(Research):Name: DUDAY - DUDLEY?
Some records show the last name as Duda as seems to be the story with many of the first couple of generations of Durrells in America. I have seen Duda, Duday, Durin, Dorrill, Durrell, Durell etc. They spoke French, I think, and other peoplemust have misheard the name when they spoke it, only a guess.
Philip Durrell came from Guernsey, according to tradition. His first appearance in local records is on 20 Feb 1689/90 when the mark of "Philip Duday" is affixed to a petition of The Inhabitants and Train Soldiers of the Providence of New Hampshire, To the Honorable, the Governor and council of their Majesties' Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, in New England asking the new authorities for protection by the government from their enemies. He served in the garrison at Exeter, New Hampshire between September and October of 1696. By 1700 he was at Cape Porpoise, York, Maine. (now Kennebunk port). "The Indiansattacked Cape Porpoise on 10 August 1703. The Indians proceeded up the Kennebunk River to the house of Philip Durrell, which was near where Durrill's bridge now is and carried off Mrs. Durrell, her two daughters, Susan and Rachel, and two sons, one of whom, Philip, was an infant. Mr. Durrell himself was not at home. The Indians carried their prisoners as far as Paywacket or Fryeburg, when Mrs. Durrell persuaded them to let her return with her infant. One of the Indians carried her child for her to the stone fort at Saco, from which place she returned home." [Bradbury's History of Kennebunk port]. Mrs. Durrell's daughters married Frenchmen and refused to return after the war was over. The son accidentally drowned in the Saco River. After the Indian raid, Philip Durrell and the remainder of his family returned toExeter, NH. He was back in Cape Porpoise (now Arundel) in 1719. The Indians returned in 1726 despite a treaty of peace and carried away Mrs. Durrell, a son John (12 years old) and a daughter, (Mrs. Baxterwith a twenty-month-old son). Mrs. Durrell and Mrs. Baxter along with the infant were killed. The son John was exchanged about two years later.
Data from Olson gives Philip's surname as Durrell.
The NEHGR v. 132 states that according to family tradition, Philip came from Guernsey with this tradition being repeated by Charles Bradbury in his History of Kennebunk Port, p. 241. The above narrative from Durrell came in part from the NEHGR publication.
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Isle of Jersey, England
Arundel, Maine, USA
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