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FIRST GENERATION

1. ENGLAND. This is based on the IGI files posted on the internet by the LDS. Please keep in mind this is pure speculation at this time and is based only on the IGI index.

Seems to be two lines of Ruckman's in Surrey Co., although it's probable that the Mickleham line was descended from the Merstham line (which seems to be the oldest, at least from the IGI files)
+2 i. MERSTHAM, SURREY CO..

+3 ii. MICKLEHAM, SURREY CO..


SECOND GENERATION

2. MERSTHAM, SURREY CO.. The oldest Ruckman listed in the files for Merstham.
+4 i. Richard RUCKMAN.

3. MICKLEHAM, SURREY CO.. The oldest Ruckman listed in the files for Mickleham.
+5 i. John RUCKMAN.


THIRD GENERATION

4. Richard RUCKMAN was born about 1520 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. Probably head of the line in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to Katherine SHARPE on Mar 5 1548 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. Katherine SHARPE was born about 1525. Richard RUCKMAN and Katherine SHARPE had the following children:
+6 i. John RUCKMAN.

+7 ii. Katherine RUCKMAN.

+8 iii. Thomas RUCKMAN.

+9 iv. William RUCKMAN.

+10 v. Robert RUCKMAN.

11 vi. Richard RUCKMAN was born about 1564 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Oct 12 1564 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.

5. John RUCKMAN was born about 1680.
He was married to Elizabeth ?(RUCKMAN). John RUCKMAN and Elizabeth ?(RUCKMAN) had the following children:
+12 i. John RUCKMAN.

+13 ii. William RUCKMAN.

+14 iii. Thomas RUCKMAN.

+15 iv. Richard RUCKMAN.

16 v. Elizabeth RUCKMAN was born about 1720 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on Apr 19 1720 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.

17 vi. Ann RUCKMAN was born about 1722 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on Dec 28 1722 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.




FOURTH GENERATION

6. John RUCKMAN was born about 1549 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Nov 27 1549 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to Joane PRESTMAN on Sep 18 1575 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. John RUCKMAN and Joane PRESTMAN had the following children:
18 i. William RUCKMAN was born about 1576 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Nov 18 1576 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.

7. Katherine RUCKMAN was born about 1550 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.
She was married to William BENTLEY on Oct 3 1566 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.

8. Thomas RUCKMAN was born about 1552 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Nov 2 1552 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to ???? ?(RUCKMAN). Thomas RUCKMAN and ???? ?(RUCKMAN) had the following children:
19 i. Thomas RUCKMAN was born about 1597. He was christened on Mar 19 1597 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.

9. William RUCKMAN was born about 1558 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Apr 26 1558 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to ???? ?(RUCKMAN). William RUCKMAN and ???? ?(RUCKMAN) had the following children:
+20 i. William RUCKMAN.

21 ii. Thomas RUCKMAN was born about 1600 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Jul 6 1600 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.

22 iii. Judeth RUCKMAN was born about 1603 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on Nov 13 1603 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.

10. Robert RUCKMAN was born about 1561 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on May 13 1561 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to ???? ?(RUCKMAN). Robert RUCKMAN and ???? ?(RUCKMAN) had the following children:
+23 i. John RUCKMAN I.

12. John RUCKMAN was born about 1711 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Sep 1 1711 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to Mary FARRENTON on Oct 14 1736 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.

13. William RUCKMAN was born about 1713 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Nov 21 1713 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to ???? ?(RUCKMAN). William RUCKMAN and ???? ?(RUCKMAN) had the following children:
24 i. William RUCKMAN was born about 1744 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Nov 4 1744 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.

14. Thomas RUCKMAN was born about 1715 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Jan 3 1715 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to Mary ?(RUCKMAN). Thomas RUCKMAN and Mary ?(RUCKMAN) had the following children:
25 i. Laurance RUCKMAN was born about 1739 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Jan 16 1739 in  Mickleham,  Surrey Co., England.

26 ii. John RUCKMAN was born about 1740 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Dec 1 1740 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.

+27 iii. Thomas RUCKMAN.

