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William H. Judkins papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0749

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed diaries from William H. Judkins in Mishawaka, Indiana ranging from 1861 to 1865 regarding Civil War; two locks of hair from the diary covering 1861/10/07 to 1862/05/04; and an autographed, signed letter from Nathan Boys in Mishawaka, Indiana on 1826/08/10 regarding family business.


  • 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 H. Judkins was born October 5, 1841 in Mishawaka, Indiana to Stephen H. and Phoebe [Phebe] [Pheba] Ann Simon Judkins. He was one of four children, two of whom died tragically and young. He enlisted in Company F, Indiana Regiment Volunteer Infantry on October 7, 1861. He was promoted to commissionary sergeant in 1862 and was promoted to full Quarter Master on August 25, 1864 by Governor Oliver P. Morton. He was mustered out on July 15, 1865 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was married to Isabelle (Belle) M. Marting in St. Joseph County, Indiana on October 5, 1865, and they had four children.

He was in the grocery business with his father until 1886, then became involved with gas and insurance. In 1889, he was one of the organizers of the Mishawa Building and Loan Assocation, of which he then became treasurer and a director. He was elected, as a Republican, to the offices of city clerk and treasurer. In 1870 he became assistant United States marshal and census enumerator (also in 1880). In 1890 he served as census taker for the manufacturing establishments of Mishawaka and South Bend. He was a member of many organizations, including the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). He served as a delegate to the General Assembly from Indiana in 1876, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died March 1, 1903 and is buried in the Mishawaka City Cemetery, Mishawaka, Indiana.

"Judkins, William H.". 1850 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/03/11.

"Judkins, William H.". 1860 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/03/11.

"Judkins, William H.". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/03/11.

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

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

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

"Judkins, William H.". (1893). In Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Goodspeed Brothers, Publishers. (pp. 393-394). Print. ISLI 977.201 E43p (NB: I found this after I had found ALL other sources. What a treasure!!!)

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


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from George Blair on 1966/03/31.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/03/11 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/03/11 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid updated 2018/07/12 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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