James Rogers Ruby (1791-1845) and Susannah Jane Baysinger (1799-1864)

James Rogers Ruby and Susanna Jane Baysinger are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Todd’s mother Marilyn is in the DNA Circles at Ancestry.com for James and Susannah, plus both of James’ parents.

James Rogers Ruby was born February 2, 1791 in Kentucky. He was the son of Asa Ruby and Jane Rogers. His Great Grandfather Peter Ruby was born in Switzerland and arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738.

Susannah Jane Baysinger was born March 26, 1799 in Virginia. She was the daughter of Johan Peter Baysinger and Barbara Schneider. Johan was born in Germany and arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770 on the boat Minerva. Susannah’s parents were married in Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on October 14, 1771. Some believe that she too was born in Germany, and arrived in America on the same boat. In about 1796 the family moved to Rockingham County, Virginia.

James and Susannah were married March 8, 1815 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky.brec

On the 1820 US Census, James Ruby was head of a household in Stephens Port, Breckinridge County, Kentucky. There were 5 in the household: 2 males under age 10 (Asa was 2, James was a newborn); 1 male aged 26-44 (James was 29); 1 female under age 10 (Margaret was 3); 1 female aged 16-25 (Susannah was 21).

On the 1830 US Census, James Ruby was head of a household in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. There were 9 in the household: 2 males under age 5 (Valentine was 4 and John was 5); 2 males aged 5-9 (Bonerges was 8 and James was 10); 1 male aged 10-14 (Asa was 12); 1 male aged 30-39 (James was 39); 1 female under age 5 (Barbara was 1); 1 female aged 10-14 (Margaret was 13); 1 female aged 30-39 (Susannah was 31).

Shortly after this census, the family moved to Illinois. James bought 76.32 acres of land in Edgar County, Illinois on September 20, 1838.

On the 1840 US Census, James Ruby was head of a household in Edgar County, Illinois. There were 10 in the household: 1 male under age 5 (Addison was 1); 1 male aged 5-9 (Milburn was 4); 1 male aged 10-14 (Valentine was 14); 2 males aged 15-19 (John was 15 and Bonerges was 18); 2 males aged 20-29 (James was 20 and Asa was 22); 1 male aged 40-49 (James was 49); 1 female aged 10-14 (Barbara was 11); 1 female aged 40-49 (Susannah was 41).

We know James died between 1840 and 1850. There’s a Find A Grave memorial is here that says James died on August 29, 1845 and is buried in Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana. I don’t have record of him living there, but some of his children were married there in the 1840s. Edgar County, Illinois and Vermillion County, Indiana are close together, about 25 miles apart.

On the 1850 US Census, widowed Susannah was 55 years old. The family lived in District 19, Edgar County, Illinois. Children at home were: Jonathan, age 16; Addison, age 10; Lezetta, age 8. Sons Bonerges, Asa and Valentine lived nearby.

The family, with the exception of son Milburn’s family moved to Ringgold County, Iowa in 1856.

On the 1860 US Census, Susannah was 63 and lived with son Jonathan, age 34, and his wife and children in Washington, Ringgold County, Iowa. Sons Asa, James, Bonerges, Valentine, and Addison lived nearby. Married daughters Elizabeth and Margaret were nearby too.

Susannah died on September 1, 1864 in Ringgold County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The 12 children of James Rogers Ruby and Susannah Jane Baysinger:

Margaret A. Ruby – Margaret was born in 1817 in Kentucky. She married Daniel Hardin on August 13, 1838 in Edgar County, Illinois. She married James Benson on January 8, 1840 in Vigo County, Indiana. They had at least 4 children. She married Miles Conley on October 21, 1855 in Edgar County, Illinois. She died on October 11, 1899 in Washington, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Asa Ruby – Asa was born July 18, 1818 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. He married Anna Conley on December 21, 1841 in Edgar County, Illinois. They had at least 10 children. After moving to Iowa with his mother and most of his siblings, he settled in Lyon County, Kansas. He died December 18, 1897 in Hartford, Lyon County, Kansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Henry Ruby – James was born May 16, 1820. He married Cynthia Ann Conley on December 24, 1840 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had 10 children. After 1880, his wife died and he married an unknown woman. Then he married a third time, to Dorcas J. Askren, on December 17, 1891 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They moved to Allen County, Kansas. He died December 12, 1912. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bonerges Franklin Ruby – Bonerges was Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

John Baysinger Ruby – John was born January 2, 1825 in Kentucky. He married Rachel Harvey on June 14, 1847. They had at least 6 children. He died November 6, 1868. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Valentine Gilbert Ruby – Valentine was born December 19, 1826 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. He married Harriet Conley on January 26, 1847 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had 10 children. He served in the Civil War with the 46th Regiment of the Iowa Infantry. Harriet died in 1890. Valentine married Eliza Ann Baysinger Burt. He died September 6, 1895 in Ringgold County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Barbara Ann Elizabeth Ruby – Barbara was born January 3, 1829 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. She married Chauncey B. Blakesley on November 27, 1847 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She was his second wife. They had 9 children. She died May 4, 1900 in Ringgold County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Jane Ruby – Jane was born about 1832 and died at age 2.

Milburn Jonathan Ruby – Milburn was born November 27, 1836 in Illinois. He married Louisa Jane Wilson on July 24, 1853 in Edgar, Illinois. They had at least 5 children. He served in the Civil War with the 7th Regiment of the Illinois Infantry. The family moved to Vermillion County, Indiana after the war. Louisa died in 1897. Milburn married Hannah Riley in 1904. He died March 23, 1916. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Solomon Ruby – Solomon was born in about 1837 and died at birth.

Addison Sparks Ruby – Addison was born December 20, 1839 in Edgar County, Illinois. He married Hortensa B. Whitcomb in about 1860. They had at least 5 children. He married Harriet Belinda Stahl in 1876. They had 6 children. He died in 1936 in Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Lizzetta S. Baysinger Ruby – Lizzetta was born April 24, 1841 in Edgar County, Illinois. She married Littleton T. Reynolds on July 30, 1857 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had at least 4 children. She married Thomas H. Brott in about 1868. They had at least 5 children. She died November 8, 1908 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

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.