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The Clopton Chronicles

A Project of the Clopton Family Genealogical Society

 

 

 

Regarding

 

The Descendants of Robert Ruffin, I, of “Richneck” &

His Wife Elizabeth Prime

 

The First Seven Generations

 

 

Compiled By

,

Dorothy Maddox Bishop, Dbishop318@aol.com, Virginia Ruffin Crilley, crilley@eramp.net & Suellen Clopton Blanton, bblanton@fast.net[1]

 

 

 

 

The information contained in the following genealogy must be judged on the evidence submitted supporting each claim.  Any additional information which will add to our knowledge of this family will be gratefully accepted.

 

 

 

“Sweet Hall,” the ancestral home of several generation of Ruffins and their Claiborne kinsmen.  This is a view of the side of the house.  One can see that the old kitchen on the right has been incorporated into the main house.  “Sweet Hall” has obtained a Virginia Historic Landmark designation and is one of the oldest ancestral homes of the American Ruffins.  It is located on Sweet Hall Road (634 South) just outside of West Point, Virginia in King William County off Highway 30 West.  Known to be buried in the little cemetery to the right of the kitchen is Thomas Claiborne, Jr. (1703/04-1735), and his parents, Thomas Claiborne Sr. (1681-1732) and his wife, Ann Fox.  There are four tombstones remaining, but only Thomas Jr.’s can still be read.

 

 

 

 

 

The front of the house faces the Pamunkey River - a magnificent view!   One can image that several hundred years ago, when the land was cleared for farming that the family was able to see a huge sweep of the river in all directions.  Although marsh land has claimed much of the river at this point there is still a wide expanse of open water.  On August 13, 1781, the Marquis de Lafayette encamped his army in the area including the grounds of the plantation.  The family must have been terrified.  From this position and another near the Mattaponi River, Lafayette spied on the British army downriver at Yorktown, and prepared to block its escape routes.  Early in September, Gen. George Washington and his army arrive from the north accompanied by Rochambeau's French forces to join Lafayette and begin the siege of Yorktown.

 

 

 

 

This view of one side of the home shows the new structure which includes the once detached kitchen area.  One can see to the left of the window that a door had been bricked up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Generation No. 1

 

        1.  Robert3 Ruffin, I, of "Richneck"  (William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1646 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and died Abt. 1693 in "Richneck," Surry County, Virginia.  He married Elizabeth Prime. 

       

Children of Robert Ruffin and Elizabeth Prime are:

+      2                 i.    Robert4 Ruffin, II, of "Richneck", born Abt. 1681 in Surry County, Virginia; died Abt. February 15, 1720/21 in "Richneck," Surry County, Virginia.

+      3                ii.    Oliva Ruffin, of "Richneck", born Abt. 1676; died 1720.

        4               iii.    William Ruffin, of "Richneck".

        5               iv.    Elizabeth Ruffin, of "Richneck".

        6                v.    Jane Ruffin, of "Richneck".

 

 

Generation No. 2

 

        2.  Robert4 Ruffin, II, of "Richneck" (Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1681 in Surry County, Virginia, and died Abt. February 15, 1720/21 in "Richneck," Surry County, Virginia.  He married Elizabeth Watkins, daughter of John Watkins and Elizabeth Spencer. 

       

Children of Robert Ruffin and Elizabeth Watkins are:

+      7                 i.    John5 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", born Abt. 1704 in "Richneck," Surry County, Virginia; died Abt. 1775 in Probably "Richneck," Surry County, Virginia.

        8                ii.    Joseph Ruffin, of "Evergreen".

        9               iii.    Benjamin Ruffin, of "Evergreen".

        10             iv.    Mary Ruffin, of "Evergreen".

        11              v.    Martha Ruffin, of "Evergreen".

+      12             vi.    Elizabeth Ruffin, of "Evergreen", born in "Richneck," Surry County, Virginia.

+      13            vii.    Edmund Ruffin, I, of "Evergreen", born Abt. 1713 in "Evergreen," Prince George County, Virginia; died Abt. 1790 in "Evergreen," Prince George County, Virginia.

 

        3.  Oliva4 Ruffin, of "Richneck" (Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1676, and died 1720.  She married William Chambers, Jr., son of William Chambers and Margery Chambers.  He died 1718.

       

Children of Oliva Ruffin and Wiliam Chambers are:

        14               i.    Mary5 Chambers.

        15              ii.    William Chambers III.

        16             iii.    Martha Chambers.

        17             iv.    John Chambers.

        18              v.    Olive Chambers.

        19             vi.    Elizabeth Chambers, born Abt. 1698.

 

 

Generation No. 3

 

        7.  John5 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall" (Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1704 in "Richneck," Surry County, Virginia, and died Abt. 1775 in Probably "Richneck," Surry County, Virginia.  He married Martha Hamlin Abt. 1736, daughter of Richard Hamlin and Ann Harrison. 

       

Children of John Ruffin and Martha Hamlin are:

        20               i.    John R.6 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", born Abt. 1738; died July 9, 1777.  He married Sarah Williamson

        21              ii.    Thomas R. Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".  He married Mary Roane

+      22             iii.    Robert Ruffin, Esq., of "Sweet Hall", born Abt. 1720 in "Richneck," Surry County, Virginia; died Abt. 1777 in "Sweet Hall," King William County, Virginia.

        23             iv.    William B. Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".  He married (1) Mary Bland  He married (2) Lucy Cock

        24              v.    Nancy Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".  She married Hartwell Cocke

        25             vi.    Martha "Pattie" Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".  She married Robert Newson

        26            vii.    Elizabeth Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".  She married J. N. Nicholas

        27           viii.    Ann Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".  She married Hartwell Cocke

        28              ix.    Francis Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".  He married (1) Hannah Coke  He married (2) Susanna Harris

 

        12.  Elizabeth5 Ruffin, of "Evergreen" (Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born in "Richneck," Surry County, Virginia.  She married (1) Richard Cocke, Sr..    She married (2) William Kinchen I Abt. 1705.  He died in 1734.

       

Children of Elizabeth Ruffin and Richard Cocke are:

+      29               i.    Richard6 Cocke, Jr., of " Shoal Bay", born Abt. 1749; died January 24, 1816 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

+      30              ii.    John Cocke, died 1786.

