JUDD, REZIN A. V., agent of the Illinois Traction Company at Dawson, is one of the trusted men of that corporation, and has proven his worth through years of steadfast endeavor. He was born in Clear Lake Township, Sangamon County, December 16, 1846, a son of Rezin and Eve (Shinkle) Judd, the former born in Mason County, Ky., December 26, 1798, and the latter in Brown County, Ohio, December 2, 1804. The father went to Ohio from Kentucky when only five years of age, being taken there by his parents, and Brown County, of that State, remained the family home until 1826, when migration was made to Sangamon County and settlement effected eight and one-half miles east of Springfield, in Clear Lake Township. In 1857 removal was made to Dawson, where the father conducted a store, and there he died in 1873. His widow survived him until 1888. William Judd, grandfather of Rezin A. V. Judd, founded the family in this country, coming from his native land, Wales, while on the maternal side the origin was of German stock. Ten children were born to Rezin and Eve Judd, six sons and four daughters, of whom there are three surviving sons, all residents of Dawson: R. A. V.; William W., a grocer; and Marquis, retired; and a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Alls, of Roby, Christian County, Ill.
Rezin A. V. Judd grew up in Clear Lake Township, where he was educated, and found employment for his boyish energies on his father's farm. Upon reaching maturity he engaged in farming for himself, being thus engaged for many years. He also clerked for his father, and finally entered the employ of the Illinois Traction Company, where he has proved to be the right man in the right place. He is a Democrat in politics. Fraternally he belongs to Dawson Lodge No. 712, Modern Woodmen, and Dawson Lodge No. 556, A.F. & A.M., being a member of the council fo the former, and was secretary of the latter, as well as Junior Warden. The Methodist Church of Dawson holds his membership.
The marriage of Mr. Judd took place in Fulton County, Ill., March 23, 1876, when he was united with Sarah Bolander, born in that county, April 24, 1850, daughter of Stephen Bolander, a native of Ohio. Mr. Bolander was married in Ohio to one of that State's native daughters, and with his father-in-law moved to Fulton County in the early days, locating on a farm, which he developed into a valuable property. Both he and his wife are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Judd are the parents of one daughter, Nellie, who lives with her parents. Mr. Judd owns his beautiful home in Dawson, where he and his family enjoy all the comforts of urban life without any of its disagreeable features. He is a man of influence in his community and has earned the prosperity which has attended his efforts.