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RUDDELL James

Male Abt 1839 - 1918  (~ 79 years)


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  • Name RUDDELL James 
    Born Abt Jun 1839  Lurgan, County Down, Nth Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Jun 1918  28 Hillview St, Belfast, Co Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I183  Wood/O'Neill
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2017 

    Father RUDDELL James,   b. Abt 1800,   d. 15 Aug 1866, Lurgan Workhouse, Armagh, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Mother PILLAR (PILAR) Mary,   b. Abt 1810, Scarva, County Armagh, Nthn Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1900, Bundaberg, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • A granddaughter of William Ruddell in the 1980s wrote about Clarence as "... a King's army man buried in Belfast with military honours about 1930". However, there is no mention of a Clarence in 1900 when Mary Ruddell died.

      James, aged 60 in 1900, is listed on Mary's death certificate and a search of the army records in Find My Past brings up an army record for a James Ruddell/Ruddle, born in Lurgan, Parish of Donacloney (Donaghcloney), County Down. He enrolled as a volunteer with the Armagh Light Infantry militia on the 2 July 1857. At the age of 18 3/12 he then enlisted into the 27th Regiment of Foot on the 30th September 1857.

      His occupation was given as weaver. He was 5' 9.5" (or about 177cm) tall and his complexion was fresh with eyes of grey and brown hair. James served for 21 years, 9 years of which was spent in India, being finally discharged as a sergeant with a pension on the 23 October 1878 at the age of 39 3/12 years.

      In the 1871 England census, James is listed with the others in his regiment at the army camp at Colchester. He is a sergeant, aged 31 and unmarried.

      The next to be found of James is in the 1901 Irish census. He was boarding with Thomas McClery, also an army pensioner at Soudan Street, Saint Anne's Ward Belfast, Antrim. James is an army pensioner from the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot, aged 58, born in County Down and a widower.

      In the 1911 census, James is still boarding but with the family of Alexander Humphries an insurance agent, living at Lothair Avenue, Duncairn, Antrim. James is now aged 69, born in County Down, and still listed as an army pensioner from the 27th Inniskilling Fusiliers.

      PRONI has the following entry (no image):
      Probate of the Will of James Ruddell late of 28 Hillview Street, Belfast, army pensioner, who died 26 June 1918 granted at Belfast to John Sherry, 55 Nevis Avenue, Belfast, coachman. Effects: 6 0s 0d.

      According to the Belfast City Council burial records James Ruddell was aged 76. He died on the 26 June and was buried on the 29th June at the City Cemetery in L 1 468. The John Sherry mentioned in probate was the owner of the ground in the cemetery in which he was buried ie the undertaker. The money from probate has obviously gone to pay the funeral expenses.

      James died of heart failure and was a widower.