genealogy of Patty Rose



Genealogy of Patty Rose

Name Gov. Thomas* DUDLEY
Birth 12 Oct 1576, Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire, England26
Death 31 Jul 1653, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts20,26,29,36,41
Other Spouses Catharine DEIGHTON
Marriage 25 Apr 1603, Hardingstone, Northamptonshire, England26
Spouse Dorothy* YORKE
Birth bap 25 Apr 1582, Cotton End, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Death 27 Dec 1643, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts17,26,29,36,41
1 M Thomas DUDLEY
Birth 1605, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Death aft Apr 1630
2 M Rev., Lt. Samuel DUDLEY
Birth bap 30 Nov 1608, All Saints, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England22
Death bef 10 Feb 1682/83, Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire22,29,41
Spouse Mary WINTHROP
Marriage abt 1633, Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire20
Spouse Mary BYLEY
Marriage aft 1643, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Spouse Elizabeth SMITH
Marriage bef 1652, Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Birth bap 20 Mar 1612/13, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Death 16 Sep 1672, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts17,20,26,29,36,37,41,76
Spouse Gov. Simon* BRADSTREET
Marriage 1628, Sempringham, Lincolnshire, England18
4 F Patience DUDLEY
Birth 4 Feb 1616, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Death 8 Feb 1689/90, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts36,29,41
Spouse Maj. Gen. Daniel DENISON
Marriage 18 Oct 1632, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts26,29
5 F Sarah DUDLEY
Birth bap 23 Jul 1620, Sempringham, Lincolnshire, England20,26,29,41
Death 3 Nov 1659, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts17
Spouse Maj. Benjamin KEAYNE
Marriage 1 Sep 1638, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts20
Spouse Thomas PACY
Marriage by 26 Apr 165226
6 F Mercy DUDLEY
Birth 27 Sep 1621, Oakley, Northamptonshire, England17,20,26,29,36,41
Death 1 Jul 1691, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts17,20,29,36,41
Spouse Rev. John WOODBRIDGE
Marriage 20 May 1639, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Notes for Gov. Thomas* DUDLEY
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son of Capt. Roger DUDLEY and Susanna THORNE
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THOMAS, Roxbury, third Gov. of Mass. Bay, and sec. in it, acc. the Royal chart. was s. of Capt. Roger, it is said, b. at Northampton, England. 1576; having leave from Queen Elizabeth to volunteer, he serv. under Henry IV. of France, says a reputab. tradit. At the siege of Amiens, liv. after at Northampton, but by Isaac Johnson, wh. names him one of the Excors. of his will, is call. of Clipsham, Co. Rutland. He came over 1630, prob. in the Arbella, as dep. gov. was early at Newtown, or Cambridge, and a short time at Ipswich, had a mill at Watertown, at last fix. at R. was an Assist. 1635, and some later yrs. but dep. gov. 13 yrs. Gov. 1634, 40, 5, and 50, and d. 31 July 1653, aged 76, was bur. 6 Aug. His w. Dorothy d. 27 Dec. 1643, aged 61, and he m. 14 Apr. foll. Catharine, wid. of Samuel Hackburne, whose maiden name was Dighton, and wh. m. 8 Nov. 1653, Rev. John Allin of Dedham. The ch. of both ws. were, perhaps, Thomas, Samuel, Ann, Patience, Sarah, Mercy; these all b. prob. in England. by the first w. and Deborah, Joseph, and Paul by sec. w. [ref 20]
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Gov. Thomas (Capt. Roger) b. ab. 1576, m. (1) in Hardington, England., Dorothy [Yorke], (Edw.) 25 Ap. 1603, who d. 27 Dec. 1643, m. (2) Katherine [Leighton, (John)], wid. Samuel Haighburne, 14 Ap. 1644, came to New England. in the "Arbella" 1630, first settler in Camb., built house 1631, N. W. cor., Dunster and South Sts., d. at Rox. 31 July 1653, a. 76; w. Katherine m. (3) Rev. John Allen of Dedham and d. 29 Aug. 1671; Dept. Gov., projector of town; letter to Countess of Lincoln; controversy with Winthrop; rem. to Ipswich, held court there, rem. to Roxbury, death of; built palisades enclosing a thousand acres, land of; signs agreement of town meetings; shares in pales, his hope to attract men of ability, Deputy Gov., Gov., Assistant; signs pardon of John Pratt; appointed Lieut. Col.; to act with others in regard to college; owned lot E. small lot hill, sold to Roger Harlakenden, who also bought homestead; Lieut. 1st reg't., 1636, Maj. Gen. Militia 1644; Member of Government in England., from 1629, and New England, until his death. [ref 17:227] Thomas Dudley commanded at siege of Amiens [ref 17:12]; Thomas Duduley of Emmanuel College, Cambridge England, Thomas Dudley of [ref 17:240] House lots in the town, in West End, Houses erected by Dudley and others, 1631; not to be built without leave; to be covered with slate or boards, not thatch; how to be ranged, fair structures, not to erect outside of town; to be entered in proprietor's book; not to be sold without consent of townsmen, to be offered first to town; 90 in 1647; 229 in 1781. [ref 17:403]
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Thomas, immigrant, only son of Captain Roger Dudley; was born in Northamptonshire, England, in 1576, and died at Roxbury, Massachusetts, July 31, 1653. In England he was a page in the family of William Lord Compton, afterward Earl of Northampton, and later steward to the Earl of Lincoln. With Winthrop and a party of four vessels he came in 1630 to America on the "Arabella," sailing April 8, arriving June 12. He settled first at Cambridge, removed to Ipswich, and finally resided at Roxbury. In May, 1634, he was elicted governor to succeed Winthrop, and was re-elected in 1640, 1646 and 1650. For thirteen years he was deputy-governor, and for five years assistant. He was one of twelve men appointed by the general court in 1636 to establish Harvard College, and he signed its charter in 1650. In March, 1644, he was appointed sergeant major-general of the colony, being the first to hold this position; he held it for four years. He married (first) Dorothy, daughter of Edmund Yorke, who was born in Northamptonshire, England in 1582, and died at Roxbury, December 27, 1643; (second) Catherine (Dighton) Hackburn, who died August 29, 1671. She married (first) Samuel Hackburn, (third) Rev. John Allen. Children, six first named by first, others by second, wife: Samuel, Anne, Patience, Sarah, Mercy, Dorothy*, Deborah, Joseph, Paul. [ref 29:77]
*this is the only mention of a child Dorothy, she is missing from Cutter's later account (below) of this family, no birthdate given and her death as 27 Feb 1643 could be a misinterpretation of her mother's death; child Thomas is omitted from both accounts

