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continued to reside in Nottingham and held
the office of justice of the peace until his
death. He married Dorcas, born May 11,
1729, died April 19, 1789, daughter of Henry
and Mary (Platts) Abbot, and a descendant
of George Abbot, who emigrated from York-
shire, England, about 1640, lived for some
years in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and was one
of the first settlers of Andover in 1643. He
was a proprietor and lived and died on the
farm now owned by John Abbot. The chil-
dren of Rev. Benjamin and Dorcas (Abl)ot)
Butler were: Htnry, Benjamin, Benjamin,
Mary, Elizabeth, Dorcas, Jemima and James
Platts. The famous General Benjamin F.
Butler was a nephew of Rev. Benjamin, and
Hon. James H. Butler, of Nottingham, and
General James H. Butler, of Bangor, ]\Iaine,
are aniong his grandsons.

(II) General Henry, eldest child of Rev.
Benjamin and Dorcas (Abbot) Butler, was
born November 27, 1754, died July 20, 1813.
He served during the war of the revolution,
was afterward major-general in the militia,
justice of the peace, and in 1810 was a mem-
ber of the state legislature. He married (first)
April II, 1776, Isabella Fisk, born August 2,
1757, died in January, 1808. They had chil-
dren : Isabella, Benjamin, Ebenezer, Henry
Jr., Sarah Cotta, Dorcas, Ward Cotta and
Samuel Abbot. Ebenezer lived on the square,
kept a tavern, and was a member of the legis-
lature. His son, James Henry, succeeded his
father on the homestead and was a representa-
tive for the town in 1842-43 ; in the militia he
served as aide to Major-General Pillsbury and
also to Major-General Gale, and in 1852 was
appointed associate justice of the court of
common pleas for Rockingham county, holding
this office until the form of the court was
changed. General Butler married (second)
March 22, 1810, Ruth Parsons.

(III) Henry (2), third son and fourth
child of General Henry (i) and Isabella
(Fisk) Butler, was born June 30, 1783, and
lived at first in the square, later removing to
Maine. He married (first) October i, 1808,
Abigail Ford, by whom he had children : Isa-
bella Fisk, Elizabeth Norris, Mehetable Ford,
Sarah Ann. Abigail Ford and Harriet. Mrs.
Butler died June 7, 1817, and Henry Butler
married (second) March 12, 1818, Nancy
Hersey, and by this union had children : Mary
Frances, Henry Abbot, Calven Luther, Har-
rison Hersey, Jacob Tilton and James Harri-

(IV) General James Harrison, son of
Henry (2) and Nancy (Hersey) Butler, was



born in Athens, Maine, May 24, 1830. Ac-
quired his education in the common schools
and Newport Academ.v. Me was clerk m
Bangor postoffice at the age of sixteen, after-
ward was clerk in a hardware store in Boston
two years, came back to Bangor and engaged
in the hardware business there. A few years
later the .Market Bank was organized, and he
w^as appointed its first cashier, performing
these duties until obliged to resign on account
of failing health. In 1859 he was appointed
lieutenant-colonel of the militia by Governor
Lot M. Morrill. He was elected by the legis-
lature major-general of the first division of
the state militia, 1861. under the administra-
tion of Israel Washburn Jr., and was active
in recruiting, forming and forwarding rein-
forcements during the late war. In June, 1863,
he bought the "farm known as the Captain
Wheeler place, of the late ^Ir. H. Willey, and
moved to Hampden, Maine. He represented
Hampden and \^eazie in the legislature of
1872. was elected treasurer and collector of
Hampden in 1888-89-90. He was a prominent
Mason and became a member of Rising Virtue
Lodge, F. and A. M., of Bangor, in 1853;
also a charter member of St. Andrews Lodge ;
Royal Arch, Mount i\Ioriah Chapter, 1855;
Knight Templar, St. John's Encampment,
1865. Since residing in Hampden he took
an active part in Mystic Lodge, F. and A. J\L,
in the councils of which he was much missed.
When the board of trustees of the Academy
was reorganized in 1886, he was chosen presi-
dent and has taken an earnest and active
part in every undertaking which contributed
to the prosperity and advancement of its in-
terests. He died in La Fayette, Indiana, in
1901. He married, June 22, 1852, Fannie M.
Crosby, daughter of the late Timothy Crosby,
of Bangor. Their children were: i. Mary
F., born August 2, 1854, married Professor
A. E. Rogers, of Orono, Maine, November
25, 1880, died May 17, 1886. 2. Maria
Crosby, March 12, 1856, died July 13, 1856.
3. Frederick Haywood, July 30, 1858, married
Blandina D. Atwood, of Hampden, October 29,
1888, died March 6, 1901. 4. Timothy Crosby,
July 15. 1862, died March 5, 1878. 5. Harry,
May 14, 1868.

(V) Harry, son of James II. and Fannie M.
(Crosby) Butler, was born in Hampden,
Maine, May 14, 1868. He was educated in
the local schools, the Hampden Academy, and
was graduated from the University of Maine
with the degree of Bachelor of Science in
1888. He was then engaged in teaching in the
Hampden Acadcmj' for three years, entered

the medical school of the University of Penn-
sylvania, being graduated in 1895. After
serving for a year in hospitals he began the
practice of his profession in Bangor, Maine,
and has followed this successfully up to the
present time, making a specialty of eye, ear
and throat diseases. He is a member of the
American Medical and Maine Medical asso-
ciations, president of the Penobscot County
Medical Association, 1908, and is affiliated
fraternally with the St. Andrews Lodge, No.
83, Free and Accepted Masons, and Mount
Moriah Chapter, No. 6, Royal Arch Masons.
He is a member of the Tarraline and Madaca-
wando Clubs. Dr. Butler married, August 25,
1897, Caroline C, daughter of Dr. L. Norris,
of Hampden, and they have two children :
Harry, born July 12, 1898, and Theodore
Herrick, .\ugust 27, 1902.

The family herein traced may
BUTLER have been connected with the

previous one founded by James
Butler, of -Lancaster, Massachusetts, but im-
perfect records render it impossible to make
this certain. The family tradition makes the
progenitor John Butler, who came to .A.merica
from the Island of Guernsey, England, with
his sons Philip and John, settling on Cape
Ann. The inconsistency of tradition is illus-
trated by the fact that this same account makes
his wife come to this country when young and
settle in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The follow-
ing at least is certain.

(1) John Butler resided in Newbury, Mas-
sachusetts, and was a ship carpenter, living at
Cape Ann. His wife, Hannah (Heard) But-
ler, had the following descent:

(i) Edmund Heard, of Claxton, county
Norfolk, England, married Sarah Wyatt, of
Assington, England.

(2) Luke, son of Edmund and Sarah
(Wvatt) Heard, came to Massachusetts, lo-
cating first in Newbury, whence he removed to
Salisbury, and thence to Ipswich, where he
died in 1647, leaving two sons, John and Ed-

(3) Edmund (2), son of Luke Heard
settled in Ipswich and was married in 1672
to Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel Warner, and
they were the parents of six children.

(4) Nathaniel, son of Edmund (2) and
Elizabeth (Warner) Heard, was born Sep-
tember I, 1685, probably in Ipswich. He
married Agnes Hunt, the bans of their mar-
riage being published September 10, 1709, and
they were the parents of five children : John,
William, Elizabeth, Sarah and Hannah. The



last named became the wife of John Butler as
above noted. In 1756 John Butler conveyed
lands in Newbury, and in 1768 again deeded
lands. In 1752 he received a deed of land
from his widowed mother, Sarah Butler.

