Lieutenant John Budd

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Lieutenant John Budd, if son of Edward Budd and Bridget Bird, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Sidlesham, Sussex, England, 12 January 1598/99, otherwise, his ancestry is unknown.1 He died at Rye, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, (now in Westchester Co., New York), in 1670.2

John married Catheryn Butcher, daughter of Richard Butcher, at St. Andrews, Chichester, Sussex, England, 21 November 1620.3,4

Judging from the events of his life, briefly summarized in the Personal Index of Southold, Lieutenant John Budd was an adventurous, free-spirited man who pretty much followed his own courses:
1629, John the elder, and John, Jr, executor and witness to the will of John Howe in England. Had some connection wth the Bond family, also of Southold. (7 Coll., 320)
In 1639, June, signed the New Haven agreement as a freeman.
In 1640, Reputed engaged in the first settlement of Southold.
In 1642, at New Haven he was ordered to pay damages for neglect to the fence.
In 1643, at New Haven he was taxed.
In 1646, at New Haven the grass on his meadow was appraised for unpaid taxes.
In 1646, at New Haven he reported a purchase of Indians at Southold, but not approved
In 1647, at New Haven he made a claim against the estate of Robert Parsons.
In 1648, at New Haven he sold his house lot ot W. Thompson and made an exchange with R. Hull. He is said to have returned to England, and taken an active part in the English civil war, probably against the King.
On 28 Dec 1652, William Fansey's house lot is described as that "which he lately purchased of Lieutenant Budd."5
On 25 May 1653, the General court at New Haven noted "Southold, the freemen to chuse ano in Liv: Buds roome if they will."6
Described as absent in England when Southold reported to the New Haven court they did not have "a fitt man to exercise the millitary company there," 31 May 1654.7

He had returned from England by 30 May 1655 when the New Haven Court reported receiving letters from Mr. Herbert, "Leiutennant Bud," and Barnabas Horton, and information from John Peakin regarding an unsettled state of affairs at Southold:
"...which they are moved the more strongly to beleeve because they have not sent their deputies to this court; upon consiideration of which things, and out of a tender respect to them, desiring to setle the affaires of the towne in peace, it was though most meete that two magistrats should be sent to keepe court at Southold, which by vote were declared to Mr. Samuell Eaton and Mr. William Leete, (which is to be at the charge of Southold, which charges with other rates they are to be leuyed before they come away , with the fines for deputies absence at theis court.) Which two magistrats have in this case, by order of this court, the power of a court of magistrats for tryall of causes and issuing of differrences of this nature amonge them. They have likewise power from this court to chuse some officer or officers, as deputies or constables, as they shall see cause, from amonge the free-men there, to order the civill affaires of that plantaion for the yeare ensuing, or thill this court take some other order concerning the same. They are to call for the cirtifycats of armes, amunition, number of males, the estate of the towne, with birthes, deathes and marriages the two yeares past, no account having bine brought in for them, and to inquire how their watches are caried on, and give such answer to Leiutennant Budds letter, Barnabas Horton, and Mr. Herberts, (which they may have with them). . . .8

