No sources for marriage, or for "early death" reported by a relative. Most specifics are from his daughter's death (Mary Belle Laurents) cert, cited below, and 1900 census, also cited.
Wife Katie in 1910 is living back at home with her parents and one child, suggesting that Ben was dead by this time.
There are mentions of him (probably him!) in the Abbeville Meriodonial, as follows: "The popular Ben Hudson of Abbeville dropped in here last Wednesday and was the guest of ye writer till Thursday morning. We were glad to see him, and we look for his coming again in July days." (May 1895)
Chosen as a grand juror (March 1896)
A Ben Hudson is mentioned in the New Iberia Enterprise, 22 April 1899. He was "summoned to the deathbed of his uncle Mr. J. C. Mahone, owner of Southbend Plantations, who died Friday last at his place near Bayou Sale, St. Mary Parish."
Notice of his marriage: cited in the Meridonial, below, 23 Dec 1895.
The Meridional. (Abbeville, La.), 04 Jan. 1896. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064005/1896-01-04/ed-1/seq-3/>
"Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K362-X2D : 5 December 2014), Katie Belle Huff in entry for Mary Belle Laurents, 11 May 1950; citing certificate number 23991, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,074,369.
Year: 1900; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 6, Iberia, Louisiana; Roll: 565; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 1240565
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