Ryves, George (c1656 - 1718)

Ryves, George

Ryves, George


Father: George Ryves
Mother: Joan

Birth: c1656
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives

Death: 1718
Death Source: Reliques of the Rives

Spouse1: Margaret
Spouse2: Dorothy


Children of George Ryves and Margaret:
  1. Timothy Ryves, b. 1677
  2. George Ryves, b. 1679
  3. Margaret Ryves, b. 1681
  4. Katherine Ryves, b. 1684
  5. Jane Ryves, b. 1687, m. Mr. Read
  6. Elizabeth Ryves, b. 1689
  7. Edward Ryves, b. 1690
  8. Susannah Ryves, b. c1692
  9. Charles Ryves, b. 1694

From Reliques of the Rives:
George Ryves, of Woodstock, Oxfordshire, Gentleman, born about 1656, died in 1718, is the only issue of his father recorded by Hutchins and the only child whose baptism is not recorded in the Woodstock register. According to his will, given below, he resided at Woodstock and owned lands in Stansfield, Combe and Wooton:
Will dated 2 June 1718.
Proved 30 June 1718.

I George Ryves of the Borough of New Woodstocke in the county of Oxon, Gent., being Aged and Infirme in body but of sound memory recommending my soul unto Almighty God . . . and for the wordly estate the Lord hath blessed me withall I give unto my deare and loving wife Dorothy my messuage and half yard land in Stansfeild, co. Oxon and all other my lands and tenements in Stansfeild, Combe and Wooton for her life and after her death unto my son Charles upon condition to pay £50 unto my daughter Margarett. I give my house in Woodstocke wherein my sonn Edward now lives unto my daughter Susannah and her heires. I give to my sonn Edward £5 and to his wife and three children 20 j. a peice. I give to my daughter Katherine £5, to her daughter Ann £10 at the age of 14. I give to my grand children George Read and Jane Read £10 apeice and to my daughter Jane Read and to her husband £6 apeice to buy them mourning. I give to my daughter Tompson £5 and to her daughters Lucy, Mary and Jenny 40 s. apeice and to her son William 40 j. to my servant John 20 J. and to my .servant Mary 20 j. to Mr. Merrick Jenkinds a Ring of a Ginny price And whereas by an agreement made with my wife before marriage dated April 21st 1696 I was ... to leave her £300 in case I dyed before her and whereas fihe is content and willing to take £150 in lieu of the said £300 if it please God I dye before her therefore I doe will and appoint that £100 of the said £150 be paid by my son Charles out of the estate I have given him in Stansfeild, Combe and Wooton . . . and the other £50 by my daughter Tompson in full satisfaction of the money she owes me. My said wife shall have all her linen, brasse, pewter and other household Goods which were her owne att the time of her marriage. I give her the silver cup I lately bought for her. I give all the rest of my goods unto my sonn Charles and my daughter Susannah Ryves who I doe make Joynt executors. Witnesses: William Tompson, Thomas Slaymaker.
(Seal bearing Ryves arms.)

He married, 1st, Margaret , of whom the only evidence is that contained in the notice of her burial as recorded in the Wood stock register, as follows: "Margaret wife of Mr. George Ryves was buried September 12th 1695."

George Ryves married, 2nd, in 1696, Dorothy, as appears from his will (1718) and the mention therein of "my deare and loving wife Dorothy." The latter left a will recorded in the Registers of the Archdeaconery of Oxford, Series II, vol. 17, No. 173, which makes mention of a daughter (apparently by a previous marriage), Dorothy Thompson, widow of William Thompson, and the latter's children, James, Alexander and others. George Ryves left no issue by his second marriage.

There is the following additional information concerning George:

George Ryves was the town clerk for Woodstock, Oxon where he rented the property of 14-16 Park Street from Sir Littleton Osbaldeston. The freehold was subsequently acquired by the family and was eventually passed down to the Holloway family by way of George's grand-daughter Elizabeth Ryves who married Benjamin Holloway. George tended to spell his surname Rives and it is engraved as such on his daughter Jane's (Reade) memorial at St Mary Magdalene Church, Woodstock.


Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p52
A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 12, Wootton Hundred (South) Including Woodstock. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1990
Memorial plaque of Jane Reade (Ryves), St Mary Magdalene, Woodstock