He continues to appear in the records of Southold:
In 1655, he was engaged in the settlement of Setauket, Brookhaven.
In 1656, he, along with Barnabase Horton, William Wells, and William Purrier were appointed to order the Town affairs. This body of officers was possessed almost unlimited powers, passing laws and ordinances for the government of the Colony, and adjusting local difficulties.9
14 Feb 1656, a parcel belonging to Thomas Reeves was described as "Som of the said meadow is a kinde of fresh, which meadow he had by vertu of an exchange of John Budd."10
He was directed to receive and hold a bond from Ralph Dayton of Southold regarding his attendance at the general court in a matter of probate over the will of his wife's former husband's will and provisions for that man's children.
In 1657, he was the sole deputy from Southold to New Haven, constable, &c.
Amongst the entries for Dec 1658, a record of John's purchase of two acres in the old field, from Nicholas Eeds was entered 13 Mar 1683/4. This could also refer to his son John.11
24 Jan 1668/9, the town renewed a grant to Capt Charles Glover. Included was, "Also purchased of John Budd on first lott at Accobauk throughout, that doth or ever did belonge to it:---And his first Lott to be the easter part of his lott at Accobauck and part of the meadowe that belongeth to the said lott must be next to the ester must, which hee the said John Budd reserveth for himselfe:--which is the meadow on this side of the river, --but all those p'sells of meadowe on the south side the River and other apertanances belonging to a first Lott is comprehended within the abovesaid purchase excepting the Wadeing River meadowe."12
Jan 1658/9, Joseph Yong described having two acres of upland lying in ye old field, exchanged with John Budd for two acres of Land lying in the same fild, and bounded one the North with the land of the said Budd--on the South with Barnabas Horton.13
Undated, but probably part of the land inventory, "Thomas More Jr. purchased of John Budd halfe on third lott of meadow lying in Oysterpond lower necke being two acres and a quarter more or lesse and adjoyning thto the meadow of William Purrier, lying neer the old seller, & running towards a Springe in the head of the meadow.14
On 9 Mar 1659, he made a deed to John Corey for "his home lot in Hashamomach."
In 1660, he resigned as lieutenant of the military company.
In 1661, he was sued at New Haven for selling land at Hashamomach to a person not approved of.
In 1661, he was sued at New Haven for slander of Capt Y. and for defending or protecting Quakers.
In 1661, he sold to John Platt, land at Huntington which he had bought of "Whitney."
In 1661, he obtained deeds from Indians in Westchester Co., where he remained until he died, and where his son Joseph had settled (see Bolton's Westchester).
In 1663, appointed by the Hartford General Court to be the Commissioner for Hastings (Rye), of Westchester Co.
In 1664, again commissioner for Hastings, and deputy at Hartford. A number of young men are supposed to have followed him from Southold: Vail, Horton, &c.

On 13 Oct 1669, his will of this date gives son John part of a mill on Blind Brook, and to son Joseph the "Epauquammes" lands, and mentions his daughter, Jdith Brown. The will is described in a deed from his son.15

On 15 October 1669, Lieutenant John Budd made a "living will," giving the undisposed portion of his estate to his son John in exchange for an annual provision of wheat, pork, and peas, and confirming what he had already given to John and his younger siblings. It was entered into the record, 13 May 1673:
Know all men by these presence that I, John Budd for divers considerations have given and granted to John Budd my sonn, all my part of the mill on the Blind Brook and all the lands that are undisposed of to him and his heirs forever, he or his assigns paying me John Budd or his mother Katheren Budd thirty pounds a year in good pay, that is to say, wheat twenty pounds, porck one Barrell, pease the rest and I doe give John Budd by these presents all my estate in cattell and debts to be freely his that he may dispose of all for the good of myself and wife that wee may be freed from trouble and after the decease to discharge of will and to have all of debts cattell and pay all legases and debts and that John Ogden, Juddey, his wife, and Joseph Horton and Joan [Jane] his wife, John Budd, Mary Niccols alias Mary Youngs, John Lyons, these are to enjoy their lotts as firm as if no such writing had never been and the true intent of this writing is that we may have our thirty pounds a yeare truely paid and the bennefitt of cattell where we live and after to be John Budd my sonns to him and his heirs forever to which I have sett my hand and seale this 15 October one thousand six hundred and sixty nine.

It is not clear what the relationship is to "Mary Niccols alias Mary Youngs" or to John Lyons. Mary could very well be his daughter born in England. Could she be the possible wife of Thomas Youngs, who later married a Nicolls?

Regarding John Budd's will: Lilly Budd does not cite her source for her transcription of the will, though Baird's History of Rye is in her bibliography. Revis at n. 23 cites Baird's History of Rye, p. 404 for her short summary of the will, and states "The will is copied from The Colonial Records of Connecticut, Vol I, p. 435." Baird also makes a full transcription of the will, (and is probably Lily Budd's source) stating, "The following declaration or will is transcribed from the Colonial Records of Connecticut. (MS. Hartford, vol. i. p.425.)" The Biographical Record of Dutchess & Putnam counties (1897) states that "[M. 3 Hartford, Vol. I-425 contains his will," probably misstating Baird's "MS" as "M. 3". All that said, so far, searches of the first three volumes of the published Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, and Manwarings Digest of Connecticut Probate, have failed to find the source document.16,17,18,19,20,21


