Ryves, George (c1632 - 1677)

Ryves, George

Ryves, George


Father: Timothy Ryves/Rives
Mother: Elizabeth

Birth: c1632
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives

Death: 1677
Death Source: Reliques of the Rives

Spouse1: Joan


Children of George and Joan Ryves:
  1. George Ryves, b. c1656, d. 1718
  2. Elizabeth Ryves, b. c1658, d. 1664
  3. Marie Ryves, b. 1661
  4. Margaret Ryves, b. 1663
  5. Timothy Ryves, b. 1666
  6. Elizabeth Ryves, b. 1668
  7. Amie Ryves, b. 1671
  8. Joan Ryves, b. 1673

From Reliques of the Rives:
George Ryves, of Woodstock, Oxfordshire; born about 1632; died in 1677; is of especial interest as the brother of the emigrant to Virginia. He is the only child of Timothy Ryves who is noted by Hutchins who records him as "settled at Woodstock" but adds no other details concerning him. As he is the only child mentioned by Hutchins it may be inferred that he was the ultimate heir of his father. He apparently settled at Woodstock about 1657. This may be presup posed from the fact that, although the parish register of Woodstock begins with the year 1653 and though it contains notices of the baptism of all his children born after 1657/8, there is no mention of his son, George Ryves, born about 1656. He held the respected position of town clerk of Woodstock which became vacant at his death in 1677 (Cal. State Papers, 1676/7) and was buried at Woodstock, according to an entry in the Woodstock parish register reading, "George Ryves Sen. was buried the ninth daye of July (1677)." A diligent search of available records has failed to disclose his will which may have made mention of his brother in Virginia.
He married Joan, for whom the only testimony is the register of the parish of Woodstock, Oxfordshire, which records the baptism of her children, and her burial, 22 February 1677, as "Joan Ryves the wife of Mr George Ryves," and had issue by her: (see above).

Research notes

It is probable that Childs erred in this entry in Reliques and he conflated records relating to two different George Ryves. There is evidence that this George Ryves married Ann Fleetwood, the daughter of Sir Gerrard Fleetwood by his 4th wife, Ann Hiorne (whose father, Edmund Hiorne had, with the exception of a period (1645-1662) during the Commonwealth, been town clerk for Woodstock since 1607. Edmund Hiorne's grandson-in-law George Ryves was 'shoe-horned' into the position upon his retirement in 1663). This George's son, George Ryves was a product of this marriage. See: A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 12, Wootton Hundred (South) Including Woodstock. Victoria County History, London, 1990.


Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p52