James Rufus Rufty, Fought in Civil War, Deserted captured escaped, Returned?, Oral tradition from my grandmother, Buried in St. Matthews Episcopal Church Salisbury, NC


James Rufus Rufty, uncle Ruf, is my great great great uncle.

He fought in the Civil War.

I first learned of uncle ruf (roof) from my maternal grandmother, Myrtle Inez Rufty Barringer in the 70’s.

This is what she told me.

He was a strong, stocky man.

He had deserted during the Civil War, was captured and being led with a rope around his neck, to be hung the next day.

He chewed through the rope, overpowered the guards and escaped.

She also showed me a knife rack that he had made which I believe is now owned by her daughter, my aunt Nell.

A question remains, did Rufus return to the war after escaping?

From a Rufty Family genealogical site.

“Descendants of George Rufty
6. JAMES RUFUS3 RUFTY (EDWARD2, GEORGE1) was born 13 Feb 1839, and died 17 Aug 1910 in Gold Hill, NC. He married MARY FRANCES LENTZ 31 May 1866. She was born 20 Jan 1847, and died 25 Jun 1932 in Cabarrus Co., NC.
James Rufty enlisted Sept. 24, 1862, Camp Holmes. He was Private in Company K, Reg. 8, Rowan. Military records indicated he deserted Oct. 1862, present again Aptil 1863. Detailed to operate his fathers mill in Rowan County, NC from June 26, 1863 – October 1864. Took Oath of Allegiance June 1865.”
Rufus Rufty is buried in the St. Matthews Episcopal Church Graveyard.
4401 Statesville Blvd
Salisbury, NC 28147
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