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Huron's First Family Enjoyed Rugged LIfe; Settled in 1810

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  • Full title: Huron's First Family Enjoyed Rugged LIfe; Settled in 1810
  • Published by: Sandusky Register (Sandusky, Ohio), Jan. 30, 1959. Page 10.
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Huron's First Family Enjoyed Rugged Life; Settled In 1810

Editor's Note—Information for this article was taken from "Blockhouses and Military Posts of the Firelands," by M.L. Cherry, 1934. Photos were loaned by John Rhinemiller, Sr.


HURON—There seems to have been some sort of a trading post at the mouth of the Huron River as far back as 1794, but there are no records of a fort or even a stockade. The first permanent white settler was Jean Baptise Flemmond, a French trader who built his double cabin about two miles from the mouth of the river in 1790.

H. G. Mains came with surveyors in 1806, and said he found no other white man on the river. This surveying party was under the direction of Almon Ruggles and consisted of Simeon Hoyt, John M, Lewis, James Clark, Noah Barnum, Samuel T. Bateman, Benjah Woolcotl, Uriah Taylor, Daniel Sherman, N. Morgan, Asa Stoddard, William Close, Taylor Sherman and Seth Pease.

Almon Ruggles was born in Brookfield, Conn., in 1770. His father died when he and his twin brother, Alfred, were quite young. Their mother's brother took the small boys and sent them to school for a time. Almon went with surveyors into Virginia, clerked in a store, and taught school. In 1805 he set out lo survey the Firelands.

In 1808, he married Annie Dibble, daughter of Ezra Dibble of Brookfield. She stayed at her father's house until 1810, when they both came to live on the lake shore, half way between Huron and Vermilion. Almon was agent for the land company, elected judge, and held several other offices. His wife had a great many people lo entertain, as all of the early settlers found his advice useful. He was very fond of jokes and stories, and would laugh so heartily that he shook all over.

He hated pretense, and cared nothing for style, preferring things very plain. He thought it wrong to use a printed ballot, and always insisted on writing the whole ballot himself, even after printed forms were provided. Annie had two daughters, Rebecca and Betsy. She died in 1815, and the following year Almon married Rhoda Buck, a widow. She had been married first to Alexander Case, by whom she had three children, Harlow, Lyman and Eliza. Rhoda bore Almon Ruggles two sons, Charles and Richard.

<bold>Large Family</bold> The Ruggles family consisted of Almon and his wife, Rhoda, and four different sets of children, Betsy and Rebecca Ruggles; Harlow, Lyman and Eliza Case; Hester Buck; and Richard and Charles Ruggles. These children all lived happily together; so happily, in fact, that Rebecca Ruggles and Lyman Case decided to go on living together the rest of their life, and were married.

Almon Ruggles' twin brother Alfred came sometime soon after the surveyors and built his cabin on the west bank at the mouth of the river and set up a blacksmith forge. In 1806 Daniel Curtis built his cabin one-half mile west of Alfred Ruggles, and there his son, Harvey Curtis, was born in 1807, the first white child born in the Firelands. (To Be Continued)

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