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[This information is from Vol. I, pp. 472-477 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

At the time of going to press, investigation of this line has not been completed. All that can be definitely stated is that T. (Thomas) Hudson and his brother, of New Jersey, moved into what was then Albany county, New York, about 1800. The probable line is as follows:

(I) Jonathan Hudson, born in England, 1658, died April 5, 1729; married, June 17, 1686, Sarah ————, and resided in Lyme, Connecticut.

(II) Jonathan (2) Hudson, born January 6, 1690, married, May 30, 1728, Mary Kennings. From Shelter Island, New York, Jonathan came to New York state; was a resident of Westchester county, and died in Albany, in 1745.

(III) John (3) Hudson, born about 1730, settled in New Jersey. He was a private in Captain William Platt's company, First Regiment of the Jersey Line, Continental Army. Of his family nothing can be told further than that the initial of one of his sons was T., supposed to have been Thomas.

(IV) T. (Thomas), supposed to he son of John (3) Hudson, was born in New Jersey about 1750. He married S———— ————, of whom nothing further can be told. He served in the Somerset county militia of New Jersey during the revolution. He spent the last years of his life with his son Samuel, in either Cherry Valley, New York, or Esperance, New York. He was the ancestor of that portion of the Hudson family that settled in the upper Hudson valley — Troy and vicinity. He had a brother who moved to Edinburg, New York, where he died and is buried, and who was the ancestor of that portion that settled in the vicinity of Galway, New York, where many of them have lived ever since. This brother had a son Abraham, who was born in 1781, died 1870, and married Sally Johnson, of New. Jersey, whose sister married the son of Thomas Hudson (IV). They had five children: Nathaniel, Lucinda, Polly, Johnson and Samuel, the last being still alive at the age of ninety, and living at Galway; he married Lucinda McOmber, and they had four children, all living: Sarah L., George E.,. Charles William and A. Edgar. T. (Thomas) (IV) had two sons: Samuel, of whom further mention, and Daniel, a soldier in the war of 1812, who took part in the Plattsburg campaign.

(V) Samuel, son of T———— and S———— Hudson, was born in New Jersey, in 1781, died July 15, 1853. He is buried in Mt. Ida Cemetery, Troy, New York. He was a man of education, and after coming to New York state taught school at Cherry Valley and Esperance in Otsego and Schoharie counties. He married Phoebe Johnson, died March 16, 1851, daughter of Abram and Mary Johnson of New Jersey. Children:

  1. Thomas, died in California, unmarried;
  2. Daniel, of further mention;
  3. Eliza, taught in a private school in Troy for forty years;
  4. Johnson, removed to Michigan, serving in the civil war in a regiment from that state.

(VI) Daniel (4), son of Samuel and Phoebe (Johnson) Hudson, was born in Esperance, Schoharie county, New York, in 1813, died in Troy, New York, in 1879, and is buried in Schenectady, New York. He was a paper-box manufacturer in Troy, retiring about five years before his death. He established a fire brick works on Second street, Troy, which is still in operation under the name of the Ostrander Brick Company. He was a man of the utmost integrity, with mental attainments of a high degree. He was an earnest Methodist, and was one of the first organizers of the Third Street Methodist Church, and later in his life was for years a prominent active member of the Second Street (now Fifth Avenue) Methodist Church, which he served in an official capacity. He married Mary Ann MacHenry, born and buried in Schenectady, died in Troy, 1687 [presumably 1887]. The MacHenrys are of Scotch-Irish ancestry, Mary Ann Hudson being the third generation in the United States. Children, born in Troy:

