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Jonathan Royce

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Norwich, New London, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Mason Cemetery, Norwich, New London, CT
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Royce, of New London and Mary Royce
Husband of Mary Royce and Deborah Royce
Father of Mary Beach; Elizabeth Reynolds; John Royce, I; Sarah Chapman; Ruth Chappel and 6 others
Brother of Robert Royce; Margaret Royce; Mary Staples; Sarah Calkins; Ens. Samuel Royce and 5 others

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About Jonathan Royce

Jonathan Royce

  • Birth: Mar. 18, 1637 Gloucester Essex County Massachusetts, USA
  • Death: Sep. 22, 1690 Norwich New London County Connecticut, USA
  • Father: Robert Royce (1581 - 1676)
  • Mother: Mary Simms (1609 - 1697)
  • Spouse: Deborah Calkins (1643 - 1723)*

From The Joseph Smith Family Association web pages.

Jonathan Royce. Born ca 1637. Jonathan died in Jul 1690 in Norwich, CT.

In Jun 1656 Jonathan first married Mary Spinning, daughter of Humphrey Spinning (-29 Sep 1656) & Elizabeth [Spinning], in Norwich, CT. Mary died ca 1658.

Child:

  1. Mary Royce (ca 1658-)

On 4 Jun 1660 Jonathan second married Deborah Calkins (938) , daughter of Dea. Hugh Calkins (374) (ca 1600-Jun 1690) & Ann [Calkins] (ca 1605-Jun 1688), in Norwich, CT. Born on 18 Mar 1645 in Gloucester, MA.30 Deborah died in New London, CT, on 25 Nov 1717; she was 72.

Their children include:

  1. Elizabeth Royce (Jan 1662-28 Mar 1687/8)
  2. John Royce (9 Nov 1663-29 Mar 1724)
  3. Sarah Royce (Oct 1665-)
  4. Abigail Royce (Died soon) (Sep 1667-Aug 1668)
  5. Ruth Royce (Apr 1669-Dec 1768)
  6. Hannah Royce (Apr 1671-)
  7. Abigail Royce (Apr 1673-11 Mar 1691/2)
  8. Jonathan Royce (Aug 1678-28 Apr 1725)
  9. Deborah Royce (10 Aug 1680-)
  10. David Royce (19 Aug 1682-bef 13 Nov 1711)

notes

Jonathan Royce is the ancestor of Emma Hale, the wife of the Prophit Joseph Smith of the Mormon Church.

“Jonathan Royce, born 1637, Connecticut” (American Genealogical-Biographical Index, , Vol 150, p 313, Ancestry.com)

“John Caulkin, Jonath: Rice. . . are accepted to be made free, according to order of Court.” (The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, The University of Connecticut, Vol I, p 412, Oct 1663, Internet)

“Johnathan was made freeman Oct 1663.” (Pane-Joyce Genealogy, David Payne-Joyce, Internet)

“Jonathan Rice (d. 1689) of Norwich, Conn., m 1660 Deborah Calkins (1644-89)” (The Compendium of American Genealogy, Lineage Records, Vol 5, p 154, compiled by Frederick A. Virkas, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“In the printed ‘New Haven Town Records,’ vol. 1, p. 287, is the following entry: ‘An Inventory of the estate of Humphrey Spinage, Senior, late of Newhauen deceased, was presented to ye Court, prised the 29th of ye 7th mo., 1656. . . A will also of the said Humphery Spinage was presented. . . but yet the C ourt looked upon the will as defective, and not fully declaring the minds of the testator, but yet by it and by what light they have from others. . .they did, with free consent of all parties present concerned therein (viz: Mary Spinage, his owne daugher, Lettice, his former wives daughter, and Humphery Spinage, his kinsman, Edward his sonn in law being in England), dispose of the estate thus: that the whole be devided in to five equall parts, whereof Mary his owne daugher to have two, and the other three, viz: Lettie, Edwa, & Humphery, to have each an equall share. . .Richard Myles, Senior, saith that he hath heard Mr Spinage that ye he would deale with his kinsman Humphery as with a child and old Goodman Rice of Stratford (whose sonn is now to marrie Mary Spinage) said that he had heard Mr. Spinage say so also.’ The above statement was made in Court on 7 Oct. 1656, and the marriage of Mary Spinage (or Spinning, to adopt the modern spelling) to a son of Robert Royce of Stratford probably took place not long thereafter. There are reasons for believeing that Jonathan Royce was the bridegroom. With the exception of Nehemiah, whose age at death would place his birth about 1635, it is unlikely that the brothers of Jonathan were old enough to contract marriage in 1656. Furthermore, the marriages of his brothers are known, and no evidence has been found to indicate that any one of them had an unlocated former wife. In the case of Jonathan, as will be proved below, there is positive evidence that prior to his recorded marriage in 1660 he had a former wife of unestablished identity, and that by his first wife he had a daughter Mary, who in 1678 married John Beach of Wallingford. This daughter Mary gave her eldest child the unusual name of Lettice, and it will be noted that Mary Spinning had a stepsister or half sister of this name. We are therefore justified in concluding that it was Jonathan Royce who married Mary Spinning. The marriage probably took place late in 1656, while he was still resident in Stratford, and the birth of the child and death of his wife probably occurred shortly after the removal of the family to New London. Neither the Stratford nor the New London records contain entries of these events. Jonathan Royce’s second marriage and the births of the children were recorded, apparently all at the same time, in Norwich, Conn., whither he removed from New London.” (Genealogies of Connecticut Families, Vol I, Parentage of Mary, Wife of John Beach of Wallingford, Conn., p 109-111, article written by Donald Liones Jacobus, Gary Boyd Roberts, On-Line Library database)

