Material has continued to come in on the Rudd family this
week. In researching the families of the children of Archibald Rudd and
Nancy Woosley we had previously found them to mainly be in Johnson Fork
area here in Magoffin with several of them showing up in the Morgan,
Wolfe, Lewis and other counties. It was a surprise this week when Dorothy
worked on finding info on Malissa Rudd who was born in 1846 VA, a daughter
of Archibald and Nancy in another area. She found that Malissa, who is
sometimes called “Malisha” in the records, married in Floyd County, KY to
Edward “Ned” Ousley, a son of Benjamin Ousley and Jemima Thornsberry.
Malissa and Ned Ousley had several children before her death
in Floyd Co. KY at age 40. Edward “Ned” later married Cynthia Stephens
Ratliff and a third marriage was to Martha Bradford.
We want to list the children that we believe belong to Malissa
and Ned as this will inform a large number of people of their connection
to the Rudd family that is being honored this year with a
Founders Day celebration.
We have nothing other than the names and birth years for the
first two children. They are (1) Rebecca Ousley b. 1864 and (2) Mary Jane
Ousley b. 1871.
Their next child (3) was Martha Frances Ousley b. 1872 and she
married John L. Pitts, son of Thomas Pitts. Child number (4) was Benjamin
Ousley b. 1874 and his wife’s name was
They married before the 1900 Floyd Co. KY census was taken. That record
shows him as age 25 and
was age 17. They had a boarder Hiram Shepherd in their household.
Child number (5) was Arty Eveline Ousley and the
Vital Statistics records her birth as
20 June 1875.
We have nothing else at this time on the next two children: (6) Lurany
Ousley b. 1875 and (7) Robert Ousley b. 1878.
William Jackson Ousley was the next child (8) and he was born
in 1879 and married Nancy Wright, daughter of James H. Wright and Seatta
Baldridge. Their children married into the Floyd Co. families of Crisp,
Miller, Hughes, Bradley, Stephens, Justice, Haywood, Kindrick and others.
The 9th child of Edward and Malissa was John Ousley.
He was born in 1882 and married Ellie Conley, daughter of “Red Dave”
Conley and Galathia Hicks.
The 10th child was James Ousley; the 11th
was Laura Jacenda Ousley; and the 12th was Jemima Ousley b.
Child (13) was Joseph “Joe” Ousley and he married Mollie
Jones. We only have a birth year of 1885 for the next (14) child Charlie
Child number (15) was Henry Ousley and he married Nancy Jane
Hicks, daughter of Emery Hicks and Jemima Samons.
For the last two children (16) Marjorie Lenora Ousley and (17)
Jimmie Ousley we only have birth years of 1892 and 1893. Their mother
Malissa Rudd Ousley died the following year.
We went into this list of children because we hope that some
of our readers will recognize a relative or have some information that
will be of help to this family genealogy.
Back in 2001 Rita Hicks Keesy of
her Hicks family material to us for the purpose of preserving the history
of our eastern Kentucky
families. This material has helped us a great deal with research on other
families. We are very appreciative for the help of William Patton and
Fred Vanderpool who added obituaries and news clippings to Rita’s
material. We have been very blessed to have the help of so many people.
If you can help with our search for the Rudd family, please
contact us at Magoffin County Historical Society, PO Box 222,
Salyersville, KY 41465 (email:
Magoffin@foothills.net) or come in to our library located next door
to the Hall Community Center here in Salyersville.
My neighbor and friend, Jerry Kyle Arnett has received word
that his brother Wade H. Arnett died at age 83 on 24 April 2013 at his
home in Macon, Georgia. Wade served in the
Force and retired as a Master Sergeant and was a member of at least 50
years in the Masonic Lodge. He was a son of Henry N. Arnett and Tressie
Patrick Arnett who lived here in Salyersville. There will be a memorial
service at a later date and interment will be in the
here in Magoffin County on Route 30.
We send our condolences to all of Wade’s family. Jerry Kyle
has been of much help to me in a lot of the projects I have undertaken and
I appreciate his help.