Henry Richard HUDSON came to Lincoln County in 1878 from Kerr County, Texas, possibly the son of Henry Randolph Hudson. He was born 27 February 1823 in Monroe or Montgomery County Alabama. He married Hulda Joy--daughter of Wiley Joy and Hulda Elizabeth Frazier, at Little Rock, Arkansas on 7 September 1853 according to LDS records. Daughter, Alice Alabama, was born 24 November 1854 at Ft. Smith, Arkansas. H. R. Hudson was on the Sebastian County, Arkansas 1855 Tax list.
His son, Columbus Bradley, was born 23 September 1856 at Kerrville. Wiley Steven was born 12 October 1858, and George Bellmore on 3 July 1860. The HUDSON’s were listed on 1860 Gillespie County, Texas census. Last child, Edward Felix Lincoln Hudson, was born 6 April in Kerrville. Henry Richard Hudson was a 5th Sgt. for the Third Frontier District of the Texas State Troops of the Confederate States of America at age thirty-nine. Hulda Hudson's mother, Hulda Elizabeth Joy, and sister, Alwilda McDonald, were killed by Indians in 1865 near Harper, Texas.
In 1878, The Hudson family and a small band of wagons made its way to New Mexico. It took three weeks to reach the Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River. From there they went to Seven Rivers, New Mexico. While camped at Seven Rivers, Ike Teeters tried to rob the wagon train but was killed by Bell Hudson. Later, Bell Hudson raced a stranger on horseback for the stranger's bridle. Bell lost the race and after the stranger departed, Bell was told he was Billy the Kid. Ed & Bell worked for John Chisholm and Bell was part of Pat Garrett's posse.
Ed and Bell played instruments, sang and called for square dances. H. R. Hudson died 2 April 1901. His wife, Hulda, died 11 November at Alma, New Mexico. H. R. and sons Wiley Steven, Columbus Bradley and Ed Hudson were buried at Reserve, in Catron County, New Mexico. First Family contributed by Janet Hudson Samuels