Family of Talma Sadani Ludlow
From the files of Deanna Branson West



To know the story of the Ludlow family, we must go back to England before the Ludlow's arrived in this new world. For those history buffs, you can check out Edmund Ludlow and his battle with the king. Another words, I am afraid that, Edmund “backed the wrong horse”. Because of this many of the Ludlow families fled to the new world. Some, fearing reprisals from the king, even adapted their name to Ludlam for a brief time.

Talma's father - Stephen  Decantor  Ludlow  was all part of this heritage. His grandfather was John Ludlow who was born abt. 14 Feb 1751 in Long Hill, Morris, New Jersey and later died 26 Mar 1823 in Cincinnati, Ohio. John first married Catherine Cooper on 19 Oct 1772 and after she died on 23 June 1783, he married Susan DeMun. 

It is noteworthy to mention that one of the children by John & Catherine was a Stephen Ludlow who was born one of several siblings. Sometimes in genealogical research, this Stephen, who went to Dearborn County, Indiana and lived out his life, is confused with his nephew Stephen D. Ludlow, (one of subjects of this report) who also went to Dearborn county. But our Stephen went on to Shelby County, Indiana, where he invested and raised his family.

Stephen's father was Cooper Ludlow, son of John Ludlow. 
Lineage goes (COOPER7, JOHN6, CORNELIUS5, JEREMIAH4, HENRY3 LUDLAM, HENRY2, WILLIAM1). Cooper was born 11 Jun 1783 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Oh, and died 1832 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. He married (1) ELIZABETH REEDER 04 Oct 1804 in Warren, Oh, daughter of JACOB REEDER. She was born Abt. 1783 in Warren, Oh, and died Abt. 1813 in Clark County, Oh1. He married (2) ELIZABETH LAYTON 1815 in Clark County, OH, daughter of JUDGE LAYTON. 

Historical Collections of Ohio Vol. 1 = 1805 a tannery built by Cooper
Ludlow. According to records, this was the 2nd production business to be set up in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Stephen Decantor Ludlow

1. STEPHEN DECANTOR LUDLOW (COOPER7, JOHN6, CORNELIUS5, JEREMIAH4, HENRY3 LUDLAM, HENRY2, WILLIAM1) was born 09 Feb 1809 in Champaign County , now Clark County, Ohio, and died 18 Jul 1884 in Shelbyville, Shelby, IN. He married (1) EMILINE ELIZA KERSEY Abt. 1834 in unknown. She was born 1813 in Maine, and died Abt. 1854 in Marion, Shelby County, IN. He married (2) TERESA AMELIA BLANKENSHIP 03 Sep 1854 in Shelby County, IN3. She was born May 1832 in New York, and died 18 Jun 1916 in Shelbyville, Shelby, IN4.

Stephen moved to Dearborn County, Indiana some time before 1840. Reference: Dearborn Co. Census pg. 61
Stephen then Moved to Marion Twp, Shelby county, Indiana in abt 1842 as shown in Beers Atlas, Shelby Co.,IN pg. 106 notes Stephen as a farmer and stock raiser,home steading in Shelby County as of 1842.

Stephen was also Shareholder in RR, built in Shelby County – 19 Jan 1846
1850 Appears on the Federal Census with first wife Emeline Eliza Kersey
and their children, living in Marion Twp, Shelbyville, Indiana.
1860 Stephen and Teresa appear on the Marion Twp, Shelby County, Indiana
Fed Census
1873 - Probate Order Book 9 1869-70.
Stephen takes on the guardianship of several Crowley children(Joseph,
Jane, Florence, Emma and Stephen).
Chadwick's History of Shelby County
pg 363 notes Stephen as being the brother of John, a well known banker in Springfield, Ohio.
The Biographical Encyclopedia of Ohio of the Nineteenth Century, refer
to John Ludlow - organization of the Springfield bank and son of Cooper
Ludlow. Stephen's brother John, a banker in Springfield, Ohio also speculated on land in the Shelby County, Indiana. However, as far as records searched, Stephen's brother John never actually lived in Shelby County. 
Stephen also belonged to the Freemasonry in Shelby County and helped form this Mason group in area along with other community leaders.


