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.