Early Hudsons of Three Virginia Counties

These records go from 1652 to 1799.

The counties are Henrico, Goochland, and Chesterfield. The latter two grew out of the first one.

The records are uninterpreted or raw. You can have the fun of making family connections.

Let’s get started.

Hudsons are found in early court records:

Essential Records of a Key Orphans Court, Part 1 (1677-1690)

Essential Records of a Key Orphans Court, Part 2 (1690-1739)



Richard Hudson is the main immigrant. He arrived before this date, not on it.

20 Nov 1652

Here is his record (slightly edited):

Robert Elam, 503 acres Henrico Co., 20 Nov. 1652, p. 114. South side of James River, above Burmuda Hundred, between Thomas Shippey and Richard Johnson. Transportation of 10 persons: Ann Elam, Richard Hudson, Geo. Smither, George Swann, Peter Drongcold, John Revell, Richard Heywood, John Parke, Wm. Partridge, Eliza. Bridges (Nell Marion Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers, Virginia Land Patents and Grants: 1623-1666, vol. 1, Genealogical Publishing, 262)


These ages were given in depositions at court.

1 Aug 1678

Christopher Hudson is 25 years old (OB 1678-1693, p. 53)

10 Nov 1679

Richard Hudson is 17 or 18 (1677-1692 Will and Deed Book, p. 111)

Robert Bowman, 30 (ditto p. 111)

John Bowman, 18 (ditto)

22 May 1681

Richard Hudson is 21 and Robert Hudson is 19 (1677-1692 Will and Deed Book, p. 166)

Edward Bowman, 20 (ditto, p. 165)

16 Oct 1681

Richard Hudson is 21 (1677-1692 Will and Deed Book, p. 184)

Main Records

1 Oct 1677

Page torn:

Orphans of … Hudson, decd. stock 2 …… one cow, William Hudson, cow and calf … in all 4. … (Orphans Court Book 2)

20 Aug 1678

Varina Parish

An account of the stock belonging to the orphans of Richard Hudson, decd., presented by Tho. Poulden, viz. Richard Hudson has 1 cow and 1 calf; Robert Hudson has one cow; William Hudson has one cow and 1 calf; the whole stock ….. (Orphans Court Book 3)

16 Mar 1678/9

Robert Bowman, Sr. of Roxdale in Henrico Co., planter, to Richard Kennon of Bermuda Hundred, for £30/20 and payment of said Robert Bowman’s passage from England, two tracts of land, one 551 acres on James R. at Roxdale, bordered by line marked by Henry Lound, Parker’s gut, Possum Meadow, Robert Bowman’s land given him by his father, Martin Elam’s line (now Mr. Stratton’s) and Joseph Tanner, as patent 9 June 1671. The other land, 100 acres being late in possession of Gilbert Bowman, decd. on the swamp and bounded by the preceding 551 acres and by land given by William Bowman to William Bowman and William Hudson; wit: John Pleasants, Henry Gee, Wm Randolph, Tomas Polden; signed Robert bowman Sr. rec. 1 Apr 1679 (Wills, Deed, etc. 1677-1692, p. 83)

11 Oct 1678

Varina Parish

An account of the cattle belonging to the orphans of Richard Hudson, decd., presented by Thomas Pouldon (viz.) Richard Hudson, one cow and heifer; Robert Hudson, one cow dead; William Hudson one cow, one heifer and calf, Lt. Col. John Farrar enters himself the said Pouldon’s security, presented Thomas Pouldon (Orphans Court Book 4)

20 Aug 1684

Varina Parish

Thomas Pouldon, guardian of the orphans of Richard Hudson, decd. not appearing today it is ordered that he be summoned to the next court held for this county to give an account of the stock belonging to said orphans (Orphans Court Book 13)

1 Oct 1684

Varina Parish

An account of the stock belonging to the orphans of Richard Hudson, decd., this day presented by Tho. Pouldon their guardian, viz., two of them being at age and their estates delivered them, the remaining orphans named William Hudson has to him belonging three cows and two heifers; Tho. Pouldon, guardian to Will Hudson (an Orphan) to this court showing that there is an old cow belonging to the said orphan which he desires to kill and the he will put a young cow in her room [place]; it is by this wor’d [worshiped] court assented to, provided he put in such young cow as shall be liked and approved by Lt. Col. Farrar {presented Tho. Pouldon} (Orphans Court Book 13)

20 Aug 1685

Varina Parish

Tho. Pouldon, guardian to the orphans of Richard Hudson, decd., his security being dead, he is ordered to provide a new security, on which in Open Court Philemon Childers enters himself security for the estate of the said orphans belonging (Orphans Court Book 15)

18 Oct 1685

Varina Parish

Richard Hudson and Robert Hudson, two of the orphans of Richard Hudson, decd., being at lawful age do appear and in open court acknowledge that they have each of them received their full estate of their guardian Tho. Pouldon and there therewith fully satisfied; upon which the said Pouldon is by the court released, acquitted, and discharged from the estate to the said two orphans belonging (Orphans Court Book 16)

20 Aug 1686

Varina Parish

An account of the estate belonging to William one of the orphans of Richard Hudson, decd. presented by Tho. Pouldon his guardian; viz. three cows, one heifer, and one calf (Orphans Court Book 17)

20 Aug 1687

Varina Parish

Tho. Pouldon, guardian to Will Hudson, presents account of the cattle to the said orphan belonging: viz. three cows, two heifers, two calves (Orphans Court Book 19)

20 Aug 1688

Varina Parish

Tho. Pouldon, guardian to William Hudson, presents an account of the cattle to the said orphan belonging, viz. three cows, three heifers, one calf (Orphans Court Book 22)

1 Dec 1688

Deed. I Richard Hudson, son and heir of Richard Hudson, decd. late of Roxdale in Henrico Co. state that the will of my father dated 25 Oct 1669 gave to my two brothers Robert and William Hudson a plantation at Roxdale, now in occupation of Thomas Poland, in his verbis [words] “My will is that land given me by my father Bowman be devised between my three sons.” Since then land escheated and was granted to us. I therefore for 1600 lbs of tobacco sell to my brother Robert Hudson my share in said land; wit: Thomas Cock, Wm Cock, Jr.; Signed Richard Hudson; Mary, wife of Richard, relinquished her dower right (Will and Deed Book 1688-1697 p. 29-30)

20 Aug 1689

Varina Parish

Wm Hudson (the remaining orphan of Robert [sic] Hudson, decd. under guardianship) did this day being at lawful age in court appear and acknowledge the receipt of his full estate from his late guardian, Tho. Pouldon and from the same and every part thereof acquit and release him upon which the said Pouldon is by the court discharged from the said Hudson’s orphans’ estates (Orphans Court Book 24)

26 Aug 1691

Will of Edward Braine of Charles City County

Stephen Hudson is mentioned in his will; Stephen is to receive a gold ring of 10 shillings (Wills and Deeds 1706-1709, pp. 176-179)

7 Apr 1694

Benjamin Hudson took the inventory of Thomas Charles’s estate, valued at 826 lbs of tobacco, taken also by All. Clarke, Charles Stewart, Fra. Cholmly; rec. 1 June 1694 (Book £3 Wills and Deeds 1688-1697, p. 500)

20 Aug 1695

Robert (R) Huttson (Hudson) and Wm (H) Hudson and John Bowman, Isaac Burton, Edw’d (EB) Bowman, Tho. (T) Hobbs, Hen. (HH) Jordan, Gilbert Elam, Jr. witness livery and seizing deed from Timothy Allen, Jr. carpenter and son and heir of Timothy Allen, Sr. late of Henrico Co. to William Soane, 4000 lbs of tobacco a tract patented by Gilbert Elam, Sr. 1 Apr 1678; 25 May 1671 and by said Gilbert and Anne his wife sold to Timothy Allen Sr.; tract of 200 acres on south side of James R. next to Martin Elam and Mr. Edward Stratton; wit: Pet. Field and James Cocke; rec. 1 Oct 1695 (p. 596)

1 Feb 1699/1700

Wm (H) Hudson and Mel Richardson witness deed from Amos Lead to John Pleasants, 30 acres on north side of Four Mile Cr. bounded by the creek, being land formerly Solomon Knibb’s being part of a patent taken up by my father John Lead, decd. 24 Sept. 1667; signed Amos X Lead; rec. 1 Feb 1699 (Wills and Deeds, etc. 1697-1704, p. 159)

1 Nov 1701

Elizabeth Hudson granted administration of estate of husband William Hudson; security Phil. Jones and Robert Hudson (Wills and Deeds 1697-1704 p. 270)

27 Nov 1701

Inventory of William Hudson, appraised by Thomas Chamberlain, Arthur Moseley, Abraham Womeck, Sr., Edward Stanley; presented in court by Elizabeth, relict of William Hudson (Wills and Deeds 1697-1704, p. 261)

24 Mar 1703

Robert Hudson’s land is mentioned in deed from Thomas Powland, Sr. to Edward Stanley, 235 acres on north side of Swift Cr., next to Robert Hudson, part of a grant to said Thomas Powland, Sr.; wit: Henry Powland and Jon. Hoskens; signed Thomas Powllan, Sr. (rec. 1 Apr 1794 (Wills, Deeds, etc. 1697-1704 p. 386)

24 Mar 1703

Thomas Powland, Sr. to Robert Hudson, for £3, 235 acres on south side of James R. and north side of Swift Cr.; wit: Henry Powland and Jon. Hoskens; signed Thomas Pollan, Sr. Eleanor, wife of Thomas, relinquished her dower right; rec. 1 Apr 1704 (Wills, Deeds, etc. 1697-1704, p. 387)

1 June 1703

William Bowman, planter, to John Archer, Gent. 46 acres where said Bowman now lives at Roxdale, on south side of James R. adjoining land of William Hudson, decd. wit: John Pleasants and Step. Sarrazin; signed William Bowman; rec. 1 June 1703 (Wills, Deeds, etc. 1697-1704, p. 326)

22 Nov 1707

William Byrd of Charles City Co., esq., to Robert Hudson of Henrico Col. planter, for £250, 46 acres near a place called Rocksdale, where said Hudson lives; wit: Wm Randolph, Rene Laforce, William Randolph, Jr. Thomas Eldridge; signed W. Byrd; rec. 1 Dec 1707 (Deeds 1706-1709, p. 68)

5 Mar 1708

Robert Hudson of County and Parish of Henrico, planter, to Thomas Powland, Jr.; said Hudson and Powlan took up by patent 940 acres on north side of Swift Cr. 17 Apr 1705; they have agreed to divide land in two equal parts, the lower half to Powlan and upper to Hudson; wit: Elizabeth Cocke, Elizabeth (OO) Lester, James Cocke; signed Robert (RH) Hudson, Thomas Powlan; Mary, wife of Hudson, relinquishes her dower rights; rec. 1 Apr 1709 (Deeds 1706-1709, p. 160)

