by Z. B. Smith

The Hudson name is well-known in England and can be traced to the village of "Hud", meaning Son of Hyde on the Yorkshire Pipe Rolls of 1323. Hyde means "a measure of land" and Hud-son (son of Hud) was known under at least 13 Coats of Arms in England -- the gold shield with three gold lion-heads on a red band between three boars' head being the most significant.

Daniel Hudson came to America in 1640 and built the "Little Red Schoolhouse" in Cambridge, Massachusetts. William Hudson, a baker, came in Winthrope's Fleet in 1630 but returned to England. Ralph Hudson, a woolen draper, arrived in Boston in 1635.

Richard Hudson, born in 1605, was an immigrant from England to Virginia in 1635 and received a land grant there from the King of England. He is an early ancestor of the Berry Wilbur Hudson family of Marion County, who was the grandson of Forrest Hudson. Forrest Hudson had four children: Joseph, Henry, Franky, and John.

John Hudson moved to Georgia (Forsythe County) and then to Carroll County, Arkansas, by the 1850 census. He married Arcadia ______ and they had nine children: William Hudson (1817-South Carolina) married Lichristy C. Tarrent in 1836 in Georgia; Forrest G. Hudson (1819-South Carolina) and his children were: William C. and John W. Hudson. Elizabeth Hudson (born 1820 in South Carolina); John W. Hudson (born 1829 in South Carolina) married Cynthia Beliah, according to census of 1845-50; Berry Wilbur Hudson (born 1826 in South Carolina) married Sarah J. Coker; Henry W. Hudson (born 1832 in South Carolina) married Francis A. ________; Arcadia J. Hudson (born in 1832 in South Carolina); Rilla (Berilla) Hudson (born in 1834 in Georgia).

Berry W. Hudson came to Arkansas with his father John W. Hudson about 1840. He married Sarah Jane Coker in lead Hill, and homesteaded land at the mouth of the Buffalo River in 1861 after a short trip to Texas. He was a Confederate soldier and a veteran of the Texas war. All his children were born in Marion County, Arkansas. They are: John H. (Hard or Hardy); Robert H.; Berry R.; William; Felix; Forrest (Tobe); Francis; Arcadia Jane; and Annie. It is not known who John H. married or his children. Hard Hudson and his wife Ellie were parents of: Jim; Allie; Bertha; Muriel; Albert; and Mary. Bob Hudson married Kate Hastings and their children were: Wilson; Tommy; Leone; and Claude. By his second wife, Laura Wickersham Hudson, he had: Mable; and Leonard. William Hudson married Ida Hensley and their children were: Allie; Bessie; Cal; and Ray. Felix is thought to have died young and was called "Little Fonso" by the family. Forrest (Tobe) Hudson is said to have married several times, but left no children. Francis married As Hutson and their children were: Charley; Mandy; May; Annie; Willie; Bob; Alma; and Louanne. Annie Hudson married John Felton and they had three daughters: Artie; Bulah; and Ethel. Arcadia Jane married Matt Barton and their surviving children were three daughters: Mary; Betty; and Stella.

Berry R. (Randolph) Hudson married Florence Elizabeth Ausburn of Buford, (new Baxter County) Arkansas. She was the daughter of George Ausburn, pioneer from Lee County, Mississippi, who settled Buford and named the post office there for his oldest son. Barry R. Hudson and his wife had the following children: George W. who married Tresa Lou Westermoreland and had three children; Randolph who married Eva Beavers and had four children; Arnold who married Helen Hopper and had four children; Irene who married Gearld A. Plant and had one son; Ernest R. who married Beatrice Frost and had six children; Geneva who married Ernest Talbert and had six children; and Edward who died in infancy. This family settled on the old homestead at the mouth of Buffalo River. B. R. (Bud) Hudson, the father, was a merchant and rancher in both Marion and Baxter Counties. His brother Robert H. (Bob) Hudson married Laura Wickersham of Lone Rock and they had one son and one daughter. Bob Hudson was a fiddler. He was elected Assessor of Baxter County for one term and later served as Sheriff of that county, then as County Judge for two terms. The other brothers were farmers and cattlemen who later moved into Oklahoma.

Reprinted with permission from History of Marion County edited by Earl Berry, copyright 1977.