James Robert Mudd III
12102 Monter Dr.
Bridgeton, MO 63044
June 25, 2011
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
REGARDING "THE MUDD FAMILY OF ST. LOUIS"
As I came across “The Mudd Family of St. Louis” on the Internet, I thought about the distinguished lives of my Great Grandfather, my Grandfather and my Father. In addition, although I certainly have no plans of dying anytime soon, I recently prepared my Last Will & Testament, which includes information for an obituary if it is needed by my family. I have included an article on my Father, and the information on me, at the end of this correspondence.
The following may or may not be of interest to you other than your possibly wanting to include the genealogy of this part of the Mudd family in your work, "The Mudd Family of St. Louis". You may be unaware of our branch of the St. Louis area Mudd family, so please allow me to provide you with the following information regarding it since St. Charles has long been considered as part of the St. Louis Metropolitan area by most people. But that is up to you.
I am James Robert Mudd III, born Feb 21, 1949. Since this record is in chronological order, oldest first, information about my immediate family and me are at the end of this correspondence.
I apologize that the following information is incomplete, and it is remotely possible that there are inaccuracies. I simply do not have the considerable time it would take to research and document all of the records that I have in my possession.
We do have a copy of the large blue “Mudd Family of the United States” book that was published in approximately 1947. I’m sure you must as well. My Father communicated updated information with Dr. Richard Mudd, the genealogist who researched, assembled, and produced it, but we do not have an updated copy. We also have a much thinner hard-bound burgundy book on The Mudd Family. Regardless of this and Dr. Mudd’s blue book, I will go back further, as far as I can, and provide you with more detail since I do not know the extent of the content of the information you may wish to have in your record of The Mudd Family of St. Louis.
My Great Grandfather was the nephew of Mary Lincoln Mudd, wife of Thomas Mudd, older brother of President Abraham Lincoln. I have not thoroughly researched this, but based on the source, I believe it to be true. I also have been told that there is a graveyard in Kentucky that contains only members of the Mudd family and the Lincoln family.
My Great Grandfather was Dr. James Robert Mudd I (circa 1851 – circa 1923). Dr. Mudd was a prominent citizen of St. Charles, MO when it was the capital of Missouri. Significant information on Dr. James Robert Mudd: He was the Mayor of St. Charles, was a practicing physician, owner of farmland, and was a man of considerable means. His exact dates of birth and death, and information regarding his heritage and offspring are contained in a full-page article (which I have) that was published in the St. Charles newspaper at the time of his death.
My Great Grandfather and wife bore four sons. Two became physicians, another was Eugene Mudd, a banker (I have no other information on him), and the other was my Grandfather, Charles Borromeo Mudd (circa 1886 - Sept. 1970). Charles married Clementine Kaemmerlen Mudd (of the Kaemmerlen Electric family) who died circa 1968. Significant information on Charles B. Mudd: He was a prominent St. Charles banker who served as President of the Missouri Bankers Association. As a banker when St. Charles was the capitol of Missouri at the time when each state issued its own currency, the signature and title of Charles B. Mudd, Missouri Secretary to the Treasurer, was on each bill printed and issued by the State of Missouri.
Charles and Clementine Mudd had four children:
1) Jane Mudd Meyer (circa 1911 – circa 1989) married Ferdinand P. Meyer of St. Louis. They bore two children: Richard Meyer and Mary Meyer (Arnold) Dill.
2) The second child was my Father, James Robert “Bob” Mudd II (November 1913 – March 2008). My father married (for 34 years at her death) Mary Coats Mudd, the former Mary Harriett Coats (March 1915 – February 1977). Bob and Mary Mudd bore three children: Margaret Mudd Oberhaus (February 1945 – present), Catherine Coats (John) Mudd Wehling (January 1948 – December 1976), and James Robert (Bernice Harte Mudd – deceased) “Bob” Mudd III (February 1949 – present). Subsequent to the death of Mary Coats Mudd, James Robert Mudd II married (for 28 years) Mary Ryan Collmeyer Mudd (1917 – 2010).