Burial: Upon Stephen's death in 20 Jul 1884 he was buried on the old Ludlow cemetery on the land he owned. But his second wife Theresa, had his remains moved to, Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Indiana.

Stephen's will: 11 Oct 1884, Copy of Probate of Will -Shelbyville, IN

About Stephen's 1st wife; EMILINE ELIZA KERSEY:
In speaking with a county historian, in Shelby County, Indiana it is
believed that Emeline is probably buried on the old Ludlow farm in
Marion, Shelby county, IN. The cemetery had few burials but unfortunately was destroyed years ago. There were other graves in the now destroyed Ludlow Cemetery.
It is also believed that Emeline (nick named) Eliza, probably died during or shortly after giving birth to her second set of twins.
The twins were given her first and middle name: Emeline and Eliza

Children of Stephen & Emeline

i. MARY JANE9 LUDLOW, b. Abt. 1835, unknown; d. Bef. 1880; m. JAMES IRVINE, 14 Apr 1853, Shelby County, IN
2. ii. OLIVER C LUDLOW, b. 27 Jan 1839, Lawrenceburgh, Dearborn County, Indiana; d. 02 Jun 1918, Tacoma, WA.
3. iii. JULIUS LUDLOW, b. 26 Jan 1844, Marion Twp, Shelby County, IN; d. 19 Oct 1902, Benton Harbor, MI.
4. iv. LINEUS R. LUDLOW, b. 26 Jan 1844, Marion Twp, Shelby County, IN; d. 15 Jul 1906, Benton Harbor, MI.
5. v. TALMA SUDANI LUDLOW, b. 18 Dec 1847, Marion Twp, Shelby County, IN; d. 11 Jun 1915, Benton Harbor, MI.
6. vi. EVELINE LUDLOW, b. 1850, Marion Twp, Shelby County, IN; d. Unknown.
7. vii. ELIZA E. LUDLOW, b. 1854; d. 25 Jul 1898.
viii. EMELINE LUDLOW, b. 1854, Marion Twp, Shelby County, IN; d. 04 Jan 1900, Indianapolis, IN. Twin to Eliza
Burial: Abt. 05 Jan 1900, Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, IN


Children of STEPHEN LUDLOW and TERESA BLANKENSHIP

ix. OMER LUDLOW, b. 1856, Marion Twp, Shelby County, IN; After divorcing Elma Wrennick, Omer went to California and died sometime after 1930. m. ELMA WRENNICK, 07 Sep 1881, Shelby County, IN. .

x. NELLIE LUDLOW, b. 17 Nov 1861, Marion Twp., Shelby, IN; d. 09 Jun 1936, Shelbyville, Shelby, IN.


Generation No. 2 – They Went That-A-Way
Some of the children of Stephen

2. OLIVER C LUDLOW (STEPHEN DECANTOR8, COOPER7, JOHN6, CORNELIUS5, JEREMIAH4, HENRY3 LUDLAM, HENRY2, WILLIAM1) was born 27 Jan 1839 in Lawrenceburgh, Dearborn County, Indiana8, and died 02 Jun 1918 in Tacoma, WA9. He married MARY JANE GARD 22 Dec 1868 in Douglas County, NE. She was born 15 Aug 1839 in Zanesville, OH, and died 28 Feb 1936 in Puyallup, WA.
Oliver and his young family appear in Omaha, Douglas County, NE in 1880 with three of thier children.
He also appears in the 1889-1890 Omaha, Nebraska Directories as a Carpenter at 2202 Clark for the Union Pacific Railway.
Oliver and his wife appear In the 1900 Pierce County, WA federal Census, page 135 A, Spamaway precinct.

