Horatio “Arusha” Hudson

Virginia, USA
Death unknown
Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Buckeye, Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 175913985 · View Source
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I believe that Horatio died before the 1840 census, when Margaret (adult female age 50-60) is listed in Garrard County, Ky with 2 females and 4 males (two adult sons still unmarried and living at home) and two minor sons and two minor daughters. Also in the household are 2 slaves - a male between age 10-23 and a female age 55-59.

If Horatio were still alive in 1840 he would undoubtedly be listed as head of household; instead, we see just Margaret and none of his married sons show an older male in their households. ~Nancy


Horatio Hudson, son of Joshua Hudson and Elizabeth Banks, was the grandson of Joshua Hudson, Sr. of Amherst Co., Virginia who wrote in his will:

"Whereas by my last Will & Testament executed the fifth day of January, 1799, I directed my Executors to Receive out of my Estate the Sum of Seventy five Pounds & Pay the same to Horatio & Nancy HUDSON Infant Children of Joshua HUDSON Dec'd in lieu of their father's Estate which fell into my hands which Estate has lately been demanded by the Executors of the said Children & delivered to them. It is therefore my Will & desire that the said Children do receive nothing further from my Estate than what they have already rec'd and that my Executors do receive from my Estate in manner aforesaid the said Seventy five Pounds and Pay the same to my Son Rush HUDSON - - Given under my hand & Seal this 16 day of November, 1800."

We see here that Horatio is referred to as an infant when he could have been as old as ten. In any case, he was born and still a minor by 1800.

In the 17 Dec 1799 will of Linn Banks (his mother's father), Horatio is referred to as "Arusha" Hudson, his only grandchild among ten heirs to share 733 acres and several slaves upon the death of Linn's wife (Kentucky Genealogist, vol 4).

In 1806 in Culpeper Co., VA, Margaret Banks married Horatio Hudson. (letter 18 Jan 1974 from Malcolm H. Hudson of Longview, TX to Sarah Franklin of Rome, GA). Note: this is contradicted by Margaret's grave stone which states "born in Garrard Co, Ky."

In July, 1895, Horatio's son Lynn Banks Hudson told his granddaughter Elizabeth Mae Mathers that his father and mother, Horatio Hudson and Margaret Banks had come to Kentucky in a covered wagon from Culpeper Co., VA with her parents John and Mary Collier Banks. They were related, possibly cousins, " quoted from "Descendants of Lynn Banks Hudson," by Marie S. Kloos, Washington, DC, 1955, as quoted in Malcolm Hudson letter. Note: this is contradicted by Margaret's grave stone which states "born in Garrard Co, Ky."

They settled in Garrard County and raised 11 children. In the late 1840s, several of his adult children and their families headed to Davidson County, Tennessee where they were farmers and stock raisers. Horatio's wife, Margaret "Peggy" Banks Hudson, is found in the census records of 1850 living with her daughter Malvina Hudson Jennings and in 1860 with another daughter, Mary Hudson Duncan. Update: Margaret Banks Hudson has been confirmed buried at Spring Hill cemetery, Davidson County, Tennessee. The entry for her in the Garrard County cemetery book is incorrect.

While it is possible that Horatio was alive and living in Kentucky at the time I suspect he had died before his wife went to Tennessee (pre-1850). A date of July 31, 1860 was found among online family trees but without source documentation. Tombstone inscriptions for Horatio and Margaret appear to have been interchanged over time. The Garrard Cemetery book lists Horatio with ND (no dates).

Horatio's children:
Joshua Banks Hudson
James Banks Hudson
William Banks Hudson
Washington Banks Hudson
Malvina Banks Hudson - married (1) Jennings (2) Parker (3) Cleavinger
Lynn Banks Hudson
Nancy Hudson
Isaiah Banks Hudson
Reuben Banks Hudson
Commodore Perry Hudson
Mary Louisa Hudson - Married Duncan

Note on this cemetery: A map was added to FAG in 2017 for Hudson Cemetery. I believe the exact location may be about 2,000 feet west of that spot. If you are able to go there to search for the stones, contact me for maps showing the abandoned road. Nancy

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  • Added: 1 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175913985
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Horatio “Arusha” Hudson (1786–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175913985, citing Hudson Cemetery, Buckeye, Garrard County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Enjay (contributor 48738760) .