Last Will & Testament of E. G. Hudson
Transcribed by Tim Harrison
[Edmund G. Hudson was born in 1804 in Culpeper County, Virginia, the son of Reuben Hudson and, it is believed, Polly Garnett. Reuben was the son of David Hudson and Keziah Plunkett. Edmond married Catherine R. Garrett (b. abt. 1804), daughter of James Garrett and Lydia Haynes, about 1829 in Culpeper County. (Catherine's brother, Enos E. Garrett, served in Co. F, 1st Mississippi Infantry commanded by Colonel Jefferson Davis during the Mexican War, and was killed at the battle of Buena Vista, Mexico Feb. 23, 1847). Edmund and Catherine are listed in the 1830 Census in Culpeper, Virginia. By 1850 they had the following known children: Amelia Jane Hudson (b. 1831, VA), who married Andrew Jackson Page on Sept. 24, 1848 in DeSoto; Mary C. Hudson (b. 1833, VA), who married Charles L. Dean Feb. 19, 1853 in DeSoto; Reuben Woodson Hudson (b. 1836, VA), who married Margaret T. Ruby; Elizabeth Jane Hudson (b. 1838, AL), who married Andrew Jackson Dean on Jan. 11, 1854 in DeSoto; Edmund Thomas Hudson (b. 1839, MS), who married Sarah ?; James Henry Hudson (b. 1840, MS), who married Rebecca E. Jones; Lydia Virginia Hudson (b. 1843, MS), who married James Monroe Harrison; John G. Hudson (b. 1845,MS); and Lucy C. Hudson (b. 1847, MS), who married Benjamin Franklin Brigance on Dec. 12, 1869 in DeSoto.
Catherine Garrett Hudson died in Marshall County in 1848. Many of her brothers and sisters had also settled in Marshall and DeSoto counties. Edmund was unmarried and all of his children, with the exception of Amelia, were living with him in DeSoto County when the 1850 Census was taken. In the 1850 Slave Schedule he is shown as owning 3 slaves. Emund married Permelia Warren on May 3, 1857 in Pontotoc County. His estate in the 1860 DeSoto Slave Schedule is shown as owning 2 slaves. He died between March 26 and May 22, 1860.]
State of Mississippi
County of DeSoto
March 26, 1860
I E. G. Hudson of the County and State aforesaid, being of sound and disposing mind and at the same time sensible of my mortality make and ordain this my last will and testament. Item 1st I desire to be buried in a plaint decent Christian like manner. Item 2nd I desire that all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as the condition of my affairs will admit.
Item 3rd I will and bequeath to my beloved wife, Permilia Hudson, in addition to one year's provision and a child's part of my Estate the East half of the North West quarter of Section of Fifteen T. 4 of Range 6 West of the Basis Meridian of the Chickasaw Cession (being the land on which I now reside) for and during her natural life and after her death to be sold and divided between my children equally according to Law. Also that she have an undisturbed title in and to the bay mare and her increase as well as all the housen furniture that came by said wife.
Item 4th The West half of said quarter section of land together with all my personal property of every description I enjoin my Executor R. W. Hudson, whom I hereby appoint and ordain as such, to sell on a credit of twelve months so soon as the present year's crop is gathered and divided, my said Executor being entitled to one third part of said crop and the proceeds to be equally divided between my said wife and each of my other heirs with the exception of the following named curtailments, to with: James A. Page's interest to be curtailed One Hundred & Twenty Dollars, Elizabeth G. Dean's interest to be curtailed Eight Dollars, R. W. Hudson's interest One Hundred Dollars, Edmund T. Hudson's interest Eighty Dollars, James H. Hudson's interest One Hundred Dollars. All of said curtailments I make in view of good and bona fide advances of my effects which I have heretofore made to said heirs severally, which I desire they shall retain to their several individual uses, with the exception of James H. Hudson aforesaid I have advanced to him but desire that his said interest shall be curtailed the aforementioned One Hundred Dollars from the fact that he left me without my consent thereby depriving me of the benefit of two years of his labor.
Signed this day and year herein before mentioned.
E. G. Hudson
In the presence of Larkin Mills
J. C. Graham
A. J. Wallace
The State of Mississippi ) Probate Court
DeSoto County ) May Term 1860
An instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of E. G. Hudson decd., late of said County, is produced in open court & thereupon appeared Larkin Mills, A. J. Wallace, and J. C. Graham the subscribing witnesses who, being first duly sworn, deposed & said that the said E. G. Hudson did, on the day of the date of said instrument sign, seal and declare said instrument as his last will and testament in the presence of these deponents & that these deponents subscribed the same as witnesses thereto at the request and in the presence of the said Testator, & that they all signed the same together & that the time the said testator was of sound & disposing mind & memory, more than twenty-one years of age, and a citizen of Desoto County, Miss.
Sworn to and subscribed Below and in open Court This 22nd May 1860
By J. W. Campbell D.C.
R. R.West, Clerk
J. C. Graham
A. J. Wallce
DeSoto County Coordinator: Tim Harrison
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