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Dedication of Monument 




At Pelham, N. H., June 9, 1886. 


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Dedication of Monument 


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At Pelham, N. H., June 9, 1886. 

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Butler Family Association. 

Pelham, N. H., December 12. 1885. 

The first meeting of the descendants of Dea. John Butler, to make 
arrangements for erecting a monument to his memory ; also to see if 
the descendants would vote to dedicate the same, and have a reunion 
of the Butler family at some future time. 

The meeting organized with the choice of the following officers, 
and made a permanent organization : President, George S. Butler ; 
Vice-President, Frederic A. Cutler ; Secretary, William G. Butler ; 
Treasurer, William M. Butler. 

Voted — To choose a committee to solicit subscriptions for the 
erection of a monument. 

Voted — That William M. Butler, James E. Butler, Judge Samuel 
P. Hadley and Captain Henry Butler should be the committee. 

The following resolution by Judge Samuel P. Hadley, of Lowell, 
was adopted, and placed on the record book of the organization : 
and also that a copy of it be forwarded to Henry A. May, Esq., of 
Boston, Mass. 

Resolved — That this meeting heartily approves the labors of Mr. 
Henry A. May, of Boston, in preparing a genealogical record of the 
Butler family, and that we will render him all the aid in our power 
toward the accomplishment of such a desirable work. 

The meeting adjourned subject to the call of the officers. 

WILLIAxM G. BUTLER, Secretary. 

Pelham, N. H., February 13, 1886. 

A second meeting of the descendants of Dea. John Butler was held 
at the Town Hall at 2 o'clock p. m. President Geo. S. Butler called 
the meeting to order and the following business was transacted. 

Voted — To have a committee of two to procure a slab or granite 
block to be erected over the grave of Dea. John Butler in Gumpus 
grave yard, and that it be suitably inscribed. 

Voted — That George S. Butler and William W. Butler be the com- 

Voted — To invite the town of Pelham to take part in the exercises 
of dedicating the monument. 

Voted — That the president be a committee to solicit the select- 
men to insert an article in the warrant inviting the town to take part 
in dedicating the monument. 

Voted — To adjourn subject to the call of the secretary. 

WILLIAM G. BUTLER, Secretary. 

The committee chosen by the town of Pelham to act with the 
Butler committee to dedicate the monument at the annual town 
meeting, second Tuesday of March, 1886, were as follows: John 
Woodbury, Enoch M. Marsh, Daniel Marshall, George H. Currier, 
Samuel Kelley, Warren Sherburne. 

Pelham, N. H., March 20, 1886. 

A third meeting of the descendants of Dea. John Butler was held 
at the town hall at 2 o'clock, p. m. The meeting was called to order 
by the President, George S. Butler. 

Voted — To erect the monument in memory of Dea. John Butler, 
on the town common at the Centre of Pelham. 

Voted — To leave the matter of erecting a mark at the grave of 
Dea. John Butler to the committee chosen at the last meeting. 

Voted — That the following gentlemen be a committee of arrange- 
ments for the dedication of the monument : George S. Butler, William 
G. Butler, William M. Butler, James E. Butler, Capt. Henry Butler, 
Josiah Butler, Charles W. Butler, Judge Samuel P. Hadley, Elbridge 
O. Butler, Frederic A. Cutler. 

This committee to co-operate with the committee chosen by the 
town at its annual March meeting for the same purpose. 

Voted — To have the inscription on the monument state the place 
where Dea. John Butler settled as nearly as possible. 

Voted — To adjourn subject to the call of the officers. 

WILLIAM G. BUTLER, Secretary. 

Pelham, N. H., April 17, 1886. 

A fourth meeting of the descendants of Dea. John Butler and the 
committee chosen by the town was heid on the Town Common, Pel- 
ham centre, at 3 o'clock. 

The meeting was called to order by the president of the Butler 
organization and the following business was transacted : 

Voted — To have the dedication take place on the 9th of June, 
1886, at 10 o'clock, a. m. 

Voted — To invite Henry A. May, Esq., of Boston, Mass., to 
deliver the historical address on the day of dedication. 

Voted — To invite Frederic Paul Hill, of Billerica, Mass., to deliver 
a poem for the occasion. 

Voted — To invite the Hon. Moody Currier, Governor of New 

Hampshire, and Hon. Benjamin F. Butler, of Lowell, Mass., to take 
part in the exercises. 

Voted — That Judge Samuel P. Hadley, of Lowell, Mass., George 
S. Butler, of Pelham, N. H., Daniel Marshall, of Belham, N. H., be 
a committee of invitation. 

Voted — That the following be a committee on refreshments: 
John Woodbury and wife, Daniel P. Atwood and wife, Frederic A. 
Cutler and wife Richard B. Hillman and wife, Daniel Marshall and 
wife, William G. Butler and wife, 1). W. Webster and wife, Alton 
Wilson and lady, George H. Currier and wife, Alvin R. Carlton and 
wife, Warren Sherburne and 1 idy, Jonas Keyes and lady. 

Voted — To locate the monument on the spot of land, triangle 
shape, in front of the First Congregational Church. 

Voted — To adjourn subject to the call of the president. 

WILLIAM G. BUTLER, Secretary. 

Pelham, N. H., May 15, 1886. 

A meeting of the various committees having charge of the Butler 
monument was held at the town hall at 3 o'clock. 

The meeting was called to order by George S. butler, president. 

Voted — That the committee of arrangements hold the dedication 
exercises June 9, at the most convenient place, church, hall or on the 
public common. 

Voted — That Richard B. Hillman, Frederic A. Cutler be a com- 
mittee to furnish a stand for the speakers. 

Voted — That Mrs. Mary Berry, Miss M. A. Cloyd and Mrs. William 
W. Butler be a committee to decorate the hall, church and monument. 

Voted — To have dinner tickets. 

Voted — That George S. Butler be a committee to produce them. 

Voted — That Richard B. Hillman, Enoch M. Marsh and Charles 
L. Seavey be a committee to build the tables in the upper hall. 

Voted — That Daniel P. Atwood and Otis G. Spear be a committee 
to have charge of the dinner tickets. 

Voted — That C. W. Richardson and wife and forty-three others 
and their wives be added to the committee on tables. 

Voted — That Daniel Marshall be a committee to solicit subscrip- 
tions from the towns people toward the expenses of the dinner. 

Voted — To adjourn subject to the call of the officers. 

WILLIAM G. BUTLER, Secretary. 

Note. — It will be seen that the original purpose of the Butler Monut 
ment Association to have the monument erected at Deacon John's 
grave in the Gumpus grave yard, was changed to its final location, 
Pelham Green, in the center of the town. 

The idea of marking the spot of Deacon John's last resting place was 
not abandoned ; and a stone about three feet six inches high, two feel 
square at the base, eighteen inches square at the top, with the origina- 

stone, that had stood at the head of his grave since his burial, was 
panelled into the rear of the new stone, well secured with copper rods, 
showing the original inscription, while the front of the stone is inscribed 
as follows : Deacon John Butler, the first settler of Pelham, born 1677, 
died 1759. 


Monumental Dedication. — A monument erected to perpetuate the 
memory of Dea. John Butler, the first settler of Pelham, N. H., is to 
be dedicated at the Centre of Pelham on Wednesday, June 9th, 1886 
at 10 o'clock a. m. 

The monument is erected by the descendants of Dea. John Butler, 
and the town of Pelham co-operates with them in its dedication. 

The historical and biographical address will be given by Henry A. 
May, Esq., of Boston Mass. 

It is expected that Gen. Benjamin F. Butler of Lowell will be pre- 
sent and participate in the ceremonies of the day. 

An original poem, prepared for the occasion, will be given by Mr. 
Frederic Paul Hill of Billerica, Mass. 

Singing will be had under the direction of A. D. Greeley and William 
W. Butler of Pelham. 

The North Chelmsford Brass Band will be present during the day. 

A public dinner will be served in the town hall at the close of the 

The presence of all the descendants of Dea. John Butler and their 
friends is earnestly solicited. Also, all sons and daughters of Pelham 
and their families will be cordially welcomed. Samuel P. Hadley, 
George S. Butler, and Daniel Marshall, Committee of Invitation. 

Pelham, N. H., May 4, 1886. 

Copy of dinner ticket : 




Wednesday, June 9, 1886. 
Dinner Ticket - - Admit One. 

Dedication of Monument Erected to the Memory of Deacon 
John Butler, First Settler of Pelham, N. H. 

