I am a descendant of Reingolde Russ, via the Fleming line of event, on my mothers side.
I have been researching a bunch of families from that same period, in the time of Henry VIII, and have found that these families are inter linked with each other,.. in this case Russ with Symonds by marriage, but also in some rather interesting ways !
Now the name Symonds is Very interesting, since it has been researched tohave been a Jewish name, originally Simon. The family was employed in the Tudor court, as musicians, and in other functions, as were apparently many or all of these inter-connected families.
I have the Anthony/ Mendes, Bassano, Lupo/ Mendes, Simon/ Symonds families in my ancestry. These families were brought into England to work for Henry VIII, by his right hand man Thomas Crammer.Reingolde Russ may well have been part of this group.
Crammer first sought out Jewish legal experts to help Henry get a divorce, and then sought out gold smiths to run the new consolidated mint, ( Anthony family), as as musicians in Henry`s string and wind consorts ( most of the rest of these families, including the Anthony`s. A cousin of mine in the Anthony line translated many documents from Latin , at the guildhall records of the goldsmiths, and found out a lot.
I will try to contact her to see if perhaps Reingolde Russ was in the Goldsmiths Guild, and worked at the mint in the Tower of London. If anyone is in London, you may try to look his name up in those records !
One of our Anthony ancestor was employed to supervise the destruction of the Convents and Monasteries !
It is recorded that some of the families were sought out in the "Low Countries" and some from Venice and Milan in Italy. They were almost all secret converso -Jews, known as New Christians, who apparently were stillsecretly faithful Jews. This put them in great danger st this time in both areas, as Catholic Spain was gaining power in those areas, and the inquisition was always after suspected New Christian Judizers. One of my musician ancestor in the Tudor court died in prison after being accused. His name was John Anthony, though at the reading of his will, his name was said to be Antonious Moyses.
It has occurred to me that Reingold may well be a Jewish name, for a goldsmithing family, from Antwerp or Cologne Germany.But perhaps from Russian Jewish ancestry originally, and thus Ashkenazi Jewish..
Just a few thoughts on our common ancestor ! :-)
There is quiteabit of evidence of this secret Jewish community of specialized workers and Merchants in Tudor London. I can point anyone to my sources, if you are interested.