Jacob Z. Budd
Morris Co. Up


Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.

Jacob Z. BUDD, who follows farming in Pequannock township, is one of the leading and influential citizens of his section of the county, and his worth and ability have not only won him a place among the leading agriculturists, but have also gained him political prominence. He was born in what is now Hudson county, New Jersey, on the 3d of February, 1823, being a son of Aaron and Mary (ZABRISKIE) BUDD, who also were natives of the same county. His father was born in 1797, and removed to Morris county, on the 31st of March, 1836, locating in Pequannock township, where he spent the remainder of his days, his death occurring january,6, 1859. His first wife, who was born in 1800, died in Hudson (then Bergen) county, New Jersey, April 29, 1829, and he afterward married Mrs. Fannie (TUERS) HARRIS, who died in Morris county, in 1879. Mr. BUDD was one of the leading farmers in this section of the state and owned and operated large tracts of land. By his first wife he had three children:

  • Jacob Z.;
  • Joanna, who married James CRANE, and after his death became the wife of James L. TOWER; and
  • Aaron, who died in 1854.

By the second marriage there were two children:

  • Richard T., a farmer of Pequannock township; and
  • Matilda, who died in 1855.

Mr. BUDD, whose name introduces this review, came to Morris county when thirteen years of age and his youth was largely passed in assisting his father in the labors of the farm. In 1857 he began to deal in furs and in the interest of his business traveled through northern New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, carrying on that enterprise for fifteen years, with fair success. He has also carried on farming the greater part of his life, and his place is always neat and thrifty in appearance, indicating his careful supervision and the enterprise with which he prosecutes his labors. For the past twenty years he has been agent for the Champion Harvesting Machine Company and adds not a little to his income in this way.

In his political views Mr. BUDD is a stalwart Republican and is well informed on the issues of the day, giving them earnest attention, as every true American citizen should do. His fellow townsmen, appreciating his worth, have called him to various public offices the duties of which he has ever discharged with marked fidelity and trustworthiness. He served as a member of the house of representatives in 1873-4 and was elected for four Consecutive terms as a member of the board of county freeholders. He was treasurer of the poor-house committee for two and a half years, was constable of Pequannock township for two years, was county coroner for three years from 1875 until 1878 was collector.

In 1845 Mr. BUDD was united in marriage to Miss Susan DODD, daughter of John DODD, and to them have been born two daughters:

  • Marietta, who died May 5, 1863, at the age of seventeen years; and
  • Elmyra, wife of Peter VREELAND, by whom she has three children:
    • Susan B.,
    • Emma and
    • Lillie May.

Mr. BUDD and his family hold membership in the Reformed church, of Pompton Plains, in which he is serving as deacon. Honorable in business, reliable in political office, faithful to all the duties of both public and private life, his record is unsullied and is well worthy a place in the history of Morris county.

This biography was scanned and contributed by Catherine Smith DeMayo.


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