Caucasian Ruffins - Missing and Unconnected

Thomas Ruffin - Mary Ann Dunaway (Linda Rollins) Source: =====================================================================

RUFFIN, RICHARD Pvt  - Enl 29 Jul 1861
at Arkadelphia, AR. Escaped from Island #10 8 Apr 1862
Company I 12th Arkansas

RUFFIN, J.M. Cpt  - Appointed 16 Jul 1861.
Resigned 20 Mar 1862. Discharged 25 May 1862.  
Company A 12th Arkansas

RUFFIN, T.P. Sgt  - Enl 10 Oct 1861 at Little Rock, AR. Elected Sgt 8 May 1862 (during Corinth MS campaign). Died 25 Oct 1862. Must have been from disease since no battle at that date.

Company B 4th Battalion Arkansas
organized from Prairie County.  (battles)

Corinth MS Campaign Apr-Jun
Richmond, KY Aug 19-30 1862)
Murfreesboro, TN (Stones River)
31 Dec 1862-3 Jan 1863.

Mary A. Teagle received a 50 dollar confederate pension check.

Mary  Ann "Puss" Dunaway House
Birth:            14 Mar 1845
Death:            15 Jul 19131
Burial: New Liberty Cemetery, Faulkner CO. AR.
Father:            Isaiah Dunaway
Mother:            Ann Sanders
Other Spouses:  James T. Teagle, Thomas Ruffin,             Stephen Cain
1 M:            Edgar Monroe House
Birth:            5 Mar 1867
Death:            9 Sep 1901
Spouse:            Benetta Edmonson
Marriage:            9 Dec 1888

#1 Mary Ann DUNAWAY, daughter of Isiah Dunaway & Ann Sanders.
b.  14 Mar 1845, Prairie Co, AR
d.  15 Jul 1913, Faulkner Co, AR
married #1: 01 Nov1860, Prairie Co, AR to Thomas P. RUFFIN.  He served in the Civil War and died on 25 Oct 1862.
unknown if they had children

#2 married J.B. HOUSE
b ca. 1845, TN
m. before 1867
--1. Edgar Monroe House
b. 05 Mar 1867, Faulkner Co, AR
d. 09 Sep 1901, Faulkner Co, AR
m. 09 Dec 1888, Faulkner Co, AR to Benetta EDMONSON, dau of Manly B. and Susan S. Shaw Edmonson

--2.  Elba Knolton House
b. 18 Sep 1873
d. 05 Mar 1903, Faulkner Co, AR
m. 28 Nov 1889, Faulkner Co, AR to Mallard D. Jones

--3.  Benjamin House
b. ca. 1875

#3 married Stephen CAIN
21 Jan 1874; Faulkner Co, AR
unknown if they had children

#4 James TEAGLE, son of Thomas & Martha M. Teagle
b. ca 1845, MS
married:  06 Jun 1877, Faulkner Co, AR
--1.  Minnie Lee Teagle
b. 06 Mar 1878, Faulkner Co, AR
d. 04 Mar 1971, Faulkner Co, AR
married #1; 29 May 1897, Faulkner Co, AR to B.F. GIBBONS
married #2; 26 Sep 1907, Faulkner Co, AR to William Osburn DURHAM 

--2.  Emma Teagle
b. 25 Jun 1882, Faulkner Co, AR
d. 26 Feb 1970, Faulkner Co, AR
married 26 Dec 1900, Faulkner Co, AR to George P. CARTER

--3.  Sallie May Teagle
b.  08 May 1883, Faulkner Co, AR
d.  30 Apr 1968, Faulkner Co, AR
married 22 Sep 1901, Faulkner Co, AR to Jackson M. LANGLEY


Notes for Mary  Ann "Puss" Dunaway House
She was married 4 times.  I have not found her House marriage as of yet.

She is listed in the 1860 Prairie Co, Arkansas census living with her sister Elizabeth and brother in law T.J. Nelms.

She is listed in the 1900 Faulkner County Census as widowed. Sheet 9B 171/171 and is living with her daughter Emma and Sallie.

She is listed on the 1910 Faulkner County Census as living with her Son in Law and daughter.

>From the Log Cabin Democrat Thurs July 17, 1913
HAMLET-  We have just received word that Mrs. James
Teagle died at Conway at 12 o'clock today.  She was one
of our oldest and most respectable ladies, and has lived
here for many years.  She has many friends and relatives
here to mourn her death.  She's listed in the New Liberty
Cemetery as Tengle, Mary A. 14  1845-15 JUL 1913.

1900 United States Federal Census Faulkner, township Palarm, Arkansas

Teagle, Mary M. Head W F born Mar 1845 age 55 widowed born ARK, father and mother born Alabama.

