Category Archives: Dudley family

Kindness Beyond Expression

“I believed that liberty was the natural right of all men equally.” John Woolman (1720-1772) wrote these words in his Journal in 1756, recalling a conversation he had recently had with some slave-holding friends.  Woolman was a Quaker and one … Continue reading

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It’s a Small World After All

We all know it’s a small world.  Most of us have had one experience or another that reinforces how close we are to each other, how little separates us. Family history proves the point again and again. The retrospective angle … Continue reading

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A Love of Books and a Life of Challenges

Reading can provide an escape from the challenges of real life, and it can equip one to face whatever comes. My great-great-great grandmother, Ruth (Thorne) Dudley, was a reader (see my previous post, A Love of Books).  She valued books–several … Continue reading

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A Love of Books

I have loved books for as long as I can remember, and apparently I was not the first in my family to do so. My great-great-great grandmother, Ruth (Thorne) Dudley (1823-1914), was a reader or at least a collector of … Continue reading

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