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George Christian Heinrich Ruede (1767-1829) arrived in Salem in 1802, having left Hamburg in October of the previous year in the company of three other single Moravian brethren. Their ship was unable to come into harbor on the American coast in December, and they were finally forced to sail to St. Thomas, where they were detained for seven weeks. They reached Philadelphia on March 6, and Ruede and Christian David Buchholz came on to Salem in company with Carl Gotthold and Anna Dorothea Reichel and several others making the trip over land from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. On hearing from a passing traveler that the party had reached the James River in Virginia, 200 miles away, on May 23rd, the congregation prepared a welcome, and they were greeted on their entry into Salem on May 30 with trombone music played from the church tower. [Records of the Moravians in NC 6:2698].
Brother Ruede assumed one of the leadership positions for the Single Brothers, and among other tasks, took over the making of snuff, which was sold to benefit the Single Brothers' economy. He was ordained a deacon in 1803, and in 1806 was chosen to be the pastor of the Friedberg congregation. On January 4, 1807, he married Maria Elisabeth Seiler (1781-1823).
In 1822 the Ruedes moved from Friedberg to Bethabara, with eight of their children. No reason is given in the diaries, but it would appear that he gave up the ministry at this juncture. In May 1823, Maria Elisabeth died after delivering a stillborn daughter. A year later, Heinrich Ruede married Elisabeth Aust, who was not a Moravian. He died in July, 1829, after suffering a stroke. There was at least one child from the second marriage, a daughter born 1 Mar 1829.
Charlotte Elizabeth Ruede (1807-?) m. Heinrich Gottlieb Clauder (1805-?)
Sophia Dorothea Ruede (1809-1889) m. Miles Philip Vogler (1810-1854)
*Agnes Christina Ruede (ca. 1811?-1893) m. Emanuel Reich (1807-1875)
George Henry Ruede (1812-?) m. Caroline Matilda Levering (1824-1880), moved to Indiana in 1855
daughter, born 1 Aug 1813
Catherine Frederica Ruede (1815-1888) m. Traugott Chitty (1810-1874)
Samuel Christian Ruede (1817-1895) m. Emily Nading (1824-1861), moved to Indiana
Gottlieb Herman Ruede (1818-?) m. Carolina Beata Burkhardt (1820-1851)
Edward Frederick Ruede (1820-1838)
**David August Ruede (1820?-?)
Louise Ruede m. William Rogers, moved to Georgia
*The Forsyth Co. cemetery records book gives Agnes Christina's birthdate as 16 Jun 1806, which predates her parents' marriage (assuming that she is in fact their daughter, as seems likely). However, in the census records for 1850-1880 her age works out to a more likely birthdate of about 1810-1811.
**We don't have a birthdate for David, but he moves through the Moravian rites of passage - little boy to older boy, confirmation, etc. - in synchrony with Edward Frederick, until the latter's sudden death at age 18. David became a Single Brother in the same year, consistent with his being about 18 also. We think therefore that they were twins. In 1841 David moved to Georgia, where he later married and joined the Methodist church.
Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, 12 volumes
Forsyth County census and cemetery records
This page was created on July 16, 2001. Minor revisions were made on June 24, 2005.
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