Ann Sergeant

(9 October 1808 - 27 May 1870)
Ann Sergeant
     Ann Sergeant was christened on 9 October 1808 in Denbury, Devon. She was the daughter of William Sergeant and Mary Jeffery.
     Ann Sergeant lived at West Teignmouth, Devon, April 1837.
     Ann Sergeant married George Ruby, son of John Ruby and Elizabeth Carpenter, 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..
     Ann Sergeant and George Ruby appeared on the 1841 census in Abbotskerswell. George Ruby, 25, ag. lab., Ann 36, Henry 3, Harriett 5 months.
     Ann Sergeant and George Ruby 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.
     An undated letter in the possession of Dorothy Turcotte:
Abbotskerswill - My dear children it simes a time since we heard from you. Hope there is nothing amiss & there is a letter on the way now from you. Dear Harriett I have been very ill lately but hope to be on the mending way now. It is painful to think when we are ill of beening so far apart & not to be able to see each othr but hope if we never meet on earth again we shall meet in heaven where there are many gone before home I hope to meet again after this troublesome life is at an end. Dear Harriett I was much twinged last week respecting John Symones nephew leaving here for America without my knowing it. The first time I knew it was in the afternoon that he left the same day in the morning. I thought it very unkind of the old Mr Symonds not to have let me know it but since that he says that he is not gon to his unckles. I due not believe that to be true. I should have been glad of the opportunity of sending you a small parcel but if you had known it I wish that you had sent to me. Don't suppose I shall ever meet with such a chance again as when John Symons went out, we hear that he is ill. Hope by this time he is got better. I think him a nice fellow. I sent you a paper some time ago with a peice of black lace in it. I should like to know if you had it. Dear Harriett how much we should like to see you and R & the dear children but there seems to be no likes of that. I have been looking at the likeness today but that is not like seeing you bodely - excuse all imperfection? my time is up for posting. God bless you all from your affectionate mother, An Ruby.
     Ann Sergeant and George Ruby 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.
     Ann died on 27 May 1870 in Abbotskerswell, Devon, aged 61. She was buried on 31 May 1870 in Abbotskerswell.

Children of Ann Sergeant and George Ruby

Jane Syms

(circa 1810 - before 1 April 1891)
     Jane Syms was born circa 1810 in Abbotskerswell, Devon.
     Jane Syms married George Ruby as his second wife, in June 1871 in Abbotskerswell, Devon.
     Jane Syms appeared on the 1881 census in 2 Model Cottages, Abbotskerswell, Devon. Jane Ruby, aged 70, widow, born Abbotskerswell was lodging with John Ellis and his family in Abbotskerwell.
     Jane died before 1 April 1891 in Newton Abbot RD, Devon.

William Ruby

(before 1675 - 11 February 1707/8)
     Tracing his ancestry is proving difficult as there are 110 missing parishes including Widecombe in the 1674 Devon Hearth Tax. At Tavistock there is a Christopher Ruby with 2 hearths, and a John Ruby with 1 hearth, both chargeable. Paupers who were not chargeable were are Mary Rubey and Richard Rubey, each with one hearth.
In the 1647 assessment there is no Ruby family in the parish of Widecombe (Haytor Hundred - parts missing), but a John Rooby assessed in Tavistock parish "John Rooby for chauntry land 1s".
The 1641 Protestation Returns list a John Rubye at Buckland Monachorum; a Christopher Rubye at Plymouth; Christopher and two Thomas Rubies at Tavistock and a John, Walter and William Ruby at Tavistock.
The earliest Ruby mentioned in Devon is John Roby of Tavistock in the 1332 Lay subsidy. The next mention in Devon is for a John Robye of Tavistock and a John Robye of Plymouth in the 1581 subsidy (assessment dated 22 Aug 1582). However relevant records for the intervening period are missing for the likely areas.
A William Ruby was buried at Ashburton in 1716. William Ruby was born before 1675 in Devon, England. There was a William Ruby in the neighbouring parish of Ashburton having children between 1682 and 1691. He was buried there 3 Sep 1716 (attested Margerit Williams); also a William Ruby buried there 7 Aug 1726 (Willm Rubby, son-in-law to Christo Williams attested Joan Williams). Their relationships are unknown at this stage. He was the son of Patriarch Ruby.
     William Ruby married Mary Unknown circa 1695.
     William was buried on 11 February 1707/8 in Widecombe, Devon.

Children of William Ruby and Mary Unknown