Thomas C. Hudson was born in 1811 in Allen County, Kentucky. Nancy, the oldest daughter of John B. and Agness Hudson, was born in 1812. She had a sister whose name is unknown, born in Kentucky in 1813, who, after coming to Arkansas and Marion County, married Thomas Ewell Evertt. Thomas E. Evertt was the first County Judge of Marion County and served two terms 1836-1838, and 1840-1842.
Mary Jane Hudson, youngest daughter of John B. and Agness Hudson, was born in Kentucky about 1817 and came to Marion County when she was about 5 years old. When she was 15, she married John Wood.
John B. Hudson moved his family to Arkansas near Georges Creek in Marion County in 1822. When Arkansas was admitted to the Union in 1836, he was elected Treasurer and served until 1842. His son, Jesse, came to Arkansas about 1830 and lived for a time with his father. In the 1840 Census John B. and Agness were 70 and 60 years of age; in 1850 Census, Agness was living with her son-in-law, John Wood, and was aged 70 and a widow.
The children of Jesse and Metilda Evertt Hudson were: Manerva Jane; one died in infancy; Jasper; John B.; and James Saunders Hudson.
Thomas C. and his wife, Betty Young Hudson, had no children. By his second wife, Elizabeth Perriman Hudson, he had five children. They were: John Brown; Peggie; Isaac Wilson; Thomas; and Allen W. In the 1850's this family moved to Barry County, Missouri, where Thomas C. built wagons, spinning wheels and other items of pioneer life.
The second daughter, whose name is unknown, married Thomas Ewell Everett (a brother of L. B.; John L.; and J. N. Everett who led the Everett faction of the feud called the Tutt-Everett War) and moved to Texas (Bosque County) where they remained. Their children were: Mary Jane; Pleasant H.; James C.; Nancy Ann (who it is reported married her cousin, John Wood, Jr.); and Jesse -- all born in Marion County. Mary Jane, who married John Wood, had ten children: Thomas; William; John B.; Elizabeth; James; Lucinda; Arminda; George; Obediah; and Mary. They spent all their life in this county and have many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as have the rest of John B. and Agness Hudson heirs. If there is a kinship between these two sets of Hudsons, it has not been established, though they settled here about the same time.
The ancestors of the branch of the Georges Creek Hudson family came to Arkansas from Kentucky in 1822. It is believed that the family was the first white family in this part of Arkansas, which then was a part of Independence County from which Izard County and later Marion County were formed. When Arkansas became a state in 1836 and Marion County became a county, John B. Hudson was elected County Treasurer and served in that office for six years. James H. Hudson, the great-grandson of John B. Hudson, married Josephine Burnes and they homesteaded a farm on Georges Creek. They operated this farm and a country store until 1910 when they moved to a farm south of Bruno. Here the family engaged in farming and stock raising. James Henry was a Baptist minister who preached and held revivals in the Bruno area.
The oldest son of James H. and Josephine was J. W. (Jim), who married Jennie Mabel Massey, a daughter of the pioneer Massey family from Alabama who settled a farm near Bruno. Jim and his wife moved to a farm south of Bruno. After acquiring 160 acres of land, they bought the W. C. Keeter farm where they reared their five children. Soon thereafter,Jim established a general merchantile business. He was joined in this business by A. E. (Arvil) Pyle.
The children are: Hilda (Mrs. Ray Blankenship) who lives near Yellville; Beulah (Mrs. Rex Burleson) who lives in Laramie, Wyoming; Loyde, graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine at the head of his class and after seven years of additional advanced study, he became a thoracic surgeon in Amarillo, Texas. In 1971 he went to Flint, Michigan, where he is Associate Professor of Surgery of Michigan State University School of Medicine. He also does open-heart surgery.
James, a graduate pharmacist, resides in Amarillo, Texas. Doyne, the youngest son, is also a graduate pharmacist and lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
All the Hudson children are graduates of Bruno High School and the father and mother, Jim and Jennie Mable, both now past 80 years of age, still live in the Bruno Community and are active in community affairs.
Reprinted with permission from History of Marion County edited by Earl Berry, copyright 1977.