Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Lewis Hubbell Judson ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Lewis Hubbell Judson
BORN: 6 Aug 1809 DIED: 3 Mar 1880 BURIED: Mar 1880
ETHNICITY:   OCCUPATION:  Preacher, Carpenter, millwright
BIRTH PLACE:  Amenia, Dutchess Co., New York
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
Missionary of 1840, circuit rider, carpenter & millwright for mill, Jason Lee house, parsonage.
1st MARRIAGE - Almira Roberts in 1831
2nd MARRIAGE - Nancy Hawkins in 1846
DIVORCE - Lewis H. Judson vs Nancy Judson - 1859
1860 WA CENSUS - L. H. Judson, age 50, occupation M.E. Clergyman, b. New York, is enumerated with Wm., age 13, b. Oregon, and Almira, age 11, b. Oregon.

BIOGRAPHICAL (Source - Dobbs, Caroline. MEN OF CHAMPOEG: A RECORD OF THE LIVES OF THE PIONEERS WHO FOUNDED THE OREGON GOVERNMENT. Metropolitan Press, Portland, Oregon, 1932. pgs. 69-71):
Lewis Hubbell Judson was born on August 6, 1809, at Stratford, Conn., which was the family home for over two hundred years. His ancestors came from England in 1634 and members of the family had been in the service of the colonies during the Revolutionary War. Judson's father had been a wheelwright, and the son, learning the trade, spent his summers making spinning wheels and other wooden articles. In addition to this, he worked as a carpenter, and during the winter months studied, until at the age of eighteen he began teaching school. 
On August 13, 1831, Miss Almira Roberts was married to Judson and entered into his aspirations of being a missionary. To prepare himself for this work, he began reading all medical works available, acquiring knowledge which proved very valuable, especially so when he was in the Clatsop country. Allying himself with "the great reinforcement," he sailed on the "Lausanne," and reached Oregon in company with other pious missionaries under the leadership of Jason Lee in June, 1840. There was plenty to do in the new country, alike for preacher and lay worker. Many were sick at the Mission; the Indians were disappointing converts; and the sparse quarters were crowded to overflowing with the recruits; however, all turned to with a will, erected new buildings and mills, made furniture and distributed themselves around to various sections and types of service. 
There is written testimony in the hands of Lewis E. Judson, grandson of Lewis H. Judson, that on the "Lausanne" the passengers decided the name of the new town they would found should be Salem, derived from the ancient name Jerusalem. Judson worked on the construction of the first dwelling in what afterward became Salem, the Jason Lee mission house, still standing at 960 Broadway [moved to Mission Mill grounds]. In part of this structure, he and his family lived, on the second floor north, while three other families shared the rest of the house. The most important project was the organization and the building of a school for white children. This was begun in February, 1842, with Judson on the board of trustees. He acted as chairman of a committee of three to draw up a prospectus and code of by-laws for the governing of the Oregon Institute. This report was adopted on March 15, 1842. In the list of subscribers to the cause we find Judson enrolled for $500, and the first to head the list. He also helped organize and support the Methodist church. 
Not only in religious and educational affairs was Judson interested, but in political affairs as well. He was on hand for the Champoeg meeting and was elected magistrate. In 1844 his wife passed away, leaving him with four children. Two years later he married Miss Nancy Hawkins. After the reorganization of the Mission in 1844 all lay workers were released and given funds to pay their passage home, or the equivalent in Mission property if they preferred to stay. Judson decided to remain and bought the mills near the Mission with their fixtures and equipment for about $6000. He developed wide interests in the country and became a permanent and valued citizen. His ability as a mathematician enabled him to use this knowledge in surveying tracts of land for settlers and resulted in his appointment as surveyor of Marion county. 
He died on March 3, 1880, and is buried in the I.O.O.F. cemetery at Salem, Oregon. 

BIOGRPAHICAL (Source - Dictionary of Oregon History, compiled from the research files of the Former Oregon Writers' Project, edited by Howard McKinley Corning, 1956.):
"Stratford remained the family home until after the American Revolution, when Nathaniel Judson who had spent much time in the Continental Army settled after that war at Newton, Connecticut. Nathaniel Judson's son, Lewis Judson, following the occupation of his father, established his factory at Amenia, Dutchess County, New York. It was here that Lewis Hubbell Judson was born and learned his father's trade of woodworking, the manufacture of spinning wheels and other wooden articles." Genealogy of the Judson Family in Oregon, comp. By Lewis Edward Judson, 1961.; Judson, Lewis Hubbell (Aug. 6, 1809 - Mar. 3, 1880), Methodist missionary and pioneer, was born in Connecticut and educated himself sufficiently to become a school master at eighteen. Trained as a wheelwright, his ambition to be a missionary set him to reading all available medical works and caused him to join "the Great Reinforcement" (qv) that came to Oregon on the Lausanne (qv), with Jason Lee (qv), in 1840. He became an attaché of the Methodist Indian Mission, helping to draw up the prospectus and code of bylaws for the Oregon Institute. A blunt and stubborn man, he almost broke up the Champoeg meeting of 1843 by insisting that settlers from the United States control it. Joe Meek, with other trappers, pacified the excited French settlers. Judson voted for organized government and was elected one of four magistrates. He was appointed Marion County surveyor, but lived the last third of his life in Clatsop County where his medical knowledge proved valuable, He was twice married. His first wife, Almira Roberts, died four years after coming to Oregon, leaving four children, In 1846 he married Nancy Hawkins.

A cabinet maker in the 1840 expedition from New York with Rev. Lee. MCHS Vol. 1 p. 4 
On special committee to decide on by-laws and constitution for new college in 1842. (Willamette University) MCHS Vol. 2 p. 15 
Lewis Judson and Dr. W. H. Willson members of the Methodist mission, found a site at Stayton where they could divert the water of the North Santiam River along a natural depression to Mill Creek, which flows into Salem, in an attempt to divert more water to the mission mill. They applied to the Territorial Government in 1844, the project was completed in 1856 by Joseph Watt. MCHS Vol 1, p. 24-25; Came to Oregon with Jason Lee on ship Lausanne in 1840. Was carpenter and millwright who superintended the building of the mission mill on Mill Creek and the Jason Lee house at 960 Broadway. First Salem City Engineer and the sixth Marion County Surveyor. Early Oregon circuit rider, life largely devoted to being a missionary and friend to the Indians. 
MCHS Vol 1 P 21-24 
See also:
Hon. L. H. Judson died at the residence at the home of his oldest son, at 2 o'clock A. M. March 3, 1880. His funeral will take place at 1 P.M. on Friday next at the Odd Fellows' cemetery. He was born in Dutchess county, New York, in 1810, and left New York October 25, 1839. With other missionaries, and arrived in Oregon May 1840. Oregon and New York papers please copy. J. B. McClane, North Salem, March 3, 1880, 
Weekly Oregon Statesman 5 March 1880 3:4
Lewis Hubbel Judson
Aug. 6, 1809 - Mar. 3, 1880. 
Members of the Oregon Methodist mission under Jason Lee
Arrived in the Oregon country June 1st, 1840. 
"To honor one of these Patriots who on May 2, 1843 founded the Provisional Government at Champoeg, Ore. 
Multnomah Chapter D. A. R. May 1931
S&H pg. 29 
1860 WA CENSUS (Clark Co., FA #301)
Oregon Historical Records
WOS 5 Mar 1880 3:4 
Dobbs, MEN OF CHAMPOEG, pg. 69-71