Biography of David Hudson
Lake County, CA Biographies





HUDSON, DAVID. Whose portrait appears in the body of this work, was born in Lexington, Missouri, October 15, 1820, where he resided with his parents until he was about seventeen years of age. He then moved with his parents to Dade County, where they died in 1840. David remained there engaged in farming and stock raising until 1844, when he returned to Lexington and remained there until May 1845, when he, in company with his brother William, and his sister and her husband, John York, now of St. Helena, started across the plains for California, and arrived at Johnsons Ranch October 15th of that year. They arrived in Napa Valley alout the first of November, and spent the first winter where Calistoga now stands. In the spring of 1846 he engaged in the Bear Flag War, and then joined the Mexican volunteer service, being in it until 1847. In the spring of that year he returned to Napa Valley and bought land near St. Helena. He went to the mines in El Dorado County, upon the discovery of gold, where he operated with good success, often digging out $125 a day. In the fall of 1848, on account of failing health he retuned to Napa Valley and settled on land which he had previously bought, and engaged in farming and stock raising until 1873. He found that his health was failing, his trouble being asthma, hence he moved to Lake County and settled on his present place, consisting of one thousand two hundred acres, located in Coyote Valley, where he has since resided, being engaged in farming and stock raising. Mr. Hudson was married, December 9, 1847, to Miss Frances Griffith, a native of North Carolina. They have six living children: Rodney J., Livonia, Elbert, Luella, Ada and Robert L.; and have lost one, Bertha.

From:
History of Napa and Lake Counties, California
Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1881


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