Biography - DAVID S. RUDE

David S. Rude was born in Worthington, Massachusetts, December 11, 1812. His parents, Alpheus and Hannah Rude (nee Taylor), were of the good old Puritanic stock who have contributed so much to make all New England revered for steadfastness and morality. The family sought for and found a new home in Lewis county, Virginia, in 1819. Here the subject of this sketch was reared. In 1835 he left his home to try his fortunes in Illinois, and for two years worked for wages, receiving for his labor seven and eight dollars per month. During the winter he got out cord-wood, receiving twenty-five cents per cord for cutting. He husbanded his resources and entered land. In 1837 he returned to Virginia to marry the girl of his choice, Purtania Brake, which he did October 20, same year. His bridal tour was a tedious journey back to Illinois, to the broad acres he had predetermined should become his home. Two years after he identified himself with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was ever after a most zealous, faithful member. For nearly forty years he was the circuit steward, and for much of the time he was a class-leader and Sunday-school superintendent. To him were born three sons, Edwin L.; Albert and Randle, all living, and one daughter, who died in infancy. Mr. Rude did well in life, being one of the best farmers of his neighborhood. He died January 28, 1879. His widow lives on the old homestead. She was a native of Virginia, where she was born November 8, 1821. Her parents were John B. and Rachel Drake.
Mr. Rude was an active man of business, a devoted husband, a fond father and a model citizen.

Extracted 12 Aug 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 A Combined History of Edwards, Lawrence, and Wabash Counties, Illinois, page 218.

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