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William Judkins papers

 Collection — Folder: S076
Identifier: S0076

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed, signed letter from Sarah Judkins in Indiana on 1861/11/05 regarding family business, a Civil War uniform button and two official documents verifying military service in the Mexican and Civil Wars.


  • 1861-1932


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

William Judkins was born May 25, 1826 in Brown County, Ohio and was moved to Alto, in Howard County, Indiana when very young. He was mustered into the military in New Albany, Indiana on June 20, 1846 and was mustered out at New Orleans, Louisiana on June 16, 1847, having served in Company C, 1st Regiment Indiana Volunteers for the Mexican War, in General Taylor's campaign, the battle of Buena Vista and other engagements. He married Sarah E. Tull of Shelby County in Shelby County on April 5, 1849. They had six children.

During the Civil War, he enrolled as a captain of Company H, 16th Regiment Indiana Volunteers on May 14, 1861 and was mustered out at Washington, D.C., on May 23, 1862. He then mustered into Company D, 18th Regiment Indiana Volunteers Infantry, in which he served during the remainder of the Civil War.

After the war, he became a merchant and postmaster in Fairland, Indiana. He lived in Indianapolis for many years, dying there on August 30, 1900. He is buried at Boggstown Cemetery, in Boggstown, Indiana.

Information found within the collection.

"Judkins, William". Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Retrieved 2015/03/04.

"Judkins, William". 1860 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/03/04.

"Judkins, William". 1870 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/03/04.

"Judkins, William". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/03/04.

"Judkins, William". ICPR Digital Archives. Retrieved 2015/03/04.

"Judkins, William". U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Retrieved 2015/03/04.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/03/04 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/03/04 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.