From "On the Banks of Jacob's Creek," by Winifred Paul
The tie between the Ruth family of eastern Pennsylvania and the Abraham Ruth that came to Westmoreland Co. in 1801 has never been completely proved. In the Ruth genealogy we do have a list of the children of Abraham (1732/1735-1801) and Catherine Ruth. We have these paragraphs about their sons, David and Abraham.
"David single, died before June 8, 1844. Born Hatfield Twp. Montgomery County, purchased 94 acres in Goshen Twp. Chester Co. from Mary Garret in 1787, sold it to his brother Abraham, 1790 but remained in Chester Co. When he died his state was divided amongst his brother Abraham and the heirs of his deceased brothers and sisters." Isaac Ruth was the administrator.
"Abraham Ruth married Elizabeth __ born Hatfield Twp. sold above mentioned tract in Chester Co. to Isaac Ruth in 1793. He was apparently still living in 1844, but I have nothing certain as to his location and possible family."
We believe this was the Abraham who came to East Huntingdon Twp. because 1. wife's name is the same 2. His brother David's estate was "divided amongst his brother Abraham and the heirs of his deceased brothers and sisters." and our Abraham did not die until 1846. 3. Abraham sold his land in Chester Co. in 1793. 4. His father died in May of 1801 and Abraham bought land here in May of 1801. 5. The same Ruth genealogy in which Abraham is mentioned, also lists Abraham's sister, Mary Ruth, married to John Fox. They had six children. Those listed are the six children of Henry Fox and Mary Ruth who bought land in E.H.Twp. in 1797. It appears that Abraham followed his sister to western Pennsylvania. Mary Ruth Fox died in 1834 before David's estate was divided.
Abraham Ruth purchased a tract of land on 14 Nov 1801 from Isaac Meason and Catrina for 218 pounds. The tract contained 145 1/2 acres and came from two tracts named Leth and Halldon. Today if you travel north from Mt. Nebo on Smithton Rd. toward 981 and descend a hill, the farm is on the hill on the left.
The 1810 U.S. Census lists under Abraham Ruth East Huntingdon on page 1268 "One male under ten, one male 10-16, one male over 45, 1 female 16-26 and one female over 45." The smaller male child must have died before 1846.
Ruth 1 Abraham Ruth 23 Apr 17__-Aug 1846. Bu Alverton. Farmer. Mennonite.
Ruth 11 Martha Ruth 17944 Nov 1850, age 71. Bu Alverton Cem.
Ruth111 George Ruth Mumaw 29 Jan 1829- 8 Aug 1909, age 80. Bu Alverton. Farmer in E.H. United Brethren.
Ruth1111 Martha m John W, Ruth
Ruth1112 James, twin, age 6 weeks
Ruth1113 Martin m Minnie Jane Parke
Ruth1114 Elizabeth m 1) Austin F. Stoner To OR 2) David M. Smutz
Ruth1115 John Martin, single
Ruth1116 Wesley m Mary Mae Stickel To CA
Ruth1117 Sally 0. m William Ferguson
Ruth.1118 Alice m Samuel Browneller Reed
Ruth112 John Ruth Mumaw 2 Oct 1831-20 Aug 1871, age 39. Bu Alverton.
Ruth1121 George W. m Margaret A.Stillwagon To CA
Ruth1122 Sallie, single
Ruth1123 Maria m Ely Crosby
Ruth1124 Sheba Bertha m John Henry Campbell To IL
Ruth1125 Henry Foster To South Bend IN
RuthI126 Hetti, single
Ruth113 Abraham Ruth Mumaw 1834
Ruth114 Alice Mumaw-died in infancy
Ruth12 Henry Ruth 22 Aug 1792-1 Sep 1867, age 75. Bu Alverton. Farmer. Mennonite.
Ruth121 Abraham Ruth 31 Jan 1823-7 May 1904, age 81. Farmer. United Brethren.
Ruth1211 John W m Martha Mumaw
Ruth1212 Henry, age 1 yr.
Ruth1213 Annie m Daniel W. Mumaw To KS
Ruth1214 Isaac N. To OK
Ruth1215 Milton S. To AR
Ruth1216 Eliza J. m John Fortney
Ruth1217 Susan m __ Hough
Ruth1218 Blaire To KS
Ruth1219 Martha J. m James M. Stoner
Ruthl2la Joseph P. To CO
Ruth121b Albert m Jemima Whitlaw
Ruth121c Frank rn Belle Foss
Ruth 122 Eizabeth Ruth 27 Jun 1824-14 Apr 1901, age 76. Bu Laurel Hill Cem. Uniontown PA (Westmoreland Co Will Vol 5 p 645 - Henry Ruth)
Ruth1221 John Henry m Sarah Stoner
Ruth1222 Anna Marie, age 5
Ruth1223 Elan-Sibit m James H. Parkhill
Ruth1224 Mary Elizabeth m Aaron F. Stoner
Ruth1225 Samuel Neel m Adah Elizabeth Stoner
Ruth1226 Smith Fuller m Mary Hanksteller
Ruth1227 Abraham Franklin m Mary Jane/Jennie Woodard
Ruth1228 James W. m Ellen VanGilder
Ov2b2 Sarah Overholt 9 Jan 1815-30 Jun 1837, age 22. Bu Alverton. Mennonite. m Christian Stoner 15 Sep 1811-16 Jan 1892, age 80. Bu Alverton. Farmer, cabinet-maker, undertaker. He later married 2) Sarah Fulkreth and 3) Margaret Fisher. See Stoner.
Ov2b2I Martin To Brunsick, MO
Ov2b22 Lizzie m John Haen To North Baltimore, OH
Ov2b3 Henry Overholt 3 Feb 1817-13 Sep 1863, age 46. To Van Buren OR Farmer. Lutheran.
Ov2b4 Anna Overholt 4 May 1819- To Findlay OR Ch of God.
Ov2b5 Elizabeth Overholt Jan 1821-3 Mar 1898, age 77. United Brethren. To Hancock OH
Ov2b6 Christian Overholt 4 Mar 1827-9 Jan 1898, age 70. To Hancock OH in 1860. Farmed 240 acres. Methodist.