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The Butler family — descended through Malichi 
Butler from Mr. Nicholas Butler, of Eastwell, 
Kent, England, who came with his wife Joyce to 
America in 1637 — has always supposed that 
Malichi Butler was the earliest ancestor in this 
country, and the town histories of Nottingham, 
New Hampshire, Woodbury, Connecticut, and 
others have so stated. The fact that Malichi 
Butler sent his oldest son Benjamin to Harvard 
College, where he graduated in 1752, seemed to 
indicate a more intimate knowledge of the institu- 
tions of the country than a newcomer would have 
been likely to have had, and this fact induced a 
close search for any clue that misrht lead to a 
better kowle'dge/'pf'.jaftv. earlier <facr}tfy teqord. The 
coincidence 1 of : the' military service of two Zepha- 
niah Butlers in the' ; Jtdvdiutiqn^ry War, one from 
New Hampsb.ire,.the,knowrj, descendant of Malichi, 
and the other/.f ro'm" '. Msirfna's 'Vineyard, 1 suggested 
the latter locality as a possibly fertile soil for 
genealogical research. 

The results of such search are given in the 
following pages. 

Blanche Butler Ames, 

Lowell, Mass. 

June 19, 1895. 




I. Generation, Mr. Nicholas Butler, b. ; d. 

Aug. 13, 1 67 1 ; m. Joyce . 

II. Son, John Butler, b. ; d. 1658; m. Mary 

, b. ; d. . 

Nicholas Norton, b. 16 10; d. 1690; m. Eliza- 
beth , b. ; d. 1690; dau. Priscilla. 

III. Son, Capt. John Butler, b. 1652; d. 1733- 

1738 ; m. Priscilla Norton, b. -; d. . 

IV. Son, Malichi Butler, b. ; d. ; m. 

Jemimah Daggett, b. ; d. . 

V. Son, Zephaniah Butler, b. 1728; d. 1800; m. 

Abigail Cilley, b. 1740; d. 1824. 

VI. Son, John Butler; b. May 17, 1782; d. March, 

181 9; m. July 21, 181 1, Charlotte Ellison, 
b. Feb. 4, 1792; d. Oct. 4, 1870. 

VII. Son, Maj.-Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, b. Nov. 

5, 1 818; d. Jan. 11, 1893; m. Sarah Jones 
Hildreth, b. Aug. 17, 1816; d. April 8, 1876. 

Pedigree given by Harriet M. Pease from data 
gathered by her father, Richard L. Pease of 
Edgartown, historian and genealogist, and from 
town and probate records Martha's Vineyard. 

January, 1895. 

" Nicholas Butler came from Eastwell, in Kent' 
Eng., and was styled yeoman. He embarked with 
his wife Joyce, three children, and five servants, at 
Sandwich on the Hercules June, 1637. He joined 
the church and was made freeman March 14, 
1638-9. He had a grant of land at Dorchester 
Neck in 1637, and was proprietor in the great lots 
in 1647. I n I ^5 I ne deputed his son John his 
attorney and went to Martha's Vineyard, where he 
died." — Histories of Doi'chester and Watertown. 

" Mr. Butler was Nicholas Butler, ancestor of all 
that name on the Vineyard. In early colonial 
times but very few men were styled Mr. The 
ordinary term was goodman." — History of Mar- 
thas Vineyard. 

"June 6, 1654, chosen by the town John Butler 2 
to be leader of the company for this year." 

"In 1655 John Butler 2 chosen leader for the 

John Butler 2 was constable in 1658. 

John Butler 3 was constable in 1692. 

Among a list of names of those who on Aug. 
16, 1662, voted that they would "follow Thomas 
Bayes as leader for the safety of the town" is that 
of Mr. Butler. The name of Nicholas Norton also 
appeared in the list above alluded to. 

" Malichi Butler of Windham, Conn., sold one- 
half of a pew to his nephew, Shubael Butler, in 
1745, in Martha's Vinayard. Malichi Butler of 
Woodbury, Conn., sold land to John Pease in 1758 
in Martha's Vineyard." 

Malichi Butler is mentioned in the Public 


Records of Connecticut, Vol. XI., page 463: 

" Upon the memorial of Matthew Mitchel, Aaron 
Mallery, Seth Preston, etc., selectmen in and for 
the town of Woodbury, shewing to this Assembly 
that sometime in September, 1757, the selectmen 
of said Woodbury by and with the advice of the 
civil authority of said Woodbury, took one Malachi 
Butler of said Woodbury, with his family and 
estate, into their hands; he, the said Butler, through 
idleness, mismanagement, and bad husbandry being 
then in a likely way to spend all his estate, and 
then took an inventory of his estate, which amount- 
ed to ,£179, one hundred of which is real estate, 
and the just debts then due from said estate and 
what hath since been expended for his support 
amount to ^127 iu. 1 id. lawful money, so that 
the debts, etc., surmount the movable part of said 
estate the sum of ^48 us. ud., and that the said 
Butler yet remains under circumstances not fit to 
have management of his affairs; and praying to 
this Assembly for liberty to sell so much of the 
real estate of said Butler as to make said ^48 us. 
1 id. lawful money with incident charges. 

