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Henry Hudson

  • Birth 1500 Tamworth, Tamworth Borough, Staffordshire, England
  • Death 20 Dec 1555 City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 87675671

His son is Henry Hudson III, the explorer.

The Hudson name dates back to about 1066 in the county of Yorkshire, England. The Hudsons are believed to be descendants of the Lords of Hoddleston who occupied the castle Millom in Cumberland, on the coast of the Irish sea. After the fall of the Roman Empire, there was fierce rivalry between the Norman's and the Saxons over Yorkshire and the land around the Rhine Valley. The early ancestors of the Hudson family remained after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

There are references to Huda as a root for the Hudson name as well as the Hoddleston root.

The oldest known Hudson Coat of Arms consists of Three Lions in the Rampant position with three boars heads as supporting badges. The symbolism of the lions signifies rearing with strength, courage and loyalty as character traits. The boars' heads were badges that suggested allegiance to the royal arms of King Richard III.


The name was racially Norman in origin and came to England with William the Conqueror. It has always been a tradition in the family that Henry Hudson III, son of Henry Hudson the explorer emigrated to Delaware in 1656.

The first authentic genealogy is found in the Church of the Grey Friar in London. Here is the tomb of Rudolph Hudson "citizen and alderman of London" who died June 27, 1530. He had eight sons and three daughters -- Thomas, John, Edward, Henry and Christopher are the only ones identifiable. Thomas, a captain in the Russian Fur Co. died in 1564 and John died without issue.

Henry, the son of Rudolph, was also an alderman of London and a director of the Russian Fur Co. Later he became associated with the Dutch East India Company. He died December 22, 1555 and is buried at St. Dunstans in the East. He had estates in Lincolnshire and Sussex. His wife's name was Barbara. They had a family of 11 children of which Abigail, Thomas, John and Henry are identifiable.

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  • Created by: JEA / SLSAndrews
  • Added: 30 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 87675671
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Hudson (1500–20 Dec 1555), Find A Grave Memorial no. 87675671, citing St Dunstan-in-the-East, London, City of London, Greater London, England ; Maintained by JEA / SLSAndrews (contributor 47525492) .