Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

John Mantle Judah  



John M. Judah was descended from a family of Spanish Jews. His ancestors came to Canada in 1750, to New York in 1765, and to the Midwest in 1818. His father, Samuel Judah (1798-1869) graduated from Rutgers University in 1816 and moved to Vincennes shortly thereafter. He served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1827 to 1829 and from 1837 to 1841, acting as Speaker in 1840-1841. From 1829 to 1833 he was U. S. Attorney in Indiana. In 1825 he married Harriet Brandon, and they had eleven children. About 1860 they were divorced.

Samuel Judah

He was born in the city of New York in 1798. He camr to Indiana and first located at Merom in S ullivan county. But he soon came here and located reamined here until his death. He was regarded as on of the ablest lawyers in the state. His rputation was not confined to the limits of the state. He was Frequently employed in important cases in other states. In the court here he was employed on one side of every important case that came before the court for trail. He was the chief counsel employed by the Vincennes Universlity in the long and tediuos litigation to deprives the Vincennes University of the grant of lands made to it by Congress. When the case was in the state courts, Mr. Judah was before an un-friendly tribunal and the decisions were always against him. But not discouraged by the adverse decisions of the state court, he persevered and appealed to the Sumpreme Court of the United States, and was there successf uland finally prevented the state from diverting the land grants for the benefit of Indiana University. Mr. Judah married Harriet Brandon, a daughter of Alexander Brandon, and three sons and three daughters were the fruit of thise marriage. Of the daughters, Mrs. Alice Clark alone survives. The three sons are living. John M. Judah is a leading attorney of Indianapolis. Noble Judah occupies a prominent position at the bar and in the political circles of Chicago. Samuel B. Judah resides in Vincennes and is the Deputy Revenue Collector of this district and collects monthly about a quarter million dollars of internal revenue. Mr. Judah died at Vincennes, April 24, 1869, and was buried in the city cemetery.

A history of the city of Vincennes, Indiana : from 1702 to l901 Vincennes, Ind.?: M.C. Cauthorn, c1902, 192-3 pgs.

John Mantle Judah
Born in Vincennes, John Mantle Judah prepared for college at Vincennes University, graduated from Brown University in 1867, and went to Indianapolis as Clerk of the Supreme Court. In 1872 he married Louise Rassner

Mary Jameson was daughter of Dr. Patrick Henry & Maira (Butler) Jameson and sister to Ovid Butler Jameson who married Mary Booth sister to Newton Booth Tarkington per Greater Indianapolis : the history, the industries, the institutions, and the people of a city of homes Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1910, Dunn, Jacob Piatt Biography of Dr. Patrick H. Jameson pg. 1057-61

The WPA Index enteries for their marriage:

    Surname: JUDAH. Given Name: JOHN M,Sex:,Color: -,Age: 0,Spouse: MARY S,Spouse Surname: JAMESON Month: FEB,Day: 21,Year: 1872,Father: ,Mother:,Maiden Name:,B/L Month: ---,B/L Day: ,B/L Year: 0 County: MARION,Book: 11,Page: 584

    Surname: JAMESON,Given Name: MARY S,Sex: ,Color: -,Age: 0,Spouse: JOHN M,Spouse Surname: JUDAH,Month: FEB,Day: 21,Year: 1872,father: , Mother: ,Maiden Name: ,B/L Month: ---,B/L Day:,B/L Year: 0,County: MARION,Book: 11,Page: 584
John M. and Mary Jameson Judah (she was always referred to as Mamie) had two sons, Henry and John Victor. Her parents - Dr. and Mrs. Jameson suggested changing their grandsons' last name to Brandon (after Mr. Judah's mother), promising each boy a bequest of $20,000 if the suggestions was followed. The change was made.

John M. Judah pursued a legal career until 1887, when he moved to Memphis and formed a partnership in the cotton business, Caldwell and Judah (Caldwell is referred to in the correspondence as Sloo). This partnership ended in 1894, and the Judahs returned to Indianapolis, residing at 949 North Pennsylvania Street. He retired, and they did a good deal of European travel, spending much of their time being sick.

Meanwhile during the 1890s Mrs. Judah was cutting a social and literary swath. She was an accomplished hostess, giving dinners with monumental menus in both Memphis and Indianapolis. She was also a successful writer, and had stories published in Harpers and other magazines. Among her literary and artistic friends were Hamlin Garland, Henry James, William Dean Howells, Albert Kinross, Israel Zangwill (The Melting Pot), Meredith Nicholson, and T. C. Steele.

The Judahs had a family cottage at Lake Maxinkuckee where they spent part of every summer. In 1928 they moved to 3128 North Meridian Street. The correspondence indicates that Mr. Judah believed he had the gift of extra-sensory perception; also that Mrs. Judah was interested in mesmerism and was a strong believer in Christian Science.

Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
JOHN MANTLE JUDAH Burial: 10/02/1936 Section: 6 Lot: 18
MARY JAMESON JUDAH Burial: 05/24/1930 Section: 6 Lot: 18

GRACE A. BRANDON Burial: 04/08/1967 Section: 6 Lot: 18
HENRY J. BRANDON Burial: 09/23/1942 Section: 6 Lot: 18

INFANT OF JOHN JUDAH BRANDON Burial: 02/14/1911 Section: 6 Lot: 18
JOHN JUDAH BRANDON Burial: 07/31/1931 Section: 6 Lot: 18


Henry Judah "Harry" Brandon

Henry Judah Brandon (b 3/31/1873 in Indianapolis; d 8/10/1942 in Tuscon, AZ; buried in Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana), usually called Harry, the son who was the center of most of the correspondence in this collection, had a rather picaresque career. Educated to begin with in Indianapolis and Memphis, he spent a senior year at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. There and during his two years at Yale (1892-1894) he developed expensive tastes and a habit of self-justification which led to intense correspondence with his father. He then studied law in Chicago with his uncle, Orville Peckham, and at Northwestern University. After passing his bar exam and working briefly at Peckham and Brown, he was let go, and took a position in Indianapolis with another uncle, Ovid B. Jameson, at Jameson & Joss. This position again lasted only a few years, during which he married his first wife, Helen Louise Armstrong daughter of W. H. Armstrong, b 11/16/1878, probably Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana where they were in the 1880 census. This marriage is found in the WPA index as such:
    Surname: BRANDON, Given Name: HENRY J, Sex: M, Color: W, Age: 27, Souse: , Spouse Surname:, Month: Jul Day: 3, Year: 1899, Father: JOHN M, Mother: MARY, Maiden Name: JAMESON, B/L Month: ,B/L Day: 0,B/L Year: 0,County: MARION,Book: 6,Page: 215,

    Surname: BRANDON, Given Name: HENRY J,Sex: , Color: -, Age: 0, Spouse: HELEN LOUISE, Spouse Surname: ARMSTRONG, Month: Jul , Day: 3, Year: 1899,Father: ,Mother: ,Maiden Name: ,B/L Month: ---,B/L Day: B/L Year: 0,County: MARION, Book: 30,age: 552,
and had two daughters:
    Mary Judah Brandon b 5 November 1901 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
    Constance Brandon


The end of this first marriage in 1911 led to an extended period of depression ("giraffes"), during which he was nursed by his mother both in Europe and in New Mexico.

Helen Louise (Armstrong) Brandon married 2nd Moses H. K. Malone on Jan 15, 1916 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana; he was born 5 Jan 1877.

By 1916 he was sufficiently recovered to take a job with the Naval Cons ulting Board in New York City, and to marry the actress Grace (Walton) Cool 14 April 1917 DeKalb Co., Indiana. She was born 16 June 1879 and died 5 April 1967 Minneapolis, Minneapolis and is buried in Crown Hill Cememtery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana.
He then lived in Haiti, first working for the Hayti-American Sugar Company and then in his own concern to produce honey. Neither position worked out. Though he was still receiving a reg ular allowance from his parents, he took several months to tell them about his second marriage. In 1923 he returned to New York, and took on the development of Coldstream Country Club, on Long Island on the former estate of Oliver H. P. Belmont. This club failed during the depression in 1933.

Meanwhile Harry's daughter, Mary Judah Brandon (b. 1901-?), who had spent her childhood with her mother, showed up in New York and was reconciled with her father. She obtained a stage role in 1920, and two years later married Robert E. Sherwood (1896-1955), who was beginning his career as a successful playwright (The Road to Rome, Idiot's Delight, Abe Lincoln in Illinois) and biographer (Roosevelt and Hopkins). She later had two other marriages and divorced the 3rd one, Theodore Gaillard.

John Judah Brandon

John Judah Brandon (1882-1931), also called Victor and Tony, graduated from St. Paul 's School and spent two years at Yale (1901-1903). He married Muriel Hitt in 1909, and they had two children, Barbara and John. During the 1920s he considered going into the coffee business, wrote stories, and worked for General Advertising Company.

His birth is recorded in the WPA Index as follows:
    Surname: JUDUH, Child Given Name: ---, Father Given Name: JNO M, Mother Given Name: MARY, Maiden Name: JAMESON, Sex: M, Color: W Month: Jul , Day: 18, Year: 1882, County: MARION, Book: H-1, Page: 85

Robert Emmett Sherwood and Mary Judah Brandon
Robert Emmet Sherwood (4 April 189614 November 1955) American playwright, editor, and screenwriter.

Born April 4, 1896 New Rochelle, New York, he was the son of Arthur Murray and Rosina Emmet Sherwood.

Robert Emmet Sherwood He graduated from Milton Academy (1914) and from Harvard (1917), where he was active on the Lampoon (which his father had co‐founded) and with the Hasty Pudding Club and studied theatre history under George Pierce Baker.

Rejected for service in World War I, he enlisted in the Canadian Black Watch in Europe during World War I and was wounded and gassed. He returned home disillusioned with the governments that had brought the conflict about.

After his return to the U.S., he began working as a movie critic for Vanity Fair magazine in 1919 and a year later joined the staff of Life magazine, becoming its film editor. Sherwood was one of the original members of the Algonquin Round Table the centre of a New York literary coterie which began meeting in 1919.

In 29 Oct. 1922 he married Mary Brandon, an actress. Their daughter was born in 1923. He edited The Best Moving Pictures of 1922-23 and in 1924 became editor of Life till 1928.

At six-feet six-inches, Sherwood was a giant for a man of his day.

The first of his many film credits was Oh, What a Nurse! (1926). Sherwood made his stage debut with The Road to Rome (1927) was greeted with success. It was followed by The Love Nest (1927), The Queen's Husband (1928), and This Is New York (1930) failed to run, Waterloo Bridge (1930), and Reunion in Vienna (1931). While publishing a novel, The Virtuous Knight (1931), he worked in Hollywood as a dialogue writer and scenarist on his own plays. Acropolis (1933), was a quick failure. From this time, however, his works became serious.

After the war, while living in New York City, he met Mary Brandon and would spend 1922-34 with her in a tempestuous marriage f ull of drama, public arguments, and a sense of pessimism that infected his writing. Sherwood stayed with her, despite her emotional abuse, because he loved his daughter Mary and also lacked the confidence to leave. Although he came from a prominent family and had attended Harvard, many of his activities indicate that he was a man in search of acceptance or meaning. He did not excel in school, despite his obvious intellect, and with his six-foot-four-inch, thin frame, he personified a man who wanted to fit in but could not (Brown 164-240; Meserve 24-50). Those emotional pressures percolated within Sherwood until early 1934 when he suffered a slight nervous breakdown. He wanted a divorce, wanted his child (which would mean buying off his wife with his family's money), had not written anything of lasting value, and was in love with his friend Marc Connelly's estranged wife Madeline. Needing rest, he traveled to Reno, Nevada, for the divorce. Once there, he faced the possibilities of the future and found renewed vigor in the life and imagination of the West. It would take him a little less than two weeks to write The Petrified Forest in Reno, shortly before his divorce was granted in June 1934. By this time he was already discussing a possible cast and producers for the play with his New York agent. Sherwood emerged a new man (Brown 308-13; Meserve 97-103).

The Monday May 21, 1934 issue of Time - recorded: Suing for Divorce. Robert Emmet Sherwood, playwright; from Mary Brandon Sherwood; in Reno. Grounds: "the usual thing."

He married Madeline Hurlock Connelly in 15 June 1935. During the next few years, he reached his peak as a dramatist. The Petrified Forest (1935), a pertinent assessment of romanticism and reality in American c ulture, was followed by Idiot's Delight (1936), won a P ulitzer Prize. An adaptation, Tovarich (1936), preceded the brilliant Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1938), another P ulitzer Prize play and also led to an association with Eleanor Roosevelt.

The first production of the Play-wrights Company was Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1938), which Sherwood co-founded in 1938 and which became a major producing company. There Shall Be No Night (1940), won Sherwood his third P ulitzer Prize. In addition to his work for the stage, Sherwood also was in demand in Hollywood. He began writing for the silver screen in 1926. While some of his work is uncredited, his films include many adaptations of his plays.

His patriotism led him to work as a speechwriter for President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II.

With Europe in the midst of World War II, Sherwood changed his anti-war stance and supported American involvement against the Third Reich. At the outbreak of World War II Sherwood entered public service as special assistant to the secretary of war (1940), director of the overseas branch of the Office of War Information (1942), and special assistant to the secretary of the Navy (1945).
He returned to playwrighting after the war. His last works were The Rugged Path (1945); his memorable script for the film The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)which was directed by William Wyler and . for this film, Sherwood was given an Academy Award for Best Screenplay; the musical Miss Liberty (1949), and the revision of Philip Barry's unfinished Second Threshold (1951).

His historical work Roosevelt and Hopkins (1948) earned him several awards among them a P ulitzer Prize.

Sherwood died of a heart attack in New York City in Nov. 14, 1955.

Writings on Robert E. Sherwood: His The Worlds of Robert E. Sherwood, John Mason Brown, 1965, Brown, John Mason.; The Ordeal of a Playwright: Robert E. Sherwood and the Challenge of War. New York: Harper and Row, 1970; Meserve, Walter J. Robert E. Sherwood: Reluctant Moralist. New York: Pegasus, 1970.


Mary Judah Brandon - Actress, Welcome Stranger (1920/1) Nature's Nobleman (1921) Up the Ladder (1922) The American Way (1939)


At Indiana Hisitory . org was found: Judah-Brandon Family PAPERS, 1820-1950 - The Judahs had a family cottage at Lake Maxinkuckee where they spent part of every summer. In 1928 they moved to 3128 North Meridian Street. The correspondence indicates that Mr. Judah believed he had the gift of extra-sensory perception; also that Mrs. Judah was interested in mesmerism and was a strong believer in Christian Science.






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