Teagle, Emma daughter W F Born June, 1887 age 17 single born AR, father born Mississippi, mother born ARK

Teagle, Sallie daughter W F Born May 1888, age 14f single, born AR, father born Miss. , mother born AR

Ages of children are probably listed incorrectly.
1. Pence Funeral Home Vol II 1904-1926


Henry Jefferson Ruffin Vail Gray Applewhite My grandfather was Henry Jefferson Ruffin Vail Gray Applewhite from Wilmington NC. The Ruffins-Grays-Applewhites all owened plantations in NC in the 1800's.
He was b. 12-24-1888 the son of Benners Whidbee Applewhite & Mary Elvie Sellers grandson of Bartley Deans Applewhite & Mary Ann Vail --John Wesley Sellers & Molly Ann Penny ---all from NC.

Meldrain Ruffin

My father is Meldrain Gale Ruffin (dob May1930,Plains, Missouri), and my grandfather was Meldrain Ruffin (dob unknown, location unknown; married: 1928? wife Katherine Ruffin (born 1913).
Rod Ruffin

Thomas Sterling Ruffin

"Joanne McIntyre"

My grandfather was Thomas Sterling Ruffin who married Claudie Plant on 10 May, 1888 in Tallapoosa County, AL and lived on a farm in Reeltown. He died in 1914 and was buried in Macon County (probably Notasulga). They had 4 children: William Herman, Roland J, John Carl, and Ralph. After his death, she and Ralph kept boarders in Reeltown--all young women teachers who taught in East Tallassee. Later she managed the Talisi Hotel and died in Elmore County (Tallassee) in 1933. Am very interested in any information about this family.

One of their sons was John Carl Ruffin, my father.
It states that his parent's were Thomas Sterling Ruffin and Claudie Ann Plant and he was born on 12 Nov. 1896 in Notasulga, AL (Lee County). I have no birth records on Thomas Sterling (maybe around 1868?) and no way to trace his parents. They could have come from AL, GA,NC or VA as many Ruffins did.
John Carl is buried in NC and I have records of that, but nothing on the death of Thomas Sterling Ruffin.

possibly connected to: William Ruffin, born in GA, married Nancy Nix (also born in GA) in Loachapoka, Macon County, AL in 1857.

Alabama Archives Search-July 2003
(Search conducted by Willie Maryland)

William Ruffin
1. Document: 1855 Alabama Census, Macon County, Alabama Wm. Ruffin White males over 21-1 (Names of individuals or head of families)

2. Document: 1855 Alabama Census, Macon County, Alabama Mrs. Nix White males under 21-3; White males over 21-2; White females over 21-1; White females under 21-1; Total whites-7.

3. Document: Marriage Certificate Application Application on April 1, 1857 authorizes William Ruffin and Nancy Nix to celebrate rites of marriage on April 2, 1857 at the house of Mrs. Nix. (William Stanton, J.P.)

4. Document: Macon County Marriage License Index William Ruffin-Nancy Nix-4-2-1857-page 254-William Stanton, J.P.

5. Document: Military Records 46th Alabama Infantry Regiment-Private-Croft's Company D-Enlisted in Macon County, Alabama on March 21, 1862. Died July 5, 1862 of disease contracted in the service of the Confederate States.

6. Document: Application For Relief by Widows of Confederate Soldiers Claim filed for Wm. Ruffin, Private by Nancy Ruffin on January 10, 1863. Additional claims filed in 1887, 1889 and 1891.

7. Document: 1870 Federal Census Nancy Ruffin 35 F W Keeping house Place of birth-Geo. Thos. Ruffin 11 M W Place of birth- Ala.-- Attended school within the year John Ruffin 9 M W Place of birth-Ala.

8. Document: 1880 Federal Census Nancy Ruffin 45 F W Widow Self Keeping house Birthplace: GA Thomas Ruffin 21 M W Single Son Farmer Birthplace: AL (GA?)* John Ruffin 19 M W Single Son Farmer Birthplace: AL?* *LDS website said AL/ C

I cannot find them in Alabama in the 1860 Census, but found a Nancy Ruffin in the same location in the 1870 census with two sons, Thomas and John, ages 11 and 9, and again in the 1880 census in the same place (the county was changed to Lee County in 1886).

My problem is that I need a birth record to prove that Thomas Sterling was indeed the son of William and Nancy and I need to trace the brother, John. Also need to find the parents of William and Nancy in the GA records. If you have any suggestions or have any connections who might have information on this family, I would be so grateful.
Joanne Ruffin McIntyre

John D. Ruffin

Florence faruffin@bellsouth.netThe death certificate is for John D Ruffin and his mothers name was Mrs. Nix. John D Ruffin married first Fannie DeVanie she passed away about 1899, and then John David married a second time to Marry Spann of Webster Co. Ga.

He was a carpenter, and may have been associated with the cotton mills in Columbus, as some of his children were working at mills in the 1900 census. He did not own his own property, so he may have been living in Mill Housing.

He married the 2nd time in Webster County, GA in (year?) to Mary Barrentine Spann. Death certificate from the Georgia State of Health Beau of Vital Statistic. Webster Co.

File No#22804 District #978, Richland RFD Richland Ga. Date of death 8-14-29. His age 58(this was written over 68) Birth place Alabama. Maiden Name of Mother, Mrs. Nix. This was filed Aug. 20, 1929. Based on age at death, birth for John D. Ruffin would be 1870. On the Head stone beside him in cemetery is Mary Barrentine Spann.

