James Dudley

Birth Name James Dudley
Gender male
Age at Death about 80 years, 3 months, 19 days

Narrative

There are a few family trees on ancestry.com, familysearch.org, and rootsweb.com that identify James Dudley as the son of Samuel6 Dudley of Pittston, Maine. None, however, show how to make the connection between a James Dudley born in Pittston and one who died in Veazie. Since there was more than one James Dudley in Maine at the time, I thought I would lay out the reasons why we can come to that conclusion.

First of all, The History of the Dudley Family by Dean Dudley, records the first six generations in this line from Governor Thomas1 Dudley as Samuel2, Stephen3, James4, Samuel5, and Samuel6. The book informs us that Samuel6 was born in New Hampshire and settled in Pittston, Maine, having bought land there in 1771 while still “of Brentwood, N. H.”

The author then quotes a letter he received in 1888 from Mrs. Sarah Crocker of East Pittston, Maine, a granddaughter of Samuel6. In it she says “Uncle James went to Oldtown, Me., and kept a tavern there.”[1]

James Dudley and Abigail Hook filed an intention to marry in Pittston, Maine in 1803, in which Abigail is described as “of Canaan.”[2] No location for James is given in the transcription, implying that James was of Pittston, the home of Samuel6 Dudley.

Secondly, the first son of James and Abigail (Hook) Dudley was named John H Dudley. His birth is recorded in the Pittston records and in the Maine Vital Records, Copied from Old Records, as occurring on Feb 29, 1803.[3] The birth is on the Orono records as happening on February 29, 1804.[4] Ruth Gray’s transcription of the Old Town records gives the location as Pittston.[5] Either two different boys named John H Dudley were born on the same leap year day, or his parents moved from Pittston to Orono/Old Town.

Finally, The Centennial Celebration and Dedication of the Town Hall, Orono, Maine, March 3, 1874, says:

A settlement was commenced between fifty and sixty years ago about a mile west of the Bangor road, of which the late James Dudley, who migrated from Pittston, Kennebec county, was facile princeps.[6]

For the preceding reasons, I believe we are on solid ground when we identify James Dudley, husband of Abigail Hook, and living in Old Town and Veazie, Maine, as the son of Samuel Dudley of Pittston.

There is a bit more about the Dudleys in Family Trees > New England Families on the menu of this website. I hope to update it with more sources and information one of these days.

Footnotes

1. Dean Dudley, The History of the Dudley Family, with Genealogical Tables, Pedigrees, Etc. (Wakefield, Mass.: Dean Dudley, publisher, 1886), pages 430, 431.

2. Henry Sewall Webster, editor, Vital Records of Pittston, Maine, to the year 1892 (Gardiner, Maine: The Reporter-Journal Press, 1911), p. 187.

3. Vital Records of Pittston, Maine, p. 51, as: “John, s. James and Abigail, Feb. 29 [sic], 1803″. [The "sic" was the transcriber's, not mine.] Microfilm of Maine Vital Records, Copied from Old Records, at New England Historic and Genealogical Society, as: “John Dudley, Feb 29, 1803, Pittston. Father: James Dudley, mother: Abigail Dudley.”

4.Orono Town Records, 1806-1838, microfilm copy at New England Historic and Genealogical Society, as: Family of James Dudley and Wife: John H. Dudley born on 29 Feb 1804.

5. Ruth Gray, editor, Vital Records of Old Town, Maine, prior to 1892 (Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1996).

6. Centennial Celebration and Dedication of the Town Hall, Orono, Maine (Portland, Maine: Bailey and Noyes, 1874), page 137. Now digitized and at Google Books and HeritageQuestOnline.com.

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about September 1782 East Pittston, Kennebec County, Maine, United States   1
General

The location comes from Dean Dudley, History of the Dudley Family, with Genealogical Tables, Pedigrees, Etc., (Wakefield, Mass.: Dean Dudley, publisher, 1886), pages 430 and 431.

