Robert Ryrie


ROBERT RYRIE was born in 1847 on the island of Anguilla in the British West Indies. According to the 1900 census he came to America in 1865. Robert Ryrie married Julia Cecelia Rooney (Roney) between 1871-1874. Julia was born in New York in 1856 and died in Camden on 1916. Between 1872 and 1895 their were 10 children born, John, Joseph, Melvina, Julia, James, Delphina, Elvira, Elizabeth, Daniel, and Jane. Robert and Julia were living in Camden when sicond child Joseph was born, in 1875. 

Robert Ryrie engaged in the artesian well drilling business in Camden for many years. The 1878 City Directory shows him living at 707 Van Hook 

Street. The 1880 Census lists him at 424 Webster Streeet. the was at 514 Jefferson Avenue when the 1887 City Directory was compiled. The 1888 Directory has him at 439 Van Hook Street. By 1890 he had moved his home and business to 2028 Broadway and he was still there in 1892. Directories show his residence at different addresses in the years between 1894 and 1914, in 1894 at 428 Webster street, in 1895 at 1639 Fillmore Street, in 1896 at 1748 Fillmore, in 1898 and 1899 at 1920 Fillmore, and in 1900 through 1902 at 2004 Broadway. Directories from 1906 through 1908 have the Ryries at 639 Central Avenue. The 1910 Directory has 1611 Fillmore Street. In 1912 and 1913 he list listed at 614 Van Hook Street. From 1915 to 1920 he is listed at 2028 Broadway. From 1916 to 1920 he is listed back at 2028 Broadway. In 1923 he was living at 818 Woodland Avenue in Camden. He then moved to the Gloucester Heights section of Gloucester City, New Jersey and lived with his daughter Jane and his son-in-law, one-time Camden bar-owner William Laute, and their children.

Robert Ryrie also was an inventor and held at least six patents.

1) Improvement in Bored Wells- Patent# 190,624 dated May 8, 1877. 
2) Drive-Well Point- Patent # 279,600 dated June 19,1883. 
3) Pipe Wrench- Patent# 583,947 dated June 8, 1897. 
4) Pipe Wrench- Patent# 594,563 dated Nov, 30, 1897. 
5) Wrench- Patent# 910,961 dated Jan 26, 1909. 
6) Well Strainer- Patent # 1,162,810 dated Dec, 1915. .

Last a resident of Gloucester Heights,  Robert Ryrie died in 1931. Both he and his wife Julia are buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Camden.


Patent 279,600 * June 19, 1883



1892 City Directory Advertisement


1894 City Directory Advertisement


US PATENT 583947
June 8, 1897


US PATENT 583947
November 20, 1897


Philadelphia Inquirer
January 29, 1898


Philadelphia Inquirer - January 10, 1900


Philadelphia Inquirer
September 7, 1907


Patent 910,961 * January 26, 1909


Patent 1,162,810 * December 7, 1915


Evergreen Cemetery


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