30 Oct 1709

Robert Hudson to Edward Stanley for £5, land and plantation on north side of Swift Cr., now in possession of said Hudson, bounded by the creek, 135 acres; wit: Thos. Randolph, Tho. Cocke; signed Robert (R) Hutson (Deeds 1706-1709, p. 191)

1 Aug 1710

Varina Parish

Upon the petition of Philip Jones and Robert Hudson praying to be discharged from being security with Elizabeth the wife of Daniel Fore for the administration on the estate of her former husband, William Hudson, decd., the said Fore was ordered to be summoned to answer the same, and he now appearing informs the court he will not give other security, but is contented the petitioners should be put into possession of that part of the estate for which they stand bound and it not being known what the said estate amounts to, ordered that the said Daniel Fore and Elizabeth his wife do make up an account thereof, and present the same to the court to be held for this county the first day of October next. (Orphans Court Book 51)

2 May 1711

William Hudson is mentioned in a deed from William Kennon of Henrico Co. to Thomas Eldridge of Surry Co., for £10, 2 tracts. 657 acres on James R. at place called Roxdale, bounded by Parker’s Gut, Possum Meadow, upper landing at the house, Robert Bowman, land of Joseph Tanner’s orphans, the river, as by patent 29 June 1671; the other 100 acres next to above 500 odd acres, late in occupation of Gilbert Bowman, decd. next to land given by William Bowman, decd. to William Bowman and William Hudson; the land was purchased from Robert Bowman by Robert Kennon, decd. father of said William Kennon 17 Mar 1678/9 and was escheated to the king and resold by Wm Byrd, Esq. to Richard Kennon 1 Apr 1681; wit: Henry Randolph, Jr. John Ingles, Martha Monford; signed Will Kennon; rec. 1st Mon in June 1711 (Wills and Deeds 1710-1714, p. 82)

20 Aug 1711

Varina Parish

Daniel Fore presents upon oath an account of debtor and creditor of the estate of William Hudson, decd., which being allowed of is ordered to be recorded (Orphans Court Book 53)

Same Date (recorded)

Accounts of estate of William Hudson presented in Orphans Court by Daniel Fore (Faure) (Wills and Deeds 1710-1714 p. 96)

1 Feb 1711/12

Nuncupative Will of Mary Ligon

My brother Thomas Bridgewater to have care of my eldest daughter Elizabeth;

William Kent to have care of my son Peter Ligon;

William Kent to have care of son Simon;

Ann Cardwell to have care of daughter Ann Ligon;

Ann Easley to have care of daughter Mary;

Martha Hudson to have charge of daughter Martha;

Wit: James Cox, Edward Heathcott, and Martha Hudson

Rec. 7 July 1712 (Henrico County Wills and Deeds 1710-1714, p. 138)

5 Apr 1714

Robert Hudson, James Akin, William Ligon took the inventory of Robert Blankinship’s estate, valued at £26/00/6 rec. 3 May 1714 (Wills and Deeds 1710-1714 p. 258)

13 Sep 1715

Charles Hudson and Mary his wife of Charles City Co. to John Witt and William Witt of same, for £10., 300 acres on a fork of Tuckahoe Cr., bounded by the southern branch and John Bradley; no wit; signed Charles Hudson, Mary Hudson; rec. 3 Oct 1715 (Deeds 1714-1719, p. 46)

3 Aug 1717

Will of Jennet Ashbrook

To son Robert Farguson, Sr. items;

To daughter Anne Hopkins, items;

To eldest great-grandson John Farguson, Jr.;

To son Peter Ashbrook, 1 shilling;

To granddaughter Elizabeth Ashbrook, 1 cow calf;

To grandson John Farguson, Sr. the other part of my estate and to be executor;

Wit: Peter Hudson, William Baugh, Mary Baugh; rec. 7 Apr 1718 (Wills and Deeds 1714-1718, p. 251)

10 May 1722

Will of Edward Bowman of Henrico Parish

To son Gilbert, 200 acres on third branch of Swift Cr. being my upper lot;

To son Henry, 100 acres joining John Stewart being land I bought of Samuel Newman;

To son Abraham, 100 acres on south side of Swift Cr., being the remainder of land that I gave to my son-in-law Rice Jones;

To son Abraham and son-in-law Rice Jones, 200 acres surveyed for me on Swift Cr. and also an entry I have joining my brother John Bowman equally;

To each of my four sons, a featherbed and money in Mr. Perry’s hands to be laid out for blankets, etc.

Son Henry to live at his plantation I live on until 21;

I appoint my son-in-law Henry Charles _____

Wit: J. Bolling, Jr., Robert Hudson, Sr., Edward Tanner;

To three daughters Elizabeth, Frances, and Mary, each 1 shilling;

Rec. 6 Aug 1722 (Miscellaneous Court Records 1650-1807, Part II, pp. 555-62)

16 Aug 1722 Court

Will of Edward Bowman presented by Henry Charles Featherstone and Edward Bowman, his executors, and proved by John Bolling, Jr. and Robert Hudson, Sr. and Edward Tanner, three of the witnesses; Maj. William Kennon and Capt. Henry Randolph, security; Edward Stratton, William Ligon, Robert Elam, Edward Haskins to appraise estate (Minute Book, 1719-1724, p. 196)

2 Jan 1722 Court

Henry Bowman chooses Edward Bowman as his guardian; Robert Hudson and Rice Jones, security (Minute Book, 1719-1724, p. 226)

Mar Court 1723

William Hudson to Samuel Hudson, deed (Court Order Book 1719-1724, p. 318)

Robert Hudson to William Hudson, deed Court Order Book 1719-1724, p. 318)

3 Dec 1723

Robert Hudson to William Hudson, for £20, 100 acres on Beaver Ponds; wit: Robert (R) Bowman, Edward (E) Bowman, John Green; signed Robert (R) Hudson (Miscellaneous Records vol. II, Loose Papers 1718-1725, p. 565)

2 Nov 1724

Rice Jones granted administration of estate of Edward Bowman, decd. Seth Ward and Michael Turpin, security; Robert Bowman, Robert Hudson, Robert Elam, Edward Stratton to appraise estate (Minute Book 1719-1724, p. 371)

5 Oct 1725

Varina Parish

Peter Hudson (who intermarried with Martha, relict of Holcot Pride, decd.) failing to appear and comply with the order of September County Court relating to orphans, it is ordered that he be summoned to appear at the next county court to comply with the said order of September court (Orphans Court Book 54)

3 Dec 1725

Will of John Bowman of Henrico Parish

To son Robert, my plantation at Rocksdale, allowing my wife Sarah all privileges, also to Robert the tract on swift Cr. already deeded him;

To my godson Peter Hudson, 200 acres, being the lower part, and adjoining his land called Nut Tree Run;

To daughter Sarah Knibb, for life, 150 acres of the foresaid tract, below Peter Hudson and after her death to my grandson John Knibb;

To my granddaughter Prudence (?), a mare filly;

To my granddaughter Jane, daughter of my son Robert, a yearly heifer;

To daughter Sarah Knibb, a 15 shilling ring;

To my son John, items, also to son Robert items;

All the rest to wife and she to be executor;

Wit: Joseph Royal, Joseph Royal Jr. James Henry Shorthose; rec. 7 Mar 1725 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, pp. 5-6)

6 June 1726

Robert Hudson and John Ferguson to Robert Hudson, Jr. for £20, 200 acres at the Beaver Ponds on Swift Cr., being part of 400 acres taken up by said Hudson and Ferguson 17 Aug 1725; wit: John Green, John Bowman, Henry Hudson; rec. 5 Sept 1726; Mary Hudson and Mary Fargusson, wives of Robert and John, relinquish their dower rights (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 42)

6 June 1726

Robert Hudson, Sr. and John Fargusson to Henry Hatcher, Sr. for £5, 100 acres on north side of Swift Cr. part of 400 acres granted to said Hudson and Fargusson 17 Aug 1725; Wit: John Green, John Bowman, Robert Hudson; signed Robert (R) Hudson, Sr. John Fargusson; Mary Hudson and Mary Fargusson, wives of said Robert and John, relinquish their dower rights; rec. 5 Sep 1726 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737 p. 50)

1 July 1726

William Hudson, Charles Burk, and James Powell Cock take the inventory of estate of John Webb and valued at £94/11/6; rec. 4 July 1726 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 34)

5 June 1727 (recorded date)

Henry Hudson and Robert Hudson and John Bowman took the inventory of Edward Stanley’s estate valued at £49/9/11; presented in court my Martha Stanley (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 115)

5 June 1727

Charles Hudson, Wm Hamlin, Fran’s Epes, Jr. witness a deed from Joel Chandler to Philip Webber of King William Co. for £10, 100 acres on Tuckahoe Cr. bounded land of Philip Webber, Woodson, Lyional Mims, being part of land patented to Thomas Mims; signed Joel Chandler; Priscilla, wife of Joel relinquishes, her dower rights; (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 116)

15 Sep 1728

Bond of Peter Hudson of Henrico Co. to John Towns for £40, that the heirs of Halcott Pride, when they come of age, will make over to said Towns, 150 acres next to John Pride on Butterwood Cr. in Goochland Co. wit: James Akin, Jr., John Bowman, John Farmer; signed Peter Hudson; rec. 1st Mon Oct 1728 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 216)

29 Oct 1728

William Hudson to Thomas Matthews, for £60, 200 acres on south side of Chickahominy Swamp, bounded by Nowell Burton, the swamp and Williamson’s line; wit: William Happer (sic), Edward Curd; signed William Hudson; Judith, wife of William, relinquishes her dower rights; rec. 1st Mon Nov 1728 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 218)

31 Oct 1728

Peter Hudson, Richard Wells, and John Green witness deed from Matthew Ligon to William Pride for £25, a plantation of 100 acres on Swift Cr., being part of land he purchased of Richard Grills, next to said Matthew and Henry Ligon; signed Matt. Ligon; rec. 1st Mon Nov 1728 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 219)

27 May 1729

Samuel Hudson witnesses deed from Robert Hancock to Gilbert Bowman for £50 250 acres on north side of Appomattox R. on Skin Quarter Cr. as grant to me 23 Mar 1715, for 500 acres and is ½ patent and where said Hancock now lives; wit: John Green, Samuel Hudson, Edw’d Lester; signed Robt. Hancock; rec. 1st Mon June 1729; Margaret, wife of Robert, relinquishes dower rights; rec. 1st Mon June 1729 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 234)

