Wife: Abigail Skinner
Ebenezer Mudge (b.1683 Northampton, NY;d.1758-Sharon, CT) is our next ancestor in the Mudge line. He was the sixth of nine children of Micah and Mary. He was born in Northampton after all the disaster of King Philip's War had settled down. When he was about fourteen years old Ebenezer moved with his family to Lebanon, Connecticut Here he and his brother Moses, grew and learned many skills working alongside their father, Micah. Eleven years later he met and married a girl from nearby Colchester. Her name was Abigail Skinner (b.1691 Malden, MA; d. 1675 Sharon, CT). (Some say Abigail was born in Connecticut and moved to Malden about age 10.)
Micah gave Ebenezer and Abigail some land in Lebanon, about sixty-nine acres, just a humble little wedding gift, where they made a home and started their family. The first two of twelve children were born there. Then they moved along with Micah and Ebenezer's brother and two sisters to Hebron. The brother, Moses, had a wife and at least one child. I believe the sisters were single Still that would have been nine adults and four children, and more children coming all the time living and working together. And work they did! They acquired many parcels of land and surveyed and farmed and built a mill. Ebenezer bought and sold land in Hebron up until 1737 when he sold all his property and moved to Sharon, Connecticut.
Ebenezer became one of the first proprietors of the town on Sharon, CT, in the northwest part of the state. This article from the website www.sharonhist.org tells a little of Ebenezer's time in Sharon:
At the first Town meeting on December 11, 1739, (Ebenezer) was chosen as one of four Surveyors of Highways. In 1743, Ebenezer built a home on the west bank of the pond that would eventually bear his name.... He lived there with his family of six sons (and six daughters) and died on April 21, 1758.
The pond that became known as Mudge Pond is actually a lake, one and a half miles long on the New York-Connecticut boundary and the road running by it is still called Mudgetown Road. The area is rumored to be haunted by Ebenezer's ghost!! The article continues:
reliable sources say that he is still seen and heard on the west shore of Mudge pond on the grounds of the old Hart farmhouse which stands now on the site of the old Mudge home. What can Ebenezer Mudge be up to?
The following is from Memorials - Being a Genealogical, Biographical and Historical Account of the Name of Mudge in America, from 1638 to 1868" by Alfred Mudge, Boston, 1868
He and his sons built and owned the first sawmill, grist mill and iron works. (in Sharon) He had a large family and it was said 'he had a family party, on which occasion they boiled a huge pudding by the side of Mudge Pond, and upwards of 80 children and grandchildren did eat thereof.' At his death, his widow,
six sons and six daughters signed an agreement to settle the estate without administration.
Each signed their names, indicating all had been educated.
Many highly respected people of that time and place were unable to read or write and signed their names with an 'X,' so the fact that all twelve of Ebenezer's children could write their names shows that he truly valued education.
Here is a list of Ebenezer and Abigail's twelve children:
Ebenezer /b. 23 Oct 1709/m. Patience Fuller
Mary /b. 20 Mar 1711/m. Cornelius Hamlin
Abigail /b. 28 Oct 1712/m. David Skinner
Elizabeth /b. 31 Jul 1714/m. Thomas Skinner
Samuel/b. 4 May 1716/m. Eunice Skinner
Micah /b. 6 Mar 1718/m. Lucy Spencer
Martha/ b. 4 Oct 1720/m. David Goodrich
Joseph/ b. 28 May 1722/m. Jane Jarvis
Jarvis/ b. 1723/m. Prudence Treat
Deborah/b. 1726/m. Oliver Tryon
Abraham/b. 16 Jun 1728/m. Anna Gray
Sarah/m. Josiah Skinner
Four of Ebenezer's children married the neighboring children of Nathaniel and Mary (Gillett) Skinner. Nathaniel Skinner was the brother of Abigail Skinner, Ebenezer's wife. So these four Mudge children, Abigail, Elizabeth, Samuel, and Sarah, married first cousins. I guess they didn't know, back then, that it wasn't a good idea to marry your cousins.
There is a lovely description of Sharon, Connecticut and pictures of the ruins of Ebenezer's mill and iron furnace in the online article https://funwithfamilyhistory.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/0747-chapter7-book-of-leonard-gurley.pdf.