Catheryn Butcher b. 24 Sep 1598, d. aft. 1669
  • Katherine Budd22 b. 18 Oct 1621, d. bef. 17 Jul 1634
  • Mary Budd23 b. 17 Jul 1625
  • Sarah Budd23 b. 22 Sep 1627, d. bef. 7 Jul 1636
  • John Budd24 b. 4 Oct 1629, d. bef. 20 Nov 1629
  • John Budd+2,25 b. 22 Feb 1630/31, d. bef. 12 Nov 1684
  • Jane Budd26 b. 24 Jun 1633
  • Judith Budd27 b. 6 Mar 1635
This person was last edited on17 Jun 2022


  1. [S2497] Sussex Record Society, Chichester, Parish Register Transcripts, 1566-1812, FHL microfilm 504435-3, further cited as Parish Transcripts of Sidlesham.
  2. [S1798] Charles B. Moore, Town of Southold, Long Island: Personal Index prior to 1698, and Index of 1698. New York: John Medole, Printer, 1868, 9. CD-ROM reprint, Genealogy and History of Southold, New York (, 2003), further cited as Moore, SHTI.
  3. [S1799] West Sussex Record Office, Chichester, Parish Registers of St. Andrew's Church, Chichester, 41, FHL microfilm 1068508 #2, further cited as Parish Registers of St. Andrews.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 236, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S1792] J. Wickam Case, Southold Town Records, Two Volumes. Southampton, New York: Towns of Southampton and Riverhead, 1882-1884, 1:11. CD-ROM reprint, Genealogy and History of Southold, New York (, 2003), further cited as Case, SHTR.
  6. [S1801] Lily Wright Budd, John Budd 1599-1670 and Some of His Descendants: A Historical Journey Through Four Centuries **** To Fifteen Generations (Franktown, Colorado: s.p., 1992), 2, further cited as Budd, John Budd.
  7. [S1801] Budd, John Budd, 97.
  8. [S1801] Budd, John Budd, 143.
  9. [S1792] Case, SHTR, 1:26.
  10. [S1792] Case, SHTR, 1:39.
  11. [S1792] Case, SHTR, 49.
  12. [S1792] Case, SHTR, 57.
  13. [S1792] Case, SHTR, 70.
  14. [S1792] Case, SHTR, 76.
  15. [S1798] Moore, SHTI, 9-10.
  16. [S1801] Budd, John Budd, 60.
  17. [S1802] Sara M. Revis, The Budd Family (Washington, D.C.: s.p., 2000), 3,13, further cited as Revis, Budd Family.
  18. [S1803] Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Dutchess and Putnam, New York, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and Many of the Early Settled Families, (Chicago, Illinois: J. H. Beers & Co., 1897), 274, further cited as Biographical Record of the Counties of Dutchess and Putnam.
  19. [S1811] Charles W. Baird, Chronicle of a Border Town: History of Rye, Westchester County New York 1660-1870 Including Harrison and the White Plains Till 1788 (New York: Anson D. F. Randolph, 1871), 404, further cited as Baird, History of Rye.
  20. [S1389] Charles William Manwaring, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, 3 vols. (Harford, Connecticut: R. S. Peck & Co., 1904-1906), further cited as Manwaring, Early Connecticut Probate.
  21. [S1804] J. H. Trumbull and C. J. Hoadley, editors, The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776 (Fifteen vols., Hartford, Connecticut: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1850-1890), further cited as Trumbull and Hoadley, Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut.
  22. [S1799] Parish Registers of St. Andrews, 42; FHL #1068508 #2.
  23. [S1645] Sussex Record Society, Barbican House, Lewes, Sussex, England, St. Pancras, Chichester Parish Register: 1558-1812, Tilington, notes and extracts, 20, FHL microfilm 504431 #2 Hereafter cited as St. Pancras Parish Register.
  24. [S1799] Parish Registers of St. Andrews, 46; FHL #1068508 #2.
  25. [S1799] Parish Registers of St. Andrews, 48; FHL #1068508 #2.
  26. [S1645] St. Pancras Parish Register, 22; FHL #504431 #2.
  27. [S1800] West Sussex Record Office, Chichester, Parish Registers of Felpham, 125, FHL microfilm 919107 #2, further cited as Parish Registers of Felpham.