KSGenWeb - The Primary Source for Kansas Genealogy

KSGenWeb Digital Library

Biographical Sketch
James W. Hudgens
Brown County, Kansas


KSGENWEB INTERNET GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY COPYRIGHT NOTICE:  In keeping with the KSGenWeb policy of providing free information on the Internet, this data may be used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied materiel.  These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other gain.  Copying of the files within by non-commercial individuals and libraries is encouraged.  Any other use, including publication, storage in a retrieval system, or transmission by electronic, mechanical, or other means requires approval of the file's author.

The following transcription is from a 750 page book titled "Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas, dated 1900.  These have been diligently transcribed and generously contributed by Penny R. Harrell, please give her a very big Thank You! for her hard work!

Gold Bar

James W. Hudgens

Among the well known and respected early settlers of Brown county is the subject of this review, who has been a resident of the community for twenty-two years, during which period he has been actively identified with the agricultural interests and at the same time has given an earnest support to all measures calculated to prove of public benefit.

Daniel Hudgens, the progenitor of the Hudgens family of America and the great-grandfather of the subject of this memoir, came to America from Ireland prior to the war of the Revolution and served in the American army.  He settled in Virginia, where, it is presumed he died.  He had seven children.

Our subject was born in Andrew county, Missouri, November 5, 1852, and is a representative of a pioneer family of that state.  His father, John Hudgens, was born in Kentucky, and, having arrived at years of maturity, married Miss Nancy Duff, who was also a native of the Blue Grass state and belonged to an old Virginia family, celebrated for bravery, industry and honesty.

Mr. and Mrs. Hudgens removed to Missouri in the '40s, and there the mother died in Andrew county, at the age of forty years.  The father, surviving her, passed away at the age of fifty-two years.  He was a man of considerable local prominence and a very successful stock dealer.  His political support was given to the Democracy, and he took an active interest in everything calculated to promote the growth and insure the success of his party.

One of his brothers, Prince L. Hudgens, of Savannah, Missouri, a prominent lawyer and a Christian preacher, who had large land interests in Kansas, had an office at Leavenworth, Kansas, and was a very prominent factor in the political life of that city for many years, and his ability made him a recognized leader in moulding public thought and opinion. 

In his religious belief John Hudgens was a Christian, and his wife belonged to the Baptist church. Their fidelity to duty in all life's relations won them the respect of many friends, and they were widely and favorably known in the community in which they made their home.  They had a family of four children, namely: James W.; Mrs. Nancy J. Hatch, of California; Letitia and Prince L., of Missouri. 

James W. Hudgens was reared on the old home farm in Andrew county, and, as soon as old enough to handle the plow, began work in the fields.  While his father informed him in farm work, his mother instilled into his mind habits of honesty and economy.  He acquired his education in the common schools and by study at home, his extensive reading having added materially to his knowledge.

During the period of the Civil War no schools were conducted in Missouri, and he was thus thrown upon his own resources for his education.  In 1870 he came to Kansas, locating on Wolf Creek, and in 1878 he took up his abode upon his present farm in Mission township, Brown county.

His land was then wild, but with determined purpose he began its development, and is today the owner of one of the best farm properties in the community.  Twenty acres of his land has been laid out in town lots making a valuable addition to the town of Baker.  He still has on his farm 123 acres, which is highly cultivated and improved.  A comfortable frame residence stands upon the natural building site and is surrounded with beautiful trees, and an orchard yields its fruit in season.  Barns and outbuildings furnish shelter for grain and stock, and well tilled fields and verdant meadows add to the attractive appearance of the home.

Mr. Hudgens was married to Miss Susan Meisenheimer, who was born in Brown county and was a daughter of John and Frances (Wonderly) Meisenheimer.  Nine children were born of this union, namely: John L.; Lilly, wife of Henry Bartholomew, of Oklahoma; J. W., who is still on the home farm; Daniel, also of Oklahoma; Susie, wife of Edward Landsing, of Baker, Kansas; Polly, Grover, Frances and Mason.

Mrs. Hudgens died December 21, 1890, and on October 28, 1894, Mr. Hudgens was married to Mrs. Mary Hopkins, nee Mary Switzer, daughter of Andrew and Susan (Fry) Switzer, who resided in Virginia and natives of the same state.  The great-grandfather of Mrs. Hudgens settled in Virginia at a very early date from Switzerland. 

Mr. Hudgens gives his political support to the Democracy, and keeps well informed on the issues of the day.  He is a licensed exhorter and preacher in the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints.  He has traveled extensively through Kansas, promulgating the doctrines of the church in which he is a very active worker.  He was appointed by the general conference of that church to labor in this circuit.

His work has been very effective.  He is an earnest and eloquent speaker, his arguments in pleading have largely promoted the interest of the cause.  The many excellent qualities which he shows forth in his daily life have gained him high regard, and he is well worthy of representation in the history of Brown county.

  Gold Bar

Last update: Friday, July 18, 2003 20:22:15

The Digital Library of the KSGenWeb is a non-commercial entity dedicated to free access to records of genealogical value. All documents contained herein may be freely copied for personal and library use, as long as the KSGenWeb Statement of Use remains attached. These records may not be published in any format, including electronic (web pages or CD's) and print, without prior written consent of the contributor. In order to insure continued free access, violators of this policy will be vigorously pursued.

We invite all contributions of transcribed records with genealogical value. This could range from wills and letters from your personal family records to indexes of your county's marriage records. There are many, many more examples, of course. Anything you have that you are willing to contribute will be gratefully accepted. For more information, contact Kenneth Thomas, KSGenWeb Digital Library Coordinator at kgthomas5@earthlink.net.

We also accept any non-copyrighted printed materials that you have access to and would like to see transcribed and placed on-line. If the material is copyrighted and you are the copyright holder, please include written permission for use by The KSGenWeb Digital Library. These may be mailed to Kenneth Thomas, 26 Circle Dr., Windsor, MO 65360-1610.


Page Design, HTML Coding and Layout - Copyrightę1998-2004 by Kenneth Thomas, All Rights Reserved.
The KSGenWeb Project logo Copyrightę1996-2004 by Tom & Carolyn Ward, All Rights Reserved.
For the limited use of the KSGenWeb Project.  Permission is granted for use only on an Official KSGenWeb Project page.
The Official USGenWeb Project logo designed by Linda Cole.