" Resolved by this Assembly that the said select- 
men have liberty, and liberty is hereby granted 
unto them, to sell so much of the real estate of 
the said Butler as to make said sum of ^48 us, 
lid. lawful money together with the charges aris- 
ing by said sale." 

Malichi Butler's great-granddaughter, Betsey 
Morrill Butler, — Mrs. Daniel Stevens of Notting- 
ham, New Hampshire, — born in 1808, is authority 

for the following: " Malichi Butler, who made 
waste of his property, was my great-grandfather. 
He was at times partially insane and did many 
strange and some decidedly queer things. His 
sons would have hesitated about putting him under 
guardianship themselves, as he was sane part of 
the time and they would rather he should be 
restrained by the town authorities." 

It is worthy of note that his first son, Benjamin, 
who graduated from Harvard in 1752, was living 
in New Hampshire, and his fourth son, Zephaniah, 
almost thirty years of age, was serving with the 
Connecticut troops in 1757 and '58. Thus Malichi 
was an old man and liable to the weaknesses of 
age. He was also a newcomer in Woodbury, 
having moved thither from Windham, Conn. 
The records of Martha's Vineyard also show that 
in 1758 he sold property in Martha's Vineyard 
to John Pease. This was a year after the select- 
men of Woodbury had seen fit to undertake the 
management of his affairs and had made an inven- 
tory of his property in that town. 

The dates of the births of Malichi and Jemimah 
Daggett Butler have not been found. This is due 
probably to the fact that they belonged in Edgar- 
town, Martha's Vineyard, and the early records of 
that town have been lost. 

" The first Butler births recorded in the now 
oldest book of records are the children of Simeon 
Butler, the eldest, born in 171 3. Simeon was a 
brother of Malichi. The others may have been 
recorded in the first book of land records, ' The 

Black Book ' so called, which was believed to have 

been purposely destroyed by one , who was 

with the town clerk, in whose custody the book 
was the night he died, and the book was never 
seen afterwards. It was to the advantage of this 

and to others of his name to have the book 

out of the way. Titles to property could not then 
be proved. . . . Births, marriages, and deaths 
were mixed up with records of land and town 
meetings, etc." 

The children of Malichi Butler and Jemimah 
Daggett were Benjamin, Silas, Solomon, Zephaniah, 
Thankful, Susannah, Margery, Lydia, Mary. 

Silas Butler settled in New York, leaving many 
descendants. Solomon Butler went south and 
settled in South Carolina. Zephaniah and Benja- 
min settled in Nottingham, N. H. — History of 
Nottingham aud Deerfield. 

Zephaniah Butler, son of Malichi and Jemimah 
Daggett Butler, was born in Windham, Conn., in 
1728. (His father moved to Woodbury, Conn., 
in 1758.) He (Zephaniah) married Abigail Cilley, 
daughter of Capt. Joseph Cilley of Nottingham, 
N. H., and sister of Gen. Joseph Cilley, who 
served in the Revolutionary War as Major and 
Colonel. Capt. Zephaniah Butler served with 
Connecticut troops in the French war under 
General Wolfe at the seige of Louisburg, Quebec, 
and other engagements. In the war for American 
independence, he (Zephaniah) joined the army 
under Gen. John Stark, and with his eldest son, 
Benjamin (who was afterward on the staff of his 


uncle, Col. Joseph Cilley), was at the battle of 
Bunker Hill. His second son, Enoch, was also 
with him at Bunker Hill. He died at Nottingham, 
N. H., in 1800. 

Zephaniah Butler was in Capt. Nathan Sanborn's 
company, in Colonel Lash's regiment, raised to 
reinforce the Continental army in New York Sept., 
1776; also in Capt. Amos Morrill's company, in 
Col. John Stark's regiment, April 8, 1777. — Revo- 
lutionary Rolls, New Hampshire Records. 

Capt. John Butler, son of Zephaniah Butler and 
Abigail Cilley Butler, was born in Nottingham 
May 17, 1782. He married Sarah Bachelder of 
Deerfield, N. H., June 5, 1803. The children were 
Polly True, b. June 8, 1804; Sally, b. March 11, 
1806; Betsey Morrill, b. Jan. 9, 1808. Mrs. Sarah 
Batchelder Butler died Feb. 23, 1809. Capt. John 
Butler then married Charlotte Ellison, July 21, 
181 1. Their children were Charlotte, b. May 13, 
181 2; d. Aug., 1839; Andrew Jackson, b. Feb. 13, 
1815; d. Feb. 11, 1864; Benjamin Franklin, born 
at Deerfield, N. H., Nov. 5, 1818; d. Jan. 11, 1893. 

Upon the breaking out of the war of 181 2, John 
Butler applied to the War Department for permis- 
sion to raise a company of light dragoons among 
his neighbors Permission was granted, the com- 
pany was raised, and he was commissioned its 
captain on the 23d of July, 181 2, by President 

I. Generation, John Daggett; m. ist wife (name 

unknown); 2d wife, Bathsheba Pratt; d. 
about 1673. 
Governor Thomas Mayhew; ist wife probably 
Martha Parkhurst; 2d wife, Grace Paine, 
widow of Thomas Paine ; dau. Hannah. 

