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

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.