Husband: Robert Ransom (1 2)
Born: in Probably Ipswich or Kent, England
Married: about 1660
Died: 14 Dec 1697 in Plymouth, MA
01 (M): Joshua Ransom
Born: about 1665 in Lakenham, Plymouth, MA
Died: after 03 Dec 1713
Spouses: Susanna Shelley; Mary Gifford
Additional Information

Robert Ransom:


From: The Sprague Project

Wyllys C. Ransom. First, the w. of Robert RANSOM of Plymouth was Abigail, not Susanna or Hannab. The "widdow Susannah RANSOM" who died in Halifax, Mass., 6 Feb. 1735 ("Halfax, Mass., Vital Records," excerpt from Vol. I, in The Mayflower Descendant 3 (January 1901):30 was the wid, of Roberts son Joshua. Abigail, wid. of Robert Ransom, was made administrator of his estate shortly after his death 14 Dec. 1697 (Plymouth Co. probate file #16475). Robert Ransom appears frequently in Plymouth court records. Re Matthew RANSOM of Saybrook, Conn., an extensive search of Plymouth court, land, and probate records and Saybrook records has failed to turn up any evidence linking him with Robert of Plymouth. It is unlikely that Matthew's son Joseph was killed on the Plains of Abraham in 1759, although he may have participated, as his 1769 probate records (New London district file 4281) suggest that his death was local.
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MORE INFO ON ROBERT RANSOM: Source: New England families, genealogies and memorial- , Vol 2, page 694 edited by William Richard Cutter (from Harvard University)
Robert Ransom, the American progenitor, was born in England, where the family was prominent from early times, especially in Ipswich, in Kent, Sussex, and other eastern counties. He came to this country before 1654 and settled in Plymouth. He was a member of the church, and was admitted a freeman in 1657, but he rebelled against the bigotry and intolerance of the Puritan government and was often in court in his younger days. He resided at Sandwich for a time and was there in 1654 and apprentice of Thomas Dexter Jr, who treated him harshly and whom he had before the court. Afterward he bought his time of his employer. He was in court in 1665 charged with fencing a piece of common land, evidently a charge based on some land title dispute, and also for calling William Hawkins a rogue, which perhaps was the truth. In 1669-70 he was in court for striking John Tilson, and there is nothing to prove that Tilson did not deserve the thrashing. In the same year he was arrested for airing his unfavorable opinion of the governor. One could not criticize public officers and ministers with impunity in those days. In 1673, John Andrews was arrested for assaulting him, and he was again in court for using abusive language. He was once arrested for selling rum without a license (innkeeper's) and he was in the same company as many of the most prominent men of the colonies. In 1691, he had trouble with John Doty. All these cases, which the genealogist has hunted up, merely show that Ransom was somewhat turbulent and independant, had a good old English temper and flow of language. He probably had an unhappy childhood, for he came here apprentice without relatives, as far as we can learn. His master was cruel. In later life he was quiet and respected, an officer of the town and a man of property. His children intermarried with some of the most prominent families. In later years he lived at Lakeville, Middleborough, Plymouth county, now the town of Plympton. In 1686 he deeded land to his son Robert Jr. He was a highway surveyor in 1675 . He married Susanna-----. Children: Matthew, born at Sandwich abt 1661, Joshua, abt 1663, Robert (see Robert), Hannah m. Eliezer Jackson; Mercy m. Samuel Waterman, Samuel m. Mercy Dunham Mary .

Four Ohio RANSOM lines from Robert RANSOM (c1636-1697), by Mervin & Alberta RANSOM [Decorah IA: Anunsen Publ, 1990]. This 150-page book indexes 422 RANSOM names, and 840 in all. The 4 lines emphasized are: Matthew RANSOM [1711-1761] and his brother Joseph RANSOM [1719-1797] [sons of Joseph(2), Matthew(1)], and Amasa RANSOM [1741-1818] and his brother Asahel RANSOM [1746-1835], sons of James(4), Robert, Joshua, Robert(1). Much of the information came from WCR (qv). There are 51 pages of narrative, covering 13 generations. There are 7 appendices, including Notes from Colchester CT, Judah Welles RANSOM; John Coult RANSOM autobiography & trip; Justin RANSOMs letter to son Albert RANSOM; Orlando RANSOM; Related Family Lines; and Mervin(10) RANSOMs prisoner-of-war diary and comments. Also, a section of documents and index. The book is out-of-print, but pages can be copied by the authors [612 Tanager Rd, Venice FL 34293] or at these libraries: Norwalk OH; Toledo OH; Ohio Historical Society, Columbus OH; CT Historical Society, Hartford CT; Library of Congress.

MORE INFO ON ROBERT RANSOM as previously suggestd:
14 Dec 1697 WILL of Robert Ransom, Sr., "included horses and saddle and arms he gave to his grandson Nehemiah Bessey before he died", [1]

  1. Olsen, Wayne, PAF file: Boslow_Anc_Stevens.paf (rec'd via EMail 0n 14 APR 2002).
  2. Richard E. (Dick) Weber, Developer Albert Arnold Sprague, IV, Webmaster , Sprague Project, The (
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