I'm interested in DUDNEYs too, although just where they fit into my family, I don't know !
My paternal grandmother's family were called ELLIS and I have traced back to a Dr James ELLIS RN who married an Elizabeth FUZZEY in Bromley, Kent, in 1822.James & Elizabeth had at least four children, Elizabeth, Edwin James (my 2 x gt grandfather), Alfred and James Fuzzey.Edwin James & Alfred came out to Australia to try their luck on the Australian goldfields and apparently they said they had cousins in England called DUDNEY.Dr ELLIS RN seems not to have been involved in the raising of his children and he brought at least five convict ships to Australia as surgeon-superintendent.
I have been trying to find the link between the DUDNEYs and ELLIS family for many years (in fact I have been researching the ELLISs for about twenty)and to that end, I've been taking as many references to DUDNEY and associated names, as I can.I even had a reference in the Wills Index for 1896 of your Martha of Shermanbury House Erith Kent and I was going to suggest that they may have come from Shermanbury in SSX but you've already found that out.So, I wondered if you would be interested in the references I have taken down ?
I also wondered if you could let me know if you have come across the following names/places in your research in relation to the family ?BUXTON (I believe that the Buxtons may have brought up the ELLIS children), ELLIOTT, RANDALL, PENTLAND, GLIBBERY.Also Bromley, Southborough, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge in Kent and Rotherhithe SRY and Stepney in MDX ?Dr Ellis also was the Licencee of "The Plough" on Bromley Common and his two guarantors were a Joseph NASH and John ACTON.There are also family myths that they were related to Lord GRAHAM after whom Grahamstown in South Africa was named and someone in the family received the VC at the Battle of Rorke's Drift in the Zulu Wars.
I'll finish here - just wanted to let you know that I'm interested too and would certainly like to know if there is any connection between our families.