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Dea. John Ruggles

Male 1729 - 1812  (82 years)


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  • Name John Ruggles 
    Prefix Dea. 
    Born 13 June 1729  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 22 June 1729  the Second Church of Scituate Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Will In the Name of God amen I John Ruggles of Scituate in the County of Plymouth, yeoman, being weak & infirm, being never the less, through the Goodness of God of sound & disposing Mind & Memory, after recommending my Soul to God who gave it, & my Body to decent Christian Burial, at the discretion of my Executor herein after named, do for the disposition the worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me, ordain & make this to be my last will & Testament in manner following. Viz
    Imp.: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lucy [Lusanna] Ruggles after the payment of my just debts & funeral Charges, herein after provided for the one half of my household Furniture, & the one third of all the rest of m personal Estate, except my wearing apprarel, which I herein after otherwise disposed of. Also I give her to use & Improvement of the one half of my Real Estate during her natural life
    Item: it is my will that my Son Thomas Ruggles should pay? all my just debts and funeral Charges out of my personal Estate
    Item: I give & bequeath to my beloved Son Thomas Ruggles my wearing apparel
    Item: I give & bequeath all the rest of my Estate both Real & personal wherever it may be found, after the payment of my debts & charges (reserving to my Wife the Improvement as aforesaid) to my Son Thomas Ruggles & to my beloved Daughter Hannah Young wife of Elisha Young, to be so divided between them that my Son Thomas Rugles [sic] shall have three fifth thereof and my Daughter Hannah Young shall have two fifth thereof
    Lastly I do hereby appoint my son Thomas Ruggles Executor of this my last Will & Testament In Testimony whereof I the said John Ruggles have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & Ninety four - [note: he d. in 1812]

    John Ruggles (seal)

    Signed sealed & declared by the said John Ruggles to be his last will and
    Testament in presence of us. ---
    Samual Curtis junr
    John Hatch
    Elisha Foster
    ___________________________________________________________

    To all people to whom these presents shall come Joshua Thomas Esqr Judge of
    the Probate of Wills & in the County of Plymouth within the Commonwealth of
    Massachusetts sendeth Greeting

    Know ye that on the first day of June Anno Domini 1812, Instrument hereunto
    annexed (purporting? the last will and Testament of John Ruggles late of
    Scituate in said County yeoman deceased) was presented for probate by Thomas
    Ruggles the Executor therein named then present Samuel Curtis junr, John
    Hatch, & Elisha Foster all the witnesses thereto subscribed, who made oath
    that they saw the said Testator sign, seal & heard him declare the said
    Instrument to be his last will & Testament & that they subscribed their names
    together as Witnesses to the Execution thereof in the said Testator; presence
    & that he was then (to the best of their Judgement) of sound & disposing mind
    wherefore I do prove approve & allow of the said Instrument as the Last Will
    & Testament of the before named deceased & us? commit the administration
    thereof in all Matters the same concerning, & of his Estate whereof he died
    seized & possessed in said County unto Thomas Ruggles the before named
    Executor, will & faithfully to execute the said will & to administer the
    Estate of the said deceased according thereto; who accepted of his said
    Trust? & gave bond with Sureties to return an Inventory of said deceased;
    Estate & according to the direction of the Law, & he shall under an account
    (upon oath) of his proceedings when thereunto lawfully require. In Testimony
    whereof I have here unto set my hand & seal of office the day & year above
    written -

    Joshua Thomas
    _____________________________________________________________

    (seal) Plymouth, Ss. To David Stockbridge of Hanover, Esqr., Elisha Foster,
    Gentleman & Samuel Tolman yeoman, both of Scituate & all in said County.
    Greetings.

