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 of:
- 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
"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, a boy."
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
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 Tabith HILL.
- Robert - b. about 1685, Henrico Co., VA;
d. Swift Creek, Chesterfield Co., VA.
- Phebe - Married James HUDSON, her first cousin and son of Richard
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
- 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 MASSIE.
- 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.