James Ruffin was born about 1770 in Bertie Co, North Carolina. He was one of 9 children and the son of a tobacco planter who descended from the Virginia Ruffins. Through the father, William's deed of 10 Feb, 1800, we were able to identify all of the siblings.
He married Margaret VEALE, of another Bertie County family. They spent their early married years in Bertie Co, probably raising tobacco on land near his brothers.
We think that he and Margaret decided to leave Bertie Co because of the worn out condition of the land from all the tobacco, and take up a new life in Georgia raising cotton around 1819. His sons were old enough to help by this time, and the opening up of the Indian lands in Georgia, probably drew them
Unfortunately the financial situation in America was not good, and we know that James lost to a sheriff's sale, several Negro slaves, as well as some land that he had purchased in Jones Co., GA.
He is enumerated on the 1820 census in Jones Co, but after that we assume that he died. Margaret returned to NC with two of her younger sons, Whitmel and James J,to settle her mother's affairs in Bertie Co.
They do return to Georgia however, and Margaret lived to be 80 years old where she appears in the Upson Co, GA census living with her son, Thomas.
JAMES RUFFIN BORN: Abt 1770 PLACE:Bertie Co, NC (based on 1st listed in 1791 Tax List) DIED: Abt 1820 PLACE: Jones Co GA BUR.: PLACE: Jones Co GA MARR: 22 Dec 1794 PLACE: Bertie Co NC FATHER: William RUFFIN MOTHER: Penelope WINBOURNE?/ Martha Bryan WIFE Margaret VEALE BORN: Abt 1776 PLACE: Bertie Co NC DIED: Abt 1850 PLACE: Talbot GA BUR.: PLACE: FATHER:Thomas VEALE MOTHER:Elizabeth CARNEY CHILDREN 1. NAME: Richard V.C. RUFFIN ----- BORN: Abt 1800 PLACE: Bertie,NC DIED: Mar 1861 PLACE: Villa Rica,Carroll,GA BUR.: Mar 1861 PLACE: New Hope Cem,Carroll ,GA SPOUSE: Elizabeth P. HARRELL MARR: 9 Nov 1823 PLACE:Jones Co, GA DIED: Aft 1870 Villa Rica, Carroll Co, GA 2. NAME: Thomas Veale RUFFIN ---- BORN: Abt 1805 PLACE: Bertie,NC DIED: Aft 1860 PLACE: Marion,GA BUR.: PLACE: SPOUSE: MARR: Mary SMITH PLACE:? Talbot Co 2nd: Frances Bevins (12 Aug 1853) 3. NAME: William Whitmel RUFFIN ---- BORN: Abt 1808 PLACE: Bertie,NC DIED: Abt 1859 PLACE: Talbot,,GA BUR.: PLACE: SPOUSE: Mary AMMONS MARR: 7 Aug 1841 PLACE:Talbot, GA 4. NAME: James Johnson RUFFIN ---- BORN: 14 Nov 1814 PLACE: Bertie Co NC DIED: 21 Feb 1905 PLACE: Reynolds,Taylor,GA BUR: New Hope Primitive,Reynolds,Taylor,GA SPOUSE: Sarah AVERETT MARR: 1 Oct 1837 PLACE: ,Talbot,GA 2nd wife: Carrie Shines Lucas Marr: 1 Aug 1889 Place: Taylor Co. GA BERTIE COUNTY TAX LIST 1824 James Ruffin 494 1/3 acres, one white poll and 8 slaves.
Margaret Veal RuffinTax List Bertie County - Capt Jesse Averitt's Dist 1821Thomas VEALE 1 free 1 slave 1 tract 300ac joins John RUFFIN Elizabeth VEALE 2 tracts 458ac 8 slaves 1 tract 460ac join Richard VEALES heirs 1 tract 523ac "" " " 1 tract 08 ac " " " 1 tract 40ac in Rocquis Pocoson William VEALE 4 tracts 561ac 1 tract 383ac joins Wm. VEALE et als 1 tract 398ac " " " 1 tract 108ac joins Silas SMITH and all 1 tract 100ac in Rocquiss Pocoson Richard VEALE Estate by Jno ? 4 tracts 989ac
1.Agnes Veale (1768? - ?)
