Samuel Ruckel, born Feb 11, 1781, and Ann Wiley had four sons, Daniel E. Ruckel, born May 5, 1811, Jacob Ruckel, born Oct 27, 1815, Samuel, and John H. They had at least one daughter, Jenie F., who was living with brothers Samuel, age 53, and John H., age 50, in the 1880 census in New York. Also present in the household of Samuel, listed as an upholsterer, were a son and four daughters: John H., Elizabeth, Louise M., Evaline H., and Kate.
Jacob Ruckel married Laura A. Stone on Apr 21, 1842. They had five children, Samuel, Fanny A., Walter B., John H., and Joseph B.
Daniel E. Ruckel married Catharine V. G. Forbes on Apr 22, 1834 and they had four children:
1. Catharine F. (Aunt Kate), born Feb 23,1835 in New York City. She married Curtis H. Hall on Feb 23, 1859 on her 24th birthday, and had two children, Minnie (Mae) and Thomas. Curtis was an artist, as I have one of his drawings of Daniel E. Ruckel. He was also a photographer in the 1860s when photography was in its infancy.
2. Edgar W. (Uncle Ed), born Jan 22, 1839 in Springfield, IL. He was a captain in Company A, 6th New York Infantry of the Union Army, having enlisted on Aug 22, 1861 for a two year term. He was on duty in New York at the time of the great riots in July, 1863 and was honorably discharged soon thereafter.
3. Matilda B., my g-g grandmother, born Nov 22, 1841 in Springfield, IL. She married William D. Ward.
4. Elizabeth C. (Aunt Lilly), born Jul 29, 1844 in Springfield, IL. She married Richard H. Dawson.
Daniel Ruckel and his brother Jacob were carpenters in Springfield, IL, and in 1837 made Abraham Lincoln’s law office sofa, custom fit to his taller frame. In 1862, Lincoln wrote “I do not remember Curtis H. Hall, the writer of the within; but Daniel E. Ruckel, mentioned, was a dear friend of mine; and any favor done a member of his family would be appreciated by me." A document from 1853 shows that Daniel attended a temperance meeting with Lincoln. In 1851, Lincoln provided a $300 mortgage over 3 years at 10% to Daniel and Catharine Ruckel on four Springfield lots. In 1859, five years after Daniel’s death, Lincoln paid Catharine and her son Edgar $92.66 and identified them on the check as “dealers in wallpaper, paint, and glass.”
Daniel E. Ruckel died in 1854, and Catharine V.G. Forbes married Edmond G. Johns in 1857. Unfortunately Mr. Johns was killed by a falling derrick in Springfield in 1863.
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