From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Hudson Ancestry in England
Virtually all the information on the Hudson family has been
received, either directly or indirectly, from the Hudson
Family Association (South) of Longview, TX. Refer particularly
to the lineage in BULLETIN No. 39 (p. 69), with addition
in No. 51, and the Hudsons of Chesterfield chart in BULLETIN
No. 50. Additional information on the HUDSON ancestry and the
Hudsons of Dickson Co., TN received from Mr. Van. A. Husdon via
Henry Hudson I
Henry HUDSON I - b. about 1500, England; d. poss. Dec. 1555,
One source styles the father of Henry and William HUDSON as 'Henry
HUDSON, Gent., Alderman of London, Lord of Manors, etc.' Henry
was probably a member of the Muscovy Company, or Association of
Merchant Adventurers, which Sebastian CABOT founded by 1553. The
Company, chartered in 1555, sought a northern route to China,
either easterly or westerly. He is said to have married Barbara, and
had eight sons and three daughters, including the following.
- William - b. about 1528, London, England.
- Henry II - b. possibly about 1541, England. Little information
is available about the three Henry HUDSONs and their relationship
the the Muscovy Company, and to William HUDSON. It appears to
be generally accepted that Henry, the son of Henry, was the father
- Henry III - d. 1611, abandonded at sea. Extensive information
is available on a web
site. An explorer for the Muscovy Company, Henry HUDSON failed
to open a northeast passage to China on expeditions in 1607 and
1608. A log written by John PLEYCE, a cremember on the 1607 voyage,
includes the following entry:
"Anno 1607, Aprill the nineteenth, at Saint Ethelburge,
in Bishops Gate street, did communicate with the rest of the
Parishoners these persons, seamen, purposing to goe to sea four
days after, for to discover a passage by the North Pole to Japan
and China. First, Henry Hudson, master. Secondly, William
Colines, his mate. Thirdly, James Young. Fourthly, John Colman.
Fiftly, John Cooke. Sixtly, James Beubery. Seventhly, James Skrutton.
Eightly, John Pleyce. Ninthly, Thomas Baxter. Tenthly, Richard
Day. Eleventhly, James Knight. Twelfthly, John Hudson,
Losing support of the Muscovy Company, he sailed in the Half
Moon for the Dutch East India Company in 1609, discovering
the Hudson River and ascending it nearly to the present site
of Albany, NY. The following year, the Discovery sailed
for English sponsors and reached Hudson Bay, Canada. The crew,
after wintering on the Bay, mutinied and set Henry HUDSON and
eight others, including Henry's sson John, adrift on June 23,
1611. Henry married Katheren. Children: Oliver (b. ca1590); John
(b. ca1598); and Richard (b. ca1605).
William HUDSON - b. about 1528, London, England. Son
of Henry HUDSON I.
- William - b. about 1560, London, England; d. 1630,
William and Alice (Turner) Hudson
William HUDSON - b. about 1560, London, England; d.
1630, England. Married about 1603. Possibly son of William HUDSON, however he may have been a grandson of Henry HUDSON, Gentleman, through another son. Married about 1603.
Alice TURNER - b. England.
- Richard - b. 1605, Tamsworth, Staffordshire,
England; d. 1657, Northampton Co., VA.
The Hudsons in America
Richard and Mary Hudson
Richard HUDSON - b. 1605, Tamsworth, Staffordshire,
England; d. 1657, Northampton Co., VA. Baptized Nov. 5, 1608,
Tamsworth, Staffordshire, England. Son of William
HUDSON and Alice TURNER. A mariner, he arrived in America
in 1635 on the Safety, and settled first in Northampton
Co., VA. Court records seem to indicate that Richard may have
been an indentured servant of Obedience ROBBINS when he arrived
in VA. Married first in England or shortly after arriving in VA.
Married second about 1638, Accomack Co., VA, Mrs. Mary HAYES.
Married third 1652, Accomack Co., VA, Barbara JACOBS.
Mary - b. England. A court record indicates one of her
children, as a minor orphan, was placed under the care of Ruth
HAYES, who was said to be sister-in-law of Mary.
Children of Richard and Mary Hudson
- Richard - b. about 1630, England;
d. 1678, Henrico Co., VA.
- Robert - Married Elanor.
- Edward - b. about 1638. Henry - b. about 1642; d. 1710. Possibly
a Quaker, moving to Somerset Co., MD with his brother. Married
Lydia SMITH. Children: Robert; Mary; Elizabeth; Christian; Rhoda;
Absalon married Sophia; Major who married Martha; Henry; David;
John married Sarah; and William married Sarah.
- Nicholas - b. about 1644, probably in Accomack Co., VA; d.
Jan. 5, 1676, Pokomoke Hundred, Somerset Co., MD. Moved to MD
about Apr. 1670 after the birth of first son and daughter. He
married Elizabeth FREEMAN, a Quaker, who was married second on
Nov. 29, 1677 in Somerset Co., MD to George HASFURT/HASFORD.
Children: Richard died as child; Violetta married Richard WARREN;
and Elizabeth married John SNOW.
- John - b. about 1646; d. 1694. Married Mary.
Richard and Mary (Bowman) Hudson
Richard HUDSON - b. about 1630, England; d. 1678, Henrico
Co., VA. Though unproved, it is believed he was the son of Richard HUDSON and Mary.
His will, dated Oct. 25, 1669 at Roxdale, Henrico Co., VA, names
his three sons, who inherited the Hudson plantation. Married about
1658, Accomack Co., VA.
