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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for John Riffe, who resided at Man, West Virginia:

Son of Peter and Jane (Perry) Riffe, was born Dec. 16, 1839, in Logan county, W.Va., of a family long seated in this section; his father, born here Aril 3, 1808, and, at the age of 80 years, died here on Aug. 30, 1888. His widow, who was born in this county also, on Sept. 25, 1810, is yet living. Mr. Riffe enlisted in the service of the Confederate States in 1861, in Co. D, 36th Va. V.I., in honorable and active service until captured in Piedmont, Va., on June 8, 1864, and held nine months; discharged March 4, 1865. On Aug. 30, 1866, he was joined in wedlock with Minerva White, the marriage solemnized in Logan county, where she was born May 17, 1846, a daughter of James M. and Sarah (Browning) White, the father a native of Wythe county, Va., born Dec. 3, 1817, now residing in Logan. The mother, born here on Oct. 9, 1819, died April 6, 1884. Mr. and Mrs. Riffe’s children were 10 in number, 8 of whom are deceased: Leander, born Oct. 23, 1867, died Oct. 18, 1875; Mary H. born June 5, 1869, died Oct. 29, 1875; Laura E., born Aril 5, 1871, died Oct. 20, 1875; Louemma F., born Feb. 15, 1873, died Oct. 10, 1875; Elliott S., born Feb. 11, 1875, died Oct. 3, 1875; Sarah J., born July 7, 1878, died Feb. 23, 1882; James O., born March 22, 1880, died Jan. 26, 1883; John G., born May 30, 1882, died May 31, 1882; Hattie B., born Dec. 16, 1883; and Ada M., born Feb. 4, 1887. Mr. Riffe is the possessor of an elegant home, on an extensive estate, where he is largely engaged in farming and dealing in timber. Post office address: Man, Logan county, W.Va.

Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 837.

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