I am hoping that you or someone on this Forum can help me.
I am researching and gathering information for a new Book on the Music/Musick family in the US for the Musick Family Association of America.I am posting my problem below in hopes someone will be able to provide information.
Descendants of George Ruddell
Generation No. 1
1.GEORGE1 RUDDELL died Bef. 1861.
Child of GEORGE RUDDELL is:
2. i. ABRAHAM2 RUDDELL.
Generation No. 2
2.ABRAHAM2 RUDDELL (GEORGE1)He married SUSANNAH BAKER, daughter of JOHN BAKER and UNKNOWN.
Notes for ABRAHAM RUDDELL:
From Vo. XX3St. Louis Genealogical Society Bulletin.
THE LONG, LONG ARM OF TESTIMONY.
By Maryhelen Wilson
Found in a microfilm copy of the Louisiana, Missouri Journal of 28 March
1861....."To all whom it may concern - take notice that the undersigned, in
pursuance of a commission issued by the Clerk of the CIrcuit Court, in and
for the county of PIKE, and State of Missouri, by virtue of an order by the
Judge of said Court, will on the 15th day of April, 1861, at the law offices
of Byers and Cox, in the town of Batesville, in the county of Independence,
and State of Arkansas, and between the hours of .......to take the
deposition of JOHN RUDDELL; and also the same day, at the residence of
ELIZABETH WAGNER, in the county of Washington in said state of Arkansas,
they will.......take the deposition of the said ELIZABETH WAGNER, for the
purpose of perpotuating the testimony of said Jno. Ruddell and Elizabeth
Wagner in proof of the following facts:
This document is very wordy....so I am condensing it.
"The witnesses were well acquainted with JOHN BAKER, SR., deceased, and his
descendants.That BAKER was a resident and the owner of a tract of land in
Little Prairie District or township, in the county of New Madirid, then
Territory, now State of Missouri.The said BAKER and WIFE both died in the
year 1811, leaving the following named children as their only heirs at law:
JESSE BAKER, LYDIA BAKER intermarried with JACOB WAGNER, NANCY BAKER
intermarried with GEORGE MORGAN, SUSANNAH BAKER intermarried with ABRAHAM
RUDDELL and POLLY BAKER intermarried with JOHN WORSHAM and afterwards with
"Thank the said tract of land was destroyed by the earthquakes of 1811 and
1812 and that John Baker, decd. and his legal representatives were the
persons to whom a Patent was issued by the Government of the United States
for a tract of land in the county of PIKE, State of Missouri, comprising 24
and 14/100 acres, more or less, in Twp. 54N, Range 1W."
"That the said children of John Baker, Sr., could write.That ISAAC
RUDDELL,and the only man of that name then a resident of said county of
New Madrid, died on the 5th of February, 1815.That said ISAAC RUDDELL
married NANCY TANNER, a sister of JAMES TANNER, and that the death of said
Nancy occured sometime previous to the death of her husband, and that said
facts are attested by the family record of GEORGE RUDDELL, deceased, the
father of said witnesses."
:That the said JAMES TANNER was a Land Speculator, and that his general
character for honesty was very bad."
"That the said JESSE BAKER and his family removed from the State (then a
Territory) of Missouri, sometime about the month of February, 1812, and that
neither he or his descendants have ever been heard of since."
"That the said JACOB WAGNER and his wife LYDIA, GEORGE MORGAN and his wife
NANCY, and RICHARD BOND and his wife, POLLY, all removed from the State of
Arkansas about the year 1838, and that none of said parties or their
descendants have been heard from since, although dilligent search and
inquiry have been made by witnesses for that purpose, and that their place
of residence, if living, and their names are unknown to witnesses.
"That said SUSANNAH BAKER married ABRAM RUDDELL aforesaid, by whom she had
three children, viz:NANCY, POLLY, and ISAAC RUDDELL.
"That said children were raised by their grandfather, GEORGE RUDDELL, decd.,
and remained in said family until the marriage of said Polly and Nancy.
