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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Mary Ring

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: Mary Ring was born about 1589, based on her estimated date of marriage.

    Death: She died in Plymouth in July 1631.

    Ship: Unknown, 1629 or 1630

    Life in England: Mary Ring has been tentatively identified as the Marie Durante of Ufford, Suffolk who married Wylliam Ringe of Petistree, Suffolk in 1601, but this identification has remained unproved.

    Life in Holland: William and Mary Ring were in Leiden by May 16, 1614.William Ring, a say weaver, became a citizen of Leiden on June 7, 1619.William Ring and perhaps the rest of his family were aboard the Speedwell which accompanied the Mayflower in 1620, but abandoned the voyage when the Speedwell proved unseaworthy. He died in Leiden between 1620 and 1629.

    Life in New England: Widow Mary Ring came to Plymouth with her children in 1629 or 1630. She died in the epidemic of infectious fever of 1633. Her will and inventory provide modern researchers with a wonderful list of textiles available at the time.

    Family: William Ring married Mary (possibly) Durant by 1609. If the Ufford attribution is correct; they married on May 21, 1601, in Ufford. They had three children.

    Children of William and Mary Ring:

    • Elizabeth was born by 1609. She married (1) Stephen Deane by about 1630 and had three children. She married (2) Josias Cooke on September 16, 1635, and had three children. He died in Eastham on October 17, 1673. She died in Eastham on May 3, 1687.
    • Susanna was born about 1611. She married Thomas Clark by July 1631 and had six children. She died between 1644 and January 20, 1664/5. He married (2) Alice (Hallett) Nichols shortly after January 20, 1664/5. She died by July 25, 1671. He died on March 24, 1696/7.
    • Andrew was born about 1618. He married (1) Deborah Hopkins on April 23, 1646, in Plymouth and had six children. He married (2) Lettice (_____) Morton about 1674.
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