Udall Genealogy

 

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John Udall

1727 - 1801

Parents

William Udall

Mary Way

 

Christened                           20 Sep 1727    Netherbury, Dorset, England

Married Catherine King       23 Aug 1773    Cranbrook, Kent, England

Died                                     4 Oct 1801      Goudhurst, Kent, England

Buried                                  9 Oct 1801      Goudhurst, Kent, England

 

Children with Catherine King

John Udall

Mary Udall

Sarah Udall

Gaius Udall

William Udall

George Udall

Elizabeth Udall

Keturah Udall

Jesse Udall

David Udall

 

 

Brief History

 

He was born a Woodman and died a Udall.  Between his Christening in 1727 and his marriage in 1773 at the age of 45, nothing is known him.  We don’t know where he was, what he was doing, why he chose Udall instead of Woodman as his family name, or why he moved from his birthplace and family home in Dorset to Kent.

 

John married Catherine King in Cranbrook, Kent in 1773, and settled down to raise a family.  His father died in 1780 and apparently John received a significant inheritance, for in 1782 he became the tenant of Hammond Farm in Goudhurst, and headed a prosperous local family until his death in 1801.

 

He left behind a comfortable farm and a woolsorting business.  In 5 years after they took control, his sons squandered the family’s living, and some of them had the privilige of working for others on the farm where they had once been masters.

 

 

Documents

 

Netherbury, Dorset Parish Records – Christening

John son of William Woodman baptized 20 Sep 1727

Note: Bishop’s transcript is identical.

 

 

Cranbrook, Kent Parish Records - marriages

Banns of marriage between John Udall of Goudhurst and Catharine King of this parish was published on the 4th, 8th, 10th of August 1773 by Thomas Greenall, Curate

The said John Udall of the parish of Goudhurst and Catharine King of this parish, were married in this church by banns 23 Aug 1773 by Thomas Greenall, Curate

John Udall

The mark x of Catharine King

Witnesses: Thomas Colvill, William Manwaring

 

 

Goudhurst, Kent Parish Records - Christenings

John, son of John and Katharine Udal christened 26 May 1774

Mary daughter of John & Katharine Udal, christened 6 Sep 1775

Sarah daughter of John & Katharine Udal, christened 26 Dec 1776

Gaius son of John & Katharine Udal, christened 28 Oct 1778

Willm son of John & Katharine Udal, christened 23 May 1780

 

 

Excerpt From The Quest for John Udall , by Geoffrey Copus

A study of the churchwarden’s accounts of Goudhurst shows that, although John was having children christened in that parish from 1774, he does not appear as even a modest ratepayer until 1782, when he is suddenly assessed for a rent of 32 pounds on Hammonds Farm.

 

 

Goudhurst, Kent Parish Records - Christenings

George son of John & Katharine Udal, christened 17 Apr 1782

Eliz daughter of John & Katha Udal, christened 27 Feb 1784

Keturah daughter of John & Kat Udal, christened 9 Dec 1785

 

 

Goudhurst, Kent Parish Records - Christenings

Jesse son of John & Katharine Udal, christened 28 Oct 1788

David son of John & Catharine Udall, christened 16 Sep 1791

 

 

Goudhurst, Kent Churchwarden Rates

1799 John Udall rents 32L 6s, assessments 8s 1d

1800 John Udall rents 32L 6s, assessments 8s 1d

1801 John Udall rents 32L 6s, assessments 10s 9.5d

 

 

Goudhurst, Kent Parish Records - Burials (two records – parish record and transcript)

John Udall 72, buried 9 Oct 1801

 

John Udall, buried 9 Oct 1801, affadavit given to Rev. Mr. Dowthwaite 13 Oct 1801

 

 

Goudhurst Church Cemetery Records, Goudhurst, Kent, England

John Udall of this parish who died October 1800 aged 70 years. Left issue 5 sons and 3 daughters
John, Gaius, William, George, Jesse, Mary, Sarah and Ketura, Foot JU

Note: This record is in error for the year of John’s death.  Based on a transcript of unknown provenance.

