Judd Genealogy - Beginning with Deacon Thomas Judd, English immigrant to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in about 1633
Thomas Judd (1608-1688) was born in Langley, Kent, England, in 1608. His parents were WIlliam Judd (about 1583-about 1608) and Katherine Norwood (about 1575-1632) of England. Thomas Judd married Elizabeth (unknown) (1612-1678) in about 1630, probably in England.
The exact date of Thomas Judd's arrival in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is not known. Thomas Judd first appears in the records of Cambridge as a land owner in 1634.
Langley is a small village in the Maidstone district of County Kent in England. Langley lies about 44 miles southeast of London. Langley is near the red dot on the image above. (Click the image to enlarge it in order to see the red dot.)
Thomas Judd was elected as a Freeman in Cambridge on May 25, 1636. In the same year, Thomas left Cambridge and became one of the founders of Hartford, Connecticut.
Cambridge lies just north and across the Charles River from Boston. On the image above, Cambridge lies just above Boston in the state of Massachusetts. This map also shows Hartford, Connecticut, on the Connecticut River southwest of Boston.
The Founders Monument in Hartford, Connecticut, displays the names of the founders of the City of Hartford in 1636. Thomas Judd owned a house near the "charter oak" in Hartford. This image shows the Founders Monument in the Ancient Burial Ground, which is located to the rear of the First Congregational Church at the corner of Main and Gold Streets in Hartford.
Thomas Judd's name appears on the third line of one of the faces of the Hartford Founders Monument.
!n 1644, Thomas Judd and his family moved and became one of the founders of Farmington, Connecticut. Thomas Judd was one of the founders of the Church at Farmington in 1652. Thomas was the church's second Deacon, and thereafter he was referred to as Deacon Thomas Judd.
The children of Thomas and Elizabeth Judd were born in Cambridge, Hartford and Farmington: William (1633-1690), Elizabeth (1635-1716), Thomas Jr (1638-), John (1640-), Benjamin (1643-1703), Mary (1644-), Ruth (1647- 1689), Philip (1649-1687), and Samuel (1651-1721). Thomas Judd's wife Elizabeth died in Farmington in 1678.
After his first wife died, Deacon Thomas Judd moved to Northampton, Massachusetts. On December 2, 1679, Thomas married a widow named Clemence Mason.
Deacon Thomas Judd died on November 12, 1688, in Northampton, Massachusetts. He was buried in the Bridge Street Cemetery.
The headstone of Deacon Thomas Judd is pictured in the image above. The inscription reads: "Dea. Thomas Judd Died Nov. 12 1688 aged about 80. He was the ancestor of the New England Judds, and came from England in 1633 or 1634 and settled at Cambridge. He removed to Hartford in 1636, and to Farmington about 1644. He was a deacon of the church at Farmington and a representative to the General Court. After the death of his wife he came to Northampton in 1679 and married a second wife, and lived here until his death in 1688. He left nine children – William, Elizabeth, Thomas, John, Benjamin, Mary, Ruth, Philip and Samuel. Sylvester Judd one of his descendants caused this stone to be erected in 1858."
Sylvester Judd was his grandson and, in 1856,Sylvester published the Judd genealogy: Thomas Judd and His Descendants.
Many of the children of Deacon Thomas Judd were among the original founders of Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1674. The Judd children moved from Farmington. Among the original proprietors of Waterbury was Deacon Thomas Judd's 8th child, Philip Judd (1649-1689). Philip  married Hannah Loomis (1657-1678) in Farmington, Connecticut, in 1680. Philip and Hannah had three or more children: Philip Jr (1681-1760), Hannah (1684-1721) and William (1687-). After Philip Sr's death, his children moved from Waterbury to Danbury, Connecticut, before 1720, and settled in the part of the town called Bethel.
Philip Sr's oldest son Philip Jr  married Lydia Hall (1698-1760) . They had three sons: Philip Judd III (1711-1803), Thomas (1716-1804) and Samuel (1720-1760).
