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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Lauderdale County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886.  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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Oliver T. Hendren was born in Rowan County, N. C., January 17, 1821, and was the fourth child of a family of six sons and four daughters born to Beal W. and Nancy T. (Hudson) Hendren, and is of Welsh descent, and by trade a machinist and carpenter. His father was born in North Carolina, and moved to Madison County, Tenn., in March, 1826, but was raised and married in his native State. His wife’s parents were of Irish descent, but were born in North Carolina. He was by trade a saddler, which he followed for fourteen years. In 1828 he moved to Tipton County and engaged in farming until his death in 1842. Our subject’s mother was born in North Carolina and died in Lauderdale County, June 27, 1871. Our subject received a common-school education; he learned the carpenter’s trade in Fayette County, and the machinist’s in Memphis. He was married in Fayette County, December, 1842, to Agnes H. Gregory, a daughter of J. T. Gregory, a native of South Carolina. Five sons and seven daughters were born to this marriage; nine of them living. Mrs. Hendren was born in South Carolina, December 30, 1823, and died January 13, 1885. Mr. and Mrs. Hendren belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is a Democrat and a Mason, and he has served as magistrate since 1853, except two years during the war, and was the founder of Curve, a station on the Newport News & Mississippi Valley Railroad, Six and a half miles north of Ripley, and is one of the most respected and substantial citizens of that locality. Mr. Hendren has 117 acres of land, and gives his chief attention to raising fruit. He is an upright and industrious man.

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This family biography is one of 116 biographies included in the book,  The History of Lauderdale County, Tennessee published in 1886 by Goodspeed.  The History of Lauderdale County was included within The History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties, Tennessee

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