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Re: The Ruan Family of St. Croix and Philadelphia
Posted by: Jason Carpenter Date: February 01, 2002 at 08:24:28
In Reply to: Re: The Ruan Family of St. Croix and Philadelphia by Hilda Hansen of 28

My great uncle Carl Oberg has had correspondence with you. I am visiting St. Croix in february with my wife, our 2 sons and my mother, the family genealogist. my mother and i will be visiting the Landmarks Archives of St.Croix. I hope to gain some info regarding the members of the family that had plantations there all through the 1700s. my families branch of the Ruan family of St.Croix descends from the brother of Stephen fletcher's Ruan ancestor, Dr. John Ruan(mine) and brother William(his). John and William were sent to live with isaac Barnes of Trenton NJ. after their father and mother had died. The older brothers stayed to run the family plantation(s). I hope to see ruins of a Ruan house near Ruan's Bay, F'sted, south shore,St.Croix. I believe Stephen fletcher's grandfather, John Ruan III has visited in the past. I myself actually lived very close to Ruan's Bay over 10 years ago before we knew about the Ruan line descending from St.Croix. It is going to be a great trip for us. The landmarks society has walking tours of restored greathouses and plantations from the 1650s-1700s and also hikes around ruins of plantations. the Archives has maps and family histories and danish census for 1840 up. I wonder what copies they have of the 1700s records. i know that the royal Denmark records in copenhagen have everything in Danish but the national archives in D.C. is supposed to have copies of everything the Danish have. Its all on microfilm and most is in Danish and English. we will see what there is. I have seen an Elizabeth Ruan and a William Dubrech Ruan(s0n) buried on st.croix.
The book of Stephen's brothers was expected by me also, however Stephen has not written me for some time. The other book that is being done for Mr. John Ruan seems it will not have my family or much of your line unless this historian contacts us. My Dr. John Ruan 1771-1845 was the biggest obstetrician in Philadelphia while he had a practice. He must have been a wonderful man. I have access to 100 letters written by him and his son, John Gibbs Ruan 1798-1867. they are from the 1840s and give some wonderful insight to the people and the times in which they lived. John Gibbs Ruan and his 2 first cousins, William Gibbs Porter and Richard Gibbs Porter, ran a company that shipped cotton. they were cotton factors, agents and also bankers for the plantation owners. I have some good info on that time. I believe they were in contact with an older brother of Dr. John Ruan, who also was a merchant between St. Croix and apalachicola Florida.
there is much to this family and much work to do. Does anyone have leads on Portraits, likenesses, photos, letters, bible records, land documents, business documents, etc.?
Please feel free to contact me at either email.

ps. let me know what you want looked up at the archives of st. croix for your line. i will see what is available for us there to aid in our research of this great family.

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