(II) John (2), son of John (i) and Han-
nah (Heard) Butler, was born 1751 in New-
bury and died in 1835. In 1789 he was re-
siding in Nottingham-west, now Hudson, New
Hampshire, and probably passed much of his
life in that town. He married Abigail Brown,
of Philadelphia, F'enns^lvania, who was born
1756 in Salisbury, Massachusetts, and died in
Newbury in 1830. Both were members of Dr.
Spring's Congregational church. They were
the parents of nine children, namely : John,
died in infancy ; Elizabeth, Hannah, Abigail,
Sarah Ann, John, Charles, Mary and Nathan-
iel. Only two of the sons grew to maturity,
John and Nathaniel.

(III) Rev. John (3), second son of John
(2) and Abigail (Brown) Butler, was born
April 13, 1789, in Nottingham-west. Before
he was fourteen years of age he experienced
religion, and his intention of entering the min-
istry was early formed. In 1806 he was bap-
tized and united with the Baptist church in
Newbury. In 1827-28 he delivered astro-
nomical lectures at many points in Maine, in-
cluding Wayne, Livermore, New Gloucester,
Bowdoinham, Mount Vernon, Fayette, Mon-
mouth and North Yarmouth. His active min-
isterial work covered a period of thirty-nine
years. His first pastorate was for the Baptist
church at Hanover, Massachusetts, from 1810
to 1824, being ordained at the age of twenty-
one years, first pastor of the church. In 1824
he removed to Waterville, Maine, where he
had charge of a school for one year, preach-
ing in various places during this *time and
baptizing sixty persons. He was installed as
pastor of the Baptist church at East Winthrop,
Maine, May i, 1825. For seven years he
lived in the parsonage attached to this par-
ish. From 1831 to 1837 he was settled at
North Yarmouth, Maine, and for nearly two
years of this time was agent of the Maine
Baptist Convention, traveling over five thou-
sand miles in one year. On account of fail-
ing health he resigned this office, and from
1839 to 1849 resided most of the time in Hal-
lowell, j\Iaine, and was employed as an evan-
gelist. In 1827 he was elected a trustee of
Waterville College and attended every annual
meeting for many years. He delivered the
charge of ordination on numerous occasions
where candidates were inducted into the min-
istry. In 1831 he was appointed trustee of the

Maine Baptist conference and of the western
examination committee of the Maine branch
of the Northeastern Baptist Educational So-
ciety. In 1832 he was appointed president of
the Cumberland Baptist American Foreign
Missionary Society. On July 25, 1832, Water-
ville College conferred upon him the degree
of Master of Arts. He made numerous ad-
dresses at different points in Maine upon the
subjects of temperance, and conducted many
revival meetings at various points in the south-
ern portion of the state. He died July i,
1856, at Franklin, Ohio. He married, May
31, 181 1, at Hanover, Massachusetts, Nancy
Payne, daughter of Richard and Jane ( Board-
man ) Payne, of Salisbury, Massachusetts. She
was born April 6, 1788, the eldest of six
daughters, and was left an orphan at the age
of eighteen years, having the care of her
younger sisters. She died April 10, 1857, in
Franklin, Ohio. Her father, Richard Payne,
was born 1764 and died in Amesbury in 1799
of yellow fever. His wife was born 1769 in
Newbury, daughter of Thomas and Nancy
(Noyes) Boardman, natives respectively of
Chelsea and Newburyport, Massachusetts.
The first nine of Rev. John Butler's fourteen
children were born in Hanover and the tenth
in Ipswich, Massachusetts ; they were : John
Richard, Almira, Esteria, Anne Judson, Abi-
gail, Sarah, Charles, Elizabeth Lewis, Han-
nah Heard and Nathaniel. In East Winthrop
were born : John Payne, Mary Simons, Sophia
B. and Maria S. (twins). Both parents died
at the home of their son in Franklin, Ohio.
One who knew them in their old age speaks
of Rev. John Butler as follows : "A lovely
Christian gentleman, with sadness in his eyes
and lines in his face as of one whom life had
brought many sorrows and disappointments."
And his wife as a "woman of strong char-
acter and great capabilities. She had per-
formed the varied and trying duties of a
minister's wife, and reared a large family of
sons and daughters, and seen them one by
one go out from the old home to enter a
larger world, and now with strength failing,
she had laid down the burdens and active
duties of life, and was content to leave them
in other hands, and with sweet patience and
resignation was looking forward to the end
of a long and useful life."

