City Directories and History: Local historian, Bubba Lyles wrote; “I think it was built at the end of the Nineteenth Century as it was entirely covered, both walls and ceilings, in the beaded board thin ceiling material of the era. My father thinks it was built by a man related to the stagecoach house builder named Loving Jones (see corrections and updates below). Afterwards, it passed to share cropper rentals until the Ruff family of Ridgeway purchased it and its lands in the early twentieth century. By then it was the twenties and the boll weasels had hit. The Ruff family rented and sharecropped it to the Simpson family for about fifty years. The most prominent Simpson family member was Christina, grandmother, great, great ancestor of the family for whom the community is named. Christina Simpson was left a widow with many children in the early twentieth century and many generations of her family grew up in this house. Christina became a legend in the community who when left widowed as a young woman during the great depression with a large family took it upon herself to plow, seed, cultivate, and eventually harvest these lands as a share cropper.
Her legacy, as she lived into her nineties in this house, is that courage, perseverance, and determination would prevail over racial bigotry and its small minded legacy which is hatred, and she was never deterred in her stronger determination to teach her children and grands, the importance of her courage.
In the years since my grandfather bought this wasted “place” (next door), as he always called it in 1935, Christina was then planting and growing cotton and other crops late into her middle age. Our family considered Christina very much a lady planter and were fortunate to know her at the end of her life in this house.” J.M. “Bubba” Lyles, III
See invaluable comments and updates below concerning the home and history, by Fairfield County’s museum director, Pelham Lyles.
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