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Ruth Hill (Brewster)

Also Known As: "Pickett"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Jones River, Plymouth Colony
Death: May 1, 1677 (45)
New London, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jonathan Brewster; Lucretia Brewster and Lucretia Brewster
Wife of John Pickett; Charles Hill; John Pickett and Charles Hill
Mother of Mercy Fosdick; Mary Shapleigh; Ruth Noyes; John Pickett; Adam Pickett and 7 others
Sister of Mary Turner; William Brewster; Capt. Benjamin Brewster; Elizabeth Christophers; Grace Wetherell and 7 others

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About Ruth Hill

  • Ruth Brewster Pickett Hill
  • Birth: Oct. 3, 1631 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death: Apr. 30, 1677 New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA
  • Ruth Brewster was born at the Jones River, Duxbury, Massachusetts, a short time after her mother and father moved from Plymouth, Massachusetts to Duxbury, incorporated in 1637. "A woman or great worth, died comfortably and Christianly". Following the death of John Pickett in 1667, she married Charles Hill, a native of Barley, in Derbyshire, England. A wealthy merchant and early settler of New London, Connecticut.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Jonathan Brewster (1593 - 1661)
  • Lucretia Oldham Brewster (1600 - 1678)
  • Spouse:
  • John Pickett (1629 - 1667)
  • Children:
    • Ruth Pickett Noyes (1654 - 1690)*
    • Adam Pickett (1658 - 1691)*
    • Mary Pickett Shapley (1660 - 1734)*
    • Mercy Pickett Arnold (1660 - 1725)*
  • Siblings:
  • Mary Brewster Turner (1627 - 1698)*
  • Ruth Brewster Pickett Hill (1631 - 1677)
  • Benjamin Brewster (1633 - 1710)*
  • Elizabeth Brewster Christophers (1637 - 1708)*
  • Grace Brewster Wetherell (1639 - 1684)*
  • Hannah Brewster Morgan (1641 - 1711)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 139733861
  • From:


  • BREWSTER, Ruth
  • b. 3 OCT 1631 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
  • d. 1 MAY 1677 New London, New London, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: BREWSTER, Jonathan
  • Mother: OLDHAM, Lucretia
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 14 MAR 1650/1
  • Spouse: PICKETT, John
  • b. 1629
  • d. 16 AUG 1667 At sea
  • Family:
  • Marriage: JUL 1668 New London, New London, CT.
  • Spouse: HILL, Charles
  • b. ABT 1625 England
  • d. OCT 1684 New London, New London, CT.
  • Children:
    • HILL, Jane b. 9 DEC 1669 New London, New London, CT.
    • HILL, Charles
    • HILL, Ruth b. ABT 1672 New London, New London, CT.
    • HILL, Jonathan
  • From:


