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Re: The Ruan Family of St. Croix and Philadelphia
Posted by: Stephen Fletcher Date: December 01, 2001 at 23:03:33
In Reply to: The Ruan Family of St. Croix and Philadelphia by Jason Carpenter of 28

I found your post very interesting and exciting, primarily because my family has taken great interest of late in researching the Ruan family genealogical history. I believe my cousin, Philip Ruan has posted follow-up messages to your original post. As you may have gathered from Philip's post our grandfather, John Ruan, of Des Moines, Iowa, has commissioned a professor of History at Simpson College (also in Iowa) to research Ruan genealogy and publish a book summarizing all his research. It sounds as though you have a great number of original Ruan family articles dating back into the 1700s as well as other information. I think it would be very beneficial to your efforts as well as our own to connect you with Mr. Fredericks, the history professor conducting research on the Ruan family. Additionally, my brother published a history of the family going back to the days at Hannah's Rest in St. Croix, the old plantation on which the Ruan family lived. With regard to the work of Mr. Fredericks I think it will be another year before he has completed all of his research. He started his work a little over a year ago and initially indicated that the project would take five years. Since my grandfather is 87 years old I think he was able to successfully leverage his waning years as a means to get the project completed in half the time initially required. As a point of reference my grandfather, John Ruan, was the second son of John A. Ruan. John A. Ruan was a country doctor in Mahaska County Iowa, who later moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where he died in 1932. John A. Ruan's first born was Arthur Ruan, who died from an auto accident in California during the 1960s (I think?). Anyway, John A. was the son of William H.K. Ruan. I believe William H.K. Ruan came to Illinois and later Iowa after having fled the island of St. Croix. I am not the family expert on this history so my information may not be exactly correct. By the way, I think the initials H.K. stand for either Henrietta or Heyliger and Krause. Anyway, this is merely the tip of the iceberg. My grandfather has collected a substantial amount of information and I am sure would be interested in learning more from the information you have gathered. Please email me at to discuss further. Also, a few years back my grandfather attended a ceremony at The John Ruan House on Ruan Avenue in Philly. I believe this building is the oldest standing structure in the city and serves as a GAR museum. ANyway, I look forward to hearing from you. Best of luck.



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