28 iv. Ann RUCKMAN was born about 1744 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on Sep 7 1744 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.

29 v. William RUCKMAN was born about 1745 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened in Dec 1745 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.

30 vi. Mary RUCKMAN was born about 1747 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on Apr 29 1747 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.

31 vii. Rebecca RUCKMAN was born about 1760 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on Jan 27 1760 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.

+32 viii. Edward RUCKMAN.

15. Richard RUCKMAN was born about 1717 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Jan 24 1717 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to Elizabeth STEDMAN on Mar 25 1740 in Wotton, Surrey Co., England. Richard RUCKMAN and Elizabeth STEDMAN had the following children:
33 i. Mary RUCKMAN was born about 1753 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on Jul 8 1753 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.

FIFTH GENERATION

20. William RUCKMAN was born about 1594 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Jun 2 1594 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to ???? ?(RUCKMAN). William RUCKMAN and ???? ?(RUCKMAN) had the following children:
34 i. Robert RUCKMAN was born about 1623 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Oct 13 1623 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.

35 ii. Ann RUCKMAN was born about 1628 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on Apr 6 1628 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England.

23. John RUCKMAN I 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 was born in 1590 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Mar 26 1590 in Merstham, Surrey Co., England. He immigrated on Oct 8 1635 to On ship "Abgail" from Plymouth, England to Boston, Mass..8,9,10 He wrote a will on on Mar 13 1650 in Gravesend, Long Island, New Netherlands (now New York). Abstract of John Ruckman's will-

To son John Ruckman, all property. Appointing James Hubbard and William Bowne and Edwards Browse executors. Mr. Bowne to have charge of son until he comes of age. If son dies, estate to John Bowne and James Bowne, sons of William Bowne. Witnessed Deborah Moody, John Tilton. (Gravesend Records, Liber 1, pg 39).
A note of intrest concerning William Bowne, he had lived in Salem before moving to Gravesend and latter moved to Middletown, New Jersey. His son John Bowne (born 1630 and died 1683/84) married Lydia Holmes, their granddaughter married Mordecai Lincoln Jr., an ancestor of president Abraham Lincoln. Lydia Holmes' brother Samuel bought John Ruckman Jr.'s plantation in Gravesend May 3, 1665.
He died before May 2 1650 in Gravesend, Long Island, New Netherlands (now New York). He had an estate probated on May 2 1650 in Gravesend, Long Island, New Netherlands (now New York).11,12 He came to Plymouth Colony on the ship "Abigail" (under master Richard Hackwell of London) leaving the port in Plymouth, England about August 1, 1635 and landing in Boston on October 8, 1635. The ship experienced an outbreak of smallpox. A John Ruckman is recorded in the town of Sandwich, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts on a list of those admitted to the freedom of the colony of New Plymouth and those who took an oath of fidelity and those able to bear arms in 1643. He is also recorded in the town of Lynn before 1644. He was a follower of Lady Deborah Moody (the anabaptist) who left Plymouth Colony in June of 1643 because of religious differences over baptisms. Her and her followers settled at Gravesend on Long Island in the New Netherlands (now New York). The settlement was divided into 28 shares (each share getting a town lot and a plantation lot). John Ruckman was one of the 28 and received his grant for a plantation lot on November 18, 1646 which he sold shortly afterwards to Thomas Applegate recorded in the Gravesend records January 1, 1651. In September of 1647 John Ruckman and Richard Uzell bought fron Roger Scott the plantation formerly owned by Robert Pennoyer and on September 4, 1649 they bought a house and lot also formerly of Robert Pennoyer. Lady Moody was a witness to John Ruckman's will, dated March 13, 1650 and proved May 2, 1650 which only mentioned son John.

