Person:George Ring (3)

m. Bef 1775
  1. George G. Ring1776 - 1829
  2. John G. Ring1779 - 1872
  3. David A. Ring1781 - 1855
  4. Peter Ring1781 - Bef 1787
  5. Dr Lewis Ring1784 - 1867
  6. Peter Ring1787 - 1851
  7. Philip G. Ring1789 - 1865
  8. William G. Ring1792 - 1829
  9. Conrad Ring1795 - 1869
  10. Anna Maria Ring1797 - 1850
m. 2 Dec 1798
  1. Moses Ely Ring1801 - 1860
  2. George Ring, Jr.1803 - 1837
Facts and Events
Name[1] George G. Ring
Alt Name[11] George Ring, Jr.
Gender Male
Christening[1] 1776 Rhinebeck (town), Dutchess, New York, United StatesSponsors: Christopher Ring & Magdalena
Birth[1] 31 Jan 1776 Rhinebeck (town), Dutchess, New York, United States
Marriage 2 Dec 1798 Manhattan, New York, New York, United Statesto Elizabeth Ely
Residence[4] 1799-1804 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States37 Barley Street
Death[8][9] 1 Nov 1829 Pleasant Valley, Dutchess, New York, United States
Burial[9] Saint Peter the Apostle Lutheran Church Cemetery, Rhinebeck (town), Dutchess, New York, United StatesRhinebeck (town), Dutchess, New York, United States

George G. Ring (1776 - 1829) was a New York City grocer at the turn of the nineteenth century. He disappeared in 1805, leaving no trace of his whereabouts until his death in 1829. George is called George Ring, Jr., or George Ring in English-languages sources from his lifetime. Early records from his hometown follow a local naming convention that used a middle initial to identify the father, i.e., George G. Ring (son of George) to distinguish him from George J. Ring (son of Johannes).


Early Years, 1776-1797

George was born at Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, 31 January 1776, the first of ten children in the family of George Ring and Anna Maria Eckert. He probably grew up at his grandfather's farm near the intersection of Route 308 and New York 9G east of Rhinebeck Flats (see Christopher's Farm). When George was about eleven years old, his grandfather Christopher passed away and George's father inherited the farm. From that time onward, the elder George ran the farm, as well as a tannery on the nearby Landsman Kill. On Sundays the family attended St. Peter the Apostle Lutheran Church, where George himself had been baptized and his parents had been members since 1785. George sponsored the baptism of Lewis Elshefer at St. Peter's on 9 August 1795.[1]

Marriage and Family, 1798-1805

George moved to Manhattan in 1798, boarding at 34 Barley Street (now Duane Street). George's neighbors on Barley Street included Moses Ely and Rebecah Cook of Livingston, Essex County, Jersey.[2] George married their fifteen-year-old daughter Elizabeth Ely at Christ Lutheran Church of Franklin Street on December 2, 1798.[3] About the time of this marriage, Moses and Rebecca Ely returned to the Ely family farm in Livingston, leaving George and Elizabeth Ring behind as boarders in their city house at 37 Barley Street.[4]

Over the next four years, Elizabeth gave birth to two sons, but there was trouble in the marriage. In an account based on an interview with Elizabeth in the 1840s, a biographer of Elizabeth's second husband called George "an intemperate, profligate fellow."[5] This biographer was hardly an unbiased source, but there may have been some basis to this judgment. If George truly was an "intemperate" man, his work offered many opportunities to imbibe, since groceries often specialized in liquor, much like taverns and grogshops. About 1804, George became a cartman.[2] The Ely family had good connections in that trade, but George soon had financial troubles. Newspaper notices at the end of 1805 call upon creditors to appear before the Recorder of the City of New York to make claims upon the estate of "George Ring, junior..., an insolvent debtor."[10][11][12] According to the biographer's account, George G. Ring abandoned his family about this time and disappeared, having no further contact with his wife.[5]

Separation and Divorce, 1805-1819

Sometime after 1805, Elizabeth moved to Livingston, Essex County, New Jersey. Newspapers place her in that vicinity in 1810,[13][14] at Centinel Village in 1814,[15] and at Livingston in 1815.[16] During this period, Elizabeth attended the Northfield Baptist Church and became friends with its pastor, the Rev. John Watson. In 1818 Elizabeth agreed to marry the Rev. Watson. According to Watson's biographer, Elizabeth believed George Ring had "left the country" and had "received intelligence, in some of the western papers, of the death of a man answering to his name and character." When friends learned the couple intended to marry, they urged Elizabeth to get a divorce, fearing it was unwise to remarry without proof of her husband's death.[5] Elizabeth appealed to the New Jersey General Assembly and an act of divorce was granted 15 February 1819. Providing no grounds, the act simply says “the marriage contract between George Ring, formerly of the state of New-York, and Elizabeth his wife, of the county of Essex” is dissolved, and they “are hereby declared to be set free from their matrimonial contract, as fully as if they had never been joined in matrimony.”[6][17][18]

Lost Years and Death, 1805-1829

Details about George G. Ring after 1805 remain elusive. The Ely Ancestry claims he "died at the South."[4] Although George did not die in the South, this reference may provide a clue to where George went after he left the family. George's brother David A. Ring moved to Charleston, South Carolina between 1805 and 1807, so it is possible George also joined him there. If so, his name never appeared in city directories and other local publications.

