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George Ruggles Sr. (abt. 1550 - bef. 1616)

George Ruggles Sr.
Born about in Sudbury, Suffolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married about 1574 in Suffolk, Englandmap
Husband of — married 20 May 1602 in Lavenham, Suffolk, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 66 in Sudbury, Suffolk, Englandmap
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George Ruggles, son of Nicholas Ruggles of Sudbury, left a will proved 16 May 1616.[1]

IMPORTANT NOTE: Ruggles (1897) states that George married 5 June 1575 to Alice Dandye.[1] He has been detached as husband of Alice Daundy as he is apparently not the George Rugle of Lavenham, Suffolk, who was married on 5 June 1575 to Alice Daundy ("Dandye"), and Boyd's Marriage Index shows that George Rugle married to Alce Dawndy in 1575 at Lavenham. Roger Ruggle married in February 1572/73 to a Margery "Dandye" is probably brother of George of Lavenham (and Roger's father is thankfully already listed as uncertain). George "Rugle", a brogging clothier at Lavenham, Suffolk, is also probably the one married to Alice Daundy:

George Ruggles Sr. of Sudbury, also a clothier (according to his 1616 will) is sometimes said to have been born about 1550 or 1558, but about 1553 is perhaps more likely. He probably married his wife Alice about 1574 (the year before son John was born), and her maiden name might have been Ayleward. She probably died about 1601 or early 1602, and a 1603 probate record shows the name Ayleward as an alias: "Ruggle als. Ayleward, Alice, Sudbury, Suff. To George R., h., 1603 , p. 159." The "h." apparently stands for husband. [2]

Only five children have had wikitree profiles created, being the ones with baptism and other records. He and Alice are sometimes said to have had three other children, but without baptism records or marriage records for them, it is hard to say if they actually existed: Margaret (b. 1587), Amos (b. 1589), and Ann (b. 1595). [3]

George was apparently on an assessment list at Sudbury in 1592.[4]

His first wife Alice probably died in 1601 or early 1602, and George was married to his second wife Susan Blower on 20 May 1602 at Lavenham, Suffolk.[5] She is probably the widow Susanna (Vincent) Blower whose husband died at Lavenham in 1597 ( She was the mother of the younger Susan Blower who would marry George's son Jeffery in 1606.

He mentions his second wife Susan in his 1616 will.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ruggles, Henry Stoddard. "Five Generations of the Ruggles Lineage" in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York, NY: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Oct 1897, Vol. 27-28, p. 214-216.
  4. Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, Genealogies of the Families of Braintree, Mass. 1640-1850. CD © Copyright 2001 New England Historic Genealogical Society.

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Kenneth, I found that a George Rugle married a Susan Blower in Lavenham in 1602 and therefore the 1616 will is probably his. Again the marriage is from Boyd's index so I can't see any additional details.
posted by Matthew Fletcher
That is very interesting, because his son Jeffrey Ruggles was married to a Susan Blower in 1606. Perhaps Jeffrey's wife Susan Blower was a niece of the Susan Blower who married George in 1602. That would explain how Jeffrey Ruggles and the younger Susan Blower met.
posted by Kenneth Kinman
Hi Matthew, This leads me back to my suggestion that the maiden name of George's first wife was perhaps Alice Ayleward since she is called Alice alias Ayleward in the 1603 probate record. Perhaps they were married around 1574 (the year before son John was born). I wonder if Boyd's Marriage Index might have such a marriage record for an Alice Ayleward to George Ruggles.
posted by Kenneth Kinman
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Volume 25 , p 164

posted by Steve Hunt
Found a source which lists another three children for George: Margaret (b. 1587), Amos (b. 1589), and Ann (b. 1595).
posted by Kenneth Kinman
His daughter Bridget Ruggles (b. ca. 1578) was supposedly married at Sudbury on 25 Jul 1597 to Martin Harris. Here's one source, but need a better source:
posted by Kenneth Kinman
His 1616 will shows that he died at Sudbury, Suffolk, and he had sons John, George, and Jeffrey, and a daughter Bridget.

Source: English Origins of New England Families, Vol. III, page 615.

posted by Kenneth Kinman

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