ISAAC HUDSON, of the law firm of Spitler & Hudson, and Master in Chancery, was born in
Moultrie County, Ill., January 8, 1867, and is the son of J. J. and Susan (Souther) Hudson. The
parents, who were natives respectively of Virginia and Kentucky were quite young when they came
to Illinois and settled in what is now Moultrie County. Jeremiah Souther, our subject's maternal
grandfather, secured some Government land in Moultrie County, and after making extensive improvements
and becoming the owner of about eight hundred acres, died in March, 1889, at the age of
eighty-seven years. He was a man of great influence in his community, and his death, which occurred
in Shelby County, was widely mourned. He was twice married and his second wife, who still
survives, makes her home on the farm in Shelby County.
The father of our subject was born in April, 1810, and accompanied Mr. Souther to Illinois in the
early '30s. He immediately set to work to gain a livelihood and so successful was he in his efforts
that at the time of his death, January 3, 1875, he was the owner of about one thousand acres of
splendid land. His property was in Sullivan Township, Moultrie County, where he spent his active
life. Politically he was a Democrat, and religiously a member of the Christian Church. He was ever a
liberal contributor to charitable purposes and no man worthy of his confidence was ever unkindly
turned away when he sought a favor at the hands of J. J. Hudson.
The wife of J. J. Hudson was the daughter of his benefactor with whom he had come to Illinois and
afterward resided. This most estimable woman passed from the busy scenes of earth May 15, 1874,
at the age of forty-six years, having been born in 1828. In her early girlhood she had united with
the Christian Church and in that faith she died. For some years before her demise she had been an
an invalid and passed away, the victim of consumption. A good and noble woman, and a true helpmate, she was
mourned not only by those nearest to her, but by the neighbors and friends who still hold her memory dear.
She was the mother of eleven children, six of whom died young. Laura died March 30, 1891, the wife of
J. H. Michael [though not mentioned here in the original text as was done in other cases,
J.H. Michael's biography appears in the book];
Barbara is the wife of Isaac Horn, a well-to-do farmer and stock-raiser of this county; Jerry chose as his
wife Addie Wheeler and is a successful farmer and stock-raiser of Lovington Township; Sarah became the
wife of Samuel Elder, a prominent farmer of Sullivan Township.
Under careful influences at home our subject was reared and the good common-school education
which he obtained from the home schools was supplemented by a thorough course in the Christian
College at Eureka, this State, an institution of prominence and influence. In 1888 he began the
study of law with his present partner and after a thorough course of reading he was admitted to
practice at the bar of Illinois. He way appointed Master in Chancery in December, 1888, and fills
the office to the general satisfaction. He owns a fine property divided into three good farms and
aggregating three hundred and twenty acres. He also has invested some in city property in Sullivan
and possessing good judgment, will undoubtedly attain prominence in political and public affairs in
the State. His political convictions are strongly with the Republican party, and he is ever interested
in matters of public interest and is wide-awake to the progress of the town.
Mr. Hudson was married September 9, 1891 to Miss Kate Evans of Sullivan who is also proud to
claim Moultrie County as her birthplace. Mrs. Hudson is the daughter of Benjamin Evans, deceased,
and possesses the nobility of mind and geniality of disposition which wins her friends
wherever she may be. The citizens of the community, who are proud of the acquaintance of herself and Mr.
Hudson, wish them every happiness in the union upon which they have recently entered.
Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, 1891 - p. 651/652
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