Thomas Ruffett Junior

12 July 1761–2 April 1854 (Age 92)
Harlington, Bedfordshire, England

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Ruffett Junior was born on 12 July 1761, in Harlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Ruffett Senior, was 35 and his mother, Mary Jenkins, was 34. He married Susannah Tillcock on 5 January 1788, in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 2 April 1854, in Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 92.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Ruffett Junior
Susannah Tillcock
Marriage: 5 January 1788
William Ruffet
Mary Ruffett
Elizabeth Ruffett
Joseph Ruffett
Sarah Ruffet

Spouse and Children

5 January 1788
Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Ruffett Senior


    Mary Jenkins




    Hannah Ruffett


    John Jenkins Ruffett


    William Ruffett


    Richard Ruffett



World Events (8)

1770 · Boston Tea Party

Age 9

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.
1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

Age 14

"On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the ""shot heard around the world"" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England."
1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

Age 26

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.

Name Meaning

Origin unidentified.

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

Sources (3)

  • Thomas Rofett, "England, Bedfordshire Parish Registers, 1538-1983"
  • Thomas Ruffett in entry for Sarah Ruffett, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Thomas Ruffett in entry for Mary Ruffett, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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