Another Rudd Connection

 , By Ronald Howard Livingston
on Tuesday, August, 30 2016 12:47:00 am   , 187 words  
Categories: Uncategorized , 1024 views


(William Cullen Rudd)

Researching today for a blog entry I've been working on, I took a tangent in links and came upon the entry for John Davison Rockefeller. I noted with interest that his sister, Mary Ann, married a Rudd.  I clicked on her link and noted that her husband was William Cullen Rudd (1845-1915).  I noticed that he was born, raised, and died in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and is buried there in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, the same cemetery in which John D. is interred.  Some of my ancestors had been in Cuyahoga County and then moved to Drayton Plains, Oakland County, Michigan. In a nearby county in Michigan, one of my ancestors of that line married the daughter of Lucy Rudd who was the daughter of Silas, oldest son of Increase Rudd---about whom I recently blogged.  Increase (1734 - 1803) was the son of Joseph W. Rudd (1708 - 1787) who was the son of Nathaniel Rudd (1652 -1727).  Nathaniel (1652) was also the father of Nathaniel Rudd (b. 1707), ancestor of William Cullen Rudd.

I thought the genealogical connection and the coincidental timing of my discovery of it was interesting and thus noteworthy.


Increase and Bathsheba Rudd

 , By Ronald Howard Livingston
on Sunday, August, 14 2016 01:29:00 am   , 77 words  
Categories: Uncategorized , 322 views



I'm a descendant of Increase Rudd (1734 to 1803) and Bathsheba Johnson Rudd (1739 to 1821), through their son Silas (1754 to 1804).  Increase and Bathsheba were from Middletown, Rutland County, Vermont. Shown here is their house which I have been told still stands.


I don't have any idea who the people in the picture are, but the presence of the penny farthing at the fence would indicate the photo was taken after 1870.

Silas had a brother named Barak!

(Photo: Courtesy of Darlene Packard)

White Cemetery Iris in Bloom

 , By Ronald Howard Livingston
on Friday, March, 18 2016 09:09:00 pm   , 164 words  
Categories: Uncategorized , 2137 views



The White Cemetery Iris (Iris albicans), also known as the White Flag, or simply the Cemetery Iris, has been used for centuries for grave decoration. In part this is due to its origin in the arid Arabian Peninsula. Thus they are hardy enough to be left unattended indefinitely. Long used in cemetery plantings throughout North Africa, the White Cemetery Iris was eventually introduced through Spain to Europe and by the Spaniards brought into Mexico.


Iris albicans, so named in 1860 by the prominent Danish botanist Johan Martin Christian Lange, is a natural sterile hybrid of 44 chromosomes, believed to have resulted from a natural cross of a species with 40 chromosomes with a species of 48 chromosomes. It does not produce seeds but is spread only through rhizome growth and human-aided distribution and cultivation.


Shown here is the first 2016 bloom (14 March) in one of three beds of Cemetery Irises I have growing, started from rhizomes thinned in the early 1980's from near the grave of my great grandmother.

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