Robert Royce was born in Somerset, England. His Wife, Mary, had been born in Long Sutton, Somerset, England. Nothing is known of their parents.
The ship Mayflower arrived and discharged its passengers at Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620, the place of the first New England settlement. In 1630 the town of Boston was founded, providing an excellent harbor. The first English settlers arrived in Connecticut 1635 and their settlement was originally called Newtown, but was renamed Hartford in 1637. The name "Hartford" was chosen to honor the English town of Hertford, home of Samuel Stone, one of the settlers. In 1637 the town of New Haven Connecticut was founded. In the area was called Nameaug by the Pequot Indians. John Winthrop, Jr. founded the first English settlement there in 1646. Inhabitants informally named it Pequot after the tribe. The name was later changed to New London. The town of Wallingford was settled in October 10, 1667.
Robert Royce (1606-1676) & Mary (Unknown) (1609-1696)
Robert Royce and Mary (Surname unknown) (Our 8th great grandparents) were married in England about 1630 where their children Jonathan, Sarah and Nehemiah were born. They sailed to New England about 1640 with the Winthrop Fleet. The family was known to be living in Stanford Connecticut in 1643 and in New London in 1657. They were also early settlers in Mansfield, Ct. Robert was a representative of the colony in 1660 and 1661. His occupation was Shoemaker. Robert died in 1676. Mary died in Wallingford on July 14, 1697.
Nehemia Royce (1636-1706) & Ester Moss (1642-1706)
Nehemia Royce, the third child of Robert and Mary, (our 7th great grandparents)was born in 1636 in Long Sutton, Somerset, England and came to America as a small child with his older brother and sister..
On Nov. 20, 1660, he married Hannah MORGAN at New London, New London County, CT. Hanna was the daughter of James Morgan of Landaff, Glamorgan, Wales, and his wife, Margery Hill. and was born either in New London or Roxbury, Ma on the 18th of July, 1642. They had their first 2 children; Joseph and Margery; in New London. He was one of the original settlers in Wallingford in 1670. Their 3rd child Joanna Hannah, was born in 1670 either just before or just after the family's relocation to Wallingford. Three more children followed between 1673 and 1677; Mary, Mercy and Esther.
Nehemia Royce was a carpenter, joiner and blacksmith by trade. In 1677 he
built a house for the family and built it well. It still stands to this
date, the oldest house in Wallingford.
Nehemiah and Hanna had 6 children between 1660 and 1667. Hannah died in 1677, the year their last child was born. She may have died of complications of childbirth. Then in 1678, there were small children that needed care, he married Esther (Moss). Nothing is known of her parents. In 1682 a son, Nehemiah was born (Our 6th great grandfather) and in 1680, a daughter, Lyda. Both Nehemia and Esther Moss died in Wallington in 1706.
Nehemiah Royce (1682-1725) & Kezia Hall
Nehemia Royce, born in 1682 was the son of Nehemia and Esther. He married Kezia Hall born in 1688 at Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Samuel Hall and Hannah Walker. We know nothing the family. The couple had 7 children all born in Wallingford between 1711 and 1726. Hannah was born on May 15, 1720. Hannah was to be our 5th great grandmother and was the second of their children to bear that name, the first having been born and died on 30 Nov 1713. Kezia died 26 Mar 1726 at the age of 38, apparently as a result of complications in the birth of their last child who was given her name. Nehemia had died 30 Oct 1725 at the age of 43, five months before his last child was born. Cause of death is unknown.
The oldest of the 6 surviving children was only 15 at the time of the death of their parents. Our Hannah was just 9. It is unknown who took over the raising of the children but can only assume that there were aunts and uncles to assume guardianship. It is most likely they were divided amongst relatives and blended into their families.
Hannah Royce (1720-1779) & John Doolittle (1712-1747)
This marriage in 1737 leads us to the Doolittle family line. Follow it
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See the chart for the Royce Line with historical background.
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