Stephen & Sarah (Barnes) Beggs Ruddell
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Stephen Ruddell
Stephen Sr. & Sarah (Beggs) Ruddell's Children
Stephen Jr. (m. Sarah Kirk) Ruddell
Sarah Ruddell

Born: 1745 Virginia

Died: after 1833 Clark County, Indiana.


Service: Patriot, Furnished supplies to the VA Continental Troops.

Proof: History of Rockingham Co, Virginia, page 96 " paid March 20, 1782 for linen,
tents, flour, beef, pasturage, rations to the Continental Troops".

DAR Application 265359

Married: (1st) Thomas Beggs born 1730 died 1780 Petersburg, VA

Married: (2nd) Stephen Ruddell


John: Born 1766 married Hannah Thomas

James: Born April 4, 1768 married Mary Custer

George: Born about 1770

Elizabeth: Born Aug 11, 1773 married John Naylor

Charles: Born Oct 30, 1776 married (1st) Dorothy Trumo (2nd) Mary Ruddell

Information Collected from Fort Vallonia DAR Chapter, Spencer, Indiana.




An Epic Legal pursuit in Virginia between the major Landholder and settlers including the Ruddells.



Page 482 of PIONEERS OF

By Cecil O’Dell
Marceline, Missouri

         Reiley Moore had settled in Orange County, Virginia (Shenandoah Valley) by 26 January 1735/36 when Morgan Morgan  and Peter Woolf listed the settlements within the McKay, Hite, and Duff and Green 1000,00-acre Colony of Virginia grant land. 144 Before 24 September 1742, he had attended the Orange County Court for eight days, testifying for William Linvell against Nathaniel Chapman. 145
Stephen Ruddle sold 175 acres on the west side of the North River Shenandoah to Reiley Moore for which Moore received a Fairfax grant on 15 August 1749. 146  This tract was located between Benjamin Allen’s 400-acre tract and William White’s 400-acre 29 June 1739 patent land.  (between Tract 157 and Tract 158, Map 15) U. S. Highway 11 crosses the west section of the tract at South Jackson.
Reiley Moore was deceased by 1 July 1760 when his will (dated 15 February 1760) was proved in Frederick County Court.  He willed one-half of his plantation and the moveable estate to his wife Sarah.  After Sarah’s death, her half of the 175 acres would devolve to their son James Moore.  He bequeathed the other half of the 175 acres to son Reuben Moore.  He mentioned “other children” but did not name them.  Witnesses to the will were Evan Jones,
Amos Lewis and Susan Lewis. 147
Reiley Moore’s father was William Moore (b. 1676 c.), a carpenter by trade and a member of the Established (Episcopal) Church.  He married about 1699 Rachel --, Prince George’s County, Md.  William and Rachel Moore had seven children: (1) Ann Moore b. 12 July 1700; (2) Riley Moore b. 8 February 1702, and twin of (3) John Moore; (4) Samuel Moore b. 15 February 1704; (5) William Moore, Jr. b. 10 April 1707; (6) Rachel Moore b. 18 May 1710; and (7) George Moore b. 16 September 1712.  These dates of birth are from St. Barnabas Church, Queen Anne’s Parish, Prince George’s Co, Md. 1689-1777, Births and Christenings.
Riley Moore, the twin, b. 8 Feb. 1702, Prince George’s Co., Md. m. Sarah Holland 16 Aug. 1726 at St. Barnabas Church, Queen Anne’s Parish (Marriage Records 1711-1711).  Riley and Sarah (Holland) Moore had seven known children.
144           Hite/Fairfax Lawsuit, British Copy, p. 262
145           Orange County, Virginia Court Book 3, p. 240
146           Gray, Northern Neck Grants, G-272
147           Frederick County, Virginia Will Book 2, p. 405

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A January 2006 Posting on

Stephen Ruddell's (5) Great-Granddaughter

From Stephen's second marriage to Sarah Beggs, widow of Thomas Beggs.

My RUDDELL line is as follows:

Simon RUDDELL, b. est. 1644-1673, England (no documentation as yet)
Robert RUDDELL, b. abt. 1669, England (no documentation as yet)
John RUDDELL, b. 1695-96 (no documentation as yet)
Stephen RUDDELL, b. 1725, Chester Co., VA; d. 1800
Stephen RUDDELL, b. 1786, Rockingham, VA; d. unknown
William Henry RUDDELL, b. 11 January 1805, Bedford County, Tennessee; d.
1859, Hopkins, KY
Stephen Henry RUDDELL, b. 27 October 1833, TN; d. 27 November 1872
Spurlin Henry RUDDELL
, b. 12 October 1858, Hopkins, KY; d. 13 April 1940, White Plains, Hopkins, KY

Nola Tennessee RUDELL, b. 14 March 1899, Christian Co., KY; d. 5
November 1972, White Plains, Hopkins, KY
(Nola is my grandmother, in 1919 she m. William Richard HELTSLEY)
Isaac Seymore HELTSLEY, b. 15 June 1923, White Plains, Hopkins, KY; d.
24 May 1966, KY

Janette Birch nee HELTSLEY
researching my RUDDELL roots


August 1850 U.S. Census Todd Co. Kentucky (Click for full view)








William Henry RUDDELL was b. 11 January 1805,
Bedford Co., TN. William's obit in a book says that his
parents were Stephen and Sarah RUDDELL. (See below.)

"Ruddell, William H. - age 53; b. Tennessee, d. Sept. 1859
of consumption; parents Stephen and 1859 Sarah Ruddell." Source:
Hopkins County - Deaths of Persons over Fifteen. vol. 5, pg. 34.

Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1886, Barren County, Rev. James J. Ruddell biographical sketch:
Rev. James J. Ruddell was born August 21, 1829, in Maury County, Tenn., and in early childhood removed with his parents to Lincoln County, and in 1846 to Todd County, Ky., and in 1858 to Hopkins County. In 1854 he was licensed to preach at Mount Pleasant Church in Todd County, and in 1860 became a member of the Louisville Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and as an itinerant minister was, in 1860, stationed at Hopkins County; in 1863 in Crittenden County; in 1866 in Warren County; in 1868 in Hardin County; in 1871 in Scottsville; in 1874, on account of throat trouble, he ceased to travel, and 1875 located in Barren County, where he has since resided, sustaining a supernumerary relation to his confidence.
His father, William H. Ruddell, a native of Bedford County, Tenn., was born in 1805, and died in Hopkins County in 1859. He married Elizabeth E., daughter of Benjamin and Birchett Hester, of Bedford County (born 1810, now living), and from their union sprang James J., Stephen H., Minerva J. (Lyon), Benjamin, Martha P. (Moore), and Penelope (Moore). Rev. Mr. Ruddell has been twice married; first, in 1850, to Elizabeth, daughter of James S. and Priscilla (Harris) Lyon, of Logan County (born in 1827, died in 1857), and to them were born Elvira P.A. (Reece) and Mary F. Rhoades. He next married, in 1859, Mary E., daughter of James and Mary M. (Griffin) Bruce of Lincoln County, Tenn. She was born February 19, 1835, and from this union there is no issue.
In 1881 Mr. Ruddell commenced business as a general merchant and dealer in leaf tobacco, and has met with encouraging success in his venture. His itinerant career left him in poverty and with shattered health, but by industry and a close attention to business, he has secured a comfortable competency. He owns 103 acres of productive land, dwelling house, storehouse, warehouses, and stock of goods. He is a Mason of the Royal Select degree of the Council; also a member of the I.O.F.F., and in politics is a democrat.