Ruby Matilda Owenby

Female31 May 1929–2 April 2001

Brief Life History of Ruby Matilda

When Ruby Matilda Owenby was born on 31 May 1929, in Hiawassee, Towns, Georgia, United States, her father, John L Owenby, was 29 and her mother, Minnie Ramey, was 16. She lived in United States in 1949 and District 1138, Towns, Georgia, United States in 1950. She died on 2 April 2001, in Hiawassee, Towns, Georgia, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Laurel Hills Memory Gardens, Young Harris, Towns, Georgia, United States.

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  • Ruby Burrell, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Ruby Matilda Owenby, "Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960"
  • Ruby M Burrell, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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Age 2

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

1942 · Germans Sink Ships Near St. Simons Island

Age 13

Lights from homes along the coast of St. Simons Island provided a clear view of the SS Oklahoma for German U-boat Captain Reinhard Hardegen on April 8, 1942. A German torpedo was fired at the SS Oklahoma shortly after midnight. An hour later, a second torpedo was fired at the oil tanker Esso Baton Rouge. Both ships sunk and the attacks left 22 seamen dead. After the incident, residents of the Golden Isles panicked over concern of a German Invasion of the coast and were stringently observant of a nighttime blackout.  

1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 19

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from one or more of the places in Lincolnshire named Aunby, Aunsby, or Owmby (two places), all of which have medieval spellings such as Oune(s)by. They are named with the Old Norse personal name Authun or Aun(n) + býr ‘farmstead, settlement’. This surname has always been rare in Britain.

History: The earliest known bearer of the name is Philip de Aunesby, who was taxed in 1332 in Sapperton, 3 miles from Aunsby in Lincolnshire. A Thomas Owenby is recorded in 1391 in Bonnington (Nottinghamshire); his form of the name is also found in the 16th- and 17th-century Leicestershire.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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