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William E. DUDLEY

Male 1869 -


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  • Name William E. DUDLEY 
    Born 17 Feb 1869  Tyler, Smith, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • 1900 census: Jul 1869
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Will 
    Census 4 Jun 1900  Knox County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Justice Precinct 1, a prisoner in the county jail
    Census 26 Apr 1910  Alamogordo, Otero, New Mexico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Vermont Ave.
    Occupation Farmer 
    Occupation Ranger - New Mexico Mounted Police 
    Occupation School Teacher 
    Person ID I49015  Dyal and Speckels
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2016 

    Family Mary Josephine BURLESON,   b. 11 Feb 1877, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1978  (Age 101 years) 
    Married 12 Jul 1896  Crosby County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    +1. Velma Loraine W. DUDLEY,   b. 18 Apr 1899, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1983  (Age 84 years)
    +2. Lois A. DUDLEY,   b. 6 Aug 1903, Nogal, Lincoln, New Mexico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1985, El Paso County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2016 
    Family ID F8709  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Feb 1869 - Tyler, Smith, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Jul 1896 - Crosby County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 4 Jun 1900 - Knox County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 26 Apr 1910 - Alamogordo, Otero, New Mexico, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • “William E. ‘Will’ Dudley was born February 17, 1869 in Tyler, Smith County, Texas. Twenty three years later found him as a homesteader on Yellow House Creek, Crosby County, Texas. He married Mary Josephine Burleson in July, 1896 and moved to Parker County, Texas to farm. Will and his wife became interest in teaching school and moved to Nogal, Lincoln County, New Mexico where they both taught. After two years they moved to Alamagordo, New Mexico and continued teaching. Will became a recognized speaker and was very fluent in Spanish. He was a life member of the fraternal order of the Knights of Pythias and was elected to the Grand Vice Chancellor of the New Mexico Grand Lodge in the fall of 1905. Will served five and a half years in the New Mexico Territorial Rangers in the capacity as private and was the company's sergeant in his last year before resigning in September, 1910 to become the marshal of White Oaks, New Mexico. Later, he served 37 months as a deputy sheriff and marshall in the Dawson coal camps. During these years, he became an excessive drinker and developed a pot belly. His only son died in 1915 and he seemed to have trouble dealing with this tragedy. In 1915, he took a job as a mine guard in southeastern Arizona. One source claimed that he was really an under cover Federal Agent for the Department of Justice. It is thought that he may have sustained a head injury during an assassination attempt. His health was never the same after his stay in Arizona and he suffered extended periods of delusion. The family said he packed his bags one day, bid his family goodbye and disappeared. He was traced a few years after his desertion and was known to pose as a wealthy Texas rancher, he passed worthless checks to the government officials and raised money for the Red Cross. In 1918, he was appointed pastor of the First Baptist Church of Herington, Kansas. Will also married a woman in Wichita, Kansas, and then left her. He was arrested and charged with "wife desertion" in the Kansas District Court, but before his trial date, Will skipped his bond. His remaining years and final resting place have been a mystery. We hope he found Peace with God. It seems he was a good man in his first years, but something happened to cause him so much misery. Only God can be the judge.” [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2564] Pvt William E.` "Will" Dudley, Find A Grave.

    2. [S12] Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Knox County, Texas, ED 43, p. 2B, line 87.

    3. [S13] Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Otero County, New Mexico, ED 135, p. 6A, line 44.

    4. [S340] Texas Marriages, 1851-1900.


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