Wednesday, June 9, 1886. 

The monument erected to the memory of Dea. John Butler was 
dedicated with appropriate ceremonies at Pelham, N. H., by his 
descendants, the people of the town joining therein with the Butler 
family. The day was perfect, and about twelve hundred people, from 

the surrounding towns, and many distant cities and towns of the country 
were present. 

The monument stands in the middle of the town square, opposite 
the town hall and church. It is of Rockport granite, a spire monu- 
ment fifteen feet high, three feet six inches square at the base. The 
plinth and die are polished. On the second base are the words "John 
Butler" cut in heavy letters. On the north or front side of the 
monument is the inscription "Deacon John Butler, Born in Woburn, 
Mass., July 22, 1677. Settled in Pelham, on what is now called the 
Mammoth Road, near Gumpus Pond, A. D., 1721. Died 1759." 

On the west side is the following inscription, " To Deacon John 
Butler, the First Settler in Pelham, this Monument is Erected by His 
Descendants, June, A. D., 1886. 

The monument stands in the centre of an enclosure, fourteen feet 
square, the space being bounded by four granite corner posts, one foot 
square and two feet high, with galvanized iron railing running from 
post to post. The monument was built by Andrews & Wheeler, of 
Lowell, Mass. 

Between the base and plinth a niche was cut into the stone and a 
copper box, containing the records of the Butler family association, 
newspaper clippings, town reports 1886, &c, &c, was sealed and 
placed in the niche. 

The turfed terrace upon which the monument and corner posts 
stand, was covered with evergreens and flowers. 

Exercises of the Day. 

Promptly at 9 30, two very large American flags were thrown to the 
breeze in the town square, by the towns people, the " Star Spangled 
Banner" being finely rendered by the North Chelmsford Brass Band, 
who furnished the music for the out door exercises for the day. 

At 10.30 the large American flag, enclosing the die of the monument, 
was unfurled by a committee of young ladies. Wm. G Butler, the 
secretary, introduced this portion of the exercises, by presenting Mr. 
Geo. S. Butler, under whose direction the monument was unveiled, 
while the band performed a selection. The ladies who removed the 
flag, were Mrs. Clara Spear, Mrs. Daniel M. Webster, descendants of 
Dea. John ; Miss Gertie Hillman, Miss Lou Hobbs, all of Pelham. 

A large evergreen wreath being thrown around the shaft after the 
flag was removed. 

The assembly then adjourned to the First Congregational Church, 
where the formal exercises of the day were held. The pulpit and 
platform were beautifully decorated and embellished with a grand dis- 
play of cut flowers and rare ferns, massed in gorgeous lines by the 
decoration committee. 

President of the Day, George S. Butler, presided and introduced 
Rev. Augustus Berry, the beloved pastor of the First Congregational 
Church, who offered the opening prayer. 

Followed by singing "Angels of Peace" {Keller) by a superb 


chorus of sixty voices, under the direction of Prof. A. D. Greeley of 
Pelham ; Mrs. Frank Hillman presiding at the organ. 

President Butler then made the opening address as follows : 
Ladies and Gentlemen : — In behalf of the descendants of Dea. 
Tohn Butler, and the citizens of Pelham, I bid you welcome to these 
exercises. We are assembled here to-day for the purpose of dedica- 
ting a monument, to perpetuate the memory of Dea. John Butler, the 
first settler of Pelham. One hundred and sixty five years ago, John 
Butler came to this place and founded a home for his wife and chil- 
dren. We of to-day can hardly realize the difficulties and hardships, 
which he must have had to encounter in establishing his forest home. 
It has been handed down to us, through the generations that have 
gone before, that he was an honest, courageous, God-fearing man, and 
we his descendants, have gratefully erected yonder monument, to pre- 
serve his memory to this generation, and to all generations that shall 
come after us. The town of Pelham has taken a deep interest in the 
monument, and at its last annual meeting, voted to take part in the 
dedication, and the citizens of the town have generally contributed 
toward the expenses of to-day. We have with us to-day one of the 
descendants of John Butler, who has been engaged for a number of 
years, in writing the genealogy of the Butler family, both in the old 
country and in this. He has prepared for us to-day an historical and 
biographical address, and I now take pleasure in introducing to you 
Henry A. May Esq of Boston. 


Mr. President — Ladies and Gentlemen : — I am pleased to be 
with you here to-day, the birth place of my mother, her home in 
childhood, the home of her ancestors and their friends. 

Dukes of Normandy. 

According to Johnstone's " Celto Scandinavian Antiquities" 
" Turner's Anglo-Saxons" and other sources, Rolf or Rollo, a Nor- 
wegian Iarl, sprung from the ancient kings of Norway, was expelled 
from Norway by Harold Harfager. 

Rollo retired with his ships to Denmark, and afterward to the 
Orkneys and Hebrides, and was joined by many Danish and Nor- 
wegian warriors. 

They attacked England in the beginning of the tenth century, A. d., 
91 1, but unable to make any settlement there, after several attempts, 
being opposed by King Alfred, they set sail for France, overran a 
great part of the country, and finally Rollo, at the head of thirty 
thousand Danish and Norwegian warriors, compelled Charles the 
Simple, King of France, to cede Neustria, a principality, to them, 
which, from these Nordmen, Northmen, Normands or Normans, got 
the name of Normandy. N 

Rollo received his principality, and obtained in marriage Gisella, 
daughter of King Charles the Simple, on condition that he and his 
followers should adopt the Christian faith ; with which terms the Nor- 
wegian chief complied, and he and his people became Christians. 

Rolf or Rollo and his descendants as Dukes- of Normandy, ruled 
over that province from the tenth to the thirteenth century ; and in 
the eleventh century William, Duke of Normandy, claiming the 
crown of England, landed an immense army at Pavensey, in Sussex, 
on the 28th of September, 1066, and on Saturday the 14th of October 
of that year, fought the great battle near Hastings. The victory was 
won by Duke William, and he became King of England under the 
title of " William the Conqueror." 

Origin of Butler Family from the Dukes of Normandy. 
In Camden's Britannia, page 462, we find that the family of " Fitz 


Walter," alias " Botelere," alias Butler, derive their pedigree from 
the Dukes of Normandy as follows : 

i. Rollo of Norway, first Duke of Normandy. 

2. William Longespee, his son, second Duke. 

3. Richard (1) the third Duke, his son, died a. d., 986. 

This Richard left two sons : 

1. Richard (2). 

2. * Godfrey the Consul — Earl of Bryomy. 

4. Richard (2) the fourth Duke, his son. 

5. Robert, his son, the fifth Duke. 

6. William, Duke of Normandy, or "William the Conqueror," his 
son, the first King of England of the Norman line. 

7. Henry the First, his son, second King of England. 

8. Henry the Second, of England. 

Gislebert the Norman, Earl of Eu, came into England with William 
the Conqueror, and had four sons : 

1. Gislebert de Clare, Earl of Clare, who was ancestor of Richard 
Stronglow, Earl of Pembroke, married Eva, daughter of Dermod 
MacMorough, King of Leinster. 

2. Roger. 

3. Walter. 

4. Robert, who was ancestor of Fitzwalter and Butler. 

Harvey Walter, who was lineally descended from the said Robert 
last mentioned, married a daughter of Gilbert Becket, and a sister of 
Thomas a Becket the " Martyr," who was Lord Archbishop of Can- 
terbury, and by her had issue : 

1. Theobald Walter, who with all his family were banished out of 
England on account of the disfavor in which Thomas a Becket, Arch- 
bishop of Canterbury, then stood with Henry the Second. 

But soon after the murder of the said archbishop, and the king's 
public penance for having been accessory to his death, Henry the 
Second recalled from banishment all the archbishop's relations and 
friends, and promoted them to great offices and employments, par- 
ticularly Theobald, son of said Harvey Walter, for a time called 
Theobald Walter, until the king took him into favour and sent him 
into Ireland with the title of " Chief Butler," of that kingdom where 

* Godfrey the Consul, Earl of Bryomy, second son of Richard (I), the 
third Duke of Normandy, was the ancestor of De Clare (now Clare), and 

of Butler in England and Ireland. 


by the king's royal bounty his own powers and valiant behavior 
became eminent and attained greater possessions.* 

Burke's Peerage and Baronetage. 

