Judson, Ella

Judson, Ella

Male 1809 - 1872  (63 years)

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  • Name Judson, Ella  [1
    Born 22 Feb 1809  Mantua Township, Portage County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Oct 1872  Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Boynton Cemetery, Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I21833  Sackett | Descendants of John Sackett the Colonist
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2011 

    Father Judson, Samuel,   b. 1775-1785, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1826, Hiram Township, Portage County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Mother Atwater, Lois,   b. 23 Jun 1784, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1813, Mantua Township, Portage County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1805  Mantua Township, Portage County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 5 children 
    Family ID F8005  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Harmon, Nancy,   b. 1808-1809, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1856, Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 1837  Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • The marriage license, issued in Grand Rapids, is dated September 7, 1837.
    Children 
     1. Judson, Caroline,   b. 1838-1839, Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1900  (Age 62 years)
     2. Judson, Emeline,   b. 1840-1841, Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 6 Dec 1912  (Age 71 years)
     3. Judson, Harmon,   b. 22 Feb 1843, Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1881  (Age 38 years)
     4. Judson, Washington,   b. 14 Dec 1844, Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1908, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     5. Judson, Sarah Ann,   b. 12 May 1850, Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1852, Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     6. Judson, Lewis,   b. 2 Dec 1852, Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1917, Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F8017  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Loomis, Lovina,   b. 1808-1809, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Married 12 Feb 1868  Portage County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • His second marriage was to Lovina Collester in Kent County on Wednesday, February 12, 1868. Her maiden name was Loomis; she was living in Wayland. His name was recorded as Ellis Judson; he was a farmer living in Byron.
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F8018  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Feb 1809 - Mantua Township, Portage County, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1837 - Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Judson, Caroline - 1838-1839 - Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Judson, Emeline - 1840-1841 - Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Judson, Harmon - 22 Feb 1843 - Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Judson, Washington - 14 Dec 1844 - Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Judson, Sarah Ann - 12 May 1850 - Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Judson, Lewis - 2 Dec 1852 - Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Feb 1868 - Portage County, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Oct 1872 - Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Boynton Cemetery, Byron Center, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The International Genealogical Index has two entries for the birth of Ella Judson (with the above parents). They both give Braceville, Trumbull, Ohio, about 1811. Both entries list his gender as "F".

      Per the Bureau Of Land Management ⬀ General Land Office Records, on November 2, 1837, Ella and Margaret bought adjacent 80-acre plots of land in section 8 of township 5-north of range 12-west (Kent County). These were land patents, the original purchase from the government. His was the W of the SE; hers was the E of the SW. This is about a month after their marriage license was dated. Since she used her maiden name, they probably were not married yet. John Harmon also bought (patented) 80 acres -mile to the east: the W of the SW of section 9.

      Nancy/Margaret died when their youngest child, Lewis, was 3 years old. He was born when she was about 43 and they had lost the previous child, Sarah Ann, at just under 2 years old. One could speculate that Nancy was weakened by the last births and fell prey to a passing disease. Fortunately, their oldest two children, Caroline and Emeline, were 18 and 16 respectively at their mother's death and probably ran the household and tended the younger children. 12 years later, Ella married Lovina Collester (nee Loomis). She had been living in Wayland, Michigan. Their marriage was recorded as: Judson, Ellis (w) 58, Byron, b. Ohio, occ. Farmer, and Lovina Collester (nee Loomis) (w) 59, Wayland, b. N.Y. State, 12 Feb., 1863, by Zenas Smith, J.P. Joseph Skinner and Zenas M. Smith, witnesses. 6:14

      On page 805 of The City of Grand Rapids and Kent County, Up To Date,in an item on Washington Judson, is found the following.

      ... The father of these children [Ella Judson] was born near Cleveland, Ohio, about 1809, was reared to agricultural pursuits, was educated in the common schools, and supplemented that education by devoting his spare moments to self-instruction. He was a very industrious youth and began his business life as a poor boy in Cuyahoga county, Ohio, and in early manhood walked from his native county to Michigan. He reached Grand Rapids when it was an insignificant hamlet with but one log house, there worked for a Mr. Chubb on a farm for one year, and then, in 1836, located eighty acres of wild government land in section No. 8, Byron township. His son, Washington, the subject of this sketch, still has in his possession the original deed to this tract, executed November 2, 1837, and signed by the then president of the United States, Martin Van Buren. The land was purely virgin, as not a stick of timber had ever been cut from it, and the first habitation occupied there by Mr. Judson was a primitive log cabin, usual in those days, but he afterward developed a good farm from the forests with comfortable improvements. Among the other settlers in 1836 were Nathan, Jerry and William Boynton, brothers, and John Harmon and Harman Kellogg.

      In politics Mr. Judson was a democrat, but his farm occupied his attention rather than office-holding, and his devotion to his own interests met with its reward. He was a warm friend of the public-school system, and religiously was a member of the Disciples' church, in the faith of which he passed away October 22, 1873. His wife [Nancy Harmon], who traced her ancestry to the puritans, was also a native of Ohio, and died May 25, 1856, at her home in Byron, also in the faith of the Disciples' church.

      Since Nancy Harmon bought land in 1837 it is assumed that she, also, arrived in that year with her brother, John, and brother-in-law, Nathan Boynton (see later comments). The IGI shows a Nathan Boynton born 1809 in Orange, Ohio; parents: Caleb and Asenath (Hill) Boynton. Same parents for Jerry Boynton b. ~1812. Jerry H. Boynton married Mercie M. Smith 27Nov1860, Georgetown, Ottawa, Mich. Rose Judson did have an Aunt Mercy Boynton. Caleb Boynton of St. Lawrence, NY, m. Asenath Hill in 1804.

