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Nicknames: "Robert Rhys", "Robert Rice"
Birthplace: New London, Connecticut
Death: Died in Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut
Occupation: Constable of New London, landowner, Shoemaker, Deacon
Managed by: Rebbecca Ann Leavitt
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Immediate Family

About Robert Royce

Deacon Robert Royce

  • b.29 Jan 1669/70 New London, New London, Connecticut, United States
  • d.2 Apr 1759 Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • parents: Ensign Samuel Royce, Hannah Churchill
  • Married: Mary Porter

Children

  1. Mary Royce 1707 - 1799.
  2. Elizabeth Royce 1709 -
  3. Gideon Royce 1711 - 1761
  4. Prudence Royce 1714 - 1746/47

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Ancestry

Robert Royce was born in England and was an early settler in Stratford,CT, where his name is on record in 1644. In 1657 he moved to New London,CT where he was constable in 1660 and the following year was a member ofthe General Assembly. Robert Royce of New London died in 1676, leaving a widow, Mary, who died in 1697, and on July 14 of that year administrationof the remaining estate of the widow, who died intestate, was granted herson, Samuel Royce. The surname of Mary, wife of Robert Royce, is not on record, but a Mary Sims and Robert Royce were married at Martsock, Somersetshire, England, June 4, 1634, and the date is suitable for the marriage of the New London, CT man. (Article by Donald Lines Jacobus in New England Historic & Genealogical Register - Vol. 80, pages 107-09.)

Four of the five sons of Robert Royce removed to Wallingford. The children sharing in the distribution of his estate were: Joshua, Nathaniel, Patience, Ruth, Sarah, Nehemiah, Samuel, Isaac and Jonathan

!A marriage to Mary Sims is disproven in Gary Boyd Roberts, English Origins of New England Families, Second Series, volume 3, pp. 42-45.

Immigrated from Martock, Somerset.

!Al Dawson, 22 Apr 2000,

Robert Royce. Born ca 1603. Robertwas baptized in Martock,

Somersetshire, Eng. on 9 Jun 1603. Source: 7. JosephSavage,

Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Originally published 1860.

!Dorothy C Burt, "Ancestors of David Walden Burt,"

http://www.familytreemaker.com/user/b/u/r/Dorothy-C-Burt, Feb. 1998.

!Robert died on 22 Sep 1676 in New London, CT. Occupation: shoemaker.

Robert came from England in the Francis; settled at Stratford, CT, in1644/48; at New London, 1660; Member of City Council [selectman?].

![see quote from GMB below, following paragraph is for a different person] Robert was a freeman at Boston 1 Apr 1634, one of the disarmed 1637 as a supporter of Mrs. Hutchinson in her revelations,or of Wheelwright in his opinions.

He removed before 1657 to New London,perhaps in 1650 was of Stratford,but constable in 1660 and in 1661 representative for New London where helived in good repute.7

![Disproven - On 4 Jun 1634 Robert married Mary Elizabeth Sims, daughter of John Sims (ca 1579-) & Sarah Baker (1587-), in Martock, Somerset, Eng.13 Born ca 1609.5 Mary Elizabeth was baptized in England ca 1615.5 Mary Elizabeth died on 4 Jul 1697 in New London, CT. Sims, or Symmes.]

Great Migration Begins:

Savage claimed that Robert Roice of Boston was identical with a man of the same name who appeared in Connecticut some years later, but since the latter had wife Mary, and the only known wife of the Boston man was Elizabeth, who outlived him, this cannot be true [NEHGR 122:274-77 and the sources cited there; Goodwin Anc 1:295].

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Robert Royce was born in England and was an early settler in Stratford,CT, where his name is on record in 1644. In 1657 he moved to New London,CT where he was constable in 1660 and the following year was a member ofthe General Assembly. Robert Royce of New London died in 1676, leaving a widow, Mary, who died in 1697, and on July 14 of that year administrationof the remaining estate of the widow, who died intestate, was granted herson, Samuel Royce. The surname of Mary, wife of Robert Royce, is not on record, but a Mary Sims and Robert Royce were married at Martsock, Somersetshire, England, June 4, 1634, and the date is suitable for the marriage of the New London, CT man. (Article by Donald Lines Jacobus in New England Historic & Genealogical Register - Vol. 80, pages 107-09.)

A marriage to Mary Sims is disproven in Gary Boyd Roberts, English Origins of New England Families, Second Series, volume 3, pp. 42-45.

Four of the five sons of Robert Royce removed to Wallingford. The children sharing in the distribution of his estate were: Joshua, Nathaniel, Patience, Ruth, Sarah, Nehemiah, Samuel, Isaac and Jonathan

Immigrated from Martock, Somerset.

!Al Dawson, 22 Apr 2000,

Robert Royce. Born ca 1603. Robertwas baptized in Martock,

Somersetshire, Eng. on 9 Jun 1603. Source: 7. JosephSavage,

Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Originally published 1860.

