I have been searching for your John Rugh for YEARS! He is the brother of Peter Rugh, my gr-gr-grandfather. I have an old German bible owned by John & Peter's mother and all her children are listed, in German of course, on the flyleaf. These may be children by her second and third marriage. Your John was born 7 June 1814 and my Peter was born 29 Feb 1816.
I have some old diaries which include one about 1880 in which the author--Peter's son-in-law--stated that Uncle John Rugh had come for a visit, so I knew he was still alive at that time. I saw the 1880 census of Charles Foust with John Rugh in the family and was pretty sure it was the right person, but had no way of knowing how to get in touch with descendants.
While "Uncle John" was visiting, either Peter or the son-in-law made (both were carpenters) a parchessi board and hand-painted it. I know what it looks like because I inherited one which is probably very similar from my Rugh/Wise line. Have you ever seen such a board in your family? It was nicely done and not apt to be thrown away, I think.
I have pictures of Peter Rugh and his mother. Her's was taken at age 100 years. She lived to be 102. I will be happy to have copies made for you if you like. Do you have any pictures of John Rugh? Of his daughter, Elizabeth and son-in-law Charles Foust? I'd love to have copies of those if you do. Of your family, too! I have other items of the Rugh family and can take you to where they lived in Pennsylvania--Peter no doubt built the house they lived in there as he was a carpenter. His brother-in-law lived in the house next door and they both sold out and moved to Illinois at the same time.
Thank you so much for posting your message. I can't wait to hear back from you.
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