The history of the illustrious house of Butler of Ormonde is, in point 
of fact, the history of Ireland from the time of the Anglo Norman 
invasion. At the head of the great nobility of that country have ever 
stood the Butlers. For ages their story fills the pages of the Irish 
annals, from the advent of Theobald Fitz Walter in the reign of Henry 
II down to the death of James, second Duke of Ormonde at Avignon 
in 1745. 

The surname Butler is derived from the chief Butlerage of Ireland, 
conferred by Henry II upon the first of the family who settled in that 

Hervey Walter or Herveus Walteri, was heir to Hubert Walteri who 
is mentioned in the sheriff's accounts for the counties of Norfolk and 
Suffolk 3 Henry II. A. D., 1156. He married Matilda, daughter and 
( with her sister Bertha, wife of Rudolph de Glanville ) co-heir of 
Theobald de Valoines, Lord of Parham, Co. Suffolk, and had four sons. 

I. Theobald, ancestor of the house of Ormonde (of whom pre- 
sently). " 

II. Hubert, Archbishop of Canterbury 1193; Chief Justice and 
Governer of the Kingdom during the absence of Richard I ; Chan- 
cellor of England n 99; Pope's Legate in the reign of King John, 
died at his manor of Peynham, 1205. 

III. Roger, witness to the charter to Buthley. 

IV. Hamo, also witness to the same charter. 

Hervey Walter granted a charter of land in Wingfield, Co. Suffolk, 
to the Church of St. Mary Buthley, which charter was confirmed by 
his son. 

Theobald Fitz Walter, who accompanied Henry II, into Ireland 
and was created Chief Butler of Ireland 11 77, returned to England 
and accompanied Prince John into Ireland in 11 85. He was pos- 
sessed of the baronies of upper Ormonde, lower Ormonde and num- 

* Other antiquarians hold that the name of Butler is derived from 
Robert, supposed to have been "butler" to King William the "Con- 
queror," who in "Doomsday Botk" is called " Robertus Pincerua. " 
This Robertus Pincerua, with two others of the same name (whether his 
brothers or sons we know not), called Hugo Pincerua and Richard Pin- 
cerua, held each of them from the king several towns in England. The 
said Robertus was grand father of the above-mentioned Walter. 


erous other territories. He married Maud, daughter of Robert le 
Vavasour and grand daughter of William le Vavasour, justiciary of 
England by whom (who married secondly Fulke Fitz Warive.) — 
Theobald, his heir. 

Maud, married Geoffrey de Prendergrast, Lord of Enniscorthy and 
Duffrey, Co. Wexford. 

Theobald Walter died before 4th of April 1 206 and was succeeded 
by his son. 

Theobald, second Butler, who first assumed the name of Le Botiler 
or Butler in 1221. He married first Joan eldest sister and co-heir of 
Geoffrey de Marreis a considerable Baron of Ireland by whom he had 
a son, Theobald his heir. 

Theobald, second Butler, died 19th July, 1230, and was succeeded 
by his eldest son. 

But it is not my purpose to give a full historical account of the Eng- 
lish and Irish Butlers, as I wish to give some accounts of our American 
ancestor James Butler and some of his descendants, and will conclude 
the brief account of the English and Irish Butlers. The Irish atiquar- 
ians who record the Pedigrees of the Butler families who came into 
Ireland with the conquest and remained there ever since, give a line 
of direct descent of twenty one Barons, Earls, Marquis and Dukes of 
Ormonde to 1708, which date is contemporary with our Deacon John 
Butler, also many hundred Knights, Barons, Earls, Viscounts, Mar- 
quis, &c, of collateral branches, both of England and Ireland. The 
Butler family being about equally divided between England and 

James Butler (i) Sen., "The Planter." 
The first record we have of James Butler, the father of Dea. John 
(2) is from the old town of Lancaster, Mass., first settled in 1653, 
then called Nashaway. He was an early proprietor and must have 
owned land there previous to 1659. For "Orders and Directions" 
given to Ralph Houghton about laying out the second division of 
meadow, Munday the 5, Februarie [1659] James Butler's lot was 
No. 39. 

According to the proprietor's records he owned five lots, consisting 
of 268 acres in Lancaster at the first settlement. 

In 1663, the towne granted to James Butler a halfe home Lott, and 
he is to have ten acres of upland for a halfe home Lott, and twentie 
acres of upland for a halfe home Lott of intervaile and to take it where 
it is not disposed of ; neither to any particular person, or in the Stated 


common, and he is to have other accomodation suitable according to 
his estate. 

In 1664 the towne [of Lancaster] gave libertie to James Butler to 
have a Rode of Upland, in breadth to set a fence on at the side of the 
seaven acres of Intervaile which he bought of Goodman Joslin. 

In 1664 James Butler received from Rebecca Joslin, widow of 
Thomas, certain land east of Still river (Lancaster), recorded 1666, 
and there his son James (2), Jun., lived after the massacre. 

As James Butler was taxed in Woburn, Mass., 1676, 1677, 1678, he 
probably never returned to Lancaster after the first massacre. 

He was taxed in Billerica, Mass., in 1679. 

The oldest record book of the town of Bellerica has the following : 

20th day, 01, 1681, James Butler Sen. (2) Irishman, dyed. 

The same book also contains the following : 

John Hinds and Mary Butler, widow, married 9th day, 12 mo. 1682. 

Mary Butler, widow of James (1), was administratrix of her hus- 
band's estate^and the application and inventory is on file in probate 
office, Cambridge, Mass. John Hinds of Lancaster, Mass., dying, his 
widow Mary was appointed executrix, 14th October, 1724, and con- 
veyed land to her loving son John Hinds of Brookfield, Mass. 

Mary (Butler) Hinds had four sons and three daughters by her 
second husband. 
James (1) Butler, Sen., by wife Mary, had the following children : 

1. James Butler (2), first wife was Lydia, who died in Lancaster, 
Mass., 1723, October n ; they had five children; he married second 
in Lancaster March 19, 1723-4, by Justice Houghton, Hannah Wil- 
son, both of Lancaster ; they had three children. 

2. Martha (2) Butler married John Smith, December 14, 1719; 
by Justice Houghton ; both of Lancaster. 

3. Deacon John (2) Butler, born in Woburn, Mass., July 22, 1677 ; 
married Elizabeth Wilson of Woburn, Mass. ; both died and buried 
in first or Gumpus grave yard in Pelham, N. H. 

4. Mary (2) Butler, born 1679, July IJ , m Billerica, Mass. ; mar- 
ried Thomas Littlejohn January 26, 1726-7, by Justice Houghton, 
both of Lancaster, Mass. 

5. Eleanor (2) Butler, born in Billerica Mass., July 13, 168 1. 
James Butler (2), Jr., date and place of birth unknown, resided 

on lands belonging to his father in Lancaster, Mass. 
Lancaster, 20th April, 1704 : 

James Butler in garrison on ye east side of Nashaway river. His 
house was on the east side of Wataquock hill. 

An instrument dated at Worcester, Sth February, 1733, James 
Butler (2), son of James (1), releases the children of her second 
husband, Hinds, from further support of his mother during her 
natural life, and assumed the charge himself. 

We have no trace of John Smith and Martha Butler (2). 

Mary Butler (2), who married Thomas Littlejohn, a Scotchman, 
January 26, 1726, at Lancaster, Mass., had : 

1. Mary (3), born 1728, May 10. 

2. Thomas (3), born 1730, July 27 ; married Barnet. 

3. Sarah (3), born 1731. 

4. Simeon (3), born 1733, April 15. 

5. Tilley (3), born 1735, ^ a Y 2 ^ ', married Hannah Brooks. 
Mary (Butler) Littlejohn, born in Bellerica, Mass. ; supposed to 

have died at Lancaster, Mass. : her daughters, Mary (3), Sarah (3), 
and son Tilley (3), remained all their lives in and about the old town 
of Lancaster and vicinity, where all the children were born. 

Thomas Littlejohn, Sen., at age of twenty-two came to Boston 
about 1 718, from Edinburgh, Scotland. He was in Joseph Blanch- 
ard's muster-roll from August to October, 1725. He is said to have 
been killed in a battle at Louisney in 1748. 

Thomas Littlejohn, (2) Jr., emigrated to Halifax, N. S., with his 
brother Simeon. He married in Halifax a lady from State of Maine ; 
had twelve children, and from one of them all the Littlejohns in and 
about Portland, Me., were descended. 

Simeon Littlejohn removed to Philadelphia, Pa., and married ; then 
removed to the southern states. All in the south bearing that name 
are his descendants. 

