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Who Emigrated to America in 1639. The Pro- 
genitor of All of That Name 
, Settled at Oxford. 



Fargo, North Dakota. 

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Ex-Judge Sani-ord A. Hldson, 


In publishing this little book the author has 
not the vanity to think that the contents of it 
could not as well, and perhaps better, have been 
collected by some one else. But who would un- 
dertake the task? Of course the matter therein 
contained will not interest very much, any except 
relatives of the Hudson family. Most persons 
take an interest in the history of their own fam- 
ily, and are generally pleased to know something 
of their ancestry'. 

I have had no knowledge of my ancestors be- 
yond m}' grand parents and no knowledge of the 
urces from which informaticm could be derived- 
"ntil my wish to acquire such induced me late in 
'ife, when I liad laid aside active duties, and 
• cached a period of comparative leisure, to make 
'^ v., ii for the desired information. I had not 
'vanced far in that direction when a work enti- 
M the "History of Oxford," by George F. Dan- 
. IS, of that place, made its aippearance. 

By extracting largely from that, and informa- 

*i^n kindl}^ furnished by George E. Littletield, 

ler in Old, Rare and Curious Books, Genealo- 

^s etc., 67 Cornhill, Boston; and relatives and 

ds (to all ot wlumi acknowledgniculs arc 

e), I have collected together the facts contained 

' the following pages. That there may be errors 

therein I do not doubt; it would be marvelous if 
there were not, I have done the best I could 
with the means I have had and in the haste in 
which the work has been done. The search has 
been extended much farther than was first in- 
tended, and still is far short of what it ou4^ht to be. 
There are a number of branches of the original 
tree that have been but partially traced; to pursue 
these would require much time and patience. It 
is hoped that some member of these neglected 
limbs may take sufficient interest in the family 
tree to pursue the inquiry from the point where 
this leaves it, and add to. and improve upon this 
little book to the end that a new edition at some 
future time may apppear more complete. It has 
been the design of the author as far as possible to 
note incidents in the life of each person belonging 
to this large family, as indicative of character and 
standing, but this has been done only in part, be- 
cause of the difticulty of getting information. 

The small figures at the end of a name indi- 
cate the degree removed from Daniel, the common 
ancestor; thus Daniel ^ his son Daniel -, William ^, 
John *, William '', and so on. 

The heads of families are printed in large cap- 
itals.Vtheir children in small caps., their grand and 
great grand children in italics. 

Fargo, July 1st. 1892. 

S. A. H. 




Little is known of the oriirinal ancestor of the 

settlers in New En^latKl of the name of Hudson, 

except what has been jyathered from the public 

) records at Oxford and published by Geo. F. Dan- 

/ iels in a recent historN' of that town and the rec- 

; ords of the Count}- of Worcester, Mass.. b^- which 

I it appears that Daniel Hudson came to America 

•' (probably from Enirlandl in Hi:^9 and settle<l at 

[ Watertown, County of Middlesex, in KUO; a l)rick- 

maker; whether he brought a wife with him or 

married in this country- does not appear; proba])ly 

he was a single man at the time of his arrival 

from the old country. He removed to Lancaster 

in Worcester county in KUU with six children and 

several others were born there. On the 11th of 

September. 1<)97. he and his wife, Joanna, two 

daughters, and two children of his son, Nathaniel, 

were killed by the Indians. He had with other 

children Daxikl i, Joiix i, William ', Nathaniel i, 

TIlu^IA.-^ ', and >cvrral daugliUTs. 

D.\Xn-:L ', his oldest son, was l)orn ."^lay 'i'ith. 
Id.')!, married |uly IM. HIT 1, Mary Maynar<l, l)y 

6 gexp:alogy of the descexdaxts 

whom he had at least one son, viz: Daxiel -. born 
in April, 1677. She died Xovember 4th, l(i77. and 
he removed with his son to Bridge water. County 
of Plymouth, where his son, Daxiel-. married 
Mar}' Orcutt, and had children. MarvK Dnnicl'-^, 
and Willinni >. 

JOHX 1 died young. 

WILLIAM 1, son of DAXIEL, removed to 
Bridgewater with his brother DAXIEL i, where 
he married Experience Willis and died without 
issue about 1729. 

XATHAXIEL i, brother of the above, lived in 
Lexington and Billirica, Middlesex Count^^ had 
children, Seth -, Xathaxiel -, Abigail -' and Jonx '-. 
They were settled at Marlborough. 

Xo descendants of THOMAS i can be found, 
and no further record of the Bridgewater branch 
of the descendants of the original DAXIEL can be 
obtained, except of Willitiin % son of Daxiel -', who 
was one of the thirty settlers of Oxford, and from 
whom tile Oxford branch descended. A few ex- 
tracts from the history of the town <jf Oxford will 
be interesting in this connection. 

"In 1(583 the general Court of the colony of 
Massachusetts made a grant to Major Kobert 
Thompson, William Stoughton, Joseph Du(lle\', 
and such others as they should associate with 
them, of a tract of land in any free place in Massa- 
chusetts, eight miles square for a township, they 
settling in said place thirty families and one able 
orthodox minister, taking homesteads within four 
3'ears. Tin,' survc_\- of thi.-- grant was niacl' 'ii I'l^n, 
and the place was named Oxford after the c-ty of 
that name iti I'vnghind. In KJSfJ no [)rogress had 


been made towards occupyiiitj the grant, and on 
petition the time was extended three 3'ears. Be- 
fore that time expired a:i agreement \vas made by 
Thompson, one of the grantees, with Gabriel Ber- 
non, an influential Frenchman, to bring over and 
settle thirty families of French Protestants (Hu- 
guenots) on the Oxford lands. These came the 
next j^ear, with Daniel Bondet, their minister, but 
after taking possession and applying themselves 
to the work of making homes, they fovind the^^ 
were beset on every hand by great perils on ac- 
count of hostile Indians, who lurked in ambush 
and murdered the men when found any distance 
from home, and did not spare the defenceless 
women and children. These hostiles were made 
still more fierce and brutal by rum that some evil 
disposed white tnen sold to them. 

