Biography of Henry Rudy, Jr.
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Rudy, Henry, Jr., was born in Ulysses, July 15, 1835, at the old homestead. He was educated in the common schools and two terms at Trumansburgh Academy. He was one of a family of nine children, and grew to manhood on the home farm. At the age of twenty one he began teaching school, and taught three winters. In 1857 he went to Rockford, Ill., and taught school two winters in the town of Owen. In the spring of 1858 he went on the Dakota frontier and assisted in the survey of Sioux Falls town site, remaining there through the summer. He returned to the home farm in 1859. August 22, 1862, he enlisted in Company I, 137th N. Y. Vols.; was promoted to sergeant, and at Lookout Mountain to first lieutenant. He took part in eighteen engagements, including Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Lookout Mountain; was with Sherman in the great march to the sea. He was wounded three times - once in his side, was shot through the neck, and received a shell wound in his forehead, and was twice carried off the field for dead, He missed only one engagement the regiment was in, because in the hospital thirty two days from scurvy, sores on legs, during a three years' service. He was mustered out by reason of the close of the war, in June, 1865, and received an honorable discharge. He is not pensioned. June 18, 1872, he married Cora C. Sirrine, of Trumansburgh; they have had two children: Arthur H., born September 12, 1873, died August 22, 1879, and Laura C., who is living at home. Mr. Rudy continued farming some years after the war, but is now retired from active labor, and is living in the village of Trumansburgh. His father, Henry Rudy, sr., was born on his father's farm near where he settled January 31, 1803, and died December 14, 1893. He married Eleanor Owen, of Hector, by whom he had nine children: Lewis, Ann, Miner, John, Henry, jr., Mary, James, William, and Julia. Mr. Rudy, since his retirement, has been active for the public, having been president of the Fair for three years and a director, member of the school board, church trustee and deacon of the Baptist church, president of the Board of Health, and post commander of Treman Post, G. A. R. No. 572. John Rudy, grandfather of the subject, was born in Bucks county, Pa., February 22, 1774, and settled near Trumansburgh in 1800. His wife, Lucy Easling, was born in Ulysses, April 27, 1784, and died March 9, 1843; he died January 14, 1833.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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