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Ancestry report for Richard Budgen, son of Edward Budgen and Elizabeth Budgen [May]

Richard Budgen was christened at Frant Parish Church on the 29th May 1695, the son of Edward Budgen and Elizabeth nee May. Little is known of his early life other than he was part of a large family of ten children and his ancestry at Frant can be traced back to Thomas and Mary Budgen who married there in 1630.

In 1723 Richard Budgen published 24 maps as loose sheets that had been engraved by John Senex of Shropshire entitled "An Actual Survey of the County of Sussex divided into Rapes Hundreds and Deanryes. In which the exact longitude and atitude of all the remarkable places are determined from observation. Also an accurate deliniation by admeasurement of the sea-coast, roads and the rivers so far as navigable." The background to this remarkable set of maps is not clear but probably had been done by subscriptions from a prospectus. Throughout the period from 1724 to 1730 he produced a number of estate maps including Battle Abbey, Wilmington Manor and the manor of Udimore as well as the "Transcript of The Passage of the Hurricane from the Sea-side at Bexhill in Sussex to Newingden Level 20 May 1729 between nine and ten in the evening"

On 25th April 1727 he married Elizabeth Carpenter at St Michaels Parish Church, Withyham and in 1730 his only son Richard was born and then christened on 5th October at Frant. Within months at the early age of 36, in 1731 Richard Budgen died.

The descendents of Richard Budgen are themselves important cartographers. His son Richard Budgen (1730-1789) was an estate surveyor and produced many plans between 1757 and 1783 including "a sketch of the roads within fourteen miles of Tunbridge Wells" in 1774. His grandsons Thomas Budgen (1766-1832) practised in Lewes as a surveyor and published a plan of Brighthelmstone in 1788; and Charles Budgen (1769-1838) worked for the Ordnance Survey between 1798 and 1824. His great grandson John Budgen (b 1794) after serving in the navy acted as a surveyor from 1826 until 1840 in the Tunbridge Wells area.


Generation No. 1
1. Richard Budgen was the son of (2) Edward Budgen and (3) Elizabeth Budgen [May]. He was born 1695 at Frant, Sussex; christened 29th May 1695 at St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex; died Jul 1731 at Frant, Sussex; buried 28th Jul 1731 at St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
He married Elizabeth Carpenter on 25th Apr 1727 at St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex. She was born c 1700. They had the following children:
iRichard who was born on 1730 Frant, Sussex; christened 5th Oct 1730 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex; died 1789 Frant, Sussex, aged 58 years; buried 2nd Jan 1789 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
 
Generation No. 2
2. Edward Budgen was the son of (4) Thomas Budgen and (5) Mary Budgen [Upten]. He was born 1643 at Frant, Sussex; christened 24th Sep 1643 at St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex; died 1713 at Frant, Sussex; buried 23rd Jan 1714 at St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
He married Elizabeth May on 29th Jan 1677/78 at St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex. She was born c 1655. They had the following children:
iMary who was born on 1676 Frant, Sussex; christened 2nd Oct 1676 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
iiThomas who was born on 1681 Frant, Sussex; christened 24th Nov 1681 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
iiiElizabeth who was born on 1683 Frant, Sussex; christened 24th Apr 1683 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
ivEdward who was born on 1684 Frant, Sussex; christened 29th Jan 1684 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
vJane who was born on 1687 Frant, Sussex; christened 3rd Aug 1687 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
viMary who was born on 1689 Frant, Sussex; christened 14th Jan 1689 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
viiWilliam who was born on 1692 Frant, Sussex; christened 15th Dec 1692 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
viiiRichard who was born on 1695 Frant, Sussex; christened 29th May 1695 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex; died Jul 1731 Frant, Sussex; buried 28th Jul 1731 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
ixSarah who was born on 1697 Frant, Sussex; christened 25th Jan 1697 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
xAnne who was born on 1700 Frant, Sussex; christened 26th Feb 1700 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
 
3. Elizabeth Budgen [May] She was born c 1655
She married Edward Budgen on 29th Jan 1677/78 at St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex. He was the son of Thomas Budgen and Mary Budgen [Upten]. He was born 1643 at Frant, Sussex; christened 24th Sep 1643 at St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex; died 1713 at Frant, Sussex; buried 23rd Jan 1714 at St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex. They had the following children:
iMary who was born on 1676 Frant, Sussex; christened 2nd Oct 1676 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
iiThomas who was born on 1681 Frant, Sussex; christened 24th Nov 1681 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
iiiElizabeth who was born on 1683 Frant, Sussex; christened 24th Apr 1683 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
ivEdward who was born on 1684 Frant, Sussex; christened 29th Jan 1684 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
vJane who was born on 1687 Frant, Sussex; christened 3rd Aug 1687 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
viMary who was born on 1689 Frant, Sussex; christened 14th Jan 1689 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
viiWilliam who was born on 1692 Frant, Sussex; christened 15th Dec 1692 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
viiiRichard who was born on 1695 Frant, Sussex; christened 29th May 1695 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex; died Jul 1731 Frant, Sussex; buried 28th Jul 1731 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
ixSarah who was born on 1697 Frant, Sussex; christened 25th Jan 1697 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
xAnne who was born on 1700 Frant, Sussex; christened 26th Feb 1700 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
 
Generation No. 3
4. Thomas Budgen He was born c 1610; died 1665
He married Mary Upten on 29th Jun 1630 at St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex. She was born c 1610. They had the following children:
iMary who was born on 1631 Tonbridge, Kent; christened 1st May 1631 Tonbridge, Kent
iiThomas who was born on 1633 Frant, Sussex; christened 12th Jan 1633 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex; died Sep 1694 Frant, Sussex; buried 15th Sep 1694 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
iiiAlse who was born on 1639 Frant, Sussex; christened 1st Sep 1639 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
ivEdward who was born on 1643 Frant, Sussex; christened 24th Sep 1643 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex; died 1713 Frant, Sussex; buried 23rd Jan 1714 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
 
5. Mary Budgen [Upten] She was born c 1610
She married Thomas Budgen on 29th Jun 1630 at St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex. He was born c 1610; died 1665. They had the following children:
iMary who was born on 1631 Tonbridge, Kent; christened 1st May 1631 Tonbridge, Kent
iiThomas who was born on 1633 Frant, Sussex; christened 12th Jan 1633 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex; died Sep 1694 Frant, Sussex; buried 15th Sep 1694 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
iiiAlse who was born on 1639 Frant, Sussex; christened 1st Sep 1639 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
ivEdward who was born on 1643 Frant, Sussex; christened 24th Sep 1643 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex; died 1713 Frant, Sussex; buried 23rd Jan 1714 St. Alban's Church, Frant, Sussex
 

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