"In 1()91 the peace of the settlement was seri- 
ously disturbed by some 'incorrigible persons' 
therein, who were carrying on a pernicious traffic 
with the natives. 

"In the summer of 1G93 the northern Indians 
became a source of alarm. At Brookfield a band 
of 40 made an assault 27th of July, killing six per- 
sons and carrying awa\' three others, one an in- 
fant, which was killeil soon after the capture. 

"Both Oxford and Woodstock having fears that 
unless precautionary measures were taken, like 
disasters might come to these places, the case 
was laid before the authorities and on August 1, 
l<i!)3, in Council it was advised and ordered that 
til.- '-' ''aub </l the phintation a<ij(>ining U\i<jvd, as 
well for their own security as that the enemy 
may l)e better known, be drawn into the town of 


Woodstock, to be under the watcli of the English. 
Nothing further appears to show that the settle- 
ment was not in a fairly prosperous condition up 
to 1094. seven years from the beginning. At this 
date the community numbered j^robably 70 or SO 

"In the summer of 1094 the colonists learned by 
experience the cruel and sanguinary nature of the 
people among whom their lot had been cast. A 
daughter of one Alard, with two young children 
of the family, left their home one day to return no 
more. Search ^vas made, the body of the girl was 
found, but the children had been captured and 
carried awaj^ to Quebec. 

"The effect of this occurrence was greatly to 
dishearten the villagers, as will appear from the 
following document: 

"In October, 1094, a warrant having been sent to 
Andrew Sigourney, the constable, for the collec- 
tion of eight pounds, six shillings, taxes, he re- 
plied as follows: 

" 'Now whereas the Indians have appeared sev- 
eral times this summer, we were forced to garri- 
son ourselves for three luonths together, and sev- 
eral families fled, so that our summer harvest of 
haj" and corn hath gone to ruin b}- the beasts and 
cattle which have brought us so lo\v that we have 
not enough to sui>ply our owti necessities, many 
other families abandoning likewise, so that we 
have none left but Mr. fiondet, our minister, and 
the poorest f)f our plantations so that we are inca- 
pable ot [jayinj4 .said poll unless we (iis[)ose oi 
what little we have and (juit our plantations; 
wherefore huml)U' entreating the honorable 


Council to consider our miseries and incapacity of 
paying the poll as in duty bound we shall ever 
pray.' These taxes were reniitttd in compliance 
with this prayer. 

"On 2oth of August. 1696, occurred the Johnson 
massacre. This deed was perpetrated under the 
instigation of the Canadian authorities and the 
Jesuits by a willing servant of theirs. Toby, a Xip- 
muck Indian, dwelling at Woodstock, and was a 
precursor of a long series of atrocities later en- 
acted on the frontier. The house of Johnson stood 
on the southern outskirts of the village, near the 
Woodstock trail, on the plain which bears his 
name. Toby and his band stealthily approached 
it on the afternoon of Tuesday, the 2oth of Au- 
gust. 1696, and entering, seized his three children. 
Andrew, Teeter and Mary, and ruthlessly crushed 
their heads against the stones of the fireplace. 
With the help of Daniel Johonot. her cousin, the 
mother fled toward Woodstock, whither her lius- 
band had gone on business. Tradition runs that 
in parts of the way there were two paths, and that 
going and coming, the husband and wife passed 
each other, she going to Woodstock, and he com- 
ing to his home. He was met b\' the assassins 
and shared the fate of his children. 

'•This event filled the settlement with conster- 
nation and after burying in one grave the mur- 
dered man and three children, the inhabitants 
gathered their small store of m(^vables and hast- 
ened to a place of safety. 

Tradiuun i^ays thai early la liie morning of 
their leaving each family having bade adieu to its 
plantation and home, they assembled at the little 


church where they had a season of worship. 
Tiiey afterward repaired to the bur^^ing ground to 
take leave of the graves of departed friends, and 
thence in a procession moved onward over the 
rough forest road toward Boston. 

"As early as the spring of 1()09 eight or ten 
families returned and occupied the plantations. 
But of the fortunes of the second colony we know 
little. The facts, however, set forth in the cita- 
tions which followed indicate clearly that what 
with the rum traffic with the resident natives, and 
the plottings of the neighboring tribes, there 
could have been very little of growth or quiet." 

These people having abandoned their lands, 
nothing was done until 1713 when a new grant 
was made to thirty families who had the courage 
to go upon the lands, make settlement and im- 
prove them within two years, when each should 
become the owner of a homestead of a prescribed 
number of acres. Thirty brave men were found 
who were willing to take the hazard; one of these 
men was JVIIIuiin Iliidsoti ■', ^(M\. of Damel -, of 
Bridgewater. He was a 3'oung man not yet of 
age. His homestead was Xo. lf)8 and lias been in 
the possession of some of his descendants ever 
since. He married 17th of May, 1721. Mary Far- 
rington, of Bost(m. She died 28th of March, I7()i>, 
aged 66. Children: 

JOHX^; born 1st January, 1722. Elizabeth, 
28th February. 1723; <lied 1741. Joseph, born 23d 
September, 172.'). Benjamin, born 22d March, 1727. 
Mnry, horn 1720; .Vv-r] \l^f^. M.rr-y, b^.m 17;!'V 'V:-. <\ 
1741. Sarah, born 1733; died 1741. Samuel, born 
1735; died 1740. Ebenezer,born 17:i7; <lied 1741. Ho- 


sea, born 1740; died 1741. Samuel, bom lOtli of Feb- 
ruary, 1742. A daughter married Boyce of Meti- 
don. Of 12 children. 7 died within 17 days. 