  1. Thomas, born in 1835, and died in Troy, in 1861, where he was a dealer in dental supplies; he married Lorena Downing, of Troy, and had two sons — Herbert, now living in Watervliet, and in the employ of the Union R. R. Co. (1910), and Walter, now living in New York (1910).
  2. Samuel, born 1836, died 1890; he was a prominent volunteer fireman in Troy, at one time being captain of the Osgood Steamer Company. Identified with the Republican party, he was clerk of the board of excise in Troy for several years.
  3. Myra, born in 1838, died in Waterbury, Connecticut, May, 1910; married George P. Chapman, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who died in 1898. She was a second wife.
  4. William Henry, of further mention.
  5. Edward B., born in Troy, September 3, 1846, entered the drug business in 1861. For ten years he was located in San Francisco as manager for the Pacific coast of the Wm. S. Merrill Chemical Company. During and after the San Francisco earthquake he was instrumental in preserving and reestablishing their business in that territory. He married Mary Watson, of Troy, New York, in 1876, who died in Albany, New York, in 1897, leaving no children. Edward B. Hudson is still alive (1910). He is now connected with the Lewis Co-Operative Company, Kansas City, manufacturers of Safety Poison Cabinets for Druggists. He is a member of the Albany Commercial Travelers' Club.
  6. Charles Daniel, a lawyer of keen mentality, who practiced in Watervliet for many years, now a resident of New York. Married Ruth Crow, of Troy, and has one daughter, Mabel, born in 1876, a school teacher in New York City.

Two children of Daniel and Mary Ann Hudson died in infancy.

(VII) William Henry, son of Daniel and Mary Ann (MacHenry) Hudson, was born in Troy, New York, July 21, 1843, died in that city August 9, 1897. He was educated in the public and private schools, and at an early age entered the employ of the Manufacturers' National Bank as messenger boy. He received successive promotions during his twenty-eight years of service with that institution, rising to the position of teller. He also organized the firm of Moore & Hudson (1867) to do a general life and fire insurance business, which became a well-known and prosperous firm, and still exists under the firm name of Hudson & Thompson. He was reared in the Methodist faith of his parents, but after his marriage attended the First Presbyterian Church of Troy. Politically he was a Republican. He was an able man of business, most genial in his social relations, and held in high esteem in the community. He married, May 30, 1866, at Hudson, New York, Jennie, daughter of Captain Henry Waldo (see Waldo). Children:

  1. Henry Waldo, of whom further;
  2. Ralph Clark, born in Troy, November 23, 1875. He removed to New York in 1895, and entered the employ of A. J. Cammeyer, the largest retail shoe house in the world, as a clerk, and is now (1910) general manager: He was a member of the Troy Citizens' Corps, and on his removal to New York enlisted in Company E, Seventy-first Regiment, New York National Guard, and saw service in the Spanish-American war. He ranked as corporal; was at San Juan and Santiago, returning as lieutenant. He married, December 4, 1909, at the Church of the Transfiguration, in New York City, Mrs. Harriett Corbett, of San Francisco, California.

(VIII) Henry Waldo, eldest son of William Henry and Jane (Waldo) Hudson, was born in Troy, New York, March 3, 1870. He was educated in the public schools and Troy Academy. He entered his father's office, where he acquired a thorough knowledge of the insurance business in all its branches and detail. This business, established by William Henry Hudson in 1867, has continued under several firm names, the present name of Hudson & Thompson being established in 1905, the son, Henry Waldo, being senior partner. Henry Waldo Hudson was for a time in the employ of Geo. B. Cluett's Sons of Troy, and in 1888 entered the employ of the United National Bank of Troy as junior clerk, continuing with that institution until 1901, having reached the position of paying teller. In the meantime he had been admitted as a partner with his father, under the firm name of William H. Hudson & Son. In 1901 he removed to Hoosick Falls and became assistant treasurer of the Walter A. Wood Mowing & Reaping Machine Company. He was also assistant auditor, and in 1906 was elected auditor. In 1907 he was chosen treasurer, which office he now fills (1910). He is a member of several clubs in Troy and Hoosick Falls, and is a Republican. He married, June 5, 1901, at Rutland, Vermont, Mary Lucretia, daughter of Henry Arthur Sawyer.

The lines of descent of Mary Lucretia (Sawyer) Hudson lead to the very oldest and best known of the Pilgrims, including the Brewster, Standish, Stafford, Putnam, Prence and Paddock families. The elder line may be that of Brewster, although the Standish line is equally ancient in America.