Tilley Littlejohn, who remained in Lancaster, Mass., was afterward 
of Princeton, Mass., one of the signers of the church's organization 
at Princeton (formerly part of Lancaster) ; selectman 1764, and held 
other town offices there. 

All of the name of Littlejohn in New York State, Bishop Little- 
john and others of some note, are descendants of Tilley, fifth child 
of Thomas and Mary Butler. 

Tilley Littlejohn was in Capt. Asa Whitcomb's company, 1756, in 
the expedition to Crown Point. 

Caleb Butler. 
A pamphlet entitled " Some Account of Deacon John Butler, of 


Pel ham, N. H., and his descendants," was published in 1849 by our 
eminent antiquarian, historian and scholar Caleb Butler, of Groton, 
Mass. Had this little pamphlet of sixteen pages never been pub- 
lished this monument would not probably have ever been erected, 
and I should not have conceived the idea of writing a full genea- 
logical history of the Butler family. 

His conjectures regarding the descent of the first James Butler 
were singularly correct, for the means at that time for research were 
comparatively limited. 

There is no doubt that he was an Irishman, for the first volume of 
Billerica records state that fact with the date of his death. 

Prom a very large amount of records in my possession, as well as 
a very extended research of all general and local histories of England 
and Ireland, I find that the name of Butler, rightfully held by descent, 
all are descended from the Chief Butler of Ireland. 

All of the name of Butler who came to this country during the 
first century of its existence, can be traced to a common ancestry in 

The children's names of our first James Butler, James, Martha, 
John, Mary, and more especially " Elenor," are traced continually 
through every generation to the first Butler. 

Caleb Butler mentions the family tradition of a Simon or Simeon, 
but all trace lost ; but he is found living in Lancaster at same time 
Dea. John's brother James (2) resided there, and is recorded as 
James' son. 

The original township of Dunstable embraced a tract of more than 
200 square miles. It received its name from Dunstable in England. 
Grants were made in 1659 of land within what is now Nashua, and 
settlement was made there before 1673. 

Nottingham was set off from Dunstable and incorporated by Massa- 
chusetts January 4, 1733. Being all the lands on the easterly side of 
the river Merrimack belonging to Dunstable — this included Litch- 
field — about one-third of Pelham, part of Tyngsborough, all the 
present town of Hudson except the " Londonderry claim." 

Incorporated by New Hampshire July 5, 1746, and its name 
changed to Nottingham West to distinguish it from Nottingham in 
the eastern part of New Hampshire. 

The first town meeting May 1, 1733. 

Henry Baldwin* chosen Town Clerk. 

* He lies buried within a few feet of Dea. John. 


Henry Baldwin, John Butler, Capt. Robert Fletcher, John Taylor, 
Joseph Snow, Selectmen. 

Capt. Robert Fletcher, Moderator. 
Joseph Hamblet, Constable. 
John Snow, Town Treasurer. 
Nath'l Hills, Tithingman. 
James Parkam, i 

Joseph Winn, - Surveyors. 

Eleazer Cummmings, ) 
Thomas Colburn, 

Fence Viewers. 
Samuel Butler, 

Edward Spalding, )._,._. 

T *.l r> 1 1 r Field Drivers. 

Jonathan Parkham, ) 

Phineas Spalding, ) 

John Hamblet, } Ho S ReeveS ' 

Henry Baldwin, Moderator, 1734, '37, '38, '43, '44. 

John Butler, Moderator, 1735, '4 1, 

John Butler, Selectman, 1734, 1735, 1736.. 1737, 1738. 

John Butler, Town Clerk, 1735, 1736. 

Samuel Butler, Selectman, 1745. 

Samuel Butler, Fence Viewer, 1733. 

Ephraim Cummings, Moderator, 1762, '63. 

Ephraim Cummings, Selectman, 1756, '57, 1762, '63, 1766. 

Henry Baldwin, Delegate Massachusetts General Court, 1 734. 

Ephraim Cummings, Delegate New Hampshire Court, 1760. 

March 10, 1746, Thomas Gage, Ephraim Cummings and John 
Butler, chosen a committee to treat with the court's committee to be 
incorporated in a distinct town. 

Pelham, N. H. 

The name was given in honor of the Duke of Newcastle, Thomas 
Pelhatn Holies. The first settler was Deacon John Butler, in 1721, 
followed in a short time by the Hamblets, and then by the Richard- 
sons, Wymans, Jaques and Gage's. John Butler and David Hamblet 
bought land in vicinity of Gumpus pond, west of the centre. The 
Richardsons settled a few rods below the block-house. Jaques set- 
tled a little east of the centre of the town. The Baldwin's and 
Barkers settled on Baldwin's hill. The Gages on Gage's hill. 

The first town meeting in Pelham was July 21, 1746, at the house 
of Capt. Henry Baldwin. 

Capt. Henry Baldwin chosen Moderator. 


Eleazer Whiting, Town Clerk. 

Joseph Hamblet, 

Henry Baldwin, 

Wm. Richardson, ]■ Selectmen. 

Josiah Gage, 

Eleazer Whiting, 

Henry Baldwin, Jr., Town Treasurer. 

Thomas Wyman, Constable. 

Jacob Butler, 

John Baldwin, 

Daniel Gage, 

Simon Beard, J 

Henry Richardson, ) 

» ^ ;- Tythingmen. 

Amos Gage, ) J fa 

William Eliot, i „. , „. , , ^ . 

TT , _,. , , > Pence Viewers and Field Drivers. 

Hugh Richardson, ) 

Henry Richardson, Sealer of Weights and Measures. 

Amos Gage, Surveyor of Timber. 

Simon Beard, ) XT _ 

Hog Reaves. 

)■ Surveyors of Highways. 

David Jones, 

From the first settlement of the town, we find the first settlers and 
their children active in the French and Indian wars. And children 
and grand-children of the first settlers took an active part in the 
Revolution. Prominent among these were the Butlers, whose records 
of service in these early wars are on the muster-rolls at State house, 
Boston, and State house, Concord, N. H. 

From the church records we find the Butler families took unusual 
interest in church matters, and they, as well as nearly all the towns 
people, were members of the first church. 

Deacon John Butler was first taxed in Woburn, August, 1698 and 
for the last time in 1 721. The birth of eight of his children are there 

Jonathan Tyng, of Woburn, March 8, 1721, conveyed by deed to 
John Butler of Woburn, 450 acres of land, lying in Dunstable, next 
adjoining Dracut line, and soon after another parcel of 150 acres 
adjoining the first lot. The line between Dunstable and Dracut at 
that time is known to have run from " a pine tree in sight of beaver 
brook" to " long pond" crossing the "Mammoth " road, now so called, 
near the school-house, and burying place in the south westerly part of 
Pelham. Hence it appears that John Butler's land was situated in a 


territory afterward included in Nottingham West, and subsequent to 
establishment of the state line, incorporated into the town of Pelham 
and is the same upon which he and many of his posterity lived and 
died, and where some of his descendants still reside. It appears that 
he removed from Woburn to take possession of his lands in the spring 
of i 721-2. 

Proprietors of wild lands in this region about this time, erected a 
building on the site of Mr. Benjamin Cutler's dwelling-house, for the 
purpose of encouraging settlers in those regions, by giving them the 
use and occupation of it, while preparing habitations of their own. 

It is believed that John Butler, who was one of the first settlers in 
this region, availed himself of the privilege tendered and occupied 
the building till he built a house on the land he had purchased of 
Mr. Tyng. 

This he erected on a spot between the present house and the barn 
of Mr. John Gage, upon or near the easterly side of the present 
Mammoth road. 

It was constructed of pine logs, hewn and locked or dove-tailed 
together at the corners, with a ditch and pallisadoes around it, and 
portholes through the logs on all sides, of convenient heights for shoot- 
ing, in case of an attack by the Indians. A draw-bridge was thrown 
across the ditch by day, which was drawn up by night. 

It was the express desire of the builder and occupant of this log 
cabin or garrison, that it might remain as long as its timbers would 
hold together as a memento to his posterity of courage, perseverance 
and endurance of the pioneers in that wilderness. It stood about 
four score years after its erection to be viewed by two generations after 
him, and then was taken down and all traces of its foundation are now 

He is styled " Deacon " in the records of Nottingham West and Pel- 
ham, and must have been one of the first at both places. 

