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Robert Ruffin

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Colonel Robert Ruffin
Born about in "Richneck", Surry County, Virginiamap
Husband of — married in Brunswick County, VAmap
Died in "Sweet Hall", King William County, Virginiamap
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Biography

Colonel Robert Ruffin (John,Robert,Robert,William)

Origin

Robert was born ca 1720 at "Richneck", Surry County, Virginia. He was a son of John Ruffin and Martha Hamlin.

Family

Robert married 6 September 1751 at Brunswick County, Virginia, as her second, to Mary Elizabeth (Clack) Lightfoot,[1] widow of Col. John Lightfoot of the Sandy Point Lightfoots.[2] She was described as a very beautiful woman who had consumption for fifty years.

Children of Robert and Mary Elizabeth:

  1. John Ruffin
  2. Mary Ruffin
  3. Lucy Ruffin
  4. William H. Ruffin
  5. James B. Ruffin
  6. Martha Ruffin
  7. Sterling Clack Ruffin

"Mayfield," Dinwiddie County, Virginia

"Sweet Hall," King William County, Virginia

After his daughters had married Clairbornes, he removed to Sweet Hall on the Pamunkey river. Another nearby property he owned Turcoman, was later owned by his son Sterling.

Robert and Mary were in King William County by 15 January 1771 when they sold 525 acres she had inherited from her father to Britain Peebles.

Robert Ruffin, Esq. offered "Sweet Hall" for sale in 1773, a plantation of 400 acres.

Surveyor of Boundaries

With Sterling Thornton, Ruffin processioned the boundaries of farms from Indian Town Run to the parish line in 1763. His walking partner was Roger Atkinson in 1767.

Virginia House of Burgesses

Robert represented Dinwiddie County in the Virginia House of Burgesses (1758-61).

Revolutionary War

Robert was made Colonel in 1775.

Death and Legacy

Robert died in 1777 at "Sweet Hall," King William County, Virginia.

Sources

  1. Moore, May C., "Letter from May Carlton Moore to Olie Garrett," June 25, 1961, Private property of Pat Iverson
  2. "Ruffin Family" The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 4 (Apr., 1910), pp. 251-258, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Web accessed August 10, 2014

See also:

  • Mississippi Daughters and Their Ancestors, p. 215
  • Bond, O. Z., The Family Chronicles and Kinship Book p 604. Name, marriage date, birth & death places







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Collaboration

On August 10, 2014 Cynthia Billups wrote:

Ruffin-10 and Ruffin-455 appear to represent the same person because: same marriage, same death place




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