The Resource 1811-1892.
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- Randolph, Sarah N., (Sarah Nicholas), 1839-1892
- Slaveholders. -- Virginia | Chesterfield County
- Personal papers -- Virginia | Chesterfield County
- Plantation owners -- Virginia | Chesterfield County
- Agriculturalists -- Virginia
- Friends of National Industry
- Ruffin, Edmund, 1794-1865
- Chesterfield County -- History -- 19th century
- Brock, R. A., (Robert Alonzo), 1839-1914
- Letters (correspondence)
- Veterans -- Confederate States of America
- Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Pickett, John Thomas, 1822-1884
- Ruffin, Frank G
- Ruffin family
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Papers, 1811-1892, of the Ruffin family of Chesterfield County, Virginia, principally consisting of the correspondence of Frank G. Ruffin (1816-1892). This correspondence chiefly relates to his post-Civil War life including his political career, agricultural pursuits, ties with the University of Virginia and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and his Civil War memoirs. Other items concerning the Ruffin family are also contained herein including a petition, 1820, from the United Agricultural Societies of Virginia to the U. S. Congress protesting the Friends of National Industry and correspondence with and concerning Edmund Ruffin (1794-1865). Notable correspondents include Robert Alonzo Brock, John Thomas Pickett, and Sarah N. Randolph
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- Frank (Francis Gildart) Ruffin was born 1 December 1816 in Woodville, Mississippi to William Hopper Ruffin and Frances Gildart Ruffin. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by his grandfather, William Ruffin (ca. 1758-1825), in Raleigh, North Carolina. After his grandfather's death, Ruffin was raised by an aunt and uncle in Hanover County, Virginia. After attending various schools, Ruffin entered the University of Virginia and graduated at age 16. He moved to Richmond where he studied for the bar, and was accepted to the bar in October 1838. He began practicing in King William County, Virginia, but disappointed with the law, turned to agriculture. After his marriage, Ruffin moved to Albemarle County in 1841, then to Richmond in 1853. He served as editor of the SOUTHERN PLANTER from 1851 to 1858. He also purchased an estate in Chesterfield County, Virginia. When the Civil War began, Ruffin entered Confederate service as a major in the Commissary and eventually rose to the rank of colonel. After the war, he pursued various business and agricultural interests. A Readjuster, Ruffin became disillusioned with William Mahone's (1826-1895) control of the party. Ruffin was appointed 2nd auditor of Virginia, a position he held until his death. Ruffin led efforts to improve the James River and make Richmond a major port. He married first, Cary Anne Nicholas Randolph (1820-1857), the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Randolph (1792-1875) and great-granddaugher of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), on 28 December 1840, and they had 9 children. He married second, Ellen Strother Harvie (ca. 1818-1899), the granddaughter of John Marshall (1755-1835). Ruffin died 5 June 1892 in Richmond, Virginia, and is buried in Hollywood cemetery.
- Edmund Ruffin (1794-1865) was a prominent agriculturalist, president of Virginia Agricultural Society, and the editor of the Farmer's Register. An ardent secessionist, he committed suicide upon receiving news of Lee's surrender.
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