Mary BOWMAN - b. VA. Living in 1688. The Roxdale plantation
may have come to the Hudson family through Mary. She was sister
of Robert, William and John BOWMAN, and daughter of Robert BOWMAN,
Sr. (d. Feb. 17, 1670/1, Varine Parish, Bermuda Hundred, Henrico
Children of Richard and Mary Hudson
- Richard - b. 1659-1660, VA. Progenitor of the "Hudsons
of Amelia." Richard sold his share in the Hudson plantation
to his brother Robert in 1688. He married Mary (HALL?). Children:
James married Phebe HUDSON, his first cousin; Thomas; Hall married
Elizabeth; possibly Charles; and Richard married Martha (WARD?).
- Robert - b. about 1662, VA; d. 1757,
Chesterfield Co., VA.
- William - b. about 1668, VA; d. Nov. 27, 1701, Henrico Co.,
VA. Progenitor of the "Hudsons of Hanover." Inherited
a portion of his father's Roxdale estate in 1689. Married Elizabeth
JENNINGS. Children: Charles married Mary and/or Sarah Ann ROYALL;
William married; John married Elizabeth HARRIS (twelve children,
including son: George HUDSON married Sara Elizabeth JENNINGS;
granddaughter: Elizabeth HUDSON married Rev. John CLAY; great
grandson: Sen. Henry CLAY); and Christopher.
Robert and Mary Hudson
Robert HUDSON - b. about 1662, Henrico Co., VA; d. 1757,
Chesterfield Co., VA. Son of Richard HUDSON
and Mary BOWMAN. Progenitor of the "Hudsons of Chesterfield."
Mary - Surname possibly FFARGUSON.
Children of Robert and Mary Hudson
- Samuel - d. 1761, GA. Married Drucilla. Children: John; Christopher;
Robert; William; and Charles.
- John - Married Ann ROBERTSON.
- Henry - d. about 1760, Chesterfield Co., VA. Married Mary
(RUSSELL?). The first four named sons are all found in the muster
of 1754 of Granville Co., NC, in the company of Capt. Daniel
HARRIS. Children: Henry; John; Chamberlain married; Isaac; Abraham
married Elizabeth TYLER; and William.
- Peter - b. 1695-1700, Henrico Co., VA; d. 7 Oct 1752, Halifax
County, VA. While not proved, evidence suggests that the Peter
HUDSON who died in 1752 was the son of Robert HUDSON and Mary.
In his will, Peter left 400 acres of land to his "nephew"
Robert HUDSON. Peter was married on Aug. 20, 1723 in Henrico
Co., VA to Martha. A court record of Henrico Co., VA dated Oct.
25, 1725, names Martha as the widow of Halcot PRIDE, and indicates
that they had more than one child. Children: Sarah HUDSON married
Edward PARKER; William HUDSON; Phebe HUDSON; Mary HUDSON married
Capt. William HARRIS; David HUDSON; Judith HUDSON married William
HARRIS; Peter Hudson II married Mourning GRIFFIN; James HUDSON,
Sr. married Agnes BURTON; and Daniel HUDSON, Sr. possibly married
- Robert - b. about 1685, Henrico Co.,
VA; d. Swift Creek, Chesterfield Co., VA.
- Phebe - Married James HUDSON, her first cousin and son of
Richard and Mary.
Robert and Martha Hudson
Robert HUDSON - b. about 1685, Henrico Co., VA; d. Swift
Creek, Chesterfield Co., VA. Though unproved, it is believed he was the son of Robert
HUDSON and Mary. Left will naming four sons.
Martha - b. VA; d. Chesterfield Co., VA. Surname possibly
HANCOCK. Evidence suggests she may have been related to Eleazer
CLAY, great uncle of Henry CLAY, whose mother was Elizabeth HUDSON.
Children of Robert and Martha Hudson
- Robert - d. 1787, Mecklenburg Co., VA. Married. Children:
Ephraim; Robert married; and William married.
- Joel - b. 1728, poss. in Chesterfield Co., VA; d. 1810, Bedford
Co., VA. Married Amy NEWBY (d. 1813/4, Bedford Co., VA). Children
of Joel and Amy: Alexander; Joel married Sukey JONES; John Newby
married Nancy GOLDEN; Peter; David; Simon; Robert married Clary;
Patty; Sally Price; Amey; Mary; and James married first Louisa
OWENS, second Mary 'Polly' FARRIS, and third Nancy EMMETT.
- George - A minor in 1757. Married in 1761 in Chesterfield
Co., VA to Annie. Children of George and Annie HUDSON: George
married first Rebecca Lindsay CONWAY, and second Mary 'Polly'
BERRY; Obediah; and Night.
- Simon - b. about 1738, VA.
- Frances -
- Margaret -
- Mary -
- Dinah -
- Tabitha -
- Another daughter - Robert and Martha are said to have been
the parents of four sons and six daughters.
Simon and Mary (Anderson) Hudson
Simon HUDSON - b. about 1738, VA; d. probably 1775-1780,
Buckingham Co., VA. Settled in Bedford Co., VA. Son of Robert
HUDSON and Martha. Married about 1756, Chesterfield Co., VA.
Mary ANDERSON - Daughter of Hugh ANDERSON. She
married second, as his second husband, Sylvanus MASSIE, father
of Thomas MASSIE.
Children of Simon and Mary Hudson
- Frances 'Fannie' - b. about
1760, VA; d. Jun. 25, 1802, Montgomery Co., KY. Married Thomas
- Simon - b. 1772, VA. Moved to Madison Co., KY, and then to
Clay Co., MO. Married Jul. 27, 1797, Bedford Co., VA, Sally TRUEMAN,
whose family also moved to KY, then MO. Children: Simon and Samuel.