Bonerges Franklin Ruby (1822-1898) and Mary Polly Blakesley (1823-approx. 1855)

Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Mary “Polly” Blakesley are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents.

First, let’s talk about that name. Bonerges is probably a misspelling of the name Boanerges, which appears once in the Bible, when Jesus gives it as a nickname to James and John, sons of Zebedee. It is Greek and pronounced “v AW n ee r y eh s” which you can listen to here.

Todd’s mom Marilyn is in the Bonerges Franklin Ruby DNA circle at Ancestry.com.

Bonerges Franklin Ruby was born on April 8, 1822 in Breckenridge County, Kentucky. He is the son of James Rogers Ruby and Susannah Jane Baysinger. (Todd’s mom Marilyn in in the DNA circles for both James and Susannah, too.) See his parents Find A Grave memorials here and here. Read about them here.

Mary “Polly” Blakesley was born around 1823. Her parents are unknown.

Bonerges married Lovina Rogers on April 5, 1843 in Edgar County, Illinois.

He married Mary “Polly” Blakesley on August 29, 1847 in Edgar County, Illinois.

On the 1850 US Census, Bonerges was 28 and Polly was 27. They were farming in Edgar County, Illinois and it is indicated and Polly couldn’t read or write. Children in the home were: Sarah, age 6; and James, age 2 months.

Between 1850 and 1860, they had a 3rd child, Bartholomew, in 1855; Polly died; and the family moved to Iowa.

On the 1860 US Census, Bonerges was 38 and widowed for a 2nd time. The family lived in Washington, Ringgold County, Iowa. Children in the home were: Sarah, age 16; James, age 11; Amos, age 8; Bartholomew, age 5.

On the 1860 Selected Federal Census Non-population Schedule taken July 17, 1860 in Washington, Ringgold County, Iowa, Bonerges listed: 30 improved acres; 50 unimproved acres; $400 cash value of farm; $10 value of implements and machinery; 2 milk cows; 4 working oxen; 6 other cattle; 14 swine; $90 value of livestock; 150 bushels of Indian corn; 6 tons of hay; 20 pounds of honey; $16 value of animals slaughtered.

Bonerges married his third wife, Elizabeth Blakesley, in 1860.

Bonerges enlisted to serve in the Civil War in July of 1863, when he was 42. He served in Company D of the Iowa 8th Cavalry Regiment. He mustered out in Macon, Georgia in August of 1865.

On the 1870 US Census, Bonerges was 48 and Elizabeth was 29. The family lived in Jefferson, Ringgold County, Iowa. Children at home were: Amos, age 18; Bartholomew, age 16; Chauncey, age 9; Ida, age 6; William, age 4; and Albert, age 1 month. They valued their farm at $1000 and their personal property at $800. It’s noted that Elizabeth can’t read or write.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was again in Jefferson, Ringgold County, Iowa. Bonerges was 58 and Elizabeth was 38. Children at home were: Chauncey, age 18; William, age 14; Albert, age 12; Norman, age 8; Charles, age 7; Otis, age 3. It is indicated that Elizabeth is “maimed, crippled or bedridden.” It’s also noted that Bonerges can’t write and the Elizabeth can’t read or write. Elizabeth died soon after.

Bonerges married a 4th time, to Louvina Ellen Jackson on January 30, 1882 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 3 children.

They are found on the 1885 Iowa Census living in Jefferson, Ringgold County. Bonerges was 63 and Louvina was 37. Children in the home were: Charlie E., age 12; Albert S., age 15; Branford, age 9; Wary B., age 2; Oscar L., age 0.

Bonerges died on April 13, 1898 in Knowlton, Ringgold County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Lovina Rogers:

Sarah Ellen Ruby – Sarah was born in 1842 in Indiana. She married Benjamin Miller. They had at least 7 children. She died on June 1, 1898. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Mary Blakesley:

James Addison Ruby – James is Todd’s 2x Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Amos Fiss Ruby – Amos was born May 31, 1852. He married Serena A. Conley in about 1875. They had 11 children. He died March 28, 1922. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bartholomew Ruby – Bartholomew was born in 1854. He married Viola E. Work. He worked as a farmer and carpenter and they had 6 children. He died on August 3, 1937. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Elizabeth Blakesley:

Chauncey Buel Ruby – Chauncey was born in 1861 in Iowa. He married Mary Rolling (who was born in England) in about 1887 and they had 6 children. After Mary died, he married Eldora Lee Meredith Lowry in about 1911. They had 2 children. Chauncey died in 1936. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ida May Ruby – Ida was born in 1863 in Iowa. She married Michael Baysinger in about 1878 in Iowa, and they had 6 children. He’d been widowed and had at least 3 children with his first wife. They lived in Iowa, and Oklahoma. They had their last child in 1895, and on the 1900 US Census they are living alone and Ida said she’d had 6 children, none of whom were living. She married a 2nd time, groom unknown. Then she married Lyman Goodrich, a carpenter,  in about 1903. In 1910 she was living in New Mexico with Lyman, 3 of his children from a previous marriage, and the son she’d had with Lyman. Living next door was two of her children from her first marriage. By 1920 Ida and Lyman were living in Colorado with no children. She died in 1939. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Reed Ruby – William was born in 1866. He married Emma C. Fries in about 1888. They had 5 children, 1 of which died as an infant. The family farmed in Kansas. William died on October 15, 1907 and he is buried in Iowa. His widow stayed in Kansas, didn’t remarry, and died in 1947. She’s buried with him in Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Albert S. Ruby – Albert was born in 1870. He married Cora in 1900. They farmed in Kansas and had 3 children. He died in 1927. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Norman Ruby – Norman was born about 1872. The only record of him I have is on the 1880 US Census.

