Kay (et al) - I am descended from the same American Dudneys that you are. From Abraham and Sarah Griffen Dudney's son Abraham (who married Mary) was born another Abraham (so many!) who married Anne Shelby. Abraham and Anne were living at Fort Blount, in TN during the War of 1812. Abraham, on his way to meet up with Andrew Jackson, was killed in an Indian skirmish in Mississippi in 1814. Anne was given a parcel of land in Jackson Co., TN and moved her family there. Their son, Andrew Jackson Dudney married Ann Darwin abt. 1807. They are buried in the Gainesboro Cemetery. Their son, Sidney Shelby Dudney married Nancy Ann Stafford in 1843. Their child, William Henry Harrison Dudney was my grgrandfather. He married Olive Belle Smith 2 May 1880.
An interesting note was that the sister of Andrew Jackson Dudney, Millie, married Elisha Wheeler. Their daughter, Elizabeth, married Thomas J. Young, whose son, Zebulon Marion Young married Clara Tennessee Heady, whose daughter, Lola Beatrice Young, married my grandfather, William Henry Dudney, son of William Henry Harrison Dudney.
I guess I am a Dudney at least twice over! Sorry, I get carried away also.
Lynn Dudney got our information all messed up in "The Dudney Trail". I am hoping to get it cleared up for the next one.
We hold national Dudney reunions. The last one was in CA, that I know of, too long ago. Lynn was there.
Any news of others?
I live in Anaheim, CA and my e-mail address is Quickdocs3@aol.com.
I found a book which stated the turnover of the name DieuDonne to Dudney in Ireland. Although the King had granted the Irish lands to his mercenaries from France (including Dudneys), as time passed, all had to anglicize their names. I was unable to keep the book and have been looking for a copy ever since. It was something like "Origins of Some Irish Surnames" or somesuch. Anyone out there heard of it?
My father, George Thomas Loyd (one L)Dudney was born in Jackson County, TN, married my mother, Mary Helen Day, from Louisiana, and settled in California. We spent many summers in TN as I grew up and TN has become my second home, as I still have many relatives living there. Lots of us out here, too. We have lots of recurring family names, such as William, Thomas, Nancy, George, Ann, David, Catherine, Mary, Evelyn & Loyd. I constantly search for Dudneys as we really are all one family.
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