John C. Rufty World War I veteran, Probable relative of mine, In the service of the nation poster, Genealogy info found, 28 August 1897 – 11 April 1980 Rowan County NC


My aunt Nell, the sister of my mother, gave me a poster several years ago she found at a flea market.

The poster, “In the service of the nation,” cited the service of  John C. Rufty in World War I.

My maternal grandmother was born a Rufty, a German name in Rowan County, NC.

I did a search on and found the following:

John Claude Rufty

28 August 1897 – 11 April 1980 • KCJR-C8Y
Parents and Siblings
1854–1929 • L7G6-39G
1858–1900 • L4QN-S6B

John Claude Rufty

North Carolina Deaths
Name John Claude Rufty
Event Type Death
Event Date 11 Apr 1980
Event Place Spencer, Rowan, North Carolina
Birth Year 1897
Burial Date 13 Apr 1980
Burial Place Salisbury, North Carolina
Cemetery Chestnut Hill
Residence Place Spencer, Rowan, North Carolina
Address 411 Baldwin Avenue
Gender Male
Age 82
Marital Status Single
Race (Original) White
Occupation Machinist
Birth Date 28 Aug 1897
Birthplace Rowan County, North Carolina
Father’s Name John Lewis Rufty
Mother’s Name Laura Hudson
Additional Relatives X

I found a common ancestral link so we are apparently related.

I would, however, prefer that someone who knew him or is more closely related take possession of this poster.


If you are that person, please leave a comment.

Perhaps someone can provide the rest of the story.

John C. Rufty was in World War I.

Did he witness events that traumatically affected him?

He lived a long time, but apparently did not marry or have children.



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  1. Listed on 1900 Census as son of John L. Rufty.

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