Skip to main content
Join our monthly newsletter and discover the best of Port Gamble. Receive exclusive deals, special itineraries and more. Subscribe Today.

A Family Reunion that's one for the history books

On Monday August 3rd, 2015, the descendants of the Cooper, Hawkins and Hudson families attended a family reunion hosted by local historian and author Dick Osburn. The members of the families had not gathered for over 125 years. Olympic Property Group LLC President Jon Rose attended this historic reunion and was the keynote speaker for the event.

In 1848, John Cooper, Horace Hawkins and William Hudson arrived on Hood Canal on a sailing ship, and jumped ship near what was to become Port Ludlow. Cooper and Hawkins settled near Port Ludlow in Jefferson County, and Hudson settled near Port Gamble. The men married Tsimshian Indian brides, raised families and are buried within a few miles of where they first arrived. The story of the Cooper, Hawkins and Hudson is recorded in a new book titled "Ship Jumpers and Pioneers" by Dick Osburn, which was presented at the reunion.

This website stores cookies on your computer. These cookies are used to collect information about how you interact with our website and allow us to remember you. We use this information in order to improve and customize your browsing experience and for analytics and metrics about our visitors both on this website and other media.


If you decline, your information won’t be tracked when you visit this website. A single cookie will be used in your browser to remember your preference not to be tracked.