Notes on file and contributed by Larry Chester,G-G-Grandson, Stephen
Decantor Ludlow on Oliver C. Ludlow.

OLIVER C LUDLOW: - Burial: 1918, Parkland Avangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Pierce County, WA His wife, MARY JANE GARD:Burial: 1936,
Military service: 24 Oct 1864, Capt. Co., G, 122nd - mustard out 17 Jan 1866

3. JULIUS LUDLOW (STEPHEN DECANTOR8, COOPER7, JOHN6, CORNELIUS5, JEREMIAH4, HENRY3 LUDLAM, HENRY2, WILLIAM1) was born 26 Jan 1844 in Marion Twp, Shelby County, IN, and died 19 Oct 1902 in Benton Harbor, MI16. He married (1) MARIA THAYER 06 Dec 1867 in Shelby County, IN, daughter of SPENCER THAYER and SARAH. She was born Abt. 1845 in Indiana, and died Unknown. He married (2) ANNE D Abt. 1898 in Berrien county, MI. 
Twin to Lineus
pg. 415 History of Shelby County - moved to Longmont. Co. But in his later years he appears in the 1892 Berrien County Business Directory as being a fruit
shipper. Same occupation as his twin brother, Lineus who also appears
there. In the 1900 Census he has remarried for 2 years and is living in Hagar Township, Berrien County, Michigan next door to his twin brother Lineus.

4. LINEUS R. LUDLOW (STEPHEN DECANTOR8, COOPER7, JOHN6, CORNELIUS5, JEREMIAH4, HENRY3 LUDLAM, HENRY2, WILLIAM1) was born 26 Jan 1844 in Marion Twp, Shelby County, IN, and died 15 Jul 1906 in Benton Harbor, MI. He married HESTER ANN WILLS 28 Nov 1867 in Shelby County, IN. She was born Oct 1845 in Kentucky, and died 1939 in Benton Harbor, MI.

Notes for LINEUS R. LUDLOW:
Twin to Julius
Much of the information on Lineus I was able to obtain from both Berrien
County, Michigan death records and also Benton Harbor, City, Michigan
City directories.
1902 L. R. Ludlow and wife live at 239 Broadway. His son Jason E. Ludlow is a basket factory worker and resides as 239 Broadway.
Lineus is employed by Bradford and Company - see Bradford. His sons Jason also resides there and is an actor, while another son Will C. is a student. His wife H. Anna shown with them.
1906-1907 L. R. is now passed away and his widow Hester A. Jason Actor, and Will C, author are living at home with their mother.
1910 - widow Hester Ann and son Jason B. is still employed as an actor.
LINEUS R. LUDLOW: Burial: 1906, Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor MI Cause of Death: Bright's disease

HESTER ANN WILLS: Burial: 1939, Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor, MI


5. TALMA SUDANI LUDLOW (STEPHEN DECANTOR8, COOPER7, JOHN6, CORNELIUS5, JEREMIAH4, HENRY3 LUDLAM, HENRY2, WILLIAM1) was born 18 Dec 1847 in Marion Twp, Shelby County, IN, and died 11 Jun 1915 in Benton Harbor, MI. He married CORA BELLE VANARSDALL 01 Sep 1875 in Shelbyville, Shelby, IN, daughter of JOHN VANARSDALL and CATHERINE TERHUNE. She was born 30 Mar 1855 in Indiana, and died 10 Dec 1921 in Benton Harbor, MI.
Talma and Cora Belle had three daughters:
1st daughter - Nellie Ludlow, born Shelby Co., IN 22 June 1876 who would wed Frederick L Bradford and live out their lives in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Nellie died 17 Feb 1937 and is buried in Crystal Springs Cemetery.
Frederick was born 14 Mar 1876 and died 22 Dec 1953, also in Benton Harbor. Nellie and Frederick had two daughters.
Cora Belle Bradford 1900 to 1971 wed Walter Hornack and Ruth May Bradford who wed Harry J Hadley . Ruth's dates are 1908 to 1976

2nd daughter - May Ludlow born 1880 in Shelby Co., IN and wed Bryan S. Hyatt 20 May 1897 in Berrien Co., MI , they had at least one child. Bryan (1873 - 1964)

3rd dauther - Katherine Ludlow - 1882 - 1918 wed Allen Spooner. See Spooner biographies this site for more on her family.

