Ruby Gertrude WEMPLE

Female 1887 - 1964  (~ 77 years)


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  • Name Ruby Gertrude WEMPLE 
    Born Jan 1887  San Jose, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 28 Feb 1964  San Leandro, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lot 1, Block 232, Section I, Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3935  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Emerson Henry WEMPLE,   b. 17 Nov 1853, Chautauqua County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1937, San Jose, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Dora Gill FISHER,   b. 01 Jun 1859, Peoria County, Ill. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1918, San Jose, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 15 Aug 1877 
    Family ID F1127  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family George Armon RUCKER,   b. 1885, Gilroy, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1950, San Jose, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1909 
    Children 
     1. John Wemple RUCKER,   b. 24 Mar 1912, San Jose, CA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. James Wemple RUCKER,   b. 1917,   d. 1917  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • This letter was forwarded to me by Emmet Leroy Wemple III during the month of December, 1995. Mrs Rucker is Mrs. George Armon Rucker of San Jose, CA., Emmet Wemple's first cousin, once removed. Her full maiden name is Ruby Gertrude Wemple, the daughter of Emerson Henry Wemple.

      Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 30, 1937

      Dear Mrs. Rucker:

      I was glad to hear that the record reached you and that you found interest in it. For many years a William Barent Wemple (now deceased) of Fonda, N.Y. kept the family records. It was an exceptionally thorough piece of work and accounts for members of the family throughout the country. As he devoted his time to this work just from the pleasure and pride he found in it, it's existence is not known to many of the family despite the fact that it was published in the records of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. It seemed regrettable to me that so many members of the family were unaware of its existence, so for some years whenever I have come across a Wemple, I have furnished them with their direct line of descent through the family.

      There was only one person of our name who came to America in Colonial days and the family record traces us all back to him. I have never come across a Wemple who was not accounted for in the record; that is, with one exception, Frederick Wilhelm Wemple, who was an ex-army officer from Bararia and who resided in Chicago for a short space of time. I had intended to visit him, but put it off until too late, as he passed away in the meantime. I had intended to ask him about the Wemples in Germany.

      The name originated and is met with in very early records of South Germany, principally in the ancient Duchy of Swabia. About the middle of the sixteenth century a great political and religious upheaval took place there and upon its settlement, Swabia was partitioned between Bavaria and Wurtenberg and Baden. I assume that some of the Wemples left there for Holland and several generations later our founding ancestor, Jan Barentse Wemple, came to America from Holland.

      I do not know if you are at all familiar with the history of the Mohawk Valley, so I will give you a brief outline so far as the concerns our family. As you will note from your record, a grandson of the immigrant, Johannes Wemple built Fort Hunter in 1712. He and four others took the contract in 1711. This location is about 25 miles west of and south of Schenectady. They also built Fort Oswego. A portion of the land grant to Johannes remained in the family until recent years and I visited that location as I am also a direct descendant of this Johannes.

      Also early in the 18th century a trader named Douw Fonda went up the valley about twenty miles west of Schenectady and settled on the north bank of the Mohawk in the vicinity of a Mohawk Indian Village. This location was called Caughnawaga by the Indians. The next white man to settle in this vicinity was another grandson of the immigrant, a Barent Wemple, who married Debora Wemple, a daughter of his cousin Johannes of Fort Hunter. A great grandson of the immigrant, Barent Wemple, married Margaret Fonda, a daughter of Douw. She was known as Peggy Wemple. She was a well-to-do widow at the time of the Revolutionary War. She operated a mill on Cayudetta Creek and also she owned a tavern, both located at Caughnawaga. She was given a prominent part of Robert Chamers' book America. In his story of the Mohawk, she spells her name Wymple, due to the fact that he pictures her as a very young widow whereas she was at that time in her mid-forties.

      In fact the early spring of 1780, a band of Indians and Tories under Sir John Johnson raided Caughnawaga and practically destroyed the village. Old Douw Fonda was buried on his own land about 300 feet east of his home and eventually Peggy Wemple, her brother, Major Jellis Fonda, my great-great grandfather, Andrew (Andries) Wemple, and his wife, Rachel Fonda, and Andrew's brother, John, were also buried there. Around seventy years ago this land was purchased by the New York Central Railroad and this burying ground was sadly neglected. So in the late years, the remains of Douw Fonda and the Major were moved to the old Caughnawaga Cemetery about two miles west of Fonda (formerly Caughnawaga). Last year I had the remains of Andrew, Rachel, and John moved to this same plot in Evergreen. There are about fifty Wemples buried there.

      My grandfather, Leonard C. Wemple, was born in Fonda and came to Chicago in 1848. I am a native of Chicago. For many years I heard him mention Fonda, so in 1935, Mrs. Wemple, our three sons and I drove down there. We found a great many Wemples there and had such a pleasant time that we were back there in 1936 and 1937. They have a family reunion which is always held on the second Saturday of August each year at Pine Lake, Fulton County.

      You and I have the same line of ancestors until we come down to and including #24, Andrew Wemple. Of his children you follow #52, Hendrick Wemple, and I follow #61 Andrew (Andries) Wemple. I have taken quite a few pictures and when I locate my films I will have some reprints made and send you pictures of Peggy Wemple's tavern together with its historical marker; her grave, Andrew's and Rachel's graves and other historical buildings and places. If I get East next summer, I will see if I can locate your great grandfather's (Hendrick's) grave and take a picture of it for you. I would be interested in locating it as he was a brother of Andrew (Andries).

      To give you a more adequate idea of what our early ancestors went through in the Valley, I refer you to Walter Edmund's Drums Along the Mohawk and Robert Chamber's America and Cardigan. Should you find time to read these books, you will see such names as Col. John Butler and his son, Walter. One of our family, Marite Wemple, was married to a Walter Butler, and a brother of Col. John. Also, such names as Sir William Johnson of Johnstown, N.Y., and his home, Johnson Hall, his son Sir John Johnson and his sons-in-law, Col. Claus and Col. Guy Johnson. I will send you pictures of Johnson Hall and the Butler home (Butlerbury).

      In colonial days the Wemples took a leading part in the Valley and in many instances served in various capacities in the Colonial Militia. When the Revolutionary War broke out, thirty-six of them were on the muster rolls of Old Tryon County and Albany County Militia, ranging in the rank from a Col. Abraham Wemple, down through majors, captains, lieutenants, etc. The family was divided on the political issues of the day as was nearly every other large family in the Valley and our direct ancestor, Captain Andrew Wemple, whose paternal aunt, Marite Wemple, was married to one of the Butlers, became a Loyalist, as you note from the record. His wife and children refused to leave Caughnawaga and they never saw or heard of him again, other than that he had become a lieutenant in Butler's Rangers. My great-great grandfather had been baptized Andrew, but afterwards called himself Andries. He died in March 1813, while in army service during the War of 1812.

      This has been quite a long narrative, but I thought I would like to give you some idea of the early days of the family and the place of their origin

      Wishing you the best of health and all good things to go with it. I am

      Respectfully yours,
      (Signed)
      Clarence L. Wemple


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