Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday's Stories, 52 Ancestor Weeks, Week # 3, Valentin Rudig AKA Valentine Ruthig

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

This is week 3 of my participation Amy Johnson Crow's, once a week challenge to blog about one ancestor a week, tell their story, biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on that one ancestor. More about the challenge can be found at her Blog, No Story Too Small.

In week # 1, I blogged about Katherina Ruthig Gerth, last week I posted about her mother, Margret (Marguarita) Zinkann Ruthig. This week, is all about Katherina's father, Valentin Rudig, AKA, Valentine Ruthig.

Valentin Rudig, AKA Valentine Ruthig, son of Johannes (John) Ruthig and Maria Eva Molder was born on Sep 22, 1821 in Schoenenberg, Bayern, Germany, and was christened on Sep 25, 1821 in Schoenenberg, Bayern, Germany.  I have copies of many of the church records from Germany, but, at this time they are not linked to my data base.  Another issue to add to the long and never ending "to do " lists.

UPDATE:  I have located the baptism of Valentin Rudig!

Valentin Rudig, son of Johannes Rudig and Maria Molter, of Schoenberg, Bayern, Germany was confirmed in 1836 as reported in the records of the Protestant Reformed Church of Obermiseau, Bayern, Germany.   Again, the copy of this record has not yet been scanned.

In 1997 Man and I were able to travel to Germany (for a family wedding, and just a small side of genie) and found the church at Miseau, there are several photos, I will share more in future posts. The date over the door is inscribed 1738.

In August of 1836 the Ruthig family is found immigrating, via New York. The index found at FamilySearch reads:

New York, 1820-1850 Passenger and Immigration Lists
Name: Valentin Ruthig
Arrival Date: Aug 16, 1836
Age: 14
Gender: M
Port of Arrival: New York
Port of Departure: Havre De Grace
Place of Origin: Bavaria
Destination: United States of America
Ship: Ship Albany
Microfilm Serial Number: M237
Microfilm Roll Number: 31
List Number: 720

There is even an image to accompany the index.  It shows Valentine's father, John; mother Maria; and siblings Cath(erine) and John were on the same ship.  This index, by the way, matches the family tradition of the family coming from Germany in 1836.

As reported in "The Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West", Volume 9, Part 1, Wellington District, 1840 - 1852, Valentine Ruthig and Margaretha Zuikann were married by Rev. Schuler, witnesses to the marriage were Peter Rotherwel and Frederick Krinkze.  They were married by the Minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg in 1847.

Valentine was found on the 1851 census report of Perth County, Ontario, Canada.  The extracted version of that census reads:

Valintine Ruthig, born Germany, age 28; Margaret Zinkan, born Germany, age 22; Mary, age 3, born Canada; John, age 2, born Canada.

Just last week I located his family on the 1861 census, remember?? I am still doing a bit of a genie happy dance over this find!

Valentine appears on the 1871 census, North Easthope, Perth County, Ontario, Canada, extracted by moi:

Valentine, age 48, born Germany, Lutheran, of German heritage, farmer; Margaret, age 40, born Germany, Lutheran, of German heritage; John, age 18, born Ontario; Elisabeth, age 17, born Ontario; Catherine, age 15, born Ontario; Josephine, age 13, born Ontario; Margaret, age 11, born Ontario; Henery, age 9, born Ontario; Louise, age 7, born Ontario; Annie, age 5, born Ontario; Helen, age 3, born Ontario; Hedwig, 10 months old, born May, born Ontario.

Currently I do not have the data for the 1881 census enumeration.

Margaret and Valentine had 12 children: Mary, John Henry, Elizabeth, Katherina, Josephine, Margaretha, Heinrich (Henery) Peter Valentine, Louisa, Anna Caroline, Helena Caroline, Hedwig Marie Katherine, and William Heinrich.

Valentine died on Jul 13, 1883 in North Easthope, Perth County, Ontario, Canada at age 61, dying 6 hours after an accident.  Valentine was buried in Riverside Cemetery, New Hamburg, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada.

His death record, digitally edited by moi to delete other records, retaining only Valentine's.

My wish list for Valentin Rudig, AKA, Valentine Ruthig:

Scan and link his baptism and confirmation records from the Miseau church. Update:  Baptism found, see above.

Locate, if possible, the actual passenger list from 1836.

Marriage record.

1881 census information.

Lutheran church records from Ontario.

Any newspaper articles, obituaries, marriage notices.

And, of course, a photo.

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