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JOSEPH Ruffner 

in 1794 at Clendenin's fort for that first year.  His wife was Anne 
Heistand on 22 May 1764.  His dates are b 25 Sep 1740 in Page Co, VA, 
d 23 Mar 1803.  Her dates are b 15 Oct 1742 in Frederick Co, VA d 29 
Aug 1820 in Charleston.  Their children were in birth order: DAVID 
(18 Jan 1767-1 Feb 1843) m Lydia Ann Brumbach (11 Nov 1766-22 Nov 1852); 
Joseph II (14 Feb 1769); Tobias (22 Oct 1770); Samuel (26 Oct
1773; Eve (27 Sep 1775); Daniel (11 Nov 1779 & Abraham (11 Oct 1781). 
David's children in birth order: Henry (16 Jan 1790-16 Dec 1861); Anne E 
(11 May 1792); Susan B (14 Dec 1794); Lewis (1 Oct 1797) HENRY 
(16 Jan 1790-16 Dec 1861) m 1st Sarah Montgomery Lyle(1787-1849) 
31 Mar 1819, 2nd Laura Kirby 20 Nov 1849.  His children in birth order: 
William Henry (1824) Ann Brumbach (1825); DAVID LEWIS (10 Jan 1829-22
 Apr 1897)  m Frances Eleanor Ruffner (his second cousin) 
Their children in birth order:  Sally Lyle (1854); David Lewis, Jr. 
(1860); JOEL HENRY (1859-1917) m Dorcas Blaine Laidley on 8 Jun 1886 
(13 Nov 1865-10 Dec 1927); Ethel Marye (1869-1949). Their children in 
birth order:  Diana Laidley (1889), Lydia Louise (1891); Richard Laidley 
(1894-1965); David Lewis II (26 May 1896) PERCY LAIDLEY (7 Jul 1899-6 
Nov 1982) m ALICE CONWAY TAMS Apr 1930 (4 Jun 1904-Oct 1986);
Dorcas Lyle. Their children in birth order (still living)  Mary Minor; 
Sally Lyle; Percy Laidley, Jr.Henry Ruffner, son of David, was a PhD,
a Presbyterian Minister and President of Washington College);  William 
Henry Ruffner, his son was likewise a PhD and a Presbyterian Minister, 
the first superintendent of public schools for VA in 1870; started the
Farmville Normal School (now Longwood College and there is still a 
Ruffner Hall, there) was responsible in part for VPI, also taught at 
Washington College and a personal friend of Gen and Mrs Lee when the
general was president of Washington and Lee. Henry's other son, 
David Lewis was Captain of the Kanawha Rifles (Co H), 22nd VA 
Infantry in 1861, saw out the war in the 2nd Brigade of the Army of 
Western VA as Assistant Adjutant General for BG Williams. Richard Laidley 
Ruffner, son of Joel Henry Ruffner was in WWI as an ambulance driver. 
David Lewis Ruffner, graduated class of 1918 at VMI, saw duty in France
as a 2LT, Artillery, retired from the US Army as a Major
General after the Korean War, having been commander of the 10th 
Mountain Brigade (?) in WWII.  Between the wars served in Panama and as 
the commander of a CCC camp.  My father, Percy Laidley Ruffner saw duty 
in the US Navy in WWI, serving aboard the USS Pocahontas.  My brother
Percy Laidley Ruffner, Jr. saw service in US Navy 1950-1970 Beginning in 
Korean war and ending in Vietnam War, mostly at sea on Destroyers.



Submitted by: Sally Ruffner Spangler at esdemio@gateway.net
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