       

Children of Elizabeth Ruffin and William Kinchen are:

        31               i.    Matthew6 Kinchen.

        32              ii.    Elizabeth Kinchen.

        33             iii.    Martha Kinchen.

        34             iv.    Patience Kinchen.  She married Etheldred Taylor

        35              v.    William Kinchen II.

 

        13.  Edmund5 Ruffin, I, of "Evergreen" (Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1713 in "Evergreen," Prince George County, Virginia, and died Abt. 1790 in "Evergreen," Prince George County, Virginia.  He married Anne Simmons. 

       

Children of Edmund Ruffin and Anne Simmons are:

+      36               i.    Edmund6 Ruffin, II, of "Evergreen", born 1745 in "Evergreen," Prince George County, Virginia; died Abt. 1807.

        37              ii.    Mary Ruffin, of "Evergreen".  She married Nathaniel Harrison

 

 

Generation No. 4

 

        22.  Robert6 Ruffin, Esq., of "Sweet Hall" (John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1720 in "Richneck," Surry County, Virginia, and died Abt. 1777 in "Sweet Hall," King William County, Virginia.  He married Mary Elizabeth Clack September 6, 1751, daughter of James Clack and Mary Sterling. 

       

Children of Robert Ruffin and Mary Clack are:

+      38               i.    Martha "Patty"7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", born Abt. 1765 in "Sweet Hall," King William County, Virginia; died in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

+      39              ii.    Mary Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".

+      40             iii.    Lucy Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".

+      41             iv.    Sterling Clack Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", born Abt. 1767; died April 17, 1822.

+      42              v.    William H. Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".

        43             vi.    James B. Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".  He married Mary Roane

        44            vii.    John Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall".

 

        29.  Richard6 Cocke, Jr., of " Shoal Bay" (Elizabeth5 Ruffin, of "Evergreen", Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1749, and died January 24, 1816 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.  He married (1) Theodocia Cowley.    He married (2) Anne Claiborne, of "Windsor" November 19, 1768, daughter of Augustine Claiborne and Mary Herbert.  She was born December 30, 1749.

       

Children of Richard Cocke and Anne Claiborne are:

+      45               i.    Richard Herbert7 Cocke, of "Bacon's Castle", born September 5, 1769; died July 11, 1833 in "Bacon's Castle," Surry County, Virginia.

        46              ii.    Augustine Claiborne Cocke, of "Shoal Bay", born November 20, 1771.

+      47             iii.    Buller Cocke, of "Monks Dale", born 1777; died 1838 in Probably "Monks Dale," Surry County, Virginia.

        48             iv.    Lucy R. Cocke, of "Shoal Bay", born Abt. 1778; died September 11, 1794 in Halifax County, Virginia.

 

        30.  John6 Cocke (Elizabeth5 Ruffin, of "Evergreen", Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) died 1786.  He married Lucy Herbert Claiborne, of "Windsor" September 1776, daughter of Augustine Claiborne and Mary Herbert.  She was born August 22, 1760.

       

Children of John Cocke and Lucy Claiborne are:

        49               i.    Herbert Claiborne7 Cocke.  He married Sally Roberts

        50              ii.    John Ruffin Cocke.  He married Mary Coleman Scott

 

        36.  Edmund6 Ruffin, II, of "Evergreen" (Edmund5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born 1745 in "Evergreen," Prince George County, Virginia, and died Abt. 1807.  He married Jane Skipwith. 

       

Child of Edmund Ruffin and Jane Skipwith is:

+      51               i.    Edmund7 Ruffin, III, of "Evergreen", born Abt. 1794 in "Evergreen," Prince George County, Virginia; died June 15, 1865.

 

 

Generation No. 5

 

        38.  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:

+      52               i.    James8 Claiborne, Sr., born Abt. 1780 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia; died Aft. 1850 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.

        53              ii.    Robert R. Claiborne6.

+      54             iii.    Sterling Claiborne, of "Bellevette" & "Geddes", born October 15, 1785 in Virginia; died August 1856 in Virginia.

        55             iv.    Infant Claiborne.

        56              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.

 

        39.  Mary7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall" (Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1)  She married Herbert Claiborne, of "The Cottage" 1773, son of Augustine Claiborne and Mary Herbert.  He was born April 7, 1746, and died August 1814 in "The Cottage," King William County, Virginia.

 

"After this (his first wife's death from consumption), Herbert Claiborne intermarried with Miss Brown, a Daughter of William Burnet Brown commonly called count Brown, a man of the first family of King William who also resided of the North Side of Pamunkey River.  Also by this last marriage Herbert Claiborne got a large Estate, but he had acted so improvidently with the emence Estate his Father had given him & what he got by Miss Ruffin, that Count Brown had the estate given his daughter so fixed that Claiborne could only enjoy the profits during his life, & at the death of Claiborne & his wife the landed estate & mansion Elson-Green was to go to Claibornes eldest Son provided he would drop the Name of Claiborne & take that of William Burnet Brown, which he did, and an act of the Va. assembly passed to that effect."

John Herbert Peterson, 1829

       

Child of Mary Ruffin and Herbert Claiborne is:

+      57               i.    Mary Herbert8 Claiborne, born in Virginia.

 

        40.  Lucy7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall" (Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1)  She married William Presley Claiborne, I, of "Windsor", son of Augustine Claiborne and Mary Herbert.  He was born November 2, 1753, and died 1786.

 

"(He) was a man of easy genteel manners, a farmer & beloved by all that knew him he also married a Miss Ruffin and Sister to his Brother Herbert's first wife.  William & his wife both died in about twelve years leaving several Children some of which married & quite respectable Men, & others never Married, all of which though are now dead, & died I believe generally with the consumption."

John Herbert Peterson, 1829

       

Children of Lucy Ruffin and William Claiborne are:

        58               i.    Mary8 Claiborne.

        59              ii.    Lucy Herbert Claiborne.  She married John Chesterfield Goode

        60             iii.    Elizabeth R. Claiborne, died January 29, 1815 in "Elsing Green,"  King William County, Virginia.  She married William Burnet Claiborne, of "Elsing Green"; born December 19, 1782 in "Elsing Green,"  King William County, Virginia; died October 14, 1833 in "Elsing Green," King William  County, Virginia.

