Thomas died in Sudbury, England. His will was (according to Burke) proved the 21st of June 1547.
The basis for estimating his birthdate as 1497 is unclear, and it should be regarded as a rough estimate until a source appears. Presumably, it was arrived at by subtracting 50 years from the approximate date of death.
Of the known secondary sources, Cutter (1908) seems to derive from Ruggles (1897) on the subject of the present Thomas Ruggle/s, though Cutter respells the surname from Ruggle to Ruggles. These should probably not be regarded as independent sources. Ruggles cites one lone primary source for Thomas Ruggle, a will "dated June 21, 1547" but unfortunately neglects to give any information about the location of this will. It does not appear to be in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, so the Court of the Archdeacon of Sudbury would be the next logical location, though published indexes do not seem to list it. It is unclear whether this is the date of the will itself or the probate date, which somewhat complicates searching for it.
Ruggles published another article a year later in The "Old Northwest" Genealogical Quarterly which elaborates Thomas' story and adds the title "Esquire," though no further sources are cited.
Given the sparseness of Ruggles' account of the will, it seems likely that he derived the will reference from Burke, who states that it was proved 21st June 1547. Burke seems to imply that Rogyll is the form of the name in the will.
Perhaps the earliest source in this series is a manuscript purportedly dated to 1788, "Pedigree of Thomas Ruggles of Clare in the county of Suffolk esquire 1788", which was formerly deposited with the Essex Record Office but withdrawn in 1990, though a photographic copy is available. This is probably also reflected in an Essex pedigree collected in 1838 by William Berry.
As none of the above sources even offers a speculation about Thomas's parentage, the source of the pedigree listing William Ruggles as his father is unknown and should probably be treated with some skepticism.
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