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John Jefferson London (1809-1876)

John Jefferson London (1809-1876)
+ Judith Julia Burnett
Marcus Lafayette London (1835-1915)
Martha London (1836 - unknown)
Sarah Elizabeth London Johnson (1838 - abt 1861)
Rufus Houston London (1840-1924)
Mary Jane London (1844 - abt 1862)
Rollin C. London (born 1847)
Bethany A London (1848-1860)
Ruth C. London (born 1853)
Judith L. London (born 1855)

My fourth great grandfather, John Jefferson London, American citizen, was the youngest child of John and Jane London and was born 23 Sep 1809 in Burke, North Carolina. He married Judith Julia Burnett (1813-1877) in Roane, Tennessee, on the twenty-seventh of February 1833. John was twenty-four years old and Judith was twenty years old. Judith's given name is a hotbed of contention among London genealogists. I will cite only a few sources demonstrating the source of this confusion. The Marriage License in the "Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1780-2002" database on Ancestry dot com clearly shows his name to be "John J London" and her name written "Judah Burnett." The "Marriage Bond" in the state of Tennessee clearly shows their names to be "John J. London" and "Judiah Burnett." On their joint tombstone in Sarah Grove Cemetery, Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas, their names are clearly shown as "John J. London" and "Julie London."

The 1860 US Federal Census for Cedar Creek, Crawford County, Arkansas, has a record of the John J. and Judith London family. John J. London was a male, 52 years of age, born about 1808 in Virginia. Judith London was a female, 45 years of age, born about 1815 in Tennessee. Houston London was a male, twenty years of age, born about 1840 in Tennessee. Rollin C. London was a male, thirteen years of age, born about 1847 in Arkansas. Ruth London was a female seven years of age, born about 1853 in Arkansas. Judith London was a female, five years of age, born about 1855 in Arkansas.

The Find A Grave web site lists four other daughters for John and Judah London. Martha London (born 1836), Sarah Elizabeth London (born 1838), Mary Jane London (born 1844), and Bethany A. London (born 1848). There are no sources for how these people came to be identifed as offspring of John and Judah London. Three of the girls are said to have died after 1860 but do not show up in the John and Judah household in the 1860 census. One of them had married so that could explain one of their absence. They also do not show up as children of John and Judah London in the "History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas."; Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889. But, these histories, like obituaries, tend only to list surviving children. However, these four girls do nicely fill in those gaps among the other kids where children might have been born if Judah were having a child every nine to twelve months as healthy women did in that time.

In the 1870 United States Federal Census for Cedar Creek, Crawford County, Arkansas, is a record of the John and Juda London household. It was enumerated the 24th day of July 1870 by D. H. Creekmore. John London, age 53 years, male, white, farmer, born in South Carolina. Juda London, age 53 years, female, white, keeping house, born in Tennessee. Juda London, age 16 years, female, white, born about 1854 in Arkansas. John Burnet, age 106 years, male, white, born in South Carolina. His condition is given as "insane" and there is a mark in the "denied voting" column. Sarah Burnet, age 75 years, female, white, keeping house, born in Tennessee.

It is likely that John and Sarah Burnet are the parents of Judah (Burnett) London; the woman of the house. Having lived to advanced old age and John Burnet being "insane" they were probably dependent on the London's for assistance.

In "History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas. Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889; there is an article on Rufus H. London; one of John and Judah's children. In it they say that at the time of the writing of this biography only five of John and Judah's twelve children are living. Combining my four sources I find the following list of John and Judah (Burnett) London's children and come up with only nine children. Yikes! I still need to find three more.

Grandpa John J. London was still farming at the age of 57 years. In 1870 there was no Social Security, so if you wanted to eat and you hadn't made your boodle, then you had to keep working. In those days retirement came with death and THAT is why they said he went to his rest. Grandpa died at the age of 66 on May 28, 1876, (one day before I would be born 75 years later). He was still living in Cedarville, Arkansas and upon his death he was buried way the hell up in Van Buren, Arkansas. Why they buried him up there I don't know. Maybe the offspring who paid for the funeral lived up there and wanted Grandpa close by. But, Grandma was still alive and living in Cedarville so she wouldn't be able to visit Grandpa's grave way up there in Van Buren. I don't get it. Anyway Grandma was buried up there in Van Buren too so she got to sleep next to her husband.



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