        61             iv.    William Presley Claiborne, II, M.D., died April 27, 1817 in Santa Cruz, Island of Teneriffe.

        62              v.    Martha Claiborne.

 

        41.  Sterling Clack7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall" (Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1767, and died April 17, 1822.  He married Alice Roane Bef. 1787, daughter of Thomas Roane. 

       

Children of Sterling Ruffin and Alice Roane are:

        63               i.    Thomas Carter8 Ruffin, born November 17, 1787.  He married Anne Kirkland

        64              ii.    Catherine Ruffin.

        65             iii.    Minerva Ruffin, born July 24, 1789.  She married Edward Dillard

        66             iv.    William F. Ruffin, born 1807; died September 15, 1824 in University of North Carolina.

        67              v.    James Hipkins Ruffin, born December 1798; died February 1888.  He married Susan A. Williamson

        68             vi.    Mary Ruffin, born September 26, 1795; died June 24, 1837.  She married (1) William Henderson  She married (2) William Caine II

 

        42.  William H.7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall" (Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1)  He married Margaret Ritchie. 

       

Child of William Ruffin and Margaret Ritchie is:

+      69               i.    William8 Ruffin, died Abt. 1825.

 

        45.  Richard Herbert7 Cocke, of "Bacon's Castle" (Richard6, Elizabeth5 Ruffin, of "Evergreen", Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born September 5, 1769, and died July 11, 1833 in "Bacon's Castle," Surry County, Virginia.  He married (1) Charlotte Mackie October 1798, daughter of Andrew Mackie and Martha McCamm.    He married (2) Ann Hunt Cocke December 13, 1810 in Norfolk, Virginia, daughter of Allen Cocke and Nancy Kennon. 

       

Child of Richard Cocke and Charlotte Mackie is:

+      70               i.    Martha Anne8 Cocke, of "Bacon's Castle", born Abt. 1798; died April 26, 1833 in Cabin Point, Surry County, Virginia.

 

        47.  Buller7 Cocke, of "Monks Dale" (Richard6, Elizabeth5 Ruffin, of "Evergreen", Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born 1777, and died 1838 in Probably "Monks Dale," Surry County, Virginia.  He married Elizabeth Barron December 24, 1801. 

       

Children of Buller Cocke and Elizabeth Barron are:

        71               i.    Samuel B.8 Cocke, of "Monks Dale".  He married Ann V. Webb

        72              ii.    Elizabeth Marian Cocke, of "Monks Dale".  She married Lewis Cruger Trezevant

 

        51.  Edmund7 Ruffin, III, of "Evergreen" (Edmund6, Edmund5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1794 in "Evergreen," Prince George County, Virginia, and died June 15, 1865.  He married Susan H. Travis Abt. 1813. 

       

Children of Edmund Ruffin and Susan Travis are:

        73               i.    Edmund8 Ruffin, IV, of "Evergreen", born 1814.

        74              ii.    Agnes Ruffin, of "Evergreen".

        75             iii.    Julian Ruffin, of "Evergreen".

        76             iv.    Calx Ruffin, of "Evergreen".

        77              v.    Mildred Ruffin, of "Evergreen".

        78             vi.    Charles Ruffin, of "Evergreen".

 

 

Generation No. 6

 

        52.  James8 Claiborne, Sr. (Martha "Patty"7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1780 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia8, and died Aft. 1850 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia9.  He married Sarah Brooking10 January 28, 1803 in Virginia11, daughter of Vivion Brooking.  She was born Abt. 1785 in Virginia11, and died Aft. 1850 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia12.

       

Children of James Claiborne and Sarah Brooking are:

        79               i.    James9 Claiborne, Jr.13.

        80              ii.    Martha Ruffin Claiborne13, born Abt. 180214; died October 2, 1867 in Elmore County, Alabama.  She married Robert N. Brooking May 18, 1820; born Abt. 1792; died October 2, 1867 in Elmore County, Alabama.

        81             iii.    Elizabeth B. Claiborne15, born Abt. 1806 in Virginia16.  She married David W. Hall; died Bef. 1850.

+      82             iv.    Lucy Wright Claiborne, born February 21, 1808 in Georgia; died February 10, 1868 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried at the Harrison Family Cemetery, Eatonton.

        83              v.    Sterling Claiborne17, born Abt. 1810.

+      84             vi.    Harriet B. Claiborne, born Abt. 1811 in Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia; died March 25, 1857 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried, probably,  Old Clopton Cemetery Kinderhook Dst..

+      85            vii.    Mary Claiborne, born Abt. 1816 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; died in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.

+      86           viii.    Robert E. Claiborne, C.S.A., born Abt. 1819; died Bet. July 16 and September, 1868 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.

+      87              ix.    Thomas Buller Claiborne, C.S.A., born February 26, 1823 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; died November 16, 1864 in Camp Chase, Ohio.

+      88               x.    Sarah P. Claiborne, born October 3, 1825; died December 9, 1896 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried Concord United Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

        54.  Sterling8 Claiborne, of "Bellevette" & "Geddes" (Martha "Patty"7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1)18 was born October 15, 1785 in Virginia19, and died August 1856 in Virginia20.  He married Jane Maria Rose, of "Bellevette"21 May 5, 1808 in Amherst County, Virginia, daughter of Charles Rose and Sarah Jordan.  She was born August 10, 1788 in Nelson County, Virginia, and died August 23, 1871 in Amherst Courthouse, Virginia22.

       

Children of Sterling Claiborne and Jane Rose are:

        89               i.    William Sterling9 Claiborne.  He married Cornelia R. T. Roane

        90              ii.    Charles Buller Claiborne.  He married Ann Coleman

        91             iii.    Martha Ruffin Claiborne.  She married Kincaid Irving

 

        57.  Mary Herbert8 Claiborne (Mary7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born in Virginia.  She married William Thomson.  He was born in Scotland, and died October 12, 1812.

       

Child of Mary Claiborne and William Thomson is:

        92               i.    Herbert Claibortne9 Thomson, born July 16, 1794.

 

        69.  William8 Ruffin (William H.7, Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) died Abt. 1825.  He married Frances Ann Gildart. 

