NICHOLAS RUDE, farmer, P. O. Blanchester, son of Peter and Nancy Rude,
was born in this township in 1839. He was reared on a farm. In 1860, he was married to Elizabeth Smith. They have seven children – Nancy, Pheobe, John, Franklin, Mary, Alice and Estella.
Mr. Rude served two years and nine months in defense of his country; enlisted at Blanchester August 18, 1862, in Company E, Forty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under Capt. Thomas. He was in a number of prominent engagements, among others the siege of Vicksburg, Jackson and Chattanooga. He was captured July 1864, near Atlanta, GA., was sent to Andersonville Prison, where he lay till September 22, when he was exchanged and returned to his regiment, and was discharged at Washington and returned to Blanchester. He received fifty acres of land from his father, and has since bought fifty-eight; has sixty-five under cultivation. Mr. Rude has been Supervisor one year.
Source: The History Of Clinton County. W. H. BEERS & CO. 1882. ￼