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Nicholas BUTLER

Male 1595 - 1671  (~ 76 years)


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  • Name Nicholas BUTLER 
    Born Between 1590/1595  Ashford, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Aug 1671  Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • “For sixteen years prior to his settlement on the Vineyard, about 1651 or 1652, Nicholas Butler had resided at Dorchester, Mass., whither he emigrated in 1636 from England.

      Nicholas is first mentioned in the records under date of May 8, 1653, when he participated in one of the divisions of land. Two years prior to that, on Oct. 15, 1651, he had made his "well-beloved sonne John Butler" his attorney to collect and ppay debts, which may be the most probable indication of the time of his leaving Dorchester and entrusting the settlement of his affairs there to his son. When he came to the Vineyard, he was well into middle life. Though the date of his birth is not known, vet the knowledge existing of his children's ages enables us to proximately fix his birth about the years 1595 - 1600, and his age at fifty-five when he took up his residence at Edgartown. That he was a man considerably above the social average is shown by the number of his servants, the fact that his son Henry was a graduate of Harvard College (class of 1651),and this standing was at once recognized in his new home, for he became in 1653 one of the "five men to end controversies," that is magistrate. The next year he was again chosen and in 1655 he was re-elected and called "Assistant" to the chief magistrate. In all the records he is called Mr. Butler or Mr. Nicholas Butler, a use of which prefix is distinctive. In December, 1661, he was fined for absence from town meeting and "for Going away Disorderly." Beyond the usual duty on juries and an occasional trivial litigation his name does not further appear upon the town records.

      His homestead lot was near Swimming Place Point, and consisted of twenty acres. Nicholas Butler died Aug. 13, 1671, the day after his will was made.”

      “A biographical sketch of Mr. NICHOLAS BUTLER, the first of his name on the Vineyard, may be read in Vol. II Annals of E., pp. 54-58, but important information concerning his English homes and marriages has been obtained by the author and is herere set down to complete the story of his earlier life and connections in England. He m. (1) at St. George's, Canterbury, MARY COTTERELL 18 July 1613, who d. in Aug. 1623 at Ashford, Kent, where he had resided for several years, His parentage and previous place of residence is not known. He m. (2) JOYCE BAKER, dau. of Richard and Margaret Baker of Ashford 22 Jan. 1623-4, who was bapt. 30 May 1602. Her father was a miller of Ashford and the family had resided in Kent for many generations. By these two marriages he had the following named children, but only those by the second wife survived and are the ancestors of American descendants of Nicholas Butler:

      By First Wife:

      3. LYDIA, b._____; bur. 24 July 1625.
      4. MARY, bapt. 30 June 1622; bur. 11 July 1622.
      5. MARY, bapt. 24 Aug. 1623; d. y.

      By Second Wife:

      6. JOHN, bapt. 2.Jan. 1624-5.
      7. HENRY, bapt. 7 Sept. 1826; grad. H. C. 1651; taught school Dorchester until 1656 when he returned to England and became dissenting preacher at Dorchester, Co. Dorset and Yeovil. Co. Somerset. His last service, after many persecutions and imprisonments, was at Witham Friary, Somerset, where he d. and was bur. 28 Apr. 1696. He m. ANNE, dau. of Thomas and Avis (Abbott) Bishop of Bridgeport, Dorset 9 Mch. 1655 at Dorchester, Mass. She was bapt. 22 Oct. 1616 and had m. (1) John Holman of Dorchester. She was a widow with five children when she m. Henry Butler and eight years his senior. She d. prior to Aug. 1673 and he m. (2) MARY _____. His last words were these: "A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise." (Calamy, Ejected Ministers, 11, 611; Comp. Mass. Arch. XV. 78; Suffolk Deeds, IX. 46; Dorchester Records, 309, 313, 316). His will names the following children and grandchildren:

      I. JOHN, b. abt. 1655 and had HESTER, JOHN, JUDITH and NATHANIEL.
      II. NATHANIEL, b. abt. 1657; m. SARAH DANIEL of Yeovil 1677 and had HENRY, ANNE, SARAH and HANNAH. Descendants of this line are known to reside in England at the present time.
      III. HAYNE, b. abt. 1660 and had HANNAH, ROBERT, ELIZABETH and JEREMIAH.
      IV. (Daughter), b. abt. 1662; m. MARSHALL.

      8. LYDIA, bapt. 23 Feb. 1628-9; m. JOHN MINOT 19 May 1647; she d. 25 Jan 1667, and an elegy on her death was printed (see Minot Genealogy p. 12).
      9. THOMAS, bapt. 28 Aug. 1631; bur. 24 Sept. 1631.”««s35»», ««s41»», ««s41»» [1, 2]
    Person ID I8622  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 12 May 2019 

    Family 1 Mary COTTERELL,   d. Aug 1623, Ashford, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 12 May 2019 
    Family ID F3051  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Joyce BAKER,   b. May 1602, Ashford, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1680, Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married 22 Jan 1623  Ashford, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John BUTLER,   b. 2 Jan 1624, Dorset Co., England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1658, Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     2. Henry BUTLER
     3. Lydia BUTLER,   d. 25 Jan 1667
     4. Thomas BUTLER
    Last Modified 12 May 2019 
    Family ID F3032  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Between 1590/1595 - Ashford, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Jan 1623 - Ashford, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Aug 1671 - Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S35] The History of Martha’s Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts., Banks, Charles., (Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society, 1911. 3 v.).

    2. [S41] Graham Gibby’s Ancestry (pafn32)., Gibby, Graham.