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Dorothy Dudley (Yorke)

Birthplace: Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Cause of death: wind colic
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edmund of Cotton Ende Yorke and Katherine Mary Perkins
Wife of Gov. Thomas Dudley
Mother of Thomas Dudley; Rev. Samuel Dudley; Anne Dudley Bradstreet, 1st American poet; Patience Denison; John Dudley and 2 others
Sister of Nathaniel Yorke; Mrs. Greene; Joseph Yorke; Bartholomew Yorke; Dudley Yorke and 1 other
Half sister of Bathshua Perkins; Rev. William Perkins; John Perkins; Toby Perkins; Sarah Perkins and 8 others

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About Dorothy Dudley

Dorothy Dudley's maiden name is sometimes spelled York and sometimes Yorke.

Katharine Newbury Manierre gave her dates as "B. 1582 - D. July 31, 1693, Roxbury, Mass." This would mean she was 110 years old at the time of her death. Looks suspicious.

Dorothy Yorke, daughter of Edmund Yorke (ca 1550-14 Feb 1615) & Katherine [Yorke], in Hardingstone, Northamptonshire.5 Born ca 1582 in Hardingstone, Northamptonshire. Dorothy was baptized in Hardingstone on 25 Apr 1582. Dorothy died on 27 Dec 1643 in Roxbury, MA. On 25 Apr 1603 Dorothy married

Gov. Thomas Dudley in Hardingstone, Northamptonshire. He was born ca 1576 in Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire, England

Their children include:

4190 i. Thomas Dudley (ca 1605-)

4191 ii. Samuel Dudley (ca 1608-10 Feb 1684)

4192 iii. Anne Dudley (ca 1610-16 Sep 1672)

4193 iv. Patience Dudley (ca 1612-8 Feb 1689/90)

4194 v. Sarah Dudley (ca 1620-3 Nov 1659)

4195 vi. Mercy Dudley (27 Sep 1621-1 Jul 1691)


1. # Pope, Charles Henry. 1990. Boston., The Pioneers of Massachusetts (Reprinted 1991, Heritage Books, Inc., Baltimore), p. 145, Thomas Dudley's biography.

Quality: 3.

2. # The Governor Thomas Dudley Family Association. 1939-40 Yearbook.

3. # The Planters of the Commonwealth. 1620-1640, p. 72.

Quality: 3.

4. # Banks, C. S., The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 (1930. Boston. Reprinted 1994. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore), p. 68.

Quality: 3.

5. Pedigree of Dudley (1856. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Vol. 10, no. 2, p. 130-131).

6. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: immigrants to New England 1620-1633, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995, Three volumes.

7. Joseph Savage, Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Originally published 1860.

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Birth: unknown

Death: Dec 27 1643, Roxbury, Suffolk Co, MA, USA

Thomas Dudley m1 in Hardingstone, Northamptonshire, 25 Apr 1603 Dorothy Yorke; "Dorothy Dudley the wife of Thomas Dudley" was admitted to Boston church as mbr #12 in 1630; she d Roxbury 27 Dec 1643 "of the wind colic, a godly Christian woman & left a religious savor behind her."

They had 6 children: Thomas, Samuel, Anne BRADSTREET, Patience DENISON, Sarah Keayne Pacy & Mercy Woodbridge.

Spouse: Thomas Dudley (1576-1653)

Burial: Unk

Anne Bradstreet's epitaph she wrote for her Mother:

Epitaph on my dear and ever honoured mother, Mrs. Dorothy Dudley, Who deceased December 27, 1643, and of her age, 61

Here lies/ A worthy matron of unspotted life,/ A loving mother and obedient wife,/ A friendly neighbor, pitiful to poor,/ Whom oft she fed, and clothed with her store;/ To servants wisely aweful, but yet kind,/ And as they did, so they reward did find:/ A true instructor of her family,/ The which she ordered with dexterity,/ The public meetings ever did frequent,/ And in her closest constant hours she spent;/ Religious in all her words and ways,/ Preparing still for death, till end of days:/ Of all her children, children lived to see,/ Then dying, left a blessed memory.

Birth: Apr. 25, 1582 Northampton Northampton Borough Northamptonshire, England Death: Dec. 27, 1643 Roxbury Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA

Thomas Dudley married (1) in Hardingstone, Northamptonshire, 25 April 1603 Dorothy Yorke; "Dorothy Dudley the wife of Thomas Dudley" was admitted to Boston church as member #12 in 1630; she died at Roxbury 27 December 1643 "of the wind colic, a godly Christian woman & left a religious savor behind her." They had six children: Thomas, Samuel, Anne BRADSTREET, Patience DENISON, Sarah Keayne Pacy & Mercy Woodbridge.

Thomas and Dorothy are my 9th great grandparents. J P Fortin is also a descendant.

Several New England sources state that Dorothie died in Boston and was buried in Roxbury.

Family links:

 Edmund Yorke (1550 - 1615)
 Katherine Fairfield Yorke (1555 - 1632)

 Thomas Dudley (1576 - 1653)

 Thomas Dudley (1605 - ____)*
 Samuel Dudley (1608 - 1683)*
 Anne Dudley Bradstreet (1612 - 1672)*
 Patience Dudley Denison (1612 - 1690)*
 Patience Dudley Denison (1616 - 1690)*
 Mercy Dudley Woodbridge (1621 - 1691)*
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Burial: Unknown

Maintained by: Richard Foster Eltzholtz... Originally Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Apr 13, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 35822417

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Dorothy Dudley's Timeline

April 25, 1582
Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
April 25, 1582
Cotton End, Northampton, Eng
April 25, 1582
Coughton, Warwick, England
April 25, 1582
Cotton End, Northampton, Eng
Age 22
Northampton, Northa, England, Great Britain
November 30, 1608
Age 26
Canon's Ashby, Northamptonshire, England
March 20, 1612
Age 29
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
February 4, 1614
Age 31
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Age 33