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Robert Royce, of New London

Also Known As: "Robert Ryece c1603"
Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Long Sutton, Somerset, England
Death: December 2, 1676 (73)
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; Sarah Calkins; Mary Staples; Nehemiah Royce and 5 others

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

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Robert Royce

  • Birth: MAR 1603 - Long Sutton, Somerset, England
  • Death: 1676 - New London, New London, Connecticut
  • Parents: uncertain; Seen as son of Robert Royce, of New London Also seen as son of Thomas Royce, of Martock.
  • Wife: Mary (Sims surname DISPROVED - see below)

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].


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.


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.


Robert came from England in the Francis; settled at Stratford, CT, in 1644/48; at New London, 1660; Member of City Council.

Robert was a freeman at Boston 1 Apr 1634, one of the disarmed 1637 as a supporter of Mrs. Hutchinson in her revelations, or of Wheelwright in his opinions, had removed before 1657 to New London, perhaps in 1650 was of Stratford, but constable in 1660 and in 1661 representative for New London where he lived in good repute.2

On 4 Jun 1634 Robert married Mary [Royce] in Martock, Somerset, Eng.30 Born ca 1609. Mary was baptized in England ca 1615. Mary died on 4 Jul 1697 in New London, CT.

Clarence Leslie Hewitt, Jr., argues in his article “Some light on the marriage of Robert and Mary Royce of Connecticut” in New Eng. Hist. Gen. Reg. 122 (1968): 274-277 that Mary, Robert’s wife was not Mary Sims, Simms, or Symmes, of Long Sutton, Somerset. There was a Robert Royce who married a Mary Sims in Long Sutton on 4 Jun 1624. Hewitt says the “1624 wedding hardly works out, credibly or chronologically, with their emigration to America or the birthday of their first born. ... It would therefore seem most unlikely that Robert and Mary would have remained continent or been barren from 1624 to 1634 or that all their children born in that decade could have perished in infancy.” It remains a possibility, though, that they could have been married in 1624 and all their children from the first ten years died. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx other sources: http://www.parkercat.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I3786&tree=maintree

Name Robert^ ROYCE [1] Christened 3 Nov 1605 Ketton Cum Tixover, Rutland, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location [1] Gender Male Immigration 1631 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location [2] Residence Bef 1657 New London, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location [2] Died Abt 1684 New London, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location Notes http://genforum.genealogy.com/royce/messages/893.html

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Robert Royce of ConnecticutPosted by: Charles Julian <http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-genforum/email.cgi?129767539> (ID *****7539)Date: February 25, 2006 at 17:45:14 Royce (Abt 1606-1676) of New London CT is probably the ancestor of most Royces in North America today, but his origins in England (specifically Martock, Somerset) have proven a headache for those attempting to take the record back further. Records of Robert Royce's birth in Somerset and of his early family there have never been found. This discrepancy has lead to a cycle of inference and speculation that has created, among other things, about 20 different birthdates for Royce in Somerset and about 20 different surnames for his wife Mary – most often "Sims", though this proposal has been disproven as noted below.

"The often claimed marriage to Mary Sims on Jun 04, 1634 cannot be substantiated. Extensive research in the Long Sutton, Martok and Lubenham, Somerset, England parish churches failed to show any marriage in 1634 between a Robert Royce by any spelling and a Mary Sims (Syms). The closest that could be found was between a Robert Rayce and a Mary Sims on Jun 04, 1624 in Long Sutton. Clarence Leslie Hewitt, Jr. in an article originally published in the NEGHS Register and later in "English Origins of New England Families", Series 2, Volume 3 pp 42-45 titled "Some Light on the Marriage of Robert and Mary Royce of Connecticut" concludes this could not be the correct date because the earliest recorded birth of a child, Sarah, was 1633-34 and they had seven children total." ( <http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/d/o/b/Michael-E-Dobson> )

This gives just some idea of the problem. In researching my own Royce history (I am not a descendant of Robert Royce) I may inadvertantly have found the answer.

