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Family of Rufus and Buenavista (Lewis) London

Rufus Houston London
+ Buena Vista Lewis
Marcus Lafayette London (1862-1923), born December 1, 1862 in Pilot Point, Denton, Texas,
James Christopher London (1865-1945), born 02 Oct 1865 in Texas
Ruth Caroline London (1867-1885), born August 20, 1867, in Texas
John Jefferson London(1869-1944), born November 1, 1869, in Arkansas
Mattie Lee London (1871-1928), born July 29, 1871, in Arkansas
Josephine Jody London (1873-1938), born October 5, 1873, in Arkansas
Rufus Houston London (1875-1938), born November 15, 1875, in Arkansas
David Boone London (1878-1959), born December 4, 1878, in Arkansas
Lula Florence London (1880-1948), born December 13, 1880, in Arkansas
Juda Bethena London (1883-1940), born March 8, 1883
Jarvis L. London (1885-1885), born January 29, 1885 in Arkansas
Willie Parmer London (1886-1915), born July 8, 1886, in Arkansas
Gracie Greenwood London (1889-1974), born March 1889 in Arkansas

Rufus Houston London was seven years of age when his father settled in Crawford County, Arkansas, and grew up when schooling was viewed as being of little advantage to a farmers son. But, I'm not sure that Rufus felt that way. In the 1860 US Federal Census for Cedar Creek, Crawford, Arkansas, is a record of the John and Judah London household including Houston London. He was twenty years of age. Maybe it's a stray mark, but on the census is a column whose heading is "Attended school within the year" and it is marked for Houston. For a twenty year old man to go to school indicates he and his father believed it to be important and it might have opened him up to teasing and harrassment from other young men. It appears he wanted to get what education he could.

The 1860 US Federal Census for Cedar Creek, Crawford County, Arkansas, has a record of the John J. and Judith London household. John J. London was 52 years of age, male, farmer, born about 1808 in Virginia. Judith London was 45 years of age, female, born about 1815 in Tennessee. Houston London was twenty years of age, male, born about 1840 in Tennessee. He attended School within the year. Rollin C. London was thirteen years of age, male, born about 1847 in Arkansas. He attended School within the year. Ruth London was seven years of age, female, born about 1853 in Arkansas. She attended School within the year. Judith London, was five years of age, female, born about 1855 in Arkansas.

Rufus enlisted April 27, 1861, in Company A, Third Arkansas Infantry, Confederate States Army, and served until the surrender, June 7, 1865. In the middle of the War, on November 12, 1861, Rufus married Buena Vista Lewis, a native of Crawford county, at her home. They were optimistic. Perhaps his marriage to Bunavista gave him courage and reason to live because he fought in nine battles and was wounded in the hip at the battle of Honey Ridge. Except for the wound in the hip Rufus came through the War pretty good. After the war Rufus returned to his home and went back to farming. He and the family had a comfortable frame house and 440 acres of land in Crawford County that they worked diligently and successfully.

Buena Vista was born April 13, 1847, and was the daughter of James M. and Catherine Lewis who were born in Kentucky and Tennessee, and died in 1854 and 1858, respectively. Bunavista gave Rufus thirteen children in the forty-five years they were married.

The London's were active in their community and in politics. Rufus and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. London was a member of the Dripping Spring Lodge No. 245 and the Farmers' Alliance, Lodge No. 1340. In politics he was a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Stephen Douglas in 1860.

The 1880 US Federal Census for Cedar Creek, Crawford County, Arkansas, has a record of the R. H. and Bunavista London household. R. H. London was a white, male, age 39 years, married, farmer, born about 1841 in Tennessee. His father was born in Virginia and his mother in Tennessee. Bunavista London was a female, age 33 years, wife, married, keeping house, born about 1847 in Arkansas. Her father was born in Kentucky and her mother in Tennessee. M. L. London was a white, male, age 17 years, son, single, born about 1863 in Texas. James London was a white, male, age 14 years, son, single, born about 1866 in Texas. Rutha London was a white, female, age 12 years, daughter, single, born about 1868 in Texas. John J. London was a white, male, age 10 years, son, single, born about 1870 in Arkansas. Matta London was a white, female, age 8 years, daughter, born about 1872 in Arkansas. Josephine London was a white, female, age 6 years, daughter, born about 1874 in Arkansas. Ruphus London was a white, male, age 4 years, son, born about 1876 in Arkansas. David London was a white, male, age 2 years, son born about 1878 in Arkansas.

In the 1900 US Federal Census for District 0199, Forest, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, is a record of the Rufus and Benna London household. Rufus London was the head of household, white, male, born Oct 1840 in Tennessee, age 59 years, married 37 years. He was working as a farmer and owned his own farm free and clear. He father was born in Virginia and his mother in Tennessee. Benna London was Rufus' wife, white, female, born April 1847 in Arkansas, age 53 years, married 37 years. Benna had thirteen children of whom eleven were still living. Her mother and father were born in Kentucky this census year. [In 1880, Her father was born in Kentucky and her mother in Tennessee.] David B. London was the son of Rufus, white, male, born Dec 1878 in Arkansas, age 21 years, single, he was "at school." Lula C. London was the daughter of Rufus, white, female, born April 1882 in Arkansas, she was 18 years of age, single, and at school. Judie London was Rufus' daughter, white, female, born Aug 1884 in Arkansas, age 15 years, she was at school. Willis P. London, son, white, male, born Nov 1886 in Arkansas, age 13 years, single, at school. Gracie G. London, daughter, white, female, born March 1889 in Arkansas, she was 11 years old, single, and at school.

On 05 Aug 1908 Rufus' loving and devoted wife of 45 years died. Buena Vista (Lewis) London died in Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, about one year after Oklahoma became a state. Some time after her death Rufus moved back to Texas. They had lived there when their first three children were born and after 1900 Rufus moved to Mckinney, Collin, Texas, where he died 03 Nov 1924.



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