Edward Judson was born in Trefonen, near Oswestry about 1831, he was the son of Richard Judson, a butcher. On 28th September 1857 he married Maria Lee in Walton on the Hill, West Derby.
Maria was from Tattenhall and was the daughter of Joseph Lee. Maria had been a cook for the Rector of Baddiley.
They lived in Birkenhead for a while where he was a railway carter and had a daughter Mary Jane born there about 1859.
Edward`s elder brother Richard had been running the Efel Inn, Trefonen, Oswestry, but by 1866 Edward was there.
29th September 1866
PETTY SESSION- FOR THE HUNDRED, A number of drunkards were disposed of by the infliction of fines, in most cases of 5s and costs. Charge of Permitting Drunkenness. Edward Judson of the Efel public-house, Trefonen, was charged with permitting drunkenness at his house, on the 7th of September. It was a case of some importance, as the man who was drunk was found dead in the privy, and the coroner’s inquiry resulted in a verdict of died from excessive drinking and exposure.
The Efel Inn was a popular place and dinners and meetings were held there by local organisations, but in January 1872 there were many cases of “unjust measures” brought to the courts by a Mr Whitaker, Edward Judson, Efel Inn, Trefonen, was charged by Mr Whittaker with having on the 23rd January, nine half-pint glasses each nearly half gill short. Fined 10s. and costs.
2nd October 1875
OSWESTRY DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW. This was a large event with section for all manner of farm animals, poultry, dogs, and vegetables,
In the “open to all England “Dogs, Edward was highly commended for his Greyhound.
Edward Judson, Efel Inn, Trefonen, “Fancy.” brindle and white bitch, five years.
They remained there for quite a while, but the family left the Inn and came to Wrexham, where Edward died at Borras Lodge in 1889.
At that time the occupants of Borras Lodge were William Lee, his wife Ellen and 8 children.
A while later Maria was still living with the Lee family.
3rd January 1891
THEFT OF LINEN BY A WOMAN. Annie Beddowes. a married woman, living at Holt, was charged with stealing a quantity of linen, the property of Mr Wm. Lee, Park Farm, Rhosnessney.
Mrs Judson, housekeeper for Mr Lee, said that on the morning of December 23rd, on going into the wash-house she missed the following articles, which had been put to soak ready for the wash: eight towels, two counterpanes, two sheets, and six aprons, all the property of Mr Lee. In the wash- house she found the shawl (produced) laying on the floor. Mary Ellen Vaughan, servant at the Park Farm, said she put the articles produced to soak in the washhouse on the 22nd. On the morning of the 23rd she went into the washhouse and found a shawl on the floor. She called Mrs Judson, and they found the articles now produced had gone. Sergt. Morgan said that he went with P.C. Lee down to Holt. He went to the prisoner’s house and saw there some linen which answered the description of the articles which had been stolen. On being charged with stealing the articles, she made no reply. He then took her into custody. P.C. Lee corroborated. In consideration of it being the prisoner’s first appearance, the magistrates only fined her 10s 6d and 9s 6d costs.
Maria returned to Oswestry and died at Morda in 1903. Their daughter Mary Jane never married, she died in Oswestry in 1937.
As Edward had a burial plot in Wrexham, his wife and daughter were brought to Wrexham and buried with him.
IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF EDWARD JUDSON, LATE OF TREFONEN, NEAR OSWESTRY, WHO DIED OCTOBER 1, 1889, AGED 58 YEARS. “GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN”. ALSO MARIA, WIFE OF THE ABOVE, WHO DIED AT MARDA, OSWESTRY JANUARY 30, 1903, AGED 76 YEARS. “PEACE PERFECT PEACE”.Transcript
Researched by Annette Edwards. May 2020.
Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery J-02958