Descendants of John? FINUCANE (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Third Generation


3. Edward (Edmond) HUDSON (Margaret FINUCANE , John? ) was born about 9 Mar 1816 in Bunagara, Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 9 Mar 1816 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died on 10 Oct 1883 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

I am very grateful to Hudson descendant Tom Moloney of Duagh, Co. Kerry who has kindly shared the results of his extensive research into the Hudson family. Tom's information is included below.

Sponsors at the baptism of Edmond above were Dermot Finucane and Mary Halpin.

Edmond and his sister Johanna were the only members of Richard and Margaret Hudson's family who did not emigrate. In 1999 everyone living in Kilbaha with a Hudson surname was descended from Edmond; this may still be the case.

In the 1850s Edmond was renting about 80 acres in the townland of Kilbaha North from his Protestant relative Edward Hudson (who owned all the land - about 440 acres - in Kilbaha North). In 1915, a number of these descendants bought out Edward's Kilbaha lands at a low price. Further details on the purchase are available in William Hudson's volume 'The Hudsons of Kilbaha North' which may be studied in the library in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

According to the notes of Kilbaha researcher Bill Hudson, whose works on the history of his Hudson family of Kilbaha have been donated to Tralee and Listowel libraries, Edmond must have been quite well off seeing that he was able to afford to have a headstone erected for his wife, Nora (who died in 1876), which most of his neighbours would not have been able to do at the time.

Note: Bunagara, Edward's birthplace, has a number of different spellings, e.g. Bunegarah and Bunagarha.

Edward married Hanora (Nora) CONNOR, daughter of William CONNOR and Mary WALSH, on 21 Jan 1841 in Duagh, Co. Kerry. Hanora was born about 28 Feb 1819 in Rathoran, Duagh, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 2 Mar 1819 in Duagh, Co. Kerry. She died on 20 Sep 1876 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Nora was from Rathoran, Duagh, as was Bridget O'Connor, mother-in-law of Nora's grandson James Edward Hudson. Were Nora and Bridget related?

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were Michael Moore and John Connor.

Edward and Hanora had the following children.

  12 M i
Richard HUDSON was born about 10 Feb 1842 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He was christened on 12 Feb 1842. He died in 1842 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Richard's baptism were Richard Walsh and Mary Walsh.
+ 13 M ii Richard HUDSON was born about 3 Feb 1843. He died on 26 Nov 1915.
+ 14 M iii William HUDSON was born about 23 May 1844. He died on 2 May 1928.
+ 15 F iv Mary HUDSON was born about 1846. She died on 7 Mar 1916.
+ 16 M v Edmond HUDSON was born about 1849. He died on 11 Jan 1878.
+ 17 F vi Margaret HUDSON was born about 3 Jun 1852. She died on 14 May 1910.
+ 18 F vii Johanna HUDSON was born about 1855. She died on 1 Mar 1932.
+ 19 F viii Brigid HUDSON was born about 21 Feb 1856. She died in 1943.
  20 M ix
Jeremiah (Jer) HUDSON was born in Feb 1858 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He was christened on 24 Feb 1858. He died in 27 May 1927 or 20 Jul 1927 in Islandanny, Duagh, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Jer emigrated to Australia (where his brother Edmond and sister Brigid were already living), but returned home a number of years later (before 2 April 1911) and lived with his sister Margaret Moloney and her family in Sluicequarter, Duagh, Co. Kerry. Jer never married.

According to the notes of Hudson researcher Bill Hudson, Jer had "sandy hair and was very religious" and "was gentle with children."

I have been given two dates of death for Jer, 27 May 1927 and 20 July 1927, but I have not been able to determine which is correct.
  21 F x
Hanora HUDSON was born about 1 May 1860 in Kilbaha North, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. She was christened on 3 May 1860 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 12 Oct 1865 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Hanora's baptism were Cornelius Shanahan and Mary Shanahan.

According to her death record (which incorrectly gives her name as "Johana"), Hanora died from "Inflammation of the stomach".

4. William HUDSON (Margaret FINUCANE , John? ) was born about 1818 in possibly Trieneragh, Duagh, Co. Kerry. He died on 2 Jul 1893 in Philadelphia. He was buried in Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

William worked as a labourer in Philadelphia and helped his brother Frank in his plastering business. According to his death certificate, William died at his home in Suffolk St., Philadelphia of "phthisis" (a form of tuberculosis). Apparently William had a white beard and smoked a pipe.

William married Ellen WALSH about 1851. Ellen was born about 1821 in Ireland. She died on 22 May 1903 in Philadelphia. She was buried in probably Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

They had the following children.

