In Memory of Francis (Frankie) Bell Hudgins
by Kimsey Hudgins

Sept 25, 1938

 

JAMES BEVERLY HUDGINS, THE father of FRANCIS B. HUDGINS was born in Va. in 1784. His Father-in-law FRANCIS BELL gave him land in Hall County, Ga. in the days when most of the land was owned by the red men, better known as the Indians.

He built a five room house near Macedonia settlement, made of logs, nailed together with wooden pins. A few years later this house was taken down, log by log and rebuilt about 30 feet from this old oak tree by which we are now gathered. This tree is said to be about 150 years old now, in 1938.

On September 29, 1823, a baby boy was born and given the name of FRANCIS BELL HUDGINS. He was one of ten children. Frankie lived in this same house about 81 or his 82 years.

As a boy he helped his father on his large farm. Practically everything was raised, that would be needed for home use, on this farm, including cotton and woolen material for clothing. They did not have the modern machinery that we have today. Their plowing was done by oxen and the o1d spinning wheel was run so regularly at night that the report got out that there must be "haints" in the neighborhood. Francis Bell Hudgins bought the first iron plow stock and the first glass lamp ever sold in this part of the country.

He received most of his education from a little country school house miles away from his home and most of his studying had to be done at night by a lighted knott in an open fireplace. As a boy, be attended OLD LIBERTY METHODIST CHURCH and later joined MT. CARMEL, a Baptist church known now as CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN BAPTIST church. He was a member of this church at the time of his death.

On April 20, 1844 Frankie married Isabel Emaline Simpson of South Carolina and to them was born ten children, 5 boys and S girls as following: BOYS: Francis W, Jeptha I, Gregory W, Beverly P and Harrison I. GIRLS: Ledecie Jane, Sarah Ann, Mary Annie, one unnamed, Emaline who was born May 31, 1862. Isabel died May 31, 1862.

Then came the war between the states. Frankie and two of his sons, Francis W. and Jeptha enlisted in the army. With all our modern methods of fighting the airplanes, battle ships, etc. along with paved roads, fast cars it is hard for us to realize the many hardships the men of that time suffered. Their fighting had to be done much closer together than that of today. They had to walk or ride a horse and carry huge packs of guns and supplies miles and miles.

In the latter part of 1862 Frankie married Amandy Lowery. To them was born 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl as follows: Jim, George S, Webb P, Zack R, and Rebecca. Emandy Lowery died 1909.

On Sept. 29, 1889, 49 years ago today, Frankie started a family re-union, always having the table under this old oak. All the children, their families and some friends would gather each year for a happy reunion. At lunch every one would line up, the oldest family first, on down to the youngest and march behind music around the house and back. to the table. A reunion was held each year until 1903, a period of 14 years. His health failed at this time and no reunion was held the last two years of his life and not until three years ago 1935 was it held again. At this time George S Hudgins, Frankie's son was elected President to carry on the reunion. Journey 3. Hudgins, V.P., Mrs. Belle Lewis Humphries, Sec.-treasurer.


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