THE BUTLER ANCESTRY
GEN. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BUTLER
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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
The results of such search are given in the
Blanche Butler Ames,
June 19, 1895.
THE BUTLER ANCESTRY OF
GEN. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BUTLER
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.
" 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-
"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
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.
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
"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
The mark / \/ < ~ of
his sight as it were
the mar X of
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
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
Richard Sarson :
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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
L. C. WlMPENNEY,
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
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.
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Copied from Vol. III., page 98, Edgartown Pro-
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 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
Copied from Vol III., page 532, Edgartown
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
Sign d Seal d & Deliver d In presence of
Benj m Smith
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Entered March 11* 1734/5
Copied from Vol. VI., page 85, Edgartown
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
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
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
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.
Sing d Sealed and Delivered
In Presence of us
< 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
A true copy. Attest :
L. C. WlMPENNEY.
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.
Signed Sealed & Dl d
In y e Presence of
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 :
L. C. WlMPENNEY,
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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