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Re: Ruddick - Brentwood, CA or Medford, OR Vacinity
Posted by: Tigger (ID *****6623) Date: July 25, 2012 at 18:30:46
In Reply to: Re: Ruddick - Brentwood, CA or Medford, OR Vacinity by Lewis Ruddick of 58

Tied to email you but i have no idea what the address is with all the extra dot's are... anyhoo this is what i would have sent: received your replay today @ Genforum - what i'm looking for is; maybe you could figure out who some of these are for me? i know the Buskirk's but this is my first stab at Ruddick before the one who married in later:

The deah of Absolom Buskirk is described in H W Chadwicks Early Jackson County Indiana pg 64;
About the middle of September 1812, Absalom Buskirk and his brother-in-law took a two-horse team to his field to get some corn and pumkins. The Indians killed Buskirk and stole his horse.

i can't find that book online but did find this:


Even after the war had practically closed in this section, the Indians continued to commit many depredations, stealing horses and other stock, and in fact anything they could carry away.
They added murder occasionally to their many crimes, and from among that class of outrages, the killing of a man by the name of Buskirk and the wounding of Ketcham, stand out conspicuously
in the bloody annals of those perilous times. This crime has been so often and so variously told that the writer cannot vouch for its correctness. The facts as they have been handed from father to
son are about as follows: In the early fall of 1813, not far from the present site of Brownstown, two men, one by the name of Buskirk, the other was either a Ketcham or a Ruddick, authorities


differ as to which, had been to the field to gather a load of pump-kins and were returning home, Buskirk walking behind the wagon, while his companion was driving. As they were passing a dense thicket by the roadside, they were fired at by a party of Indians, concealed in ambush. Buskirk was instantly killed and Driver wounded. The horse took fright and ran home, thus sav-ing the life of the latter. The Rangers who were at the time sta-tioned at Fort Vallonia, were immediately notified, and on the fol-lowing day visited the scene of the tragedy, where they found the body in a badly mangled condition, having been scalped besides otherwise mutilated. The remains were said to have been buried on the hillside, just north of Brownstown, but there was nothing left to mark the spot, and it was soon lost beneath leaves and grass.
The Attack in the Pumpkin Patch—Killing of Buskirk

For a short time after the arrival of the Rangers at the forts named near Brownstown and Vallonia, the Indians withdrew from the immediate vicinity of the same, and relieved for a time the fears and anxieties of the people. Some of them began to make preparations for returning home to prepare for winter. They dreaded the idea of being cooped up in the forts during the long winter with their families and stock, and they hailed with delight the apparent withdrawal of the savages. But the rejoicing was of short duration. An incident occurred in the latter part of October which convinced the settlers that their safety was in the forts—that the withdrawal of the Indians was only temporary and had been used as a ruse to allay the fears of the whites, so that they might obtain advantage of and murder the, A party of two persons went out from Hutchin’s fort a short distance with a four-horse team to a corn and pumpkin patch to get a load of pumpkins. When in the field loading, they were surprised and fired on by the Indians, and one man, a Mr. Buskirk, was killed and scalped. The other party whose name I do not remember hearing, escaped and gained the fort, though hotly pursued and often shot at by the Indians The inmates of the fort, upon hearing the fate of Buskirk, and knowing the Indians were bent on stealing the horses, without a moment’s delay armed themselves and started in pursuit of them. The Indians in the meantime attempted to get away with the horses, but were foiled in this by the safety in flight. They were pursued in a western direction until they crossed the river some two miles distant. Night was now approaching, and a cold rain had set in, and the party deemed it advisable to abandon the pursuit for the present and return to the fort for the night.

i'm trying to figure out WHICH has a guy that could be a brother-in-law.
1810 Harrison Co IN

name male/female
Buskirk, Absolom 3 4 0

i don't see either Ruddick or Ketcham on the list... however i found that the Ruddick's were in the area of the killing by 1810

i use Rootsweb for clues and one of these families have several 'middle' names of people that also connect to the Buskirk/VanBuskirk families.

i have no idea what this source is but this is posted (in part):

It was probably in the Summer of 1810 that the Ruddick's and a few other Quaker families moved north to the Indiana Territory and stayed for a time near Corydon. The following spring, the group settled in what would later be known as Brownstown Township, Jackson County, Indiana. It has been said that they were the first to settle in that township. The Ruddicks and Cox's settled in Section 5, about a mile east of their Uncle John's place. After these families erected crude cabins along Huff's (Hough) Creek, they commenced to clear land and plant corn and pumpkins, which proved to be well suited to the soil. Their first harvest that autumn was modest, but they were still thankful for their health and well-being.
On the morning of Tuesday, April 7, 1812, David Hinton, who was supposed to have been William Ruddick's brother-in-law, was in need of a fresh horse and rode down to the Cherry Bottoms on the White River. This is where the Ruddicks, Cox's, and Hintons left their horses to graze on the grassy lowlands a mile or so north of the old settlement. Later that day, Mrs. Hinton expressed a growing concern that her husband should be absent so long. A small party of men rode to the Cherry Bottoms to look for their friend and found their horses peacefully grazing, but Hinton was nowhere in sight.
By late afternoon, news of the disappearance had reached other settlements and a number of men, including John Ketcham and Noah Wright, came to aid their neighbors in the search. On a closer inspection of the river banks, they came upon the body of Mr. Hinton, who had been shot in the head, stripped, and thrown in the river. His body was laid out on a blanket and the ends were tied over a stick, so he could be carried. Night overtaking them, and the burden being very heavy, they cut forks in the trees to suspend the body out of the reach of hungry wolves. The following day, David Hinton was buried at what is now Durland Cemetary on Crane Hill. News was later received that two more men had been murdered several miles to the south.

On March 18, 1813, William Ruddick's cousin of the same name was shot while scouting. About the same time, William and his cousin Mordecai or Solomon were hunting in the hills only a few miles from where cousin William was wounded. They were ambushed and fired upon. One of the shots struck the breach-pin screw of Williams' gun, split the barrel from the stock, and deflecting, lodged in his arm. The other quickly returned fire and wounded one of the Indians who managed to escape with his party. The men returned safely to Ketcham's Fort where William's arm was tended.

Thanks for responding!

Tigger Buskirk

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