I was wondering if someone could give me some information about my family. My great grand father's name is Ruffus Gullage. I heard from my dad that he was of Native American descent and that he may have changed his last name from Gulledge to Gullage. Also, from similar posts that his mother's name is Alice Ritter and father's is Albert Gullage. Any info would be appreciated. :)
Dates? Locations? Believe it or not, there's more than one Rufus/Ruffus Gullage. :)
Is this him?
Name: Ruffus Gullage
Last Residence: 70066 Killona, Saint Charles, Louisiana, United States of America
Born: 6 Oct 1874
Died: 15 Aug 1967
State (Year) SSN issued: Louisiana (1965)
Yes it is. How can I find out more about his ancestry/ethnic background/parents? And thanks for trying to help me. :)
You could order his Social Security application. That should have his parents' names, birth place, etc.
You could also order his death certificate, and try to find an obituary for him.
Do you have access to the trees at ancestry.com? He's in a couple. However, be careful since I've already noticed sloppy research on at least one tree -- They mixed up the father and son and had the father living about 118 years!
I'll see if I can find out anything else online...
This may be him in the 1900 US Census:
(Do these names fit with others that you have?)
Name: Rufus Gullage
Home in 1900: Police Jury Ward 7, Tangipahoa, Louisiana
[Hammond, Tangipahoa, Louisiana]
Birth Date: Oct 1874
Relationship to head-of-house: Son-in-Law
Father's Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother's Birthplace: Mississippi
Spouse's Name: Addie Gullage
Marriage year: 1898
Marital Status: Married
Years married: 2
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Nancy Norman 48
Hattie Norman 20
Evaline Gullage 27
Addie Gullage 14
Rufus Gullage 23
Alevia Haines 7
Alberta Gullage 5
Yeah I believe he was married once before my great grandmother so I guess that explains the Addie Gullage and he was born in the 1800s. Also I don't know if mixed people were considered black back then, but my grandmother said that he wasn't black. Thank you so much again.
Yes, "mixed" people, East Indians, some Native Americans, were called "black" back then -- anyone not white white, given the prejudices of the time.
You should order his Social Security application (form SS-5.) The person indicates his/her race on there, so that would be the most accurate description, in my opinion.
I'll do that. If I could give an award for most helpful i would give it too you.