Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday's Stories, 52 Ancestor Weeks, Week # 5, Johannes Ruthig

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

This is week 5 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.

Last we we chatted about Maria Eva Molder/Molter.  Maria was the mother of Valentin Rudig AKA Valentine Ruthig.

This week we shall discuss Johannes Ruthig, husband of Maria and father of Valentin.  I have found his name recorded as Johannes Ruedig, Johnnes Rudig, Johannes Ruthig, and John Ruthig.

Johannes (John) Ruthig, son of Johannes Philip Rudig and Maria Margaretha Hirsch, was born on January 24, 1796 in Schoenenberg, Bayern, Germany.  Below is the Church at Miseau Germany, from our quick visit in 1997.  The church was not open.  Due to circumstances, we were happy to drive up, see it, walk around, take some photos.  It is a beautiful building.

This is Johannes baptismal record. The record was found in this record set:  "Baptism, death, marriage and confirmation records of the Protestant Reformed Church (Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche in German) of Miseau and Obermiseau, Bayern, Germany.  LDS films 1457640, 0247639, and 0193094."

His record is the last full record on this image.

Johannes was confirmed on the 20th day of April 1810 according to the church records of the Protestant Reformed Church of Obermiseau, Bayern, Germany.  I currently do not have a copy of this record in my digital files.

Johannes married Maria Eva Molder, daughter of Christian Molter and Maria Eva Wagner, on January 5, 1817 in Miseau, Bayern, Germany. This is their marriage record.

Maria and John had three children: Katharina, Valentine, and Johannes.  All three of the children were born in Germany.

The following family tradition stories have been generously shared by other descendants of Johannes.  They are shared here with that in mind, family traditions and stories are so quickly lost to time, we are thankful for any that are found, they are all so special.

"John lived in Shoenenberg, in the district now known as Rhineland Phalz, where he carried the mail, going on foot from village to village before there were any railways.

John immigrated to America in 1836 and there with his family of one daughter and two sons settled in Waterloo, Waterloo County, Ontario. Here he worked at the flour mill. He had to haul flour to Buffalo New York with oxen. In 1842 he moved with his wife and family to a farm in Wilmot Township, near New Hamburg Ontario. This farm like most of this part of Ontario at that time was still covered by forest."

John and his family are found on the ship's manifest for the "Albany", which left Havre De Grace and arrived in New York City on August 16, 1836. The manifest shows John Ruthig, age 40, a mechanic of Bavaria; Maria, age 40, or Bavaria, Cath. (Catherine), age 17 of Bavaria; Valentin, age 14 of Bavaria and John, age 11 of  Bavaria. (See list number 720, film roll number 31, microfilm serial number M237)

John was naturalized on February 15, 1845. His naturalization papers state that he had lived in Canada for 7 years as of  September 14, 1843. That would indicate that he moved to Canada in 1836. John was actually naturalized in 1848, the date being entered wrong as 1845 on the register. His naturalization can be found on Reel C-15693 available from the National Archives of Canada, Volume 8, Entry 499, Waterloo County. Copies of the naturalization records are not currently part of my collection.

John is found on the 1851 Canadian Census, Wilmot, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, enumerated between his daughter Katharina and son, John: John Rudig, farmer, born Germany, Lutheran, age 57; Marie, born Germany, Lutheran, age 57. Also enumerated in the household is Catrine Rudig, born U. Canada, Lutheran, age 8.

John is enumerated on the 1861 Canadian Census in Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada: John Ruthig, farmer born German, Lutheran, age 67, married, living in a frame home, 1 story, built in 1848 (year is crossed out); Marie Eva, born Germany, Lutheran, age 66. Next family enumerated is that of his son, John, and also found on the same page of the census is daughter Katharina and her husband Frederic Kuntze.

John was found enumerated on the 1871 Canadian Census of Wilmot, Waterloo County, Ontario in his son's household: John, age 76, born German, farmer, widowed.

John died on Jun 22, 1880 in Wilmot Township, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada at age 84. Here is his death record. I have digitally removed other records from the image, I have not changed the facts.

John's burial place has not been recorded yet in my data base.

My wish list for Johannes Ruthig:  Image for the confirmation record, locate, scan and link to data base.

Recheck files to determine if I have copy of the naturalization papers, if not, investigate possibility of obtaining same.

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

Lutheran church records from Ontario.

Any newspaper articles, obituaries, marriage notices.

Locate place of burial.

Seeing that John died in 1880, I can hold out hope for a photo.

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