Notes for TALMA SUDANI LUDLOW:
1900 Census shows Talma, b. Dec 1848 - Indiana parents from Ohio, 51 years old, wife Cora, b. 1855 - Indiana parents b. Kentucky, 45 years old and Kattie, dau. b. 1882, 17 years old born Indiana.
1902 - Benton Harbor City Directory
Talma Ludlow living at 173 Columbus along with two of his son in laws, Allen Spooner and B. S. Hyatt. Talma is employed as a fruit packer.
1906-07 through 1910 basically the same information but does not show Allen or Bryan Hyatt at that address.

In 1910 Talma and his wife Cora are living with their son in law and daughter )Fredrick & Nellie Bradford) in St. Joseph Twp, Berrien Co., MI

Talma would later die from fractured ribs suffered in a fall in 1915.

TALMA SUDANI LUDLOW: Burial: 1915, Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor Cause of Death: Broken Ribs from a fall

CORA BELLE VANARSDALL: Burial: Dec 1921, Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor, MI


6. EVELINE LUDLOW (STEPHEN DECANTOR8, COOPER7, JOHN6, CORNELIUS5, JEREMIAH4, HENRY3 LUDLAM, HENRY2, WILLIAM1) was born 1850 in Marion Twp, Shelby County, IN, and died Unknown. She married (1) JOHN H. ECK 04 Mar 1873 in Shelbyville, IN. He was born 03 Jun 1846 in Berkeley Co., (now West) Virginia, and died 08 Sep 1880 in St. Paul, Decatur County, IN. She married (2) DAVID CHARLES BRYAN 09 Nov 1883 in Decatur, IN44. He was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

Notes for JOHN H. ECK:
The Shelby Democrat - Thursday Sep. 9, 1880 John H. Eck - Killed by a
Derrick Which Fell upon Him Yesterday.

THE SHELBY DEMOCRAT
Thursday September 9, 1880

JOHN H. ECK
Killed By a Derrick Which Fell Upon Him Yesterday

Many of our citizens will read with genuine regret, the account of the sudden and untimely, not to say horrible death, which overtook the subject of this notice on Monday afternoon. He was engaged in re-setting a derrick at the new bridge over Clifty, near Adams, Decatur county, having a contract to do the stone work on the bridge. By some means the cumbersome derrick got a start off those who were hoisting it, and it went crashing to the ground, striking and instantly killing in its descent, Mr. Eck.
Mr. Eck was well-known and highly esteemed by merchants and contractors along the line of the C.I. St. L. & C. railroad, and by a large circle of friends in and near St. Paul, the home of his boyhood. A few years ago he married Miss Eva Ludlow, one of the most popular and fascinating ladies of this county (Shelby), and the eldest daughter of Stephen Ludlow, Esq. of Marion township. Mrs. Eck and two young children survive him.

(Buried Paul Hill Cemetery) Decatur County, IN
John H. Eck d. Sept. 6, 1880 aged 34 yrs 3 ms. & 6 days


7. ELIZA E. LUDLOW (STEPHEN DECANTOR8, COOPER7, JOHN6, CORNELIUS5, JEREMIAH4, HENRY3 LUDLAM, HENRY2, WILLIAM1) was born 1854, and died 25 Jul 1898. She married ISAAC C. SAUNDERS 23 Jun 1878 in Shelbyville, IN. He was born Jan 1854 in Ohio, and died Unknown.
Burial: 1898, Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, IN


8. NELLIE LUDLOW (STEPHEN DECANTOR8, COOPER7, JOHN6, CORNELIUS5, JEREMIAH4, HENRY3 LUDLAM, HENRY2, WILLIAM1) was born 17 Nov 1861 in Marion Twp., Shelby, IN, and died 09 Jun 1936 in Shelbyville, Shelby, IN. She married ATTORNEY EDMUND K. ADAMS 29 Dec 1880 in Shelbyville, IN47, son of JOHN ADAMS and AMANDA GRAVES. He was born 14 Aug 1852 in Shelbyville, Shelby, IN, and died 25 Dec 1939 in Shelbyville, Shelby, IN.

