THE BUDD FAMILY. —In 1796 William Budd, a native of New Jersey, born October 19, 1773, whence he had removed to Washington County, Penn., was sent out to the Shenango Valley by his father, William, for the purpose of selecting lands for settlement. After exploring the country embraced in Mercer County he selected a tract lying on each side of the Shenango River, built a cabin, and passed the winter of 1796-97 in hunting and trapping, and. the following year in the same way. In 1798 he returned to Washington County, Penn., where he married Drucilla Hulse, and again came out to his settlement on the Shenango. He was afterward joined by his parents, Willam and Sichy Budd, brothers, Daniel and John, and sisters, Patience, Nancy, Sallie, Elizabeth and Mary. He built a cabin for his parents not far from his own, where both died at an early day. To William and Drucilla Budd were born the following children, all upon the site of Sharon: Joseph, March 1, 1801; Elizabeth, January 7, 1803; Sichy and William (twins), September 26, 1807; Edward Scofield, February 1, 1809; Henry H., January 30, 1811, and Daniel Upson, March 2, 1813, the last mentioned, now a resident of Sharon, being the only survivor of the family. The mother died at Sharon June 10, 1815, aged thirty-three, and he was again married October 11, 1821, to Hannah Riggs, born in New Jersey September 5, 1779, whom he survived. He died May 23, 1849. He laid out the original town of Sharon on his land, and lived to see it quite a flourishing place. He was a justice of the peace about thirty years.
Daniel Budd was born in New Jersey in 1775, and inherited fifty acres of the land entered by his brother William. He subsequently bought his brother John’s fifty acres, and the farm is still owned by his descendants. He afterward purchased land east of the Shenango and laid it out into town lots. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Achsah Quinby, pioneers of the valley. Daniel reared a family of four children: William, Sarah, Emily and Lafayette. Sarah (the widow of W. C. Malin) and Lafayette survive and reside in Sharon. Mr. Budd built one of the first frame houses in the village. In early life Mr. Budd was a Democrat, but afterward joined the Whig party, and both he and wife were members of the Baptist Church. Daniel died October 8, 1841, his widow surviving him till February 22, 1880, dying in the ninety-third year of her age.
John Budd, youngest son of William, Sr., married Unice Riggs, and lived in Hickory Township till his removal to the west many years ago.
Of the daughters of William Budd, Sr., Patience married a Mr. McMullen, and moved to Ohio; Nancy married Amos Hazen, and went west; Sallie married Nathaniel Hazen, and both died near Sheakleyville; Elizabeth married Thomas McMurren, and removed to Brookfield, Ohio, where they died, and Mary married Edward Scofield, a civil engineer sent out to survey the Western Reserve, who afterward served in the War of 1812, and was a member of the Legislature from Trumbull County, Ohio.
History of Mercer County, 1888, pages 710-711