Saturday, February 18, 2017

{110} Ruvigny Addition: Essex Descent & Issue of Lady Anne (née Townshend) Hudson (1775-1818)

Lady Anne (née Townshend) Hudson (1775-1818)
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Lady Anne Townshend was the first child born to the 1st Marquess Townshend and his second wife, the beautiful Anne née Montgomery. George Townshend, described by contemporaries as "a very handsome man," was a distinguished military commander, veteran of the battles of Culloden (1746), Lauffeld (1747), Quebec (1759), and Villinghausen (1761), when he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1767. He had been married for over fifteen years to Charlotte (née Compton), who had succeeded her mother in the ancient Ferrers barony of Chartley Castle, and had brought a marriage portion of £12,000 to Townshend. Shortly after their arrival in Ireland, they became aware of 'the three Graces,' the rage of Dublin society: sisters Elizabeth, Anne and Barbara Montgomery, immortalized by Sir Joshua Reynolds in his painting Three Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen. They were the daughters of William Montgomery, a Scotsman who had immigrated to Dublin, where he prospered as an army contractor, and had just been returned to the Irish Parliament. Montgomery sent his daughters to the prestigious Whyte Academy on Grafton Street in Dublin for their education, where classmates were the sons and daughters of the principal families in Ireland. The Montgomery sisters emerged accomplished into society, acting in amateur theatricals given at Leixlip Castle, the summer residence of Lord Lieutenant Townshend. Each sister a beauty, it was the fair-haired middle sister Anne who enraptured the womanizing Townshend. Lady Townshend had accompanied her husband to Ireland, but she was increasingly frail, and her death in the autumn of 1770 freed the Lord Lieutenant to actively pursue the beautiful Anne Montgomery. They were seen everywhere together in Dublin, till Townshend resigned his office in September 1772. He sailed from Dalkey Harbour "in a thick sea mist," so the story goes ['Successful Beauties of the Last Century', The New Ireland Review, Vol. 5 (1896), pp. 229-33], thinking he was leaving behind not only his office, but the 19-year-old beauty he had courted as well. But when he landed in Holyhead, Anglesey, he found Anne's 18-year-old army officer brother William Stone Montgomery (1754-1778) waiting for him.
Three Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen by Sir Joshua Reynolds
[from l. to r., Barbara, Elizabeth, and Anne Montgomery]
Wishing to avoid another duel (it would have been his seventh), Townshend came to an understanding with the Montgomerys: the 49-year-old viscount married the young Irish 'Grace' the following spring, in London. The new Lady Townshend was well-received at Court--"The men think the new beauty very handsome, but the women won't allow her a shred of good looks," one lady reported--but Lord Townshend's debts from his extravagance in Ireland forced the couple to retire to Raynham Hall, the family seat in Norfolk, where their first child Anne was born in 1775, followed by five others in ten years. Townshend's greatest ambition--a higher title in the peerage--was fulfilled in 1788 when he was created a marquess.

John Hudson (1727-1772)
In 1794, Marquess Townshend was appointed Governor of Kingston-upon-Hull, the thriving Yorkshire port city, and it was there that 19-year-old Lady Anne Townshend met the 22-year-old Harrington Hudson, Cambridge-educated and recently promoted to captain in the East Yorkshire Militia, garrisoned in the city.  Hudson was seated at Bessingby Hall, an estate of approximately a thousand acres a mile-and-a-half outside of the coastal town of Bridlington. Harrington's grandfather Benjamin Hudson (d. 1761), a wealthy merchant in Bridlington, had left a thriving business to his son John Hudson (1727-1772) who was able to marry into Yorkshire aristocracy (and the Edward I bloodline), taking to wife in 1764, Susanna Trevelyan, a favourite niece of her childless uncle Sir Walter Blackett, baronet at Calverley Hall, near Leeds, and was able to purchase the Bessingby Hall estate the following year. John Hudson died untimely in 1772, aged only 45, leaving a widow, four daughters, and an infant son, Harrington. Seven years later, Susanna Hudson died, leaving the children to the care of relatives, led by their maternal grandmother Julia, Lady Trevelyan (1714-1787). Lady Anne Townshend had inherited the golden-haired beauty of her mother, as her portrait miniature makes clear, and as the daughter of a marquess, she could be expected to make a grand match into the peerage (her next eldest sister Lady Charlotte married two years later the heir to the Duke of Leeds). Capt. Hudson, respectable as he was in the East Riding, was hardly on the social level to aspire to the hand of a marquess's daughter. This had to have been a love match. Captain Hudson and Lady Anne wed at Raynham Hall in October 1795, which shows that the likely unenthusiastic Marquess Townshend had at least given his blessing to the marriage.
Caroline (of Brunswick),
Princess of Wales

