A recently discovered distant cousin, Ruth Dean, who is a direct descendant of Francis Ludey and Emma Trewin, has kindly provided some wonderful photographs of the family. For this post, I am including two photos of Francis. The first appears to have been taken in his twenties, perhaps shortly after his service in the Union Army ended. The second photo was taken at a much later point in life. He appears to be dressed at least partly in his old Union Army uniform. Those look like a couple medals on his chest. I did find evidence that he was actively involved in activities related to his past service as a soldier in NJ’s 14th Regiment, Company C. The book, Proceedings of the Thirty-Seventh Annual Encampment of the Department of New Jersey, G.A.R., published in 1904, shows that he was involved with Mansfield Post, No. 22, Bayonne (see p. 12).
We are still searching for information on Francis’s parents, Jacob and Eliza, and any siblings he may have had. The parents were born in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and emigrated to the US sometime before Francis’s birth in 1845. A search of ship records has thus far been unfruitful. Most likely, the original spelling of “Lüdy” was changed to Ludey here in the US. Sometimes I have seen the name spelled as “Ludy”. Perhaps to differentiate from the Irish surname Luddy, the spelling Ludey became more dominant. I find it interesting that Francis’s middle name is “Chetwood” given his German-Swiss ancestry. Chetwood sounds very English to me.