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Ruth (Brewster) Hill (1631 - 1677)

Ruth Hill formerly Brewster aka Pickett, Picket
Born in Jones River, Plymouth Colonymap
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Wife of — married 14 Mar 1651 (to 16 Aug 1667) in New London, Connecticutmap
Wife of — married Jul 1668 (to 30 Apr 1677) in New London, New London, Connecticutmap
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Died at age 45 in New London, New London, Connecticutmap
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Ruth Brewster, daughter of Jonathan Brewster and Lucretia (Oldham) Brewster, was born in Jones River, Plymouth Colony, 3 Oct 1631.[1][2] Jones River is now Duxbury, Massachusetts. She passed away in 1677.

Ruth married first John Pickett in New London, 14 Mar 1651.[1] His ancestry is unknown.[2]

John, 14 Feb 1661/2, relinquished his rights to property deeded to him by his father-in-law and provided that his "mother-in-law, Mrs. Brewster, the late wife of his father Mr. Jonathan Brewster shall have a full and competent means out of the estate during her life, from the said Benjamin Brewster at her own dispose freely and fully to command at her own pleasure."[2][3]

He died at sea, returning from Barbadoes 16 Aug 1667.[2][4] John died intestate. The inventory was appraised at £1140.[2][5] Distribution was made to the relict Mrs. Ruth Hill, John Pickett (double portion), Mary, Ruth, Adam, Mercy, William. Sons were not yet 21 and the daughters were not yet 18.[6]

Ruth (Brewster) Pickett, widow of John Pickett, married second Charles Hill of London, 2 July 1668, in New London,[7][1][4] or the 16th[8] He was the son of George Hill of Barley, Derbyshire, England. He married second Rachel Mason by whom he had a stillborn child 4 Apr 1679, and Rachel died in childbirth.[9] He died Oct 1684 in New London. Some of his estate was not distributed until 11 Jan 1709/10 and mentioned sons Charles Hill and Jonathan Hill and daughter Jane Hill.[2][10][11]

Ruth Hill, "a woman of great worth, died comfortably and christianly" in New London, Connecticut, 30 April 1677. She died of complications of childbirth a few days after the birth of her unnamed son.[8][1][2][12]

Children of Ruth and John Pickett, probably b. in New London.[2]

  1. Mary Pckett b. c. 1652, bpt 12 Feb 1670; m. Benjamin Shapley
  2. Ruth Pickett b. c. 1654; bpt 12 Feb 1670; m. Moses Noyes
  3. John Pickett b. 25 July 1655; bpt 12 Feb 1670; d. Jan 1699/1; unmarried
  4. Adam Pickett b. 15 Nov 1658; bpt 16 Apr 1671; m. 1st cousin Hannah Wetherell
  5. Mercy Pickett b. 16 Jan 1660[/1]; bpt 12 Feb 1670; m. (1) Samuel Fosdick; m. (2) John Arnold
  6. William Pickett bp 12 Feb 1670; d. at sea in 1690; unmarried.

Children of Ruth and Charles Hill born in New London.

      7. Jane Hill b. 9 Dec 1669; bpt 12 Feb. 1670; unmarried 8 Jan 1710/1 (distribution)
      8. Charles Hill b. 16 Oct 1671; bpt 5 Nov 1671; m. Abigail Fox.
      9. Ruth Hill b. Oct 1673; bpt 19 Oct 1673, likely died soon
     10. Jonathan Hill b. Dec 1674[sic]; bpt 26 Nov 1674; m. Mary Sharswood.
     11. Son Hill b. 27 Apr 1677, "lived but half an hour."