+ 22 M i Richard Dennis HUDSON was born in 1852. He died on 10 Jul 1892.
  23 M ii
Edmund/Edward HUDSON was born in 1854 in Philadelphia. He died on 7 Jul 1908 in Philadelphia. He was buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

According to the 1870 census, Edmond (or Edward) was a clerk in a store. He eventually became a house painter and died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall from a balcony he was painting. He was unmarried.
  24 F iii
Ellen HUDSON was born about 1857 in Philadelphia.
  25 F iv
Mary Ann HUDSON was born in 1860 in Philadelphia. She died in 1860 in Philadelphia.
  26 F v
Sarah HUDSON died.

5. Johanna HUDSON (Margaret FINUCANE , John? ) was born about 26 Nov 1820 in Trieneragh, Duagh, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 26 Nov 1820 in Duagh, Co. Kerry. She died on 1 Dec 1897 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Johanna's mother's name appears as Mary (rather than Margaret) on her baptismal record (as provided on www.irishgenealogy.ie).

It is possible that Johanna and her family were living in Gortmore House (the old Hudson family home and now the Bon Secours Hospital) on Strand Street in Tralee at the time of her marriage in 1847 as she and Bryan were married there. It was common practice at the time to marry in the bride's home; after 1850 it became mandatory to marry in a church.

According to Tom Sheehan of Kilbaha, one of her great-grandnephews, Johanna was remembered as "a very tall and strong lady who could carry a heavy sack of meal up a hill". She and Bryan may have had more children than those listed below.

Johanna married Bryan CUNNINGHAM, son of Myles CUNNINGHAM and Johanna LYONS / LYNES, on 3 Feb 1847 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Bryan was born about 16 Dec 1822 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He was christened on 16 Dec 1822 in probably Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He died on 7 Jul 1901 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Bryan's baptismal sponsors were John Cunningham and Anne Neil

One would have expected that the name Myles would have been given to Bryan's first-born son, following the tradition at the time of naming the eldest son after the child's paternal grandfather. I think it likely that Bryan did have a first-born son called Myles who must have died young.

Bryan's death certificate gives his cause of death as "debility from old age". His son Richie was present at his death.

Marriage Notes:

According to research carried out by Bill Hudson (1922-2008), Bryan and Johanna were married in Gortmore House, Strand Road, Tralee, home of Johanna's cousin Edward Hudson (1801-1871). However, this appears to have been just a supposition. In his volume on the Hudsons of Kilbaha (in Tralee library), Bill states that the marriage took place in Tralee and says "In all likelihood, the marriage was performed in the Hudson “cottage” within the bounds of Tralee." He bases this statement on the fact that church marriages only became mandatory from 1850 onwards, but that does not mean that marriages did not take place in churches prior to 1850. Furthermore, the Catholic Parish Registers pages on the National Library of Ireland website show that the witnesses to Bryan and Johanna's marriage were Maurice Collins and Timothy Collins. A look at the other marriages registered in Tralee parish at the time reveals that Maurice Collins was witness at practically every one, with Timothy Collins being a very frequent witness also. It is therefore reasonable to assume that Maurice Collins and Timothy Collins were parish clerks or similar, indicating that Bryan and Johanna's marriage took place in a church; if the marriage had taken place at Gortmore House then it is more likely the witnesses would have been family members.

Why did Bryan and Johanna marry in Tralee? Perhaps it was because the townland of Droumcunig (also spelled Dromcunnig and variants thereof) in Abbeydorney parish, where Johanna grew up, is only eight kilometers from Tralee.

Johanna and Bryan had the following children.

+ 27 M i John CUNNINGHAM was born about 1851. He died on 1 Jan 1930.
+ 28 M ii Richard (Richie Bryan) CUNNINGHAM was born about 2 Jun 1852. He died on 24 Dec 1926.
+ 29 F iii Johanna CUNNINGHAM was born about 17 Jun 1854. She died on 12 Dec 1927.
  30 M iv
James CUNNINGHAM was born in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died.

Unfortunately nothing is known of James. There is a 1901 census return for the household of a James Cunningham in Kilbaha North, but it is probable that this relates to James's second cousin, James, who was a son of 'Little Bryan' Cunningham. Both Jameses had sisters named Margaret, and a Maggie Cunningham is listed in the census return as a sister to the head of the household, but the sister of the above James was long married by 1901 and is listed as Margaret Hanrahan in the return for her own family's household elsewhere in Kilbaha.
+ 31 M v Edward CUNNINGHAM was born about 15 Nov 1856. He died on 11 Jan 1924.
+ 32 F vi Margaret CUNNINGHAM was born about 1 Oct 1858. She died on 1 May 1925.

