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In 1763 my ancestor Elizabeth Scudder wed John Guttree in Benfleet, Essex. She died in 1815 aged 72 in Leigh On Sea, Essex. Scudder is a surname found in Kent. Not surprised as Kent is just across the estuary from south Essex. Witnesses to her 1763 marriage dont ring any bells yet.

I found a few other Scudder members in Benfleet at the time, a John Scudder died there in 1806 aged 62, born c1744 (or thereabouts). An Edward Scudder and Mary Scudder died in Benfleet in 1764 and 1774 respectively.

I found an Elizabeth Scudder baptised in 1743 in Sutton At Hone, Kent, daughter of Edward and Mary Scudder. She had a brother called John born 1741. Also she had a brother called Edward and Richard Scudder.

When my Eliz Scudder wed John Guttree they named a daughter Mary Guttree who died as a baby. Another later daughter was called Mary. I descend from their youngest child Martha Scudder.

Edward and Mary Scudder of Kent seemed to vanish from the county of Kent after 1760.

Strong circumstantial evidence.

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