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Hudson Family (Flashback Friday)

(From November 2008) Two beautiful tombstones at Sardis Cemetery; Bibb County, Georgia caught my eye recently. I liked them so much I wondered who made them. I'll have to start looking more closely at stones in the future for any signatures. The first gravestone is for Martha A. and B. F. Hudson. Martha A. was born Dec 19, 1849 and died Mar 4, 1919. Benjamin Franklin Hudson was born June 29, 1843 and died Feb 6, 1924:

The second stone was identical in design. This one was for two sons of Martha A. and B. F. Hudson. Otis M. Hudson was born July 15, 1882 and died Feb 11, 1916. William Havis Hudson was born Feb 2, 1886 and died Feb 7, 1919:

My enjoyment of the stones of course got me doing some research on this family...

Benjamin Franklin Hudson was the son of William "Buck" Hudson and Mary B. Moore. This family was in Jones County, Georgia in 1850 and 1860.

According to the 1850 Jones County, Georgia census, Benjamin's siblings were as follows: Matilda, John, William, Sarah, Camilla, Amelia, David B., Mary, and Louisa. According to an 1867 will abstract for William "Buck" Hudson from Book E, Jones County wills, these were his children: John W. Hudson, William Hudson, David B. Hudson, Benjamin Franklin Hudson, Barnwell R. Hudson, Matilda Lipsey, Sarah Rice, Louisa Hudson, and Mary Felts.

A search of a great website for Jones County, Georgia cemeteries -- www.friendsofcems.org/Jones -- lead me to the Hudson / Felts Cemetery. It is located off of Fawn Court near Gray. This cemetery contains many of Benjamin Franklin Hudson's immediate family, including his parents:

William "Buck" Hudson [father] (1800-1867);
Mary B. Moore Hudson [mother] (1810-1870);
Mary S. Felts [sister] (1845-1905);
Robert L. Felts [brother-in-law] (1841-1898) *Co A 54th GA;
David B. Hudson [brother] (1840-1900) *Co A 54th GA;
Pvt. John W. Hudson [brother] (1841-1900) *Co A 54th Inf GA;
Sarah E. Rice [sister] (1835-1895);
Sgt. James M. Rice [brother-in-law] (1834-1862) *Co F 38th Tenn Inf;
Pvt. William J. Lipsey [possible brother-in-law] (1834-1864) *Co F 45th GA.

Interestingly enough, I did not find out for sure if Benjamin was a soldier during the Civil War.

Benjamin Franklin Hudson married Martha A. before 1880. I found them in Jones County, Georgia then as well as in 1900. Their children listed in 1900 were William H., Andrew L., Ora B, and Otis M.

I did not find out any more about Otis M., but I did find his brother William's World War I draft registration:

William was living in Walden, Bibb County, Georgia at the time of registration in 1918. He was farming for his father B. F. Hudson, and he was listed as having blue eyes and dark hair.

Martha A. Hudson died 4 March 1919, less than one month after she buried her son William Havis Hudson. Her funeral notice from the Macon Telegraph:
Mrs. Martha Hudson
The funeral services of Mrs. Martha Hudson, wife of Frank Hudson, were held from Sardis Church yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Elder Walter Heard conducted the services, and the interment was in Sardis cemetery. Mrs. Hudson lived at Rutland and was ill several weeks. She died at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Benjamin Franklin Hudson lived less than five more years before being laid to rest next to his wife.

Sources inlcude the following:
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- US Federal Census Records
- World War I Draft Registration Card
- Will Abstract
- Tombstone Transcriptions
- Funeral Notice


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