Martha "Patty"7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall" (Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1)1,2 was born Abt. 1765 in "Sweet Hall," King William County, Virginia3, and died in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. She married Buller Claiborne, of "Puddleduck", son of Augustine Claiborne and Mary Herbert. He was born October 27, 1755 in Virginia4, and died August 17, 1804 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia5.
"(Buller) also married a Miss Ruffin sister to his Brother Herbert & Williams wife, all of whom were amiable fine women, possessing beauty of person, and an uncommon share of fine Mind which had been much improved by a good education, she also died quite young with the consumption, leaving four Sons & an only daughter, the Sons all died early, except Sterling now living near Lynchburg in Amhurst County, a lawyer of cleverness. (Buller) was one of the aids of Genl. Lyncoln of the Revolution, and he was the real soldier in all his deportment, warm, sincere, firm, & friendly to a fault; in all his conduct no man possessing a more noble sole; and soldier like knew not the value of money nor how to take care of a fine Estate, consequently he like many other amiable men died poor, but universally beloved." John Herbert Peterson, 1829
Children of Martha Ruffin and Buller Claiborne are:
i. James8 Claiborne, Sr., born Abt. 1780 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia; died Aft. 1850 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.
ii. Robert R. Claiborne6.
iii. Sterling Claiborne, of "Bellevette" & "Geddes", born October 15, 1785 in Virginia; died August 1856 in Virginia.
iv. Infant Claiborne.
v. Lucy Claiborne, died September 16, 1811 in Petersburg, Virginia and buried at Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg. She married James Wright March 7, 1805 in Petersburg, Virginia7; born August 25, 1779 in Weathersfield, Connecticutt.
"The Daughter Lucy is also ded & with the consumption. She married Jas. Wright a Merchant of Petersburg; she was a woman of an extraordinary fine Mind & possessing all those virtues & qualities that is an ornament to the fair sex." John Herbert Peterson, 1829.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Buller by comparing test results with other
carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Buller: