History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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JOSEPH S. RUTH, of Line Lexington, New Britain township, was born in that township April 24, 1848, and is a son of Henry and Magdalena (SWARTLEY) RUTH.  Rev. David RUTH, the great-grandfather of Joseph S., was a minster (sic) of the Mennonite faith, and resided for many years in Hatfield township, Montgomery county, removing in 1801 to New Britain township with wife Catharine and their eight children- four sons: Michael, David, Jacob, and Joseph; and four daughters: Mary, who married Isaac DERSTEIN, of Rockhill township; Sophia, born August 23, 1787, married Christian SWARTZ, and removed to Upper Canada about 1808; Catharine, who married Jacob RUTH of Hilltown; and Magdalene, who married Andrew RUTH, of New Britain.  David RUTH died in 1820.  Michael, the eldest son, settled in Buckingham, Bucks county; David and Joseph remained in New Britain; Jacob, the third son settled in Tinicum.   The land purchased by David Sr., was located on the banks of the Neshaminy, and remained in the family for several generations.  Joseph RUTH, youngest son of Rev. David and Catharine RUTH, was born in Hatfield, Montgomery county, and came to New Britain township with his parents when a child.  On arriving at manhood he married Ann PRICE, and, purchasing the greater part of the old homestead, made his home thereon during life, devoting his energies to the tilling of the soil.

          Henry P. RUTH, son of Joseph and Ann (PRICE) RUTH, was born in New Britain township.  In 1853 he purchased of his father a portion of the old homestead and settled thereon.  Like his ancestors, he was a consistent member of the Mennonite church.  In politics he was a Republican, and was active in local politics and filled several positions of trust.  He died April 7, 1903, and is interred at the old Mennonite burying ground at Line Lexington.  His wife, Magdalena SWARTLEY, was born in New Britain township, September 28, 1824, and died April 7, 1893.  They were married in 1844.  Magdalena was a daughter of John and Mary (MOYER) SWARTLEY of New Britain, the former of whom was born in New Britain, June 8, 1792, and died there March 14, 1856; and the latter was born in Springfield township, Bucks county, October 9, 1795, and died in New Britain, April 10, 1872.  Philip SCWARDLEY, the father of John, and the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Eppingen, Germany, October 28, 1764, and died in New Britain township, September 23, 1840.  His wife, Sarah ROSENBERGER, was born in Franconia township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, and died in New Britain, April 6, 1849.  The children of Henry and Magdalena (SWARTLEY) RUTH, were, John S. residing at Lansdale; Joseph S., and one who died in infancy.

          JOSEPH S. RUTH was bon and reared on the old homestead, and was educated at the public schools of New Britain township, supplemented by one year at Collegeville.  He was reared to the life of a farmer, and on his marriage to Sarah LEIDY took charge of the Jonas LEIDY farm, which he operated for four years.  He then removed to the old SWARTLEY homestead in New Britain, which he managed for over twenty years.  In 1904 he removed to the village of Line Lexington, where he has since resided.  His wife is a native of Hilltown, where her ancestors have been prominent farmers and business men for several generations.  They are the parents of seven children;

1. Elmer, married, December, 1900, Anna Mary BERGEY, daughter of Jones BERGEY, of Hilltown, and they have three children-Grace, Joseph, Earnest. 

2. Leidy.

3. Flora, married June, 1902, Harvard D. SAMPEY, and they have one child, Ruth C. 

4. Stella.

5. Dora.


7. Lizzie.  The four last named died in infancy.

  Mr. RUTH takes an active interest in local politics and all that pertains to the best interest of the community.  He is the owner of three large farms, one of which was the home of his maternal ancestors, the SWARTLEYS.  While Mr. RUTH does not personally conduct his farms he devotes much of his time to their care and supervision.  He takes an active part in church work and is one of the leading men in the community in which he live.


Test taken from page 539 to 540 of: 


Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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