At least five groups of Hudelson familis lived in Bluegrass Kentucky
during the period from 1796 until 1833. Two of these moved there from
Mifflin County PA soon after the 1795 Whiskey Rebellion, and a third
group probably also came from PA. Two groups may have come directly
from Northern Ireland. Family lore links these two groups together,
but no proof of this has been found. DNA tests link two of the family
lines within the last eight generations, but paper trails suggest the
common ancestor was at least seven generations ago.
Three of the groups are indexed in George Huddleston's famous book,
"The Huddleston Family Tables," as Series L, Series N and Series T.
The other groups aren't recorded in "The Tables."
In 1802 a certain William Hudelson (also seen as Huddleston, Huddelson
and Hiddleston) and his wife Tamar Burgoyne (widow of one John Beale)
filed an indenture transferring Tamar's dower rights to her son Joseph
Beal for land located in Lack Township, Juniata (then Mifflin) County,
PA. William is described as a resident and inn keeper in Washington,
Mason County, KY. William is said to have been born in Belfast,
Northern Ireland in Nov, 1756. He is not recorded in "The Tables."
The founder of my Series L line, James Huddleston (or Hudelson), his
wife Jane Montgomery, and the families of their four children all
moved from Milford Twp, Juniata, PA about 1796. Their first-born
daughter Ann had married her putative cousin, William Hudelson. They
bought land on both sides of Hinkson Creek, a feeder to the Licking
River -- in Bourbon, Nicholas and Harrison County. James and Jane
died in Bourbon County in 1815 and 1820, respectively, and their
son-in-law William died in Nicholas Conty 11 May 1823. Almost all the
rest of this clan moved to central Indiana between 1828 and 1833. One
grandson, Samuel Hudelson, moved to Audrain County, Missouri with his
The founder of Series N, David Huddleston (later Hudelson< his wife
Anna Long, and four of their seven children arrived in Bourbon County
in probably 1802; their three other children were born in KY. David,
Anna, and the first children apparently were born in Northern Ireland.
These families moved to Morgan County, IL between 1828 and 1832.
The founder of Series T, Hansford ("Hance") Huddleston (later
Hudelson), also bought land along Hinkson Creek -- first in Bourbon
and then in Nicholas County. Lore suggests that Hance and the Series N
David Huddleston may have been brothers, but proof of this hasn't been
found. Descendants of his still live in Nicholas, Bourbon, Fayette
Counties, and elsewhere in KY.
A James McClellan Hudelson, born in 1797 in probably Pennsylvania, was
married in 1826 in Cynthiana, Harrison County to Elizabeth Forrest.
This family moved in probably 1827 to Calloway County, MO, to Benton
County, MO between the 1840 and 1850 censuses, and to California's
Stanislaus County in 1854 -- aat the time of the Gold Rush. Many of
them still live in northern CA. The line isn't recorded in "The
Both Series L and Series N Hudelson lines claim roots in Northern
Ireland, as does the un-indexed line of William Huddelson. There is a
one-off DNA match between Series L and Series N, showing a 98%
probability of a common ancestor. Paper trails exclude the
possibility of such an ancestor in the last six generations, so he
must have lived in Ireland before 1800.