The Black Sheep In My Family Tree

March 18, 2015 in 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition

Everyone has them even if they don’t acknowledge that they do.  One person somewhere recently wrote, “That’s why my brother will never be in my family tree!”  Then she laughed.  Me?  I love ’em all.  The good, the bad, the ugly, the insane, the too-good-t0-be-true, the fascinating, the boring, all of ’em.  I’ll put every single one of them in my tree and be glad to call them family.  No one is perfect and this life is hard.  Things happen.  Would I be proud if Adolph Hitler was in my tree?  No.  Would I put him in it anyway, absolutely.  I’m related to Rubys.  Someone asked me today if I was related to Jack Ruby, the man who shot Lee Harvey Oswald.  I’m not, but I’m related to other murderers.

Calvin Tate, my 1st cousin 2x removed, was convicted of murder and died in the electric chair in Kentucky.  He and two other men tried to hold up a gas station and it all went terribly wrong.

Calvin Tate photo

Part of the story

Part of the story


Calvin Tate DR




Last night I was searching for William Edward Ruby and found he had a criminal past.  The man was in and out of prison a lot.  He served time in Michigan, Illinois, and California.  I’m thankful in a way for his prison record because I have photos of him that I wouldn’t have been able to have any other way. William was a cook who also did some burglary on the side to make ends meet.

William Ruby Mug Shot

William is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

There was also Hester Ann DeWeese, my 2nd great-grand aunt.  Murder by Hester Ann Deweese article

She served time in Joliet, Illinois.  But she quit a life of crime and died quietly at home at the age of 73.

There are whores and madams, murderers and burglarers, saints and sinners in my family tree and I claim them all.  It makes for an interesting tree and many fascinating stories.