You might be interested in learning about tracing your Ruscoe family back through William Ruscoe of Essex to an even earlier time with Y-DNA testing.
Our Roscoe Y-DNA study group for Ruscoe, Rasco, Racicot and similar spellings has already established three different profiles for different Ruscoe lines, and your Ruscoe-Essex tester may match up with our Ruscoe-Essex tester through the simple cheek-swab test. We are an informal, private volunteer group of descendants and researchers working to trace our family lines back as far as possible with DNA technology.
We already have two British Ruscoe testers tracing back to Cheshire and Shropshire, plus an American Roscoe tester tracing back to the same Ruscoes in Essex that you trace down from. We are seeking Ruscoes in America and in England, especially Essex, who trace down from these Ruscoe lines:
WILLIAM RUSCOE OF THE ESSEX-HARTFORD LINE (c. 1594 Billericay, Essex - 1682 Jamaica, Queens, New York) married first wife Rebecca in England ca. 1619, mother of Nathaniel, John, Sarah and Mary. William sailed to Boston with his family in 1635 on the famous ship Increase, and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rebecca sailed with him in 1635, but died on the voyage. In 1640 William and sons Nathaniel and John founded Hartford, Connecticut. In 1645/1646 William married second wife, widow Hester Musse, mother of Samuel. William was appointed to keep the Hartford prison in 1649/1650. He moved to Norwalk, Connecticut, near John in 1655, and later moved in 1665 across the Sound to Jamaica, Long Island, New York, with son Samuel. He signed his will in 1680 and died in Jamaica in 1682. He founded the New England / New York Ruscoe family line. Tradition in the Ruscoe family of Norwalk is that the family was of Huguenot origin. Our tester on this Essex-Hartford Ruscoe line has been reported as G2a, and we need the usual second test for confirmation of the G2a profile and the paper chain back to the Most Recent Common Ancestor.
JOHN ROUSCOUE OF COUNTY ESSEX was assessed as an alien (immigrant) in 1545 at Great Dunmow in County Essex, in a subsidy of 37 Henry VIII. The family line is said to have been Flemish or Dutch in origin during a time of active Huguenot migration to England. John's son John was reportedly the father of William Ruscoe, born c. 1594 above, who sailed to Boston in 1635.
The Y-DNA test for Ruscoe-surname males, swabbing the inside of the cheek, is easy and quick -- three swabs at 60 seconds each. No blood is involved, and no medical or other information is recorded or obtained. The testkit comes in the mail to the tester's home. Female Ruscoe descendants and male Ruscoe descendants not having the Ruscoe surname can actively participate and advance the study by encouraging their Ruscoe-surname brothers, cousins or other Ruscoe-surname male relatives to submit a test representing their common Ruscoe line. So if you have a Ruscoe-surname father, 3rd or 4th cousin, etc. who is willing to take five minutes for the cheek swab test, then you can prove whether your chain back to Ruscoe-Essex is correct. If your Ruscoe-Essex tester matches our Ruscoe-Essex tester, then each will know that his chain back 400 years to William-Essex based on traditional research in paper records is accurate.
Please visit our Roscoe Family History Forum at
and see the explanatory articles including how to get started in Y-DNA testing, Roscoe and Ruscoe family patriarchs, test findings, Roscoe/Ruscoe surnames, and so on. I am working to post a new article on the forum shortly about what we have learned from our first two British Ruscoe tests.
Y-DNA testing has the potential to produce specific, important Ruscoe family history information of unique value that cannot be obtained through any other means with any amount of expense or effort. And it's fun.
If you have any concerns or questions, please email me.
John Roscoe Guittard
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