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Benjamin Tudor's Son Harmon
Posted by: Robert Tedder (ID *****8532) Date: March 02, 2004 at 16:34:08
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First from my research I can show you beyond a shadow of a doubt that Harmon Tudor/Tedder was the son of Benjamin Tudor and grandson of John Tudor/Tedder. Second, as I can firmly prove, Solomon, Anna, and James W. Tedder--supposed children of the elusive Benjamin Tedder--who were born in Wake County NC--cannot be the children of Benjamin Tudor.

To start, from Tudor researchers Benjamin Tudor lived in the Isle of Wight until abt 1750. He was deeded 200 acres of land on Popular Creek in Brunswich County, Va, by his stepfather, Henry Rose, on 31 Jan 1748/9. He was on this land by 27 June 1750. Several documents and church records placed him in Brunswick County up to 1760. I believe Benjamin moved to Granville between in the early 1760s as Harmon is listed as being born in 1762 in Granville (Other researchers believe Benjamin moved to Granville by 1764; if so Harmon would have born in Brunswick County, VA—Benjamin’s brother, John, moved to Granville about 1664). Benjamin Tudor was witness to a 1781 will and also documented in 1781 at the estate sale of his mother, Mary Rose, widow of both John Tudor/Tedder and her second husband, Henry Rose. However, he is not listed in the 1769 tax list of Granville County. I believe he is not listed because he lived on his mother’s estate. But further evidence he was in Granville is (1) John and Benjamin Tudor were in the Granville County Militia in 1771 (Capt James Yancy’s Company). The John Tudor in the militia could not be John Tudor’s son as he was a teenager. The so-called Benjamin Tedder could not have been in Granville as he lived at that time in Wake County if Soloman, Anna, and James W birth dates and birth county are correct. (2) Benjamin’s three oldest children were born from 1754 to 1760 and almost certainly grew up in Granville County as they all married in Granville (Sarah married Sampson Harp in 1779, Rebecca married Charles Moore in 1777, and James married Joanne Martin in 1777) and his two daughter’s spouses were documented at the estate sale of Mary Rose—for all we know Harmon could have been at the sale but as he was a teenager, he probably never purchased any items. (3) Ernest Tedder, who spent 30 years researching Tedders, reached the conclusion that I have reached when he accounted for all of the children of John Tudor from his will and there was James and Harmon left over in Granville and the only other person who could be their father was Benjamin Tudor. It is my firm belief that Benjamin Tudor lived in Granville from the early 1760s and was the father of Harmon. I don’t see how he could have possibly lived elsewhere

Now the easy conclusion, the so-called Benjamin Tedder is listed on the Internet as being the father of Solomon born on 5 March 1768, Anna in 1770, and James W in 1773 in Wake County, NC. First fact, Benjamin Tudor’s son James was born abt 1760 and married Joanna Martin in Granville County in 1781. James W, the supposed son of Benjamin Tedder, was born about thirteen years later in 1773 and married Nancy Barnes 1 Sep 1798. Ernest Tedder identified the spouses of these three Tedders and when they married in Wake County; however there was also a Hannah Tedder who married Jacob Moonehan Feb 28th 1785 in Wake County, NC.

So whose children were Solomon, Anna, and James? Could be the grandchildren of the James Tudor who paid quit rents in Albemarle County, NC, (from which Granville was formed in 1746) from 1729 to 1732 for 100 acres of land. If a Benjamin was born to Benjamin Tudor, Sr (as intimated in the estate sale when Benjamin Tudor was listed as senior), he would have been born in Isle of Wight when Benjamin senior was approximately eighteen years old. There is no record of a Benjamin Tedder in Isle of Wight or Brunswick County VA where he would have lived with his father. There is no record of a Tedder or Tudor in Wake County that I can find to be the father of Solomon, Anna, and James W.



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