       

Child of William Ruffin and Frances Gildart is:

+      93               i.    Francis Gildart9 Ruffin, Sr., of "Valley Farm", born Abt. 1816 in "Valley Farm," Chesterfield, Virginia; died Abt. 1892.

 

        70.  Martha Anne8 Cocke, of "Bacon's Castle" (Richard Herbert7, Richard6, Elizabeth5 Ruffin, of "Evergreen", Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1798, and died April 26, 1833 in Cabin Point, Surry County, Virginia.  She married (1) Bartholomew D. Henley February 27, 1817 in "Bacon's Castle," Surry County, Virginia.  He died 1819.  She married (2) John Peter February 22, 1821 in Cabin Point, Surry County, Virginia.  He died December 24, 1836 in Cabin Point, Surry County, Virginia.

       

Child of Martha Cocke and Bartholomew Henley is:

        94               i.    Indiana Allen9 Henley, of "Bacon's Castle", born March 24, 1818 in "Bacon's Castle," Surry County, Virginia; died July 9, 1841 in Petersburg, Virginia.  She married Robert Emmett Robinson, M.D.; born November 12, 1810 in Farmville, Virginia; died December 10, 1865 in New York, New York.

       

Children of Martha Cocke and John Peter are:

        95               i.    Richard9 Peter, of "Bacon's Castle".

        96              ii.    Richetta Peter, of "Bacon's Castle", born 1828 in "Bacon's Castle," Surry County, Virginia; died June 25, 1880 in "Millview," Greensville County, Virginia and buried near Purdy.  She married John Cole, of "Millview" December 7, 1843 in "Walnut Grove," Greensville County, Virginia; born December 14, 1820 in "Whitehill," Prince George County, Virginia; died August 13, 1889 in "Millview," Greensville County, Virginia and buried near Purdy.

        97             iii.    Clara Herbert Peter, of "Bacon's Castle", born 1831; died 1902.  She married (1) John Augustine Peterson, Jr., of "Spring Garden"; born January 11, 1823 in Probably "Spring Garden," Prince George County, Virginia; died October 4, 1888.  She married (2) William Cole, Jr.,  M.D.,  of "Maycocks" August 27, 1846; born December 6, 1818 in "Whitehill," Prince George County, Virginia; died December 12, 1860 in "Maycocks," Prince George County, Virginia.

 

 

Generation No. 7

 

        82.  Lucy Wright9 Claiborne (James8, Martha "Patty"7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1)23 was born February 21, 1808 in Georgia24, and died February 10, 1868 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried at the Harrison Family Cemetery, Eatonton25.  She married Alexander Brown Harrison26 July 6, 1830 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia, son of Nathaniel Harrison and Martha Brodnax.  He was born October 19, 1801 in Brunswick County, Virginia27, and died July 6, 1887 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried at the Harrison Family Cemetery, Eatonton28.

       

Children of Lucy Claiborne and Alexander Harrison are:

        98               i.    Nathaniel Claiborne10 Harrison, C.S.A.29, born December 3, 1830 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia30; died September 9, 186431.  He married (1) Mary Emily Baugh February 1, 1855 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia32; born August 16, 1834 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia33; died September 13, 1857.  He married (2) Sarah Edna Waller May 3, 1860 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia34; born March 22, 1839; died September 12, 1903.

He enlisted March 4, 1862 as a private in Company F, 44th Georgia Infantry, C.S.A., and was wounded at Chancellorsville May 2, 1863, requiring the amputation of his right leg.  He was a teacher in Putnam County.

        99              ii.    Sarah Evalina Harrison35, born October 1, 1833 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; died August 19, 1853.  She married Henry J. Butts September 2, 1852.

        100           iii.    Mary Frances Harrison36, born May 19, 1837 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.  She married James Pinkerson, Jr. October 1, 1861; born Abt. 1826 in South Carolina37.

        101           iv.    Lucy Alexander Harrison38, born January 3, 1840 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; died August 29, 1864.

        102            v.    Martha Rebecca Harrison39, born February 17, 1843 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; died February 8, 1895.

        103           vi.    James Gabriel Harrison40, born January 3, 1846 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; died October 14, 1869.

 

        84.  Harriet B.9 Claiborne (James8, Martha "Patty"7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1)41 was born Abt. 1811 in Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia42,43, and died March 25, 1857 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried, probably,  Old Clopton Cemetery Kinderhook Dst.44.  She married Thomas B. Clopton, M.D.45 March 18, 1834 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia by the Rev. Samuel J. Harwell, a Methodist Minister46, son of Waldegrave Clopton and Mary Brown.  He was born May 7, 1798 in New Kent County, Virginia47, and died December 7, 1874 in Americus, Sumpter County, Georgia and buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Americus48.  Dr. Thomas B. Clopton operated a successful grist mill and was a country doctor in Putnam County, Georgia.  Sometimes he was paid in cash and sometimes in corn.  A bushel of corn equaled $1.00 in cash.  He cared for both the white families and their slaves.  He charged anywhere from $3.00 to a whopping $4.50 for a day visit and medicine, and as much as $5.00 for a nighttime consultation and medication.  A tooth could be extracted for $1.00, and a female pelvic exam fetched $6.00.  A baby was delivered for $10.00, $15.00 if the delivery proved especially difficult.  One dollar was charged for a rectal exam plus $4.00 for the visit.  Two rather fascinating entries note:  “Visit to little Mary and mule  $4.00.”  The War would come and take three of his sons to fight on distant battle fields, leaving the old doctor to wait and pray for their safe return.  See Dr. Thom

       

Children of Harriet Claiborne and Thomas Clopton are:

        104             i.    Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie"10 Clopton, born September 5, 1837 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia49; died 1924 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried Concord United Methodist Church50; Stepchild.  She married John R. Godkin, M.D., C.S.A.51 November 6, 1856 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia by the Rev. William Arnold52

        105            ii.    William Henry Harrison "Billy" Clopton, C.S.A.53, born March 4, 1839 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia54; died October 14, 1916 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried Concord United Methodist Church55.  He married Martha Isabel Lancaster January 26, 1860 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia by Blumer White, J.P.56; born Bet. 1840 and 1845 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia57; died October 26, 1895 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried Concord United Methodist Church58.

