William Hudson Naturalization Record

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:


William Hudson Naturalization Record

The Cuyahoga County Archives was kind enough to send me a scan of the Naturalization Record for William Hudson. William Hudson was Margaret Ellison’s second husband and the step-father of Mary Maria and Benjamin Walker Ellison and father of Annie, Emma & Elizabeth Hudson.

You will note that the record reads as follows:

William Hudson Arrived in NY September 1848

     England      Filed Feb 24, 1855

                       Cef Nat Feb (28) T??? 1857   28-534

This tells us that the Hudson’s arrived in Cleveland, Ohio by February 24, 1855. They were listed on the 1850 US Census in Wheeling, West Virginia (Virginia at that time).

Hudson’s naturalization granted citizenship also to Margaret, his wife and his children. 

To read about the naturalization laws at this time go here : http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcuyah2/nats/tracing.html


Margaret Cooper Ellison Hudson Marriage Certificates

My fourth great-grandmother Margaret Cooper, the daughter of Francis Cooper and Sarah Booth of Baildon, West Riding Yorkshire, England was married twice.

First to Walker Ellison on 11 November 1838  in Otley:

Margaret Cooper and Walker Ellison Marriage Record

Walker died in 1841 while Margaret was pregnant with her second child, Benjamin Walker Ellison. Her oldest child, Mary Maria Ellison was only 2.

On the 13th of August, 1845, Margaret married William Hudson, a bachelor and a maltster in Bradford. A maltster made or dealt in malt for ale.

Margaret Ellison and William Hudson Marriage Record

William and Margaret Hudson had three girls together: Annie born in 1846, Emma born in 1848 and Elizabeth born in 1850 (West Virginia, USA).

Annie went on to marry Enoch Robinson and she died in Boyne Falls, Charlevoix County, Michigan. I have not figured out what happened to Emma and Elizabeth.

Woodland Cemetery Cleveland Looking for Photographs

Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio where William and Margaret Hudson are buried, along with two of Benjamin Walker Ellison’s children, is looking for photographs of people interred there for inclusion in an “Images of… Woodland Cemetery” book, published by Arcadia Publishing.

William Hudson was Benjamin Walker Ellison’s step-father and Margaret Hudson his mother. Margaret’s birth family name was Cooper and she was from Baildon, Yorkshire, England as was William Hudson.

I do not have any photographs of William or Margaret.

Below is the information from Woodland Cemetery Foundation on how you can contribute a photograph of your ancestor (s) buried there. Just click on the link.

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2011.

WC Arcadia Photo Contribution

Woodland Cemetery Restoration Efforts

The Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio where Margaret Cooper Ellison Hudson and her husband William Hudson are buried is in dire need of restoration in certain areas, including a mausoleum that has fallen down and is in threat of city removal.

Also buried with Margaret and William Hudson are two of Benjamin Walker Ellison’s infant children, a boy and girl. All of the graves are unmarked, with no grave markers or tombstones.

The Woodland Cemetery is a historic cemetery and worthy of our efforts and funds to preserve it for the future. Won’t you consider making a tax-deductible donation in honor of Margaret and William Hudson? Or in honor of your ancestors?

87,794 people are buried at Woodland Cemetery, beginning in 1853.

To search for your ancestor click here:


Wanted- Benjamin Walker Ellison family

I am wishing to purchase copies/originals of photographs of Benjamin Walker and Mary Alice Ellison and their children, Samuel, William and Enoch Chester of Charlevoix County, Michigan. They lived in Boyne Falls from 1874 to 1913. They also lived in Cleveland, Ohio and Kent County, Michigan.

I am also looking for:

  •  Photographs of their parents, William and Margaret Hudson of Cleveland, Ohio and Samuel and Eunice Amanda Cutler of Cleveland, Ohio, and Walker Ellison of Baildon, Yorkshire, England.
  • Copies/originals of diaries, journals, and personal letters from any of the above family members.
  • Photographs, advertisements, memorabilia, documents, etc from the BW Ellison & Sons Brewery in Boyne Falls, Michigan circa 1882.
  • The 16th Michigan Infantry, Company G but ONLY between April 1, 1865 and the end of the Civil War, July 1865.

