Family Histories of Coleman County, Texas

by Nellen Hudson

From A History of Coleman County and Its People, 1985 
edited by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates - used by permission

Roy Hudson was born December 26, 1884 at Aquilla, the son of Thomas Jefferson and Mary Elizabeth (Brannon) Hudson, and lived there until 1906 when his father bought the ranch in Coleman County.  He started out with his older brother, Frank, to the new ranch.  On the way he developed a bad case of mumps and had to return home, never getting to Coleman County at that time.  Before the trip to Coleman, he was married to Miss Ella Murphy from Hubbard, in Ellis County, when brother Frank bought his own place and moved away.  Roy, Ella, and three-year-old daughter, Dorothy, came to Coleman County to manage the ranch.  Their son, Henry Roy, was born in 1914.  Both the children attended Novice school. Roy Jr., was called into the army at the outbreak of WWII and was stationed on Corregidor, when it was captured by the Japanese, on May 6, 1942.  He was a prisoner of war in Japan and suffered many hardships and injuries until his release at the end of the war.  Roy and Ella lived in the house at the ranch headquarters until his death in 1952.  Elba moved to West Columbia, to be with her daughter, Dorothy.  She died April 11, 1958.  Both are buried in Coleman  (see Frank Hudson, Joe Hudson and Thomas J. Hudson, Jr.).

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