Spouse: William Veale 17 Nov 1798 Bertie Co NC
2. Margaret Veale (1770 - 1850?)
Spouse? James Ruffin 22 Dec 1794 - Bertie Co NC
3. Richard Veale (?1773 - May 16, 1820)
Spouse: Ann Harrell - 6 April 1800
Daughter of Josiah Harrell - see John Harrell's will inventory 1759 names son, Josiah's children, Fanny and Anna who married Richard Veale
Children: Richard who remained in Bertie Co; Eliz. E.C. Veale
4. Morris (Maurice) Veal (?1775 - 1804)
Thomas deeds three tracts of land to "son Maurice" Nov 10, 1800. 157 acres     40 acres
By 8 Feb, the siblings are selling to Richard their share of "Morris Veal dec'd" land]
5. Thomas Veale (1776 ? - ?1826)
Spouse: Rachel ? Will (Mar 13, 1824) mentions daughter-in-law Sally Ann. Winifred Harrell. Wit: John Ruffin and Sally Grimes. NCHistorical & Gen Review Vol 2 & 4 Oct 4, 1901 pg 551
6. Catherine Veal (?1781- migrated to TN in 1828, died in TN. October 1, 1851 )
Spouse: James Grimes 29 Jul 1803 Bertie Co
"In the Dr. Henry Horn Sugg cemetery in north Robertson Co., TN., several miles south of Keysburg, there is a monument erected to the memory of the mother of Mrs. Henry Horn Sugg, nee Mary Ann Grimes, who was born May 12, 1812 [Bertie] and died June 6, 1884. The inscription reads: Catharine Grimes born in Bertie Co., NC 1781, migrated to TN in 1828, died in TN. October 1, 1851. [Robertson Co TN is across the state line from Logan Co KY]
Deeds - Bertie County sale of land to Ruffin and Veal
7. Dempsey (Demcy) Veale (1779? - 1829?)
Deeds - Bertie County
Richard CarneyRichard Carney (?1725 - 1793?)
Spouse: Mary Westcott
1. Richard Carney (?1750 - ? April 20, 1833) Born: Portsmouth, Norfolk Co, VA - Died: Port Royal, (South of the Red River along Parsons Creek) Montgomery Co. TN
Spouse: Sally Lewelling Aug 3, 1774 Norfolk Co VA
2. Stephen Wright Carney (? 1753 Norfolk Co VA - Dec 27, 1811 Halifax or Bertie County)
Spouse: 1) Priscilla Coffield ? 1790; 2)Ann Northcutt Jan 6, 1811 Norfolk Co Va) Law Suit
3. Elizabeth Carney (?1755 - 1829 Bertie Co)
spouse: Thomas Veale
4. Mary Carney (? 1757 - ?)
Spouse: Slaughter Cofil/Cofield/Coffield May 21, 1770 Norfolk Co VA Will names grandchildren.
5> Nancy Carney (? - ?)
Spouse: Roderick Cotton
Know all men by these presents that we Rhoderick Cotton, Richard Carney by Rhoderick Cotton, Elizabeth Veale by James Grimes, are held and firmly bound unto Moses Bishop, Executor of Mary Cofield in the full and just sum of Fifty Pounds each, to be paid unto the said Moses Bishop Executor of Mary Cofield, her Heirs, Exors, Administrators or Assigns, to which, payments will and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators jointly and severally, & firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated this 8 July 1814.
The Condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound Rhoderick Cotton, Richard Carney by Rhoderick Cotton and Elizabeth Veale, by James Grimes, their Heirs, Executors or Administrators, do and shall well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the said Moses Bishop, Executor of Mary Cofield, his Heirs, Exors, Admins or Assigns, the proportionable parts, of the costs of a suit to be commenced by the said Moses Bishop, Executor of Mary Cofield, against David Cofield, Executor of Stephen W. Carney as soon as the suit is determined, then the above obligation to be void or else to remain in full force and virtue.
