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Edward Rossiter

Also Known As: "(Roucestre)"
Birthplace: Combe St, Nicholas, Somerset, England (United Kingdom)
Death: October 23, 1630 (50-59)
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Rossiter, Gentleman and Elizabeth Blunt Rossiter
Husband of Jane Combe and Unknown or Joan Rossiter
Father of Jane Rossiter; Nicholas Rossiter; Bray Rossiter; Joanne Rossiter; Nicholas Rossiter and 4 others
Brother of Winifred Gilbert and Winifred Rossiter

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About Edward Rossiter

See which lists as PROBABLE passengers on the Mary and John (1630):

  • Edward Rossiter, age 55
  • wife of Edward Rossiter, age 53
  • Nicholas Rossiter, son of Edward, 31
  • Ann, wife of Nicholas, age 29
  • child of Nicholas and Ann, age 4
  • child of Nicholas and Ann, age 2
  • Bray, son of Edward, age 20
  • Jane, son of Edward, age 16
  • Hugh, son of Edward, age 15
  • Joan, daughter of Edward, age 14
  • four unnamed people who are either relatives of Edward or his servants

See The American Genealogy, January 1937 (available from NEGHS) "Edward Rossiter, His Family, and Notes on His English Connections" by Meredith B. Colket Jr.

Edward Rossiter children: (1) Nicholas born circa 1608 (possibly father of Edward Rossiter deacon at Taunton, Somerset in 1682. Stayed in Combe St. Nicholas; (2) Bryan (Bray) born circa 1610. Admitted freeman Dorchester 18 May 1631. Died Guilford, CT 30 Sept 1672. Married Elizabeth Alsop, daughter of Rev. John Alsop of Crewkerne, Serset. She died Guilford, 29 Aug 1669; (3) Hugh, born before 1619. Obtained land at Dorchester in 1635 and became an original purchaser of Taunton shortly thereafter. Nothing else certain about him, e.g., wife or offspring; (4) Joane, youngest surviving child of Mr. Edward Rossiter, born circa 1616. Married Nicholas Hart, early of Taunton, removed to Warwick, R.I. Joane died a Plymouth 9 June 1691 being 75 years of age.

No reason to believe that Joan / Jane who was born circa 1614 and died 1 June 1691 at Taunton, age 77 and married Thomas Gilbert of Taunton 23 March 1639/40 was a daughter of Edward Rossiter or the same as above Joane.

Combe St. Nicholas, a parish in the eastern division of the hundred of Kingsbury, county of Somerset, 2? miles NW of Chard in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of Wells (Lewis, 1831...) is 4 miles northeast of Ashill

13 Jan 1618/9 - 31 Dec 1620 (SOAME, FOL. 111; 1280; pg 429-430) In his will dated 13 Jan 1618/9 and proved 31 Dec 1620, "John FRYE the eld., of Combe St. Nicholas, peculiar of Bath and Wells" [County Somerset] declared he wished to be buried in the church or churchyard of said parish; named his sister Maute MEERES, her daughters, Margt. and Agnes MERES (both under 21); Hughe, son of Edw. ROSCITER (relationship not stated); and his "cos." Eliz. BOURMAN. Executors named were his brother, John FRYE [sic] and his "Cos. Joseph COMBE." s/John FRYE. Witnessed by Joseph GREENFEILD, vicar of Combe and William LEA of Whittstaunton. The will was proved 31 Dec 1620, by John FRYE, bro. of decd. [sic], "JOSEPH COMBE being dead.") (Co Somerset Pro. Act. Book) (Abstracts of Wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury at Somerset House, London, England; Register SOAME 1620 by J. Henry Lea, 1904)

Notes: It is not yet known how Joseph COMBE, deceased, was kin to the FRYES, but he is apparently the same who follows, also having died testate in 1620:

21 Mar 1619/20 - 28 Apr 1620 (SOAME, FOL. 31; 335; pg 115) Joseph COMBE of Combe St. Nicholas, a peculiar ddoc. Of Bath and Wells. (Dat. 21 Mar. 1619-20.) Bur. in Ch. of Combe; dau. Agnis (und. 21); dau. Joan (und. 21); my child unborn; Extx: wife Winefred; John BOWDAGE of Totworthe in psh. of Chard; George FRYE of Combe; bro. Wm. COMBE of Combe; Edm. MEADE, of Crockstreete, hatter; John NOTHAN of Yarcombe [Devonshire], rooper; Overs: my bro. Edw. ROSSITER and my brother Edm. COMBE. [mark] Wits: Joseph GREENEFIELD, clk., John FRYE, Edwarde ROSSITER, Edmunde COMBE (mark). (Pr. 28 Apr. 1620.) (Abstracts of Wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury at Somerset House, London, England; Register SOAME 1620 by J. Henry Lea, 1904)

According to ROSSITER Researcher Stephen M. Lawson, Hugh ROSSITER (1615-1680), named s/o Edward, was the son of an unnamed Combs who was the sister of a Joseph Combs, who would appear to be the same as above. The ROSSITER genealogy also shows that Hugh ROSSITER had married, by 1641, a Dorothy Combs, said to have been the daughter of one Joseph & Winnifred (-----) Combs who would also appear to be the same as above (a first cousin marriage then?). Edward ROSSITER & his Combs wife left Combe St. Nicholas, Co Somerset, EN for the MA Colony, voyaging on the Mary & John, which departed from Plymouth 20 Mar 1630, with Edward ROSSITER listed as a settler and stockholder in Massachusetts Bay Colony, where he died the same year. Dorothy Combs is said to have been the widow of one William NORRIS who died in Salem [Essex Co] MA (See Rossiter-Alsop) She is not named in the above will; however, mention is made of a "child unborn," possibly Dorothy, who is shown by ROSSITER as having been b in 1620?