"This Old Monmouth of Ours" by Wm. Hornor list 3 possible children 1. Samuel, 2. Thomas and 3. John. but believe these are his grand children thru his son John.
Although the ship came from England, it does not mean that John Ruckman was born in England. England served as a collecting place for religious dissenters from around northern Europe. Some family traditions place the origins of the Ruckman family in Wales.
A George Ructman named in the James Hampton estate in Sandwich in 1637?(Note "The Pioneers of Mass., by Charles henry Pope lists George Ruckman as a creditor of Thomas Hampton of Sandwich in 1637.)
He was married to Elizabeth ?(RUCKMAN) before 1626 in England?. Name from ship Abigail's passenger list. No other record found concerning Elizabeth. Elizabeth ?(RUCKMAN) was born in 1604 in England?. She died before 1650. No record of her except the ship passenger list giving her age as 31 in 1635. No mention of her in her husband's will in 1650.

John RUCKMAN I and Elizabeth ?(RUCKMAN) had the following children:
+36 i. John RUCKMAN II.


27. Thomas RUCKMAN was born about 1742 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Oct 16 1742 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to Elizabeth KING on Nov 5 1764 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England.

32. Edward RUCKMAN was born about 1761 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Oct 4 1761 in Mickleham, Surrey Co., England. later moved to Ewell, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to Mary ?(RUCKMAN). Edward RUCKMAN and Mary ?(RUCKMAN) had the following children:
+37 i. Sarah RUCKMAN.

+38 ii. Thomas RUCKMAN.

+39 iii. William RUCKMAN.

+40 iv. Ann RUCKMAN.

41 v. Mary RUCKMAN was born about 1800 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on Sep 14 1800 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England.

SIXTH GENERATION

36. John RUCKMAN II13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23 was born in 1635 in England?.24,25,26 The birth date from the passenger list would have him born in 1626. It doesn't match up with his becoming legal age in 1655 when his guardians were dismissed. Possible the son John age 9 in 1635 died during the ship's passage (there was a smallpox outbreak on board) or soon after landing and John Sr. had another son he named John (common pratice at the time) or the passenger list was wrong and he was 9 months old and not 9 years. Since his guardians were dismissed in 1655 he was probably born 1635-1637. He died after 1703 in Middletown, Monmouth Co., New Jersey. A memorandum added to the deed for land given to his son John in March of 1702/3 was dated Sept. 7, 1710 and states John appeared before Thomas Gordon and aknowledged the deed as his act. He was buried in Ruckman's Hill, Middletown, Monmouth Co., New Jersey.27,28,29,30 In 1980 the Beekman descendants still owned 160 acres of John Ruckman's original place including the spring, but it was for sale for 5 million dollars with plans to build condominiums on the place. In 1655 he came of age when his guardians were dismissed (he would have been 29 or 30 years old if born in 1626).

In 1657 he was listed on a town clerks list (Gravesend) as having 7 "Morgens" of land under tillage.

In 1663 he was one of a group of Englishmen from Gravesend who were caught by the Dutch trying to purchase land in New Jersey from the Indians. In 1664 the New Netherlands was turned over to the English and the new English governor allowed the New Jersey purchase.

May 3, 1665 he sold part of his plantation (lot # 22) in Gravesend to Samuel Holmes. December 30, 1667 on page 1 of the Town Book of Middletown he is listed as owning lot #1 (out of 36).

The only definate children I've found so far is John Jr., Samuel, Jonathan, and Thomas all of whom were sold/given land by their father in Middletown between 1701 and 1703.

Dec. 10,1701 John Ruckman Seniour of Middletown...natural affection I have for my son Thomas...conveyed 4 1/2 acres part of his home lot and joins to the house his son Thomas now lives in.

November 14,1702 granted land to his son "Jonathan Ruckman of the Town of Middletown in the County of Monmouth" 100 acres " in the bounds of Middletown... at a place commonly called shole harbour".

March 1702/03 John Ruckman of Middletowne in County of Monmouth..Yeoman.. in consideration of the love and goodwill.. which I bear towards my loving son John Ruckman of the aforesaid towne... granted him 60 acres in the "bounds of Middletowne".

April 26, 1703 John Ruckman Sr. of Middletown in the county of Monmouth along with his wife Sarah granted Samuel Ruckman their son, 118 acres of land and meadow being in the bounds of Middletown.

"This Old Monmouth Of Ours" by Wm. Hornor list John's children as 1. John , 2. Sarah, 3. Samuel and 4. Thomas.

Dorothy Roberts Note: Deputy-Patentee of Monmouth-Middletown, NJ in 1665 - Lots 1 & 3. Member Baptist Church.
He was married to Sarah ?(RUCKMAN) about 1660 in probably Gravesend, Long Island, New York. Sarah ?(RUCKMAN) was born about 1640. She died after 1703. Probably a daughter of one of the other settlers at Gravesend? John RUCKMAN II and Sarah ?(RUCKMAN) had the following children:
+42 i. John RUCKMAN III.

+43 ii. Jonathan RUCKMAN.

+44 iii. Sarah RUCKMAN.

+45 iv. Thomas RUCKMAN.

+46 v. Samuel RUCKMAN.

37. Sarah RUCKMAN was born about 1786 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on Jun 7 1786 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England.
She was married to Matthew GARDNER on Mar 7 1811 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England.

38. Thomas RUCKMAN was born about 1788 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Jul 20 1788 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to Mary Ann TEDMAN on Feb 26 1811 in St. Nicholas, Deptford, London, England. Thomas RUCKMAN and Mary Ann TEDMAN had the following children:
47 i. Edward RUCKMAN was born about 1811 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Oct 6 1811 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England.

48 ii. Charles RUCKMAN was born about 1817 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Nov 2 1817 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England.

49 iii. Thomas William RUCKMAN was born about 1822 in Southwark, (Surrey Co.) London, England. He was christened on Jan 20 1822 in St. Saviour, Southwark, (Surrey Co.) London, England.

50 iv. William RUCKMAN was born about 1824 in Newington, St. Mary, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on May 9 1824 in Newington, St. Mary, Surrey Co., England.

51 v. Mary Ann RUCKMAN was born about 1828 in Newington, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on May 18 1828 in St. Mary, Newington, Surrey Co., England. On the same day at the same church another Mary Ann Ruckman (dau of William & Sarah) was christened.

39. William RUCKMAN was born about 1794 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England. He was christened on Jun 29 1794 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England.
He was married to Sarah ?(RUCKMAN). William RUCKMAN and Sarah ?(RUCKMAN) had the following children:
52 i. Mary Ann RUCKMAN was born about 1828 in Newington, Surrey Co., England. She was christened on May 18 1828 in St. Mary, Newington, Surrey Co., England. Same day at the same church another Mary Ann Ruckman (dau of Thomas & Mary Ann) was christened.

40. Ann RUCKMAN was born about 1799 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England.
She was married to James MOORE on Apr 17 1819 in Ewell, Surrey Co., England. Might be 1814?



SOURCES

1. Edited by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff. "Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England" Miscellaneous Records 1633-1689. Massachusetts Legislature printed by William White, Boston, 1857.
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age 184 (concerning lists of those admitted to the freedom of the colony, together with those who took the oath of fidelity and those able to bear arms in the year 1643)
"Sandwich- John Ruckman".

2. Teunis G. Bergen. "Register in Alphabetical Order of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, N.Y. from it's First Settlement by Europeans to 1700". S.W. Green's Son, New York 1881.
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age 14 (concerning genealogy of Thomas Applegate)
"Thomas, in N.A. as early as 1641, bought John Ruckman's patent in Gd, Nov. 12, 1646, as per Gd. rec."
Page 208 (concerning division of town lots at Gravesend)
"By an agreement entered into at 'Amersfoort' while Lady Mody and her associates were located there during the Indian war, as per Lib. 2 of Gd rec., it was concluded that in the settlement of Gd each associate should be accommodated with a certain quality of land within a certain fence to be erected, which said land should be divided into 28 shares or parts, each to receive a part and also a building-plot. Under this plan in 1646 plantation-lots were granted to" then list which included John Ruckman.

