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December 18, 1952





     Recently the editor of the Times had a request from a Mr. Hudson in Illinois for some history of the family.  We are sorry to have so little information, but will give the inquirer just what we have on hand.


     The first member of the family of Hudsons now living in Macon County and elsewhere are the descendants of Obadiah Hudson, who was supposed to have been born in North Carolina, date unknown.  Nor do we have any information as to whom he married.  He settled on the headwaters of the present Hudson Branch of Jennings’ Creek, then called Cave Fork of Jennings’ Creek.  He died about 1851, but do not know where he was buried.  He was a great hunter and also a farmer.


     We do not know how many children he had, but have only three on our incomplete list:  Richard Hudson, born in 1802, and married Rebecca York; William Hudson, no further record; and Rebecca Ann, who married Dobson Barton.


     Richard Hudson’s children were:  William, married a Coons; Obadiah, married a Borden; Sarah, married a Guess, (We wonder if the name was not Gist); James, married a Chitwood; Riley, married a Moren; Meredith, married a Pedigo; Hannah, married a Davis; Rebecca, married a Crabtree; Elizabeth, married a Hance; Taylor, married a Moren, a sister of Riley’s wife; and Martha, married a Vincent.


     Rebecca Ann Hudson and Dobson Barton were the parents of the following:  William A. Barton, married Eliza Clark and removed to Columbia, Mo.; Eli Barton, married Agnes Crabtree; Sarah E. Barton, married W. T. Whitley; Martin J. Barton, married Mary Marsh; Mary Barton, married John H. Bell; John T. Barton, married Katie Glover; M. D. Barton, known as “Kige” Barton, married first a Hargis and later a Cox; Obadiah Barton, names no doubt for his grandfather, Obadiah Hudson, married Samantha Glover, a sister of Katie Glover; and Margaret Barton, married T. W. “Wayne” Davis.


     We do not have all the grandchildren of Rebecca Ann Hudson and her husband, Dobson Barton, but can give part of them.  William A. Barton had two sons, Martin Barton, names most probably for his uncle, Martin Hudson; and William Barton, Jr.


     Sarah Barton and her husband, W. T. Whitley, were the parents of:  Ida, married a Bryant, and who died a few weeks ago in Ohio; Emma Whitley, married Lee Johnson; Bertie Whitley, married W. A. Smith; and Casper D. Whitley, married Mary Miller.


     Mary Barton and her husband, John H. Bell, were the parents of:  James Bell, married a Smith; Riley Bell, died young; and Hayden, no further information.


     John T. Barton and his wife, Katie Glover Barton, moved to the vicinity of Houston, Texas, and three of their children’s names are known to the writer: Cannie, Norman and Percy Barton.


     Martin Barton and his wife, Mary Marsh Barton, were the parents of : R. M. Barton, former rural carrier our of Lafayette; and who married a Chitwood; Brady S. Barton, of Lafayette, who married Evelyn York; W. D. Barton, who married Dr. T. D. Wilson who resides in the Enon section of Macon County; Cary Alice, died young; Fannie Barton, married H. E. Butrum; Myrta Barton, married C. S. Freeman; Flossie, of near Lafayette, who is unmarried; and D. C. Barton, also of near Lafayette, and the husband of the former Joyce Claiborne.


     Obadiah Barton and his wife, Samantha Glover Barton, were the parents of:  Mallie Barton, married a West; Vallie Barton, married Oscar Ferguson; Beatrice Barton, married a Marshall; and Chauncey Barton, no further information.


     Margaret Barton and her husband, T. W. Davis, were the parents of:  Ora Davis, married a Williams; Ottis Davis, Hartsville rural carrier for a number of years and who married a Johnson; Carlos Davis, former postmaster at Red Boiling Springs, married a Owen; Annie Davis, married Dr. Ford; Haskell Davis, no further information; and Hobart and Chester Davis, of whom we have no additional information.


     Dobson Barton was born in 1816 and died in 1901.  He was the son of William Barton.  William Barton is believed to have had a brother Isaac Barton, a leading Baptist minister in the early history of Tennessee.  However, we are not positive as to William and Isaac being brothers, and would like to have any additional information obtainable on this point.


     Isaac Barton was the son of a widowed mother, from Holland.  Isaac Barton was born in Maryland, near Frederick, on August 16, 1746.  Joshua Barton moved to North Carolina in 1753 or 1754.  One Joshua Barton, Senior, signed the petition of the settlers at Watauga for the Annexation to North Carolina, probably early in 1776, but we do not know if this was the same family.  Judge David Barton, in later years a prominent Missourian, was a son of Elder Isaac Barton.


     If any reader can supply additional information on either the Hudson or the Barton family your assistance will be much appreciated.




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Herrin, Illinois.

December 3, 1952.


Mr. Calvin Gregory,

Lafayette, Tennessee

Dear Sir:

      I have been told that you have the history of the Hudson family.  When I went to Tennessee the past summer, I stopped at the office of the Times in Lafayette and probably waited 30 minutes to see you personally.   Now I won’t ask you to publish that history, for I know you are short of space.  Could you have someone to type it and mail it to me?  I would pay whatever your charge might be, and would also subscribe for the Times.

     I am the grandson of Bill Hudson, who moved to Illinois in 1853.  My father was Richard F. Hudson.  My grandfather on my mother’s side was John Simpson Jones.  His wife was a Brooks and was reared over on the Cumberland River.

                                                                    Henry M. Hudson


(Editor’s note.  We are publishing elsewhere in this issue of the paper, the very brief history of this family.  We are sorry that our records of the family are so incomplete.  Perhaps some reader may furnish additional information.  We might inform the writer of the above letter that there is no charge for the information we are furnishing on the Hudson family.)