The small rough stone which marks the spot of his interment in the 
common burying place, a little south from where his humble dwelling 
stood, bears the following inscription rudely engraved upon it — 




1759 A 


Deacon John (2) Butler, 1677, July 22 ; 1759 ; Elizabeth Wilson, 


daughter of Samuel Wilson and Elizabeth Pierce, of Woburn, Mass., 
1683, January 28. 

1. Elizabeth (3) married Ephraim Cummings, 1704, September 4. 

2. John (3) married first, Mary Hamblet, 1706, June 22 ; married 
second, Ruth Wyman. 

3. Samuel (3) married first, Mary Wright; 1708, May 3; married 
second, Elizabeth Johnson ; 1786, September 26. 

4. Sarah (3) unmarried; 1 709, January 9-10 ; 1 723. September 21. 

5. Joseph (3) married first, Abigail Nourse ; 1 7 13. December 1 ; 
married second, Hannah Gragg ; married third, Mary Ladd. 

6. Phebe (3) married John Durant ; 1714-15, January 25. 

7. Mary (3) married Benj. Durant; 1716, December 27. 

8. Jacob (3) married Mary Eames ; 1718; November 10. 

9. Abigail [3] married Henry Baldwin ; 1720, November 5. 

10. Sarah [3] married first, Jonathan Morgan ; 1 724, November 9 ; 
married second, Josiah Hamblet.* 

The four sons above named of the third generation settled, lived 
to a good old age, and died, in the westerly part of Pelham, namely : 
John [3] lived on the west side of Gumpus brook, where the 
.Messrs. Seavys afterward lived. Samuel [3], first on the Spofford 
farm of the garrisoned town, and in 1747, removed to the foot of 
Jeremy's hill on the farm afterwards owned by Phineas Butler. 
Joseph [3] at the north-west corner of the town, at the mills after- 
ward owned by Nehemiah Butler, his grandson ; and Jacob [3], on the 
homestead, owning the mills on Gumpus brook, near the outlet from 
the pond of the same name. 

The death of Sarah [3] was caused by a beard of rye getting into 
her nose. This was the first death in the town, and she was buried 
in the Gumpus yard — its first grave — and around this mound the, 
from time to time, new graves were dug, until all the original settlers 
and their children and grand-children were buried in this quiet spot, 
where beloved Sarah was the first to be laid. Many years ago a 
small stone with Sarah engraved upon it designated the spot, but it 
has since crumbled, and there is nothing to distinguish the grave 
from many others where the stones are gone. 

1. Elizabeth [3], eldest child of Deacon John Butler, who married 
Ephraim Cummings, lived on the Pelham road on the south side of 

* The above register is from town records ofWoburn, and other reliable 


Bush hill ; he was son of Thomas Cummings. They had seven chil- 
dren, three sons and four daughters who lived to be married. 

2. John Butler [3], second child of Dea. John Butler, married 
first, Mary Hamblet ; married second, Ruth Wyman, November 22, 
1753 ; having two daughters and four sons by Mary, and one daughter 
and one son by Ruth. 

In the assessment list of Nottingham West of 1 741, he is styled 
Capt. John Butler. He had the south part of his father's farm, and 
built a house and lived west of the Mammoth or Gumpus road. 
This farm was divided in the next generation. Nathan [4] the third 
child having the homestead, and John [4] the second child the 
eastern part of the farm, and built a house on or near the spot where 
Asa G. Butler recently lived. 

John [4] and Nathan [4] wore the breeches of a proceeding 
generation with silver knee buckles. Nathan was known as Capt. 
Nathan Butler, and it is said worked up his men in his company to 
such enthusiasm that almost every man appeared on parade in 
uniform. Nathan held the rank of Ensign in the Revolutionary 
army, and was also a militia officer at that time. 

David [4], fourth child, married Rebekah Chase of Nottingham 
West, June 20, 1772 ; was a militia officer and soldier in the Revolu- 
tion ; he was a member of the General Assembly of New Hampshire 
from Pelham, 1780, 1781. He had five sons and three daughters. 

David, Jr. (5), his son, of Pelham, was Major, Eighth Regiment, 
N. H. militia, 182 1 ; Lieutenant-Colonel, Eighth Regiment, N. H. 
militia, Third Brigade, 1822, 1823 ; Colonel, Eighth Regiment, N. H. 
militia, Third Brigade, 1824, 1825. 

George S. Butler, president of the day, is a descendant of John 
Butler [3]. 
James E. Butler is also a descendant of John Butler. 

Samuel Butler (3), third child of Deacon John married, first, Mary 
Wright. Married second, Elizabeth Johnson, June 23, 1766. They 
had three sons and three daughters. 

He was one of the ten original members of the church in Pelham, 
which was formed November 13, 1751. He received the north part 
of his fathers farm, afterward known as the Spofford farm, sixty years 
ago owned and occupied by Dudley Spofford. Samuel leaving and 
selling the Spofford farm, bought one half of the "thousand acres" 
then known as the Kimball farm, and occupied the part where William 
W. Butler now lives, his house being near "Jeremy's" hill west of the 
present homestead. 


Dr. John Mussey, married his youngest daughter Bulah. He was 
a distinguished physician and member of the committee of safety, 
1777. Their fifth child was Dr. Reuben Dimond Mussey, who estab- 
lished a world-wide reputation, even as a student and performed 
wonders in surgery ; was a student in Philadelphia and Europe ; grad- 
uate of Dartmouth College, 1803, M. D., L. L. D., professor at Dart- 
mouth, etc. Gen. R. D. Mussey of Washisgton, D. C, is a son of 
Dr. Reuben and grand-son of Dr. John mussey and Bulah Butler. 

Caleb Butler (5) son of Caleb (4), and grand son of Samuel (3) 
was the distinguished antiquarian, historian and surveyor of Groton, 
Mass. Graduate Dartmouth College 1800 ; preceptor of the Academy 
at Groton, Mass. ; town clerk Groton ; postmaster ; member of the 
bar; author, "Some accounts of Dea. John Butler of Pelham, N. H., 
and his descendants, 1849 " ; " History of Groton (including Pepperell 
and Shirley,)" and other works ; chairman of the Middlesex county 
commissioners fifteen years ; trustee of the academy at Groton twenty- 
nine years, and other offices of trust. He was father of the distin- 
guished teacher Miss Clarissa Butler of Groton, Mass., and Frances 
Butler who married Hon. Francis Brooks of Boston, Mass. 

Rev. Calvin Butler (6), M. A., Graduate Dartmouth College, 
1834 ; son of Samuel (5) ; grand son of Caleb (4), and great grand- 
son of Samuel (3). He has devoted his long and useful life to the 
ministry and educational interests of Massachusetts, Vermont , New 
Hampshire, New York and New Jersey. No brief sketch here will 
do him justice. 

William Wyman Butler and Fred. A. Cutler are descendants of 
Samuel (3). 

5. Lieutenant Joseph Butler (3), was fifth child of Deacon John 

Married first, Abigail Nourse, had one child. 

Married second, Hannah Gragg, had two children. 

Married third, Mary Ladd of Haverhill, Mass., november thirtieth, 
1754, had nine children. 

Had in all twelve children. 

He was born in Woburn 1 713, and died in Pelham, aged nearly 
100. His tenth child James, who died of consumption, being buried 
the same day with him. 

Abigail, first child of Lieut. Joseph, married Joseph Wilson, of Dra- 
cut, Mass. 

Nehemiah (4), second child of Lieut. Joseph, succeeded his father 



the ownership of " Butler's Mills," now owned and run by his direct 
descendant Wra. Gregg (7) Butler who is grand son of Nehemiah Jr., 
(5) and son of Asa Davis (6), who each one in succession owned and 
operated the mills from Lieut. Joseph (3). 

Hon. Josiah Butler (5) of Deerfield, N. H., was fifth child of Neh- 
emiah (4) . He was a member of the bar and sheriff of Rockingham 
county ; Judge Court Common Pleas, representative to Congress 181 7, 

Gideon Butler, third child of Lieut. Joseph Butler, was a noted 
soldier of the Continental army, and many incidents in his army caree r 
are handed down in the family. His widow recived a pension. He 
lived most of his life in east part of Nottingham West, where he died. 

Molly Butler, fourth child of Lieut. Joseph, married Timothy Ladd 
and removed to Dunbar ton, N. H. 