Please contact me by leaving a comment on this post.

Woodland Cemetery Records

Margaret (Cooper) Hudson and her husband William Hudson are buried in Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Margaret is Benjamin Walker Ellison’s mother and William is his step-father. Benjamin’s father had died before he was born in 1841. Also buried with Margaret, in the same plot, are two of Benjamin and Mary Ellison’s babies. A daughter born in 1871 who died at 23 days and a son born in 1872 who died at 2 months of age.

Margaret died of consumption and was buried on 27 JUL 1859. William also died of consumption and was buried on 31 MAY 1860. Consumption is now known as tuberculosis.

A Map of Woodland Cemetery: The Hudson and Ellison family are buried in Section 23, Lot 21~

Benjamin Walker Ellison went by D W Hudson on the 1860 US Census for Cleveland, Ohio and was living alone at the age of 19. His older sister Marian had gotten married to James J Dawson and she took in her younger sister, Ann Hudson, in 1860 in Cleveland, Ohio.

This leaves two of Margaret and William’s children missing: Emma born in 1848 in England and Elizabeth born in 1850 in Virginia.

There is an Emma Hudson buried in the Erie Street Cemetery on 2 OCT 1854 at age 4 years, her address listed as Spring Street. Could this be our missing Emma? Also buried in the same section in Erie Street Cemetery is a little boy named William Hudson who was buried on 15 JUL 1854 at the age of 16 months and his address was Spring Street. Could this be Margaret and William’s only son?

More research may reveal the answer.

Woodland Cemetery was not opened for burial until June of 1853 and was built to supersede Erie Street Cemetery.

Interment records for William and Margaret Hudson along with the Cemetery Records for all mentioned above, can be viewed below:

Click on this link to open Cemetery records titled Geneology-Email Version

Thanks to Grace Wilfong and Donna Cromwell for sharing records and information.

Cemetery records were gotten by contacting the Highland Park Cemetery 21400 Chagrin Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44122-5308. A wonderful woman named Monica put all the records together for me, even calling me to make sure she had the right people and then sent them to me – free of charge! I did need names, burial or death dates and the cemetery. If you have ancestors buried in Cleveland, Ohio but don’t know where,  you can search this site for their name on the interment records:  www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcdrt/clecems

Benjamin W Ellison on 1850 US Census

The William and Margaret Hudson family can be found on the 1850 US Census living in District 44, Ohio County, Virginia (which is now West Virginia).

The family is listed as follows on the 24th of October in 1850:

William Hudson, 32, Male, Born in England, Occupation: Brewer

Margrt, 32, F, England

Mary M, 11, F, England, Attended School within the year

Benjamin W, 9, M, England, Attended School within the year

Ann, 4, F, England

Elizabeth, 6/12 months, F, Born in Virginia

Thomas Lutz, 22, M, Germany, Brewer

John Butterfield, 22, England, Brewer

Emma Hudson, 2, F, England


Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: District 44, Ohio, Virginia; Roll: M432_966; Page: 163B; Image: 332.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.



N.Y. Passenger List, 1820-1957 Hudson Family

15 Sep 1848 the William Hudson family of England arrives on the Ship Senator in New York, NY, USA.

The family is listed as follows:

Hudson, William, age 32, Malester

Hudson, Margaret, age 29, wife

Hudson, Ann, age 2

Emma, 4 mos

Maria, age 8

Walker, age 6

Maria is the daughter of Margaret Cooper and Walker Ellison. Walker died 31 MAR 1841.

Walker is Benjamin Walker Ellison, the son of Margaret Cooper and Walker Ellison. Throughout his life, he is referred to as Walker, Benjamin W., Benjamin William, and even DW Hudson on one census.

Source Citation: Year: 1848; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: M237_75; Line: 11; List Number: 1061; Page Number: 1.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data:

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.