(The Brewster Line)

(I) Elder William, "Mayflower" passenger and first colonial governor, married Mary.

(II) Patience, daughter of Elder William Brewster, married Colonial Governor Thomas Prence.

(III) Mary, daughter of Governor Thomas and Patience (Brewster) Prence, married Major John Freeman, an officer of King Phillip's war.

(IV) John, son of Major John and Mary (Prence) Freeman, married Sarah Merrick.

(V) Mercy, daughter of John and Sarah (Merrick) Freeman, married Deacon Chillingsworth Foster.

(VI) Mary, daughter of Deacon and Mercy (Freeman) Foster, married David Paddock, of an old English family.

(VII) Foster, son of David and Mary (Foster) Paddock, married Damson Raymond.

(VIII) Anthony, son of Foster and Damson (Raymond) Paddock, married Rahama Marshall.

(IX) Betsey, daughter of Anthony and Rahama (Marshall) Paddock, married Palmer Stafford.

(X) Lucretia, daughter of Palmer and Betsey (Paddock) Stafford, married David Sawyer.

(XI) Henry Arthur, son of David and Lucretia (Stafford) Sawyer, married Julia Putnam.

(XII) Mary Lucretia, daughter of Henry Arthur and Julia (Putnam) Sawyer, married Henry Waldo Hudson. (See Hudson VIII.)

(The Stafford Line)

John and Thomas Stafford, younger sons of Lord Stafford, of Staffordshire, England, came to the American colonies in a vessel of their own and settled at Scituate, Rhode Island. Both married. Thomas married Mary Cleveland, and moved to Stephentown, New York, thence to Danby, Vermont, later to Plattsburg, New York. Children: Rowland, Palmer, John, Deborah, Stutely, of later mention, Nancy, Joseph and Francis.

(II) Stutely, son of Thomas and Mary (Cleveland) Stafford, married (her second husband) Rebecca (Doty) Irish. April 2, 1780. She was then twenty-one years of age, had been a widow nearly three years, and had been the wife of John Irish nearly five years. She was a granddaughter of Francis De Long, a French officer, and Heilcha Van Skalk, of Amsterdam, Holland, who married in America and lived on Long Island, New York. Their children were: Ora, Elias, Rachel, Maricha, Lucretia and Zonacha. Lucretia De Long married Joseph Doty, and first settled at Fishkill, New York, later removed to "Nine Partners," Dutchess county, New York. Children: Peter, Rhoda, Jacob, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Patty, Nancy, Lydia, Mary Ann. Rebecca Doty married John Irish, in 1772. They removed to Tinmouth, Vermont, where he was killed by the Indians, July, 1777. She married Stutely Stafford, April 2, 1780. They lived at Danby, later in Wallingford, Vermont. By her first marriage she had Lucretia, Joseph and Rhoda Irish; by her second marriage she had Merriam, Nancy, Palmer, Ormond, Holder Marbury, Sylvia, John and Mercy.

(III) Palmer, son of Stutely and Rebecca (Doty-Irish) Stafford, married Betsey, daughter of Anthony Paddock, a great-grandson of Elder William Brewster. (See Brewster.) Children: Mehala, Rahama, Lucretia, Sylvia, Rebecca, Benjamin, Bourdman, Jay, Stutely, and Darius, and Eveline.

(IV) Lucretia, daughter of Palmer and Betsey (Paddock) Stafford, was born at Wallingford, Vermont, 1813, died at Aurora, Illinois, December 3, 1893. She married David Sawyer, of Tinmouth, Vermont, son of David Sawyer, and a descendant of Miles Standish, of the "Mayflower" and early Pilgrim days. He was born September 25, 1807, died at Moira, New York, December 31, 1859. Children: Anson, Henry, Persis, Palmer, Noah, Malinda.

