Monthly Archives: June 2010

Posted by Bill Reilly

Bill Reilly

Greetings, I’m trying to find some Rudden relatives. My G-G- Grandfather was John Rudden born about 1851. He married a Susan Reilly from Drumcor, Redhills, Co. Cavan. John’s family may have come from Drumcor also. On his childrens baptismal certs a Peter Rudden and a Patt Rudden appear. These children were born in the 1870’s. John left Ireland for the USA in 1877 and his family followed in 1879. Here they lived as Reilly as John was a wanted man. An article regarding the crime can be found by entering “Rudden, Reilly, Brides,1877 in Google. 

Anyone who has any information or connection to this Rudden family please contact me.

Posted by Anna Rudden

Hi Bill

I enjoyed reading about John Rudden the wanted man. It reminded me of another story I heard about another wanted Rudden. Going back about 10 years ago when I first started looking into the family history,I decided to look in the local Melbourne phone book to see if there were any Ruddens and I found 2.So I decided to give them a call and see if they were from Ireland.One had died recently but the other Rudden, John told me the story of Joe Rudden.

John had had a phone call from an American Doctor who was over in Australia on business and whenever this Doctor would go to a new place he would look up any Ruddens in the phone book and give them a call.He was in search of his lost Uncle Joe.

The story goes that  when Joe Rudden was a young lad he worked as a stable hand for some English lord who had stables in Ireland. One night a foal was born to a champion racehorse and Joe helped with the delivery but the wee foal had a twisted leg or something like that.The English Lord told Joe to put the foal down as it would never be any good. But Joe being the kind hearted Rudden that he was took the foal and hid it.Over time Joe cared for the  horse and fixed its leg.He trained it and when it was ready he raced it and the horse stared winning.Now the English Lord got wind of the winning horse and somehow found out that it was his foal.He confronted Joe and an argument broke out.The English Lord struck Joe then Joe hit back causing the man to loose his balance,fall and hit his head . Joe panicked and ran off home .Later he found out the English man had died. Joe’s family told him to get on a ship to America and never come back as they will hang you if they find you.So Joe left Ireland changed his name and was never heard of again.His brother later went to America and spent the rest of his life looking for him.The Doctor from America was the son of Joes brother.

I often wonder if he ever found Joes family.

It would make a great movie lol

Isn’t Scott Rudin in the movie business lol I nearly forgot to mention I am looking for info on my great grandmother Susan Rudden. I have nothing to go on except that she had a son James born 1891 in the Work house in Monaghan.Susan was unmarried.My grandfather James called himself a Cavan Lad so I quess he must have lived in Cavan before going to Scotland around 1903.

Seamus I am glad to see you finally got this up and running Regards Anna

Postedby Ms Rudden

oh my goodness- there is a place to find us Ruddens – hurrah. My Family of Ruddens are from glasgow,Scotland.(Some in CANADA) I hope that someone out there has more info as to where and when the Family Name Rudden originated from as I have read somewhere that the name Rudden had been ‘anglo-sised’ however was a French name? dont know if this is correct can anybody help pleeeeeaaaasseeee …………………

Posted by Maureen O’Rourke

I too am glad to see this Rudden site up and running again, thank you. 

My grandad was Robert Rudden born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England in 1890. His father was John Rudden born approx 1858, his mother was Mary Kelly born approx 1848 in Yorkshire as well, they were married in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1886. John was last seen in the 1901 English census in London but grandad said that his father John left the family and no one knew where he ended up. After WW1 grandad married in 1921 and emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Posted by Aaron Rudden

Hi, this is most interesting a dedicated website eh?  my dad, John Rudden is from donegal, and siblings in Montrose-scotland, Malin Head, Muff, and now a couple of us in the caribbean. His dad, James, was from Caven, my aunt in Derry recently found some manifests detialing travels to the US in the early 1900’s late 1800’s including detroit and NY, i will get the information and post it here

Regarding the post above by Anne, my Grandmother was Susan Rudden, had a sone called James (my uncle) that moved to scotland!  but the years dont match up. There are SO many Susies, Johns, James and Pats it gets a little confusing 😉

Posted by Anna Rudden

Hi everyone

It’s good to see a few more Ruddens are finding their way here.

Aaron you never know somewhere along the line we might match up as we seem to have simular christian names running in the family.Would the name McMahon have any conections with your Ruddens?

cheers Anna

Posted by Margaret Cairns

Hi Aaron

This is so strange.  You are never going to believe this but I am your cousin Margaret, your uncle Dennis’s oldest daughter.  Although we have never met I did know your dad and have previously met (albeit a long time ago) Kyle and your aunt Anna when they were staying with granny Susie in Muff. I take it the aunt in Derry is Auntie Bridie.  I will watch this space and see what you find out.  I would love to get in touch with Anna, if she is interested my email address is .

Posted by Gina


I am looking for a John and May Rudden who I used to know when we all lived in South Africa.  My late husband and I were very good friends of theirs but over the years I have lost contact.  I know they lived near Bradford and that John had a sister who ran a residential home, and May had several siblings, one who was Elizabeth and she came out 

to S.A.  I am now back in the Uk and would love to find them again.  

John and May had three children, Judith, Philip and Jacqueline.

Please help if you can.


Posted by Anna Rudden

Hi Kate

How is your Father doing with the family history?

There are plenty of Ruddens out there its just a bit hard linking them together.I have been trying for years and still can’t match up with any other Ruddens.You will probably find out that your Ruddens originally came from Ireland too then settled in England and America.If you need some advice on where to look for info ,just leave a message.I’m sure you will get a reply.Cheers Anna