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Mary Elizabeth (Clack) Ruffin (abt. 1724 - bef. 1800)

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Mary Elizabeth "Molly" Ruffin formerly Clack aka Lightfoot
Born about in Ware Church, Gloucester, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and
Wife of — married in Ware Parish, Gloucester, Virginiamap
Wife of — married in Brunswick County, VAmap
Wife of — married in Brunswick, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Sweet Hall, King William, Virginia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Jan 2011 | Last significant change: 23 Nov 2018
20:19: Rick San Soucie edited the Birth Place for Mary (Clack) Ruffin. [Thank Rick for this]
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Research Notes

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Mary Elizabeth "Molly" Clack


Molly was born in 1724 at Gloucester County, Virginia. She was a daughter of James Clack and Mary Sterling.[1]


Molly married twice.

  • She married about 1744 to (1) John Lightfoot (no issue[2])
  • She married 6 September 1751 at Brunswick County, Virginia to Robert Ruffin.[1] 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

Death and Legacy

Molly probably died before 1763, probably at "Sweet Hall", King William County, Virginia. She was not mentioned in her mother's will although her husband was mentioned. [3]

Mary Elizabeth 'Molly" Clack. Given Name: Mary Elizabeth 'Molly". Surname: Clack. [4]

Marriage Husband Robert Ruffin. Wife Mary Elizabeth 'Molly" Clack. Child: @I448@. Marriage 6 SEP 1751. Brunswick, Virginia, United States. [5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "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
  2. Clack Family
  3. "Edler"
  4. Source: #S794
  5. Source: #S794

See also:

  • Moore, May C., "Letter from May Carlton Moore to Olie Garrett," June 25, 1961, Private property of Pat Iverson
  • Bond, Octavia Z Family Chronicle and Kinship Book of Maclin, Clack, Cocke, Taylor, Cross, Gordon and Other Related American Lineages Self published: 1928, p 611-619.
  • Will of Nicholas Clack, dated 1 May 1709, Will Book 10, p 12-13, Lancaster Court House, Lancaster VA.
  • Pritchett, John W., ( of POBox 9086, Dallas TX 75209, on website [ "The Family History of John W Pritchett"]
  • Brunswick County Marriage Bonds

The William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jan., 1912), pp. 195-201 Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture DOI: 10.2307/1918735 Stable URL: P198 1751. Sep 6, Robert Ruffin and Mary Lightfoot, widow. Sec. Lewis Parham. Witt. Litt Tazewell

  • Source: S794, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850 (Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012). , USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.

    Bentley, Elizabeth Petty, indexer. Virginia Marriage Records: From the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, the William and Mary College Quarterly, and Tyler's Quarterly. Baltimore, MD: Genealogy Publishing Co., Inc., 1984.

    TID 439 Author Publisher Operations, Inc. PubPlace Provo, UT, USA PubDate 2012 Title Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850

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On 10 Nov 2017 at 02:33 GMT James Braun wrote:

Clack-9 and Clack-471 appear to represent the same person because: these appear to be the same person

On 10 Apr 2017 at 00:24 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

see p 198 (m of Mary Lightfoot, widow)

Brunswick County Marriage Bonds The William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jan., 1912), pp. 195-201 Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture DOI: 10.2307/1918735 Stable URL:

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