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

Thomas Jefferson Hudson, Jr. (known as “Cowboy”) was born March 15, 1895, the son of Thomas Jefferson and Mary Elizabeth (Brannon) Hudson.  He attended a little country school called Red Point near Whitney, later finishing school at Aquilla.  He ranched and farmed in Hill County until World War I when he was called into the army.  After training in San Antonio and Fort Benning, Georgia he was sent to France for one year, where he served in the Military Police.  After his discharge, he returned to Hill County for four years, but left in 1923 to manage a ranch in Comanche County near Proctor.  He lived alone on the ranch until he met and married Nellen Kathryn Starling, a teacher in the Proctor school, June 18, 1925, at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Starling in Blanket.  The couple lived on the Comanche County ranch until January 1929, when after the death of his mother, the Coleman County land was divided.  The couple, with their son, Jack Kenneth, born September 27, 1926, came to live on their portion of land which was situated on the Jim Ned Creek.  They built a small three room house and moved into it on March 15.  On May 2 that year their second son was born, Willis Neil, who arrived just in time to go through the Great Depression with his parents.  Their third son, Dwight Starling, was born September 21, 1938.  In 1955 they moved close to the city of Coleman and commuted to the ranch until ill health caused him to turn the farming over to the sons.
(1) Kenneth graduated from the Novice High School, attended Tarleton College in Stephenville, and from there he went into the Air Force during World War II.  After his discharge, he came back to the county and married Doris Kidd, September 28, 1947.  Their children are: Kenneth Michael, Larry Jack, Debbie Sue, Randall Dee, and Becky Leigh.  They live on a small ranch near Moran.

(2) Willis Neil graduated from Novice and attended Tarleton College in Stephenville.  He was called into the army during the Korean Conflict and was sent overseas.  He was in combat in Korea and Japan and arrived back in Texas in December 1952.  He and Marie Casey were married May 31, 1953 (see John Caleb Casey).  Their children are: Linda Marie, Daniel Neil, and David Charles.  They live near Coleman.

(3) Dwight Starling attended Novice school until his parents moved to Coleman; he graduated from Coleman High.  He went one year to Texas University, later transferring to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth where he graduated in 1963.  On August 19, 1967, he and Doloris Jewell were married.  They live near Coleman.  Their children are: Kathryn Elizabeth and Jefflyn Dawn.  Thomas Jefferson Jr. “Cowboy” died July 28, 1981, buried in Coleman (see Frank Hudson, Joe Hudson and Roy Hudson).

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