After thinking about it for a bit, I would re-write even the two sources to which I cited:
Anne clearly states that "It pleased God to keep me a long time without child." Since the first child is born ca. 1631-2, I would then make the marriage of Anne and Simon Bradstreet ca. 1627, giving her a 4-5 year time waiting for a child.
That puts her birth more in line with ca. 1606. This works. Thomas Dudley married on 25 April 1603. His eldest child, Thomas could be born ca. 1604, leaving a gap to 1608 for Anne. If born in ca. 1606, she is only 46 at the birth of her last child in 1652 (for which we do have a record). If it were me, I would now say ca. 1606-1672 as more likely.
P.S. She is not my director ancestor, but the sister-in-law of my ancestor's brother. My ancestor George Denison's brother Daniel married Anne's sister Patience Dudley.
Randy Seaver posted a link for Tombstone Tuesday to this posting regarding Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet, the New England poetess. I want to point out two things about the posting. The first is that despite someone being famous, very little can be known about that person genealogically. The second thing is that people are careless [please insert nice, caring, P.C. word here] about their own ancestry. If you post things to the Internet, a public forum, which I feel are less than correct statements, I feel the obligation to point that out.
Anne Dudley lacks definite birth/baptism and marriage records. Her relative age has to be deduced. The memorial tombstone uses the dates 1612-1672. The poster, then notes that Anne was married to Simon Bradstreet in 1628 in Hardingston (no county given) England. That of course would make her 16 at marriage. There are several reasons why this cannot be true. Anne's high social position (daughter of Gov. Thomas Dudley) along with the convention of the time, means that she most likely was at least 18 if not 20. 16 year olds getting married is a 19th century notion that people incorrectly place into the 17th century.
So what do we really know? Anne's eldest son Samuel died in Jamaica in August 1682, aged 51 years. He was Harvard College Class of 1653. His birth can be estimated at ca. 1631 using this information, although both sources I'm using give ca. 1632. So Anne was married no later than 1630-1. Based on that date, I would then estimate her birth as ca. 1610. Looking at what we know about Thomas Dudley, this works. He is married on 25 April 1603 (at Hardingstone, Northampton, England--this is the place he married, not his daughter). His first child, Thomas, is born ca. 1605 based on his going to Cambridge University--A.B. 1624, A.M. January 1626/7. Second child, Samuel has a baptismal record of 30 November 1608 in Northampton. Anne would be next. Based on the usual two year cycle of child birth where a mother nurses, 1610 is a good approximation for Anne's birth.
So, the best information makes her dates ca. 1610-1672, with a marriage date of ca. 1630. See: Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins 1620-1633 (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS, 1995), I:584-5 (Dudley) and 213-14 (Bradstreet). Also, Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908, Part II: The Ancestry of Amanda Spiller 1823-1873 (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS 2008), pp. 49-99, the best treatment of the Bradstreets, including all the English generations, in print.
In 2004 Caleb Johnson published the probable English origins of Peter Browne of the Mayflower [TAG 79:161-78]. In that article he abstracted the 1622 will of Margaret (Symons) (Dendy) Wood of Dorking who made bequests to her grandsons William and Jasper Dudley. It looked good that William Dudley of Guilford, Connecticut might be that William Dudley, so I started to research the subject. I thoroughly abstracted all Dudley entries in the Dorking (co. Surrey) parish registers from 1538 to 1670. As I worked on this project and I added in the probate records, I pieced together the entire Dudley family. There was David Dudley and Joan Arnold who had been suggested as parents of the immigrants. There was Thomas Dudley and Mary Dendy of the above-cited article. However, as I searched, my analysis led me to William Dudley and Eleanor Hooker. I wrote up the results and it was published in TAG in late 2007, 82:63-74. In this article I included footnote #32, which gave credit to the identification of Jane Lutman, wife of the immigrant, as the daughter of William and Jane Lutman to a Stephen Aberle who wrote about this in an obscure journal: The Dudley Family Newsletter in 2001-2002. This journal is not in the collections of ANY major genealogical library. In fact, it is only in the catalog of The Connecticut State Library. Also, he found William Lutman's will naming his daughter Jane Dudley, but I found his marriage record in Sussex.
Somewhere, as I understand it, there is a happy genealogical community, who meet each other, share information and all is well and good. That world has never intruded itself upon me. After I published this article and to this very moment, no one has emailed me to say: thanks or good job. No one. However, two people have emailed. This first accused me of stealing this. The second was a screwball who still wanted the Dudleys to be noble, which they aren't and, in fact, never were. So, if I act wary or unfriendly, it's because after a lifetime of experience, I've become shell-shocked from the responses of strangers to my work.
Evidently, Mr. Aberle [not the emailer, btw] continued his studies of the Dudleys in the 2004-5 Dudley Family Newsletter. However, if one reads his articles, he and I come to different opinions. He also doesn't piece the family together in the same way I did. In any case, by reading his work, I did discover that I had erred in transcribing the name of Eleanor Hooker as Gooder. I've now corrected that in a pending TAG article that gives three more generations of Hookers behind William Dudley. So, did that article give me the "CLUE" or not? Well, William Dudley (father of the immigrant) called William Hooker, his brother-in-law. I remember when reading that will I had to be very careful and not jump to the usual conclusion, i.e. that Eleanor was a Hooker. William Hooker could have married a Dudley or both men could have married sisters of a surname not known. However, when I saw how Aberle had transcribed it, together with a search in the IGI, I realized I had goofed. Sometimes Occam's Razor applies: the simplest solution is usually the correct one.
So, that's how all this happened. I got inspired by an article; did my own research, which, IMHO, is better than anything else out there; published it; got shit on; realized I made an error; and corrected the error. In that order. As bizarre as it sounds, we did the same project, at the same time without realizing it. Well, two people invented the television at the same time also, so anything is possible. Mr. Aberle worked in England from the original records. I worked in Salt Lake City from microfilm. Sadly, even the vast Family History Library doesn't own the Dudley Family Newsletter. That journal was called to my attention by another Dudley researcher when I sent him a draft copy of my article. He kindly showed me the Lutman article, without telling me anything about the other articles.
So that was my first English origins article. It would have been my last if I hadn't started another that was slated to be published before all this foofaraw began. I have yet to write a third. To date Mr. Aberle has never contacted me. Just some angry bitch from Maine (of all places).
Part I is here. The son that Josiah Dudley lived with in his old age was Jeremiah. Josiah deeds for life support to Jeremiah at Cheshire County Deeds 68:3 dated 22 March 1806 and recorded 31 December 1814. Jeremiah was alive on 19 October 1836 when he in turn deeded for life support to his son Harvey Dudley. [Sullivan County Deeds 19:209]. Jeremiah's wife is mistakenly given as Mary Robards in this source Ezra A. Stearns, Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire (New York: Lewis Publishing, 1908), 2001-2. However, from Harvey's death certificate we learn her name was Mary (or Polly) Fisher. Just to show you how bizarre this family is, guess where the marriage took place? Boston. Jeremiah Dudley and Polly Fisher were married at the Hollis Street Church in Boston, Mass. on March 26, 1799. Knowing that now, I would make Jeremiah's birth ca. 1779 not 1783.
Since my 2003 article on the Dudley's came out, no one has contacted me with any new or pertinent information. In fact, no information at all! I, on the other hand, still find things. Here's some updates: