William Greer Ruffcorn

27 September 1834–20 January 1917 (Age 82)
Kingston, Derry Township, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of William Greer

When William Greer Ruffcorn was born on 27 September 1834, in Kingston, Derry Township, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Simon II Ruffcorn, was 23 and his mother, Hannah Greer, was 22. He married Harriet Ann Hartley on 23 October 1856, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Sac, Iowa, United States in 1905 and Early, Sac, Iowa, United States in 1915. He died on 20 January 1917, in Boyer Valley Township, Sac, Iowa, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Early, Sac, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Greer Ruffcorn
Harriet Ann Hartley
Marriage: 23 October 1856
Charles Edgar Ruffcorn
Rosa E. Ruffcorn
Hannah Olivia Ruffcorn
Lewis Ellsworth Ruffcorn
Mary Lenore Ruffcorn

Spouse and Children

23 October 1856
Pennsylvania, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Simon II Ruffcorn


    Hannah Greer




World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 2

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Age 12

Iowa is the 29th state.
1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 23

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized spelling of German Roffka(h)r, a nickname for a simple or poor man, from Middle Low German rove ‘beet’ + kar(e) ‘container’, ‘basket’, but a play on words allows the interpretation ‘rob the cart’ (Middle Low German roven ‘to rob’ + kare ‘cart’).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • G W Ruffcom, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William G Ruffcom, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William G Ruffcorn, "Iowa State Census, 1915"

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