Elmira and Town of Chemung, Chemung County NY
Chemung County NY
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Britania Jackson and Charles Ruggles of Chemung

Photographer - Whitley of Elmira

Photo: Britania Jackson and her husband Charles Ruggles
Township: Elmira and Town of Chemung, Chemung County NY
of Chemung
Year: ca. 1880 
Photo from Beach/Morgan/Ruggles family album held by 
Sharon Crowley
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Name: Britania JACKSON  "Ruggles"   (wife of Charles Ruggles)
Birthdate: 29 Sep 1823
Death Date: 14 Jun 1901
Cemetery: Chemung Village Cemetery, Chemung County, NY
Parents: Elizabeth White & William Jackson
Name: Charles Ruggles (husband of Britania Jackson)
Birthdate: 2 May 1821
Place: probably Broome county, NY
Death Date: 23 Feb 1894
Cemetery: Chemung Village Cemetery, Chemung County,  NY
Parents: Homer & Mercy S. Morse Ruggles
Birth and death information was from Chemung Village Cemetery on the website of Joyce Tice)
Town of Chemung History by A. Towner, 1892,  page  460 -461, obtained  from the website of Joyce Tice reads as follows.  “ The post office in Chemung village was kept for a time on the Owen farm at the stage-house, and was located there in 1831, when Homer Ruggles with his son, Charles Ruggles, came from Colesville, Broome county, N.Y., and located in the woods about a mile and a half north of the village.  According to Mr. Ruggles lumbering was at that time the all-absorbing industry, and millions of feet of pine have been carted down Wynkoop creek and made into rafts on the river.  Charles Ruggles opened a small grocery in the village in November, 1865, three or four rods east of his present location in a building owned by George W., Buck.  After remaining there a year he moved to more commodious quarters and was appointed deputy postmaster in the place of Mrs. Mahala Brown in 1863, and continued as such until February 14, 1867, when he received the regular appointment, which he held for nearly twenty years.  He moved into a store on the corner in 1870 and carried on business there for thirteen years, when, on August 10, 1883, the building was completely destroyed by fire, entailing a loss outside of insurance of $5,500.  Wilson Ruggles, son of Charles, was town clerk at the time and the town records were consumed, nothing being saved except the mail in the post office.  The fire started in a building used as a hall just east of the Ruggles store, and spread rapidly, destroying everything in its path.  The present store was built immediately upon the site of the old one and was finished ready for occupancy in less than six weeks from the time operations began.  The firm now consists of Charles Ruggles and Wilson Ruggles and is known as Charles Ruggles & Son.”

Town of Chemung History by A. Towner, 1892,   page 460 & 465, obtained from the website of Joyce Tice shows the following information:
 “ In 1882, Charles Ruggles & Son shipped nearly 1,300 tons of hemlock bark in one season.”

 “postmaster at Chemung  -  Charles Ruggles,   14 Feb 1867
                                                         Wilson  Ruggles,   31 May 1889”

 “town clerk of Chemung  -  Charles Ruggles,  1867 -68
                                                         Wilson Ruggles,   1888  & 1890”

Four County History, 1879 - Town of Chemung, Chemung County, NY,  obtained from the website of Joyce Tice , shows under SOCIETIES,  Wilson Ruggles as the present  (1879) Secretary of the Masonic Chemung Valley Lodge, No. 350, F. and A.M.

The 1850 Athens Twp., Bradford County, PA census from the website of Joyce Tice records the following:
 Ruggles, Chas.  29 m   800   laborer    born NY
                             Britania             27 f                                     NY
                             Mary    5 f                                     NY

The CD for the 1880 Chemung, Chemung, NY census index shows:
 Charles    Ruggles  self  m  m   w   59  NY
 Bairrlitha Ruggles  wife f    m   w  57   NY      (should have read as Britania)
   Martha     Ruggles  dau  f    s    w  26   NY
      Cordelia    Ruggles  dau  f    s   w  22    NY
 Wilson  Ruggles  self  m  m  w  28  NY
 Dell      Ruggles  wife  f   m  w  22  NY
 Edna     Ruggles  dau  f    s   w  4m  NY

Scrapbook Clippings from Louise JOHNS  from the website of Joyce Tice states the following:

“A Golden Wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ruggles celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage last Saturday at their home in Chemung.   Mrs. Ruggles’ maiden name was Britania Jackson, and both have lived all their lives in the town of Chemung, save that Mr. Ruggles spent two or three years in Michigan.   He engaged in the mercantile business in Chemung Village in 1865, and continues in it today.  He was postmaster there for twenty-five years.  Fifty years of marital happiness and of prosperity have been theirs, and their lives of integrity and usefulness have won for them the respect and good will of all.  Among the guests at this joyous anniversary occasion were the four daughters, Mrs. U.W. DeWitt, of Waverly; Mrs. John Strouse, of Southport; Mrs. E. J. Masterson, of Chemung, and Mrs. Dr. Colegrove, of Horseheads.  Twelve grandchildren were also present.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable affair.  The FREE PRESS wishes them many added years of happiness. -- The Waverly Free Press;  Saturday, January 26, 1895.
Submitted by Kathy Kuroda.  Kathyk.17@Juno.com

The final resting place for Charles and Britania Ruggles and some of their family is the Chemung Village Cemetery in Chemung County, New York.  This information was obtained from the website of Joyce Tice.     The headstones of  Charles and Britania are labeled as “Father” and  “Mother”.  Wilson Ruggles  (8 Jul 1852 - 23 Dec 1893) is the son of  Charles and Britania Ruggles.  Wilson’s  wife is  Adell Foster Ruggles (30 Jul 1857 - 30 Mar 1931).  A daughter of  Wilson and Adell, Sarah E. Ruggles (12 Aug 1881 - 26 Jan 1925) is also buried in this cemetery.  (CR states she died in New York City and was buried on Jan 29, 1925, aged 73y.)

17 Nov 2001   Picture and history submitted by Sharon Crowley           scbugs@aol.com 

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