John Ruby

(6 December 1787 - 15 September 1864)
     John Ruby was born on 6 December 1787 in Widecombe, Devon. He was the son of William Ruby and Mary Rendle. John Ruby was christened on 8 December 1787 in Manaton. John was a farmer in Abbotskerswell.
     John Ruby married Elizabeth Carpenter, daughter of Richard Carpenter and Grace Rowe, on 21 September 1810 in Abbotskerswell, Devon. He was a sojourner of this parish at their marriage which was witnessed by William Taylor & Richard Carpenter.      
John Ruby paid land tax as occupier of part of "Manns" in1824-5: Wm Hannaford of St Mary church, occ. Jno Ruby, pt. Manns. Paid 4/11 (in 1823 that land was occupied by James Elliott, George Ford held the other part].
     1826-8: Wm Hannaford, owner. Jno Ruby, occ. pt Manns, 4/11.
     1830: Proprietor Occupier Name & description
Wm Henly J Ruby & others, Pt Codners Henlys, 9/7.
Wm Hannaford Jno Ruby, pt Manns, 4/11.
Wm Henly Ruby & himself, Pt Codner Henly, 9/7.
Wm Hannaford Jno Ruby, pt Manns, 4/11 from 1824 to 1831 in Abbotskerswell, Devon.
     John Ruby was tenant with Thomas Sheffield at Ham and Yeneter closes in Abbotskesell, which were put up for sale and advertised in The Western Times on 28 July 1838.
     John Ruby and Elizabeth Carpenter appeared on the 1841 census in Abbotskerswell. John Ruby, farmer, aged 53 with Elizabeth, 58 & Elizabeth 21 & Susan 15. John Ruby was listed in a directory dated 1850 as John Ruby, farmer at Abbotskerswell, Devon.
     John Ruby and Elizabeth Carpenter were recorded on the 1851 census in Abbotskerswell. John Ruby, 63, farmer of 36 (or 6?) acres, employing 2 labourers, born Widdicombe, & Elizabeth his wife, 68, born Abbotskerswell.
     The Western Times on 9 April 1853 report a case on the non repair of an alleged highway ... Mr John Ruby stated that he was 65 years of age and he had rented land for 45 years; had rode through the lane and had seen other people riding through .... John Ruby was widowed before 25 March 1860 on the death of his wife Elizabeth Carpenter.
     John Ruby appeared on the 1861 census in 'Ruby House', Abbotskerswell. John was a widower, aged 75, dairyman born Widdicombe. His unmarried daughter Mary Ruby, aged 39, born Abbotskerswell, housekeeper, and his grand daughter Emily Ruby aged 9 born in Middlesex (parish not known) were living with him.
     John died on 15 September 1864 in Abbotskerswell, Devon, aged 76. He was buried on 21 September 1864 in Abbotskerswell.

Children of John Ruby and Elizabeth Carpenter

Elizabeth Ryther

(26 August 1716 - )
     Elizabeth Ryther was also known as Ryder in records. She was christened on 26 August 1716 in Belton, Lincolnshire. She was the daughter of Daniel Ryther (of Haxey) and Ann Unknown (Ryther).

