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Gudgell, Reuben

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Gudgell, Reuben
February 25, 2007 05:00PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, ed. 8-B, 1887
Bath County

REUBEN GUDGELL, a native of Bath County, Ky., was born November 5, 1833, and
is a son of Rezin and Elizabeth (Utterback) Gudgell. Rezin Gudgell was born
in Bath County, Ky., in 1807; he was engaged in agricultural pursuits all
his life, and moved to Macoupin County, Ill., in 1836, his death occurring
two years later. His father was Andrew Gudgell, a native of Baltimore, Md.,
who emigrated to Kentucky in 1792 and settled in Bath County, in which
county he was one of the first justices of the peace; he also served as
sheriff one term. Mrs. Elizabeth Gudgell was born in Bourbon County, Ky.,
in 1813, died in 1846, and was a daughter of Reuben Utterback; the latter, a
native of the same county, was a soldier in the war of 1812, under command
of Col. Dick Johnson, and was killed at the battle of the Thames. Reuben
Gudgell received a good common-school education, and at the age of seventeen
entered the circuit clerk's office at Owingsville as deputy under John A.
Turner, Jr., where he remained about three years. He then went to
Frankfort, Ky., and entered the law school of Judge Thomas B. Monroe, where
he graduated in June, 1855. He then opened a law office in Owingsville in
partnership with Fred Rand, with whom he practiced one year. He then formed
a partnership with J.M. Nesbitt, this firm continuing for over twenty-two
years. In 1878 Mr. Gudgell was elected county attorney, when not being a
candidate, serving four years. July 31, 1856, he married Elvessa Martin, of
Fountain County, Ind., a daughter of Shelby and Deborah (Wallace) Martin.
They are the parents of four children: Wallace S., Francis P., Oakalla Read
and Howard C. Wallace S. was educated at Springfield, Ill., High School and
at Columbia College, Kentucky. He read law under his father, and was
admitted to the bar September 9, 1878; he practiced his profession one year
independently, but has since been practicing with his father. They are the
only Republican lawyers in Owingsville. Francis P. Gudgell, the second
child of our subject, graduated from the medical department of the
University of Louisville with high honors in 1881. He located at his home
in Owingsville, and engaged in the practice of his profession three years,
then he went to Moorefield, Ky., remaining there one year and then returning
to Owingsville, where he has since resided. He married Carrie Hutchison,
and two children have been born to them: Mary and Wallace. Oakalla R.
Gudgell married Thomas A. Lee, of Kansas City, Mo., and has one child,
Roscoe. Mr. Gudgell has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1854,
and is now a member of Bath Lodge, No. 55, having been Worshipful Master and
a representative in the Grand Lodge. He has also been chairman of the
Republican County organization since the organization of the party in 1866,
was Republican candidate for circuit judge in 1868 in the Thirteenth
Judicial District, being defeated by John M. Elliott; was a delegate from
the Ninth Congressional District to the Republican National Convention held
in Cincinnati in 1876, and also to the National Republican Convention held
in Chicago in 1880.
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