Ruth Elizabeth Symonds

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Ruth Elizabeth Symonds (Fox)

Also Known As: "Ruth Foxe"
Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Walcott, Norfolk, England
Death: 1635 (34)
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Foxe and Catherine Foxe
Wife of John Symonds
Mother of John Symonds; Edmund Symonds; Mary Symonds; Catherine Towne; Ruth Swinnerton and 1 other

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About Ruth Elizabeth Symonds


  • it is not known for sure whether Ruth Fox ever came to America. She may not have. The first 3 children; John, Edmund, and Mary, apparently stayed behind in England.
  • Davis (Wildes): "That her maiden name was Fox we learn from an entry in the diary of Dr. Bentley who states that he had seen papers in an old lawsuit by the Symonds son, James giving the names of his parents and their English home, and the expectation that he had of inheriting land in Norwich." (N.E. Hist. & Gen. Reg, 96:205)
  • G.T.: He married first Ruth Fox (dau. of Daniel?).


  1. John Symonds b. c 1595, d. 1671


  1. Catharine Symonds+
  2. John Symonds b. 30 Mar 1625
  3. Edmund Symonds b. 31 Dec 1626
  4. Mary Symonds b. 18 May 1628
  5. Ruth Symonds b. 20 Feb 1631, d. b 1671
  6. James Symonds b. 1633, d. 1714


  • George Towne, Ancestry of My Parents - RF Towne & EC Towne, Harold Towne, 1974.
  • [S39] George Andrews Moriarty, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1942.
  • [S61] Walter Goodwin Davis, The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes 1759-1820 of Toppsfield, Massachusetts (Portland, Maine: The Anthoensen Press, 1959).

From The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes, Walter Goodwin Davis:

Symonds will, dated 16 August 1671, proved 19 September 1671; Essex Co., MA; Probate # 27089

To my wife Elizabeth, my house, orchard and outhousing, all my land, my bed and bedding and all such vessels and household stuff as she shall have occasion to use during her natural life, also 20 pounds to be paid her, 5 pounds a year, by my son James Symonds. To my son, James Symonds, my dwelling-house, outhousing, orchard, and all my land, at my wife's decease, and I do assign to him my servant John Pease during the term of the indenture, he paying 5 pounds per annum to my wife and 50s. per annum to my son Samuel and to my daughter Katherine for four years. To the children of my deceased daughter Ruth Swinnerton, 20 pounds to be divided equally between them. Residue to be equally divided between my son Samuel Symonds and my daughter Katherine Towne. To my son Samuel, an ox now in his hands. To John Swinnerton, one sad-colored cloth coat. Executors: my sons James and Samuel. Overseers: Major Hathren and Mr. Bartholomew, and in special I do humbly entreat them to take care of my wife who is in an ill condition. To my son James, all my working tools belonging to my trade. Witnesses: Henry Bartholomew, John Swinnerton, Samuel Inguls.

The inventory, totalling 342 pounds, of which the real property accounted for 230 pounds, listed two old Bibles, a book of Dr. Preston's works, a book of Mr. Roger's works and a psalm book, also an apprentice, seventeen years old, who has still to serve three years, nine months, and two weeks. Samuel Symonds renounced the executorship in court. 

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Ruth Elizabeth Symonds's Timeline

January 10, 1600
Walcott, Norfolk, England
March 30, 1625
Age 25
December 31, 1626
Age 26
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
May 18, 1628
Age 28
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
April 18, 1630
Age 30
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
February 20, 1631
Age 31
Age 32
Age 34
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
January 9, 1965
Age 35