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Re: The Ruan Family of St. Croix and Philadelphia
Posted by: jason Date: December 02, 2001 at 12:20:47
In Reply to: Re: The Ruan Family of St. Croix and Philadelphia by Stephen Fletcher of 28


heyliger and krause are interesting names. there is a letter to a heyliger ruan circa 1840s among the collection i mentioned. i will ask judy to transcribe it to me in email and then i will send it on to you.

my great uncle carl oberg has a researcher going thru the danish record books for st. criox. so far we have the family back to the earlier part of the 18th century.

there is a william k. ruan, merchant on some lists for georgia and florida. offhand they are for an early territorial list in FLA above Appalachicola on the Chattahoochie and the other for a voters list in Columbus GEO on the river some years later. i believe this William to be one and the same or nephew and uncle as there is a William Rodman Ruan who was John Gibbs Ruan's younger half brother. this Wlm. never married. the other William found in earlier Franklin County Florida above Appalachicola could have been from St. Croix and would have been John Gibbs Ruan's uncle. which would make him Dr. John Ruan's bbrother. John Gibbs Ruan was the Dr.s only son or child to continue the Ruan name. he named a son William by the way. John G. was born 1798. he lived as a boy in the Phily mansion. He married Amanda Clark Kilbee of Georgia, widowed in Florida.

the line goes back from Dr. John and James Ruan coming to Trenton from St. Croix after their parents died. Older siblings remained on St.Croix where they were Planters for generations. (I know of hannah's rest and believe i know the people now there. is there an equestrian farm there? i spent 3 years on st. Croix in my late teens.) The father's name was John of William of John I think. or John of John of William of John. I will have to start going thru notes and giving sources.

The heyliger and henrietta/hetty names are in the family for sure. i will look thru the census records and the letters i have. one sent to me says a Hetty died in 1841 from tb or such in either new jersey where she was being treated or with the good dr. john ruan in bucks co. pa.
this is in a letter he sent to his son John Gibbs Ruan, Apalachicola.
heyliger in also from a henrietta heyliger von krouse or somesuch that married the rear admiral of the navy in 1830s?
i will look it up.

the first danish document for ruan on st. croix is 1730 something, right after the Danish took the island for their own. it is a list of all pledging loyalty to the danish crown. John Ruan, Planter is on this list.
Planter is a title not an occupation. It would have been granted to him by the english crown prior to the danish taking of st.croix.
i will look for the info we have on this period, its not much so far. mostly entries for tax showing how many children and slaves and so on were on the plantations.

i have been in contact with the GAR museum and know that Mr. Ruan has visited and made donations to the restoration of the house. I was also told he ha made trips to Hannah's Rest and the house there. Do you have an photos you could scan to me? I am in NYC and hope to make the short drive to the Ruan mansion in Philly sometine soon. I will take digital photos and footage of the house by arranging a private tour or the home. I also have a house to stay at on st.croix in the west end and a condo also to use more to the north east of the island should a trip down there deem fruitful.

please put me in contact with your researcher as i wish to contribute to his book. there are many rocks still left unturned. i enjoy patiently finding more as time goes on. but for Mr. Ruan's sake we ought to get the work done now. my mother may have contacted mr. ruan some time ago in an attempt to see if he was related.

we look forward to your communications,
yours truly,
jason carpenter


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