Governor Thomas Dudley, the immigrant ancestor, was born about 1676 [sic], near Northampton, England, son of Captain Roger Dudley, a military man who lived in the time of Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth's famous earl of Leicester, and appears to have been one of his soldiers, sent by the queen to aid Henry of Navarre to establish his throne, and to have fallen in the famous battle of Ivry. His mother was a kinswoman of Augustine Nicholls, of Faxton, in Northamptonshire, who was born at Ecton in that county in 1559, was judge of the court of common pleas and knight of the bath, etc., keeper of the great seal to Prince Charles, and of a distinguished family. Governor Dudley's mother must have died when he was very young, and Mrs. Burefoy [sic], a relative, took care of him. When a young boy he became a page in the establishment of the earl of Northampton. It is said that he was "a man of high spirit, suitable to the family to which his father belonged." In 1597, when he was twenty-one, he was a volunteer when men were raised to help Henry of Navarre, and was given a captain's commission, raising a company of eighty in Northampton. He was assigned to Amiens in Picardy, but peace was declared before he saw service. He then became clerk for his kinsman, Judge Augustine Nicholls, until August, 1616, when the judge died and he became steward of the earl of Lincoln; by shrewd management he cleared a debt of 100,000 on the earl's estate in a few years. He resigned this position in 1627, and moved to Boston, Lincolnshire, where Rev. John Cotton preached. The earl of Lincoln soon wished his services again and there he remained until he came to this country. In 1627 Dudley became interested in America and in 1628, with other Puritans, procured a patent from the king for a plantation here. Others came before he did, but in April, 1630, with Winthrop and a party of four ships, he sailed for America, and was appointed assistant, and March 23, 1629-30, at the last court held in England, deputy governor of the colony. He came on the "Arabella," arriving June 12, 1630, and settled at Newtown, now Cambridge. He soon moved to Ipswich, and he had large grants at various times. He was one of the first four signers of the covenant of the First Church at Charlestown, where he was then living, in July, 1630, but which moved to Boston a few months later. In May, 1634, he was elected governor to succeed Winthrop, and was reelected in 1640-45-50; deputy governor for thirteen years, and sometimes assistant. He was the first governor chosen by the people at a general election. He was one of the twelve men appointed by the general court to establish Harvard College in 1636, and when the charter of the college was granted in 1650, Dudley as governor signed it. In 1644 he was sergeant-major-general of the colony. He was in office four years, the first to hold this position. He died at Roxbury, July 31, 1653. Cotton Mather said of him: "He was a man
of sincere piety, exact justice, hospitality to strangers and liberality to the poor." His will, dated April 26, 1652, additions April 13, May 28 and July 8, 1653, was proved August 15, 1653. He married (first) in England, Dorothy --, who died at Roxbury, December 27, 1643, aged sixty-one. He married (second) April 14, 1644, Catharine Hackburn, widow of Samuel Hackburn, and daughter of -- Dighton. She had two sons and two daughters by her first marriage. She married (third) Rev. John Allen, of Dedham, and she died August 29, 1671. Children by first wife: Samuel, Anne, Patience, Sarah, Mercy. By second wife: Deborah, Joseph, Paul. [ref 29:1899]
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THOMAS1 DUDLEY, Gov., b. ab. 1576; m. 1st, Dorothy --, who d. in Roxbury, Mass., Dec. 27, 1643; 2d, April 14, 1644, Catherine Dighton of Roxbury [wid. of Sam. Hackburn]. Wid. Cath. m., Nov. 8, 1653, Rev. John Allen of Dedham, and d. Aug. 29, 1671. Gov. Thomas came to America in the Arbella, 1630; was elected Governor of Mass. in 1634, '40, '45, and '50; was often Assistant or Deputy Governor, Major General of military forces, etc. He was a short time in Cambridge, Ipswich, and Watertown; settled in Roxbury; d. there July 31, 1653. Children: Samuel, Anne, Patience, Sarah, Mercy, Deborah, Joseph, Paul. [ref 36:139]
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THOMAS DUDLEY,1 born 1576, in Northamptonshire, England, son of Capt. Roger Dudley, a warrior; married 1st, Dorothy --, who was buried at Roxbury, Mass., Dec. 27, 1643, aged 61 years. He married 2nd, Mrs. Catharine Hackburn, April 14, 1644, widow of Samuel Hackburn of Roxbury, Mass., and daughter of Dighton. After having been Deputy Governor and Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, Thomas Dudley died July 31, 1653, at his home in Roxbury, Mass. Children: Samuel, Anne, Patience, Sarah, Mercy, Deborah, Joseph, Paul. [ref 41:276]
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As a page in the family of the future Earl of Northampton, he acquired courtly manners and "genteel accomplishments."

