Sources for this information include the researchers:
Tony Hudgens http://hudgensillinois.wordpress.com/about/
Robert Hudgens was born in England in 1705. Robert, Ambrose, Philip, William, Sr., and John Hudgens can all be found in Cumberland County between the years 1738 and 1755. It is possible that they were brothers. Robert owned more land than the others.
From Ran Raider:
Robert Hudgens married Martha Parker Merrit Hendrick in Caroline/Amelia County, Virginia. The children of Robert and Martha include:
Mose Hudgens, b. 1738, Caroline County Virginia; d. 1811, Wayne County KY.
Ambrose Hudgens, b. 1743.
Rebecca Hudgens, d. Amelia County VA.
James Hudgens, b. 1750, Cumberland Co.Va.; d. 20 Dec 1814, Robertson Co.TN.
Hannah Hudgens, b. 1750, Cumberland County Virginia; d. 1780.
Holloway Hudgens, b. 1751, Cumberland County Virginia; d. 1821.
John Hudgens, b. 1752, Cumberland County Virginia; d. 08 Oct 1781, Green County, KY.
Robert Hudgens died in Cumberland County, Virginia, in 1778.
Robert and Martha Parker Hudgens
Most of the land Robert received as patents for importing settlers was located on Horn Quarter Creek and Bear Creek. These creeks are located off of Willis River in the middle western part of Cumberland County, Virginia. I can only speculate this, but Robert may have imported his brothers Ambrose, Philip, John, and William to Virginia.
I have not had any success in finding early evidence of land records for the Hudgens family in Caroline County where they had numerous court cases. A Mary Hugens appears in a 1702 road order for Caroline County. Robert and John Hudgens are referred to in a few deeds as “Of Caroline County.” The most interesting of these court cases involves Drury Hudgens. Robert Hudgens represented Drury in claim for money owed to his father John Hudgens in Caroline County. John Colquit was also there as a representative.
Sometimes you will see other researchers showing a middle initial for Robert Hudgens as a “R”. This was actually his mark as it appears on deeds.
Robert Hudgens, living in Cumberland County, advertises two mares taken up by him in the Virginia Gazette, 11 July and 17 July 1755.
Deed Book 1, Amelia County, Virginia, pg. 223. William Evans, Blacksmith, of Caroline County, Virginia to Robert Hudgins, Planter. Dated 21 March 1739. Consideration 15 pounds. Wit: Henry Anderson, Samuel Scott, and Jesse Scott. 300 acres, being whole tract patent by said William Evans on 13 October 1736, bounded in part by William Gates’ lower cor. next Pruits Creek near a small rocky branch, William Austin’s line, line of William Fuqua, alias Bentley, and lines of William Hendrick and William Gates. Deed ackn by William Evans and ordered recorded at Court held 25 March 1739. From: Gibson Jefferson McConnaughey. Deed Book 1, Amelia County, Virginia Deeds 1735-1743 Bonds 1735-1741. Amelia: Mid-South Publishing Co., 1981
Robert Hudgens was named as administrator of William Hendrick’s estate. Robert Hudgens married Martha Hendrick (nee Parker), the widow of William Hendrick. “Robert Hudgens and Martha, his wife, late relict of William Hendrick dec’d, granted administration of said Hendrick’s estate, James Collins and John Hudgens, Security, Richard Eckhols, Samuel Bentley, Edward Osborn, and Benjamin Hubbard, or any three, to appraise said estate.” 28 January 1739, Amelia County, Virginia, Court Order Book 1.
Deed Book 2, Amelia County, Virginia, pg. 303. Robert (X) Hudgins to John Drinkwater. Dated 18 April 1746 Consideration 30 pounds. Wit: None. 200 acres B/S Fort Branch of Mayes Branch of Flatt Creek, being patented to William Sizemore on 9 February 1737, and bounded as by sd. patent. Possession obtained by John Drinkwater on 18 April 1746. Deed ackn. by Robert Hudgins on 18 April 1746 and ordered recorded after Martha, HIS WIFE relinquished her right of dower. From: Gibson Jefferson McConnaughey. Deed Book 2, Amelia County, Virginia Deeds 1742-1747. Amelia: Mid-South Publishing Co., 1982
He first appears in the records for Ameila County, Virginia in 1736. He appears in a large amount of Grand Juries from 1739 to 1744 (and maybe further). Generally, those choosen for grand juries are older (21 or above) and established citizens, landowners, in the community.
