Joseph Ruggles was born on 21 October 1781, in Greenwich, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States as the son of Sarah Breckenridge. He married Hannah Tilson in 1805, in Enfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 21 June 1849, at the age of 67, and was buried in Peru Center Cemetery, Pontiac, Huron, Ohio, United States.
English (Essex): variant of the now extinct surname Ruggle, with post-medieval excrescent -s. The origin of Ruggle is uncertain. It could be a variant of the Suffolk and Essex name Ricold with voicing of /k/ to /g/ and the same vowel change as seen in Smoothy for Smithey (another Suffolk and Essex name) and in Puckering for Pickering .
History: The founder of this influential American family was Thomas Ruggles (1584–1644) of Sudbury, Suffolk, England, who settled in Roxbury, MA, in 1637.
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