GEORGE HUDSPETH, farmer; P. O. Petersburg; one of the pioneers of Menard Co.; was born in Madison Co., Ala., July 28, 1815. His father died when he was but 11 months old, and then his mother and family, consisting of five children, removed to Overton Co., Tenn., remaining there until 1822, when they removed to Illinois, locating in Jefferson Co., and in 1823, in Menard Co., and began to prepare a home. George remained with his mother and family until 1833, when he began doing business for himself. He was married May 10, 1836, to Peggy Ann Jarvis, also of Menard Co.; they are the parents of twelve children, eight of whom are now living. During his early life, school advantages were limited. He owns 235 acres of fine land. He has always taken an active part in all matters pertaining to the good of the community in which he has lived. Mr. and Mrs. Hudspeth are now living to see the usefulness and prosperity of their children. They are and have been active workers in the Church for upward of forty years.