Thomas Charles Hudson was born on 2 September 1816 in Harrow, Middlesex, a son of William and Anne Hudson. He was baptised on 27 October 1816 in St Mary's Church, Church Hill, Harrow, where the baptismal register shows his father as a servant and the family abode was Kenton, Middlesex.
On 31 May 1837 he married Sarah Baldwin in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, and the 1841 census shows him as a painter, aged 25 years, residing in Harrow Town, Harrow on the Hill, with his wife, aged 45 years, together with a Mary Baldwin aged 20 years, an Emma Baldwin aged 15 years and a William Baldwin aged 12 years. The London Gazette, of 25 May 1844, names an assignee for the insolvent Thomas Charles Hudson, a plumber, painter and glazier, late of Harrow on the Hill.
In the 1851 census he is described as aged 36 years, a plumber who was employing two men and was residing in High Street, Harrow, with his wife Sarah Hudson aged 56 years, his unmarried daughter-in law Emma Baldwin aged 25 years and his unmarried son-in-law William Baldwin aged 21 years who was also a plumber.
The 1861 census shows him as a plumber employing 22 men living at High Street, Harrow, with his wife and Emma Baldwin. His wife died, aged 85 years, on 9 December 1875 and in the 1881 census he is listed as a 64-year-old widower and builder employing 29 men and 2 boys, living at High Street, Harrow, with his 54-year-old daughter-in-law Emma Baldwin, together with two general domestic servants (one male and one female).
He died, aged 74 years, on 17 October 1890 and was buried in the churchyard of St Mary's Church, Harrow. Probate records show that his will was proved on 2 January 1891 by his three executors who were described as 'Emma Baldwin of Harrow, spinster; William Alfred Hudson of 74 High Street, Hampstead a building contractor and nephew; and Richard Henry Baldwin of Harrow a plumber'. His personal estate totalled £2,751-6s-2d.
Credit for this entry to: Andrew Behan.