Sunday, March 2, 2014

Havillah Carlos Judson (1853-1928), Havilah Burritt Hinman (1851-1908)

From the 1917 South Dakota Blue Book.

    South Dakota has had a number of oddly named political figures and judges pop up here on the site over the past two and half years, the most recent being Cando resident Fountain Land Thompson, who represented South Dakota in the U.S. Senate for a short time. With the following write-up on Havillah Carlos Judson, a state representative from Meade County, the amount of strangely named South Dakotans grows ever larger, and the name "Havilah" is known to have had biblical origins, being described as both a given name, as well as the name of an ancient region mentioned in the book of Genesis.
   Havillah C. Judson was born in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin on September 23, 1853, one of three children born to David Wells and Mary Catherine Reed Judson. His family later removed to Winnebago County in that state where he received his early schooling. The Judson family relocated to Minnesota in the mid-1860s, where young Havillah worked at farming and attended school. The early 1870s saw him remove to Vermillion, South Dakota along with his brother Lucius, and during this period was employed at a sawmill, and later took on a position managing freight between the cities of Rapid City and Deadwood.
   The History of South Dakota, Volume III notes that Judson eventually accumulated enough income to form his own freighting business, and around 1886 purchased a ranch in the Elk Creek region. He would leave the freighting industry around this same time and over the succeeding years engaged in stock raising and farming. Judson married Lois Oliver on January 19, 1886 and later had three children: Mabel Catherine (1899-1978), Alcena Judson (1887-1950) and Shirley Oliver (born 1909).  
  Havilah Judson continued to farm on his Elk Creek property until 1901 when it was destroyed by fire. Following this fire Judson resided on another ranch near Elk Creek "which he managed for an Eastern company", and due to his success in the cattle industry earned the recognition as one "of the progressive and representative men of this section of the state." Judson is later recorded as residing in Viewfield in Meade County, and in 1916 was elected as one of that county's two representatives to the South Dakota State Legislature. 
  Judson's term in the state legislature extended from 1917-1919 and little else is known of his life following his service, with the exception being his death at age 75 in Rapid City on March 14, 1928. His wife Lois survived him by nearly 30 years, dying at age 91 in 1956. Judson was later interred at the New Underwood Cemetery in Pennington County, South Dakota.

From the Genealogical and Family History of New Hampshire, Volume 4, 1908.

   Another "Havillah" who made his name known in public life was Havilah Burritt Hinman of Coos County, New Hampshire. This obscure gentleman represented the aforementioned county in the New Hampshire State House of Representatives in 1879 and had earlier occupied numerous local offices in Stratford, including that of tax collector and town selectman.
   Born on February 19, 1851 in Essex County, Vermont, Havilah Hinman was the son of Harvey and Harriet Hugh Hinman. He removed with his family to Stratford, New Hampshire shortly after his birth and would go on to attend the public schools of that town. After completing his schooling he became employed as a clerk for the Grand Trunk Railroad Co., serving in this capacity for four years. Following the resignation from his clerkship, Hinman began branching out on his own, becoming a farmer and stable owner in Stratford, as well as operating a hotel. Havilah Hinman married in 1873 to Kate May Barrett (1855-1911) and later had several children, including John Holmes Hinman (1885-1981), one of the founders of the International Paper Co. 
   During his short life, Havilah B. Hinman served as Stratford, New Hampshire town auditor and tax collector, and was a town selectman for nearly two decades. Hinman was also the deputy sheriff of Coos County for nearly a decade. He is also noted as being a dealer in lumber and real estate in Coos County, and was active in a number of fraternal and civic organizations, being a past master of the Coos County Grange, a past chancellor of the Stratford Knights of Pythias Lodge, and was a member of the Island Pond Lodge #44 of Free and Accepted Masons in Island Pond, Vermont.
  Havilah Hinman won election to the New Hampshire State House of Representatives in November 1878 and during the 1879 term held a seat on the house committee on Fisheries and Game. In 1903 he was Stratford's delegate to the New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention being held in Concord. Hinman died five years later of a cerebral hemorrhage on January 10, 1908, shortly before his 57th birthday. His wife Kate survived him by three years and following her death was interred alongside her husband at the Fairview Cemetery in North Stratford, New Hampshire.

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