4. William Rusco (John Rouscoue, John) was born about 1593 in Billerica, Essex County, England. He died 1682 in Jamaica, Queens, New York. He married (1) Rebecca Unknown in England. William married (2) Hester or Esther Mussey(Muzzey) before March 24, 1835.
William I Rusco emigrated to New England in 1635 on the ship Increase. He settled first at Newtown (Cambridge), Massachusetts. William and his sons, Nathaniel and John, are the original Founders of Hartford, Connecticut in 1640, having moved to the area about 1639. They moved to Norwalk, Connecticut in 1655 and William later moved to Jamaica, Long Island, New York with his son Samuel.
Taken from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 71, Pages 112-115, Printed 1917:
William Ruscoe or Rescoe, born about 1593, came to New England in the spring of 1635 in the ship Increase, the passenger list stating that Wm. RUSCO, husbandman, ages 41, his wife, Rebecca, aged 40, and his four children, Sara, aged 9, Marie, aged 7, Samuel, aged 5, and Wm. aged 1, embarked at London 13 April 1635, the father having a certificate from the minister in Billericay, Co. Essex, that he was not a subsidy man. (Drake's Founders of New England, page 22.) Evidences in New England show that, in addition to the four children above named, WILLIAM RUSCOE had also two onder sons, named NATHANIEL and JOHN, the ommission of whose names from the shipping list seems strange. This WILLIAM RUSCOE was doubtless a near relative of ROGER RUSCOE of Sawbridgeworth, probably a younger brother. The name is variously spelled RUSCOE, RESCOE, RESKEWE, RESKOE, RESCUE, RESCOWE, etc. Tradition inthe Ruscoe family of Norwalk, Connecticut has persistently claimed a Huguenot origin from the family.
William Ruscoe was evidently an adherent of Rev. Thomas Hooker, as he first settled with the latter at Newtowne (now Cambridge), Massachusetts, and then in 1636 followed him to Hartford, Connecticut, where in February 1639/40 he appears as a grantor to Richard Seemer, and on 14 December 1650 as a grantee from Richard Semer. (Hartford Land Records, Volume 1, Pages 167-77). In February 1649/50, he was appointed to keep the prison at Hartford. Before 27 August 1857, he had followed his son, John, to Norwalk, Connecticut, as he appears in a list of inhabitants there at that date. He continues to appear in Norwalk records until as late as 15 July 1665, when he "William Rescoe of Norwalk" he sold his homestead there to Joseph Fenn for 60, his son "John Ruskoe" being one of the witnesses to this deed. He then removed across the Sound to Jamaica, Long Island, where he died in 1682.
The Will of William Ruscoe of Jamaica, Long Island, 5 August 1680. To son John, now living in Norwalk in New England, 5s. To the children of my daughter Sarah 20 among them, when of age. To Alice, daughter of my son Samuel, pewter utensils. To son Samuel all lands, houses, etc. Wife [unnamed] to be executrix. Witnesses: Peter Smyth, William Creed, Thomas Williams. Proved 13 December 1682. (Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York, volume 1, page 121, published in Collections of the New York Historical Society.)
He married first, in England, about 1620, Rebecca _________, born about 1594, who came with him to New England in the spring of 1635, but died soon thereafter; and secondly, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in February or March 1645/6, Hester Musse, a widow. On 24 March 1635/6 "I, William Ruskew now husband of the lat widdow Hester Must haue by her Consent sold unto John Bemiamin on accar of grouwnd," etc. (Proprietor's Records of Cambridge, page 36.)
William Rusco and Rebecca Unknown had the following children:
+ 8. Nathaniel, born about 1620 in England.
+ 9. John, born about 1623 in England.
+ 10. Sarah, born about 1625.
+ 11. Mary, born about 1627.
12. Samuel, born about 1629, died at a young age.
13. William, born about 1633, died unmarried, before 1680
William Rusco and Hester/Esther Mussey/Muzzey had the following children:
14. Samuel, born 12 May 1647/8. He married Mercy _______. He removed with his father to Norwalk, Connecticut and later to Jamaica, Long Island, New York, where he succeeded to his father's homestead. He had issue.
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