Jesse Butler, fourth child of Lieut. Joseph Butler, who was father of 
my mother, Roxanna Butler, was given a farm near the Nottingham 
west and Pelham line. He married first, Molly Greeley. His second 


child by this marrige was Hon. Moody Butler of Greenfield and Ben- 
nington, N. H. He married second, Mehitable Duty — my mother's 

Dr. Thaddeus Butler, sixth child of Lieut. Joseph, was a physician 
of Pelham, N. H. He testified before the committee, of safety during 
the Revolutionary war, against the tories. 

Hannah Butler seventh child of Lieut. Joseph, married George 
Tallant, lived and died in Pelham. 

Dr. Elijah Butler was ninth child of Lieut. Joseph, was a well 
known physician in the latter part of the last century at Weare, N. H. 
His grand son * John Butler Smith, is a prominent merchant and man- 
ufacturer of Hillsboro county 

Lieut. Joseph, owned a large amount of land in the north-west cor. 
ner of Pelham and Nottingham West. He built the mills called But- 
ler's Mills. His homestead was opposite the mills, the common being 
between. His third wife, Mary Ladd, was a true Christian of liberal 
mind, and died at the advanced age of ninety-four, beloved by all. 

Phebe Butler [3], sixth child of Deacon John Butler, married John 
Durant of Billerica, Mass. They had nine children. 

Mary Butler [3], seventh child of Deacon John Butler, married 
Benjamin Durant of Bilierica, Mass. He was brother of John, who 
married Phebe Butler and were both sons of Thomas of Billerica. 

Hon. John Butler Smith, member Governor's Council, N. H., 1887. 


They had four children. Their second child Phebe [4], married 
Daniel Stevens of Chelmsford, Mass., whose son Daniel was father of 
George Stevens, Esq., of Lowell. 

Jacob Butler [3], eighth child of Deacon John Butler, married 
Mary Eames. They had six children. 

Jacob, Jr., [4], the eldest son, lived west of the old homestead of 
the Butler's, near Gumpus brook, and owned a set of mills there, and 
at one time considerable business centered there. In this immediate 
vicinity lived Dr. Aaron Grosvenor. 

Jacob Butler, Jr., represented Salem and Pelham in the Provincial 
Congress, held at Portsmouth, May 14, 1775. A delegate from Pel- 
ham to the second constitutional convention, April 6, 1781 ; member 
of the general assembly, June 18, 1783. 

Jacob, [3] Jr's., second child Daniel [4], was father of Belinda 
Butler, who was mother of Judge Samuel P. Hadley of Lowell, and 
Belinda Hadley who married Paul Hill, Esq., of Lowell. 

Mary [4], third child of Jacob, Jr., [3], married Hon. Joseph B. 
Varnum, of Dracut, Mass., brother of Major Gen. James M. Varnum, 
who was a distinguished general in the Revolutionary army, and was 
with Washington in that memorable campaign at Valley Forge. 

Hon. Joseph B. Varnum was an officer in the militia in Middlesex 
county when quite young, and was in service during the Revolutionary 
war ; member of the House of Representatives and Senate, and 
speaker of the House of Representatives, Mass. ; representative in 
Congress from Middlesex district twelve years, from 1792 ; speaker of 
the U. S. House of Representatives, [being the first speaker chosen 
from Mass.] and chosen U. S. Senator from Mass., for six years ; 
Major-General of the Militia for county of Middlesex. 

Phebe Butler [4], fifth child of Jacob Butler [3] married 
Jonathan [4] Butler, sixth child of Jacob [3] Butler, inherited 
the old homestead and left it to his son Eliphalet [5 J, a popular man 
and a very popular military officer or captain. Thus the old home- 
stead descended in the line of the youngest sons. 

Abigail Butler [3], ninth child of Deacon John Butler, married 
Henry Baldwin, of Nottingham West and Pelham. Henry Baldwin, 
born in VVoburn, Mass., removed when a child with his father, Capt. 
Henry Baldwin to Nottingham West, that part afterward Pelham. He 
was the heaviest tax-payer in Nottingham West [ John Butler being 
the second heaviest ] and is styled gentleman in all records. He 
removed soon after his marriage to Shrewsbury, Mass., and had ten 

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Wm. Henry Baldwin, President Boston Young Men's Christian 
Union, is a great grand child of Henry and Abigail Baldwin, and also 
Judge Henry Baldwin of the municipal court Boston ; graduate Yale, 
1854; Havard Law school 1857; member House Representatives, 
Mass., 1861 to 1874. 

Sarah [3] Butler, tenth child of Dea. John Butler, married first Jon- 
athan Morgan and had three children ; married second Tosiah Ham- 
blet and had two children. Jonathan Morgan was a private in Capt. 
Jesse Wilson's company ; Col. Moses Nichol's regiment; Gen. Stark's 

Deacon John Butler's farm is now owned by the heirs of John Gage, 
two sons, Eliphalet Butler Gage of Tombstone, Arizona ; George N. 
Gage of Charleston, 111. ; Mrs. Alice M. Gage of Lowell, widow of 
Clarence N. Gage [son of John], and their son Arthur N. Gage. 

I thank you for your attention and congratulate you on having such 
a beautiful day for our celebration. 

At the conclusion of the address, "To Thee, O Country " \_Eich- 
berg] was sung by the chorus. 

The president then announced that Frederic Paul Hill of Billerica, 
a lineal descendant of Deacon John Butler, of the fifth generation, and 
poet of the occasion, was unable to be present ; introduced his sister 
Miss Mabel Hill, who read the poem in a very effective manner : 


Written for the Butler Family Reunion, Wednesday, June 9, 

1886, on the Dedication of the Monument to the Memory 

of Deacon John Butler, the First Settler of 

Pelham, N. H., 1721, 2. 

By Frederick Paul Hill, his Descendant in the Fifth Generation. 


When God of old led Judah to the land 

Long-promised, through the waste of sea and sand, 

He bade a cloud descend to lead the way — 

A pillar — fired at night by heaven's ray. 

And this because men's hearts were carnal, slow, 

And needed outward signs His power to know. 

But when, long ages past, He led again 
His chosen people from the bonds of men, 
Across the stormy sea, to freedom's shore, 
No cloudy column marked the way before ; 
No blazing shaft, against the dreary night. 
Betrayed His presence in their holy flight; 
But in each Pilgrims' breast a flame burned high 
That led them on beneath the wintry sky, 
With hope ascendant, toward the evening star. 
Faith's lofty column, shining bright and far! 
O Faith triumphant ! million souls have been 
Redeemed by thee from misery and sin. 
Thy glory made the martyr's crown a joy; 
Thy strength forbade the zealots' fire destroy ; 
Thy presence stilled the heavy heart to rest. 
Consoled the mourner, lifted the oppressed. 

Yet not in all the scenes of human ken. 
Since God first breathed His spirit upon men. 
Hath thy divinely -born, inspiring glow 
Arched in man's heart heaven's mystic promise-bow. 
As when, on God's most wondrous purpose bent. 
Thou led"st our fathers to this continent — 
A broad, fair land, a freshly virgin soil — 
Where purity and love should blend with toil 
To bid the desert blossom as the rose, 
And His great goodness to the race disclose. 

Oh not with mighty pomp and state they came. 
As Roman warriors marched to conquer fame ; 
Nor as the Greeks to cultivate the arts, 
And spread their commerce to the wilder parts ; 


Nor yet, as with the migrators of old, 
Who left their mountain lairs, rapacious, bold, 
To scourge the earth with wanton fire and blood, 
And wade in carnage as a deadly flood ; 
Nay, but they came with holy ardor pure 
To worship one in peace that should endure ; 
To build upon the new world's free swept sod, 
A home — an alter — to the Living God. 

And with these Puritans of thought and creed, 
Whose simple lives showed forth their truth, indeed, 
Stern honesty and virtue, love of right, 
The law's obedience, honor's sacred might- 
There came, like tender seeds that waft from far, 
And only grow where favoring breezes are, 
The germs of hopes, sweet aspirations, dreams, 
A people's longings, man's inherent gleams 
Of something grander, nobler for his race, 
A slow, sad groping for that better place. 
Where, freed, enlightened, every son of man 
Might grow to somewhat of his father's plan. 

O people of the long-since vanished past, 
From what bright realms of life's progression vast, 
Can ye look back to that God-given day 
When first the Mayflower entered Plymouth bay? 
Oh, can ye see the germs your vessel brought, 
Grown to those marvelous things your God hath wrought ? 
Then should your blessed lives with peace be crowned, 
A nation formed by ye — a heaven found. 

