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Gentleman Henry Hudson, I

English, Old: Henry Herdson, I
Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 20, 1555 (55)
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom (Malignant fever)
Place of Burial: London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Rudolph Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson
Husband of Barbara Watson
Father of Thomas Hudson; John Hudson; Abigail Dixwell (Hudson); William Hudson, Sr.; Edward Hudson and 7 others
Brother of Thomas Hudson and John Hudson

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.
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About Gentleman Henry Hudson, I

The name Hudson is of Norman origin, dating back to 1066 in Yorkshire, England. The Hudsons came to England - from Normandy - with William the Conqueror in 1066 during the invasion. Normandy is a region in northern France which experienced resettlement by Vikings prior to 1066. In 911, French ruler, Charles the Simple, allowed a group of Vikings from Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark) to settle in this area in order to stop their attacks on France.

Other last names associated with Henry: Herdson, Heardson

  • 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,

From Ian Chadwick's information:

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.

Birth1500Tamworth, Staffordshire, , England

2 source citations

Death155520 DecAge: 55Tamworth, Staffordshire, , England

Henry "Gentleman"2 Hudson (Rudolph1) was born 1500 in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, and died 1555 in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England.

Burial: Unknown, Church of St Dunstan's in the East, London, England; 

Interesting Tidbit: Alderman of London, Lord of Manors.

Descendants of Rudolph Hudson

Generation No. 2 2. Henry "Gentleman"2 Hudson (Rudolph1) was born 1500 in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, and died 1555 in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England. He married Barbara Unknown 1525 in St Editha, Tamworth, Staffordshire, England. She was born 1504 in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, and died Unknown. Notes for Henry "Gentleman" Hudson: The Hudson name dates back to about 1066 in the county of Yorkshire, England and is traditionally believed to be descendents of the Lords of Hoddleston by European genealogists. The Lords of Hoddleston occupied the castle of 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 battle of Hastings (1066) found the Norman's as conquerors although the early ancestors of the Hudson family remained. Hudde was a common nickname for Richard, so it appears that the immediate decendents of Sir Richard Hoddleston were known as the sons of Judde (Hudson). 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 three lions on a coat of arms is very rare and of unknown significance. The boars heads were badges that suggested allegiance to the royal arms of King Richard III. King Richard III utilized boars heads as his identifying badges to signify bravery and perseverance. Possibly, the three lions rampant is significant in identifying with King Richard III also. The arms of Gentleman Henry Hudson are described as "argent, semee of fleurs de lis gules, a cross engrailed sable". The early Hudson colonists in Virginia utilized a variation of this arms to mark livestock, lending credence to the relationship to Henry. Source: Hudson Family Association of Longview, TX Bulletin No 39 (p69) and the Hudsons of Chesterfield chart Bulletin no 50

More About Henry "Gentleman" Hudson: Burial: Unknown, Church of St Dustans in the East, London, England Interesting Tidbit: Alderman of London, Lord of Manors. Occupation: Member of Association of Merchant Adventurers founded by Sebastian Cabot in 1553 More About Henry Hudson and Barbara Unknown: Marriage: 1525, St Editha, Tamworth, Staffordshire, England

Children of Henry Hudson and Barbara Unknown are:

i. William Hudson, born 1528; died Unknown.
ii. Henry Hudson II, born 1541 in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England; died 1585.
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