Sylvester William Hudnell was born 5 November 1849 in Richland Township, Beaufort County, North Carolina. He was the son of Ebenezer B Hudnell and Elizabeth Pate. He married first Mariah L Weatherly, daughter of James A Weatherly, 8 January 1874 in Pamlico County, North Carolina. He married second Mary A Whitford, daughter of Rev Bryan D Whitford and Julia Ann Whitehurst, 6 June 1883 in Pamlico County, North Carolina. He married third Susan Mariam Caton, daughter of Jesse B Caton and Dicey Evett, 17 January 1906 in Small, Beaufort County, North Carolina. Their names were recorded as "S. W. Hudnell and Susan M. Caton." He married fourth Holland Tunstall between 1911 and 1919 in North Carolina. He died 25 November 1933 in Aurora, Beaufort County, North Carolina, at age 84. Sylvester William Hudnell was buried in the High Hill Cemetery (Aurora Cemetery) in Aurora.
Children of Sylvester William Hudnell and Mariah L Weatherly
- Martha Ann Hudnell
- Armetta Hudnell
- Estelle Hudnell