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Judith (Galphin) Cushman (abt. 1748 - 1839)

Judith Cushman formerly Galphin
Born about in Coweta, Muscogee Creek Nationmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Barnwell, South Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Mar 2015
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Judith (Galphin) Cushman was a Native American and member of the Creek tribe.

Judith Galphin was born about 1750 to George Galphin, a man of Irish decent, and Metawney Unknown, a Creek Indian woman. Her mother was a member of the Tyger Clan of the Lower Creeks as noted on her profile.

George Galphin made a deed of Trust on the 2nd day of Feb 1775 to the trustees named as Locklin McGillvery, John Parkinson, John Graham, Alexander Wyly, George Galphin the younger, and Thomas Galphin in consideration of the love and affection which he hath and "beareth" unto John son of "Matorney" a Creek Indian woman which also noted, In trust for his the said John brother and sister George and Judith, and also Thomas & Martha son and daughter of Rachael Dupee to be shared in manner following: That is to say, the lands to fall to the above named George and Thomas and their heirs forever, also the said cattle horses mares and colts with the future issue and increase of the females thereof, to be shared equally share & share alike.[1] Another deed of Trust was made on the same date in consideration of the love and affection which he hath and beareth unto Judith daughter of a Creek Indian woman named Matorney, and for the better maintenance and presentment of the said Judith.[2]

George Galphin wrote his Last Will and Testament on the 6th of April 1776, listing legatees, Judith Galphin, John Galphin, and George Galphin as children of Metawney.[3] He gave unto Judith, daughter of Metawney, dwelling at Silver Bluff, where she now lives, in South Carolina.

According to descendants, Judith married Simeon Cushman.[source needed] Judith Cushman filed a petition in 1839 for a pension due Simeon Cushman from his service in the Revolutionary War stating she was married to him during the time he served.[4] She was at that time a resident of Barnwell District. The 1825 Barnwell District Map surveyed in 1818 shows Edgefield bounded on Barnwell District, and Silver Bluff where Judith Galphin's father left her the dwelling where she then lived in 1776 is shown on the map in Edgefield.

The household of Simeon Cushman was enumerated on the 1790 Census for Orangeburg District, South Carolina with two males over 16, four males under 16, three females, and no slaves.[5]

On the 1st of March 1796, Simeon Cushman and Judeth Cushman in Orangburgh District court appeared after being duly sworn as the law directs sayeth that they have both heard Catharine Shaw deceased in her life regard of her land which was that it should be equally divided between her three daughters Mary Nancy & Anner[sp] and the household furniture that did belong to her and the three negroes to her son Daniel Shaw.[6] On the 17th of March 1804 Judith Cushman the wife of Simeon Cushman reliquished unto Joseph Fuller all her interest and estate and also all her right and claim of Dower.[7]

Judith died on 20 Nov 1839 in Barnwell, South Carolina, United States.[source needed]


  1. South Carolina, Miscellaneous record, 1774-1779, 1781-1784. Page 270-273, citing Thomas and Martha son and daughter of Rachael Dupee. Digital images: [databse with images] Film 004753877, image 503 of 613. Accessed 15 Nov 2020.
  2. South Carolina, Miscellaneous record, 1774-1779, 1781-1784. Page 270-273, citing Thomas and Martha son and daughter of Rachael Dupee. Digital images: [databse with images] Film 004753877, image 501 of 613, citing Judith daughter of Matorney. Accessed 15 Nov 2020.
  3. Georgia Gen Web. contributors. Early Settlers of Augusta, citing George Galphin. [transcribed South Carolina Wills, Box 40, pack 898]. Digital image: Georgia Gen Web. Accessed 16 Nov 2020.
  4. Accounts Audited of Claims Growing Out of the Revolution (S108092) , Series: S108092 Reel: 0030 Frame: 00049 1705-B Cushman, Simeon. Digital images: South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Accessed 20 Nov 2020.
  5. "United States Census, 1790," database with images, FamilySearch (: 21 May 2015), South Carolina > Orangeburg > Not Stated > Page 270, line 29, citing Simeon Cushman image 13 of 40; citing NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. Edgefield County, South Carolina, Deed Book 13, Pge 360, citing Simeon Cushman and Judeth Cushman. Digital images: Film 007856779 image 523 of 679. Accessed 20 Nov 2020.
  7. Edgefield County, South Carolina, Deed Book Book 24, Page 312, citing Judith Cushman. Digital images: Film 007856781 image 168 of 871. Accessed 20 Nov 2020.

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