Some researchers nontheles postulate that one Henry Hudson (Heardson), London Alderman, born in England, and died in 1555, may be an early Hudson ancestor. There is speculation he was cofounder of the Muscovy Company of Merchant Adventures, an English Trading Organization, and grandfather of Henry Hudson the explorer, also involved with the Muscovy Company.
The arms of Henry Hudson, the Alderman, are described as "argent, semee of fleurs de lis gules, a cross engrailed sabel." Interestingly, the livestock mark of Richard Hudson I was a fleur de leis. Henry's tomb in the old parish church of St. Dunstans's bears this inscription:
Henry Hudson, the Alderman, possibly had a son named Henry. But the father of Henry Hudson, the Hudson Family Association designates as ancestor and generation number 1 of our line, is not known.
Early Hudson ancestor, born about 1541 in England.
Three listed children of Henry Hudson:
Henry HudsonThe Explorer, born about 1570 in England and died at sea with son, John, in 1611.
William Hudson Born about 1575 in England; married Alice Turner and became the father ofRichard Hudson I, immigrant to Virginia around 1634/1635.
Richard Hudson, son of William Hudson and Alice Turner, was in Accomac*, Virginia by 1634, but probably arrived much earlier. He was a Coastal Trader, his own boss, with a valuable service to sell.
Richard's first wife's name is unknown, but he married a second time in 1638 to Mary Hayes, a widow about 30 years old. Along with his new wife Richard acquired two or more stepchildren and debts three times greater than the value of her estate.
Richard Hudson owned land on Hungars Creek (Hungars was one of the oldest settlements on the Eastern Shore*.), but no record reveals when or how he acquired the land. He probably held it from a very early period. His ownership appears to have been common knowledge among his contemporaries.
The occupation of Richard Hudson as a coastal trader is first found relative to a transporting grant. He did not mention when the transporting occurred, but we learn for certain Richard Hudson was a mariner in 1642. He was Captain of his own ship and his Mate was Thomas Streete.
Other indicators such as a wife, ownership of land, crops and livestock suggest his enterprises were more likely local than transoceanic. We also learn he was well spoken and sharp thinking. His livestock mark was a "fleur de leis," a device associated with a Hudson coat of arms. The fleur de leis was also the livestock mark of both Richard's sons, Henry and Nicholas, of Somerset County, Maryland.
He had misunderstandings with his friends and neighbors over ownership of livestock, which did not affect subsequent dealings. We assume on that account it concerned bills or debts due, which were settled peacefully out of court.
Richard Hudson disliked Marylanders. The reason is not distinctly stated, however, the rivalry between Virginia and Maryland for the Chesapeake trade was well known. Other traders about this time were also having difficulties with the Marylanders.
Religious differences too could have contributed to his dislike. Marylanders were mostly Catholics and his sons, Henry and Nicholas, were very closely associated with, if not themselves, Quakers. Nicholas' wife, Elizabeth Freeman, was a Quaker and Somerset County, Maryland, where they lived, was a Quaker refuge. Additonal studies show the Puritan Catholic political question at that time was rising to a head in England also.
The records reveal a few other facts about Richard Hudson. He provided a known place to hang tobacco and a place where people came "to beate corne," suggesting a milling site and merchant enterprise. He owned a dog, a gun, and lived near an "Indian Towne."
According to the work of Roy D. Hudson, Richard the sailor, continued to live at Hungars Creek, married a third time to Barbara Jacob, and left a Nuncupative (spoken to witnesses) Will in 1659.
Richard's Children were all born in Accomack County, Virginia.
Children's Name Birth Spouse "Girle" Hudson abt 1633? Richard Hudson II abt 1634 Mary BowmanEdward Hudson abt 1638? Robert Hudson abt 1640 Eleanor ??? Henry Hudson abt 1642, Hungars CreekLydia SmithNicholas Hudson abt 1644, Hungars Creek Elizabeth FreemanJohn Hudson abt 1646, Hungars CreekMary ??? William Hudson 1689 Elizabeth Jennings Charles Hudson? Susannah Patrick
It is reasonable to assume Richard was alienated from his father and other family members. His father was away at sea for various lengths of time, and after his mother died, Richard was apparently indentured into the care and control of one James Bruce.
He afterward, therefore, embarked upon his separate personal fortune. In 1652, he joined a group of people traveling westward into Henrico County, Virgina. There he settled among the Bowman families on land lying in a bend on the south side of the James River.
Existing Henrico County records indicate Richard Hudson II had received from his "father" Bowman, father of Richard's wife, Mary Bowman, a gift of land known as "Roxdale."
The above mentioned records also refer to the Will of Richard Hudson II, made October 25, 1669, whereby the land known as "Roxdale" was divided between his three minor sons. This Will is now among the missing records of Henrico County.
The exact time of his decease is not determined other than Court records dating the guardianship administration of his minor sons. There appears to be no further evidence regarding the whereabouts of Mary Bowman Hudson.
Three sons of Richard II and Mary HudsonNameBirthSpouseRichard Hudson IIIabt 1660, Henrico Co, VAMary Hall(?)Robert Hudsonabt 1662, Henrico Co., VAMary ???William HudsonAug 1668, Henrico Co., VAElizabeth Jennings(?)
In a Henrico County deed passage dated December 1, 1688 Richard III mentions his father, Richard II, had a will of October 25, 1669, in which he gave the land he received from his father in law, Bowman, "Roxdale," equally to his three sons. He also stated said plantation was occupied by "Thomas Poland" and subsequent to his father's will the land was swindled from them.
Pauldon, since he was the guardian, likely took, or controlled, the land that rightfully belonged to the sons of Richard II. But it seems conditions may have been suitable to get it back, because Richard sold his share of said plantation at Roxdale to his brother, Robert Hudson, for 1600 pounds of tobacco.
Richard then left Henrico County for the frontier, which later became Amelia County. He settled at Hatcher's Run around 1706.
Children of Richard III and Mary Hudson
Name Birth Spouse Richard Hudson IV abt 1690 Martha Ward Isaac Hudson? Anne ??? James Hudson abt 1706, Amelia Co.Phoebe Hudson Hall Hudson abt 1708, Amelia Co.Elizabeth ???
The children of Charles and Martha were:
John Hudson: Born after 1745 in Mecklenburg County
Stephen Hudson: Born between 1745 and 1750 in Mecklenburg County. He died after 1830 in Limestone County, Alabama.
Richard Hudson: Born between 1748 and 1750 in Mecklenburg County
William Hudson: Born in 1765 in Mecklenburg County
The children of Stephen Hudson were:
Young Hudson: Born in 1784 in Mecklenburg County
Charles Owen Hudson: Born in 1786 in Mecklenburg County
Hutchins Hudson: Born in 1790 in Mecklenburg County
Stephen Hudson Jr. : Born in 1794 in Mecklenburg County
Martha Hudson: Born between 1780 and 1785 in Mecklenburg County
William S. Hudson: Born in 1798 in Mecklenburg County
Obedience Hudson may have been a daughter of Stephen Hudson: She was born in Mecklenburg County. She married Edward Ragsdale in 1824 at Boydtown, Virginia. They moved to Limestone County, Alabama and she died there in May of 1870.
Stephen Hudson Sr., Stephen Hudson Jr., Charles Owen Hudson, Young Hudson, and William S. Hudson moved from Mecklenburg County, Virginia to Limestone County, Alabama in 1818.