I am a descendant of Reingolde Russ, through the Rush Family to Susanna Rush b 1656, daughter of Captain John Rush b 1623. Susanna married John Hart, who I have reason to believe was from acrypto Jewish family that had been in England for a least 5 generations, since the time of Henry VIII. There were a whole bunch of such families who were brought into the court to work for Henry as musicians, goldsmiths, and in other capacities.John Hart`s daughter Isabella Hart married a Mark Anthony, who was born in Italy, of a family who worked for Henry VIII, and who were crypto, secret Jews, originally from Italy and Portugal.
Now then, the name Reingolde, may well be German, but it might also be Jewish, and he may have been one of the converto or crypto Jews brought into the court of Henry, by Henry`s "German Contractor " who Henry`s advisor Thomas Cromwell hired for this purpose. It may be possible to find records of Reingolde Russ, in either the Alien registration records form the time, or from the records of the Goldsmiths Guild in London. One of our Anthony family researchers was able to read these records in the original Latin, and found a bunch of our suspected crypto Jewish Anthony ancestors. (they were described as being of "dirty" or "Egyptian in appearance, with dark skin")
It is interesting than the Symonds name shows up in this family, as aSymonds family was one of the musician families employed by Henry VIII as well ! It is believed that they were Jewish in ancestry as well.
My tree on ancestry shows that Ann Rivers, b 1521 married Reingold`s Russ`s son Thomas Russhe b 1490. Then theirson Thomas Rush b 1543,married Priscilla Colville b 1542. I am descended from their Son, Thomas Rush b 1593, who marriedThomasine Stansted, b 1597.
Please let me know your thoughts, and if I have these members of the family in the correct timeline and order!