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Colonel Robert Ruffin (John,Robert,Robert,William)
Robert married 6 September 1751 at Brunswick County, Virginia, as her second, to Mary Elizabeth (Clack) Lightfoot, widow of Col. John Lightfoot of the Sandy Point Lightfoots. She was described as a very beautiful woman who had consumption for fifty years.
Children of Robert and Mary Elizabeth:
- John Ruffin
- Mary Ruffin
- Lucy Ruffin
- William Ruffin( -1856) or William (1785-1825)
- James B. Ruffin d. 1802 m. Mary Roane
- Martha Ruffin - Patsy m. William Bulwer Claiborne or just Buller Claiborne
- Sterling Clack Ruffin (1767-1822)
Note According to some sources besides Patsy, another daughter married a Claiborne (William, Herbert, ?), but claims there are only six children.
"The English Ancestry of the Herbert Family" The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Vol 26. p 38 (Jan 1895) lists the children of Col. Augustine Claiborne and wife Mary Herbert Claiborne. Among others were Herbert, married Mary d/o Robert Ruffin of "Sweet Hall"; William married a daughter of Robert Ruffin of "Sweet Hall"; and Buller, a major in the Revolution, married Patsy, a daughter of Edward Ruffin of Sussex County.
Robert lived at "Mayfield," Dinwiddie County, Virginia. After his daughters had married Clairbornes, he removed to "Sweet Hall" on the Pamunkey river in King William County, Virginia. 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)
Robert was a minute man, a Col. on the Carolina Expedition 1776, part of the Virginia Militia This source says he died 1778.
Death and Legacy
Robert died in 1777 at "Sweet Hall," King William County, Virginia.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Bond, Octavia Zollicoffer. The family chronicle and kinship book of Maclin, Clack, Cocke, Carter, Taylor, Cross, Gordon, and other related American lineages. Nashville: McDaniel printing co., 1928. (p. 624)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 "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
- ↑ "Clack Family" William and Mary Quarterly p 110
- ↑ Moore, May C., "Letter from May Carlton Moore to Olie Garrett," June 25, 1961, Private property of Pat Iverson
- ↑ Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Under the Editorial Supervision of Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Volume 1 (Google eBook). Virginia: Lewis historical publishing Company, 1915
- ↑ SAR Application of Walter Granville Jordan. Ancestry.com. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls.
- 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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