  • The Brewster genealogy, 1566-1907; a record of the descendants of William Brewster of the "Mayflower." ruling elder of the Pilgrim church which founded Plymouth colony in 1620;"
  • .... etc.
  • 2 JONATHAN2 BREWSTER (William1), came in the ship Fortune in November, 1621. He "marryed Lucretia Oldham, of Darby, the 10th Aprill. 1624." (See illustration of facsimile of pages in the Brewster Book.) "She was probably a sister of John Oldham, who came to Plymouth on his 'perticular,' about 1623, and who was called 'brother' by Jonathan."* Jonathan Brewster died in Connecticut, August 7, 1659, and was buried in the Brewster Cemetery at Brewster's Neck, Preston. His wife, Lucretia, died March 4, 1678-9.
  • .... etc.
  • .... etc.
  • Children, i-iii born at Plymouth, iv Jones River, v-viii Dusxbury:*
    • i WILLIAM3, b. March 9, 1625; m. Oct. 15, 1651, Mary Peame or Peime of London. (Brewster Book). .... etc.
    • ii MARY, b. Apr. 16, 1627; m. Nov. 10, 1645 (Nov. 12, Plym. Col. Rec), "John Turner of Situate the Elder," son of Humphrey and Lydia (Gamer) Turner of Scituate, Mass., and formerly of Essex, Eng. His will was dated 4 March, 1695, proved 28 June, 1697. Res. Scituate, Mass., .... etc.
    • iii JONATHAN, b. July 17, 1629. His name is in the list of those able to bear arms in Duxbury, in 1643, being called "Yong Jo : Brewster." .... etc.
    • iv. RUTH, b. Oct. 3, 1631; d. at New London, Conn., May 1 1677 (Apr. 30, N. L. Town Rec.); m. 1st, March 14, 1651, John Pickett,* of New London, who "dyed at Sea returning from Barbadoes," Aug. 16, 1667 (N. L. T. Rec.); m. 2d, July 2, 1668 (July 16, N. L. T. Rec.), Charles Hill, formerly of London, son of George Hill, of Barley in Derbyshire. He d. Oct., 1684. Res. New London. . . . .
      • 1 Mary Pickett, d. Jan. 15, 1734-5; m. at New London, Apr. 10, 1672 Capt. Benjamin Shapley, son of Nicholas Shapley, of Charlestown, Mass. He d. Aug. 3, 1706. Res. New London, A mariner. 8 chn.
      • 2 Ruth Pickett, d. Sept. 14, 1690, aged 36 (g. s. at Old Lyme); m. Rev. Moses Noyes, the first minister of Lyme, Conn., son of Rev. James and Sarah (Brown) Noyes, of Newbury, Mass., b. at N. Dec. 6, 1643; d. at L. Nov. 10, 1729. Res. Lyme. He was grad. from Harvard Coll. 4 or more chn.
      • 3 John Pickett, b July 25, 1656; d. at sea; unm.
      • 4 Adam Pickett, b. Nov. 15, 1658; d. at sea, 1691; m. May 16, 1680, Hannah, dau. of Daniel and Grace (Brewster) Wetherell, of New London; b. March 21, 1659-60. (Grace3 Brewster, Jonathan2, Wm.1). See her rec. 2 chn.
      • 5. Mercy Pickett, b. Jan. 16, 1660-1; d. at New London, Nov. 28, 1725; m. 1st at N. L. Nov. 1, 1682, Capt. Samuel Fosdick, son of Serg. John and Anna (Shapley) Fosdick, of Charlestown, Mass.; b. there Dec. 15, 1655; d. at N. L. Aug. 27. 1702; m. 2d, Dec 6, 1703, John Arnold, who d. at N. L. Aug., 1725, aged 73. Samuel Fosdick served in the Narragansett War; was lieut. of Foot Co. at New London, 1690, and capt. 1697; was deputy from New London to the General Court of Conn., 1694-8 and 1700. "He was one of the owners of Plum
      • Island and had thereon a farm under cultivation, well stocked and productive. His residence in town (New London) was on what was then called Fosdick's Neck." 8 Fosdick and 2 Arnold chn.
      • 6 William Pickett, d at sea abt. 1690; unm.
      • 7 Jane Hill, b. Dec. 9, 1669.
      • 8 Charles Hill, b. Oct. 16, 1671; m. Aug. 28, 1701, Abigail, dau. of Samuel and mary (Lester) Fox, of N. L. Res. New London, 3 chn.
      • 9 Ruth Hill, bapt. Oct., 1673; prob. d. inf.
      • 10 Jonathan Hill, b. Dec., 1674; m. Mary, dau. of George and May Sharswood, of N. L., bapt. there 1672. 3 chn.
    • 6 v BENJAMIN, b. Nov. 17, 1633.
    • vi ELIZABETH, b. May 1, 1637; d. 1708; m. 1st, Sept. 7, 1653, Peter Bradley, of New London, who d. Apr. 3, 1662; m. 2d, as his second w., Christopher Christophers, who d. July 23, 1687, aged 56. Res. New London .... etc.
    • vii GRACE, b. Nov. 1, 1639; d. at New London Apr. 22, 1684; m. Aug. 4, 1659, Capt. Daniel Wetherell, son of Rev. William and Mary (Fisher) Wetherell, of Scituate, Mass., b. at Maidstone, Co. Kent, Eng., Nov. 29, 1630; d. at N. L. April ye 14th, 1719 (g. s.). Res. New London. .... etc.
    • viii HANNAH, b. Nov. 3, 1641 ; m. Dec. 23, 1664, Samuel Starr,
  • .... etc.
    • of New London (N. L. Town Rec), son of Dr. Thomas and Rachel Starr, b. probably in Mass., about 1640. "No will, inventory or record of the settlement of his estate has been found, but a deed was executed Feb. 2d, 1687-8, by Hannah, widow of Samuel Starr, and it is probable that her husband had then recently deceased." .... etc.


  • Genealogical guide to the early settlers of America: with a brief history of ... By Henry Whittemore
  • Pg. 254-256
  • CHARLES HILL, New London, came from Maryland, 1665, but was born in Barlow, near Chesterfield, in Derbysh.; son of George; was a merchant of distinction, partner with the Christophers, going to and from Barbadoes. From that island he brought the first news of the great fire in London, 1666, as set forth in his letter to Gov. Winthrop. (See 3 Mass. Hist. Coll., X, 66.) He married 1668, Ruth, widow of John Picket; had Jane, born 1669; Charles, 1671; Ruth, bapt. 1673, and Jonathan, 1674; his wife, daughter of Jonathan Brewster, died 1677, and he married 1678 Rachel, daughter of Deputy Gov. John Mason, who with infant child died next year. He was a useful man, clerk of Co. Court, and recorder of the town; died 1684.
  • Pg. 421
  • PICKET, JOHN, New London; married Ruth, daughter of Jonathan Brewster; had Mary, Ruth, William; John, born 1656; Adam, 1658; and Mercy, 1661. He was an active merchant, had good estate, and died 1667. His widow married Charles Hill, who, in 1670, obtained from the Col. comfirmat. of a grant of 600 acres, made by Uncas to P.; Mary married, 1672, Benjamin Shapley; Ruth married Rev. Moses Noyes, of Lyme; and Mercy married, 1682 Samuel Fosdick, and next, John Arnold. Boyd's Conesus, N. Y., 168; Orcutt's Hist. New Milford, Ct., 751; Orcutt's Hist. Stratford, Ct., 1268; Savage's Gen. Dict., III, 423; Stiles' Hist. Windsor, Ct., II, 607.


  • History of Montville, Connecticut: Formerly the North Parish of New London ...
  • Pg.422
  • The earliest account we have of the ancestor of the Hills, who first settled at New London, and afterwards at Montville, is of date June 26, 1665, when Charles Hill and Christopher Christophus formed a copartnership in trading, it being the first of which any record is found in New London. .... etc.
  • Charles Hill was a son of George Hill of Barley, Derby-
  • Pg.423
  • shire, England, This George Hill was probably the one who "came from England to Virginia, 20 June, 1635," the record says "from the town of Gravesend." He probably settled in Virginia or Maryland, and his son Charles coming from the South, as the record shows that he formerly resided on a plantation in Maryland, and indicates that the connection between these person was that of father and son.
  • Charles Hill married first, Ruth (Brewster) Picket, 16 July, 1668, widow of John Picket of New London, and daughter of Jonathan Brewster, whose father, William Brewster, was one of the band of Pilgrims that arrived at Plymouth in the Mayflower, December, 1620. The son came over in the Fortune, which arrived 10 Nov., 1621. Mrs. Hill died with her infant child, 30 April, 1677. He afterwards married Rachel Mason, 12 June, 1678, daughter of Major John Mason, deputy governor of the colony.
  • She and her infant child died in 1679. He died in Oct., 1684.
  • Children.
    • 2. Jane, b. 9 Dec., 1669.
    • 3. Charles, b. 16 Oct., 1671; m. Abigail Fox.
    • 4. Ruth, b. Oct., 1673; died young.
    • 5. Jonathan, b. Dec., 1674; m. Mary Sherwood.
  • II. CHARLES (3), b. 16 Oct., 1671, son of Charles Hill and Ruth (Brewster) Picket; married Abigail Fox, daughter of Samuel Fox and Mary Lester.
  • .... etc.




  • Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania By John W. Jordan
  • Pg. 1052
  • ley, and daughter of Jonathan Brewster, of whom a more particular account is given below. She died in 1708, aged about seventy years.
  • Christopher Christophers was a trader and importer, in partnership with Charles Hill, under the firm name of Hill & Chtisophers. He is mentioned in the earlier records as a "Mariner", and the firm of Hill & Christophers, had a ship of Seventy tons burden, built for them, called the "New London", delivered to them June 25, 1666. They subsequently had a number of other vessels built and were the principal traders of that part of the New England coast, carrying on a large trade with Barbadoes and the West Indies. . . . . Here he died July 23, 1687, aged fifty-six years.
  • Richard Christophers, son of Christopher and Mary Christophers, according to an ancient record in the family, was born July 13, 1662, at Cherston Ferrers, .... He married (first) January 26, 1681, Lucretia Bradley, born 1660, died 1691, daughter of Peter Bradley, of new London, Connecticut, by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Jonathan Brewster, who after his death married Christopher Christophers, father of Richard. Peter and Elizabeth (Brewster) Bradley had three children, Elizabeth, married Thomas Dymond; Peter, Jr., married May 9, 1678, Mary Christophers, the sister of Richard; and Lucretia, above mentioned, who married Richard Christophers. He married (second) Grace Turner, daughter of John and Mary (Brewster) Turner, of Scituate, Massachusets.
  • Jonathan Brewster, father of Elizabeth (Brewster) Bradley-Christophers, was born at Scrooby, England, in 1593, and was a son of Elder William Brewster, born about 1560, the ruling elder and spiritual guide of the Pilgrim Fathers, whom he accompanied to New England in the "Mayflower", which landed it living freight of intrepid pioneers at Plymouth, December 11, 1620. Jonathan Brewster married, in England, and his wife "Mistress Lucretia Brewster", accompanied her father-in-law, Elder William Brewster, in the "Mayflower", with one child. Her husband Jonathan Brewster, followed in the ship "Fortune", which arrived November 10, 1621. "Mistress Lucretia Brewster" as she is usually denominated in the ancient records, was a woman of note and respectability among her compeers: she is often referred to in some useful capacity, an attendant upon the sick and dying, or a witness to wills, deeds and other public documents. She survived her husband.
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.1053
  • .... Of the nine children of Jonathan and Lucretia Brewster, the four eldest seem to have remained at Duxbury, Massachusetts, viz: Two sons, William and Jonathan, who are on the military roll there in 1643; and two daughters, Lucretia, and Mary, who married John Turner, of Scituate, Massachusetts, and was the mother of Grace Turner, the second wife of Richard Christophers. Those who removed with him to New London were: Benjamin, who settled at Brewster's Neck; Elizabeth, born 1638, died 1708, who married as before stated, first Peter Bradley and second Christopher Christophers; Ruth, who married John Picket; Grace, who married Daniel Wetherell; and Hannah, who married in 1664, Samuel Starr.
  • .... etc.


  • Plymouth Colony, its history & people, 1620-1691 By Eugene Aubrey Stratton
  • Pg. 250
  • BREWSTER, JONATHAN - The oldest son of Elder William and Mary Brewster, Jonathan arrived at Plymouth in 1621 on the Fortune. The Brewster Book, a part of wich contains family birth, marriage, and death records, was begun by Jonathan Brewster and continued by members of his family and it is transcribed in MD 1:1 and continuing issues. The first family enter is "Johnathan Brewster was borne at Scroby in Nottinghamshyre the 12th of August 1593 yeaes." He lived in Leiden with his parents, and considerable information on his life there can be found in Jeremy D. Bangs, "Jonathan Brewster in Leiden Documents," MQ 51:161, 52:6, 57. He was a ribbon maker and exporter in Holland, and in 1617 he formed a partnership with Thomas Brewer, who later became one of the Adventurers. In this series of articles, Dr. Bangs effectively counters the claim of the Dexters that Jonathan Brewster had a wife and child who died in Holland. In Plymouth, Jonathan engaged in various activities, acting at times as an attorney, starting a ferry sevice, and engaging in coastal shipping to Virginia. In 1635 he was in charge of a trading post in Connecticut on behalf of Plymouth Colony, later returning to Plymouth. In 1652 he started his own trading post in Connecticut, and was censured by the local government for doing it without permission, but was allowed to keep his post. He was a close friend of Connecticut Gov. John Winthrop, Jr. and a fellow experimenter and scientist with his own laboratory at his trading post (Morison, Builders, p. 283). He married Lucretia Oldham, q.v., at Plymouth 10 April 1624 and they had William, Mary, Jonathan, Ruth, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Grace, and Hannah. (see also Barbara Lambert Merrick, "Jonathan Brewster and His Family," MQ 52:72-83.)



MAYFLOWER DESCENDANT - her grandfather was Pilgrim William Brewster. -tcd


The Descendants of Elder William Brewster, Part 1, Generations 1 through 4, Barbara Lambert Merrick, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth MA, 2014, p. 125

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Ruth Hill's Timeline

October 3, 1631
Jones River, Plymouth Colony
Age 20
Pequot Plantation, Connecticut Colony
December 16, 1653
Age 22
Pequot Plantation, Connecticut Colony
July 25, 1656
Age 24
Pequot Plantation, Connecticut Colony
November 15, 1658
Age 27
New London, Connecticut Colony
January 16, 1660
Age 28
New London, Connecticut Colony
January 16, 1661
Age 29
New London, New London County, Connecticut, United States