Descendants of Samuel Rule


Generation No. 1

 1.  SAMUEL1 RULE was born Abt. 1739 in Ireland, and died Abt. 1791 in Bourbon County, KY.  He married SARAH ROBINSON Abt. 1760 in Pennsylvania.  She died 1804 in Bourbon County, KY.

 Notes for SAMUEL RULE: See for detailed information about Samuel Rule and descendents.  Some of the content of this site is copied below:

 Earl Colley relates an oral tradition preserved by one line of descent of Samuel Rule that he was "born on a sea voyage from Ireland to America."  

Found in the Pennsylvania Archives under "Warranties of Land, County of Westmoreland 1773 to 1892" is a warrant for a survey dated 21 May 1785 for Samuel Rule. Located at the Westmoreland County Map Office at Greensburg, Pennsylvania is a photocopy of a plat of "Rules Choice", 201 3/4 acres, dated 16 Feb 1787 and noted to be from page 327 of Rolls Patent Book 8. Also found in the Archives is a deed, dated 21 Sep 1801, after Samuel's death, transferring 201 and 3/4 acres, known as "Rules Choice" in South Huntington township from Thomas Rule of Bourbon county, Kentucky to Daniel Mathies Jr, of Westmoreland county for a consideration of 403 pounds, ten shillings. Series 3, Volume 22, page 416 of the Pennsylvania Archives includes tax returns for Huntington township of Westmoreland county for the year 1783 and Samuel Rule is listed with 225 acres, three horses, three cattle, and seven sheep. Tax lists also exist for Samuel Rule, in Huntington township in 1786. 

Notes for SARAH ROBINSON: Last name sometimes spelled as Robison. 

Will of Sarah Rule - Bourbon County, KY Will Book B, page 242, 13 March 1804

In the name of God Amen: I Sarah Rule of the County of Bourbon and State of Kentucky widow woman being in a sick and low state of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God for all his mercys, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that is appointed for all mankind once to die, do make and ordain this my last that it is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul to the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buryed in a decent Christian burel at the discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection shall receive the  same again by the mighty power of God, and as tuching of such earthly Estate whereas has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First I order my funeral charges and all my just debts to be paid, and I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Rule the house and plantation where he now lives, together with four beds, and the furniture thereunto belonging, during his and his wifes lives and after their death be Equly divided between his children, and further it is my will and desire that he my said son Thomas Rule may sell of dispose of the same as he may think proper or best for the use of himself children. I also give and bequeth unto my said son Thomas Rule all my right and interest in the estate of my son Andrew Rules estate (deceased) bouth real and parsonal to be disposed of in the same manner and way as above, and one half of my crop of Flax now on hand, and I give and bequeth unto my son John Rule the house and plantation where he now lives, together with an the household furniture and stock of every kind thereunto belonging during his and his wifes naterel lives, and after there deth to be Equly decided between there children, and further it is my desire that my said son John Rule may sell of dispose of the same in any way or manner he may think propper or best for the use of himself of children and I give and bequeth unto my Daughter Meary Rule the two beds and furniter thereunto belonging known by the name of myne and hir beds, and hir riding ?? and one half of my crop of Flax on hand together with ... spoon ... ?? ... of the stock  now in ... possession ?? was left hir by hir Father in his last will and testament to be ... ?? . to hir by my Executor when she shall be of lawful ... ?? . - ., and I give and bequeth unto my Daughter ??ards and Sarah Rule one bed and fumitures and all my wering apperl to be divided beween them as my Executor may think proper, save my hat which I give to my son Thomas and the rest of my Estate it is my will and desire that it be Equly divided among my six sons and three Daughters; and I ?? make and ordain my son Thomas Rule to be the sole Executor of thismy last will and Testament hereby revoking all . . ?? . . heretofore made; In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of March 1804.

Sign sealed in presents of us                        


Sarah (X) Rule

William Kennett                                     mark

Jonathan Dazey

Joseph Whorton             WNN



                   i.       THOMAS2 RULE, b. October 16, 1761, Lancaster County, PA; d. 1846.


Notes for THOMAS RULE:

Birth information obtained from Shaker records.


                  ii.       JOHN RULE, b. 1764; d. 1814.

2.              iii.       JAMES RULE, b. Abt. 1765, Lancaster County, PA; d. 1818, Bourbon County, KY.

                 iv.       ANDREW RULE, b. Bef. 1770; d. August 1804. 

