John Ruggles Genealogy
John4 Ruggles of Nasing, Essex, England, and Roxbury,
Mass., was son of Thomas3 (Nicholas2, Thomas1)
of Sudbury, Suffolk, England. He was born in Sudbury, 1591, and died in Roxbury,
Mass, Oct. 6, 1663. He married first, Barbara who died the 11th month, 1636. He
came in 1635 in the ship Hopewell:-" Jo. Ruggels, shoemaker, aged 44. Barbarie
Ruggels, uxor, aged 30, Jo. Ruggels, aged 2."
In the records of the first church of Roxbury, Rev. John Eliot's, are these
"John Ruggles, he came to New England in the yeare 1635, and soon after his
coming joined to the church ; he was a lively christian, known to many of the
church in old England, where many' of the church injoyed society together; he
brought his first born, John Ruggles, with him to N. E., and his second son. was
still-borne in the 11th mo., 1636, of which his wife died." "Also, Barbara
Ruggles, the wife of John Ruggles ;. she .was a Godly Christian woman, and
joined to the church with her husband, she dyed the 11th mo., 1636."
Of John Ruggles' 2d wife, Margaret, her family name is not known, unless this
quotation from the church records makes it clear: "Margery Hamond a Maide
servant, she came to New England in the yeare 1632, and about half a year after
was joined to the church, and after some years was married to John Ruggles of
John Ruggles died Oct., 1663, and in his will written in 1658, he appointed his
son John his executor. The will and the proving seems somewhat irregular. He
showed great anxiety for the welfare of his wife. His will was witnessed by Dea.
William Parke, and Edward Bridge, and it required their depositions, that the
wishes of the deceased should be established-that provision for the support of
his wife Margery should be secured, these men saying in their own language, what
he desired. In his deposition Edward Bridge calls the deceased "his
His wife Margaret being in good health when he made his will, had become infirm
before he died, and the overseers "conceived" that the son John should give
security for the support of his "mother-in-law." His overseers were his friends,
Edward Bridge and William Parke, Thomas Weld and Isaac Heath, Ruling Elder of
the Church of Christ, at Roxbury. This seemed to be a strong backing, and the
will was recorded; Edward Rawson was the Recorder.
There seems to be no record of the death of his wife, Margery.