Signed & Sealed
Rhoderick Cotten seal
in the presence of Wm Britton
Richard Carney by R. Cotten seal
Elizabeth Veale by Jas Grimes seal
From The Misc. Family Records, #2182, Fol. 61. SOUTHERN HISTORICAL COLLECTION, THE LIBRARY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL Copy from the Manuscript Department, Wilson Library The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Richard Carney email@example.com shared the following information:
However, the court decided that the will did not apply to Stephen's land-probably since Stephen and Ann had been married less than a year. (Ann Northcutt was Stephen's second wife. His first was Pricilla West. After she died he went back to Norfolk Co., VA and married Ann.) This court ordered that Stephen's land be divided amoung his siblings.
A later court over ruled that decision and awarded Ann a third of the land with the rest going to Stephen's siblings.
I have no idea who Halley Kennedy was or what his connection was to Stephen. Stephen was an owner and trainer of race horses as well as a General in the Militia and a politician.
Will of Mary Cofield 13 Dec 1813 - Feb Ct Bertie Co 1814 "...being sick and weak in body..." - grandson Slaughter Cofield Harrell - $400 and bed, to be paid him when he is 21. - grandchildren Richard Wright Carney Harrell, Nancy Powel Harrell, Slaughter Cofield Harrell, Henry Harrell, Mary W Harrell, Sylvester C Harrell, Stephen W C Harrell, Celia W Harrell, Emilla Elizabeth Harrell - Martha Maddrea and Slaughter Coffield Maddrea [children of John and Westcoat Maddrea's] - Robert Coffield, Polly Coffield, Nancy Coffield, Patsey Coffield, Emmily Coffield [children of Charles Coffield] - Richard K Powell, John Powell, and Mary K Powell [children of Keder Powell and Nancy his wife] - an equal proportion of the money arising from the sale of my estate, to be kept at interest until they are of age or marry, and then to receive their just proportion, also allowing a proportion to each of the children of Charles Coffield and Martha his wife who may be living at this time and not mentioned. All my real and personal estate should be sold by Moses Bishop. EX: Moses Bishop Wit: Benjamin Hampsted, Powell Harrell, Henry [x] Harrell [abstract by David B Gammon] "Wiliam's son, Moses Bishop, was born in 1751 and died in 1815, Bertie County, N.C. His wife, Mary Griffin, was born in 1754 and died in 1825." http://www.sallysfamilyplace.com/Neighbors/powellc.htm
Robertson County, Tennessee Abstract Chancery Court Loose Papers, 1844-1872 by Jean M. Durrett & Yolanda G. Reid, 1986, pg 68 Lawsuit # 406 Mary A. Sugg & Cyrus A. Sugg, ex. vs. James B. Sugg et al RE: Petition for construction of will of Dr. H. H. Sugg Dr. Henry H. Sugg d. February 1853 Widow, Mary Ann Sugg Children: Cyrus A. Sugg James B. Sugg Virginia C. Sugg Mary E. Sugg Henry H. Sugg William D. Sugg Emma S. Sugg Eleanora Sugg Agreements signed by heirs of Mrs. Catherine Grimes ***my gggg grandmother! : H. H. Sugg Jno H. Grimes - catherine and thomas' son Joseph Small & wife, Sarah Small James T. Grimes **** - catherine and thomas's son and my ggg grandfather Reference in agreement to will of Thomas Veal of Bartoe Co. (Bertie Co.?) North Carolina, dated 26 April 1806. Copy of will of Catherine Grimes in file naming grandchildren" Cyrus A. Sugg James Sugg Virginia C. Sugg Herny H. Sugg William D. Sugg Sarah E. Sugg Mary Grimes Robert Grimes John H. Grimes Susan Grimes ***(my gg grandmother was born here after Susan - Ida H Grimes b 1860 Logan County, KY, dau of Father: THOMAS VEALE b: C. 1753 in NC Mother: ELIZABETH CARNEY b: 1755 in North Carolina James T Grimes, son of James Grimes and Catherine Veale-dau of Thomas Veale & ) Elizabeth Small Filed: 1857 *** filed 3 years before my gg grandmother was born.
http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/bertie/wruffd2.txt William names his sons... which includes James His wealthiest sons will be Thomas and John. Thomas never marries so his land is equally divided between all of the brothers or their children if they were deceased at his death. He had bought some land which wasn't included in his will -- and this is what helped us trace all the brothers and their children. http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/nc/bertie/bertiedeeds.htm Look for the 1841 deeds all to John Ruffin...all that land came from the "division" of brother Thomas' land. "being his undivided interest in that portion of the lands of said THOMAS, purchased by him after the date of his last will and testament. " "ONE FOURTH OF ONE UNDIVIDED FIFTH of the land purchased by said THOMAS RUFFIN," This is how we knew that James had 4 sons to divide this 1/5 land. (There were 5 brothers living or with descendants at the time of Thomas death) http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ga/carroll/deeds/r1500007.txt Richard's http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ga/talbot/deeds/r1500003.txt Thomas V.C. says the same thing. Is this enough circumstantial evidence to prove the descendancy? The other Thomas siblings (i.e. Henry's children -- we never did get all of them for sure) had a different wording on their "division --- of their 1/5th. "one fifth of one undivided fifth " this is Henry's children See John J. http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/bertie/jr1841.txt
14 Dec 1820 $300 Sheriff's sale. Deputy Sheriff Thom. Livingston fi fa suit of Jessie Lisle
James loses the land, Highest bidder William Lowe
Say adjoins White and Wm. Lowe where James Ruffin now lives. 1820 Census, Andrew Lowe lives next to James Ruffin
4th Dist LL280 Dooly (this is Pulaski Co today)
Richard Ruffin living in Capt Stallings District of Jones County.
Richard had to be 21. What did he do with the land?
RVC Ruffin while living in Phillips' Dist Jones County drew LL82 7th Dist Henry County
1833 July 24 (from Macon Telegraph)
Cobb County Sheriff Sales for August
17th Dist LL993 property of S. Howell
fi fa of RVC Ruffin and W.W. Ruffin
*who was the highest bidder?
1833 Sept (from Macon Telegraph)
Murray County Sheriff's sale
4th Sect 8th Dist LL199
property of John Cain fi fa R.V.C. Ruffin
LL286 10th Dist 3rd Sec
Property of D. McDaniel fi fa S. Ruffin & W.W. Ruffin
Vol 5 1836-1840
Decatur Sheriff's Sale
1st Tues May, sold at Bainbridge
Lot 119 14th Dist levied on as property of RVC W.W. Ruffin to satisfy execution in favor of George B. Graness
pg 721 List of letters remaining in P.O. at Talbotton July 1, 1839 James J. Ruffin
Randolph Co. Sheriff Sale
Lot 200 7th Dist levied on as the property of David Bivins, to satisfy executions of Richard Hopper vs Richard V.C. Ruffin
pg 777 April 4, 1840
Stewart County April
Lot 75 23rd Dist levied on as the property of Richard V.C. Ruffin to satisfy executions in favor of Richard Hooper & John Warren (Original Lee County - Lottery)
1851 Jan 16 Upson County
J.J. and Wm Whitmell Ruffin buy from Edwin Turner land 15th Dist LL160 - 150 3/4 acres. Vol G 458-9
(somehow James J. must have given this land to his brother, because W.W.'s widow, Mary, remains there...and that land is divided at her death to her children)
James J. got two bounty segments for his Indian War service...but I've never known what they were...but they would have been outside Georgia I think.
In the 1827 Cherokee Lottery, The History of Upson County gives Thomas V. Ruffin and James Ruffin's Orphan as drawing in the District of 537, but gives nothing else.
In the 1835 Gold Lottery, the book gives Thomas V. Ruffin as drawing in Militia District Upson Co. 537, Lot NO. 327, Dustrict 1, Section 2 .
For James Ruffin's Orphan, he is listed as those living in Upson County who drew land in other parts of the state. James Ruffin's orphan was given as Militia District Upson Co. 537, Land Lot Cherokee Lottery 211, District 12 and Section 3.
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