These pages are designed to assist anyone who is researching members of the SUDSBERRY /
SUDBERRY / SUDBURY family. My ancestor, Yelvington Tabb Sudberry, always related that
his father came from England along with two brothers. (Of course, there were ALWAYS three
brothers who came to America!) It was told that his father took the spelling Sudsberry and
moved south, another brother took the spelling Sudberry and moved toward the center of the
U.S., and the other brother took the spelling Sudbury and moved to Canada and that is how the
city of Sudbury was named. Now, I have not one scrap of evidence to prove this, but it is
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THE SUDBERRY FAMILY HISTORY - Taken from: History and Genealogical Data of the Poynor, Burns, Meadows, Sudberry and Conyer Families, Compiled by Marion Joyce Poynor, Columbia, Tennessee 1982, p. 100.
The SUDBERRY family is of English origin. The family may have come or have been connected with the English town of Sudberry in Suffolk, England. The name is variously spelled: Sedberry, Sudberry, Sudbury, and Sutberry. The spelling Sutberry and Sedberry are found along with Sudberry in the family Bible, dated in the 1700's. The spelling Sudberry has been used by most of the Williamson County descendents.
James Hamilton Sudberry wrote on January 27, 1926 the following account of the Sudberry family found in England. James Hamilton Sudberry was born 1-27-1863. He lived in Thompson Station, Tennessee. He stated that, "the name Sudberry first appeared over 300 years ago during the reign of King James I of England. King James was on a wild boar hunt near the Scottish border. A choice stand was arranged for the King by which the wild boar would likely pass when chased by the hounds. King James mortally wounded a wild boar. Dismounting the King drew his sword to finish the boar.
Suddenly the beast came to life and rushed upon the King with the fury of a wounded boar. The King dodged behind a tree and the boar pursued him. A mountaineer huntsman rescued King James. The huntsman was an Englishman named Sudberry. The King rewarded him by giving him an estate in the Northern part of England which bore the name of Sudberry Hall"
After the rebellion of Charles I and the Cavaliers many faithful liegeman of Charles I fled to Virginia. Two brothers, Peter and Robert Sudberry landed at Norfolk, Virginia in 1638. Just 31 years after the settlement of the Jamestown colony.
A John Sudberry was listed in Murray's Malitia in the French and Indian War. John Sudberry went with Braddock into the Pennsylvania Campaign, fighting in the battle where Braddock lost his life and where Washington made himself famous by protecting the retreat of the Americans.
The Sudberry's immigrated to North Carolina from Virginia and from North Carolina having now migrated over the southern states. Today, Sudberry's are found living in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, California, Illinois, New York, Washington, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Tennessee.
In research done by Robert Martin McBride in his history of the McBride Family of Rutherford County, Tennessee, he devotes a chapter to the Sudberry family as it relates to the family of William W. Sudberry to the McBride family.
Mr. McBride stated that the first known record of the Sudberrys is in Virginia in 1733, when one EZEKIAL SUDBERRY is mentioned in the Register of Henrico Parish Church, Henrico County. (It appears there were three Ezekial Sudberrys. Each represents a different generation. For clarity the titles of Senior, Junior and the III have been used to separate the three names. It appears to be father, son and nephew. Ezekial III is referred to only as Ezekial after he married Catherine Fagg.)
For several generations thereafter, the family is found in the block of counties immediately
southwest: Chesterfield, Posatan, Amelia, Nottoway, and Prince Edward. During the Colonial
period the family was affiliated with the established church of England. Later, those who came
to Tennessee became identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church.