Today we celebrate the 278th birthday of Deliverance Barrows Ruggles. Thomas Ruggles’ mother must have been quite a woman. She married Captain Nathaniel Ruggles in 1752 and had eight children, seven who lived to maturity. Her husband died in December 1776, just as the Revolutionary War broke out, leaving her with five sons and two daughters ranging in age from 21 to 4. Thomas was only six years old at the time. Her oldest son Nathaniel Jr. settled in Newport [...]
>September 27, 1797… Thomas Ruggles’ first recorded land purchase in Maine. He purchased 100 acres with a dwelling house, barn and outbuildings for $750. A year later, September 1798, Thomas and his brother Benjamin jointly purchased a dwelling house, work house and half a barn for $150. The house may have served as the first home of Thomas Ruggles.
>Today is the 211th birthday of Frederick Augustus Ruggles. Born January 8, 1801, Frederick was the third son and third child of Thomas and Ruth Ruggles. He was born in Columbia (now Columbia Falls) in the first house the family owned in town. He would have moved into the “new” house- the one we know as The Ruggles House- with his 6 brothers and sisters at the age of 19. Frederick was a farmer and the agricultural census data from 1850 shows [...]
>The Ruggles House is lucky to have so many generous members and twice a year we like to let them know what has been going on. One of the less than glamorous jobs is getting the newsletters folded and mailed. Thanks so much to Ellen Tenan, Mike McSorley, Dick Grant and Bill Brundage for matching, folding, stuffing and stapling almost 700 newsletters. The spring newsletter should be in member’s mailboxes shortly. It will also available soon on our website The Ruggles [...]
>Here at the Ruggles House things are getting ready for the season. Early this spring there was some plaster repair work done and the entire front hall was repainted. It looks spectacular. The ceiling in the dining room was also repainted If the room looks a bit bare, thats because everything was somewhere else… So last week was spring cleaning day. Floors were washed, walls were wiped, pictures re-hung and everything was dusted. The House is just about back to normal and spruced [...]