This message is posted for an individual I corresponded with at the DAR.
Unable to reach using the former e-mail address.
We discussed Benjamin Ruff in April 2005. I sent some documents regarding
his service in the Rev War. This past week I have obtained some additional
documents. It has taken me 2 years to get a copy of these records. Benjamin's
children were bound out in 1780 & 1789. I do have some reservations on the
fatherhood of the two children bound out in 1789 since Benjamin died in
1779. I have not found any record for one other child that I know was born in
The two children bound out in 1780 were 4 & 6 years old. On the document
regarding Suckey Ruff age four it states: Humbly request you bind my daughter
Suckey Ruff about four years old to Poley Ewing & no other as by hir & I &
family has obtained considerable support since my husband's death in the army
and your petition shall ever pray, Sarah X Ruff mulatto, Teste John Ewing.
I am still of the belief that one Thomas Ruff that died at Valley Forge
between Jan 1779 & April 1779 is in fact Benjamin Ruff or more likely Thomas
Since our last correspondence I did not know if you successfully added
Benjamin Ruff to the DAR records. I do not know if Thomas Ruff is on record
either. The military records for Thomas show he first enlisted in 1777. A break
down of his service is as follows:
March - April 1779 Artillery Park April 30, 1779 Pluckminn Dead
since last muster John Champe Carter January - February 1779 Park of Artillery
March 4, 1779 Pluckminn Sick General Hospital John Champe Carter December 1778
Park of Artillery January 16, 1779 Pluckminn Sick at Vally Forge John Champe
Carter October 1778 Camp West Point November 13, 1778 September 1778 8
1/3 September 1778 Camp West Point October 2, 1778 Sick at Vally Forge
John Champe Carter August 1778 Camp West Point September 5, 1778 Left sick
Vally Forge John Champe Carter July 1778 Pay 8 1/3 John Champe Carter July
1778 Camp White Plains August 8, 1778 Left sick at Vally Forge John Champe
Carter June 1778 White Plains July 22, 1778 Left sick at Vally Forge John Champe
Carter May 1778 L. 3.68 Joined from VA since last muster roll was made
1777 Fort Stevens October 20, 1777 Enlist during the war next muster May 1778
William Waters CO September 4, 1777 Enlisted April 4, 1777 Enlisted
Sick by June 1778 Under Col. Charles Harrison John
Champe Carter Captain 1st Reg Artillery Continental Troops appointed October 30,
1777 on rolls until March 1780. War Dept Wallace, George Selden Year
Book SAR 1902 in the State of West Virginia
I am not certain where Benjamin Ruff came from but I am currently looking at
the Lancaster PA area. I will also be searching out more info on the Ewing
family records and two other men named Nathan & Alex Reid.
Your thoughts on this are appreciated.