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at Smithlville, is one of the most enterprising
men of the vicinity, and is ready at all
times to assist in any enterprise that will advance
the interests of his community.
October 10, 1884, he was married to Miss
Fannie E., a daughter of James R. and
Josephine Nicols. The father came to Bastrop
county, Texas, iii an early day, and made
a fortune by mechanical work. He was born
in Virginia, and his death occurred in 1888.
Mrs. Nicols resides with her daughter, Mrs.
B. F. Hudgins. She is a daughter of T. G.
Garth, a member of a noted family, a lawyer
by profession, a prominent politician, and a
large planter and slave owner. His family
consisted of ten children, of whom Mrs.
Nicols was the eldest child. Mr. and Mrs.
Hudgins have three children: John T.,
Josephine E. and Sallie B. Mr. Hudgins is
a member of the Masonic fraternity, J.
Nixon Lodge, No. 421, and is Master of
Finances in the K. of P., Smnithville Lodge,
J W. HODGES, County Clerk of Williamnson
county, Texas, was born in
Claiborne county, Tennessee, July 10,
1834, a son of Allen and Mary Jane (Yost)
Hodges, natives also of that State. The
Hodges family are descended from three
brothers. They lived on the Virginia side of
North Carolina. John Hodges, the grandfather
of our subject, was born in North Carolina,
but he removed to Tennessee in an early
day. His wife was Sarah MeCubbins, and
they had seven children, viz.: Zachariah married
Sarah Thomas and was a merchant of Tennessee,
where he died; Barbara, who also died
in that State, was the wife of C. Margraves;
Mary, deceased near Terre Haute, Vigo
county, Indiana, was the wife of Henry
Cooper; Canada, deceased near Belton,
Texas; Allen, father of our subject; William,
a resident of Tennessee, and Sarah, deceased
in the former State, was the wife of William
Hansford. The maternal grandfather of our
subject, George Yost, also had seven children,
as follows: George and James, formerly
prosperous merchants, residing at
Kingbton, Tennessee, lived to an old age,
but neither ever married; Margarett and
Eldridge, both still living, the latter a
merchant of Kentucky; Margaret, wife of,
Mr. De Armond, a merchant of Kingston,
Tennessee; Catherine, deceased, was the wife
of Washington Wester; and Allen, deceased
at the age of twenty-one years. Allen
Hodges, the father of our subject, was a
merchant, tanner, and a trader in stock at
Tazewell, _Tennessee. He contracted his last
sickness while on a trip south with stock,
and died in 1844, aged thirty-nine years.
He was a devout member, as was also his
wife, of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
and was well known and highly respected.
The mother died in 134:0, aged thirty-two
years. Her life was an inspiration to gentleness,
patience and courage, and she held
a sacred place in the hearts of a large circle
of acquaintances. Mr. and Mrs. Hodges
were the parents of three children-J. W.,
our subject; John, a merchant of Georgetown,
married a Miss Carothers, and Mary,
deceased in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1861,
at the age of twenty-five years, was the
wife of James Rice. She was a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
J. W. Hodges, after reaching a suitable
age, was employed as a clerk in Tazewell,
Tennessee. In 1858 he emigrated to Burnet
county, Texas, where he taught school until
the opening of the late war. In February,
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