(V) Henry Arthur, son of David and Lucretia (Stafford) Sawyer, was born at Tinmouth, Vermont, March 19, 1834, died at Rutland, October 6, 1899. He married, at Rutland, Vermont, May 15, 1866, Julia, daughter of James Madison Putnam, great-grandniece of Israel Putnam. She was born at Ludlow, Vermont, November 15, 1841. Children:

  1. James, married Helen Bradford Webb; children: Henry, and Barbara.
  2. Mary Lucretia.
  3. David Henry.

(VI) Mary Lucretia, daughter of Henry Arthur and Julia (Putnam) Sawyer, married Henry Waldo Hudson, of Troy, New York.

From Miles and Barbara Standish, of Plymouth, the Sawyers' descent is through Prudence Standish, a daughter or granddaughter of Josiah, son of Miles and Barbara Standish. She married Jacob Sawyer in 1730.

(IV) Ephraim, son of Jacob and Prudence (Standish) Sawyer, married ———— Smith.

(V) David, son of Ephraim and ———— (Smith) Sawyer, married Mary Woodruff, and children were Noah Woodruff, Olive Barbara and David.

(VI) David, son of David and Mary (Woodruff) Sawyer, married Lucretia Stafford. (See Stafford IV.)

(The Putnam Line)

The American ancestor of Julia (Putnam) Sawyer, mother of Mary Lucretia Sawyer Hudson, was John Putnam, who with his wife Priscilla (maiden name believed to have been Deacon) and three sons — Thomas, John and Nathaniel — came from England in 1634. They settled in Salem, Massachusetts, where the father died October 30, 1662. They had seven children.

(II) Lieutenant Thomas, eldest son of John and Priscilla Putnam, was baptized at Aston, Abbotts, county of Bucks, England, March 7, 1614-15, died at Salem village, May 5, 1686. He was an inhabitant of Lynn in 1640, selectman in 1642, and joined the Salem church in 1643. He was a man of education, wrote a good hand, held many of the Salem offices in town and church, and was lieutenant of a troop of horse. He married (first) Ann, daughter of Edward and Prudence (Stockton) Holyoke, who bore him eight children; (second) Mary, widow of Nathaniel Veren, who bore him one child, Joseph, afterward the father of General Israel Putnam, of revolutionary fame.

(III) Sergeant Thomas, son of Lieutenant Thomas and his first wife, Ann (Holyoke) Putnam, was baptized in the Salem church, February 16, 1652, died in Salem, May 24, 1699. He married Ann, youngest daughter of George and Elizabeth Carr, of Salisbury. They had twelve children, eleven of whom were alive in 1715.

(IV) Seth, twelfth child of Sergeant Thomas and Ann (Carr) Putnam, was born in Salem village, May, 1695, died at Charlestown, New Hampshire, November 30, 1775. He was one of the pioneers in that exposed frontier town, and sent two sons to help fight the French and Indians. He helped form the first church at Charlestown and was among the first ten members on the list. He married, September 17, 1718, Ruth Whipple, who died February 1, 1785. They had eight children.

(V) Timothy, youngest son of Seth and Ruth (Whipple) Putnam, was born at Billerica, Massachusetts, December 25, 1732, died at Charlestown, New Hampshire. He was a member of Colonel Bellows's regiment, which marched to reënforce Ticonderoga in May, 1777, and again in June of that year, but found the fort evacuated. He married Susanna Badger, who bore him seven children.

(VI) John, son of Timothy and Susanna (Badger) Putnam, was born in Charlestown, New Hampshire, June 4, 1764, died in Montpelier, Vermont, June 9, 1848. He was a farmer of Montpelier, and was borne on the pension roll of the revolution. He married (first) Catherine Carr, (second) Mrs. Peggy Glidden, at Charlestown, New Hampshire, widow of Moses Willard. She was born October 25, 1781, died in Montpelier, February 19, 1852. He had six children by the first wife, and five by the second.

