“Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania” Vol. 3
Author: Jordan, John W., 1840 – 1941
Pg. 1602 RUST
The American ancestor of this family is supposed to be HENRY RUST, who came from Hingham, Norfolk County, England, between the years 1633 and 1635, and made his home at Hingham, Massachusetts, being the first of the name to settle in America. In 1661 he was of Boston, where he purchased the property later known as the “Seven Star Inn.” In 1677 he is mentioned in Boston records as “deponent.” He died in 1684 or 1685. From the fact that his only daughter was named HANNAH, it is inferred that was the name of his wife, and he also was the father of four sons.
HENRY RUST was one of the first settlers in Woodcock Township, and at the time of his death was the owner of about 600 acres of land, a large part of which he had cleared. He married, and had children: HENRY, BARBARA, DANIEL, POLY, SAMUEL, JACOB, JONATHAN.
DANIEL RUST, son of HENRY RUST, was born in Woodcock Township, January 10, 1823, and was a farmer all of active years of his life. He was a Democrat politically, and a member of the Presbyterian church. He married ELNORA SMITH, born May 4, 1827. Children: 1. CHARLES, born January 9, 1848, was killed by the explosion at an oil well; he married BELLE McINTYRE, and lived at Bradford, Pa. 2. MORGAN L., born January 28, 1850, died in infancy. 3. GEORGE DEWEY, born April 9, 1852, is living at Okmulgee, Oklahoma; he married MARY DRISCOL, and has had children: FRANK, GERTRUDE, deceased; ELLA, GEORGE, BERT, ZELLA, HATTIE. 4. DANIEL FRANKLIN, born July 3, 1855, lives at Ontario, California; he married OLIVE WYNCOOP, and had children: NELLIE, HARRIET, HERBERT, JEAN, ARTHUR. 5. PETER A., of further mention. 6. ADDIE, born October 13, 1859, died in 1895, unmarried. 7. ROBERT S., born September 4, 1867, died in Toledo, Ohio, February 29, 1912; married FANNY LIGHT.
PETER A. RUST, son of DANIEL and ELNORA (SMITH) RUST, was born May 9, 1857, died July 25, 1906. He was educated in the public schools in the vicinity of his home, and at the age of seventeen years left that section and went into the oil fields of Ohio near Gibsonburg. In association with his brother, DANIEL FRANKLIN, he drilled the first oil well in that region. Subsequently he went to Petoskey, Michigan, in order to drill for oil, and while thus engaged discovered a wonderful artesian well, around which a (pg. 1603) park has since been built. Later he returned to Gibsonburg, Ohio, where he purchased considerable land in the oil region. At the time of the death of his father he sold out his oil interests, and purchased the old homestead at Woodcock Borough, Pa., and moved to it. He erected a fine dwelling on the place, in which he resided. At one time he was a member of the Pennsylvania State Guard, from which body he received an honorable discharge. The farm consists of 180 acres, and is cultivated for general produce and dairy farming. MR. RUST married MARY ALICE RAMAGE, born April 26, 1864, now living on the homestead, and they have had children: FLORENCE ELIZABETH, born November 21, 1890; CHARLES ALLISON, born April 11, 1892; DeWITT CLINTON, born August 6, 1893; RAYMOND PETER, born April 10, 1895; LORENA, born April 24, 1897; LEON CUSTER, born February 18, 1899; ELNORA CHRISTINA, born November 1, 1901; THEODORE ROOSEVELT, born June 22, 1904.
ABNER RAMAGE, grandfather of MARY ALICE (RAMAGE) RUST, married SARAH CUSTER, a full cousin of the famous GENERAL CUSTER. They had children: JAMES, of further mention; GEORGE, a physician at Jennings, Louisiana; JOHN, at one time auditor of Delaware County, Ohio; WILLIAM, deceased; SARAH, deceased; ELIZABETH, died young; HENRY H., DELILAH, deceased; MARY, deceased; LYDIA, deceased.
JAMES RAMMAGE, son of ABNER and SARAH (CUSTER) RAMAGE, was born January 6, 1825, and died June 16, 1905. He lived at Holmes County, Ohio, and at the time of the Civil War sold his farm there, and entered the grocery business. Later he followed the occupation of carpentering. While living at Gibsonburg, Ohio, he served two terms as postmaster of the town. He was a member of the Methodist church, and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a lodge of this organization being named in his honor. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity. MR. RAMAGE married, September 17, 1848, CHRISTINE MILLS, who was born in July, 1832, died February 27, 1886. Children: SARAH ELIZABETH, born May 14, 1852, married SAMUEL BENNINGTON, died in 1899; ABNER M., born July 26, 1854, died March 16, 1855; SUSAN JOSEPHINE, born January 26, 1856, died September 15, 1860; IDA MAY, born December 13, 1858, died January 29, 1862; ELMER ELLWORTH, born January 14, 1860, died March 7, 1860; JOHN HOWARD, born May 2, 1862, died in 1912; MARY ALICE, born April 26, 1864, who married MR. RUST; HATTIE MABEL, born July 1, 1866, died March 11, 1886; LORENA, born July 2, 1868, died in September, 1904.
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