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Martha Hudson, wife of William Pearl
Posted by: Floyd Owsley (ID *****0363) Date: May 24, 2011 at 08:14:36
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In her will of 1756, Lucy Hudson, daughter of William Hudson and Sarah, named Martha Peril as her sister. Martha's mother, Sarah, was married (2) to Benjamin Settle. Martha Hudson Pearl was sister to my ancestor, Ann Hudson Housley (Owsley), wife of Thomas Owsley II. I believe the Pearl and Owsley families were close neighbors in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Will of Lucy Hudson
Written on 7/24/1756 and Probated on 9/2/1756
Lucy Hudson of the parish of Hanover, King George County did "…give and bequeath to my cousins Samuel Peril and Pine Housley all my money & the money of a Thousand Weight of Crop tobacco which Capt. Joseph Strother hath to sell for me. To my Sister Ann Housley my Mothers green cloak & the Country Cloth that is at the weavers Vizt." She makes further bequests to "…my Sister Elizabeth Allen," "…my Sister Martha Peril…" and "…my Brother William Hudson…" whom she appoints as Executrix and Executor. Witnesses to the will were John Stevens, Ann Stevens and John Hammit. (King George Co. Wills Book A, p. 52-53).
(NOTE: The term "cousin" was, for that time period, applied to a near relative such as a nephew or niece.)

King George County Court Order Book 1 (1721-1734), page 489, 6 March 1729/30: Administration was granted to Sarah Hudson, widow of William Hudson, deceased. On the same day, she acknowledged her bond as his administratrix with Rush Hudson, her security (King George Co. Bond Book 1 [1723-1735], p. 276). An inventory was recorded on 3 April 1730 (King George Co. Inventory Book 1 [1721-1741], p. 141).

On 9 Dec 1750, Sarah Settle of King George County, Virginia composed her last will and testament. Therein she did "…give and bequeath to my son William Hudson and William Allan my grandson…one hundred and sixty acres of land to be equally divided between them being 160 acres my Father gave to me, the said William Allan not disturbing or molesting my Daughter Lucy Hudson…" Further, "I give my Daughter Ludy Hudson 1060 pounds of Tobacco due to me for rent of the plantation where Archibald Allan now liveth she paying my debts…" Sarah Settle went on to "…appoint William Allan my grandson and my Daughter Lucy Hudson sole Executors…" The will was witnessed by John Stevens, Sarah Tinder, and Elizabeth Allan. The will was presented in court and admitted to record on 2 Jan 1755. (King George Co. Wills, Book A, p. 39-41)

Anyone having more information on the Hudson family, please contact me. Thanks!

Floyd Owsley

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