II. Son, Thomas Daggett, b. (unknown); d. about 

1 69 1 ; m. Hannah Mayhew, b. April 15, 
1635; d. (no record of death) in Watertown, 

III. Son, Thomas Daggett, b, (unknown); d. Aug. 

25, 1726; m. Elizabeth Hawes, daughter of 
Edward Hawes of Yarmouth; d. 1733. 

IV. Daughter, Jemimah Daggett; m. Malichi 


"John Daggett, born unknown, died May, 1673, 
at Plymouth. He came to this country in 1630, 
in Governor Winthrop's company, settled at Water- 
town, Mass., and became a man of note there. In 
1644 he removed to Martha's Vineyard in the 
company of Gov. Thomas Mayhew, and was a 
prominent man of the company. He was married 
twice. It has not been ascertained who his first 
wife was, or where she was born. He married the 
second time at Plymouth, Mass., Bathsheba Pratt, 
a widow, Aug. 29, 1667." 

Thomas Daggett, of what is now called Edgar- 
town, Mass., son of John Daggett 1 , married at 
Chillmark, Martha's Vineyard, Mass., Hannah May- 
hew, the eldest daughter of Gov. Thomas Mayhew. 
She was born in Watertown, Mass., April 15, 1635. 


The date of marriage is not known, neither is the 
date of birth of Thomas Daggett, nor of his death. 
It was in the year 1691, as near as can now be 
determined. " Governor Mayhew, in his will he 
' appoints ' my son Daggett to be one of the over- 
seers to see this my last will to be done; which I 
praise God I have written with my own hand 
this sixteenth day of June, and sealed it with 
my own seal, Anno Domini, 1681." Hannah 
(Mayhew) Daggett outlived her husband, and 
married 2d Samuel Smith, who lived to the 
advanced age of 103 years. No record of her 
death has been found. 

"John Daggett 1 , senior, chosen corporal in 

"April 13, 1 691, at a meeting of all the melisha 

in general of the town of Edgartown, Left. 

Thomas Daggett, Esq., was chosen by them their 

captain by unanimous choice by them. At the 

same time John Butler had the place of first or 

eldest sargeant," 

"Thomas Daggett, Clerk of the Court at the 
Vineyard, August the 8th, 1670." — Plymouth Colo- 
nial Records, Vol. V., p. 33. 

"Thomas Daggett was surveyor in 1673, 1675, 
and 1682. Was Committee in 1691." "Was 
Selectman in 1700, 1703, 17 12, 171 7, and 17 19." 

"Thomas Mayhew in 1 671, was made Governor 
of the islands of Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, 
and all others embraced within the limits of 
Dukes County as originally constituted." "Gov. 
Mayhew died in March, 1682, lacking six days of 


being ninety years old. He was sick but six 
days, and preached the day before he was taken 

" Thomas Mayhew (Watertown) . . . must 
have been here in 1631, and he served as a mer- 
chant at Southampton, Eng., as Bond relates, and 
here as representative 1636-44, except 1642. Was 
active in trade, first at Medford, afterwards at 
Watertown, but was induced to remove to the 
Vineyard about 1647, where he was proprietor's 
Governor and preacher to the Indians above 33 
years." — Savage. 

"An imperfect impression of Mr. Mayhew's seal 
on wax remains upon this letter, the escutcheon 
bearing on a chevron, between three birds, five 
lozenges, with a mullet as a difference in middle 
chief. This coat is given by Burke as that of 
Mayor of Denton, Co. Wilts." The birds are 
probably Cornish Choughs, one of which consti- 
tuted the crest of the Lestinthiel (Co. Cornwall) 
family of Mahewe or Mayew, and of the Mayhews 
of Essex." — Plymouth Col. Records, Vol. X.,p. 406. 

"Edward Hawes, Deputy 1645 ^ or l & years, 
Selectman 23, Town Treasurer 28 years, came 
passenger on ship James of London, which sailed 
from Southampton, England, about the sixth of 
April, 1635. He was described as a 'cutler,' 
doubtless to avoid being detained by the authori- 
ties as other emigrants were for similar reasons. 
He was also set down as 'late of London.' Mr. 
Hawes resided for some years at Duxbury before 
he came to this town (Yarmouth). In 1645 ne 


was an inhabitant of Yarmouth and a Deputy to 
the Court. He was appointed in 1672 Chairman 
of the Land Committee, and for many years was 
one of the Board of Selectmen and Assessors. 
He held the position of Town Clerk, succeeding 
to Anthony Thacher at the time of his death. 
His lands were situated between the lands of the 
Hallets and Thachers, at the eastern part of 
what is now called Hallet Street, and the high- 
way running to the easterly side of Dennis Pond 
was long known as ' Hawes' Lane.' He survived 
nearly all the first settlers in Yarmouth. His 
death is recorded with great formality in the old 
records: 'Mr. Samuel Hawes died upon the 9th 
day of June, and was burried the tenth day of 
June, one thousand six hundred and ninety three, 
1693.' His age at the time of his death is not 
given, but he must have been about eighty years 
old. He was a man of education and good parts, 
and was a leading character of the town and 
colony. He had one son, John, who was also a 
man of influence and high character." — Swift's 
History of " Old Yarmouth" 

"James Minott, M. A. and B. A., born 14 
September, 1653, was second son of Captain John 
Minott of Dorchester, who married 19 May, 1647, 
Lydia, daughter of Nicholas Butler." — Sibley s 
Harvard, Vol. II. 


