Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: De Witt Clinton Ruff

According to HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO,  De Witt Clinton Ruff was born on February 12, 1858 in Canada, to Christopher and Emma (Ayling) Ruff. Christopher Ruff moved his family to Sandusky, Ohio, where he was in the furniture and undertaking business for several years. In 1878, De Witt Clinton Ruff became a partner in his father's business. The advertisement below appeared in the January 15, 1890 issue of the Sandusky Register.

After losing the business to a fire in the 1890s, both Christopher and De Witt Clinton Ruff moved to the state of Minnesota. Pictured below is a page from the Ramsey County, Minnesota State Census in 1895. D.W.C. Ruff is residing in St. Paul, Minnesota with his mother, his wife, and a servant. At this time, Mr. Ruff was working as a real estate agent, and his mother was a widow by this time.

The Florida Deaths database at FamilySearch lists the date of death of Dewitt C. Ruff as April 22, 1937, in Duval County, Florida. His remains were returned to Sandusky, Ohio for burial at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

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