The Riffe Family

John RIFFE was born in Alabama in 1833  (likely Jackson County), to Christopher (born 1790-1800) and Elizabeth (STAPP?) RIFFE.   He died in Georgetown Texas 4 July 1881.  Some family researchers claim that Christopher RIFFE was a nephew – and some claim that he was a son – of General Christopher Riffe, War of 1812, first settler of Casey County Kentucky.  So, John would be the grand-nephew – or grandson – of a War of 1812 general.

John RIFFE married Permelia MAXWELL in Burnet County Texas in 1855.  Permelia was born in Tennessee in May 1833, and died 6 July 1910.  I am currently unable to determine where she died and is buried; she may be buried in Pond Springs.  Known children of John and Permeila (MAXWELL) RIFFE:

i.  Elizabeth RIFFE, born  likely in Burnet County Texas ca. 1857, married George RINGSTAFF.  Elizabeth died in 1883.

ii.  James Christopher “Jim” RIFFE, born in Burnet County Texas 4 October 1858, died 9 February 1934 in Bishop, Nueces County Texas.  James married Naomi CHAMPION, niece of Calvin CHAMPION who is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery, and they had the following known children:

a .  Caroline Permelia RIFFE, born likely in Williamson County Texas 3 March 1878.  She married Eli STEWART, son of Jasper and Annie (BUTTERY) STEWART.  Caroline died 28 March 1962.  Both Eli and Caroline are buried in Cedar Park Cemetery.  Eli’s parents are buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.

b.  John Benjamin RIFFE, born likely in Williamson County Texas 19 December 1879, died 25 December 1970.

c.  Tecumseh RIFFE, born in Texas 21 Jul 1882, died 19 Feb 1959 in Travis County Texas.

d.  Lula Margaret RIFFE, born February 1885 in Texas.

e.  James Christopher “Jim” RIFFE, Jr., born in Texas 5 May 1887 , died 26 March 1945 in Bishop, Nueces County Texas.

f.  Julia May RIFFE, born in Williamson County Texas 10 Oct 1889, died 7 Apr 1979 in Georgetown, Williamson County Texas.  Julia married John Leonard CHAPMAN.  Their daughter Edna Lou CHAPMAN, is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.

g.  Fannie Ina RIFFE, born in Williamson County Texas 16 Feb 1892, died 19 Jan 1967 Corpus Christi, Nueces County Texas.

h.  Mabel Blanche RIFFE, born 25 Feb 1894 in Williamson County Texas, died 12 November 1974 in Taft, San Patricio County Texas.

i.  Jessie RIFFE, born in Williamson County Texas December 1896.  No further info.

j.  Lewis Harvey RIFFE, born in Texas 21 March 1898, died 28 September 1956 in Kingsville, Kleberg County Texas.

k.  William Claude RIFFE , born in Texas 6 January 1902, died in Nueces County Texas 1 December 1959.

l.  Ted A. RIFFE, born in Texas 8 December 1904, died in Kleberg County Texas 6 January 1964 .

iii.  Missouri RIFFE, born in Texas ca. 1861.

iv.  Nancy Margaret RIFFE, born in Texas 18 September 1865, died in Hays County, Dripping Springs Texas 19 December 1955.  Nancy married Sanford Idelia “Dee” CRUMLEY, born 21 September 1856, died 17 May 1928.  Both Nancy and Sanford are buried in Fitzhugh Cemetery, Dripping Springs.  Known children:

a.  Marietta V. CRUMLEY, born in Texas 11 April 1883, died in Williamson County Texas 14 April 1884.  Marietta is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery next to her grandfather John Riffe.

b.  Audrey C. CRUMLEY (male), born in Texas 1885, died in Texas 1957.  Buried Bagdad Cemetery, Williamson County Texas.

c.  Beulah Thomas CRUMLEY, born in Texas 18 March 1892, died 11 August 1989.  Married Charles HAYDON.  Both are buried Phillips Cemetery, Dripping Springs Texas.

d.  Sisero CRUMLEY, born in Texas 15 July 1899, died 7 June 1932.  buried in Fitzhugh Cemetery, Dripping Springs.

The Riffe family made a major contribution to the Pond Springs community before they moved on.  If you have any further information, please contact this blog.

– Suzanne

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