While searching for information about my ancestors, John Rudd and Avis Whittaker, I stumbled across the following:
"To JNO RUDD Senr alias THOS 170" [lb. tobacco]
"To JNO RUDD junr alias THOS 51" [lb. tobacco]
("Messrs Redford and Wilkinson, Inspectors at Warwick., Debit. 1736[/37]. Febry."), "John Nash's Account Book, Abstracts," in Beverly Fleet, VIRGINIA COLONIAL ABSTRACTS, VOL. 21, HENRICO COUNTY - SOUTHSIDE, 1736, Southern Historical Press, Inc., Easley, SC, 1985, p. 52.
My Rudd ancestors appear to have originally borne the surname Thomas (I'm interpreting "Thos" as "Thomas").
Hope this helps break down that brick wall we've all been facing.
Good hunting all!
PS: For information on the use of "alias", see Mark D. Herber's magnificent book on English genealogical research, Ancestral Trails. In it, he notes that Oliver Cromwell was alias Williams, because an ancestor had changed the family's surname from Williams to Cromwell in honor of a prominent Cromwell relative who was a Catholic clergyman, and who (thus) died childless.
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