Mr. Nicholas Butler deceased: the 13 th of August in the year of 
our Lord one thousand six hundred seventy-one. 

The Record of his Will: 

This doth testifie that I Nicholas Butler, Being at present sound 
in memory, doe now by this my last will give my estate whatsoever 
that I left after I shall be burried like a Christian, wholly unto my 
wife Joyce Butler, uppon serious consideration looking to dispose of 
to hir children and my children, as she shall for good and hereunto 
I praise (God) being of memorie as aforesaid sound. I do witness 
with my hand this 12 th of August: 1671 

This will is witnessed 
by us Thomas Mayhew 

Th° Birchard 
The mark / \/ < ~ of 
Nicolas Norton 

his sight as it were 


the mar X of 

Nicolas Butler. 

Mrs. Joyce Butler is By the worshipfull Govornour and Assistants, 
sitting in court this 26 th day of June 1672: admitted: Administratrix 
& Executrix uppon the Estate of Mr. Nicolas Butler deceased. 

The Inventory of the Estate. 

Imprimis to one common & half with house fence and all 

privilledges . 80-00-00 

to fiveteen pound of pewter at I s 8 d . . . . 01-02-06 

to twelve pound of pewter at I s 2 d . . . . 00-14-00 

to eight pound of pewter at I s 6 d . . . . 00-12-00 

to one Silver Boule 03-07-00 

to a Brass Candlestick 00-02-00 

to 3 brass kettles at I s pr pound .... 03-00-00 

to two Iron potts one frying pan and dripping panns . 02-10-00 
to one trammell, 2 payer of tonges, one payer of Andirons 

and Spitt 00-15-00 

Copied from Vol. L, page 313, Edgartown Land 

Copy Attest: 

L. C. Wimpenney, 
Register of Deeds for Dukes County. 


I Joice Butler being through God's blessing, at present, of sound 
memory and understanding, doe make this my last will, and Testa- 
ment: Revoking all former whatsoever: and first my will is and I 
will and bequeath to my Son Hennerie (?) Butler, my Silver Boule 
and a Carpet, & to each of his three Sonnes, one Silver Spoone: 
Nextly I will and bequeath, to my Grandson John Butler, all the 
brass of the kitchen ; and to my Grandson Thomas Butler an Iron 
pottage pot, an Iron Kettle, and my bead, Beadstead, and all the 
furniture belonging to it, as it is in present use, as two pair of blan- 
kets, two pilloes &c. And I Give more to my Grandson John Butler, 
all the Bead and Beading above Stairs: Nextly I will and bequeath, 
all my linnen, to be Equally devided Between my Grandchildren, 
John and Thomas Butler, and Mary Athearn: And Nextly I will 
and Bequeath to my three Grandchildren aforesaid all my Great 
Cattle to be Equally devided among them, that is to say, John Butler 
Thomas Butler and Mary Athearn : except only that my Grandson 
Thomas Butler shall have two more to his part : and one heifer before 
the devision set apart, which heifer I doe will and bequeath to my 
Grandson Samuell Minott: And my will is, and I bequeath all my 
Sheep to my two Grandsons John Butler and Thomas Butler, to be 
Equally devided between them: Nextly I will and bequeath to my 
Grandson Thomas Butler my Dwelling house, with the long Table 
and hanging Cupboarde, and to my Grandson John Butler, my Cup- 
bord, and the Chest which was Joseph Butlers : and to my Grand- 
daughter Mary Athearn, my chest and two Joint Stools: and as to 
my chaires, I give the table chairs to my Grandson Thomas Butler: 
the remainder of the chaires I leave to be Equally devided between 
my Grandchildren, John and Thomas Butler, and Mary Athearn. 
Nextly my will is, and I doe oblige my two Grandsons, John, & 
Thomas Butler, that they should pay to my Grand Daughter Hannah 
Chadduck, two hundred weight o$ fleece wooll, yearly fivety poundes, 
untill it is payed which is within four year: And as to Landes, I will 
and Bequeath, all my landes with the privelledges and appurtenances, 
to My Grandson Thomas Butler, and my pewter, I will to be Devided, 
as my linnen as abovesaid, viz: between my Grandchildren John & 
Thomas Butler, and Mary Athearn: 

And lastly I Appoint my Grandson John Butler to be sole Executor 
and Administrator, to this my last will, and my will is, and I doe 
Request my friendes, Mr. Richard Sarson, and Matthew Mayhew to 
be overseers that it may be performed: And in witness of this my 
last will and Testament I the said Joice Butler, have put heerto my 


hand and seall this thirteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord, 
one thousand, six hundred seaventy and nine, alias eighty 

Joice Butler 

I B 
her marke 


Matt: Mayhew 
Richard Sarson : 

•] seal. I 

The inventory of the Estate of M rs Joice Butler deceased taken 
by Joseph Norton and Thomas Trappe October 28 th 1680. 

the landes and accommodations, a five and twentieth lot, 

value d att 90-00-00 

half a commonage . 08-00-00 

land at the Short Neck 02-00-00 

two shares & halfe of meadow not of said accommodations, 12-10-00 
The Moveable Estate valued at 102P 12 s . . . 102-12-00 

Copied from Vol. I., page 314, Edgartown Land 

Copy Attest: 


Register of Deeds for Dukes County. 

In the name of God, Amen. November the Tenth day and in the 
seventh year of his Majestys Reign Anno Domini seventeen hundred 
& thirty three. I, John Butler of Edgartown in Dukes County in his 
Majestie's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Gent. 
Calling to mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is 
appointed for all men once to Dye Do make & Ordain this my Last 
Will & Testament, first of all I give my body to the Grave & 
Recomend my soul into the hands of God that gave itt, & my body 
to be buried in Decent & Christian manner at the Discretion of my 
Executor hereinafter named: And my Will is that all my Just Debts 
be first Paid out of my Personall Estate, and that my loving wife 
Percilla have the third part of my Personall Estate and the Improv- 
ment of one Third part of my Reall Estate in ye same way and 
manner as she would have had if I had made no will: and the Im- 
provment of all the Rest of my household Goods During her Natural 


Item: I give and Bequeath unto my son Henry a Gun that he hath 
now in his hands. I give him no more having given him near what 
I intended. 

Item : I have Given to my son John Butler what I intended allready 
and I have also given to my son Thomas Late Deceased what I 
Intended to give to him which is the Reason I give Nothing to his 
Children more than I have given. 

Item: I give to my son Nicholas all my Shoomakers tools of all 
sorts he having had near his part : and I have also given to my son 
Samuel what I Intended for him & therefore it is that I give Nothing 
to him nor to my son John & Thomas' s children. I also give my 
Daughter Joyce Newcomb nothing she having had her part: 

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Onesimus my bed that I lie 
upon & beding and furniture belonging thereunto, and all my wearing 
Apparell and one half of my Sheep and the hundred Pounds that is 
Due from John to Onesimus. 

Item: I have also Given to my son Simeon his full part of my 
Estate & therefore give him no more. 

Item : I give and Bequeath to my son Zephaniah Late Deceased, 
children (viz) To Shobal & Sarah Butler one half Quarter of Com- 
mon Lands throughout the Common Land in this Town Edgartown, 
Except Chapaquidick & a ten Acre lot on the line & what I have not 
as yet Disposed of in the Plain lots (viz) the half Quarter of a Share 
of Common & the Lands given to Shubal & Sarah I give two thirds 
to Shubal and one third to Sarah to them their heirs and assigns 

Item : I have Given to my son Malachi Butler his full part allready 
& therefore I give him nothing more. 

Item : I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Precilla Snow the two 
thirds of my household Goods after my wife's Decease. 

Item: I Give and Bequeath unto my son Gamaliel Butler all my 
other Estate both Reall & Personall in Possession or Reversion to 
him his heirs & Assigns forever: whome I Likewise Constitute and 
Appoint my sole Executor to this my Last Will & Testament. 

In witness whereof I, the said John Butler have hereunto sett my 
hand and Affixed my seal the Day and Year first above written: 

Signed Sealed Published & Declared by the said John Butler to be 

his Last Will and Testament in presence of Benjamin Smith Timothy 

Daggett, Mary Smith. 

John Butler. 

•] seal. I 


Copied from Vol. III., page 98, Edgartown Pro- 
bate Records. 

A true copy. Attest : 

Beriah T. Hillman, 

Register of Probate. 

Know all men by these Presents that I John Butler of Edgartown 
In Dukes County In the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New 
England having Bargained and Sold and do by these Presents give 
grant Bargain Sel Alien Conveigh and Confirm unto my son Malichi 
Butler of ye town and County and Province afores d A certain tract 
or Parcell of Land being in ye above s d town at a place called the 
Swiming Place bounded by ye harbor on ye East the Plain on ye 
West Thomas Daggetts Land on ye North and John Butler Jun r 
Land on ye South as allso one Whole Shear of Meadow Lying on ye 
South side of ye Island of Chapaquidock In s d Edgartown towards 
Waqua as allso one half quarter of Common or undivided Land 
throughout ye township Chapaquidock only Excepted. I ye s d 
John Butler having received and in hand paid or secured to be paid 
the full and Just sum of thirty five Pounds Money to my Satisfaction 
and Content for ye above s d Premises I say I give grant sel alien 
Conveigh and Confirm unto him my son Malichi him his heirs Execu- 
tors Adminis s or assigns to hold with all and Every ye Privilidges 
and appurtinances there to belonging or any way appurtaining from 
me my heirs Executors Adminis s or assigns to have and to hold for 
Ever and In Witness to these Present I have hereunto Subscribed 
with my hand and put too my Seal all ways Reserving to my self y e 
youse and Improvement of y e one half from y e Roo of Stones North- 
erly during my Life. 

Dated this twenty-fourth Day of March In y e year one thousand 
seven hundred and twenty One alias two 

John Butler. 

John Butler Jun r ,^-a^^ 

Gamaliel Butler j seal, X 

Dukes County ss March 29 1722 
then the s d John Butler Personally appeared before me y e subcriber 


Justice of ye peace for s d County & acknowledged the above writen 
deed to be his act and deed. 

Coram Enoch Coffin 

Entred May 10 th 
day 1722. 

Copied from Vol III., page 532, Edgartown 
Land Records. 

To all People to Whom These Presents May Concern Capt. John 
Butler of Edgartown in Dukes County in ye Province of y e Massa- 
chusetts Bay in New England Gent Sendeth greeting. Know Yee 
that The pew in The Meeting house which was Granted To me By 
the said Town or Those men y e said Town Impowered To Grant the 
same which Pew is the Second on the East Side of the Pulpitt and I 
having at y e time of Building y e s d pew Promised it to my Son Gama- 
liel Butler and my Son Malachi Butler in Case they would Be Att y e 
Cost and Build y e said pew and They having Dun the Same therefore 
to The Intent That No Diference or Discord may hereafter Be Con- 
cerning s d Pew and That they may Enjoy it According as was Prom- 
ised as Af d . I Do Therefore hereby Confirme y e Said pew to them 
and their heirs and Assigns for Ever the Said Gamaliel Being Eldest 
To have y e highest or upper End of s d Pew and Said Malachi Being 
ye Younger Shall have The Lowest End of ye Said pew for Ever 
Hereafter To have and To hold from one My heirs Executors Admin s 
& Assigns for Ever And In Witnes To These presents I the Said 
John Butler have Hereunto Signed with my hand And put to my 
Seall the Twenty third Day of May Anno Domini 1732 

John Butler. 

Sign d Seal d & Deliver d In presence of 
Benj m Smith 
Timothy Daggett. 

■] SEAL. [■ 

Entered March 11* 1734/5 

Copied from Vol. VI., page 85, Edgartown 
Land Records. 

Dukes County ss May y e 23 rd Anno 1732 
Then y e above named John Butler personally appeared before me 


y e Subscriber one of his Maiytys Justices of y e Peace for s d County 
and acknowledged y e above instrument to be his act and Deed 

Benja Smith 

Copy Attest : 

L. C. Wimpenney, 
Register of Deeds for Dukes County. 

In the Name of God Amen. The Twenty fifth day of December 
Anno Domini Seventeen hundred & Thirty Two. 

I Elizabeth Daggett of Edgartown in Dukes County in the Pro- 
vince of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Gentlewoman 
Being very sick in body, but of Perfect mind & memory, blessed be 
God therefore. Calling to mind the Mortality of my body and know- 
ing that it is Appointed for all Persons once to Dye and after that 
the Judgment, Do make & ordain this my Last will & Testament: 
First of all I Recomend my soul that gave it & my 

body to the Grave, to be buried in a Decent & Christian manner. 
And touching such Outward Estate as it hath pleased God to bless 
me withall. I Give and Dispose of the same in the following man- 
ner. Imprimis : I give & bequeath unto my loving son Benjamin 
Daggett my horse Andirons & Pott & all the Debts Due to me & 
Stillyards, he paying all my Just Debts & funerall Charges. I Like- 
wise give to Benjamin my Gridiron & Tongs and four Chears two of 
a sort. 

Item : I give unto my Daughter Thankfull Daggett my best suit 
of Cloaths viz Gown & Petticoat. 

Item: I give to my Daughter Mary Norton my Collaminco gown 
& my Red Curtains. 

Item : I give unto my Daughter Jemimah Butler my Silk Crape 
suit of Cloaths. 

Item I give unto my Daughter in Law Mary Daggett my silk scarf: 

Item I give and bequeath unto my sons Timothy Thomas & Benja- 
min Daggett all my Tooles of all sorts and the Guns I have not given 
away before & my Oxen that are in Benjamins hands. 

Item I give and bequeath unto my sons Timothy Thomas and 
Benjamin & to my Daughters Hannah Elizabeth Thankfull Mary & 
Jemimah all my stock of Creatures of all sorts Equally among them 
Except what is given away. 

Item I give and bequeath unto my five Daughters Hannah Eliza- 
beth Thankfull Mary & Jemimah all the Residue of my Apparell of 


all sorts and household Stuff with all other my Estate whatsoever that 
I have not herein given to them before Equally. 

Item I give to my grandson Samuel Daggett Seventy Shillings & 
to my grandchildren, viz. Seth Daggett Solomon Silvanus & betty 
alias Elizabeth Daggett Ten Shillings apeice, & to my grand Daugh- 
ter Lidia Norton a pair of Gloves to be paid by my son Benjamin 

Lastly I hereby make Constitute & Appoint my Loving son Timo- 
thy Daggett my Sole Executor to this my Last Will and Testament. 
I witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & affixed my Seal 
y e Day & Year first above written. 


Elizabeth E D Daggett. 

j SEAL. > 

Signed Sealed Published and Pronounced & Declared by the said 
Elizabeth Daggett to be her Last Will & Testament. In Presence 

Benj n Smith 

John Bassett 

Jedidah Smith 

Copied from Probate Records, book 2d, page 79. 
A true copy. Attest : 

Beriah T. Hillman, 

Register of Probate \ 

To All Christian People To whom these Presents Shall Come 
Greeting Know yee that I Malachi Butler of Windham In ye County 
of Windham in ye Collony of Conneticut in New England Yeoman 
Do for and in Consideration of ye Sum of Twelve Pounds in Bills 
of Creditt in ye Old Tenor To me in hand Well and Truly Paid att 
and Before ye Ensealling hereof By Shobal Butler of Edgar Town 
in ye County of Dukes County In ye Province of ye Massachusetts 
bay in New England Weaver The Receipt Whereof I Do hereby 
Acknowledge and my Self Therewith fully Satisfy d Contented & Paid 
To have Given Granted Bargained Sold Alined Released Convey' d 
and Confirmed and Do by these presents Do Give Grant Bargain Sell 
Alien Release Convey & for Ever Confirm unto ye Shobal Butler his 


heirs Exec^ 5 Adm is and Assigns for Ever more ye one half of A pew 
In ye Meeting house in Edgartown Afs d and Being ye one half of ye 
Second pew from ye Pulpitt Eastward which half of said Pew Be- 
longing unto me ye Said Malachi Butler ye other half Thereof Belong- 
ing unto Gamaliel Butler of said Edgartown To have and To hold 
ye Above Bargained Premises with the Appurtenances Thereunto 
Belonging or in any wise Appertaining Unto him y e Said Shobal 
Butler his heirs Exec s Adm 1 " 55 & Assigns for Ever more I the Said 
Malachi Butler Do for my Self my heirs Exec s Adm s Covenant 
Grant and Agree unto and with ye said Shobal Butler his heirs and 
Assigns that at ye Time of y e Ensealling hereof I am y e True Sole 
and Lawfull owner and Possessor of ye Before Granted and Bargained 
Premises and have in my Self Good Rightfull Power and Lawfull 
Authority To Give Grant Bargain Sell Alien Release Convey and 
Confirme ye Same for Ever more as Aboves d Unto him ye Said 
Shoball Butler his heirs and Assigns in Witness Whereof I have 
hereunto Put to my hand and Seall the Twenty Ninth Day of JanT 
A. D. 1744. 

Malachi Butler. 
Sing d Sealed and Delivered 
In Presence of us 

John Norton 

Benajah Donhom 

< seal. [■ 

Dukes County ss 

The within named Malachi Butler 
Personally appearing on ye Twenty 
Ninth Day of JanT Anno Domini 
1744/5 Acknowledged ye Above and 
within Written Instrument To be his 
act and Deed Before. 
Entered Febry 22 d 1744/5 ) Justice 

Vol. 7. Page 159. Simeon Butler > of ye 

) Peace. 

A true copy. Attest : 


Register of Deeds for Dukes County. 

To All People to whom these Presents shall Come Greeting Know 
ye that I Malachi Butler of Woodbury in ye County of Litchfield in 
ye Coloney of Conneticut in New England Yeoman for and in Con- 
sideration of ye Sum of Eight Pounds Lawfull money to me in hand 
well and Truly Paid at and Before the Ensealling And Delivery here- 
of by John Pease of Edgartown in y e County of Dukes County in y e 
Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in New England Afores d : Cord- 


wainer the Receipt whereof I Do hereby Acknowledge and Whereof 
Do Acquitt and Discharge ye s d John Pease his heirs Exec s and 
Adm re for Ever by these Presents Have Given granted Bargained 
Sold Convey d and Confirmed and By these Presents Do fully and 
freely Give Grant Bargain Sell Convey and Confirm unto y e s d John 
Pease his heirs and Assigns for Ever y e Sachim and Planting Rights 
of a Certain Tract or Parcell of Land Lying and Being in Edgartown 
Afores d on y e Island of Chapoquidick Containing Twenty Acers and 
is Bounded as followeth Viz : Westerly Partly on John Sumners Salt 
Meadow Commonly Called y e Majors Meadow and Partly on Samuel 
Nortons Meadow and Extending by s d Nortons Meadow Till it 
Comes To y e harbour Then Extending Easterly on y e South by the 
harbour and on ye North by y e s d Sumners meadow Till it makes up 
y e Quantity of Twenty Acers Together with all y e Appurtenances 
and Priveledges Thereunto belonging To have & To Hold y e s d 
Granted and Bargained Premises from me y e S d Malachi Butler my 
heirs Exec s And Adm 1 "* 3 and Assigns To his and their only Proper 
Use Benefitt and behoofe for Ever and I the s d Malachi Butler Do 
Avouch my Self at y e and Before y e Ensealing and Delivery hereof 
To be the True and Lawfull owner of the Above Granted Premises 
and have in my Self good Righte and Lawfull Authority To grant 
Sell and Convey the S d Granted and Bargained Premises in manner 
as Afores d free and Clear from all Incumbrances Whatsoever 

In Witness and Confirmation whereof I y e S d Malachi Butler have 
hereunto Set my hand and Seal y e Twenty Eighth Day of March in 
the thirty first Year of his majestys Reign King George ye Second 
Annog* Domini one Thousand Seven hundred and fifty Eight. 