1596 received a Captain's commission in the army; according to Cotton Mather, "the young sparks about Northampton were none of them willing to enter into the service until a commission was given to our young Dudley to be their Captain, and thus presently there were four-score that listed under him." Thomas and his company of volunteers went to France and fought on the side of Henry IV, King of France, at the siege of Amiens in 1597.

abt 1616 became steward to the Earl of Lincoln and lived at Lincoln's estates near Sempringham

1626 he retired to Boston, England and was drawn to the preaching of Puritan minister John Cotton

"Touching the plantation which we here have begun, it fell out thus. About the year 1627 some friends being together in Lincolnshire, fell into discourse about New England and the planting of the Gospel there, and after some deliberation we imparted our reasons by letters and messages to some in London and the West Country, where it was likewise deliberately thought upon, and at length with often negotiations so ripened, that in the year 1628 we procured a patent from His Majesty for our planting between Massachusetts Bay and Charles River on the south, and the River Merrimac on the north, and three miles on either side of those rivers and bay, and Mr. Winthrop, of Suffolk, coming into us, we came to such resolution . . . ." (Thomas Dudley)

in London was clerk in the Court of Common Pleas

20 Oct 1629 in London, signed agreement to form Massachusetts Bay Company; chosen one of the five officers to come to America with the Royal Charter

1630 arrived on Winthrop's flagship, the Arabella, with wife and 5 children "The first landing of the Arbella was at Salem, Mass. She was a ship of 350 tons burthen, and sailed from Yarmouth near the Isle of Wight, April 8, 1630, with 52 seamen and 28 guns. Peter Milbourn was Master."

