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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Union County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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T. S. Hanson, though still a comparatively young man, has spent an active career as an agriculturist, and is recognized as a careful, energetic farmer of Union County, who, by his advanced ideas and progressive habits has done much for the farming interests in this section. His estate comprises about 700 acres of fine land, and the 300 acres, which he has under cultivation, is devoted to the raising of the cereals and cotton. On this property is a steam cotton gin and grist mill, which he built at the cost of $2,000, and the work which he does for the public brings him a paying annual profit. His birth occurred in Chambers County, Ala., February 20, 1844, the ninth of ten children born to George W. and Parthenia (Turner) Hanson, who were natives of the State of Georgia, were married in Morgan County and moved to Alabama about 1832, where they settled and resided for about twenty-six years, moving then to Conecuh County, Ala., in 1857, and from there to Sabine County, Tex., in 1859, taking up their abode in Union County, Ark., in December, 1859, on the farm where the subject of this sketch is now living. Prior to the late Civil War the father was a Whig in his political views, and for eighteen years was magistrate in Chambers County, Ala. He died in 1887, at the advanced age of eighty-three years, his wife dying in 1871, aged sixty-six years. The paternal grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, under Morgan. T. S. Hanson, upon attaining the age of seventeen years, enlisted, in 1861, in Company A, Fifteenth Arkansas Regiment, Confederate army, and fought in the battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, being captured with his company in the last-named engagement. He was kept a prisoner at Camp Butler for nine months, after which he was exchanged and his company reorganized. His regiment was then taken to Port Hudson, and during the siege of that place his company was again captured, but after being once more paroled and exchanged, it was reorganized and transferred to the Third Consolidated Regiment of McNair’s brigade. A part of the time Mr. Hanson was in the mounted infantry, and at the time of the surrender was at Marshall, Tex. Since then he has farmed with the above results. His marriage to Miss Laura Shepherd, of Columbia County, Ark., took place in 1878, she being a daughter of John P. and Rebecca Shepherd, the latter of whom died in 1889 at the home of Mr. Hanson. To the latter and his wife five children have been born: Anna May, Isadora, and John Meadors being the only ones now living. Mr. Hanson is a Democrat, has served as magistrate two years, and is at present school director, having been elected first in 1876. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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