British and Natives. He and uncle Capt. Isaac Ruddell were imprisoned for two and a half years.

Archibald & Elizabeth (Beggs) Ruddell

Elizabeth (1763-1840)




James (1758-1840)



Archibald Jr.