George Ruby

(18 April 1813 - 25 May 1874)
     George Ruby was christened on 18 April 1813 in Abbotskerswell, Devon. He was the son of John Ruby and Elizabeth Carpenter.
     George Ruby married Ann Sergeant, daughter of William Sergeant and Mary Jeffery, on 30 June 1837 in Abbotskerswell, Devon. The banns for Geo Ruby, of this parish & Ann Sergeant of the parish of West Teignmouth were called June 4, 11, 18. The wedding was witnessed by John Towell & Mary Ann Smith.. George was described as a labourer between 1840 and 1844, in Abbotskerswell.
     George Ruby and Ann Sergeant appeared on the 1841 census in Abbotskerswell. George Ruby, 25, ag. lab., Ann 36, Henry 3, Harriett 5 months.
     George Ruby lived at Abbotskerswell, September 1848. The Western times 9 Sep 1848 advertised 5 cottages or tenements ... about half an acre of land ... This property is held for a term of 3000 years, which commenced on or about the 28th day of March 1809. It is situated in the village of Abbotskerswell, and now in the occupation of Mr George Ruby and others....
     George Ruby lived at Abbotskerswell. They lived at Church House, Abbotskersell at the time of Dinah's birth in 1849 where George was a baker. They later lived at Monk's Thatch and Ruby farm. He was listed in a directory dated 1850 as George Ruby, Baker at Abbotskerswell.
     George Ruby and Ann Sergeant were recorded on the 1851 census in 'Bickley Farm', Ipplepen, Devon. George was aged 38, a farmer and baker employing 2 labourers, on 20 acres, with his wife Ann and their children Henry 13, Harriet 10, Elizabeth 8, George 6, William 4 and Dinah 1. Also listed in the household was the bakers servant Joseph Hawkens, widower aged 54 born St Tudy, Cornwall, and Henry L Bird, aged 14, servant born Bridgerule, Cornwall.
     George Ruby and Ann Sergeant appeared on the 1861 census in Ipplepen, Devon. George Ruby aged 47, born at Denbury, was a farmer of 58 acres, employing 2 labourers and a boy. His wife Ann aged 49 and their children George, aged 16 & Dinah aged 11 were living at home.
     George Ruby and Dinah Ruby appeared on the 1871 census in 'Ruby House', Abbotskerswell, Devon. George Ruby, widower, aged 57 and his daughter Dinah, unmarried aged 21, both born at Abbotskerswell. Bickley Farm at Ipplepen was inhabited by William & Ann Sampson.
     George Ruby married secondly Jane Syms in June 1871 in Abbotskerswell, Devon. George Ruby was listed in a directory dated 1873 as George Ruby, farmer at Abbotskerswell.
     George Ruby made a will dated 7 January 1874 in Abbotskerswell. Last will & testament of George Ruby of Abbotskerswell, farmer. I appoint my friend Elias Ford of A/K executor. I give to each of my children Henry Sergeant Ruby, Harriet Walling, George Ruby & Dinah Hannaford the sum of sixty pounds the legacies of my said daughters to be for their own sole and separate use and their receipts alone to be sufficient discharges. All the rest, residue and remainder of my property after payment of my debts and my funeral and testamentary expenses I give and bequeath to my dear wife Jane and hereby revoking all former wills by me ... 7th Jan 1874.
     George died on 25 May 1874 in Abbotskerswell, Devon, aged 61. He was buried on 29 May 1874 in Abbotskerswell.
     His will was proved on 15 June 1874 at Exeter, Devon. George Ruby, late of Abbotskerswell, yeoman. Proved by Elias Ford, gentleman of Exeter, the sole executor.
     The Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 06 October 1871 advertised the sale by auctionon Friday August 28 of the h ousehold furniture, useful h orse, market trap, harness, implements, 30 hogshead of prime cider, pipes, hogsheads, 20 fowls, and sheep fog, the property of the late Mr George Ruby, the whole o which will be sold without reserve.
     The Totnes Weekly Times - Saturday 20 April 1889 advertised: ABBOTSKERSWELL, DEVON, To be let by private contract from Michaelmas next, all that desirable holding called “RUBY’S FARM,” Containing 27 Acres productive pasture, Orchard, and Arable Land, with suitable House and Buildings, conveniently situated, being in and around the Village of Abbotskerswell, two miles from Newton Abbot, and three from Torquay, which are good Market Towns. For Viewing, and further Particulars, apply by letter in first instance, to Messrs. Michelmore & son, Land Agents, Gate House, Totnes. Dated, April 18th, 1889.
In Jun 1901 it was still called Ruby Farm when 40 hogshead of prime cider were sold from there.

Children of George Ruby and Ann Sergeant