Charles E. Ruby – Charles was born in 1873 in Iowa. He married Edith Malone in about 1906. They farmed in Kansas and had 4 children. The last record I have of them is the 1940 US Census when they lived in Monticello, Johnson County, Kansas.

Otis Branford Ruby – Otis was born on December 9, 1876. He served in the Philippine Insurrection after the Spanish-American War. He married Carrie H. Fitzgerald in 1906 and they had 7 children. He was a laborer on the railroad. He died July 3, 1942. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Louvina Ellen Jackson:

Mary Isabel Ruby – Mary was born in 1882. On the 1900-1940 US Census, Mary was living in the Iowa Institute for Feeble Minded Children. She died in 1944. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Oscar Lewis Ruby – Oscar was born October 14, 1884 in Ringgold County, Iowa. He married Magdalene, last name unknown, in 1907. He married Mary Elizabeth Hampton, who had a daughter from her first marriage. They had a daughter together. Oscar worked as an upholsterer. He died October 25, 1971 in Butler County, Ohio.

Rosetta Ruby – Rosetta was born in November of 1890. She married Levi Sherman Jackson on October 14, 1908 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 4 children and divorced. She married Charles Cummins on May 31, 1923 in Jackson County, Missouri. She died March 25, 1986 in Allen County, Kansas.

Daniel Reece Perkins (1797-1866) and Rachel Herring (1806-1829)

Daniel Reece Perkins and Rachel Herring are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Todd’s mother Marilyn is in the DNA Circle for Daniel Reece Perkins and Rachel Herring.

Daniel Reece Perkins was born on April 22, 1797 in Livingston County, Kentucky. He was the son of Solomon Perkins and Elizabeth Miller. You can read about the family in a biography of Daniel’s brother Isaac and from another researcher of Daniel Reece Perkins here.

Rachel Herring was born in Kentucky in about 1806. She is the daughter of Isaac Herring and Unity Cannon. Isaac was a Baptist minister. Unity was born in Ireland. You can see Rachel’s parents’ Find A Grave memorials here and here.

Daniel and Rachel were married in about 1819 based on the birth of their first child, and probably in Franklin, Illinois. They had 6 children, including Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather Edward Perkins, and Rachel died in about 1828.

Daniel married Evelena Jones shortly after Rachel’s death, and they had 12 children.

On the 1830 US Census, Daniel was head of a household in Tazewell, Illinois. There were 7 in the household: 2 males under age 5 (Jacob was 3 and Daniel was 5); 2 males aged 5-9 (Edward was 8 and Isaac was 9); 1 male aged 10-14 (Solomon was 10); 1 male aged 30-39 (Daniel was 33); 1 female aged 20-29 (Evelena was 21).

On the 1840 US Census, Daniel was head of a household in Ward 2, Warren County, Illinois. There were 11 in the household: 1 male under age 5 (Joel was 5); 2 males age 5-9 (Charles was 6 and James was 9); 2 males age 10-14 (John was 10 and Jacob was 13); 1 male age 15-19 (Daniel was 15); 1 male age 20-29 (Isaac was 19); 1 male age 40-49 (Daniel was 43); 2 females under age 5 (Elizabeth was 1 and Mary was 4); 1 female aged 30-39 (Evelena was 31).

On the 1850 US Census, Daniel was 51 and Evelena was 41. They lived in Polk County, Iowa with their children: Charles, age 17; Joel, age 15; Mary, age 14; Elizabeth, age 10; Oliver, age 8; Zadock, age 7; Amanda, age 5; Neal, age 2.

Evelena died on March 4, 1851 in Warren County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Daniel married Frances Sharp on October 11, 1851 in Polk County, Iowa.

On the 1853 Iowa Census, Daniel is found in Greenfield, Warren County, Iowa. The family included 5 males, 4 females, 1 voter and 1 member of the militia.

On May 1, 1855 Daniel purchased 40 acres in Warren County, Iowa.

On the 1860 US Census, Daniel was 63 and Frances was 54. They lived in Greenfield, Warren County, Iowa. Their children in the home were: Oliver, age 18; Zadock, age 17; Amanda, age 15; Neal, age 13; Margaret, age 9.