(VII) Colonel James Madison, son of John and his second wife, Peggy (Glidden-Willard) Putnam, was born in Springfield, Vermont, July 6, 1813, died 1888. He was a millwright by trade and was one of the last survivors of the old line of commissioned militia officers. He was for many years sheriff of Windham county, Vermont, and proprietor of the Franklin House at Rutland. In later years until 1880 he was chief of police and a wholesale dealer in coal and grain. He was prominent in the Baptist church and the Masonic and Odd Fellows orders. He married, in Ludlow, Vermont, March 5, 1838, Sarah Ann, daughter of Oliver and Lois (Steele) Mason. She was born in Springfield, Vermont, August 28, 1817. They had three children.

(VIII) Julia Ann, daughter of Colonel James Madison and Sarah Ann (Steele) Putnam, was born in Ludlow, Vermont, November 15, 1841; married May 15, 1866, Henry Arthur Sawyer. They had three children.

(IX) Mary Lucretia, daughter of Henry Arthur and Julia Ann (Putnam) Sawyer, married Henry Waldo Hudson.

(The Waldo Line)

The maternal line of Henry Waldo Hudson and Ralph Clark Hudson begins in America with Deacon Cornelius Waldo, born about 1624, in England, died January 3, 1700-1, at Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The earliest record of him in New England is in 1647. He married Hannah, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Thompson) Cogswell, of Ipswich. She was born 1624, at Westbury, Leigh, Wiltshire, England, and came with her parents to America in the ship "Angel Gabriel," which sailed from Bristol, May 23, 1635, and was wrecked on the coast of Pemaquid in the gale of August 15, several lives being lost in the disaster. She died December 25, 1704, at Charlestown, Massachusetts, aged eighty years. They were the parents of twelve children.

(II) John, son of Cornelius and Hannah (Cogswell) Waldo, died April 14, 1700, at Windham, Connecticut. He was a soldier in King Philip's war, and was wounded in the "Quaboag fight," August 2, 1675. In November, 1697, he purchased a grist mill at Windham, Connecticut, removing there a little later. He soon after died. He married, about 1676, Rebecca, daughter of Captain Samuel and Rebecca (Graves) Adams, of Charlestown, Massachusetts. She died September 17, 1727, at Canterbury, Connecticut, surviving her husband twenty-seven years. They were the parents of eight children.

(III) Edward, son of John and Rebecca (Adams) Waldo, was born at Dunstable, Massachusetts, April 23, 1684, died August 3, 1767, at Windham, Connecticut. He was educated in Boston, and taught school for a number of years in Windham. He was a farmer of substance and a citizen of influence, was a member of the general assembly three terms, and a lieutenant of the military company at Windham. He married (first) Thankful Dimmock, born March, 1682, at Barnstable, Massachusetts, died December 13, 1757, at Windham, daughter of Deacon Shubael and Joanna (Bursley) Dimmock, and granddaughter of Elder Thomas Dimmock, of Barnstable, Massachusetts, deputy six terms, member of the council of war 1642, and lieutenant of militia. The will of Edward Waldo mentions a second wife, Mary. Children by first marriage, ten.

(IV) Zacheus, son of Edward and Thankful (Dimmock) Waldo, was born at Windham, Connecticut, July 19, 1725, died there September 10, 1810. He married (first) February 3, 1746, at Lebanon, Connecticut, Talitha Kingsbury, born December 7, 1726, at Norwich, died January 18, 1789; (second) Catherine, widow of Moses Graves. By first marriage he had five children.

(V) Cyprian, son of Zacheus and Talitha (Kingsbury) Waldo, was born at Windham, Connecticut, November 13, 1747, died at Sharon, Connecticut, July 8, 1797. He married Hannah Ripley, born February 23, 1750, died June 27, 1813, and is buried at Spencer's Corner, town of Northeast, Dutchess county, New York. They had seven children.

