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William Dudley, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Sheen, Surrey, , England, Richmond, Sheen, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Place of Burial: United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Dudley; David Dudley; Jane Dudley and Jane Dudley
Husband of Jane Dudley (Lutman)
Father of William Dudley, Deacon; Abigail Hubbard; Joseph Dudley, Sr.; Deborah Scranton Thompson and Ruth Whittlesey (Dudley)
Brother of David Dudley; Danyell Leeds; Edward Dudley; Joanne Dudley and Thomas Dudley

Occupation: Eaton & Hopkins Expedition Member and Representative for General Court
Managed by: Ann Margrethe Nilsen
Last Updated:

About William Dudley, Sr.

Located in North Guilford, CT at the junction of routes 77 and 80, Dudley Farm was in the same family for about 350 years. In 1991 David Dudley willed the farm to the North Guilford Volunteer Fire Department who has worked to help create a private, nonprofit foundation to oversee the 10-acre farm, farmhouse and barn buildings as a working farm.

William Dudley, a son of David Dudley, was the first of this line in the family of the lords of Dudley to move to Connecticut, and founded the settlement of Guilford, on the shores of Long Island Sound. He emigrated to New England sometime between 1636/43. Note Wm. Dudley was the father of Ruth Dudley, who married into the Whittlesea family.

Three of William Dudley's great grandsons were to give their family name to their new home in the Cornwall hills, when they moved to Owlsbury from Guilford in the mid C17. Owlsbury was renamed Dudleytown, and thereafter the persistent legend of America's most haunted town was born.

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Whittelsey Genealogy Book p.57-58

The Whittelsey book traces this line back to the 1400s, but that lineage is disputed.

Albert Crossland Dudley, a descendant, says his parents were William & Ellen/Eleanor, not David Dudley

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b Richmond, formerly Sheen, in Surrey, England; came to Guilford, CT, from the town of Guilford, thirty miles southeast from London, in the county of Surrey. They emigrated to America and settled in Guilford, CT in 1639, with Rev. Henry Whitfield, as a part of the Eaton and Hopkins expedition to CT. When he arrived with his young wife their home was on what is now Fair Street. Mr. Dudley was a representative in the General Court for Guilford. (Ref 5); d 16 March 1683/4; m Jane LUTMAN b 1614, of Wysborough Green, England; m 24 Aug 1636 by Rev. Henry Whitfield, Rector at Ockley in Surrey, England; d 1 May 1674 in Guilford, New Haven, CT. 

(Ref Genealogy of the Whittelsey-Whittlesey Family, Charles Barney Whittelsey, Hartford, Conn. (929.2 W618, LDS Los Angeles Temple Family History Center). -------------------- A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of John Scranton of Guilford, Conn., who Died in the Year 1671 by Erastus Scranton, pg. 6, 15

History of the Colony of New Haven to its Absorption into Connecticut by Edward E. Atwater, Guilford Personal Sketches

"It is stated in the John Stone Family Genealogy that the first ship, the St. John, commanded by Captain Russell, sailed from England on May 20, 1639, and arrived at New Haven between July 10th and 15th, 1639. The list of persons (in alphabetical order) who are believed to have come in this ship and to have settled, with few exceptions, in Guilford is as follows:

John Bishop, Francis Bushnell, Francis Chatfield, William Chitteden, Thomas Cook, Abraham Cruttenden, Henry Dowd, William Dudley, Richard Gutridge, John Hoadley, William Hall, John Hughes, John Jordan, Thomas Jones, Henry Kingsnorth, Robert Kitchell, William Leete, John Mepham, William Plane, John Parmelin, Thomas Nash, Thomas Norton, John Stone, William Stone, Rev. Henry Whitfield.

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WILLIAM DUDLEY

married in 1636 at Oakeley in Surrey, England, Jane Lutman (d. May 1, 1674). i.e. had five or more children, and died in Guilford March 5, 1684. Among other descendants is the Hon. Wm. W. Dudley of Indiana, Commissioner of Pensions 1881-1884." -------------------- William Dudley and Jane Lutman traveled from their home in Ockley, England to Guilford, Connecticut in 1639 with Rev. Henry Whitfield.

William DUDLEY b Richmond, formerly Sheen, in Surrey, England; came to Guilford, CT, from the town of Guilford, thirty miles southeast from London, in the county of Surrey. They emigrated to America and settled in Guilford, CT in 1639, with Rev. Henry Whitfield, as a part of the Eaton and Hopkins expedition to CT. When he arrived with his young wife their home was on what is now Fair Street. Mr. Dudley was a representative in the General Court for Guilford. (Ref 5); d 16 March 1683/4; m Jane LUTMAN b 1614, of Wysborough Green, England; m 24 Aug 1636 by Rev. Henry Whitfield, Rector at Ockley in Surrey, England; d 1 May 1674 in Guilford, New Haven, CT. (Ref 6)

-------------------- William and Jane came to Connecticut in 1639. He was elected Townsman 3 times. Religion as Congregational.

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William Dudley, Sr.'s Timeline

1608
September 11, 1608
Richmond, Sheen, Surrey, England
September 11, 1608
September 11, 1608
September 11, 1608
September 11, 1608
1636
August 24, 1636
Age 27
Orkey,,Surrey,England

Rev. Henry Whitfield, Rector officiated

1639
June 8, 1639
Age 30
The Ship Hector, At Sea

William was actually born at sea en-route from England to CT.

1639
Age 30
Guilford, Connecticut, United States
1642
1642
Age 33
Milford, New Haven Colony
1643
April 24, 1643
Age 34
Guilford, New Haven, CT, USA