Hall Hudson was born about 1699, in Amelia County, Virginia and died there
in 1778. His will was probated in 1780. He married Elizabeth,
whose last name is not known, in Nottoway Parish, Amelia County,
Virginia. They were apparent members of the Church of England.
Not much is known of Hall other than that found in his will and
Amelia County deed records. The number of records indicate he
was obviously engaged in land ventures or speculation involving
A couple examples of land given to his boys:
1) A Gift of Deed 25 March 1770 by Hall "for natural love & affection
toward my 3 sons" conveyed 150 acres to Joshua, 190 acres to Richard,
and 190 acres to Obediah. Apparently eager for cash, on 17 December
1771 Joshua, Richard and Obediah sold 162 acres for £100. Richard
sold 172 acres Hall gave him 20 March 1772 for £92 6/. Obediah
sold the 190 acres Hall gave him 26 February 1773 for £138.
2) "A Deed of Gift made 27 Feb. 1775 by Hall Hudson Sr. of Amelia
County to Hall Hudson Jr. & Peter Hudson his sons ... for the
great love & affection - 100a to Hall Hudson Jr.; ... 100a to
Peter Hudson ... upper 1/2 of the tract I now live on... with
provision that should either die without lawful heirs then the
land shall revert to the other."
The will of Hall Hudson was presented September 28, 1780 in Nottoway
Parish, Amelia County, Virginia. The will, dated 13 March 1778,
gave numerous household items, "1 cow and heifer, 1 sow & four
shoats with increase to her and her hairs forever" to his granddaughter,
Obedience Hudson. To his grandson, Noe Hudson, a feather bed,
furniture and one cow and calf.
Richard received his Great Bible; Isaac, Hall Jr., Joshua, Benjamin,
Joakim, Obediah, Elizabeth, and Susannah "1 Shilling each and
no more of my estate." "I give unto my son, Peter Hudson 1 Negro
man Guy and all the rest of my living to him and his hairs forever."
The will was witnessed by John Grey, Elizabeth Grey, Richard Ward,
Robert Hudson and George Snelling and signed by Hall. Peter Hudson
was appointed sole executor.
|Hall and Elizabeth's children were born in Prince George County,
Virginia and Christened in Bristol Parish.
||7 Jul 1722
|Mary D. Hudson
||27 Oct 1724
||9 Jun 1727
||15 Jan 1728
|Hall Hudson, Jr.
||11 Feb 1733
|Elizabeth Hall Hudson
|Obediah Hudson I
||Mary Terrell(?) Ward(?)
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Obediah Hudson I
Obediah Hudson I was born 1735, in Virginia and died 1785, probably in Henry County.
He married Rhoda, whose last name may be Hall, because of close
relationships with the Halls, about 1752 in Amelia County, Virginia.
They lived in Amelia County about 20 years; also in Pittsylvania
and Henry Counties.
Not many records of Obediah I exist, but his name appears various
times in Amelia County tax lists. Some of those records involve
1) A Deed of Gift dated January 26, 1770 for 190 acres of land,
by his father, Hall, "for natural love and affection" toward his
son, Obediah, is recorded in Deed Book 11, Page 97 of Amelia County.
Apparently eager for a profit Obediah on February 26, 1773 sold
the same gift of 190 acres for the sum of £138.
2) In 1773 he bought 175 acres from William Robert Hinton located
in the part of Pittsylvania County that became, in 1776, Henry
County. He sold it back to him on August 17, 1778, about five
Obediah served in the Revolutionary War as a Corporal in Captain
Jonathan Hanby's Company of Virginia Militia in Pittsylvania County
After his death, on August 18, 1802, court records show Rhoda
relinquished her rights of administration in Obediah's estate
as well as her interest in Obe's property. James Hudson became
|Children of Obediah Hudson I
||12 Jan 1762, Amelia Co.
||abt 1764, VA
|Obediah Hudson II
||abt 1766, VA
|William Robert(?) Hudson
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Obediah Hudson II
Obediah Hudson II, Sr. was born in Amelia County, Virginia about 1766 and died 1851
in Jackson County, Tennessee. He married in North Carolina abt
1786. His unknown wife was born about 1760, probably in North
Carolina, and died in Jackson County, Tennessee after 1840. They
are apparently buried in the Hudson Cemetery, North Springs, Jackson
County, Tennessee on a mound along Hudson Creek. The "O HUD 1851
stone" marks the spot.