Philip Jr's second son Thomas Judd (1716-1804) married Rebecca Gray (1714-1778). Thomas  and Rebecca apparently lived in Connecticut. They had 7 children: Elizabeth, Jacb, Joseph, Rebecca, Thomas Jr, Obadiah (1744-1816), and Abner (1758-1814).
Abner Judd  married Elizabeth Noble (1754-1847). They had one or more children: Gideon Noble Judd (1787-1860). In 1790, Abner was living in Danbury, Connecticut.
On the map above, Waterbury lies 30 miles southwest of Hartford. Danbury lies 28 miles southwest of Waterbury.
Abner's son, Reverend Gideon Noble Judd , DD, was educated at Union Theological Seminary in New York and Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Rev Gideon Judd served churches in Montrose, Pennsylvania; Bloomfield, New Jersey; Catskill, New York; and Montgomery, New York.
Gideon Noble Judd married Catharine Frelinghuysen (1790-), daughter of Frederick Frelinghuysen (1753-1804), who was a Revolutionary War General, lawyer and United States Senator from New Jersey. The Frelinghuysen family is a dynasty of politicians from New Jersey including a current (2011) United States Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.
Gideon Noble Judd  and Catharine Felinghuysen had 5 children: Mary Elizabeth (1819-), Frederick Frelinghuysen (1821-), Catherine Frelinghuysen (1823-), John F. (1825-) and Charlotte M. F. (1827-).
This picture shows Christ's Presbyterian Church in Catskill, New York. The church was built in 1840, the year that Gideon N Judd became pastor of the church, so it is reasonable to conclude that Rev Gideon N Judd preached here.
Frederick Frelinghuysen Judd  married Jeanette Wilber (1823-1885). They had 4 children: Theodore Frelinghuysen (1850-1930), N.W. (1856-), H.B. (1858-), and W.M. (1862-).
Theodore Frelinghuysen Judd  married Flora Elthea Hawthorne (1857-1928). They had 8 children: Frederick Hawthorne (1883-1970), Grace M (1885-1976), Charles WIlber (1886-1898), Edwin Ingersoll (1888-1969), Laura E (1890-1979), Wilber (1893-), Flora (1894-) and Eleanor Marie (1898-1983).
Frederick Hawthorne Judd  was Mary's paternal grandfather. He married Laura Elvira Holman (1883-1929). They had 3 children: Florence E (1914-1999) and 2 living children.
By family history, Frederick H Judd was a civil engineer who was involved with the construction and maintenance of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Frederick H Judd and his family lived in White Plains, New York.
The image above is a drawing of Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
Elizabethon October 31, 2013
My husband is a 13th generation direct descendant of Deacon Thomas Judd and his first born son William Judd. I have a complete gen file at Ancestry.com. His great grandfather appears in the genealogy published by a cousin Sylvester Judd, 1850.
Cathy Haineron August 15, 2013
I just returned from visiting this burial site. Thomas Judd is my 9th great-grandfather on my mother's side. I appreciate seeing your pictures. I do wish I could read more than the top lines of the headstone. Any information about what else is written? I assume the children are listed but there is also a line at the bottom that isn't legible. Enjoyed finding your information.
Scott Sheldonon August 2, 2013
Thomas Judd is my 9th Great Grandfather from my father's side.
Darren J. Juddon July 22, 2012
I am a 13th decenendant of Deacon Thomas Judd.
Debbie Judd Kingon May 18, 2012
I am a decendant of Deacon Thomas Judd. My nephew is the 15th generation of son to son Judd all starting with Deacon Thomas Judd. We decend from Thomas' son Benjamin. Thank you for posting the information about his life in Conneticut. I will be visiting England this year and am hoping to dig up more on his father William. If you have any other information you could share about Thomas and or William it would be greatly appreciated.
B Barron March 4, 2012
I have been researching my husbands ancestors since 1968 and have only gotten back to NathanJudd and Thankful Wright
I think this may a connection. Thanks for anything you may tell about the family.
Rosanna Judd would be his 4th or 5th great grandmother
Lindaon March 3, 2012
I'm researching my husband's line and would appreciate information I can truly count on. I have a tree on Ancestry.com also. Thanks much.