This post goes from 1662 to 1726
Here are the Hudson generations, like links in a chain, at a glance:
Richard → ROBERT? → Peter → William → Cairy m. William C. Wilbourn → Champion → Amonet Washington → William Harvey → Ella Washington (Rae) (our grandmother)
Robert has a question mark after his name because the link from him to Peter is not legally proven by court-sworn documents. But the circumstantial evidence is strong that they are linked.
The rest of the generations – from Peter onwards – are proven by court-sworn documents, as this and the next posts demonstrate. In their cases, there is no guesswork about their connection from one generation to the next.
Please see Cairy Hudson’s own post: Cairy Hudson Wilbourn.
We have not studied these early Hudsons very much.
Please see the Hudson Family Association.
He was born in 1662. On May 25, 1681, Robert was judged by the court to be about 19 years old. He married Martha (last name unknown); he died January 25, 1757, and his wife died April 22, 1758 (so say Hudson researchers). They had children Robert Jr., PETER, Joel, Martha Cook, Mary Jones, Francis Newby, Margaret Gregory, Diana Ammanet, Tabitha Hudson, George, and Simon.
These summaries come from Donald Claire Hart’s monumental study of source documents, that is, old handwritten records (see below for a fuller bibliography).
October 30, 1709, Henrico County & Parish. Robert Hudson sells to Edward Stanley 235 acres, for 1 shilling silver and several other good causes, the plantation lying on the north side of Swift Creek, beginning at hickory on the north side of said creek, and from there north and east, etc. witnesses: Thomas Randolph and Thos. Cocke
Signed Rob’t Hudson
November 1, 1709
Ack: James Cocke
Release of above L & R for the sum of 5 Pounds Nov. 5, 1709
Source: Hart, vol. 2, p. 283
August 24 and September 7, 1714, Henrico County. James Baugh, Edward Tanner, Robert Hudson, and Moses Wood take the inventory of the estate of Sarah Akins on Aug. 24, 1714, and recorded September 7, 1714, valued at 21 Pounds, 9 shillings, 2 pence
Source: Hart, vol. 2, p. 94
June 6, 1726, Henrico County. Robert Hudson and John Ferguson sell to Robert Hudson Jr. 200 acres of land at Beaver Ponds upon Swift Creek in Henrico County for 20 Pounds; it is half tract of 400 acres and the lower part, which was taken up by Hudson and Ferguson by patent 17 Aug. 1725; witnesses: John Green, John Bowman, Henry Hudson
Signed Robert R (his mark) Hudson and John Fferguson
Ack: 5 Sept. 1726
Mary Hudson and Mary Ferguson relinquish their dower rights
Source: Hart, vol. 2, p. 284.
June 6, 1726, Henrico County. Robert Hudson Sr. and John Ferguson sell to Henry Hudson 100 acres lying on the south side of Swift Cr. at Beaver Ponds, for 10 Pounds; the land was part of the upper tract patented to Robert Hudson and John Ferguson 17 Aug. 1725; witnesses: John Green, John Bowman, Robert Hudson
Signed: Rob’t R (his mark) Hudson Jr.
Ack: 6 Sept. 1726
Source: Hart, vol. 2, 284.
June 6, 1726, Henrico County. Robert Hudson Sr. & John Fferguson sell to Henry Hatcher Sr. 100 acres of land for 5 pounds; land lying at Beaver Ponds of Henrico County on the north side of Swift Creek, part of the 400 acres granted to said Hudson and Fferguson, by patent dated 17 Aug. 1725 (missing page from Hart)
Source: Hart, vol. 2, p. 284)
September 5, 1726, Henrico County. William Hudson sells to Robert Hudson Jr. 100 acres of land lying on Beaver Ponds of Swift Creek, formerly in ye possession of Samuel Hudson and said Wm Hudson by deed from Robert Hudson Sr. Witnesses: John Green, John Fferguson, Henry Hudson
Signed William Hudson
Ack. by memorandum of full possession of seizen & delivery 5 Sept. 1726
Mary X (her mark) Ferguson
No date, Henrico County. Deed of gift from Robert Hudson Sr. to his son Robert Hudson: 100 acres beginning on the Mill pond joining Henry Thatcher, from there to Henry Hudson’s line south and adj. William Hancock & Swift Cr, it being part of 400 acres granted to said Hudson and John Ferguson, by patent 17 Aug. 1726. Witnesses: Jacob Ashurst, Francis Flournoy, Abraham A Hay
Ack. by memorandum of Livery & Siezen 1st Monday Sept. 1746 (sic)
Source: Hart, vol. 2, p. 94
June 5, 1727, Henrico County. Henry Hudson, John Bowman, and Robert Hudson take an inventory of the estate of Edward Stanly, valued at 49 Pounds, 9 shillings, 11 pence;
Source: Hart, vol. 2, p. 116
For more information on Richard and Robert, go here, and scroll down to Generation Five (or One):
That link has a different list of Robert’s children.
Please go to the next generation: Peter Hudson.
Early Hudsons of Three Virginia Counties (key post)
Essential Records of a Key Orphans Court, Part 1 (1677-1690)
Essential Records of a Key Orphans Court, Part 2 (1690-1739)
Donald Hart, Hudson Records of Virginia, Hudson Family Association, vol. 2, 1984, p. 278.
Benjamin Weisiger III, Henrico County, Virginia, Deeds, 1677-1705, Richmond, 1986, p. 148.