JOHX *, son of William -^ married 2.')th Xo- 
vember, 174.1. Thaniazin Ellis of Medwa}'. settled 
on the hill south of his father, and died 12th No- 
vember. 176."3. Children; Mary, born lt)th of May, 
1746; married Joseph I^ratt. Ezekiel, born 1749; 
died 17.")1. William, born 2d February, 17.11. 
Thamazix, born 2d March. 1713; married l7th Feb- 
ruary, 1774, Jonatlian Underwood. Elizabeth, 
born 17.15; died 1716.^ Elizabeth, born 21th June, 
1717. Bathsheba, born iSth August, 1719: mar- 
ried John Mayo. Dorcas, born 1762; died 1767. 
Phoebe, born 1764; died 1768. 

WILLIAM ■"■, only son of John ^, revolutionary 
soldier, Lieut, of Militia in Capt. Jeremiah Kings- 
bury's Company, Col. Holmes' Regiment, Provi- 
dence, 1777. Married 2Sth June. 1771, Ruth Shum- 
way, youngest danghtt^r of Amos Shumway: her 
lineage runs back to Peter Shumway, of Tops- 
field, Essex County, Mass., who came to America 
befoie the Oxford Colon\'. The family is one of 
the most numerous and distinguished in Oxford; 
Peter of Topsfield was the progenitor of all of the 
name in the countr3' so far as known. The family 
originated in France, the name was Chamois or 
Charmois; in Essex County it w^as changed to 
Shamwa}-, afterwarfis to Shumway; Dr. Baird 
•says a Protestant famiU' named Chamois is men- 
tioned in a list of fugitives from the neighborhood 
of S{. Mai.\.. Ill in the- old piM\-iiicc of I*ollon, 
France. Peter was among the emigrants; he was 
a long time in the service of this country and par- 


ticularly in the Xaragansett war and taking tlie 
Indian fort there. His son Peter was born at 
Topsfield 6th Jtme. KiTS. married 11th February. 
1701, Mrs. Maria Smith; they had nine children. 
Among them was AMOS, borii 31st January, 1722, 
married 29th May, 1745, Ruth Parker, of Shrews- 
bury, settled on the hill east from the north com- 
mon adjoining his brother Jacob on the west, 
homestead No. 171; died 2d May, 1818, aged 90 
years; she died October. 1792. 

They had with others. Amos, born Uth Sep- 
tember, 1750, Abisha, born 30th October, 1754, rev- 
olutionary soldier; it is said he received a liberal 
educaticm and studied medicine, removed 1787 to 
Westminster where at first he taught in public 
schools and singing school, meantime practiced 
his profession which he followed over forty years, 
being very successful and became wealthy. He 
was of a social turn and given to humor, ft is 
said that in his young days his brother Amos was 
engaged to be married to Miss Stone, and on leav- 
ing home for school committed her to the care of 
Abisha during his absence, who was so faithful in 
his stewardship that he won the heart, and at 
length took the hand of the lady. Amos never 
visited his brother while she lived. He died in 
1845 at the age of 88. Ruth, born 15th Octol)er, 
1758. Xehemiah born 2f;th August. 1701, was 
graduated 1790 at Brown, among the first in his 
class, teacher, farmer and musician. princij)al of 
Freehold Academy, X. J., removed to Albany. X. 
v., and aboui l,b(M) to Schenectady, iNHi returner' 
to Albany, fu 1820 went to Lyme. Jeffersi 
County, X. Y., where he took up wild land, and ri 


sided a few years, lost his farm from defect in ti- 
tle, and returned to Freehold. Spent one year af- 
ter the death of his wife with his hrother-in-law, 
William Hudson at EUisburgh. He married 
about 1795, Sarah Tice. of Freehold; he died iri 
1843, she died May, 1831. Children: Jacob, born 
4th of February, 1798; Captain of steamboat on 
the Hudson. Went to California where he died 
1868. William H., born at Schenectady 29th De- 
cember, 1802; lawyer at Watertown and Oswego, 
N. Y. Died at Syracuse about 1890, unmarried. 
Sarah A., born 5th October, 1808, at Albany; mar- 
ried Isaac H. Rlauvelt of Essex Count}'. N. Y. 
Taught Kingston Academy. X. Y., removed to 
Xorristown, X. J. into the same position; she died 
August, 1848, at that place. 

WILLIAM HUDSOX •• and wife Ruth settled 
on the homestead; he succeeded to his father's es- 
tate. In June, 1797, Jacob Shumway deeded to 
WILLIAM HUDSOX his farm for a support and 
went to live with them; he died in 1801. In 1823 
WILLIAM and his son Bradford deeded to Paris 
Hall the homestead and removed to Ellisburgh, 
Jefferson County, X. Y., where with his son Will- 
iam F. carried on farming; he died there in 1841, 
aged 91 3'ears; she died in 1832 aged 75. Children: 

Alicp:'', born 8th September, 1776; married Dr. 
William T. Fisk Xov. 1st, 1801, a physician in 
practice at Oxford, a prominent citizen; kept for 
several years a store near his residence in part- 
nership with Amos Hudson, his brother-in-law. 
^^ ;ir> a leading tnau in tiic Central Manutacturiug 
Company; they lived near his father at Oxford. 
Removed to I-:ilisburgh, X. V. iti 1S20, where he 


continued the practice of medicine. She died in '' 
1827; he died at Fulton. X. Y., 12th December 1S42. 

