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Robert Royce, of New London

Also Known As: "Robert Ryece c1603"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Long Sutton, Somerset, England
Death: Died in New London, New London, Connecticut
Place of Burial: New London, New London, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Royce, of Martock and Mary Royce
Husband of Mary Royce
Father of Robert Royce; Margaret Royce; Mary Staples; Sarah Calkins; Ens. Samuel Royce and 6 others

Occupation: Cordwainer, constable
Managed by: Patricia Norton Chong
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About Robert Royce, of New London

Robert Royce

Robert Royce is an ancestor of US President Millard Fillmore.

Robert Royce was born in England, immigrated from Martock, Somerset and was an early settler in Stratford,CT, where 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 of the 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 administration of the remaining estate of the widow, who died intestate, was granted her son, Samuel Royce.

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

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Confusion about his wife and his children. Wife's name was Mary. Her surname is unknown but some speculate that she was the daughter of a John Simms since there are marriage records for a Robert Royce and Mary Simms.

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.

All sources agree that Robert and Mary of Connecticut had Sarah, Nehemiah (male), Jonathan, Ensign Nathaniel, Ruth, Ensign Samuel, and Isaac. Some say they had Robert (1625), Margaret (1626) and Mary (1626).

Other children attributed to them are: Patience. She is mentioned in the will supposedly. There was a Patience, daughter of a different Robert Roice (Roys) of Boston, who Savage confused with this Robert Royce.

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The name Royce is English in origin. The history of this ancient Kent family traces its ancestry as a family of Anglo Saxon origin before the year 1100 and appears first in the ancient records in Kent .

ROBERT3 ROYCE (ROBERT2, THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1605 in Martock, Somersetshire, England1, and died September 22, 1676 in New London, CT. He married MARY SIMS June 04, 16341, daughter of JOHN SIMS and SARAH BAKER. She was born Abt. 1609 in Long Sutton, Sommerset, England1, and died June 04, 1697 in CT.

Notes for ROBERT ROYCE: One of the 16 original members of the New London Church. In 1660, he was a constable at New London, CT and a member of the general assembly in 1669.

More About ROBERT ROYCE: Moved: 1644, To Stratford, CT Occupation: Shoemaker

Children of ROBERT ROYCE and MARY SIMS are:

  1. SARAH4 ROYCE, b. 1634, Martock, Somersetshire, England; d. May 01, 1711, Norwich, CT.
  2. JONATHAN ROYCE, b. Abt. 1636; d. September 22, 1690, CT.
  3. NEHEMIA ROYCE, b. 1636; d. November 07, 1706, Wallingford, CT.
  4. NATHANIEL ROYCE, b. April 24, 1647; d. February 08, 1725/26, Wallingford, CT.
  5. ISSAC ROYCE, b. 1643; d. 1681, Wallingford, CT.
  6. SAMUEL ROYCE, b. November 01, 1644, Marat, CT; d. December 24, 1711, Wallingford, CT.
  7. RUTH ROYCE, b. Abt. December 07, 1645, Wallingford, CT; d. August 26, 1688.
He was at Stratford CT in 1650. Removed to New London 1657. Constable 1660. Deputy in the CT Assembly 1661. Member of the City Council 1663-1667-1668. Congregationalist. Land owner. Influential and respected citizen. 

Children: Nehemiah m. Hannah Morgan Nov. 20, 1660; a daughter; Jonathan m. Deborah Calkins in June 1660; Sarah m. John Calkins; Samuel ; Nathaniel married 3 times - first Sarah Lathrop 1681; Isaac m Elizabeth Lathrop 1699; Ruth b. 1646 m. John Lathrop 1669.

Marym Sims was the daughter of John Sims (or Symes) and Sarah Baker. Mary died July 14 1696 in Wallingford, CT, at 88 years of age.

Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 1549

!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, Originallypublished 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 differentperson] Robert was a freeman at Boston 1 Apr 1634,one of the disarmed1637 as a supporter of Mrs. Hutchinson in her revelations,or ofWheelwright 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, daughterof John Sims (ca 1579-) & SarahBaker (1587-), in Martock, Somerset,Eng.13 Born ca 1609.5 Mary Elizabeth was baptized in England ca 1615.5Mary Elizabeth died on 4 Jul 1697 in New London, CT. Sims, SIimms, orSymmes.]

Great Migration Begins: Savage claimed that Robert Roice of Boston was identical with a man ofthe same name who appeared inConnecticut some years later, but since the latter had wife Mary, and the onlyknownwife of the Boston man wasElizabeth, who outlived him, this cannot be true [NEHGR 122:274-77 andthe sources cited there; Goodwin Anc 1:295].

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Resided at Stratford and New London. Marry at Martock County, Somerset, England in 1634

Thanks to "Families of Ancient New Haven, " by Donald Lines Jacobus, we have the lineage of the "Rices". The name was also variously spelled Royce And Roys. The first of the line in America appears to be Robert, who seems not to have emigrated from Wales but fro England.

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The first of the Rice line in America, emigrating from England, not Wales.

Also resided at Stratford and New London.

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-------------------- 8524. Robert ROYCE,4 son of Thomas ROYCE OR RHYS and Mary APPLETON, was born on 1 Mar 1562 in Martock, Somersetshire, England, was christened on 1 Apr 1634 in Martock, Somersetshire, England, died from 1676 to 1684 in New London, New London, Connecticut, USA at age 114, and was buried from 1676 to 1684 in New London, New London, Connecticut, USA. Ancestral File Number: 84SR-9Q.

