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Posted by: Grady Loy (ID *****4689) Date: May 28, 2005 at 04:13:56
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One of my first posts on this forum many years ago was a post inquiring if anyone knew the origins of a Giles Judson born November 1, 1825 in Oneida County New York (He married Mary Law daughter of George W. Law and granddaughter of Consider Law both of that county.) They had one surviving child, Harriet Adela (Ardelia?) Judson who went on to marry Jerome Bonaparte Dann in Kendall Illinois just after the Civil War and to settle later in Nebraska where they had a large family.

Giles' origins remained a mystery though I did find out through usgenweb for Oneida County that he was buried in Cooper Street Cemetery in Vernon.

There were several Judsons in Oneida, centered mainly around Westmoreland: Noadiah, Timothy, Sylvanus and Ephraim among them from the beginning of the 19th century. I settled on Ephraim as being the best candidate for Giles ancestry (at least to begin following it). There were several reasons (1) Ard Judson, known to be son of Ephraim Judson and Polly Curtis Judson, lived in Vernon and was buried in the same Cooper Street Cemetery. Giles was not son of Ard (too old) but was too young to be the son of Ephraim (died well before Giles was born). Ard had a brother David who was born 1801 and died in 1831 (again courtesy of USGENWEB). This David (probably) shows up in the neighboring town of Verona with a wife and two sons and I think one daughter.

I checked in 1850 for Judson children who were living with non Judson parents (eg the father had died and the mother remarried) and found that Harriet Doan had a daughter Jennett Judson and they lived in Westmoreland where David had originated, but I could not see how to further pursue this line.

Recently on a chance I asked the Oneida County Office in Utica to do a search of land records and they found that Giles Judson had bought a peice of land at majority (1845) and "sold" it on January 29, 1853 to his "mother" Harriet Doan. Since this was the day after he died it was apparently a transfer related to his death (about which we still have not found anything).

Following up on Harriet Doan and Jennett Judson Kellog in the censues I found that Harriet had been born in Connecticut in 1798 and herfather likewise in Connecticut and her mother in Scotland. Using census again and IGI I was able to find that she was born Harriet Miller daughter of Giles Miller (hence Giles "M" Judson) and Jennett Malcolm.

Jennett Malcolm had come over to Connecticutt from Scotland and was daughter of Duncan Malcolm and Margaret Hairstrom or Airstrom. Giles Miller was son of Giles Miller Sr and Elizabeth Parsons. Jennett Malcolm did not survive long into the 19th century and it seems likely that son Abner Miller with sister Harriet (but we are not sure yet whether with father Giles) probably migrated to Westmoreland Oneida sometime between 1815 and 1820.

Harriet Doan remarried to a Mr. Doan and had children Eliza, Elmira and Eunice. Harriet Doan and Jennett Judson Kellogg lived in Westmoreand until before 1880 they moved to Utica. Harriet Doan apparently died between 1880 and 1900. Jennett Kellogg was still alive in 1920.

Jennett was with a Henry Judson in 1860 in Onndaga Cy listed as sister. He was married to a Priscilla and had among others a child named Daniel. He was a bookkeeper. Later censuses gave the name of Priscilla's husband and Daniel's father variously as Daniel and David. Land records do indicate that there was a David and this may have been the name of Giles' brother. He was apparently eccentric (let us hope not criminally so) in reporting his name to census authorities differently each time. I believe also that the Elexander Judson who appeared in Boonesville Oneida in 1850 may have been him (it was the Boonesville Newspaper that carried Giles' obituary) Giles himself may have reported himself to the census authorities under aliases since no Giles ever turns up but a Caleb Judson did in Vernon in 1850.

Land records indicated that there was a David Judson alive in 1851 and this certainly was not David son of Ephraim who had been dead 20 years and there was no other Judson of that name in the census for that county.

Finally, land records indicated that in early land transactions a Harriet and David Judson were husband and wife which together with the above informations suggests that Giles lineage was as follows:

............................Ephraim Judson
...............David Judson
............................Polly Curtis

Giles Miller Judson

............................Giles Miller Jr
...............Harriet Miller
............................Jennett Malcolm

Finally, I visited Vernon, Oneida NY last week and went to Cooper Street Cemetery. Giles is buried at the point where one row abuts the road though the middle of the cemetery. Directly behind him is the stone of an M.E. Judson, to her left is Polly Curtis and to her left Ard Judson and his wife. Ard Judson's children who died later are buried in different parts of the cemetery. Originally it was probably only Polly Curtis that was buried behind Giles (going by the year of death, Giles was first and Polly next and then probably Mary E and then Ard who wanted to be buried near his mother. I hope this clears up the mystery of the originals of Giles Judson and possibly members of his family who were among the only "stray" Judsons in Oneida. It would be interesting if anyone could explain however how the Westmoreland Judsons, Noadiah, Timothy, Sylvanus and Ephraim Judson were all related to each other.

Best Regards

Grady Loy

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