The status of the Hudson family would peak with Capt. Harrington Hudson, who was returned to Parliament twice under the influence of his brother-in-law the 6th Duke of Leeds. Indeed, it was the family connections which Lady Anne brought, more so than the wealth of the Hudson estate, that helped to place her large family of eight grown children. In 1795, the same year that Lady Anne married Captain Hudson, her mother, the now middle-aged Marchioness Townshend, former 'Grace' of Dublin, became Mistress of the Robes to the Princess of Wales (Caroline of Brunswick). Marchioness Townshend ran the household of the Princess for the next thirteen years, until 1808, during which period it gained a notorious reputation. Nevertheless, it was still the royal family, and two of her Hudson grandchildren would have positions in a royal household. Marquess Townshend lived to see the birth of eight of Lady Anne's ten children. In the spring of 1818, less than four years after the birth of her tenth child, Lady Anne died in London at age 43. Captain Hudson never remarried. He lived to walk his eldest daughter down the aisle, dying a year later in 1826 at Bessingby Hall aged 54.

Drawing of Queen Adelaide and her ladies Miss Hudson and Miss
with a man [Image from the Royal Collection]
The estate was inherited by eldest son Harrington G.F. Hudson (1798-1848), who lacked his father's political aspirations, and was content being a landed gentleman. He married locally to Charlotte Watt, the daughter of fellow East Riding landed gentleman and horse breeder Richard Watt of Bishop Burton Hall. The fourth son James Hudson (1810-1885) became the most prominent of all the siblings. He used his late grandmother's position running a royal household to launch his own career at age 21, when he was appointed gentleman usher to Queen Adelaide. This in turn led two years later to the appointment of his 31-year-old spinster sister Charlotte Hudson (1802-1889), as a maid of honour to the queen, and was followed in 1843 by the appointment of their elder brother Rev. George Townshend Hudson (1804-1884) to the position of domestic chaplain to the dowager queen. Rev. Townshend remained in that position until just a year before the dowager queen's death, when in 1848, his best friend and first cousin the 7th Duke of Leeds, gifted him with the lucrative living of Harthill, Yorkshire, where the family mausoleum lay. The third surviving brother Rev. Charles Walter Hudson (1807-1900) was also a clergyman, and owed both of his livings, first Saundby in Nottinghamshire, then Trowell in the same county, to the gift of his best friend and brother-in-law (they married sisters) Henry Willoughby, 8th Baron Middleton. Rev. Hudson vacated the living of Trowell in 1877 to make way for his nephew Rev. Bertram Darley (1850-1926), the seventh of the large brood of nine children of the youngest Hudson sister Harriet Darley (1812-1885), who had married at age 20 the heir to a local East Riding landed estate. The youngest brother, Joseph Henry Hudson (1814-1885), only three-and-a-half when his mother died and twelve when his father passed, was the only one to pursue a military career. He was a 28-year-old junior officer in the Grenadier Guards when he married the daughter of the Major of the Tower of London, where he was stationed. Joseph rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and after his retirement from the Guards, was made land agent to Hornby Castle, the seat of his first cousin the 7th Duke of Leeds.
Bessingby Hall, Yorkshire
Considering how well-connected and well-positioned the surviving children of Lady Anne Hudson were, it's curious that the family did not make it into the 1834 (or any subsequent) edition of Burke's Commoners. I've not been able to locate a single published pedigree of the family, which may be why Ruvigny, in his 1908 Essex volume, mentioned that Lady Anne had issue, but didn't trace any of her descendants. I've had an intense past couple weeks tracing them as best as I can, an exercise which led me to such fascinating individuals as a World War II war hero who founded a successful Yorkshire stud farm, the commander of the British land forces who presided over the funeral of the Queen Mother, a Los Angeles shoe salesman, the wife of a Northamptonshire brewery operator, a tough-as-nails pioneer mother of Australian miners, the wife of a successful stage actor, and finally, and most surprisingly, to the Custer National Cemetery at Big Horn, Montana, and the grave of a former American naval officer. I hope to explore several of these lines in future blogposts. In the meantime, I'll begin with Lady Anne Hudson, her children, and her grandchildren, all of whom are additions to Ruvigny.
Ruvigny's brief account of Lady Anne Hudson on p. 92 of his Essex volume

