Descendants of William HUDSON (to contribute information, please email

Second Generation

3. Edward HUDSON (William ) was born in 1744 in probably Bunagara, Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died in Jun 1825 in probably Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was buried on 29 Jun 1825 in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

On 29 September 1774 Edward renewed his 1771 lease with William Talbot of Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon whereby he took out a 19-year lease agreement to acquire the tenant rights to the Kilbaha land which had formerly been in the possession of his father, William, for at least three decades prior to 1771.

Although the 1771 deed refers to Edward as being from Tralee. Co. Kerry, Hudson researcher Bill Hudson tells us he was living in Kilbaha prior to his marriage in 1784, and a 1794 deed gives his address as Lackabeg, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. Edward and his family later settled in Tralee, Co. Kerry where Edward prospered as a businessman and landlord. He owned property on the Mall, Tralee, in Lackabeg and in Kilbaha. He probably also owned or leased properties in West Clounalour and North Gallows Green, Tralee as an Edward Hudson is listed as owner of these lands in a Tithe Applotment Book dated 1823, two years before his death (his son Edward probably being too young, at 21, to be the owner).

Edward married Honora DOWD, daughter of Darby DOWD, on 13 Aug 1784 in probably Tralee, Co. Kerry. Honora was born about 1763 in probably Tralee, Co. Kerry. She died in Oct 1825 in probably Tralee, Co. Kerry. She was buried on 25 Oct 1825 in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Hanora, an only daughter, was about 20 years younger than her husband, Edward. It appears they lived with their family for a time in Lackabeg, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry prior to 10 November 1794 as this is the address given for Edward on a dowry-related document from this date. However, Edward and his growing family had moved to Tralee by 1794 as Edward had acquired the rights to the Dowd family home on the Mall, as per the dowry agreement, and the family moved in with Honora's father.

Honora died just four months after her husband, Edward.

Marriage Notes:

Edward and Honora's marriage settlement read as follows:

Marriage settlement. 13 August 1784, between:
Edmond (interchangeable with Edward) Hudson, Kilbagha (sic), Co. Kerry, gent. of the 1st part
Darbey Dowd, Tralee. Co. Kerry and
Honora Dowd, spinster, his only daughter of the 2nd part
John Sullivan, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry, gent.
Rev. John Blennerhassett, Tralee, clerk Trustee of the 3rd part

Marriage intended between sd. Edward Hudson and Hanora Dowd. Reciting that W. Talbot of Mt. Talbot, Co. Roscommon obtained a lease from the Provost, Fellows & Scholars of Trinity College, Dublin, of the lands of Kilbaha for the term of 21 years from 1st May 1774 and that the sd. W. Talbot demised unto sd. Edward Hudson the sd. Lands to hold for the term of 19 years from 29th September 1774 at the yearly rent of £23.5.9. In consideration of Marriage portion of £300 the sd. Edward Hudson assigned to the sd. Trustees the lands of Kilbagha to hold in trust and to pay to sd. Hanora Dowd an annuity of £20, should she survive him.
Reg. 6 November 1787                                            386. 395. 2580950.

From the above we learn that Edward was living in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry at the time of the marriage.  

Edward and Honora had the following children.

  5 F i
Catherine HUDSON was born about 1786 in probably Lackabeg, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. She died in Apr 1848 in probably Strand St., Tralee, Co. Kerry. She was buried on 30 Apr 1848 in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Catherine lived in Strand St., Tralee (probably in Gortmore House, the family home). She never married.
+ 6 F ii Margaret HUDSON was born about 7 Oct 1787. She died in probably after 10 May 1831.
  7 F iii
Sarah HUDSON was born about 1790 in probably Lackabeg, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. She died on 29 Mar 1848 in Cork.
Sarah married William COX on 29 Aug 1835 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. William died.

William was a merchant from Cork city, according to his marriage settlement.
  8 F iv
Anne HUDSON was born about 1794 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. She died on 15 Jul 1846 in Warren Place, Cork.

We know Anne was the fourth daughter of William and Honora.
Anne married John S. HICKSON on 15 Feb 1833 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. John was born about 1806 in Co. Kerry. He died on 1 Sep 1858 in New York.

John was described in his death notice in the Kerry Evening Post as "John S. Hickson, Esq. of New York, former merchant".

All the Hicksons in Tralee appear to have been part of the same family so it is likely John was related to Sarah Hickson, wife of his brother-in-law Edward Hudson.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were E. Hudson and Robert Hickson.

  9 M v
William HUDSON was born about 16 Oct 1796 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 16 Oct 1796 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He died before Aug 1805 in probably Co. Kerry.

William must have died as a child as Edward and Honora had another son nine years after William's birth whom they also named William (who also died as a child).
  10 F vi
Jane HUDSON was born about 25 Feb 1799 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 25 Feb 1799 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. She died on 11 Dec 1849 in probably Strand St., Tralee, Co. Kerry. She was buried on 15 Dec 1849 in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Jane, who never married, lived in Strand St., Tralee.
+ 11 M vii Edward HUDSON was born about 17 Dec 1801. He died on 30 Jul 1871.
  12 F viii
Hanora HUDSON was born about 1802 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. She died on 21 Jun 1880 in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

We have Hanora's approximate year of birth from the FamilySearch website which has a death record for a Hanorah Hudson who died on 21 June 1880 aged 77.

Hanora never married.
  13 M ix
William HUDSON was born in Aug 1805 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He died in Jul 1806 in probably Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was buried on 20 Jul 1806 in Tralee churchyard, Co. Kerry.

William died at the age of 11 months.

4. William? HUDSON (caution: not verified) (William ) was born in abt 1750s in probably north Kerry. He died in probably north Kerry.


Much more information on the Hudsons is to be found in Bill's multiple-volume family history entitled 'The Hudsons of County Kerry and their Descendants' along with more recent works entitled 'The Hudsons of Tralee', 'The Hudsons of Kilbaha North', and 'The Hudsons of Ballyeagh' along with a study of land ownership in the townland of Kilbaha where Bill's Hudson ancestors settled, copies of which Bill has donated to Tralee and Listowel libraries in Co. Kerry. The National Library of Ireland in Dublin also has a copy of 'The Hudsons of County Kerry and their Descendants'. Bill researched his Hudson family history for over half a century and these very impressive works are the fruits of his labour. Note that advance notice needs to be given to the above libraries to view these volumes.  

It is not certain at all that the first name of Mr. Hudson above was William, but Bill's father thought it might have been. It is certain that William(?) above was connected to the Hudson family of Tralee who were prominent landlords and business people in the area at the time, but the exact relationship is not known, hence the caution after his name. His life span places him in the same generation as his putative brothers Richard and Edward so I have listed him as such, although I have no solid evidence to prove he was a son of William and brother of Richard, Edward and another possible brother whose name may have been William.  

It is also known that William(?) above was Protestant, as were the Hudsons of Tralee. It is a possiblility that he was a son of William Hudson of Bunagarha, near Listowel, who was the father of Kilbaha landlord Edward Hudson who settled in Tralee (and grandfather of Edward's son, also named Edward, who inherited the Kilbaha land), but we have no evidence to support this. Any assistance in establishing the exact nature of the connection would be much appreciated. Please email

William? married 'UNKNOWN'. 'UNKNOWN' died.

They had the following children.

+ 14 M i Richard HUDSON was born in abt 1780s. He died before 1853.

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