Some ROSSITER researchers aver that Edward's wife's given name was Elizabeth, and that she was the daughter of a John Combs, but their sources are unknown (perhaps the reference is to the above John & Mary Combs of Taunton, Co Somerset above who had a daughter, Elizabeth?).

According to Rossiter researcher Paul McBride, Mrs. Combs Rossiter was the daughter of a John COMBE who d aft 1592, and who was the son of Thomas COMBE, d 1559, who had resided at Combe St. Nicholas, and at Otterford, Co Somerset England. The McBride records show that John COMBE'S daughter, given name unknown, married Edward ROSSITER (b1575, Combe St. Nicholas, Co Somerset, EN; d 23 Oct 1630, Dorchester, MA), and had a brother named Joseph COMBE (Ref: "The New England Historical and Genealogical Register", The New England Historic Genealogical Society) Note: This source has not yet been pulled.

Also note that according to an IGI entry, one Thomas COMBE was of both Combe St. Nicholas and Otterford, Somerset; and one Margery COMBE of Otterford Parish, Somerset, m Simon VINCENT of Yarcombe, Devonshire (See also above ref. to Yarcombe). VINCENT'S will was witnessed by Edmond and Matthew COMBE. Yarcombe and Otterford, although in different counties, are only a few miles apart

BIOGRAPHY: The Rossiter Family in England

See the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 138 (1984), pages 4-16, and Search For The Passengers of the Mary & John 1630, Vol. 17 (1992), pages 133-135 for details of English ancestry.

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BIOGRAPHY: William? ROSSITER married by 1462 Joan (d. May 2, 1513). Son: Richard.

BIOGRAPHY: Richard ROSSITER (b. about 1463; d. Sep. 3, 1529) married about 1490 Elizabeth (d. by 1558). Resided at Combe St. Nicholas, Somersetshire, holding 543 acres of land in 1524. Children: Joan married William HARTGILL; Philip; and George married Ann WILLIAMS.

BIOGRAPHY: Philip ROSSITER (b. about 1499 or before; d. about 1583) married first about 1538, and second at North Curry, Somersetshire, Apr. 30, 1554 Katherine LYTE, daughter of William and Dorothea. Children of first marriage: Nicholas; William married; and Richard. Children of Philip and Katherine: Philip, musician to King James I, married Elizabeth; John married; Elizabeth; and Hugh.

BIOGRAPHY: Nicholas ROSSITER (b. about 1539; bur. Apr. 1, 1608, Comb St. Nicholas, Somerset) married about 1570 at Comb St. Nicholas, Somerset, Elizabeth (bur. Apr. 26, 1608). Only known child: Edward ROSSITER.


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:1575 Birth of Edward Rossiter, son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (____) Rossiter in Combe St Nicolas, Somerset, England <ref>The History of New England From 1630 to 1649, Vol. 2, 1826. John Winthrop, Harvard University Press....served in Massachusettt, hot was a mfing elder at Salem, died 1658. * 20 Oct 1629 Edward Rossiter, died at Dorchester 23 Oct. 1630. - 20 Oct. 1629 John ReveJl, returned home in 1630. -- 10 Feby 1630 Roger Ludlow...</ref><ref name=GMB>The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). </ref>:1599 by about 1599 he married ______ Combe. She may have been the daughter of John Combe of Combe St. Nicholas, since Edward is referred to as "my brother: by Joseph Combe. Unknown and Edward were married about 1599.<ref name=GMB /> :1630 Oct 23 Death of Edward Rossiter inDorchester, Suffolk, MA<ref name=GMB />FLHG_SuppTorreysNewEngMarr2-0242 Third Torrey Supplement,page 224 Marriage source 1599, Combe St Nicholas, Sumersetshire/Dorchester Edward was one of the leaders of the migration to Dorchester, in New England. He was an assistant 20 Oct 1629 and was fined for absense fromcourt 7 Sep 1630. He owed money to Reverend John White of Dorsetshire, some of which had been repaid by 1631. It was mostly for the passageof 13 persons to New England.<ref name=GMB />

Children born in England.<ref name=GMB />*Nicholas Rossiter b. say 1599, in England m. Anne ____

  • Dorothy b. say 1608 m. Martin Grout in England
  • Bryan Rossiter b. say 1610 m. Elizabeth Alsop*Jane Rossiter b. say 1614 m. in Massachusetts Thomas Gilbert
  • Hugh b. say 1615 m. Dorothy (Combe) Norris
  • Joanne Rossiter b. about 1616; m. Nicholas Hart.


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