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At least four separate lines of Hudelsons all lived in Bluegrass Kentucky in
the period from 1796 until 1832. In addition, at least one William Hudelson
(or Heddleston or Hiddleston) family that seems unconnected to any of them
also lived there in that time. Between 1828 and 1832, two of these lines
had removed north of the Ohio River and one had migrated across the
Mississippi River to Missouri. Both the roots and the subsequent history of
the unconnected Hudelson family remain to be discovered.
It may be pertinent that these moves occurred during Andrew Jackson's
presidence, when he re-invigorated longstanding intentions in Washington to
remove all Indians the the west bank of the Mississippi. (President Thomas
Jefferson had written of this intention as early as 1802.)
Three of these Hudelson lines are included in George Huddleston's book, "The
Huddleston Family Tables," as Series L, Series N, and Series T. The line
that descends from James McLellan Hudelson has yet to be placed in the
The unconnected William Hudelson, with his wife, the widow Tamar Beale (nee
Burgoyne), signed in 1802 an indenture in Mason County, KY, transferring her
dower rights to land in Milford Township, Juniata County, PA to Tamar's son
by her first husband, John Beale. A history of the Beale family records
Tamar's second husband's name as Hiddleston. This William perhaps was the
William Hudelson who married Elizabeth Brockman in Mason County, KY on 06
Jan 1830; this, however, remains unproven.
It is unknown if the William Hudelson who married Elizabeth Brockman is also
the Revolutionary War veteran William Hudelson who died in Adams County, OH
in 1848. (Adams County is just across the Ohio River from Bluegrass
Kentucky.) The latter received a land bounty warrant (Case No. W5107), and
his wife's name is recorded in the paperwork that survives as "Elizabeth
C." The National Archives has stated that the documentation for William's
land bounty warrant was destroyed in an Archives fire.
Shortly after the 1795 "Whiskey Rebellion) in western Pennsylvania, the
progenitor of Series L, "James Huddleston of Mifflin County, PA," and his
four children brought their families to Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas
Counties, KY. James and his sons John Montgomery Hudelson and Alexander
Hudelson bought land on opposite banks of Hinkston Creek, between
Millersburg and Cynthiana. No land records have been found for James's
daughters Ann (her husband was also her cousin, William Hudelson) and Jane
(her husband was Andrew Johnston, born about 1765, probably in PA).
However, Ann's husband is said to have died 23 May 1823 in Nicholas County.
James Huddleston died near MIllersburg, Borbon, KY in 1815 and his wife,
Jane Montgomery died there in 1820.
Between 1828 and 1830, all of James's and Jane's children moved with their
families to the Indiana Counties of Orange, Rush, and Henry (One exception
is that the fifth child of James's daughter Ann, namely Samuel Hudelson, is
recorded as, "went to Texas." He clearly was the Samuel Hudelson who
married Jane T. Phillips, and who died in 1841 in Audrain County, MO.)
The first known ancestor of Series N is, "David Huddleston, the Irish
Immigrant." He was born about 1774 somewhere in Ireland, perhaps in
Belfast. He married Anna Long, and the first four of his seven children
with her were born in Ireland before 1795. David and Anna brought their
family to Bourbon County, KY about 1802, and their three later children were
born there before 1805.
David and Anna's oldest son William Long Hudelson had moved to Morgan
County, IL by 1828, when he married Mary Ann Dickerson there. David
apparently brought the rest of his family to Morgan County in 1830, although
he does not appear in the 1830 census there.
The earliest known ancestor of Series T is Hansford ("Hance") Huddleston.
He is said to have come to Kentucky via Baltimore, MD. In 1796 he bought
land in part of Bourbon County, KY. It seems probable that this land was
within the boundaries of present Nicholas County, which was formed in 1799
from Bourbon County. Descendants of his family still live in the Bourbon
County town of Middleburg and in parts of Nicholas County. There also are
Hudelsons elsewhere in Kentucky who may be part of this line.
James McClellan Hudelson purportedly was born in Virginia. In 1826 he
married Elizabeth Forrester in Cynthiana, Harrison County, KY. By the 1830
census he had moved his family to Missouri, and shortly after the 1849 Gold
Rush in California, he moved again, this time to Stanislaus County, CA.
It seems noteworthy that there are Y-DNA matches between descendants of
Series L and Series N. These matches provide 985 certainty that these two
lines share a common ancestor within the last eight generations.