Hi all, I have been working on a One Name Study of the Dewdney/Dudney surname now for more than 30 years and I have a very large database that I am prepared to interogate for anyone who has a specific question. But I've only just started to look seriously at the large USA contingent.
I have all the descents, including the mistakes,which are detailed in the Dudney Trail book by Lynn and I have just read all the messages on this forum. You will probably not be surprised to hear that I am confused - especially about the early descents from Abraham born about 1710 in Baltimore.
If anyone has some definitive information that contrdicts the information in Lynn's book I will be delighted to hear from them. I am aware of the mis-reading of the 1850 census regarding Arthur and Abraham.
So I will looke forward to receiving a load of lists!
There are however a couple of points that I feel I should make. Firstly I do not think that we are descended from the Huguenots - for three reasons, 1. the possibility was flatly denied by a senior member of the Huguenot Society some years ago when I floated the possibility; 2. The Huguenots were of course Protestants and there are dozens of entries in the early PR's of the Dudney name when the religion of the country was still Catholic; 3.the two men from Portarlington left there almost 50 years before the Huguenots made that one of their refuges.
I agree however that our origins are probably from France but there is not one atom of proof that I have seen - the fact that experts consider the name to be derived from the French Dieu Donne is convenient and sounds possible. I believe our origins are in that direction and that we originated in this country as camp followers of King William.
Well that's enough for now
Peter D Dewdney
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