John & Mary Rufle
John Rufle was born in Switzerland in
December, 1813. The exact
day and place of birth are not known.
Also not known are the names of his parents.
John Rufle married Maria Magdalena Kaiser.
It is not known if the couple married in Switzerland before they
immigrated to the US or if they met and married after they arrived in
Maria Magdalena, known in the
United States as Mary, was born in Switzerland in July, 1812.
As is the case with her husband, the exact day and place of her
birth are not known, nor are the names of her parents.
After the couple arrived in St.
Louis, Mary gave birth to George Rufle on Jan. 16, 1854.
The couple had at least one child, a daughter named Barbara.
John Apparently found work as a laborer.
Sometime around 1874, the Rufle's moved east across the
Mississippi River into Monroe County, Illinois, where John worked as a
teamster in a small community known as Smith's Landing, west of the
town of Columbia. John died
in Smith's Landing on Nov. 8, 1878, about a month and a half before
his 65th birthday. The
cause of death is listed as pneumonia with complications from
albuminuria which is an indication of a kidney disease.
He was buried in Eagle Cliff-Miles Cemetery, west of Columbia,
Illinois. It should be noted that the small community of Smith's
Landing no longer exists as it was completely washed away during the
severe flooding of the Mississippi River in the earl 1990's.
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