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David William Rubins (abt. 1873 - 1942)

David William Rubins
Born about in Marion County, Ohio, United Statesmap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married [date unknown] in Ohio, United Statesmap
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Died at about age 69 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Jun 2014
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David William Rubins,[1] son of Edwin Henry Rubins and his wife, Mary H W Bower, was born Jan 21 1873 in Marion County, Ohio.[2][3]

David was married (Chas. Kellogg applied for license for D. Wm. Rubins) to Miss Frances R Marcha, Oct 27 1894 by a Justice of the Peace in Allen County, Ohio, with a notation "don't publish until Monday." The license was issued in Hardin County, Ohio. They were the parents of:[4]

  1. Albert
  2. Edward
  3. Willis
  4. Ellen

The 1900 Cleveland Twp., US Census records the David Rubins Family living at 544 Pearl Street as: Head: David b. Jan 1874, OH Wife: Frances b. Dec 1873 OH Son: Albert b. Apr 1895 Son: Edward b. Oct 1896 Son: Willis b. Dec 1897 Dau: Ellen b. Dec 1900

Ellen Marshal, David's mother-in-law, born May 1850, age 50, married for 29 years, had given birth to three children, two of them still living, was a nurse. David rented the house on Pearl St., and gave his occupation as a polisher and buffer. David could both read and write. Charles A Salzman, age 30, born Feb 1870 was a boarder in the house; his occupation was a brass moulder; perhaps that was what David polished and buffed.[5]

In 1909, David was listed in the Cleveland City Directory, living at 2201 Bridge Ave. Cleveland. His name was mistakenly given as David N Rubens. He was a metal polisher.[6]

In 1910 David W Rubins, age 38, single, was a lodger at the Jefferson Hotel, W. Madison St., Chicago, Illinois. He and his father were born in Ohio; his mother was born in New York. He was not out of work on Apr 15, but was out of work four months during the previous year.[7] Three of his children were living with their mother and grandmother in Cleveland. Apparently Willis died in 1900. Frances reported she was in her first marriage, for 16 years.[8]

David was married a second time on Jan 21 1915 to Alice B Lawson in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. His parents were shown as Edward H Rubens and Helen Mary Bower. Her parents were Sarah Margaret Vick and John Cooper.[2]

David registered for the draft during World War I on Sep 12, 1918. He gave his address as 1315 Jackson, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. His full name was David William Rubins, which he signed in full on the card. He was aged 45 years, born Jan 21 1873. His occupation was metal polisher, employed by Shoub Bd(?) Amer Can Co, St Charles Rd and 7th Ave, Maywood, Cook County, Illinois. His wife, Alice, at the same address, was his nearest relative. He was described as tall, medium build, brown hair and gray eyes.[9]

David and his second wife, Alice, were living in a residential hotel at 1315 Jackson Blvd., Chicago in 1920. They had no children. In this census, David, age 46, a metal polisher in a metal works, reports himself and both parents born in Ohio. His wife, Alice, age 45, reported that she and both her parents were born in Illinois. Both Daniel and Alice could read and write.[10]

In 1930, the couple are apparently living in a house, as they have two roomers. His name is given as David W Rubins, age 57, married, age at first marriage, 25; both he and his wife can read and write; he and both parents were born in Ohio; he is a metal polisher in a factory; he is not a veteran. His wife, Alice B, age 57, is married, age at first marriage, 20; born in Illinois, both parents born in Kentucky.[11]

The 1940 census shows David Rubins, residing at 12 N Throop St. in a house which he owns, valued at $3,000; age 62, reported he didn't attend school, born in Ohio, lived same place in 1935; employed at private work for pay, worked 38 hours last week, metal polisher in a factory, worked 52 weeks last year and earned $1,400; his wife, Alice, age 62, reported she did not attend school, born in Illinois, lived the same place in 1935; keeps a lodging house.[12]

