I apologize for the delay in continuing my story about Our Progenitor, Burlingham Rudd. It was indeed an unplanned interruption but you know how if goes when one of your brickwalls starts to come down. Like a birddog on a scent, you have to take off and follow it to its conclusion. And as in most cases of brickwalls, you jump over one and find others, but just getting over that first one is reason enough for celebration.
I want to thank Denise and Barb for getting me over my Mary Jones brickwall. I’m planning on putting together a narrative for later once we get some more information and some of the documentation arrives, but I’d like to briefly tell you a little bit about where I’ve been.
Mary Jones (1825-1869) was Elias Trowell Rudd’s (1819-1895) first wife and the mother of my great great-grandfather, Zenothan Miles Rudd (1860-1938), who was a twin to Zeno Miner Rudd (1860-1935). I had in my database that her father was named John Edmond Jones with a little information about him and that her mother was Sarah Nancy Vaughan but had no more information on her. I also had in my database that John Edmond Jones’ father was the Reverend Charles Shephard Vincent Jones of SC.
In a very weird twist, it turns out that the information needed to get over the Charles Shephard Vincent Jones brickwall was contained in a letter written some years ago whose author was a Jones researcher writing in response to an inquiry from a Rudd researcher and in more recent years that letter had ended up in the hands of a third person. The contents of the letter was revealed to me because of Denise and Barb and I can not thank them enough!
Charles Shephard Vincent Jones is the son of Edmond Jones of Colleton Co. SC. He served in the Salt Catcher Volunteer Co. (local militia) during the lead up to the American Revolution. His wife was most likely a Shephard of Beaufort Co. SC.
Sarah Nancy Vaughan’s father was Michael Vaughan, who was of Scottish descent and can be found in the 1830 Walton Co. FL census. Michael and Charles both moved their families to the Euchee Valley where there was a Scottish settlement.
As a added bonus, I never knew Mary Jones was of Scottish descent.