My husbands family is from Matthews Co. Va. His fathers name is Russell E.Hudgins and his fathers father was John Hudgins and his Fathers mother was Ella (Armistead). Russell was born in Mattews co. 10-12-1909. My search so far has lead me to Wales as far back as 1503 where the original spelling of Hudgins was Rhwwttchen which means "Lord of the far seas". To pronounce the name, place a celtic rolling on the "Rh" then follow with an "UDD" sound, & end with a soft "JINTZ". The time is not precisely known, but the family is said to have moved from Wales to Liverpool in Lancastershire County, England. It was there that the spelling was changed the "Hudgins". I have found various spellings but this seems to be the most widely used. Tradition is that the Hudgins family was among the earliest settlers on the Bristol Channel in Wales near Gloucestershire, England, boundary. Record offices in London show that the Hudgins family owned considerable land n Wales as early as the 1500"s. Thomas Hudgins is said to be the first of the new spelling of our line born outside of Wales. Born in Liverpool England 1620, Thomas was a ship-builder coming from a family of shipbuilders, traders, and fisherman. His wifes name is still not found but he had a son, Robert, born in 1660. Robert was said to have become a landowner of considerable means, a builder of ships, owner of a fleet that traded between England and the West Indies and the colonies. He married Charlotte Lewis in 1701, daughter of Hen-Lewis, Esquire and his wife Elizabeth Vaughan of Trelech, Wales. Robert and Charlotte were well off and had four sons and one daughter; William (1702-1771), John (1705-1784), Lewis (1706-1799), Robert Humphrey (1710-1791), and Ariadne. Each son was the captain of his own ship and was encouraged by Robert to sail to America, with the help of slaves. The four brothers sold their properties in England and obtained grants of land in Virginia. They arrived in 1743 in Gloucester County, Virginia (now Matthews). Quickly the aquired almost the entire shore of the Piankatank River from Gwynn's Island to Hampton, Virginia. Each one raised a large family, operatd plantations, built ships and did shiping.
they were also active in the defense of their new country. Their ships were outfitted, manned and presented to the United States Government for use in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War. All the bothers remained in the USA except Lewis who relocated in Canada. In the late 1700's, some of the Hudgins family had migratted as far west as Kentucky. It is assumed that there were other Hudgins in America other than this family, but all indications are that we are decendants from one of the four brothers who came from England. John Hudgins, born 01-29-1790 is were I believe our connection is but attempts to determine his parents have been futile. Help in this area is greatly needed. The Courthouse in Culpepper Co., VA. were he was born was destroyed in the war of 1812. John Hudgins and his four brothers, and one sister were born in Culpepper County Virginia according to a Bible owned by Leslie Hudgins (deseased) of Easton Illonois. the names and dates of birth are; Medley S. born April 6, 1781, Polly Ann Elizabeth born, April 29, 1784, John , born January 29 1790, Payton, born September, 7 1794, Robert, born June 9, 1796, and James, born March 4, 1798.