Rush Hudson
John Jack "Mountain" Hudson


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1. Mary Dedman

John Jack "Mountain" Hudson 1 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 30 Oct 1761, , Orange, VA 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Mary Dedman on 2 Apr 1793 in , Orange, VA 1
  • Died: Aug 1847, , Amherst, VA at age 85 5

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Residence: in 1810 in Amherst, Amherst, VA. 6

2. Residence: Age: 80 in 1850 in , Amherst, VA. 4

3. Book: Sketches and Reminiscences by Joshua Hilary Hudson, 1903. 3


1. About A. D. 1750 there came to Amherst County, Va., Joshua Hudson, emigrating probably from Culpepper, who took up a grant or patent of land on Turkey Mountain, a spur of the Blue Ridge, lying perpendicular to the main chain, and inferior in altitude.

His sons were Joshua, Rush, Reuben and John.

His daughters were Dicey, who married Moses Wright ; Susan (called Sukey), who married Mr. Boiling; Polly, who married Mr. Arbuckle, and moved to Tennessee.

2. Joshua, son of Joshua, had the following children, viz.: Bennett, Edmund and Parnelia. Mr. Sidney M. Dawson of Amherst, now 90 years old, married a daughter of Bennett Hudson, and from him I have learned the genealogy here given.

3. Rush had the following children, viz. : John, Rush, George, Lucy and Francis.

5. John's children not known.

The mother of Moses Wright, who married Dicey Hudson, was a Whitehead. Most of these families lived near Turkey Mountain and Pine}- River, in Amherst, Va.


John Hudson, one of the sons of Rush, and grandson of the first Joshua, got into a duel in Amherst, and supposing he had killed his antagonist, fled the county and went to Orange or Louisa County, and there married Mary Dedman, of Prussian- parents, a short, round-faced, pretty girl. After this he returned to Amherst, and settled on the Blue Ridge mountains, and was hence called "Mountain" John, for distinction from other relatives by the name of John Hudson, the names of Joshua, Rush, John, George and William being common in all branches of the family in Amherst and Culpepper.

"Mountain" John Hudson had the following children, viz. : Joshua, Rush, Dabney, John, George, William, Samuel, Nancy, who married Reuben Cash and settled in Rockbridge ; Lucy, who married George Campbell; Francis, who married Lawson Campbell, and Mary, who married Henry Campbell, the three last settling in Amherst, where many of their descendants still live. Joshua Cash and sister, Elizabeth McCrory, children of Nancy, are very old (eighty-five years), live in Nelson County, Montebello being the post office of Joshua. Of Lucy's children I know of two living - one, the Rev. Thomas Jefferson Campbell, lives near Gaffney City, S. G ; another, Joshua Campbell, lives in Amherst, post office Lowesville, Va. The Cash family is numerous in Amherst, Rockbridge and Nelson, and the Campbells still more so. It is worthy of mention that McCormick, the inventor of the reaper of that name, married a daughter of Nancy Cash, so says Cousin T. J. Campbell. McCormick was a blacksmith in Rockbridge, Va., where he married Aunt Nancy's daughter.

Of the sons of "Mountain'' John Hudson, four came to South Carolina, viz. : Joshua, Dabney, Rush and John, and settled in the districts (counties) of York and Chester. Joshua married Polly Hopkins, and had by her the following children: John, William, George, James, Rufus, Jane, Mary Ellen, Henrietta and Emma. William died of yellow fever in Charleston, S. C, 1854.

John, George and James Rufus moved to Arkansas, as did Henrietta, who married Mr. Matthews.

Jane married Frank Walker. Mary Ellen married Dr. William Walker. Emma married, first, Mr. Nichols; second, Falkner, and third, Captain Currie, and lives in Florida.

John Hudson, son of "Mountain" John, died in York, unmarried.

Rush, another son, married Mrs. Polly Wylie, of Chester, a widow with one child, Sarah. By this. widow he had the following children : George, John Rush, Samuel, Mary Ellen, Francis, Parnelia and Catharine. The family moved to Arkansas prior to 1849, an d settled on Red River, and' I have lost sight of them.

Dabney, son of "Mountain" John, learned the tailor's trade in Yorkville under his uncle, William Dedman, who had preceded him to South Carolina. Before he was twenty-one years old he married Narcissa, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Cook. Of this family of Benjamin Cook, there were four children, Hilary, Ripley, Narcissa and Eliza, Hilary I never knew, but remember Uncle Ripley and Aunt Eliza. Hilary and Ripley removed to Georgia, settling near Columbus, Ripley subsequently going to the northwest. Hilary reared a family near Columbus, but I have no knowledge of them. Eliza lived and died in York, having married, first, Mr. Tomlinson, and second, Mr. Steadman. Her children by Tomlinson, Thaddeus and Sally, went to Texas. One daughter by Steadman married Mr. Palmer, a locomotive engineer, who lives in Charlotte, N. C.

The children of my father, Dabney Hudson, and mother, Narcissa, were eight in number, viz. : John, Joshua, Rush, Mary, who married George Latimer ; Sarah, who married Andrew J. Allbright ; Eliza, who died in infancy ; Maria, who married, first, Jerry Blackman, second, Mr. Sealy; and Cornelia, who married Elijah Blackman. Mary died in Chester, leaving two sons, William and James, surviving her. Sarah died in Texas, leaving three sons surviving her, Graham, Walter and George. Maria died in Georgia, leaving surviving her, two sons, Richard and Taylor, and two daughters, Fany and Mary.

Cornelia has quite a large family in Georgia. John lives in Missouri, having two sons, John and Francis. Brother Rush married Miss Sue Letson. He entered the Confederate army as a private in the company of Capt. J. W. Carlisle, of Spartanburg, who tells me that he was a good soldier. His wife and six children survive him and are all doing well.

The writer, Joshua, the only one of the name living in South Carolina, is now sixty-five years old, and has four daughters living out of a family of fourteen children, having buried six sons and four daughters.

The sons of Joshua Hudson, of Turkey Mountain, were soldiers of the Revolutionary War, Rush, great-grandfather of the writer, being of the command of Gen. Daniel Morgan, hero of the Cowpens.

John married Mary Dedman on 2 Apr 1793 in , Orange, VA.1 (Mary Dedman was born in 1778 4 and died before 1860 in , Amherst, VA.)


1 Dodd, Jordan, Virginia, Marriages, 1660-1800 ( Operations Inc).

2 <i>Tupper-Jackson</i>.

3 Hudson, Joshua Hilary, <i>Sketches and Reminiscences</i> (The State Company, 1903 - Petersburg Crater, Battle of, Va., 1864 - 190 pages. Online at .), Pages 7-9.

4 <i>1850 United States Census</i>, Year: 1850; Census Place: Eastern, Amherst, Virginia; Roll: M432_933; Page: 106A; Image: 213.

5 Ancestry Family Trees (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Trees.

6 <i>1810 United States Census</i>, Year: 1810; Census Place: Amherst, Virginia; Roll: 66; Page: 257; Image: 0181426; Family History Library Film: 00275.

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