RUGELEY, JOHN (1792–1878). John Rugeley, planter, soldier, and legislator, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Cook) Rugeley, was born on January 12, 1792, at Retreat Plantation, Fairfield County, Camden District, South Carolina. He was first married to Parthenia Irvin on June 12, 1814, and they had ten children. In the spring of 1824 he moved to Alabama, where he was a member of the state legislature. His wife died on May 1, 1831, and on February 12, 1833, he married Eliza Clopton Colgin, with whom he had eleven children. He moved to Texas in 1840 and became a planter on Caney Creek in Matagorda County. He was joined by his family in 1842. In the spring of 1842 he was a captain in the Texas army in the expedition against Rafael Vásquez. Rugeley was elected to the Seventh Congress to fill the unexpired term of Clark L. Owen and became senator from Jackson, Victoria, and Matagorda counties in the Eighth Congress, where he served on the Navy Committee. He represented Fort Bend, Wharton, and Matagorda counties at the Secession Convention in January 1861. Rugeley was among the wealthiest men in Matagorda County but lost much of his fortune during the Civil War. His fortunes only began gradually to recover in the 1870s. He died on June 17 (or 13), 1878, at Bay Prairie, Matagorda County, and was buried in the Rugeley family cemetery on Caney Creek.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Jeanette H. Flachmeier and Rowland Rugeley, "Rugeley, John," accessed May 24, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fru10.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles