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William Ruffin
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Birth: May 4, 1834
Hardeman County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Apr. 11, 1887
Panola County
Mississippi, USA

William Ruffin was a graduate of the University of Mississippi at Oxford and also of the University of Virginia. He obtained a law degree from Cumberland University, practicing a short time, when he was elected secretary of the Memphis Gaslight Company, of which his grandfather, a very wealthy financier, was a charter member, and for many years its president. Upon the death of his grandfather, William Ruffin was elected to the same position and for some years controlled the States of Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas, in the interest of the Missouri Valley Life Insurance Company. In 1858 he married Sarah Shelton White, daughter of David Shelton White and Catherine Elizabeth Rucker White. They had three children who lived to adulthood: David White, Rosa May, and Katherine Rucker Ruffin. Once again from DW Ruffin's family memoirs: "My father was a fluent speaker and a born leader of men. He was mayor of the town of Enid, Mississippi for a number of years before his death, and was Mayor of the town when the district convention was held at Charleston, the county seat of Tallahatchie County, which nominated J.N. McCloud of Enid for the state senate of Mississippi ... Senator McCloud, after my father's death and the death of his first wife, married my father's youngest daughter, Katherine Rucker Ruffin." 
Family links: 
  James Drury Ruffin (1818 - 1886)
  Rosina Agnes Ruffin Ruffin (1816 - 1873)
  Sarah Shelton White Ruffin (1838 - 1864)
  David White Ruffin (1858 - 1946)*
  Rosa May Ruffin Leigh (1860 - 1936)*
  Katherine Rucker Ruffin McLeod (1862 - 1919)*
  William Ruffin (1834 - 1887)
  James Drury Ruffin (1837 - 1919)*
  Thomas Ruffin (1839 - 1878)*
  Margaret B. Ruffin Taylor (1842 - 1879)*
  Rosa Belle Ruffin Graves (1846 - 1874)*
  Robert Ruffin (1849 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
McGehee-White Cemetery
Panola County
Mississippi, USA
Maintained by: Pat Iverson
Originally Created by: J Lowery
Record added: Dec 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45559809

William Ruffin (1834 - 1887)is my 3rd cousin 3x removed
- Charlotte Ann Price
 Added: May. 15, 2012

- Georgia Girl
 Added: May. 24, 2010
My second great grandfather. Sleep well in Jesus.
- Pat Iverson
 Added: Feb. 9, 2010

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