Robert Royce1,2,3

(circa 1603 - 22 September 1676)

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Relationship10th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
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Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildRobert Royce was born circa 1603, in Somersetshire, England.4
ChildHe was baptized on 9 June 1603, in Martock, Somersetshire, England.4
GroomHe married Mary Sims on 4 June 1634 in Martock, Somersetshire, England. Mary, Robert's wife may not have been Mary Sims, Simms, or Symme... see NEHGR article referenced.4,5,6,1
DeceasedHe died on 22 September 1676 in New London Co., Connecticut.4

Child with Mary Sims:

Immigrant Ancestor

Circa 1634, Robert Royce arrived. Robert came from England in the ship the 'Francis', presumably sometime before this date as (according to the source: Joseph Savage, Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Originally published 1860) he was a freeman at Boston 1 Apr 1634. Though another source (Donald L. Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, 1922-1932, 3 volumes) places him back in Martock for his marriage in June which would require a turn-around time greater than that usual for voyages 'across the pond' at the time.

The source above (Savage) also says Robert 'was one of the disarmed 1637 as a supporter of Mrs. Hutchinson in her revelations, or of Wheelwright in his opinions, had removed before 1657 to New London, perhaps in 1650 was of Stratford, but constable in 1660 and in 1661 representative for New London where he lived in good repute.' (Note that Savage has been known to be in error... particularly in his assertion that a Robert Roice of Boston was the same person of the same name appearing years later in Connecticut.)

Robert's occupation was that of a shoemaker.

Founder or First Settler

Circa 1660, Robert Royce was among the founders/first settlers of in a place unknown . One of the first band of settlers in Norwich, Connecticut.

Residences and Censuses

Robert Royce appeared on the census of 1668 in New London Co., Connecticut.2

Sources - Citations

  1. [S33] Yates Publishing, Compiler, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, Utah: Operations Inc. - Online Publication, 2004). A collection of records extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases - all data should be verified for accuracy by other sources., Source number: ; Source type: ; Number of Pages: ; Submitter Code: .
  2. [S259] Ronald V. Jackson - compiler, Connecticut Census, 1790-1890 (USA: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1984). Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
  3. [S161] National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Compiler, Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, online, (Louisville, Kentucky), Various Applicants, on Microfilm, 508 rolls.
  4. [S196] David Pane-Joyce - Compiler, online, D. Pane-Joyce (online publication), updated Sep 2012.
  5. [S305] Clarence Leslie Hewitt Jr., "Some light on the marriage of Robert and Mary Royce of Connecticut", New England Historic Genalogical Register 122:274 - 277: doubt about wife's name.
  6. [S256] Bradley Genealogy & Ancestors, online at:; accessed: Oct 2017.
Last Edited8 Dec 2017

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