        106           iii.    Thomas Alexander Clopton, C.S.A.59, born August 25, 1841 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia60; died in Georgia and buried at Concord United Methodist Church61.  He married Sarah Fannie Melton December 19, 1867 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia by Blumer White, J.P.62

        107           iv.    Robert Emmett "Shug" Clopton, Sr., C.S.A., born February 10, 1844 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia63; died July 9, 1908 in Eatonton, Putnam County,  Georgia and buried Concord United Methodist Church64.  He married Caroline Corrine Crawford Grimes, of Eatonton November 16, 1889 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia65; born June 22, 1873 in Eatonton, Putnam County,  Georgia; died November 21, 1915 in Eatonton, Putnam County,  Georgia and buried Concord United Methodist Church66.

        108            v.    Maria Louisa "Lou" Clopton, born November 6, 1846 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia67; died April 22, 1922 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried Union Chapel United Methodist Church68.  She married John R. Brake, C.S.A. May 12, 1863 in Americus, Sumpter County, Georgia by the Rev. Jesse Holmes69; born January 3, 1840; died December 28, 1880 in Americus, Sumpter County, Georgia and buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Americus70.

 

        85.  Mary9 Claiborne (James8, Martha "Patty"7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1)71 was born Abt. 1816 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia72, and died in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.  She married Blumer White73 July 29, 1840 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia74, son of Daniel White and Martha Baugh.  He was born Abt. 1812 in North Carolina75, and died 1895 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia76.

       

Children of Mary Claiborne and Blumer White are:

        109             i.    Lucy C.10 White77, born Abt. 1841 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia78; died 1931.  She married William Joseph Holloman; born Abt. 1830.

        110            ii.    Maria White, born Abt. 184479.

        111           iii.    Sarah M. White, born Abt. 1844 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.

        112           iv.    William Ruffin White, C.S.A.80, born June 21, 1846 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; died July 10, 1928 in Mulberry, Polk County, Florida.  He married Sarah Ann Knight, of Eatonton September 30, 1867 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; born September 27, 1846 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; died November 18, 1925 in Mulberry, Polk County, Florida.

        113            v.    Mary T. White, born Abt. 1850 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia81.

        114           vi.    Robert D. White, born Aft. October 11, 1850 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia82.  He married Martha E. Harrison March 2, 1843 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.

 

        86.  Robert E.9 Claiborne, C.S.A. (James8, Martha "Patty"7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1)83 was born Abt. 1819, and died Bet. July 16 and September, 1868 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia84.  He married Emily Ann Lanier August 3, 184285, daughter of Benjamin Lanier and Susan Hunnicutt.  She was born 1809, and died August 1, 1893 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia86.

       

Children of Robert Claiborne and Emily Lanier are:

        115             i.    Mary O.10 Claiborne, born 1843 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.  She married Robert Parham, Jr. February 8, 1866; born Abt. 1841.

        116            ii.    Matilda Virginia Claiborne, of Eatonton, Georgia, born 1847 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.  She married William A. Branham June 19, 1864 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; born Abt. 1849.

        117           iii.    Lucy F. W. Claiborne, born 1848.  She married James Yancey January 11, 1866 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; born Abt. 1848.

        118           iv.    Henrietta Claiborne, born April 1850 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.

        119            v.    Daniel Franklin Claiborne, born Abt. 1852 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.

        120           vi.    Sarah Blumer Claiborne, born Abt. 1855 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.

        121          vii.    Susan Thomas Claiborne, of Eatonton, Georgia, born Abt. 1857 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.  She married James K. Branham December 3, 1874.

 

        87.  Thomas Buller9 Claiborne, C.S.A. (James8, Martha "Patty"7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1)87 was born February 26, 1823 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia88,89, and died November 16, 1864 in Camp Chase, Ohio90.  He married Louisiana Lanier January 4, 1855 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia, daughter of John Lanier and Lucy Yarborough.  She was born Abt. 184090.

He enlisted August 22, 1863 as a private in Company F, 66th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, C.S.A., and was captured near Atlanta July 22, 1864 and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio.  Died at Camp Chase November 16, 1864.

       

Children of Thomas Claiborne and Louisiana Lanier are:

        122             i.    James H.10 Claiborne, born September 18, 1857 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; died November 28, 1910.

        123            ii.    William R. Claiborne, born May 4, 1859 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; died February 20, 1895.  He married Carrie B. Willis June 9, 1889.

        124           iii.    Thomas B. Claiborne, born March 23, 1864 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.

 

        88.  Sarah P.9 Claiborne (James8, Martha "Patty"7 Ruffin, of "Sweet Hall", Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1)91 was born October 3, 182592, and died December 9, 1896 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried Concord United Methodist Church Cemetery92.  She married (1) Alexander Brown Harrison93, son of Nathaniel Harrison and Martha Brodnax.  He was born October 19, 1801 in Brunswick County, Virginia94, and died July 6, 1887 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried at the Harrison Family Cemetery, Eatonton95.  She married (2) John C. Bearden96 May 3, 1860 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia97.  He was born Abt. 181798, and died Aft. 1863 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.

       

Children of Sarah Claiborne and John Bearden are:

        125             i.    Mary Brooks10 Bearden, born Abt. 1861 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia; died May 1927 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia and buried Concord United Methodist Church99.  She married (1) Lucius Marshall Jones 1877; born February 14, 1858; died February 10, 1902 in Georgia and buried Concord United Methodist Church100.  She married (2) R. B. Harrison Aft. 1911

"Mama was familiar with the Bible, taught in the Sunday School  for many years, kept posted on missionaries and their activities, hoped at least one of her children would receive and accept a call of God to be a 'foreign' missionary; she was also thoroughly familiar with the history and polity of the Methodist Church and, if they had had women officers in those days, I'm confident she would have been one.  She made the Communion wine from our grapes, prepared the elements, and kept the cups and plates and cloths clean and ready for use.  Also she saw that her sons cleaned the Church regularly, including muddauber nests.  I shall always treasure the memory of her singing hymns while working.  She memorized the music and words of more hymns than anyone else I've ever known."  See Kith & Kin & Kissin' Kousins and O Worship the King.

        126            ii.    Martha J. Bearden, born Abt. 1863.

