Jon & Bill,
Wishing you the very best in your new positions with RMSHA. Charlene & I were not able to participate this year because of conflicts with high school graduation on the west coast. However we remain vitally interested in the group and programs and will continue to participate and support it.
Charlene (Willis, O'Neil, Shotwell, Balch, Ruddell, Ruddell) and Bill Duchie
From: Bill Overbey <whoverbey(a)hotmail.com>
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Sent: Mon, Jun 30, 2014 7:55 am
Subject: [RUDDLESFORT] RAMSHA GATHERING 2014: The End of an Era
The Ruddells and Martins Station
Historical Association Annual Gathering was held in the Arlington Room of
the Worthington Center at Blue Licks Resort State Park Saturday June
At the beginning of the business meeting, the only
President RAMSHA has had since its formation in March 1998, H. Don Lee,
stepped down from his post and turned chairmanship of the meeting over to
1st Vice President Jon Hagee. The membership attending voted to accept
Don's resignation. Then the members elected Jon Hagee to be President,
Bill Overbey to be 1st Vice President, and Don Lee to be the Secretary and
Treasurer, filling the position held by his wife, E. Carol Lee, until her
death in March 2014. The position of 2nd Vice President and Recording
Secretary was left open.
Then the members voted to change the
bylaws to create the position of President Emeritus. The members elected
Don Lee to that position.
Following the business meeting, the
program consisted of two parts. First, Quinton Tyree of the Park Staff,
presented an analysis of the Battle of Blue licks fought, at the Park
location August 19, 1782, by three Kentucky units of the Kentucky Militia
versus the British and Indian forces. Second a three-person group from
West Virginia, Thadd McClung, his son Ayden and Bill Hunt came as the
King's 8th Regiment of Detroit who (along with Canadian militia and
several hundred Indians) took the Kentucky forts in 1780. They gave a
fascinating presentation of the uniform, gear, and firearm of a British
Following lunch at the Hidden Waters
Restaurant of the Park, Jon Hagee and Quinton Tyree led the group to the
junction of the Buffalo Trace and battlefield where they described the
battle that had taken place there August 19, 1782. The pioneers had passed
through the ruins of the abandoned Ruddells Station immediately before the
Battle of Blue Licks.
Then Jon Hagee led a caravan to Tanner's
Station which is a recreated 1784 fortified blockhouse. From there he led
the group to Nicholas County to the last cabin in Kentucky occupied by
Daniel Boone and family prior to moving to Missouri. Next the caravan
proceeded to Ruddles Mill to the Old Stonermouth Presbyterian Cemetery
where Isaac and Elizabeth Bowman Ruddell are buried. Then the caravan
drove by the old mill site on its way to the farm of Dunny and B. T.
Darnell (who was with us all day) to the site of Ruddell's Station and the
Burial Vault on the bank of the South Licking River.
Bill Overbey, 1st
Ruddle's & Martin's Stations Historic Association
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Please welcome new RAMSHA member Katherine Cruse. She resides in Lisle, Il.
and is a descendant of Joseph Conway. You may recall Joseph was the one
who was away from the fort site when he was shot an scalped. He survived and
died years later in Missouri. So... send her an email and make her fell
welcome. Her email is _wyngz1(a)comcast.net_ (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
I found out yesterday I am related to this wonderful exciting family.
John George's daughter Cynthea Ann Pursley married James Gibson Murphey and had 9 children, one is my husband's ggrandfather Jacob Louis Murphey born 1845 in Richwoods MO
PURSLEY, ELIZABETH ANN (1764-1857) Born July 5,1764 in Virginia. She married
George Ludwig Rupert January 1, 1786 in Fayette Co., KY. She died January 6,
1857 in Fayette County, Ohio. Her obituary made mention of her
capture in 1780, "Mrs. Rupert was taken prisoner by the Indians, at
Riddle's Station, Kentucky,
when quite a small girl - about twelve years old. Although some of her friends
who were captured at the same time were cruelly treated and killed, yet she was
treated kindly by them, and after six months was taken to Detroit and exchanged. She then returned to
PURSLEY, JOHN GEORGE (c.1770-1853) Born about 1770. He
married Sarah Jones about 1792 in Harrison Co., KY. "Grandfather Pursley,
his brother Benjamin and sister Sarah, were captured by the Indians when the
former was seven years old and held in captivity seven years. Upon being
released he in 1798 removed to Missouri with Daniel Boone when the city of St.
Louis was but a French trading post. Both he and grandfather George Zumwalt
were pioneers together and settled near the present city of St. Charles, whose
site at that time was marked by a fort [Fort Zumwalt] built as a protection
against Indians." (Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington,
Clay and RileyCountiesKansas) He
died February 3, 1853 in Robertson, Franklin County, Missouri.
Pursley Family at Ruddell's Fort Mentioned as being taken captive
by the Indians with his father. He was present at Elizabeth Pursley's marriage
to George Rupert in 1786. Jacob was born about 1778 in North Carolina or Kentucky,
he married Rachel Rankin on January 1, 1796, Harrison Co., KY. They moved to
Fayette Co., OH. No further record.
Pursley Family at Ruddell's Fort
Mr. Pursley Subject: Pursley From: RPurs25331(a)aol.com Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 10:21:15 EDT
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Thank you Don for your many years of devotion and good work with RAMSHA as
our President. All your hard work and leadership has been appreciated. I
am happy to hear that you will be continuing to serve in the position of
your dear Elizabeth. A thanks to Jon also for taking on the leadership role
Lail Descendant of George and Daughter Elizabeth