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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
WILLIAM DAGGETT RUBY
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 930
WILLIAM DAGGETT RUBY. This influential citizen of Willington, Tolland county, successful beyond ordinary measure in business, a farmer of large estate, thoroughly familiar with the affairs of the world, a leading spirit in local politics, enterprising and public spirited, is the representative of an old Connecticut family.
Mr. Rubys great-great grandfather James Ruby married Abigail Smith Adams, the daughter of John Adams, second President of the United States.
James Ruby, Jr., the great grandfather of William Daggett, was born in Nova Scotia. He served as a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He married June 19, 1777, Esther Howe who died Nov. 17, 1834. To James and Esther (Howe) Ruby were born six children, namely: James, who married Mary Lamb, of Ashford, Conn.; Thomas, twin brother of James and the grandfather of William Daggett; Polly, who married Jason Ferry; John; Esther, who married Chauncey Ferry; and Lucinda, who married Daniel Steers.
Thomas Ruby, grandfather of William Daggett, was born in Union, Conn.,
Sept. 28, 1778. He was a life long farmer and a man of active temperament.
He married Feb. 11, 1801, Betsey Fuller of Stafford, daughter of William
Fuller a soldier of the Revolutionary war. A family of fourteen children
were born to Thomas and Betsey Ruby, namely: (1) Orvilla, who married
Paris H. Bowers, of Thompson, Conn.; (2) Amanda, who married a Mr.
Howard of Palmer, Mass.; (3) Betsey, who married Nathaniel Sibley;
(4) Annis, who married Daniel Steers; (5) James, father of William
Daggett; (6) Esther who died young; (7) Thomas Howe, who married Almeda
Potter, of Willington; (8) Ariel Fuller, who died aged eighteen years;
(9) Achsah, who married William Harvey of Palmer, Mass.; (10) Edmund,
who died young; (11) Julianne, who
James Ruby, the father of William Daggett, was born in Union, Conn.,
May 13, 1807. In his younger days he engaged in the work then common
among ambitious and energetic young men, that of peddling tinware through
the New England States. His life pursuit however, was farming in connection
with which he engaged in lumbering to some extent. In politics he was
a Democrat, but he never sought office. In Union, however, he was elected
to a number of the town offices. He married Feb. 3, 1831, Nancy W.
Daggett, who was born in Thompson, Conn., March 8, 1808, daughter of
William Daggett Ruby, was born June 14, 1844, in the Willington residence
which he now occupies. He was a lad of eleven years when his father
died and business responsibilities fell upon his willing shoulders
at a very early age. His education was received in the Willington schools
but when sixteen years old he bade good-bye to school books and entered
upon that active career which has made him one of the most prominent
men of Willington. He continued on his own account the lumbering business
which his father had carried on and extended it to great proportions.
For many years he had a contract with the railroad and he supplied
the Stafford factories with large quantities of wood for fuel. He has
bought and sold land quite extensively. He early took up the care of
the home farm of 200 acres and has since purchased several hundred
additional acres of woodland. Using a modern term, Mr. Ruby would be
called a hustler and it is his energy and indomitable will
that have won for him a signal financial success in life. He has throughout
his conspicuous career ever been ready to put his own shoulder to the
wheel, and while at times the employer of many men
Mr. Ruby married March 13, 1872, Sarah E. Barrett, of Tolland, daughter of Corlis and Rhoda (Doolittle) Barrett. Six children have been born to Mr. And Mrs. Ruby, as follows: Lottie B., born Dec. 31, 1872, married Benjamin Arnold, of Harwich, Mass., and died June 10, 1897; James W., born March 9, 1874, died May 22, 1892; Wilbert C., born June 18, 1875, married Alice B. Fenton, of Stafford, and is engaged in business with his father; Alphonso M., born May 2, 1877, is engaged in lumbering in Yantic, Conn.; Herman D., born Oct. 22, 1879, died Jan. 27, 1882; Hazel M., born Oct. 28, 1899, is at home.
Mr. Ruby is in politics a staunch Republican and has been prominently
identified with his party in town affairs. He has served as a member
of the board of selectmen since 1885, and has also been on the board
of relief. For four years he was tax collector, and he has served as
constable. He represented the town in the State Legislature in 1875,
serving on the committee on Highways and Bridges. He is prominent in
fraternal circles and is a member of the F.&A.M., and of the Ancient
Order of United Workmen of Stafford, Conn. He is an attendant at the
M.E. Church of Moose Meadow,
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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