 

        93.  Francis Gildart9 Ruffin, Sr., of "Valley Farm" (William8, William H.7, Robert6, John5, Robert4, Robert3, William2 Ruthven, William1) was born Abt. 1816 in "Valley Farm," Chesterfield, Virginia, and died Abt. 1892.  He married Cary Anne Nicholas Randolph December 28, 1840, daughter of Thomas Randolph and Jane Nicholas. 

       

Children of Francis Ruffin and Cary Randolph are:

        127             i.    Spencer Roane10 Ruffin, of "Valley Farm".

        128            ii.    Jefferson Randolph Ruffin, of "Valley Farm".

        129           iii.    William Roane Ruffin, I, of "Valley Farm", born July 3, 1845 in "Valley Farm," Chesterfield, Virginia; died May 27, 1899 in "Valley Farm," Chesterfield, Virginia.  He married Sarah Walthall McIlwaine April 7, 1870.

        130           iv.    Wilson Nicholas Ruffin, of "Valley Farm".  He married Mary Winston Harvie

        131            v.    George Randolph Ruffin, of "Valley Farm".  He married Amarillo Gholson Bell

        132           vi.    Francis Gildard Ruffin, Jr., of "Valley Farm".  He married Margaret Ellen Henry

        133          vii.    Eliza McDonald Ruffin, of "Valley Farm".

        134         viii.    Cary Ruffin, of "Valley Farm".  He married Ethel Patterson

        135            ix.    Benjamin Ruffin, of "Valley Farm".

 

 

Endnotes

 

1.  Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, XXIII, p. 135.

2.  William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, 2nd series,  II, p. 8.

3.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia.

4.  Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., MD, Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne. Privately Published 1995. Gateway Press, Inc.

5.  Republican,  (Petersburg, Virginia), August 21, 1804.

6.  Dorman, Claiborne of Virginia,  (Copy located Clopton Family Archives, courtesy of Suellen (Clopton) DeLoach Blanton), p. 652.

7.  Williams, Marriages of Amelia County, Virginia, 1735-1815, p. 124, Bond was made February 28, 1803 with James Claiborne as security.  Peterburg's "Intelligencer," March 12, 1805 carried the marriage notice.

8.  Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., MD, Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne. Privately Published 1995. Gateway Press, Inc.

9.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 149, Shown living with Thomas Clopton, M.D. and his wife, Harriet.  He is aged 60 and  born in Virginia.  They must have been older.

10.  Amelia County Will Book 7, page 422, contains the will of Vivion Brooking, dated July 8, 1803 and proved December 26, 1808.  He gives to his daughter Sarah Claiborne, the Negroes which he gave to her husband, James Claiborne.

11.  Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., MD, Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne. Privately Published 1995. Gateway Press, Inc.

12.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 149, Shown living with Thomas Clopton, M.D. and his wife, Harriet.  She is 55 and born in Virginia.  She must have been older.

13.  George Mason Claiborne Papers, in 1995 in the possession of Dr. Dallas Everette Hudson, Amherst, Virginia.

14.  Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., MD, Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne. Privately Published 1995. Gateway Press, Inc.

15.  George Mason Claiborne Papers, in 1995 in the possession of Dr. Dallas Everette Hudson, Amherst, Virginia.

16.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 6, She is aged 44 and living with her sister, Harriet Claiborne and Harriet's husband, Thomas Clopton, M.D.  States she was born in Virginia.  Her husband is not mentioned.

17.  George Mason Claiborne Papers, in 1995 in the possession of Dr. Dallas Everette Hudson, Amherst, Virginia.

18.  Dorman, Claiborne of Virginia,  (Copy located Clopton Family Archives, courtesy of Suellen (Clopton) DeLoach Blanton), p. 652.

19.  Fleet, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, XXXIII, p. 63.

20.  Daily Express,  (Petersburg, Virginia), August 18, 1856, states he died in the "early part of last week."  His will dated March 10, 1844, probated August 25, 1856 names his wife, "Jame M." and children.

21.  Dorman, Claiborne of Virginia,  (Copy located Clopton Family Archives, courtesy of Suellen (Clopton) DeLoach Blanton), p. 654.

22.  Daily Index,  (Petersburg, Virginia), August 14, 1871.

23.  George Mason Claiborne Papers, in 1995 in the possession of Dr. Dallas Everette Hudson, Amherst, Virginia, The 1850 Putnam County, Georgia census states she is aged 42.

24.  Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., MD, Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne. Privately Published 1995. Gateway Press, Inc.

25.  Tombstone, loc. cit.

26.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 13, He is aged 48.

27.  Putnam County, Georgia, Will Book, Book B - 1822-1857.

28.  Tombstone, loc. cit.

29.  Dorman, Claiborne of Virginia,  (Copy located Clopton Family Archives, courtesy of Suellen (Clopton) DeLoach Blanton).

30.  Bundick, Harrison Family Genealogy, 1672-1976.

31.  Tombstone located Harrison Family Cemetery, near Eatonton, Georgia.  Also, "Southern Christian Advocate," November 17, 1867 issue, carried his obituary.

32.  Putnam County, Georgia, Marriage Book.

33.  William Baugh & Nancy Harwell Baugh Holy Bible,  (Courtesy of Leonard J. McCown).

34.  Putnam County, Georgia, Marriage Book.

35.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 13, She is aged 16.

36.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 13, She is aged 13.

37.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 23, He is 24 and living at home with his parents.

38.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 13, She is aged 10.

39.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 13, She is aged seven.

40.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 13, He is aged 4 and called Gabriel.

41.  Special thanks to Pauline S. Carter, Deputy Clerk, Probate Court of Putnam County; Martha Bennett, Fort Delaware Society; Alice James & Charlotte Ray, Georgia Department of Archives and History, James Penick Marshall, Jr. President, Eatonton-Putnam County Historical Society; Thaddeus Lamar Aycock, Suellen (Clopton) DeLoach Blanton, John Brake, The Rev. David Allen Clopton, Frank Campbell Clopton, James Stanley Clopton, Linda Carol (Wright) Clopton, Martha Alice (Bailey) Clopton, Peggy Charlotte (Schleucher) Clopton, Wallace Chandler Clopton, William Purcell Clopton, Ida (Brake) Crane, Jean (Holloman) Daniels, Ann (Corn) Felton, Michael Flanagan, Mildred (Knight) McLeroy, Doris (Clopton) Moody, Ph.D., Annabel (Stanford) Nickel, Henry King Stanford, Ph.D., Morgan Callaway Stanford, Esq., and Isabel Lancaster (Clopton) Steiner, for contributing information regarding Dr. Thomas B. Clopton, M.D. and his descendants, unless otherwise noted.

