William Rusco (c.1593 - 1682) MP

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Nicknames: "Ruscoe", "Rescue", "Reskoe", "the Huguenot"
Birthplace: Billericay, Essex, UK
Death: Died in Jamaica,Queens,New York,USA
Managed by: ANDREW JONATHAN SMITH
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About William Rusco

Biographical Summary:

William Ruscoe (Reskoe, Rescue), Cambridge, came in the "Increase," April, 1635, aged 51, with wife Rebecca, aged 40, children Sarah (9), Mario (7), Samuel (6), and William (1), bringing a certificate from the parish minister of Billerica, Co. Essex; his wife died early, perhaps on the voyage, and he married (2) in February or March, 1635-6, Hester Musse or Must, widow, of Cambridge. He was appointed to "make a pound" at Newtown, April 23, 1636. An original proprietor at Hartford; his home-lot in 1639 was on the west side of the road from Seth Grant's to Centinel Hill. Chosen surveyor of highways, 1641; employed by the General Court to keep the house of correction at a salary of £10 per year, Feb., 1649-50. May 1, 1667, by a writing he " past over" to Nathaniel Ruscoe, and his son, all his lands in Hartford that were undisposed of. Before that date, March 27, 1665, William Ruscoe's home-lot is mentioned on the Norwalk records, so he probably removed there.

Children:

William Rusco and Rebecca Unknown had the following children:

  1. Nathaniel, born about 1620 in England
  2. John, born about 1623 in England. Married Jan. 2, 1650-51, Rebecca, sister of Nathaniel Beebe, of Stonington; signed the agreement for planting Norwalk, June 19, 1650; freeman there, 1669; had an estate of £250 in 1687
  3. Sarah, born about 1626; married (1) December 10, 1646, Henry Cole, who removed to Middletown; (2) November 1679, ____ Bull, of Saybrook; died Jan., 1688
  4. Mary, born about 1628; married August 19, 1647, Hugh Wells, of Wethersfield
  5. Samuel, born about 1629; died young
  6. William, born about 1634, died unmarried, before 1680

William Rusco and Hester Musse (Must) had one child:

  1. Samuel, born in March 12, 1648-9. He married Mercy _______. He removed with his father to Norwalk, Connecticut and later to Jamaica, Long Island, New York, where he succeeded to his father's homestead. He had children.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 257. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

SOURCE: http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~roscoe/William3.htm

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His father may be Ian Rusco, born in 1569.

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Taken from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 71, Pages 112-115, Printed 1917:

William Ruscoe or Rescoe, born about 1593, came to New England in the spring of 1635 in the ship Increase, the passenger list stating that Wm. RUSCO, husbandman, ages 41, his wife, Rebecca, aged 40, and his four children, Sara, aged 9, Marie, aged 7, Samuel, aged 5, and Wm. aged 1, embarked at London 13 April 1635, the father having a certificate from the minister in Billericay, Co. Essex, that he was not a subsidy man. (Drake's Founders of New England, page 22.) Evidences in New England show that, in addition to the four children above named, WILLIAM RUSCOE had also two onder sons, named NATHANIEL and JOHN, the ommission of whose names from the shipping list seems strange. This WILLIAM RUSCOE was doubtless a near relative of ROGER RUSCOE of Sawbridgeworth, probably a younger brother. The name is variously spelled RUSCOE, RESCOE, RESKEWE, RESKOE, RESCUE, RESCOWE, etc. Tradition in the Ruscoe family of Norwalk, Connecticut has persistently claimed a Huguenot origin from the family.

William Ruscoe was evidently an adherent of Rev. Thomas Hooker, as he first settled with the latter at Newtowne (now Cambridge), Massachusetts, and then in 1636 followed him to Hartford, Connecticut, where in February 1639/40 he appears as a grantor to Richard Seemer, and on 14 December 1650 as a grantee from Richard Semer. (Hartford Land Records, Volume 1, Pages 167-77). In February 1649/50, he was appointed to keep the prison at Hartford. Before 27 August 1857, he had followed his son, John, to Norwalk, Connecticut, as he appears in a list of inhabitants there at that date. He continues to appear in Norwalk records until as late as 15 July 1665, when he "William Rescoe of Norwalk" he sold his homestead there to Joseph Fenn for 60, his son "John Ruskoe" being one of the witnesses to this deed. He then removed across the Sound to Jamaica, Long Island, where he died in 1682. -------------------- William and his wife Rebecca immigrated to American on the ship "Increase" in 1635. She died soon after. William and his children lived in CT before settling on Long Island (Jamaica). He is listed on the Founders Monument in Hartford CT. -------------------- From http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~roscoe/William3.htm:

William I Rusco emigrated to New England in 1635 on the ship Increase. He settled first at Newtown (Cambridge), Massachusetts. William and his sons, Nathaniel and John, are the original Founders of Hartford, Connecticut in 1640, having moved to the area about 1639. They moved to Norwalk, Connecticut in 1655 and William later moved to Jamaica, Long Island, New York with his son Samuel.

Taken from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 71, Pages 112-115, Printed 1917:

William Ruscoe or Rescoe, born about 1593, came to New England in the spring of 1635 in the ship Increase, the passenger list stating that Wm. RUSCO, husbandman, ages 41, his wife, Rebecca, aged 40, and his four children, Sara, aged 9, Marie, aged 7, Samuel, aged 5, and Wm. aged 1, embarked at London 13 April 1635, the father having a certificate from the minister in Billericay, Co. Essex, that he was not a subsidy man. (Drake's Founders of New England, page 22.) Evidences in New England show that, in addition to the four children above named, WILLIAM RUSCOE had also two onder sons, named NATHANIEL and JOHN, the ommission of whose names from the shipping list seems strange. This WILLIAM RUSCOE was doubtless a near relative of ROGER RUSCOE of Sawbridgeworth, probably a younger brother. The name is variously spelled RUSCOE, RESCOE, RESKEWE, RESKOE, RESCUE, RESCOWE, etc. Tradition inthe Ruscoe family of Norwalk, Connecticut has persistently claimed a Huguenot origin from the family.

William Ruscoe was evidently an adherent of Rev. Thomas Hooker, as he first settled with the latter at Newtowne (now Cambridge), Massachusetts, and then in 1636 followed him to Hartford, Connecticut, where in February 1639/40 he appears as a grantor to Richard Seemer, and on 14 December 1650 as a grantee from Richard Semer. (Hartford Land Records, Volume 1, Pages 167-77). In February 1649/50, he was appointed to keep the prison at Hartford. Before 27 August 1857, he had followed his son, John, to Norwalk, Connecticut, as he appears in a list of inhabitants there at that date. He continues to appear in Norwalk records until as late as 15 July 1665, when he "William Rescoe of Norwalk" he sold his homestead there to Joseph Fenn for 60, his son "John Ruskoe" being one of the witnesses to this deed. He then removed across the Sound to Jamaica, Long Island, where he died in 1682.

The Will of William Ruscoe of Jamaica, Long Island, 5 August 1680. To son John, now living in Norwalk in New England, 5s. To the children of my daughter Sarah 20 among them, when of age. To Alice, daughter of my son Samuel, pewter utensils. To son Samuel all lands, houses, etc. Wife [unnamed] to be executrix. Witnesses: Peter Smyth, William Creed, Thomas Williams. Proved 13 December 1682. (Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York, volume 1, page 121, published in Collections of the New York Historical Society.)

He married first, in England, about 1620, Rebecca _________, born about 1594, who came with him to New England in the spring of 1635, but died soon thereafter; and secondly, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in February or March 1645/6, Hester Musse, a widow. On 24 March 1635/6 "I, William Ruskew now husband of the lat widdow Hester Must haue by her Consent sold unto John Bemiamin on accar of grouwnd," etc. (Proprietor's Records of Cambridge, page 36.)

-------------------- Notes for William "Ruscoe"(as it is written for the first time): On 13 April 1635 William and wife and their four youngest children embarked on the ship "The Increase" [or "Encrease"] at the Port of London, bound for New England. Robert Lea was the master of the ship. There were 106 people aboard of all ages. William was certified to be from Billerica in Essex, from the minister of parish, and that he was no "Subsidy Man", which meant that William was paid up his Forced Loan and the Ship Money taxes and was now allowed to leave the country legally (Embarkation details from the State Paper Dept. of Her Majesty's Public Record Office, London. -- as printed by John Hotten in his "Original Lists of Persons of Quality".

About 8 weeks later, in June of 1635, the Increase landed at Boston, in the Massachusetts Colony. Rebecca had died on the voyage. William had come here to join Thomas Hooker at Neweton, and apparently he lost no Time in crossing the river, moving in on the only widow listed in Newton at the time, and marrying her, thereby acquiring a mother for his children and a roof over their heads. This was the Widow Hester Muzzey [Mussey]. There was one child from this marriage. Source: NEGR V71, p.113, Will p.114, Family p. 114-5.

"The under-written named to be imbarqued in ye Increase, Robert Lea, Master, bound for the New England p'r Cert: from Billerecay in Essex from the minister of ye p'ish that he is no Subsidy Man. Wm Rusco, husbandman, 41 et uxor, Rebecca, 40 Sara Rusco 9, Maria Rusco 7, Samuel Rusco 5, Wm Rusco 1."

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William Rusco's Timeline

1579
1579
Billerica, County, Essex
1593
1593
Billericay, Essex, UK
1620
1620
Age 27
Billericay, Essex, United Kingdom
1622
1622
Age 29
Billerica, Essex, England
1623
1623
Age 30
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1626
1626
Age 33
Of, Billericay, Essex, England
1627
1627
Age 34
Of, Billevica, Essex, England
1629
1629
Age 36
UK
1634
1634
Age 41
New Amsterdam, Mddlsx, N-Yr
1636
March 2, 1636
Age 43
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts