2021-03-19 01:19:23 UTC
In the Fall 2020 issue of the NEHGR is discussed the baptism of a probable brother of Gov. Thomas Dudley, the 2nd Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. As such, I’ve not been investigating these possible connections for very long.
Hinman, Bary E., Francis Dudley, an Unknown Brother of Gov. Thomas Dudley, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 2020) Vol. 174, Page 301-2.
Though the parents of this “Francis Dudley, gen.” are not specifically named in the Hardwick, Northamptonshire baptismal record (bp. 10 Jun 1583), the god-parents/witnesses cited are discussed in the article to have assisted and had a relationship with Gov. Thomas Dudley as a young adult, suggesting that these two men were brothers. The baptism is mentioned in
http://www.northamptonshirerecordsociety.org.uk/eNpp/NppNo28.pdf (See page 328 footnote 4)
Some years later in nearby Wellingborough, Northamptonshire a Francis Dudley, taylor was buried at All Hallows on 6 April 1634. Assuming they are indeed one and the same man then,
Francis Dudley was born bef. 10 June 1583 in Hardwick and died bef. 6 April 1634 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Given the period of his life, his gentry status, and occupation as a tailor, it’s possible he had business dealings in other counties. Perhaps his is (?) the same Francis Dudley who baptized a base son Thomas Dudley at St. Michael, Betchworth, Surrey on 18 February 1604/5. If so the child was quite probably named after Francis’ brother.
Jumping to Francis Dudley of Concord, Massachusetts Bay Colony- it is said (original source/sources unknown to me) he appeared in connection with his father John Dudley in Charlestown and/or Concord, Mass. records about 1660. This John Dudley appears in Middlesex court records on March 30, 1671, then aged 55, giving him a birth about 1616.
Dudley, John, Charlestown 1658, was a witness 30 Mar.1671, then call. 55 yrs. old.
Source: A Genealogical Dictionary of the first settlers of New England showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer's Register; by James Savage, pub. Boston 1860, Vol. 2, pg. 75
Coincidentally or otherwise, a John Dodley was baptized at All Hallows, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire on 21 Mar 1618/9 to Thom Dodley. Several decades later Thomas Dodley was interred at All Hallows, Wellingborough 13 Mar 1642/3. Also at that same church just prior to Thomas’ death was baptized Francis Dudley 26 Jan 1639/40, son of John Dudley.
From Middlesex County, MA: Abstracts of Court Records, 1643-1674; Vol. 2, pg. 27 is found
1666 1mo 2 Case against Isaac Cozens brought by Joseph Jenkes of Concord for Debt. On 1666 2m 8 Francis Dudley Ae abt 26 yrs.
That would place Francis Dudley of Concord's year of birth at about 1640, and as such he could well be the child baptized at Wellingborough.
Preceding baptismal and death citations taken mostly from www.freereg.org.uk
If the before stated connections mentioned are accurate (although as yet not proven), then Francis Dudley of Concord might have a descent that runs:
Capt. Roger Dudley (b.c. 1555; d. 14 Mar 1590 France) & Susanna Thorne (b. 1559; d. -) -parents of Gov. Thomas Dudley (1576-1653)
Francis Dudley, gent. tailor of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire and Betchworth, Surrey (b. bef. 10 June 1583 Hardwick; d. bef. 6 April 1634 prob. Wellingborough)
Thomas Dudley (illegit.) of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire (b. bef. 18 February 1604/5 Betchworth, Surrey; d. 13 Mar 1642/3 Wellingborough)
John Dudley of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire (b. bef. 21 Mar 1618/9 Wellingborough; d. aft. March 30, 1671 Middlesex county, Massachusetts Bay Colony)
Francis Dudley of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire and Concord, Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. bef. 26 Jan 1639/40 Wellingborough; d. c. 1702 Concord, Massachusetts Bay Colony), md. Sarah Wheeler
I thought that the possibility of these two Francis Dudley’s perhaps being relations was just too interesting to not share. Any thoughtful insights and assistance are always appreciated. Hopefully I haven't erred, that this has been discussed here before?!