Old Family Photo Collections Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
The photos on these pages are generously contributed by Milda Mason of Alto, New Mexico. Her ancestors were early settlers in Van Zandt County and these wonderful old photos are much appreciated. In addition, there is a very interesting story on this family and the Bottoms family on our "Old Tales, Stories Page" that you don't want to miss. If you would like to share your old family photos by placing them on this web site, please contact Sibyl Creasey for instructions.
More about Cornelious Ruffin
Submitted by Milda Mason
Photo taken before his marriages.
Cornelious Eugene "Nelious" Ruffin was born 28 February, 1874 in probably Ellis County, Texas, the son of James Johnson Ruffin (1847-1934) and Elizabeth Ann Frances Busby (1851-1931)
About 1893 he came to Eastland County, Texas to work as a ranch hand for James C. Hickey (aka Gus) and Ava Jane Moore.
While there, he met Ava Moore's unmarried sister Clarinda, and married her July 29, 1895. Clarinda was the daughter of Levi Moore and Mariah Louisa Stanley, as was Ava.
Nelious and Clarinda are believed to have had one son, Perry, who died as a child. Clarinda died of tuberculosis in about 1898.
He then married Jim and Ava Hickey's daughter Lona Louise Hickey on New Year's Day 1899.
Lonie and Nelious had 5 children.
Cornelious Ruffin died May 22, 1924 in Ralls, Texas.
Cornelious Ruffin's older sister Tercoral Ann "Cora" Ruffin married Jim Moore, the son of William Bomar Moore and Barbara Tankersley on September 30, 1885, in Canton. Cora Ruffin and Jim Moore had 9 children.
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