John Ruscoe

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John Ruskoe
Born 1623
Billericay, Essex, England [1]
Died November 20, 1702
Norwalk, Connecticut Colony
Residence Norwalk, Connecticut Colony [2]
Occupation farmer, carpenter
Spouse(s) Rebecca Beebe (m. January 2 1649 or 1650, Hartford)
Children Thomas Ruscoe (b.1651 d.1739), Mary Ruscoe (b. ca. 1656), Rebecca Ruscoe Brown (b. ca. 1656), Ruth Ruscoe Abbott (b.ca. 1658), Sarah Ruscoe (b. ca. 1660), Mehitabel Ruscoe Lees (b.ca. 1662), John Ruscoe (b. ca. 1664)

John Ruscoe (also Ruskoe) (1623 – 1702) was a founding settler of Norwalk, Connecticut.

Settler person who has migrated to an area and established permanent residence there

A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established a permanent residence there, often to colonize the area. Settlers are generally from a sedentary culture, as opposed to nomads who share and rotate their settlements with little or no concept of individual land ownership. Settlements are often built on land already claimed or owned by another group. Many times settlers are backed by governments or large countries. They also sometimes leave in search of religious freedom.

Norwalk, Connecticut City in Connecticut, United States

Norwalk is a U.S. city located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County, on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Norwalk lies within both the New York metropolitan area as well as the Bridgeport metropolitan area.

Connecticut state of the United States of America

Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the United States. As of the 2010 Census, it has the highest per-capita income, Human Development Index (0.962), and median household income in the United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. Its capital is Hartford and its most populous city is Bridgeport. It is part of New England, although portions of it are often grouped with New York and New Jersey as the Tri-state area. The state is named for the Connecticut River which approximately bisects the state. The word "Connecticut" is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for "long tidal river".

He was born in 1623, in Billericay, Essex, England, son of William Ruscoe, and Rebecca. [3] His parents and their four youngest children departed from London aboard the ship Increase in 1635, [1] but his mother Rebecca died on the voyage. [3] John and his brother Nathaniel remained in England, presumably to manage a farm there and to earn money to send to their father until he had established himself in America. [3] This was a common practice at the time. William arrived in Boston in June 1835, and upon arrival soon married the only widow in the Newton settlement, Hester Mussey. In 1836, the family joined Thomas Hooker in settling Hartford.

Billericay town in the Borough of Basildon, Essex, England

Billericay is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Basildon, Essex, England. It lies within the London Basin and constitutes a commuter town 28 miles (45 km) east of Central London. The town has three secondary schools and a variety of open spaces. It is thought to have been occupied since the Bronze Age.

Essex County of England

Essex is a county in the south-east of England, north-east of London. One of the home counties, it borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south, and London to the south-west. The county town is Chelmsford, the only city in the county. For government statistical purposes Essex is placed in the East of England region.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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Shortly after John arrived in Hartford he married Rebecca Beebe. [3] John Ruscoe was one of the fourteen original signers of the Ludlow agreement to create a settlement at Norwalk. [4] [3]

He was the owner of Half-Mile Island, the peninsula located east of Canfield Avenue on Shorehaven Road. [2]

He is listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founding settlers of Norwalk in the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery.

History of Norwalk, Connecticut

The history of Norwalk, Connecticut ranges from pre-contact cultures and Native Americans to the 21st century.

East Norwalk Historical Cemetery

Established in 1655, the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery is Norwalk's oldest cemetery, and many of the area's first settlers are buried there. The cemetery is owned and maintained by the Third Taxing District, formally known as the East Norwalk Fire District of the Town of Norwalk, and before that it was known as the Down Town School District. Triangle shaped and surrounded clockwise by Gregory Boulevard, Cemetery Street and East Avenue it is situated in the neighborhood of East Norwalk 41°6′9.22″N73°24′11.95″W.

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References

5. Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol 36, 2003, Robert W. Hull, CSG 12,200.