On hearing vague mention of Somerset England as a possible point of origin for the Royses of Ireland (my line), I started in on the Royces of Somerset. Initially I thought that sorting out this family would take a long time since there are over 1250 entries for Royces in Somerset on the IGI alone. On closer inspection, however, I found that at least 1200 of these entries are in fact entries for Robert Royce himself and for various members of his family as contributed anonymously by over a thousand people. Of these records, not one is from a genuine parish roster.

If you rake these 1200 + records, the total number of genuine birth record entries from County Somerset parishes is: eleven. And a fairly random eleven at that. There are twenty or thirty Royce marriages on record in the county but virtually all of these appear to have been fly by night, with few Royces having had more than one child christened there.

At the time of the 1881 census, stray births aside, there is only one Royce family (arguably two) in all of Somerset.

Factor in official records from all four of the counties that surround Somerset (Devon, Dorset Wiltshire, Gloucester), and there is still nothing.

All this makes clear that there is not – and evidently there never has been – a viable Royce presence in Somerset or in any county of Southwestern England. Far from being a Royce epicentre some 1200 people strong, County Somerset and surroundings are a veritable No-Man's-Land when it comes to people with the surname Royce.

This begs the question, "Was Robert Royce really from Somerset?" Records of his birth, of his marriage, of the christenings of his known children, have never been found there, even though records from every conceivable parish at which he and his wife Mary Unknown might have been parishioners have records preserved and available for the time that he and his family are believed to have resided there. In short – and in spite of folk legend, whether primary or secondary – there is really no evidence for Robert Royce's (b. Abt 1606) family having been from Martock, or from anywhere in Somerset. And, even on the off-chance that Royce did live at Somerset for a time and his records have simply gone missing, there is still no evidence to indicate a substantial Royce presence in Somerset. Robert Royce's family, if not Royce himself, almost certainly came from somewhere else before making passage to the New World.

Anyway once the above suspicion was adopted as a hypothesis, answers came swiftly. Locations in England aside, here is what is known about Robert Royce's family, with dates postulated on the basis of death records etc as found at Connecticut.

1 Robert Royce . . . + Mary . . . . . . 2 Jonathan Royce, b. Bet. 1631-1635 England, d. JUL 1690 New London, CT. . . . . . . 2 Sarah Royce b. Bet. 1633-1634 England, d. 01 MAY 1711 New London, CT. . . . . . . 2 Nehemiah Royce b. Abt 1636 England, d. 01 NOV 1706 New Haven, CT. . . . . . . 2 Samuel Royce b. 01 NOV 1644 New London, CT, d. Bef. 24 DEC 1711 New Haven, CT. . . . . . . 2 Ruth Royce b. 07 DEC 1645 New Haven, CT, d. MAY 1695 New Haven, CT. . . . . . . 2 Nathaniel Royce b. 24 APR 1647 New Haven, CT, d. 08 FEB 1726/1727 New Haven, CT. . . . . . . 2 Isaac Royce b. Abt 1648 New Haven, CT, d. Abt 1681 New Haven, CT.

The first three children of Robert and Mary are known to have been born in England during the dates given above. "Nehemiah" is the oddest name out. A search for Nehemiah Royce b. England, any year, leads to only a single official batch record (plus about forty "extras" from Martock):

1 Robert Royce . . . + Mary . . . . . . 2 Nehemiah Royce chr. 30 MAY 1637 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln.

Only one Nehemiah Royce in all of England, coincidentally christened 1637, whose parents coincidentally are named Robert and Mary. What are the odds? Next let's check the Saint Michael, Stamford batch (1560-1949) for all occurrences of the name Royce.

1 Richard Royce . . . + Unknown . . . . . . 2 Rebeckah Royce chr. 13 JAN 1626 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln. . . . . . . 2 John Royce chr. 15 FEB 1628 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln.

1 Robert Royce . . . + Mary . . . . . . 2 John Royce chr. 21 APR 1633 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln. . . . . . . 2 Sarah Royce chr. 08 FEB 1634 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln. . . . . . . 2 Nehemiah Royce chr. 30 MAY 1637 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln.

