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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
brother of Colonel Warren, who was well
known throughout Texas. The Warren family
are well known in this State and the East.
J. W. Hudgins cane to Rusk county, Texas
in 1844, was there married, and later moved
to Arkansas. where he died in 1879. lie was
a prominent farmer and slave owner, and also
followed merchandising before the war, but
was financially ruined during that struggle.
Mrs. Hudgins died in 1868. They were tlhe
parents of eight children, viz.: Mary E.,
wife of T. C. Anderson, Professor of a school
in Arkansas; B. F., our subject, W. C., of
Smnithville; J. T., also of this city; Susan B.,
wife of Mr. Wilkinson, of Navarro county;
James W., a resident of Birmingham,
Alabama; Maggie, widow of J. Cook, a
farmer and editor in Arkansas; and Maud,
who died when young.
B. F. Hudgins, the subject of this sketch,
was reared to farm life, and remained at home
until reaching years of maturity. In 1868
lie engaged in railroad work at Houston, corn
mencing at the bottom of the business, but
was promoted to the position of conductor.
In 1875 he embarked in the wood and coal
trade in Houston, but two years later came to
Bastrop county to take charge of the large
plantation of his father-in-law, J. R. Nichols.
This farm contained over 2,000 acres,
and after Mr. Nichols' death, December 26,
1888, the estate was divided, Mr. Hudgins
receiving 1,100 acres, 900 acres cultivated.
Mr. Hudgins is now giving attention to the
raising of Berkshire hogs and Jersey cattle.
In 1880 lie opened a general stock of merchandise,
but sold the store three years later.
He has a public, steam-power gin, where he
makes about 800 bales of cotton annually.
At Bastrop, this county, September 18,
1872, Mr. Hudgins was united in marriage
with Miss Sally L. Nichols, a daughter of J.
R. and Josephine F. Nicliols, natives of
Virginia. The parents were married in their
native State, and came to Texas in 1850).
The father was a natural tnechanic and lac(ksmith,
and inade a large fortullne by hard
work. He loaned his money on lands at th is
place, which lie was obliged to buy in, anll
also owned a large tract adjoining Greenlville.
Two of his sons now own the latter place.
The great-grandfather of Mrs. Nichols was
employed as overseer in Virginia for Thomas
Jefferson. Her father, T. G. Garth, was a
lawyer by profession, a prominent politician,
and a large planter and slave owner. His
family consisted of ten children, of whom
NMrs. Nichols was the eldest, and she and Jes;:
L. were the only ones to come to Texas. The
latter located at Bryan, where he owned two
steam gins and a lumber yard, He died in
1889. Mr. Nichols died in 1888, and his
widow now finds a good home with her daughter.
Mr. and Mrs Hudgins have had three
children,-all of whom died when young.
Mr. Hludgins affiliates with the Democratic
party, is a member of the A. F. & A. M. &
R. A. M., the Knights of Pythias, and is a
progressive and enterprising ian.
OlHN W. HILL, a member of the mercantile
firm of Yeager & Hill, Smithville,
was born in Alabama in 1837, a
son of M. M. Hill. In 1335 the latter came
to this State, where his sister, Mrs. John McGill,
was then living. He and his brothers
J. B. J. and Wiley Hill, purchased land together
and in the same year M. M. Hill returned
to Alabama. His brothers remained
in this State, and was here during the Revolution
of 1836, and participated in the battle
of San Jacinto. In 1838 Mr. Hill cane
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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, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/765/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .