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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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Sidney A. Pugh, a farmer, merchant and mill owner, was born in Orange County, N. C., September 22, 1840, and is the oldest of two sons and one daughter born to John and Nancy (Lashley) Pugh, and is of Irish descent. His father was born in North Carolina, and lived there until his death just before the war. His mother was also a native of that State, and died there in 1871. Mr. Pugh was raised on a farm, and had good school advantages; he has made farming his business. He was in Company G, Fourth Tennessee Infantry, Confederate Army, under Col. Neeley, of Bolivar, Tenn., and was in the battles of Belmont, Shiloh and at Perryville, also at the bombardment of Island No. 10. He was captured at Perryville, and held as a prisoner at Camp Douglas for eight months, when he was sent to City Point, Va., and exchanged. He was severely wounded at Perryville. Mr. Pugh was married, at Double Bridges in 1865, to Miss Lucinda Curtis, a daughter of William Curtis, a farmer. One daughter was born to them— Mary Jane. Mrs. Pugh died in 1867, and in 1870 Mr. Pugh married Mrs. Mary A. Adams, a daughter of Samuel Hooper, and by this marriage Mr. Pugh had one son— Sidney Eugene. Mrs. Pugh was born in Lauderdale County, near Double Bridges, and is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He is a Democrat, and belongs to the F. & A. M., and owns 640 acres of valuable land, and raises cotton on a large scale. Mr. Pugh is a man of integrity and sound judgment, and of fine social standing.

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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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