!Dorothy C Burt, "Ancestors of David Walden Burt,"

http://www.familytreemaker.com/user/b/u/r/Dorothy-C-Burt, Feb. 1998.

!Robert died on 22 Sep 1676 in New London, CT. Occupation: shoemaker.

Robert came from England in the Francis; settled at Stratford, CT, in1644/48; at New London, 1660; Member of City Council [selectman?].

![see quote from GMB below, following paragraph is for a different person] Robert was a freeman at Boston 1 Apr 1634, one of the disarmed 1637 as a supporter of Mrs. Hutchinson in her revelations,or of Wheelwright in his opinions.

He removed before 1657 to New London,perhaps in 1650 was of Stratford,but constable in 1660 and in 1661 representative for New London where helived in good repute.7

![Disproven - On 4 Jun 1634 Robert married Mary Elizabeth Sims, daughter of John Sims (ca 1579-) & Sarah Baker (1587-), in Martock, Somerset, Eng.13 Born ca 1609.5 Mary Elizabeth was baptized in England ca 1615.5 Mary Elizabeth died on 4 Jul 1697 in New London, CT. Sims, or Symmes.]

Great Migration Begins:

Savage claimed that Robert Roice of Boston was identical with a man of the same name who appeared in Connecticut some years later, but since the latter had wife Mary, and the only known wife of the Boston man was Elizabeth, who outlived him, this cannot be true [NEHGR 122:274-77 and the sources cited there; Goodwin Anc 1:295].

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Robert Royce was born in England and was an early settler in Stratford,CT, where his name is on record in 1644. In 1657 he moved to New London,CT where he was constable in 1660 and the following year was a member ofthe General Assembly. Robert Royce of New London died in 1676, leaving a widow, Mary, who died in 1697, and on July 14 of that year administrationof the remaining estate of the widow, who died intestate, was granted herson, Samuel Royce. The surname of Mary, wife of Robert Royce, is not on record, but a Mary Sims and Robert Royce were married at Martsock, Somersetshire, England, June 4, 1634, and the date is suitable for the marriage of the New London, CT man. (Article by Donald Lines Jacobus in New England Historic & Genealogical Register - Vol. 80, pages 107-09.)

A marriage to Mary Sims is disproven in Gary Boyd Roberts, English Origins of New England Families, Second Series, volume 3, pp. 42-45.

Four of the five sons of Robert Royce removed to Wallingford. The children sharing in the distribution of his estate were: Joshua, Nathaniel, Patience, Ruth, Sarah, Nehemiah, Samuel, Isaac and Jonathan

Immigrated from Martock, Somerset.

!Al Dawson, 22 Apr 2000,

Robert Royce. Born ca 1603. Robertwas baptized in Martock,

Somersetshire, Eng. on 9 Jun 1603. Source: 7. JosephSavage,

Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Originally published 1860.

!Dorothy C Burt, "Ancestors of David Walden Burt,"

http://www.familytreemaker.com/user/b/u/r/Dorothy-C-Burt, Feb. 1998.

!Robert died on 22 Sep 1676 in New London, CT. Occupation: shoemaker.

Robert came from England in the Francis; settled at Stratford, CT, in1644/48; at New London, 1660; Member of City Council [selectman?].

![see quote from GMB below, following paragraph is for a different person] Robert was a freeman at Boston 1 Apr 1634, one of the disarmed 1637 as a supporter of Mrs. Hutchinson in her revelations,or of Wheelwright in his opinions.

He removed before 1657 to New London,perhaps in 1650 was of Stratford,but constable in 1660 and in 1661 representative for New London where helived in good repute.7

![Disproven - On 4 Jun 1634 Robert married Mary Elizabeth Sims, daughter of John Sims (ca 1579-) & Sarah Baker (1587-), in Martock, Somerset, Eng.13 Born ca 1609.5 Mary Elizabeth was baptized in England ca 1615.5 Mary Elizabeth died on 4 Jul 1697 in New London, CT. Sims, or Symmes.]

Great Migration Begins:

Savage claimed that Robert Roice of Boston was identical with a man of the same name who appeared in Connecticut some years later, but since the latter had wife Mary, and the only known wife of the Boston man was Elizabeth, who outlived him, this cannot be true [NEHGR 122:274-77 and the sources cited there; Goodwin Anc 1:295].

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Married 4 June 1634, Long Sutton, Somerset, England.

children:

Sarah

Nehemiah

Samuel

Nathanaile

Isaac

Ruth

Johnathan

source: paul Herbig

email: prfssrpah@aol.com

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Robert Royce. Born ca 1603 in Somerset, England. Robert was baptized in Martock, Somersetshire, on 9 Jun 1603. Robert died on 22 Sep 1676 in New London, CT. Occupation: shoemaker.

