Oliver P. Ludlow
biography -

La Porte County, IN

The story of the Ludlow family, goes 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.

Oliver P. Ludlow's father is briefly described in the next paragraph.

Stephen LUDLOW, Lawerenceburgh, was an early pioneer of Dearborn County. He was born at Long Hill, Morris Co., N.J., May 5, 1778. He emigrated West with his parents in 1789, and settled in Columbia, His father, John LUDLOW, was the first sheriff in Hamilton County, Ohio, appointed in 1790. Mr. LUDLOW, in the seventeenth year of his age, entered upon the duties of assistant United States surveyor with his uncle, Isaac LUDLOW, and upon his death continued with his uncle, William LUDLOW, and served in this capacity for the period of twelve years, surveying in the Western wilderness. On the dissolution of partnership between Isac Dunn and John R. Beaty in 1808, he entered into a partnership with Isaac Dunn in the mercantile business, and continued it until 1819; during that period he made several trips to New Orleans, and walked back through the Indian nations that were between here and there, and several trips East to by goods. He was married to Miss PORTER, daughter of John PORTER, Esp. After her decease he married Miss Leah Ann BELL. He was appointed one of the commissioners by the Legislature of Indiana in 1820, to make a selection of the four sections granted by Congress to the State for a seat of government. The commissioners met at the junction of Fall Creek and White River in June, 1820, adn after an examination of the country made their selection of the present site of Indianapolis, June 7, 1820. Mr. LUDLOW as a stout, robust man, above the medium size. By his untiring energy, perseverance and economy, he became one of the wealthiest men of the county, a useful citizen, a good neighbor, kind and affectionate husband and father. He died March 22, 1855, lamented by all who knew him. "HISTORY OF DEARBORN AND OHIO COUNTIES, INDIANA-1885"
SUBMITTED BY: Jackie DeCamp

1st La Porte Generation Ludlow's

Oliver Perry Ludlow wed Eliza Walker in La Porte County, Indiana 29th of September 1942. She was the daughter of John Crawford Walker and Jane (Allen) Walker.She died in 1872 and is
buried along with her husband in Patton Cemetery, La Porte City, Indiana.  Oliver died on 9th December 1903 at age 89.
They had the following children:

Stephen Walker Ludlow b: 14 JUL 1843 - he was a Civil War Veteran and he died on or about the 27th January 1887. It appears he remained a bahelor.
John W. Ludlow b: 22 DEC 1845 he wed Sarah Frances Allen in La Porte County, Indiana on 4th of September 1872, John died at age 76 and obit appeared 6/10/22 , his wife had previously died 2nd May 1901.
Eliza W. Ludlow b: 6 JUN 1848 and she died as a toddler and is was buried in Patton Cemetery in 1850?
Oliver P. Ludlow Jr. b: APR 1860 - he wed Melissa J. Bowen 5th of December 1883. He died at age 66 and obit appeared 2/27/28 in the Herald Argus

2nd La Porte Generation Ludlow's

John W. Ludlow had the following Children:
Josie Ludlow born about 1862
Oliver Allen Ludlow born about 1876 nick named "Ollie". Oliver Allen Ludlow was born 15th April 1876 in La Porte County. He wed Grace Margaret Cullaton on 4th Sep 1901. Grace was born in Iowa to John and Mary Cullaton.  Grace died 1944 - 22nd July 1944 (obit) and Oliver Allen Ludlow died in 1962. Her father, John (from New York state) had wed Mary E. Fradenburg on 21st January 1867 in La Porte County, Indiana.
By 1870 they are in Des Moines, Iowa. By the 1880 Federal Census for Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa; Grace is 4 years of age and siblings are: Mary E. 7 years and Richard J. 2 years.

Oliver P. Ludlow Jr. had several children
Porter B. Ludlow b: AUG 1884 he wed Mabel Smith 23 February 1909 and in 1910 they are living in Kankakee twp
Eliza C Ludlow b: SEP 1886 - wed a Johnson , I believe she died 24 June 1910 and is buried in Patton Cemetery, next to some of the Ludlows. She was 23 years of age with one daughter, Phylis.
Willard W. Ludlow b: 23 MAY 1892 wed Hazel O. Travis 15th January 1916. She was born 4 Jun 1892 and died August 1962. He died January of 1969 and is buried Patton Cemetery in Section 252 lot 7 grave 5.
Sarah F. Ludlow  b: NOV 1894 wed Willis H. Murphy 19th July 1916

Many of the Ludlow family members from the above ancestors still live in La Porte County to this day, 2010.

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