Lady ANNE TOWNSHEND, b. 1 Feb. 1775 Marylebone, London, bap. 10 Mar. 1775 St Marylebone Parish Church; d. there 2 Apr. 1818, est dau. of George, 1st Marquess Townshend (1724-1807, descended from Edward III - see Generation 17 below) and his 2nd wife Anne Montgomery (c.1753-1819); m. 26 Oct. 1795 St Mary Church, East Raynham, Norfolk, Capt. HARRINGTON HUDSON of Bessingby Hall, Yorkshire, M.P. Helston 1818-26, b. 11 Apr. 1772 Bessingby Hall, bap. 12 Apr. 1772 St Magnus Church, Bessingby; d. there 29 Nov. 1826, bur. there 7 Dec. 1826, only son of John Hudson of Bessingby Hall (1727-1772) and Susanna Trevelyan (1736-1780, descended from Edward IV), and had issue, seven sons and three daughters.

Issue of Lady Anne (Townshend) and Harrington Hudson:
Soulsby of Hallington coat of arms

1) ANNE HUDSON, b. 10 Feb. 1797 Marylebone, London, bap. 14 Mar. 1797 St Marylebone Parish Church; d. 6 June 1839 Bessingby Hall; m. 1 Nov. 1825 St Magnus Church, Bessingby, her first cousin, CHRISTOPHER THOMAS SOULSBY of Hallington Hall, St John Lee, Northumberland, bap. 14 July 1794 St John of Beverley Church, St John Lee; d. 28 Oct. 1842 Bessingby Hall, er (twin) son of Christopher Soulsby of Hallington Hall (1754-1814, descended from Edward III) and Julia Elizabeth Hudson (1764-1829, descended from Edward IV), and had issue, one son and two daughters.

2) HARRINGTON GEORGE FREDERICK HUDSON of Bessingby Hall, b. Raynham Hall, Norfolk, bap. 6 Mar. 1798 St Mary Church, East Raynham; d. 6 Nov. 1848 Bessingby Hall; m. 24 July 1834 All Saints Church, Bishop Burton, Yorkshire, as her 1st husband[*1], CHARLOTTE WATT, bap. 30 Dec. 1814 All Saints Church, Bishop Burton; d. 30 Dec. 1891 Ashton Hall, Ashton-cum-Stoddy, Lancashire, 3rd dau. of Richard Watt of Bishop Burton Hall (1786-1855) and Hannah Burn (1789-1828), and had issue, three sons and one daughter.

Issue of Harrington and Charlotte (Watt) Hudson:

St Magnus Church, Bessingby, Yorkshire
2A) HARRINGTON HUDSON of The Lodge, Banstead, Surrey, b. 7 Oct. 1835 Bessingby Hall, bap. 13 Oct. 1835 St Magnus Church, Bessingby; d. 9 Feb. 1896 The Lodge, Banstead; m. 11 Jan. 1865 St Michael-le-Belfry, York, (BELLE) BLANCHE CLOUGH, bap. 4 July 1844 St Michael-le-Belfry, York; d. (suicide) 6 Mar. 1879 St Pancras Railway Station, London, dau. of John Clough of Clifton House (1803-1865, descended from Edward III) and Rosina Cumberland (1811-1869, descended from Edward I), and had issue, two sons and two daughters.

2B) ANNE CHARLOTTE AMELIA HUDSON, bap. 20 Nov. 1836 St Magnus Church, Bessingby; d. 24 Nov. 1925 Speke Hall, Lancashire; m. 27 June 1861 St Mary Church, Boyton, Wiltshire, (JOHN PIERCE) CHAMBERLAIN STARKIE of Ashton Hall, Lancashire, M.P. Lancashire North East 1868-1880, b. 28 June 1830 Huntroyde Hall, Padiham, Lancashire, bap. 18 Nov. 1830 St Leonard Church, Padiham; d. 12 June 1888 Ashton Hall, bur. 16 June 1888 St Leonard Church, Padiham, 2nd son of Le Gendre Nicholas Starkie of Huntroyde Hall (1799-1865, descended from Edward III) and Anne Chamberlain (1809-1888), and had issue, one son and two daughters.

2C) Lt-Col. JAMES HUDSON of Armley House, Bridlington, 84th Regiment of Foot, chairman Bridlington bench magistrates, b. 4 Mar. 1838 Bessingby Hall; d. 27 Apr. 1912 Belvedere House, Kensington, London, bur. 30 Apr. 1912 St Magnus Churchyard, Bessingby; m. 5 Mar. 1867 St Paul Church, Valletta, Malta, AGNES CAMPBELL SMITH, b. 22 Oct. 1842 Norfolk Island, New South Wales, Australia, bap. there 21 Mar. 1843; d. 11 Nov. 1912 Brickfield Court, Slough, Berkshire, dau. of Sir John William Smith of Pimlico, Commissary General-in-Chief 1836 (1805-1875) and Agnes Campbell MacArthur (c.1817-1892), and had issue, one son and two daughters.

