George Bartley CHRISTIAN Howard Samuel CHRISTIAN Emma J CHRISTIAN Clyde Henry CHRISTIAN George Carl CHRISTIAN J Thomas CHRISTIAN Walter Earl WATSON Clifton Lloyd WATSON Mary L WATSON Bertram Roy MADISON Sybil CHRISTIAN John William Clemeit CHRISTIAN Mary Odessa CHRISTIAN Mary Frances BELL Mini tree diagram

Ruby Lee CHRISTIAN1,2,3,4,5,6

also known as Reuben CHRISTIAN7

24th Apr 18937 - Apr 19803,5

Life History

Sep 1892

Born in Cass County, Texas.7

(less likely)

24th Apr 1893

Born in Bryans Mill, Cass, Texas.1,2,3,4,5,6

(most likely)

about 1910

Married Walter Earl WATSON in Cass County, Texas.1

14th Jun 1912

Birth of son Clifton Lloyd WATSON in Texas.1,8

Dec 1915

Birth of daughter Mary L WATSON in Texas.2

after 1930

Divorced from Walter Earl WATSON in Maricopa County, Arizona

29th Jun 1936

Married Bertram Roy MADISON in Florence, Pinal, Arizona.12,6

6th Nov 1949

Death of Bertram Roy MADISON in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.11,12,13

30th Aug 1968

Death of Walter Earl WATSON in Bakersfield, Kern, California.1,3,9,5,10

Apr 1980

Died in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.3,5


  • 1900 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 9 June, Precinct 3, District 22, page 8B,  Hse/Fam #135
    Christian, George D [should be B for Bartley] Head  W M July 1853 46 Married 22 years MS England Ala Farmer Owns
    Christian, Mary Wife W F Apr 1863 37 Married 22 yrs 9 children/8 living GA GA GA
    Christian, Howard Son W M Mch 1880 20 Single Farm Laborer TX MS GA
    Christian, Clyde Son W M Dec 1886 13 Single Farm Laborer TX MS GA
    Christian, Carl Son W M Oct 1888 11 At School TX MS GA [reported as Corah, Dau in 1910]
    Christian, Thomas Son W M Oct 1890 9 TX MS GA
    Christian, Reuben Son W M Sept 1892 7 TX MS GA [Matches later dau Ruby 1910-1930]
    Christian, Siver [Sybil] Dau W F May 1895  5 Single TX MS GA
    Christian, John Son W M June 1899  1 Single TX MS GA

    No name for Ruby appears in the 1900.  The child reported as Reuben matches the daughter correctly reported as Ruby in all subsequent censuses.  Ruby's father died in 1904.  Her mother Mary is a widowed head of household in the 1910 census enumeration.  The daughter named Siver is 5 and in 1910 Ruby is reported as 17, making birth about 1893, matching her reported birth date of Sept 1892 (as "Reuben") in 1900.

    1910 Federal Census, Taylor County, Texas, 22 April, Abilene Ward 1, District 164, Sheet 11B, 725 Pecan St, Hse #216, Fam #219
    Christian, Mary Head F W 47 Widow 9 children/8 living SC SC SC No Occup Renting
    Christian, Carl Dau F W [should be Son M W ] 21 Single TX MS SC [Matches Carl, Son in 1900]
    Christian, Ruby F W Dau 17 Single TX MS SC [Matches Reuben, Son in 1900]
    Christian, Sybil F W Dau 13 Single TX MS SC [cf "Siver" age 5 in 1900, b abt 1895]
    Christian, William M W Son 11 Single TX MS SC
    Christian, Odessa F W Dau F W 7 Single TX MS SC
    Dyar, Jimmie Nephew 14 Single TX SC SC

    Ruby married Walter Watson in Abilene or moved there after marrying Walter.  Walter registered for the WWI draft in Abilene in My 1917, reporting a wife and 2 children.  They are later all in Phoenix, Arizona.  Two of her brothers Clyde and William registered for the draft in Phoenix in September 1918.  We can conclude that the family had moved by about mid-1918.

    1920 Federal Census, Maricopa County, Arizona, 8 January, Phoenix, District 6, Page 6A, 704 E Van Buren St, Hse #104, Fam #122
    Watson, Walter E Head Rents M W 28 TX US US Horse Dealer
    Watson, Ruby Wife F W 26 Single TX US US
    Watson, Clifton Son M W 7 Single TX TX TX
    Watson, Mary L Dau F W 4yrs0mos [b Dec 1915] Single TX TX TX

    1930 Federal Census, Maricopa County, Arizona, 4 April, Phoenix, District 8, page 4B, 136 N 6th St, Hse #99, Fam #110
    Watson, Walter E Head Rents $30 Has no Radio M W 40 Married at 20 TX US US Repairer [?], Dell Hospital
    Watson, Ruby Wife F W 36 Married at 16 [mar abt 1910] TX MS SC [b abt 1894]
    Watson, Clifton Son M W 18 TX TX TX [b abt 1912]
    Watson, Mary L Dau F W 14 TX TX TX
    Watson, Effie Dau F W 10 AZ TX TX
    Christian, Mary F Mother[-in-law] F W 67 SC GA GA [b abt 1863]

    From the birth information for Mary and Effie we can tell they moved to Phoenix between 1916 and 1920.

    Ruby Lee Christian
    Birth 24 Apr 1893 in Bryans Mill, Cass, Texas
    Death Apr 1980 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
    George Bartley Christian (Birth 10 Jun 1858 in Mississippi,  Death 9 Jun 1904)
    Mary Francis Bell (Birth abt 1863 in South Carolina, Death 1934 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona)
    Spouse Walter Earl Watson Sr
    (Birth 13 Jan 1892 in Farmington, Texas, Death 1958 in Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona [records show death in Bakersfield CA in 1968])
    --  Bates,

    Ruby later married Bert Madison, apparently after a divorce from Walter Watson.  I I found Bert with his sister and two brothers in their home town of Salineville, Ohio in the 1930 census.

    Arizona, County Marriage Records, 1865-1972
    Bert R Madison
    Age 51 (born abt 1885)
    Spouse Ruby L Watson
    Age 43 (born abt 1893)
    Residence of both Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
    Marriage 29 Jun 1936 Florence, Pinal, Arizona, USA
    Ceremony by Roy Guild, Justice of the Peace
    Witnesses Beulah Guild and A D Chisolm
    Recorded 29 Jun 1936
    Licenses - Marriage, 1932 - 1938

    Walter married a woman named Ada some time before the 1940 census.  They were enumerated in the Phoenix area.  He did not die until 1968.

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Ruby Madison
    24 Apr 1893
    Died Apr 1980
    Last Residence Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona 85021
    SSN 527-31-1784 issued Arizona (1973)


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