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Griffin Rufus Mann
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Birth: Jul. 11, 1858
Marion County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 1914
Hardeman County
Texas, USA

"Rufe" was born in Marion county in southern Illinois. His father moved the family from Henry county, Missouri, to Williamson county, Texas, in 1876. There he married Rachel Belle Mankins on Jan. 20, 1881. The family moved to Hardeman county, Texas, in January of 1886. They lived in Foard county for about three months while they built a dugout on the Hardeman land. They soon learned that they had built their dugout on the wrong section and later swapped the dugout to West Magee for some horses. Rufe broke out 100 acres with two yokes of oxen. He used to run from 100 to 125 head of cattle and 20 to 25 head of horses the year around. He branded MAN on the left side and marked the left ear with a swaddle fork and an underbit. He had traded some land his wife owned in Williamson county for 137 head of cows in 1887. According to his son Ross, "Charles Crews was bringing a herd of cows to Childress county so he said he would bring Dad's herd with his. The cows had calves and some calved on the road. Some of them died on the road. I guess in January of 1888 it was the worst blizzard that ever hit West Texas. Some of those cows froze to death. When the blizzard was over they drifted to Pease River. My Dad had a cousin of mine attend the roundups for two years and he got back 40 head of cattle." In 1894, Rufe traded his farm for some land in McLennan county, Texas. There he had one daughter born but lost one daughter and a son. He only stayed two years before trading back for his old homestead south of Goodlett, where he lived the remainder of his life.
Griffin Rufus Mann had been a member of the Southern Methodist church for thirty-five years and was a strong believer in supporting the church and its institutions. He was ever willing to encourage and help in all things that tend toward the betterment of the community in which he lived. He numbered his friends by his acquaintances, was a faithful husband, a tender and kind father, one who was devoted to his family and amply provided for them. Just before the end came he called his wife and children to him and told them that he was ready and willing to go; that he had loved ones gone before, whom he would soon meet on the other shore.

Obituaries were published in the Quanah (TX) Tribune-Chief, March 19, 1914, p.1, col.5, and March 26, 1914, p.8, col.2, County Correspondence, Goodlett 
Family links: 
  James Benjamin Mann (1824 - 1904)
  Sarah Ann Ingram Mann (1822 - 1870)
  Rachel Belle Mankins Mann (1860 - 1935)*
  John Horace Mann (1882 - 1935)*
  Annie Belle Mann Walkup (1885 - 1958)*
  Stella Mann Arnett (1887 - 1972)*
  Oliver Doud Mann (1889 - 1967)*
  Rufus Harvey Mann (1890 - 1926)*
  Amy Mann Beall (1892 - 1952)*
  Ella Mann (1894 - 1895)*
  Elbie Mann Elton (1897 - 1920)*
  Walter Ross Mann (1902 - 1986)*
  Thomas Jefferson Mann (1851 - 1919)*
  James Monroe Mann (1855 - 1933)*
  Griffin Rufus Mann (1858 - 1914)
  John Crittenden Mann (1860 - 1946)*
  Hannah Belle Mann Mankins (1863 - 1892)*
  Lela Ann Mann Hagan (1872 - 1950)**
  Benjamin Franklin Mann (1874 - 1950)**
  Comma Zeal Mann Read (1877 - 1941)**
*Calculated relationship
Goodlett Cemetery
Hardeman County
Texas, USA
Plot: SE 22
Maintained by: Mitzi Fay
Originally Created by: Troy
Record added: Jan 29, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17736183
Griffin Rufus Mann
Added by: Mitzi Fay
Griffin Rufus Mann
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