Robert Hudgens, along with John Colquit, was the executor of John Hudgens estate. This was in Caroline County, Virginia. Robert Hudgens was also appointed as guardian for John Hudgens’ daughter Mary Hudgens who married Francis Flippen. Most people show John Hudgens, husband of Martha Holloway (?), death date as 23 October 1758, but he was at least dead by 13 June 1755 as based on court record: “Action of Debt. Robert Hudgens and c. executors of John Hudgens against James Martin. The defendant says he cannot deny he owes 10.4 pounds current money. It’s considered by the Court the plaintiffs recover 10.4 pounds.” Caroline County, Virginia Court Order Book.
Robert Hudgens and John Colquit ran an “ordinary” at Robert’s house in 1754.
Robert Hudgens children based on Deeds (notice that each of them only paid 5 shillings for their properties, most likely deeds of gift):
Robert Hudgens grantor to Moses Hudgens, five shillings, 400 acres by patent dated 5 September 1746, adj. William Holidays, a branch of Bear Creek, Robert Hughes, John Allen. 25 June 1759, Cumberland County, Virginia, Deed Book 2, pp. 490.
Robert Hudgens grantor to Ambrose Hudgens, five shillings, 200 acres adj. Buckingham Road, to a ridge, to a flatt rock on the west side of Willis River, 23 July 1764, Cumberland County, Virginia, Deed Book 3, pp. 494
Robert Hudgens grantor to James Hudgens, five shillings, 175 acres, adj. Horn Quarter Creek, Witness: Moses Hudgens, Maurice Langhorne, Joseph Caldland, 27 February 1771, Cumberland County, Virginia Deed Book 4, pp. 457
Robert Hudgens grantor to Holloway Hudgens, five shillings, 115 acres, “Being part of the said plantation whereon I (Robert) now live,” adj. Horn Quarter Run, Morris Langhorne, Alexander Trent. Witness: Moses Hudgens, John Hudgens, Kiddyan Hudgens, Boaz Ford, 3 August 1772, Cumberland County, Virginia, Deed Book 5, pp. 142
Robert Hudgens grantor to John Hudgens, five shillings, 110 acres, adj. Alexander Trent, Horn Quarter Run, Witness: Moses Hudgens, Holloway Hudgens, Boaz Ford, Kiddyan Hudgens, 3 August 1772, Cumberland County, Virginia, Deed Book 5, pp. 143.
Horn Quarter Creek is located near Trents Mill in present day Cumberland County, Virginia.
Robert Hudgens death date estimated from the will of Jonas Meador: “Jehu Meador, administrator paid: Holloway Hudgens for account of Robert Hudgens…In obedience to order of Court account was dated 23 November 1778.” Cumberland County, Will Book 2, pg. 257. A Robert Hudgens also appears on the tax list for Cumberland County, Virginia in 1787. If Robert was still alive in 1787 he would have been a very old man.
Spouse: Martha Parker, b.ca. 1700-10 at Essex County, Virginia
Martha is the daughter of Robert Parker of Essex County, Virginia. Robert Parker may be the son of Thomas Parker of Essex County, Virginia. A Robert Parker was sheriff of Essex County. This Robert Parker was also a lawyer.
