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Slave Narrative of America Morgan

Interviewer: Anna Pritchett Person Interviewed: America Morgan Location: Indiana Place of Birth: Ballard County, Kentucky Date of Birth: 1852 Place of Residence: 816 Camp Street Federal Writers’ Project of the W.P.A. District #6 Marion County Anna Pritchett 1200 Kentucky Avenue FOLKLORE MRS. AMERICA MORGAN-EX-SLAVE 816 Camp Street America Morgan was born in a log house, daubed with dirt, in Ballard County, Kentucky, in 1852, the daughter of Manda and Jordon Rudd. She remembers very clearly the happenings of her early life. Her mother, Manda Rudd, was owned by Clark Rudd, and the “devil has sure got him.” Her father was owned by Mr. Willingham, who was very kind to his slaves. Jordon became a Rudd, because he was married to Manda on the Rudd plantation. There were six children in the family, and all went well until the death of the mother; Clark Rudd whipped her to death when America was five years old. Six little children were left motherless to face a “frowning world.” America was given to her master’s daughter, Miss Meda, to wait on her, as her personal property. She lived with her for one year, then was sold for $600.00 to Mr. and Mrs. Utterback stayed with them until the end of the Civil war. The new mistress was not so kind. Miss Meda, who knew her reputation, told her if she abused America, she would come for her, and she would loose the $600.00 she had paid for her. Therefore, America was treated very kindly. Aunt Catherine, who looked after all the children on the plantation, was very unruly, no one could whip her....

Slave Narrative of John Rudd

Interviewer: Lauana Creel Person Interviewed: John Rudd Location: Evansville, Indiana Place of Birth: Springfield, Kentucky Date of Birth: December 25, 1854 Age: 83 Ex-Slave Stories District #5 Vanderburgh County Lauana Creel TOLD BY JOHN RUDD, AN EX-SLAVE “Yes, I was a slave,” said John Rudd, “And I’ll say this to the whole world, Slavery was the worst curse ever visited on the people of the United States.” John Rudd is a negro, dark and swarthy as to complexion but his nose is straight and aqualine, for his mother-was half Indian. The memory of his mother, Liza Rudd, is sacred to John Rudd today and her many disadvantages are still a source of grief to the old man of 83 years. John Rudd was born on Christmas day 1854 in the home of Benjamin Simms, at Springfield, Kentucky. The mother of the young child was house maid for mistress Simms and Uncle John remembers that mother and child received only the kindliest consideration from all members of the Simms family. While John was yet a small boy Benjamin Simms died and the Simms slaves were auctioned to the highest bidders. “If’n you wants to know what unhappiness means,” said Uncle John Rudd, “Jess’n you stand on the Slave Block and hear the Auctioneer’s voice selling you away from the folks you love.” Uncle John explained how mothers and fathers were often separated from their dearly loved children, at the auction block, but John and his younger brother Thomas were fortunate and were bought by the same master along with Liza Rudd, their mother. An elder brother, Henry, was separated from...

Biographical Sketch of J. W. Rudd

J.W. Rudd, farmer in Union Township was born in 1838, in Va.; moved to Harrison County in 1870 with his father. Wm T. Rudd, and located at Logan, where they engaged in furniture and undertaking business, which they continued eleven years; then sold to T.J. Buchanan. He was city councilman three years, and is a member of the A.O.U.W., I.O.O.F., and A.F. & A.M. lodges. He married Sarah C. Sprinkel, of Amsterdam, Va., and has two sons and two...

Biographical Sketch of William Cullen Rudd

Rudd, William Cullen; grocer; born, Cleveland, July 22, 1845; son of Charles and Esther Lacey Rudd; educated in Cleveland schools; married. Cleveland. Oct 17. 1872, Mary Rockefeller; two children living, Frank H., and Mrs. Edward A. Roberts; pres. the Chandler & Rudd Co. Favorite recreations are Golf and...

