Stephen Ruddell is my Great Great Great Grandfather.He was the sixth of eight children born to Isaac and Elizabeth (Bowman) Ruddell on Sept. 19, 1768 in Frederich or Shenandoah County, VA.His Grandfather immigrated from Ireland.
In July 1778 the Ruddell’s were living at Ruddells Station, Kentucky when it was overrun be the British and Shawnee Indians.Stephen and his younger brother Abraham were captured and adopted by the Shawnee and Stephen spent his teenage years as the brother of two well known Shawnee, Tecumseh and The Prophet.He spent many hours with Tecumseh and they studied each others language and culture.Stephen studied Shawnee religion and became a warrior leader, named Sinawatha (Big Fish), with many warriors under his control.Stephen did not return to his father until after the treaty of 1802, was converted to Christianity in 1812 and became a minister sometime thereafter.He was married multiple times and died in Ursa, Adams County, Illinois Oct. 12, 1845.
My ancestry is from Steven and Susan (David) Ruddell to son John Mulherrin (1812-1896) and Martha Ann (Dunlap) Ruddell.I believe John M served as pastor of the Ursa church after his father, Steven, passed away.The next generation was my great grandfather John Dunlap (1836-1877) and Urilla Martha (Nichols) Ruddell.He moved his family from Adams County Illinois to near Joplin, Mo., where he passed away. His sons, William (1864-1932) and George (1866-1940) were young and moved back to Adams County, Illinois to live with their grandfather, John M. Ruddell.The two boys then moved to Idaho in about 1885 where they settled in the Lewiston, Idaho area and married sisters.William L. Ruddell and Hattie G. Mounce married (1888) and their oldest son, Harry L Ruddell (1890-1970) was my father.He married Neta Blewett, my mother in 1927 and farmed near Lewiston most of his life.I remember him talking about his grandfather on a couple of occasions, which must have been John M. Ruddell. I am the fifth of six children and live in the state of Washington.