Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Ruffins in:
 • Marlbourne Estate
 • Hanover County
 • Virginia
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Edmund Ruffin
Birth: Jan. 5, 1794
Prince George County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 15, 1865
Virginia, USA

Civil War Confederate Civilian Figure. Born into a distinguished family of the Old Dominion, his knowledge of agriculture practices made him an authority on the subject. On his estate "Marlbourne", he experimented with marl and established that if applied to a crop field, one would yield a more bountiful harvest and consequently, greater profits. As the editor of the well-regarded periodical Farmers' Register, he published such innovative findings for the benefit of common farmers and plantation managers alike. He was the President of the Virginia State Agriculture Society and also counseled the state of South Carolina in its agricultural interests. During the tumultuous era leading to the American Civil War, he became a dedicated advocate of the separation of northern and southern states. A firebrand, he traveled throughout the South expressing his beliefs and was regularly in discussions on how this disjointing should take effect. In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's election as the sixteenth President of the United States, he traveled to Charleston, South Carolina and was present during the December 20, 1860 signing of the Ordinance of Secession that took the Palmetto State out of the Union. With negotiations over and with the surrender deadline for the garrison of Fort Sumter expired, South Carolina forces began a bombardment in the early morning hours of April 12, 1861. Ruffin, as an honorary member of the Palmetto Guard, is often credited with firing the first shot that commenced the Civil War. However, modern-day understanding of this event gives credence that he did not fire the initial shot, but rather his was one of the first. The four years of war that followed this occurrence was devastating to the livelihood of Ruffin. With declining health together with his depleted fortune, he received the news of the April 9, 1865 surrender of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia poorly. On June 17, 1865, after composing an entry in his diary that expressed his "unmitigated hatred of Yankee rule", he grasped a pistol and ended his life by his own hand. (bio by: Stonewall) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  George Ruffin (1765 - 1810)
  Jane Lucas Ruffin (1769 - ____)
 
 Spouse:
  Susan Travis Ruffin (1793 - 1846)
 
 Children:
  George Champion Ruffin*
  Edmund Ruffin (1814 - 1875)*
  Agnes Ruffin Beckwith (1816 - 1865)*
  Elizabeth Ruffin Sayre (1821 - 1860)*
  Julian Calx Ruffin (1821 - 1864)*
  Rebecca Ruffin Bland (1823 - 1855)*
  Mildred Ruffin Sayre (1827 - 1863)*
  Jane Ruffin Dupuy (1829 - 1855)*
  Charles Lorraine Ruffin (1832 - 1870)*
  Ella Ruffin (1832 - 1855)*
  Ann Ruffin (1844 - 1863)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Committed suicide
 
Burial:
Marlbourne Estate
Hanover County
Virginia, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 913
Edmund Ruffin
Added by: Garver Graver
 
Edmund Ruffin
Added by: Burl Kennedy
 
Edmund Ruffin
Added by: Burl Kennedy
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

We hold these truths to be self evident-that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL."The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice".Martin Luther King Jr.
- Jacqueline
 Added: Aug. 15, 2014

- Scot Kimel
 Added: Aug. 15, 2014

- Jean Mary
 Added: Jul. 11, 2014
There are 108 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.0 after 56 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service