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John Rudd

Also Known As: "John Thomas Rudd"
Birthplace: Knowmear, , Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Chesterfied County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of George Rudd and Sallye (Meade) Rudd
Husband of Fanny Rudd
Father of John Rudd
Brother of Nicholas Rudd

Occupation: Mariner
Managed by: David Michael Parrish
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Immediate Family

About Capt. John Rudd

Rudds, John, Emigrant? Mariner?

Wm HITCHMAN, 1000 ac. more or less, James City Co., 18 Dec 1663, p. 349 (365). Nly side of the head of Chicahomany Riv., Nly. on Charles Freeman, Ely. on Wm. Wigg, S.W. on Mr. Goug (?), & Wly on Mr. Thomas Marston. Trans. of 20 persons.: Mary GARDNER, Mauldin Irish Francis Smith, Eliz. Smith, Mary Curly (or Curby), Elinor PALMER, Jane Fowby, Sibilla Darby, Margtt. POWELL, , Jno Fulcher, Robt. Atkins, Rice ROGERS, Tho. Fufflett, Jno. RUDDS, Jno Hoyles, Robt. Wittaker, Robt. Porter, Jno. Watley, Samll. JORDAN, Stephen Cowgell. (NOTE: The County of Middlesex and the Bedfordshire District of Great Britian are filled with families with surnames that are capatalized in the importation list. The capitalized last names have connections with the BRAY family of Gordon County, Georgia. The BRAY family has connections with the RUDD family going back to Great Britian. Some of the capitalized last names also have connections with the RUDD families in America.) (Source: Virginia Patent Book No. 5, page 507; and Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, Abstracted by Nell Marion Nugent.)

The following data has been taken from Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Abstracts by Beverly Fleet.

Page 442, Abstract. Charles City County, Virginia, Court Orders, 1661-1664. Jno. Cogan conf, judgt to Jno RUDD mariner for 800 lb tobo.

Charles City County, Virgnina, Court Orders, 1664-1665, Fragments, 1650-1696.

Page 526. Abstract. John Rudd sues Nevit Wheeler for a balance on a/c. Wheeler protests as having offered payment.

Page 528, Abstract. Lengthy impeachment by Clerk of Nevet WHEELER, Thos MUDGETT and Capt Wm ROLLINSON for fighting in the face of the Court. That they "did violently make an assualt" upon the persons of Capt. John RUDD and his Doctor James TUBB. WHEELER and MUDGETT confess the indictment and submit to the clemency of the Court. Capt. ROLLINSON having only endeavored to part the affrayers is acquitted. WHEELER is fined 1000 lbs tobo. MUDGETT to give surety for his good behavior. Seven depositions are entered in the record concerning this affair. They are all summed up in the deposition of Anthony WYATT Junior which is given below. The names and ages of the others follow:

Page 529. All sworn 3 June 1673.

Roland PLACE, aged about 35 years

John TRURBERVILLE, aged about 24 years

Sarah SCHRIVEN, aged about 29 years

Margaret BAXTER, aged about 25 years

Page 530.

Roger NEWHAM, aged about 32 years

Anthony WYATT, Junr (see below)

Morris BURCHER, aged about 37 years

Page 530.

The Deposicion of Anthony WYATT jun'r aged about 25 years, Sayth That he did see M'r WHEELER and Mr RUDDS passe together out of the Court and jousling one the other when they came forth, alsoe the Doctor of RUDDS came forth with them and sayd to WHEELER (who was then giving the said Doctor a push) you foole why doe you push me: And RUDDS said to WHEELER your tobacco was naught and the Doctor will prove it, with that the said WHEELER said the Doctor was a foole the Doct's replyed that WHEELER was an asse whereupon WHEELER gave him a flurt in the face with the back of his hand with that RUDDS with his left hand gave WHEELER a blow on the face and with a cudgett in his right hand struck him on the head, whereupon WHEELER pushed away the Doctor, collored RUDDS, and struck him and soe they fought; RUDDS was throwne and bloody and soe were parted and RUDDS came into Court and Complained and this Depon't sayth not. Jurat in Cur, June 4, 1673.

Page 533, Abstract. John Rudds vs John Cogan to next court.

Page 536, Abstract. Power of atty. 7 July 1673. Mr. Jno RUDDS commander of the ship Hopewell to John STITH to collect debts, etc. Signed John RUDDS. Wit: Ja. TUBB and William (X) SMITH.

Page 295. At a court holden at Westopher, 4th day Aug. Anno 1690. Present: Coll. Edwd. Hill, Capt. Pr. Perry, Capt. Ja. Bisse, Capt. Hen. Batte.

These may certify there is due Capt. John Ruddes 1250 acres of land for importacion of these persons:

John Ruddes 8 times Robert Grove 3 times Ja. Tubb 8 times Jno. Lever 3 times Matthew Lever 3 Times Tho. Lever once which said Ruddes assigns to Capt. Wm. Soane

This entry is from the Surname file.

Henrico County Deeds and Wills 1677 - 1692, Book #1, Reel #4.

Page 41, 4 August 1677, Capt John Rudd witnessed a statement of Frances Gosse.

Page 75, 1 February 1678, John Rudd witnessed the will of Abell Beauchamp.

