John Rusco (Ruscoe) (c.1623 - 1702)

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Birthplace: Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Death: Died in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
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Immediate Family

About John Rusco (Ruscoe)

Notes for John Ruscoe: He married Rebecca Beebe 2 January 1649-50, daughter of John Beebe and Rebecca [nee Ladd] Beebe. [maybe we will do the Beebes later as they have quite and extensive history].

John Ruscoe was mentioned in his father's will, 5 Aug 1680 Jamacia, LI, NY.

John's will inventory was taken 20 Nov 1702.

"In 1652 houselots were drawn in Norwalk, CT. John Ruscoe received a choice one on what is now East Avenue. Today the New Haven Railroad's East Norwalk stop is on the property. There is only a small worn shelter at the stop, and the stop is only used for a few commuter trains to and from NYC" (from Theodore Roscoes A Guide to the Direct Line Relationship of the Roscue Family of North Milan, Ohio.

Ibid: in 1655 there were 30 heads of families in Norwalk. John Ruskoe was 14th on the list insofar as equity in lands and money, with the dollar value of 150 pounds.

The first indication of John's occupation is a torn record of 12 Dec 1660, when he and two others agreed to chapboard the meetinghouse. In addition to his farming, he was apparently a tolerable carpenter. In 1687, there were 80 households and with 250 pounds in assets, John was fifth in equity.

In the late 1640's John and his brother Nathaniel Ruscoe were left behind in England while their father William took the rest of the family to New England. It is assumed so that they could maintain a farm there, earn money to send to their father until he had established himself in the new country; which was a common practice at that time. Shortly after John arrived in Hartford he married.

On 19 June 1650 , an agreement was made with Roger Ludlow by 14 men to purchase Ludlow's large tract of land at the opening of the Norwalk River in CT (purchased from the Indians, for 15 pounds). Two of the 14 planters were John and Nathaniel. It was 30 March 1686 before they received a Royal Charter from King James II. On this patent, copies of which are available in typed form, John Ruscoe, Nathaniel Hayes, Matthew Marvin, and now Thomas Seamore are signatories. [note: eventually Roscoes and all of the above families intermarried - the Marvins our link to Barbara Buch]. The wording of the patent is very interesting. The secretary who made the true copy was Eleazer Kimberley, another future ancester.

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John Rusco's Timeline

1623
1623
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1650
January 2, 1650
Age 27
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
January 2, 1650
Age 27
Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
1651
1651
Age 28
Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
1651
Age 28
Norwalk, Fairfield County, CT, USA
1654
1654
Age 31
Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut
1656
1656
Age 33
1656
Age 33
1656
Age 33
Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
1658
1658
Age 35
Norwalk, New Haven Colony