City Directories and History: Noted historian, genealogist, historian, and urologist, Dr. Buford Souter Chappell states that this home originally belonged to John Chappell and is believed to date from the 1830s. According to his research the widow Chappell was issued a notice that if she paid $1,947.50, the plantation on which she and her children lived would be free and clear. Listed as Sevilla Chappell and here children by John Chappell: Charlotte, John Chappell, Nancy Chappell, Laban Chappell, Rebecca Chappell and Hicks Chappell would have the property conveyed. ((The Chappell Family in Early S.C. – p. 43)
In 1946 John Watt Mann and Lucille McCain Mann sold the property to Willie Pearson and Ida Bowles Ruff. The Ruff family is known for its many accomplishments. Mr. Ruff was an excellent carpenter and is remembered for the toys and furniture he made in his workshop. Mrs. Ruff was an excellent cook and took and active role in Bethel United Methodist Church. Two of their children, Margaret and Sidney Ruff, worked at the ASCS office and are remembered for being leaders of the Methodist Youth Fellowship at Bethel Church. Another son, James Monroe Ruff, was a well-respected medical doctor in Anderson, South Carolina. Another son, Dan and his wife, Ada Derrick Ruff lived in the house adjoining the big house. Miss Ada, also fondly known as Miss Derrick, was the first grade teacher at Greenbrier School for many years. The current owner of the house is Miss Mary Ella Ruff who for many years worked as a registered nurse at Self Memorial Hospital in Greenwood. She continues to play an active role in the life of the church and the community.
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