3. "Genealogies of Long Island Families" from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Page 159
"
The first town minutes of Gravesend, now carefully preserved in the Supere Court Building in Brooklyn, were badly damaged in times past, and only parts of the first few pages are left. They appear to be concerned with the distribution of planter's lots, that is, farms of some forty acres each. Quite probably house lots had previously been assigned and built upon. The names William Throne, Edward Brown, Lady Deborah Moody, Sergeant James Hubbard, Richard Stout, John Ruckman and William Bowne are all found in Lynn records prior to 1644."............"There can be little doubt that William Throne and the others who received planter's lots were associates of Lady Deborah Moody in the founding of Gravesend in 1643. Presumably all except Baxter were among the forty men who defended the settlement against the Indian attacks the same year, and among the twenty-eight who signed the Amersfort agreement soon afterwards.".

4. Selected and Introduced by Gary Boyd Roberts. "English Origins of New England Families" from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore 1985. Second Series, Volume I, page 361.

5. William S. Horner. "This Old Monmouth Of Ours". Clearfield Co. (reprint). Page 182
"
RUCKMAN, John (1) is supposed to have been of English origin. He was of Sandwich in 1644, removing to Gravesend, where he died about 1650. His children are thought to have been-Samuel (2), Thomas (3), and John (4).".

6. Victor Cooper. "A Dangerous Woman- The Life and Times of Lady Deborah Moody (1586-1659?)". Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie Maryland, Published 1995.
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age 98 (concerning her followers)
"Also from Lynn were Edward Browne, Richard Stout, John Ruckman and William Bowne."
Page 110 (concerning distribution of "planters lots")
"At a cost of fifty guilders each they were allocated to applicants who included a number of persons mentioned in Lynn records prior to 1644- William Thorne, Edward Browne, Lady Deborah Moody, James Hubbard, John Ruckman and WilliamBowne."
Page 111 (first election of town officers September 7, 1646)
"John Ruckman was appointed collector for the poor.".

7. Teunis G. Bergen. "Register in Alphabetical Order of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, N.Y. from it's First Settlement by Europeans to 1700". S.W. Green's Son, New York 1881. Page 245
(
concerning the genealogy of John Ruckman)
"RUCKMAN, John, (sup. English) among the first settlers of Gd, where he obtained Nov. 18,1646, a grant for a plantation-lot, which he sold shortly after to Thomas Appelgate, as per twon rec. His will is d. Mar.13,1650, and pro. May 2 of the same year, in which he devises his property ti his s. John, appointing Wm Bowne his guardian. If s. dies a minor, he devises his property to John and James sons of said Wm Bowne. Signed his name 'John Ruckman'.".

8. Samuel G. Drake. "Results of some Researches among the British Archives for Information Relative to the Founders of New England" made in the years 1858,1859 and 1860. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1969.
Page 32-34 (passengers on the "Abigail" JUne 1635, Rookeman listed on page 34)
"In the Abigail p'red: p'r Cert: from the minister of their Conformitir and from the Justices that they are no Subsedy men:"
John Rookeman 45
Elizabeth Rookeman 31
Jo: Rookeman 9.

9. Charles Edward Banks. "The Planters of the Commonwealth. A study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times: to which are added Lists of Passengers to Boston and the Bay Colony; the Ships which brought them; their English Homes, and the Places of their settlement in Massachusetts 1620-1640". Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1972.
Pages 161-167 (passengers on the "Abigail" Rookman on page 166)
"Abigail of London, Richard Hackwell, Master. She listed passengers for New England from June 4 until July 24, and sailed from Plymouth, as her last port of departure, about August 1, with two hundred and twenty persons aboard and many cattle. She arrived at Boston about October 8, infected with smallox."
John Rookman 45
Mrs. Elizabeth Rookman 31
John Rookman 9.

10. Selected and Introduced by Gary Boyd Roberts. "English Origins of New England Families" from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore 1985. Page 361
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concerning 1635 trip of"Abigail" and abbreviations used for John. Jonathan and Joseph)
"Among others listed for the same trip of the Abigail were (Hotten's List): Jo: West, Jo: Freeman, John Rookeman, 45 years, Jo: Rookeman, 9 years,".

