The Rudacilles

By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures) on April 26, 2010

In researching the Rudacilles, my quest took me back to Hans Thomman Rudisuhli, who was born in Switzerland in 1585. The name changed many times over the years and the countries, from Switzerland to Germany, to Pennsylvania and then to Virginia.

My grandfather on my mother side was Ernest Phillip Rudacille.  Born in Browntown, Virginia in 1904, Ernest lived most of his  life in Bentonville, Va.  He died in 1997 at the age of 93.  We knew him as Gran.2010-04-17/UniQueTreasures/b5b3a2


In researching the Rudacilles, my quest took me back to Hans Thomman Rudisuhli, who was born in Switzerland in 1585.  The name changed many times over the years and the countries, from Switzerland to Germany, to Pennsylvania and then to Virginia. 

I found notes about Hans' grandson, also named Hans.

Notes on Hans Rudisile
Hans Rudisuli was born in Fruemsen, Sax Parish, Canton St. Gallen, Switzerland 20 Apr 1645. He was christened in the nearby Reformed Evangelical Church of Sax, Sax, Canton St. Gallen. Hans died 26 May 1723 in Michelsfeld, Germany, at 78 years of age. When Hans left Fruemsen (located 10 miles west of Liechtenstein) in 1651, he was a journeyman, learning the trade of a tailor. He settled in Michelsfeld, Germany a small village 5 km east of Swabish Hall. Once in Michelsfeld his name changed to Rudisile.

He married twice. He married Anna Liebeld in Michelsfeld, Germany, 30 Jan 1665/66. Anna was born in Michelsfeld, Germany
1647. Anna died 1687 in Michelsfeld, Germany, at 40 years of age. He married Anna Katharine Klees in Michelsfeld, Germany, 16 Mar 1687/88. Anna was born in Michelsfeld, Germany about 1650. Anna died 2 Nov 1710 in Michelsfeld, Germany, at 60 years of age. According to Lorena Shell Eaker, her name was Kern, widow of Jacob Kern.
Anna Liebeld was born in Michelsfeld, Germany 1647. Anna died 1687 in Michelsfeld, Germany at 40 years of age.

Hans Rudisuli and Anna Liebeld had the following children:
i. Hans Jacob Rudisill was born 4 Oct 1666.
ii. Hans Wamdel Rudisile was born in Michelsfeld, Germany 15 Nov 1668. Hans died 9 Apr 1743 at 74 years of age. He married Maria
Catharina Unknown 9 Apr 1743. Maria died 12 Dec 1738.
iii. Adolf Rudisile was born 16 Nov 1671. Adolf died 1680 at 8 years of age.
iv. Hans Jurg Rudisile was born 10 May 1674. Hans died 7 Oct 1674 at less than one year of age.
v. Johann Leonhard Rudisile was born in Michelsfeld, Germany 5 Sep 1679. Johann died 26 May 1725 in Michelsfeld, Germany, at 45
years of age. He married Sophia Koller in Michelsfeld, Germany, 12 Feb 1708/09. Sophia was born in Michelsfeld, Germany 1685.
Sophia died 8 Mar 1754 in Michelsfeld, Germany, at 68 years of age.
vi. Johann Rudisile was born 15 May 1683. Johann died 6 Mar 1710/11 at 27 years of age.
vii. Hans Jurg Rudisile was born 19 Jun 1686. Hans died 14 Jan 1687/88 at 1 year of age.

I found this information on about Philipp Heinrich Rudisuhle, who was the grandson of Hans Rudisill.

When Philipp Heinrich Rudisuhle came to America

About two years after the death of his wife Anna Maria Schopff, Philipp Heinrich Rudisile emigrated to America from Weiler-am-stein Germany. He brought with him his only living son who was less than 2 years old. His name was George Philip. Their boat, the "William and Sarah," arrived in Philadelphia on 21 September 1727. "His name appears on the ship's Manifest as Filib Rutschly." Philipp settled in Manheim Township and attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His will was written 23 September 1755 and it was probated the 11th of November that year.

We do not know the name of his second wife, whom he married in Manhein Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The year was circa 1728 and she was about 26 years old. He would have been about 31 years old. His American wife died two years later at the birth of their daughter Maria Barbara, born in 1730.

Four years later, 29 October 1734, he married his third and final wife Susanna Beyer(in). Susanna had been born in Germany in 1707 and in September of 1734, she arrived in Philadelphia on the ship the "Pennsylvania Merchant." I seems that they must have known one another back in Germany because they married a month later, October 29 1734, in Conestoga, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. They had 6 children together and Philipp already had two. She died 13 years after Philipp in 1768.

Jerry Deitz tells the story that Philipp left the farm to his oldest son John Michael. However John Michael died soon after his father and the property went to Susanna with a promise that the farm would not be sold until she died. So she died with the farm intestate. The sons all had to wait the 13 years for their inheritance. John Jacob was the third son so there was not much hope of him having the farm. He therefore left for Virginia. He may have received something after his mother died. (This story is paraphrased from the information in Ted's book. ie: The Rudasill Geneology by Edward L. Rudisill, 1995).


Philipp Heinrich Rudisuhle was the Great, Great, Great Grandfather of Philip Rudaciller, from Browntown, VA.  He was a Confederate Soldier in the Civil War in Trayham's Co. 41st Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (White's). Philip Rudaciller, born 1843, died 1915, son of William Rudaciller and Mary Marlow. He was married to his cousin, Julia A. Rudaciller and was James Newton Rudacille's father. Philip Rudaciller was the grandfather of Ernest Phillip Rudacille, my grandfather. 


Our people lived through some very hard economic times and quite a few of them served our great country in the military, at least as far back as the Revolutionary War. So many of our kinfolk fought in the Civil War. They were proud of their families. They stood up for what they believed in and they fought for everything that America stands for. They fought for our freedom so that we all might have a better life. Let’s don’t ever forget our veterans. They are all heroes!

I took a trip back to Virginia last year and my mother showed me all of the old family homesteads where Gran lived.  Only one wasn't still standing.  The rest were all in very good shape.  The stories my mother shared of her time growing up are all precious to me.  I'm so glad I was able to share that time with her and plan on making another trip back there this summer.  I want to spend as much time with my mother as I can so I can learn even more about our family.  Mom is still really sharp and the stories she tells are like it happened yesterday.  She's a great story teller!


My mother writes,
“I am sure I told you about him

working up on the mountain to build the Skyline Drive and he was lucky to have work during those hard
years of depression in the USA.
This must have been 1936/1937
when he was working there. Some
person hired by the government
drove an old dilapidated truck for
the guys so he had to leave
Bentonville around 4 AM in the
morning & go other places to pick
up guys and didn't get back until
after dark and the pay was very
slim. Most of that was pick and
shovel work.”



“Gran always had a garden and pigs to butcher. We had fruit trees.


  Many families were a lot worse off than we were due to larger families. We got free milk because he would feed and water a few cows during this time and was allowed to milk one cow.”

My mother wrote, "He worked at the American Viscose Corp., later called Avtex and FMC when he retired. He worked in the Cake Wash Dept. driving a fork lift, hauling the product
from one place to another in the plant and I believe he started working right after Carolyn was born in 1942.”

From the Avtex website:

Norfolk District
Avtex Fibers
Front Royal, Virginia

From 1940 until 1989, the facility and 400-acre site currently known as the Avtex Fibers Superfund site in Front Royal, Virginia (located 55 miles west of Washington, D.C.) employed over 2,500 people to manufacture rayon, polyester and polypropylene fibers for commercial, defense and space industries. American Viscose Corporation operated the plant from 1940 until 1963, when it sold the plant to FMC Corporation (FMC).

In 1976, Avtex Fibers, Inc. purchased the plant from FMC and continued manufacturing operations until 1989, when Avtex closed the plant and declared bankruptcy. In June 1986, the site was listed on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List.


“He had worked as a section hand on the Norfolk and Western Railroad for a couple
years and during the winter if it was snowy and icy he would have to walk the track for miles to be sure it was safe for the train to travel.

Section work is always very hard

“I think it was around 1939/1940 when Warren County built a new High School called Warren County High School and Daddy helped to work on that. For some reason he was the one that put up the tallest thing on that School and he was proud of that. It was a big deal to him but I only told a few of my friends about it.”


Sadly, the Rudacille line (our branch of it) died out because my grandfather had only daughters and both of them had only daughters too.



Left Photo - 1960 - Four Generations of Rudacilles:  My mother, Colleen Rudacille Bass, My great grandparents, James Newton Rudacille and Ursula Ann Compton Rudacille, holding ME, Janet Kay Bass Colvin, my grandparents, Ernest Philip Rudacille and Ethel Gertrude Duke Rudacille.




I’ve enjoyed getting to know more about my family this past year

through my researching and documenting,
lest they be forgotten.2010-04-26/UniQueTreasures/f36582


Edited April 27, 2010 to add the Rudacille Family's entry on our database -

More information can be found on the Rudacilles (Rudisill) at


Related articles:
American Viscose Corp., Avtex, Ernest Philip Rudacille, FMC Corporation, Hans Rudisile, Hans Thomman Rudisuhli, Philipp Heinrich Rudisuhle, Skyline Drive, Warren County High School

About Janet Colvin
Several years ago my oldest daughter was given a project to do in school. She was to interview the oldest living relative she knew. That happened to be me. That project started a love of ancestry for both me and for my daughter. She worked hard to try and find out who our people were. She collected information from all of the sources she had available. Then she passed the reigns of Ancestry on to me. Two years ago I began gathering more information about our ancestors and wrote books to give to our family. This has been one of my major accomplishments in life.

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Nice research! Zanymuse Apr 27, 2010 6:56 AM 1
Rudisills in NC Hemophobic Apr 27, 2010 6:41 AM 1

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