Daniel died on November 30, 1866 in Prole, Warren County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Daniel Reece Perkins and Rachel Herring:

Solomon D. Perkins – Solomon was born in 1821 in Illinois according to his 1864 Civil War Draft Registration. He married Mary Ann Randall on November 29, 1837. He married Mary Lieurance on October 23, 1841 in Warren County, Iowa. They had at 12 children. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Isaac Herring Perkins – Isaac was born in 1823 in Illinois according to his 1864 Civil War Draft Registration. He married Eliza Ann Holeman. The marriage record says they were married March 2, 1862 in Warren County, Illinois. If he was married only once, to Eliza Ann Holeman, then the marriage year is about 20 years off. They had 9 children. He died after 1880.

Edward Perkins – Edward is Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Daniel Reece Perkins – Daniel was born December 19, 1825. Daniel married Mariah Lieurance on January 18, 1844 in Warren County, Illinois. They had 11 children. Daniel fought with the 34th Regiment of the Iowa Infantry in the Civil War. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Jacob Perkins – Jacob was born in 1827 in Illinois. He married Permetia Carter on March 8, 1845 in Warren County, Illinois. They had a son, William Perkins, born in 1849. Jacob enlisted in the Army and served in the Mexican War.  Jacob died of cholera on June 23, 1851 in Warren County, Illinois.

The children of Daniel Reece Perkins and Evelena Jones:

John J. Perkins – John was born in 1829 in Illinois. He married Margaret Hedges on April 25, 1850 in Polk County, Iowa. They are found on the 1850 US Census living in Des Moines, Iowa. I don’t have record of them after that.

James H. Perkins – James was born in 1831 in Illinois. He married Mary Elizabeth Woody. They had a child in Iowa in 1851, moved to Oregon and had 4 more children, then moved to California and had another child. They divorced and his wife remarried in 1869. In 1870 he was living in California. He died there in June of 1879.

Charles W. Perkins – Charles was born in 1834 in Illinois. He married Elizabeth Hill on August 13, 1858 in Warren County, Iowa.

Joel Perkins – Joel was born in 1835 in Illinois. He married Amanda Brown on February 20, 1859 in Marion County, Iowa. They had 1 child. They moved to Oregon after 1910 and are found there on the 1920 US Census. Their daughter Mary lived there.

Mary Ann Perkins – Mary was born in 1836 in Illinois. She married William Hill on August 28, 1854 in Warren County, Iowa.  They had at least 4 sons. William died serving int he Civil War. She married George Snider on May 9, 1867 in Warren County, Iowa. He had served in the Civil War. She had 12 children in all, and only 6 were alive in 1900 as indicated on the census. She died in 1917. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elizabeth Perkins – Elizabeth was born in 1839 in Illinois. She married Peter Black on June 15, 1855 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 14 children. She died May 10, 1905. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Oliver Harper Perkins – Oliver was born on January 20, 1841 in Illinois. He married Adaline Iowa Brown on April 20, 1862 in Marion County, Iowa. They had 9 children. Sometime after 1900 they moved from Kansas to Washington State where they are found on the 1910 US Census. Oliver died April 3, 1912 in Republic, Ferry County, Washington.

Zadock Casey Perkins – Zadock was born September 22, 1843 in Iowa. He served in the Civil War. He married Mary Lieurance on August 19, 1869 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 7 children. Zadock died September 10, 1906 in Greenfield, Adair County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Amanda Perkins – Amanda was born on April 20, 1846. She married Samuel Spring on October 12, 1865 in Warren County, Iowa. They had at least 4 children. She died on January 21, 1897. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Neal Jonathan Perkins – Neal was born in December of 1847. He served in Company D of the Iowa 2nd Cavalry Regiment in the Civil War. He had lied about his age to enlist, and deserted a year later. He was caught after two days, found guilty and court-martialed, and restored to duty. (He was later granted a disability pension for his service.) He married Caroline Gilfillen on December 18, 1867 in Warren County, Iowa. They divorced in 1869. He married Anna Augustine on December 17, 1870 in Adair County, Iowa. They had 7 children. She died in 1913 and he married Frances L. Sedgewick on September 25, 1913 in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas. Less than a year later, Frances tried to get his pension based on abandonment, and he countered that she had abandoned him. They divorced. He died in May of 1916 in Rosedale, Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Margaret Perkins – Margaret was born in December of 1850 in Iowa. She married John William Pugh on December 21, 1868 in Warren County, Iowa. They must have quickly divorced because he remarried 9 months later. She marred Peter Hookstra on December 28, 1871 in Polk County, Iowa. They must have divorced quickly because he was remarried and had a child in 1876. Margaret married Samuel Augustine on March 16, 1878 in Guthrie, Iowa. They had 6 children. They last record I have of her is the 1920 US Census when she lived in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas with husband Samuel. (On the 1900 US Census, Margaret said she was married twice, so it’s possible one of the marriages I have noted here was only a license that didn’t result in a marriage.)

 

Hiram J. Lamb (1826-1902) and Sarah Laura Burkhead (1835-1926)

Hiram J. Lamb and Sarah Laura Burkhead are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents.

Hiram J. Lamb was born May 16, 1826 in Ohio or Indiana. He is the son of Jacob Lamb and Elizabeth Adams. Read about them here.

Sarah Laura Burkhead was born October 12, 1835 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Joshua Samuel Burkhead and Rachel Gray. Read about them here.

