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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gibson County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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James A. Henderson, M. D., was born in Davis County, of the Blue-grass State, November 5, 1840. His father, John Henderson, was a Virginian and located in Kentucky about 1820, and lived, married and died in the State of his adoption. His wife, whose maiden name was Malinda C. Roberts, was a Kentuckian. James A. Henderson was reared on a farm in Hickman County. His early educational advantages were very good, and at the age of nineteen he began the study of medicine, reading under a tutor until the breaking out of the war, when, in September, 1861, he joined Company B, Seventh Regiment, Kentucky Confederate Infantry, and served as a non-commissioned officer until May, 1862, when he served as apothecary one year, and was then appointed assistant surgeon of his regiment, and served in this capacity until the close of the war. He then entered the medical department of the University of Louisville and graduated from the same in 1866. He practiced in Clinton, Hickman Co., Ky., until January, 1882, when he came to Milan, and here has since resided. March 10, 1868, he married Ada J. Ray, of Hickman County, Ky., and these three, Mattie C., Maud and Frank R., are their children. The Doctor is a Democrat of the younger and progressive class and is a member of the Kentucky State Medical Association and the West Tennessee Medical Society. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as was his wife, who died February 8, 1886.

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This family biography is one of 242 biographies included in The History of Gibson County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Gibson County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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