Judge Basley C. Neighbors

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. Basley G. Neighbors was educated in the common schools and finished his literary  education at Glasgow, graduating in 1879. The same year he came to 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 Kyle, 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 attended the Baptist Church.

Issue: Bessie and Adaline Fairchild Neighbors.