27 Mary 1729

Gilbert Bowman to Robert Hancock, for £50, 200 acres at Roxdale, next to Samuel Hudson, Robert Hudson, and Robert Bowman; wit: John Green, Samuel Hudson, Edward (X) Lester; signed Gilbert Bowman; rec. 1st Mon. June 1729 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 234)

19 May 1730

Robert Hudson, Sr. of County and Parish of Henrco to his son John Hudson of same, for £30, plantation at Rocksdale where said Hudson lives, 46 acres as by deed from Col. Wm Byrd, 22 Nov 1710; wit: John Green, Jeffore (sic) Robeson, Robt. (R) Bowman; signed Robert Hudson; rec. 6 July 1730 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 270)

2 Aug 1731

John Hudson, Robert Bolling, Robt. Netherland witness deed from Gilbert Bowman to John Bolling for £21 land on south side of James R., 175 acres being part of a grant to John Bolling, Edward Bowman, and John Bowman, 15 July 1717, next to John Bolling in Fork of Falling Cr. signed Gilbert Bowman, Amy, wife of Gilbert, relinquishes her dower rights; rec. 1st Mon in Aug 1731 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737 p. 311)

9 Oct 1731

John Hudson to Samuel Hudson, for £50, 46 acres at Roxdale, where Robert Hudson now lives; wit: William X Robinson, Joseph X Russell, John Green; signed John Hudson; Ann, wife of John relinquishes her dower rights; rec. 1st Mon in May 1732 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 341)

June 1733 (recorded date)

William Hudson, John Robinson and William Bradshaw take the inventory of John Wood’s estate, valued at £23/18/9, presented in court by Richard Randolph, Gent. (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 396)

2 July 1733

Peter Hudson, John Green, Edward Osborne witness deed form Jeffrey Robertson to William Worsham, Gent., £30, two parcels of south side of James R., 180 acres, 130 of which was purchased of Martin Elam by John Bowman in 1678 and by his will devised to Elizabeth bowman his wife and by her sold to Maj. John Bolling, decd. on 9 Feb. 1718 and by him conveyed to said Jeffrey; signed Jeffrey Robins; [missing] wife of Jeffrey, relinquished her dower rights; rec. 1st Mon in July 1733 (Wills and Deed 1725-1737, p. 400)

21 Oct 1734

Will of Jeffrey Robinson (signed Robintson)

To son William £5 store pay, 200 acres joining Edward Haskins at Skin Quarter, where he lives, part of 250 purchased of Gilbert Bowman;

The remainder of said tract to son Richard with all buildings, where I am now seated and the mill;

To son-in-law John Hudson and his wife Anne, ½ of a survey of 400 acres joining William Bass and Thomas Bass and said Haskins and the other half to my sons John and Thomas Robinson;

To two sons George and Jeffrey Robinson, ½ of a survey taken up between James Gates and I;

All land not given to be sold and money equally divided after the death or marriage of my wife Elizabeth;

To daughter Martha Robinson, 1 shilling

Son William to be executor;

Wit: John Green, William Baugh, Peter Baugh

Presented in court by William Robertson, executor and rec. Nov 1734 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737 pp. 455-56)

18 Dec 1734

Will of John Farguson of Henrico Parish

To son William Baugh, my plantation where I formerly lived’

To wife Mary, the plantation where I now live, 100 acres, next to corner formerly Grills’ and items;

To daughter, Anne Ferguson, 200 acres, below wife’s 100, next to land of William Baugh and items;

To daughter Phoebe Farguson, 200 acres, being the lower part of the tract Lewish Tanner took up, and items

To son John, the plantation where he lives, 1065 acres and he to be executor;

Wit: Peter Hudson, Benjamin Fernando, Martha Hudson; rec. Mar. 1734 (Wills and Deeds 1727-1737 p. 469)

26 Dec 1734

Peter Hudson witnesses a deed from John Bowman to Samuel Hancock, for £20, land on north side of Swift Cr., next to land said Hancock lives on, 53 acres, bounded by said Bowman, said Hancock; wit: also Benjamin Fernando and John Thomas; signed John Bowman; rec. 4 Aug 1735 (Wills and Deeds, 1725-1737, p. 499)

6 Mar 1735

Robert Hudson to Henry Hatcher, Jr., for £50, ¼ part of mill and ¼ part of two acres on south side of James R. on Beaver Ponds of Swift Cr., formerly created by Henry Hatcher, Jr., John Burton, Jr. Henry Hatcher, and Robert Hudson; wit: Thos. Wooldridge, John Wooldridge, Thos. Gibson; signed Robert Hudson; rec. 5 Apr 1736 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 528)

Same date

Robert Hudson to Henry Hatcher, Sr. for £50 ¼ mill and 2 acres (see p. 528) same witnesses, same date (Wills and Deeds p. 529)

Same date

Robert Hudson to John Burton, for £50, ¼ part of mill and 2 acres (see p. 528), same witnesses, same date (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 530)

7 Apr 1735

Peter Hudson, James Hill, and Henry Clay, presented inventory of Abel Turner’s estate; rec. 7 Apr 1735 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 471)

21 May 1735

Robert Hudson’s land is mentioned in a deed from John Grills to John Newby, for 2000 lbs of tobacco, 148 ½ acres on south side of Swift Cr. next to Robert Hudson, being ½ tract where George Farrar now lives; wit: Matthew Ligon, Margaret Rous, Elizabeth Ligon; signed John Grills; rec. 2 June 1735 (Wills and Deeds, p. 487)

