The Two Wives of Thomas Owsley II
"There’s More to the Story"
By Ronny O. Bodine
This article was first published in the December 2009 issue
of the Owsley Family Historical Society Newsletter.
Author’s note: The Two Wives of Thomas Owsley, published in the September 2009 Newsletter, certainly generated more interest than any other article in recent years. I left it open for readers to contribute any new information they may uncover in their own research and this follow-up is the result, hopefully, just the first.
Martha Peril and her son Samuel Peril, were named in the 1756 will of Martha’s sister, Lucy Hudson. Floyd Owsley wrote to say that Peril was undoubtedly Pearl and went on to point out that her husband was likely William Pearl in who’s will of 24 May 1785, proved 28 July 1785 in Fauquier County, Virginia (Wills 2: 61-62) he names his wife Martha and sons Samuel, William and Richard, leaving all of his estate to his widow, one of three executors. Although the will makes no mention of any Hudson, the identity of Martha as Lucy’s sister seems to be confirmed by the following. William and Martha Pearl’s son, William Pearl also left a will, written 24 Feb 1814 and proved in Lincoln County, Kentucky naming sons John, Henry and Edward Pearl and among his daughters, Nancy Owsley. The following chart better illustrates this complex relationship.
William Hudson = Sarah = Benjamin Settle
d. 1730 d. 1754 1687-1752
_______ | ____________
1st Wife = Thomas Owsley II = Ann Hudson Martha Hudson = William Pearl
| d.1750 | c1725-1785
Thomas Owsley III William Pearl
|____________________________ _____|_______ | | | |
William Owsley Daniel Owsley = Nancy Ann Pearl |
1749-1813 1765-1835 c1776-1853 |
Mary Owsley = Henry Pearl
1784-fl. 1853 c1779-1853
Recall also that one Rush Hudson served as security in 1730 for the administration of Sarah Hudson on the estate of her husband William Hudson. The relationship of Rush Hudson to William Hudson is not known. He was not his brother. But, two of our members, Sage Joyner and Bettina Esser, wrote to report that they were descendants of this Rush Hudson and one, Sage Joyner, noted another Owsley connection among his ancestry:
William Hudson = Sarah Rush Hudson
d. 1730 security in 1730
1st Wife = Thomas Owsley II = Ann Hudson David Hudson
Thomas Owsley IIII = Mary Middleton Margaret Hudson=Reuben Arnold
Mary Owsley = John Bryant |
Jane Bryant = Isaac Arnold
I consulted Peggy Frances Rush’s The Willis Family of the Northern Neck in Virginia 1669-1737 (Heritage Books, 2007) which provides some detail on the Rush family. But, on page 95, even Ms. Rush comments “The relationship between William and Rush Hudson is unknown to me.”
And here is where we stand for the moment. There remains much to be uncovered. What is the family connection of William Hudson to Rush Hudson? Who were the parents of Sarah, recalling the Sarah had received 160 acres from her father. Could it be William Allen, a name alluded to in a website but offering no evidence?
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