Hudson v. Hudson

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Hudson v. Hudson, 1 Jefferson’s Memorandum Books 85 (1769),[1] was an inheritance case regarding property interest in enslaved people. The defendant wanted some of the younger children to also be included as beneficiaries of property. The plaintiff opposed all but the oldest three. George Wythe and Attorney General John Randolph were the attorneys in the case. Thomas Jefferson assisted Wythe.

Text of Jefferson's Entry

Feb. 9. Christopher Hudson guardian &c. of Charles, Betsy &c. Hudson his younger Children (Amelia) v. Charles Hudson & al. (Albem.). The def. says Christopher Hudson intends to get some younger children into the benefit of a devise of slaves from Chas. Hudson their grandfather. He admits the three elder, we must oppose any others. G. W. and J. R. are employed. Apply to G. W. for will.[2]

See Also


  1. Thomas Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 2nd Series, James A. Bear, Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997): 1:85.
  2. Jefferson's Memorandum Books, 1:85.