Donald Thomas Hughes

b. circa 1912
  • Donald Thomas Hughes was born circa 1912 in New York.
  • Donald Thomas Hughes appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in San Quentin, Marin County, California, serving as an inmate at the California State Prison, commencing in 1939, for crimes related to forgery and passing bad checks. In 1935 he was living in Los Angeles.
  • He married Virginia Mitchell Woodall, daughter of Gillette Murrell Woodall and Anne Eugenia Langham, on 31 July 1943 in California.
  • The following appeared on 12 August 1943 in The Kerrville Times: Of interest to Kerrville friends will be the announcement of Miss Virginia Woodall's marriage to Donald Thomas Hughes of New York City and Hollywood, Calif. The wedding was an event of Saturday, July 31, in Hollywood.
         Mrs. Hughes is the daughter of Mrs. G. M. Woodall of Houston and formerly of Kerrville.
         She is employed at the Geller Work Shop in Hollywood and is at present rehearsing for two pictures, "Death Takes a Holiday," and "Ladies in Retirement." Mrs. Hughes has been offered several small picture contracts.
         Mr. Hughes has been associated with the stage and picture business most of his life. He is now sound man for C. B. S. in Hollywood.
         Mrs. Woodall, mother of the bride, is returning to her home in Houston this week.
  • The following appeared on 12 August 1943 in The Kerville Mountain Sun: Mrs. Gillette M. Woodall of Houston has announced the marriage of her daughter, Miss Virginia, to Donald Thomas Hughes of Hollywood, Cal., the wedding having been an event of August 1 [sic].
         Mrs. Woodall has been spending a great deal of time in California with her daughter, who was connected with the Geller Work Shop, and who is rehearsing parts for "Death Takes a Holiday" and "Ladies in Retirement."
         Mrs. Hughes lived in Kerrville and at Hunt as a child, and later returned to Houston with her mother. She attended school in Virginia, and for the last few years has been attending a school for the stage and screen in Hollywood. Mr. Hughes is from New York, and has long been associated with the screen and stage, and is at present sound man for the Columbia Broadcasting Stations. He expects to purchase a ranch and raise race horses, according to a letter from Mrs. Woodall to Kerville friends.
  • The following appeared on 12 October 1944 in the Kerrville Mountain Sun: Mr. and Mrs. Don Hughes of Houston have announced the birth of a daughter, Emily Ellen. The young lady is the daughter of Mrs. Gillette M. Woodall, the mother having been Virginia Woodall.
  • Donald T. Hughes served a sentence in the Huntsville Penitentiary (1949-1951) for crimes of passing bad checks and forgery.
  • The following appeared on 16 October 1959 in the Ukiah Daily Journal: The district attorney's office has issued an order for the return of Donald T. Hughes from the Vacaville state prison to Mendocino county for trial on three acts of forgery committee in Ukiah.
         Hughes was convicted in the Sonoma County Superior court on three similar charges and sentenced to serve from six months to 14 years in state prison. Mendocino County placed a hold on him and he has demanded that the charges be brought to trial within the 90 days limitation provided by law.
         And in the same newspaper on 30 October:
    People vs. Donald T. Hughes. Sentenced to state prison.
  • Last Edited: 8 Feb 2015

Family: Virginia Mitchell Woodall b. 20 October 1922, d. 8 October 1969