The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 718, Indian Creek Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"L. (LAURENCE) RUFF was born in this township April 29, 1842, and is one of eight children born to JACOB and MAGDALENA (DAUDINGER) RUFF, natives of Lorraine, France. In 1834, JACOB RUFF, who was a weaver, came to the United States with his wife and child, bought a small farm in Seneca County, Ohio, and there resided until 1840, when he came to this township and cleared eighty acres, which he has entered the previous year. To this farm he added from time to time, until at his death, February 14, 1877, he owned 600 acres of well-improved land. He gave each of his children a good farm or it's equivalent, and died a consistent member of the Catholic Church. LAURENCE RUFF received the ordinary education of the frontier, and assisted on his father's farm until the fall of 1861, when he enlisted in Company I, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served until the fall of 1864, when he received an honorable discharge and returned home, having fought at Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, the siege of Vicksburg, and in all the other engagements of his regiment. He then engaged in farming and stock-raising, but made his home with his father for eleven years; he next lived on his brother's farm, and in the spring of 1879, returned to the homestead and took care of his mother until her death, September 9, of the same year. April 18, 1876, he married ANNA RYNE, a native of Carroll County, Indiana, and to this union there have been born four children, of whom three are living - MAGGIE, WILLIAM, and JULIA. MR. RUFF is now living on and is owner of the old homestead. Although acting with the Democratic party, he is no office seeker."