A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England,
Lothrop - Ludden
By James Savage
LUDDEN, BENJAMIN, Weymouth, perhaps s. of James, by w. Eunice, d. I think, of John Holbrook, had d. Abia, b. 22 Dec. 1679; a s. whose name; is not kn. 13 Mar. 1681; and James, 9 Nov. 1689. JAMES, Weymouth, had Mary, b. 17 Dec. 1636; Sarah, 15 Nov. 1639, d. soon; Sarah, again, 5 June 1642; and John, so late as 13 Jan. 1657, by w. wh. may have been mo. of the others. Perhaps this man was the guide, in Oct. 1632, in honor of wh. Gov. Winthrop then travelling on foot from Plymouth to W. named a fording place in the North river. But the rec. in Geneal. Reg. IX. 171, calls him Laddon. In the note on p. 146 of the Hist. of Boston, attention is drawn to this name. Diligent as the writer is, his meaning may be misunderstood, when, aft. printing the name Ludham, at the foot, tho. in the text above, and in his[[vol. 3, p. 128]]Index, with me he adopts Luddam, yet, for change of sec. d to h he says, "I follow Prince, wh. follow. or used Winthrop in the original." As the last three words are print. in Italics it might seem, that an insinuation was intend. that I had not used or follow. the orig. A candid reader need not be distressed with such a suspicion, or presume that Mr. Drake believ. such a thing; for the venerable MS. in its original ink is accessib. and here more plain than often it appears.
Winthrop wrote the name twice in the same short sentence, the first time, as it was print. by me, and the sec. as giv. in Webster's Ed. of 1790, with h aft. double dd. I was content with one form. Prince struck a mid. course, and the historian of Boston mioht learn from inspection, that the petty deviation from the orig. is seen in the scrupulous annalist, Hale's Ed. 407, and not in the annotator. of Winthrop Nobody would blame Winthrop for spelling the name two ways in one sentence, nor Prince for so slight variance from both; nor quarrel with Secr. Porter in transcrib. the copy that Webster print. for obeying the latter form of Winthrop's writing of the name with an h, nor with me for accepting the earlier form, without that letter. After inspection of the ancient MS.
Mr. Drake would observe that his criticism was more than unnecessary; and his readers may excuse the error by inferring that instead of the open, bold Roman types, the natural overflow of his benignant impulses sought the more modest Italic character of censure. JOHN, Weymouth, wh. may have been s. of the preced. was a soldier on Conn. riv. under capt. Turner, in Mar. 1676. This name is not rare in the W. part of Mass.
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My maternal line: generations starting with earliest:
1) James LUDDEN 1611-1692 England to Massachusetts [MA], my 10 great grandfather;
[seeking wife's name]
2) Sarah LUDDIN b. 1642 of Weymouth and Boston, MA, m. Daniel Fairfield, etc.
Hope you are a newly found cousin,