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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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 Davidson was born in Washington County, Mo., March 13, 1835. His father, who was also named Benjamin, was a native of Kentucky, and when young located in Washington County, Mo., having learned the blacksmith’s trade in youth; it was his life’s vocation. He married Miss Priscilla Butt, who is still living. Mr. Davidson died in 1861. Of their ten children, Benjamin was the fourth child. He was reared and educated in his native county, and commenced working with his father at the age of thirteen years, which occupation he has since followed with a fair degree of success, and no man in the county enjoys more fully the confidence of all with whom he is acquainted. He has always taken a deep interest in educational matters, and as a citizen is always on the side of morality and right. He was married in September, 1858, to Miss Nora Cook, a native of Missouri, and a daughter of Nathaniel Cook. Mr. and Mrs. Davidson are the parents of the following children: Fannie (deceased), Edward, Mollie, Annie, Benjamin, Frank, Mattie, Nettie, Bidley, Laura and Clara; the latter two are also deceased.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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