Obediah Hudson II left Virginia and migrated to Randolph County,
North Carolina. He was married there, about 1786, and raised seven
children, all born in North Carolina. Sometime before 1820 he
transmigrated to Jackson County, Tennessee. He settled on the
headwaters of the Cave Fork of Jennings Creek, about five miles
from Red Boiling Springs, where he remained and farmed until his
"He built his home there, which consisted of two log pens built
from poplar logs hewn smooth with a broad ax. It was probably
built with a 'dog trot' between the two cabins (pens) as was the
style of the times." (Connie Hudson Cram)
Tradition and folklore claim he was a great hunter, woodsman and
frontiersman, as well as a farmer, but never owned much land.
Mark Hudson believes Ohud was a "long hunter" who spent much of
his time following game on their migrations. His sons were farmers
and land owners.
"It is unusual nothing is known of Obediah's wife; there is too
much history about the Hudson family in the area. The Hudson's
seem to have had property; the women had land; and their names
are in the tax records.
My conjecture is she was an Indian and the family was not proud
of her. The tradition in three families professes the story of
Ohud's Indian wife. He was known as a 'hunter' and 'frontiersman,'
so sounds reasonable she could have been Indian.
The story goes that when Ohud's Indian wife was old she began
tearing up the floor of her home. Her family thought she was crazy
and Robert and Ann (Coons) Hudson took her to live with them.
They were neighbors, so she would not have been far from home.
They soon discovered she was not demented, but only wanted to
go back to her old way of living on dirt.
Clovis Barton Ramsey told me the Barton's said that Obediah, who
married Elizabeth Coons, was half Indian; that it was common knowledge.
She told me again recently that it had to be true, because she
had always heard her family talk about it.
Mark Hudson of the Richard Franklin Hudson line said his great
grandfather, Hutch, used to take him to Jackson County when he
was young. Hutch told him the story about Obediah Sr.'s wife and
said that she was of the Pawnee Tribe.
Mark also spoke of meeting Ira Meador; that they talked about
their Hudson families. He said Ira's family line had the same
tradition about Obediah's wife being an Indian woman, and the
Ohud's wife was alive according to the 1840 census, but Mark thinks
she died after Ohud. She lived with Richard and Ann. It seems
no one appeared there to count in the 1850 census." (Mildred Coons Cason)
|Children of Obediah Hudson II
|William "Billy" Hudson
||Sarah "Sally" Jones
||William "Bill" Coons
|Hannah and Obediah, Jr. were possible twins.
|Obediah Hudson III, Jr.
|Richard Franklin Hudson
||12 Jun 1802
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Obadiah Hudson III
Obadiah Hudson III, Jr., was born abt 1800, in Randolph County, North Carolina and died
before October 5, 1840, in Jackson County, Tennessee. He married,
abt 1821, in Jackson County, Tennesse, Elizabeth E. Coons. "They
were members of the Reformed German Church."
Obadiah was a farmer and in 1825 received a grant for 100 acres
of land in Jackson County, Tennessee. In tax lists and legal papers
he was called, "Obediah Hudson, Jr.," which indicates he was the
son of an elder Obediah Hudson.
They lived near North Springs, Tennessee in Jackson County across
the county line from Red Boiling Springs in Macon County. (Red
Boiling Springs, a popular resort town of its day, once called
Salt Lick Creek, lies sixty miles northeast of Nashville.)
Obadiah had no will. His son, Richard F. Hudson, and George Teal
(relationship, if any, unknown), were granted letters to be executors
of his estate.
(Note: In later years most Hudsons lived in the northern part of Macon
County, Tennessee. The slavery question eventually divided the
county and during the Civil War they were Union soldiers. The
pro-slave sympathizers, who lived in the southern part, were Confederates.
Many records were destroyed when the court house was burned during
the war. Valda Hudson Raugh)
|Children of Obe III and Elizabeth Hudson
|Rebecca Ann Hudson
||29 Jun 1822
||William Dobson Barton
|Richard C. "Dr. Dick" Hudson
||Nancy Adaline Pipkin
|Martin C. Hudson
||Sarah Melinda Holland
|Sarah Elizabeth Hudson
|Shadrich Meshack Abednego
||10 May 1834
||Ezekiel "Zeke" D. Smith
|Arilla "Riller" Hudson
||Apr 18, 1835
||John Henry Donoho
|Obadiah Hudson IV
||Apr 25, 1839
||Parthenia Ellen Robertson
|James "Jimmy" Hudson
||Martha "Patsy" Donoho
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