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Thomas Ruck

Also Known As: "Rutke", "Rucke"
Birthplace: Malden, Essex, England
Death: December 7, 1662
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Katherine Sheaffe
Husband of Elizabeth Ruck
Father of Joane Rucke; Eliz Rucke; Joane 'Johannah' Farnham; Thomas Rucke; John Ruck and 7 others

Occupation: draper, distiller, inn-keeper
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About Thomas Ruck

Thomas Ruck

  • Gender: Male
  • Alias name: Rucker, Rutke, Rucke
  • Birth: 1589 Malden, Essex, , England
  • Marriage: Spouse: Elizabeth Ruck (born Kitchell) Oct 3 1616 London,London,England
  • Death: Dec 7 1662 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • Father: John Ruck
  • Mother: Katherine Sheaffe (born Sheafe)
  • Wife: Elizabeth Ruck (born Kitchell)


  1. Johanna Rutke (born Ruck)
  2. John Ruck
  3. James Rucke
  4. Thomas Rucke
  5. Samuel Ruck
  6. Joan Rucke
  7. Eliz Rucke
  8. Stephen Rucke



Thomas came to America with his family on the ship Castle from London about 1638. They were most likely wealthy, Thomas emigrated "in a venture" with his cousin Joseph Merriam of Concord, and they first lived in Dorcester MA. They eventually settled in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., about one mile from Dorcester.

Daughter Joanna married Henry Farnam after being widowed with a son, remarrying and divorcing about the time her daughter Elizabeth was born. Divorces were rare in Puritan New England and they disappear from records until 1665, when he and Joanna and her daughter Elizabeth are settled in Hammonassett Plantation, to become known as Killingworth. Joanna's son Thomas Swanne (1642?-1687) was about aged 7 or 8 when his father Thomas Swanne died. He was afterwards raised by Thomas and Elizabeth, his grandparents, before marrying and starting a family after 1661.


  • County of Suffolk, Mass., Abstracts of the Earliest Wills on Record...
  • Clapp, Ebenezer Jr.,History of the town of Dorcester, Massachusetts, publ. by author, Boston MA, 1859.
  • Stepanek, Antoinette Farnum, Farnham/Farnum Families in America, Vol. I, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie MD, 1993, pp. 27-58.

From "The Pioneers Of Massachusetts, A Descriptive List, Drawn From Records Of The Colonies, Towns And Churches And Other Contemporaneous Documents". 2017. Archive.Org. Accessed April 15 2017. page 393, page 394

RUCK, RUCKE, Mr. Thomas, came from Maiden, co. Essex, in April, 1638; made a list of goods brought with him, to which he deposed 19 July, 1639, ae. about 48 years. [L.] Settied at Charlestown. His wife adm. chh. with him 5 (2) 1640; frm. 13 (2) 1040. Rem. to Salem. Propr., town officer. Rem. to Boston. Was a draper, distiller, and inn-keeper.

Had a house called the Swan in 1651. Ch. Stephen bapt. at Salem. Son Thomas was lost at sea; will prob. June 26, 1653, beq. to bros. John and Samuel, of Sal., sister Joane Kalsoe, and to father Thomas.

His will dated 7 Dec. 1662, prob. 1 May, 1668, beq. to wife Elizabeth, ch. John, Samuel, Joane. wife of Henry Farnham and her son Thomas Swan. Admin, of the est. was gr. 3 (10) 1670, to the widow.

In England Marriages, 1538-1973

Elizabeth Kitchell & Thomas Rucke

  • Marriage: Oct 3 1616
  • Cranbrook, Kent, England
  • Wife: Elizabeth Kitchell
  • Husband: Thomas Rucke
  • Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M01908-4
  • System Origin: England-EASy
  • GS Film number: 1736631
  • Reference ID: DCb/BT1/69/20

From Suffolk deeds. 12 libb, Volume 2 By Suffolk Mass page 179

Know all men by theise prnts tha' I George Halsey of Boston in the County of Suffolke blackesmith In and vppon Considerafon of the some of five hundred pounds start to me the sajd George Halsey in hand pajd by Thomas Rucke of Boston aforesajd Planter before the ensealing heare of Haue bargained & sould and by theise presents doe bargaine and make sale vnto him the sajd Thomas Rucke, one dwelling howse viz all that howse in which mr John Ailett now liveth in w* the garden yard store howse & litle wharfe together wth all the tooles and Iron geire in the Shopps. and one great Anchor lying in the Highway by the well and also a certaine parcell of Iron to come from Lynn in Henry vanes boate. To Hauc and to Hould and peaceably to Enjoy all the sajd howse and garden yard storehowse and litle wharfe And also all the Coales in the sajd shopp with the rights priviledges and Appurtennces to all the aforesajd prmisses belonging or any wajes Appertayning vnto him the sajd Thomas Rucke his heires and Assignes for euer. all which bargaine and sale. I the sajd George shall and doe warrant and defend Against all men or any former titles or graunts whatsoeuer In wittnes whereof I the sajd George Halsey haue heerevnto sett my hand and scale this 28th of march 1655.

George Halsall and a (scale) Scaled and Deliuered in the prsen8 ww of vs. Jn° Spencer John Shawe.

Swornc before mo Richard Parker Comissionr that mr John Spencer sawe this Couenn' sealed & deliuered and tha' it was the Act & deede of George Halsall the 8 ^ 1655. ffor the tooles menconed in this Couenan' I doe wholly Resigne them vp vnto George Halsall as his propper goods July 7th 55. Thomas Rucke.

This deed was acknowledged by the wthin menconed George Halsall vnto the vse of mr Thomas Rucke. the 10 5 mo (55) before me Rob' Bridges entred & Recorded 27 July 1655 on mr Rucks Request & Condicon Edward Rawson Record'.

Thomas and Elizabeth were married in Cranbrook, Kent, England on October 3, 1616.

They came to America in 1638 on the ship Castle.

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Thomas Ruck's Timeline

October 25, 1590
Malden, Essex, England
October 25, 1590
October 25, 1590
October 5, 1617
Age 26
Cranbrook, Kent, England
January 6, 1618
Age 27
March 11, 1620
Age 29
Cranbrook, Kent, England
July 13, 1623
Age 32
October 23, 1625
Age 34
Cranbrook, Kent, England
September 23, 1627
Age 36