Addison Tinsley Ruan

b. 17 April 1876, d. 29 November 1930
  • Addison Tinsley Ruan was born on 17 April 1876 in Georgia.
  • Amanda M. Kilbee appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, at 109 First Street. Other members of the household included Addison Tinsley Ruan, Mary Eliza Ruan, John Gibbs Ruan, Annie Campbell Ruan, Martha Rodman Ruan, Rebecca Tinsley, Rebecca Tinsley Ruan and John Gibbs Ruan Jr.
  • Addison Tinsley Ruan appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Department of Matagua & Santa Clara, Cuba, at Headquarters.
  • He was a clerk, according to the 1900 census, apparently a civilian employed by the military.
  • He married Bertha M. Bristow on 21 September 1905 in Washington, District of Columbia.
  • The following appeared on 22 September 1905 in The Times Dispatch: A very pretty wedding of interest to Richmond people occurred yesterday at 12 o'clock, noon, in Washington, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Bristow, Bristow, 1503 T Street, Northwest, Miss Bertha Bristow was married to Mr. Addison Tinsley Ruan, formerly of Macon, Ga. Mr. Ruan is now disbursing officer of the Philippine government, Bureau of Insular Affairs, and is a young man with a very promising future. Miss Bristow is well known in the musical circles of Washington. Her home has been in the city for the past fifteen years and she has a large circle of friends.
         The ceremony was performed by Rev. Samuel H. Greene, D. D., of Calvary Baptist Church, in the presence of a small company of friends. Mr. Ruan recently lost his mother by death, and the marriage was therefore very quiet. The rooms in the home were decorated with palms and flowers. Breakfast was served immediately following the ceremony, and the young couple left on the 1 o'clock train for Boston and other Eastern points.
         The bride received a large number of beautiful presents from friends in the South and West, and in the city.
  • The following appeared on 3 February 1908 in The Macon Daily Telegraph: The death of John G. Ruan, Sr., at Smyrna, near Atlanta, yesterday, came as sad news to many who knew him as a good citizen of Macon for many years. The remains will reach Macon at 11:20 o'clock this morning. The funeral services will be held at Christ Church this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Walter Mitchell, rector-in-charge, officiating. Interment at Riverside.
         Mr. Ruan was 57 years of age at the time of his death. He was born in Appalachicola, Fla. and came to Macon in 1875. He was well known as a buyer and exporter of cotton, and was associated at one time with the father of Capt. W. L. Starr and later with Mr. J. P. Roosevelt. Leaving the cotton business he became interested in the manufacture of bricks.
         Of late years Mr. Ruan has been in feeble health. He was a quiet, unassuming gentleman, and a good man. He was married to Miss Tinsly, a sister of Messrs. A. R., T. D. and F. D. Tinsly. He leaves three children, John G. Ruan, Addison Ruan and Mrs. W. L. Starr.
  • The following appeared on 5 August 1916 in The Macon Daily Telegraph: Addison P. Ruan, formerly a Macon boy, has been appointed by President Wilson and the president of Haiti to the office of finanaicl adviser to the Haitien government, with headquarters in Port au Prince, Mr. Ruan's brother, John Ruan, a Macon broker, has been informed.
         Mr. Ruan's work with the government began at the time of the Spanish-American war, when he went to the Philippines as clerk in the quartermaster's department. Later he was transferred to Cienfuegos, and later to Havana, in the signal corps department. For four years he served as disbursing officer in Cuba, and since that time has served in the bureau of insular affairs in Washington, in connection with the disbursement of the finances of the Philippines, Porto Rico and the recent Dominican receivership.
         Mr. Ruan was born in Macon in 1874, and was educated here, graduating from the literary department of Mercer university. In addition to his brother, Mr. Ruan has a sister, Mrs. William L. Starr, formerly of Macon, but now of Atlanta.
         Mr. Ruan has sailed with his wife for Port au Prince to assume his new duties, which gives him quite a promotion in point of rank and in salary over his position as disbursing officer for the insular department.
  • The following appeared on 1 April 1921 in The Boston Herald: (Panama, March 31) Addison T. Ruan, an American, has been reappointed fiscal agent for Panama for a two-year term beginning with February 28, when his first term as adviser expired. He has been acting temporarily throughout the Costa Rican crisis and during the deadlock which resulted from the determination of President Porras to appoint a Panaman to succeed him.
  • Addison Tinsley Ruan died on 29 November 1930 at age 54 in Macon, Bibb Coiunty, Georgia, at Massee Apartments.
  • His wife Bertha M. Bristow became a widow at his death.
  • He was interred at Riverside Cemetery, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia.
  • Last Edited: 27 Aug 2012

Family: Bertha M. Bristow b. circa 26 September 1875, d. 7 November 1954