DANIEL H. ".horn 18th August, 1802. merchant; 
married 10th February, 1827, Caroline Willard at 
Middletown, Vermont. Settled at Ellisburgh, re- 
moved to Pulaski, after^vards to Syracuse, later to 
Ithica, X. Y. He was in poor health for many 
years, died 3d February, 1884. Children born at 
Ellisburgh: A daughter in 1827, died 1830. Dan- 
iel W. % born 11th Xovejnber. 1831, educated at 
Hamilton College and UpalP/University. Sweden. 
First Assistant Librarian Astor Librar}-. Xew 
York, from 1852 to 1859, professor of modern lan- 
guages and librarian at Cornell University' from 
1868 to 1882; married 14th July, 1880, Jennie Mc- 
Graw, who possessed a large property; she died 
30th September, 1881. Soon after her decease he 
removed in somewhat intirm health to Florence, 
Italy, where he residerl several years. In her will 
she bequeathed to Cornell Cniversitv property es- 
timated at one and a half million dollars. The 
will was contested by Prof. Fisk and some of her 
relatives and on final appeal to the L^nited States 
Supreme Court, was decided in favor of the coi^- 
testants on the ground that according to the char- 
ter of the college it was not competent to receive 
the legacy. 

William O. \ born 23d Januar}-, 1S35; married 
December 24, 1800, Mary E. McGee, an eminent 
musician and organist, at Syracuse, X. Y. They 
ha(l_^////^c.s ir., {['illinin (J., L'urriv, iUjicncL' li., 
Alice M. 

Abijah ^ son of Alice, born 18(14, died same year. 


William H. ', l)rother of the above, born Nov. 
4th, ISOo, physician, married Mary Stearns May. 
1830, died oth April, 1835, no children. 

Sophia ", sister of the above, born 13th Janti- 
ary, 1808, married John Shaw, merchant at Ellis- 
burgh. He died at Maquoketa, la., August, 18.13, 
whither they removed in 1849; she died in 1880. 

Sophia F. '^, born 1836, married Joseph Kelso 
1870, judge and banker at Bellevue, la.; they have 
Carrtijoseph and Jennie. 

Laura ^ born 1841. married 1873, J^hj^ C. 
Brogksmit, residence Cedar Rapids, la.; railroad 
accountant. They have Eugenje, age 15, Helen 13, 
John^. 11. 

Cakkie E. ^, born 1844, married 1873 Dr. Moore, 
residence Essex, la. They have Lillian, now 19, 
Austin 17, I^Oy 15, Charles 13, Lawrence 11, Ber- 
nard b. 

Mary C. ''. born in 1848; resides in Maquoketa, 
la., unmarried. 

Austin- F. ^. born 1850, married 1880 Isadore 
Ray, graduated at Cornell University, merchant, 
died at Maquoketa in 1890. They have John, born 
June 1884, G-fUy Ray born March, 1886. 

Cyxthia ", born 6th Deceml)er 1810, married 
2(5 January, 1843, Dr. Charles W. Eastman; he died 
1880; she die<l in 1885 at Sterling, 111. They had 
William F. \ born 1844. graduated in 1886 at Un- 
ion College; editor of The Sterling Gazette from 
1872 to 1882. Married 1st, Francis Adams 1872. 
-''.M_\t;i T. Chri.-l(.[)hci-, had chi idicu ; now re-ideS 
at Moline, 111. 

Laura i, born 22d July, 1813. teacher, married 


9th Xovember, 1S42, Nathaniel White, of Ellis- 
burgh; he died at that place in Octocer, lS6o. No 
children; she resides at Maqiioketa, Iowa. 

Austin T. ^, born KHh November, 181S, mer- 
chant at Ellisbiirgh, married in 18o3 Miss Mary R. 
Mj-res; he died at Syracuse, N. Y., in 1863. 

RUTH *■', daughter of WILLIAM \ born Febru- 
ary, 1779, married 1798, John Wait, of Sutton, Mass. 
Removed to EUisburgh. She was blind many of 
the last years of her life. Children: 

Eliza ', married Thomas Davis Sept. 1st, 1818, 
at Oxford, removed to EUisburgh; he died oth of 
April, 1842, at Sutton; she died 16th of April, 1875. 
at Lansing, Mich. They had Carolixe E. "*, born in 
1820, died in 18.')2, unmarried. Franklin E. "^ l)orn 
1822, married Lovisa W. Daniels, settled at Wau- 
costa, Mich. Eli H. \ born 1826. Mary ^ born 1832. 
Arthur T. ^ born 1837, settled at Lansing, Mich. 
Helen M. ^ born 1841, married Luther B. Baker, 
of Lansing. 

Mary ^ married Andrew Scott, farmer at EUis- 
burgh and had several children. 

Franklin ', a merchant, married Irene Marks; 
had children, resided at Adams, N. Y., where both 
died several years since. 

Julia ^ married a Hawley, a miller; no chil- 

Emeline ^ married James Dodge; they had 
children that arrived at adult age, resided at Hen- 
derson, N. Y., on a farm. 

William ^ unmarried so far as known. 

IkEMi '• married a i'cnn\'. 

