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This article, written by Todd Preston, president of the Magoffin County Historical Society, was taken from the
OCTOBER 29, 2015  issue of THE SALYERSVILLE INDEPENDENT newspaper.

The Salyersville Independent , a weekly newspaper. P. O. Box 29, Salyersville, KY 41465. Telephone (606) 349-2915.  Yearly subscription rates are $24.00 in Kentucky and $32.00 per year out of state.

Another memorial marker for an early Magoffin County settler has been placed! A group of descendants met with the Magoffin County Historical Society Sunday, October 18th at the Monroe and Cassie (Rudd) Davis Cemetery on Turkey Branch of Johnson Fork and dedicated a marker for Archibald Rudd (b. 1790 d. 1872 Magoffin Co. KY) and his wife Nancy Woosley Rudd (b. 1809 VA d. in the 1870ís in Magoffin County).

This event was planned as the culmination of the Rudd Founders Days in 2013 and postponed until we could find the final resting place for them. After much searching and discussion with descendants and residents of the area, it was decided a memorial marker should be placed on Turkey Branch and the family of Monroe and Cassie Davis very kindly gave permission for us to place it in their family cemetery.

Archibald Rudd was born in Chesterfield County, Virginia, the son of Archer and Martha Rudd. He served as a member of the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812. He was married to Nancy Woosley in 1822. The first census that lists all persons in the household by name is the year 1850. Archibald and Nancy are in the Tazewell Co. VA census that year with children Archibald age 20, Eliza age 16, Thomas age 14, Rebecca age 12, Elijah age 9, Mary age 7 and Letty age 6.

The family lived at Licking Station in newly formed Magoffin County, KY by the 20th of July that year, the day the census in their district was taken. Four children were in the household: Rebecca age 20, Elijah age 18, Mary age 16 and Malissa age 14.

Many families in eastern Kentucky as well as many areas in the United States can claim this illustrious family in their ancestry.

Their first daughter Martha Rudd married Joseph Rudd and remained in Virginia. The other children are (2) James Harvey Rudd, Sr. b. 1825 m. Dorcas Payne, (3) Sarah Rudd b. 1826 m. James M. Reed, (4) Mahala Rudd b. 1828 m. James Harvey Williams, (5) Patience Rudd b. 1829 m. Hiram Henry Hyden, (6) Archibald Rudd, Jr. b. 1830 married Mary Jane Lawson and Nancy Jane Burton, (7) Nancy Rudd b. 1833 married Allen Dalton and Wesley Gullett, (8) Louisa (or Eliza) Rudd b. 1834 married Jesse Coffey, (9) Thomas Rudd b. 1836 married Sarah Robinson, (10) Rebecca Rudd b. 1838 married Dial May and James B. Congleton, (11) Elijah Rudd b. 1841 died in 1864 while serving as a Confederate Civil War soldier, and (12) Malissa Rudd (listed as "Letty" in some census records) b. 1846 married Edward "Ned" Ousley.

The Sunday afternoon chosen for the dedication turned out to be a bit chilly but was a beautiful sunny day, warmed considerably by the friendship and camaraderie of those present. John and Deanna Holbrook were on hand to greet us and welcome us to their home. They have been of so much help and assistance for the last few years, itís no wonder the Rudd family has adopted them as honorary members (SMILE).

The president of the Magoffin County Historical Society, Todd Preston, was on hand to welcome those attending the gathering. Bill Rudd began the ceremony with a wonderful and heartfelt prayer.

In our associations with the Rudd family, we have found that their children always take part in the activities. This tradition continued during the dedication as the children in attendance gave the Pledge to the American Flag. We were very proud of them as they demonstrated their patriotic feelings. The slight breeze kept the flag in motion throughout the ceremony.

Steve and Katrina Ruddís daughter, Erin Grace, thrilled us all with her rendition of God Bless America.

Steve Rudd, a foremost researcher of the Rudd family history, told us of the history of the Rudd family from the earliest generations to the present.

We asked John and Deanna to unveil the marker, after which Elijah Rudd placed a wreath at the site. Elijah and Erin Grace had also been a part of the Opening Ceremony during the Rudd Founders Days and recreated their roles on this special day.

We were pleased to have E. J. and Mary Alice (Howard) Rudd in attendance. Their son Jesse Rudd read the marker inscriptions to the group. Afterwards, many in the group told of their pride in their heritage and their feelings of being in attendance at this historical event.

We were then treated to coffee, juice and cookies by John and Deanna who live in the old home once owned by Leander and Eliza (Taulbee) Rudd.

The event was not over as many of us traveled up the hill to the James Harvey Rudd, Jr. Cemetery where a marker for his wife, Lou Ellen Wilson Rudd, had also been placed. Levi Rudd placed a wreath between the newly placed stone and James Harveyís marker. It was a pleasure to see the large group of adults and children who made the pilgrimage to this cemetery.

Many pictures were taken on this day to help preserve the memories of such a special occasion. Our historical society wishes to thank everyone for their attendance and their messages of good will after the ceremony. We know that there will be many who will want to come and view this wonderful marker in tribute to our Rudd ancestors.

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