On the 1850 US Census, Hiram is found living in Clay, Tuscarawas County, Ohio with his sister Hannah Lamb James, her husband Hiram James, their children Elizabeth and Charles, and Hiram and Hannah’s half-siblings Jacob and Margaret. Also in Tuscarawas County is Hiram’s future wife, 14 year old Sarah Burkhead. She is found with her parents Joshua and Rachel Burkhead and her siblings.

Hiram and Sarah were married around 1854, probably is Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

On the 1860 US Census, Hiram was 36 and Sarah was 24. They lived in Rush, Tuscarawas County, Ohio with their 3 children: Rachel, age 5; Mary, age 3; Emmett, age 2 months.

On the 1870 US Census, the family lived in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa. Hiram was 45 and Sarah was 37. They had 5 children: Rachel, age 16; Mary, age 12; Emmett, age 10; Margaret, age 7; Thomas, age 1.

On the 1880 US Census, the family remained in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa. Hiram was 55 and Sarah was 47. Two children were at home: Emmett, age 20, school teacher; and Thomas, age 11.

On the 1900 US Census, it gets weird. Hiram, age 74 and Sarah, age 64, are still in Warren County, Iowa. Sarah is listed as head of household and Hiram is listed as her brother. It says both are widowed, and that Sarah had no children. The birth month, year, and location are correct for both. At least two if not three of their 5 children were dead. Daughter Rachel lived in Minnesota and son Emmett lived in Cherokee County, Iowa.

Hiram died April 24, 1902 in Warren County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah married David Baker on January 4, 1904 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was 69 years old. I can’t find record of her after that.

Son Emmett died in 1918. Widowed daughter Rachel returned to Iowa from South Dakota, and married in Warren County, Iowa in 1923.

Sarah died in 1926 in Clarke County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Hiram Lamb and Sarah Laura Burkhead:

Rachel Axia Lamb – Rachel was born August 4, 1854 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She married Josiah Tuttle Burlingame in 1873. They had 8 children. She married Robert Ritchey on February 14, 1923 in Liberty Center, Iowa. She died July 27, 1937. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Alice Lamb – Mary is Todd’s 2X Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

Emmett Burkhead Lamb – Emmett was born March 11, 1860 in Warren County, Iowa. He married Linnie P. Anderson on November 7, 1882 in Warren County, Iowa. They had a daughter, Ina, and a son, Carroll. After Linnie died in 1894, Emmett married Margaret Jennie McGinnis on March 21, 1898. They had no children. Emmett was a school teacher and then a commercial seller of produce. He died May 27, 1918. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Margaret Lamb – Margaret was born about 1863 in Warren County, Iowa. The only record I have of her is on the 1870 US Census when she was 7.

Thomas Lamb – Thomas was born March 2, 1869. He married Lottie B. Patterson on February 24, 1891 in Warren County, Iowa. They had a daughter, Doris. He died September 2, 1894. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Edward Perkins (1822-1897) & Sarah Huffman (1819-1891)

This is a photo taken in 1884 of Todd’s 3x great grandparents, Edward Perkins & Sarah Huffman, and many of their children and grandchildren.

PERKINS Edward HUFFMAN Sarah family 1884 black and white

What you see above is a photo I took of a *photocopy* of the photo. The photocopy was marked in pencil identifying some of the people. I took a photo, then erased the lines and took the photo above.

Here’s what I know:
Starting at the ground level on the left, there’s Edward & Sarah Huffman Perkins. Standing behind them is Adam Huffman Perkins. (He was married and had 6 children ages 11-4). Standing on the porch between the first two pillars is Mary Elizabeth Perkins Lockridge. (She was married and had 5 children ages 21-3. The man standing on the balcony at the far left is marked as Joseph, and may be her husband Joseph Lockridge.) The man seated holding a child is Benjamin Franklin Perkins. (He was not yet married, and had no children.) Next, the couple standing in front of the middle pillars is Elzira Perkins Gray and her husband Thomas S. Gray. (They had 3 children ages 6-1.) The man in front of the pillar isn’t marked, but I wonder if it’s their son Thomas J. Perkins, their only living child not indicated to be in the photo. He was married and had 4 children ages 11-2). Next to him, mostly hidden, standing to the right of the pillar is Rebecca Perkins Wiedmer. (She was not yet married and had no children). Next to her is Martin VanBuren Perkins. (He was widowed and had 2 children ages 9 & 3). Edward & Sarah had lost two children prior to this photo: Daniel R. died in the Civil War, and Elvira had died in 1877.

Edward Perkins was born April 3, 1822 in Franklin, Illinois. His father is Daniel Reece Perkins and you can see his Find A Grave memorial here. His mother was Rachel Herring. Read about them here.

Sarah Huffman was born on January 4, 1819 in West Virginia. Her parents are unknown.

On the 1830 US Census, Edward was in Tazewell, Illinois with his parents and siblings, and on the 1840 US Census he was in Warren County, Illinois, with his parents and siblings. Later that year, Edward and Sarah married on August 27, 1840 in Warren County, Illinois.

