Charles Ruddell was the 3rd child of James and Jane (Mulherin) Ruddell. He was born October 8, 1791 in Bourbon County, he died March 8, 1886 in Crawford County, IL. Charles married Polly Collier October 1, 1818 in Pendelton County, Kentucky. Polly was born around 1802 in KY, and died at age 55 in Crawford County, IL. Polly's parents were James R. & Eleanor (Rawlings) Collier.
Charles was a veteran of the War of 1812, his rank is listed in different accounts as Second Lieutenent, Captain and Colonel. His war record lists him as an Ensign. In 1822 a school district was founded on Charles Ruddell's land, once used by the Militia he belonged to.
Charles held many local positions in Grant County, Kentucky, including Justice of the Peace, election judge, and road commissioner. In January 1832, he was appointed Sheriff. We believe he may have been involved in the Kentucky Legislature from 1832-1836.
According to an article by Ann Martin, whose text is the source for this bio., "Charles & Polly would live to see the Civil War and feel its divisive nature within their family. Their eldest son, James, returned to Kentucky and joined the Confederate Army. Two of their grandson's Charles R. (this is Charles Ruddell Noe) and Matthew J. Noe, son of Eleanor Jane, joined the Union. Charles R. distinguished himself at the Battle of Vicksburg, attaining the rank of Sgt. Major," Ann Martin continues in her article to explain that at age 88 Charles Ruddell, the subject of this sketch, was living in Robinson, Ill., Emma, or Emily (Trimble) Ruddell, the widow of Thomas R. their son Henry T. are in the same house hold in 1880.
CHARLES RUDDELL of Grant County to Paul BRUMBACK of same for $40 - land in Grant County on the Dry Ridge, it being POLLEY RUDDELL's, late POLLY COLLIER's part of 100 acres purchased by JAMES R. COLLIER of JOHN FOWLER out of a survey of 44,109-1/4 acres - containing 12 acres. Polley signs (X). 6 August 1824. Ack. 13 December 1824 by Charles RUDDELL. Ack. 31 January 1832 by Polley RUDDELL.
Sheriff's Sale: WESTLY TULLY, sheriff of Grant County to JOHN NORTON of Grant County - notes that NORTON had initiated a suit in the Pendleton County Circuit Court against the estate of WALKER SANDERS, TALLIFERO SANDERS, THOMAS SANDERS, NANCY SANDERS and JOHN THOMPSON, for $108. 18 3/4c, the land being in Grant County on the road leading from Williamstown to Cincinnati, containing the patent issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia to ROBERT SANDERS' deceased, the father of the said WALKER, TALIFERRO/THOMAS and NANCY SANDERS - for 1616 acres, dated 29 April 1784. JOHN NORTON was the lowest bidder on said land, on 616 acres in the lower part of said survey, beginning at CHARLES RUDDLE's northeast corner. 19 August 1823. Ack. 6 October 1823 by Wesly TULLY.
Sheriff's Sale: of land to CHARLES RUDDLE who had brought suit against the estate of WALKER SANDERS in the Pendleton County, Kentucky Circuit Court. Also involved in the case are TALLIFERO SANDERS, THOMAS SANDERS. NANCY SANDERS and JOHN THOMPSON. The land involved is in Grant County on the road leading from Williamstown to Cincinnati, being the land that was issued by patent from the Commonwealth of Virginia to ROBERT SANDERS deceased, father to the said Walker, Tallifaro, THomas and Nancy SANDERS - 1616 acres, dated 22 April 1784, the land being "across the Buffalo Road". CHARLES RUDDLE was the lowest bidder on said land, for 1000 acres in the upper part of the survey. 19 August 1823. Ack. 6 October 1823 by W. TULLY, Sheriff of Grant County.
Sheriff's Sale: the Grant County Circuit Court has ruled on a debt case in favor of ISAAC TURNER and against the estate of PRUE B. HUME and JOHN NORTON for $75.09. JOHN NORTON has given up a deed for 616 acres in Grant County on the Turnpike Road leading from Williamstown to Cincinnati to satisfy the said debt. This land is part of a patent granted by the Commonwealth of Virginia to ROBERT SANDERS deceased, the father of Walker/Tallifero/Thomas/and Nancy SANDERS, consisting of 1616 acres dated 29 April 1784. JOHN THOMAS was the lowest bidder on this tract of 6116 acres, beginning at CHARLES RUDDLE's northeast corner. 23 October 1823. Ack. 21 November 1823 by Wesley TULLY, Sheriff.
PENDLETON COLLIER of Grant County to NELLY BARKSHER late NELLY COLLIER of Grant County for $50 - land in Grant County being part of 100 acres sold to JAMES B. COLLIER deceased by JOHN FOWLER out of a 44,109-1/4 acre tract entered by JOHN HARRIS and JORDAN HARRIS on the Dry Ridge, bordering on ANN COLLIER's lot, consisting of 12 acres. Pendleton signs (X). Wit: Charles RUDDLE. 31 October 1825. Ack. 25 March 1826 by Pendleton COLLIER. (Helen, wife of Pendleton COLLIER releases her right of dower on 6 July 1826.)
TALIFERO SANDERS, THOMAS SANDERS, WALKER SANDERS and ANN T. SANDERS of Scott County, Kentucky to CHARLES RUDDLE and GEORGE RUDDLE of Grant County for $1200? - land in Grant County being a part of ROBT. SANDERS' survey of 1616 acres, bordering on MOSES THEOBALD on the turnpike road - 78-1/4 acres being CHARLES RUDDLE's part of the above tract....and a second tract bordering on CHARLES RUDDLE on the turnpike road consisting of 78-1/4 acres, this being GEORGE RUDDLE's part. 20 March 1826. Ack. 16 June 1826 in Scott County, Kentucky "by the said parties of the first part". Ack. 18 July 1826 in Grant County.
Court of August 12, 1820
At the house of William Arnold in Williamstown.
Grand Jury: Levin Busich, Lawrence Buskirk, Harmon Childers, Major Childers, William Childers, William Harrison, Jacob Johnson, William Massie, Samuel Noe, Richard Owens, Charles Ruddle, Daniel Seward, Sen'r, Daniel Sewards, Jr., G. F. Wheeler. Jesse Woodyard, Strother Woodyard. Page 6
Permission: Granted to William Routt, William K. Wall and Edward Holden to practice as attorneys in this county. Page 6
Indictment: Commonwealth of Kentucky vs. James Masterson & George King. Defendants plead not guilty. Verdict: Defendants are found guilty - fined $5.00 each. Page 8
Revolutionary War Soldier: John Lawless, late a soldier in the Revolutionary War, produced in court a certificate and schedule of his property.....worth $151.25. Page 6
Revolutionary War Soldier: Joseph Spencer, late an officer in the Revolutionary War, produced in court a certificate and schedule of his property.....worth $450.00. Page 7
Revolutionary War Soldier: William Wharton, late a soldier in the Revolutionary War, produced in court a certificate and schedule of his property.....worth $60.00 Page 7
Debt: Frederick Repperdom/Ripperdan vs. John Brumback. Page 7
Debt: Benoni West vs. Robert Jump. Page 7
Debt: William Barnes vs. James C. Smith - continued to the next court. Page 8
Debt: Richard Wortman vs. Reuben Childres - defendant(?) to recover $150.00. Page 10
In Case: William Hutchison vs. Robert Hutchinson - case dismissed. Page 8
Charles & Polly Ruddell, they are with their sons, Stephen P and Thomas R. Daughters, Nancy Cook Ruddell and Ann. And their granddaughter, Sarah.