Early advertisement for Halladay Windmill
History of the Traditional American Farm Windmill
Burton Humphrey Ruggles
first wife was Anna Halladay. Her brother, Daniel Halladay, was the
inventor of the the first fully self-regulating windmill which helped
enable the development of the American West. Burton worked with his
brother-in-law, first in Connecticut where Daniel started manufacturing
his invention in 1854 and later in Batavia, Illinois where the US Wind
Engine and Pump Company was moved in 1863 to take advantage of the
growing western market.
Burton Humphrey Ruggles was born
in 1823 in Royalston, Massachusetts. In 1846 he married Anna
Halladay. Burton and Anna had seven children: Mustapha Benton,
Gustavas Burton, Emma Ella, Edgar Monro, Frank Leroy, Arthur
Herbert, and Anna Jane. Anna died in 1858.
In 1867 Burton married Sara Elizabeth Warren. Burton and
Sara had three children: Charles Frederick, Lucus Warren,
and Hattie Tryphena. This web site tells the story of these
families, their descendents and their ancestors.
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