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  • Name Mary DURANTE  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1589 
    Gender Female 
    Died Jul 1631  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3230  Hamilton, Crawford, Shoemaker, Kirk
    Last Modified 22 Aug 2014 

    Family William RING,   d. Between 1620 and 1629 
    Married Abt 1609 
     1. Elizabeth RING,   b. 23 Feb 1603, Ufford, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 May 1687, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Susanna RING,   b. Abt 1611
     3. Andrew RING,   b. Abt 1618
    Last Modified 22 Aug 2014 
    Family ID F1130  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jul 1631 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Biographical sketch - Mary Durante Ring - early Pilgrim settler
    Biographical sketch - Mary Durante Ring - early Pilgrim settler
    Will of Mary Durante Ring - early Pilgrim settler
    Will of Mary Durante Ring - early Pilgrim settler
    Probate inventory for Estate of Mary Durante Ring
    Probate inventory for Estate of Mary Durante Ring

  • Notes 
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      There is a possibility that it was "our" William RING, of the parish Petistree, union of Woodbridge, in the Eastern Division of the County of Suffolk, who married Mary DURRANT at Ufford, Suffolk, on 21 May 1601. Their daughter Elizabeth RING was baptised at Ufford 23 February 1602/3. Ufford, also in the union of Woodbridge, is two and a half miles northeast from the town of Woodbridge. Ufford is in the lowlands along the river Deben which was subject to periodic flooding. "Anciently", said Lewis in 1842, there was a chapel there called Sogenho, but it no longer exists. The Earls of Suffolk took their name from Ufford. Unfortunately, the dates don't work out quite right. If Mary was born ca. 1589, she wouldn't have been married until ca. 1609, and Elizabeth wouldn't be born until ca. 1610. It is possible that the Elizabeth who was baptised in Ufford may have died young, and a second daughter of the same name may have been born later.

      The Rings were among the Separatists who removed to Leiden in 1607 and thereafter. Mary Ring witnessed a betrothal in Leiden in 1614. Although there was great economic hardship for the English Separatists in Holland, at least at first, the Dutch authorities left them alone to worship as they pleased. However, the Dutch government was not so tolerant of its own separatists. Two incidents seemed like portents of unpleasantness to come. On 28 April 1619 a group of some twenty Dutch boys threw stones at 63-year old James CHILTON and his daughter. James was hit on the head and knocked to the ground. It appears that the boys were more exercised about Dutch separatists than foreign ones, but were not too particular who was the butt of their wrath. Then on 15 July 1619 the Dutch government published an edict prohibiting [Dutch] separatist religious gatherings. A final consideration, and perhaps the most persuasive, was the attraction felt by the English teens toward the less-disciplined youthful Dutch. In contrast, the English Separatists tried to maintain a strict Puritan culture for their own young people.

      Mary was literate. She could sign her name, and her estate inventory included the following books: a Bible, "Dod.", Plea for Infants, Ruine of Rome, Troubler of the Church in Amsterdam, Garland's Of Vertuous Dames, a psalm book, "Pennery", and one pair hinges, the whole lot valued at 4 shillings.

      William Ring was part of the group who decided to emigrate to the new world. He was on the leaky Speedwell when it had to turn back to England in 1620. Stratton suggests he probably returned to Leiden, where he died. Sometime around 1629 his widow Mary and their three children, Elizabeth, Susanna, and Andrew, emigrated to the Plymouth Colony.

      If the estimated arrival of Mary Ring and her children in 1629 is correct, then the many web references to Elizabeth Ring's marriage to Stephen Deane in September 1627 are incorrect. Most reputable sources seem to give 1630 as the year for the marriage of Elizabeth Ring and Stephen Deane.

      Mary died 15 or 19 July 1631 in Plymouth. Her estate inventory lists clothing and fabric in interesting colors: black, gray, red, blue, violet, white, and green (hardly the dull shades stereotypically assigned to Puritans). The inventory also showed her to be a savvy businesswoman; the Governor owed her £2, and she was due another £2 of commodities "to come out of England". She was owed 6 shillings worth of beaver from Mr. Wynslow [sic] that she explained as resulting from "timber that I lent [him] that cost me a pound of beaver, besides a piece more than they took of me", and money from Goodman Gyles. Since there were no banks, and specie was notoriously scarce, people borrowed from each other. These accounts in her estate inventory indicate that Mary was an active player in the economic and financial life of Plymouth.

      Mary died after the marriage of her two (surviving) daughters, and the birth (or expected arrival) of a grandchild. Her son Andrew Ring, however, was still a minor. As it was assumed that husbands would take care of their wives, Mary assigned most of her goods to her son, stipulating that her son-in-law Stephen Deane would play a large role in caring for the boy. She required Stephen "to help him forward in the knowledge & fear of God, not to oppress him by any burdens but to tender him as he will answer to God."As overseers she named two men, "loving friends", who had been in the Leiden congregation, Samuel FULLER and Thomas BLOSSOM.

      Mary's will is interesting because its detail of things mentioned gives us a good glimpse into the material culture of these early settlers. In 1631 Plymouth Colony had only been in existence eleven years, yet the degree of comfort was probably not too different than experienced back in England among people of a comparable economic status. Mary's undated will was signed (she was literate) when she was "sick in body". It was proved 28 October 1633. She left to her minor son Andrew "all my brass and pewter, my new bed and bolster, two white blankets, 1 red blanket with the best coverlet and the curtains, 3 pair best sheets and 2 pair best "pillow beeres", 1 diaper cloth and 1 diaper towel and a half dozen napkins, all unmade woolen cloth except one piece of red for daughter Susan as much as will make a bearing cloth and remainder to Stephen Deane's child." Also to her son Andrew, "my bolster next best, my trunk, my box, my cupboard, all my cattle [which were to be kept for him by Stephen Deane], half the corn growing in the yard where I dwell, the other half to Stephen Dean; rest of the corn in other places to son Andrew". She left to Andrew all shares of land due to her, presumably from future divisions in the town, "all my tools" which were not specified. That language often was used for a craftsman or artisan passing down the specific tools of his trade. Frustrating that they are not described. Mary specified that Andrew should have the money owed to her and the commodities coming from England except for a piece of green say [a kind of cloth] that was to go to Stephen Deane to make a coat for his daughter. Andrew was also to get a piece of new linen, all her books, 2 pair pothooks and her trammel, 1 coarse sheet to put his bed [i.e. mattress] in, a piece of black stuff [fabric], and "all handkerchiefs buttoned and unbuttoned" and "buttons for his handkerchiefs unbuttoned", a linen cap that was his father's, and a silver whistle. There were also a few other bequests: 1 wooden cup with a foot to Mrs. Warren "as a token of my love", specific items to each daughter and the residue to be divided equally among the two girls.

  • Sources 
    1. [S90] NewEnglandAncestors.org, http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/services/articles_6737.asp.

    2. [S56] rootsweb.com, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paxson/deane/Deane.html.