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Descendants of William (Roucestre)Rossiter


Generation No. 6


6. BRYAN6 (BRAY)ROSSITER (EDWARD5 ROSSITER, NICHOLAS4, PHILIP3, RICHARD2, WILLIAM1 (ROUCESTRE)ROSSITER) was born 1610 in Nicholas, Somerset, England, and died September 30, 1672 in Boston, Mass.. He married ELIZABETH ALSOP 1635 in Drocester, Suffolk Co., MA, daughter of JOHN ALSOP. She was born February 15, 1613/14 in Crewkerne, somersetshire, England, and died August 29, 1669 in Guildford, New Haven Co., CT.

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RYAN (BRAY)ROSSITER:
Dr Bray (Bryan) Rossiter Born about 1610 in Combe St., Nicholas, somerset, England. Died 30 September 1672 in guilford, New Haven Co., CT
Dr. Bryan or Bray Rossiter was a son of Edward Rossiter and came to America with his fther in the Mary and John, in 1630. He was made freeman at Dorchester, Mass., in 1631. It is said that he was the only physician in Connecticut colony at the time of his removal to Guilford. His medical practice was very extensive, and he is supposed to have performed the first autopsy in Connecticut. Shortly after removing to Guildofd, he fell outwith Gov. William Leete and the majoriety of the townspeople, very probably because his own son-in-law was not chosen to the vacant pulpppit. The difficulties increased, and at the time of the struggle over the union with Connecticut, he placed himself at the head of the party favoring immediate union. (see Steinger's History of Guilford, for fuller account.) He was admitted as a freeman in Guilford, June 8 1654 and though he left the town for a time, when Killingworth was settled, he returned and died there, Sept. 30, 1672. where he studied medicine is unkknown. His grandson John Cotton, in 1713 wrote he was "one who made conscience in his demands for his service."
He was also a surveyor, and laid out the lands about the Hammonasset River, in 1656. The following extract from a letter written to his daughter Joanna, and her husband, Rev. John Cotton, on Sept. 24 1669, show his deeply religious character: "We have had a sore visitation again by sickness and mortality here in Guilford this summer, as the last. Our graves are multiplied and fresh earth heaps are increased. Coffins again and agin have been carried out of my doors. I have taken up a lot amoungst the tombs in the midst of them; Sister Sarah died August 10th. Her mother was overcome with grief, so that for ten days she refused to eat what was necessary to sustain nature, and spent that time in sighing and bitter mourning to the decay of ther strength, and the distemper seized on her and she died August 29th. Then on the second day of the week following, the young daughter Sarah sickended (i.e., John cotton's daughter), and on the fourth day convulsion fits followed and she died September the 8th; the same day Josias came home from Killingworth viery sick, under the sentence of death in himself and lay very dangerously hazardous for many days, but is now nearly recovered, that is a mercy. Yet I must return to sighs and sorrows, saying as Naomi did, 'Call me Marah!' I was full but now am empty. The good Lord support you hearts when these sad tidings come to you. Sarah Rooseter possessed the idea long before she was taken sick that she should die this summer and expressed so much to several. When death seized her, her mother desired her to give some testimony by sign of her good hope, if she could not speak. She fixed her eyes up to Heaven and smiled and so died, and when dead lay with a smiling countenance, to the admiration of the neightbors that were present. That is comforting. The mother had clean and full assurances of God's love before her death and held out to the last. She spent much time in prayer for he children--strongly pleading the covenant, and was strongly persuaded and believing that God had eternal mercy in store for them all. She was willing, nay desirous to die and could look death in the face with constant resolution until she had obtained the conquest through her dear Redeemer, who had conquered death and the grave. These are rich and comforting mercies, but the greater myloss, I can rejoice in h er and their gain, but mourn my loss, the loss of a sweet companion, that hath so long been a comforting compainion in all my tribulation. I will weep bitterly! I might have enlarge many things, but I can hold it no longer. Pray! Pray! Pray for us! So rests your loving father."

In the history of Guilford, Conn., by Smith, p. 18 we read, "Dr. Brian Rossiter of Guilford, Conn., is said to have come over originally with firve or six brothers to Boston, on the 1st settlement of the country, he was early settler of Windsor-of Guilford,and Killingworth

Bryan moved to CT from Mass.

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LIZABETH ALSOP:
Elizabeth is identified in the will of Rev. Josias Alsop (1610-1666) as "Mrs. elizabeth Rossiber, my sister in New England." Perhaps arrived in America as a servant of her future father-in-law, Edward Rossiter (Cory Panshin)
     
Children of B
RYAN (BRAY)ROSSITER and ELIZABETH ALSOP are:
9. i.   JOHN7 ROSSITER, b. Windsor, Hartford Co., CT; d. 1670, Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
  ii.   SARAH ROSSITER, d. August 10, 1669.
  iii.   SAMUEL ROSSITER, b. 1640.
10. iv.   JOANNA ROSSITER, b. June 01, 1642; d. October 12, 1702.
11. v.   JOSIAH ROSSITER, b. 1646; d. January 30, 1715/16, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT.
  vi.   TIMOTHY ROSSITER, b. 1647.
  vii.   ABIGAIL ROSSITER, d. 1648.
  viii.   ELIZABETH ROSSITER, b. 1651.
  ix.   PETER ROSSITER, d. 1651.
  x.   SUSANNAH ROSSITER, b. November 22, 1652; d. April 21, 1710, Guilford, New Haven, CT; m. REV. ZACHARIAH WALKER; b. 1637, Boston, Suffolk, MA; d. January 20, 1698/99.
  xi.   ESTHER ROSSITER.


7. NICHOLAS6 ROSSITER (EDWARD5, NICHOLAS4, PHILIP3, RICHARD2, WILLIAM1 (ROUCESTRE)ROSSITER) was born 1599, and died June 08, 1650 in Combe St., Nicholas, Somersetshire, England. He married ANNE.

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ICHOLAS ROSSITER:
about 1599, Combe St. Nicholas, England; d. there June 8, 1650. He arrived in MA with his father, but returned to ENgland by Apr. 16, 1635 and inherited his father's lands there. Married Anne. Children;
     
Child of N
ICHOLAS ROSSITER and ANNE is:
12. i.   EDWARD7 ROSSITER.


8. HUGH6 ROSSITER (EDWARD5, NICHOLAS4, PHILIP3, RICHARD2, WILLIAM1 (ROUCESTRE)ROSSITER) was born 1615 in Combe St. Nicholas, Somersetshire, England, and died 1680. He married DOROTHY COMBE 1641, daughter of JOSEPH COMBE and WINIFRED. She was born 1620, and died 1697 in Combe ST Nicholas, England.
     
Children of H
UGH ROSSITER and DOROTHY COMBE are:
  i.   MATTHIAS7 ROSSITER, m. JANE HERRING.
  ii.   EDWARD ROSSITER.
  iii.   BENAJIAH ROSSITER, m. SOPER DORCAS.


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