Death December 20, 1862     2a
Census August 6, 1810 Pittston, Kennebec County, Maine, United States 1810 James Dudley household 3
General

1810 Kennebec Co., Pittson, Series M252, Roll 11, page 669
James Dudley
2 male 0 - 9 1 female 0 - 9
1 male 26 - 44 1 female 26 - 44

[this family fits the James Dudley whose family is later recorded on the records of Orono, Maine, after 1821]

Census June 1, 1830 Orono, Penobscot County, Maine, United States 1830 James Dudley household  
General

1830 Penobscot, Orono, Series M19, Roll 51, Page 483
James Dudley
1 male 0 - 5
2 female 5 - 10
1 male 10 - 15 1 female 10 - 15
1 male 15 - 20 1 female 15 - 20
1 male 40 - 50 1 female 40 - 50

[this may be him but not everybody matches up]

"United States Census, 1830," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XH55-9G5 : accessed 03 Dec 2013), James Dudley, 1830.

Census June 1, 1840 Orono, Penobscot County, Maine, United States 1840 James Dudley household  
General

1840 Penobscot, Orono, Series M704, Roll 149, Page 250
James Dudley
1 male 10 - 15 1 female 15 - 20
1 male 20 - 30
1 male 50 - 60 1 female 50 - 60

"United States Census, 1840," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHYS-HTV : accessed 03 Dec 2013), James Dudley, 1840.

Census   Orono, Penobscot County, Maine, United States 1850 James Dudley household  
Event Note

1850 Penobscot, Orono, Series M432, Roll 264, p. 257, family 379.

James Dudley, 67, Laborer, RE: $90, ME
Abigail Dudley, 67, NH
Mary Burleigh, 76, ME, pauper
James Turner, 22, raftsman, ME
Margaret Graham, 14, ME
[one household between them and his son Newman w/ Priscilla.]

Census June 1, 1860 Orono, Penobscot County, Maine, United States 1860 James Dudley household  
General

1860 Penobscot, Orono, Series M653, Roll 446, p. 913

James Dudley, 78, farmer, born in ME
Abigail Dudley, 77, ME
Note in last column for both of them: "Helped by the town."

[They are living between the household of his son Newman and that of Abner and Priscilla Perkins. Priscilla is their granddaughter by Daniel.]

"United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MDCH-CP8 : accessed 17 Feb 2014), John H Dudley, 1860.

Burial   Fairview Cemetery, Veazie, Penobscot County, Maine, United States    

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Samuel Dudleyabout 17471796
Mother Sarah YoungFebruary 28, 1751 (Julian)Unknown
         James Dudley about September 1782 December 20, 1862

Families

Family of James Dudley and Abigail Hook

Married Wife Abigail Hook ( b. about 1782 d. April 28, 1870 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Intention to Marry (Primary) August 3, 1803 Pittston, Kennebec County, Maine, United States Intention to Marry of Dudley, James and Hook, Abigail  
General

Vital Records of Pittston, Maine, to the year 1892, Henry Sewall Webster, editor, (Gardiner, Maine: The Reporter-Journal Press, 1911), p. 187, records their intention to marry on 3 Aug 1803.

Marriage August 30, 1803 Canaan, Somerset County, Maine, United States   4a
General

Their marriage is recorded on this date in Vital Records of Canaan, Maine, 1784 - 1891, "old page 6, new page 21." (Section 2 of the microfilm roll at New England Historic and Genealogical Society.)

  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
John H DudleyFebruary 29, 1804December 25, 1864
Judith “Julia” DudleyMarch 29, 1806after 1880
Daniel G. DudleyAugust 17, 1808before 1840
Abigail DudleyNovember 10, 18101883
Gilman H. DudleyFebruary 13, 1813September 22, 1874
Newman H. DudleyApril 17, 1816October 17, 1874
Priscilla/Permelia DudleyOctober 2, 1818November 26, 1896
Mary “Mahallath” DudleyAugust 17, 1821December 9, 1914

Source References

  1. Dean Dudley: History of the Dudley Family, with Genealogical Tables, Pedigrees, Etc.
  2. Maine Old Cemetery Association: Fairview Cemetery, Veazie, transcription
      • General:

        Maine Old Cemetery Association, Cemetery Inscriptions, microfilm. Fairview Cemetery, Veazie, is on Series I, page 1874ff.

  3. 1810 United States Census
  4. Vital Records of Canaan, Maine
      • General:

        Vital Records of Canaan, Maine, microfilm, at NEHGS.
        Vital Records of Pittston, Maine, to the year 1892, Henry Sewall
        Webster, editor, (Gardiner, Maine: The Reporter-Journal Press, 1911), p. 187, records their intention to marry on 3 Aug 1803.