If, haply, those whom we call dead — 

Though far more truly living — 
Can come again to this world's stead, 

Receiving joy, and giving: 

How gladly, on this happy day, 

Must come joy's brimming measure 
To him, whose life so far away, 

Fills ours with kinships' pleasure! 
Our worthy ancestor, whose name 

We gather here to cherish ; 
The founder of this town, whose fame 

For ages shall not perish. 

First settler of these granite hills 
Whose forests bowed before thee, 

Receive our grateful love, that fills 
The blue sky round and o'er thee ! 

Look downward on these verdant fields. 
Strewn with June's fairest flowers, 

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And take the joy our reverence yields 
In these few precious hours ; 

For we have cause to tender thee 

All that we may of beauty 
Of heart and deed, to render thee 

Our unaffected duty. 

We know but little of our sire 

To tell in song or story ; 
He was no lord, knight or esquire 

Of chivalry's vain glory ; 

Nor sculptor's nor painter's art 

Has kept his manly being 
Intact for centuries apart 

For our delightful seeing. 

But what of that ? The inner man 

Lives yet within our vision ; 
The sturdy, fearless Puritan, 

Undaunted by derision. 

Unheeding savage beast and foe, 

Dark nature's frown or omen. 
He sought this home for weal or woe, 

One of God's honest yeomen. 

And faithful as his conscience saw — 
The light from heaven's beacon, 

He lived and died in duty's law — 
An honored Christian deacon. 

A prouder title, nobler won, 
Than grand armorial bearing; 

God's blazon for a life well done, 
In his good service sharing. 

We see him as he hither came 

From Woburn's pleasant valley, 
And scanned the hills, unknown by name, 

Whence lurking foes might sally. 
We see the rude stockaded fort ; 

The humble, log-built dwelling; 
His children playing by the port; 

His fields with labor swelling; 

The leaping of the meadow rill : 

The pond in higher reaches; 
Their waters tamed to turn his mill. 

As art o'er nature teaches. 
The planting of his orchard trees ; 

The town's fast-coming people ; 
The school-house in the sunny breeze ; 

The upward-pointing steeple! 


We know his hand delighted here 

To help all good in growing; 
That, with his Celtic nature clear, 

He followed God's free showing. 
Content to strive for ampler good, 

To trust the larger future, 
Hoping for fuller manlihood 

Reared of New England nurture. 


We meet to-day to venerate our sire. 

It is most just. The past should us inspire; 

And it is well amid life's toil to pause 

And contemplate again those primal laws 

Which gave our fathers courage; to review 

Their trials and their victories ; and anew 

To consecrate ourselves to that same Word 

Whose faintest whisper conscience would have heard 

And heeded, not less than the trumpet tone 

That stirs the doubting heart from zone to zone. 

Thus shall we open wide our minds, and gain 
The wisdom sympathy bears in her train, 
And in her fairer, wider vision see 
The past, the present, and the yet-to-be. 

But, not with selfish thoughts, this stone we raise 
To show our family-father grateful praise. 
We rear this stone not to the honored sire 
So much as to the type of man, — a higher, 
More during honor, — to the Puritan. 
Staunch-hearted, undismayed by bar or ban. 
Whose faith o'ercame the elements, and bore 
Love, hope and liberty to this wild shore. 

Thus future generations here should keep 
This granite symbol of the just who sleep. 
O, friends and kindred gathered here to-day, 
What thought of coming-time to bear away 
Should be the poets gift? what but of hope? 
For by that power alone the heart can cope 
With all the vast complexities of life, 
Until the Angel Faith shall still the strife. 

There is no better way to bid her come. 
And make your hearts her sure-abiding home, 
Than to look backward through the misty years, 
And see the Mayflower's freight of cares and fears, 
Her throbbing pulses beating for the right, 
Her silent germs half hidden from the light, 
And then, with wonderment and praise behold 
Your country's glory, rising fold on fold, 

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Her mighty power, her proud, world-honored fame, 
Her people franchised in God's holy name. 
Thus, drawing promise from the past, believe; 
And for the present, God's good gifts receive ; 
Assured that years to come — the latter man 
Shall be a larger, freer, nobler Puritan. 

The President George S. Butler then read the following letters of 
regret, of invited guests, who were unable to be present : 


The State of New Hampshire : 

Executive Department, ) 

[State seal.] Concord, April 23, 1886. \ 

My Dear Sir. — I regret that other engagements will prevent me 
from being present at the dedication of the monument to Dea. 
Butler in your town June 9th. 

Please accept my thanks for your kind invitation and by best wishes 
that the event may prove a pleasant one. 

Very truly yours, 

George S. Butler, Esq., 

Chairman of Committee. 


Lowell, June 3, 1886. 

My Dear Mr. Butler. — I grieve much that I cannot be with you 

on the ninth. I am to be at Philadelphia on the seventh of June, 

where I began a case before the United States Court some time ago, 

which was put off because the judge's wife died. I regret much that 

I cannot take part in the dedication of the monument, but it is 

simply impossible. 

Very truly yours, 

To George S. Butler, Pelham, N. H. 




Nashua, N. H., May 25, 1886. 
My Dear Sir. — I thank you for the invitation to the dedication of 
the Butler monument. It would give me great satisfaction to meet 
with you on that occasion, but the precarious condition of my health 
will probably deprive me of the pleasure which the meeting of many 
friends could but afford me. With much personal regard, I am 

Sincerely yours, 



Washington, D. C,June 7, 1886. 

My Dear Sir. — I have delayed answering your very kind letter of 
the 4th ulto. until the last moment, in the hope that I might be able 
to accept your invitation. 

But it is no use. I must forego the pleasure and honor offered me 
and stay here at work. Were the work only for myself there would 
be no excuse ; but it is for others who have put their interests in my 
keeping. I enclose my subscription to the monument, hoping that 
some time I may see this memorial of an ancestor whose sturdy man- 
liness was transmitted to my father ; and that I may look upon the 
birth place of that father and into the faces of his and my kinsmen. 

Trusting that your meeting will be a success in every way, whether 
of interest or numbers or weather, and with my sincere thanks to the 
other members of the committee, and yourself for your courteous 
remembrance of me, and for having given me the opportunity to par- 
ticipate in the erection of the monument, 

I am yours sincerely, 




Windham, N. W.,June 7, 1886. 

Geo. S. Butler, Esq., President of the Butler Moiunnent Dedication 
Exercises : 
My Dear Sir — The very kind invitation of your committee and 
yourself, to be present at the dedication of the monument to Dea. 

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John Butler on the 9th inst., has been received. I now acknowledge 
to you, and by you to them, my high appreciation of your courtesy, 
and my deep regret that the pressure of other duties will prevent my 
being with you, otherwise than in spirit. In olden time he who 
founded a city was considered worthy of all praise. In how much 
more honor should he be entitled who founded a home for himself 
and his descendants for many generations, and also for a free and 
intelligent community in the American wilderness. We erect monu- 
ments to those who defended the consolidated communities, which 
made the nation. We deck their graves with the brightest, sweetest 
flowers of sun and air. Then unvail the monument in honor of the 
pioneer settler of Pelham, the founder of one of the little republics 
of New Hampshire. 

May the memory of whom he was and what he did stimulate his 
descendants and the people of the town he founded to continued 
and increased efforts in behalf of all which enobles and elevates 

With kindest wishes for you, and the committee associated with 
you, I remain, 

Yours faithfully, 


The exercises were closed by singing Mozart's Twelfth Mass by the 
chorus, and benediction by the pastor. 

The company then adjourned to the town hall, where the two large 
halls on first and second floors were filled with long tables, covered 
with white, and bountifully loaded with every variety of food, and 
fragrant flowers tastefully arranged on all the tables. 

On the walls were life-size oil paintings of Gen. Samuel Richard- 
son and Gen. Joshua Atwood, distinguished citizens of the town in 
their life time. 

After the large company were seated, President Butler called the 
company to order and called upon Rev. Calvin Butler, of Schenectady, 
N. Y., to invoke the Divine blessing. 

When the dinner was over, which was partaken of by at least 800 
persons, citizens and invited guests gathered in the square and listened 
to remarks, appropriate to the occasion, by Judge Samuel P. Iladley, 
of Lowell; Rev. Calvin Butler, of Schenectady, N. Y. ; James S. 
Russell, Esq., of Lowell; Hon. Francis Brooks, of Boston ; William 

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H. Anderson, Esq., of Lowell ; Kimball Webster, Esq., of Hudson ; 
John F. Tyler, Esq., of Boston ; Alexis Proctor, Esq., of Franklin, 
N.H. ; Rev. Augustus Berry, of Pelham. 


