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Herman Ruple Durr (#47146643)
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Bio Photo I am an 8th generation Durr from South Carolina. My family roots grow very deep into the soil of Orangeburg, Dorchester, Colleton, Berkeley and Barnwell counties.

I've researched and traveled across the Lowcountry part of the state to where my ancestors settled, to dig into musty courthouse bins, rooted through libraries, and traipse cemeteries.

Even after many years of research, I am awed when I look at the old family tombstones, bible, land plats, Last Will and Testaments and keepsake pictures with so many lineages and thinking of the forklore of many generations past touches my heart.

Some of the families I research are; Durr, Ruple, Bell, Keitt,Salisbury, Murray, Weathers, Whetsell, Miller, Ayers, Way, Beach, Bozard, Strock, Dukes and Johnson.

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Jack Ruple, Sr.
tombstone of "John J"

I once relied on this late placed marker for info ...
As you know, " John J." did not come from Germany.
What you may not know and I didn't discover til a couple of years ago when I did the article for OGSGS on gravemarkers is that "John J." is also wrong ... This immigrant son was born Johannes Roppel with no middle name as many GermanSwiss children had ....It was not uncommon to see both a Johannes (John) and a Johann (Jacob, Henry, etc). OUr immigrant in Orangeburg was simply Johannes per the church record.

cousin Jack

PSA have a great 2016! and thanks for all your help in the past on this family!
Added by Jack Ruple, Sr. on Dec 29, 2015 10:27 AM
Laurie Davis Hannah
Christmas Card
Merry Christmas to you and your family Herman! Happy 2016! God Bless, Laurie
Added by Laurie Davis Hannah on Dec 24, 2015 7:44 AM
Betsy Starnes
Thanks for your patience as I matched families at Crooked Run, Trapp family cemetery, and Chappell O. Trapp cemetery. This journey started last Sunday at a Lewis reunion in Greenbrier. One of the young men has the first name of Trapp. His father suggested I look at Crooked Run Cemetery. I began to see some connections and had to search for others.
I am still looking for the link with this young man's name though it starts with the Trapp/Brook connection Time to ask for more info from his family.
The Trapps found here are a branch off of my tree.
Thanks again
Julia Elizabeth (Betsy) Thompson Starnes
Added by Betsy Starnes on Dec 11, 2015 6:33 PM
William L. Coleman
Thank you for connecting William to his parents. Much appreciated!
Added by MKH on Nov 01, 2015 7:48 AM
Teddy Burt
Isbella Gilbert Harden
Herman, thanks for the edit update on Isabella's memorial. Teddy Lou
Added by Teddy Burt on Sep 19, 2015 10:45 AM
Rebecca Shuler Collier Shiloh Cemetery
Hi: Was at Shiloh today looking for her husband for a photo request. I beleive he may be in the plot next to hers which is unmarked. Note of interest however, on the stone the husband's name is spelled WHILIAM Collier. It may have been a stone mason error, but maybe not as why would someone go out of their way to etch a common name with an unusual spelling? Just a for what it's worth note. Pat
Added by Gollirowe on Sep 05, 2015 1:20 PM
Mary Riser
dna test
have done an ancestry dna test yet?

are you on ancestry?

Added by Mary Riser on Sep 02, 2015 10:43 AM
643rd Ben
Gravemarker Earl Tittle
Hello Herman,
Thanks for Earl's gravemarker picture.

Ben Savelkoul
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Added by 643rd Ben on Aug 04, 2015 2:36 AM
ellen sanders
Hello...I am searching my husband's family and came across your entry on Find a Grave for Fanny Sanders. My husband's grandfather was Willis R. Sanders, brother to Fanny. I see where, in 1900, a number of people have Fanny married to Julius S Fairey who apparently died in 1912 but on the 1910 census, Fanny has been married to David Ruple for 15 years! There is also another Julius Fairey on the 1910 census. I know that the death certificate for Fanny Ruple states that her father is Jacob Sanders and that is my husband's line, but if so, am not sure where Julius fits in. I wonder if you can help me in any way. Best to contact me by email at Thank you for any help you might be able to offer.

Ellen Sanders
Added by ellen sanders on Jul 31, 2015 6:24 PM
Mary Weigandt
Annie Robinson
Thank you for finding her and then the transfer. I am grateful.
Added by Mary Weigandt on Jul 18, 2015 9:25 PM
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