Judge Basley C. Neighbors
BIOGRAPHIES of EARLY HAYS COUNTIANS
(Extracted from RECORD OF SOUTHWEST TEXAS,
Published by Goodspeed Brothers,, Chicago, 1894.)
JUDGE BASLEY C. NEIGHBORS was born in Kentucky in 1854, the third of
six children born to Henry B. and Louisa F. (Sewell) Neighbors, natives
of Kentucky and Virginia, respectively. The paternal grandfather,
William Neighbors, was a Virginian by birth, and one of the first
settlers of Cumberland County, Kentucky. The maternal grandfather,
James A. Sewell, was born in the Old North State, and at an early date
moved to Tennessee, later locating in Kentucky, where he was called
from life. Henry B. Neighbors devoted his attention to
tilling the soil in his native State, and for
some time during the Civil War was a member of the Federal Army.
He died in Kentucky, his wife also died there about 1883.
Neighbors was educated in the common schools and finished his literary
education at Glasgow, graduating in 1879. The same year he
Texas and located at Lockhart. He taught school and pursued the study
of law and was admitted to the bar in 1881 at Lockhart where he
practiced his profession. In 1882, he was elected County Attorney. He
bought out a paper and started the Lockhart Register. After
publishing this paper for two years he sold out and moved to
becoming the owner of the Hays County Times. He also practiced his
profession. In 1887 he came to San Marcos; was at once appointed City
Attorney, at end of his term was re-elected but soon resigned. In 1890
he was elected County Judge and re-elected in 1892 and was a delegate
to many conventions. He was active in school work and by virtue of his
office was ex-officio Superintendent and held the first
trustees’ convention ever
held in the State, at Kyle, in September, 1893. He organized the
Institute of Rays County. Owing to his efforts, Hays County can boast
of some of
the. best highways in the State. He called an overseers’
convention-the first held in the United States. Judge Neighbors was a
self-made and self-educated man. He married 6 September 1888, Miss
Mollie Moore Hubbard, native of Texas and a daughter of Miller Hubbard,
early settler of Bastrop County, Texas, from Georgia, a relative of
Governor Hubbard. The Neighbors are of Welsh descent, while Mrs.
Hubbard’s ancesestors are of English descent and both
the Baptist Church.
Issue: Bessie and Adaline Fairchild Neighbors.