Robert married Mrs. Robert ROYCE on 4 Jun 1634 in Long Sutton, Parish, Somerset, England. Mrs. was born in 1609 of Long Sutton, Somerset, England, was christened on 17 Dec 1609 in South Petherton, Somerset, England, died on 14 Jul 1697 in Wallingford, New London, Connecticut, USA at age 88, and was buried from 1655 to 1669 in Wallingford, New London, Connecticut, USA.

Children from this marriage were:

         i.  Elizabeth ROYCE (born in 1622 in Long Sutton, Somerest, England) 
        ii.  Robert ROYCE (born on 12 Jun 1625 in Long Sutton, Somerset, , England - died on 15 Jun 1714 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA) 
       iii.  Margaret ROYCE (born in 1626 of Martock, Somerset, England) 
        iv.  Nehemiah ROYS (born about 1632 of New London, New London, Connecticut, USA) 
         v.  Samuel ROYS (born about 1634 of Martock, Somerset, England) 
        vi.  Sarah ROYCE (born in 1634-1635 in Monmouth, Somerset, England, England - died on 1 May 1711 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA) 
       vii.  Mary ROYCE (born in 1634 of Martock, Somerset, England) 
      viii.  Nathan ROYCE (born about 1636 in Stafford, Tolland, Connecticut, USA) 
        ix.  Joshua ROYCE (born on 14 Apr 1637 of Wallingford, New London, Connecticut, USA - died of Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA) 
         x.  Nathaniel ROYCE (born on 1 Apr 1639 of Wallingford, New London, Connecticut, USA - died on 8 Feb 1736 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA) 
        xi.  Patience ROYCE (born on 1 Apr 1642 of Marat, New Milford, Connecticut, USA - died on 8 Apr 1642 in Wallingford, New London, Connecticut, USA) 
       xii.  ROYCE (born in 1642 in Wallingford, New London, Connecticut, USA) 
      xiii.  Isaac ROYCE (born in 1643-1644 in Marat, New Milford, Connecticut, USA - died in 1681 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA) 

4262 xiv. Johnathan ROYCE (born on 18 Mar 1644 in Wallingford, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - died on 22 Sep 1690 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA)

        xv.  Samuel ROYCE (born on 1 Nov 1644 in Marat, New Milford, Connecticut, USA - died on 24 Dec 1711 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA) 
       xvi.  Ruth ROYCE (born on 7 Dec 1645 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA - died on 10 Nov 1732 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA) 
      xvii.  Patience ROYCE (born in 1649 in Marat, New Milford, Connecticut, USA) 

10890. Robert Royce, born 1608 in Matlock, Somersetshire, England; died September 22, 1676 in New London, CT.. He was the son of 21780. Thomas Royce and 21781. Mary Appleton. He married 10891. Mary Sims June 04, 1634 in Long Sutton Parish, Somerset, Engand.

10891. Mary Sims, born 1609 in Long Sutton Parish, Somerset, England/Sutton, England; died July 14, 1697 in Wellingford, New London, CT. She was the daughter of 21782. John Sims and 21783. Sarah Baker.

Child of Robert Royce and Mary Sims is:

5445 i. Sarah Royce, born 1634 in Monmouth ,Somerset, England; died May 01, 1711 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut; married John Calkins 1658 in New London, New London, CT.

8525. Mrs. Robert ROYCE,4 daughter of John SIMS OR SYMES and Sarah BAKER, was born in 1609 of Long Sutton, Somerset, England, was christened on 17 Dec 1609 in South Petherton, Somerset, England, died on 14 Jul 1697 in Wallingford, New London, Connecticut, USA at age 88, and was buried from 1655 to 1669 in Wallingford, New London, Connecticut, USA. Ancestral File Number: 84SR-BW.

Mrs. married Robert ROYCE on 4 Jun 1634 in Long Sutton, Parish, Somerset, England. Robert was born on 1 Mar 1562 in Martock, Somersetshire, England, was christened on 1 Apr 1634 in Martock, Somersetshire, England, died from 1676 to 1684 in New London, New London, Connecticut, USA at age 114, and was buried from 1676 to 1684 in New London, New London, Connecticut, USA.

64. Robert Royce47, born in Wallingford, Norwich, New London, Connecticut; died 22 Sep 1690 in

Norwich, New London, Connecticut. He was the son of 128. Thomas Royce and 129. Mary Appleton. He

married 65. ????? Nov 1656 in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

65. ?????, born 1609 in Of Long Sutton, Somerset, England; died 14 Jul 1697 in Wallingford, Norwich,

New London, Connecticut. She was the daughter of 130. John Sims and 131. Sarah Baker.

Child of Robert Royce and ????? is:

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

1690 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut; married Deborah Caulkins Calkins Nov 1656 in Stratford,

Fairfield County, Connecticut.

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Robert Royce, of New London's Timeline

1594
March 8, 1594
Martock, Somerset, England
1603
June 9, 1603
Long Sutton, Somerset, England
1625
March 27, 1625
Age 21
Long Sutton,Somerset,England
March 27, 1625
Age 21
Long Sutton,Somerset,England
June 12, 1625
Age 22
Long Sutton, Somerset, England, (Present UK)
1626
1626
Age 22
Martock, Somerset, England
1634
June 4, 1634
Age 30
England
1634
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Martok, Somerset, England
1634
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Martock, Somerset, England
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1636
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Long Sutton, Somerset, England