William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Judson Family Correspondence, 1851-1883
Meg Hixon, July 2012
Judson family correspondence
0.5 linear feet
This collection contains 54 incoming letters that Alice F. Judson, William Judson, and P. P. Judson, of Waterford, Pennsylvania, received throughout the second half of the 19th century. The bulk of the collection consists of 35 letters that Charles Himrod wrote to Alice F. Judson, his future wife, about his life in Missouri between 1867 and 1869. The remaining letters are comprised of business correspondence addressed to William and P. P. Judson between 1851 and 1860, and additional letters received by members of the Judson family.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
Judson Family Correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.
William Judson (b. 1807), a merchant, and Clarissa King, his wife, lived in Waterford, Pennsylvania, in the mid-19th century. They had four children: Mary (1840-1905), Alice Francis (b. 1841), George Dewey (1843-1862), and Jessie King (b. 1852). Alice married Charles Himrod (b. 1841), the son of David and Abigail Himrod, on October 7, 1869. Charles, also a native of Waterford, Pennsylvania, served as sergeant major in Company E of the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, and worked in Missouri between 1867 and 1869. He later became an iron merchant. After their marriage, Charles and Alice Himrod lived in Youngstown, Ohio; Waterford, Pennsylvania; and Chicago, Illinois. They had two children, both of whom died in childhood.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection contains 54 incoming letters that Alice F. Judson, William Judson, and P. P. Judson, of Waterford, Pennsylvania, received throughout the second half of the 19th century. Charles Himrod wrote 35 letters to Alice F. Judson, his future wife, about his life in Missouri between 1867 and 1869. The remaining letters are comprised of business correspondence addressed to William and P. P. Judson between 1851 and 1860, and additional letters received by members of the Judson family.
Charles Himrod wrote to Alice F. Judson while he lived and worked in eastern Missouri between 1867 and 1869. He sent his letters from Moselle, St. James, St. Louis, and Knob View; he later wrote from Osage City and Tuscumbia. Himrod presented detailed descriptions of many aspects of life in Missouri, such as the people, the cities, and his daily experiences and activities. He provided his opinions on romantic relationships and marriage, including his feelings for Alice and about their courtship. On one occasion, inspired by a recent speech that Mark Twain delivered in St. Louis, Himrod shared his opinion on women's rights (March 31, ). Six letters dated after 1873 include incoming items addressed to Alice, her siblings, and Charles Himrod.
William and P. P. Judson, merchants based in Waterford, Pennsylvania, received 9 letters from various professional acquaintances between 1851 and 1860, concerning financial affairs.
- Courtship--United States.
- Missouri--Description and travel.
- Missouri--Social life and customs.
- Saint James (Mo.)
- Saint Louis (Mo.)
- Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
- Waterford (Pa. : Township)
- Himrod, Charles, b. 1841.
- Himrod, Alice Francis Judson, b. 1841.
- Judson, William, b. 1807.
Additional Descriptive Data
Jordan, John W. Genealogical and Personal History of the Allegheny Valley, Pennsylvania. Volume II. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913.
Mellick, Andrew D., Jr. The Story of an Old Farm: Or, Life in New Jersey in the Eighteenth Century. Somerville, New Jersey: The Unionist-Gazette, 1889.