Rundle in Baltimore Update: An Interesting Branch

About 30 years prior to my branch of the Rundle family coming to the US and settling in Michigan, New Jersey, then Connecticut, there was another branch that immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland. Jonathan “of Pengelly” Rundle was a sibling to my 4xGreat Grandfather Hugh Brice Rundle. Jonathan stayed in St. Neot, however, four of his children and eventually his wife did leave for the United States, settling at first in Baltimore.

I hadn’t really finished this line until now. I’ve updated the site with a page just for this branch. You can find it here: Rundles of St. Neot & Baltimore.

While researching this family I ran across a few interesting stories. The first involved the fact that some of the cousins in this line fought on the Confederate side in the Civil War and others fought for the Union Army. In one family, brothers fought for opposite sides.

John William Rundle

John William Rundle

Four of the sons of Jonathan Rundle and Elizabeth Butcher fought for the Confederate cause. Jonathan and John both were in the 36th Virginia Infantry. The family lived in Wheeling, which would later become “West Virginia” but at the time was part of Virginia. Two other sons, George and William Marvin, also fought for the Confederate Army.

John William Rundle rose to the level of Captain and local lore says that as a publisher of the local paper prior to his service, as he “was about to return to his old home in the Kanawha Valley. He published a notice to the public reading: ‘ If you (the Union men) will treat us right and not insult us, we will keep quiet; but if you don’t, these hills will be filled with sharpshooters’.”

Jonathan RundleHis brother, Jonathan Theodore Rundle, has another interesting story linked to his service. After being injured in fighting, he was “taken by the Federals he was made prisoner and placed in the Federal hospital at Nashville. From that place he was stolen away one night by three noble Southern women who loved and cared for the soldiers. Mrs. Robert Gardner, Mrs. Fort, and Mrs. M. Taylor, a dead comrades body being placed on his cot. For two years he was unable to go about, but when he did get out it came his way to render a valuable service to Governor Johnson, who never forgot it, and he gave to Mr. Rundle special protection and privileges.” After the war, Jonathan ended up marrying the adopted daughter of Mrs. Taylor.

Towards the end of the war, the family was told that William Marvin Rundle was killed in action. Then when George Rundle was on his way home after the war ended, he ran into his supposedly dead brother also walking home!

Another brother, Charles Wesley Rundle, had been living in Illinois when the war broke out and he enlisted as a Private in Company A, Illinois 116th Infantry Regiment on 06 Sep 1862. He was mustered out on 07 Jun 1865 at Washington, DC.

Charles W. Rundle

Charles W. Rundle

Charles was a Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in a “forlorn hope” Union Army assault on Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863. His citation reads “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.”

I can guess that since Charles never returned to live near his brothers, there wasn’t too much conflict over his fighting for the Union, or perhaps that is why he never returned!

Also serving in the Union Army was the son of Jonathan Sr’s brother, Joseph Rundle and Elizabeth Bookholz, Joseph Rundle Jr.

Marvin Rundle SuicideAnother interesting story involved George and William Marvin Rundle again. “Marvin” as he was called, was a “wandering cowboy” who never married and traveled around the west. He did keep in touch with his brother George who was a traveling salesman and lived in Kansas City, Missouri. Marvin was especially close with George’s daughter, Effie. In December 1900, George’s wife and daughter were told that George had committed suicide while traveling in Oklahoma. They had not heard from him in over 10 weeks and so they feared that it was him. When the body arrived, the women looked at it and realized it was Marvin not George! It seemed that Marvin had an unsealed letter addressed to Effie and one of George’s business cards on his person, leading the authorities to believe that he was George. Interestingly, when their prosperous brother, John, a Printer in Nashville, TN, was asked to help pay burial expenses, he refused. Marvin’s body ended up being donated to the Anatomical Society for research.