William emigrated to the United States in 1860 and settled in Chicago. According to Bill Hudson's 'The Hudsons of Ballyeagh', an in-depth research into William's family history, "apparently through real estate transactions, he became financially successful in his later years, allowing him to provide his family with a fine home at 437 Evanston Avenue in Chicago.
Bill also tells us that "On 9 July 1870 William Hudson was enumerated in Chicago, Illinois, as a “wood dealer” and keeper of a boarding house, whose housekeeper was to become his wife in five years' time:
Hudson, W.; age 36; male; white; occupation wood dealer & keeps boarding house; value of personal estate $1000; born Ireland; father of foreign birth; mother of foreign birth; citizen
Walsh, Kate; age 40; female; white; housekeeper; born Ireland; father of foreign birth; mother of foreign birth
Foley, Mary; age 20; female; white; occupation domestic servant; born Ireland; father of foreign birth; mother of foreign birth
Fitzgerald, Mary; age 22; female; white; occupation domestic servant; born Ireland; father of foreign birth; mother of foreign birth."
We are also told that "On 15 August 1875 William and Catherine's only child was born - Frank William Hudson. The Chicago City Directory of that year notes William Hudson as boarding at 120 Illinois Street in Ward 20 in the center of the city. At the same location is a boarder named Patrick F. Carroll, a carpenter, who subsequent evidence would prove not only to be a lifelong friend but also an heir to William Hudson's estate. More than likely, he also was from the Ballybunion area of County Kerry. In both 1876 and 1877 William and Catherine boarded at 120 Illinois Street, as did Patrick F. Carroll, a carpenter."
"The Hudsons continued to board at 120 Illinois Street in 1878, but Patrick F. Carroll had moved elsewhere. In 1879 William and Catherine continued at the same address and they had opened a saloon at 136 South Water Street across the Chicago River in Ward 1. In June of 1880 the Hudsons were enumerated at 80 Wells Court, apparently just off North Wells Street on the north side of the Chicago River in Ward 20, in a rather curious entry:
Walsh, Catherine; white; female; age - 47; wife; occupation-keeps house; born- Ireland; father born- Ireland; mother born- Ireland; cannot write.
Hudson, Wm.; white; male; age-45; boarder; single; occupation coal & wood insurance; born- Ireland; father born- Ireland; mother born- Ireland.
Hudson, Edward; white; male; age-21; nephew; occupation-railroad depot laborer; born- Ireland; father born- Ireland; mother born- Ireland.
A question arises of just who supplied the information for the family, for Catherine, though noted as “wife” is listed with her maiden name; William Hudson, her husband of five years is listed as “single” and no mention is made of their son, Frank W. Hudson. The saloon business had apparently come to an end as William was then in “coal & wood insurance.” Additionally, recently arrived from County Kerry was William's twenty one year old nephew, Edward Hudson, son of William's older brother, Edward. Six others lived in the tenement; none, seemingly, were related to the Hudsons. the city directory for 1880 curiously is consistent with the census entry, for it lists William as living at the house at 80 North Wells with Edward Hudson, “clerk, and Miss Catherine Walsh. The 1881 directory noted that young Edward had become a “butcher,” and Catherine is no longer listed."
William died at his home about nine months after Catherine. The cause of death was "Cancer of Pancreas, gall-bladder and Liver," with a contributing cause of "Nephritis". His will, dated 8 December 1901, the day before he died, read as follows:
!I, William Hudson of the City of Chicago in the State of Illinois do make and declare this my last will and testament hereby revoking all previous wills and codicils by me made.
All the estate, both real and personal, and wherever situated, of which I shall die seized or possessed, or to which I may be or become entitled and which shall remain after the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses, I dispose of as follows:
First: I give and devise to the Reverend Patrick D. Gill of said City of Chicago all my said estate in trust for the uses and purposes following, namely: To take and have the entire use, management and control of said estate with power to sell, exchange, lease and convey the same without imposing any obligation upon the purchasers or others dealing therewith to see to the disposition of the purchase money revenue or proceeds. I empower and direct my said trustee to invest and reinvest the principal and proceeds, or any part thereof, whenever and however he shall deem expedient and to receive the interest, rents and increase thereof and, after deducting just compensation for his services, to first pay from the net income from said estate the several sums hereinafter directed to be periodically paid for supporting a home for Patrick F. Carroll and others or to pay the annuity to said Carroll in lieu of supporting such home, and next to pay from both income and corpus of said estate all the legacies hereinafter mentioned, and of the net income arising from the residue and remainder of my said estate said trustee shall apply the whole or such portion as said trustee shall see fit and proper and no more to the support of my son Frank W. Hudson as long as he lives with discretion and power however to limit the duration and extent of said trust by conveying and transferring to said Frank absolutely part or all of said trust estate as hereinafter provided. And upon failure to so convey or transfer all or any part of said trust estate to said Frank during his life then upon the death of said Frank to transfer and pay over all of said trust estate there remaining to such person or persons as said Frank by his will or codicil shall appoint, and in default of such appointment then said trustee shall divide and distribute all of said trust estate remaining in his hands at the death of said Frank among such of my nieces and nephews Mary A. Mahoney, Richard Mahoney, Honora Hudson, Mary Agnes Mahoney, Mamie Gallavan, Thomas Quinn, Nellie Quinn, Annie Burns, Kate Gorman and Annie Walsh as shall be living at the death of said Frank, in equal shares, except as to said Mary Agnes Mahoney to whom shall be paid a double portion or twice as much as either of the others. Said nephews and nieces are the same whose identity and places of residence are mentioned hereafter. But in any event sufficient of trust estate shall be retained by said trustee to produce said annuity for said Carroll unless said annuity be secured to be paid by said Frank.
Second: It is my hope that my son Frank may become qualified by experience to take absolutely the principal or corpus of said trust estate freed from said trust, and in contemplation thereof I empower and authorize my said trustee to transfer absolutely and convey in fee simple the whole or part of said trust estate to said Frank at or some time after he shall have passed the age of thirty-five years, if and whenever, my said trustee in his sound judgement and discretion shall deem said Frank fit and qualified by experience and habits of thrift and economy to so take said estate.
But this is only the expression of my wish and hope made here for the guidance of my trustee in the exercise of his own discretion and such power and authority shall not confer any right on said Frank to demand or compel any such conveyance or transfer any right on said Frank to demand or compel any such conveyance or transfer nor impose any obligation on said trustee to terminate said trust by so conveying. And said trustee shall not be accountable to any one nor ever be charged with any liability because of his exercise of said discretion.
Third: To provide a house for those who are now members of my family I appropriate from the net income from my said estate and direct to be paid by said trustee to my life long friend Patrick F. Carroll sufficient not exceeding Fifty Dollars a month towards rent and household expenses of maintaining a simple home for himself and my niece and nephew, Mary Agnes Mahoney and Daniel Mahoney [actually his grandnice and grandnephew] and my son Frank, said Mary as long as she remains unmarried, said Daniel until he comes twenty one years of age and said Frank permanently or whenever he chooses, a reasonable sum in addition to said Fifty Dollars to be paid monthly to said Carroll whenever and while said Frank lives with him in said home, and Ten Dollars a month to be also paid by said trustee to said Mary for her services - therein while she lives there, and whenever such home shall cease to be occupied permanently by both said Frank and said Mary it shall be discontinued and thereupon the payment of said several sums therefore shall cease, and in lieu thereof my said trustee shall thereafter pay said Carroll an annuity of one hundred dollars as long as he lives.
Fourth: I give to the Reverend Patrick D. Gill as pastor of the Church of our Lady of Mt. Carmel and to his successor as such pastor Two Hundred Dollars to be expended on masses for the repose of the soul of my departed wife Catharine and of my own soul.
Fifth: I give to such of the persons next named as shall be living at my death and only to such of them as shall there be living the following sums namely.
To my niece Mary A. Mahony of Ballybunion County Kerry Ireland, daughter of my deceased sister Ellen Mahony, One Thousand Dollars.
To my nephew Richard Mahony of the same place brother of said Mary. Five hundred Dollars.
To my grand niece Mary Agnes Mahony daughter of said Richard now residing with me. Five hundred Dollars.
To my niece Honora Hudson (commonly called Nora Hudson) of Listowel County Kerry Ireland. Five hundred Dollars.
To my niece Mamie Gallavan wife of John Gallavan of Brooklyn New York and daughter of my deceased brother Edward Hudson. Five hundred Dollars.
To my nephew Thomas Quinn of Toronto Canada son of my sister Mary Walters. Five Hundred dollars.
To my niece Nellie Quinn of Toronto Canada sister of said Thomas Quinn. Five hundred dollars.
To my niece Annie Burns of Toronto Canada daughter of my wife's sister Honora Burns. Five hundred dollars.
To my niece Kate Gorman sister of said Annie Burns. Five hundred dollars.
To my niece Annie Walsh of Cincinnati Ohio daughter of my wife's brother William Walsh. Five hundred dollars.
But if any of said last named legatees do not survive me then the sum above intended for any such deceased legatees shall become part of the trust estate hereinafter provided for. Said legacies shall be no charge on any of my real estate purchasers of which shall be exempt from any duty respecting said legacies. My trustee hereinafter named, shall pay said legacies out of the corpus of my estate, without interest, in such reasonable prices without sacrifice, will enable him, and he may pay the same in the rata installments as funds may be so realized and whenever there is any income to spare he may apply such towards said legacies.
Sixth: Should said Patrick D. Gill die or fail to assume or at any time reign or relinquish the trust by this Will committed to him, then I appoint the Reverend Andrew Croke of Chicago aforesaid to be his successor in such trust with all the estate power authority and discretion conferred on said first named trustee, and I direct that no bond or security be required from either the Reverend Mr. Gill or the Reverend Mr. Croke.
Seventh: Whenever it shall be necessary to appoint a trustee to take and execute said trust in place of or in succession to any other trust I empower my said son Frank to make such appointment, but any such appointee shall give good and sufficient bond in double the value of said trust estate at the time of such appointment. Such appointment shall be in writing executed acknowledged and recorded as conveyances of real estate are there required to be made and the person or corporation so appointed shall succeed to and take all the estate and powers given herein to said first named trustee and upon the same trust discretion and freedom.
Eighth: I nominate the Reverend Patrick D. Gill to be Executor of this will and direct that he shall not be required to give any security for the performance of his duties as Executor.
In witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament consisting of five sheets of paper subscribed my name and set my seal this 8th day of December 1901.
!William's family was definitely connected to my Hudson family (of Bungagara; Kilbaha; and Tralee) but I do not know exactly how. According to the notes of Hudson researcher Bill Hudson, William had "given" Maggie Hudson of Chicago her wedding (she was a member of my Hudson family and was married to George Murray). Presumably this meant he paid for Maggie's wedding. Maggie was a granddaughter of Richard Hudson and Margaret Finucane (my great-great-great-grandparents) and, according to Bill, referred to William as "Uncle William". However this appears to have been a term of affection rather an indication of an uncle-niece relationship, but it does suggest a blood connection between the two families.