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Charleston in Kanawha County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Ruffners

 
 
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By Michael Sean Nix, October 3, 2009
1. The Ruffners Marker
Inscription. Grave of Joseph Ruffner, who bought the site of Charleston from the Clendenins. His son, Daniel, built Holly Mansion on Kanawha Street in 1815. The Ruffners aided oil and gas development by improved drills used in salt wells.
 
Erected 1964 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
 
Location. 38° 20.262′ N, 81° 37.224′ W. Marker is in Charleston, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker is on Kanawha Boulevard 0.1 miles west of Elizabeth Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston WV 25311, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kanawha Riflemen (within shouting distance of this marker); The 35th Star (approx. mile away); State Capitol (approx. mile away); Executive Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named State Capitol (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union Civil War Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); "The West Virginia Coal Miner" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Walks At Midnight (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. Marker is across the street from a park that contains the graves.
 
Also see . . .
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By Michael Sean Nix, October 3, 2009
2. The Ruffners Marker

1. Joseph Ruffner Papers. Site contains over 80 documents on the Ruffner family history, including a receipt for the purchase of land in Kanawha from Clendenin. (Submitted on October 6, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.) 

2. King Salt in the Kanawha Salines. Article about the Ruffners in the mining of salt from the area. (Submitted on October 6, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Persons
 
Ruffners Grave image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, October 3, 2009
3. Ruffners Grave
Here are the graves of Joseph Ruffner & Anna his wife. He was born in Shenandoah County Sept. 25, 1740. She was born in the same county 1742. They emigrated to Kanawha in 1795 and became the proprietors of this bottom and the salt spring at Campbells Creek. He died March 23, 1803. She died August 19, 1820. They were the parents of David, Joseph, Samuel, Tobias, Eve, Daniel & Abra B. Let their spotless integrity, useful industry & sincere piety be remembered and imitated by their descendants.
Ruffners Grave image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, October 3, 2009
4. Ruffners Grave
Elizabeth Painter Wife of Daniel Ruffner seventh son of Joseph Ruffner Born Jan. 27 1769 Luray, VA. Died Aug. 9, 1841 Charleston, VA. (W. VA.)
Ruffner Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, October 3, 2009
5. Ruffner Memorial Park
Park the graves are in.
Holly Mansion image. Click for full size.
circa 2009
6. Holly Mansion
 
 
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