"Never was there a picture set in a more beautiful frame than that which mother nature gave to the town of Sharon, Conn. Mirrored lakes, green fields, wooded knowles, shady groves, winding lanes and happy homes combined in a symmetry of beauty with no part of it out of harmony. Such was the impression gained by this writer. Passing shady glens and babbling brooks, one suddenly arrives at the village of Sharon that sits enveloped in the green mantle of oak, elm and maple. Even the hills and mountains that surround it seem to blend into the oneness of this Garden Beautiful.
"On the northern extremity of the town is Sharon's Twin Falls. It is no wonder that the Mudges took an interest in the place. There was water power to be had and harnessed at so many places and of course the building of mills became one of the settlements earliest endeavors, thanks to Ebenezer and his sons."
Ebenzer died on April 21, 1758 at the age of 75. His wife, Abigail, lived until March of 1765 when she died at the age of 74.
From: GENERAL HISTORY
THE TOWN OF SHARON,
LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CONN.FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENTBY CHARLES F. SEDGWICK, A. M.AMENIA, N. Y.CHARLES WALSH, PRINTER AND PUBLISHER.1877
AN ACCOUNT OF THE MEASURES PROPOSED AND EXECUTED FOR THE SALE AND SETTLEMENT OF THE TOWNSHIP.
AT the session of the Assembly in May, 1738, it was ordered that the township should be sold at public auction at New Haven on the second Wednesday of the following October. Samuel Eels, Esq., Joseph Whiting, and Capt. Isaac Dickerman were appointed a committee for that purpose. It was divided into ñfty-three rights, or shares, as they were called. one of which was given to the first minister, one was reserved for the use of the ministry in the town, and one for the support of schools, and the debts accruing from the sale were secured by the bonds of the purchasers, and when collected the avails were divided among the other towns in the colony for the support of schools therein. The following is, a list of the original purchasers of the town :—
Nathaniel Skinner, Thomas Skinner, Nathaniel Skinner, Jr., Samuel Calkin, 2 rights, Samuel Gillet, Joshua Lyon, Joseph Skinner, John Pardee, Niles Coleman, Matthew Judd, Jabez Crippen, William Goodrich, 2 rights, Jonathan Petit, Zephaniah Swift, Joseph Parke, Joseph Holley, Caleb Chappel, Josiah Gillet, Jr. Samuel Beach, Joseph Monroe, Eben Case, Ichabod Foot, Stephen Calkin, Samuel Hutchinson, Timothy Pierce, 3 rights, James Smith, Ebenezer Mudge, John Sprague, Samuel Butler, 3 rights, Benjamin Johns, James Talmadge, Daniel Hunt, Thomas Spafford, John Goold, Benjamin Owen, Ebenzer Norton, 3 rights, Samuel Comstock, Jonathan Peck, Jonathan Case, Moses Case, John Woodin.
From Sharon Archives - Newsletter of the Sharon Historical Society; Summer/Autumn 2002
Where in the World is Ebenezer Mudge?
Among the many brick orders that have come into the office, one caught my eye. It said simply “Ebenezer Mudge”. Not a modern name at all, yet it is familiar in Sharon – the Mudge part at least. But Ebenezer? Haven’t heard that one in a while! Who was he? I heard a rumor at the Great Sharon Mix for Bricks that Ebenezer is a ghost. I’m partly descended from a large Southern clan with many cherished ghosts in various family houses, so I’m willing to entertain the thought.
In Charleston, SC, it is a recognized fact that most ghosts make their presence known to us mortals because they have some unfinished business which they need help resolving. One such ghost in my mother’s family regularly appeared near a certain bookshelf in the library. Someone finally decided to search the bookshelf for clues. An old will fell out of one of the books, and was duly delivered to the proper authorities. A bit of research uncovered the fact that the estate of the deceased had never been accurately probated. The family immediately took steps to implement as many of the old will’s provisions as possible. They never saw the ghost again!
Is Mr. Mudge on such a mission? He lived in Sharon before the Revolution, having been one of the original Proprietors of the town. At the first Town meeting on December 11, 1739, he was chosen as one of four Surveyors of Highways. In 1743, Ebenezer built a home on the west bank of the pond that would eventually bear his name (in those days it was known as Skinner’s Pond). He lived there with his family of six sons and died on April 21, 1758. His sons eventually all left the town of Sharon before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, but the family name remained attached to the lake where they had lived.
Ebenezer made a brief appearance again in Sharon in 1989 in the person of Ed Kirby. On the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town, the first Town Meeting was reenacted at the Congregational Church in a play written by David Truax and produced by Jano Fairservis. After receiving his assignment as Surveyor of Highways, Mr. Mudge took part in a vote recognizing that “a pig with a ring in his nose is a tractable animal”. Following that, he disappeared again, but reliable sources say that he is still seen and heard on the west shore of Mudge pond on the grounds of the old Hart farmhouse which stands now on the site of the old Mudge home. What can Ebenezer Mudge be up to?
farmer, Millwright, surveyor
The following is copied from notes that originated with Albert Mudge via David C. Mudge
Ebenezer...and Abigail... raised a numerous family, six sons and six daughters, all of whom were married and living when Ebenezer died. They were very prolific, he left 25 adults and some 80 grandchildren to mourn his death. Ebenezer's family moved to Lebanon, CT about 1697. He farmed, bought and sold land there and in Hebron and Colchester until 1737. He apparently sold all his holdings at that time and with his wife and Nathaniel Skinner (wife's brother) and his family moved west to the new townsite of Sharon, CT. In 1738 Ebenezer drew the 25th home lot lying on both sides of the Town Street (now The Green) and embracing properties later occupied by Capt. Lines, Baldwin Reed, Major Gould, and Skinners. In 1740 he sold the lot to Cornelius Hamlin and Mary (Mudge) Hamlin, a daughter, and they built a house on the property. The Sharon historical Society now stands on the same piece of property. In 1743 Ebenezer settled on the western border of "Mudge Pond" a beautiful small lake on the outskirts of Sharon. A section of Sharon was called "Mudge Town." He served in various town offices and with his sons built and owned the first sawmill, gristmill, and ironworks in Sharon. When he died in 1758 his widow, six sons, six daughters, and six sons-in-law signed an agreement, as heirs, to settle the estate without administration. It was preceived a remarkable document as it not only showed the longevity of the family but that they all had a good education. (In that day many of the higher classes could not write but all of his children signed their names.)
Here's another version:
[bearces1.ged]SOURCE: "Memorials - Being a Genealogical, Biographical and Historical Account of the Name of Mudge in America, from 1638 to 1868" by Alfred Mudge, Boston, 1868Ebenezer was a farmer, millwright and surveyor and settled early in life in Lebanon, Conn. He was the progenitor of the numerous family of Mudge in Connecticut and who later spread into Western NY. He married in 1706 and his father gave him a tract of land as a home-lot in 1711.He moved from Lebanon to Hebron with his father in 1717, or before. He sold 80 acres in Hebron in 1737 and settled in Sharon as one of the original proprietors. He is shown on the first town meeting records as having been chosen to survey Highways.He and his sons built and owned the first sawmill, grist mill and iron works. He had a large family and it was said "he had a family party, on which occasion they boiled a huge pudding by the side of Mudge Pond, and upwards of 80 children and grandchildren did eat thereof."At his death, his widow, six sons and six daughters signed an agreement to settle the estate without administration. Each signed their names, indicating all had been educated. A part of the town of Sharon is now called Mudge Town, and a lake one and one-half miles long and three fourths miles wide is still known as Mudge Pond.He married Abigail Skinner Jan 13, 1708-9. She was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Skinner, born Feb. 17 1691 in Malden, Mass. She left Sharon with her son Jarvis to New Lebanon, NY, where she died.
Another millwright ancestor was Ebenezer Mudge (1683-1758), husband of Abigail Skinner. Ebenezer and his sons built the first mill at Sharon, Connecticut. Ebenezer was one of the original proprietors at Sharon, and he was responsible for the first saw mill, the first gristmill, and the iron works. A very large lake right there on the Connecticut-New York line is still called Mudge Pond and the road that runs on one side of it is Mudgetown Road. Ebenezer and Abigail's original property at the time of proprietorship included the land on which the Gay-Hoyt House, home of the Sharon Historical Society, now stands. from http://www.joycetice.com/families/infra.htm
[https://funwithfamilyhistory.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/0747-chapter7-book-of-leonard-gurley.pdf is the title of the Ebenezer Mudge excerpt]
Revised: November 26, 2016