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Below is a family biography included in The History of Polk 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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W. R. Hudson, prosecuting attorney of Polk County, Mo., was born in Lincoln County, Mo., August 30, 1839, and is the son of Charles and Frances (Sitton) Hudson, natives of South Carolina and Tennessee, respectively, and who came with their parents to Missouri in 1818 and 1817, respectively. Isaac Hudson, grand father of the subject of this sketch, was supposed to have been a lineal descendent of Henry Hudson. He was a planter by occupation, and was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, serving from Southern Carolina, who soon after the Revolution emigrated to Kentucky, and from there to Missouri. Frances Sitton was the daughter of Philip Sitton, a Tennessean, who served in the War of 1812, and did duty at New Orleans, and who also served in the Indian wars. He was a farmer by occupation and a carpenter by trade. W. R. Hudson grew to manhood in Lincoln County and, in March, 1862, he enlisted in Company D, Third Missouri State Militia Cavalry, was in service for about eighteen months, when he was honorably discharged on account of disability. Immediately after the war he took up the study of law (for which he had been strongly inclined from early manhood), at his home, and was admitted at Warsaw, Mo., in 1872. He then located at Hermitage, Mo., and prosecuted his practice there until 1876, when he came to Humansville, and has since been prominently before the public as a lawyer. On both sides of this genealogical tree we find longevity of life a striking characteristic. The Hudsons were of medium stature, strong physique, and liberal in religious matters. Mr. Hudson was married, while in Lincoln County, to Miss Nancy Mabry, a native of Missouri. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity (Blue Lodge), and is also a member of S. A. M. George Post No. 231, G. A. R., and has filled official positions in the same.

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