    You are hereby appointed a Committee to appraise (on oath) all the Estate of
    John Ruggles late of said Scituate yeoman deceased & make return of your
    doings, together with this Warrant into the Registry office of the Court of
    Probate in & forwaid County, Given under my hand this first day of June A.D.
    1812 ---

    J. Thomas J[udge] Prob ---

    An inventory of the Estate Real & personal whereof John Ruggles late of
    Scituate in the County of Plymouth yeoman deceased died seized taken by us
    the Subscribers pursuant to a Warrant from the Joshua Thomas Esq. Judge of
    Probate foresaid County as follows --- viz:

    Wearing apparel
    Clock & desk
    Books
    4 Cows
    Rye Sieve
    1 Chain
    1 Spade
    one third of a Harness
    four Cider Barrels
    Sundry Articles of Household Furniture & indoor moveables
    Total: 156.77 [not pounds, not dollars. 2 diag. Lines with a line across?]

    Real Estate

    The Homestead of the deceased lying in said Scituate containing about 50?
    Acres & an half & Buildings

    Nine Acres ? pasture & Tillage Land lying in Scituate said deceased purchased
    of Charles Clapp.

    Half an acre adjoining the said nine acres & three quarters which said
    deceased purchased of Joseph Tolman.

    About 13 ½ acres of Woodland lying in said Scituate at a place called Wildcat.

    One Acre & 36 rods of Meadow Land lying in said Scituate on North River.

    About 3 ½ acres of Cedar & swamp Land

    One Pew in the Revd. Mr. Dean's meeting house
    Total: 3,214.92 [that was a lot of money at that time!]

    Scituate June 9th, 1812

    Davd. Stockbridge
    Elisha Foster
    Samuel Tolman: Appraisors


    Plymouth Ss. Sepr 7th, 1812

    Thomas Ruggles Executor of the will of John Ruggles deceased made oath that
    the foregoing Inventory contains the whole of said deceased: Estate so far
    as he now knows & when he shall know of more he will account for it --- The
    appraisors being also all under oath at the same time --- J. Thomas
    J[udge] Probate


    Scituate June ?, 1812

    Notice is hereby given that the subscriber has been duly appointed Executor
    of the last Will & Testament of John Ruggles late of Scituate in the County
    of Plymouth yeoman deceased & has taken upon him that trust by giving bond as
    the Law directs, and all persons indebted to the said Estate are called upon
    to make payment to ---

    Thomas Ruggles Executor ---


    Plymouth Ss Sept. 7th, 1812 Thomas Ruggles made oath that the foregoing is
    a true Copy of the original advertisement by him posted agreeably to the
    order of the Court of Probate before me --- J. Thomas Judge of Probate


    (seal) Commonwealth of Massachusetts Plymouth Ss ---

    By the Hon. Joshua Thomas Judge of Probate & c. ---

    To David Stockbridge of Hanover, Esq, Elisha Foster-Gentleman & Samuel
    Tolman, Yeoman both of Scituate & all in said County --- Greetings

    You are hereby directed & impowered to make a just division or partition of
    the Real Estate whereof John Ruggles late of Scituate in the County if
    Plymouth yeoman deccd died seized & possessed to & among his Children
    agreeably to the will of said deceased in three fifth parts to Thomas Ruggles
    & two fifth parts to Hannah Young wife of Elisha Young. To this trust you
    are to be sworn. You are to notify all who are interested to be present at
    said Division (if they see cause) to make return of your doings into the
    Registry of Probate for the aforesaid County - as soon as may be - Given
    under my hand & seal of office this first day of June A.D. 1812. --- J.
    Thomas J[udge] Probate

    Pursuant to a warrant to us directed by the Hon. Joshua Thomas Esqr. Judge of
    the Probate of wills &c for the County of Plymouth, we the Subscribers have
    taken a view of the deceased died seized & have made said division the [ ] of
    according to the last will & Testament of the said deceased as follows viz:

    We have set off to Thomas Ruggles Son of the said deceased the following
    described Tracts of Land part of the Estate of the said deceased viz:

    one piece of Land containing eighteen acres & an half together with all that
    part of the Buildings thereon belonging to the Estate of said deceased &
    bounded westerly by the Highway leading from Delano's to Joseph Tolman's
    northerly by the Late of William Brooks, easterly by Dwelly's Creek (so
    called) & Southerly by Land belonging to the Heirs of Eunice [Oakman] Ruggles
    deceased,

    also five acre & sixty four rods of meadow & upland lying on the easterly
    side of the aforesaid Creek & is bounded viz: beginning at the Bridge
    leading to Brooks Island so called thence running northeasterly by said Creek
    'till it comes to Nathaniel Turners meadow & Jonathan Oldham's meadow Till it
    comes to the Land of the said William Brooks, thence with his Land 'till it
    comes to Meadow belonging to Elisha Foster, thence with said Fosters meadow &
    Land of said Brooks 'till it comes to a marked sapling oak Tree standing at a
    corner of said Brooks' meadow near said Creek thence north sixty three
    degrees west eight rods & sixteen Links By the side of the upland thence by
    said upland north fifty four degrees west six rods, thence by said upland
    north forty four degrees & one quarter west eight rods & thence Links Thence
    by said upland north fifty seven degrees west six rods & eleven Links to a
    marked oak Tree thence south twenty one degrees west one rod & two Links to
    the aforesaid Creek thence up said Creek to the Bound first mentioned.

    Also eight acres & one hundred & fifty five rods of pasture Land lying on the
    westernly side of the Highway aforesaid & bounded beginning at a Corner of
    the said William Delano's Land, thence with a fence? Seventy seven degrees &
    an half west, twenty one rods & five Links, thence south sixty five degrees
    west twenty five rods & eight Links to a corner thence south three degrees
    east twenty five rods & fifteen Links, thence south eighty degrees east
    thirty six rods & twenty two Links to said Highway, thence with said Highway
    to the corner first mentioned,

    also eight acres three quarters & twelve rods of woodland lying in said
    Scituate at a place called Wildcat & is part of a Lot containing thirteen
    acres one half & twenty rods & is bounded southerly by the Land of Nathaniel
    Turner, westerly by the Land of Benjamin Delano & north easterly by a road
    leading through said Lot.

    We have also sett off to the said Thomas Ruggles three fifth parts of a Pew
    in the Revd. Mr. Dean's meeting house in said Scituate.

    Also ten acres & one quarter of Land, being the Land which said deceased
    purchased of Charles Clapp & Joseph Tolman, bounded northerly & easterly by
    the Land of the Heirs of Eunice Ruggles deceased westerly by the Land of the
    said William Delano & southerly by the Land of the said Joseph Tolman ---

    We have assigned & set off to Hannah [Ruggles] Young the wife of Elisha Young
    the residue Of the Real Estate of the said deceased consisting of the
    following described Tracts of Land all lying in the Town of Scituate
    aforesaid viz:

    sixteen acres three quarters & thirty five rods of Pasture Land bounded viz
    northerly by the eight acres & one hundred & fifty five rods of pasture Land
    above assigned to the said Thomas Ruggles easterly by the Highway aforesaid
    leading from William Delano's to Joseph Tolman's southerly by a House Lot in
    possession of Stephen Nye & Land of Matthew Tower & westerly by Land of the
    said Nathl. Turner & said Joseph Tolman.

    Also three acres & one half of Cedar swamp & swampy Land bounded northerly &
    southerly by Land of Nathaniel Brooks easterly to Benson's neck (so called) &
    westerly by the Highway or near it.

    Also four acres three quarters & eight rods of woodland lying at a place
    called Wildcat being part of Lot of Woodland containing thirteen acres one
    half & twenty rods & bounded south westerly by a road leading through said
    Lot, easterly & northernly by a road formerly laid out, but not now improved
    being a triangular piece of Land -

    also one acre & thirty six rods of Meadow adjoining North River at a place
    called the Whirlpool & is bounded northerly & easterly by North river &
    southerly & westerly by Meadow belonging to the Heirs of Abner Stetson
    deceased.