Burial: 1936, Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, IN
Cause of Death: Cancer
ATTORNEY EDMUND K. ADAMS:
Burial: 1939, Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, IN
Cause of Death: senility

Sources: 

1. The Daily Republican Shelbyville, Indiana Friday 18 Jul 1884.
2. 1860 Census for Marion Twp, Shelby Cty, IN.
3. Shelby County Marriage bk 6 pg 302.
4. Death Records Shelby County CH-7 pg 67.
5. Funeral annoucement.
6. Shelby County Marriage bk 6 page 393.
7. Shelby County Marriage bk 12 pg 26.
8. Sworn Statement of Notary in Shelby Co., IN.
9. Parkland Evangelical Lutheran Cem., Pierce County WA.
10. Records of Larry Chester.
11. Parkland Evangelical Lutheran Cem., Pierce County WA.
12. Letter of Adelaide Roxy Ludlow Smith.
13. Family records owned by Larry Chester.
14. Files of Larry Chester.
15. Certificat of Marriage - Spanaway WA.
16. Berrien County Deaths bk B pg 337.
17. Shelby County Marriage bk 9 pg 492.
18. Berrien County Deaths bk C pg 101.
19. Berrien County Deaths bk 1939 pg 333.
20. Crystal Springs Cemetery Records, Benton Harbor, MI.
21. http://www.rootsweb.com/~inshelby/courthouse/marriage_records/marriages_wpa_low.htm.
22. 1900 Berrien County Michigan Census.
23. 1890-G65 Berrien Co., MI marriages.
24. Oregon Death Index, 1903-98.
25. 1900 Berrien County Michigan Census.
26. Crystal Springs Cemetery Records, Benton Harbor, MI.
27. 1900 Berrien County Michigan Census.
28. Berrien County Deaths bk C pg 146.
29. Crystal Springs Cemetery Records, Benton Harbor, MI.
30. 1900 Federal Census for Benton Harbor, MI.
31. Crystal Springs Cemetery Records, Benton Harbor, MI.
32. Berrien County Marriage Records Book Marriage 1896-G270.
33. Crystal Springs Cemetery Records, Benton Harbor, MI.
34. Berrien County Marriage Records Book Marriage 1896-G270.
35. Berrien County Marriage Records Book Marriage 1897-G279.
36. Berrien County Marriage Records Book Marriage 1896-G270.
37. Deaths Berrien County, MI., 1963.
38. State of Michigan, County Of Berrien Marriages Bk H pg 247.
39. Record of Funeral Griffith Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton, Florida.
40. Crystal Springs Cemetery Records, Benton Harbor, MI.
41. Bk 10 pg 109 Marriages, Shelby County, IN.
42. Per Don T. Mitchell <donmitch.ma@netzero.net.
43. Probate of Will for Stephen D. Ludlow.
44. Decatur Co., IN Marriage records, 1878-1905 Book M OC Page 34.
45. The Shelby Repulican Fri, July 29, 1898, http://www.rootsweb.com/~inshelby/obit_sanders.htm.
46. Shelby County pg 470 Shelbyville Sketches.
47. Shelby County Marriage bk 11 pg 530.
48. Forest Hill Cemetery Records.
49. Shelby County Sketches.
50. Forest Hill Cemetery Records.
51. Shelby County Marriages Volume 18, page 14.
52. Forest Hill Cemetery Records.