Descendants of William Rudge of Smethwick, Staffordshire, England

The following is a genealogy of a Rudge family associated with Smethwick, Staffordshire County, England. This is based primarily upon parish records taken from the Smethwick Old Church, which was initially established in 1732 as a chapelry of the Harborne parish.


First Generation


1. William1 RUDGE.. He married Isobel COOPER on 7 Nov 1742 in the parish of Harborne, Stafford, England (LDS Batch no. M085732 Sheet 00, Source no. 0428999).

Isobel may be the Isabella Rhudge who was buried on 29 Jan 1797 OR the Isabella Rhudge who was buried on 9 Mar 1804 at the Smethwick Chapelry, (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 82, 87).

William may be the one of three William Rhudges who were buried on 20 Apr 1774, 20 Jun 1777, or 14 May 1805 at the Smethwick Chapelry, (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 38, 39, 88).

William and Isobel had the following children:

	2	i.	Anne2 RUDGE (1745-)
	3	ii.	Elizabeth2 RUDGE (1748-)
	4	iii.	Samuel2 RUDGE (1751-1817)
	5	iv.	Edward2 RUDGE (1754-)
	6	v.	William2 RUDGE (1757-)


Second Generation


2. Anne2 RUDGE(William1). She was born ca. 1745 and baptized the daughter of William and Isabel Rudge on 24 Jan 1745 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 6).


3. Elizabeth2 RUDGE(William1). She was born ca. 1748 and baptized the daughter of William and Isabel Rudge on 28 Dec 1748 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 8).


4. Samuel2 RUDGE(William1). He was born ca. 1751 and baptized the son of William and Isabel Rudge on 29 Sep 1751 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 9).

BAPTISM RECORD:"Baptisms Anno Domini 1751... Sep 29 Samuel S. of William & Isobel Rudge" (Smethwick Old Church Baptisms and Burials 1732 - 1777)

Samuel married someone named Elizabeth ca. 1775. I suspect it may be Elizabeth CARR, daughter of Thomas and Hannah Carr, as the below record is the only marriage record I have been able to find of a Samuel Rudge in the appropriate time period and Birmingham is relatively nearby.

BAPTISM RECORD:"Baptisms Anno Domini 1751... May 3 Elizabeth D of Thomas & Hannah Carr 3 May" (Smethwick Old Church Baptisms and Burials 1732 - 1777)

MARRIAGE RECORD: Samuel RUDGE married Elizabeth CARR on 18 Dec 1775 at St. Martin, Birmingham, England.. (Marriage records of St. Martin, Birmingham, England, LDS Batch no. M010722, Sheet 00, Source no. 0919765-0919767, Printout 6900689)

Samuel died on 1 Sep 1817 and was buried on 4 Sep 1817 in the churchyard of the Chapelry of Smethwick, Stafford.

BURIAL RECORD: "Burials in the Chapelry of Smethwick in the County of Stafford in the Year 1817... [Name] No. 171. Samuel Rudge [Abode] Smethwick [When buried] September 4 [Age] 66 years [By whom the Ceremony was performed] E. Dales" (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2; Smethwick Old Church Burials Jan 1813-Sep 1831 p. 22) A copy of the burial record is located here.

GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTION: "N84. Sacred to the memory of SAMUEL RUDGE who departed this life September 1st, 1817. Aged 66 years, Also of ELIZABETH BUCKERFIELD, daughter of the above SAMUEL RUDGE who departed this life December 23rd 1816. Aged 36 years." (Harris, Pauline. (1981) Monumental Inscriptions of Smethwick Old Church, Staffordshire. Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry.) Photos of his tombstone are located here.

Elizabeth died shortly after him in May 1823 and was buried on 16 May 1823 at the Chapelry of Smethwick, Stafford, England.

BURIAL RECORD: "Burials in the Chapelry of Smethwick in the County of Stafford in the Year 1822... [Name] No. 351. Elizabeth Rudge [Abode] Westbromwich [When buried] May 16 [Age] 71 years [By whom the Ceremony was performed] E. Dales" (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2; Smethwick Old Church Burials Jan 1813- Sep 1831 p. 44)

Samuel RUDGE and Elizabeth CARR had the following children:

	7	i.	Ann2 RUDGE (1776-)
	8	ii.	William2 RUDGE (1778-1823)
	9	iii.	Elizabeth2 RUDGE (1780-1816)

	10	iv.	Samuel2 RUDGE (1783-1827)
	11	v.	Sarah2 RUDGE (1788-)
	12	vi.	John2 RUDGE (1795-1822)


5. Edward2 RUDGE(William1). He was born ca. 1754 and baptized the son of William and Isabella Rudge on 3 Jun 1754 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 11).


6. William2 RUDGE(William1). He was born ca. 1757 and baptized the son of William and "Arabella" Rudge on 11 Apr 1757 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 13).

He appears to be the William Rudge who married Catherine PAINE on 15 Jun 1783 at St. Martin, Birmingham, Warwick, England (LDS Batch no. 7505734, Sheet no. 13, Source 0935380). A Catherina Rudge was buried on 23 Aug 1801 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwich Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 85).

William and Catherine Rudge had several children who are known only by their burial records (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 82, 84).

		i.	Joseph3 RHUDGE buried 17 Apr 1796.
		ii.	John3 RHUDGE buried 18 Sep 1796.
		ii.	Benjamin3 RHUDGE buried 2 Mar 1800.