On the 1850 US Census, Edward was 28 and Sarah was 30. They had moved to Iowa, which was confusing at first because they went from Warren County, Illinois to Warren County, Iowa. They were farming. They had 4 children: Mary, age 9; Daniel, age 7; Martin, age 5; and Adam, age 2.

On the 1860 US Census, Edward was 38 and Sarah was 41, and they were still farming in Warren County, Iowa. There were 9 children in the home: Mary, 18; Daniel, 17; Martin, 14; Adam, 12; Thomas, 10; Rebecca, 8; Elvira, 5; Elzira, 5; Benjamin, 2.

On the 1870 US Census, Edward was 48 and Sarah was 51 and they continued to farm in Warren County, Iowa. Six children were at home: Adam, 22; Thomas, 20; Rebecca, 18; Elvira, 15; Elzira, 15; Benjamin, 11. Son Daniel had died in the Civil War. Mary and Martin were married.

On the 1880 US Census, Edward was 58 and Sarah was 60. Three children remained at home: Rebecca, age 28; Benjamin, age 21; and an adopted son Frankie, age 6. I can’t find further information on Frankie. Their daughter Elvira had died.

The photo above was taken in 1884.

Sarah died on March 17, 1891 in Warren County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Edward died on February 19, 1897 in Warren County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Edward Perkins & Sarah Huffman:

Mary Elizabeth Perkins – Mary was born on August 16, 1841. She married Joseph Hall Lockridge on June 23, 1861 in Warren County, Iowa. (Her brother Adam would eventually marry Joseph’s sister Mary Jane.) Mary and Joseph farmed and had 5 children. Mary died on February 12, 1906. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Daniel R. Perkins – Daniel was born in 1843. He enlisted in Iowa to serve in the Civil War on August 19, 1862, when he was 19 years old. He died in that war.

Martin VanBuren Perkins – Martin is Todd’s great great grandfather. Read about him here.

Adam Huffman Perkins – Adam was born on March 23, 1848. He married Mary Jane Lockridge on June 9, 1872 in Warren County, Iowa. (His sister Mary married Mary Jane’s brother Joseph.) Adam and Mary Jane had 8 children, and were farmers. He died April 26, 1922 in Warren County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas J. Perkins – Thomas was born in 1850. He married Sophia Jane Burkhead on December 31, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 9 children. He died on February 8, 1891 in Warren County. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rebecca Jane Perkins – Rebecca was born on August 6, 1852 in Prole, Iowa. She married Absalom D. Weidner on April 1, 1883 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 4 children. She died on December 9, 1938 in Sedan, Kansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elvira & Elzira Perkins – They were born on October 27, 1855. Elvira married Thomas Smith Gray on July 3, 1875 in Warren, Iowa. She died on March 29, 1877. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. (There’s a child named Bertha C. Gray, who was born and died in 1870, said to be the daughter of Elvira and Thomas. However, both parents would have been 15 and the birth of the child was 5 years before their marriage, so I doubt this information. Also, to further confuse things, there is another Elvira Perkins, who was born the same year and married in Warren County, Iowa. Her father was Isaac O. Perkins and her mother was Margaret Dyer. I don’t know if they are related. Edward has a brother named Isaac but this isn’t him. This Elvira married Isaiah Albert Leirle in 1871 and died in 1930.) Elzira married her sister’s widow on November 12, 1877. They had 3 children. Elzira died prior to August 1889 when Thomas married Mary Etta Davis. However, I can’t find her death or burial information. She doesn’t seem to be buried in Linn Grove cemetery where most of her family, including her parents, sister, and husband, are buried. Thomas died on September 30, 1893. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Benjamin Franklin Perkins – Benjamin was born on March 8, 1858 in Warren County, Iowa. He married Mary Anna Allcock on August 18, 1886 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 3 children. He died in 1927. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Frankie – On the 1880 US Census, an adopted 6 year old son Frankie is listed. He was born in Iowa and his parents were born in Iowa. I have no further record of him.

James Addison Ruby (1850-1889) & Melissa Jane Short (1857-1916)

James & Melissa are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of his great grandmother Laura May Ruby.

James Addison Ruby was born on July 1, 1850 in Illinois. His parents are Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Mary “Polly” Blakesly. Read about them here. James was the oldest of their 3 children, and he had older and younger half-siblings. Bonerges fought in the Civil War, as did his brothers Milbern J. Ruby, Addison Sparks Ruby, Valentine G. Ruby, Joseph H. Ruby. You can see Bonerges’ Find A Grave memorial here. Bonerges’ great grandfather Peter Ruby II fought in the Revolutionary War and his great great grandparents Peter Ruby I and Anna Catherine Vanderhoven immigrated from Switzerland.

RUBY Addison SparksI have a booklet titled “Genealogy of the Ruby Family” written in 1926 by Addison Sparks Ruby. Let me know if you’d like a copy and I’d be happy to email you scans of it.

(Photo: Title page of the booklet.)

October 2017 – A Ruby cousin shared with me that PDFs of the book History of the Rubi-Ruby Families of Switzerland and America by Jay and Ruth Ruby are available here. I haven’t had time yet to explore it but wanted to let other Ruby hunters know that it’s there. Thank you Linda Jones for this tip!