John ^ married and had children; they resi<led 
at the village of State Line, Wis. 


AMOS •', sonof WILLIAM ', born 22d June. 17S1. 
sc3'the manufacturer, in 1811 purchased of Jona- 
than Davis the scythe shop and six acres of land 
in Oxford formerly ownea b^- Thadius Hall and 
with John Wait, his brother-in-law. c(minienced 
the scythe business. About the same year he 
with William T. Fisk began keeping a store and 
continued for several years, removed to Central 
Cotton Factory Works at Hawses place, continued 
until 1817. In 1814 he was one of the incorporat- 
ors of The Central Manufacturing Company with 
William T. Fisk and ten others; Dr. Daniel Fisk. 
John Hudson and Amos Hudson each acted for a 
time as agent. In May. 1818, Amos Hudson deeded 
to Warren Cud worth fourteen acres with buildings 
at the lower site including the old mill and black- 
smith shop; in 1816 deeded to Ashbel M. Hawes 
two acres and building. Married 12th November, 
1809, Mary Fisk. born February 1st, 178.0, daughter 
of Dr. Daniel Fisk. son of Isnac, son of John, son of 
Nathaniel, son of Xathan. who settled at Watertown, 
Mass., in 1()42. Was the first of that name in this 
countr3', probably came from England at the time 
of the great hegira. The grandmother of Mary, 
wife of Isaac Fisk, was Hannah Haven, a teacher at 
Worcester, daughter of Richard, son of Moses, son 
of Kichard Haven, who came from the west of Eng- 
land in 1(544 and settled at Lynn on a farm near Flax 
I Dond. His first child was born there in 1(^4.1; his 
\ descendants are ver}- numerous, many of them re- 
I side at Framingham. 

H'T faLher, Dr. Daniel Fisk, «,f OxfiU'd, \va> a 
I ''-ading physician of the town, well known in all 
) tile region, had numerous i)upils (among them 


Dr. Holbrook. of Thompson. Conn., and Dr. Bal- 
lard, of Sutton), was an active Free Mason and one 
of the leadinir men in the formation of the Oxford 
society, a stockholder in the Central Cotton Man- 
ufacturing Company, an adherent of Shay's in the 
famous rebellion. He went to Cambridge at the 
time of the siege of Boston, had. it is said, an in- 
terview with General Washington and was offered 
a surgeon's appointment which he declined, was 
selectman in 1782, '8v3 and '84, built the house now 
standing in 1791. He died aged 65, 6 August, 1815; 
his funeral was largely attended and was a re- 
markable occasion. 

AMOS •^ and wife settled near her father at 
Oxford, removed to Ellisburgh. Jefferson Countv, 
X. Y., in June, 1820, where he built a scythe fac- 
tory and pursued that business until his death 
which occurred 12th February, 1830; she died 10th 
October, 1856. at the house of her son at Janesville. 
Wis., with whom she had resided for several 
years. Children: 

LuciAX F. 7, son of Amos «, born at Oxford, 
Mass., 14th December. 1810. Sc^-themaker. pur- 
chased the old scythe factory and homestead at 
Ellisbugh after his father's death, of whom he 
learned the trade, and carrried on the business ex- 
tending it to the manufacture of cdirc tools of all 
kinds, farm implements, carriages, etc. Has re- 
mained on the old place continuously for over 
seventy years. Married 2d March, 1835, Adeline 
Stearns, youngot daugliter ol tiie late Kzra 
Stearns, of Fllisburgh, born 30tL May, 1812. They 
had seven children, eleven grandchildren and two 


great grandchildren, nearly all residing at that 
place, as follows: 

George S. ^ born 2d December, 1835, furniture 
manufacturer, a successful ]:)usiness man, doing a 
large business; married February 9th, iS'Vi. Elsie 
J. Mattison. They have Willie L.. born 11th Feb- 
ruary. 1803, artist residing in Xew York City; mar- 
ried Mary Tanner 23d May, 1883; they have Kutli, 
born 9th June 188o, Edith born 25th May, 1891. 
Louis E., Sun of George S., born 22d August, 18(55, 
unmarried, is with his father in the furniture 

Mary A. >* born 10th April, 1838, married to 
James M. Colon. IGth March. 1805. he died 13th 
January, 1892; theA' have Celia A. born 9th Octo- 
ber, 1870, graduate of Oswego Normal School, a 
successful teacher. F. Lyell, ])orn 24th October. 

Ezra H. \ born 19th of May. 1840. learned his 
father's trade, has been in business with him for 
many years; married lOth January, 1800, Mary E. 
Wilds; they had Herbert H., born 10th April, 18(59, 
died 1st May, 1888, at Utica. X. Y., a very promis- 
ing 3'oung man; Isadore M., born March 18, 1871. 

Alice S. ^ born 20th December, 1842; married 
Hamilton E. Koot29th November, 1800. They have 
Mary A., born 5th June. 1870; Frank, born 19th 
September, 1872; Edward S., born 24th February. 

LuciAX F. Jr. "*, born KJth August, 184(5; married 
Adeline Basinger 25th March, 1870, she died 19th 
June. 1888; Thc3' had ivubj- L., born 27th January, 

LoL'iSA A. \ born 19th A[)ril, 18.50, married 

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Fred J- Ja^cox, 12th May. 18S5. Xo children; re- 
side ill Chicao:o, 111. 

Frederick E. "*, born 12th July, 1853; married 
Maria Ranisdill; they have Sanford K.. born Octo- 
ber 19th, 1873, Charles A., born 13th August, 1875. 

Amos B. -■, brother of the above, born 1812, died 
in 1813. 