11. Selected by Henry B. Hoff. "Long Island Source Records" from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1987. Page 105
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abstract of John Ruckman's will)
"Will of John Ruckman of Gravesend. Dated March 13, 1650. Proved May 2, 1650. To son John Ruckman, all property. Appointing James Hubbard and William Bowne & Edward Browse Executors. Mr. Bowne to have charge of son until he comes of age. If son die, Estate to John Bowne and James Bowne, sons of William Bowne. Witness: Deborah Moody, John Tilton. (Gravesend Records, Liber 1, Page 39)".

12. John E. Stillwell. "Historical and Genealogical Miscellany". Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1970. Page 30
(
Concerning William Bowne)
"The 13th of Mch., 1650, John Ruckman, of Gravesend, by his will, made him one of the trustees of his minor son, who came of age, in 1655, when his guardians were dismissed.".

13. Edited by William Nelson. "Patents and Deeds and Other Early Records of New Jersey, 1664-1703". Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1976. Page 27 (East Jersey Patents, Etc., Liber No. 1, page 170)
"
1677 June 12, Do. To John Ruckman of Midleton for 255 a. in 5 parcels"
Page 110
"1687-8 Jan.2. Patent to John Ruckman of Middletown, for 100 acres at Sholl Harbor, N.W. grantee, N.E. and E. Gerat Wall, S. John Smith, W. unsurveyed land and Thomas Whitlock page 265"
Page 138 (concerning John Wilson Jr. land 6-25-1688)
bordered on west by John Ruckman
Page 190 (concerning Thomas Gordon land 5-24-1690)
bordered on east John Ruckman
Page 196 (concerning sale of Jarrat Wall's land 2-12-1691/92)
bordered on south by John Ruckman
Page 200 (concerning sale of John Wilson Sr.'s land 5-17-1692)
bordered N.W. John Rockman
Page 200 (concerning sale of John Wilson Jr.'s land 12-24-1692)
bordered S.W. by John Ruckman
Page 294 (concerning sale of Robert Hamilton's land 6-28-1697)
bordered S. by John Ruckman
Page 296 (concerning sale of John Wilson Sr.'s land 5-8-1699)
bordored N.W. John Ruckman.

14. John E. Stillwell. "Historical and Genealogical Miscellany". Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1970. Vol IV page 224
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1688, Nov. 9. Daniel Seabrook was a witness to the sale of lands made by Thomas Whitlock to John Ruckman, Jr., in Middletown, N.J."
Vol V page 392
"1688, Nov. 9. Thomas Whitlock, Sr., of Middletown, sold for L3-12-0, to John Ruckman, Jr., of the same place, eight acres, lying at Mohorus brook, and bounded by the lands of John Ruckman, Sr., James Grover and the late Edward Tart, which the said Whitlock had received from the Proprietors by patent. Daniel seabrook, a witness.".

15. William S. Horner. "This Old Monmouth Of Ours". Clearfield Co. (reprint). Page 182
"
John Ruckman (4), was a Baptist, and one of the Gravesend men. He was awarded Middletown Lot No. 1, afterwards the site of the residence of the late Judge Beekman, and out-lot No. 3. He is supposed to have been born in 1644. He was a Deputy-Patentee. His children were- John (11); Sarah (12), born Oct. 4, 1667, married 10-27-1685, Eleazer Cottrell; Samuel (13); and Thomas (14).
John Ruckman (11) son of John (4), is said to have died in 1749. The given-name of his wife was Sarah. He removed to Hunterdon County, and was father of both sons and daughters.
Thomas Ruckman (14) son of John (4), was of Freehold, where he died cir. 1715. His children were Rachel (15), Sarah (16), Ruth (17), Hannah (18), and Mary (19)."
NOTE: It's also claimed he had a son James born early 1716 after his death.

