Joanna Rutke/Ruck
Born Mar 7, 1621? Cranbrook, Kent Co. England
Died Aug 11, 1689 Killingworth, Middlesex Co. CT
Emigrated 1638 to MA

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Thomas Swan/Swanne

m. ?


d. 1649?

b. 1642?
Roxbury, Suffolk Co. MA
d. Dec 8, 1687
George Halsall/Halsey

m. 1650/52?
div. 1656/59


b. 1652?
Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA
d. 1687
Henry Farnam

m. 1656/59
b. 1623?
d. Jan 13, 1700
Killingworth CT

b. Jan 9, 1665
Killingworth CT
d. Feb 14, 1703
Litchfield CT
Joanna came to America with her parents Thomas and Elizabeth Ruck on the ship Castle from London about 1638. Her parents were most likely wealthly, and her father emigrated "in a venture" with his cousin Joseph Merriam of Concord.
Joanna married Henry Farnam after being widowed with a son, remarrying and divorcing about the time her daughter Elizabeth was born. Her father died at about the same time. Divorces were rare in Puritan New England and they disappear from records until 1665, when he and his family (Joanna and his stepdaughter Elizabeth) are in Hammonassett Plantation, to become known as Killingworth. Henry is one of the town's original landowners of 1663.
Killingworth is in Middlesex County CT, on the south shore of Connecticut. It was sometimes called Kenilworth. The land in this area is hilly and rolling, with forests.
Son Thomas was about aged 7 or 8 when his father Thomas Swanne died. He was afterwards raised by Joanna's parents in Roxbury MA.
Son Peter Farnum was known as Sgt. Peter Farnum.
The only child of Henry and Joanna married Hannah Wilcoxson on Dec 8, 1686, only the fourth marriage recorded in the early history of Killingworth.
Clapp, Ebenezer Jr.,History of the town of Dorcester, Massachusetts, publ. by author, Boston MA, 1859.
Killingworth Vital Records, v. 2, p. 192.
Stepanek, Antoinette Farnum, Farnham/Farnum Families in America, Vol. I, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie MD, 1993, pp. 27-58.