28 Aug 1735

Peter Hudson witnesses deed from John Farguson to Anne Farguson for 40 shillings, 100 acres on south side of Swift Cr., bounded by Grills’s line and the main road; wit: also John Bowman, Rich’d Cawthorn; signed John Ferguson; rec. 2 Feb. 1735 (Wills and Deeds, p. 515)

6 Oct 1735

Samuel Hudson and Drusilla his wife of Amelia Co. to Joseph Ligon of Henrico Co. for £100, 119 acres on south side of James R., known as Roxdale, bounded by Roxdale Swamp, land of Robert Hancock, formerly Edward Bowman’s, Tarlton Woodson, John Archer; not wit; signed Samuel (S) Hudson and Drusilla Hudson; rec. 6 Oct 1735 (Wills and Deeds 1725-1737, p. 505)

12 Dec 1740

Henry Hatcher Sr. John Burton, Robert Hudson, and Henry Hatcher, Jr. of Dale Parish, to Henry Hudson of same, for £50, a mill with two acres on south side of James R. on Beaver Ponds of Swift Cr. formerly erected by said Hathcers, Burton, and Hudson; wit: Thos. Russell, Robert Hudson, Jr., Henry Hudson, Jr.; signed John Burton, Henry Hatcher, Robert Hudson, Henry Hatcher, Sr; Martha (X) Hudson, Margaret (M) Hatcher, Elizabeth (X) Burton and Dorotha (sic) (D) Hatcher relinquish their dower rights; rec. 1st Mon Jan. 1741 (Deeds from Miscellaneous Court Records, vol. 3, 1725-1737, p. 1149)

June Court 1741

John Burton, Henry Hatcher, Jr., Robert Burton, and Henry Hatcher, deed to Henry Hudson (Court Orders 1737-1744, p. 146)

July Court 1741

Peter Hudson to Henry Clay, deed (Court Orders 1737-1744, p. 152)

8 Mar 1742

Peter Hudson of Dale Parish to Benjamin Cheatham of same for £100, 366 acres, being part of 491 acres with 125 acres excepted out of whole tract; first tract is 202 acres, next to Thomas Powland, Col. Francis Epes, and John Bowman; second tract of 289 acres is next to Nutree Run, LaPrade, Henry Clay, and John Bowman, being where Peter now lives; wit: Charles Clay, Henry Cox, George Renyer Turner; signed Peter Hudson; Martha, wife of Peter, relinquishes her dower rights; rec. 1st Mon May 1743 (Deeds from Miscellaneous Court Records, vol. 3, 1725-1737, p. 1242)

May Court 1743

Peter Hudson to Benjamin Chetham, deed (Court Orders 1737-1744 p. 223)

December Court 1743

Peter Hudson to Henry Clay, deed (Court Orders 1737-1744, p. 241)

Sep 1746 (recorded date)

Robert Hudson for love and affection to my son Robert Hudson, 100 acres bounded by the millpond next to Henry Hatcher, Henry Hudson, William Hancock, Swift Cr., being part of 400 acres granted Robert Hudson and John Farguson by patent 14 Aug 1725; wit: Jacob Ashurst, Francis Flournoy, Abraham (A) Hay; signed Robert Hudson; rec. 1st Mon Sept. 1746 (Wills and Deeds 1744-1748, p. 200)

4 Jan 1754

David Hudson and George Hudson witness mortgage from Richard Holland and Sarah his wife to Andrew Cockran and James Donald of Glasgow, Scotland, merchants to secure indebtness of 235 pounds, 8 pence being 372 acres on Ruckahoe Cr. acquired by deed 9 May 1751 from Joseph and Jane Freeman, 250 acres on Meredith’s branch, adj. Robert Webb, Thomas Boles, and the land lately sold to William Hughes, acquired by deed of 9 Jan 1752 from James Meredith of Cumberland Co.; and three negro slaves: Robin, Harry, and Daniel; wit: also Robert Donald, Elis Hardson, Alexander Boyd; signed Richard Holland, Sarah Holland; rec. 1 Apr 1754 (Deed Book 1750-1767, p. 307)

7 Mar 1757

William Hudson’s land is mentioned in deed from Richard Randolph, Gent., to James Lindsey, for £22, 100 acres between branches of Four Mile Cr., and White Oak Swamp, adj. Lindsay, Samuel Gathright, and William Hudson; wit: Nicholas Giles, Henry Sharp, Samuel Hobson; signed Richard Randolph; rec. 4 Apr 1757 (Deed Book 1750-1767, p. 492)

12 Dec 1772

Tur. W. Hudson and Wm Hudson witness deed from Richard Chamberlayne and Mary his wife and Richard Crump and Susanna his wife of New Kent Co. to Nathaniel Wilkinson of Henrico, for £95/2. 82 acres in Henrico, being their portion of tract where Thomas Wilkinson lived, which he purchased of Isaac Winston, 287 acres; Esax Howl (sic) and Daniel Crump also witnesses deed; rec. Apr 1773 (Deed Book 1767-1774)


22 Jan 1693

Benjamin Hudson and Elizabeth Skipp; sur. James Cocke (Deeds, Wills, etc. 1688-1697, p. 467)

Before 5 Oct 1725

Peter Hudson and Martha Pride, widow of Halcot Pride (Orphan’s Court, 1677-1739, p. 54)

2 Jan 1785

John Hudson and Nancy Williams; sur. Thomas Childrey, guardian of Nancy, consents for her; sur. John Williams (p. 47)

24 April 1788

John Lester and Sarah Hudson, daughter of T. H. Hudsdon who consents; sur. John Hague (p. 58)

31 May 1790

William Block and Luky Hudson, daughter of Turner H. Hudson; sur. John Lester; wit: Joseph Brown (p. 8)

5 Aug 1790

William Walker Waymouth and Elizabeth Hudson, daughter of Turner H. Hudson who consents; sur. John Lester; wit: Thomas Block and Joseph Elam (p. 104)

29 Sep 1791

Charles Hudson and Mary Price, daughter of Barrett Price who consents; sur. William Price; wit: Elisha Price (p. 47)

12 Aug 1807

Beverly C. Taylor and Elizabeth Ann Hudson; sur. Joseph Y. Hudson (p. 93)


It was formed out of Henrico in 1728.

