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Martin Judy Family Papers

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.3798

Scope and Contents

Collection of photographs, artifacts, and correspondence relating to the Martin Judy (1831-1885) and Christena Harper Judy (1831-1912) family of Judy Gap, Pendleton County, West Virginia. Subjects of photographs include Martin and Christena Judy, their children, and a few relatives. Most subjects are identified. Artifacts include a scarf, quilt, toy calf, creamer, dish, jewelry box, and cowbell. Correspondence includes memory books and sympathy cards for the deaths of Isom P. Judy and his son, Dennis McClellan "Jack" Judy. Typescript notes describing the history of most of the artifacts are in the control folder.

Box 1 contains photographs and a family bible. Subjects of photographs include Martin and Christena Judy, their children, and a few relatives. Most subjects are identified. There are also photographs, a clipping, and a few manuscripts regarding their son Dr. Noah Judy (1855-1922) who worked in Pendleton and Randolph Counties, and who lived in the town of Whitmer, Randolph County. There is also a copy of the New Testament and Psalms that belonged to Gertrude May Bodkin Judy ("Gertie"), the wife of Isom Judy. The bible contains Gertie's notes as well as other information concerning Gertie and the Judy family.

Box 2 contains a scarf made by Christena Judy in the late 1800s that she used in her home at Judy Gap, accompanied by a descriptive narrative (in box 1, folder 14). The scarf has a floral pattern in the center made with natural dyes.

Box 3 contains the correspondence. Included are memory books and sympathy cards for the deaths of Dennis McClellan "Jack" Judy, son of Gertie and Isom (1924-1984) and for Isom P. Judy (1887-1986), both of Parson, WV.

Box 4 contains a milk pitcher or creamer (ca. 1857) and a jewelry box (undated). Box 5 contains a crystal dish (undated) and a cowbell (ca. 1914-1930). The blue and white ceramic creamer was a gift from Michael Bodkin to his granddaughter Gertie Bodkin Judy. The bottom of the creamer is stamped with the words "Kato [Keto?] Lunesville France," and the item has been professionally restored. The jewelry box and crystal dish originally belonged to Annie C. Tingler Judy (1865-1905), of whom there is a portrait in box 1. The top of the jewelry box shows an image of children in a meadow. The cowbell belonged to Isom, and was used to keep track of a bull on his Dry Fork River Valley farm.

Box 6 contains a toy Black Angus calf called "Blackie" (ca. 1965-1966). Originally a papier-mâché calf purchased by Isom, Gertie added the coat, ears, eyes, and tail.

Box 7 contains a quilt made by Dessie C. Judy Kidwell (ca. 1960s), and a facsimile of an artistic rendering of portraits of Judy family members (ca. 1890).

Addendum of 2013/08/22:

ca. 1910; 1 ft. (1 wooden chest, 12 in.)

Box 8 contains a wooden chest made by Clel Judy of Judy Gap in Pendleton County, West Virginia, 12 in. x 14 in. x 17 in. He built it by re-purposing the bottom half of a dynamite crate, and by creating a new lid. His name and the date of 1910 (creation date, presumably) are carved into the front of the box. He kept his money and important papers locked inside of it.

Clel Judy (1864-1931) lived on Spruce Knob, on the Seneca Creek west side, in a place known as "Judy Springs" that was named for Clel. It was also known as the "Clel Judy Place." A photograph of Clel accompanied the box (see link to digitized photo in Instances).

The box was passed down to his son Isom Judy, then to Howard Judy (Isom's son), and then to Chris Kidwell.

Addendum of 2013/09/26:

ca. 1950s-1960s; 3 in. (1 item)

Box 9 contains a white crocheted tablecloth made by Gertie Bodkin Judy (1897-1987); ca. 1950s-1960s. Also includes historical note by Chris Kidwell.

Addendum of 2014/06/14: ca. 1890-1900; 3 1/2 in. (2 items)

Box 10 contains two crayon portraits, one of Annie C. Tingler Judy (1865-1905), and the other of her son Harness Judy (1890-1909). Biographical and genealogical information is attached to the paintings.

For home movies of the Judy family, see A&M 3823.

Dates

  • ca. 1857-2012
  • Majority of material found in ca. 1890-1986

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Extent

7.3 Linear Feet (Summary: 7 ft., 3 1/2 in. (2 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (1 roll storage box, 4 in. x 4 in. x 48 in.); (1 small flat storage box, 4 1/2 in.); (1 small flat storage box, 3 1/2 in.); (1 flat storage box, 5 in.); (2 large flat storage boxes, 3 in.); (1 large flat storage box, 3 1/2 in.); (1 wooden chest, 12 in.))

Overview

Collection of photographs, artifacts, and correspondence relating to the Martin Judy (1831-1885) and Christena Harper Judy (1831-1912) family of Judy Gap, Pendleton County, West Virginia. Subjects of photographs include Martin and Christena Judy, their children, and a few relatives. Most subjects are identified. Artifacts include a scarf, quilt, toy calf, creamer, dish, jewelry box, and cowbell. Correspondence includes memory books and sympathy cards for the deaths of Isom P. Judy and his son, Dennis McClellan "Jack" Judy. Typescript notes describing the history of most of the artifacts are in the control folder. Also includes crayon portraits of Annie C. Tingler Judy and her son Harness Judy, and a bible owned by Gertrude May Bodkin Judy. For more details, see the Scope and Content note below.

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/
Title
Martin Judy Family Papers, ca. 1857-2012
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Date
2011/10/13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536