18 June 1736, bill of sale for a slave: Thomas Waring, of Essex County, to William Hendrick and his wife Martha, daughter of Robert Parker, late of Essex County, deceased, for 100 pounds, two Negroes, York and Frank… Witness: Joseph Munday, John Wood. Essex County Deed Book 21, page 11
20 September 1737, Martha Hendrick, widow, heir apparent of Robert Parker, deceased, of St. Anne Parish, Essex County, to Thomas Waring, of Essex County, for 90 pounds, an indefeazable Estate of Inheritance in fee simple, being 200 acres in Essex County, including a grist mill called Pleas Mills, adjoining said Waring; Robert Baggs, orphan of Edmond Baggs; John Tayloe; and the Mill Pond…being the land whereon John Parker formerly lived, and now in the tenure and occupation of Thomas Waring… signed Martha Hendrick. Witness: H. Robinson, Francis Waring, W. Beverly. Amelia County, Will Book 1, page 7a, in February 1739/40
Spouse: 1: James Merrit, d.ca. 1734? at Essex County, Virginia
James and Martha Parker Merritt had no issue from their marriage. From Bob Baird: “For instance, the 23 August 1742 accounting of his estate by Robert Hudgens included payments to John and Francis Merrit and Mary Cox for their part of their brother James Merrit’s estate which came into the hands and possession of William Hendrick. Other accounting by Robert Hudgens identify James Merrit as the first husband of Martha (Hendrick) Hudgens. Robert Hudgens and his wife Martha were also involved in the final settlement of Merritt’s estate. The inventory and appraisal of Merritt’s estate was made in January 1734 in Caroline and Essex counties and was recorded in Essex County on 21 July 1736.”
Spouse: 2: William Hendrick, d.ca. 1736/37 at Amelia County, Virginia
Amelia County, Will Bk. 1, pg. 7A: William Hendrick INV. Total valuation L48-.8 including two negroes valued at L41. By: Samuel Bentley, Richard Osborn. Sundrys valued in Essex County by Thomas Waring L2.174; Robert Hudgens Administrator February 1739 Returned. William Hendrick was the son of Adolphus Hendrick and grandson of Hance (Hans) Hendrick of Essex County.
Amelia County, Virginia: Will Book 1, pg. 1; L500 bond, Robert Hudgens and Martha Hudgens, administrators for William Hendrick, dec’d; with James Collins and John Hudgens, security. 18 January 1739.
Issue of William Hendrick and Martha Parker Hendrick:
1. Elizabeth Hendrick, b. 15 May 1732 at King William County, Virginia(?), d. 1 January 1809 at Oglethorpe, Georgia, buried at the Colquitt Family Cemetery, Oglethorpe, Georgia
Spouse: John Colquit, Jr., b. 3 February 1726/27, at Essex, Virginia, d. 1 January 1809 at Oglethorpe, Georgia, buried at the Colquitt Family Cemetery, Oglethorpe, Georgia
Marriage Date: 29 May 1753 at Cumberland County, Virgnia
John Colquit, Sr. and Robert Hudgens operated a Ordinary in Cumberland County, Virgnia:
Robert Hudgens: Cumberland County, Virginia, 25 March 1754. On the motion of Robert Hudgens leave is granted him to keep an ordinary at his house in this county for the space of one year from this time with John Colquit his security entered. Fretwell, Shela S. Abstracts of the Cumberland County, Virginia Court Order Books from June 1749 to May 1756. priv. pub. 1987, pg. 137.
The above information on William Hendrick and John Colquitt came from “Family Search”, http://www.familysearch.org/
See also Bob Baird’s excellent web site on the Hendricks: Hance Hendrick
Bob Baird shared his research on the Hendrick’s family and provided me the information on Martha Hendrick’s maiden name as Parker.
Martha had at least one daughter with William Hendricks, Elizabeth. On 21 April 1749 a deed of gift was made between Robert Hudgens and Elizabeth Hendricks. “Deed of Gift, Robert Hudgens to Elizabeth Hendrick ordered recorded.” Amelia County, Virginia Court Order Book 2. Robert and Martha were granted administration, 29 January 1739, in Amelia County for the estate of William Hendrick. John Hudgens posted security. What is also unusual is that Robert Hudgens and John Colquitt were named executors of John Hudgens estate. John Colquitt married Elizabeth Hendricks, Martha’s daughter with William Hendrick. John Hudgens was a neighbor, ca. 1739, of Hans Hendrick, the grandfather of William Hendrick.
Martha’s birth date is based on the Deed of Gift of Robert Hudgens to Elizabeth Hendrick, when she reached age, 21.
Married: ca. 1738/39