Henry T. and Kate (Shaw) Ruddell ran a dairy farm in Robinson, Illinois and raised 4 sons, Karl R., Keith (who died in his teens of typhoid fever,) Ralph, and David. Karl Ruddell is Mary Margaret & Keith Ruddell's father.
Henry was born in Illinois, his (3)Great Grand Father was John Ruddell, (b. 1695 England, d. May 1781 Shenandoah, VA.) John and his wife, Mary Cook, had 6 sons and 2 daughters. Their fourth son, Archibald was born 1727 in Chester, Pennsylvania. Archibald's younger brother, Captain Isaac Ruddell, was in command of Ruddell Station, or Fort, locatated in Kentucky, which was attacked by the British and Indians, in 1780. There were about 470 people who lived at this location, the able bodied worked in the Ruddell Mills.
Archibald's son James Ruddell, was born August 20th, 1758 in Shenandoah, Virginia. James was captured, aged 22, during the attack on Ruddell Station and was taken prisoner for 2 years. He and the others marched to Detroit then to Canada along with Capt. Isaac Ruddell. James and the group were released in 1783, from Montreal.
Captain Isaac's youngest son Cornelius, was ambushed and killed by Natives in November 1786. His widow, Jane Mulherin, married her husband's cousin James, the son of Archibald. James and Jane had 10 children, including Charles Ruddell, born October 7th, 1791 in Fayette, Kentucky. His wife was Polly Collier. Their son Thomas R. Ruddell was born around 1842, he married Emily Trimble April 12, 1865, Henry T. Ruddell, their only child was born in 1866.