Hamilton County Pioneers - the Ruohs Family
“It's no use your lying about it for I've seen Col. Ruohs myself since you have, and he never said anything about having a lengthy conversation with you.”
He made his own coffins and prepared the bodies, and his wife assisted with the business. via Chattanoogan.com
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#1 Feb 8, 2008
My husband returned from a geneaology class and talked about how interesting it was. I have always been fascinated with Chattanooga and my family history there. I currently live in Nashville, but make pilgrimages to Chattanooga. I decided to do a Google search for "Ruohs" (which is my middle name) and found this article.....WOW! My father is the last Jarnagin (his father was Joseph Ruohs Jarnagin) son alive and we have quite a bit of the furniture that was made by my great great grandfather. They also have a picture of Aunt Nanny (Nancy Harriet) hanging on the wall next to a secretary built by Joseph Ruohs. I sent your column to my father and it made his day. He also said my Grandmother would have loved it. Dad was born on Signal Mountain and was the youngest of the Jarnagin boys. Dad has a treasure trove of Jarnagin and Ruohs memorabilia including letters from Switzerland which Joseph Ruohs had written home to his wife. Thank you so much for such a personal glimpse into our family history. It is just more proof of why I carry the names of Ruohs and Jarnagin so very proudly! At one point in college I tried to get everyone to start calling me Ruohs, but it didn't last long. It was too hard for everyone. My husband's middle name is Clark and when we travel the Tennessee backroads I refer to us as "Ruohs and Clark"....
Karen Ruohs Jarnagin Ray
#2 Mar 13, 2014
Trying to locate Karen.
#3 Sep 1, 2014
Spencer Joseph Jarnagin is the grandson who lives in Wilmington and my brother.
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