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Affidavits Regarding Ruddell's Station

Affidavit of Mrs. Ruddell

Before me the subscriber, a justice of the peace for the County of Bourbon & Commonwealth of Kentucky, personally appeared Elizabeth Ruddle aged seventy six years & being duly sworn agreeably to law, says at the time of the birth of John Ruddell & James Ruddell, sons of Archibald Ruddell, in Virginia, she resided in the neighborhood, & both said John & James Ruddell were nephews or brothers children of her late husband, Isaac Ruddell, deceased.  She further well knows that John Ruddell was the eldest son of said Archibald Ruddell and James Ruddell is the next oldest brother, both born after the marriage of said Archibald. That her husband with his family & the deponent removed as an early adventurer to Kentucky & settled what was called Ruddell's Station on the South Forks of Licking in the Spring l779, at which period the said John & James Ruddell came to the country, both young and unmarried & stayed with the deponent & family in Ruddell's Station from the Spring l779 & was as the deponent then understood engaged in taking up lands on the South Fork in the neighborhood of the Station, & in June l780 said Station was taken by the British & Indians.  This deponent & family and the said John & James Ruddell were all with divers others made prisoners & carried to Detroit. That said John Ruddell, a few days after the taking of said Station, was killed as this deponent is informed and believes by the Indians, though she was not present when he was killed, but he never arrived at Detroit and has never been heard of since. And it was admitted by all as an indisputable fact that he was killed by the savages, and she never knew or heard of any other John or James Ruddell being in this county before the taking of said station. That said James Ruddell returned from his captivity to this country & upwards of twenty years ago settled on the South Fork of Licking on the lands formerly claimed by his brother, John, in the same neighborhood where this deponent has since resided and has lived there till this time. That she is well acquainted with the family of said John & James and is confident that James is the next oldest brother to John & that said John died, never having been married & never having any lawful issue and never made a will to the knowledge or hearing of this deponent.

Given under my hand & seal this 5th day of April l813.

                    (signed) Elisabeth Ruddell

Bourbon County Viz: This is to certify that the foregoing deposition of Elisabeth Ruddell was taken, subscribed to, and acknowledged before me a Justice of the Peace for & in said county, as witness my hand this 5th day of April l813.

                    (signed) Joseph L. Stephens, J.P.


Original filed with Virginia Patent #9148 No. 1,  Secretary of State’s Land Office, Frankfort, KY

Affidavit of Captain John Bird

 The affidavit of Captain John Bird, who being duly sworn agreeably to law, says that he is in his fifty fourth year of age & that ever since his recollection, he was acquainted with John Ruddell. That he, the deponent, and John & James Ruddell were together in this country in the Fall l779 & staid at Ruddell's Station & that they three, and one other person, kept a kind of batchelor's hall in said station together, while the station stood. That in the month of June 1780 this deponent left said station on a Wednesday and on the Saturday following the station was attacked & taken by the British & Indians, & this deponent in all probability escaped being killed or taken prisoner by his being absent from the fort. John & James were taken prisoners and this deponent was well informed by the prisoners and all others who could be supposed to have any knowledge on the subject that John Ruddell was killed by the savages the same year before they got him to Detroit. At all events this deponent has never seen him or heard of his existence since. That John Ruddell was the reputed legitimate son of Archibald Ruddell & was the eldest son and James Ruddell was the next oldest brother & that said John died childless, unmarried, and without will, as far as ever the deponent knew or believed.  About two years afterwards or upwards, said James Ruddell returned from his captivity. This deponent had knowledge of John Ruddell's acquiring land on the South Forks of Licking, a small distance above Ruddell's Station previous to his captivity and this deponent also knows that James Ruddell has lived on the same land upwards of twenty years last past.

Sworn to and suscribed before me a justice of the peace of Bourbon County & Commonwealth of Kentucky, this 27th day of April l813.

                       (Signed) Thomas Hughes

 

 


Original filed with Virginia Patent #9148 No. 1,  Secretary of State’s Land Office, Frankfort, KY

Affidavit of Thomas Mahan

Before me the subscriber, a justice of the peace for the county of Harrison & Commonwealth of Kentucky, personally appeared Thomas Mahan aged about fifty seven years & being sworn agreeably to law says that in the year l779 he became acquainted with John Ruddell & James Ruddell then at Ruddell's Station, and continued that acquaintance till said Station was taken by the British & Indians in l780 in the month of June when said John & James and this deponent were made prisoners. That a few days after their captivity said John was killed by the Indians, this deponent believes & is well satisfied, never arrived at Detroit & has never been heard of since.  That at the time said John & James were young men and always reputed to be brothers, John the eldest & James the younger.  That John died childless & unmarried and never made any will to the knowledge or hearing of this deponent.  That said James returned from captivity & now resides in Bourbon County on the South Fork of Licking & this deponent never knew or heard of any other John & James Ruddell in this country previous to the taking of Ruddell's Station. This deponent was informed, while in the station, of the claims of John Ruddell to lands on the South Fork above the station during the existence of the station, but was never showed the place where the claims lay.

Given under my hand & seal this twenty third day of June,
1813.

                       (Signed)  James Kelley

 

 


Original filed with Virginia Patent #9148 No. 1,  Secretary of State’s Land Office, Frankfort, KY

 

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