John Winthrop sailed aboard the ship Arabella, and on June 12, 1630 the Arabella entered Salem Harbor. The journey took 83 days from the time it left Southampton, England. From Winthrop's journal which he diligently kept until the day he died, he wrote just an incling of what that day was like..."We had now fair sunshine weather and so pleasant a sweet air as did much refresh us and there came a smell off the shore like the smell of a garden." On June 17th Winthrop wrote in his journal, "We went to Mattachusetts to find a place for our sitting down. We went up the Mistick River about six miles." Because of the scarcity of food it seemed wiser to break up into small parties, and settlements were made at Lynn, Medford, Charlestown, Watertown, Roxbury, Dorchester and Cambridge (Newtown), and soon little groups of grass-thatched log huts, tents and rude shelters foretold the beginning of colonial villages which were to grow into towns and cities. Before Christmas, all the of the ships had landed safely, bringing nearly 1,000 passengers.

instrumental in the establishment of the Roxbury Latin School

1631 with Thomas Dudley and Simon Bradstreet, founded Newtowne [now Cambridge]: "And of the people who came over with us, from the time of their setting sail from England, in April, 1630, until December following, there died by estimation, about two hundred at the least, so low hath the Lord brought us!" [There were 840 who came with Winthrop and-Dudley.] "Well, yet they, who survived, were not discouraged, but bearing God's correction with humility and trusting in his mercies and cousidering how, after a great ebb, He had raised our neighbors at Plymouth, we began again, in December to consult about a fit place to build a town upon, leaving all thoughts of a fort, because, upon any invasion we were necessarily to lose our houses when we should retire thereunto; so after divers meetings at Boston, Roxbury and Watertown, on the 28th of December, we grew to this resolution, to bind all the Assistants (Mr. Endicott and Mr. Sharpe excepted, which last purposeth to return by the next ships into England), to build houses at a place a mile east from Watertown, near Charles River, the next spring and to winter there the next year, that so, by our examples, and by removing the ordnance and munitions thither, and such as shall come to us hereafter, to their advantage be compelled so to do; and so if God would, a fortified town might there grow up, the place fitting reasonably well thereto." [This place was the vicinity of the University in Cambridge]

Granted one rood of land at Cambridge, 2 December 1633. In the 8 February 1635/6 list of those with houses in Cambridge, "Tho[mas] Dudly Esqr." was credited with six. In the Cambridge land inventory on 1 May 1635, the land holdings of "Thomas Dudly Esquire" included "one dwelling house with other outhouses in the new town with gardens and backsides containing one half acre of ground"; threescore and three acres in the neck; and one hundred acres common marsh. On 7 March 1643/4 the General Court accepted and recorded Dudley's redemption of a mortgage of his half of the mill at Watertown from Matthew Craddock. The two hundred seventy-four acres of land that had been granted to Thomas Dudley between Dedham and Watertown were scheduled to be laid out 4 November 1646. Having formerly made two grants of land to "Dept. Governor Thomas Dudley Esqr." the fifteen hundred acres were to be laid out along the river about four miles from Concord, 14 October 1651. He was to be paid one hundred marks "as a slender manifestation of our due respects unto him" as governor, 22 May 1651. "Thomas Dudley deputy governor" was admitted to Boston church as member #2, which would be at its founding in 1630; 1630 in Charlestown; 1631 in Cambridge; Roxbury by 1644 Governor of Massachusetts Bay, 1634, 1640, 1645, 1650. Deputy governor, 1630-1633, 1637-1639, 1646-1649, 1651-1652. Assistant, 1635-1636, 1641-1644. Commissioner of the United Colonies for Massachusetts Bay, 1643, 1647. Sergeant Major General, 29 May 1644; 25 May 1636 freeman; Dudley would have been considered a freeman from the time of joining the Massachusetts Bay Company in England, and was at this date (along with other early colony leaders) only confirming a condition of long standing. The inventory of the estate of Thomas Dudley Esqr. was taken 8 August 1653 and totalled 1560 10s. 1d. "& was buried on the 6th day following". The general court ordered the payment for the barrel of powder spent "at the interring of Thomas Dudley, Esqr." 10 September 1653, "...he was trained up in some Latin school `by the care of Mrs. Purefoy'" [maternal grandmother] and "became a clerk to his kinsman Judge Nicolls, under whose instruction he acquired much skill in the law" [ref 26]
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1635 sold home in Cambridge, moved to Ipswitch

