Robert Rascoe, of Albemarle

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Robert Rascoe, of Albemarle

Also Known As: "Robert Riscoe of Roanoke", "Robert Roscough", "Roscowe"
Birthplace: Standish Parish, Lancashire, England
Death: before June 13, 1683
Albemarle County, North Carolina
Immediate Family:

Husband of Anna Lear

Occupation: Mariner
Managed by: Sherry Ann Barrett
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About Robert Rascoe, of Albemarle

Robert Roscoe (also known as Riscoe or Rascoe) was born 1630 in England, and died before June 13, 1683 in North Carolina. He married Anna Willis of Ipswich after 1666, when she is referred to as "Hannah Willix," and before 1670, when they were known to be living in North Carolina. No known children.



... "Anna [Willix] remained in the Dalton home until 1666, by which time both Dalton and his widow had died. She then went to Boston and lived for a time in the home of Hazelelponi, who had married one John Gee. Soon Anna married and went with her husband, Robert Riscoe, to the northern Carolina colony, then called Albemarle, where the couple was living by September 1670.

"Riscoe, a mariner, was master and part owner of the Good Hope , a brigantine of ten tons that traded between Albemarle and New England. He seems also to have sailed to England and Ireland on occasion. In 1673 he was sued in Rhode Island by Thomas Miller, a prominent Albemarle settler and later acting governor, who charged Riscoe with breach of covenant because Riscoe had landed him in New England after agreeing to take him to Ireland. The court ruled in Riscoe's favor, as the Good Hope had been damaged during the voyage from Albemarle and was not in condition for a crossing to Europe.

"By 13 June 1683 Riscoe had died and Anna had remarried. Her second husband was James Blount, who like Anna was recently widowed. ... "

From Mattie Erma Edwards Parker.  1979.  "Blount (Blunt), James..."  Pages 178-179 in Dictionary of North Carolina Biography.  Vol. 1. William S. Powell, ed.  University of South Carolina, Chapel Hill, SC

"Blount's first wife died between 27 Sept. 1670, when she was a witness in court, and 13 June 1683, by which time Blount's second marriage had taken place. The second wife was Anna Riscoe, widow of Robert Riscoe of Albemarle and daughter of Belshassar Willix of Exeter, N.H. She and Blount probably were married shortly before 13 June 1683, when Blount obtained administration of Riscoe's estate 'in right of his wife.' If children were born of the second marriage, they apparently died in infancy."


Robert Rascoe was probably the Robert Rascoe,that was baptized in Standish Parish, Lancashire England Feb. 27, 1630. If so, he was a son of Willielmi (William) and Margeriae (Margaret) Roscough (Roscowe).

He is likely related to James Roscow of Chorley, Lancashire England the father of William Roscow that owned Blunt Point Plantation in Warwick County Virginia.

May have lived or had a residence at one time in York County Virginia. He was referred to in records as Robert Riscoe of Roanoke. Roanoke was an old name for the area around the Albemarle Sound of North Carolina and got it name from Roanoke Island.Robert Rascoe (Riscoe) was a Captain of the merchance ship "Good Hope". Robert Rascoe married Anna or Anne Willix, daughter of Balthazar and Anna Willix of Ipswich, Essex County Massachusetts sometimes between 1656 and 1660. Balthazar, her father was a settler of Exeter in New England in 1640. He was a son of Balthazar Willick or Willech of Alford, Lincolnshire England who was Baptized there July 27, 1595. They were not English but probable Flemish.


  • 1Noyes, Sybil., Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1972.), p. 759, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 974.1 N958a.
  • 2Sanborn, Victor Channing, "The Lincolnshire Origin of Some Exeter Settlers," NEHGR 68:1 (Jan 1914) (New England Historic, Genealogical Society.), p. 80, Los Angeles Public Library.
  • 3Hackett, Frank W., "Balthazar Willix," NEHGR 50:1 (Jan 1896) (New England Historic, Genealogical Society.), p. 47, Los Angeles Public Library.
  • 4Hall, Virginia, "The Daughters of Balthazar Willix of Exeter," NEHGR 68:1 (Jan 1914) (New England Historic, Genealogical Society.), p. 81, Los Angeles Public Library.
  • 5Snow, Nora Emma, The Snow-Estes Ancestry (Hillburn, New York: N.E. Snow, 1939.), 1:82, Family History Library, 929.273 Sn61s.
  • 6Hoyt, David Webster, The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts (Somersworth, New Hampshire: New England History Press, 1981.), p. 1091, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 974.42 S18Ho 1981.
  • The Lincolnshire origin of some Exeter settlers by Sanborn, V. C. (Victor Channing), 1867-1921; Hall, Virginia S Published 1914.  Hall, Virginia, "The Daughters of Balthazar Willix of Exeter." page 18
    • 1. [S761] The New England Historical and Genealogical Register; (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001), (Orig. Pub. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 148 vols., 1847-1994) 50: 48.
    • 2. [S761] NEHGR, 68: 81.
  • A Very Mutinous People: The Struggle for North Carolina, 1660-1713By Noeleen McIlvenna page 49 "The Culpeper Rebellion"
    • "Throughout the mainland colonies, merchants and farmers allied with sailors from around the globe to find Imaginative ways to circumvent the Navigation Acts. Boston led the way, and Albemarle happily followed."
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Robert Rascoe, of Albemarle's Timeline

February 27, 1630
Lancashire, England
February 27, 1630
Lancashire, England

Robert Roscough
Gender: Male
Christening: Feb 27 1631
 Standish, Lancashire, England
Father: William Roscough
Mother: Margery
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: P00547-1
System Origin: England-ODM
GS Film number: 0844803 IT 4

June 13, 1683
Age 53
Albemarle County, North Carolina
August 30, 1996
Age 53
February 24, 1998
Age 53