This is really interesting.
I'm just starting my ruddle research. I have an application for the Daughters of the American Revolution dated 1925 that lists the Ruddles of Ruddles Mills (see posting) who fought in the revolutionary war. They are of Kentucky origin.
What really catches my attention, though, is that the Lyon family in your post had two sisters who married Ruddles, and the father married a Ruddle as a second wife (if I read that right.) It is through the Lyon family that I connect to the Ruddles.
Elizabeth Ruddle (d/o George Ruddle and Elizabeth Preston)was born 22 Jan 1763 and married George Sharp b. 1 Jan 1762.
Thier daughter, Margaret Sharp b. 1792 m. John Lewis Lyon. Her birthdate indicates that she was a contemporary of those you have mentioned in your post. However, I do not have much information on their Location before the birth of thier daughter Elizabeth Lyon b 20 dec 1814 in Bourbon Kentucky.
This is just the sort of thing I found on my great-grandfather's paternal side (Ruddle is his maternal family line) which led me to the most fascinating twists and tangles in family roots in North Carolina and Tennessee. This region of the country in its early settlement seems to have a very strong pattern of particular families cross-marrying.
I would be more suprised to find out that your Ruddles and Lyons are not related to me than to find out that they are. In order to do that I need brothers and sisters and spouses for all these families. Guess I'll have to check the Lyon forum. I'll keep you posted--literally, of course.
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