1643 elected Major-General, of all the militia

4 November 1646 the court ordered that he be paid 60 for his duties as Deputy Governor, "we doubt not of his loving acceptance of so slender an acknowledgment"

1650 the signer of the College charter which established the administrative structure under which the University still operates today

member of the first Board of Overseers of Harvard College

In his will, dated 26 April 1652 (with codicils of 13 April 1653, 28 May 1653 and 8 July 1653) and proved 15 August 1653, "Thomas Dudley of Roxbury ... in perfect health" requested that "my body ... be buried near my first wife, if my present wife be living at my death" and attempted to divide the estate "as justly and equally as I can contrive it, between the posterity of my children by my first wife, and my children by my last wife, accounting Thomas Dudley & John Dudley my grandchildren (whom I have brought up) in some sort as my immediate children," he bequeathed as follows: "what I covenanted at my marriage with my present wife, to give to her, & such children as I should have by her, be made good unto them, with this condition & explanation, that all my lands in Roxbury ... with all my goods, debts, plate, household stuff & books. -my son Joseph Dudley to have a double portion, & Paule Dudley & Deborah Dudley, each a single portion; land to go to Joseph according to my aforementioned covenant, & the goods and debts to Paul and Deborah; if the land amount to more than a double portion, then to take out of the same from Joseph and give it to Paule and Deborah"; "my present wife & my three children to have all my lands, goods & debts (except what I give to others)"; to "the children of my son Samuel Dudley" the sixth part of my mill at Watertown, & of the house & fifteen acres of land in Watertown, together with a sixth part of the debt which Thomas Mayhew his heirs do owe me; to "the children of my daughter Bradstreete" another sixth; to "the children of my daughter Denison" another sixth; to "the children of my daughter Woodbridge" another sixth; to "the aforesaid Thomas Dudley" another sixth; to "the aforesaid John Dudley" the other sixth; if "my son Samuel Dudley or any of my three daughters, Bradstreete, Denison, or Woodbridge," have any more children, they shall have equal shares with the rest; to "my daughter Sarah Pacy" 20s. from each heir yearly; to the deacons of the church at Roxbury 5 marks for the poor; 5 to "worthy & beloved friends" John Eliot, Samuel Danforth, John Johnson and William Parkes "that they will do for me & mine as I would have done for them & theirs in the like case"; having named my sons executors in a former will, considering their remote dwelling, names "my aforesaid friends" executors. Codicil 13 April 1653: to "grandchild Thomas Dudley" 10 a year for two years "besides what I shall owe the college for him at my death"; to "grandchild John Dudley" 15 a year for three years; to "wife" the time & interest I have in John Ranken, also my rent & profits of the mill at Watertown from my death until the 20th of October next following, on condition she give "my daughter Sarah Pacy" her diet etc. at a rate of 6 a year until her share is reached; "whereas my son Samuel Dudley hath been importunate with me to maintain his son Thomas at the college at Cambridge until the month of August, 1654, when he is to take his 2d. degree, I have consented thereto, but so that the case of the education of my younger children doth compel me to ... revoke from my said son Samuel and his other children and their heirs the 6th part of my mill and lands at Watertown and do revoke ... 20 I gave to the said Thomas Dudley his son, & 45 I gave to John Dudley, another of the sons of my said son Samuel Dudley" but it being unfair that John Dudley (who hath been serviceable to me) should lose by my benificence to his brother, I give to John Dudley all the 6th part of my mill & land at Watertown "which I had formerly given to his father, or his younger brothers & sisters, so that I have settled a third part of the said mill upon him the said John Dudley, & a 6th part upon the said Thomas Dudley." Codicil dated 28 May 1653: "my daughter Sarah Pacy" to receive 40s. a year from each 6th part of the mill and household goods. Codicil 8 July 1653: "The charge of my long sickness" having so depleted the estate, in order to protect the education of my youngest children, I withdraw one 6th of the mill from my other children and grandchildren and settle it upon my three younger children. "My three youngest children" rateably charged for "my daughter Sarah Pacy" as the others are [NEHGS GR 5:295-97, abstracting SPR 1:76-81]. Mr. John Johnson proved the will saying it was "found in the chest of the said Thomas Dudley, presently after his deceased, under lock & key". The original will was delivered to Mr. Thomas Rucke Sr. so he might prove it in England.