1 John Royse . . . + Anne . . . . . . 2 Elisabeth Royse chr. 10 MAY 1638 Saint Michael, Stamford Linclon.

1 William Royce . . . + Susanna . . . . . . 2 George Royce chr. 27 APR 1772 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln. . . . . . . 2 Thomas Royce chr. 28 MAR 1774 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln.

That's strange. Not only do Nehemiah's birthdate and the names of Nehemiah's parents match Nehemiah Royce of CT exactly, he has two siblings with exactly the same names that Robert and Mary's children have, born during exactly the times that those children were born. Again, what are the odds. Did a Robert Royce ever marry a Mary in County Lincolnshire.

1 Robert Royse . . . + Mary Jugkson 08 APR 1627 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln.

One match, and coincidentally just a few years before John Royce was born. Still, six years between a marriage and the first child is something of a stretch – did a Robert and Mary Royce have any other children christened at any other Lincolnshire churches in the 1600s.

1 Robert Royce . . . + Mary . . . . . . 2 John Royce chr. 20 DEC 1627 All Saints, Stamford, Lincoln, d. 29 MAY 1628. . . . . . . 2 John Royce chr. 29 JUN 1629 All Saints, Stamford, Lincoln. . . . . . . 2 Mary Royce chr. 10 JUL 1631 All Saints, Stamford, Lincoln. . . . . . . 2 John Royce chr. 21 APR 1633 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln. . . . . . . 2 Sarah Royce chr. 08 FEB 1634 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln. . . . . . . 2 Nehemiah Royce chr. 30 MAY 1637 Saint Michael Stamford, Lincoln.

From the records it would appear so – a John Royce who died, followed by another John Royce who presumably also died before a third John Royce was born in 1633, and a daughter Mary, who – if we take this to be Robert Royce of CT and his wife Mary, and I do – it would appear also died. There are no children of a Robert and Mary Royce on record in Lincolnshire after Nehemiah Royce. Can we clear up the "John and Anne" who also christened their children at the same church in Stamford at about this time.

1 John Royce . . . + Anne Jackson 02 NOV 1636 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln. . . . . . . 2 Elizabeth Royce chr. 10 MAY 1638 Saint Michael, Stamford, Lincoln, d. 05 MAY 1638.

"Anne Jackson" – which would seem to indicate that the bizarre surname of what is probably John Royce's sister-in-law, "Jugkson", is somebody's odd rendering of the surname Jackson. Robert Royce married Mary Jackson on 08 APR 1627 in Stamford, Lincolnshire; John Royce married Anne Jackson on 02 NOV 1636 in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

An interesting development in having apparently located Robert Royce of CT in Stamford, Lincolnshire, is that this district (South Kesteven) borders on Rutland, Bedford and Leicester Counties; and in contrast to Somerset and the counties of southwestern England, Royces abound in this region. In fact, this part of England's Eastern Midlands is the only clear epicentre of Royces that I have found that predates a later arrival of Huguenot Royces (Le Roy, De Roy > Royse / Royce) in County Kent and Greater London, and the surname Royce in this part of the Midlands is as old as the hills. Are there any batch record occurrences of a Robert Royce b. late 1500s or early 1600s in this area.

1 William Royce . . . + Unknown . . . . . . 2 Robert Royce chr. 03 NOV 1605 Ketton Cum Tixover, Rutland. . . . . . . 2 George Royce chr. 18 JUN 1608 Ketton Cum Tixover, Rutland.

Only one, geographically a perfect fit. Does this Robert Royce have a brother John lying around anywhere in another parish – John Royce with a father William who was b. early 1600s.

1 William Royce . . . + Unknown . . . . . . 2 Joan Royce chr. 31 MAY 1600 Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire, d. 02 JUN 1600. . . . . . . 2 David Royce chr. 09 AUG 1601 Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire. . . . . . . 2 Matthew Royce chr. 18 SEP 1604 Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire. . . . . . . 2 Robert Royce chr. 03 NOV 1605 Ketton Cum Tixover, Rutland. . . . . . . 2 Elizabeth Royce chr. 21 JUN 1607 Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire. . . . . . . 2 George Royce chr. 18 JUN 1608 Ketton Cum Tixover, Rutland. . . . . . . 2 John Royce chr. 13 NOV 1609 Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire. . . . . . . 2 Richard Royce chr. 21 MAR 1612 Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire. . . . . . . 2 Hester Royce chr. 21 MAY 1616 Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire.

