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of Texas, and the father is better known as
Colonel McCord. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson
had six children, four now living, viz': J.
A., our subject; B. F. and W. P., of Milford,
Texas; and Lulu Della, wife of W. R. Crime,
of Kilgore, this State. The wife and mother
died in 1870. She was a member of the oldschool
Presbyterian Church. In 1871 Mr.
Thompson married Miss Enmmna Holt, and
they had six children: Cherry, Louis, Lagette,
Hoxie, Alexander and Anna May.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are members
of the old-school Presbyterian Church, and
the former also affiliates with the A. F. &
James A. Thompson, the subject of this
sketch, received his education in the common
schools of Rusk county. At the age of
twenty-tthree years, in company with his
father, he engaged in the dry-goods business
at Kilgore, Texas. Eight years later, in
1884, he moved to Kyle, where he embarked
in the lumber business with his father, but
three years afterward went to Lockhart. In
1891 he came to Taylor and became a member
of the firm of Thompson & Co., and they
now have one of the largest lumber yards in
this section of the State. In addition to their
yard at Taylor, where they conduct a business
amounting to $65,000, they also have
a yard at Lockhart valued at $40,000. The
firm have a saw and planing-mill at Willard,
Trinity county, with a capacity of 90,000
feet daily, and the planing-mill has a capacity
ot 125,000 feet daily. The firm of Thompson
& Co. are also engaged in the real-estate
business; have erected many houses on their
own property, and have aided materially in
the development of Taylor. In October,
1891, Mr. Thompson, in company with other
gentlemen of the town, organized an ele riclight
plant, with a capital stock of $4(,000,
of which our subject is Director and Treasurer.
The plant began operation March 1,
1892, and they now have sixty arc lights and
625 incandescent lights. The firm of Thomnpson
& Co. also have stock in the Taylor National
In 1879 our subject was united in marriage
with Mliss Jennie Alexander, a native
of Gregg county, Texas, and a daughter of
Rev. T. and Jennie (Hall) Alexander, natives
respectively of Tennessee and Alabama. The
parents came to Texas in an early day, where
the father was one of the pioneer ministers
in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South,
and also one of the first school teachers. Mr.
and Mrs. Thompson have had five children:
Louis, Alexander, Lucile, Effie (deceased),
and one unnamed. Mr. Thompson is a member
of the old-school Presbyterian Church,
and his wife of . the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South. The former is also President
of the Y. M. C. A., of Taylor, which
was organized in September, 1892, with only
seventy members, but it now has a membership
of 160. Mr. Thompson was largely instrumental
in its organization. He is also a
member of the A. F. & A. M., Solomon
Lodge, No. 484, the R. A. M., and the K. of
P., Alamo Lodge.
F. 1HUDGINS, a farmer of Bastrop
county, was born in Henderson, Rusk
.- i'county, Texas, October 18, 1849, a son
of J. W. and Margaret E.,(Warren) Hudgins,
the former a native of Georgia, and the
latter of Mississippi. The paternal grandfather
of our subject was a native of South
Carolina, of English descent, was a soldier in
the Revolutionary war, and afterward located
in Georgia. The maternal grandfather was a
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