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Robert H. Hudson


Robert H. Hudson was born in Perry County, Mo., in 1863. His parents, Charles B. and Elizabeth (Ellis) Hudson, were born in Virginia and Missouri in 1821 and 1826 respectively. They were married in Missouri, and here [sic] father died in 1869. Mrs. Hudson is still living. She was the mother of seven children.

Robert H. Hudson was educated in the common schools of Perry County and the Carleton Institute of Farmington, Mo. After leaving school he engaged in agricultural pursuits for one year, and then went west for the purpose of pre-empting land. He located in Comanche County, Kas., where he pre-empted 160 acres of land, but sold out in 1887.

He returned to Missouri in 1884, and in 1885 was married to Mary L. Erwin, who was born in Perry County in 1866, and is the mother of two children, Francis J. and Clarence.

Mr. Hudson is the owner of 217 acres of land, and is one of the intelligent and progressive farmers and stock raisers of Perry County. In 1886 he was elected justice of the peace of St. Mary's Township, and since serving in this capacity has given good satisfaction.

Mrs. Hudson's parents, C. C. and Asneth Erwin, were born in Southeast Missouri and are still residing there.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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