This picture was NOT taken by me and was provided by findagrave.com website – see citation below (1)
As I go along exploring the Civil War Letters, I am also exploring the family as well. The Judkins family letters focus on the family of Phebe Ann (Simon) Judkins and Stephen H. Judkins. Phebe Ann died in 1888 in Mishawaka, Indiana. Her obituary is one of the longest that I have come across, which I think shows how well she was loved:
Death of Mrs. S.H. Judkins of Mishawaka
Mrs. S.H., or Grandma Judkins as she was generally known, died at 11:15 o’clock yesterday morning, death being the result of old age and general debility. Miss Phoebe A. Simons was born in Montgomery county, N.Y., Dec. 27, 1812. She together with her father’s family afterwards moved to Genesee county, N.Y., where on Oct. 8, 1834, she was united in marriage to S.H. Judkins. The result of this union was four children, two sons and two daughters, two of whom, Mrs. M.J. Cole and the well known Wm. H. Judkins, are still living. The other daughter, Mary, was burned to death in 1839, and the other son, Charles, was drowned on Jan. 30th, 1850. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Judkins removed to Brockport, New York, Mr. Judkins working at his trade, that of a wagon-maker, and subsequently joined the Brockport colony which came to Mishawaka in October, 1837, and included some of our first settlers. Upon arriving here Mr. Judkins went at his trade, but afterward, together with his son Wm. went into the grocery business and continued in it until his death, which occurred on Aug. 18, 1885. On the evening of July 21, 1884, while attending the semi-centennial services of the Presbyterian church here, of which she was an old and devoted member, Mrs. Judkins was stricken with a severe stroke of paralysis and for some time her recovery was very doubtful, but although her right side remained totally paralyzed she did recover her health and was able to be about, making a trip to Iowa in 1886, until Dec. 27th, last, her 75th birthday, when her gradually failing strength compelled her to go to bed from which she never rose, her vital forces seeming to give completely out. Her death was very peaceful. Always cheerful and thinking more for others than herself in life her death but gave more evidence of the belief she had of eternal life at the hands of her Savior. Mr. Wright, her pastor, calling, was asked to pray, and doing so Mrs. Judkins said “God bless you,” then bade farewell to her assembled relatives and friends, and giving messages to most of her absent ones, she gradually, although occasionally asking with a surprised joyful voice, showing no terror, but rather gladness, “Is this death?” sank until about 2 o’clock when she became unconscious, and died as above stated at 11:15.
The funeral will be held in the Presbyterian church to-morrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. W.K. Wright, officiating. The casket will not be opened at the church, but will be open at the house from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., for those who would wish to gaze upon the remains. (2)
1) Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 16 December 2014),memorial page for Phoebe A Judkins (1811–1888), Find A Grave Memorial no.98201100, citing Mishawaka City Cemetery, Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Mishawaka; photo added by findagrave user Mom_of_3_boys.
2) “Death of Mrs. S.H. Judkins of Mishawaka,” South Bend Daily Tribune, Mishawaka, Indiana, 12 January 1888, p. 1 col. 2.