Ruel(sp?) Alden is my great-great grandfather. His son Marion Francis Alden is my great grandfather. M's son John Wilber Alden is my grandfather. In the 1880 Ohio census Ruel Alden lists himself as a gardener,married to Mary Ann Canfield with an 11 year old son, Willis living in Wood County, Ohio. I have had no success in even finding Ruel's parents. I am so pleased to find your information.Marion listed Ruel's birthplace as New York on his marriage license.Marion moved to Oakley, Shiawassee County, Michigan where he became sheriff.Did Ruel have any other children??I did find a reference to a Willis Alden who died of cholera in Ohio... on about the right date. Contact me.