1920 census shows he and Mary in Webster County, GA.

Possibly the son of William and Nancy A. Ruffin who had sons Thomas Sterling Ruffin and John David Ruffin.

====1900 Muscogee Co GA====
1900 United States Federal Census > Georgia > Muscogee > Bozemans > District 82

image 15 Ancestry

Ruffin, Jno D.  wm Feb 1862 38 married 16 years  AL GA GA  Carpenter Renting 
 Fannie wife Feb 1860 40 married 16 years 6-6 GA GA GA
 Paul Feb 1885 15 AL AL GA  spinner (Cotton Mill)
 Claude Feb 1885 15 AL AL GA  spinner (Cotton Mill)
 Ethel Nov 1886 13 AL AL GA At school
 Florence May 1889 11 AL AL GA At school
 John  May 1892 8 GA AL GA
 Nannie L May 1897 3 GA  AL GA
 Devaney, Mary M-in-law Dec 1826 73 widow 5-4 GA SC SC

1910 United States Federal Census > Georgia > Muscogee > Nances > District 94 (image 37)

Ruffin, John D. 49 married 27 years AL AL AL woodturner Lumber Co
  Fannie wife 51 married 27 years 6-6 GA GA GA
  Claud 25 AL AL GA  Machinist Oil Mills
  Paul 25 AL AL GA  Foundry
  Florence 20 AL AL GA Stengrapher Junk Dealer
  John D. Jr. 18 GA AL GA  Sash Door Blinds
  Nannie L 12 GA AL GA

D.W. Ruffin

I found the obit for another aunt listing my grandmother and Winnie Foster Ruffin as her only living survivors. Winnie Foster Ruffin was married to D.W.Ruffin from Covington Tn. She was born in 1894.

James Tebe Ruffin

(g)Beulah Leora Harris born 1887 in Arkansas, probably Baxter County,AR. m: James Tebe Ruffin, 27 Sept 1903 Lamar County, Texas have more on this family but not entered here.

John Thomas Ruffin

Martha Ann "Mattie" Ruffin married John Elias WEBB "near Loachapoka,AL" in 1874. Family Bible says she was the Daughter of John Thomas RUFFIN. Mattie and John had two children... William Ruffin WEBB (1875, Newberry, SC - 1895, Hidalgo, TX) and Sarah Cordelia WEBB. Sarah Cordelia lived only about 6 weeks and was buried with her mother 7/11/1880. To our knowledge William Ruffin Webb never married nor had any children. So this little twig of the RUFFINs comes to a close.

Is John Thomas RUFFIN ( 7 June 1829 - 20 Dec 1851) her father? I have a note that says Mattie Ruffin was John Elias Webb's cousin...but I don't have the connection yet. John Elias's mother was a WORSHAM, but I don't know HER mother's maiden name. So I don't know on what line the RUFFINs were cousins to the WEBBs -- WEBB, WORSHAM, or whatever Mrs. Worsham's maiden name was? Establishing this connection MIGHT help me figure out some other relationships in the family..

William Ruffin WEBB died in Hidalgo, TX 10/14/1895 according to the family Bible. As the family lived in the Collin/Grayson/Dallas Co area, and he doesn't seem to be buried there, we are looking for his grave and also any clues that might give us an idea as to what he was doing in Hidalgo Co.. If there were other WEBB families there, perhaps we was visiting relatives and we can find a link. He was only 20 and a couple of months when he died. Any ideas, clues, suggestions, creative fancies, or concrete information as to his death and burial location, as well as his presence in the area would be appreciated.

Anne Webb Nelson

Phoebe Ruffin b abt 1755 d abt 1820 m James Rimmer 1777 in Person Co NC. James Rimmer s/o James & Anne Taylor Rimmer born 1755 died 1809 Brushy Fork, Persons Co NC
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Monk Moore's Missing Ruffins

1. William Ruffin, married Sara Baggett, Pulaski, GA, 1818 (need true parents)

2. William Ruffin, married Sally White in Miss., ca 1849 (need parents)

3. Edward Ruffin, married Della E. Baker in IN, 1903 (need parents)
 See for mystery solved

4. Ervin Ruffin, married Inez Weathers, ca 1920 (need parents)

5. James Ruffin, married Lucinda Cobb, Edgecombe County, NC, 26 Feb 1830
(need parents)

6. Calvin Coolidge Ruffin, married Julia Ford in GA, ca 1900 (need parents)

7. Calvin Ruffin, married Synthia _________, died in TX in 1925 (need
parents and wife's name & parents, plus birth & death dates)

9. Nathaniel Ruffin, married Minnie Estelle Pond, died 1947, Helena Al
(need parents, dates, wife's)

10. William Henry Ruffin, married Emma Mae Finney, lived in Grayson
County, TX (need all)

11. William Major Ruffin, died 1857, Shelby County, TN (need all, wife
if married)

12. Joseph Ruffin, married Catherine Leggitt, 1848, Shelby County, TN
(need all)

14. C. H. Ruffin, died 27 July 1831 at U.S. Naval Hospital, Pensacola, FL
He was a midshipman (need full name and parents)

