HENRY RUDESILL, retired farmer and stock raiser, P. 0. McComb, was born in York County, Penn., August 22, 1825,
son of Samuel and Mary (Neff) Rudesill, natives of Pennsylvania and of Dutch origin, former a farmer. Our subject,
the eldest in a family of eight children, received his education in his native State, and when he was twelve years
of age his father moved to Hancock County, Ohio, settling on the farm where he died in 1883, his wife having preceded
him in 1877. Henry Rudesill was reared on a farm, chose agriculture as his business, and has been remarkably successful.
Though at the present time he owns but 260 acres, he possessed at one time as many as 700 acres in this township.
In 1884 he sold a farm for $20,000 in cash. He started out for himself with but $100, and from this small beginning
has accumulated a handsome fortune. He was married, June 18, 1848, to Eliza, daughter of John Kraft, natives of
Pennsylvania and of German descent. Mr. and Mrs. Rudesil reared twelve children: Susannah, wife of F. M. Harrett;
Sarah, wife of John Frye; John, married, is a farmer and school teacher; Mary, wife of M. Keel; Leanna, wile of
Frederick Burke; Lucretia, wife of John P. Fingst; Jane, wife of Nathaniel Huntwick; William F., married and engaged
in farming; Alice M., at home; Sherman, Perry, Archie. Our subject and wife are consistent members of the Evangelical
Church, in which he has acted as Sabbath school superintendent for four years, and has been exhorter since 1880.
Our subject has resided in this township since 1850. He has been school director for twenty five years.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
Hancock County, Ohio Biographies
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