6. Richard HUDSON (Margaret FINUCANE , John? ) was born on 15 Aug 1827 in Droumcunig, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. He was christened in Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. He died on 14 Sep 1902 in 310 Fourth St., Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Richard emigrated to the United States in 1849. He was a Civil War veteran, having served with the 3rd Regiment of the Wisconsin Cavalry between December 1861 and June 1862. He returned to civilian life before the end of the war as a result of an accident (details unknown) and worked as a stonemason. He lived for many years in Oshkosh and had been unwell for a number of years before he died at his home in 1902 aged 75.

Richard married Johanna O'CONNOR on 19 Feb 1854 in St. Paul's Church, Philadelphia. Johanna was born in Jan 1833 in Ireland. She died in Jan 1907 in 308 Fourth St., Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Johanna emigrated to the United states in 1849. She died at the home of her daughter Mary Anne Shea, which appears to have been next door to the old Hudson family home located at 310 Fourth St.

They had the following children.

+ 33 F i Mary Anne HUDSON was born in May 1855. She died on 13 Oct 1920.
+ 34 F ii Johanna HUDSON was born on 25 Mar 1858. She died on 24 Jun 1898.
  35 M iii
William HUDSON was born about 1859 in Wisconsin. He died about 1860 in Wisconsin.

William died as a very yound child.

7. Jeremiah HUDSON (Margaret FINUCANE , John? ) was born about 1830 in probably Droumcunig, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. He was christened in probably Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. He died on 20 May 1905 in Chicago. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Illinois.

Jeremiah emigrated to the United States in 1860. He and his family lived in New Jersey before settling in Chicago. It is believed that Jeremiah lived with his daughter, Clara, and her family after the death of Martha, his wife.

Jeremiah married Martha MCLOUGHLIN about 1864 in probably Philadelphia area. Martha was born in 1835 in Ireland. She died before 1900. She was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Illinois.

They had the following children.

  36 M i
Francis HUDSON died.

Francis died in infancy.
  37 F ii
Mary (Sr. Mary Bernadette) HUDSON was born on 6 Jul 1864 in Harrisonville, New Jersey. She died on 11 May 1925 in Chicago.

Mary entered the convent, becoming Sr. Mary Bernadette.
+ 38 F iii Clara HUDSON was born in Nov 1865. She died in 1939.
  39 F iv
Margaret (Maggie) HUDSON was born about 1868 in New Jersey. She died in Mar 1952.
       
Margaret married George MURRAY. George died about 1950.

George and Maggie had no children.
+ 40 F v Johanna (Josie) HUDSON was born in 1872. She died in 1937.
  41 M vi
William (Willie) HUDSON was born on 19 Sep 1873 in probably Illinois. He died on 24 Dec 1879 in probably Illinois.

Willie died at the age of six.

8. Francis (Frank) John HUDSON (Margaret FINUCANE , John? ) was born about 1831 in probably Droumcunig, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. He was christened in probably Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. He died on 9 Nov 1898 in Philadelphia. He was buried in Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

According to Bill Hudson's 'The Hudsons of County Kerry and their Descendants', Frank emigrated to the United States with his younger brother Patrick in 1853. However, I have been told by another Hudson family researcher that he emigrated in 1851, departing on 11 June from Liverpool on board the 'Oliver'.

Frank served as a Marine during the Civil War and saw service on the Roanoke with Patrick. Frank settled in Philadelphia where he worked as a plasterer. I have been told Frank and his wife, Margaret, were second cousins once removed and were married by special dispensation. However, if they were related, as is thought, through Margaret's Finucane grandfather (probably named Frank) who it is believed was a brother of Frank Hudson's mother, Margaret Finucane, then they would have been first cousins once removed.    

Bill Hudson's work on the Hudsons tells us that Frank had a cousin named Kate Hudson (1841-1888) who emigrated from Ireland to the United States and lived with Frank and his family. It is not clear how exactly Kate fits in to the Hudson family tree but she was one of the Bunagara Hudsons who are related to the Hudson family of Frank above but we do not know exactly how. Kate married a Mr. McKay or Mackey and they had a daughter, Maria, who was raised by Frank and Margaret.

