Budlong Avenue

This street holds two rare distinctions: it was named for an independent 19th century woman and said woman actually lived on her namesake street. Nancy A. Budlong (1834-1907) was born Nancy Haughawout in Juniata County, PA. She married lawyer-turned-tax collector David H. Budlong around 1860 and they raised a family primarily in Carthage, MO, but at some point after 1880, the Budlongs separated. Nancy and several of her adult children relocated to Los Angeles in 1883. Here she showed a knack for real estate investing and bought and sold property across the city, even in Redondo Beach. She lived on her eponymous avenue – so named by 1885 – for the rest of her life. Intriguingly, 1885 also turned up a wedding license between one Nancy A. Budlong and one Daniel Freeman. Surely not the same Daniel Freeman who founded Inglewood? I found no further info on the marriage or how long it lasted, but our Nancy died a Budlong, not a Freeman.