Notes for ANDREW RULE:

Andrew served in the Battle of Lower Blue Licks in August 1782 and a Samuel Boone, of Clark county, appeared in Clark county, Kentucky court 29 Sep 1832 to apply for a Revolutionary pension and stated he and Andrew Rule volunteered as spies at Strode's Station in 1782. Strode's Station was built in 1779 by Captain John Strode and was located two and one-half miles from Winchester in Clark county, Kentucky at the junction of Lexington road and Clintonville road and is noted in "Kentucky in Retrospect: Noteworthy Personages & Events in Kentucky History 1792-1967" published by the Kentucky Historical Society. Strode's was a palisaded fort whose homes circled the inner was and in 1926, excavations found chimney rocks there covered by sod. A burial ground was unearthed in 1965 and the remains interred in Winchester Cemetery. 

                  v.       SAMUEL RULE, b. 1774; d. Abt. 1825.

                 vi.       MATTHEW RULE, b. Abt. 1776.

                vii.       WILLIAM RULE, b. Abt. 1778; d. 1843.

               viii.       SARAH RULE, b. 1782, Westmoreland County, PA; d. September 15, 1825, Morgan County, IN.



Generation No. 2


2.  JAMES2 RULE (SAMUEL1) was born Abt. 1765 in Lancaster County, PA, and died 1818 in Bourbon County, KY.  He married SUSANNAH SHELLARS January 15, 1795 in Bourbon County, KY, daughter of WILLIAM SHELLARS.  She was born 1771 in Bourbon County, KY, and died September 14, 1844 in Bourbon County, KY. 

Notes for JAMES RULE: "Rule Families and Connections", 1988, by L. Earl Colley and Timothy P. Hart says he served in the War of 1812 as a private.   Records show a James Rule in Captain Richard Matson's Company, Mounted Infantry.  

Notes for SUSANNAH SHELLARS: Her last name may have been Shilters or Shiters.       


                   i.       WILLIAM SHELLARS3 RULE, b. November 3, 1797, Bourbon County, KY; d. December 23, 1879, Linkville, Platte County, MO; m. (1) UNKNOWN ROBINSON; m. (2) MARIAH BATES, April 24, 1824. 

Notes for WILLIAM SHELLARS RULE: Buried at Second Creek Cemetery, Platte County, MO (per Roger Collins Rule,  

3.               ii.       JOHN RULE, b. Abt. 1803, Bourbon County, KY.

                 iii.       ELIZABETH RULE, b. February 12, 1806, Bourbon County, KY; d. November 22, 1884, Bourbon County, KY.

                 iv.       JAMES F. RULE, b. October 3, 1807; d. May 13, 1854, Shelby County, Brandywine Twp., IN.



Generation No. 3


3.  JOHN3 RULE (JAMES2, SAMUEL1) was born Abt. 1803 in Bourbon County, KY.  He married (1) MERINDA RANKIN, daughter of JOHN RANKIN and ELIZABETH BECKETT.  She was born Abt. 1820 in Kentucky.  He married (2) UNKNOWN.   

Notes for JOHN RULE:  John may have had two earlier wives.  Bourbon County records show that a John Rule married Easter Campbell on February 21, 1828 and a Lucretia Lovelady on January 18, 1833 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. 

1850 Census - Nicholas County, KY (page 407)

John Rule, 47, KY, Butcher

Marinda, 30, KY

Sally, 14, KY

John, 12, KY

Kindrick, 8, female, KY

Joseph, 6, KY

Hughes, 3, KY

Susan E., 2, KY 

*James Sims also on page 407 (family of Tabitha) 

1870 Census - Nicholas County, KY (page 221)

John Rule, 67, KY

Miranda J., 50, KY

Matthew, 20, KY

Hettie J., 18, KY

Breckinridge, 16, KY 

Notes for UNKNOWN: May have been Lucretia Lovelady, who married a John Rule on January 18, 1833.       

Children of JOHN RULE and MERINDA RANKIN are:

                   i.       HUGHES B.4 RULE, b. Abt. 1847.

4.               ii.       SUSAN E. RULE, b. Bet. 1847 - 1848, Kentucky.

                 iii.       MATTHEW HARRISON RULE, b. Abt. 1850.

5.              iv.       HETTIE RULE, b. January 1852, Kentucky; d. Aft. 1900.

                  v.       BRECKINRIDGE RULE, b. Abt. 1854.


Children of JOHN RULE and UNKNOWN are:

                 vi.       SALLY4 RULE, b. Abt. 1836.

                vii.       JOHN RULE, b. Abt. 1838.

               viii.       KENDRICK RULE, b. Abt. 1842.

                  ix.       JOSEPH RULE, b. Abt. 1844. 


Generation No. 4

4.  SUSAN E.4 RULE (JOHN3, JAMES2, SAMUEL1) was born Bet. 1847 - 1848 in Kentucky.  She married JAMES W. SIMS.  He was born Abt. 1842 in Kentucky. 

