Mary Durrant Ring was born 15 February 1589 in Suffolk, England and died 15 July 1631 Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. She married William Andrew Ring (1565-1620) 21 May 1601 in Ufford, Suffolk, England.


Mary Ring was a member of the Leiden Separatist community. Her husband William had been aboard the Speedwell, sister ship to the Mayflower, intending to voyage across the Atlantic in 1620. William Ring was, however,among the passengers who could not fit aboard the Mayflower when the Speedwell was deemed unseaworthy. He returned to Leiden and died there sometime between 1620 and 1629. Mary Ring arrived in Plymouth in 1629 or 1630.

Mary Ring seems to have some education: she signed her will herself and her inventory contains books. She also seems to have been a woman of business, with money owed to her by William Bradford and Edward Winslow.

Mary Ring died in Plymouth in July 1631.

Mary and William Ring had 3 children, all of whom accompanied their mother to Plymouth and later married in the Colony : Elizabeth Ring who married Stephen Deane, Susanna Ring who married Thomas Clarke, and Andrew Ring who was a minor in 1631 but later married Deborah Hopkins.

Mary Ring wrote a will, and an inventory of her estate was taken at her death.

Research Notes

Born by about 1589 based on estimated date of marriage. Married by about 1609 William Ring, who died at Leiden between 1620 and 1629. Came to Plymouth Colony as a widow with her 3 children in 1629 or 1630. Died in Plymouth 15 or 19 July 1631 (preamble to her will). Her 3 children; Elizabeth (Ring) Deane Cooke, Susanna (Ring) Clark, & Andrew Ring.

John Insley Coddington discussed this family at length in 1966.He found two potentially relevant entries in the Ufford, Suffolk, parish register: the marriage on 21 May 1601 of "Marie Durante of Ufford single woman" to Wylliam Ringe of Petistrey, singleman, and the baptism on 23 February 1602/3 of Elizabeth, their daughter. Coddington stressed the unproven nature of the connection between the Ufford family and the Rings of Leiden.

While the marriage date for Marie Durante and Wylliam Ringe is comfortable, daughter Elizabeth seems to have been as much as ten years older than usual at marriage and would have been nearly a decade older than her second husband. If the Ufford family is the one that came to New England, it is possible that the 1602/3 baptism is for a daughter Elizabeth who died young and the wife of Deane and Cooke is a subsequent daughter of the same name.


Offspring of William Andrew Ring (1565-1620) and Mary Durrant Ring
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Ring (1602-1687) 1602 Ufford, Suffolk, England 3 May 1687 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Stephen Deane (1605-1633)
Josiah Cooke (1610-1666)
Susanna Ring (1605-1646)
Samuel Ring (1605-)
Andrew Ring (1608-)
Andrew Ring (1617-1693) 1617 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands 23 February 1693 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States Deborah Hopkins (1625-1666)
Lettice Kempton (1624-1690)




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