Third Generation


7. Ann3 RUDGE (Samuel2, William1). She was born ca. 1776 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England and baptized on 30 Jun 1776 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 23).

BAPTISM RECORD: "30 Jun 1776 Ann daughter of Samuel & Elizabeth Rhudge" (Baptism Records for Smethwick, Staffordshire, England; LDS Batch no. C061732, Sheet 00, Source no. 0421591, Printout 1037057).


8. William3 RUDGE (Samuel2, William1). He was born ca. 1778 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England and baptized on 6 Jan 1778 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 49). William died on 16 Jul 1823 and was buried on 17 Jul 1823 at Deadman's Place [St. Saviour], Southwark, England. He was an engineer and worked at the Southwark Waterworks.

BAPTISM RECORD: "1778 Baptisms... William S. of Samuel and Elizabeth Rhudge January 6" (Smethwick Old Church Baptisms and Burials July 1777 - Dec 1812)

William married Hannah TAYLOR, daughter of Richard Grove Taylor, on 8 Jun 1799 at the parish of St. George the Martyr, Southwark, London, England. Further information about their family and descendants is located here.


9. Elizabeth3 RUDGE (Samuel2, William1). She was born ca. 1780 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England and baptized on 30 Jan 1780 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 50).

BAPTISM RECORD: "30 Jan 1780 Elizabeth daughter of Samuel & Elizabeth Rhudge" (Baptism Records for Smethwick, Staffordshire, England; LDS Batch no. C061732, Sheet 00, Source no. 0421591, Printout 1037057).

She married Thomas BUCKERFIELD on 16 Apr 1812 in Harborne, Stafford, England (LDS Batch no. M020364). Elizabeth died, presumably without issue, on 23 Dec 1816, as indicated in the inscription of her father's gravestone provided above.


10. Samuel3 RUDGE (Samuel2, William1). He was born ca. 1783 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England and baptized on 25 May 1783 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 52). He died ca. Dec 1826 and was buried on 8 Dec 1826 at the Chapelry of Smethwick (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 63). In a baptism record for his son Thomas he is described as a "victualler", which in British English often is a synonym for an innkeeper.

BAPTISM RECORD: "25 May 1783 Samuel son of Samuel & Elizabeth Rudge" (Baptism Records for Smethwick, Staffordshire, England; LDS Batch no. C061732, Sheet 00, Source no. 0421591, Printout 1037057).

Samuel married Ann LIGHTBURN on 19 Nov 1815 in Harborne, Staffordshire, England. She was born ca. 1799 and died on 21 Apr 1863 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England.

Samuel died ca. Dec 1826 and was buried on 8 Dec 1826 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 63). The burial record states he was 37 years old at the time of his death. His will (filed at the Lichfield Joint Record Office) was written on 19 Jul 1826 and probated on 8 May 1827. In it he mentions having four children: John, Samuel, Edwin and Thomas.

GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTION: "N103. In the memory of JOHN RUDGE son of SAMUEL and ANN RUDGE who departed this life August 3rd 1859. Aged 42 years. Also MATILDA RUDGE daughter of the above JOHN RUDGE who departed this life December 31st 1846. Aged 3 years and 6 months. Also THOMAS WILLIAM RUDGE third son of the above JOHN RUDGE who died January 19th 1873. In his 23rd year. "In the midst of life we are in death." In loving memory of ANN MORRIS who departed this life April 21st 1863. Relict of the late SAMUEL RUDGE. In memory of THOMAS RUDGE son of Samuel and ANN RUDGE who departed this life December 30th 1861. Aged 39 years. Also ARTHUR H. RUDGE son of the above THOS. RUDGE who departed this life May 15th 1854 Aged 4 years 11 months. Also WALTER RUDGE son of the above THOMAS RUDGE who departed this life January 5th 1861. Aged 4 years and 5 months. In loving memory of JOHN FREDERICK RUDGE who died May 14th 1911. Aged 65 years. "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. ------- who departed this life ---- 1826. Aged 38 years. "Thy children here their reverence pay." Also EDWIN RUDGE son of the above SAMUEL RUDGE who departed this life August 18th 1843. Aged 20 years. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." (Harris, Pauline. (1981) Monumental Inscriptions of Smethwick Old Church, Staffordshire. Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry.) (Note: The missing name on this memorial might be Samuel, who died in 1826 and whose wife, children and grandchildren are memorialized on the stone. The date isn't entirely consistent.)

As indicated in the gravestone inscription above, Ann nee LIGHTBURN RUDGE married (2) Joseph MORRIS on 28 Oct 1830 after the death of her first husband.

MARRIAGE NOTICES: "MARRIED... On Thursday, Mr. Joseph Morris, maltster, of Dudley, to Ann Rudge, of the Swan Inn, Smethwick." (4 Nov 1830 Worcester Journal p. 3); "MARRIED... On Thursday, the 28th ult. Mr. Joseph Morris, maltster of Dudley, to Ann Rudge, of the Swan Inn, Smethwick." (6 Nov Stafford Advertiser p. 4)

Samuel RUDGE and Ann LIGHTBURN had at least the following children:

	13	i.	John4 RUDGE (1817-1859)
		ii.	Samuel4 RUDGE (1818-)
	14	iii.	Thomas4 RUDGE (1822-1861)
		iv.	Edwin4 RUDGE (1823-1843)

Ann had additional children by her second husband.

