Friday, December 15, 2006

Joseph William Ludwig

I found some new details about Capt Joseph Ludwig. I've been trying to fully document the line for a DAR application, and was trying a few new avenues of research. I found a post to a mailing list that led me to information I should have had, but somehow missed.

He was a ship's captain, born in Waldoboro, Maine. The Ludwigs came over with General Waldo in 1753. The patriarch (Capt Joe's great-grandfather), Joseph, (1699-1753) died enroute. His wife and three children - two sons and a daughter - continued the journey and helped found Waldoboro.

Capt. Joseph's grandfather was Joseph Henry Ludwig, who fought in the Revolution under the command of his brother, Jacob. They both served as councilmen for the town, and Jacob served as a Justice of the Peace.

Capt. Joseph's father, John, died when Joseph was 6 years old.

Capt Ludwig appeared on the 1850 Census in Boston, the 1860 Census in New York City, and the 1870 Census in Jersey City. In 1850, he was a "mariner," but by 1860 he was a ship's captain.

Capt. Joseph married Catherine 'Cate' Post, and had a daugher, Transylvania. Transylvania married John Rouse of Jersey City, and they had a daughter, which they named Transylvania Gifford Rouse.

I found a lot of my data on him in a genealogy of the Ludwig family. BUT I did NOT read all the way back to find his brief biography, all I got was his lineage, and family data. A few lines in the first half of the book. I thought I did well. But I missed the juicy bits.

The book is "Ludwig Genealogy : sketch of Joseph Ludwig, who was born in Germany in 1699, and his wife and family, who settled at "Broad Bay," copyright 1866.

Turning to page 113, we learn:
  • Not only did he command ships, he owned several of them.
  • He commanded a 'government steamship' for the Union during the War Between the States.
  • In February 12 of 1866, he bought the Vicksburg and Shreveport Railroad at auction for $50,000.
  • As of 1866, he is reportedly retired. He was 45 years old at that time. Not bad.
So he was really well off. And this fits with the quality of the center table that has been passed down; it is an extremely fine work of Victorian Aesthetic.

So with new data, I began researching him to see what else I could find. And what I found was his death notice, published in the Brooklyn Eagle on July 9, 1870:
July 7, 1870 Capt. Joseph W. Ludwig, 49, of Jersey City

My next challenge is to find out where he is buried.

1 comment:

rpslade said...

I have some material on his brother Ansel who was also my Great Grandfather. Perhaps we can be of some use to each other.