Facts and Events
Peter Ruffner was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 433-47. 21-22 Aug. 1738. John Landrum of St. Mark's Parish, Orange County, to Peter Rufnough of same. Lease and release; for £25 current money. 250 acres on the backside of the Great Mountains... at the mouth of a gut on the south side of the South Fork of Sharando River... by a valley... (signed) John (J) Landrum. Wit: John Ragan, Andrew Craig, Joseph Henderson. 24 Aug. 1738. Acknowledged by John Landrum. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 2, Dorman, pg. 58].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 58.--11th April, 1746. Peter Ruffnaugh (Ruftner), of County Orange, to Christopher Comber, £40 current money Virginia; on Hawksbill Run, formerly belonging to Francis Thomton. Witnesses, John Newport, Richard Price. Isaac Strickler. Acknowledged, 14th April, 1746.
- Page 61.--11th April, 1746. Peter Rufnaugh (Rufnedt) to Daniel Stover, £10 current money Virginia; on South River, Shanando, at mouth of Hawksbill Creek, part of 250 acres granted to John Landrum purchased by Rufnaught from Landrum containing 196 acres. Witnesses, same as p.68. Acknowledged, 14th April, 1746.
Early Land Acquisition in Frederick County, VA
- K-279: Peter Rufner of Frederick County, 106 acres on Hawksbill Brs. in said County. Surv. George Hume. Adj. said Rufner's, Francis Thornton's Hawksbill Tract, 4 May 1761. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Vol. 2, 1742-1775, pg. 126].
- K-280: Peter Rufner of Frederick County, 195 acres on Hawksbill in said County. Surv. George Hume. Adj. Rufner's other land, 5 May 1761. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Vol. 2, 1742-1775, pg. 126].
- K-281: Peter Rufner of Frederick County, 217 acres on Hawksbill Brs. in said County. Surv. George Hume. Adj. Rufner's land, 6 May 1761. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Vol. 2, 1742-1775, pg. 126].
- K-282: Peter Rufner of Frederick County, 345 acres on Hawksbill Cr. in said County. Surv. Phillip Clayton. Adj. Rufner's land. 7 May 1761. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Vol. 2, 1742-1775, pg. 126].
- K-283: Peter Rufner of Frederick County, 290 acres on Hawksbill Brs. in said County. Surv. George Hume. Adj. John Lyenberger, Rufner's old line, 8 May 1761. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Vol. 2, 1742-1775, pg. 126].
- M-432: Pater Ruffner of Frederick County, 70 acres surplus in his 250 acres in said County granted John Landrum (then of Orange County) by patent from the King's Office 27 Jan. 1734. Landrum sold to said Ruffner (Orange County Court Records). Resurv. Mr. Robert Rutherford. 320 acre Grant to Ruffner, on S.R. of Shannandoah in said County, Hawk's Bill Creek, adj. Peter Waggoner, Daniel Stover, 6 Aug. 1765. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Vol. 2, 1742-1775, pg. 166].
Records of Peter Ruffner in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 4.--Peter Roughenough qualifies administrator of Abraham Strickler, with sureties, viz: Mathais Selzer, John Lionberger. 14th April, 1746.
- Page 114.--16th February, 1748. Executors qualify on above, with sureties Daniel Stover, Peter Rufenough (signed Peter Ufner).
- Samuell Beam, 20 Nov. 1748 - 15 Dec. 1749; 170 acres on the east of the Hawksbill; adj. Samuel Beams own line, John Lyenberger, Petter Ruffner. CC - Micall Koffman & Petter Ruffner. Surv. George Hume. [Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Orange & Augusta Counties, with Tithables, Delinquents, Petitioners, 1730-1754, Volume One, Peggy Smomo Joyner, pg. 19].
- Page 497.--19th December, 1751. John Jacob Rothgab's will. Settled and living at South Shanado. Written in High Dutch and translated by How Dickins. Son, John George (infant). Son, Peter. Daughters. Elizabeth, Anna, Barbery, Catherine. Wife, Anna. Executors, wife. Anna, and Paul Lung. Teste: John Spiller, John Taylor, Martin Forelight. Proved, 16th May, 1753, by John Taylor, who declared the other witnesses dead, and widow, Anna, qualified. (Signed Ann Holloback) with surety Peter Rufner.
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1753. - Peter Ruffner vs. William Miller.--Defendant had gone to Carolina in 1752.
- Vol. 2 - Furra vs. Ruffner--O. S. 186; N. S. 66--Bill 1810. Complainants are, viz: Christian and Samuel Furra, who before 22d April, 1796, came from Pennsylvania to Virginia to Shenandoah County and fell in with Joseph Ruffner, who offered to sell them 1,400 acres in two tracts, one called the Connoway tract and the other purchased from his father. Joseph Ruffner died testate. Answer by Daniel Ruffner mentions his uncle Benj. Ruffner. Sworn to in Kenawha County. Deed 7th March, 1797, by Joseph Ruffner, Sr., and Ann, his wife, of Kenawha County to Christian and Saml. Farrer of Shenandoah, conveys 394 acres on Hawksbill, conveyed to Joseph by Peter Ruffner and Mary, 26th April, 1773; brother Benj., brother Peter. 1,007 acres conveyed to Joseph by Henry Conway, 17th October, 1787, on Hawksbill. Recorded in Shenandoah, 13th June, 1797. Patent by Fairfax to Thomas Conway of Prince William County. On Dry Run of Hawksbill in Augusta County. Survey by George Hume. David Koffman's Company. James Murry's line. Widow Koffman's line. Corner Bryan Breeding. Peter Ruffner's line. 1,007 acres. Dated 2d August, 1750.
Information on Peter Ruffner
From "The Germany Element of the Shenandoah Valley", by John Walter Wayland, pg. 54:
- One of these largest landholders was Peter Ruffner. He was the first of the name in Virginia, and settled in 1739 at the large spring on the Hawksbill Creek, now close by the edge of the town of Luray. His wife was Mary Steinman, whose father gave them a large body of land extending up both sides of the Hawksbill a distance of eight miles from its mouth. Ruffner himself added to the estate, extending his possessions four miles further up the stream.