Welcome to All Family, Friends and History Buffs!
[This Website was published in April of 2018]
One purpose of this website is promote and preserve the history and heritage of our family and our reunion.
Another purpose is connect the thousands of descendants who have spread from Spivey’s Corner, Grantham and Turkey, North Carolina, to throughout the U.S.A and around and about the world.
Another purpose is develop our family tree(s) to the point where we can get some clue as to how many descendants actually exist.
As you read through this Welcome page and the Menu on the left side of this page, you will discover that our Website is a little about our Annual Reunion, but more about the Everyday Ongoing Reunion.
Click on and zoom on photos for larger views.
CJ & MJ Family Grouped Together
Our reunion is organized around the eleven children of Coleman Jarred & Mary Jane Warrick Hudson (CJ & MJ) who had children of their own. One child, William J. (Will) Hudson had children by two wives, so we say we have twelve families, also called Family Units. The Family Unit names are:
Bettie, Bose, Charlie, George, Hollie, Ida, John, Sally, Sam, Susan, Will I, Will II
A twelfth child Elijah lived about thirteen months, and there is no picture of him. There is also no known picture of Coleman Jarred Hudson.
On this website, we have a Family Unit (photos) page for each child (Family Unit) of CJ & MJ. You will find information and instructions about the kinds of family photos we are looking to collect and share on the page. A picture of the featured child of CJ & MJ as a grownup is at the top of the page with a listing of spouses and children underneath.
On this website we also have a Family Unit (tree) page for each child of CJ & MJ. The trees on these pages are in a spreadsheet format. You will find on each page information and instructions about the information that is requested for each descendant to be properly recorded on the tree(s).
With a (photos) page and a (tree) page for each Family Unit, our website basically provides a website for each child of CJ & MJ. We hope that we will have someone from each Family Unit to manage or help manage their pages.
If you don’t know, the Family Tree – All Descendants and the Tree – Children & Grandchildren pages may help you to determine whether you are a descendant, or to which Family Unit you belong.
Another page of particular interest may be the History – Life (Homestead Farm) page. On this page we use period photos to tell some of the history and the way of life on the Turkey plantation between 1889 when the first family member was buried in the Hudson Cemetery until about 1957 when the plantation was split up between the surviving children of George Washington Hudson, the youngest son of Coleman Jarred Hudson who had inherited the plantation.
Click on and zoom on spreadsheets for larger views.
and Children Listed
Between the birth of their first son William (Will) J. Hudson in 1867 and the birth of their last son George Washington Hudson in 1890, Coleman Jarred and Mary Jane produced eleven children who produced about 90 children of their own. We have now reached up to 8 generations in some family units. As of August 2019 we have identified about 1500 descendants, but we know this is probably only a fraction of all descendants.
As briefly discussed above, the History/Life (Homestead Farm) page utilizes old photos to discuss the history and lifestyles of our ancestors from the burial of Elijah in the Hudson Cemetery in 1889 until the death of the youngest son of CJ & MJ, and heir to the plantation, George Washington Hudson, in 1958. Unfortunately very few pictures taken during the time of CJ & MJ are known to exist, and it is generally unknown which buildings and landscape features existed before the death of Coleman Jarred in 1904.
Janie Doll Has Something to Say at Her Last Reunion
The principal founder of our reunion was Janie Doll Hudson Brasher Wallace. You can learn more about her on the Reunion Honorees page. The first annual reunion took place in 1974 in Taylors Bridge, North Carolina, before being moved to the Turkey Community Building in Turkey, North Carolina, two or three years later. The reunion took place at the Turkey Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in 1986 and has met there every year since except two.
In 1993, the reunion took place at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Timothy near Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina. Coleman Jarred was born in Timothy and lived there until about the time of the Civil War. He then lived in the Grantham community in Wayne County before moving his family to Turkey. There quite a few Hudson graves in the cemetery across the road from the church. There are pictures on the Photo Albums page from this reunion.
2016 Reunion - Serving Up Some Vittles
In 2016 the reunion took place at the Hudson Manor, former home of CJ & MJ, on the Hudson Homestead Farm. This event was hosted by resident David Dwight Hudson Sr. who was born and has lived in the house since his birth in 1934. He inherited the home from his father, George Washington Hudson, in 1958, who inherited the home from his father, Coleman Jarred Hudson, in 1904. The picture of the home on this page was taken at the 2016 reunion. You can learn more about David on the Reunion Honorees page.
There are photos dating back to 1979 on the Photo Albums page. Although we do not have photos before 1979, nor for 2013 and 2015, still over 500 different descendants are portrayed in reunion photos. The schedule on the Photo Albums Index page shows the years that each descendant appears in photos.
The Hit Count on 4/12/2021 was 22703