Garth Hudson

2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Awards

Hudson in 2014, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Eric Garth Hudson

Place of Birth: Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: August 2, 1937

Ethnicity: English, as well as Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Dutch

Garth Hudson is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist. He was the organist, keyboardist, and saxophonist of the rock band The Band. Other members of The Band included Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson.

Garth is the son of Olive Louella (Pentland) and Frederick James Hudson. He is married to singer and actress Maud.

Garth’s paternal grandfather was Wilbert/William Sydney Hudson (the son of Thomas B. Hudson and Emily Kimball). Wilbert was born in London, Middlesex, Ontario. Thomas was the son of English parents, Henry/Harry Hudson and Ann/Anne Blythe. Emily was the daughter of Nelson Kimball and Mary Wood.

Garth’s paternal grandmother was Mary “Mamie” Dundass (the daughter of James W. Dundass and Jane Stedman). Mary was born in Putnam, Ontario. James was the son of William Dundass, who was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and of Margaret McNaughton, who was born in Fiendrick, Scotland. Jane was the daughter of Thomas Stedman and Mary Needham.

Garth’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. Simon Van Renselhart Pentland (the son of Thomas Pentland and Elizabeth Van Norman). The Rev. Simon was born in Ashfield, Huron County, Ontario. Thomas was the son of Irish parents, Samuel Pentland and Mary Jane Finnegan/Finnigan, who were from Kircubbin, Northern Ireland.

Garth’s maternal grandmother was Naomi Stella Barker (the daughter of John Alfred Barker and Naomi Culley). Garth’s grandmother Naomi was born in Cobourg, Northumberland County, Ontario, to English parents. John was the son of William Barker and Sarah Banks. Garth’s great-grandmother Naomi was the daughter of Benjamin Culley and Elizabeth Pratt.

Sources: Genealogies of Garth’s paternal grandfather, Wilbert/William Sydney Hudson (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Garth’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Garth’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) –

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