Mary L. S sister of the above, born 2(5 July, 
1814, died at EUisburgh 14th February, 1845. 

Saxford a. ^ son of Amos ", born at Oxford, 
Mass., 16th May, 1817. Came with tlief^iily to 
EUisburgh, when but three years of age, worked 
with his brother Lucian in the scythe shop until 
of age, learned and worked at the trade, taught 
school, studied law with Dyer N. Burnham, a law- 
yer at Sackets Harbor, X. Y.. admitted to the bar 
in September, 1848, at Utica. Married 13th Octo- 
ber, 1847, Sarah D. Canfield, youngest daughter of 
Jolin M. Canfield. Her parents were natives of 
Connecticut. Mr. Canfield .-tudied law under the 
tutilage of Chief Justice Spencer, his brother-in- 
law, at Albany, admitted to the bar in 1797, mar- 
ried Fannj' Harve3^ of Stamford, Conn., Xovem- 
ber 28, 1798, settled in practice of his profession at 
Catskill, X. Y.; removed in 1810 to Watertown, and 
in 1820 to Sackets flarbor. Mr. Canfield was a 
learned and intellectual man; he held several 
prominent civil stations under the administrations 
of Presidents Madison, Monroe and John Ouincy 
Adams; from, the former he received the first ap- 
pointment in 1813, and the latter in 1824. Died at 
that place J ul_> lUii, lb49, in the .^cveuly-tourlli 
year of his age. Mrs. Canfield died July 22d. l.S(;2, 
aged eighth-three. 


Saxfokd a. ^ and family, consistingof "v^'ifeand 
infant daughter and neice of his wife. Fannie Howe, 
migrated to Wisconsin in Ma^'. 1849, and settled at 
Janesville, where he engaged in the practice of 
law. In 1853 that town Avas incorporated as a city, 
he became city attorney, subsequenth^ police jus- 
tice, which office he held by reelection nine years, 
Mayor of the city two years. In ISSl he was ap- 
pointed by President Garfield to the office of As- 
sociate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Terri- 
tory of Dakota, ex-officio District Judge, having 
jurisdiction throughout all the Territory which 
now constitutes the State of North Dakota, resid- 
ing at Fargo; holding two terms a year at several 
different points and sitting in Supreme Court at 
the pc/ ii i CT i» ^ capital two terms a year. Children: 

F'ra\<!'es L,."^, born at Sackets Harbor 11th 
March, 1849, educated at the parish and public 
schools at Janesville, and Cleveland Female Sem- 
inar}', graduated at the Maiikato. Minn.. Xfjrnial 
School; since has been engaged in teaching. 

Theodore C. ^, born at Janesville, 28th July, 
IHol, clergyman of the Episcopal Church; gradu- 
ated at Kacine College in 1873, taught one year in 
Shattuck School, Faribault, took a theological 
course at Seabur^- Divinity School, ordained to the 
Diaconate JuU 17, 1877. at that jjlace, advanced to 
the Priesthood the same year December 21. at the 
Church f)f the Good Samaritan, Sauk Centre. 

His first parish was at Sauk Centre, then at 
Morris; at Mankato from December, 1883, to June 
J>t, ISIH), i.N ii(,\v rector oi the pari»l' ol bt. >larlins, 
I^iirmont. Minn. Married October 13, 188<», ICve- 
lyn Ii(>()l)er, of S.iuk Centre. Thev have Sanford 

ij: gexeau^gy of the oescexdaxts 

T., born at Morris. 19th October. 1SS2; Celia B., 
born 20th January. 1884, at Mankato. died October 
10th, 1884; Mary L.. b ^rn 4th February, 188fi; 
Phoebe C. born 20th September. 1888; Theodore C. 
Jr., born loth Fe]>ruary. 18U0. 

Harriet J. ■^, born 13th September. 1853. at 
Janesville; a stenographer and t^'pe writer, resides 
at Fargo. 

Saxfokd H. ^ and Sarah C. twins, born 29th 
November, 18o7, at Janesville. Sanford H., lawyer, 
educated at the parish and private schools at that 
place, and at the State University at Madison, 
Wis., read huv in his father's office at Janesville, 
deputy clerk of the Circuit Court, admitted to 
the bar there in August. 1879. settled in practice 
at Benson, Minn., 1880. Was county attorney 1881- 
1883, is a stockholder and vice-president of vSwift 
Count}' Bank. Married Ifith January, 1884, Lo- 
rena McLaren; they have Irving M. born Decem- 
ber 27th, 1884. 

Sarah C. '^, sister of the above, resides at 
Fargo at the homestead. 

Abijah T. ' and Abisha S.' , born at Oxford, 
Mass., May 1st, 1819; both practicing physicians, 

Abijah T. commenced the study of his profes- 
sion with Dr. Foote, of the C S. A. at Sackets 
Harbor, X. Y., in 1842; attended the Geneva Medi- 
cal College in 1843; graduated at Albany Medical 
College, \. Y., in 1847, C(jmmenced practice in Al- 
bany, 111. Married in December, 1848, Miss J. M. 
Luff, removed to Lyons where he practiced his 
j>rolessi<ni unlii \hu^; eiuidrcu; .':>auve i., Imuu 
December 29th. 1849, died in infancy ; Fausta, June 
8th, 18r)2, died in infancv; Gertrude M., born F<'b- 

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ruarj' 7th, 1855, died at the age of four years?; 
Henry T., born Auijust 11, 1859, an engineer resid- 
ing in Cal.; Augusta >!.. born August 21st, 1800, 
married James S. Reamey, la\v3'er; he died in Feb- 
ruary, 1890, no children. She is studying medi- 
cine and \Yill graduate at the California Univer- 
sity in 1893. Dr. Hudson entered the arm3' in 
1862, was attached as surgeon to the 20th Regi- 
ment Iowa Infantry, which served in the 15th 
army corps under General Sherman, was placed 
in the operating corps at his attack on Haines 
Bluff near Vicksburg, and continued in that capa- 
city. The regiment was in over thirty battles and 
skirmishes, went through Georgia with General 
Sherman on his march from Atlanta to the sea, 
and was mustered out at Washington, D.C.,at the 
close of the war. 

