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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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B. W. A. Henson, one of the leading stock traders and dealers of Dallas County, Mo., and the son of Benjamin and Fanny (Wollard) Henson, was born in Dallas County, Mo., near his present place of residence, April 17, 1848. The parents were natives of Tennessee, and both died when the subject of this sketch was a young lad. Benjamin Henson, a farmer by occupation, was one of the first settlers in Dallas County. To his marriage were born four children: Elizabeth, wife of N. C. Bennett, a prominent citizen of this county; William T., also a Dallas County farmer; Catherine, wife of Timothy Cloud, of Hot Springs County, Ark., and B. W. A. The last named, after the death of his parents, lived with his grandparents, his uncle, Robert Randels, and with N. L. Bennett. He has farmed the most of his life, and in connection has dealt and traded in stock. May 26, 1867, he married Miss Minerva A. Davis, who was born in Dallas County, Mo., December 8, 1850, and who is the daughter of Woodford J. Davis. Six living children were born to this union: William T., Benjamin F., Augusta E., Charles F., Cora D. and Mamie E. Those deceased were named: Thomas E., who died October 25, 1868, at the age of five months, and John I., born July 13, 1878, and died December 13, 1881. In 1880 Mr. Henson began selling goods where he now lives, which he continued four years, and was appointed postmaster at Greasy, which position he has since filled. He is the owner of some of the best land in Dallas County, 700 acres in all, with 320 in the home place. Though starting life with limited means, Mr. Henson has, by industry and good management, been unusually successful, and is now in very comfortable circumstances. He is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He has, for some time past, been extensively engaged in stock business, and it is said that he handles more stock than any other man in Dallas County. He is a warm supporter of the educational interests of the community, and, indeed, supports all worthy movements tending to the welfare of his native county.

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This family biography is one of 74 biographies included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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