Husband: Joshua Ransom
Wife: Mary Gifford (1)
From Wayne Olsen:
From "Genealogy and History of the Derthicks and Related Derricks", By Spencer and Goodpasture. Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1986: First married Mary Gifford. Susanna (Shelley) GARNER was second wife. States he was born at Plymouth (Lakenham) MA.
1698- Joshua sells land at Plymouth to Samuel Waterman. Same year he possibly moved to father's homestead at Lakenham (near Plympton). New church at Plympton established that year.
1702 - Town of Plymouth makes grant of land to Joshua.
From Genealogy of the Ransom Family of America:
Date and place of Joshua's death uncertain; he was living at the old homestead in Plympton, Dec 3, 1713. Susanna Garner's death different than previously listed,... states 10 Mar 1735. Also does not list birth of daughter Susanna.. lists Robert and Mary children by Mary Gifford, and John , Sarah, and Joshua by Susanna Garner.
The record of Joshua's life and career is obscure and involved in much uncertainty. It is obvious from a close review of the Plymouth records that he was a man active in affairs, having numerous land deals, indicating that he was a general trader and property man. After his second marriage his relations to his children seem to have been mainly restricted to John, the son by his wife Susanna. He gave him the home at Plympton previous to his death. It seems quite likely that Robert and Mary, the children by Mary Gifford, remained in Rhode Island after their mother's death in their uncles's (Yelverton-Gifford) family, where they were reared.
From "Historical Outline of the Ransom Family of America & Genealogical Record of the Colchester CT Branch," by Wyllys C. Ransom. Ann Arbor MI, 1903:
...He was born at the paternal home at Lakenham, Plymouth. It does not seem that he in any way inherited his father's querulous disposition. The court records contain no mention of his appearance there form misconduct of any sort.
...It is said that Joshua and Mary immediately upon their marriage went to Rhode Island to live, which is not improbable in as much as Yelverton Gifford, Mary's brother, had already settled at or near North Kingston in the Providence Plantations, which had already began to attract many settlers from the Plymouth colony. But it did not long remain their home. Mary died in 1689, and Joshua's marriage to Susannah Garner occurred Mar 10, 1692, and is the first record we have of Joshua's presence in Plymouth after Mary's death.
... The records do not prove the birth of but one child (John) to Joshua and Susanna, although there may have been others.
... From the little information that can be gathered pertaining to the matter it is likely that Joshua and his wife, Susanna, after their marriage were residents in RI for some years but went back to Plympton about 1702. It seems almost certain that Joshua's children by his first wife remained under the care of their uncle, Yelverton Gifford, at North Kingston, RI, by whom after their uncle's death, they were mainly reared.
There is something mysterious about the close of Joshua's eventful career. No record has been found of his death. He simply disappeared after 1713, when he was living at the old homestead at Lakenham, and unless it might possibly be he that married Mary Wright Dec 1722, nothing further of his career is known, and it is probable that he died soon after giving his home to his son John...
It is certain that Joshua, in the final disposition of his concerns, gave his property for the most part, to his son John, for whom he appearsto have had a close affection. He made no provision for his children, Robert and Mary, probably because he considered them already sufficiently prospered in their worldly affairs. If he had a son Joshua by his second wife, so far as is known he was left to his own resources, and his descendants, if he had any besides the daughter Hannah, are not, with our present in sight to his family record, designated and proven.
From "Historical Outline of the Ransom Family of America, Volume 2" by Wyllys Cadwell Ransom
"The record of Joshua's life and career is obscure and involved in much uncertianty. It is obvious from a close review of the Plymouth records that he was a man active in affairs, having numerous land deals, indicating that he was a general trader and property man. After his second marriage his relations to his children seem to ahve been mainly restricted to John, the son, by his wife Susanna, and gave him the home at Plympton previous to his death. IT seems qiute likely that Robert and Mary, the children by Mary Gifford, remained in Rhode Island after their mother's death in their uncle's (Yelverton-Gifford) family, where they were reared.
Revised: November 26, 2016