William L HUDSON Sadie M HUDSON Olaf M HUDSON Mini tree diagram

Laura M BUFORD2,1,3

about 18821 - after 19201

Life History

about 1882

Born in Texas.1

after May 1910

Married William L HUDSON in Texas.2

about 1911

Birth of daughter Sadie M HUDSON in Texas.1

about 1917

Birth of son Olaf M HUDSON in Texas.1

after 1920

Death of William L HUDSON

after 1920

Died in Texas.1


  • In the 1920 census, where she is married to Bill L (William or Will) Hudson, her first name is spelled Lara.  Her name is reported by Veda Hudson Nail as Laura Buford on Charlie Robert Hudson's death certificate.  This is somewhat suspicious since William's first wife was named Beauford, of which Buford appears to be one spelling.

    Some genealogies have Laura (Lara) as the only wife, and attach the marriage record of W L and Minnie L Beauford.  But they wre married in 1894, when Laura would have been only about 14.  And William is a widower in the 1910 census, while his wife in 1920 is Lara.

    The enumeration of Bill L Hudson and his family indicates that his wife Lara is his second wife, judging by the age of the children in the house, the large discrepancy of her age (38) and his (61) and the age of Bill's oldest son, 24-year-old Robert, living next door in the household of Robert's wife's father Francis Marion Barnett.

    1920 Federal Census, Stonewall County, Texas, 7 March, Commissioner's Precinct 4, District 229, Page 2A, Hse/Fam #27
    Hudson, Bill L  Head  Rents M W 61 Married TX TN TN Farmer
    Hudson, Lara M  Wife F W 38 Married TX TX TX No Occupation
    Hudson, Bill E Son M W 13  TX TX TX
    Hudson, Olif A Son M W 3  TX TX TX
    Hudson, Geniva A  Dau  F W 16 TX TX TX
    Hudson, Sadie M  Dau  F W 9 TX TX TX

    It seems to me in light of later documentation that Laura's (Lara's) name was not Beauford, or perhaps Bill had two wives with the maiden name Beauford.  He married Minnie L Beauford in 1894, but he is a widower in the 1910 census.  In 1920 his wife is the much younger Lara M.  If her name was indeed Beauford, this is not the mother of the older son, Charlie Robert.

    However, in Charlie Robert Hudson's death certificate, he reports his mother's name as Laura Buford.  The latter appears to be a variatoon of Beauford, which we know was the maiden name of Bill Hudson's first wife, known as Minnie L Beauford.  It might be thought that the initial L in Minnie's name was for Laura and the initial M in Laura's name was for Minnie, and they were the same person.  But Laura's age in 1920 was reported as only 38, or born in 1882.  And further, Bill was reported as widowed in 1910.  These latter factors have not been otherwise accounted for.

    No genealogy reporting only one wife has any comment at all to reconcile these discrepancies.


  • 1. 1920 Federal Census, Stonewall County, Texas
    • 7 March, Commissioner's Precinct 4, District 229, Page 2A, Hse/Fam #27
  • 2. 1910 Federal Census, Walker County, Texas
    • 5 May, Justice Precinct 2, District 160, page 5B, Calhoun Ferry Rd, Hse/Fam #90
  • 3. Texas Death Certificate

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