“Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania” Vol. 3 Author: Jordan, John W., 1840 – 1941
Pg. 1034 RUFFING About 1845 MICHAEL RUFFING, grandfather of MICHAEL RUFFING, of Lincoln Place Post Office, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, came to the United States, a widower with children.He was born and married in Germany, where he was for years a farmer and miner.After the death of his wife, URSULA, he came to the United States with his seven children and settled at Mount Oliver, a part of the city of Pittsburgh, where he died at an advanced age.Children: 1. MARY, remained in New York City.2. ELIZABETH, married MICHAEL FLEEHER, and lived in Mifflin Township, Allegheny County.3. LOUIS, always lived in Mount Oliver, after the family settlement there.4. JACOB, lived in Lower St. Clair Township.5. MICHAEL.6. JOHN, also lived in lower4 St. Clair Township.7. GEORGE, lived on a farm in Baldwin Township.
MICHAEL RUFFING, son of MICHAEL and URSULA RUFFING, was born in Germany, in 1827, died on his farm in Mifflin Township, Allegheny County, Pa., October 30, 1912.He was about eighteen years of age when his father came with his family to Mount Oliver (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania, and soon after their arrival MICHAEL began working in the coal mines of the district.But he did not like a miner's life and as soon as he had sufficient capital he opened a dairy in Mount Oliver that was quite successful.But he was not yet satisfied and leaving the city he began farming, renting in succession three Baldwin Township farms.He then tried farming in Mifflin Township, renting a farm of James Hays which pleased him so well that one year after “renting” he became its owner by purchase, on July 8, 1876.This farm, containing one hundred and three acres, he brought to a high state of fertility and operated it largely as a dairy farm.He continued dairying for over thirty years, disposing of his dairy and farm products to good advantage to the Pittsburgh South Side residents.