Our Hudson Ancestors' Religious Background

Our first Richard came from England to the Colonies as a member of the Church of England. His son, Richard II, and grandson, Richard III, were also members.

Christening records for some of Hall Hudson's children are recorded in Bristol Parish, which indicates he was a member of the official English Church too. His Great Bible, probably his most treasured possession, was passed on to one of his sons.

Obadiah I and his son, Obediah II, contemporary with the Revolution, were consequent members of the Church of England. Departure from that institution probably originated with them. The events of the time and expansion of the frontier became the rights of passage to break with the past.

According to Valda, Obediah Hudson III and his wife, Elizabeth Coons (Kuntze, etc.), were members of the German Reformed Church. The Kuntzs came from Germany and were members of that faith.

Obe and Elizabeth migrated about 1825 to Jackson County, Tennessee and located in an area under the sway of reformative teachings. Established Church doctrines and control were replaced with a simpler unobtrusive, yet challenging, faith.

Their children were most likely reared in that religious environment, including their son, Obediah IV, our Obe. When he later married Parthenia Robertson in Missouri he was already acquainted with concepts of reformation.

Parthenia was raised in a devout Christian home. Her parents, Jane Ellen Erwin and William Abner Robertson, were converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1850, after they migrated to Missouri. Her father became an active layman in that organization.

The frontier was in religious ferment then and many were influenced by the agitation and turbulence induced by the religious "reformers." Southeast Missouri must have been ripe for reformation when in 1864 Obediah IV came in contact with the Robertsons.

After Obediah and Parthenia were married their religious faith became an important function in their lives (as to many on the frontier). They located in Ripley County and apparently met with other Christians, concerned for the current reformatory principles, and gradually embraced the teachings of the "Disciples."

As the "Disciples Movement" came of age it divided into three main branches. It appears the branch with the most influence in Ripley County was the Church of Christ. Obe and Parthenia were, or became, active members.

Their children were brought up in a Christian atmosphere and about all became Christians and members of the Church of Christ.

Today, many of Obe and Parthenia's descendants are Christians. Some of those are members of the Church of Christ and some are not. But the Christian faith of our Hudson fathers is a vital portion of our Hudson heritage.

Faith of our Fathers.

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