Biographical Sketch of George A. Rudd

Rudd, George A.; sec’y and treas. the Chandler & Rudd Co.; born, Cleveland, Sept. 2. 1852; educated in the Cleveland public schools, and started as bookkeeper with the Chandler & Rudd. Co. in 1870; when the firm was incorporated, in 1889, was made sec’y and treas.; member Chamber of Commerce; pres. Retail Merchants’ Board of Cleveland; Republican; member East End Baptist...

Rudd, Lee L. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Lee L. Rudd, 81, of La Grande, died Jan. 8 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, with committal and burial to follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mr. Rudd was born Feb. 17, 1925, to Oscar Lewis and Marie Elizabeth Haggerty Rudd in Craig, Colo. After graduation, he started doing farm work. He worked his way to Oregon in 1941 where he was a farmhand for the Dick Hibberd Ranch. In 1943 he enlisted in the Navy and served until his honorable discharge in May 1946. He was employed by the City of La Grande Water Department for several years, then in 1966 went to work for the particleboard plant, where he worked as a knife grinder until retiring in 1987. On Jan. 31, 1948, Mr Rudd married Geraldine “Jerry” Pfel in La Grande, and the couple had three children. They enjoyed many years of country music dancing at the Eagles and fishing and camping together. Mr. Rudd enjoyed steelhead fishing, hunting, boating and spending time out of doors. He also enjoyed woodworking, making many rocking chairs and tables. He liked watching rodeos, especially bull riding, and enjoyed spending quality time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Jerry Rudd of La Grande; daughter, Kathleen Peters of La Grande; daughter-in-law, Kathy Nantz of La Grande; siblings, Orland Rudd and Wallace Rudd, both of Cove, Jack Rudd of La Grande, Raymond Rudd of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Marjorie Birchmier of...

Biography of William P. Rudd

WILLIAM P. RUDD IN THE field of professional, educational and political labor, and as possessing the genuine qualities of a true manhood, no young man amongst us is entitled to a higher place in the estimation of his fellow-citizens than William P. Rudd, member of the law firm of Messrs. Harris and Rudd. Born in Albany on the 9th of June, 1851, he has always continued to reside here, manifesting a strong love for his native city and its cherished institutions, whose welfare he has ever at heart. His father, William T. Rudd, a man well acquainted with business matters and of strict integrity, was for more than forty years employed as bank messenger and passenger conductor on the New York Central railroad, and since he severed his connection with the company in 1881 he has been held in the highest esteem by its officers. The subject of our sketch received his early education in the public schools of this city and a special preparation for college at a private school here. In the fall of 1869 he entered the freshman class, classical course, of Union college. His student life was marked by devotion to his studies, and while carrying on his regular and steady work he gave much time to affairs outside the prescribed course. For two years he was on the editorial staff of the Union college magazine, and afterward became the senior editor in charge of the publication. Chiefly by his literary taste, tact, ability and careful attention this magazine became the largest college monthly published in the United States. It was highly-prized by a large...

Biographical Sketch of Henry R. Rudd

HENRY R. RUDD was born July 15, 1842, in Todd County; he is a son of Richard and Lavina (Francis) Rudd, who are natives of Kentucky, and now living in this precinct. Henry R. enlisted in 1861, in Company F, Twenty-fifth United States Kentucky Infantry. This regiment was afterward consolidated with the Seventeenth Infantry; he was then transferred to Company D. After serving eighteen months he was discharged on account of sickness caused by exposure and from the effects of which he has suffered more or less since, which is gradually impairing his health, and leaves him in poor hope of ever being himself again. On returning home he engaged in farming,- which he has since continued; in 1874 he came to his present farm, where he is now completing a residence which cost about $300. Mr. Rudd was married August 13, 1863, to Nancy Jane Wells, of Kentucky; she died in 1873, leaving three sons. His next marriage was in 1874 to Elizabeth Heltsley, of this county. This marriage is blessed with one son. They are members of the Missionary Baptist...

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