2D) HERBERT RICHARD HUDSON of Westminster, b. 1841 Scotland; d. unm. 28 Mar. 1863 Pau, Béarn, France.
St Marylebone Parish Church, London

3) WILLIAM HUDSON, b. 28 Oct. 1799 Marylebone, London, bap. 5 Dec. 1799 St Marylebone Parish Church; d. unknown, presumably s.p.[*2]

4) JOHN HUDSON, b. 17 Dec. 1800 Marylebone, bap. there 25 Jan. 1801; d. young 17 Oct. 1805 Bessingby Hall, bur. 20 Oct. 1805 St Magnus Church, Bessingby.

5) CHARLOTTE AMELIA HUDSON, maid of honour to HM Queen Adelaide, b. c.1802 (aged 87 per death certificate) London (per 1881 Census); d. unm. 16 Dec. 1889 Regent's Park, London.

6) Rev. GEORGE TOWNSHEND HUDSON, Rector of Harthill, Yorkshire 1848-64, chaplain to HM Queen Adelaide, b. c.1804 Raynham Hall (per Census); d. unm. 7 July 1884 Harthill, bur. 10 July 1884 All Hallows Church, Harthill.

Rev. Charles Walter Hudson
7) Rev. CHARLES WALTER HUDSON, Rector of Trowell, Nottinghamshire 1858-77, b. 19 July 1807 Marylebone, bap. there 14 Aug. 1807; d. 4 Oct. 1900 Montague House, Bridlington, Yorkshire, bur. 8 Oct. 1900 St Martin Churchyard, Saundby, Nottinghamshire; m. 11 Oct. 1838 All Saints Church, Rudston, Yorkshire, Hon. JULIA MACDONALD, b. 30 Oct. 1805 Norwich, Norfolk, bap. 29 Nov. 1805 St John the Baptist Church, Timberhill, Norwich; d. 11 July 1884 Montague House, bur. 16 July 1884 St Martin Churchyard, Saundby, 2nd dau. of Godfrey Bosville, 3rd Baron MacDonald of Slate (1775-1832, descended from James V) and Louisa Maria Laccoast (1782-1835, descended from George II), and had issue, one son and one daughter.

Issue of Rev. Charles Walter and Hon. Julia (Macdonald) Hudson:

7A) LOUISA MARIA HUDSON, bap. 1 Aug. 1839 St Martin Church, Saundby; d. in infancy 13 May 1843 Saundby, bur. there 16 May 1843.
Sir James Hudson (1810-1885),
caricature in Vanity Fair

7B) HENRY WILLOUGHBY HUDSON of Trowell, bap. 11 May 1845 St Martin Church, Saundby; d. unm. 21 Jan. 1865 Burringham, Lincolnshire, bur. 26 Jan. 1865 St Martin Churchyard, Saundby.

8) Sir JAMES HUDSON of Turin, Italy, GCB, Resident Minister Italy 1861-63, b. 2 Jan. 1810 Marylebone, bap. there 1 June 1810; d.s.p. 20 Sept. 1885 Strasbourg, Alsace, France, bur. Cimitero Evangelico Degli Allori, Florence, Italy; m. (one week before his death) 14 Sept. 1885 British Consulate, Geneva, Switzerland, EUGENIA VANOTTI, b. c.1832; d. 19 Sept. 1914, bur. Cimitero Evangelico Degli Allori, Florence.

9) HARRIETT LOUISA HUDSON, b. 5 Mar. 1812 Marylebone, bap. there 15 May 1812; d. 27 Jan. 1885 Hill House, Richmond, Yorkshire, bur. 30 Jan. 1885 St Botolph Church, Bossall, Yorkshire; m. 5 Mar. 1832 St Magnus Church, Bessingby, HENRY BREWSTER DARLEY of Aldby Park, Bossall, b. 26 Nov. 1809 Aldby Park, bap. 17 Aug. 1810 St Botolph Church, Bossall; d. 21 Sept. 1860 Spaunton Lodge, Hutton le Hole, Yorkshire, bur. 29 Sept. 1860 St Botolph Church, Bossall, son of Henry Darley of Aldby Park (1777-1846) and Mary Ann Martin (c.1789-1865), and had issue, five sons and four daughters.

