Capt David Judson 1755-1818Leave a Comment
Biography of Capt. David Judson March 18, 2012 by Christopher MacDonald
Birth: March 9, 1755, Washington, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Death: February 13, 1818, Black Lake, Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence County, New York; Inscriptions from the inventory of Ogdensburgh Cemetery.
Marriage: Elizabeth Davies. “She was born at the family home( in Washington, Ct.) in 1763, and in her youth shared the trials her parents endured during the Revolutionary War. In her case, however, the feelings of hostility to the opposite party were not lasting, for she chose as her husband, an officer of the Continental Army, Capt. David Judson, to whom she was married February 28, 1784. She died June 15, 1850 leaving a family of 12 children”. Memory.bc.gov/master/gdc/scdser; Inscriptions from the inventory of Ogdensburgh Cemetery.
Education: Graduate of Yale College, 1775. Yale and Her Honor Roll in the American Revolution 1775-1783, Henry P. Johnston, 1888; Roll of Honor.
Military: “ Capt. Judson entered the army on June 7, 1776 when he probably joined one of the Connecticut regiments in Wadsworth’s brigade at New York. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in Colonel Chandler’s Eight Connecticut Regiment, January 1, 1777 fighting at Germantown and wintered at Valley Forge, 1777-1778. He was certainly at the latter camp for in later life, he used to recall the fatigues and hardships of the troops there. On February 14, 1778 he was promoted First Lieutenant, and was doubtless present at Monmouth during the following June. On December 17, 1778-1780 he acted as Brigade Quartermaster of Parsons Brigade. Wintering at Morristown, he remained with Washington’s army, generally along the Hudson, until the close of the war. He was promoted Captain in the First Regiment under Col. Zebulon Butler on May 29, 1782”. Yale and Her Honor Roll in the American Revolution, 1775-1778. He signed the Oath of Allegiance to the United States while at Valley Forge. The Army and Navy of the United States, 1776-1891, George Barrie Publisher, Philadelphia 1890.
Cincinnati: Original Member. Records of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, Hartford CT, 1889
Occupation: Soldier and farmer.
Discussion: “Returning home, he rose to some prominence, and from 1794 to 1801, was Brigadier General in the State Militia. He served as Selectman and as Representative in the Legislature of Connecticut for the town of Washington. In 1806 he moved with his family to Black Lake, in the town of Oswegatchie N.Y. where Ogdensburg now stands and settled on a farm near that of his wife’s brother, Thomas John Davies. His son, David C. Judson, was for fifty years identified with the growth and interests of Ogdensburg.” Yale and Her Honor Roll in the American Revolution, 1775-1778. He was made a Junior Warden of the American Union Lodge No. 1 on March 25, 1782. History of the American Union Lodge No. 1. Charles S. Plumb, 1934.