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L-R: Darby brothers: Charles Abson, John Garland, Telford Roy, Henry Lee, Effus Will, Homer Hudson
Humble Oil Co. near Valley Mills before
returning to farm life.
Homer Hudson (1883-1960) married Rosa
Ella Billing; Effus Will (1885-1961) married
Beulah Patterson; Henry Lee (1887-1973)
married Laura Collie Roberts; Nelly Belle
(1888-1890); Telford Roy (1891-1980)
married Pearl Carr; John Garland (1894-
1962) married Lorrine Seaburn; Charles
Abson never married and Nelly Belle died
when she was two years old.
Homer and Rosa had eight children. They
are Bessie Mae who married Jesse Wade
Abel; Averial Doris who first married Curtis
Abel and later married Lester Cancler Pat-
rick; Pauline Louise who married Willie
Ernest Finke; Eunice Lyle who married Erich
Frank Thiele; Homer Drew who married
Sadie Corine Riley; Ina Dorene who married
Ross Thomas Thornton; Calvin Edwin who
married Barbara Imogene Taylor; Marjorie
Bertha who married Robert Lee Garrett, Jr.
Effus Will and Beulah had one child;
Minnie Ola who married Jake Archie Bear-
den. Henry Lee and Laura had two children:
Henry Lee Jr. who married Catherine Lee
Lewis; and Atta Mae who married Elmo
Telford Roy and Pearl had four children:
Bernice who married Homer Fitzgerald;
Mable who married William McKinney
Hood; Telford Harold who married Theresa
Cloutier; Kenneth who married Betty Jean
John Garland and Lorrine had four chil-
dren: Wilber, Janett, Dorothy Jean and
Four generations of the Darbys are buried
in the Valley Mills Cemetery.
by Ralph Patrick
DARDEN, JAMES B., JR.
J.B. Darden, Jr. and Joyce Maxine (Hoff) Darden.
James Bennett Darden, Jr. was born in
1926, on the Burney farm between Clifton
and Meridian, the son of Bessie Lee Burney
and James Bennett Darden, Sr. He was
graduated from Meridian High School in
1944, attended Clifton Junior College, and in
January 1945 enlisted in the U.S. Army. He
served in the Pacific, mainly in the Army of
Occupation in the Phillipines, and upon
being discharged, returned to Clifton Junior
College. In the fall of 1947, J.B. enrolled in
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the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science,
from which school he was graduated, and
continued to work at funeral homes in Dallas
until he moved to Clifton in August, 1950, to
become embalmer at Clifton Funeral Home
and work in the furniture department at
Clifton Mercantile Co.
In 1951, J.B. married Joyce Maxine Hoff,
daughter of Alma Joyce Jenson and Milford
Julian Hoff. Joyce Maxine was graduated
from Clifton High School in 1944, Clifton
Junior College in 1945, and in 1947 received
her degree in bacteriology from the Univer-
sity of Texas in Austin. She began working
as a medical technologist in West Texas, and
in 1950, she and her mother moved back to
Clifton where Joyce Maxine went to work at
the Goodall-Witcher Clinic-Hospital. She
continued in this employ until mid-Septem-
ber 1972, when the Clinic and Hospital
became two orginazations. "Teen" (her nick-
name) chose to work in the laboratory of the
Clifton Medical and Surgical Clinic, where
she is still employed.
In 1962, the Dardens purchased the Clifton
Funeral Home, which they continue to
operate at this writing.
They are members of the First Presbyteri-
an Church and the Bosque County Conserva-
tory of Fine Arts. J.B. is an active member of
the American Legion, Bass Club, Lion's Club,
Masonic Lodge, Karem Shrine, Bosque
Shrine Club and V.F.W. Joyce Maxine
belongs to the American Legion Auxiliary,
Business and Professional Women's Study
Guild, Eastern Star, BCCFA Choral Group,
and V.F.W. Auxiliary.
In 1971 the Dardens purchased property in
the Norse Community that originally be-
longed to Joyce Maxine's grandparents and
great grandparents. In 1980, with remodeling
of the old Hoff farm house complete, the
Dardens became able to enjoy country living
when not busy with their professions in
by Joyce M. Hoff Darden
Phillip Hardin Davidson was born April 28,
1855 at Russellville, Kentucky and died May
20, 1921 in Hillsboro, Texas. He was buried
in that city. He was the son of Thomas Hiram
Davidson and Sarah Jane Cooper of Russell-
Phillip was married to Sallie Belle Dawson,
daughter of W.S. Dawson and Margaret
Price, Oct. 28, 1877 in Springfield, Tennes-
see. Sallie died Feb. 18, 1945, Abbott, Texas
and is buried in Hillsboro.
Two sons were born to this couple: Elgin,
Nov. 19, 1879, and Harry Hardin, 1881, both
The family came to Texas in 1889, settling
near Abbott where they farmed awhile. My
father, Elgin, attended school at West Sta-
tion, as it was known then, and Bynum. Later
the family moved into Abbott. My grand-
mother lived in the same house there for over
45 years. Granddad owned a livery stable
which my father helped operate in his youth.
Elgin was a spectator, sitting in a tree, at the
great train crash of 1896.
On December 31, 1901, Elgin married Ellen
Campbell in Hobart, Oklahoma. She was the
daughter of W.R. Campbell and Isabelle
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