David again had to register for the draft in 1942, but failed to date his card. His card serial number is U-1474. His full name was David William Rubins. He gave his address as 12 N Throop, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He was 64 years old, born in Marion County, Ohio on Jan 21 1878. Alice Rubins, 12 N Throop, Chicago, Illinois, would always know his address. His employer was Green Duck Co., 1800 W Roscoe, Chicago, Illinois. He signed his name, David W Rubins.[13]

David W Rubins, age 69, died Nov 27 1942 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He was buried Dec 1 1942 in Waldheine Cemetery, Chicago. He had been a metal polisher.[14]

Research Notes

The Wood Genealogy is persistent in using "Willis" and "DW" rather than "William" as the first name for this person. ". . . Among other information from the widow of [son] Albert Earl Rubins was the fact that Willis (or William or D.W.) served in the armed forces of the U.S., received an honorable discharge. His birth date would indicate that such service was probably during the Spanish-American War". [15]

An interesting point regarding the 1900 census, is that David and Frances report being married five years; Frances reports having given birth to four children, three of them living. Did one of the children die after June 1, but before the census taker called? The missing child, from comparing the 1900 and 1910 census, is named Willis.

David stated he was not a veteran in the 1940 census. I know the census is not always right. His son, Albert, however served and was decorated. I suspect this is a case of misunderstanding a question, or an answer, or both.


  1. Sidener, Rev. Orrin Wade, The Story of a Dozen Generations, 765 East Kern Street, Tulare, California , n.p, mimeographed, 1961, page 444 (used David W.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Indiana, Select Marriages, 1780-1992;; Operations, Inc; 2014; Provo, Utah, USA Family History Library Film Number: 499406; Reference ID: pg 696
  3. 1880 Federal Census Population Schedule; National Archives Film T9 Roll 1046; Grand Township, Marion County, Ohio, Enumeration District 86 Sheet 21A, lines 21-31, dwelling and family number--none given; Willie, twin of "Girlie"; E H Rubins household
  4. Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993;, Operations, Inc., 2016, Lehi, Utah, USA; Hardin County, Ohio; Volume 1890-1899, page 61 frame 229 of 448
  5. 1900 Federal Census for Cleveland Twp, Cleveland Ward 34, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, Enumeration District 164 Sheet 14B
  6. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989;; Operations, Inc.; 2011; Provo, Utah, USA
  7. 1910 Federal Census Population Schedule, part of Tract R-7, part of Ward 18, city of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Enumeration District 820 Sheet 30A, Jefferson Hotel, 600 W. Madison Street, line 26, residential hotel
  8. 1910 Federal Census Poulation Schedule, Cuyahoga Township, 8th Ward city of Cleveland, Ohio, Enumeration District 158 Sheet 9A; lines 46-50, 2201 Bridge Ave., dwelling 86 family 159; Frances Rubins household
  9. Registration State: Illinois; Registration County: Cook; Roll: 1613515; Draft Board: 40; World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,, Online publication - Provo, Utah, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration
  10. 1920 Federal Census Population Schedule, Ward 18, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Enumeration District 1056 Sheet 10A; 1315 Jackson Blvd., dwelling 78, family 191
  11. 1930 Federal Census Population Schedule, Cook County, part of the 27th Ward block 196, Chicago, Illinois, Enumeration District 16-947 Sheet 4B; lines 68-71; 12 Waverly Court, dwelling 56 family 97, David W Rubins household
  12. 1940 Federal Census Population Schedule, Ward 27, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Enumeration District 103-1689 Sheet 8A, lines 18-24; 12 N Throop St. dwelling 322, David Rubins household
  13. The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration), for The State of Illinois; Records of the Selective Service System; Record Group Number: 147; Series Number: M2097; 1942,
  14. Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947;; Operations, Inc.; 2011; Provo, Utah, USA; Family History Library Film Number 1953842
  15. Rubins Genealogy Titled "The Story of Most of the Descendants of Edward Rubins, Jr. & Ann Blow of Lincolnshire, England and Ohio" by their great-great-great-granddaughter ANN FARRELL HIGGINS WOOD, Copyright 1973, Person #449

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