      The History of Kent County, in the section on Byron Township, relates that Ella Judson settled in the township in 1838, shortly after the first settlers, the brothers Nathan, Jerry, and William Boynton, who had come in 1836. [Ella came in 1836, as well.] He is mentioned to have said that when he built his log house, he had to a distance of four miles to get men to help "raise," and could get only eight men at that.

      During the first year the settlement of Byron progressed very slowly. It required a brave heart and a strong arm to encounter the dangers and hardships consequent upon opening up a new and heavily timbered country. But gradually the forests yielded to the pioneer's ax, and beautiful fields and thrifty orchards, comfortable dwellings and well-filled barns, have taken its place. Byron has already become one of the foremost agricultural townships in Kent county.

      Other settlers of that time were John Harmon and James K. McKenney, brother of Samuel A. McKenney, as having purchased land in section 8 on November 7, 1836, the same date and section as Nancy Harmon's purchase.

      The November 26, 1926, issue of The Byron Center Progressnewspaper, contains the following information in a column headed "SETTLEMENT OF FIRST FARMS".

      Ella Judson and John Harmon, brothers-in-law of Nathan Boynton, came about the same time in 1845; the first settling on section 8, the second on section 9. [They came in 1836.]

      Plenty of Indians camped on the Ella Judson place then. Mr. Judson was clearing land and in cutting timber, threw an ax and killed a raccoon belonging to these Indians. ... a yellow ribbon [text missing] ... whereupon someone asked the Indians if they weren't going to give Jud a drink. The Indians replied: "No. Kill 'em coon." This shows their skill in ferreting out the killer and the fact that they never forget a wrong.

      Caroline Judson, daughter of Nancy and Ella Judson, was the first white child born in Byron township. She was born on the farm already described.The following census records have been found.

      Liber 36, page 498 of the Kent County land records shows that Ella Judson, Emeline Clark, Caroline and Harmon Judson, and John and Julia Harmon, all of Byron Township, purchased land in section 8 from William D. Tibbet on November 17, 1865. The plot map of Byron Township in 1873 shows 80 acres in section 8 as belonging to W and L Judson, probably Washington and Lewis Judson. A visit in January, 1983, to the farm house indicated on the map showed it to be in good condition and the farm obviously productive.

      On page 607 of History of Kent County it is recorded that Nancy Harmon was one of the first land purchasers of Byron township, having purchased land in section 8 on November 7, 1836, before Michigan became a state. The Federal Land Patents for Kent County, Michigan, show the following land transactions in Byron Township. These were land patents, or original sales of property from public lands. Nancy Harman [sic], Margaret Harman, Ela [sic] Judson each bought 80 acres for $100 on November 7, 1836, in Section 8. The patents for all of the purchases made on this date were granted on November 2, 1937, except for Nancy and Margaret Harmon; Nancy's was granted on October 10, 1839, and it appears that Margaret's was never granted. William Boynton, Stephen O'Brien, George W. Boynton, and Jeremiah Boynton bought the remainder of the section. John "Harman" bought 80 acres at the same price, also on November 7, 1836, in Section 9. [Note that Nancy and Margaret are most likely the same person.]

      Since the Boynton family is intertwined with the Harmon and Judson families, a few research findings will be given here. Caleb Boynton, b. St. Lawrence, New York, in 17__, married Asenath Hill in 1804. They lived in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She was b. 1778 in Schoharie County, New York. She married first Thomas Garfield in 1794; he died in 1801. Caleb and Asenath had at least the following children:

      * Amos Boynton b. 1805, lived in Orange, Ohio (just east of Cleveland)
      * Jeremiah Boynton [d. 24 Nov 1871, age 57-2-29; b. 25 Aug 1814, NY]
      * George W. Boynton
      * William Boynton, b. Jan 1818 [d. 19 Dec 1873, age 55-10-27b. 23 Jan 1818, NY]

      Some of this information comes from the LDS web search site; death dates and ages from GENDIS.

      Asenath Hill and Thomas Garfield were the grandparents of James A. (Pres.) Garfield.

      Ella's record of death appears on page 104, Liber 01, of Record of Death for Kent County, Michigan:

      Certificate of Death of Ella Judson; Date of Death October 10, 1872; Sex Male; Color White; Marital Status Married; Age 63 years, 8 months, 0 days1; Place of Death Byron Twp., Kent County, Michigan; Cause of Death Dropsy of the heart; Birthplace Ohio; Occupation Farmer; Parents No information given. The record was dated May 30, 1873. [From this his date of birth calculates to February 22, 1809.]

      Sources:
      * Walter J. and Rose (Judson) Gilbert
      * D.A.R., "Cemetery Records of Wyoming, Byron, ..., Townships of Kent County, Michigan": Boynton Cemetery
      * Marriages 1845⬓1870 from Kent County Court Files (1936)
      * GENDIS: Michigan Genealogical Death Index System
      * Mary Ann Palmer, August, 2002 (daughter of Leona Josephine Judson whowas the third child of Herbert and Anna Katherine (Miller) Judson.)
      * LDS Family Search site.
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      Headstone:
      Ella Judson
      d. Oct. 22, 1873
      Aged 64y.
      Nancy ⬔ wife
      d. May 25, 1856
      Aged 47y.

  • Sources 
    1. [S600] Walter Gilbert, Gilbert, Walter, (Walter Gilbert: 3941 Perry Hall Road; Perry Hall, Maryland, USA; 1128-9751; http://www.otal.umd.edu/~walt/gen/htmfile/frames.htm).


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