OBITUARIES: "On the 21st instant, at Galton-place, aged 64 years, Ann Morris, relict of Mr. Samuel Rudge, of Smethwick" (29 Apr 1863 Obituary for Ann Morris. Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser p. 5); "RUDGE - On the 11st instant, at Galton-place, Ann Morris, relict of Mr. Samuel Rudge, of Smethwick, aged sixty-four." (25 Apr 1863 Obituary for Ann Morris. Morning Post p. 7)


11. Sarah3 RUDGE (Samuel2, William1). She was born ca. 1788 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England and baptized on 1 Jun 1788 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 54).

BAPTISM RECORD: "1 Jun 1788 Sarah daughter of Samuel & Elizabeth Rhudge" (Baptism Records for Smethwick, Staffordshire, England; LDS Batch no. C061732, Sheet 00, Source no. 0421591, Printout 1037057).


12. John3 RUDGE (Samuel2, William1). He was born ca. 1795 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England and baptized on 6 Jan 1795 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 57).

BAPTISM RECORD: "6 Jan 1795 John son of Samuel & Elizabeth Rhudge" (Baptism Records for Smethwick, Staffordshire, England; LDS Batch no. C061732, Sheet 00, Source no. 0421591, Printout 1037057).

OBITUARY: "Monday se'nnight age 27, Mr. John Rudge, engineer, Smethwick" (Warwick and Warwickshire General Advertiser 27 Apr 1822)

John died 27 Apr 1822 and was buried on 29 Apr 1822 at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Stafford, England (Registers of the Old Church Smethwick v. 1 & 2, p. 59). The record specifically refers to him as being 27 years old at the time of his death.


Fourth Generation


13. John4 RUDGE (Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born ca. 1817 and died on 3 Aug 1859. John was an innkeeper.

John married Jane HOLLOWAY, daughter of Thomas and True nee Nock Holloway, on 31 Dec 1839 in the parish of Harborne, Stafford, England. She was born on 31 Dec 1820 in Salt Wells, Netherton, Worcestershire, England.

MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT: "MARRIED... On Tuesday last, at Harborne, Mr. John Rudge, of the Swan Inn, Smethwick, to Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. Thomas Holloway, of Lady Wood, near Brierley Hill." (6 Jan 1840 Aris's Birmingham Gazette p. 3); "MARRIED... Dec. 31st, at Harborne, Mr. John Rudge, of the Swan Inn, Smethwick, to Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. Thomas Holloway, of Lady Wood, near Brierley Hill." (8 Jan 1840 Worcestershire Chronicle p. 3)

John, his wife and their two sons appear in the 1851 census for Smethwick.

OBITUARY: "DIED. On the 3rd inst., in the 42nd year of his age, Mr. John Rudge, of Smethwick; deeply regretted." (5 Aug 1859 Birmingham Daily Post p. 3); "DIED. On the 3rd inst., aged 42 years, Mr. John Rudge, of Smethwick; deeply regretted." (6 Aug 1859 Birmingham Journal p. 5)

John RUDGE and Jane HOLLOWAY had at least the following children:

	15	i.	Samuel Holloway5 RUDGE (1840-1891)
	16	ii.	Matilda Jane5 RUDGE (1843-1846)
	17	iii.	John Frederick5 RUDGE (1846-1911)
	18	ii.	Thomas William5 RUDGE (1850-1873)

14. Thomas 4 RUDGE (Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born ca. 1822 and baptized on 15 May 1822 at the Chapelry of Smethwick. Thomas died on 30 Dec 1861 in Staffordshire, England and is buried at the Smethwick Chapelry (Old Smethwick Church), Smethwick, Staffordshire, England. (Information taken from the memorial inscription provided in the entry for his father.)

Thomas married Jane MASON, daughter of Benjamin Mason, on 8 Oct 1845 in Wallsall, Staffordshire, England. She was born ca. 1824 in Wallsall, Staffordshire, England.

MARRIAGE NOTICES: "On Wednesday last, at St. Matthew's church, Walsall, by the Rev. J. A. Sharwood, Vicar, Mr. Thomas Rudge, youngest son of the late Mr. Samuel Rudge, of Smethwick, to Jane, only daughter of Mr. Benjamin Mason, both of Walsall." (13 Oct 1845 Aris's Birmingham Gazette p. 3); "On the 8th instant, at St. Matthew's church, Walsall, by the Rev. J. A. Sharwood, M. A. vicar, Mr. Samuel [sic] Rudge, of Smethwick, to Jane, only daughter of Mr. B. Mason, both of Walsall." (15 Oct 1845 Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser p. 3); "Oct. 8, at St. Matthew's church, Walsall, by the Rev. J. H. Sharwood, Mr. T. Rudge, youngest son of the late S. Rudge, of Smethwick, to Jane, only daughter of Mr. B. Mason, both of Walsall." (16 Oct 1845 Worcester Journal p. 3)

OBITUARY: "DIED. On the 30th ult., aged 39 years, Mr. Thomas Rudge, of Holly Place, Smethwick." (4 Jan 1862 Obituary for Mr. Thomas Rudge. Aris's Birmingham Gazette p. 5)

After Thomas died, Jane migrated with her children to New York City ca. 1865 according to census records. She lived for a time in Brooklyn ca. 1875, but ultimately wound up in Ridgewood, Bergen, New Jersey. She died some time after the 1880 census.

