Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 1183-1185
The credit for a large share of enterprise which helps to make Rockford [Winnebago County, IL] one of the most prosperous of cities in the U. S. belongs to Hon. John BUDLONG, who is President of the Royal Sewing Machine Company. He is also a stockholder of the Standard Furniture Company, the Bit and Tool Company, the Excelsior Furniture Company, and the Rockford Manufacturing Company, in which latter organization he is Director. Almost every advantage that the town enjoys, from a business point of view, is owing in a greater or less degree to his push and energy. He is very popular with the people and has made a financial success of various undertakings.
John BUDLONG was born in Rodman, Jefferson County, NY, 18 Feb 1833. He is the son of Clark BUDLONG, who was a native of Herkimer County, NY, his birth occurring in 1804. His father, Green BUDLONG, was a native of RI, and of English ancestry. The latter named gentleman removed to NY as early as 1800, and was one of the pioneers of Herkimer County, purchasing a tract of timber in Litchfield, a portion of which he brought to a good degree of cultivation. At that early period there were neither railroads nor canal near his home, and Albany was the nearest market and depot for supplies. On removing from Herkimer County, which he did in 1805, he became a resident of Jefferson County, making his home in the town of Rodman, where he cultivated a tract of land which had been given him by his father, and where he made his home until his decease. Clark BUDLONG, the father of our subject, was reared in Jefferson County on the home farm, and when starting out in life for himself, purchased a tract of timber land near the old home. In addition to farming he operated a sawmill for a time, and at the time of his death in 1844, owned and operated a hotel at Rodman.
The maiden name of our subject's mother was Mary LUCAS; she was born in Middletown [Middlesex County], CT, in 1806, and was a daughter of John W. and Esther (STOWE) LUCAS, natives of CT. The mother now resides with our subject, having attained to her 86th year. John BUDLONG was the only child of his parents, and ws given an excellent education in the Rodman Seminary, which was later supplemented by attendance at the Jefferson County Institute at Watertown, and the Adams Institute, also in that county, and the Falley Seminary at Fulton, Orange County. He commenced teaching school when in his 18th year, and in 1853 went to NC, where he was engaged as a pedagogue for a year at Eadington. Thence he went to Gaytown, where he was similarly engaged for the same length of time in Washington County. Coming North, he engaged as a teacher in MO, and in the fall of 1860 returned to his native town [p 1184], teaching school and studying law. In 1860 he was elected justice of the peace, and in Apr 1861, on the outbreak of the Civil War, enlisted in Comapny G, 35th NY Infantry, being commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on the organization of the company. One year later he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, and the Captain of his company, J. H. HADDOCK, being on detached service, Lt. BUDLONG was in command of the company, with which he continued until the expiration of his term of service.
On receiving his honorable discharge, our subject returned home, soon after which time he purchased the plant of the Northern NY "Journal," at Watertown, which he edited until 1867, at which time he disposed of his office, and coming to Winnebago County, purchased a farm of 180 acres adjoining the city of Rockford. The city grew rapidly, and in 1889 Mr. BUDLONG platted a portion of his farm, and at the present time there are upwards of 40 dwellings and four manufacturing institutions on his farm.
The city grew rapidly, and in 1889 Mr. BUDLONG platted a portion of his farm, and at the present time there are upwards of 40 dwellings and four manufacturing institutions on his farm. Miss Minnie G. SMITH, who was born in Lorain, Jefferson County, NY, 07 Aug 1840, became the wife of our subject on 14 Jun 1865. Mrs. BUDLONG is the daughter of Philander SMITH, whose native place was Worth, Jefferson County, NY, and his father, Henry SMITH, hailed from Nelson [Cheshire County], NH, moving from that state to NY in 1808, where he was one of the early settlers in the town of Worth. He continued to reside there a short time, when in order to give his children better advantages for an education, he moved to Ellisburg [Jefferson County, NY], and when his object was accomplished, purchased a farm near Camillus [Onondaga County, NY], where they resided for a number of years. Mr. SMITH departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. KINGSLY, at Arlington Heights, IL. The maiden name of his wife, the grandmother of Mrs. BUDLONG, was Fannie WILSON. She also died at the home of Mrs. KINGSLY. The father of Mrs. BUDLONG followed the occupation of a farmer during the earlier part of his life, his decease occurring at Oak Park [Cook County], IL. The maiden name of her mother was Adeline MEACHAM; she was born in Pulaski, Oswego County, NY, 20 Apr 1820, and is the lineal descendant of Miles STANDISH, who was born in England in 1584, and married Barbara STANDISH in 1623, and came to America in the "Mayflower" in 1620. He died in 1656, leaving three sons: Alexander, Miles, and Joseah, and a daughter, who died young. Joseah was the lineal ancestor of Mrs. BUDLONG. His son, Samuel, was the next in line; he married Deborah, daughter of George GATES, and resided in Preston [New London County], CT. The next in line was their son Thomas, who was born in 1724, and married in 1750 to Mrs. Sarah WILLIAMS, a widow. Their daughter, Lucy STANDISH, was the next in line. She married Isaac MEACHAM, the great grandfather of Mrs. BUDLONG; he was a native of New England, where he cultivated a farm, and passed from this life in Pulaski, VT. The grandfather of Mrs. BUDLONG, Simon MEACHAM, was born in Paulet [Pawlet, Rutland County], VT, whence he removed to Pulaski, Oswego County, NY, where he was among the pioneers of that locality, improving a farm, upon which he spent his last years. His wife was Sarah HARMON, who was born in Pawlet, VT, and died in Pulaski, NY. The mother of Mrs. BUDLONG is at the present time residing in Oak Park, Chicago.
Philander SMITH left money to be used as his wife thought best for missionary purposes. She has established the following schools and hospitals: Philander Smith College for colored people, at Little Rock, AR; Philander Smith Hospital; a hospital at Nankin, China, where she has also established a home and school for girls, and a boys boarding school in India; also the Philander SMITH Biblical Institute, for the purpose of training native ministers. She is now building a chapel and and school for girls at Muttra, India, besides doing a reat deal in this country.
To our subject and his estimable wife have been granted five children: Standish S., Winthrope M., Mary A., John W., and one deceased. Winthrope and Mary are students at Oberlin, OH, while John is prosecuting his studies in the Rockford High School. Mr. and Mrs. BUDLONG in church affairs are connected with the Centennial Methodist Episcopal denomination. Our subject is a member of Nevius Post No. 1, G. A. R., and is thoroughly representative of the progressive element of this section. He has given the best efforts of his life to commercial pursuits, and as a [p 1185] reward for his industry has a high standing in financial circles. His career has been one eminently worthy and useful in the community in which he resides, and his neighbors and friends unitedly bear testimony to his sterling worth, integrity, and valuable services. Our subject has been elected Supervisor of his township, and has also been a member of the Legislature.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.