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William Ruffle / Abigail Tufts / Another Woman
Posted by: Gale Leach (ID *****7381) Date: August 20, 2006 at 08:37:22
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I'm hoping someone might be able to help with what is a mystery to me.

Quite a lot of the postings online show that William Ruffle (born in England around 1799) and Abigail Tufts (born in Keene 1804) were married in Keene on 10 April 1822, which is what I thought to be true for a long time. Now, checking Keene's records, it appears that Abigail was married in Keene on this day, but to Joseph Harwood. She did marry William, but much later on 10 Mar 1842.

The problem I have is now locating the mother of William's oldest son, William (b. about 1827 in Keene) since it couldn't have been Abigail. William Jr. shows up on the 1850 US census, but the mother is simply listed as "Mrs. W." Her listed age is about right to have been Abigail (around 1804), but it couldn't have been her if she was married to Joseph Harwood...

All subsequent searches in the Keene records turn up nothing for the elder William. I'm assuming he didn't marry in Keene the first time, although all of his children appear to have been born there. The 1850 census lists 12 children living with these parents:
William, Charles, Samuel, George, Sally, Mary, Benjamin, Isabella, Henrietta, Josiah, Harriet, and James.

Can anyone help me find out who young William's mother was?

Thanks!

Gale


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