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James Ruddy


Posted By: Michael Ruddy (email)
Date: 5/11/2007 at 10:20:24

The first Ruddy found in Allamakee county is a Thomas Ruddy who died sometime between April 4, and Dec 21, 1854 and owned land in section 21 of Fairview township. There must be a relationship of Thomas to the Ruddy families given below.
The next to appear is a Nicholas Ruddy who in 1856 is listed in the Iowa Census as owner of his land in Fairview township. Nicholas obtained title to the land in 1858.
Thomas Ruddy's death brought James M Ruddy to Allamakee County and the first record found for James is when James becomes executor of the Thomas Ruddy estate and acquires the land in Fairview township by this process. James M was a widower in the 1856 Iowa census, but on May 3, 1857, he married Ellen Murphy of Fairview township in the Prairie du Chein Catholic church. James M settled onto the land and farmed it until 1872 when he acquired new land in Renville County, Minnesota. In 1865 he gave up half his land to Michael and Catherine Ruddy who farmed the land in Fairview for another generation. James M moved to Minnesota with his family shortly thereafter. James M died in 1883 in Fairfax, Renville County, Minnesota.
Michael Ruddy from Westport in County Mayo Ireland by way of Liverpool, England and was a brother of James M. Ruddy. When Michael and Catherine Ruddy came to Iowa, they were sold, on January 4, 1865, for a dollar, half the land claimed by James M Ruddy after the death of a Thomas Ruddy in Iowa in 1854.
Michael Ruddy married Catherine Gibbons. This marriage is probably the one listed in Aughavale (Oughaval), County Mayo where a marriage of theie names took place April 14, 1836. Unfortunately there is no other information available in Mayo to confirm that this was the same couple. Michael Ruddy and Catherine arrived in Liverpool where their son Thomas was born about July 1836 and their son John was born in 1841.
Michael Ruddy and his wife Catherine and sons Thomas and John arrived from Liverpool, England to New York City on the Powhattan from Liverpool April 25, 1842. Michael and Catherine's daughter Mary Ann was born in 1844. Mary Ann shows up as an O'Malley upon Michael's death. Baby John probably died between the family's April of 1842 arrival to New York and the 1850 NY Census because John is not listed that Census. Richard was born in New York City in 1851. In 1852 they left New York City and arrived in Syracuse New York where Michael got work as a cooper. Thomas was working as a laborer until he joined the Co. A of the 5th US infantry and headed for New Mexico and then in 1862 son Thomas joined the 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry. Mary Ann, married to an O'Malley, went with her husband to Roscoe in the Dakota territory between 1860 and 1870 The family still had relatives in Syracuse after they came to Iowa. Their son, Thomas, moved to McGregor, Iowa, about 7 miles from the farm, after the Civil War ended and in 1867 was married to Jane Waters at St Mary's in McGregor. He died in 1908 and is buried in St Mary's cemetery. Michael Died in 1873 leaving the farm to Catherine, Daniel and Richard.


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