STORY ABOUT THE FAMILY: "Jane's husband Thomas was a "draper" in England. He apparently suffered some sort of stroke or heart attack and was taken home and the doctor sent for. According to my father, the doctor came into the room and after a brief exam said "Madam, he will die before the day is out". And so he did. Jane was said to have been "swindled" out of her share of the business and left for America with the four children. Money came to her periodically from England, so the story goes and was termed "guilt money" according to my father. Many of the family members lived in Glenn Rock New Jersey. That is where my father grew up. Many a Christmas we spent in my grandmother's house there." (Shared by descendant Jon Rudge, grandson of Robert Knapp Rudge.)

LETTER FROM WHICH ABOVE STORY IS TAKEN: "Dear Abigail, Aunt Lou has asked me to write in answer to your letter concerning Grandfather and Great Grandfather Rudge. As you perhaps know She is now in her eightieth year; her eyesight is not too strong and her hands are somewhat crippled by rheumatism, all of which makes it very difficult for her to write. This afternoon I spent some time with her talking over that part of our family history which she is able to recall and I trust you will find the following letter scattered memories of some interest. (I might say that Aunt Lou is apt to become slightly confused when sudden demands are made upon her memory and it is necessary to be careful lest she becomes over-excited). Great-grandfather Thomas Rudge was engaged in the drapers; Business and, as Aunt Lou remembers it, traveled about the country at frequent intervals. The family was apparently quite well-to-do, since Great grandmother Rudge brought to America several packing cases of beautiful and valuable possessions (The story of these comes later.) Great grandfather was stricken with apoplexy while in the railroad station of the city in which the family lived (it was in the north of England and may have been Smethwick or Walrall since Great Uncle Fred wished notices of his own death to be published in papers of those cities.) He was picked up by one of the porters of the station and taken to his home where he was placed in a large four-posted bed. The doctor who was called in attendance stood at the foot of this bed and after gazing intently at his patient told our Great Grandmother "He will die, madame," He then moved to a position at the side of the bed and repeated the process of staring intently at Great Grandfather after which he again said, "He will die, Madame"; The doctor was right for he died without regaining consciousness. His age at the time was thirty eight. Aunt Lou was then only two years old, her brother Fred was sixteen or seventeen, and Grandfather was then eight or ten. (I have no way of checking exact dates.) Aunt Lou Remembers that her father, shortly before his death, gave her a Party on the occasion of her second birthday to which there were invited twenty little girls of her own age. Great grandfather was an ardent churchman and was much admired for the stately and dignified manner in which he strode up the aisle into church. - There seems to be some confusion as to what church he attended. Aunt Lou believes it was the Church of England while her brother Fred, who died several years ago, maintained that it was the United Presbyterian. Perhaps Edwin has information which could definitely settle this point. From the above meager facts I picture Great Grandfather Rudge as a man of wide, perhaps speculative business interests, an affectionate husband and father, tall and dignified in appearance. Perhaps this is very wide of the mark. I should like sometime to see his portrait and compare it with the mental image I have formed of him. After Great Grandfather's death there was very little money left to support the family. His executor (his brother Samuel I believe) claimed that all his money, including insurance, had been used to settle his debts. There seems to have been some question of the executor's honesty for Great Grandmother used to receive occasional small sums of money from England which she called "conscious money". Perhaps Edwin has told you all of this. I hope I have not exposed the skeleton in the family cupboard. I have often wondered why the family migrated to America, for They were certainly not of the same social class as the ordinary emigrants of the Civil War period. The clue to the riddle lies, I think, in the character of our great uncle Fred. He was the oldest child of the family and had been apprenticed to a firm of printers in England. Perhaps he was galled by this peculiarly medieval form of bondage; undoubtedly he was attracted by the stories of adventure, opportunity and wealth to be gained in America. Even in his old age when I knew him he was incurably romantic; a fine old-fashioned English gentleman with rosy cheeks and white hair and mustache. He was an amateur poet of some ability and I recall in particular an elegy which he wrote at the time of his wife's death. At any rate I am quite certain that he was the prime mover in the decision to go to America and Aunt Lou concurs in this. They sailed from Liverpool to the "City of Cork" bound for New York. Aunt Lou tells me there had been ten children in the family of whom only four were living at this time - Fred, William, Edwin, Clara and Louise. This is the first time I had heard of Clara and I imagine Aunt Lou's memory may be at fault in this particular. Aunt Lou was three or four years old at the time of the voyage. They traveled in a stateroom, she says, and she remembers being held up to see the sharks that followed the ship. This, and the fact that the crossing took a very long time, are the only things she can remember from these events. Arrived in New York, the family took lodgings in a boarding house on Cedar Street. Here occurred the loss of the contents of the packing-cases. One of the servants in the house broke open the cases and stole the entire contents. The identity of the thief was established by the fact that her hair-net had fallen into one of the cases and was found there when Great-grandmother opened the cases. (What ho! Watson) The stolen goods were never recovered. Uncle Fred, for some reason, did not go out west to fight the Indians, but found a job in his old printing trade (our whole family history hinges upon his early apprenticeship to a printer) and was instrumental in starting his younger brother, our grandfather, in this work. The effort of remembering and telling me all the foregoing had left Aunt Lou tired and I did not wish to press her further for details of Granfather's [sic] life at this time. Some day in the near future I shall try to elicit from her further stories of the early life of the Rudge family in America, with particular reference to her brother, William Edwin and the beginnings of the printing business, his private life and his personal character. I may also be able to add a few details myself from the stories told to me by my father before his death. In the meantime, I am enclosing two letters written to Aunt Lou by Edwin's father, my Uncle Will, from England and France. As Edwin accompanied his father on this trip I am sure that he will find them of interest. Aunt Lou will be glad to hear from you. Perhaps if you wish any other information it might be better for you to write to me and allow me to talk to her without exciting her by the thought that she must answer your letter herself. I should like to make your acquaintance and also see Edwin again. We have met only once in the last ten years. In any cases, write and let me know whether this letter contains some few of the things you wished to know. Sincerely yours, Robert Rudge"(Letter to Abigail nee Hazen Rudge from Robert Knapp Rudge Jr. Dated 10 May 1929)

Thomas RUDGE and Jane MASON had the following children:

	19	i.	Frederick Samuel5 RUDGE (1846-)
	20	ii.	Arthur Henry5 RUDGE (1849-1854)
	21	iii.	Clara Jane5 RUDGE (1851-)
	22	iv.	William Edwin5 RUDGE Sr. (1852-1910)
		v.	Walter Mason5 RUDGE (Jul 1856-5 Jan 1861)
	23	vi.	Louisa Anne5 RUDGE (1859-)


Fifth Generation


15. Samuel Holloway5 RUDGE (John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born on 19 Nov 1840 and baptized on 13 Dec 1840 in the parish of North Harborne, Staffordshire, England. He died on 25 Feb 1891. He first married Emma BAILEY on 30 May 1867 in Dudley, England. She was born ca. 1842 and died ca. 1881.

Samuel Holloway RUDGE and Emma BAILEY had the following children:

		i.	Betty6 RUDGE 
		ii.	Eddie6 RUDGE 
		iii.	Emmie6 RUDGE 
		iv.	Mabel6 RUDGE 
		v.	Arthur George Bailey6 RUDGE (b. 1879) 
Samuel Holloway second married Maria HALLAM on 29 May 1882 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. She was born on 21 Mar 1855 in Ruddington, Nottingham and died on 10 Jan 1893 in Nottingham.

Samuel Holloway RUDGE and Maria HALLAM had the following children:

		i.	Julia Mabel6 RUDGE (b. 1885)
		ii.	Minnie6 RUDGE (b. 1889)
	24	iii.	Charles Henry6 RUDGE (b. 1890-1965)

16. Matilda Jane5 RUDGE (John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). She was born ca. 1843 and died on 31 Dec 1846. She is buried at the Old Parish Churchyard, Smethwick, Staffordshire, England. (Information taken from the memorial inscription provided in the entry for her grandfather, Samuel Rudge.)

OBITUARY: "DIED... On Tuesday last, in her fourth year, Matilda Jane, only daughter of Mr. John Rudge, of Smethwick." (28 Dec 1846 ArisÕs Birmingham Gazette p. 3)


17. John Frederick5 RUDGE (John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). HE was born ca. 1846 and baptized on 30 Aug 1846 in North Harborne, Staffordshire, England. He died on 14 May 1911 in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England. John married Mary Fawcett HOLMES on 28 Jun 1870 in Harborne, Staffordshire, England. John Frederick is buried at the Old Parish Churchyard, Smethwick, Staffordshire, England. (Information taken from the memorial inscription provided in the entry for his grandfather, Samuel Rudge.)

John Frederick RUDGE and Mary Fawcett HOLMES had two children:

	25	i.	Lottie Matilda6 RUDGE (1871-)
	26	ii.	Frederick Samuel6 RUDGE (1874-1944)


18. Thomas William5 RUDGE (John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born ca. 1851 and died on 19 Jan 1873 in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England. He is buried at the Old Parish Churchyard, Smethwick, Staffordshire, England. (Information taken from the memorial inscription provided in the entry for his grandfather, Samuel Rudge.)


19. Frederick Samuel5 RUDGE (Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born ca. Aug 1846 in Walsall, Staffordshire, England and died after 1920. He married Carrie NEWEY ca. 1879.

Frederick S. RUDGE and Carrie NEWEY had two children:

	27	i.	Edith Erving6 RUDGE (1873-)
	28	ii.	Carrie L.6 RUDGE (1879-)

Frederick Samuel second married Anna Marie GREEN, daughter of Alexis and Elizabeth C. nee Rhodes Green, on 23 Oct 1878 in Kings Co. NY. She was born in 1848 in Connecticutt and died on 8 Apr 1924.

Frederick Samuel and Anna Marie Rudge appear in the 1920 census.

OBITUARY: "RUDGE-ANNIE M. (nee Green), wife of Frederick S. Rudge, died April 8, 1924, at her late residence, 287 Broad st., Ridgewood, N.J. Buried in the Green family plot (Shiloh), Evergreens Cemetery." (27 Apr 1924 Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) p. 24.


20. Arthur Henry5 RUDGE (Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born ca. Jun 1849 in Walsall, Staffordshire, England. He died 15 May 1854 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England. He is buried at the Old Parish Churchyard, Smethwick, Staffordshire, England. (Information taken from the memorial inscription provided in the entry for his grandfather, Samuel Rudge.)


21. Clara Jane5 RUDGE (Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). She was born ca. Apr 1851 in Walsall, Staffordshire, England.


22. William Edwin5 RUDGE Sr. (Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born 3 Nov 1852 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England. He died on 10 Feb 1910 in Glen Rock, New Jersey and was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City, Bronx Co. New York. He was a printer.

William Edwin Sr. married Lavinia KNAPP, daughter of Robert Alex and Eliza nee [unknown maiden name] Knapp, ca. 1876. She was born ca. Sep 1856 in New York City. She died in Dec 1918 in Glen Rock, New Jersey and was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City, Bronx Co. New York.

William Edwin RUDGE Sr. and Lavinia KNAPP had four children:

	29	i.	William Edwin6 RUDGE Jr. (1876-1931)
	30	ii.	Frederick S.6 RUDGE (1878-)
	31	iii.	Mary L.6 RUDGE (1882-1919)
	32	iv.	Robert Knapp6 RUDGE (1887-1924)
		v.	Florence A.5 RUDGE (24 Nov 1890-24 Jan 1893)


23. Louisa Anne5 RUDGE (Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). She was born ca. Dec 1859 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England. She married George BERDAN. He was born ca. Feb 1839 in NJ, and died before 1910 in New Jersey. They had one daughter:

		i.	Louise6 BREDAN (b. Jan 1882) 


Sixth Generation


24. Charles Henry6 RUDGE (Samuel Holloway5, John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born on 15 Oct 1890 in Radford, Nottingham and died on 27 Apr 1965 in Stockport, Cheshire, England. He first married May Eveline OLDFIELD on 2 Feb 1916 at the Mansfield Road Weslian Chapel in Nottingshire. She was born ca. Jul 1893.

Charles Henry RUDGE and May Eveline OLDFIELD had the following children:

		i.	Joyce Hilda May7 RUDGE (1918-1920)
		ii.	Dennis Alfred7 RUDGE (1920-1994)

Charles Henry Rudge second married Ethel WILLETS on 17 Apr 1930. She was born on 8 Jul 1902 in Arnold and dided on 9 Nov 2000 in Ormskirk. They had one child together:

		i.	Geoffrey Maurice7 RUDGE (1931-1931)


25. Lottie Matilda6 RUDGE (John Frederick5,John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). She was born on 5 Aug 1871 and baptized on 1 Oct 1871 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England.


26. Frederick Samuel6 RUDGE (John Frederick5,John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born on 22 Apr 1874 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England. He died on 27 Jan 1944.

Frederick Samuel married Florence Annie nee PHILIPS. She was born on 18 Dec 1875 and died on 19 Jan 1974.

Frederick Samuel RUDGE and Florence Annie nee PHILIPS had the following children:

		i.	Nellie7 RUDGE (1907-1953)
		ii.	John Frederick7 RUDGE (1912-1992)


27. Edith Erving6 RUDGE (Frederick Samuel5, Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). She was born 25 Feb 1873 in Brooklyn, New York.


28. Carrie L.6 RUDGE (Frederick Samuel5, Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). She was born ca. Aug 1879 in New York. She married Peter E. G. NIELSEN. He was born ca. 1882 in Denmark.

They had one child together:

		i.	Carrie L.7 NIELSON (1923-)


29. William Edwin6 RUDGE Jr. (William Edwin5 Sr.,Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born 23 Nov 1876 in Brooklyn, New York and died on 12 Jun 1931 at the Mount Vernon Hospital, Mount Vernon, N.Y. He was a famous publisher and printer.

William married Lillian Mae nee GOULD, daughter of Theodore L. And Louise nee Sagerman Gould, in 1906.

OBITUARY:"WILLIAM E. RUDGE ART PRINTER, DIES. Associate of Bruce Rogers in Publishing of World-Famous Editions Succumbs at 54. ISSUED BOSWELL PAPERS. Malahide Castle Discovery Put Into Type at His Mount Vernon Press- Received Many Honors. Special to the New York Times. MOUNT VERNON, N.Y., June 12.- William Edwin Rudge Jr., printer and publisher, who had long been known to connoisseurs all over the world for the high artistic quality of the books issuing from his press here, died late tonight in the Mount Vernon Hospital at the age of 54. He is survived by a widow, who was Miss Lillian M. Gould of Mount Vernon at their marriage in 1906, and two sons, William Edwin 3d and Frederick Gould Rudge. The funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon in the First Presbyterian Church. Any account of American printing written during the last twenty years has placed the name of Mr. Rudge in a small group of not more than two or three artist-publishers who devoted themselves largely to limited editions wrought with the greatest care for appreciative purchasers. Usually Mr. Rudge's productions also benefited from the designs of Bruce Rogers, as in the case of the "Private Papers of James Boswell From Malahide Castle," an edition of 570 copies that made its first appearance in 1928. Mr. Rudge was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 23, 1876, the son of William Edwin and Lavina Knapp Rudge. After a few years in the public schools he began to work at age 12 in the printing and publishing business in New York City, and remained within hail of New York and in the same calling ever since. Eventually he formed his own corporation bearing his name, with headquarters at 9 Bradford Road, Mount Vernon. Since 1918, Mr. Rudge received two gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals in annual printing exhibitions held in New York. In 1925 he won first place at Philadelphia, the next year, also at Philadelphia, honorable mention. President Hoover, as Secretary of Commerce in 1925, chose him to represent the printing industry at the International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Art in Paris. Mr. Rudge had been a member of the Advisory Board at New York University for the course given by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He was a member of that institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art-in-Trade club, Grolier and Transportation Clubs. His home was at196 North Columbus Avenue, his New York office at 475 Fifth Avenue." (13 Jun 1931 New York Times p. 10)

They had two children together:

	33	i.	William Edwin7 RUDGE III (1908-1989)
	34	ii.	Frederick7 RUDGE (1911-1985)


30. Frederick S.6 RUDGE (William Edwin5 Sr.,Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born on 11 Jul 1878 in New York and died on 5 Jun 1906. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City, Bronx Co. New York.


31. Mary L.6 RUDGE (William Edwin5 Sr.,Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). She was born on 22 Sep 1882 in New York and died on 9 Apr 1919. She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City, Bronx Co. New York.


32. Robert Knapp6 RUDGE Sr. (William Edwin5 Sr.,Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born on 13 Apr 1887 in New York. He died on 22 Nov 1924 and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City, Bronx Co. New York.

Robert Knapp married Florence nee GRIFFITHS, daughter of William Gough and Estelle nee STOUT GRIFFITHS. She was born on 14 Jun 1884 in Germantown, PA. She died on 14 Jan 1977 in Fort Meyers, FL.

OBITUARY: "FLORENCE GRIFFITHS RUDGE. Florence Griffiths Rudge died in Fort Myers on January 14. Mrs. Rudge was born in Germantown, Pa. on June 14, 1884. She had been a resident of Glen Rocks, N. J. for over 60 years before moving to Florida two years ago. She was the widow of Robert K. Rudge Sr., who died in 1924. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Glen Rock. She is survived by one son, Robert K. Rudge of Freedom, N.Y.; one daughter, Mrs. James W. Hartley of Fort Myers, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral service and burial will be held in the Emburg Funeral Home in Ridgewood, N.J. Kiser-Belcher Fort Myers Funeral Home, 1280 Cypress Lake Drive is in charge of local arrangements." (16 Jan 1977 News Press (Fort Myers, FL) p. 26)

They had two children together:

	35	i.	Robert Knapp7 RUDGE Jr. (1911-1990)
	36	ii.	Frances Wood7 RUDGE (1913-1987)


Seventh Generation


33. William Edwin7 RUDGE III (William Edwin6 Jr.,William Edwin5 Sr.,Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born 23 Sep 1908 in New York and died on 5 Mar 1989 at the home of his daughter in Madison, N.J. He was a publisher and printer. He married Abigail nee HAZEN, daughter of Allen and Elizabeth nee McConway HAZEN, on 30 May 1934 in Dobb's Ferry, New York. She was born on 1 Jun 1909 in Manhattan, N.Y. and died in 6 Nov 1986 in Memorial Hospital, Morristown, N.J. They had children.

OBITUARY: "Abigail Rudge; was librarian in Wilbraham. SOUTH POMFRET, Vt. Abigail (Hazen) Rudge, 77, of South Pomfret, a former director and retired senior librarian at the Willbraham, Mass., Public Library, died Thursday in the Morristown, N. J. Memorial Hospital. She had been the children's librarian and later the senior librarian, and was instrumental in the building of the new Wilbraham Public Library. In 1966, she was named director of the library, and retired in 1973 after 16 years at the library. A 1930 graduate of Vassar College, she also worked at the children's librarian at the Fifth Avenue Library in New York. Born in New York City, she lived in Wilbraham and moved to Vermont after retiring. She served on the Pomfret Library Board. She leaves her husband, William E. Rudge; a son, Dr. William E. Rudge IV of San Jose, Calif., two daughters, Abigail Stern of Rochester, N.Y., and Joanna Long of Madison, N.J.; a brother, Richard, of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and six grandchildren. A memorial service was conducted yesterday afternoon in North Pomfret Congregational Church. Cabot Funeral Home of Woodstock, Vt. was in charge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Church Hill, Woodstock, Vt. 05091." (9 Nov 1986 Springfield Union (Springfield, MA) p. 13)

OBITUARY: "Obituaries. William E. Rudge, 3rd. MADISON - William Edwin Rudge III of Pomfret, Vt., died here yesterday at the home of his daughter, Joanna Rudge Long, after a long illness. Born in Mt. Vernon, N. Y., he attended Haverford College. Rudge served apprenticeship in his father's firm, The Printing House of William Edwin Rudge, Mt. Vernon, and with John Johnson, printer to Oxford University. After his father's death, he was a founder of William E. Rudge's Sons in New York City and was later director of the Printing Office of Yale University Press. In 1940, in Bethany, Connecticut, he founded "PRINT: A Quarterly Journal of the Graphic Arts," which served as a forum for leaders in typography and printing and also as a showcase for their work. He continued to publish "PRINT" after moving to Vermont and buying Elm Tree Press in Woodstock in 1942. In the late 1940s, Mr. Rudge revived the dormant "Print CollectorÕs Quarterly," ultimately merging it with "PRINT." In 1952, Rudge moved to Massachusetts, where he continued his printing ventures; he returned to Pomfret in 1975. His wife, Abigail Hazen Rudge, whom he married in 1934, died in 1986. Surviving, in addition to Mrs. Long, are a son, William Edwin Rudge 4th of San Jose, Calif., a daughter, Abigail Rudge Stern of Rochester, N.Y. and six grandchildren.Ó (16 Mar 1989 The Madison Eagle (Madison, NJ) p. 30)