Judge Hadley delivered a brief address, the substance being as 
follows : 

In it he pointed out the true worth of birth and ancestry, as incen- 
tives to great and good deeds, " and not as the title deeds to sloth," 
to quote from Claude Melnotte. He paid a warm tribute to the 
true essence of Puritan character, and pointed out its influence 
upon the history of England and America. Of that character Dea. 
John Butler was a type. The very characteristics which were the 
subject of the jests and taunts of licentious courtiers of Charles II, and 
which have been caught up by the haters of New England at the 
present day, were the qualities essential to secure the triumph of the 
perilous enterprise of the development of the New World. Speaking 
of the reasons which the Butlers might have for family pride, Judge 
Hadley paid an eloquent tribute to the services and abilities of Gen. 
Benj. F. Butler, whom he called " one of the most accomplished and 

brilliant men of the age." 


After giving humorous origin of the Butlers, from the time of 
Phoroah in Egypt, he said : 

It is the order of the day to honor the Butler name ; my mother 
was a Butler ; her father Joseph Butler, Jr., of Concord, Mass., was 
in the Concord fight and battle of Bunker Hill ; as a private, eighteen 
years of age, and perished in the war. His father Joseph Butler, Sen., 
was in the Concord fight, and was captain in battle of Bunker Hill. 
Capt. Butler kept tavern at Concord, Sudbury and Framingham ; and in 
those times, no man could keep tavern without an endorsement of 
character from the selectmen. His father John Butler, was a military 
man, commissioned by Governor Dudley to raise a regiment against 
Canada. You have presented a worthy example for other towns to 
follow, for every town has had its pioneer settler, who waged a hand 
to hand fight with the forest, the wild beast, and the more savage wild 


men. They merit all honor from their descendants, and it is pleasant 
to behold this evidence that the Butler family and the town of Pelham 
hold their ancestor in grateful remembrance. Monuments erected in 
honor of the early settlers, who started our country on its noble career 
should not suffer in comparison with those in honor of the soldiers, 
who saved our country in its hour of peril and danger. 

The other addresses were not reported, and we are unable to give 

Taken altogether the day was the greatest in the annals of Pelham, 
many of her sons and daughters coming from distant places to take 
part, and to renew their fealty to the town of their nativity. 

The citizens of the town fairly out-done themselves in their old- 
fashioned hospitality, and extended a welcome to the strangers which 
surprised them by its heartiness. 

The exercises of the day were most admirably arranged, and every 
part of the arrangements passed off without the least friction. 




Note. — This list includes all the subscriptions collected by the Butler committee, and expended 

by them for Monument, fence, and expenses of dedication. The dinner was furnished by the 
towns people. 

Henry A. May, Boston, Mass $5 00 

Luther Butler, -> 

r^ r> tj ti >■ Haverhill, N. II s 00 

Geo. C. Butler, / -> 

Mrs. Frances Brooks, Boston, Mass 40 00 

Frederic A. Cutler, Pelham, N. H 9 22 

Charles W. Butler, Lowell, Mass 5 00 

H. A. Brown, Lowell, Mass 10 00 

Win. G. Butler, Pelham, N. H 9 22 

Mrs. Asa D. Butler, Pelham, N. H 5 00 

Jonathan B. Greeley, Pelham, N. H 5 00 

George S. Butler, Pelham, N. H 9 22 

William W. Butler, Pelham, N. II 9 22 

George M. Coburn, Lowell, Mass 75° 

George C. Butler, Pelham, N. H 10 00 

Mrs. D. Caroline Griffin, Pelham, N. H. 2 50 

Mrs. Nancy Gould, Pelham, N. H 2 50 

Judge Samuel P. Hadley, Lowell, Mass 10 00 

Mrs. Belinda B. Hadley, Lowell, Mass. 10 00 

Mary A. Hall, M. D., Lowell, Mass 3 00 

Frank E. Butler, Lowell, Mass 5 00 

James E. Butler, Pelham, N. H 5 00 

James Barker, Windham, N. H 1 00 

A. L. Barker, Windham, N. H 1 00 

Jason Worcester, Pelham, N. H 2 00 

Freeman H. Butler, Lowell, Mass 2 00 

Elbridge O. Butler, Lawrence, Mass 5 00 

H. L. Peters, Lawrence, Mass 5 00 

Henry F. Butler, Philadelphia, Penn 2 00 

Benjamin Butler, Rutherford, N. J 2 00 

Paul Butler, Lowell, Mass 5 00 

Emma A. Atwood, Pelham, N. H 2 00 

Isaac Hill, Dracut, Mass 2 00 


Mrs. Isaac N. Smith, Hudson, N. H. $2 oO 

Caleb P.Butler,-, 

T u xj r> n > Minot, Me 5 oo 

John H. Butler, J 

Mrs. Bessie A. Farwell, Somerville, Mass io oo 

Kimball J. Chaplin, Pelham, N. H i oo 

Rev. Calvin Butler, Schenectady, N. Y i oo 

Ely Hamblet, Hudson, N. H i oo 

T. W. Pierce, Nashua, N. H 2 oo 

David Roby, Nashua, N. H I oo 

Mrs. S. J. Proctor, Nashua, N. H 5 oo 

Mrs. Moses Spoftbrd, Pelham, N.H I oo 

Mrs. Clara Spear, Pelham, N. H i oo 

John Wilson, Pelham. N. H 2 oo 

Charles Wheeler, Lowell, Mass 25 00 

Granville B. Currier, Pelham, N. H. 3 °° 

Wanly O. Butler, Mansfield, Mass. . 2 00 

Butler Bro's, New York City. 10 00 

Family of John Gage, 50 00 

Josiah Butler, Lowell, Mass ■ 3° °° 

Otis D. Spofford, Lowell, Mass 1 00 

Charles Barker, Windham, N. H 1 00 

John C. Gage, Kansas City. 10 00 

James H. Butler, Hillsborough, N. H 1 00 

Frank H. Butler, Nottingham, N. H 1 00 

David Webster, Pelham, N. H 1 00 

D. H. Butler, Indianapolis, Ind 2 00 

John Tarbox, Pelham, N.H 1 00 

Silas T. Chaplin, Lowell, Mass 1 00 

Wiseman Chaplin, Lowell, Mass 1 00 

Mrs. Solomon Barker, Pelham, N.H 1 00 

Mrs. Edward Tucke, Lowell, Mass 5 00 

John W. G. Parker, Lowell, Mass 10 00 

John Butler Smith, Boston, Mass. 10 00 

Charles H. Cutler, Lowell, Mass 2 50 

Mrs. George A. G. Richardson, Dracut, Mass < • 2 50 

Charles Butler, Boston, Mass 2 00 

Ezekiel C. Gage, Pelham, N. II 1 00 

Walter Ellingwood, Pelham, N.H . 1 00 

Reuben D. Muzzy, Washington, D. C 5 °° 

Charles H. Burtt, Lowell, Mass 5 °° 

Joseph W. Dinsmore, Windham, N. II 2 00 

Isaiah W. Hazetine, Windham, N. II 1 00 

Benj. F. Butler, Pentacook, N. II 5 00 

George D. Butler, Montpelier, Vt 5 °o 

Charles M. Durant, Billerica, Mass 2 00 

Mrs. Charlotte B. Gregg, Schenectady, N. Y 1 00 

Mrs. Thurza A. Harlow, Alleghany, Pa 2 00 

David Gage, Cherokee Flat, Cal 5 °° 


Mrs. Alexis Proctor, Franklin, N. H 5 00 

A. S. Andrews, Hudson, N. H 1 00 

Rev. Eber R. Butler, Boston, Mass 5 00 

Enoch Butler, Methuen, Mass. . • 2 00 

Francis Gould Butler, Farmington, Me 5 00 

J. S. Howe, Methuen, Mass 5 00 

James M. Butler, Hudson, N. H 1 00 

Albert Butler, Nashua, N. H 1 00 

Charles Stacey, Pelham, N. H 1 00 

Edward Pierce, Nashua, N. H 1 00 

George T. Gowing, Hudson, N. H 1 00 

Clifton Hill, Hudson, N. H 1 00 

Henry Butler, Hudson, N. H 2 00 

Joel Butler, Haverhill, Mass 2 00 

Davis Butler, Deny, N. H 1 00 

D. W. C. Butler, Nottingham, N. H 2 00 

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