Biography of Curtis Judson Jedd
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JUDD, CURTIS JUDSON. - Born at Otis, Berkshire county, Mass., May 15, 1839. Son of Judson and Corinthia A. (Dorman) Judd. Father of English descent and mother of Irish. The former was a prominent physician and surgeon and died at Lee, Mass., in 1860. Mother is still living at Pittsfield. Father was a descendant of Benjamin Judd, fourth son of Thomas Judd, the earliest one of the family coming to America. He arrived from Essex, England, in 1633, and settled in Cambridge, Mass. He was admitted as a freeman of the colony and is recorded as one in a specially favored list as having built houses in 1636, as a landholder. He removed to Hartford and from thence to Farmington, Conri., and is registered as one of the 84 proprietors, which embraced six townships in 1673. Returning to Massachusetts he settled at Northampton in 1682, and was granted by the general court 200 acres of land for public services. Was prominently identified with church work and as one of the seven pillars organized churches at Hartford, Farmington and Northampton. He died at the latter place in 1688 at the age of 80 years. The subject of this sketch was educated under the tuition of Prof. Ephraim Flint, at Lee high school, and later at Prof. E. W. B. Canning's school at Stockbridge, Mass. For six years of his early life he was engaged as clerk in a store. In August, 1862, he enisted as a private in Company B, 129th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Was promoted to the rank of sergeant-major January, 1863, and mustered out at Washington in May, 1865. This regiment formed one of the five of the first brigade under the command of Gen. Benjamin Harrison, 3rd division, General Butterfield, 20th army corps, Generals Hooker and Slocum commanders. During part of 1865 and 1866 was for twelve months auditor of all telegraph lines south of Louisville, Ky., under the United States military department, until their restoration by the government to the original private corporations. From 1866 to 1868 he was in charge of a clothing house in this city. He was for seven years engaged as a general merchant with David McWilliams at Dwight, and for two years was in the lumber business at Pontiac, Ill. Since April, 1880, has been secretary and treasurer of the Leslie E. Keeley Company ac Dwight In politics a republican; is a member of Joliet Cornmandery No. 4, Knights Templar, a member of the G. A. R., and of the Union League Club, Chicago. Major Judd was married Nov. 24, 1880, at Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Miss Flora Estelle Dow, daughter of I. C. Dow, of Chicago, and has two children, Florence M. and Arthur C.

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