Ring (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of October 6, 2020:

  • Recruiting additional direct male-line Andrew Ring descendants for further SNP testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)

Still to do as of October 1, 2020

  • NGS/WGS test multiple descendants of William Ring (and preferably through son Andrew) to firmly place family clade as well as test descendants to discover any subclades unique to descendants lines


First Generation

Andrew Ring was born in Leiden about 1618[1], son of William Ring & Mary Durrant.[2] William attempted to emigrate with the Leiden Congregation in 1620, but due to the unseaworthyness of the Speedwell he was left behind and died at Leiden sometime before 1629. Widow Mary brought her children over in 1629 or 1630 and settled in Plymouth, where she died in Jul 1631. William & Mary had two daughters (Elizabeth & Susanna) and a son, Andrew who came over to Plymouth.

Andrew married twice. His first married at Plymouth 23 Apr 1646 Deborah Hopkins, and his second marriage was about 1674 to Lettice (_____), widow of John Morton. Andrew & first wife, Deborah, had six children: Elizabeth, William, Eleazer, Mary, Deborah (presum. unmarried in father's will) and Susanna (presum. unmarried in father's will).

Second Generation

William Ring was born Plymouth about 1652 and died about 1730. He married Plymouth 13 Jul 1693 to Hannah Sherman. They had six children: Deborah (d. young), Hannah (never married), William (presum. never married), Elizabeth, Eleazer (presum. never married) and Deborah (married, but no children).

Eleazer Ring was born Plymouth 7 Nov 1665 and died there 21 Nov 1749. He married there 11 Jan 1687/8 Mary Shaw and they had twelve children: Eleazer (d. young), Andrew (d. young), Phebe, Samuel, Andrew, Deborah, Mary, Jonathan, Susanna, Elkanah (presum. never married), Elizabeth and Lydia.

  1. Died Plymouth 22 Feb 1692/3 "in the 75th year of his age" (MD 4:193)
  2. William and Mary were married Ufford, Suffolkshire, England 21 May 1601.

DNA results

Previous Y-DNA testing

The Ring & Ring* DNA Project does not list the Most Distant Known Paternal Ancestors in their public display, so it is impossible to tell whether any individuals are Y-DNA descendants from this family.

Further needed testing

We need additional direct male-line descendants of this Ring family to WGS/NGS test to discover where this family falls in the Y-DNA tree.

References & External Links

  • Austin, John D., Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, vol. 6 Hopkins General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA. 3rd edition 2001
  • The American Genealogist, vol. 42, pp. 193-205, "The Widow Mary Ring of Plymouth, Mass., and her Children", John Insley Coddington