16. Norma Lippincott Swan. Ellis Index to the History of Monmouth County New Jersey by Franklin Ellis, 1885. Jerseyana Club, Shrewsbury, New Jersey- printed by Brookdale Community College Press, Lincroft, New Jersey, 1973. Page 181
R
uckman (Rucman), John,original settler of Monmouth County page 64
associate Monmouth patentee, 1670 page 64
fined for "contempt and misbehavior" in Sessions Court,Middletown,1701 page 99
hill of, on road from Shewsbury to Swimming River,1687 page 371
mentioned in road records, 1687 page 372
settled around Cocowder Spring, 1706 page 374
owned original Middletown lot, 1667 page 521
buried at foot of hill, northeast of Cocowder Spring page 524
organizer, Middletown Baptist Church, 1668 page 527
Ruckman,Jonathan, mentioned in road records, 1708 page 375
Ruckman's Hill, named for John Ruckman's poplar field lot page 524.

17. Edwin Salter. A History of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Embracing a Genealogical Record of earliest Settlers in Monmouth and Ocean Counties and their Descendants. E. Gardner & Sons, Publishers, Bayonne, New Jersey 1890. page "L"
"RUCKMAN- John Ruckman is named among those who paid for shares of land in Monmouth in 1667 and the same year he was awarded town lot number one in Middletown. The name John Ruckman appears at Sandwich, Mass. 1644, mentioned with Peter Gauntt, George Allen, Richard Kirby and others whose descendants subsequently came to New Jersey. He was probably the same subsequently named at Gravesend, L.I., where he sold a share of land to Thomas Applegate Nov. 1646. His will was dated March 13,1650, and proved May 2d, of the same year. Samuel, Thomas and John Ruckman named in the early years of the Monmouth settlement, 1700-1715 and thereabouts, were probably his sons. The will of Thomas Ruckman, of Monmouth, was dated May 20,1714, and names w. Rachel and seven children."
NOTE: Thomas was a son of John II, not his brother.

18. John E. Stillwell. "Historical and Genealogical Miscellany". Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1970. Vol II page 182
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July the 7th 1677 At a legall Towne meting it was by the major part then present voated for James Grover Juner and John Ruckman to be fence vewiers for this present yeare Testis Richard Hartshorne Towne clarke"
Page 158 (1669)
"May the 23d: James Ashton Jonathan Hulmes: and John Rucman were chosen to asist James Grover in Laying out the meadows and acordingly tendred their asistance at the day apoyntd at James Grovers House x Testis;Edw: Tartt Town Clearke".

19. History of Monmouth County, New Jersey (1664-1920) 3 vols. Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York and Chicago. page 52
T
he following list embraces nearly all those who were at that time (1664) residents, or owners of the lands, of the Indian purchases, giving, as far as known, the previous residence of each:
From Long Island- John Ruchman (among 31 names listed)
page 53
The patentees met July 8, 1670, at Portland Point and voted to admit as associates those were first and principal in the purchase of the three necks Newasink, Navarumsunk, and Portapeck. The associates chosen were...
John Ruckman (among nineteen names listed)
page 322
Old Middletown village, situated on the western part of the township, was the scene of the first settlement made by the Monmouth patentees and their associates. It was not however laid out as a village until 1677, when it was divided into thirty-six lots to the following persons:John Rueman who was a famous hunter, and on his lot, which was numbered 1, was Cocowder Spring, a favorite stopping place for the Indians, as it was noted for its excellent water.

20. Edited by William Nelson. "Patents and Deeds and Other Early Records of New Jersey, 1664-1703". Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1976. Page 321 (concerning land of William Lawrance 12-22-1700, Liber G page 239)
b
ordered E. by J. Rockman junior.

21. John E. Stillwell. "Historical and Genealogical Miscellany". Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1970. Vol. III Page 30
(
concerning William Bowne)
"the 13th of Mch., 1650, John Ruckman, of Gravesend, by his will, made him one of the trustees of his minor son, who came of age, in 1655, when his guardians were dismissed."
Page 308 (concerning Samuel Holmes)
"1665, May 3. He bought John Ruckman's plantation in Gravesend.".

22. Teunis G. Bergen. "Register in Alphabetical Order of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, N.Y. from it's First Settlement by Europeans to 1700". S.W. Green's Son, New York 1881. Page 145
(
concerning Holmes genealogy)
"May 3, 1665, he bought of John Ruckman plantation-lot No. 22 in Gd."
Page 344 ("list of what land every man hath in tillage ter yeare in Gravesend" for 1657)
John Ruckman 7 Morgens
NOTE: 7 Morgens is about 14 acres.

