|Submitted and written by: Andy Gammill|
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History of Belmont and Jefferson Counties, Ohio.
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Biography of Judah Foulke
Written by Andy Gammill
Judah Foulke was born on January 18, 1763 in Richland Township, Bucks
County, Pennsylvania. He was the eighth child of Samuel Foulke and Ann
Greasely Foulke. His father, Samuel Foulke, was a statesman representing
Bucks County in the Pennsylvania colonial assemblies of 1761-1768. He
was brought up in the Richland Meeting where his father was originally
the clerk. Judah seems to have kept his Quaker faith, although during
the Revolutionary War, his father was disowned by the Society of Friends
for being too sympathetic to the war effort, an act which went against
the Quaker beliefs.
In 1791, Judah and his family were granted a certificate to Exeter,
Pennsylvania. Sarah's parents, Thomas and Elizabeth (Lancaster) McCarty,
went with them. Staying for a little more than a year, both families
moved again to Muncy in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. However, they
returned to Bucks County in 1803.
However, Judah was an adventurous man and could not bear to stay in one
place, so he relocated his family to Ohio in 1819. The church records
indicate that the Plainfield Meeting in Ohio accepted Judah Foulke with
wife Sarah and minor children, Amelia, Cadwallader, Jesse, Mercy, Grace,
Silas, and John. His other son, Thomas, was accepted on the same day,
May 5, 1819. The record indicates that they came from the Richland
Meeting in Pennsylvania and had stopped for a while at the Miami Monthly
Meeting in Ohio. They left children Samuel, Eleanor, Mary, and Ann
behind in Pennsylvania.
In 1824, the family, without Thomas, Amelia, or Cadwallader, moved to
the meeting at Somerset, Belmont County, Ohio. While at the Somerset
Meeting, Judah was a schoolteacher. He taught at the Barnesville Village
School. In 1828, Judah Foulke taught in the newly erected Mason's Hall
of which the school was in the basement. However, in 1829, the masons
decided to sell the hall, and the school went under. The Foulkes' stay
in Belmont County was relatively peaceful as nothing relating to them
was entered into church records until their departure on April 27, 1829.
At that point in time, they joined son Thomas at the Stillwater Monthly
Meeting. Two years later, Judah's son Silas was disowned for "mcd,"
married contrary to discipline. Judah died and was buried on November
30, 1847 in Richland, Belmont County, Ohio.
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