(VI) David Ripley, son of Cyprian and Hannah (Ripley) Waldo, was born at Sharon, Connecticut, July 24, 1778, died at Hudson, New York, October 16, 1815. He removed to Hudson in 1794 and engaged in merchandising and freighting. He established the Waldo homestead on Main street, which is yet in possession of the family. He married Deborah Clark, born August 4, 1778, at Nantucket, Massachusetts, died at Hudson, New York, March 3, 1848, daughter of George Clark, and granddaughter of Ichabod and Deborah (Bunker) Clark. George Clark married Abigail Swain, a descendant of Richard Swain of Nantucket. Children of David Ripley and Deborah Clark Waldo:

  1. George Clark, a sailor, died in Boston "aged thirty-eight, buried in the South Ground," unmarried.
  2. Charles, graduate of Union College, 1817; "he was a lawyer of some prominence, resident at Hudson; held positions of trust and responsibility, and was a brilliant conversationalist and debater. Many of the influential men of the town were his intimate friends, his preferences being for the society of refined and literary men." He was unmarried.
  3. Henry, of whom further.
  4. William. "He was an accountant of decided ability, correct and methodical in his habits, a firm friend, strong in his likes and dislikes. A small portion of his life was spent in New York City, where he was employed as an accountant. He was also in New Orleans for a short time. He was never satisfied away from home. He was devotedly attached to his mother, and lived but one year after her death." He was unmarried.

(VII) Henry, son of David Ripley and Deborah (Clark) Waldo, was born February 18, 1805, at Hudson, New York, died there March 12, 1888. Of a roving nature, he ran away to sea at the age of fifteen years and followed a sailor's life until he was forty. Among the many thrilling adventures was the rescue of the captain, his wife, three children, and the crew, of an English brig. The British Admiralty acknowledged this brave act by presenting Waldo and his four associates with one hundred pounds. His vessel was wrecked in mid-Atlantic, and for two days and three nights he and seven sailors clung to the wreckage until rescued by a passing vessel. He rose to be captain of the ship "Orbit," but soon after retired from the sea. He settled in Hudson, where he engagd in merchandising for a time, until the discovery of gold in California; which awoke again the "wanderlust." A company was formed, the bark "Mousam" purchased, and Captain Waldo placed in command. They sailed around the Horn and safely reached San Francisco, where the company disbanded. Captain Waldo remained in California eighteen months, was elected associate judge of Eldorado county, openeg the first court there, and was actively and prominently identified with that county. Ill health, however, compelled his return, and soon after he was elected sheriff of Columbia county, being the only Republican elected on the ticket. June 23, 1870, he was appointed inspector of customs at New York City. He married, February 10, 1845, Sarah Heath, born December 4, 1822, at Hudson, the place of her death, July 25, 1890. Children:

  1. Jane Eliza, of whom further.
  2. George Clark, secretary of the old Equitable Savings Bank of New York City, president of the Excelsior Bank of New York City at the age of thirty-one years (said to have been the youngest bank president in the state); died. He was prominent in the Masonic order, and a member of prominent New York City clubs; married October 10, 1874, Florence Adelaide Post. They had no children, but adopted a son, Willard Clark Waldo.
  3. Deborah, married, December 11, 1895, at Mount Vernon, New York, Lothar Alexander Mortimer, Baron von Grave, born in Prussia, a descendant of one of the old military families of Prussia. He served in the Turco-Austrian war as lieutenant, was wounded, and later opened an art studio in Munich, being finely educated in the fine arts and a painter of note. He later came to the United States and opened a studio in New York City, became interested in industrial art, and in 1899 was in charge of the art department of H. L. Judd & Company, in Wallingford, Connecticut. Deborah was his second wife. They had no issue.
  4. Harriet, married, October 16, 1883, at Hudson, Joseph Bartlett Hydorn, of Troy, New York, born April 1, 1860, died February 13, 1898, at Albany, New York. He was educated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a chemist, and with his father inaugurated the first electric light plant in Troy. Later he was connected with the state insurance department at Albany. They had one child, Joseph Bartlett, born August 1, 1885.

(VIII) Jane Eliza (Jennie), eldest child tof Captain Henry and Sarah (Heath) Waldo, was born at Hudson, New York, March 17, 1846. She married, May 30, 1866, at Hudson, William Henry Hudson. (See Hudson VII.)

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