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Felix Gundy Mahon

FELIX G. MAHON was born near Columbus, Ky., in 1839, his parents being Pressley B. and Mary (Hancock) Mahon, both of whom, were born in, western Kentucky, and in 1841 came to Houston, Texas, the journey thither being partly made by water. Shortly after they came to Colorado County, located in the northern part of the county, and here the parents spent the rest of their lives, The Indians were at first very troublesome in the upper counties, and they were compelled to put up with many hardships and other unpleasant, things, but with true philosophy they made the best of everything, and in due course of time there was a better state of affairs. Pressley B. Mahon died in Colorado County at the age of thirty-four years, after which his widow married Clem Allen, a planter of this county, and here she passed from life in 1878. Her father, Samuel Hancock, was a Kentuckian, was a soldier of the War of 1812, and is also supposed to have participated in a number of early Indian wars. Felix G. Mahon grew up on, the farm owned by his father, and secured a good education at Soule University at Chapel Hill, leaving that institution in 1881, and afterwards joined the Confederate army, becoming a member of Carter's Brigade, which joined the army at Arkansas Post. After being captured at that place he was taken to Camp Butler, near Springfield, Ill., and was there exchanged three months later after which he became a member of Granberry's Texas Brigade in the Army, of Tennessee. He was in the engagements at Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga, Ringald Gap and Dalton, and from there in all the engagements to Atlanta, and on the 22d of July was wounded by a gunshot. This disabled him for further duty. At the close of the war he returned to Texas and began raising cattle, and for several years was in the Kansas trade. In 1878 he was elected to his present position of County Assessor, and has since continuously filled that position, a fact that speaks eloquently as to his ability and popularity. He was married in 1872 to Miss Fannie Arnold of this county, a descendant of the old and noted Henning and Meriwether families of Tennessee, and to their marriage a son and three daughters have been given, Mr. Mahon is a member of the I. O. O. F., the K. of P., is public spirited and enterprising, and has proven himself a valuable and useful citizen.
Record of Southwest Texas, page 509
Submitted by Carla Ratcliff

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