The family of Mudge is of ancient English origin and is found on record as early as the close of the fourteenth century. It was originally written Mugge, the letter "g" being pronounced soft. The family bore arms: Argent, a chevron between three cockatrices, sable. Branches of the family lived in the counties of Debonshire, Somerset, Wilts, Kent, Middlesex, Dorset, Norfolk, and in the city of London.
(I) Jarvis Mudge, immigrant ancestor, was born in England, and came to this country about 1638. He was in Boston, Massachusetts, in that year, and, in 1640, in Hartford, Connecticut, where he had six acres set off to him. In 1644 he settled in Wethersfield, the town next adjoining, and, in 1649, removed to Pequot, now New London. That same year he married Rebecca Elsen or Elsing, widow of Abraham Elsen, of Wethersfield. He died in the early part of the year 1653, in New London, and his widow afterwards lived in Wethersfield. Children: Micah, born in New London, 1650, mentioned below; Moses, New London, in 1652, married Mary ___________.
(II) Micah, son of Jarvis Mudge, was born in New London, in 1650; died in Hebron, Connecticut, in the early part of January, 1724. After his father's death he removed with his mother to Wethersfield. The first public record of him appears on the town books of Northampton, Massachusetts, where he married, September 23, 1670, Mary, daughter of George and Susanna Alexander, born October 20, 1648, died in the early part of the year 1728. Her father, George Alexander, was one of the original proprietors of Northampton, 1654. Here Micah Mudge lived for a time after his marriage, and acted as surveyor. He appears to have been an original proprietor of Northfield, Massachusetts. The settlement of this town was attended with great difficulties with the Indians, who burnt the village and drove off the settlers in 1675. He returned, with others, afterwards, 1682, and became an actual settler there. He removed to Lebanon, Connecticut, and was one of the early settlers of that town prior to 1698. He served as a surveyor there, and assisted in laying out the town. He was one of the nine persons who organized the First Congregational Church, in Lebanon, November 27, 1700. In 1702 the name of Mary, his wife, appears on the church records. December 22, 1704, he was chosen keeper of a public house; or tavern. Some time before September, 1717, he with his family, removed to Hebron, Massachusetts. Here also he served as a surveyor, and, with his sons, owned a mill on his house lot, which was situated upon the road to Colchester. He lived there until his death, in 1724. Children: Mary, born August 8, 1671; Elizabeth, October, 10, 1673; Sarah, married John Palmer; Moses, married Elizabeth _______; Abigail, married William Phelps; Ebenezer, born February 26, 1683, mentioned below; Thankful, 1685; Susanna; Martha, married Isaac Tilden.
(III) Ebenezer, son of Micah Mudge, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, February 26, 1683; died in Sharon, Connecticut, April 21, 1758. He was a farmer, millwright and surveyor, and settled in early life in Lebanon, Connecticut. In 1711 his father gave him a tract of land for a home lot there. Afterwards, 1714, he sold his home lot, and, before 1717, or in that year, removed to Hebron. He bought and sold land in the latter town, under several dates, until 1735, when he removed to Colchester, Connecticut. Two years later, in 1737, he removed to Sharon, and settled there as one of the original proprietors. He served in various town offices, and owned and built the first sawmill, gristmill and iron works. He married, January 13, 1708-09, Abigail, daughter of Thomas and Mary Skinner, born February 17, 1691, in Malden, Massachusetts, died in New Lebanon. She joined the church in East Haddam, March 28, 1708. Children: Ebenezer, born October 23, 1709; Mary, March 30, 1711; Abigail, October 28, 1712; Elizabeth, July 31, 1714; Samuel, May 4, 1716; Micah, March 6, 1718; Martha, October 4, 1720; Joseph, May 28, 1722; Jarvis, 1723; Deborah, married Oliver Tryon; Abraham, born June 16, 1728, mentioned below; Sarah, married Josiah Skinner.
(IV) Abraham, son of Ebenezer Mudge, was born in Hebron, June 16, 1728; died in Florida, New York, April 30, 1804. He removed to Sharon with his father, when about ten years old, and lived there until after he married. He was a farmer and millwright by occupation, and was engaged with his father and brothers, in the iron works, saw and gristmill. The last record of him in Sharon is under date of February 3, 1768, at which time he sold land in Sharon. He then removed to New Concord Village, town of Canaan, New York, then a part of what was called King's District. In 1795, when the town of Chatham was taken from Canaan, he became a resident of the latter town. Thence he removed to Florida, where he died. He married (first), January 26, 1753, at Sharon, Anna Gray, born November 18, 1729, died in Chatham Village, June 22, 1776. He married (second), June 16, 1777, widow Sarah Rexord of Chatham, died January 25, 1825. During the revolution he was one of the committee of safety, in Canaan, and took an active part. Children of first wife, the first six born in Sharon, the last in Canaan: Abraham, November 3, 1753, mentioned below; Anna, March 24, 1756; Dinah, September 6, 1759; Ebenezer, October 10, 1764; Sibyl, February 19, 1765; Jonathan, July 13, 1767; Lois, October 14, 1770.
(V) Abraham (2), son of Abraham (1) Mudge, was born in Sharon, November 3, 1753, died in Bainbridge, Chenango county, New York, June 27, 1833. He was a millwright and miller by occupation, and owned a saw and grist mill, in Chatham, New York. Here he lived until after the birth of his second child, when he removed to Florida, Montgomery county, New York, where four more of his children were born. He owned mills also in this town, and was a trader in partnership with __________ Cumings. Through the latter he lost most of his money and was obliged to seek work in another town. He worked for a time in a gristmill in the town of Otsego, and, in three years, had built mills on Oaks Creek, in that town, and purchased a farm. Again, through the wrong doing of others, he became homeless and removed to Sherburne, Chenango county, where he built a mill on the Chenango river, and became prosperous. After several years residence there he sold out, but, on account of the destruction of the mills by a freshet, failed to receive payment for them, and was left without property in his old age. He then applied for and received a pension for his services in the revolution, and removed to Bainbridge, where he died. He served through most of the war, and rose to the rank of sergeant. He enlisted when living in New Lebanon, then in Massachusetts, and drew his pension from that state. He married, May 3, 1779, Phebe, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Valentine, born in Hempstead, Long Island, April 3, 1759, died in Nassau, New York, August 27, 1839. Children, the first two born in Chatham, the next four in Florida: Phebe, November 16, 1780; Charlotte, November 12, 1783; Anna, September 10, 1786; Isaac, June 4, 1788; Gray, March 21, 1790; Laura, September 9, 1791, married Richard Benjamin (see Benjamin 1).
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