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "The Brewster Book" The Mayflower Descendant (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants) Vol. 1, (1899) Pages 7-8: to Charles on the 2nd p. 73
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Merrick, Barbara Lambert, and edited by Scott Andrew Bartley, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, The Descendants of Elder William Brewster Part 1, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA., 2014 pp 52, 125-129
  3. Caulkins, Frances Manwaring. History of New London, Connecticut, From the First Survey of the Coast in 1612, to 1852 New London: By the Author, 1852. p. 276
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Bradstreet's Journal" New England Historical and Genealogical Register 8:326 (1854) also 9:44 (1855)
  5. The inventory was mentioned in "The Brewster Genealogy p. 17 Mayflower Families states that his inventory is not in the New London probate of Connecticut Gen Ind. to Probate 1641-1948. It was not found at Ancestry.
  6. Mayflower Families cites [New London County Court records of Trials 3:67-68 at Connecticut Archives - not online]
  7. "Marriages Performed by Daniel Wetherell in New London County, Conn." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 50 (1896) p. 485
  8. 8.0 8.1 New London, Connecticut Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.) (From original typescripts, Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection, 1928.) p. 153 Link at AmericanAncestors ($);
  9. "Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939," database with images, FamilySearch (11 April 2017), > image 1 of 1; Connecticut State Library, Hartford. New London Town Records, Volume 1:13.
    "1679. Rachel ye beloved wife of Charles Hill was snatched away by death in child bearing and daughter being borne dead another child at the birth rth of Aprill"
  10. Connecticut State Library (Hartford, Connecticut); Probate Place: Hartford, Connecticut: Probate Packets, Higgins, S-Holt, 1675-1850. Charles Hill, New London, 1709 #2613, New London Probate Dist.
  11. The American Genealogist. 12:44 New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1935. Link at AmericanAncestors ($)
  12. "Bradstreet's Journal" New England Historical and Genealogical Register Vol 9. p. 48
  • Jones, Emma C. Brewster. The Brewster Genealogy, 1566-1707 Vol 1, Emma C. Brewster Jones, Grafton Press, NY,1 908, pg 1.
  • Baker, Henry A. (compiler). History of Montville, Connecticut: Formerly the North Parish of New London from 1640 to 1896 (Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1896.) p. 422-424 More on Charles Hill.
  • Sprague, Waldo Chamberlain. Genealogies of the Families Of Braintree, Norfolk, Mass., 1640-1850: Including the modern town of Randolph & Holbrook and the city of Quincy, after the separation from Braintree in 1792-3. Repository: Note: New England Historic Genealogical Society Media: Card Page: 211
  • Munsey-Hopkins Genealogy, A' Ruth, b. at Jones River, Plymouth, 3 Oct. 1631; d. at New London, CT, 30 Apr. or 1 May 1677; m. 1) at New London, 14 Mar 1651, John Pickett, d. ' at sea returning from Barbadoes,' 16 Aug. 1667; 2) at New London, 2 july 1668 (sic 16 July), Charles Hill, b. at Barlow Derbyshire, Eng; d. at New London, Oct. 1684. Charles Hill m. 2) at New London, 12 June 1678, Rachel Mason, b. prob. at Saybrook, Ct, Oct. 1648; d. at New London, 4 Apr. 1679.
  • Treman, Ebenezar M. The History of the Treman, Tremaine, Truman family in America (Ithaca, N.Y.: Press of the Ithaca Democrat, c. 1901)
  • Bartley, Scott Andrew. Marriages from the New London County Court Records, 1667–1670, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 2015) Vol. 170, WN 677, Page 23.
  • Bradstreet, Simon. Bradstreet's Journal, 1664-83, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 1855) Vol. 9, Page 44. Text: "1668, July 2. Mr Hill married Mrs. Picket the widow of Jno. Pickit of N. London, who dyed at Sea returning from Barbadoes."

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Ruth is one of my 8th great Grand Mothers, (through her daughter Mercy) but I have no sources that would supply me with any facts toward her biography, hope someone can fill in the details on this.

Strange though it seems, her sister Mary is also an 8th great Grand Mother of mine. Their common great Grand Daughter, Mercy Fosdick Walcott was my 5th great Grand Mother.

posted by Tom Bredehoft
edited by Tom Bredehoft
This profile could use a well written, inline cited biography. Would one of the PMs like to take it on?
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Ruth is now done and complete and checklist completed.
posted by Anne B
Wonderful job, thanks as always Anne!
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Thanks for catching that, Bob.
posted by Tom Bredehoft
Should current last name be changed to "Hill"?
posted by Bob Tonsmeire
Would like to add source

Title: Genealogies of the Families Of Braintree, Norfolk, Mass., 1640-1850 Author: Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, AB Publication: Including the modern town of Randolph & Holbrook and the city of Quincy, after the separation from Braintree in 1792-3. Repository: Note: New England Historic Genealogical Society Media: Card Page: 211

posted by Wayne Burnie
It appears that Ruth Brewster, who is a granddaughter, not a daughter of Jonathan Brewster married the son of Deacon Thomas Adgate.
posted by Becky (Nally) Syphers

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