Issue of Harriett Louisa (Hudson) and Henry Brewster Darley:

Dr. Sydney Ringer
9A) ANN DARLEY, b. 19 Feb. 1833 Thearne Hall, Woodmansey, Yorkshire; d. 29 Apr. 1897 Lastingham, Yorkshire, bur. 3 May 1897 St Mary Churchyard, Lastingham; m. 8 Aug. 1867 All Saints Church, North Street, York, Dr. SYDNEY RINGER of Marylebone, physician, b. 11 Mar. 1835 Norwich, Norfolk, reg. 25 Mar. 1836 (Non-Conformist); d. 14 Oct. 1910 Lastingham, bur. 18 Oct. 1910 St Mary Churchyard, Lastingham, son of John Manship Ringer of Norwich, tradesman (c.1798-1843) and Ann Smith (c.1801-1872), and had issue, two daughters.

9B) ADELAIDE DARLEY, bap. 18 Dec. 1835 All Saints Church, Appleton-le-Street, Yorkshire; d. 12 July 1907 Lastingham, bur. 15 July 1907 St Mary Churchyard, Lastingham; m. 6 Sept. 1864 All Saints Margaret Street, London, EDWARD DWYER of Cape Town, Judge Supreme Court of South Africa, b. Sept. 1821 Dublin, Ireland; d. 29 July 1887 Wynberg, Cape Town, son of Thomas Dwyer of Dublin and Ellen Tuomy, and had issue, three sons.

Darley of Aldby coat of arms
9C) Capt. HENRY DARLEY of Aldby Park, Captain 5th Dragoon Guards, Mayor of Scarborough, Yorkshire, b. 9 Sept. 1839 Huttons Ambo, Yorkshire, bap. 15 Sept. 1839 St Margaret Church, Huttons Ambo; d. 25 Dec. 1904 Scarborough, bur. 28 Dec. 1904 St John Churchyard, Buttercrambe, Yorkshire; m. 1st 17 Sept. 1863 St Andrew Church, Rugby, Warwickshire, CHARLOTTE ATTY, b. 19 Oct. 1841 Penley Hall, Flintshire, Wales, bap. 14 Nov. 1841 St Mary Magdalene Church, Penley; d.s.p. 6 Dec. 1864 London, bur. 14 Dec. 1864 St Botolph Church, Bossall, 4th dau. of James Atty of Rugby, railway promoter (1810-1877, descended from Edward III) and Catherine Adeline Welby (d. 1889); m. 2nd 20 Apr. 1869 St Peter Church, Scrayingham, Yorkshire, ROSAMOND JANE LEAVENS [later CHOLMLEY], b. (before parents' marriage) 10 Mar. 1843 London, bap. 29 May 1843 St Martin in the Fields; d. 7 Apr. 1894 Scarborough, bur. 11 Apr. 1894 St Botolph Church, Bossall, only dau. of Sir George Strickland [later Cholmley], 7th Baronet of Boynton (1782-1874, descended from Edward III) and his 2nd wife Jane Leavens (1809-1898), and had issue, three sons and four daughters.

9D) CECIL HARRINGTON DARLEY of Lymm, Cheshire, b. 6 Dec. 1841 Huttons Ambo, bap. there 24 Dec. 1842; d. unm. 9 Feb. 1914 Lymm.

Walker of Sand Hutton coat of arms
9E) HARRIET LOUISA DARLEY, bap. 5 July 1844 St Margaret Church, Huttons Ambo; d. 23 May 1930 Paddington, London; m. 28 Sept. 1869 St Botolph Church, Bossall, Capt. GERALD WALKER of Regents Park, London, Captain 15th Hussars, b. 14 Sept. 1841 Sand Hutton Hall, Bossall, bap. 12 Oct. 1841 St Botolph Church, Bossall; d. 13 July 1927 Regents Park, 5th son of Sir James Walker, 1st Baronet of Sand Hutton (1803-1883) and Maria Thompson (c.1802-1878), and had issue, two sons and one daughter.

9F) JAMES VERE DARLEY of South Africa, tea inspector clerk [per 1881 England Census], b. 4 Sept. 1847 Aldby Park, bap. 4 Mar. 1849 St Botolph Church, Bossall; d. bef. 1891 (when his wife is listed as 'widow') South Africa(?)[*3]; m. 5 Jan. 1871 St Anne Soho, London, CATHERINE JULIA CROSSE, b. 22 Dec. 1854 Clifton, Gloucestershire, bap. 15 Sept. 1855 St Mary on the Quay Church, Clifton; d. 24 Feb. 1927 Sydenham, Kent, dau. of Thomas Crosse of Bristol, builder and Maria Sunbury, and had issue, two sons and two daughters.
All Hallows Church, Harthill, Yorkshire

9G) Rev. BERTRAM DARLEY, Rector of Harthill, Yorkshire 1891-1923, b. 4 Nov. 1850 Aldby Park, bap. 25 Dec. 1850 St Botolph Church, Bossall; d. unm. 28 Apr. 1926 Royal Free Hospital, London.

