Ruth Pillsbury

Brief Life History of Ruth

When Ruth Pillsbury was born on 20 January 1744, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Daniel Pillsbury, was 32 and her mother, Sarah Clement, was 28. She married Matthew Pettengill on 28 July 1771, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 26 March 1835, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 91.

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Matthew Pettengill
Ruth Pillsbury
Marriage: 28 July 1771
Christopher Bridge Marsh Pettingell
Merriam Pettengill
Miriam Pettingell
Samuel Pettingill
Daniel Pettengill
Mary Pettengill
John Pettingell

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  • Ruth Pilsbury, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Ruth Pilsbury, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"
  • Ruth in entry for Mirram Pettingell, "Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924"

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1776 · The Declaration to the King

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Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Derbyshire, so namedfrom the genitive of the Old English personal name Pīl +burh (dative byrig) ‘fortified place’.

History: William Pillsbury (or Pilsbury) came to MA from England as early as1641, settling first in Dorchester and then in Ipswich. His descendantJohn Sargent Pillsbury (1828–1901), who made the name famous forflour, was a miller and governor of MN.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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