8 Aug 1653 inventory of property valued at 1,560 included bandoleers, corselets, some Latin books, some on law, some that indicate a taste for literature, and many on the doctrines of religion

one of the principal founders of the First Church at Boston and in the church now standing at Berkley and Marlborough streets is a tablet with the following inscription:

"An enigmatic man, as pious as Winthrop and as deeply religious, he had none of Winthrop's gentleness or moderation. On the contrary, he was proud and overbearing, irascible and argumentative. The orphaned son of an English soldier, he had been brought up on the fringes of good society in England--page in the household of the Earl of Northampton, clerk to a judge, protege of Lord Saye and Sele, steward to the Earl of Lincoln, handling the lands and rents of that young lord. Thus he knew authority and high position but had possessed little of either. In his election as deputy governor of the company as it prepared to leave England and in his continued officeholding in New England, he was to have and relish both." (Winthrop)
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epitaph written by Rev. Ezekiel Rogers:

In books a Prodigal they say;
A table talker rich in sense;
And witty without wits pretense;
An able champion in debate;
Whose words lacked number but not weight;
Both Catholic and Christian too;
A soldier timely, tried and true;
Condemned to share the common doom;
Reposes here in Dudley's tomb;

Let men of God, in courts and churches watch
O'er such as do a toleration hatch;
Lest that ill egg bring forth a cockatrice
To poison all with Heresy and vice.
If men be left, and otherwise combine,
My epitaph's, I die no libertine.
Thomas Dudley
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buried in Eustis Street Cemetery
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In his autobiographical sketch, written for his grandchildren, Daniel Denison, son of WILLIAM DENISON, and son-in-law of Thomas Dudley, had the following to say of his in-laws:

Mr. Thomas Dudley ... was a principal undertaker of this Plantation of the Massachusetts and one of those first comers in the year 1630 that brought over the Patent, and settled the government here. He came over Deputy Governor, and was afterwards diverse times Governor. He then lived at Cambridge, removed to Ipswich, where he stayed but one year, being recalled again to live in the Bay, which then could not but want his help. He settled himself at Roxbury, where he lived until he departed this life about the 30th day of July in the year 1653, having buried your great grandmother about ten years before, about the latter end of December 1643.

She was a fine virtuous woman who loved your father [John Denison] in his childhood, and [he] was born in her house. She had by her husband one son, your great uncle Samuel Dudley, who liveth at Exeter, and by three wives hath had many children, cousin germans to your father.

And beside your grandmother Denison she had three daughters (viz) your Aunt Bradstret who died in September 1672 who left 4 sons and 3 daughters living, beside her daughter Cotton who died before her and left many children, then your Aunt Woodbridg now living at Newbury who hath five sons and five daughters living, your father's cousin germans, as also were your aunt Bradstreet's children. The last was your Aunt Sarah married to Mr. Keane both dead long since, and left one only daughter Hannah, married to Mr. Paige, and is now living at Boston.

Your Great Grandmother being dead, your sweet [great] Grandfather Dudley married a second wife, and by her had a daughter married to Mr. Jonathan Wade, who liveth at Mistick, and two sons Joseph Dudley who now liveth at Roxbury, in his father's house, and Paul Dudley, a merchant who is upon a voyage to Ireland. These were your father's uncles by their father's side.
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Thomas Dudley (1576-1653)
Governor Massachusetts Bay Colony
1634-1635, 1640-1641, 1645-1646, 1650-1651

In 1629, Thomas Dudley was one of the original five officers of the Massachusetts Bay Corporation who traveled to America with the Winthrop fleet. Though he was 54 years old when he arrived in Massachusetts, Dudley would be elected Governor four times and served 13 terms as Deputy Governor.

Mr. Dudley had been a Captain in the English Army and is remembered as strong-willed and intelligent. He disagreed with John Winthrop's idea to base Massachusetts' government in Boston and settled in Ipswich, later moving to Roxbury to be closer to the Colony's government.

He and future Governor Simon Bradstreet were co-founders of Cambridge. In 1650, as Governor, Dudley signed the charter creating Harvard as Massachusetts' first college. The University still operates under this charter. Dudley was an overseer of Harvard College, and Dudley House memorializes Governor Dudley's leadership at the College and the early Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1702, Dudley's son, Joseph Dudley became Governor of Colonial Massachusetts.
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Notes for Dorothy* YORKE
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daughter of Edmund YORKE and Katharyn

religion: Puritan

described by Cotton Mather as "a gentlewoman both of good estate and good extraction"
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"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" [ref 26]
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