 

Melissa Jane Short was born in 1857. Her parents are Reuben Levi Short & Sarah Blakesley. She was the oldest of their 5 children. Rueben served in the Civil War. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here.

On the 1850 US Census, James was a baby under a year old. His father Bonerges was 28 and his mother Polly was 27. Their daughter Sarah was 6. They were farming in Edgar, Illinois. Bonerges’ brothers Asa and Valentine and his mother Susannah were living nearby.

On the 1860 US Census, the family had moved to Washington, Iowa. James was 11. His father Bonerges was 38, and his mother Mary Polly isn’t found. I don’t know if they divorced or if she died. Sister Sarah was 16, Amos was 8, and Bartholomew was 5.

Meanwhile, Melissa was 3 and lived with her family in Vermillion, Indiana. Her father Rueben was 20 and her mother Sarah was 21. Also in the home was her grandmother Susannah, age 63, and Susannah’s own daughter Susannah, age 11.

On the 1870 US Census, Melissa was 13 and for some reason was living with the James Beatty family in Lawrence County, Indiana. Her parents and siblings were still in Vermillion County, Indiana. James, listed as Adisan Ruby, also lived in Hett, Vermillion County, Indiana. He was 20 years old and worked as a farmhand. He lived close to Melissa’s parents and coincidentally he boarded in a home along with the young woman who would become his future wife’s step grandmother.

James and Melissa were married on May 30, 1872 in Edgar County, Illinois. Melissa was 14 years old and James was 22.

On the 1880 US Census, James was said to be 28 (he was 30) and Melissa was said to be 26 (she was 22). They had two children: Josephine, age 7; and Melvin, age 1. They were farming in Jefferson, Iowa.

They had 2 more children: Mettie in 1889 and Laura May in 1884. James died in 1889. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Melissa married William H. Collins in 1892.

On the 1900 US Census, Melissa was said to be 47 (she was 43) and her husband William was 48. They farmed in Jefferson, Iowa. They’d been married 8 years and had three children: Etta, age 7; Goldie, age 6; Daisy, age 5. Also in the home was Laura May, age 15.

Melissa and William had two more children, daughter Olive in 1897 and son Hans in 1899. Both died in 1899.

On the 1910 US Census, Melissa was said to be 53 (and she really was!) and her husband William was 56. Their children in the home were Etta, age 18; Golda, age 16; Daisy, age 14. Melissa’s son from her first marriage, Melvin Perkins, age 32, also lived with them.

Melissa died on February 25, 1916 in Knowlton, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of James Addison Ruby & Melissa Jane Short:

Sarah Josephine Ruby – Sarah was born on March 12, 1873 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Hans Larson on April 15, 1897 in Ringgold County, Iowa. Hans had been married and had 5 children. Sarah and Hans had 6 children. She died on April 14, 1915 in Ringgold County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Harrison Melvin Ruby – Melvin was born on January 7, 1879. He didn’t marry and was a laborer. He died in 1930. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mettie Ruby – Mettie was born in February of 1881. She married Henry Clay McConnell and they had a daughter. Mettie died in 1940. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. I posted a picture of Mettie here.

Laura May Ruby – Laura is Todd’s great grandmother. Read more about her here.

The children of Melissa Jane Short & William H. Collins:

Etta Belle Collins – Etta was born on December 16, 1891 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She married James Milo Nott on August 27, 1913 in Polk, Iowa. They had 6 children. She died November 3, 1954 in Seattle, Washington.

Golda Agnes Collins – Golda was born on September 21, 1893 in Diagonal, Iowa. She married Merle Fogelman on November 26, 1913 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 12 children. She died on April 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California.

Daisy Collins -Daisy was born in 1894. She married Jess Moore on November 28, 1912 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 6 children. Daisy gave birth to her last child in March of 1926 and died prior to the 1930 US Census.

Olive Gale Collins – Olive was born April 23, 1897 and died in July 1899. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Hans Alfred Collins – Hans was born on July 26, 1899 and died in August 1899. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martin VanBuren Perkins (1845-1924) & Mary Alice Lamb (1856-1881)

Martin & Alice are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of his great grandfather Oatis Nelty Perkins.

PERKINS Edward HUFFMAN Sarah family 1884 black and whiteMartin VanBuren Perkins was born on November 17, 1845 in Warren, Illinois. His parents are Edward Perkins and Sarah Huffman. He was the 3rd and their 10 children. Read more about Edward and Sarah here.

(Photo: Edward Perkins and Sarah Huffman and many of their children and grandchildren. See more information at the link above.)

Mary Alice Lamb was born in 1856 or 1857 in Ohio. Her parents are Hiram Lamb and Sarah Burkhead. She was the 2nd of their 5 children. You can see Hiram’s Find A Grave memorial here and Sarah’s here.

