Ludington, John Wesley

Male 1842 - 1912  (69 years)


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  • Name Ludington, John Wesley 
    Born 22 Apr 1842  Alleghany Co Pittsburg Pa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jan 1912  Fullerton Ne Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY, REMINISCENCE AND BIOGRAPHY. (c.1912) p. 222/223
      JOHN W. LUDINGTON.
      In the person of the gentleman above mentioned we have another of the prosperous and successful farmers of Nance county who is now retired from active labors Mr. Ludington is one of those substantial citizens whose integrity, thrift and economy have added largely to the material wealth and growth of the state of Nebraska. Agriculture and stock raising forms the basis of wealth and prosperity in the west as, indeed, in most sections of the United States, and it is, therefore, of great importance that the class of people who inhabit the farming regions of the country should represent those elements of sterling worth so prominently displayed by the pioneers of a great west, and which we find in the largest measure in our subject.
      John W. Ludington was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 22, 1842. When a small child he accompanied his parents into Iowa, where his father, John N. Ludington, became interested in farming, and there John Jr., grew to manhood. He was married in 1865 to Rebecca E. Newman, who came from Indiana, the event taking place at Adel, Iowa, and the young pair made their home in that vicinity for about nine years, then decided to try their fortunes in Nebraska, so started out to drive the entire distance in a covered wagon. They spent two weeks on the journey, landing in Merrick county, Nebraska, where Mr. Ludington homesteaded a quarter section on section seven, township fifteen, range eight, and there they succeeded in developing a good farm, making it their home for eight years, then sold the place and purchased two hundred acres, sixty of which was in Nance county. This he built up in good shape prospering in a marked manner, engaging extensively in mixed farming and stock raising, and continuing on the farm up to 1901, at which time he moved into Fullerton, where he purchased a fine home. During his residence on the farm, he ran a sorghum factory for twenty years, and some years made as high as two thousand gallons of the molasses in a season, for all of which he found a ready market at profitable prices. He also was the owner of a threshing outfit during the early days here, and made quite a nice little income from this source. In 1877 he put in a cable ferry across the main Loup River just west of Fullerton, and ran this ferry for about six years. He had also established another cable ferry at Fullerton, and these ferries were kept in continuous use up to the time the bridges were built. While he operated these ferries all wagon freight was obliged to cross the river in this way, and Mr. Ludington ferried all the traffic which came his way. In 1882, he took the mail route between St. Paul and Fullerton, which was a distance of thirty-five miles, and for four years traveled this route, making the trips in all sorts of weather, and having a fine record for promptness and strict attention to duty.
      Mr. and Mrs. Ludington have had six children, as follows: Luella, who married Samuel Pritchett, mother of five children, residing in Cody, Wyoming; Mary E., wife of James Russell, parents of three children, making their home in Fullerton; Kate, wife of Edwin Russell, they having three children, also living in Fullerton; John N., married and living with his three children in Cushing, Nebraska; Mattie, wife of Wallace Gorby, mother of two children, residents of Nance county; Ida May, wife of Bob Dopf, the latter editor of a local paper in Belgrade, Nebraska, where they make their home. The family are all well known and enjoy a large circle of acquaintances in this section of the state. They have all passed through the pioneer experiences, meeting all the discouragements and trying times in establishing their home, and during the years of the grasshopper raids throughout the country were compelled to depend entirely upon their sorghum factory for their living as the pests swept their crops completely away.
      Mr. Ludington has at different times held local office, and exhibited a truly public spirited view of affairs in his county and state. He is a veteran of the civil war, having enlisted in Company K, Fifteenth Iowa Regiment of Infantry, in 1864 and was with the Seventeenth Army Corps, serving until the close of the war. He saw much hard service, and received his honorable discharge at Davenport, Iowa in June, 1865. He was with General Sherman on his march to the sea and took part in several engagements. He participated in the grand review at Washington, D. C., at the close of the war.



      "My grandfather Ludington came to this area in 1873 and located his farm. Then the family came in a covered wagon from Adel, Iowa, with two daughters. They settled on a farm on the north side of the river in the Merrick county strip, which is one-half mile wide. When Nance County land was sold, my grandfather purchased 60 acres in Nance County adjoining his 160 acres. He operated a ferry boat and a sorghum mill, besides farming."
      Ruth Ludington Lund also wrote the booklet "Down Ludington Lane" (Daughter of John Newman Ludington)
    Person ID I6344  Hougham
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2002 

    Father Ludington, John N 
    Mother Spahr, Elizabeth 
    Family ID F2495  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Newman, Rebecca Ellen
              b. 12 Mar 1845, Park Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 Sep 1927, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 20 Aug 1865  Adel Ia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Ludington, Nancy Luella
              b. 19 Dec 1866, Adel Dallas Ia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 23 Nov 1921  (Age 54 years)
    +2. Ludington, Mary Elizabeth
              b. 9 Jan 1872, Adel Dallas Ia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 2 Apr 1920  (Age 48 years)
    +3. Ludington, Kate Almira
              b. 25 Mar 1874, Lone Tree Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 31 Oct 1961, Davis Co. Bountiful Ut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +4. Ludington, John Newman
              b. 17 Oct 1876, Lone Tree Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 15 Aug 1915, Williamsburg Pa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    +5. Ludington, Martha Emma
              b. 12 Jan 1880, Lone Tree Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 Jun 1963  (Age 83 years)
    +6. Ludington, Ida Mae
              b. 5 Dec 1889, Central City Ne Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 7 Mar 1966, Washington Co. Cambridge Id Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Family ID F2492  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart