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continued his farming operations actively,
however, and received good returns from this
source, His surplus was invested in lands,
so that until within a recent date, when he
parted with a considerable part of his holdings,
he was one of the largest land owners
in the San Gabriel valley. Mr. Felton still
has a splendid farm, consisting of about 600
acres, half of which is under cultivation and
all of it more or less improved and well
stocked with good breeds of horses, cattle
and hogs. This farm is located in one of the
richest agricultural sections of the county.
December 16, 1869, Mr. Felton married
Miss Martha Miles, of Milam county. She
died August 10, 1884, leaving six children:
Thomas F., Henry Elbert, Charles Wilbur,
Lenora Ann, Laura M. and Walter S.
dUDGE THOMAS P. HUGHES, a retired
lawyer of Georgetown, was born in
Washington county, Kentucky, December
18, 1826, a son of John and Martha
(Nantz) Hughes, the former a native of Kentucky,
and the latter of Virginia. The father
was appointed clerk of the circuit and county
courts at the age of eighteen years, and held
both offices until his death, which occurred
in Springfield, Washington county, Kentucky,
in June, 1833, at the age of thirty-six years.
He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was
an Elder in the Presbyterian Church for many
years. Mr. Hughes placed a high estimate
on personal character and the good name of
those to whom are confided public trusts.
His brother, eighty-five years of age, and who
resides near Bloomfield, Kentucky, is the
only one of that family now living. The
mother of our subject was a daughter of
Frederick and Martha (Watkins) Nantz, the
latter of French, Welsh aTid English extraction.
Her father was twice married, and by
the first union there were twelve children, and
by the second, one child, Daniel B. Nantz.
Mr. and Mrs. Hughes were the parents of
seven children, viz.: John D., who died
unmarried in 1888, aged sixty-eight years,
was a merchant in early life, and later a
farmer; James R., a practicing physician of
Springfield, Kentucky, for many years, but
at the time of his death, in October, 1892,
was retired from practice, and giving his attention
to farming and stock-raising; Martha
L., who died in 1874, aged fifty years, was
the wife of Dr. William Leake, of Yazoo
county; Thomas P., our subject; F. E., a
retired physician, and a resident of Dallas;
M. Louise, widow of Charles Mann, and a
resident of Georgetown; and Daniel H., an
attorney by profession and who served as
Judge of the Court of Morganfield, Kentucky.
Mrs. Leake, at her death, left three children:
Dr. Henry, until recently the City Physician
of Dallas, and one of the leading physicians
of that city; Mrs. William Walton, also of
Dallas; and William, a resident of Texas.
Mrs. Mann lost her husband soon after the
war, and her children are: William L.; Lillie,
wife of 0. Harrell; and Hattie, wife of Henry
Price. After the father's death, Mrs. Hughes,
the another of our subject, married Harrison
Blanton, of Frankfort, Kentucky. She died
in 1862, having been a devout member of
the Presbyterian Church from girlhood. She
was an accomplished, pleasant and agreeable
The grandfather of our subject, Edward
Hughes, with two brothers, Barnabas and
John, came from Ireland to America, locating
in Kentucky in an early day. The brothers
were cousins of Archbishop Hughes, of
the Catholic Church. Edward married Letitia
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 September 21, 2014.