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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ashley County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

F. M. Hudgens is a Virginian, his birth occurring November 30, 1836, and in that State his parents, Robert W. and Mary (Pittman) Hudgens, were also born, the latter being of English descent, a daughter of Thomas Pittman, and grand daughter of J. Pittman. Thomas Pittman’s wife was a Miss Rose, a daughter of Patrick Rose (his mother being Miss Fitzehugh) and whose wife was Mary Nicolas, of England (her mother being a Miss Fry) and J. Pittman's wife was a Miss McCraw. Robert W. Hudgens moved to Arkansas in 1862, and is farming the land which he bought and homesteaded. His farm comprised 260 acres, of which fifty acres were bottom land. The average yield of cotton to the acre is about one-half bale, and corn from twenty-five to thirty bushels per acre, the amount of land he has under cultivation being 100 acres. The immediate subject of this sketch received a limited education, but learned the carpenter's trade from Gilbert Potter, of Maine, started out in life for himself, working at this trade, in which he did remarkably well. In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, Thirty first Louisiana Infantry, and was at the battle of Indian Mound, and later at Port Gibson and Big Black Ridge, fifteen miles east of Vicksburg, from which place they fell back to Vicksburg, but was at the siege of Vicksburg. He moved to Arkansas in 1868. His first marriage occurred in 1860, his wife dying February, 1868, leaving one child, Virgie M., who is still living. His second marriage took place on July 4, 1869, to Miss Mildrid A. Hogue, a daughter of W. T. Hogue, a resident of Arkansas. They have a daughter married, who is the wife of Eugene Hill, of Ashley County: Mr. Hudgens has attained to the Blue Lodge in the A. F. & A. M., is a Royal Arch Mason, and also belongs to the K. of H. and O. E. S. Mr. and Mrs. Hudgens belong to the Missionary Baptist Church.

This family biography is one of 97 biographies included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ashley County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Ashley County Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

  View additional Ashley County, Arkansas biographies here: Ashley County Arkansas Genealogy


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