34. Frederick Gould7 RUDGE (William Edwin6 Jr.,William Edwin5 Sr.,Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born 18 Jul 1911 in New York and died on 13 Nov 1985 in Chapel Hill, Orange Co. NC. He was president of a firm specializing in labor management relations. He married Frances Sarah THOMPSON, daughter of John Stone and Frances R. nee Law THOMPSON, in 1935. She was born on 29 Sep 1914 in Mount Vernon, N.Y. and died on 15 Dec 1988 in Chapel Hill, Orange Co. NC. They had children.

OBITUARY: "RUDGE -Frederick G. Formerly of New York City and of New Cannan, Conn. died November 12, in Chapel Hill, NC, where he had lived since 1923. Mr. Rudge was president of Fred Rudge Associates Inc., a New York City consulting firm specializing in labor management relations, which served major corporations including General Electric, Western Union, Kennecott Copper and other companies in more than 20 industries. Mr. Rudge attended Haverford College where he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year. The following year he graduated from Columbia University. In 1932, at the age of 21, Mr. Rudge started the printing firm of William E. Rudge's Sons, Inc. His work in printing annual reports for large corporations aroused his interest in improving communications between corporations, their stockholders and employees. This lead to the formation in 1945 of Fred Rudge Associates, specializing at first in management communication and later in the broader field of labor management relations. Mr. Rudge is survived by a brother, William Edwin, of Pomfret, Vermont, two sons, Christopher of Chappaqua, New York, and J. Anthony of Toledo, Ohio, one daughter Kathleen T. Fought at New Haven, Conn; two grandsons and his wife, Frances T. Mr. Rudge was 74. Services will be held on Saturday at 3 p m in Chapel Hill" (14 Nov 1985 New York Times p. B18)


35. Robert Knapp7 RUDGE Jr. (Robert Knapp6 Sr.,William Edwin5 Sr.,Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). He was born on 4 Jun 1911 in Glen Rock, Bergen Co. N.J. He died on 18 Oct 1990 in Newton, Sussex Co. N.J. He married Marion LESTER, daughter of Catharine LESTER. She was born on 14 Jul 1913 in New York City and died on 25 Feb 1995 in Sarasota, FL. They had children.


36. Frances Wood7 RUDGE (Robert Knapp6 Sr.,William Edwin5 Sr.,Thomas4, Samuel3, Samuel2, William1). She was born on 25 Feb 1913 in Ridgewood, N.J. She died on 19 Sep 1987 in Fort Myers, Lee Co. FL. She married James Mills HARTLEY Sr., son of Oscar Preston and Eleanor Belcher nee Mills HARTLEY. He was born on 5 Feb 1909 in Patterson, Passaic Co. NJ and died on 13 Mar 1980 in Fort Myers, Lee Co. FL.

OBITUARY: "JAMES M. HARTLEY, SR. James M. Hartley, Sr., 71 of 5351 Gabriel Lane S. W., Ft. Myers died Thursday. He moved here six years ago from Ocean City, N.J. He was a Lay Reader and Vestryman of St. Raphael Episcopal Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Frances Hartley of Ft. Myers; a son, James M. Hartley, Jr., Pleasant Valley, N.J.; two grandchildren. Memorial Service will be Monday at 3:00 p.m. at St. Raphael Episcopal Church with the Very Rev. C. A. Comfort, pastor, officiating. The family prefers memorial contributions to St. Raphael Episcopal Church. Phil Kiser Fort Myers Funeral Home, 1280 Cypress Lake Drive in charge of arrangements." (15 Mar 1980 News Press (Fort Myers, FL) p. 24)

OBITUARY: "FRANCES R. HARTLEY. Frances R. Hartley, 74 of Ft. Myers died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1987. She moved here 13 years ago from Ocean City, N.J. She was a member of St. Raphael's Episcopal Church, My Fair Ladies, and an Honorary member of the church choir. Surviving are a son, James M. Hartley, Jr. of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; a brother, Robert K. Rudge of Newton, N.J.; two grandchildren and companion, Marie Barach of Fort Myers. Requiem Mass will be celebrated today at 2:00 p.m. at St. Raphael's Episcopal Church with Father Raymond Kress, pastor officiating. The family prefers in lieu of flowers that donations be made to St. Raphael Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Phil Kiser Fort Myers Funeral Home, Inc., 9231 Cypress Lake Drive." (23 Sep 1987 News Press (Fort Myers, FL) p. 24)

They had one child together:

		i.	James Mills8 HARTLEY Jr. (1938-2014)


If you recognize any of the names here and would like to contact me, here's my email address: david.rudge@wmich.edu.

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