Catharina Cadogan Ruby


Spelled and referred to variously, Catharina Cadogan was the wife of Watervliet and Albany resident Christopher Ruby. We seek defining information on her origins and path to Albany. However, subsequent resources tell us that she was born about 1778.

In December 1794, she married Albany native Christopher Ruby at the Albany Lutheran church where both partners were members and where her husband was a church officer. Church records noted that she was 17 years old in 1795. The marriage produced a number of children.

These Rubys resided in Watervliet where Christopher's household was configured on the census in 1800. At that time, three children, a male (Christopher) 26-45 years of age, and a woman over 45 were included in the family.

After that (actually following Lutheran records from the 1790s), Catherine's name has escaped our research. Her husband, however, was noted regularly in the community-based record until his death about 1833. Past diminishing returns online, we move on for now from the life of Catharina Cadogan Ruby.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Catharina Cadogan Ruby has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

Cadogan: The family seems to be of Welsh origins. General online family history resources. Only a few of those with that surname have been found in the annals of eighteenth century New York (apparently none on the census in 1790). This Catharina seems to have been one of more than three Albany Cadogan brides (also Mary/Polly Brown and Nancy Hilton) to have been so named. Perhaps one Hugh Cadogan was the first member of the family in America.

first posted 10/10/16; last considered 1/5/17