15.  William Ruffin in Cinn., Ohio that we know nothing of,
except where he lived and was postmaster.

Additional Research on Wm Ruffin of Cinncinnati, Ohio
Research by Lynn McCarthy.
William Ruffin of Cincinnati #15 � Monk's Missing Ruffin
Additional Material
In The Biographical Encyclopedia of Ohio of The Nineteenth Century (Columbus, Ohio, Galaxy Publishing Company, 1876), it was stated that James L. Ruffin, Captain, son of William Ruffin and Elizabeth Rue, was the eighth of eleven children. Thrown into the mix was a statement in the 11 August 1834 issue of the Baltimore Patriot, page 13, ( that said Major William Ruffin had died at the residence of his son-in-law Major Hopkins in St. Louis in his 66th year. From the Baltimore Gazette And Daily Advertiser, Page 3 dated 07 June 1834 (, It asserted that Major William Ruffin�s youngest daughter, Harriet Oliver Ruffin married David T. Monsarrat in Cincinnati on 29 May 1834. The death of William Oliver, Major, (and husband of William�s daughter, Eliza), was given as 28 December 1851 (North American And United States Gazette, Pennsylvania, 30 December 1851, Page 2,
Taking the aforementioned data, cemetery and federal census records, more information appeared about this family; however, who William Ruffin�s parents were has still not emerged. Research into original and supplemental records in archival and historical repositories in Columbus and Cincinnati might provide the clues.
With caution (use as clues):

William Ruffin, Major            Elizabeth Rue
31 Jan. 1774 (VA)                    15 Aug. 1776 (MD)

05 July 1834 (MO)                   16 Apr. 1834 (OH)

                              M. ca. 1795


 1.  Frances [G.] Ruffin          William Hector Hopkins, Major

     ca. 1796 (VA)                         12 Nov. 1784 (NY)

    d. after 1850 federal census;

     before 1860 fed. census         1840



      William Ruffin Hopkins � Laura Hobbs

      Mary Frances Hopkins � Luther T. Woods

      Laura Gardner Hopkins

      Ashley Carr Hopkins � Mary Chouteau

      Eliot R. Hopkins � Mary DeLisle LeFevre

      Richard R. Hopkins � Ruth Crandall

      Elizabeth Oliver Hopkins � Wm. B. Miller

        2.   Eliza Ruffin                        William Oliver, Major

              30 July 1797 (VA)                 ca. 1787

              22 Apr. 1853 (OH)                21 December 1851 (OH)


3.   John B. Ruffin                Sarah A[manda] Frazier

04 Dec. 1801 (OH)             04 June 1809 (NJ)

05  Nov. 1874 (OH)           08 Nov. 1853 (OH)


4.    William Wiley Ruffin

02 Jan. 1804 (OH)

08 Dec. 1836 (OH)


5.       Charles K. Ruffin

Ca. 1810 (OH)

27 July 1831 (FL)    


 6.    Samuel N. Ruffin                  Ellen/Eleanor        ?
 16 Oct. 1808 (OH)                 20 Feb. 1812

                21 Sept. 1842 (OH)                21 June 1896 (possibly

                                                                Edwards Co., IL)



                William Henry Ruffin

                 15 June 1829 (OH)

                 11 Jan. 1862


                  Elizabeth Ruffin              ?      Graff

                  09 Oct. 1831 (OH)

                  23 Aug. 1861 


                                            Helen Graff

                                            b. ca. 1857 (raised by her grandmother)


                   Ellen/Eleanor Ruffin                     ?  Scott

                   18 July 1834 (OH)

                   05 Jan, 1862 (OH)




                                               Charles H. Scott

                                               ca. 1857 (OH)

                                                24 January 1897


                                                Ellen/Ella M. Scott

                                                1854 (OH)

                                                 16 July 1878


                        (These children were raised by their grandmother)


                      Calhoun Ruffin             Sarah Ann            ?

                       Jan. 1836 (OH)

                       31 March 1868 (OH)






                                           John Calhoun Ruffin

                                           Jan.  1859 (OH) � 23 March 1859 (OH)


                                           James Ruffin

                                           Nov. 1862 (OH)  - 28 May 1863 (OH)


                                           Edward L. Ruffin

                                           30 Oct. 1864 (OH) � 01 March 1865 (OH)


                                           James Ruffin

                                           Nov. 1862 (OH)  - 28 May 1863 (OH)


                                           Edward L. Ruffin

                                           30 Oct. 1864 (OH) � 01 March 1865 (OH)


                                            Samuel N.  Ruffin

                                            ca. 1839 (OH)

                                            13 July 1895 (OH)


                                             Charles K.  Ruffin             Fannie      ?

                                              Dec. 1843 (OH)

                                              31 May 1871 (OH)



                                                             Edwin Ruffin

                                                             Dec. 1867

                                                             17 March 1885


           7.     Harriet O. Ruffin

   11 Sept. 1811 (OH)

   24 Oct. 1814 (OH)


    8.    James L. Ruffin           Elizabeth Grindle

                             m. 08 Dec. 1840

            22 Dec. 1813 (OH)         ca. 1821 (MD) 

            12 Dec. 1884 (OH)        bet. 1891-1900 (OH)


   9.     Harriet Olivia Ruffin         David T. Monsarrat

                              m. 29 May 1834(OH)

           22 May 1816 (OH)               ca. 1811-1814 (MD)

           03 Aug. 1858 (KY)               ca. 1871 (Memphis, TN)




                Mary Ellen Monsarrat � Edward Earle Braisted

                 b. ca. 1837


                 Harriet Monsarrat

                 b. ca. 1840


                 William Oliver Monsarrat

                  30 June 1843

                  15 Oct.  1851



                  Ida George Monsarrat  -  Augustus C. Cox

                       m. 04 July 1866 (Jefferson Co.  KY)

                  03 Jan. 1848 (KY)          12 Oct. 1842 (OH)

                 13 Apr. 1849 (OH)          05 Sept. 1915 (WVA)


                 ? James Ruffin Monsarrat


                 ?  David Monsarrat


    10.     Oliver P. Ruffin


     19 Nov. 1819 (OH)

     21 Feb. 1845 (OH)

This material does not account for 11 children of William and Elizabeth Ruffin, as their son James, mentioned. This child would have been born after James. In the 1830 federal census a child under five years of age was in the home but without further data, we have no way of knowing if this was the missing child or if this child was a grandchild. No other record was found mentioning an 11th child.
Note that both Charles K. and Samuel N. Ruffin, children of the first Samuel N. Ruffin were mustered into Company I, Ohio 110th Infantry on 29 January 1864. Charles K. was discharged for wounds 20 March 1865 in Cincinnati. Samuel N. was mustered out in Washington, D.C. on 25 June 1865.
Lynn McCarthy 12 March 2008
From The National intelligencer, August 12, 1834, Page 758, it noted that Major William Ruffin of Cincinnati died 25 July 1834 in Saint Louis, MO in the "66th year of his age". [1768]
"He was one of the pioneers of the West, and among the early settlers of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was with St. Clair's army and partook of the military campaigns of St. Clair and Wayne. For many years he was postmaster of Cincinnati and subsequently served 2 terms as Sheriff of Hamilton Co., Ohio."
He's listed in the 1830 Hamilton County, Ohio census as:
1 male under 5
1 male 15-20
2 males 21-30
1 male 50-60
1 female 10-15
2 females 15-20
1 female 50-60
In some respects, a blended family. This would pretty well confirm that somewhere between the 1830 census and his death in St. Louis in 1834, he went to MO.
Didn't find any Ruffins in MO in 1840.
Found a Samuel N. Ruffin in Hamilton County in 1840 (same Cincinnati, Ward 2 as William was in in 1830) with:
2 males under 5
1 male 5-10
1 male 20-30
2 females 5-10
1 female 10-15
1 female 15-20
1 female 20-30
Major William Ruffin was appointed postmaster July, 1797 and served for about 17 years. His red two-story frame house stood at Columbia and Lawrence Streets. There Ruffin fixed up a booth with glass doors in the corner of a room where he dispensed the mail.
In 1801 William Ruffin was appointed county commissioner
1802 - Cincinnati William Ruffin, town marshal. (Hamilton County) 1797
Ruffin, William, Assistant Commissary and Harrison, W[illia]m H[enry], Lt. Commdr. DS. 1/2 sheet
Cincinnati City Directory 1890
Ruffin Chas. C. butcher, h. 733 Central Av Ruffin Chas. J. janitor, h. 25 W. 3d Ruffin Club, 195 W. 5th Ruffin Elijah, vault cleaner and coal dealer, 740 Freeman Av.; also, coachman 102 Dayton Ruffin Elizabeth, wid. J. L, h. Miami Canal opp. Brashears, Clifton Ruffin Ellen, wid. Samuel N. res. Chas. H. Scott's, Camp Washington

