Nathaniel Ruggles

Brief Life History of Nathaniel

When Nathaniel Ruggles was born on 7 October 1737, in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, his father, Doctor Nathaniel Ruggles, was 24 and his mother, Anne Bartlett, was 18. He married Elizabeth Dudley on 14 March 1765. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 16 October 1793, at the age of 56, and was buried in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.

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Nathaniel Ruggles
Elizabeth Dudley
Marriage: 14 March 1765
Sarah Ruggles
Elizabeth Ruggles
Nathaniel Ruggles
Lucretia Ruggles
Rev Thomas Ruggles

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  • Nathaniel Ruggles, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • Nathaniel Ruggles, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Nathaniell in entry for Nathaniell Ruggles, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

1781 · The First Constitution

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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