Here has been incorporated the family of the only John Royce born to a father William Royce in the 1600s. Now: Berkshire is more than a few counties removed from Rutland, but the dates of christenings at the two parishes fit well. "William Royce" is also the only Royce on record at either of these parishes. Are there any William Royce marriages dating from this period.

1 William Royce . . . + Joan Casebird 01 OCT 1598 Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire.

Bullseye. "William Royce" is far vaguer a name at this time in history than was "Robert Royce", so while I could speculate further on William Royce's parentage at this point I won't. Research would best first be carried out in order to confirm that the William Royce of Berkshire is indeed contiguous with William Royce of Ketton Cum Tixover Rutland. There's a reasonable chance he is, or that the family is at least mobile, as there are no records for a Matthew Royce, Richard Royce, George Royce, etc line in Berkshire after this point.

So now we're left the task of explaining why Robert Royce of CT is actually from Rutland-Lincolnshire rather than Somerset. For this I have no answer apart from that there are no Royces situated in Somerset and therefore, pending actual Somerset documentation, there is no real reason to believe that Robert Royce's family came from Martock. Perhaps he was "from" Somerset in the sense that this is the point from which he embarked for the New World (Somerset is located on England's southwest coast). I have not seen reference to the document that contains the original Martock mention, only references to Royce's supposed origin there being repeated again and again. Without such reference I would not have been inclined to assume that this is where Robert Royce's family came from in the first place.

In any event, the best way to confirm or refute the hypothesis that Robert Royce of Ketton Cum Tixover Rutland and Stamford Lincolnshire is Robert Royce of CT is to obtain Y-DNA from Lincolnshire Royces who descend from Robert Royce's brother John and to compare this with the Robert Royce Y-DNA profile already on file at the Edmund Rice Association ( <http://www.edmund-rice.org/> ). Of course, these things are always easier said than done. Since the Ketton Cum Tixover Royces are the earliest branch of Royces on record in Rutland and William's family may ultimately have given rise to the Rutland Royces (situated primarily in Oakham), even a comparison of Robert Royce's Y-DNA with Rutland Royce DNA in general might yield interesting results. Person ID I3786 Larrick-Chadwick Genealogy Last Modified 21 Aug 2013

Father William ROYCE, d. Yes, date unknown Mother Joan CASEBIRDE, d. Yes, date unknown Married 1 Oct 1598 Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location [3] Family ID F2815

Family Mary^ JACKSON, d. Aft 1688, New London, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location Married 8 Apr 1627 Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location [4] Saint Micheal Church Children

	1. John ROYCE,   c. 30 Dec 1627, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1628, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
	2. John ROYCE,   c. 29 Jun 1629, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1633  (Age ~ 3 years)
	3. Mary ROYCE,   c. 10 Jul 1631, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location
	4. Jonathan ROYCE,   c. 21 Apr 1633, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1690, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)

+ 5. Sarah^ ROYCE, c. 8 Feb 1633/34, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location, d. 1 May 1711, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 77 years)

	6. Nehemiah ROYCE,   c. 30 May 1637, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1706, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
	7. Ensign Samuel ROYCE,   b. 1 Nov 1644, New London, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 24 Dec 1711, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
	8. Ruth ROYCE,   b. 7 Dec 1645, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1695, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
	9. Ensign Nathaniel ROYCE,   b. 24 Apr 1647, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1726/27, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
	10. Isaac ROYCE,   b. Abt 1648, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1681, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
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Robert Royce, of New London's Timeline

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
1634
Age 30
Martock, Somerset, England
1634
Age 30
Martok, Somerset, England
1636
1636
Age 32
Long Sutton, Somerset, England
1637
March 18, 1637
Age 33
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts