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July 2006

Special thanks to Peggy Barriskill Perazzo for transcribing and sharing the early history of Hartford, Michigan as recorded through the eyes of Eli Fayette Ruggles and penned as his
Recollections of A Busy Life, circa 1904.   Eli and his family left their home and families in Ohio to settle in Hartford Michigan.   If you are a Hartford History buff or have read the other transcripts, A History of Hartford by Charles A. Spaulding, or Early History of Hartford and Lawrence by Katherine Minshall, you'll recognize many of the names mentioned in the Recollections of A Busy Life.  Local towns of Hartford Centre (Hartford) Decatur, Keeler, Waterford (Watervliet), St. Joe, Kalamazoo and others are mentioned as they forged a new life during the pioneer days of Southwest Michigan.
 



(Transcribed by Peggy Barriskill Perazzo, December 2005 to January 2006)

Recollections of A Busy Life
By Eli Fayette Ruggles

H. L. Ruggles & Co., Publishers, (published circa 1904)


TABLE of CONTENTS

Partial List of Descendants of Eden Ruggles

This copy of the book was sent to Peggy Barriskill Perazzo's great grandmother, Augusta Florence (Ruggles) Sears/Wallace/Sears in Esparto, California, where she was living at the time, from H. L. Ruggles, 142 Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Augusta's parents were Fernando C. and Leanna (Kinkle) Ruggles who lived first in Placerville, El Dorado County, in 1849 and about a year later in Woodland, Yolo County, after migrating from Michigan with other family members. States and towns that our Ruggles families lived in include the following: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; Illinois; Milan, Ohio; Norwalk, Ohio; Berrien County and Van Buren County, Michigan; and Placer County and Yolo County, California et al.

 

TABLE of CONTENTS

Chapter I - Surnames in this section of the book: RUGGLES, SEARS, WALLACE, KINKLE, DRAKE, JACKSON, WHITFORD, OLDS, HAMMOND, OLNEY, CONKLING*
  • Dedication
  • Havana, Ill., Feb. 9
  • First Settlers of Hartford

 Chapter II - Surnames in this section: RUGGLES

  • The Log House Home.

 Chapter III - Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, CONKLING*, MANLEY, OLDS, SPRINGER

  • First School
  • Labor a Blessing
  • Larger Family - Larger House
  • Barn Built

 Chapter IV -Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, BROWN, MOFFAT

  • Mother
  • Our Spring
  • Martin and the Hard Winters of 1842

Chapter V- Surnames in this section- RINGLETON (KINKLE), WILLIAMSON, SIKES

  • Part of a New Country Song
  • Marriage of Fernando
  • Conscience Not Always Obeyed
  • Sister Melvina
  • The New House
Chapter VI - Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, CONKLING*, HAYDN, ADAMS, WILLIAMS, PARKER, TAYLOR
  • Hurrah For the Railroad
  • Log Houses Go Up in Flames
  • First Stoves
  • The Eagle's Upward Flight
  • The Building and Growth of A New Country
  • Wealth in 1848 Versus Wealth in 1902
  • The Pretty Cub
  • A New Country Fourth of July
  • Freman and Our Blind Father
  • The Breaking Team and Plow
  • The Result of a Fever

Chapter VII - Surnames in this section: RUGGLES, BREED, CONKLING*, ROBERTSON, REYNOLDS, OLDS, TAYLOR

  • The Stone Well - A Sketch of S. F. Breed. (rescuing Eli Ruggles)
  • Lyman the Choice

Chapter VIII - Surnames in this section- EASTMAN, FELLOWS, HUBBARD, JACKSON, OLNEY, MANLEY

  • The Little Preacher
  • More of Brother Martin
  • Fernando and Lyman and the Gold
  • Father a Prophet
Chapter IX - Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, COLFAX, BALDWIN, BRONNER, YOUNG, HALL, SIMMONS, NELSON
  • Sisters Mariah and Lucretia.
  • School in Niles and its Results
  • Moving the House and Barn.

