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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Hardeman County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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Benjamin V. Hudson, a leading and well known druggist of Bolivar, was born October 11, 1859, in Hardeman County. He was the youngest son of Thomas W. and Elizabeth C. (Reaves) Hudson. When young, both parents came to the county, where they were married. Both were members of the Methodist Church. The father was a man of considerable means and an extensive planter; he owned about 1,100 acres of valuable land. For many years he held the position of county surveyor. In 1862 he died leaving a wife, two sons and four daughters. Mrs. Hudson is still living; is about sixty-two years of age. Previous to her union with Mr. Hudson she was married to Mr. McKinnie, by whom she had two children. The subject of this sketch was raised on a farm and received his early education in the common schools. He afterward spent some time at the University of Tennessee. He clerked in a drug store at Whitesville about two years, and the same length of time in Bolivar. He then attended two courses of lectures at Baltimore, Md., for the purpose of thoroughly understanding pharmacy, preparing himself for the business he was to embark in. In 1883 he purchased the drug stock of Coleman & Co., and enlarged it until it now ranks among the leading houses of the county. He is an energetic, enterprising young man, and has built up a large first-class trade. He is an active and earnest member of the Methodist Church, and a Democrat. His brother is teaching school in Arkansas.

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This family biography is one of 101 biographies included in the book,  The History of Hardeman County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Hardeman County was included within The History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties, Tennessee

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