NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
John Rugg was the immigrant ancestor of all of the name in this country. He came from England, probably, about 1650 and settled first at Watertown, Mass., but soon removed and was one of the first settlers of Lancaster, Mass.
Rugg is an ancient family, in Norfolk county, England, and Lord Braybrooke says that two men of this branch of the family were aldermen of Norwich, England. One report has it that John Rugg, immigrant, was born at Sowerby, Halifax parish, England, March 11, 1632. He was in Lancaster as early as 1652.
He married (first), 1654, Martha Prescott, and (second) Hannah Prescott, both daughters of Jonathan and Mary (Platts) Prescott. He was very active in town affairs, and was admitted a freeman in 1669. His wife Martha died May 4, 1660, after having had two children, both of whom died young. John Rugg died at Lancaster in 1696. His widow was killed by the Indians at Lancaster, Sept. 22, 1697.
Lancaster and Sterling, formerly part of Lancaster, have been the home towns of many descendants down to the present (1910) day.
1. Child, died Jan. 18, 1655-56.
2. John, born Jan. 17, 1655-56, died young.
3. John, June 4, 1662; his son Samuel settled at Hadley and was ancestor of a numerous branch.
4. Mary, July 11, 1664.
5. Thomas, Sept. 15, 1666.
6. Joseph, Dec. 15, 1668; with wife, three children and mother Hannah, murdered at their home by Indians, Sept. 22, 1697.
7. Hannah, Jan. 2, 1671.
8. Rebecca, May 16, 1673.
9. Daniel, Nov. 15, 1678.
10. Jonathan, Feb. 10, 1681, settled in Marlborough and Framingham, Mass.
A branch of the family settled after 1790 in New York state.
(I) David Rugg, descendant of John Rugg, came from Greene county, N.Y. to Lewis county in 1834, and settled in the town of Leyden on a partly cleared farm. Here he followed farming during the remainder of his life.
He was a member of the Methodist church, and a Republican in politics.
He married Esther Willsey.
Louisa, Samantha, Franklin B. (mentioned below), Mary Jane and Charlotte.
He died in 1892. His wife died in 1875.
(II) Franklin B., son of David Rugg, was born at Oak Hill, Greene county, N.Y. July 30, 1830, died July 28, 1900. He was four years old when the family removed to Lewis county; he was educated there in the district schools, and by hard study at home secured more than an ordinary common school education. On coming of age he settled in the town of Leyden, where he became one of the most successful and prosperous farmers of the county. He was a man of sound judgment and a leader in the community in which he lived. He served the town of Leyden as assessor. He was a zealous and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church, superintendent of the Sunday school and for many years teacher of the Bible class.
He married, Feb. 15, 1854, Jerusha, born in Jefferson county, N.Y. May 3, 1828, died Aug. 7, 1908, daughter of John and Lucinda (Stone) Brown.
1. Florence, born June 14, 1856, died Dec. 24, 1861.
2. Grace C., June 22, 1862, married Dr. Alexander Crosby.
3. Ida E., Jan. 17, 1867, married E. E. Williams (see Williams).
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