Judah, eldest son of Matthias and Philathea, was born March 4, 1753 in Middlefield (Middletown), Middlesex County, Connecticut. His father's Toryism may have been the cause of the imprisonment of Judah and his brother, David, as evidenced from the following document.
Public Records of Connecticut, Vol. 1 page 288, May, 1777:
Upon the memorial of Judah Leaming and David Leaming both of Farmington in the country of Hartford showing that by order of the civil authority, selectmen and committee of inspection for said town, they were committed to the common jail in the county of Hartford for words and conduct inimical to the United States, which they imprudently uttered and were guilty of bring induced thereto by supposed injurious treatment they have met with by losses in cloathing and wages which have never been indemnifyed though they have made assiduous applications therefore; that in their cool and deliberate moments they feel the highest regard for their country and the liberties of the same and in their turn will, as they have done, stand in its defense, and praying that our inquiry might be made into the circumstances of their case and that equity and justice might be done, as per memorial on file and upon the report of the committee appointed by this Assembly to make inquiry into the premises, showing and reporting that they caused due notice to be given to Soloman Whitman Esq. Timothy Rvat, selectmen, and Ebenezer Hamilin and Simeon Hart committee of inspection for said town to appear on the 16th day of instant May at the house of Mr. David Bull in Hartford, to produce their allegations against the said Judah and David; that an examination of said persons at the time and place appointed no one appeared on the part of said authority and committee of Farmington; that they found the material f--- set forth in this memorial as above recited to be true; that the said Judah and David appeared very penitent and were sorry for their unworthy behavior and professed their willingness to defend their country with their lives and fortunes; and that in the opinion of the committee it was advisable to release them from their said imprisonment. Whereupon, resolved by this Assembly that the said Judah Leaming, and David Leaming, on their paying or giving sufficient security for the payment of the costs that have arisen on their trial, commitment and detention in prison, to be liberated from their said imprisonment; and the keeper of the jail in Hartford is hereby ordered and directed to release said memorialists from their said imprisonment on the aforesaid condition accordingly.
Judah did indeed fight in the Revolutionary War in the Connecticut 1st Regiment under General David Wooster, 4th Company under Captain David Welch. It is evident that Judah participated in the expedition that captured Fort Ticonderoga on May 10, 1775 under General Benedict Arnold. The cannon from Fort Ticonderoga was hauled by oxen and men through the wilderness to Boston, hundreds of miles away. They arrived in time to drive the British troops and their officers out of Boston. The "Sick Bills" of 1777 indicates Judah was discharged because of illness or injury.
Sometime before 1775, Judah married Thankful Tuttle, one of eleven children born to Simon Tuttle and Hester Royce. Thankful was born March 20, 1753 in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut and was baptized May 12, 1753 at Bristol, Connecticut.
Following the Revolutionary War and the transition from control by Great Britain and the King to independence and the election of a United States president, the country was undergoing a great change. There was a surge by 1790 to 1800 to push further westward for new homes and more land on the frontier as the coastal area was becoming very crowded, especially with the great migration from the European countries and England. Many families who had long been established in New England now began to visualize a great new future to the west, which at that time meant 'Upper' New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. Judah Leaming, at about age 45-47 years, moved his family to Schoharie county, New York, settling in Broome township.
By wagon they traveled over rough roads which had earlier been used as Indian trails and horse trails during the Rev. War. It is possible that Judah was impressed with the New York area when he served during the war at Fort Ticonderoga which is in New York. Gilboa, where Judah settled is about 100 miles northwest of the Middletown area in Connecticut where Judah and family had previously lived. Here Judah and Thankful lived the rest of their lives. Judah died June 7, 1829. He is buried in the Conesville cemetery near Gilboa, Schoharie county, New York. Thankful died July 5, 1826 and is buried near her husband.
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