biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ANDREW RUBY, of Adams Township, son of John and Prudence (Thompson) Ruby, is a pioneer of the days of 1845. He was born in Virginia, Sept. 13, 1818, was united in marriage with Miss Iby Winthrow, a native of Virginia, Det. 18, 1839, and came to Iowa in 1845, locating in Adams Township. Mr. and Mrs. Ruby are the parents of ten children: Prudence J. is the wife of William Stewart, a prominent farmer of Adams Township; Sarah A. was married to Stephen Criss in 1861; Lizzie, Mrs. Thompson Hanna; Wesley S., John F. and Andrew W. reside in this township; Sanford, Harriet E. and two infant children are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Ruby are leading members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically our subject is Republican, and in 1862 was elected a member of the County Board of Supervisors, the duties of which position he performed in a manner creditable to himself and his constituents. The farm of Mr. Ruby consists of 392 acres of fertile land, in a high state of cultivation and finely improved. Farming has been with him the pursuit of a lifetime, and he has made it a success. The country was new and undeveloped when he first settled in Adams Township. Neighbors were few and their homes far between, and what was raw prairie when he came he has since seen blossom as the rose. Andrew Ruby is a man of unusual intelligence, a reader and thinker, and possessed of a good fund of general information. He is known and respected as high minded, honorable, and of the strictest integrity, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of an extended circle of acquaintances. John Ruby, tbe father of our subject, was a local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died in 1859, Mrs. Prudence Ruby is yet living in Adams Township at the age of ninety.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy