Ruth Abney's father William Berry Abney moved to Lampasas to study law in 1875. At that time his father Alexander H. Abney lived in Rockport, Texas but a few years later moved to Floresville in Wilson County, Texas. Alexander came to Texas from Alabama in the late 1840s and settled in east Texas around Gilmer in Upshur County. He was a descendant of Samuel Abney, Sr., one of the sons of George and Unity Abney. Samuel moved to the Old Edgefield District, South Carolina shortly before the Revolutionary War from Virginia. His brothers also came as did many of their Dean relatives.