John Ruggles Genealogy
John6 Ruggles (John5,
Thomas4), was the oldest
son of John5 and Abigail (Craft) Ruggles; b. Jan. 22, 1653. He lived
in Roxbury, was a yeoman, as it was written in the settlement of his estate. He
married Sept. 2, 1674, Martha Devotion of Muddy River, (now Brookline). She was
baptized at Roxbury, March 13, 1653. She was the third child of Deacon Edward
and Mary Devotion.
John, Martha's husband, died Dec. 16, 1694, age 40. It is not known when Martha
died. She married 2d time, April 21, 1704, John Payne of Dedham, a grand-son of
Thomas of Salem, Mass., an emigrant settler-1637. John Payne's 1st wife was Mary
Day, daughter of Ralph and Susan (Fairbanks) Day, of Dedham. Susan, wife, dying,
Ralph Day married 2d. widow, Abigail (Craft) Ruggles, the mother of Martha's
The children of John and Martha were:
- ABIGAIL, b. June 5, 1675, m. about 1697, Thomas3 Richardson a
farmer of Billerica, b. Dec. 30, 1675. He was a grand-son of Thomas1
Richardson, one of three brothers, emigrants, who settled in Woburn, Mass.
Thomas and Abigail had ten children. He died 1717, aged 42; she died June 4,
1758. Upon his marriage or before, his father gave him a "large farm" in
Billerica, which was confirmed to the widow and children by the will of his
father who died 1719, who doubled the quantity of land to the children upon
their agreeing to support their mother, widow Abigail Richardson, during her
life. The children were Martha, wife of Thomas Horsley; Ruth, wife of Wm.
Tarbell; Sarah, wife of Francis Crosby; Susanna, unmarried; Abigail Hill,
widow; Anna, wife of Samuel Bayley of Lancaster (son of James and Elizabeth
- EDWARD , b. Nov. 16, 1683; d. y.
- MARTHA, b. Dec. 21, 1686.
Martha Devotion married John6, grand-son of Thomas4
Hannah, her sister, married John6 the grand-son of
John4 and Barbara.
These Johns were 2d cousins. Sarah Devotion, sister of Martha and Hannah,
married Joseph Griffin, whose grand-daughter, Ann Sumner, married Edwards
Ruggles, the grand-son of Martha; son of her son Edward
Because of these marriages and other relationships, a brief
genealogy of Devotion's family, Griffin and
Sumner, is given here.