My Name Is Not Judith

If you search for Judah Daniels, who married William Stadden in Ohio on January 25, 1827, you will find over one hundred trees on Ancestry. I didn’t look at every one, but it appears that about half have recorded her first name as “Judith”, as opposed to the half who call her “Judah”. As there seems to be some doubt as to the spelling, let’s ask the lady herself.

The document shown above is from the probate file of her husband, William Stadden. The document was written by someone other than Judah herself, as shown by the difference in handwriting. Her name was initially written as “Judith” (even the people who knew her got it wrong a lot) but she obviously insisted that it be corrected and she then clearly signed her name, “Judah”.

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