The Mudge name was found in ancient England as early as the close of the fourteenth
century. It was originally written Mugge, with the letter “g” being pronounced soft. They
were found in the counties of Devonshire, Somerset, Wilts, Kent, Middlesex, Dorset, Norfolk,
and in the city of London.
Micah was born in about 1645, probably in or around Wethersfield. After his father’s death, he moved with his
stepmother back to Wethersfield. He married Mary Alexander in 1670. Micah was a surveyor and helped lay out towns
and roads in Massachusetts and in Connecticut. Micah and Mary had eight children, the first six were girls and the next
two were Ebenezer and Moses. He died in early 1724 in Hebron, Connecticut.
Ebenezer Mudge was born in Northampton, Massachusetts
in 1683. He was a farmer, millwright, and surveyor. He
originally settled in Lebanon, Connecticut, and in about
1717, moved to Hebron. In 1735, he moved to Colchester,
Connecticut and in 1737, moved on to Sharon, where he
was one of the originally settlers. Ebenezer married Abigail
Skinner on January 13, 1708. He and Abigail had 12
children. Ebenezer and his sons built the first gristmill, the
first saw mill, and the first iron works in Sharon. On the
Connecticut-New York border, near Sharon is a lake that is
still called Mudge Pond and the road that runs along one
side of the lakes is Mudgetown Road.
Ebenezer’s sixth child, Micah was born 1717 in Hebron. He
married Lucy Spencer in 1741 in Sharon; they had five
children before Lucy died in 1754. Micah then married
Lucy Chapman and they had six more children.
Capt. Micah Mudge, as he was then called, and Ichabod Wood, with
their families, began the settlement of Richmond, Massachusetts in
1760. At that time, it bore the Indian name of Yokum or " Yokun-
town" until its incorporation under the name of "Richmont," on June
21, 1765. In 1785 this was changed to its present name in honor of
the Duke of Richmond. The first church was organized in 1765, and
the Rev. Job Swift elected pastor.
Micah later moved to Florida, New York, where he died in 1763.
One of Micah and Lucy Chapman’s sons was Elijah, born 1764 in
Richmond. Elijah married Dorothy Wheeler in 1783 and they had a
son Evert Edward, born 1786 in Kinderhook, New York. Elijah and
Dorothy were married in Blenheim, Ontario, and although they
apparently lived in New York during their early marriage, they
ultimately moved to Ontario, where their son Evert met and married
a Canadian lady named Anna Meddaugh (or Meadow). Elijah died in 1829 in Blenheim. Evert and Anna had at least two
sons, Stephen M. and Wheeler; Stephen, and probably Wheeler also, were born in Ontario. The Mudge family stay in
Ontario was apparently rather brief, as Evert died in Flat Rock, Michigan, near Detroit, in 1858, and Stephen died in Marine
City, Michigan in 1903.
Stephen married Margaret Elder, probably in Ontario. They had at least three children – Alexander, Flora Jane, and
Sylvester, who were most likely all born in Ontario.
Alexander Mudge married Grace Douglas in 1861 in Lakeport, Michigan. They lived the next 20 plus years a few miles
north in Sanilac County, where they had seven children, one of whom was my greatgrandmother, Nellie Mudge. My
Grandmother, Edna Lillian Mudge was born out of wedlock; Nellie later married Joseph H. Alexander.
|Edna Lillian Mudge
|Edna Lillian Mudge
|Russell Mudge and his wife on the left
Rory Reed and his wife on the right
Grace Douglass Mudge in the middle
Boys are unknown
|Nellie R. Mudge Alexander
The brothers Jarvis and Thomas Mudge came to this country in 1638. Jarvis was in Boston that year, but by 1640 he
was in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1644, he moved to Wethersfield, and in 1649, he moved to Pequot, now New London.
While in Hartford, he married Mary Steele and they had at least three children – Micah, Moses, Charity, and possibly one
additional girl. It’s not known what happened to Mary, but Jarvis was remarried to a widow named Rebecca Elson in
1649. Jarvis died in 1652 and was the first white man to be buried in New London. Rebecca remarried and in 1664, was
hanged with her new husband for being witches.