Henry Hudson, Sr. (1500 - 1555) MP

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Birthplace: Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Death: Died in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Cause of death: Malignant fever
Occupation: Henry was named in Queen Mary's Charter, February 6, 1555, as one of the founders of the Muscovy Company. He was an alderman in the City of London.
Managed by: Bianca May Evelyn Brennan
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About Henry Hudson, Sr.

Other last names associated with Henry: Herdson, Heardson

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  • BIRTH: ABT. 1500, tamworth, Staffordshire, England
  • DEATH: ABT. 1555, tamworth, Staffordshire, England
  • EVENT: Land sale: Founder of Russian Fur Company
  • EVENT: Land sale: English Nobleman - Lord over many Manors.
  • EVENT: War: Entombed in St Dunstans Church, England,

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From Ian Chadwick's information:

http://www.ianchadwick.com/hudson/hudson_00.htm

There is some confusion among biographers as to whether the elder Henry Hudson was the explorer's father or his grandfather. Some have indicated the alderman, Henry, was his father (thus the explorer was born in 1550). Others say he is the grandfather (and the explorer was born later, perhaps 1570) - in which case there are three generations of men named Henry. After considerable reading of all the reports and records, I believe the alderman was his grandfather because otherwise the explorer would have been somewhat old for his adventures from 1607 (age 57) on. His contemporaries were generally younger, although this doesn't mean the explorer had to be. Still, it makes more sense in the telling.

When Henry VIII met the French king, Charles V, at Gravelines, in 1520, a William Hodgeson (Hudson) was in attendance as the "Chiefe Officer of the Botrye." He may have been an ancestor of the explorer.

Henry Hudson's grandfather was also called Henry Hudson (according to Hakluyt). It was sometimes spelled "Herdson, Hoddeson" or even "Hogeson" (Dictionary of National Biography, 1963-64).

The explorer's grandfather was an alderman in the city of London. He was named in Queen Mary's Charter, 6 Feb. 1555, as one of the founders of the Muscovy Company (also known as the Worshipful Company and Fellowship of the Merchant Adventurers Trading to Muscovia), the same company that sponsored John Sebastian Cabot in his expedition to the New World. He was an alderman in the City of London. This Hudson died in December 1555, of "malignant fever."

According to Fiske (1909), "Beside his great wealth acquired in trade, (Alderman Hudson) was lord of at least a dozen ancient manors, some of which had been conferred upon him by Henry VIII. out of the spoils of the monasteries."

His grandfather (and probably his father) was a wealthy Londoner, a member of the Skinners and Tanners (one of 12 privileged companies from which Lord Mayor can be chosen), seems to have served as a city alderman, and owned property in Stourton, Lincolnshire. The Magna Britannica (1738) says that after the suppression of the monasteries by Henry VIII, the crown granted forfeited church lands at Hitchin, County Hertfordshire to Edward Watson and Henry Hudson.

The Magna Britannica also says this Henry Hudson purchased the manor of Bertrams and the manor of Newington Belhouse, in Kent. He also purchased the manors of Skelting, Ackhanger, Terlingham, Folkston and Walton. He was named as the Lord of the Manor of Sweton. This shows he had considerable wealth and must have had close relations with the crown and the nobility.

His grandfather seems to have died in December, 1555, in London, of a "malignant fever." Six other aldermen died of it that year. A record of his funeral, December 20th, 1555, says the service was held at the Church of the Grey Friars in London. An inscription in that church notes the burial of Rudolph Hudson, husband of Elizabeth, on June 27, 1530. These may have been great grandparents of the explorer.

Henry's widow (the explorer's grandmother), Barbara, married the alderman Sir Richard Champion, who became Sherriff in 1558, then Lord Mayor in 1566. She died in 1568 (Magna Britannica says 1561, but her monument says 1568). She died "without issue" (childless from that marriage).

The explorer's grandfather father had eight sons - including Thomas, John, Edward, Christopher(?), (William? see below) and Henry.

The grandfather also had three daughters, one of whom as named Abigail and she married Charles Dixwell, of Warwick.

The explorer's father may have died in 1585 (?). he is mentioned in a lawsuit in 1572.

William Hudson, born 1528 (?) has been reported as Henry's uncle. William had a son, also named William, who married Alice Turner. They had a son, Richard, born 1605 in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Richard sailed to Virginia in 1635 on the 'Safety.'

The Calendar of State for James I shows several entries for persons named Hudson in 1604, including James Hudson, who was a Groom of the Privy Chamber. There is no direct link to show these were related to Henry Hudson, however. --------------------

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Birth1500Tamworth, Staffordshire, , England

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Death155520 DecAge: 55Tamworth, Staffordshire, , England

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"Gentleman Henry" Hudson's Timeline

1500
1500
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
1522
1522
Age 22
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, (Present UK)
1523
1523
Age 23
Tamsworth, Staffordshire, , England
1528
1528
Age 28
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
1530
1530
Age 30
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, (Present UK)
1532
1532
Age 32
1537
1537
Age 37
Tamsworth, Staffordshire, England, (Present UK)
1541
1541
Age 41
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
1555
December 20, 1555
Age 55
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
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