That said POLLY RUDDELL married a man by the name of WILLIAM WOOD, and that
both died without issues.That said ISAAC RUDDELL married, and has since
died, leaving his son GEORGE RUDDELL, now a minor under the age of 21 years,
as his only heir at law; that said minor is now a resident of the county of
Independence, State of Arkansas, and that WILLIAM BYARS, of Batesville, is
"That said Nancy married a man by the name of JOHN M. MUSICK or JACK MUSICK;
that said NANCY MUSICK died about the year 1832, leaving her husband and
JOHN REDMAN MUSICK, WILLIAM G. MUSICK, and SUSANNAH MUSICK, her children, as
her only heirs at law; that said SUSANNAH married a man by the name of
BILEW; that the said WILLIAM G. MUSICK, one of the children of said Nancy,
is the identical man who conveyed his interest in said land (patented to
JOHN BAKER SR., and his legal representatives) to WILLIAM ENGLISH, of Pike
County, Missouri; that said JOHN R. MUSICK is also a child of said Nancy,
decd., and the identical person who conveyed one-half of his interest in
said land to THOMAS COX, of Batesville, state of Arkansas; and that said
SUSANNAH BILEW is also a child and heir at law of said Nancy, and that she
and her said husband are the identical persons who conveyed their interest
in said land to JOHN R. MUSICK.
" And that said GEORGE RUDDELL, a minor under the age of 21 years, is the
child and only heir at law of the said ISAAC RUDDELL, deceased.If said
depositions are not completed on said day, the taking of same will be
(Signed by William English, William G. Musick, John R. Musick, Thomas Cox,
and George Ruddell a minor by Wm. Byers, his guardian.)
Notes for SUSANNAH BAKER:
Said children Nancy, Polly and Isaac Ruddell were raised by their grandfather, GEORGE RUDDELL, decd, and remained in said family until the marriage of said Polly and Nancy.
Children of ABRAHAM RUDDELL and SUSANNAH BAKER are:
3. i. NANCY3 RUDDELL, d. Abt. 1832.
ii. POLLY RUDDELL, m. WILLIAM WOOD.
Marriage Notes for POLLY RUDDELL and WILLIAM WOOD:
As of 1861---"both died and left no issue."
4. iii. ISAAC RUDDELL, d. Bef. 1861.
Generation No. 3
3.NANCY3 RUDDELL (ABRAHAM2, GEORGE1) died Abt. 1832.She married JOHN M. "JACK" MUSICK, son of ASA MUSICK.
Notes for JOHN M. "JACK" MUSICK:
Patented land in Carroll Co., AR in 1844
Children of NANCY RUDDELL and JOHN MUSICK are:
i. JOHN REDMAN4 MUSICK, m. HANNAH ANGELINE.
Notes for JOHN REDMAN MUSICK:
"----that said JOHN R. MUSICK is also a child of said NANCY , decd., and the identical person who conveyed one-half of his interest in said land to THOMAS COX, of Batesville, state of Arkansas;"
John R. Musick patented land in Carroll Co., AR in 1849
ii. WILLIAM G. MUSICK.
Notes for WILLIAM G. MUSICK:
---"That said WILLIAM G. MUSICK, on of the children of said NANCY is the identical man who conveyed his interest in said land (patented to JOHN BAKER SR., and his legal representatives) to WILLIAM ENGLISH, of Pike County, Missouri."
Patented Land in Carroll Co., AR in 1849.
iii. SUSANNAH MUSICK, m. _________BILEW.
Notes for SUSANNAH MUSICK:
"....that said SUSANNAH BILEW is also a child and heir at law of said NANCY, and that she and her said husband are the identical persons who conveyed their interest in said land to JOHN R. MUSICK."
4.ISAAC3 RUDDELL (ABRAHAM2, GEORGE1) died Bef. 1861.He married UNKNOWN.
Notes for ISAAC RUDDELL:
Child of ISAAC RUDDELL and UNKNOWN is:
i. GEORGE4 RUDDELL.
Notes for GEORGE RUDDELL:
Was still a minor under age 21 in 1861.George Ruddell was the only heir at law of Isaac Ruddell, that said minor is now a resident of the county of Independence, State of Arkansas, and that William Byars, of Batesville, is his guardian......"And that said GEORGE RUDDELL, a minor under the age of 21 years, is the child and only heir at law of the said ISAAC RUDDELL, deceased."
(It is my belief that John M. "Jack" Musick who m. Nancy Ruddell was a son of Asa Musick who died in Independence Co., AR. about 1818.
Thanks so much for your help.