“September 22, 1690. . .The Inventory of the Estate of Johnathan Royse was Exhitied in Court, appoved and ordered to be recorded: This Court Deffers for some Weigh[ty] Reasons Distribution & a Settlement of the Estate untill nexts C[ourt] in November & grans power of administration to the ellictt & order [all] persons concerned or some for them appeare at the Sd Courte Mr. Thomas Adgate & Serjeant John Tracy are Desired to Assist. . .in Manadgement of ad Estate. . .And this Courte Doth Advise that John Royce be accomadated with one Acre & halfe of Land out of the homesteed for to builde upon: and that he Receave his proportion of his fathers Estate in Lands as Conveniently as may bee.” (New London County Court Records, 1689-1703, pp. 31, 41, Internet)

-------------------- 2018. Jonathan Royce. Born ca 1637. Jonathan died in Jul 1690 in Norwich, CT.

Johnathan was made freeman Oct 1663.

In Jun 1656 Jonathan first married Mary Spinning, daughter of Humphrey Spinning (-29 Sep 1656) & Elizabeth [Spinning], in Norwich, CT. Mary died ca 1658.30

Child:

7246 i. Mary Royce (ca 1658-)

On 4 Jun 1660 Jonathan second married Deborah Calkins (938) , daughter of Dea. Hugh Calkins (374) (ca 1600-Jun 1690) & Ann [Calkins] (ca 1605-Jun 1688), in Norwich, CT. Born on 18 Mar 1645 in Gloucester, MA.30 Deborah died in New London, CT, on 25 Nov 1717; she was 72.

Deborah, or Decorah.

Their children include:

3355 i. Elizabeth Royce (Jan 1662-28 Mar 1687/8)

3356 ii. John Royce (9 Nov 1663-29 Mar 1724)

3357 iii. Sarah Royce (Oct 1665-)

3358 iv. Abigail Royce (Died soon) (Sep 1667-Aug 1668)

3359 v. Ruth Royce (Apr 1669-Dec 1768)

3360 vi. Hannah Royce (Apr 1671-)

3361 vii. Abigail Royce (Apr 1673-11 Mar 1691/2)

3362 viii. Jonathan Royce (Aug 1678-28 Apr 1725)

3363 ix. Deborah Royce (10 Aug 1680-)

3364 x. David Royce (19 Aug 1682-bef 13 Nov 1711)

32. Jonathan Royce45, born 18 Mar 1644 in Wallingford, Norwich, New London, Connecticut; died 22 Sep

1690 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. He was the son of 64. Robert Royce and 65. ?????. He married

33. Deborah Caulkins Calkins Nov 1656 in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

33. Deborah Caulkins Calkins45, born 18 Mar 1643 in Cloucester, Essex, Massachusetts; died 11 Feb 1724

in Lebanon, Connecticut.

Child of Jonathan Royce and Deborah Calkins is:

16 i. John Royce, born 09 Nov 1663 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut; died 29 Nov 1724 in Mansfield,

Tolland County, Connecticut; married Sarah Perigoe 29 Nov 1683 in Norwich, New London,

Connecticut.

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Jonathan Royce's Timeline

1603
June 9, 1603
Martock, Somersetshire, England
1637
March 18, 1637
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
1638
1638
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States
1656
September 29, 1656
Age 19
Norwich, Conn.
1657
1657
Age 19
Stratford, New Haven Colony (Present Fairfield County), (Present Connecticut)
1660
January 8, 1660
Age 22
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
June 4, 1660
Age 23
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
1663
November 6, 1663
Age 26
Norwich, (Present New London County), Connecticut Colony
1665
October 1665
Age 28
Norwich, Connecticut Colony
1669
April 1669
Age 32
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA