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William Luddington (abt. 1655 - 1737)

William Luddington
Born about in Malden, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1678 [location unknown]
Husband of — married Jun 1690 in East Haven, New Haven, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 82 in East Haven, New Haven, Connecticutmap
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William Luddington, son of William, was born about 1655, and died in East Haven, Connecticut, in February 1736/7.[1] His mother was Ellen Nichol.[2]

He married (1) Martha daughter of John Rose[1]

He married (2)Mercy Whitehead June 1690.[1]

When William was just six years old, his father died. Two years later, his mother Ellen married John Rose, who was himself a widower. One of the children from Rose’s first wife was named Martha Ellen. In 1679, the two step-siblings, William Luddington and Martha Ellen Rose, would marry, and they raised three children in the eleven years before Martha passed away. Later in 1690, William was remarried to Mercy Whitehead. They had an additional eight children, six of them daughters.

As with others of this generation, there is a scarcity of records of his life. However, this is a favorable description of William: “The second William Ludington was a man of prominence in New Haven. In the County Clerk’s office in Litchfield, Conn., the first volume of land records has the original copy of a grant of land to William Ludington, signed by King George II. This land became the source of considerable wealth and many families of Ludingtons lived in Litchfield county.”[3]

Also: “Records show that he must have been a man of intelligence and ability, and that he had the confidence of the parish in which he lived.” [4]


  1. Henry b. c. 1679; d. 1727
  2. Eleanor; d. 31 May 1748 m. Nathaniel Bailey.
  3. William b. 25 Sep 1686 in New Haven; remove to Waterbury
  4. Mercy married Ebenezer Deanes of Norwich
  5. Mary b. May 1691 married Jaohn Dawson
  6. Hannah b. 13 Mar 1693; m. Isaac Penfield
  7. John b. 31 Jan 1694 m. Elizabeth Potter
  8. Eliphalet born 28 Apr 1697jm. Abigail Collins
  9. Elizabeth d. 28 July 1707
  10. Dorothy b. 16 July 1702 m. Benjamin Mallory
  11. Dorcas b. 16 July 1702.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932.
  2. Hatcher, Patricia Law. "Research and Red Herrings." The American Genealogist 74:81. see pp 89 and 96. lInk at AmericanAncestors (pay site)
  3. Smith, Tenney, Charles Smith and Rachel Amy Bryant: Their Ancestors and Descendants (Brattleboro, VT: The Vermont Printing Company, 1938), pages 194-195;
  4. Shepard, James, Descendants of William Luddington, New England Genealogical and Historical Register, Volume LVIII (Boston: NEHGS, January 1904), page 75;
  • Page 100: Branford, New Haven County. Marriages by Rev. Samuel Russell. "William Luddington & Mary Whitehead, June 1690"

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Luddington-2 and Luddington-79 appear to represent the same person because:

Wife’s given name is the same and son is the same john for both.

posted by [Living Cole]
Ludington-44 and Luddington-2 appear to represent the same person because: Mother's profiles are now merged and the father's merge has default approval now, so by the time this merge gets approval, there will no longer be a parental conflict.
posted by Ellen Smith
William Ludington (Ludington-44) and William Luddington (Luddington-2) are the same person, but merge proposal is delayed until their parents' profiles are reconciled.
posted by Ellen Smith

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