John JUDGE – Ohio Timeline: c. 1812 to c. 1839 – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 114)

Researched by Myrle Lea “Micki” DeFrance Jacobson (1951–2020), Elizabeth Wilson Ballard, and Christopher A. Mosher

Written by Elizabeth Wilson Ballard

NOTE: Surnames are in ALL CAPS, and introduced names are in boldface type.

The introductory article about John JUDGE, originally Hans REICHTER, is “John JUDGE (d. 1846).” If you haven’t read it, you may wish to go there first, or you may find it easier to read this one first. Your choice.

We have evidence that John was probably born in Pennsylvania1 circa 1781–1790,2 and that he enlisted in the U.S. Army in Ohio for the War of 1812.3 This enlistment is the first we see of him in Ohio. At that time, he would have been age 22–31.

This article is a timeline summation of John JUDGE’s activities in Ohio, with dates and locations. We have more information about his living in this state than anywhere else.
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John JUDGE (d. 1846) – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 114)

Researched by Myrle Lea “Micki” DeFrance Jacobson (1951–2020), Elizabeth Wilson Ballard, and Christopher A. Mosher

Written by Elizabeth Wilson Ballard

NOTE: Surnames are in ALL CAPS, and introduced names are in boldface type.

This is a story of the life of John JUDGE as derived from decades of research performed by Micki Jacobson, a fellow descendant. I asked Micki if I could continue the research and then share the information on this blog, and she graciously agreed. I began this article in 2016. Micki passed away last year. She was a determined, thorough, and humble genealogist. I miss having her to bounce things off of. I just miss her in general.

Micki had solved the puzzle of the John JUDGE Ohio brick wall, and before she died, she was well on her way to solving the puzzle of his parentage. Before her original work, attempts at finding anything about him were difficult because it was as if he appeared in Ohio from out of nowhere.

Micki’s ancestor, Henry JUDGE, and my ancestor, Phebe (JUDGE) VAN DUYN, were siblings and both children of John JUDGE and Mary DRAKE. Micki and I were third cousins, twice removed. We never met or spoke on the phone. But we helped each other on our common goals of solving ancestral origins. I helped her a bit on a line unrelated to me, and she did the same for me.

So I tell this story with a combination of sadness and gratitude, with content from Micki’s research and mine, some of her words, and some of mine, and with much regret that I wasn’t able to get it published before she left us. I have found sources and cited them for ancestral facts, confirming and adding to what I received from Micki.

I hope I can do this story justice. Please come along.
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Happy 90th Birthday, Mom – I wish you were here

Today, April 3rd, would have been my mother’s 90th birthday. Here are a few pictures of her with some of her favorite people.

My mom and her mother, circa 1937

My mom and her mother, circa 1953

Mom and Dusty

Tom, me, Mom, and Dusty

Her little red-headed grand-baby, 1982.

Her little red-headed grand-baby, 1982

Kuhn Family Reunion, October 2004, New Castle, Indiana

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Mother and infant in a rocking chair

Surprise!

I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite photos of my mother and me.

Mother and infant in a rocking chair

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Uncles Perry and Ernest WILSON: My Grandfather’s Locomotive Engineering Brothers – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 6)

My maternal grandfather Roy U. WILSON was one of 8 children of Isaac Andrew and Barbara (HAAS) WILSON. There were four girls and four boys. Roy was the youngest.

Of his three older brothers, one died in Colorado, and the other two moved to northern Indiana and became locomotive engineers.

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