9H) EDMOND OSWALD DARLEY of Fort Worth, Texas, real estate speculator, b. 19 Oct. 1854 Aldby Park, bap. 29 July 1855 St Botolph Church, Bossall; d. 1895 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas (per his son's passport application); m. by 1883, CHRISTIAN ROBSON (----), millinery store proprietor, b. Feb. 1855 Scotland (per U.S. Census); d. 1935 Denver, Colorado, and had issue, four sons. [Note: I hope to have a full blogpost on Edmond Darley and his family in the near future - I'm still in the process of researching]

9I) FLORENCE MARGARET DARLEY, b. Aldby Park, bap. 22 Nov. 1857 St Botolph Church, Bossall; d. unm. 3 Apr. 1907 Marylebone, London, bur. 6 Apr. 1907 St Botolph Church, Bossall.

10) Lt-Col. JOSEPH HENRY HUDSON of Winterfield House, Hornby, Yorkshire, Lieutenant-Colonel Grenadier Guards, land agent for Hornby Castle, b. 18 June 1814 Marylebone, London, bap. 19 July 1814 St Marylebone Parish Church; d. 18 Apr. 1885 Winterfield House, bur. 22 Apr. 1885 St Mary Church, Hornby; m. 28 June 1842 Chapel Royal, Tower of London, FRANCES MARIAN SARAH ELRINGTON, b. 1817; d. 26 June 1869 London, bur. 1 July 1869 Kensal Green Cemetery, London, dau. of Maj. John Henry Elrington of the Tower of London (1771-1857, descended from Edward III) and Sarah Reed (c.1785-1867), and had issue, two sons.
Tower of London

Issue of Lt-Col. Joseph and Frances (Elrington) Hudson:

10A) JOSEPH HENRY FRANCIS HARRINGTON HUDSON of Namur, Belgium, b. 1844 London; d. 4 Apr. 1904 Namur; m. MARIA ISABELLA (----), who survived him. Issue: unknown.

10B) Lt. FRANK ELRINGTON HUDSON of Wimbledon, Surrey, b. 30 June 1846 Melcombe Regis, Dorset, bap. 21 Oct. 1846 St John Church, Melcombe Regis; d. 19 May 1922 Wimbledon; m. 27 Nov. 1879 Church of Our Lady, St Johns Wood, Westminster, FRANCES CLARA SEGRAVE, b. 1846 Dedham House, Essex; d. 1921, dau. of O'Neil Segrave of Marylebone (c.1805-1875, descended from Edward III) and Frances Steward (1810-1886), and had issue, one son.

[*1] Charlotte (Watt) Hudson m. 2nd 29 Oct. 1853 St George Hanover Square, Rev. Arthur Fane, Vicar of Warminster (c.1810-1872, descended from Edward III), and had further issue.

[*2] William Hudson is the one out of the ten children of Lady Anne Hudson for whom I've yet to locate a death notice or burial entry. It's likely that he died young like the next brother John. Even if he survived childhood, he would still have predeceased his other siblings by many years. No mention is made of William in their later documents (wills, etc).
James Darley's Widow and their Four Children on the passenger list of
the Coptic, which sailed from London 21 Jan. 1891, bound for Cape Town

[*3] Without a doubt, James Vere Darley is the most difficult to research of the nine Darley siblings. He travelled extensively (Australia, Hawaii, New York) from a young age, no doubt as a result of his career, which seems to have been tied in with the tea trade. It appears that he immigrated in 1883-84  to South Africa, where his brother-in-law Edward Dwyer was a judge on the Supreme Court. The last record I can find of James is his insolvency in South Africa in 1885. Presumably he died there, as there is no entry for him in the England & Wales Death index, and in 1891 his wife, listed as widow, with their four young children travelled to South Africa from England.

Lady Anne Hudson has several lines of descent from Edward III. The one Ruvigny traced in his 1908 Essex volume is below, with some elaboration.

