William Hudson was naturalized as a US citizen on February 28, 1857. He immigrated from Baildon, Yorkshire, England in September 1848 with his family. He was the second husband of Margaret Cooper Ellison, and the step-father to Benjamin Walker Ellison and his older sister Mary Maria Ellison (married three times: Dawson, Martin, Robinson). Margaret and William had at least three children together: Anna, Emma, and Elizabeth. I can find records only that Anna survived to adulthood. She married Enoch Robinson (as did her half-sister Mary).
The Naturalization Act of 1855 made for the situation that all of William’s children born outside of the USA (Mary Maria, Benjamin, and Anna were born in Baildon, Yorkshire, England) and his alien immigrant wife became US citizens upon his naturalization.
William was a good step-father as evidenced by the fact that Benjamin went by the last name of Hudson for quite some time as a young man, and he named his second son William. He did not name any of his sons after his birth father, Walker Ellison. Benjamin learned the trade of being a maltster from William: the grew the ingredients for beer and brewed the beer. William Hudson died in 1860, one year after Margaret, at the age of 45, leaving the children orphaned.
The original record (with little information on it):
And the card:
Ancestry had a free weekend to search UK records, so I did a little digging around on my UK lines.
I found some good stuff on Frances North Tasker. Frances was the daughter of William and Hannah North. She was born in 1827 in South Kirkby, Yorkshire, England. She married Thomas Tasker of the same town on 15 APR 1856 at South Kirkby, All Saints, Yorkshire, England.
Frances North Tasker was the mother of Tristram Tasker. Tristram was the father of John Tristram Tasker who married Edith Dorothy Fry. Edith and John were the parents of my grandmother Ethel Tasker Ellison.
Frances’s “Fanny” baptismal record: You can see that Frances’s father was a farmer. This is important information to be able to trace this family through censuses. The surname North is common and there were other William and Hannah North’s having children in South Kirkby at the same time.
Frances on the 1851 English Census: This census shows us that Frances is living with her older brothers Henry and Isaac. Henry is a farmer of 60 acres and Isaac is working on the farm for Henry. Frances is keeping their house. They are still in South Kirkby. See that John North lives next door and farms 10 acres. This is probably an older brother. We know that Frances’s father died then before 1851. Her mother may be living with another of her children.
Frances and Thomas Tasker Marriage Record: From this record we learn that Thomas Tasker was a plumber and (?), that his father was John Tasker and that John Tasker was a plumber and possibly a glazier (?). William North, Frances’s father, was a farmer. We know we have the right couple then. Something else to note, Henry North was a witness for this document and both Thomas and Frances could sign their own names. The couple above them could not, they put their mark next to their names. This means both Frances and Thomas were educated.
Frances Burial Record: Frances was only 44 years old when she died. She was buried in South Kirkby on 1 AUG 1871. This gives us the place to search for her grave.
I found these two sites run by Peter Ward while researching Yorkshire, England.
Peter has many wills from Yorkshire transcribed here: http://www.willtranscriptions.co.uk/ .
And then at the other site http://bmd-cert-exch-site.ourwardfamily.com/ it appears people are sharing vital records from Yorkshire.
Don’t forget to check the Yorkshire BMD indexes at: http://www.yorkshirebmd.org.uk/. Here you can check for your ancestors and order copies of the certificates, if you can locate a bank that will sell you a certified money order in sterling pounds.
An absolutely wonderful site on Yorkshire, with many resources: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/index.html .
The site has a separate page for the Otley, West Yorkshire area: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/WRY/Otley/
The Gravestone Photographic Resource is indexing and taking photos of Yorkshire cemeteries: http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/area.php?area=yorkshire
I am researching the following surnames from Baildon, West Riding Yorkshire: Ellison, Cooper, Hudson.
Some of my Ellison’s from Baildon settled in Ontario, Canada and in Philadelphia, PA. My direct branch settled in Cleveland, OH and then Michigan.