Benton County

George Washington Lee Hudson

He was an enterprising early settler of Benton County; served as its first registry of deeds, 1836-1840. He had served as second-major in the 116th Militia Regiment of Humphrey's County (commenced March 27, 1833) for a 5 year period. As early as May of 1825 he bought a 20 acre tract (just east?) of the headwaters of (Brownsville?) Creek; then he acquired more land until by 1868 he claimed 540 acres thereabouts and where he died, in old civil district 5. He cleared a small tract, near his homeplace, to the (?) of the Liberty Methodist Church, for its use as a place for a school and worship-meeting house, November 9, 1858. This was where his family attended church and from time to time, he taught school there. James V. Drake, journalist and local historian, visited and talked with G. W. L. Hudson on Tuesday, June 23, 1878 and from this learned significant events in the early histroy of Benton County, which account influenced later local heritage research.

The prominent old gentleman, who wore a beard but would never have his picture taken, died a respected citizen (...?...) in his comfortable log dwelling about 2 1/2 miles north of Camden at the age of 83. His remains were buried, as would most of those of his wife and children, in the Willis Rushig Cemetery on Rushing's Creek. G. W. L. Hudson married Elizabeth Rushig, a daughter of Willis and Mary Rushing, pioneer settlers of the county. Her father died the month after her, leaving an incumbered estate. Hudson thought it necessary to sue the estate administrator to procure an equitable portion for his own children. In January of 1857, the case was sent on to the Superior Court in Jackson, Tennessee, where in April of that year that court ruled in favor of the Hudsons, stating the Rushing estate had to be more openly and equitably apportioned among the several Rushing heirs.

Excerpt of works of J.K. Smith
Contributed by Robert Ayres at Rootsweb World Connect

"Elizabeth Rushing was the daughter of Willis and Mary (Polly) Rasberry. She married George Washington Lee Hudson (June 15, 1811 - august 3, 1894), one of the early and life-long prominent citizens of the county. When Willis Rushing died, his sons R. P. and Alfred assumed control of the estate; Hudson took them to court in the fall of 1853 making a claim that his children had been disregarded in the settlement; finally the Supreme court at Jackson ruled in favor of the Hudson interest in April 1857. (As S. J. And Robert Rushing were unnamed in the court proceedings, it is likely that they had died, perhaps without children). " From"Taproots" by Paul R. White, p181