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Dr. John William Hudson

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 315 & 316.

Dr. John William Hudson, physician and surgeon of Milam county, is a native of Ohio county, Kentucky, which county is also the birth-place of his parents, John Hudson and Betsy Ann Jones. His people on both sides were among the early settlers of western Kentucky, his grandparents, Joseph Hudson and wife and Dr. James S. Jones and wife, settling in what is now Ohio county early in this century. Joseph Hudson, who was of German extraction and a Virginian by birth, was a rugged old pioneer, brave, honest, generous, independent and self-reliant. James S. Jones was a man of more polish: he possessed a good education, was a successful physician and a valuable citizen. Both died at advanced ages, in the homes of their adoption. John Hudson, father of John William of this article, was born in 1814. He was reared in his native county and passed most of his life there engaged in farming. He moved to Texas in 1884 and settled in Cooke county, where he died six years later. He met with good success, especially in early life, and enjoyed to the end of his days the esteem and good will of those among whom he lived. His generosity was well known and he gave liberally to all public and religious purposes and to all deserving individuals who sought his charities.

The mother of our subject was a woman of superior intelligence and enjoyed excellent educational advantages, by reason of which she exercised over her children a strong and beneficial influence, training them to habits of industry and inspiring them with pure thoughts and generous impulses. She died in 1854. John Hudson and Betsey Ann Jones were married in 1843 and were the parents of four children, of whom the subject of this article is the eldest. His two youngest brothers, James Isaac and Anderson M., are residents of this State, the former living in Cooke county and the latter in Childress county, both farmers; Elizabeth Ann, the youngest of the family, is the wife of John Jones of Gilbertsville, Kentucky.

John William Hudson was born December 21, 1845, as before stated, in Ohio county, Kentucky. He was reared in his native place to the age of fifteen, when, October 8, 1861, he entered the Union army, enlisting in Company A, Captain John Belt, Twenty-sixth Kentucky Infantry, commanded by Colonel Cicero Maxwell. He was one of the four members of this regiment who did not see much of the hardship common to soldier life until the battle of Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing. From that time on he was considered a soldier and he conrageously did his part. He was in hospital several times, but during most of his period of enlistment he was with the regiment until he was mustered out July, 1865. He was neither wounded nor captured during the war.

Returning to his home at the close of the great conflict, he took up farming, and at the same time began the study of medicine under an uncle, Dr. John Fields, pursuing these until 1871, at that date engaging in the drug business at Livermore, Kentucky, which he followed successfully at that place for about six years. In the meantime he secured a license to practice medicine and in 1877 moved to Island Station, where he practiced and conducted a drug store for three years. He then moved to Central City, that State, and in 1882 to Texas, settling at Milano, Milam county. After making his last move he turned his attention exclusively to his profession. In 1886 he graduated at the Memphis Hospital Medical College and in the medical department of the University of Louisville in 1889. The Doctor has built up a splendid practice in the vicinity of Milano and one that is constantly growing. He is held in high esteem both as a physician and a citizen, and although he began a few years ago with nothing and has spent considerable in qualifying himself for the practice of his profession he has managed to save some from his earnings. He is greatly devoted to his profession, possessing a natural aptitude for it and spearing no pains, as the foregoing facts show, to fit himself for its successful pursuit. He is a member of the Milam County Medical Society and of the Texas Medical Association, a member also of the Knights of Pythias and of the Knights of Honor, being Medical Examiner at Milano for the latter order. In politics he is a Republican, but has never held any public office and has never cared to.

In 1867 the Doctor married Miss Louvenia Atherton, a native of McLean county, Kentucky, and daughter of John G. and Matilda Atherton, who were also native Kentuckians. Two children were born to this union: Beulah, who died at the age of two, and Claudie, now a young lady nineteen years old, educated and accomplished and successful as a teacher in our public schools. In 1880 the mother died, and the Doctor married a second time, Miss Fannie Stroud, daughter of John and Mary E. Stroud of Central City, Muhlenberg county, Kentucky. The Doctor and his family are members of the Baptist Church, in which he has been Clerk and Moderator.

We must say a special thank you to Kaleen Reed of Houston, Texas for typing this biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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