Seeking information on my African-American ancestors in St Matthews Township in NC. Dan, Mary, Eliza,Ligma(?) Ruffin are listed on the 1870 census. Dan Ruffin is my gggfather. There has been a long standing relationship with Buffaloe family as recently as the 1950"s. I have been told the Ruffins had been share croppers for the Buffaloes at the turn of the turn of the 19th century. I have searched slave schedules but was unable to determine if the Ruffin family were the slaves for the any of the Buffaloes in the St. Matthews Twp. I also wonder if members of the Ruffin family had come to St Matthews area with Henry Buffaloe in the late 1700's? Were the Ruffins slaves purchased from the Ruffins in Wake County or Virginia? Is there any listings in wills, Bibles,bills of sale, or other documentation that lists the name of the slaves for the Ruffin family. This information is very important to my family as my father was recently diagnosed with a serious illness yet he gets very excited about any information that I am able to share on our ancestors. Please help me.
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