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BuilderID 921

Builder Identification

Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1855.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

    Partner in Jones & Budlong of Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1855.

    Sources:

    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 143.
    • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: Sunbury Press, 1979), 407.

  • Note from Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, December 24, 2017. —

    Boston city directories contain the following listings for William G. Budlong and William H. Jones:

    • 1846, Adams’s New Directory of the City of Boston, . . . 1846–1847 (Boston: George Adams, 1846), 24 [William G. Budlong’s first appearance in the Boston directory]: Budlong W. G. machinist, house 5th, near A
    • 1846, Stimpson’s Boston Directory (Boston: Charles Stimpson, 1846), 116: Budlong William G. machinist, h. 5th st. n. Turnpike
    • 1847, Adams’s Boston Directory: . . . 1847–1848 (Boston: James French, 1847), 65: Budlong W. G. machinist, boards Maverick block
    • 1848, The Boston Directory . . . 1848–9 (Boston: James French, 1848): [William G. Budlong is not listed]
    • 1849, The Boston Directory . . . [1849] (Boston: George Adams, 1849), 86: Budlong Wm. G. machinist, h. Saratoga, E. B.
    • 1850, The Boston Directory . . . 1850–1851 (Boston: George Adams, 1850), 103: Budlong Wm. G. machinist, bds. 8 Albany
    • 1850, The Boston Directory . . . 1850–1851, 204 [the first appearance of a William H. Jones identified as an organ maker in the Boston directory]: Jones Wm. H. organ maker, h. 3 Lindall pl.
    • 1851, The Boston Directory for the Year 1851 . . . (Boston: George Adams, 1851), 39: Budlong Wm. G. machinist, h. 30 Oswego
    • 1851, The Boston Directory for the Year 1851 . . ., 138: Jones Wm. H. organ maker, house 30 Rochester
    • 1852, The Boston Directory for the Year 1852 . . . (Boston: George Adams, 1852): [William G. Budlong is not listed]
    • 1852, The Boston Directory for the Year 1852 . . ., 142: Jones Wm. H. organmaker, house 26 Oswego
    • 1853, Boston Directory for the Year 1853 . . . (Boston: Geo. Adams, 1853), 49: Budlong Wm. G. machinist, house 4 Genesee
    • 1853, Boston Directory for the Year 1853 . . ., 158: Jones William H. organmaker, house 38 Porter
    • 1854, Boston Directory for the Year 1854 . . . (Boston: Geo. Adams, 1854), 53: Budlong Wm. G. machinist, house 4 Genesee
    • 1854, Boston Directory for the Year 1854 . . ., 173: Jones William H. organmaker, 615 Wash. h. at Chelsea
    • 1855, Boston Directory for the Year 1855 . . . (Boston: Geo. Adams, 1855), 49: Budlong William G. (Jones & Budlong), house 4 Genesee
    • 1855, Boston Directory for the Year 1855 . . ., 169: Jones (William H.) & Budlong (Wm. G.), organ makers and melodeons, 94½ Utica, h. 1 Genesee
    • 1855, Boston Directory for the Year 1855 . . ., 354 (“Business Directory,” under the heading “Organ Builders.”): Jones & Budlong, 94½ Utica

    The firm Jones & Budlong is listed only in the 1855 directory. Neither William G. Budlong nor any William H. Jones identified as an organ maker is listed in the Boston directories after 1855. The sources listed in Fox’s Guide give only the following information:

    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 143: “Other builders in New England during this period [1810–1860] included the following: . . . Massachusetts: . . . Jones & Budlong (Boston)”;
    • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: Sunbury Press, 1979), 407: “JONES & BUDLONG are listed as organ builders in the Boston directory for 1855.”
    The Boston city directories for the years 1789 to 1900 can be downloaded as PDF files from the website of the Boston Athenaeum; the URL http://cdm.bostonathenaeum.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16057coll32 provides the links.

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