C. H. Ruffin - #14 Monk's Missing Ruffin
Two 1831 newspapers, the Baltimore Sun and the Daily National Journal published the same obituary, that C. H. Ruffin died “at the U.S. Naval Hospital, near Pensacola” on 27 July 1831.
He was buried the same day in the Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida (Naval Air Station), Plot 15 0 1553. The name on the marker is Charles K. Ruffin.
This, plus a number of Naval Registers and a copy of the 1831 Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy, points to the fact that C. H. Ruffin was in fact, Charles K. Ruffin. (It would not have been difficult in reading old hand- writings to have confused one letter for another, particularly an H and a K.)
These records reveal that Charles K. Ruffin entered the service as a midshipman on 24 October 1825, that he was born in Ohio, was an Ohio resident, and was appointed from Ohio.
(The title of midshipman was probably no different then the designation is today. It referred to a young gentleman who served in order to qualify himself to hold the commission of Lieutenant. Stated another way, a midshipman is a commissioned officer of the lowest rank or an officer cadet. Charles Ruffin entered the service long before the U.S. Naval Academy was established (1845) so he received his training aboard ships. Officers-in- training had to be a minimum of 15 years of age so we could speculate that Charles was born ca. 1810.
From a review of the records found online in, Charles was first on duty at the New York Navy Yard. He was apparently on the frigate Brandywine as a passenger (not as a crew member) when it departed 03 September 1826 for duty in the Pacific. Subsequently, he served on the schooner Dolphin and the sloop Vincennes. Naval records show that he was on a leave of absence and was in a hospital for five months, 22 days (25 November 1828 – 16 May 1829).
All naval (or congressional) records found in had his name as Charles K. Ruffin.
This plus the name on his grave marker and the fact that Samuel N. Ruffin, named a son, Charles K. Ruffin, are solid indicators that his middle initial was K instead of H and that he was the son of William and Elizabeth Ruffin of Cincinnati. Noteworthy is that the records found thus far show that William Ruffin was in Cincinnati in 1799, 1806, 1808, 1809, 1810, and 1817 and he had the only Ruffin household in Ohio in the federal 1820 census. (The 1810 Ohio federal census was destroyed during the War of 1812 so this is not available.)
The cause of Ruffin’s death in official Navy records was listed as “black vomit, generally another name for yellow fever. Diseases such as this could have been contracted aboard ship or in tropical ports of call.
Abbreviated References


The Baltimore Sun (Maryland) 13 November 1846, Page 4.


Baltimore Patriot (Maryland) 23 August 1831, Page 3.


The Daily National Journal (Washington, D.C.) 20 August 1831,

Page 3.


Baltimore Patriot. (Maryland) 04 September 1826, Page 2.


Naval Register, U.S. Congress, Senate American State

Papers, 1826, page 453, Publication 274.


Ibid.  1827, Publication 322, page 800.

Ibid.  1828, Publication 344, page 112.

Ibid.  1829, Publication 374, page 264.

Ibid.  1830, Publication 396, page 425.

Ibid.  1831, Publication 433, page 813.


Statement of the pay, emoluments, and allowances of every 

Officer and agent in the naval service…..U.S. Congress, 

House American State Papers 025.  29 May 1830. 

 Pub. 428, page 745.


Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy showing the

Condition of the Navy in the year 1831.  U.S. Congress

American State Papers 026.  Pub. 457, page 35. 


U.S. Department of the Navy.  Naval Historical Center,

Washington, D.C.


National Intelligencer, Washington, D.C. 19 August 1831,

Page 602.  National Genealogical Society. 



Lynn McCarthy

12 March 2008

Margaret Ruffin married William Bert Williams

Lucy Fort Ruffin family

Joseph Blount and Thomas Ruffin family

Wiley and Jane Elizabeth Ruffin - Coosa Co, AL (1841-1911)

Jesse Lee Ruffin went to Coosa County, AL and married there, July 12, 1851, Atlantic E. Adams. They had James E, Ruffin, born ca. 1855 N. S. Ruffin, born ca. 1857 and Jesse Ruffin, born ca. 1859. Possibly son of Jesse Ruffin and wife Sarah Lee. If so, he would be a grandson of John Sr. and a great grandson of Nathaniel Ruffin and wife Hannah.

James Beauregard Ruffin (born Sept. 14, 1861 in Philadelphia, (Nashoba Co MS) died June 6, 1922) Spouse: Frances Izonna Hall Gunn (born Oct. 23, 1867 in Carthage, MS died Mar. 20, 1920). Children: 1.John Brown Ruffin born Feb. 23, 1894 in Pickens Co. Ala. He is buried in Moorhead, (Sunflower Co MS and was married to Vallie Mildred Pitt. 2.Mary Lou Ruffin 3. Jesse Whitten Ruffin 4. Charles Hobson Ruffin 5. Joseph Louis Ruffin 6. Melton Gunn Ruffin 7. Florence Izorra Ruffin 8. Ruby Gunn Ruffin 9. Pearl Gunn Ruffin. We are of the white race. Thank you, John "Ralph" Tackett

Napoleon Ruffin born in Meridian, Mississippi, 19?? Napoleon died in late 1915 or early 1916. On May 24,1915 my gr/father Roosevelt Ruffin was born in Meridian MS. Shortly after Napoleon's death the family moved to Barfield AR, where Roosevelt grew up. On October 26, 1936, he married Willie Mae Richardson. They moved a short distance away to Armorel, AR. Between 1936 and 1945 they had six children Rosie, Charlestine (my mother), Margaret, Roosevelt Jr., Prince, and Donald. Willie Mae and Roosevelt later divorced and he moved to OH and started a new family while she stayed in AR but moved to Blytheville, AR where she stayed until her death in July 2000. Napoleon Ruffin had siblings but I'm told he was the only Ruffin. I'm presently trying to search the Meridian MS area for more branches of the tree. Ron Britman