(IV) Rev. Nathaniel, third son of Rev.
John (3) and Nancy (Payne) Butler, was
born October 19, 1824, in Waterville, Maine,
and fitted for college at Yarmouth Academy.
For three years he was a student at George-
town College, Kentucky, and subsequently en-



tered Waterville (now Colby) College, Maine,
where he was graduated in 1842. He was
ordained pastor of the Baptist church at Tur-
ner, Maine, October 28, 1845. Five years
later he was appointed agent for the Ameri-
can Baptist Missionary Union of Maine and
Eastern Massachusetts. From 1852 to 1855 he
was pastor of the church at Eastport, Elaine,
and in the first five months of 1853 one hun-
dred and fifteen new members were added to
the church. He retired from this pastorate in
1855 to become secretary to the Baptist So-
ciety of Philadelphia. From January, 1856,
to October, 1859, he was pastor in Rockland.
Maine, and became pastor at Auburn in 1860.
In 1865 he was located at Camden, Maine,
and in 1869 at Alton, Illinois. In 1872 hi;
went to Leavenworth, Kansas, and from 1873
to 1876 was pastor of the Second Baptist
Church at Bangor, Maine. For short periods
he filled pastorates at Dexter, North Vassal-
borough and Hallowell. In 1881 he became
associated with the Bod well Granite Company,
through the influence of a parishioner and per-
sonal friend, Mr. Bodwell, of Hallowell. From
1 86 1 to 1865 he was private secretary to Han-
nibal Hamlin, vice-president of the United
States. For many years following 1865 he
was a trustee of Colby College, which con-
ferred upon him in 1873 the degree of Doc-
tor of Divinity. He was the author of numer-
ous hymns published in a volume entitled
"Baptist Hymn Writers and their Hymns."
In 1880 he was a member of the Maine legis-
lature. He died April 25, 1894, in Burlington,
Wisconsin. His memorable sermon at the
funeral of his classmate and friend, Major-
General Hiram G. Berry, of Rockland, is
spoken of as a notable address; also his speech
at the unveiling of the statue of General
Berry, and an address in memory of Rev. Na-
thaniel Milton Wood, an associate in the Bap-
tist ministry. He married, December 19,
1849, Jennette Loring Emery, of Paris, Maine,
the eldest daughter of Hon. Stephen Emery
and his second wife Jennette (Loring) Emery.
Mrs. Butler was born May 16, 1828, at Paris
Hill, Maine, where she resided until her mar-
riage. She attended school in Gorham and
studied music in Portland. Like all of her
family she was passionately fond of music,
possessed a kind sense of humor and was fond
of the best reading. "She was an ideal pas-
tor's wife, of a quiet, modest and refined dis-
position and of a singularly winning character
which won hosts of friends wherever she
went." She survived her husband more than

eight years, being a confined invalid during
her last twenty j'ears, and died September 18,
1902, at Augusta, Maine. Her children were :
Jeannie, who became the wife of George
Wood ; Nathaniel, mentioned below ; Ellen and
Anna ; the last named married Sidney S. Em-
ery, of Maiden, Massachusetts.