While the surgeons of a regiment are non- 
combatants and not often retpiired to expose 
themselves to the enemies' fire, yet Dr. Hudson 
was several times under tire and made some hair- 
breadth escapes during his service. On one oc- 
casion he with the lieutenant colonel and major 
were out looking for a suitable camping ground 
when they were surprised b}- a squad of rebel 
troopers who sprung upon them from ambush, de- 
manding that they surrender, covering them with 
their guns. The other two officers obeyed, but the 
doctor being a little in the rear, seeing the situa- 
tion, wheeled his h(jrse and dashed away; he was 
pursued and fired upon, but relying ui)on the fleet- 
iiess of Iiib horse tiircw his Ijud}' down upon hi.-, 
neck, presenting as small a target as possible, 
the bullets whistling past him; his noble steed 


distanced the pursuers and with its rider reached 
the Union lines in safety. 

He removed to Stockton, Cal., in 1868, where 
he has pursued the practice of medicine since, ex- 
cept that having been elected to the office c^f State 
Senator he served in the halls of the le<]^islature of 
his state four years, not having^ sustained an}- 
great loss or damage to character or reputation by 
this political digression. 

Abisiia S. "', twin brother of the above, at- 
tended lectures at Albany Medical College, X. Y., 
and graduated at that institution in 1840; began 
the practice of medicine at Maquoketa, Iowa, was 
there one year, removed to Sterling. Til., where he 
resided some twenty years. He was one of the 
founders of the medical department of the Iowa 
University, and went to Iowa Cit^' in 1849 to give 
a course of lectures, and being prepared with a 
skeleton was to treat anatoni}", with Dr. Ransom, of 
Burlington, Ta.. on materia medica, Dr. \'aiiglHi on 
surgery, Dr. Flint, of Southern Iowa, on practice; 
but there were no facilities there for that \vork, 
and an adjournment was had. The next year a 
medical college was organized at Davenport, Dr. 
Hudson held the chair of Obstetrics and Diseases 
of Women and Children, the other members of the 
facult}' consisted (jf Dr. Richards, of 111., on prac- 
tice; Dr. Sandford, of Iowa, on surgery; Dr. Chap- 
man, of Madison, Wis., on anatom}-; Dr. M. L. 
Knapj), of Chicago, 111., on inateria medica and 
therapeutics; Dr. Armour, of Rockford, on physiol- 
ogy and pathology. 1 he next year ihey went to 
Keokuk. The jTicdical department of tlie Iowa 
University was then remodeled and re-incorjxtr- 



ated with different nieinbers, Dr. Hudson as pro- 
fessor of materia niedica and therapeutics. In 
1850 and '51 he went to Rush Medical College. 
Chicago, 111., and lectured on practice of medicine 
and pathological microscopy. 

He married Maj' 2d, 1S.53, Miss Rose Elliott, 
of Mount Vernon, Ohio. They had Lyell E., born 
May 13th, 1855. became a promising young physi- 
cian, graduated in medicine at the Cooper Medi- 
cal College and again took a degree at Philadel- 
phia under Dr. Groos and others, died January 
6th, 1879. Florence, born November 8th, and died 
November 24th. 1857. In 1861 Dr. Hudson was ap- 
pointed army surgeon of the 34th Regiment 111. 
Vol. Inft., resigned April 1862. 

In 1869 removed to California and now resides 
at Stockton in practice. 

Celia M. ", sister of the above, born 16th No- 
vember, 1821, at Ellisburgh, married at Albany, 
111., 26th July. 1848. Rev. Oscar Park, a clergyman 
of the Presbyterian church; she died at Wauke- 
sha, Wis., 6th July, 1862; children: Mary \ born at 
Albany, 111., 21st May, 1849, music teacher, resides 
at Stockton, California. 

GoDDAKD \ born at Albany 12th October, 1850, 
died Frl)ruary 5th, 1885; lawyer; married 7th June, 
1882, Blanche E. Newell, who was born 11th No- 
vember, I860; they had Jean, born September 16, 

Sarah C. ^ born at Marietta, Ohio, August 
5th, 1852, died same day. 

II(-i^^(..\ -, \un-n ill j'aii.-vilK-. Wi^., lltli Oclc- 
ber, 18.53; married 11th January, 1887, Charlotte R. 
Kentfield, born 8th December, 1860, at Masonville, 


N. Y. Xo children, reside at Bakersfield, Cal. 

AxxA L. ^ horn at Janesville. Wis., Sth Octo- 
her, 18.1.1; married Decemher 4*h. 1S83, Hugh A. 
Blodget. horn at Sugar Grove, X. Y., Octoher 23d, 
18.1.1; children: Hazelton P.. horn 2d January, 
1881, Ruth, horn 7th March, 188(5, Lottie, horn 17th 
August, 1889. 

Frank C. \ horn at Waukesha (ith Decemher, 
18.17; married 8th Septemher, 1884. Belle McDonald; 
child, Jessie L., born 2Sth June, 1881, died August 
23, 1886. reside at Bakersfield. Cal. 