Dr. John M. Ruffin b. 1820 NC, m. 25 Sep 1846 in Desoto Co. MS. to Mary B. Coleman b. 1825 KY. Got license in DeSoto Co, MS, but actually got married in Memphis TN.[DeSoto County Mississippi is adjoining Shelby County (Memphis) Tennessee]
Moved to Clark CO. AR. Listed as Dr. and the Coroner for Clark Co. AR 1860-1862, Goodspeed.
Arkansas Census

1850   Dallas County   Manchester
Oct 25, 1850
Ruffin, John M.  30  phys   Real Estate $4,000 [1820]
	Mary B	25	Ky
	Mary E		Mi  (Mississippi)

Ruffin, J.M. Confederate 12th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry

Also in the 1870 Rusk Beat 2, HH#254 Cherokee Co. TX.
1870 Census TX
John M. b. 1820 NC
Mary Byrd Coleman b. 1825 KY
Mary Ella B. 1850 MS
John N. b. 1854 AR
Thomas Ritchie b. 1862 AR Note d. 1881 Rockport , Hot Springs Co AR, burial Rockport Cem.

Also shows Prop 1875 40a Clark Co. AR,
Researcher: "James H. Paget"
(next house Albert T. Coleman 19 TN)

Dau Mary Ella Ruffin b. 5 Feb 1850 MS. m. 26 Jan 1873 Benton, Saline Co. AR Judge Jethro Payton Henderson -- buried in Greenwood Cem, Hot Springs, Garland Co. AR
Researcher: "James H. Paget" (

"Benjamin Sheppard married Sarah Ruffin and went to Onslow County, where Benjamin died in 1791 .
According to Frances' ( DAR paper approved some years ago, Benjamin Sheppard, Nat'l #238805, born 24 Feb 1710, d April 1791, m Sarah Ruffin, Onslow Co, NC; Their daughter Mary Sheppard born 6 Sept 1760 ,d Burke Co, Ga 1820 married Adam Brinson II 25 Jan 1786 in Burke Co, Ga.
(There is also a Benjamin Sheppard (died 1798) who married Elizabeth Ruffin, daughter of Samuel Ruffin and Sarah McWilliams.)
The Benjamin from Onslow had children: Daniel, Joseph Benjamin, Stephen, Susanna and Mary (Brinson). Cindy Brinson

The following Ruffin entries are included in Tennessee Tidbits, 1778-1914, Volume I, compiled by Marjorie Hood Fischer and published by Southern Historical Press, 1980.

Ruffin, J.D.--Was guardian to Rowena R. and Agnes C. Ruffin in the state of Mississippi, 2 March 1863. The former guardian, Eliza A. Pettus, resigned. (Fayette TN, Co Ct Minutes, H/66)

Ruffin, Milly--Was the mother of a male bastard child. She accused John Nance of being the father, 21 April 1817. (Rutherford TN, Co Ct Minutes, K/290) A separate entry for John Nance says that he gave bond for the child's maintenance on this day.
Carol Norville Berning

John Ruffin married to Agnes ??

The following was sent to my grandmother  about 12 yrs ago from Mary Ruffin
Rogers, 1300 Sarah Dr., Silver Springs, Md. 20904.


Generation I.
John Ruffin m'd Agnes ? (Karen's note: Surname Upton is uncertain - this came
from Mrs Ella Mae Patrick, daughter of Tempie Ruffin Walton)  Children:
	1. D. W. Ruffin (10 Oct 1800 in NC - 29 Mar 1856) m'd Mary Phillips
(?) b 1803 	    in NC. (See Generation II)
	2. Robert Brooks Ruffin m'd Minerva Drake (See Generation II)
	3. William Brooks Ruffin m'd Harriett Wilson Jones  (See Generation

Generation II.
 D. W. Ruffin (10 Oct 1800 in NC - 29 Mar 1856) m'd Mary Phillips (?) b 1803
    in NC.  Children:
	1.Thomas Ruffin b. 1838
	2. Mary Drucilla Ruffin b. 1830
	3. Robert James Ruffin b. 1832, d. 1900, m'd Malissa Adeline
Williamson b. 	    	    1834, d. 1895.  Children: Margaret Lenora m'd
Joseph G. Carter, Mary Drucilla 	    m'd James W. Chester, Thomas
David Ruffin m'd Minnie Meade Marquette, 		    William Robert
Ruffin  - single, & Corinna Elizabeth Ruffin m'd Edward Curtis.