    Also one acre & give rods of Meadow adjoining Brooks Island so called & is
    bounded viz: beginning at a marked Sapling Oak Tree, being at the Corner of
    Meadow belonging to the said William Brooks near the aforesaid Creek, thence
    runs with the upland north sixty three degrees west eight rods & sixteen
    Links, thence with said upland north fifty four degrees west six rods, thence
    with said upland north forty four degrees & one quarter west eight rods &
    five Links, thence north fifty seven degrees west six rods & eleven Links to
    a marked oak Tree, thence south twenty one degrees west one rod & two Links
    to said Creek, thence down said Creek till it corner to the meadow of the
    said William Brooks, thence with his meadow 'till it comes to the marked
    Sapling Tree aforesaid.

    also two fifth parts of a Pew in the Revd. Mr. Dean's meeting house in said
    Scituate,

    we also assign to the said Hannah the privilege of passing & re-passing to &
    from the aforesaid one acre & five rods of Meadow through the Land herein
    assigned to the said Thomas Ruggles where it shall be most convenient or
    least prejudicial.

    And whereas for the accommodation of the said Thomas & the said Hannah & at
    their joint request we have set off to the said Thomas more Land than his
    share by the sum of two hundred & sixty Dollars & six Cents, we do therefore
    order & direct the said Thomas to pay to the said Hannah the said sum of two
    hundred & sixty Dollars & six Cents on demand. ---

    Given under our hand this 4th day of June A.D. 1812 ---

    Dav. Stockbridge
    Elisha Foster
    Samuel Tolman

    Plymouth Ss September 7th 1812 David Stockbridge Esqr., Elisha Foster &
    Samuel Tolman made oath that the foregoing Division of the Estate of John
    Ruggles deceased (by them made & subscribed) is to the best of their
    Judgement just & equal, which having been duly examined is hereby ratified &
    confirmed ---

    J. Thomas J[ustice] Prob --- 
    Died 6 May 1812  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried South Parish Cemetery, Norwell Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • John inherited the farm of Thomas Brooks, his maternal uncle. (Thomas Brooks left no children). He was a Deacon of the Second Church of Scituate said to be a man of remarkable purity of character.

      1790 Federal Census. Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
      Roll 4, page 315
      Family of John Ruggles
      1 male under 16
      1 male 16 and over [John, 61]
      1 female [Lusanna, 57]
      Neighbors on the census: Wm. Brooks, Wm. Brooks Jr, Mercy Brooks, [this] John Ruggles, Sevens Stutson, Abner Stutson, Michael Foord.

      1800 Federal Census. Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
      Roll 16, page 122
      Family of John Ruggles
      1 male 45 and over [John, 71]
      1 female 45 and over [Lusanna, 67]
      Neighbors on the census: Richard Taylor, Abigal Lapham, Willm. Brooks, Thomas Ruggles [John’s son], [this] John Ruggles, Abigail Wilson, Stephen Stetson, Abner Stetson [3]
    Person ID I141  Schirado
    Last Modified 5 May 2013 

    Father Dea. John Ruggles,   b. 8 March 1696/7, Roxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 December 1772, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Joanna Brooks,   b. 5 September 1695, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 March 1779, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 26 October 1720  the Second Church of Scituate Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F116  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Lusanna Barstow,   b. 9 October 1732, Hanover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 March 1809, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 11 March 1755  First Congegational Church of Hanover Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Ruggles,   b. 22 March 1757, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 September 1830, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Lusanna Ruggles,   b. 4 April 1760, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 April 1784, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
    +3. Hannah Ruggles,   b. 16 August 1762, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 January 1844, Groton, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Family ID F106  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] (NEHGS, Boston, 1909).

    2. [S2] Records of the Second Church of Scituate, now the First Unitarian Church of Norwell, Mass., George C. Turner, et al.

    3. [S6] Samuel Deane, (Loring, Boston, 1831).

    4. [S706] L. Vernon Briggs, (Boston: W. Spooner, 1895).


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