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Hougham William Hudson, (4) b2

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Graaff Rienet, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Hougham Hudson, (3) SV/PROG 1 and Elizabeth Ann Hudson, SM/PROG
Husband of Helen Maria Hudson, b5 and Frances Jemina (Fanny) Carlisle, b1
Father of Ella Elizabeth Anne Hudson, b2c1-SM/PROG; William Hougham Hudson; Hougham Douglas Hudson; Helen Mary Hudson; Walter Aubrey Hudson and 1 other
Brother of William Hougham Hudson, b1; William Nicholas Hudson; Thomas Andries Hudson; Charles Hudson; Sarah Elizabeth Hudson and 6 others

Occupation: Civil Commissioner
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Hougham Hudson

  • Graaff-Reinet 13.11.1822
  • ≈ Graaff-Reinet 28.12.1822
  • † Graaff- Reinet 18.12.1900


  1. He joined the government service and in May 1847 was appointed as the

Civil Commissioner at Somerset East. He held that position until 1868 after which he held similar positions in Bathurst, Colesberg, Graaff-Reinet and Grahamstown.

  1. After retirement he moved to Graaff- Reinet
  2. Kinders 7:
  3. 1St Marriage 6
  4. Married 1st Bathurst 01.06.1848,
  5. Helen Marie CURRIE * 1827, † 1865
  6. (d.v. Walter (Lt) CURRIE & Ann LOWE),
  7. 2nd Marriage xx King William’s Town 28.02.1867

Frances Jemima CARLISLE 1 Child from this marriage Overberg families - register deur HJ Engela

"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-23580-59331-37?cc=1468076&wc=MCM6-QWB:44975801,44975802,49887301,49891401 : accessed 09 Aug 2014), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Grahamstown, Bathurst, St John the Evangelist > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1829-1849 > image 65 of 108; citing William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.


The Herald Online PORT ELIZABETH Tuesday July 5, 2005

Historic Settler's home swallowed by Coega progress By Ivor Markman

UNDER a cluster of beautiful milkwood trees, in a tiny graveyard near the busy N2 highway just outside Port Elizabeth, lies the grave of one of the Eastern Cape's most influential, yet relatively unknown, 1820 Settlers.

Hougham Hudson, the first civil commissioner and resident magistrate of Port Elizabeth, now lies buried, forgotten and unknown.

His home, Hougham Park, has been acquired by the Coega Development Board (CDC) and is situated on the N2, north-east of the Coega River.

Born in 1798, in Broadstairs, county of Kent, England, Hudson was a member of the Dyason Party.

They were allotted land near Bathurst, but after a disastrous attempt at farming Hudson successfully applied for the post of clerk at the landdrost's office in Graaff- Reinet in 1821, working under the landdrost of the time, Sir Andries Stockenstrom.

He was soon promoted to district clerk and in 1828 was chosen to the important post of civil commissioner and resident magistrate of Port Elizabeth.

He bought land where the Feather Market Centre now stands, and built a house there in 1830.

At the beginning of July 1834, after he suddenly lost his job, he returned to Port Elizabeth and to try his hand at sheep farming. By the end of the month, though, he was called to Cape Town and offered the position of agent-general to the indigenous tribes on the frontier. He returned to Port Elizabeth in October, and held himself in readiness to move.

In December, the Sixth Frontier War broke out. Hudson was not in the field for long, for by March 1835 he had taken up the promised post. He received an annual salary of £200 and was given a house in Grahamstown.

Even though he had fared badly in the war, he was better off than most of the settlers, some 7 000 of them were now destitute.£ Hudson administered the Relief Fund and even before the war had ended, the frontier farmers were struggling to re-establish themselves. Hudson's job was to see that each of the farmers received his share of the cattle recovered and to ensure that the following year's crops were planted in time.

In July 1838 Hudson bought a large estate from Ignatius Stephanus Ferreira called Samson's Kraal, off Algoa Bay opposite St Croix island, and renamed it Hougham Park.

Hudson retired to Hougham Park in 1852 and remained there until his death in July 1860.

Source: Hougham Hudson (1820 Settler) and his Descendants by Daphne Child. (Unpublished)

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Hougham William Hudson, (4) b2's Timeline

November 13, 1822
Graaff Rienet, Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 28, 1822
Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 13, 1849
Age 26
Somerset East, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
July 30, 1852
Age 29
Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 30, 1854
Age 32
Somerset East, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
January 14, 1857
Age 34
Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 18, 1860
Age 37
Somerset East, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
May 28, 1868
Age 45
Somerset East, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa