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Second Generation

2. Margaret FINUCANE (John? ) was born about 1793 in possibly Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She died on 20 May 1877 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was buried in probably Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

It is possible that Margaret was a daughter of John Finucane and Kate Lynch of Ardmore, Carhoonakineely, Tarbert. One source tells us she was but another says she was a daughter of a John Finucane of Ardmore who had sons named John - who emigrated to the United States - and possibly Frank. Because the John who married Kate Lynch had a son named John who did not emigrate, it seems there may have been two John Finucanes living in Ardmore around the same time resulting in the uncertainty regarding Margaret's parents.    

Margaret and her husband, Richard Hudson, seemed to have moved around quite a bit after their marriage. It is probable that they lived in Duagh around 1830 because their daughter, Johanna, was baptised there in that year. It is also believed that they lived for a time in Ballyeagh (sometimes spelled Ballyeigh), near Ballybunion, and at another point they seem to have moved to Tralee where it is thought that their youngest child, Patrick Robert, was born in 1838 (although there is no documentation to support this) and where it is known that their daughter, Johanna, was married in 1847. By 1850 it seems they had left Tralee and settled in Kilbaha where thry had connections through Edward Hudson, a relative of Richard's from Tralee who owned more than 400 acres in Kilbaha at the time. Information on the Hudson family of Tralee is available in William Hudson's volume "The Hudsons of Tralee", a copy of which may be studied in Tralee and Listowel libraries. Unfortunately, when I visited Tralee library in 2005, I ran out of time before I had a chance to take a look at this particular book.

An indication of what life was like for Margaret and Richard back then comes from stories told by family members. For example, Richard and Margaret's son, William, once told a relative that he remembered that while a mass was being said at the house when he was a child, people were put on guard duty outside to see to it that no British police would bother those inside. He also remembered there being firearms in the house at the time. And William's brother, Patrick, told his own son, William, that his (Patrick's) mother, Margaret Hudson, was often "beaten up" by local Whiteboys, agrarian agitators who operated in Ireland at the time.

It is thought that Richard and Margaret may have had a second daughter, but no further information is available. Of their eight children that we do know of, six emigrated to the United States, with only their eldest son, who took over the family farm in Kilbaha, and their only daughter (that we know of) marrying a Kilbaha man and remaining in Kilbaha.

In case there is a connection, here's some information on a Finucane family with possible Duagh connections. It has been provided by Patricia Finucan (sic) of Pennsylvania (her family lost the 'e' in the surname after their arrival in the United Staes). Patricia's ancestor Thomas Finucane was born January or February of 1848 in Ireland and emigrated to the U.S. before 1870.  He had at least two  cousins who lived in the U.S., Daniel McCarthy and Maria McCarthy; and his death record states that his parents were John and either Ellen or Ann. Thomas was buried with members of the family of Daniel Dillon from Duagh. Patricia believes Thomas and Daniel Dillon were related as Thomas and his cousin Daniel McCarthy were living with Daniel Dillon's family at the time of the 1870 U.S. census.

Margaret married Richard HUDSON, son of William? HUDSON (caution: not verified) and 'UNKNOWN', about 1815 in north Kerry. Richard was born in abt 1780s in north Kerry. He died before 1853 in probably Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was buried in probably Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

We do not know where exactly Richard was born but we are presuming that it was in north Kerry. We do know he was baptised into the Protestant faith although he converted to Catholicism and his children were raised as Catholics owing to his marriage to a Catholic. We also know Richard was related to Edward Hudson of Strand St. in Tralee, Co. Kerry who owned over 400 acres of land in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (now called Moyvane), Co. Kerry. Richard and his wife, Margaret, would eventually settle in Kilbaha where descendants of theirs still live.

Although we do not have an exact date of death for Richard we do know he had died before his youngest child, Patrick, emigrated to the United States in 1853.

They had the following children.

+ 3 M i Edward (Edmond) HUDSON was born about 9 Mar 1816. He died on 10 Oct 1883.
+ 4 M ii William HUDSON was born about 1819. He died on 2 Jul 1893.
+ 5 F iii Johanna HUDSON was born about 24 Nov 1820. She died on 1 Dec 1897.
+ 6 M iv Richard HUDSON was born on 15 Aug 1827. He died on 14 Sep 1902.
+ 7 M v Jeremiah HUDSON was born about 1830. He died on 20 May 1905.
+ 8 M vi Francis (Frank) John HUDSON was born about 1831. He died on 9 Nov 1898.
  9 M vii
John HUDSON was born in Aug 1832 in probably Duagh, Co. Kerry. He died on 20 Apr 1907 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh.

John emigrated to the United States in 1852, living initially in Philadelphia before settling in Oshkosh in 1857. It is known that he worked as a coachman for a Dr. Eaton in Oshkosh and for the North Side Hospital, also in Oshkosh. Apparently John visited Ireland 11 times after moving to the States, his last visit being in 1877 during his his mother's final illness (he is listed as the informant on her death certificate). His grandniece Esther Peil (née Hudson) of Racine, Wisconsin, remembered John as a tall thin man with a beard.

John never married. He died in the Oshkosh poor house where it appears he had been living for a number of years (he was listed as a pauper there in the 1900 census).
  10 F viii
'unknown' HUDSON (female) was born in Co. Kerry. She died.

We know of 'unknown's existence from a letter written by Tom Sheehan (1900-1981) of Kilbaha in 1981 to his relative Bill Hudson of Florida. In the letter Tom writes "Edward Hudson had 2 sisters, one was married to Brian Cunningham, Johanna, and she had a sister that died very young." Unfortunately we have no further information on this sister.
+ 11 M ix Patrick Robert HUDSON was born on 13 May 1838. He died on 15 Dec 1914.

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