Main Records

10 June 1737

Charles Hudson of Hanover Co., Gent., to Michael Woods of Goochland Co., for £90. 2000 acres on branches of Joy Cr. on Rivanna R., bounded by Michael Holland and granted to said Hudson on 26 July 1735; not wits; signed Charles Hudson; rec. 20 Sep 1737 (DB 3, p. 52)

24 Jan 1737

Michael Woods to Charles Hudson, for £97.1.8, 2000 acres in St. James Parish; wit: Robert Jennings, John Wingfield, John Dabney, Thomas (T) Brooks; signed Michael Woods; rec. 21 Feb. 1737 (DB 3, p. 69)

11 May 1739

William Tabor of Goochland Co. to Christopher Hudson of Hanover Co. for £49, 400 acres on both sides of Deep Cr., granted to said Tabor in 1737, bounded by William Bradshaw; wits: Luke Wildes, John Hearin, Richard (RH) Hubbard, Geo. Harris; signed William Tabor; rec. 15 May 1739 (DB 3, p. 214)

19 Aug 1740

Christopher Hudson of Hanover Co. to Adolphus Hendrick of King William Co. for £40, 400 acres on both sides of Deep Cr., granted to Wm Tabor by patent 1737, bounded by William Bradshaw; wit: William Womack, John Williams, Jr.; signed Christopher Hudson; Cary, wife of Christopher, relinquishes her dower rights; rec. 19 Aug 1740 (DB 3, p. 350)

17 Nov 1741

Davis Stockton of Goochland Co. to Michael Woods of same, £30, land on both sides of Joy Cr. branch of Rivanna, bounded by Capt. Charles Hudson; wit: Tarlton Fleming, And’w McWilliams, Will. Hudson; signed Davis Stockton; rec. 17 Nov 1741 (DB 3, p. 497)

14 Mar 1747

Deed: Thomas and Mary Watts to John Hudson (DB 5, p. 377)

Marriage Records

16 June 1788

David Hudson m. Mary Clopton; sur. Benjamin Clopton (p. 39)

Mary Clopton descends from a “Royal Gateway Ancestor.”

9 July 1792, married 13 July

George Hudson m. Nancy Holland, dau. of John Holland; sur. Tarlton Payne (Deed Book 16, p. 175) Goochland Co. Marriage Register, p. 394)

18 June 1798, married 21 June

James Ware m. Mary Hudson; sur. Andrew Harrison; married by Rev. Charles Hopkins (p. 67)


It was formed out of Henrico in 1749, in the part south of the James River.

27 Nov 1749

Peter Hudson of Lunenburg Co to Francis Cheatham of Chesterfield Co. for £18/6 366 acres at mouth of and north side of Swift Cr., granted to said Hudson by patent, next to Francis Harley, Henry Hudson, John Bowman, Laprade’s line, Curtis’s line; wit: John Fatgis, Thomas Cheatham, Thomas Rudd (DB 1, p. 49)

4 May 1750

Henry Hudson of Chesterfield Co. and Robert Hudson of Cumberland Co. to George Renyer Turner of Chesterfield Co. for £50, land on both sides of Swift Cr., 112 acres, next to Hancock, Durham, the mill pond and brook, including plantation where said Turner lives and a mill called Beaver Pond Mill; wit: John Hudson, Henry Hudson, Robert Hudson; rec. 3 Aug 1750 (DB 1, p. 118)

3 May 1751

Robert Hudson to Joel Hudson, for £5, 73 acres on north side of Swift Cr., bounded by Henry Hudson and Clay, being part of tract said Robert lives on; wit: Henry Hudson, Simon Hudson, James (X) Newby; signed Robert and Martha Hudson; rec. 3 May 1751 (DB 1, p. 211)

25 Jan 1757

Will of Robert Hudson

Eight children my eldest sons and my six daughters: Robert Hudson, Joel Hudson, Martha Cooke, Mary Jones, Frances Newby, Margaret Gregory, Dinah Ammonet, Tabitha Hudson, 1 shilling each, as I have already given to them as far as my circumstances will well permit;

To my son George, plantation where I live and all my lands, and if he die under 21 to my son Simon; to son Simon, horse named Darrick; to wife Martha, plantation for life; executors—sons Simon and George; wit: Henry Hudson, Abraham Hudson, Joel Hudson, John Hancock (WB 1, part 1, p. 259)

7 Oct 1757 Court

Will of Robert Hudson presented by Simon and George Hudson, executors, and proved by Henry and Abraham Hudson and John Hancock, witnesses (OB 2, 1754-1759, p. 353)

22 Apr 1758

Will of Martha Hudson

To two sons Simon Hudson and George Hudson, all my estate, with 1/3 to Simon and 2/3 to George and they to be executors; wit: Joel Hudson and John Newby (WB 1, part 1, p. 297)