(V) Nathaniel (2), only son of Nathan-
iel (i) and Jennette L. (Emery) Butler, was
born May 22, 1853, in Eastport. and received
excellent educational advantages. He received
the degree of A. B. from Colby University in
1873, and for the succeeding three years was
associate principal of Feny Hall Female Col-
lege, Lake Forest, Illinois. In 1876 Colby
University conferred upon him the degree of
A. M., in 1895 that of D. D. and in 1903
LL. D. He was associate principal of High-
land Hall College for Women at Highland
Park, Illinois, from 1876 to 1879, and master
of Yale School for boys in Chicago for the
next two years. He was again principal of
Highland Hall College, 1880-84. and was or-
dained in 1884 to the Baptist ministry, at
Highland Park, Illinois. He became profes-
sor of rhetoric and English literature in the
old University of Chicago in 1884. continuing
two years. He was professor of Latin in the
University of Illinois, 1886-89. ^"d professor
of English language and literature in the same
institution for the next three years. He was
acting director of the university extension di-
vision of the University of Chicago in 1893-
94; delegate of the University of Chicago to
the World's Congress on University Exten-
sion, London, England, 1894; university ex-
tension associate professor of English liter-
ature, and director of the university exten-
sion division of the same institution, 1894-
95. Froi^ 1895 to 1901 he was president of
Colby College at Waterville. Maine, and since
1901 has been professor of education and di-
rector of co-operative work of the University
of Chicago. Since 1905 he has been deart
of the college of that institution. Professor
Butler married (first) April 28, 1881, Florence
Slieppard, born July 9, 1861, died June 21.
igo2. Three sons were born of this mar-
riage: Sheppard Emery, July. 1883; Albert
Nathaniel, January, 1888; Frederic Hamlin,
August, 1892. JNIarried (second) December
21, 1903, Lillian M. Googins, born Decem-
ber 3, 1876. Of this marriage there was
born Jeanette, January 25, 1909.

Jeanette L. (Emery) Butler, wife of Na-
thaniel (i) Butler, and motherof Nathaniel (2)
Butler, was a descendant of John Emerv ( 1 )

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through John (2), John (3), John (4), Lieu-
tenant John (5), i\loses (6), Moses (7), all
mentioned elsewhere, and

(8) Stephen, third and youngest son of
Moses (2) and Ruth (Bodvvell) Emery, was
born April 29. 1790. and died in 1863. Much
against the will of his father he fitted for col-
lege, and by dint of hard work and untiring
energy was enabled to graduate from Bow-
doin College in 1814; while reciting in college
he taught school in the daytime, at the acad-
emy at Hallo well, and taught singing school
as well. He then taught a year at Portland,
Maine, and studied law at this time whenever
he could find spare time. He had the good
fortune to study law with Governors Parris
and Lincoln. Governor Parris was a man
of fine character, and was a strong advocate
of temperance : Stephen Emery was one of the
pioneer temperance workers of the state of
i\Iaine, and was an able and enthusiastic
worker and speaker in its cause. Li June,
1819, he was admitted to the bar, and settled
at Paris, Maine: at first he had his office in
his house, and helped out his income by teach-
ing a school which was located over a store.
Soon after this he went to Columbia, Wash-
ington county, Maine, but returned to Paris
a year later, and continued his residence at
that place until his retirement from practice.
He was attorney general of Maine under Gov-
ernor Fairchild, and chairman of the state
board of education, and under Governor Hub-
bard served as district judge until the court
was abolished by act of the legislature. He
was a man of high character, and recognized
by all who knew him as upright and honor-
able, a man of scholarly and gentlemanly hab-
its. He was very fond of music, and by his
devotion to it in his younger days, when he
was studiously preparing for his admission to
the bar, he jeopardized his health and never
became physically strong afterwards. His ca-
reer was markedly successful, and he was
honored by the most prominent men of the
state. He married, January 15, 1815, Sarah,
daughter of Daniel Stowell. one of the early
settlers of Paris, Maine, born March 26, 1792,
died November 18, 1822, and thev had three
children : Sarah Jane, who married Hon. Han-
nibal Hamlin, and died April 17, 1855; George
Freeman, born November 10, 1817, also a
lawyer, married Eliza Appleton ; and Stephen,
born in 1820, died in infancy. Hon. Stephen
Emery married (second) February 7, 1825,
Jennette. daughter of John and Jennette (Bar-
rell) Loring. of Buckfield, born July 25, 1800,

died September 29, 1858, and had three chil-
dren: Jennette; Ellen Vesta, born September
14, 1835, married Hon. Hannibal Hamlin,
after the death of her sister ; and Stephen Al-
bert, born October 14, 1841, professor of mu-
sic in New England Conservatory at Boston,
one of the foremost teachers in the country of
the science of harmony.

