Who Are The Parents of Jonathan Judkins?

Jonathan Judkins was my 5x great-grandfather [ancestor of my father’s mother] and the father of Elizabeth Judkins, my 4x great-grandmother. Not a great deal is known about him. He married Dolly Smith in Fayette, Kennebec, Maine on 6 Nov 1801, and then they had six children in Fayette whose births I have found in the records of that town.

Assuming it was a first marriage and Jonathan was of a typical age, he was probably born about 1776.  If we further assume that he was living in Fayette in 1800, the year before his marriage, (reasonable given that he is also in Fayette in the 1810 census) we can look at the 1800 Census for Fayette, Kennebec, Maine for clues as to his father’s name.

In that census there are four Judkins listed: Samuel, Joel, John, and Benjamin (see data below).  In Samuel’s case, there is only one male listed of the age to be a parent, so that would be Samuel himself.  The same is the case for Joel.  In the case of Benjamin Judkins, there are two males over 45 and two males between 10 and 16.  Not a good fit for someone of typical marrying age in 1801.

In the case of John Judkins, there is one male 45+ and two males between 16 and 25.  That makes a good case for a man about our Jonathan’s age, his father, and a brother.

Given the options, ages, and assumptions above, it seems most likely that Jonathan’s father could be this “John Judkins”.  The census also says that John Judkins immigrated to Maine from New Hampshire in 1799.  So if our Jonathan is his son he was likely born in New Hampshire.

Further evidence comes from the 1810 census of Fayette where there is a John and a “John Jr” listed.  John Jr has 2 boys < 10, 1 man 26-44, 3 girls < 10 and 1 woman 26-44.  From what we know of children born to my grandparents, their family in 1810 would have been:

Jonathan Judkins 34
Dolly Smith: 30
Sarah Judkins: 8
Rhoda Judkins 6
Hiram Judkins 4
Elizabeth Judkins: 2
Jessie Judkins: 1 month

Exactly matching the census!  This means “John Jr.” is very probably our Jonathan, and that his father was also Jonathan Judkins.

Based on ages of children in the census, John the elder was probably born between 1750 and 1764.   Further research on the other three Judkins men in town indicates that they were very likely all related (sons of Joseph Judkins and Margaret Smith of New Hampshire).  We can also see that eldest among them, Benjamin, was born in Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

That seems like a good place to look for John Folsom the elder to have lived.  There is a Jonathan Judkins and Esther Sweat or Sneat there having children at about the right time.  That’s my current best lead.

Further Research on the Other Folsom Families in the 1800 Census for Fayette, Maine

Samuel Judkins married a woman named Elizabeth.  There are records of two births in Fayette: Elizabeth on 6 Dec 1796, and Hannah on 4 Sept 1797.  The census has three girls, no boys.  We have record of two girls being born.  Based on the ages of the daughters, Samuel was probably born about 1770.  Aligning other sources, this family seems to be Samuel Judkins & Elizabeth Knowles.  Samuel was the son of Joseph Judkins and Margaret Smith.  He died 19 Apt 1838 in Wilton, Franklin Maine.

Joel Judkins married a woman named Abia.  There are records of 8 births in Fayette: Lydia on 9 Dec 1785 Joseph on 23 May 1787, Richard on 19 Oct 1788, David on 19 Sept 1790, Betty on 14 Aug 1792, Joel on 27 May 1794, Abia on 30 Aug 1796, and Levi on 27 Jun 1798.  The census says 5 boys and 4 girls.  We have birth records for 4 boys and 4 girls.  From the birth dates, Joel was probably born about 1760.  Aligning other sources, this family seems to be  Joel Judkins & Abia Kram.  Joel was also a son of Joseph Judkins (1724-1798) and Margaret Smith (b 1724).  He was born 25 Feb 1762 in Pittston, Kennebec, Maine, and died 1805 in Industry, Franklin, Maine.

Benjamin seems to have married a woman named Mary.  There are records of 8 births in Fayette: A Stillborn Boy on 28 Sept 1782, Polly on 9 Feb 1784, a Stillborn Boy on 28 Feb 1786, John on 18 Mar 1788, Daniel on 4 Mar 1790, Rebecah on 2 Feb 1793, Peggy on 15 Aug 1795, and Nancy on 14 Aug 1797.  The census has 5 girls, 2 boys.  We have birth records for 4 girls and two boys.  Judging by ages, Benjamin was likely born about 1757.  Aligning other sources, this family seems to be Benjamin Judkins & Mary Philbrook (1756-1797).  He was also a of Joseph Judkins and Margaret Smith.  Benjamin was born in Brentwood, Rockingham, New Hampshire 20 Jan 1748, and died in Fayette, in 1833.

Data From 1800 Census for Fayette, Maine

Samuel Judkins
Males < 10        0
Males 10 < 16    0
Males 16 < 26    0
Males 26 < 45    1
Males 45 +        0
Females < 10    3
Females 10 < 16    0
Females 16 < 26    0
Females 26 < 45    1
Females 45 +    0

Joel Judkins
Males < 10        3
Males 10 < 16    2
Males 16 < 26    0
Males 26 < 45    1
Males 45 +        0
Females < 10    3
Females 10 < 16    1
Females 16 < 26    0
Females 26 < 45    1
Females 45 +    0

John Judkins  (Immigrated in 1799 from NH)
Males < 10        0
Males 10 < 16    1
Males 16 < 26    2
Males 26 < 45    0
Males 45 +        1
Females < 10    0
Females 10 < 16    0
Females 16 < 26    1
Females 26 < 45    0
Females 45 +    1

Benjamin Judkins
Males < 10        0
Males 10 < 16    2
Males 16 < 26    0
Males 26 < 45    0
Males 45 +        2
Females < 10    3
Females 10 < 16    1
Females 16 < 26    1
Females 26 < 45    1
Females 45 +    0

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About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

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