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The Ringgold Record, 1895

OBITUARY.

V. C. Ruby gravestone.jpgCivil War Flags.jpg Valentine G[ilbert] RUBY was born in Breckenridge county, Ky., Dec. 19, 1826, and died very suddenly of heart failure while attending to his work at his home on the morning of the 6th of September, 1895, aged 68 years, 8 months and 17 days.

He moved from Kentucky in his childhood, settling in Illinois in 1829, where he grew to manhood. He united with the M. E. church in his youth when about 16 years of age, and took an earnest and active part in church life, remaining a member of the church until death.

He was married to Harriet CONLEY in 1847. His wife preceded him in death, dying in April, 1890. To them were born ten children - seven boys and three girls - eight of whom are now living.

He came to Iowa in 1855, settling near his present location in Ringgold county, thus passing through the scenes of the pioneer settlement of this county, and living in this one neighborhood for 40 years. He enlisted in the army [June 10] 1864, and served for a period of three months [with Company E of the 46th Iowa Volunteer Infantry; mustered out of service on September 23, 1864 at Davenport, Iowa].

In November, 1899, he was married to Eliza A. BURT, who survives him, to mourn his sudden death. In his private life he was a quiet, unostentatious man, a warm-hearted friend, a good neighbor. As a husband and father he was uniformly thoughtful and kind. As a christian he was humble and truthful, and from the midst of the busy scenes of such a life he was called suddenly to his reward.

The funeral services were held at Knowlton September 7th, at 11:30 a.m. The text was from John 11, 25-26. A large concourse of friends attended both the sermon and the interment which was made in Knowlton [Centenary] cemetery.

H. Ruby gravestone.jpgH. H. Ruby gravestone.jpg NOTE: According to the 1850 census for Edgar County, Indiana, Valentine G. RUBY's first wife Harriet (CONLEY) was born in 1825, Vermillion County, Indiana. Valentine and Harriet were married January 23, 1847, Newport, Indiana. In the 1850 census, Valentine was farming and residing with his wife Harriet and their children, Henry H., aged 3, and Susan J., aged 6 months. Their neighbors were Valentine's mother and siblings Jonathan, Addison, and Lezetta on one side and, brothers B. F. RUBY and family and Asa RUBY and family. Harriet (CONLEY) RUBY died on April 20, 1890, and was interred at Centenary Cemetery near Knowlton, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Henry Huston RUBY, son of Harriet (CONLEY) and Valentine G. RUBY, was born in 1848, and died in 1913. His wife, Nancy (CLARK) RUBY, was born in 1853, and died in 1930. Luetta, daughter of Henry H. and Nancy (CLARK) RUBY, was born in Knowlton, Iowa, on October 6, 1879, and died August 15, 1885 at the age of six. They were interred at Centenary Cemetery near Knowlton, Iowa.

Of Valentine's siblings, John B. RUBY was born in 1825, and died in 1868 with interment in Centenary Cemetery near Knowlton, Iowa.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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