Francis married Margaret FINNIGAN, daughter of Francis (Frank) FINNIGAN and Margaret 'UNKNOWN', on 21 Apr 1869 in Church of the Annunciation, Philadelphia. Margaret was born on 10 Apr 1846 in Philadelphia. She died on 26 Nov 1919 in Philadelphia. She was buried on 1 Dec 1919 in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Margaret and her husband, Frank Hudson, were either first or second cousins once removed through the Finnigans (the Finnigan family had changed their name from Finucane after their arrival in the United States).   

Because Margaret, Frank and their family are listed in the 1880 census return for Margaret's parents' household, it is possible they were living with Margaret's parents at the time.

According to her death certificate Margaret died of "arterio sclerosis, mitral insuffiency, chronic interstitial nephritis".

They had the following children.

  42 F i
Margaret (Maggie) HUDSON was born on 3 Dec 1869 in Philadelphia. She died on 8 May 1923 in Philadelphia. She was buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Maggie never married. She worked as a "silk winder", according to her death certificate. She died of pneumonia aged 54.
  43 F ii
Johanna (Jo) C. HUDSON was born about 1871 in Philadelphia. She died on 4 Aug 1918 in Philadelphia. She was buried on 8 Aug 1918 in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Jo died of "acute delation of heart", according to her death certificate. A family source has told me, however, that Jo was a victim of the 1918 flu epidemic. The death certificate also tells us that Jo was single and worked as a telephone operator.
  44 M iii
Francis (Frank) HUDSON was born about 1873 in Philadelphia. He died on 1 Jan 1890 in Philadelphia. He was buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Frank, who was also known as 'Lefty', died at the age of about 17 of tuberculosis, contracted from drinking water from a pump near the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
  45 M iv
Richard HUDSON was born about 1875 in Philadelphia. He died on 23 Jan 1896 in Philadelphia. He was buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Richard died of tuberculosis.
  46 M v
Alexander J. HUDSON was born in 1877 in Philadelphia. He died on 13 Oct 1955 in Newark, New Jersey. He was buried in probably Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Alex never married. It is thought he is buried in the Hudson family plot in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.
+ 47 F vi Mary (Marie) HUDSON was born on 17 Mar 1880. She died on 23 Nov 1978.
+ 48 F vii Helen (Ella) Cecilia HUDSON was born on 13 Feb 1883. She died on 15 Feb 1973.
  49 F viii
Jeanette (Jenny) HUDSON was born about 1888 in Philadelphia. She died on 22 Feb 1890 in Philadelphia. She was buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Jennie died aged two of whooping cough.

10. Patrick Robert HUDSON (Margaret FINUCANE , John? ) was born on 13 May 1838 in Droumcunig, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 4 Jun 1838 in Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. He died on 15 Dec 1914 in Naval Hospital, Philadelphia. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Patrick's baptismal sponsors were John Murnane and Ellen Carney.

Patrick emigrated to the United States with his brother Francis in 1853, aged only 15. He saw action on the Roanoke, Virginia during the Civil War. He became a US citizen in 1868 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he spent the rest of his career.

Patrick died of "chronic valvular disease of the heart".

Patrick married Anna Agnes C. CARROLL, daughter of Nicholas CARROLL and Elizabeth KANE, in Sep 1885 in Philadelphia. Anna was born on 13 Nov 1848 in Liverpool. She died on 23 Dec 1940 in West Philadelphia. She was buried on 27 Dec 1940 in ly Cross Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Anna's parents were from Ballycanew, Co. Wexford. Anna and her family emigrated to the United States from Liverpool in 1851 when she was about three years of age.

Anna worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia for about 30 years up untli 1915.

They had the following children.

  50 M i
William HUDSON was born on 3 Jul 1886. He died in 1886. He was buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia.

William died in infancy.
  51 F ii
Margaret Elizabeth HUDSON was born on 26 Sep 1887 in Philadelphia. She died on 12 Mar 1941 in West Philadelphia. She was buried on 14 Mar 1941 in Holy Cross Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Margaret graduated in 1909 from Bryn Mawr and held a PhD. She was a brilliant linguist and at the time of her death in 1941 she was head of the Department of Modern Languages at Frankford High School in Philadelphia. Her specialty was French. Her nephew Bill Hudson credits her with instilling in him a love of languages.

Margaret, who never married, died from "oedema(?) of glottis" and "exophthalmic goitre", the latter now known as Graves disease.
+ 52 M iii Richard Carroll (Carroll) A. HUDSON was born on 22 Mar 1889. He died on 11 Apr 1924.
+ 53 M iv William Joseph HUDSON was born on 17 Feb 1891. He died on 20 Nov 1968.

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