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Mary Eliza Ann Hudson (b. February 23, 1856, d. August 23, 1940)Mary Eliza Ann Hudson (daughter of Joshua Thomas Buffington Hudson and Sarah Berry) was born February 23, 1856 in Delaware District, Cherokee Nation, and died August 23, 1940 in Fairland, Oklahoma.She married George Garrett James on May 13, 1875 in Delaware Dist., Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma, son of Calvin C James and Perlina Tucker.
Notes for Mary Eliza Ann Hudson:
Custom Field:<_fa> 4 out of 8 children died under a year. [1 @ 1yr. 1@ 3months , 1@ 1 month 1@ 1 day
interview with Mrs. Mary E. James, nee Hudson,
Cherokee , Fairland, Oklahoma, on August 3, 1937. Nannie Lee Burns,
"My f ather, Joshua Thomas Buffington Hudson, was born in Georgia and paid
his way, as a boy, to the Indian Territory when he came. My grandfather
Hudsonwas b orn in England. My mother, Sarah Hudson, nee Berry, was also
born in Georgia and came over the Trail of Tears with her parents when
three years old.
Gran dfather Hudson, when he came to the Indian Territory, brought his
family and thirty-six Negroes. The Hudsons first settled on Beatties
Prairie and later m oved to their home on Hudson Creek, northeast of what
is now Fairland. Hudson Creek was named for my grandfather.
My mother's people settled on Shoal Creek , not far from Galena, Kansas.
After the death of her parents and the death o f two brothers, my mother
went to live in the home of Jim Fields, the husband of her eldest sister.
My parents, Joshua Thomas Buffington Hudson and Sarah Berry, were married
and settled on Hudson Creek, and here I was born February 3, 1856.
Our life that of the average Cherokee family in this new country, ad ding
little by little each year to our houses, increasing the acreage us, and
life each year in the new country becoming more comfortable. We were
repla cing the oxen with fine horses and good wagons and buggies till the
outbreak of the Civil War.
We had a big double log house with side rooms and tall chimn eys, big
barns full of grain, and good stock, and other buildings, including the
Our darkies left us and went with the Government train o f wagons at the
beginning of the War to Fort Scott, Kansas.
The first raid t hrough here the Federals took all of our stock, except
one gray horse. They k illed mother's chickens and turkeys, i should say
between three and four hund red. They raided our smoke house and took our
bacon and meat, and set the can s of lard out in the yard and greased
their guns with the lard and destroyed what was not used.
Stand Watie, our friend, came up through the country and le ft with us a
horse. In some way at that time it was unfit to travel. Father h itched
this horse with our grey one to hack and loaded his wife and children
into this with what few things we could carry and went first to the Sac
Age ncy. We were here a few weeks, then went to Lawrence, Kansas where
father sec ured work at a sawmill, and here he worked and we stayed till
after the war.
When we returned, the home had been burned and everything gone or
destroyed. My parents had to begin over, with a family and without the
darkies that the y had always had to work for them. Our first home was a
makeshift, everything to be done and nothing to do with, no money, no
stock, and no tools to farm with. We came back in the spring and camped
that summer while they built the house. Fortunately, the orchard had
escaped and that summer we had so much fr uit that this, together with the
wild game, helped us to get through the firs t hard year.
We had no grain to plant and I remember that old Mr. Audrain, Fra nk's
father, went to Granby, Missouri and bought seed to plant so my father
got from him enough to plant some patches. This is all we had this year
and these had to be tended with the hoe, as we had neither horse nor cow.
I do no t remember where we got our first dog but I do remember that Mr
Audrain went to Neosho, Missouri to mill, and begged from a family there
a cat which short ly became a mother of a family. He gave us one of the
kittens, as well as one to some of his other neighbors.
Life was now harder then when my parents were married about 1850. They
settled first near his home on Hudson Creek and her e they had Oxen to
work, tools to cut and dress logs for the houses and plent y of stock
around them, good horses to ride and
More About Mary Eliza Ann Hudson:
Notes (Facts Pg) 1: 1/4 Cherokee.
Notes (Facts Pg) 2: Dawes # 9909Miller # 15267.
Notes (Facts Pg) 3: Bet. 1898 - 1906, Dawes # 9909Census Card # 4102.44
Notes (Facts Pg) 4: 1909, Miller # 15267 Miller Appl. # 312Fairland, Oklahoma.44
More About Mary Eliza Ann Hudson and George Garrett James:
Marriage: May 13, 1875, Delaware Dist., Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma.
Children of Mary Eliza Ann Hudson and George Garrett James are:
- Ora A. James, b. July 07, 1889, d. August 24, 1889, Buried @ HudsonCemetery, Ottawa County, Oklahoma.