3 Aug 1759 Court

Will of Martha Hudson presented by George Hudson, exec. And proved by Joel Hudson and John Newby, witnesses John Cobb, George Garrar, William Akin, and Simon Hancock to appraise (OB 3, 1759-1767, p. 15)

3 Nov 1775

Will of William Adkins presented by William Adkins, exec., and proved by Daniel Bowman and Jane Hudson, wits (OB 6, p. 91)

7 Feb 1777

Churchwardens of Manchester Parish to take in hand the estate of Patrick Carney, a soldier now in the army, his wife being lately deceased, to sell the perishable part of it and to take care of his child (see entry just below; this one is included because of his service) (OB 6, p. 125)

4 Apr 1777

Churchwardens of Manchester Parish to pay William Hudson for a coffin for Joyner (?) Carney, wife of Patrick Carney, decd. a soldier in the army, 12 shillings (see entry just above) (OB 6, p. 130)

7 June 1783

Alexander G. Strachan and Lucy his wife v. Mary Pride, infant orphan of Halcott Pride, decd. by William Timberlake, exec. of Halcott Pride; by court order of Dec. 1778, the following division of negroes, devised to Lucy Pride who is now intermarried with Alexander Glass Strachan and Polly Pride by their grandfather Howell Briggs; to A. g. Strachan and Lucy his wife: negroes to value £21, 025; to Miss Polly Pride, orphan of Halcott Pride to value of £21,025 (this record is included here because Peter Hudson married Mary Pride, widow of Halcott Pride, father of this Halcott Pride; it seems her maiden name was Briggs) (OB 6, p. 448)

19 Nov 1786

Will of John Hudson

Son John Jr., 1 negro;

Son Reuben;

Son Daniel;

Son Aaron;

Dau Winifred;

Dau Mourning;

Execs: William Brooks, James Evans, and son John

Wits: George Hancock, Phoebe Magee, Molly Evans

WB 4, p. 15

1 Jan 1797

Will of Josiah Tatum

Son Henry, negroes; son Zachariah, several negroes; son-in-law William Harrison, negroes; two above sons negroes and other property lent to my son-in-law Lewellin Hudson. And land I live on in trust to said Lewellin Hudson and my dau Rebecca Hudson and their children; at deathof Henry and Zachariah, above property to children of Rebecca; wits: James F. foese, Robt. Lester, Martin Tucker (WB 5, p. 382)

4 Feb 1799

Will of Sarah Hudson

Son Daniel Hudson;

Son Reuben Hudson;

Dau Mourning Landerum;

Dau Winne Hudson;

Son John Hudson;

Execs: Son Daniel and Eleazar Clay;

WB 5, p. 206

11 Jan 1802

Will of Sally Burton provided by Daniel Hudson, a witness, and probate granted to Charles Hudson, an executor (OB 14, p. 192)


Early Hudsons of Virginia

Bowmans of Early Virginia

Peter Hudson and Martha Pride

William Hudson and Sarah

Cairy Hudson and William Wilbourn

Cairy Hudson Wilbourn


Henrico County

Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis and Gary Murdock Williams, Henrico County, Virginia Deeds, 1750-1774 (Westminster, MD: Heritage, 2007)

Joyce H. Lindsay, Marriages of Henrico County, 1680-1808 (Easley, SC: Southern Historical P, 1983, orig. 1960)

Pauline Pearce Warner, Orphans Court Book, 1677-1738, of Henrico County, Virginia: An Accurate Transliteration with Index and Explanatory Information (Tappahannock, Virginia, privately published, 1963)

Benjamin B, Weisiger, Henrico County, Virginia, Colonial Deeds: 1706-1737 (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1995, orig. Richmond, VA, 1985).

—, Henrico County, Virginia, Colonial Deeds: 1677-1705, Athens, GA: Iberian, 1996 (orig. Richmond, VA, 1986)

—. Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia: Part One 1677-1737 (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1998)

—, Henrico County, Virginia, Colonial Deeds, 1737-1750 (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1995, orig. 1988)

—, Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia, Part Two, 1737-1781, with Addenda (revised), (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1995, reprinted from 1977 and several reprintings).

—, Henrico County, Virginia, Colonial Wills and Deeds, 1677-1737 (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1998, orig. 1976).

Goochland County

Goochland County, Virginia Deeds, 1741-1745 (Miami Beach: T.L. C. Genealogy, 1990)

Benjamin Weisiger. Goochland County, Wills and Deeds, 1736-1742, (1984 rpr. 1986).

—, Goochland County, Virginia Wills 1742-1749 (privately published 1984)

—, Goochland County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds, 1728-1736 (privately published, 1983, rpr. 1985)

Kathleen Booth Williams, Marriages of Goochland County, Virginia, 1733-1815 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1979 1986, orig. 1960)

Chesterfield County

Benjamin Weisiger, Chesterfield County, Virginia, Wills, 1774-1802, rev. ed. (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1992 [1979, 1982])

—, Chesterfield County, Virginia, Deeds 1749-1756 (privately published 1986, rpr. 1991)

—, Chesterfield County, Virginia, Deeds, 1756-1764 (privately published, 1989)

—, Chesterfield County, Virginia Wills, 1749-1774 (privately published, 1979 rpr. 1988)

—, Chesterfield County, Virginia Deed Book #5, 1764-1768 (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1995)

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