Page 76, 1 February 1678, John Rudd witness to will of Sam Tuck.

Pages 79, 81, 82, 20 September 1678, John Rudd witnessed deeds for William Beauchamp.

Page 260, February Court 1683, John Rudd witnessed deed for Samuel Chapman.

The following is abstracted from Henrico County Court Records.

Will of Elizabeth Byrd late of Edmonton in the County of Middlesex. She disposes of her estate.

To my loving sister Mrs. Mary Byrd, my brother's (William Byrd, I) wife, of Virginia, my goods I have on board the ship "Hopewell" bound now for Virginia. Probated 1 February 1678.

Henrico County, Virginia, Court records:

NOTE: Frances Gosse of Parish of St. Paul's, Shadewell, in the County of Middlesex, England, widow and administratrix of her late husband John Goose, late of the parish aforesaid, Mariner, appoints good friend William Moore of Virginia, Gent., her attorney. 16 Aug. 1677. Wit: Henry Croyk, John Penney, John RUDDES. Recorded Henrico Co., l Feb 1678 by oath of John RUDDS. (Both spellings were used in the same document.)

Henrico County, Virginia, Records, Notes by G.W. Standard (Unplublished)

Ibid, page 10, ref. to page 24 - 1 April 1679.

Deed from William Beauchamp, citizen and vinter of LONDON, brother and heir of John Beauchamp, of James River, Mechant; all the plantation of John Beaucamp in Henrico County: Witnesses: John Munford, William Byrd, John RUDDES, Charles Dyose.

Charles City County, Virginia. From a fragment of the order book of Charles City County, December 1685, recently purchased by the State (Virginia) Library. Judgement granted Jno RUDD pltf., vs estate of Robert Wyatt, deceased, for 392 pds of Tobacco & casq. Mr. James Munford, as trustee to the estate of Robert Wyatt.

Henrico Records, Vol. 1694-1701. Will of Richard Ward. Son Richard full produce of 1000 lbs of 3578 lbs. tobacco shipped for England by Capt. John RUDE's, Commander of the Hopewell of London as per bill of lading; & 1000 to daughter Elizabeth Ward & 757 lbs to son Edward. Will dated 18 April 1682; probated 1 August 1682. (Source: Genealogies of Virginia Families, William and Mary College, Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol V, 1982.)

Henrico County, Virginia Court Records, Book 5, Page 317, Microfilm # 0031770.

Wiliam Bade aged about 40 years or thereabout. Deposith. That at ye request of Fra. Cater that Depon't did give him house room for two hands of tobacco which he ye said Cater had paid the honorable William Ayers Esquire such so took this desp't did some time after deliver to Capt Rudd, Seaman who rolled it away for this depon'ds plantation in ye like quality he rec'd it from Cater to ye best of this desp't knowledge. And further saith not. /s/ William Bade. Sworn in Court June 1, 1692.

The following entries are unproved and undocumented. However, they are most likely valid.

Transported tobacco to England for Wm. Byrd, in 1677 and later.

Mentioned regarding settlement of freight rates in petition of Francis Epes vs James Brian. Ibid. Vol II, p.261. (Source document unknown)

Mentioned in a deposition of Sept. 29, 1690. Ibid. p. 173 (Source document unknown)

Mentioned in a deposition of June 1, 1692, Vol V, p. 317. (Source document unknown)

Charles City County, Virginia, Will of Edward Braine dated August 26, 1691, recorded September 1, 1709. Will book, page 176. Abstract of will on file.

The will details the bequest of Edward Braine. It instructs the executor to use pounds 12, to buy a "gould ring" for Capt. John Rudds.

(NOTE: Edward Braine also left 12 pounds for a "gould ring" for Capt. William Byrd. There are numerous instances of interactions between William Bryd and Capt. John Rudd.)

NOTE: The following entry in not in sequence by date; however, it is placed here because of the interaction between Capt John Ruddes, his son, who is not named, and William Byrd, I.

"The Correspondence of the Three William Byrds of Westover, Virginia, 1684-1776", edited by Marlon Tinling. The following letter was published on page 56. It is from William Byrd, I.

Capt. John Ruddes Virginia, March 8th, 1685[/86]

Dear Uncle

I cannot but recon itt a great misfortune amongst many others that wee are wholly deprived of ever haveing your company in Virginia Again, where wee have been so often merry together, & I must assure you its seldome the upland gange meets but wee remember your good health, though wee so often forget our owne. I have great hopes (God willing) to see England next year, & then doubt not but I shall bee so happy to see you in London. In the interim I heartily wish you all prosperity. All our friends here in health; B.B. is as you left her, and soe is Bumble B. Dumble B. Only Bradley and Hall quarrell who spins most cotton. Pray give my best respects & service to my aunt Ruds, and to tell her I beg her acceptance of an otter skin herewith sent; remember mee to Mrs. Bradley, Cousin Nanny, and your good daughter, not forgetting all the small girls.

Dear uncle your oblidged cousin & servant Wm B.

To Capt Ruds per his son.


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Capt. John Rudd's Timeline

Knowmear, , Yorkshire, England
Age 33
James City County, Virginia Colony
Age 62
Chesterfied County, Virginia