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Ralph Partridge (1579 - abt. 1658)

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Rev Ralph Partridge
Born in Sutton, Kent, Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] in Englandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died about in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
5 November 2015
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Ralph Partridge was born on April 12, 1579, at Sutton, Kent, England,[citation needed] and he married on January 14, 1608, in Kent, England.[citation needed]

Ralph had been a clergyman of the Church of England and had arrived at Boston on November 17, 1636. He moved to Duxbury in 1637. There was a George Partridge in Duxbury at the same time that Ralph Partridge lived there, but there is probably no relationship between the two.[1] Rev. Partridge was the first minister of the church at Duxbury, Massachusetts in 1637. [2] He served there until he died there about April 1658 (between 25 Mar 1658 and 4 May 4 1658).[3] The commonly cited alternate death date of September 29, 1655, has probably been calculated based on the date of his will.[4], with 9 days added to correct for old-style dating. Rev. Partridge was so well-respected that the noted Cotton Mather wrote about him in "Magnalia".[5]

In his Will, Ralph mentioned the following relatives: his daughter Elizabeth Thacher, her eldest son Thomas Thacher, her second son Richard Thacher, her youngest son Peter Thacher, and her eldest daughter Patricia Kemp; his eldest daughter Mary, wife of John Marshall and her sons Robert and John; his deceased wife Patience; his sister Elizabeth Tidge.[6]


  1. Justin Winsor. History of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts. Crosby & Nichols, 1849. Internet Archive , p. 67, 171
  2. History of Duxbury, p. 171
  3. These dates are based on information from the History of Duxbury, p. 173: "1658. The church suffered a sad bereavement in the death of their beloved pastor, which occurred in the present year. And here it seems best to follow, the words of Secretary Morton, who, in recording his death in his Memorial, thus mentions him: 'Mr. Ralph Partridge died in a good old Age, having for the space of fourty years dispensed the Word of God with very little impediment by sickness.' " In the 1600s, the new year began on March 25th, so the earliest he could have died was March 25, the first day of 1658; the latest was the date his will was proved, May 4th, 1658.
  4. History of Duxbury, p. 177: "Mr. Partridge's will bears date Sept. 20th, 1655..."
  5. Cotton Mather. Magnalia Christi Americana: Or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England; from Its First Planting, in the Year 1620, Unto the Year of Our Lord 1698. In Seven Books. S. Andrus and son, 1855. [ ] Page 404
  6. "Abstracts of the Earliest Wills in the Probate Office, Plymouth."Justin Winsor. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. NEHGR (Oct 851)5:387. New England Historic Genealogical Society, by Samuel G. Drake, Internet Archive

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