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Robert Ring

Male Abt 1614 - 1691  (~ 77 years)


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  • Name Robert Ring  [1
    Born Abt 1614  of Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death 1690  [2
    Died 1691  [3, 4
    Person ID I6055  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 29 Feb 2020 

    Family Elizabeth 
    Married Bef 1654  Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Jarvis Ring,   b. 1658, of Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Mar 1728  (Age < 70 years)
    Last Modified 29 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F3454  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Robert Ring was born in 1614 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England and traveled to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1638 as an indentured servant on the ship the Confidence. That same year English colonists traded enslaved Pequot Indians they had defeated in war for the first cargo of African slaves brought to Massachusetts. Unlike the group of slaves arriving from the West Indies, Ring's period of servitude was not for life. Indeed, his contract was remarkably short compared to the typical indentured servant who served 7 years in exchange for passage to the New World. In 1640, just two years later at the age of 28, Ring became a freeman. After acquiring head right land in Salisbury, Mass., he returned to England for a period of 8 years and then came back to the colony. Upon his return he initiated and won a suit against Essex County which had tried to reclaim his land while he was absent. He established a fishing business on what came to be known as Ring's Island and also was a cooper and a planter." [Natalie J. Ring, "Ancestors, Indentured Servitude, and the Salem Witch Trials"]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3768] "Old Norfolk County Records." The Essex Antiquarian 2:12, 1898.

    2. [S526] The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts, With Some Related Families of Adjoining Towns and of York County, Maine, by David W. Hoyt. Providence, Rhode Island, 1897-1916.

    3. [S2203] New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence A. Torrey. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.

    4. [S3769] Harold Clarke Durrell, "Memoirs of Deceased Members of the New England Historic Genealogical Society." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 89:360, Oct 1935.