Subsequent resources tell us that Albany resident Christopher Ruby (aka Johan Christopher "Roube") was christened at St. Peter's in October 1771. Thus, he was the son of Conrad and Sara Hawke Ruby. He grew up in his father's house which stood near the northern city line of today's Clinton Avenue. Conrad Ruby was dead by 1800 when the second ward household of widow "Sarah Ruby" was configured on the city census.
In December 1794, he married Catharina Cadogen at the Albany Lutheran church where he was a member, pewholder, and trustee. The Rubys were prominent Lutherans. The marriage may have produced seven children.
Like his father, Christopher invested in real estate. "Ruby Alley" which straddled the city line near their home recognized the locale's outstanding personages. Beginning in 1794, he moved to purchase lots on the south side of Lumber Street which then was in Watervliet. At that time, he was identified as a cooper.
Beginning in 1815, the city directory first listed him as a grocer at 128 North Market Street. In 1815, he was identified as an assistant alderman in the fifth ward. In 1820, the directory identified Christopher Ruby as a justice and grocer located at 117 North Market Street. As late as 1830, Christopher Ruby was listed in the city directory as a grocer at corner of North Market and Lumber Streets.
At various times during those years, he seems to have stood for a number of local offices and in 1824 was an unsuccessful candidate (he received one vote) "from Colonie" for the New York State Assembly.
Christopher Ruby was dead by December 1833 when his will passed probate.
Sources: The life of Christopher Ruby has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted 10/10/16; updated 1/4/17