BENJAMIN HUDSON was a notorious criminal in Camden and Philadelphia in the 1880s and 1890s, robbing targets both on land and on the Delaware River, often with his brother, William "Bill" Hudson. In May of 1890, in the course of a burglary of a Chinese laundry at Broadway and Berkley Street, Ben Hudson shot Camden police officer Isaac M. Shreve. Fortunately Shreve recovered from his wounds and went on to a long career with the Camden police.
Ben Hudson's criminal career came to an end on October 6, 1895, when he was shot and killed in a running gun battle while evading arrest near Cobb's Island Station, Virginia. His brother Bill was wounded by the same bullet and arrested.
Camden Daily Courier - October 8, 1895
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BENJAMIN HUDSON appears to have been the son of Monroe and Almira Hudson. He was born early in 1870 in New Jersey. When the Census was taken in 1870 he wa but 5 months old. The family lived in Woodbury, where Monroe Hudson worked as a laborer for the railroad. The family also included older brothers Charles, 10, and William, 5; and and older sister, Mary, 3.