History of
Ashtabula Co., Ohio

SOURCE: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio
Large, Moina W.  Topeka :: Historical Pub. Co.,, 1924, 1132 pgs.

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* JANOS, Sam
* JOHNSON, Ernest S.
* JONES, Edwin E.
* JONES, George S.
* JONES, W. E.
* JUDD, John

* JUDSON, James H.


EDWIN E. JONES, a prominent miller and one of the most enterprising, progressive business men of Jefferson, Ohio, was born in Warren, Pennsylvania, June 14,1841. His parents, Annias and Ruth (Palmer) Jones, were both natives of Charlotte, Vermont, in which place the mother was born in 1801, and where they were reared and married. Their ancestors were early settlers of New England States, with the affairs of which they were actively identified. The mother of the subject of this sketch witnessed the memorable battle of Lake Champlain, on which so much depended in the struggling history of the American colonies. About 1834, the parents removed from the Green Mountain State to Pennsylvania, when, in 1845, they removed to Ohio, settling near Conneaut, in Ashtabula county, where the father was engaged in farming for many years. He afterward went West to prosecute business, and was there taken sick and died. The mother died in Ashtabula county, lamented by a large circle of friends. They were the parents of five children, of whom three, all sons, now survive.
     The subject of this sketch was reared in Conneaut, Ohio, where he received a common school education. At about the age of twelve years he entered the employ of his brother, a successful liveryman and stage proprietor, with whom he remained until he was about twenty years of age. Mr. Jones, of this notice, then took charge of a hotel at Union Mills, Pennsylvania, which his brother had bought, and in which city his brother con­ducted a stage line. In 1865, the brothers went to Erie, Pennsylvania, where they pur­chased a flouring mill, which they successfully operated six years. The subject of this sketch then went to Kansas, and there entered the stock business, which he profitably continued five years. He then returned to Ashtabula county and entered the employ of Bailey, Paine & Weatherston, successful millers of Jefferson.    Subsequently, Mr. Jones bought out the interest of Mr. Weatherston in the business, and afterward other changes took place in the firm, until, in 1878, Mr. Jones became sole proprietor of the pant, which he has since successfully operated. This mill has a capacity of seventy-five barrels a day, is supplied with ail the latest improvements and turns out an excellent grade of flour, which finds a ready market at profitable rates. This prosperity is due to the careful and efficient management of Mr,. Jones, who adds to his thorough knowledge of the business, indomitable perseverance and industry, a combination capable of accomplishing wonders.
     October 30, 1868, Mr. Jones was married to Emily Blinn, daughter of Rev. T. D. Blinn, who died leaving one son, Elmo B. In 1885, Mr. Jones married Helen Deveraux, and they have one child,. Ruth.
     Of thorough integrity, public spirited, liberal-minded and progressive, Mr. Jones has taken an active interest in the welfare of his city, and holds a high position in the regard of the community. Mr. Jones is a member of the Masonic order, Tuscan Lodge, No. 342, and the I. 0. O. F., Ensign Lodge, No. 400. In politics, he is a Prohibitionist.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)

GEORGE S. JONES, owner and proprietor of Maple Shade Farm, ranks among the progressive and enterprising farmers of Ashtabula County.  His farm is in Jefferson Township.  He was born in Plymouth Township, Jan. 22, 1870, and is the son of George S. and Lydia (Andrews) Jones.
     George S. Jones
, deceased, was a prominent pioneer of Plymouth Township.  He was a native of Connecticut and came to this county with his parents during the very early days.  He improved a large tract of land and engaged in general farming for 52 years.  He died in Ashtabula, and his wife, a native of Harpersfield, Ohio, is also deceased.  Mr. and Mrs. Jones were the parents of the following children:  Paul, lives in Seattle, Wash.; George S., the subject of this sketch; Charles, lives in Seattle, Wash; Ida, married W. E. Jerome; Inez, twin sister of Ida, married Lynn Rockwell, lives in Ashtabula; Albert, who died in 1918.  By a former marriage, Mr. Jones had three children: Frank, lives in Jefferson; Ada, married W. E. Mann, lives in Ashtabula; and Fred, lives retired in Jefferson.
     George S. Jones received his education in the district schools of Plymouth Township and began life as a building contractor in Ashtabula.  He then was employed by the New York Central Railroad for several years, after which he engaged in farming in Jefferson Township.  He owns 102 acres of good farm land and has one of the attractive stock farms of the township.
     Mr. Jones is a Republican and a highly esteemed resident of the community.
(See Note 2 below for Source)