Prior to marrying Mary Alice Lamb, Martin married Lavina M. Porter on October 3, 1869 in Warren, Iowa. They had a son, Cyrus, who was born in late 1870 and died on February 6, 1871. Lavina died on May 19, 1871. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martin married Mary Alice Lamb on November 5, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was enumerated twice in Jefferson, Iowa, first on July 1 and then on July 7. Martin was 34 and farming, and Alice was 24. Their son Oatis Nelty was 3. Living with them was 17-year-old Edward Perkins, Martin’s cousin.

Their son Elmer was born in 1881. I do not know if Mary Alice died, or if they divorced. I can’t find her after this. (Mary Alice’s parents, and Martin and his two other wives, are all buried in Linn Grove Cemetery in Prole, Iowa. There is no sign of Mary Alice being buried there. So I suspect there was a divorce, she remarried, and I’m just not finding the records.)

Martin married Nancy Elizabeth Kellar Coffee on January 31, 1886 in Warren, Iowa. She had been widowed and had two children.

On the 1900 US Census, Martin was 52 and Nancy was 51. He was teamster in Des Moines, Iowa. They had two children: Govia, age 13; and Bertha, age 10. Also in the home were Nancy’s children from her first marriage: Charles Coffee, age 24, a teamster; and Fred Coffee, age 17, a messenger.

On the 1910 US Census, Martin was 64 and Nancy was 61. Martin was a teamster for the City of Des Moines. Stepson Charles Coffee was 36 and working as a teamster for a brewery. Stepson Fred Coffee was 25 and working as an iron cutter for bridge works. Son Govia was 22 and worked as a carpenter. Daugther Bertha was 21. There was also a lodger, Peter Peters, age 68, a night watchman.

On the 1920 US Census, Martin was 74 and a weighman for city scales. He was boarding with the Hilliard family in Des Moines. Nancy was 67 and lived with sons Govia, age 27, a locomotive engineer; and Fred Coffey, age 32, a laborer at an incubation factory.

Elizabeth died on April 25, 1921 in Des Moines, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martin died November 24, 1924 in Warren, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The child of Martin VanBuren Perkins & Lavinah M. Porter:

Cyrus Perkins – Cyris was born on November 10, 1870 in Iowa, and died on February 6, 1871. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Martin VanBuren Perkins & Mary Alice Lamb:

Oatis Nelty Perkins – This is Todd’s great grandfather. Read more about him here.

Isaac Elmer Perkins – Elmer was born on January 11, 1881 in Warren County, Iowa. He married Izetta Boggs on February 3, 1907 in Taylor, Iowa. They had 2 children and divorced. He married Nora Anderson Rose on March 26, 1921 in Mason City, Iowa. He died September 6, 1933 in Dixon, Illinois.

The children of Martin VanBuren Perkins & Nancy Elizabeth Kellar:

Govia Colmore Perkins – Govia was born on January 13, 1887 in Warren, Iowa. He married Lillian Schodt and they had 2 children. He died on April 20, 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bertha D. Perkins – Bertha was born on February 19, 1889 in Warren, Iowa. She married Archie Harter on August 24, 1910 in Polk, Iowa. She died on April 10, 1911 in Warren, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Oatis Nelty Perkins (1877-1954) & Laura May Ruby (1884-1936)

updated February 2019

Oatis & Laura are Todd’s great grandparents, the parents of his grandmother Inez Faye Perkins.

Oatis Nelty Perkins was born on January 29, 1877 in Prole, Warren County, Iowa. His parents were Martin VanBuren Perkins and Mary Alice Lamb. He was the 3rd of their 4 children, and had 2 younger half-siblings. Read more about their family here.

Laura May Ruby was born on December 15, 1884 in Knowlton, Iowa County, Iowa. Her parents were James Addison Ruby and Melissa Jane Short. She was the youngest of their 4 children. Read more about their family here.

On the 1880 US Census, Oatis was enumerated twice, so his family must have moved. They were recorded on July 1 and again on July 7th. Oatis was 3 years old, his father Martin was 34, and his mother Mary Alice was 24. Also in the home was Martin’s cousin Edward Perkins, age 17. They were farming in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa.

In 1881, Oatis’ mother Mary died when he was just 4 years old. His father remarried and two half-siblings were born. In 1889, Laura’s father James died when she was just 5 years old. Her mother remarried and had 5 more children, but 2 of the children died in 1899.

On the 1900 US Census, Oatis was in Jones, Union County, Iowa. He was 23, single, and boarding with Jasper Yount’s family. Jasper was a carpenter, and Oatis was a farmer.

Meanwhile, Laura was 15 and lived in Jefferson, Ringgold County, Iowa with her mother and stepfather. Her mother Melissa was 47 and her stepfather William Collins, a farmer, was 48. Laura had three half-sisters living in the home: Etta, 7; Goldie, 6; Daisy, 5.

Oatis and Laura were married on November 26, 1903 in Knowlton, Iowa. They had daughter Alice in 1904, daughter Mettie in 1906, son Ray in 1907, and son Cecil in 1909.

On the 1910 US Census, Oatis and Laura lived in Jefferson, Iowa, and were farming. They’d been married 6 years and had 4 children. Oatis was 33 and Laura was 25. Their children: Alice, age 5; Mettie, age 3; Ray, age 2; and Cecil, age 10 months.