42.  Thomas B. Clopton,  M.D., Holy Bible,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock).

43.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 6, Gives her age as 39.

44.  Thomas B. Clopton,  M.D., Holy Bible,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock), The cemetery is now heavily wooded.  In 1995 the tombstones had all sunk deeply into the ground.

45.  Thomas B. Clopton,  M.D., Holy Bible,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock), The Bible has been rebound.  The pages are in excellent condition.  The Family Record consists of four pages, including a list of "Births of black: Isaac born May 31 1860; William born Sept 16 1860; Emily born April 8 1861; Lucy Ann born May 9, 1863; In 1855 Andrew was ten years old;  Nathan in 1855 was 4 years old; Miles was born 1855 Aug 10; Margaret born Decm 25, 1855; David was born Nov 15, 1855; Morris was born Decm 10 1855; Caroline was born July 6 1835; Frank was born 1857 Jany; Ellick was born Feby 1857; Sarah born 6th March 1858; Celia was born Oct 7 1858; Prince Augustus born March 12 1859."  Dr. Clopton was a physician, first in Putnam County, and in 1861, Sumpter County, Georgia.  The Thomas B. Clopton, M.D. Collection includes 52 pages from his medical ledger dating from 1852 through 1860, courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock who possessed the original in 1995.  These records relate to his services and payments for certain families.  Someone used the old ledger as a scrapbook and pasted clippings over many of the pages.

46.  Thomas B. Clopton, M.D. Family Bible.  Also, marriage license dated March 5, 1834, signed by Wm. B. Clark, Clerk and certification dated March 18, 1834, signed by Samuel Harwell, Minister.  Rev. Harwell was the brother of Dr. Clopton's  first wife.  At that time he was assigned as a Methodist circuit rider to Sugar Creek & Little River Mission to slaves, Milledgeville Dist (Morgan County) Special thanks to Pauline S. Carter, Deputy Clerk, Probate Court of Putnam County, for supplying this document July 30, 1998.

47.  Thomas B. Clopton, M.D. Family Bible,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock), Also he states his age as 72 in the 1870 Georgia Census, then residing at the City of Americus, having been born in Virginia.

48.  Cornelia A. Harrison Palmer Clopton's Widow's Claim,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock), Forty-nine documents, dating from 1814 through 1920, related to her claims for pension includes Dr. Clopton's War Records, Official Documents and Letters.  They were reproduced at the National Archives and are in excellent condition. Death is also listed in the Bible:  died the 7th of Dec 1874, age 76 yrs 7 mo Born 7 May 1798.The Probate Court of Sumpter County was unable to locate his will.  However, a petition dated December 13, 1883, states that John C. Palmer, who was named as Executor of Dr. Clopton's will, had moved away and failed to "offer said will for Probate within a reasonable time," and that Mr. Palmer was renouncing his Executatorship.  This petition was signed by J. W. Clopton.    A statement follows, signed by H. J. Williams,  that he, Williams, had witnessed Dr. Clopton's signing of the will, in the presence of W. J. -?- and L. C. Barrett.  No other information regarding this matter has been found.  A copy of this petition is located Clopton Family Archives, courtesy of Suellen (Clopton) DeLoach Blanton.

49.  Thomas B. Clopton, M.D. Family Bible,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock).

50.  Hull, Early Records of Putnam County, Georgia, 1807-1860,  (Courtesy of Michael Flanagan), p. 10, Also tombstone, loc. cit., Concord United Methodist Church.

51.  Dorman, Claiborne of Virginia,  (Copy located Clopton Family Archives, courtesy of Suellen (Clopton) DeLoach Blanton), p. 659, States he practiced medicine at Monticello, Georgia.  Cites Jasper County, Georgia, 1860 Census, p. 265 or 31, family 226-227.

52.  Thomas B. Clopton, M.D. Family Bible,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock).

53.  Thomas B. Clopton, M.D. Collection, Contains 26 Civil War Records relating to William Henry Harrison Clopton, courtesy Jean Holloman Daniels, from his enlistment at Eatonton, June 1, 1861 until his final discharge approved by General Robert E. Lee, December 13, 1863.

54.  Thomas B. Clopton,  M.D., Holy Bible,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock).

55.  Concord United Methodist Church Register,  (Courtesy William Purcell Clopton), Gives year of death as 1916.

56.  Putnam County, Georgia, Marriage Book, Book F, page 177., License dated January 24, 1860, signed by Wm. B. Carter, Ordinary. Certification dated January 26, 1860, signed by Blumer White, J.P.  Blumer White was the husband of Mary Claiborne, "Billy" Clopton's uncle.  Located Clopton Family Archives and Research Library.  Special thanks to Pauline S. Carter, Deputy Clerk, Probate Court of Putnam County, for supplying this document, July 30, 1998.

57.  Clopton Holy Bible (New York, 1823), owned in 1997 by Thad L. Aycock, Evanston, Illinois.  Grandson of Thomas B. Clopton and Cornelia Harrison Palmer Clopton.

58.  Tombstone, loc. cit, His death in 1916 is noted in Concord Church's Register of Members.

59.  Thomas B. Clopton, M.D. Collection, The collection contains 18 documents relating to Thomas Alexander Clopton's service in the Confederate Army from September 1861 through March 1865.  He was a Prisoner of War at Fort Delaware, courtesy Suellen (Clopton) DeLoach Blanton.  Also included is a four page letter dated 1861, courtesy William Purcell Clopton.  Special thanks to Charlotte Ray, Georgia Department of Archives and History, who supplied copies of his C.S.A. records, November 7, 1995.