(9) Jennette, daughter of Hon. Stephen
and Jennette (Loring) Emery, was born May
16, 1828, and married, December 19, 1849,
Rev. Nathaniel (2) Butler (see Butler IV).

The name of Butler is well-
BUTLER known in New England, and
several progenitors of large
families bearing the name were early found
in New England. Researches in Great Britain
claim the descent from the famous Duke of
Ormond, who was lord lieutenant of Ireland.
His descendants are numerous in various por-
tions of Great Britain. No definite connec-
tion between this family and those found in
America has been established, but it is a
reasonable supposition that they came of this
well-known stock. The family found in this
country has been identified with the leading
moral, educational and business interests of
the country, and is still so known.

(I) James Butler was in Lancaster, Massa-
chusetts, as early as 1663. He received lands
in the distribution among proprietors, his
home being known as No. 39. According to
the proprietor's records, he owned five lots
consisting of two hundred and si.xty-eight
acres in Lancaster at the first settlement. In
1664 the town 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
seven acres of Intervale which he bought of
Goodman Joslin." In the same year he re-
ceived from Rebecca Joslin, widow of Thom-
as, certain land east of Still river, Lancaster,
recorded 1666, and there his son James lived
after the massacre. When the town was
abandoned he removed to Woburn and soon
after that to Billerica, Massachusetts, where
he died JMarch 20, 1681. The Lancaster rec-
ords say he died on the 19th. He was taxed
in Billerica in 1679, and the oldest record
back, in that town,> has the following :
"20 day 01 1681 James Butler, Irishman,
dyed." He had a wife Mary who was mar-
ried March 9. 1682, to John Hines. She was
the administratrix of James Butler's estate and
their children were : James, who lived upon
the parental homestead in Lancaster. John,



mentioned at length in the next paragrapli.
Mary, born July ii, 1679. Elinor, September
3, i68i, in Billerica.

(II) John, second son of James and Mary
Butler, was born July 22, 1677, in Woburn.
and lived in that town until 1721, when he
removed to that part of the ancient town of
Dunstable, now Pelham, New Hampshire,
where he died 1756. When he built his house
he wished it to remain as long as the tim-
bers would hold together, as a monument to
his posterity of the "courage, perseverance
and endurance of the pioneers of the wilder-
ness." The house itself was built of pine logs,
hewn and locked or dovetailed at the corners,
and around the same he dug a ditch, which
was provided with a drawbridge to be let down
during the day and drawn up at night. He
also provided portholes, through which they
might shoot Indians who might prowl around
and attack them. This house lasted eighty
j'ears, and was used by two generations after
him. He was town clerk and selectman, and
was st)led deacon. His descendants were
noted for their honesty, also for being strong
and hardy. He married Elizabeth, daughter
of Samuel and Elizabeth (Pierce) Wilson, of
Woburn, born January 28, 1683, and buried
beside her husband in Pelham. Their chil-
dren, all born in Woburn, were : Elizabeth,
John. Samuel, Sarah, died young. Joseph,
Phebe. Abigail and Sarah.

(HI) Lieutenant Joseph, third son of
Deacon John and Elizabeth (Wilson) Butler,
was born December i, 1713, in Woburn, and
died in Pelham, New Hampshire, aged nearly
one hundred years. He owned a large amount
of land in the northwest corner of Pelham
and in Nottingham West. He built mills
called Butler's Mills, his homestead being op-
posite his mills, the common lying between.
He married (first) Abigail Nourse, (second)
Hannah Gragg. and (third) November 30,
1754, Mary Ladd. of Haverhill, Massachu-
setts. His children were : Abigail, