Rue, Mary

Birth Name Rue, Mary [1a]
Gender female
Age at Death 73 years


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1747 Bensalem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania  
Death 1820 Woodford County, Kentucky  


Father Rue, Samuel
Mother Van Sandt, Aaltje Olshe
  1. Rue, Rachel
  2. Rue, Joshua
  3. Rue, Richard


Married Husband Burgin, John Morris
Married Husband Holman, Edward III
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage 1770    
  1. Rue, Richard
  2. Holman, Rachel
  3. Holman, Elizabeth
  4. Holman, Edward
  5. Holman, Mary
  6. Holman, Nancy
  7. Holman, Cornelius

Source References

  1. Mom, Dad, and Their Ancestry
      • Date: 2012-12-12
      • Page: 21-22
      • Confidence: High
      • Source text:

        Mary (Rue) Holman (1747-1820), daughter of Samuel Rue and Aaltje Van Sandt, first
        marriage in 1763 was to John Burgin. John died in 1767. Mary's second marriage in 1770 was
        to her cousin, Edward Holman III (1741-1819). Edward was a weaver at the time, a common
        profession of men during the colonial period since the weaving apparatus was so heavy to carry
        around. Edward was born in Kent County, Maryland in 1741. With Edward, Mary had six
        children, Rachel (1774-1852), Elizabeth ((1775-1832), Edward (1777-1839), Mary Holman
        (1780-1818), Nancy (1785-1822), and Cornelius (1789-1862). Upon the death of Mary Rue's
        father, Samuel, Edward and Mary Rue became legal guardians of Samuel's young son, Richard.

        The Holman families of Edward and his brother Henry, along with Edward's adopted
        brother-in-law, Richard, moved to Kentucky in the year 1776. Early in the spring of that year
        they descended down the Ohio River and settled briefly at the mouth of the Kentucky River, a
        territory located in an area of savage wilderness. Edward volunteered for General George
        Rodgers Clark's Campaign against the Fort of Vincennes in February 1779. Prior to that,
        Edward defended the Fort of Harrodsburg, Kentucky against an Indian siege in 1777 under the
        command of General Clark. On November 17, 1779 Edward received a settlement from a war
        grant of 400 acres of land which was located in Woodford County, Kentucky. Edward and Mary
        Rue stayed there the remainder of their life. Edward died in 1819 at the age of 78 and Mary Rue
        died in 1820 at the age of 73.

        Richard's life underwent many harrowing experiences. He was captured by the Indians,
        survived the tortures of running through two gauntlets, traded to the British to serve as a slave,
        and finally after three and a half years of captivity, was released through the efforts of General
        George Rodgers Clark.

        Issues over land and slaves colored the Rue's and Holman's lives in Kentucky. By the
        1780's there were more than 70,000 settlers in Kentucky, all jostling for land. Edward and his
        brothers Henry and George, along with Richard Rue and other settlers of Boonesboro petitioned
        the Virginia government to resolve their complaints, being that they suffered for obtaining the
        land during the Indian Wars. They also felt cheated that new settlers put them at competing
        disadvantage by using slaves versus their free labor.


  1. Rue, Samuel
    1. Van Sandt, Aaltje Olshe
      1. Rue, Mary
        1. Burgin, John Morris
        2. Holman, Edward III
          1. Rue, Richard
          2. Holman, Rachel
          3. Holman, Elizabeth
          4. Holman, Edward
          5. Holman, Mary
          6. Holman, Nancy
          7. Holman, Cornelius
      2. Rue, Rachel
      3. Rue, Joshua
      4. Rue, Richard