Chapter X

  • Looking for a Wife
  • Strange Freak In Nature
  • The Oncoming Strife Between Freedom and Slavery.
  • The Decision

Chapter XI - Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, WOODMAN

  • Brother Freman
  • Martin and the War
  • A Birthday Party
  • Finding a Waif
  • Sold the Old Farm
  • The Going Home of Minnie
  • Abraham Lincoln is Shot.

Chapter XII- Surnames in this section- RUGGLES, RAWSON, YOUNG, EDEE

  • Freman and Family Arrive
  • Father and Mother Transferred to J. W. Young and Wife
  • Mother Goes to A Better Country

* (Hartford family histories and cemetery records spelled as Conklin, instead of Conkling as shown throughout this transcript.)

Partial List of Descendants


Partial List of Descendants of Eden Ruggles

(1) Eden RUGGLES (1766 - 1855) b: 13 May 1766 in Brookfield, Connecticut, d: 19 Jan. 1855 in Huron Co., Ohio; Number of children: 11; married Artemesia JACKSON (1771 - 1864) b: 12 Mar 1771 in Brookfield, Connecticut,
d: 02 Feb. 1864 in Huron Co., Ohio, Number of children: 11.

(2) Joseph RUGGLES (1792 - 1875), b: 04 Oct. 1792 in Brookfield (near Hartford), Connecticut, d: 02 Aug. 1875 in Decatur, Van Buren Co., Michigan; Number of children: 10; married Sylvia BROWN (1800 - 1870), b: 30
Aug. 1800 in Wilkes Barre, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.

Children of JOSEPH RUGGLES and SYLVIA BROWN:

1. FERNANDO CORTEZ RUGGLES, b. 26 Apr 1819, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania; d. 13 Mar 1896, Woodland, Yolo Co., California. Fernando married Leanna KINKLE (1820 - 1900), b: 05 Dec. 1820 in Delaware Co., Ohio, d: 04 Oct. 1900 in Hanford, Kings Co., California. Number of children: 9.

2. FREMAN D. RUGGLES, b. 14 Jan 1821, Pennsylvania; d. Abt. 1898, Hartford, Van Buren Co., Michigan. Freman married Aravesta WOODMAN. Number of children: 3.

3. MARTIN L. RUGGLES, b. 20 Mar 1823, Pennsylvania; d. Abt. 1864, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois. Martin married Sarah Ann TAYLOR. Number of children: 4.Hartford Pioneer Cemetery records show Martin died 12-2-1864 and was buried in Section3, lot 37.  He was 41 years, 3 mo. old.

4. LYMAN BROWN RUGGLES, b. 03 Apr 1828, Pennsylvania; d. 30 Oct 1896, Near Hanford, Kings Co., California. Lyman married Martha Ann DEXTER (1838 - 1887), b: 13 May 1838 in Illinois, d: 08 Aug. 1887 Near Hanford, Kings Co., California. Number of children: 6.

5. LEWIS RUGGLES, b. 27 Jul 1830, Ohio; d. Abt. 1902. Lewis married Laura BRONNER. Number of children: 4.

6. ELI FAYETTE RUGGLES, b. 02 Nov 1833, Ohio; d. 19 Aug. 1904, Oak Park, Illinois. Eli married Viola (?), b: 1836 in Pennsylvania, Number of children: 7.

7. JOSEPH WESTLEY RUGGLES, b. 02 Dec 1837, Ohio; d. Abt. 1898, Oak Park, Oakland Co., Michigan. Joseph married Luana BALDWIN, d: Aft. Mar 1922. Number of children: 2.

8. SYLVIA MARIA RUGGLES, b. 16 Apr 1840, Michigan. Sylvia married David S. BALDWIN. Number of children: 3.

9. ALVIRIA MELVINA RUGGLES, b. 1842, Michigan; d. 05 Dec. 1849, Decatur, Van Buren Co., Michigan.

10. LUCRECIA ARDILLA RUGGLES, b. 06 Apr 1845, Hartford, Michigan; d. 19 Mar. 1922, Hanford, Kings Co., California. Lucretia married John Westley YOUNG, d: 16 Oct. 1914 in Hanford, Kings Co., California. Number of
children: 4.


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