Robert Brooks Ruffin (25 Mar 1804-3o Jul 1885) m on 16 Mar 1848 Minervia C.
Drake (10 Aug 1811-26 Nar 1878)  Minerva Drake was previously married to Dr.
John R. Rootes on 24 March 1824 (Karen's Note: my information says 1829) He
was born in 1796 and died  24 Dec 1833. She was then married to Col John
Murray on 26 March 1836. He was born in 1774 and died in 1845. They had three
children together: John Murray Jr. 1837-1845, Penelope C. Murray b.1841, and
Richard H. Murray b. 1844, d 1868.Children of Robert B and Minerva:
	1. Angeline D. Ruffin b 22 June 1849  married Thomas O. Lambert. They relocated to Tomlinson, Arkansas by 1880. Their child Willie Lambert (female) died in Scott Co. Arkansas in 1880. They also had Lavinia and Bedford Lambert.
	2. Evaline P. Ruffin (31 Jul 1850- 12 Oct 1886) m W. T. Haliburton
	3. Minerva A. Ruffin (18 Mar 1852-12 July 1859)  single
	4. Columbus A. Ruffin ( See Generation II)
	5. Temperance Ann Ruffin (12 Apr 1856-7 Apr 1941) m'd on 12 Mar 1879
Joseph 	    Gray Walton (27 June 1847-23 Mar 1904).  (Karen's note: Tempie
and Joseph 	    had William Drake Walton who married Maggie Lee Lambert
(my     		  	    ggrandparents ), Ella Mae Walton who
married a Patrick, and Tillmon Walton, 	    who married Birdie Cearley)
	    Note: Joseph Gray Walton was married first to Henrietta Frances
Barham 		    before marrying Aunt Tempie.  Their children were 1.
Dolly  Walton, Sarah 	                   	    Frances Walton (Sally)
and Helen Parthenia Walton (Thenie).

William Brooks Ruffin (1 Dec 1813-19 May 1886 m. Harriett Wilson Jones(8 Apr
1815-18 Feb 1897)  Both are buried in Bradford Cemetery, Hardeman county TN
	1. James Robert Ruffin m'd  Leticia Elllen Smith
	2. Thomas J. Ruffin m'd Mary ?
	3  John Ruffin b. 1838
	4.  Agnes Ruffin m'd George Bradford  both buried in Rainey Cemetery,
Toone Tn
	5.  Nancy Ruffin m'd ____ Rainey
	6. Harriet Ruffin m'd Charles Deming

Generation III.
Columbus A. Ruffin (12 Dec 1853- 2 Nov 1909) m'd Sally Ervin Blair (12 Aug
1849- 15 May 1906)  Children:
	1. Ruth Ann Ruffin b. Apr 1877, d. 1960, m'd Wiley S. Overton
	2. Walter Drake Ruffin m'd Mary Ethelyn Haynes, see Gen IV
	3. Albert Blair Ruffin ( 18 Dec 1883-24 Sept 1958) m'd Lucille
Robinson (10
	    Aug 1896-Dec 1973)

Generation IV.
Walter Drake Ruffin (b. 28 July 1879, d'd 5 May 1949) m'd Mary Ethelyn Haynes
b. 22 Aug 1884, d'd 31 Jan 1979, m 1 July 1908. Children:
	1. Robert Blair Ruffin(2 Mar 1911-Dec 1968) never married
	2. Elsye Louise Ruffin (b. 26 July 1913) m'd in 1931 Horace Newton
	3  Nannie Etta Ruth Ruffin (b, 10 Apr 1921) m'd in 1940 Clayton
Bernis Flanagan 	   (b, 22 July 1917)
	4. Mary Albertine Ruffin (b. 15 Sept 1923) m'd in 1944 Jansen
Hasbrouck Rogers 	    (b. 9 Nov. 1920)

Author's Note:  The above information on teh children is listed in 1850
Hardeman County Tn Census.  The 1880 census of Toone Station, Tn states that
Willilam Brookd Ruffin and Harriett Wilson Jones were born in North Carolina.
 The 1850 census shows a John Ruffin, age 70 as living in the same dwelling
and state that he was born in Virginia.  According to his age as listed in
teh 1850 census (70 years old), John Ruffing was born around 1780.  The
confusion as to whether he was born in North Carolina or Virginia may stem
from the fact that during thios period Virginia claimed all the land from its
present boundary directly West to the Mississippi River and North Carolina
claimed it also.
Contributed by: Karen
Another Researcher for this line: Kerry Moore contributed this material:
1) Arthur (Artha) Brooks was born in VA between 1720&30, but moved to
Caswell/Person Co. NC where he raised a large family.

 2) His sons, Arthur and Matthew and perhaps other sons, moved to TN and
were in Hardeman Co. in the 1850 census, and are found as neighbors to D
W Ruffin, William Brooks Ruffin and Robert Ruffin.

 3) Agnes and John named a son William BROOKS.

 4) There is a marriage record in Person Co., NC for 
 John Ruffin and Agnis Brook,3 October 1798, Abner
Chambers and J. Womack. (Person County North Carolina Marriage Records ,1792-1868 Katherine Kerr author 
Ruth Saloom" 

 5) John was living with W B Ruffin in the 1850 Census  at age 70 and
gave his birthplace as VA. This is consistant with a marriage in Person
Co. NC (on the border with VA) in 1798.

 6) The oldest brother, D W Ruffin, was born 1800 in NC; consistant with
point 4).

 7) FINALLY, in a letter written in 1914 (I have a copy), my Ggfather
Calvin Hurlock Brooks, then about 90, in writing about his family
history said that about 1850 he was introduced to a daughter of Arthur
Brooks "Mrs. John Ruffin of Hardeman Co., TN". At the time, CH Brooks
was living with his father's family in Madison Co., TN.

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