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Mobile to Texas. He was first engaged in
the practice of medicine at La Grange, also
taught at the Cumberland College fir a time,
followed his profession in Oso, in 1866 went
to Columbus, Colorado county, in 1869, on
account of an overflow there, returned to Oso,
one year later went to Lockhart, in the following
year took charge of the school at
Prairie Lea, in 1872 removed to Georgetown,
and two years later came to Fiskville. Since
that time lie has been continuously engaged
in the practice of medicine. Dr. Shannon
was appointed one of the Examining Surgeons
for the Fourth Judicial District, but was
detailed for practice at home.
In 1860 our subject was united in marriage
with Mary Sloan, a daughter of William and
Eliza Sloan, natives of Tennessee. Two children
were the result of this union, both of
whom died in infancy. The wife and mother
died in 1864, and in October, 1866, Yr.
Shannon married Nettie M. Wilford, a native
of Cleveland, Ohio, and a daughter of Reuben
M. and Clara A. Wilford. They have had
five children: R. Wilford, a merchant of
Llano; Robert L., engaged in the same
occupation in Fiskville; Arthur, a farmer of
Travis county; Franklin, a student at Austin;
and one child died in infancy.
In his political relations, Dr. Shannon acts
with the Republican party, and is Postmaster
at Fiskville. While a resident of La Grange
he was ordained an Elder of the old-school
Presbyterian Church, and his wife is also a
member of the same denomination.
R. JOHN WILLIAM HUDSON,
physican 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 inpulses. She died
in 1854. John Hudson and Betsey Ann
Jones were married in 1843 and weme 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

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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed April 21, 2014.