Pioneers of Ellis County
Henry J. Ruffin Family
Contributed by Virginia Crilley
Henry J. Ruffin and his family moved to the Alma Community around 1886. He was born April 13, 1845 in Talbot County Georgia, the son of James and Sarah Averett Ruffin.
Henry Ruffin married Winnie Virginia "Jennie" Jinks in Taylor County Dec. 31, 1868. She was the daughter of Willis and Nicey Martin Jinks, also of Taylor County, Georgia.
Henry Ruffin served in Co F- 3rd Battalion (Alabama) which joined Hilliard's Alabama Legion and eventually became Co. D. 60th Ala. Regt. He enlisted June 10 1862 in Columbus, Ga.and served throughout the war.
They moved to Texas with seven children and three more sons were born in Texas.
Martha "Mattie" Elizabeth (b. Jan. 17, 1869; m.Wm Fletcher Flacher Sands 1889)
Elem Casroe "E. C." b.Dec.12, 1871 m.Louella Calhoun 1894
George Tolliver "G.T.". b. May 31, 1875; m. Lula C .Fort 1897
Allen Tillman "Till" b.Sept. 4, 1876 m. Lillie Mae Brown 1903
William Harrison b. May 3, 1879 m. Laura Whitfill 1903
Sally Lee b. May 28, 1881; m.George W.Collard 1899
Willis C. b. Jan.2, 1884 m. Willie E.Brown 1907
Rupert A. b. Mar. 5, 1888 m. Minnie Barron 1912
James Tollie b. June 30, 1890; d. Oct. 9, 1891
Claude Jinks b. July 3, 1892 m. Imogene Grimes 1920
Henry farmed but also was in the mercantile business in Alma. He served as a trustee on the school board 1897-1898 (Loli School #44) and 1898-1899 (Alma School District #46.) He gave the land for the Alma School built in 1912, and served as "Judge and chairman" to preside over the primary election July 28, 1906.
Jennie Ruffin died suddenly of a stroke Oct. 18, 1915 and Henry died of a stroke July 10, 1916. Both are buried in the Rice Cemetery as are their sons, James T. and G.T. who preceded them in death.
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