Significant information on James Robert Mudd II:
Mr. Mudd was born and raised in St. Charles, MO and set the Missouri state pole vault record while in high school. He graduated with honors from St. Louis University, serving two years as class president. He attended Harvard
University's graduate school of business, and achieved the rank of Major while stationed at the Pentagon during World War II. He retired as Senior Vice President of D'Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles advertising agency of St. Louis
after 35 years. He served on the Boards of Directors of St. Mary’s Hospital of Clayton, MO and White House Retreat of St. Louis County, MO, and was President of the Serra Club of St. Louis. He was a resident of Webster Groves,
Missouri and a parishioner of Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church for 25 years. He then became a resident of Des Peres, Missouri for 28 years and was a parishioner of St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church during that time. He also was a member of Westborough Country Club for nearly 50 years. (REFERENCE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ARTICLE – only a portion of it is shown - AT END OF THIS CORRESPONDENCE)*
3) John J. Mudd (circa 1917 – 1979), Retired Air Force pilot, of Portage de Sioux, Missouri did not marry and had no children.
4) Elizabeth “Betty” Mudd Burke, wife of John “Jack” Burke, who lived in St. Louis, Missouri. Betty and Jack had three children: John (Tina) Burke), Michael (Lynn) Burke, and Mary Ellen (Gary) Spivey.
* ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH obituary article on James Robert Mudd II:
J. Robert 'Bob' Mudd Advertising executive, volunteer.(Metro)(Obituary)
Article from: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) | March 10, 2008 | Copyright
J. Robert "Bob" Mudd, an advertising executive, died on March 2, 2008, after a long illness. He was 94 and a resident of St. Louis County. Mr. Mudd worked for the D'Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles advertising agency for 35 years, retiring as Senior Vice President in the mid-1970s. He worked in account and general management for clients such as Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch and Ozark Airlines. Mr. Mudd was born and raised in St. Charles and set the Missouri state pole vault record while in high school. He graduated with honors from St. Louis University, serving as class president. He attended Harvard University's graduate business school. Mr. Mudd volunteered for …
(END OF AVAILABLE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH OBITUARY ARTICLE ON J. ROBERT MUDD II)
As noted above, my Father, James Robert Mudd II and Mary Coats Mudd bore three children, two girls and a boy. The son, James Robert Mudd III, is the only child who bears the name of Mudd.
James Robert Mudd III (February 21, 1949 – present) married Bernice Harte Mudd (April 1950 – May 2005) and they bore two children: Brian Richard Mudd (July 8, 1976 – present) of Branson, MO, and Mary Catherine Mudd (August 14, 1980 – present) of St. Louis, MO. Neither child is married. Information regarding James Robert Mudd III: Mudd grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, was graduated from Christian Brothers College (CBC) High School and attended the University of Missouri as a Curators Scholar where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and did graduate work. He served as a Commissioned Officer in U.S. Army Military Intelligence, and was given a Top Secret Security Clearance. He was an Information Officer for the U.S. Army his last two years and was Honorably Discharged after 3-1/2 years. Mudd worked seven years for Allen Foods in St. Louis, Missouri as Sales Promotion Manager, and served for a number of years as an Account Executive/Account Supervisor at three top advertising agencies when he was designated as a member of Who’s Who in Advertising. After serving as a Project Manager at Maritz Inc. in Fenton, Missouri for over ten years, Mudd left the field of Marketing for a time and became licensed by the State of Missouri as a Hearing Instrument Specialist where he helped those with hearing impairments. He then returned to Marketing and founded and operates his own agency, J.R. Marketing Services LLC, where he has served as a Marketing Consultant for 10 years. Mudd is a member of the American Marketing Association and several other noteworthy business organizations. He has been a Captain and Expeditor for the White House Retreat for nearly 40 years, served as a member of the Bridgeton Planning & Zoning Commission, and is a Deputy Commissioner for the St. Louis County Board of Elections. An avid golfer, Mudd has been a resident of Bridgeton, Missouri for 36 years and a parishioner of St. Lawrence the Martyr, re-named due to parishes merging, as Holy Spirit Catholic Church, for 36 years. Further information on his career and achievements are available online by simply searching “Bob Mudd” on the Internet where he is usually the first on the list. Or you can use the following links: http://ww.linkedin.com/in/bobmudd or http://www.facebook.com/bobmudd.stlouis
Posted June 25, 2011 by:
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