Savage2 claimed the Robert Roice of Boston was identical with a man of the same name who appeared in Connectifcut some years later, but since the latter had wife Mary, and the only known wife of the Boston man was Elizabeth, who outlived him, this cannot be true.5

Robert came from England in the Francis; settled at Stratford, CT, in 1644/48; at New London, 1660; Member of City Council.

Robert was a freeman at Boston 1 Apr 1634, one of the disarmed 1637 as a supporter of Mrs. Hutchinson in her revelations, or of Wheelwright in his opinions, had removed before 1657 to New London, perhaps in 1650 was of Stratford, but constable in 1660 and in 1661 representative for New London where he lived in good repute.2

On 4 Jun 1634 Robert married Mary [Royce] in Martock, Somerset, Eng.30 Born ca 1609. Mary was baptized in England ca 1615. Mary died on 4 Jul 1697 in New London, CT.

Clarence Leslie Hewitt, Jr., argues in his article “Some light on the marriage of Robert and Mary Royce of Connecticut” in New Eng. Hist. Gen. Reg. 122 (1968): 274-277 that Mary, Robert’s wife was not Mary Sims, Simms, or Symmes, of Long Sutton, Somerset. There was a Robert Royce who married a Mary Sims in Long Sutton on 4 Jun 1624. Hewitt says the “1624 wedding hardly works out, credibly or chronologically, with their emigration to America or the birthday of their first born. ... It would therefore seem most unlikely that Robert and Mary would have remained continent or been barren from 1624 to 1634 or that all their children born in that decade could have perished in infancy.” It remains a possibility, though, that they could have been married in 1624 and all their children from the first ten years died.

Their children include:

2016 i.  Sarah Royce (ca 1635-1 May 1711) 
2017 ii.  Nehemiah Royce (ca 1636-12 Dec 1706) 
2018 iii.  Jonathan Royce (ca 1637-Jul 1690) 
2019 iv.  Ens. Samuel Royce (ca 1638-24 Dec 1711) 
2020 v.  Ens. Nathaniel Royce (24 Mar 1639-8 Feb 1726) 
2021 vi.  Isaac Royce (ca 1643-1681) 
2022 vii.  Ruth Royce (7 Dec 1645-19 Feb 1690) 

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Savage claimed the Robert Roice of Boston was identical with a man of the same name who appeared in Connectifcut some years later, but since the latter had wife Mary, and the only known wife of the Boston man was Elizabeth, who outlived him, this cannot be true.

Robert came from England in the Francis; settled at Stratford, CT, in 1644/48; at New London, 1660; Member of City Council.

Robert was a freeman at Boston 1 Apr 1634, one of the disarmed 1637 as a supporter of Mrs. Hutchinson in her revelations, or of Wheelwright in his opinions, had removed before 1657 to New London, perhaps in 1650 was of Stratford, but constable in 1660 and in 1661 representative for New London where he lived in good repute.

On 4 Jun 1634 Robert married Mary [Royce] in Martock, Somerset, Eng.30 Born ca 1609. Mary was baptized in England ca 1615. Mary died on 4 Jul 1697 in New London, CT.

Clarence Leslie Hewitt, Jr., argues in his article “Some light on the marriage of Robert and Mary Royce of Connecticut” in New Eng. Hist. Gen. Reg. 122 (1968): 274-277 that Mary, Robert’s wife was not Mary Sims, Simms, or Symmes, of Long Sutton, Somerset. There was a Robert Royce who married a Mary Sims in Long Sutton on 4 Jun 1624. Hewitt says the “1624 wedding hardly works out, credibly or chronologically, with their emigration to America or the birthday of their first born. ... It would therefore seem most unlikely that Robert and Mary would have remained continent or been barren from 1624 to 1634 or that all their children born in that decade could have perished in infancy.” It remains a possibility, though, that they could have been married in 1624 and all their children from the first ten years died.

Their children include:

 Sarah Royce (ca 1635-1 May 1711) 
 Nehemiah Royce (ca 1636-12 Dec 1706) 
Jonathan Royce (ca 1637-Jul 1690) 
Samuel Royce (ca 1638-24 Dec 1711) 
 Nathaniel Royce (24 Mar 1639-8 Feb 1726) 
 Isaac Royce (ca 1643-1681) 
 Ruth Royce (7 Dec 1645-19 Feb 1690) 
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Dea. Robert Royce's Timeline

1630
June 17, 1630
Ship "Arabella"
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1634
April 1, 1634
Martock, Somersetshire, Eng
April 1, 1634
Freeman at, Boston
April 1, 1634
Freeman At, Boston
April 1, 1634
Martock, Somersetshire, England
April 1, 1634
Martock, Somersetshire, England
1643
1643
1657
1657
New London, Conneticutt
1660
1660
Constable