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Mary Ring (Durrant)

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Ufford, Suffolk, , England
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Durrant and Mary Durrant
Wife of William Deane; Andrew Ring and William Ring, of Holland
Mother of Elizabeth Cooke; Susanna Clarke and Andrew Ring, of the Plymouth Colony

Occupation: The Widow Ring. Came to America w 3 children in 1629.
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About Mary Ring

Middle name has been (erroneously?) reported to be Mercy.

Mary Durrant was born before 1589 Ufford, Suffolk, England; she was christened 15 Feb 1582/3 in Great Bealings, Suffolk, England and died 15 July 1631 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts.

Parents: Thomas Durrant (1552-) and Mary Durrant (1556-).


  1. 21 May 1601 to William Ring (abt. 1577-bef. March 1629)

3 children of Mary Durant and William Ring include:

  1. Elizabeth Ring (1601 - bef 1687). She married 1st: Stephen Deane (1606-1634); 3 children. Married 2nd: Josiah Cooke (abt 1610-1673); 3 children.
  2. Susannah Ring (abt 1611 - bef 1664/5). She married Thomas Clark (1599-1696); 7 children.
  3. Andrew Ring abt (1618 - 1691). He married 1st: Deborah Hopkins (1626-ca 1674); 8 children. Married 2nd: Lettice Kempton, widow of John Morton.


  • Probably emigrated on second voyage of Mayflower 15 May 1629 as a widow with three children.
  • Undated will, proved 28 October 1633
  • Inventory of estate included: "1 Bible. 1 Dod. 1 Plea for Infants. 1 Ruin of Rome. 1 Troubles of the Church of Amsterdam. 1 Garland of Virtuous Dames. 1 psalmbook. 1 Pennery. 1 pair hinges" valued at 4s.
  • Her will was "interesting" - part of it can be read on page 143 of Leon Clark Hill's "History of the Mayflower Planters". Son Andrew's will is on pp. 143-149 of the same book.[10]
  • She left Andrew to the care of "Elder" Fuller but it seems that daughter Elizabeth mostly raised the 10 year younger Andrew. [11]


from: Mary Durrant

John Insley Coddington discussed this family at length in 1966 [TAG 42:193-205]. He found two potentially relevant entries in the Ufford, Suffolk, parish register: the marriage on 21 May 1601 of "Marie Durante of Ufford single woman" to Wylliam Ringe of Petistrey, singleman [TAG 42:193], and the baptism on 23 February 1602/3 of Elizabeth, their daughter [TAG 42:194]. Coddington stressed the unproven nature of the connection between the Ufford family and the Rings of Leiden. While the marriage date for Marie Durante and Wylliam Ringe is comfortable, daughter Elizabeth seems to have been as much as ten years older than usual at marriage and would have been nearly a decade older than her second husband. If the Ufford family is the one that came to New England, it is possible that the 1602/3 baptism is for a daughter Elizabeth who died young and the wife of Deane and Cooke is a subsequent daughter of the same name.



Mary Ring, widow, with three children - Susan, Andrew and Elizabeth - came in 1629 from England to Plymouth, Mass. She made her will there Oct. 28, 1633, and died soon after.


  • Will Published in Mayflower Desendants
  • The Widow Mary Ring of Plymouth by John Imsley Coddington


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Mary Ring's Timeline

Ufford, Suffolk, , England
February 15, 1582
Age 1
Age 28
Ufford, Suffolk, England
Age 30
Age 36
Leiden, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
May 15, 1629
Age 48
Salem, MA
May 15, 1629
Age 48
Salem, MA
Age 48
Age 48
HMS Mayflower2, Plymouth, Mass