Ruth and Ruby are one of the many mysteries in my family history. Ruth and Ruby are twins born around 1902 in Crockett County, Tennessee. They are the daughters of my second great grandparents James William Patterson, born 1 February 1863 in Gadsen, Crockett, Tennessee and Jimmie Ella Smith, born 1868 in Gadsen, Crockett, Tennessee. James and Jimmie had seven children, John Issac, Marth Mozelle, Jessie L, Mary Lucricia, Howard Alexander (My great grandfather), Ruth and Ruby.
It is a mystery as to what happened to Ruth and Ruby. We can find no marriage record or headstone or any type of death record. I found all the other children marriages and have families. The only time we see Ruth and Ruby is on the 1910 US Oklahoma Census.
In the census, pictured above, it lists the parents James and Jimmie and 6 of their children, John I, Jessie, Mary Lou, Howard A, Ruth and Ruby. This is where the mystery begins. If you look closely to the census there are couple of numbers in the lines after the parents James and Jimmie. One is that they have been married for 25 years and then next is how many children they have and how many children they have living. According to this census they had 7 children and 5 living. This was not adding up there are 6 children listed on the census and their daughter Marth Mozelle was married and living in Cuba with her Methodist Minister husband. So we know where all seven of the children are. The other thing that is interesting is that both Ruth and Ruby are listed as not attending school and not able to read or write.
So how do we have an account for all 7 children but it says they only have 5 children living? I am not sure how Ruth and Ruby are listed on this census. I knew my great aunt was also working on this side of the family history. So I went to my aunt to ask some questions. She then told me that her father, Howard Alexander, said that when his mother was pregnant with the twins he accidentally pulled out a chair from under his mother and she lost the twins. This was when the lived in Tennessee. So I went on a search to find some type of cemetery record and found nothing. As my great aunt and I both tried to find Ruth and Ruby we could not find anything. After talking with her we wondered if maybe they would be in an insane asylum since they were listed as not being able to read or write maybe they were born disabled. From what I had learned for children that had some type of disability would have been put in an asylum but I also came up short there.
So I could not find any burial record for them in Tennessee or Oklahoma. I have not found any other record for Ruth or Ruby anywhere. I am not sure why or how they ended up on the census or if the census taker made a mistake. I am not sure if they died in 1902 or 1910. To this day I have not been able to locate them. My guess is that they were not living when the census what taken and for some unknown reason they were listed there. I am grateful they were listed on the census or they would have been children we never knew existed. This is one of those mysteries that may never be solved but I will keep checking and looking for Ruth and Ruby.