23. Norma Lippincott Swan. Ellis Index to the History of Monmouth County New Jersey by Franklin Ellis, 1885. Jerseyana Club, Shrewsbury, New Jersey- printed by Brookdale Community College Press, Lincroft, New Jersey, 1973. Page 181
Ruckman (Rucman) John, originl settler of Monmouth County page 64
associate Monmouth patentee, 1670 page 64
fined for "contempt and misbehavior" in Sessions Court, Middletown, 1701 page 99
hill of, on road from Shewsbury to Swimming River, 1687 page 371
mentioned in road records, 1687 page 372
settled around Cocowder Spring, 1706 page 374
owned original Middletown lot, 1667 page 521
buried at foot of hill, northwest of Cocowder Springs page 524
organizer, Middletown Baptist Church, 1668 page 527
Ruckman, Jonathan, mentioned in road records, 1708 page 375
Ruckman's Hill, named for John Ruckman's poplar field lot page 524.

24. Selected and Introduced by Gary Boyd Roberts. "English Origins of New England Families" from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore 1985. page 361
"Among others listed for the same trip of the Abigail were (Hotten's List:".... "John Rookeman, 45 years, Jo: Rookeman 9 years,"
This trip of the Abigail sailed in 1635, making John Jr. birth year as 1626.

25. Samuel G. Drake. "Results of some Researches among the British Archives for Information Relative to the Founders of New England" made in the years 1858,1859 and 1860. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1969. page 34
"In the Abigall p'red: p'r Cert: from the minister of their Conformite and from the Justices that they are no Subsedy men:".... "John Rookeman 45 Elizabeth Rookeman 31 Jo: Rookeman 9".

26. Charles Edward Banks. "The Planters of the Commonwealth. A study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times: to which are added Lists of Passengers to Boston and the Bay Colony; the Ships which brought them; their English Homes, and the Places of their settlement in Massachusetts 1620-1640". Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1972. page 166
Passengers on the Abigail of London, Richard Hackwell, Master. Listed passengers for New England from June 4 until July 24 and sailed from Plymouth (her last port of departure) about August 1 with 220 persons aboard and many cattle. Arrived in Boston about October 8, 1635 infected with smallpox.
"John Rookman 45 Mrs. Elizabeth Rookman 31 John Rookman 9".

27. History of Monmouth County, New Jersey (1664-1920) 3 vols. Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York and Chicago. page 324
John Ruckman, one of the original owners was a great hunter; he was buried at the foot of the hill, northeast of the spring, the property afterwards passed into the hands of John Taylor, the sheriff, upon which he built a mansion and which was remodeled as late as 1845.

28. Henry C. McLean. Graveyards of Middletown Twp. (Monmouth Co., New Jersey). page 24
T
he grave of John Ruckman, one of the early settlers of Middletown, N.J., is on the farm of Edwin L. Beekman of Middletown, situated near the foot of Ruckman's Hill. There is no marker to the grave.
An old Indian spring known as Cocowder Spring is on this same property.

29. Ernest W. Mandeville. The Story of Middletown. page 33
"
Of those first settlers tradition names the location of some graves. Some are lost. Ruckman was buried by a pleasant spring near his home in "Mountainy Field", but as Dr. Stillwell says in his "Old Grave Yards", "they were buried on their lands and new owners drove the plough over the spot and obliterated all vestige".

30. Old Times In Old Monmouth. page 266 refering to John Ruckman
"
Cochowder Brook. The brook has source at Cochowder Spring among the Middletown Hills, a spring famous among the Indians and first settlers for its medecinal properties. John Ruckman Sr. was the first settler on and owner of the lands around the spring. He was a celebrated hunter and for his influence with the Indians. He was buried at the foot of the hill, just northwest from the spring, but all traces of his grave are gone. This land was about 1792 sold at a sheriff's sale to a family name of Taylor, and later to Crawford.".