Hexry C. ^ horn at Waukesha Octoher 21st, 
1859, died April 22. 186(X 

Martha L. ^. born at Waukesha 20th February, 
1861; married July. 1883, William F. Dougherty; 
children: Bessie L.. born 3d August. 1885; >[ary 
M., born 18th October. 1886; William, born Decem- 
ber, 1890, at Gle"wood. Minn. 

Daniel F. ", son of Amos, born February 15th, 
1824, died July 19th. 1825. 

Daniel F. ^ , second, born 2d July l«2(i. clerk in 
a retail dry go<^ds store in Brookh'n. X. Y.; died 
there October 1st, 1846. 

Bradford*", son of WILLIAM'', born 11th 
March, 1784; married first 19th June, 1814, Lucy, 
daughter of Jotham Merriain; she died 16th Feb- 
ruary', 1817; removed to Ellisburgh, X. Y. Mar- 
ried 2d, Mrs. Boomer; child by first marriage. Lo- 
ring B., born 17th May. 1815. died 1816. Children 
by second marriage: 

A. Bradford ', born 4th June, 1826, at I^Uis- 
hurgh. lie came lo (..(.vlorci and married i:^t .Sep- 
tember. 1819, Caroline 1*.. daughter of Deacon John 
Hurd. Slie died 2(1 of March, 1860. Thev had 


Oliver B., born inth June. 18.12; William \V., born 
2d of April, 18.14; married second, 11th Jnne. 18()7, 
Mrs. Cordelia Snmner, maiden name Davis. Sol- 
dier in the war of rebellion; prisoner at Anderson- 
ville, now a pensioner. In 1S90 resided at Grafton, 
Massac hnserts. 

\ViLLiA>[ S. '', brother of the above, married at 
River Falls, Wis.; removed to Oregon, resided at 
Forest Grove, teacher in an Indian industrial 
school near Salem; has several children. 

LuciXA «, daughter of WILLIAM \ born 12th 
of Ma\% 17S7; died at EUisburgh, unmarried. 

Betsey '\ sister of the above, born 27th of 
March, 1791; married Dr. William *T*: Fisk, second 
wife. They had Wilbur', born lyth July. 1832; 
married October, 1861, Myra Shaw; was in the mil- 
itar}' service in the late war as ward inaster in the 
hospital at Memphis, Tenn., wher" he died in 1803. 
The3' had Fred C. '', born December 1st. 18.16, a 
graduate of Cornell l^niversity in 1879, architect 
at Lincoln, Xeb. Charles W\ "", born February 
loth, 1863, graduated at the State University Mad- 
ison, Wis., studied law at Maciuoketa, Iowa, in 
practice at Eau Claire. Wis. 

William F. ^ son of WILLIAM •>, born 16th 
October, 1801, married Sallie Smith, at Ellisburgh. 
They had Harriet ". who married a Bettinger; 
Selby, Elizabeth, Daniel A., Alice. He died at that 
place Febrviar}', 1877. 

NOTE— It was not the tlesijfn of this wf)rk to trace the lineaire of 
the Hudson family beyond the descendants of \VILLI.\M 5, the f=on 
of JOHN t. who tiKirrid K'ntli Shlun^v,-lv. hot ;i-^ foho hrid t'.vn (.rotli- 
err- uiio.-c- ilocendiinl.-. are \ery nutiieroiis, most of wljom were once 
residents of Oxford, tlie temi>tation is f^reat to pursue the iiKtuirv- so 
far at least as any lifflit is slu'd hy the reconls of that tou ti. 

The secon.l -on of WILf.IAM :i was JosKI-II I. who marrie.l Ma- 


hetabel Thompson, of Charlton: they had six children, settled in 
Oxford on the hon\estead where he dietl about ITni; onl>- one son. 
John o, arrived at adult aye. He married Deborah, daughter of 
Lemuel Crane, and settled on the homestead: they had seven child- 
ren; their sons Joseph li. and John P. i> were married and raisetl larice 
families, their children and i,^randchildren now residintj in lart,^e 
numbers in the states ot Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and some 
others in the I'nion: some of them holding hiyh positions in pui)- 
lic life. 

BENJA?IIN' 4. the third son of WILLIAM 3. married Sarah Hol- 
man, of Sutton, and resided from IToO to 1773 in the south part of Ox- 
ford at homestead H), retn<ived to Chesterfield. X. H., w hich place 
they left abou< 17'j7. They had ten children; only one son, Soloman, 
grew up to manhood. As this family removed from Oxford the_ 
records of that town show nothing furtlier in relation to the family 
of Benjamin. Two remarkable things are disclosed by these records 
with regard to these early settlers; one is the disparity of sex of the 
children. In four of the families of the Hrst settlers were born thirty- 
seven children ; of these only thirteen were l)oys; another i.s.ofthis 
number eighteen died in infancy. 

NOTE 2— In a wi>rk of this kind where the facts must neces- 
sarily be collected from a variet>' of .~onrces. many of tliem depend- 
ent upon the recollection of different individuals, errors quite likely 
have occurred. While the greater-t care has been exercised to verify 
every statement in the foregoing pages, some of those into whose 
hands this little book may fall may discover inaccuracies or omis- 
sions as to themselves or their friends ; therefore if all such persons 
will make a note <jf such defects and omissions, and communicate 
the same to the author, he will, while health and strengtli are vr»uch- 
safed to him, continue to collect and preserve them and may serve 
a go<)d purpose in a new edition, if one should be issued. 

S. A. II.