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The Elusive Philip Rubie of Cork

An item about the Irish Records Extraction Database on Ancestry set me off on our Irish connections again today. I’ve found as much information online as I’m likely to, given the loss of many census and other records. Going back beyond the birth of Philip Rubie in 1814 in Cork is not going to be an easy option without visiting in person.

But I have found some interesting information about him. I know that he was a shopkeeper, and had a shop in South Main Street, Youghal. Here is his entry on the Griffiths Valuation:

Philip Rubie, Griffiths ValuationHe rents the shop at no.54, and a Catherine FitzGerald rents the house and garden. The rateable value of the shop is shown as £2 10s.

Pigot’s Directory of 1824 for Cork City  shows an Ironmonger, Rubie, Philip at 104 Mallow Lane.

Philip married Elizabeth Mountjoy, and they had twin daughters – sadly both daughters and their mother died in 1831.

He married Mary Finn, and their son Philip is the line from which my husband comes.

I have two possible sets of parents for Philip senior.

  1. In 1811, a Philip Rubie married Margaret Flynn in the Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland. (Source: Albert Eugene Casey, Eleanor L. Downey-Prince, and Ursula Dietrich. Index of O’Kief, Coshe Mange, Slieve Lougher and Upper Blackwater in Ireland. 16 vols. Birmingham, Alabama: Knocknagree Historical Fund, 1952-1971. )
  2. In 1812, a Philip Rubie married Martha Beamish  in the Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland. (Source: Albert Eugene Casey, Eleanor L. Downey-Prince, and Ursula Dietrich. Index of O’Kief, Coshe Mange, Slieve Lougher and Upper Blackwater in Ireland. 16 vols. Birmingham, Alabama: Knocknagree Historical Fund, 1952-1971. )

I have another source for Martha Beamish – The Beamish Book published in 1950 but no longer in print, but available online, shows Martha Beamish, daughter of Francis and Mary (Townsend), married to Philip Rubie of Coolmain. This is a long way east of Cork City, and even further east of Youghal which is where Philip senior had his shop. This is highly unlikely to be our Philip Rubie – the gentleman in question bought a large amount of land, and was well known. So well known in fact that his name was used to scare children into good behaviour!

It’s very probable that neither of these are Philip senior’s parents – I have found a John Rubie also living in Mallow Road and having an ironmongery. He could be a relative of Philip senior.

The name is spelled Ruby as well as Rubie, so searching may take some time – but I’m sure there must be others with this family name. The spelling Reuby doesn’t seem to have been adopted until they moved to England sometime before 1860.

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  1. My name is robin cochrane my grandmother migrated to australia she was born mary rubie or anne ruby in cork in 1834 any relation to your family

    Posted by robin cochrane | April 28, 2013, 8:11 am

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