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Ring family history 1600-1800
Posted by: Jan Gugliotti (ID *****3557) Date: November 18, 2004 at 09:52:24
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Hello all,
I'm not a Ring descendant, but I recently learned that the barn I own in Warner, NH, and probably all or part of the house I live in here was built by William Ring, son of Jarvis Ring and Sarah Shepherd, grandson of Jarvis Ring and Elizabeth ??, great grandson of Jarvis Ring and Hannah Fowler, great grandson of Robert Ring, father of 9 children including Lucy Ring.
A local barn restorer told me based on axe-cut symbols on the barn that it was built pre-Rev war. A Massachusetts based restorer said that it was probably built just after the Rev. war, based on the few hand-cut nails.

Part of my house appears to be post and beam barn-like construction, and the local historical society said it was probably an early settler's dwelling shared with animals. The rest is traditional post and beam Cape, built in 1820. Because William Ring appears on the 1790 and 1800 census but not beyond, I assume he did not build the Cape part of the house.

Some other information that may be of interest to Ring desendants: Jarvis Ring (b 1657-58) and his brother Joseph Ring (b 1644) testified at the Salem Witch Trial of 1692 against Susanna North Martin, who was hanged.

In 1735 a group of men from around Amesbury MA petitioned the Governor of the Bay Colony to settle a township in New Hampshire -- designated Township One because it was the first English settlement west of the Merrimack/Penacook rivers. Thirty two men, including David Ring (b 1693, son of Jarvis of Witch Trial fame, and his brother Jarvis, b 1686, began this first wilderness township in 1735. David was part of a team sent out to survey 64 forty-acre plots in 1736; Jarvis was one of about six men who were hired to build required dwellings that were subsequently burned down in the French and Indian Wars.

Another Witch Trial "coincidence" -- when the settlers petitioned to have the township incorporated in 1774, the Justice of the Peace who granted the petition was Orlando Bagley. Eighty years earlier a Justice also named Orlando Bagley served the arrest warrant on Susanna North Martin.

The township pre-incorporation was called Amesbury or New Amesbury but after incorporation Gov Wentworth named it Warner in honor of John Warner, his political crony from the Seacoast who to anyone's knowledge never set foot in the town.

Another interesting potential connection: David Ring's first wife was Sarah Osgood. Other Osgood were among Warner's original settlers. Philip Osgood and his third wide Mahitable had a son named Jacob (b 1777) who formed his own religious sect, the Osgoodites, in 1814. They were vocally anti-authoritian -- both in civil authority and secular authority. He was arrested for breaking secular laws and briefly jailed in nearby Hopkinton until the jailer complained of the cost of feeding him and his followers -- he topped 300 pounds. When he was let out of jail his followers had to carry him back to Warner. The Osgoodite sect died out a decade or so after Jacob died, but was maintained for a while by Obediah Ordway, a descendant of another original settler whose family is still living in Warner.

I've only been researching Rings for a few days, and so may have made incorrect connections, but I believe the William Ring who built my barn was the son of Jarvis (b 1718) and Sarah Shephers, and was a brother to Zebedee Ring.

Warner itself is a town of about 2,500 people. That was the population back in 1820 when it was most prosperous. Then it dropped dramatically until after the Civil War it was barely over 1,000. The area where my house -- and William Ring's barn are located is called the Mink Hills. There are miles of old stone walls, cellar holes, sugar maples and roads that can only be travelled by an off road vehicle in the Minks. The old homesteads were abandoned as the mid west and west opened up, affording land much more conducive to farming than our bony soil.

Now that I've been caught up in Ring history, I plan to take my 4-wheeler out and investigate the cemeteries up in the Minks and will post any relevant findings.

If anyone has more information on William Ring of Warner, please share!

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