60.  Thomas B. Clopton, M.D. Family Bible,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock).

61.  Concord United Methodist Church Register,  (Courtesy William Purcell Clopton).

62.  Georgia Marriage Certificate, Putnam County, Georgia, Marriage Book F, p. 366, License dated December 14, 1867, cannot read the signature of Ordinary.  Certification dated December 19, 1867, signed by Blumer White, J.P.  Blumer White was the husband of Mary Claiborne,  Thomas Alexander Clopton's uncle.  Special thanks to Pauline S. Carter, Deputy Clerk, Probate Court of Putnam County, who provided this document, July 30, 1998.

63.  Thomas B. Clopton,  M.D., Holy Bible,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock), The Family Record spells his name Robert Emit Clopton.

64.  Tombstone, loc. cit.

65.  Georgia Marriage Certificate, Marriage License dated November 11, 1889, signed by Frank Leverette, Ordinary.  Certification dated November 16, 1889, signed by J. R. Bagley,  J.P. and recorded by F. Leverette.  Special thanks to Pauline S. Carter, Deputy Clerk, Probate Court of Putnam County, for supplying this document, July 30, 1998.

66.  Concord United Methodist Church Register of Members, 1856-1955,  (Thomas B. Clopton, M.D. Collection, courtesy William Purcell Clopton.  Original copy located Eatonton-Putnam County, Georgia).  Notes her death in 1915.  Her name is entered as Corrine Clopton

67.  Thomas B. Clopton,  M.D., Holy Bible,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock).

68.  Tombstone, loc. cit, Union Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Eatonton.  She was a member of Concord Methodist Church before moving with her father and step-mother to Sumpter County, Georgia.  She evidently came back to that church as  Concord's Register of Members notes her death and has her listed as Maria L. Brake.

69.  Thomas B. Clopton, M.D. Family Bible,  (Courtesy Thaddeus Lamar Aycock).

70.  Tombstone, loc. cit, Oak Grove Cemetery, Americus.  "The Weekly Republican," Americus, Georgia, January 14, 1881, reported his murder at the hands of his neighbor, W. H. Stovall.

71.  George Mason Claiborne Papers, in 1995 in the possession of Dr. Dallas Everette Hudson, Amherst, Virginia.

72.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 6, Her age is 34 and she is living with her brother, Thomas.

73.  Milledgeville, Georgia, Southern Recorder,  (Courtesy of Leia Katherine Eubanks), Tuesday, June 26, 1849 Issue, "Georgia, Putnam County:  Sheriff Ssales - On the first Tuesday in August, next, before the Court House door in the town of Eatonton, Putnam County, within the usual hours of sale, the following property, to wit:"371 acres of land adjoining Thomas Clopton and Blumer White, levied on as the property of Jonathan Winslett, to satisfy executions or fi fas in favor of Francis C. McKinly.".

74.  Hull, Early Records of Putnam County, Georgia, 1807-1860,  (Courtesy of Michael Flanagan), p. 94.

75.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 6, His age is 38.

76.  Probate Court of Putnam County, Georgia, Courtesy of Pauline S. Carter, Deputy Clerk.

77.  Concord United Methodist Church Register,  (Courtesy William Purcell Clopton), Concord's Register of Members listes her as Lucy C. Holloman.  She was received into membership by The Rev. S. B. Ledbetter.  Her death is noted as 1931.

78.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 6, She is 9 years old.

79.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 6, She is six months old.

80.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 6, He is four years old.

81.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 6, She is five months old.  Census recorded October 11, 1850.

82.  He is not listed in the 1850 census which was recorded October 11.

83.  George Mason Claiborne Papers, in 1995 in the possession of Dr. Dallas Everette Hudson, Amherst, Virginia.

84.  Probate Court of Putnam County, Georgia, Courtesy of Pauline S. Carter, Deputy Clerk.

85.  Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., MD, Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne. Privately Published 1995. Gateway Press, Inc.

86.  Probate Court of Putnam County, Georgia, Courtesy of Pauline S. Carter, Deputy Clerk.

87.  George Mason Claiborne Papers, in 1995 in the possession of Dr. Dallas Everette Hudson, Amherst, Virginia.

88.  Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., MD, Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne. Privately Published 1995. Gateway Press, Inc.

89.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 6, He is living in Putnam County aged 28.  He is the head of a household number 421.  Living with him is his sister, Mary, and her husband Blumer White and their  and children.

90.  Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., MD, Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne. Privately Published 1995. Gateway Press, Inc.

91.  Jones, "Memoirs of W. Ted Jones," Courtesy of William Purcell Clopton, The 1850 Census of Putnam County states she is living with her sister, Harriet and Harriet's husband, Dr. Thomas B. Clopton.  She is aged 22.

92.  Tombstone, loc. cit.

93.  Otto, 1850 Census of Putnam County, Georgia, p. 13, He is aged 48.

94.  Putnam County, Georgia, Will Book, Book B - 1822-1857.

95.  Tombstone, loc. cit.

96.  Jones, "Memoirs of W. Ted Jones," Courtesy of William Purcell Clopton, States his grandmother was widowed when the children were very young.

97.  Putnam County, Georgia, Marriage Book.

98.  Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., MD, Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne. Privately Published 1995. Gateway Press, Inc.

99.  Concord United Methodist Church Register,  (Courtesy William Purcell Clopton), Notes she was removed by Certificate, and notes her death May 1927.  She is listed as Mary B. Jones.

100.  Tombstone, loc. cit.

 

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[1] The Descendants of Robert Ruffin, I, of “Richneck” and His Wife Elizabeth Prime, The First Seven Generations, is an excerpt from The Clopton Chronicles, the Ancestors and Descendants of Sir Thomas Clopton, Knt., & Katherine Mylde, and is the property of the Clopton Family Genealogical Society which holds the copyright on this material.  Permission is granted to quote or reprint articles for noncommercial use provided credit is given to the CFGS.  Prior written permission must be obtained from the Society for commercial use.

Dorothy Maddox Bishop is a direct descendant of Robert Ruffin, I, and his wife Elizabeth Prime.  Virginia (Ruffin) Crilley is the Founder of the Ruffin Family web page at http://www.eramp.net/crilley/public_html/ruffin.htm and is the host of a very active group of individuals who share their family records, primary documents, and research via e-mail since 1996.  Suellen (Clopton) DeLoach Blanton, Founder and Executive Director of The Clopton Family Genealogical Society & Clopton Family Archives, is a direct descendant of this line.