Samuel Judy

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Samuel Judy (August 19, 1773 – January 12, 1838)[1] was an American pioneer, military leader and legislator.

Born in the canton of Basel, Switzerland, Judy and his family moved to Maryland and then to Kaskaskia, Illinois Territory. Judy became a colonel in the Illinois Militia taking part in expeditions against the Native Americans; he was also one of the first settlers in Madison County, Illinois in the Goshen Settlement. In 1814-1815, Judy served in the Illinois Territorial Council of the Illinois Territorial Legislature. He also served as county commissioner for Madison County, Illinois. Judy died in Madison County, Illinois.[2][3] His son Thomas Judy served in the Illinois General Assembly.[4]

Samuel Judy was also a slave holder. There are bills of sale in the Madison County Recorder's Office recording his purchase of slaves in 1816.


  1. ^ 'History of Madison County, Illinois with Biographical Sketches,' W.R. Brink & Co., 1882, pg. 454, 535-536
  2. ^ Goshen Settlement and Colonel Samuel Judy
  3. ^ 'Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois,' vol. 1, Newton Bateman, Paul Selby, Alexander T. Strange: Munsell Publishing: 1915, pg. 312
  4. ^ Biographical Sketch of Samuel Judy