91st PA: Henry H Budge

Henry H Budge

Before the war

He was born on 3 September 1846 (8, 10; 3 (13 in 1864), 5 [33 in 1880], 6 [1846], 7 [14 in 1860], 12 [1846]). He was born on Saltash Street, Charles the Martyr, Plymouth, England (3, 5, 7, 8, 10). He was born to Henry Hilson Budge and Priscilla Selina Winnicott Hosking (8, 10).

His sister Priscilla was born in Plymouth [?], England in 1849 (8). His brother Edward was born in Canada in 1851 (8). His siblings Charles, Mary, and Jennie were born in New York in 1853, 1855, and 1857 respectively (8).

Because of his parents' marital problems, they moved frequently (9 pp.2 sqq). About a year after arriving in Canada, his mother, he, and his siblings sailed for England (9 p.2). However, they left the ship at Nova Scotia, perhaps because of a shipwreck (or near shipwreck) (9 pp.2-3). They next moved to Ellisville, Jefferson County, New York (9 p.3). After nine months, they moved to nearby Smithville (9 p.3). After several years, they all went back to England, where his father left them with his mother's sister, and returned to Belleville (9 p.3). In April 1859, his father moved to Greig County, New York, where he was to be minister of the Forest Presbyterian Church (Lyons Falls) and the Congregational Church at Port Leyden (9 p.3). His mother and the rest of the family returned in July 1859, to his father's surprise (9 p.4).

His mother Priscilla died in Greig, Lewis County, New York, in December 1859 (8, 9). After one inquest found she had committed suicide, a second inquest found that his father had murdered her, but he was acquitted at trial (9 pp.7-34). Henry testified at the second inquest (9 p.23). Matthew Conway claims he "tried valiantly to assume a loyalty to both of his parents", and "added nothing of great importance to what already had been revealed concerning the tribulations of his family" (9 p.23). His father also sued Caleb Lyon for libel (9 p.36). Lyon offered as his defense that the accusations were true (9 p.37). Budge won, but was awarded only one hundred dollars, instead of the ten or twenty thousand dollars he had sought (9 pp.41-42).

In 1860, he was living in Greig, Lewis County, New York (7). He was living with his father Henry, his siblings Priscilla, Edward, Charles, Mary, and Jennie, and three other people (7). He had attended school in the last year (7).

When he enlisted, he was a clerk (3).


When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a light complexion, gray eyes, and light hair (3).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 15 February 1864 (1, 3). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Hildeburn (3). He was a private in company A (1, 13).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1). He was a private, in company A (13).

After the war

In 1871, his father and four of his siblings, not including him, were living in Ontario, Canada, in 1871 (8 [citing census]). His father remarried and died in Australia (8).

He married Alice Skaggs (8). She was born in March 1853, in Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa (14). They had at least these children (5, 14):

In 1880, he was living in Fresno County, California (5). He was a farmer (5). He was living with his wife Alice, and children Jennie and Edward (5).

He applied successfully from California for a pension on 31 December 1887 (2, 4).

He was buried on 5 August 1889, in plot 176, in the Academy Cemetery, in Clovis, Fresno County, California (6, 11 ["Mountain View Cemetery"], 12).

Alice Budge, his widow, applied successfully from California for a pension on 23 December 1889 (2).

In May 1914, his widow, Alice Budge, died, in Alameda County, California (14). On 23 May 1914, she was buried, in Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno County, California (14).


1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Henry Budge)

2 pension index, by regiment (Henry Budge) [the card is filed with 'Ba', but while I can't be certain, the name seems to be 'Budge']

3 company A descriptive roll, entry 144 (Henry Budge)

4 pension index, by name (Henry Budge)

5 1880 US census, California, Fresno County, 11st district, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 11, microfilm series T9, film 65, page 292 = 12D handwritten (Henry H Budge)

6 'The mystery at Academy Schoolhouse & Cemetery', The Clovis Free Press, 17 February 2004 (searched 27 December 2005) (Henry Budge)

7 1860 US census, New York, Lewis County, Greig, microfilm series M653, film 777, page 373 (Henry Budge)

8 e-mail, Heather Brown to Harry Ide, 19 February 2006 and 2 March 2006 (Henry H Budge)

9 Matthew J Conway. The Greig Affair: an 1859 tragedy. Woodgate, NY: Matthew J Conway, Tug Hill Books, 1992.

10 e-mail, Heather Brown to Harry Ide, 24 March 2006 (reporting his birth certificate information)

11 Memorial Day. Fresno Daily Republican (Fresno CA), Saturday 16 May 1891, page 4 (Henry Budge)

12 Find a grave, memorial 11963691, added by dot in Ca., 13 October 2005, accessed 14 December 2011 (Henry Budge)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry Budge)

14 Find a grave, memorial 74784209, created by C Zimmerman, maintained by Christine, added 11 August 2011, accessed 15 March 2014 (Alice Skaggs Budge)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed October 2005)

1860 census

[1860 US census, New York, Lewis County, Greig, microfilm series M653, film 777, page 373]
Dwelling number2900         
Family number2882         
NameHenry BudgeHenry "Priscilla "Edward P "Charles P "Mary E "Jennie "Mary E RockwellJosephine TiernyPheonix Davannah
OccupationCongregational [illegible word]      HousekeeperDomesticFarm Laborer
Value of real estate owned          
Value of personal estate          
Place of birthEngland""CanadaNY""NYNYIreland
Married within year          
Attended school within year 1111     
Cannot read & write          
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.          

1880 census

[1880 US census, California, Fresno County, 11st district, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 11, microfilm series T9, film 65, page 292 = 12D handwritten]
street name    
house number    
dwelling visit #109   
family visit #109   
nameBudge, Henry H- Alice- Jennie L- Edward B
month born if born in year   June
relationship WifeDaughterSon
single  11
married during year    
occupationFarmerKeeping House  
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
school this year    
can't read    
can't write    
father's birthplaceEnglandVirginiaEnglandEngland
mother's birthplaceEnglandVirginiaIowaIowa

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 15 Mar 2014, from Fold3]

Budge, Henry
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
See also [blank]


Memorial Day

[Fresno Daily Republican (Fresno CA), Saturday 16 May 1891, page 4]
The Local Post Will Take Charge of the Exercises.
The Names of the Dead Whose Graves It Will Become a Duty to Decorate on That Day

More recently the names of many have been added to this long roster and will be remembered on Memorial day. The list of dead, though in complete, is as follows:


Henry Budge, Company A, Ninety-first Pennsylvania Infantry, died August 5, 1889.


All of the above are buried in Mountain View Cemetery, though some are lying in the separate lots set aside for the different churches or societies. All will, however, be found on that day.

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