JOHN JUDD, a highly respected citizen now living retired at Conneaut, Ohio, was born in Litchfield county, Connecticut, in 1807, son of Eli and Sallie (Hendrix) Judd, both natives of that State. Eli Judd was a manufacturer of bar iron. He died at the age of forty-eight years, and his wife at seventy-four. Both were consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the long life of the latter was one that shone with a luster undimmed by age or surrounding circumstances. There were three children in their family, namely: Elijah, who died in Delaware county, New York; John, the subject of this sketch; and Azubah, wife of Garey Stone, a resident of Seneca county, New York, died in 1891, at the age of eighty years.
     John Judd received a common school education only, and at the age of eighteen years began teaching in Connecticut. For several years he taught there and in Dutchess county, New York, teaching and farming occupying his time until 1837, when he came to Conneaut, and after coming here he taught for a time. Then he turned his attention to the lumber business, owning and operating a steam mill for ten or fifteen years. He afterward ran a flour and feed mill, next had a grocery, then was engaged in the real-estate business, and since about 1872 has been retired. He was a Town Trustee for several years.
     Mr. Judd was married August 25, 1829, to Aurilla Stone, daughter of David and Abbie (Fenton) Stone, of Litchfield county, Connecticut. Mrs. Stone was related to Governor Fenton, of New York, and was a widow at the time her daughter Aurilla was married. For sixty-four years Mr. and Mrs. Judd have lived happily together, and for the past twenty years Mrs. Judd has been an invalid. This worthy couple literally planted the vine and fig tree, beneath the friendly shade of which they now rest, enjoying the sweets that come to those who have lived useful lives. Mrs. Judd has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years. By their many estimable qualities both have endeared themselves to a large circle of friends and acquaintances.   Following are the name of their children: Charlotte, wife of R. J. Wells, died in 1863, at the age of thirty-two years, leaving one child, Bertha; Byron, a grocer of Conneaut, has been twice married and has one child, George B., by his first wife; Emeline, widow of Austin Harmon, has two children, William and Fred R; next came three children who died young, Ivah Jane, John and one unnamed; Ivah J., wife of Elvington Phillips, has three children,—Harry, Laura and Bessie; Mary, wife of Charles Reets, East Conneaut, has two children,—Florence and John; Lelia, wife of Charles Goldsmith, died in 1878, at the age of thirty-three years, leaving three children,—Minnie, Lila and Leverett B.; Willie died at the age of two years.
     Such, in brief, is a sketch of the life and lineage of one of Conneaut's venerable citizens.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)

JAMES H. JUDSON, a prominent busi­er. I ness man and enterprising citizen of Conneaut, Ohio, was born at this place, September 28, 1848, son of Hiram and Azuba (Horton) Judson.
     Hiram Judson was born in New York in 1812, the oldest of three children of Elisha Judson, his two brothers being Ephraim and Isaac. Ephraim went to Michigan, where he died when about twenty-one years of age. Isaac died in Elkhart, Indiana, about 1886. The mother of J. H. Judson was born December 10, 1809, oldest of the two children of James and Asenath (Mann) Horton, natives of Connecticut and Massachusetts respectively. The other child, Sarah, was born in May, 1811; became the wife of S. A. Pelton, of Connecticut; died March 1, 1883. After the death of her mother, which occurred when Azuba was three years old, she went to live with her grandparents, Nathan and Elizabeth Mann, by whom she was reared. Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Judson were married March 6, 1835, and in 1840 settled in Conneaut. Of the three children born to them only James H. is living. Elisha, the oldest, is a member of the Congregational Church.
     Mr. Judson votes with the Republican party, taking, however, little interest in political matters. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having taken the Scottish rite degrees.
     In connection with the life of James H. Judson, it is fitting that further mention be made of his honored father, and the following sketch will be of interest to many.
Hiram Judson, deceased, was born in Penfield, New York, September 29, 1812. He and his wife came to Conneaut in 1840. For a number of years he, in company with Mr. Asa Shepard, conducted a woolen mill and store on South Ridge, and in 1859 he moved into Conneaut and engaged in merchandising, E. A. Higgins being his partner.  He also, with Hiram Lake as a partner, carried on a lumber business. With the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania, he went to the oil fields and for a number of years was one of the busy men in that busy section. He returned to Conneaut, however, in 1864, far from being a wealthy man.  At the death of Mr. Lake, James H. Judson came into the firm, and he and his father continued a successful business in lumber.
     On Tuesday, October 14, 1890, Mr. Judson, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Brayman, left Conneaut in the best of spirits for California, to engage in a new enterprise, the planting of an orange grove, an undertaking, as he expressed to the writer, from which he knew he could not live the requisite length of time to receive any benefits, but which he believed would eventually prove one of the most profitable investments. Little did he think he would not live to reach the Golden State, much less that his death would be the result of his falling from the train that was speeding him to his new field of labor. We have no details of the sad accident. The following Saturday, the sorrow stricken family received the following dis­patch: "Mr. Judson fell from the train and was instantly killed."  This was a sad ending of a life so grand and useful, making a mournful impression upon the mind.
     Hiram Judson is dead. These are the most painful words we have written in many a day. They have cast a pall of sorrow not only over the family and its immediate con­nections, but also over the entire city of Conneaut. No man was better known or more highly respected than the deceased, and therefore this universal mourning. The feelings of sorrow and sadness that hold sway in every breast is but a just tribute to the man whose departure has been so sudden and unexpected.
     A resident of this place for nearly a half a century, and identified with all its interests as a leader among the many of our active citizens, his worth became known to us all. No enterprise of a public nature was ever inaugurated without, if according to his judgment it was proper and for the best interests of the community at large, receiving the hearty support of his active brain and liberal purse; and if it met with his disapproval he was equally bold and fearless in opposing it with voice and action. He was a man of strong convictions, fearless and bold in his dealings with municipal officers, and no measure of a public nature was ever undertaken without the result that his voice was raised either for or against it and in no uncertain tone.
     During the time we were laboring for the establishment of the Nickel Plate shops, he was one of the active men; again, when working with might and main for our Southern railroad scheme, his voice was loud and strong, and his purse wide open. He served the city as Councilman for a number of years, and as a member of the Council, as in every other place, he was a power for good. In his private business enterprises he was possessed of rare tact and foresight, great activity and indomitable perseverance, and whatever he undertook to do he carried to a successful issue. In his vocabulary there was no such word as "failure."
     With all the push and energy he applied to his various business enterprises, and the process of acquiring a handsome fortune, there is not a man living who could give expression to a suspicion that in all his business relations he was not the soul of honor, honesty and uprightness. In social life he was an example worthy the imitation and emulation of all—calm, dignified and active. In all measures that had a tendency to elevate mankind and to make better, lie was a leader. Every appeal to relieve the sufferings of his fellow men found him not only a ready listener but also ready with an open hand to assist and succor. There are many in our community who will sadly miss his fatherly advice and his many acts of charity.
     Although not a professor of religion, he was a regular attendant upon divine service and a most liberal contributor toward the support of the Gospel. He lived the life of the follower of the Lamb. He was merciful and he shall receive mercy.
     In Evergreen Lodge, A. F. & A. M., he was a pillar, and in his younger days was. a most active worker. Here, as well as in business circles, in the church and in the family, is a vacant place.
     In his death the aged and invalid wife, the only son and his family have met with an irreparable loss.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)


Note 1:  
Source 1 - Biographical History of Northeastern, Ohio Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake.
Containing Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States with a Biography of each, together with Portraits and Biographies of Joshua R. Giddings, Benjamin F. Wade and a large number of Early Settlers and Representative Families of today.
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company - 1893.
Note 2:
Source 2 - History of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Mrs. Moina W. Large - 1924
NOTE:  There will be an asterisk (*) next to the biographies that have a portrait.

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