Ebenezer Mudge1,2,3,4,5

(26 February 1684 - 21 April 1758)

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Relationship8th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree
FatherMicah Mudge6 (say 1645 - Jan 1724)
MotherMary Alexander6 (20 Oct 1648 - 1728)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildEbenezer Mudge was born on 26 February 1684, in Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England.3,7,8
GroomHe married Abigail Skinner, daughter of Deacon Thomas Skinner and Mary Pratt, on 13 January 1709 in Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.9,10,11
DeceasedHe died on 21 April 1758 in Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut Colony, New England, at the age of 74.12,13,14

Children with Abigail Skinner:

Family Lore

Ebenezer and Abigail Mudge raised a family of twelve children (six sons and six daughters). "...and it is said that he had a family party, on which occasion they boiled a huge pudding by the side of Mudge Pond, and upwards of eighty children and grandchildren 'did eat thereof.'" in Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.When Ebenezer died he left his wife, all twelve children and their spouses, and their children... some 105 immediate family members to mourn his death.15

Founder or First Settler

On 8 October 1738, Ebenezer Mudge was among the Original Proprietors of Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.
     He drew the twenty-fifth home-lot (consisting of more than 600 acres of land) of the fifty equal "rights" that were sold at auction (only to those who were actual settlers - no speculators) for a cost of little more than $1.50 per acre in 1868 dollars.
     His land lay on both sides of Town Street and was bordered on the east side by land of his brother-in-law, Abigail's brother Nathaniel Skinner. In 1743 he settled on the western border of Skinner's Pond (later re-named Mudge Pond - which name is used today, 2014).
     He and his sons built and owned the town's first saw mill, grist mill and iron works. He lived on his homestead until his death in 1758.15,16

Occupation

Ebenezer, as so many of his generation, had many "occupations" including in his case, farmer, millwright and surveyor14

Community Service

On 11 December 1739, at the first town meeting of Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut Colony, New England, Ebenezer Mudge was sworn, "as the Law Directs," to be one of the town's "Surveys of Highways." He shared this important responsibility with William Tickner, Ebenezer Frisbee, and his own son-in-law Cornelius Hamlin. Ebenezer served in various town offices in the town up to the time of his death.15

Land and Property

Property AcquisitionIn 1711, Ebenezer received a sixty-nine acre tract of land in Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England, from his father for a home-lot.14
Property OwnedBetween 1717 and 1735, Ebenezer Mudge owned property in Hebron, Tolland Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.
     An interesting entry in that town's land records for 4 July 1718 shows that Ebenezer purchased 53 acres that had belonged to John Goot, land the town had sold for unpaid taxes. Ebenezer then, on the same date, quitclaimed the property back to Groot.
     There are several entries in the Hebron land records showing he bought and sold land in that town from the time he arrived with his father until he removed to Colchester.15

Residences and Censuses

Circa 1697, Ebenezer Mudge lived in Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. Ebenezer, who was about 14 years old at the time, arrived in Lebanon with his parents, Micah and Mary Mudge.6
Before 1737, Ebenezer Mudge lived in Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. Ebenezer had been living there before he removed to Sharon in 1738.6

Will

Ebenezer Mudge was named an heir in the will of his father Micah Mudge dated 17 March 1721, in Hebron, Tolland Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. Ebenezer's son Micah is also named as an heir.17,6
He did not prepare a will and died intestate. In an arrangement that would be unusual in many, if not most, families, the nineteen heirs of Ebenezer's estate uninamously agreed they would settle the estate without an administrator. His widow, each of their children, and the daughters' husbands signed the agreement before a justice of the peace acknowledging their act.
     In a time that many of the members of the higher classes would not have been able to do so, that everyone "signed" their name (no "marks" were used) is an indication of the level of education within Ebenezer's and Abigail's family.18

Sources - Citations

  1. [S150] Lorraine Cook, Compiler, The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002).
  2. [S210] Find A Grave, online at findagrave.com; Photographs and data are submitted by volunteer members - Text only data should be confirmed by additional sources.
  3. [S16] Jay and Delene Holbrook, Compilers, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 (Collections by Town) (Provo, Utah: Holbrook Research Institute, 2011).
  4. [S33] Yates Publishing, Compiler, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc. - Online Publication, 2004). A collection of records extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases - all data should be verified for accuracy by other sources., Source number: ; Source type: ; Number of Pages: ; Submitter Code: .
  5. [S161] National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Compiler, Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, online www.ancestry.com, (Louisville, Kentucky), Various Applicants, on Microfilm, 508 rolls.
  6. [S506] Alfred Mudge, Memorials: Being a Genealogical, Biographical and Historical Account of the Name of Mudge In America, From 1638 to 1668 (Boston: By the Author, 1868).
  7. [S307] “Vital Records of Northampton, Massachusetts.” Corbin Collection Volume 1: Records of Hampshire County, Massachusetts., 1 vols. (Boston, Mass: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003). Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.
  8. [S506] Alfred Mudge, Mudge In America, pg. 51 confirms date.
  9. [S150] Lorraine Cook, Barbour Collection, Lebanon Vital Records Vols 1 and 2, pg. 154 - vol. I, pg. 196.
  10. [S506] Alfred Mudge, Mudge In America, pg. 55 confirms date.
  11. [S642] Natalie R. Fernald, Compiler, The Skinner Kinsmen, The Descendants of Thomas Skinner of Malden Massachusetts (Washington, D.C.: Pioneer Press, 1900), pg. 9.
  12. [S255] L. Van Alystyne, Burying Grounds of Sharon, Connecticut, Amenia and North East New York: Being an Abstract of Inscriptions from Thirty Places of Burial in the Above Named Places (Provo, Utah: Online publication - Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000).
  13. [S498] Unknown name of person, Will Probated unknown file number, unknown repository, unknown repository address, after death.
  14. [S506] Alfred Mudge, Mudge In America, pg. 51 confirms date and location.
  15. [S506] Alfred Mudge, Mudge In America, pg. 51 - pg. 55.
  16. [S652] William Richard Cutter A.M., Editor Compiler, Genealogical and Family History of Central New York. A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation, 3 vols. (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912), pg. 228.
  17. [S428] Donald Lines Jacobus, The American Genealogist (New Haven, Connecticut: n.pub., 2009), vol. 81 (2006, January ) pg. 26.
  18. [S506] Alfred Mudge, Mudge In America, pg. 55.
  19. [S506] Alfred Mudge, Mudge In America, ppg. 55, 56.
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