Robert Ryves (b. Abt. 1490, d. February 11, 1550/51)
Robert Ryves was born Abt. 1490 in Of Randleston and Damory Court, County Dorset, and died February 11, 1550/51.
Notes for Robert Ryves: PART I
The Dorsetshire Family of Ryves
In which there is set down so much as is known of Robert Ryves (ca. 1490-1551), of Damory Court, Blandford, co. Dorset, England, the earliest known progenitor of the family of Ryves of England, with an account of his children, and more particularly of the eldest male branch terminating with John Ryves, "the last of the Damory Line."
1. Robert1 Reve or Ryve or Ryves, of Blandford, co. Dorset, England, the first of the name in England of whom there is record, was born about 1490 and died February 11, 1551, and was buried in the old church of Blandford Forum (St. Peter and St. Paul), which was destroyed during the fire which consumed the town of Blandford in 1731. Richard Symonds, who visited Blandford as an officer in the King's Army in 1644, entered in his diary a description of the tomb of Robert Ryves, viz:
"Betweene the pillars of the chancel and the north yle stands another playne altar tombe, whereon is this inscription inlayd in brasse, and this coate only, west end:--
"'Argent, on a bend cotised sable three lozenges ermine, Ryves'.
"'HERE LIETH THE BODY OF ROBERT RYVES WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 11TH DAY OF FEBRUARY ANNO 1551.'
"This coat [of arms] is also in the north window."(1)
Robert Ryves purchased Randleston or Ranston in 36 Henry VIII (1545) and Damory Court at Blandford in 15482 and was the proprietor of other considerable estates. In a petition made by Sir John Ryves in 1618 it was stated that "King Henry VIII in the 37th year of his reign  granted the premises [of the manor of Milton, co. Dorset] unto Robert Ryves great grandfather unto your suppliant by letters patent" (Chancery Proc., Series II, 29/30). In a similar action in chancery brought in 1626 by 24. George5 Ryves, Esquire, of Blandford Forum, it was set forth that "Henry VIII by his letters patent dated July 4th in the 37th year of his reign  granted a messuage called Luscombe [Lyssecomb], co. Dorset, to Robert Ryves, great-great-grandfather" of the petitioner (Chancery Proc., Series II, 29/30). Besides lands in Dorsetshire, he held at his death lands in North Cheriton and Pointington, co. Somerset (Hutchins).
Robert1 Ryves married Joan (???). The will of Joan Ryves, called Reves in her will and Ryves in the inquisition post mortem, was dated 4 December 1560 but is no longer of record. She held at her death on 12 December 1560 divers lands at East Orchard, co. Dorset (Hutchins).
Robert Ryves made his will (in which he was described as "Robert Reve"), dated 20 October 1549, of which there is now no record. Hutchins gives as his issue by Joan:
2. i. John2, b. about 1514; d. about 1549. 3. ii. Agnes2, m. before 20 Oct. 1549, John Swayne of Blandford. He d. 5 August 1591 (Hutchins). 4. iii. daughter2, m. before 20 Oct. 1549, William Hunton.
(1) Quoted in Hutchin's History of Dorset, 3rd Ed., Vol. iii. Symonds noted also "a flat stone in the north yle, the pictures of a man and woman, four sons, nine daughters: this coat [of arms, that is to say, the one given above] remaining, the inscription gone, Ryves."
Reliques of the Rives (Ryves) by James Rives Childs Member of the Virginia Historical Society 1929, J.P. Bell Company, Inc. Lunchburg, Virginia
More About Robert Ryves: Burial: Unknown, The old church of Blandford Forum (St. Peter and St. Paul).