Edward III had a second surviving son,
Isabel (née Plantagenet), Countess of
- see Generation 5
1) Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence (1338-1368) m. 1) Lady Elizabeth de Burgh (1332-1363, descended from Edward I), and had
2) Lady Philippa Plantagenet of Clarence (1355-1377) m. Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March (1352-1381), and had
3) Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March (1374-1398) m. Lady Alianore Holland (1370-1405, descended from Edward I), and had
4) Lady Anne Mortimer (1388-1411) m. Richard of York, 3rd Earl of Cambridge (1385-1415, descended from Edward III), and had
5) Lady Isabel Plantagenet (1409-1484) m. 2) Henry Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex (1404-1483, descended from Edward III), and had
6) William, Lord Bourchier (c.1428-1477) m. 2) Lady Anne Woodville (c.1448-1489), and had
7) Cecily Bourchier (c.1473-1493) m. John Devereux, 2nd Lord Ferrers of Chartley (1464-1501, descended from Edward I), and had
8) Walter Devereux, 1st Viscount Hereford (c.1491-1558) m. 1) Lady Mary Grey (c.1492-1
Dorothy (née Devereux), Countess of
- see Generation 11
538, descended from Edward III), and had
9) Sir Richard Devereux of Lamphey (by 1513-1547) m. Lady Dorothy Hastings (c.1520-1566, descended from Edward III), and had
10) Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex (1539-1576) m. Lettice Knollys (1543-1634, descended from Edward III), and had
11) Lady DOROTHY DEVEREUX, b. c.1564 Chartley Hall, Staffordshire; d. 11 Aug. 1619 Petworth House, Sussex, bur. 14 Aug. 1619 St Mary Church, Petworth; m. 2nd 1594, HENRY PERCY, 9th Earl of Northumberland, b. Apr. 1564 Tynemouth Castle, Northumberland; d. 5 Nov. 1632 Petworth House, bur. 6 Nov. 1632 St Mary Church, Petworth, est son of Henry Percy, 8th Earl of Northumberland (1532-1585, descended from Edward III) and Katherine Neville (1546-1596, descended from Edward III), and had
12) Lady DOROTHY PERCY, b. Petworth House, bap. 20 Aug. 1598 St Mary Church, Petworth; d. 20 Aug. 1659 Penshurst Place, Kent, bur. 23 Aug. 1659 St John the Baptist Church, Penshurst; m. (secretly) 1615, ROBERT SIDNEY, 2nd Earl of Leicester, b. 1 Dec. 1595 Baynards Castle, London; d. 2 Nov. 1677 Penshurst Place, bur. 8 Nov. 1677 St John the Baptist Church, Penshurst, son of Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester (1563-1626, descended from Edward I) and his 1st wife Barbara Gamage (c.1559-1621, descended from Edward I), and had
Lady Lucy (née Sidney) Pelham
- see Generation 13
13) Lady LUCY SIDNEY, b. 1625; bur. 19 Oct. 1685 All Saints Church, Laughton, Sussex; m. 20 Jan. 1647 St John the Baptist Church, Penshurst, Sir JOHN PELHAM, 3rd Baronet of Laughton, b. c.1623 (aged 9 and upwards in 1633); d. 20 Jan. 1703 Halland Place, East Hoathly, Sussex, bur. 26 Jan. 1703 All Saints Church, Laughton, son of Sir Thomas Pelham, 2nd Baronet of Laughton (1597-1654, descended from Edward I) and his 1st wife Mary Wilbraham (c.1600-1635), and had
14) THOMAS, 1st Baron PELHAM of Laughton, b. c.1653 Halland Place [per ODNB]; d. 23 Feb. 1712 Halland Place, bur. 8 Mar. 1712 All Saints Church, Laughton; m. 1st 21 Mar. 1680 St Giles in the Fields, London, ELIZABETH JONES, b. c.1664; d. (from childbirth) Oct. 1681 London, bur. 13 Oct. 1681 All Saints Church, Laughton, dau. of Sir William Jones of Ramsbury (1630-1682) and Elizabeth Alleyn (1633-1699), and had
Elizabeth (née Pelham), Viscountess
- see Generation 15
15) Hon. ELIZABETH PELHAM, b. 7 Oct. 1681 London; d. 11 May 1711 Raynham Hall, bur. 17 May 1711 St Mary Church, East Raynham; m. 3 July 1698, as his 1st wife, CHARLES, 2nd Viscount TOWNSHEND of Raynham, b. 18 Apr. 1674 London, bap. 2 May 1674 St Martin in the Fields, London; d. 21 June 1738 Raynham Hall, bur. 27 June 1738 St Mary Church, East Raynham, est son of Horatio, 1st Viscount Townshend (1630-1687, descended from Edward III) and his 2nd wife Mary Ashe (1653-1685), and had
16) CHARLES, 3rd Viscount TOWNSHEND of Raynham, b. 11 July 1700 London, bap. 15 July 1700 St Martin in the Fields; d. 12 Mar. 1764 Raynham Hall, bur. 20 Mar. 1764 St Mary Church, East Raynham; m. 29 May 1723, ETHELDREDA HARRISON, b. c.1708; d. 5 Mar. 1788 Balls Park, Hertfordshire, bur. 12 Mar. 1788 All Saints Church, Hertford, dau. of Edward Harrison of Balls Park (1674-1732, descended from Edward I) and Frances Bray (d. 1758), and had
1st Marquess Townshend -
see Generation 17
17) GEORGE, 1st Marquess TOWNSHEND, b. 28 Feb. 1724 London, bap. 23 Mar. 1724 St Martin in the Fields; d. 14 Sept. 1807 Raynham Hall, bur. 28 Sept. 1807 St Mary Church, East Raynham; m. 2nd 19 May 1773 St George Hanover Square, London, ANNE MONTGOMERY, b. 1754; d. 29 Mar. 1819 Westminster, London, bur. 8 Apr. 1819 St Mary Church, East Raynham, dau. of Sir William Montgomery, 1st Baronet of Macbie Hill (1717-1788) and Hannah Tomkins (d. by 1760), and had
18) Lady ANNE TOWNSHEND (1775-1818-see details above), wife of Capt. Harrington Hudson

The next blogpost will look at the tragic next and final generation of Hudsons at Bessingby Hall, and show how a Los Angeles shoe salesman descends from Edward IV.

Cheers,                                  -------Brad


  1. Fascinating and terrific detail. My interest in your webpage arose because my 'topic' is Prof Sydney Ringer FRS MD (1835-1910) whom you mention (and illustrate). He married Ann Darley, a niece of the Hudson family and hence your website pops out. You can find articles of mine about Ringer easily enough online (Google e.g. D J Miller and Sydney Ringer). I'm a retired biomedical scientist and Ringer is a scientific 'hero' to many in my area (heart physiology, muscle function etc etc).
    Small point: I understood that Charles Walter Hudson was born at "Rainham Hall, Norfolk" (owned then by his mother's famly, the Townshends ... but Rainham Hall is in Essex). He cites that as his birthplace in one Census (1851), then 'Dayeham, Norfolk' [sic -perhaps Dereham, or even a verbal corruption of 'Rainham' if the entry was dictated tothe recorder ... but they're both in Essex, ?] (1861) though later he reports variously Marylebone or 'London' (if it was actually he who completed the forms).
    Anything further on the Hudsons from the 19th century will be of great interest. Ringer, his wife and her brother Bertam Darley interacted with the Hudsons considerably, notably Sir James H and Rev George T H.
    The notable architect Charles Loughborough Pearson was used by the Ringers in the large restoration at Lastingham and also by Charles W H at St Martin, Sunday, Notts. Pearson lived for many years near the Ringers in Marylebone.
    Thanks again for all your work on this webpage - I know what it has taken to get there!

  2. CORRECTION. Sorry - that should have been "Raynham Hall" which is in Norfolk (near Fakenham) and remains the seat of the Townshend family. 'Rainham' and 'Raynham' are confused in various website reports ... not surprisingly. Apologies that I've just added another!

    1. Hello - I'm so pleased to hear that the blogpost has helped you with your research into Dr. Ringer. I hope to have at some point in the future a post about Dr. Ringer's youngest brother-in-law, Edmond Oswald Darley, who immigrated to Fort Worth, Texas, and had four sons.

      In the meantime, here is what I have on Dr. Ringer's two daughters, if it is any use to you:
      1) ANN RINGER, b. 1868; d. young, bur. 17 July 1875 St Mary Churchyard, Lastingham.
      2) HILDA SYDNEY RINGER, b. 1873; d. 9 Oct. 1914 Mixbury Hall, Oxfordshire; m. 2 Apr. 1902 All Souls Church, Langham Place, Marylebone, London, as his 1st wife, CHARLES EDWARD PUGH [later KAYLER], b. 1863 Islington, London; d. 18 July 1934 Torquay, Devon, son of Thomas Kayler of Piccadilly, baker (1831-1900) and Arabella Pugh (1837-aft.1900), and had issue, two sons and two daughters (all deceased).
      The elder of Hilda (Ringer) Kayler's sons died an infant, the younger one married. The elder daughter was twice married, with a daughter by her first husband. The younger daughter was thrice-married, with a son by her first husband. I haven't traced Dr. Ringer's line any further forward.

      I also confused 'Raynham' and 'Rainham', especially with the variations in early 19th-century spelling.

      Thanks and Cheers.