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View Tree for Captain Roger DudleyCaptain Roger Dudley (b. 1532, d. 14 March 1587/88)

Roger Dudley (son of Henry Dudley Sutton and Ashton) was born 1532 in North Hampton, England, and died 14 March 1587/88 in North Hamptonshire, England. He married Susan Thorne on 8 June 1575 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, daughter of Thomas Thorne and Mary Purefoy.

 Includes NotesNotes for Roger Dudley:
CONFLICT: Complex circumstantial links between Henry and Roger indicates Roger may be his son. Capt. Roger Dudley, evidently, was born (perhaps in the fortress at Boulogne), say, 1550. He may be the Roger Dudley who was matriculated as pensioner at Christ college, Cambridge University, in 1566, but left without degree. (When Capt. Henry Dudley was in financial difficulty) He was married as Mr. Roger Dudley, at Lidlington Co. Bedford to Susan or Susanna Thorne, the daughter of Thomas Thorne, Gent., of Yardley-Hastings, co. Northampton, by Mary (of Magna Charta Surety descent and descendant of Charlemagne), daughter of Edward Purefoy, of Shalston, co. Buckingham. The will of John Purefoy in 1579 mentions Thomas Dudley.

In 1586 Rev. Cotton Mather of Boston wrote that "Thomas Dudley's father was Capt. Roger Dudley, who was slain in the wars, when this, his son, and one only daughter were very young".

The will of Thomas Dorne of Yardley Hastings, Gent., dated 29 Oct 1588, bequeathed "to the children of Susan Dudley, my Daughter, widow, L10 to be equally divided".

Cotton Mather also stated that Thomas Dudley was aided in obtaining his education by Mrs. Purefoy (sister-in-law of John Purefoy) "a gentlewoman famed in the parts about Northampton for wisdom, piety and works of charity".

Note: Marshall K. Kirk suggests that Roger made his home after his father's death with Peter Grey, "Queen's servant", whose manor of Segenhoe was two miles from Lidlington, co. Bedford, where Roger was later married. Any relationship of Peter with Roger's presumed grandmother Cecily Grey has not been established.

More About Roger Dudley and Susan Thorne:
Marriage: 8 June 1575, Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England.

Children of Roger Dudley and Susan Thorne are:
  1. +Thomas Dudley, b. 12 October 1576, Yardley Hastings, Northhampton, England, d. 31 July 1653, Eliot Burial Grnd., Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
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