The will of George Ring makes it clear that his son George G. Ring was still alienated from the family at the time of his father's death in 1818, but it is ambiguous on the question of whether the family had contact with him after 1805. Dated 28 March 1818, the will includes the following statement: "having heretofore done considerable for my eldest son, George G., I give him ten Dollars, being with what he has already received his share of all my estate." The will goes on to grant a substantial share of the estate to the two sons of George G. Ring and Elizabeth Ely, suggesting the boys may have been living under the care and protection of their grandfather at Rhinebeck.

George G. Ring eventually returned to Dutchess County, but it is not clear if he did so at an early date or sometime immediately prior to his death in 1829. Dutchess County probate records indicate that George was living at Pleasant Valley when he died on 1 November 1829. One month later, on 1 December 1829, his eldest son, "Moses Ring of Rhinebeck," was granted authority to administer the estate of "George Ring, late of said town of Pleasant Valley," who "lately died intestate, having whilst living and at the time of his death, Goods, Chattels or Credits within this state." In the original document, the home of George Ring was first written as "Rhinebeck," then crossed-out and replaced with "Pleasant Valley." George is buried in the family plot at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Peter the Apostle (the Stone Church).[8][9]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Kelly, Arthur C. M. Baptismal records of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Rhinebeck, New York (called Stone Church), 1733-1899. (Rhinebeck, New York: Kelly, 1968).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory, 1798-1804.
  3. Records of Christ Lutheran Church, New York.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Beach, Moses S. (Moses Sperry); Sumner Ariel Ely; George Burritt Vanderpoel; and William Ely. The Ely Ancestry: Lineage of Richard Ely of Plymouth, England, Who Came to Boston, Mass., About 1655, & Settled at Lyme, Conn. in 1660. (New York: Calumet Press, 1902).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "John Watson," Seventh-Day Baptist Memorial 1, no. 4 (1852): 160.
  6. Private and Temporary Acts of the Forty-Third General Assembly of the State of New-Jersey, First Sitting (Trenton: Joseph Justice, 1819).
  7.   Dutchess County, New York, Will Book E, 405-7.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dutchess County, New York, Probate Letters D, 239.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Kelly, Arthur C. M. Rhinebeck, New York, death records of the 18th and 19th centuries. (Kinship Books).
  10. Republican Watch-Tower (New York, N.Y.), Dec. 14, 1805, 1.

    By order of the hon. Maturin Livingston, esq Recorder of the City of New York : notice is hearby given to all the creditors of George Ring, junior, of the city of New-York, an insolvent debtor, to show cause, if any they have, before the said Recorder, at his chambers, in the city of New-York, on the fourteenth day of January next, at the hour of ten of the clock in the forenoon, why an assignment of the said involvent's estate should not be made and be discharged according to the directions of an act of the legislature of the state of New-York, entitled "an act for giving reflied in cases of insolvency," passed 3d April 1801. Dated 25th November, 1805. George Ring, junior, insolvent. Benjamin Hicks, and others, petitioning creditors. nov 27

  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Gazette (New York, N.Y.), Nov. 29, 1805, 2.
  12. American Citizen (New York, N.Y.), Dec. 3, 1805, 4.
  13. Centinel of Freedom (Newark, N.J.), Apr. 10, 1810, 3.
  14. Centinel of Freedom (Newak, N.J.), Apr. 17, 1810, 1.
  15. Centinel of Freedom (Newark, N.J.), Feb. 15, 1814, 4.
  16. Centinel of Freedom (Newark, N.J.), Feb. 21, 1815, 1.
  17. Centinel of Freedom (Newark, N.J.), Feb. 16, 1819, 3.

    Tuesday, Feb. 9--The bill to dissolve the marriage contract between George and Elizabeth Ring, passed 27 to 18

  18. Washington Whig (Bridgeton, N.J.), Feb. 17, 1819, 2.

    Thursday, February 4--The bill to dissolve the marriage contract between George and Elizabeth Ring, was read a second time, considered by section, and ordered to be engrossed.

  19.   Will of George Ring (1752 - 1818). (New York. Surrogate's Court (Dutchess County) , Wills, 1751-1903, Book E, 405-408.).
  20.   Find A Grave, George Ring.