 

 

Will of John Udall

In the name of God, Amen, I John Udall of the parish of Goudhurst in the county of Kent, farmer, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, thanks be given to God.  Therefore, calling into mind the mortality of my body, knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament (that is to say) principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to go, buried in decent Christian burial at the direction of my executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the almighty power of God.  And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:

First, I give and bequeath to Catherine Udall my beloved wife all and every thing I may possess or be worth in every respect at the day of my decease after paying the following legatees (viz):

to each of my children the sum of ten pounds apiece except such of them as may have aforetime received the same or value thereof and then whatsoever remains is to be at her disposal and use during the widowhood, but in case that she should marry again then all and every thing that she may possess is to be divided among my children equally (that is to say) share and share alike on the day of her marriage, and in case of her remaining a widow til her decease, then whatsoever she may possess or be worth in every respect is to be equally divided in the before-mentioned manner.  But in case of the decease of myself and my wife aforementioned before my youngest child come of age, I then request that his share of money may be put out at interest on good security at the discretion of my executors hereinafter mentioned, and him to be paid in interest until he come of age when he shall receive the principal to himself, and I do hereby constitute and appoint John Udall and Gaius Udall my two eldest sons my joint executors of this my last will and testament dated 15 Nov 1800

John Udall

Signed, sealed and pronounced be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto as witnesses signed our names the day and date abovementioned.

John Sturton, James Stonebaun

This will was proved at London 27 Mar 1802 before the Right Honorable Sir William Wynne Linight (?) Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper or Commisary of the Prorogative Court of Canterbury ___fully constituted by the oath of John Udall and Gaius Udall the sons of the deceased and the executors named in the said will, to whom administration of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the deceased was granted, having been first sworn by commission duly to administrators.

 

 

Goudhurst, Kent Churchwarden Rates

1802 Widow Udall rents 32L 6s, assessments 10s 9.5d

1803 Widow Udall rents 32L 6s, assessments 10s 9d

1804 Widow Udall rents 32L 6s, assessments 10s 9d

1805 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 15s 6d

1806 Wid. Udall rents 31L, assessments 15s 6d

1807 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 1L 8d

1808 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 15s 6d

1809 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 15s 6d

1810 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 1L 8d

1811 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 15s 6d

1812 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 15s 6d

1813 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 15s 6d

1814 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 15s 6d

1815 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 15s 6d

1816 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 15s 6d

1817 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 10s 4d

1818 Widow Udall rents 31L, assessments 15s 6d

Note: In 1819 tenancy of the farm was taken up by her sons George and Jesse.  They were apparently forced to abandon it 5 years later.

 

 

Reminiscence from the journal of David Udall, 1850

John Udall born 1748, Catherine his wife, her maiden name King who died 1829.  The grandfather and grandmother of David Udall; good merit, noble spirited man and woman, lived industriously, brought up a large family respectably.  When John Udall died he left his family 1000 pounds, but they were wasteful and made off with it, brought themselves to poverty and their mother died insane.  John Udall brought up his family in the parish of Goudhurst, county of Kent, but where he was born I could never find out, and I never saw a man in my life by the name of Udall, only our family.

They were the father and mother of:

John born about 1776

William 1780

George 13 May 1782

Gaius 1785

Jesse 11 Oct 1788

Sarah, Mary and Keturah (who died Aug 1849)

David died 29 Oct 1796

When I left England there was only Jesse my father and George alive.

 

 

Letter from John’s son Jesse Udall to John’s grandson David Udall, 12 Mar 1859

As to genealogy, I was young.  My grandfather was a large farmer – a rich family back there; was a coat of arms and there was an Esquire relation to my grandfather near at Breadport in Dorsetshire.  My father came from Breadport in Dorsetshire.

 

 

LDS Endowment House Proxy Baptism Records

John Udall b 1728, England, baptized 22 Jun 1870, proxy David Udall, grandson

 

 

LDS Endowment House Proxy Marriage Records

John Udall          dead, b 1728 in England

Elizabeth King dead, b England

Proxies David Udall, b 18 Jan 1829 Goudhurst, Kent, descendant

Eliza Ann Udall born 20 Jun 1855 Nephi, Juab, Utah, descendant

Sealed 22 Jun 1870, endowment house, by Jos. F. Smith, wit J. H. Smith, Israel Bale

 

 

LDS St. George Temple Proxy Marriage Records

John Udall, born England proxy David King Udall

Catherine King born England, proxy Eliza Ann Udall Tenney

Sealed 12 Sep 1877 by D. H. Cannon

 

 

David King Udall missionary journal, excerpted from Arizona Pioneer Mormon

July 31 1875. [Cousin David and I] passed the farm where great-grandfather, John Udall, lived. He owned it but some of his sons drank the place up and then had to work for a living.  We visited the church and churchyard where lie my grandparents and my great-grandparents and two or three great-uncles and aunts.

 

Sunday, August 1 1875. ... [Uncle John and I] went to the old house where Uncle John was born on the old farm that grandfather and his brothers squandered. It is a beautiful farm that belonged to great-grandfather who was well-off. He owned the farm and carried on a woolsorting business. We had a good talk in regards to the past.

 

 

The Quest for John Udall

Written by Geoffrey Copus in 1974.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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