There are four well-known Rudd lineages that migrated to North America at different times:
- New England lineage: descendants of Jonathan Rudd (1622-1658) who arrived in Connecticut around 1640 (groom at the Bride Brook Wedding)
- Virginia lineage: descendants of Capt. John Rudd (1645-1790) who arrived in Henrico County, Virginia, around 1670 (uncle of William Byrd II)
- South Carolina lineage: descendants of Burlingham Rudd (1707-1770) who arrived in South Carolina in 1728 (transported for stealing a horse)
- Irish lineage: migrated to North America later than the English and Scots-Irish lineages (see early research by Mary Amelia Rudd)
I’ve chosen to refer to descendants of William Rudd (c. 1750-1822) as the North Carolina lineage, to distinguish it from the others.
- North Carolina lineage: descendants of William Rudd (c. 1750-1822) from Halifax County, North Carolina
A lot of genealogists have conflated this family’s history with that of the New England, Virginia, and South Carolina lineages