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Ann, the youngest of the family, is the wife
of John Jones of Gilbertsville, Kentucky.
John William Hudson was born Deceinber
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. courageously did
his part. He was in hospital several times,
but during most of his period of enlistment
lie 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, lie 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 physican 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:
Benlah, 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.
ICHOLAS DAWSON, a prominent
farmer of Travis county, was born in
Beaver county, Pennsylvania, January
22, 1819, a son of George and Mary
(Blackmore) Dawson. The Dawsons are
of English descent, and are from the earliest
of the Colonial families, having settled near
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