In 1911, Oatis’ half-sister Bertha died. They had daughter Bernice in 1911 and daughter Maisel in 1913. In 1915, Laura’s sister Sarah died. They had son Martin in 1915. In 1916, Laura’s mother Melissa died. They had daughter Vildren in 1917.

On September 12, 1918, Oatis filled out a World War I Draft Registration Card. He was indicated to be of medium height, with a slight build, light eyes, and light hair. He was physically disqualified. His occupation was junk dealer.

They had daughter Carmel in 1919.

On the 1920 US Census, Oatis was 42 and Laura was 35. They were farming in Jefferson, Iowa. Children in the home: Alice, age 15; Mettie, age 13; Ray, age 12; Cecil, age 10; Bernice, age 8; Laura, age 6; Martin, age 4; Vildren, age 2; Carmel Leta, age 8 months.

They had daughter Inez in 1921, son Addie in 1923, and daughter Goldie in 1925. Oatis’ father Martin died in 1924. Their daughter Bernice died in 1926.

On the 1930 US Census, Oatis was 42 and Laura was 45. They were still farming in Jefferson, Iowa. Children in the home: Cecil, age 20; Maisel, age 16; Martin, age 14; Vildren, age 12; Carmel, age 11; Inez, age 9; Addie, age 7; Goldie, age 4.

In 1930, Laura’s brother Harrison died. In 1933, Oatis’ brother Isaac died.

Laura died on January 11, 1936 in Knowlton, Iowa County, Iowa. She was 51 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

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Taken January 1, 1953, the day country music star Hank Williams died. Oatis Nelty Perkins is surrounded by grandchildren.

On the 1940 US Census, Oatis was 63 and widowed. Children at home were Martin, age 24 and working as farmer; Inez, age 19, working as a housekeeper in another home; and Goldie, age 14.

In 1948, Oatis’ half-brother Govia died.

Oatis died on February 23, 1954 in Knowlton, Iowa County, Iowa. He was 77 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Oatis Nelty Perkins & Laura May Ruby:

Viola Alice Perkins – Alice was born on September 3, 1904 in Iowa. She married Noah Owen on July 18, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa. They had 3 children. Noah died in 1936. Alice married Edgar Benton Snyder, who had served in World War I. He had been married twice but had no children. They had 2 children. Edgar died on August 8. 1972. Alice died November 17, 1979. She was 75 years old.

Mettie Maurine Perkins – Mettie was born on April 29, 1906 in Iowa. She married Ferrel Dewaine Chew on November 21, 1925 in Creston Iowa. They had 2 children, one who died as an infant. Ferrel died July 24, 1963. Mettie died on August 11, 1993 in Wilmington, Illinois. She was 87 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ray Reubin Perkins – Ray was born on July 4, 1907 in Ringgold County, Iowa. He married Fern May Blanchard on July 5, 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa. They had 2 children and farmed in Ringgold County. He died November 17, 1968 in Union County, Iowa. He was 61 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Cecil Clay Perkins – Clay was born on June 15, 1909 in Ringgold County, Iowa. He married Alvina Willows on March 4, 1933 in Worth, Missouri. On the 1940 US Census, they lived in Diagonal, Iowa and Clay worked as a laborer for the Works Progress Administration. They had 2 children. He died December 14, 1994 in Perry, Iowa. He was 85 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bernice Nelta Perkins – Bernice was born on December 7, 1911 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She died when she was 14, on April 24, 1926. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Maisel Laura Perkins – Maisel was born on May 11, 1913 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Willis Raymond Russel on April 16, 1932 in Creston, Iowa, and they had 8 children. They farmed in Union County, Iowa. She died on June 14, 1956 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was 43 years old.

Martin Melvin Perkins – Martin was born on August 23, 1915 in Ringgold County, Iowa. He married Bonnie J. York, who had been married and had 4 children. They had 1 child together. He died on March 6, 1986 in Dallas Center, Iowa. He was 70 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Vildren Vernice Perkins – Vildren was born on June 9, 1917 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Glenn Woods on December 26, 1935 in Worth, Missouri. They had 4 children. She died on May 11, 2001 in Perry, Iowa. She was 83 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Carmel Leta Perkins – Carmel was born on April 9, 1919 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Marvin Leroy Akers on January 24, 1938 in Nodaway County, Missouri. They had 4 children. She died on June 14, 1956 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was 82 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Inez Faye Perkins – Inez was born January 31, 1921 in Knowlton, Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Howard William Reece on June 5, 1941 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 5 children. She died September 12, 2005 in Creston, Union County, Iowa. She was 84 years old. Read more about her here. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Addie Dean Perkins – Addie was born on March 21, 1923 in Ringgold County, Iowa. He married Mae Irene Henton and they had 2 children. He died on August 28, 1999 in Grimes, Iowa. He was 76 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Goldie Mae Perkins – Goldie was born on July 11, 1925 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Walter Blaine Herbel and they had 4 children. She died on December 3, 1989 in Iowa City, Iowa. She was 64 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.