Malichi Butler 
Signed Sealed & Dl d 
In y e Presence of 

John Sumner 

Jedidah Sumner Jun r 

■j SEAL. [■ 

Dukes County Ss March 28 th 1758 

The Above named Malachi Butler 

Personally Appearing Acknowledged 

y e Above written Instrument to be his 

Act and Deed Before me 

John Sumner Justice of y e 
Entered March 28th 1758 Peace. 

Volume 8. Page 563. 

A true copy. Attest : 


Register of Deeds for Dukes County. 


Parents, John Butler 3 ; m. Priscilla Norton 2 . Mr. 
Butler's will made Nov. 10, 1733, aged about 80 yrs. 
Son, Henry 4 ; m. Sarah . 

Son, John, Jr. 4 ; m. Dec. 16, 1708, Elizabeth Daggett, 
dau. of Capt. Thomas Daggett. 

Son, Thomas 4 ; m. Sept. 18, 1702, Anne Torrey of Wey- 
mouth ; he d. before his father; shed. Oct. 1, 1733, 
aged about 51 yrs. 

Son, Nicholas 4 ; m. Sept. 6, 1726, Sarah Ripley; m. Jan. 
1, 1730, Thankful Marchant. 

Son, Samuel 4 ; m. after 17 12 Elizabeth (Clay) Stanbridge, 
widow of Samuel Stanbridge; d. Dec. 23, 1769; he 
d. Feb. 24, 1765, aged 52 yrs. 

Dau., Joyce 4 ; m. Nov. 20, 1705, Joseph Newcomb. 

Son, Onesimus 4 . 

Son, Simeon 4 ; m. about 1712 Hannah Cheney. 

Son, Zephaniah 4 ; m. Thankful Daggett; he d. Sept. 15, 

Son, Malichi 4 ; m. Jemimah Daggett. 

Dau., Priscilla 4 ; m. in 1748 widow of Thomas (?) Snow, 
who d. before 1748. 

Son, Gamaliel 4 ; m. Sarah Chase; he d. Feb. 24, 1765, 
aged 74 yrs. 


Parents, Thomas Daggett 3 ; m. Elizabeth Hamdo ; her 
will made 1732; d. 1733; he d. Aug. 25, 1726. 

Son, Timothy 4 ; m. May 6, 1714, Mary Smith; he d. Sept. 
1 7> l 775> a & e d 85 yrs.; she d. Oct. 2, 1781, aged 87 

Son, Thomas 4 ; m. Love Coffin, b. Sept. 13, 1702; d. Oct. 
4, 1789; he d. May 7, 1783, aged 83 yrs. 

Son, Benjamin 4 ; m. Margery Holmes; he d. about 1791, 
aged 90 yrs.; she d. May 31, 1783, aged 73 yrs. 


Son, Samuel 4 ; m. July u, 1705, Mary Pease "dau. of 
Tho s Pease," b. Feb. 17, 1685; d. Apr. 9, 1767; he 
d. before 1726. 

Dau., Betsey 4 ; m. Dec. 16, 1708, John Butler. 

Dau., Mary 4 , b. Aug. 8, 1698; m. about 1722 Matthew 
Norton 3 , b. Apr. 12, 1696; d. Dec. 5, 1779; he d. 
Dec. 13, 1779. 

Dau., Thankful 4 ; m. 1st Zephaniah Butler; he d. Sept. 

15, 1721; m. 2d Brotherton Daggett ; he d. March 5, 

1740, aged 53 yrs. 
Dau., Hannah 4 ; m. Joseph Norton. 
Dau., Jemimah 4 ; m. Malichi Butler. 
Dau., Desire 4 . 


Henry Butler, of Dorchester, was the son of 
Nicholas and Joyce Butler. His wife was Anne, 
probably a daughter of John Holman. [Abstract of 
a deed from Butler to Holman, dated 4th August, 
1673. — Suffolk Deeds, Lib. 9, Fol. 46.] Mr. Butler 
was born in the County of Kent, England, and 
came to the Massachusetts Colony with his father 
in 1637. He received the degree of M. A. at 
Harvard College, and seems to have been con- 
nected with the Dorchester school, as late as the 
year 1652. Returning to England, he spent a year 
or two in Dorchester, and then settled in Seoril (in 
Somersetshire), where he continued public minister 
till August 24, 1662. He continued his ministry 
afterwards in that town, and in other places as he 
had opportunity, and was often convicted, appre- 
hended, and imprisoned. He suffered great losses 
by fines and seizures of his goods, and was often 
forced to remove from his habitation. At length 
he settled at a place in England called Witham- 
frary, about five miles from Frome, where he was 
pastor of a congregation, and no danger from 
enemies, weather, or indisposition of body hin- 
dered him from meeting his people, either in pri- 
vate houses or in Sir Edward Seymour's woods, 
as was thought most safe; and though it was 
with difficulty and hazard that they met together, 
the congregation grew and he did much good. 

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