1880 CensusHead Quarters, Nicholas, Kentucky

        Source:   FHL Film 1254436  National Archives Film T9-0436     Page 392A    

        Relation Sex        Marr        Race       Age        Birthplace

Jas. W. SIMS        Self M    M        W    38    KY

        Occ:        Farmer    Fa: KY  Mo: KY

Elizabeth SIMS        Wife       F        M    W    33        KY

        Occ:        Keeps House        Fa: KY    Mo: KY

Lulu SIMS     Dau        F      S      W        12    KY

                        Fa: KY  Mo: KY

Ida SIMS       Dau        F      S      W        11    KY

                        Fa: KY  Mo: KY

Marinda RULE        MotherL        F      W    W        48    KY

        Occ:        At Home      Fa: KY        Mo: KY


Children of SUSAN RULE and JAMES SIMS are:

                   i.       LULU5 SIMS, b. Abt. 1868.

                  ii.    IDA SIMS, b. Abt. 1869.


5.  HETTIE4 RULE (JOHN3, JAMES2, SAMUEL1) was born January 1852 in Kentucky, and died Aft. 1900.  She married (1) JOHN RANKIN, son of JAMES RANKIN and TABITHA SIMS.  He was born Bet. 1854 - 1856, and died Aft. 1870.  She married (2) JOHN B. GRIMES Abt. 1883.  He was born March 1842 in Kentucky. 

Notes for HETTIE RULE: Hettie Rankin appears as a divorced servant at the Grimes Household in 1880.  

1880 Census - Ruddles Mills, Bourbon, Kentucky

        Source:   FHL Film 1254403  National Archives Film T9-0403     Page 160B    

        Relation Sex        Marr        Race       Age        Birthplace

A. GRIMES   Self        F      D     W        75    KY

        Occ:        Farmer    Fa: VA  Mo: VA

Jeptha GRIMES        Son M    S        W    42    KY

        Occ:        Laborer  Fa: KY  Mo: KY

Jno. B. GRIMES        Son M    S        W    38    KY

        Occ:        Laborer  Fa: KY  Mo: KY

Al. WALLS        Other      M        S      B     25        KY

        Occ:        Laborer  Fa: KY  Mo: KY

Hettie RANKIN        Other      F        D     W    28        KY

        Occ:        Servant  Fa: KY  Mo: KY 

John B. Grimes, wife Hettie and children show up in the 1900 Madison County Census.  According to the record, they had been married 17 years.  Hettie gave birth to 16 children, but only four survived. 

Notes for JOHN RANKIN: I don't have proof that this was the father of Martha Lucy Rankin, but all the evidence points that way. 

According to LDS, John F. Rankin born in 1854.  The 1870 census shows John F. at 14 years of age (therefore born 1856).  Tabitha Rankin was widowed by 1880 census - six year old Lucy living with family. 

John and Hettie were divorced sometime before 1880.   According to Aunt Lucille's genealogy notes, Hettie shot John because he cheated on her (need to verify).  It is possible that John Rankin remarried, as suggested by the following 1880 census entry: 

1880 Census Place:      Head Quarters, Nicholas, Kentucky

        Source:   FHL Film 1254436  National Archives Film T9-0436     Page 392A    

        Relation Sex        Marr        Race       Age        Birthplace

John RANKIN        Self M    M        W    24    KY

        Occ:        Farm Hand        Fa: KY    Mo: KY

Bertie RANKIN        Wife       F        M    W    23        KY

        Occ:        Keeps House        Fa: KY    Mo: KY

Luella RANKIN        Dau F      S        W    3M  KY

                        Fa: KY  Mo: KY

Louisa GREEN        Other      F        S      W    11        KY

        Occ:        Nurse     Fa: KY  Mo: KY


                   i.       MARTHA LUCY5 RANKIN, b. February 17, 1871, Kentucky; d. November 5, 1914, Paris, KY; m. SHELTON ROBERTS; b. February 1869, Kentucky; d. March 12, 1915, Paris, KY.


1880 Census - Head Quarters, Nicholas, Kentucky  (family listed as Ranklin in LDS)

       Source:       FHL Film 1254436  National Archives Film T9-0436     Page 391C    

       Relation       Sex       Marr       Race       Age       Birthplace

Tobitha RANKIN       Self       F       W       W       44       KY

       Occ:       Keeps House       Fa: VA       Mo: KY

Horace RANKIN       Son       M       S       W       12       KY

                     Fa: VA       Mo: KY

Anna RANKIN       Dau       F       S       W       10       KY

                     Fa: VA       Mo: KY

Lucy RANKIN       Dau       F       S       W       6       KY

                     Fa: VA       Mo: KY 

More About MARTHA LUCY RANKIN:  Cause of Death: Septic Mitritis due to Uterine Hemorrhage 

Notes for SHELTON ROBERTS:  Tombstone shows birth year of 1866, but all other records (death certificate, census, etc.) show that he was born in 1869.  His mother's marriage to Willis Roberts didn't take place until December 1870.  Was Willis his biological father?.

Children of HETTIE RULE and JOHN GRIMES are:

                  ii.       NATTIE5 GRIMES, b. May 1887.

                iii.    ANNIE GRIMES, b. March 1889.



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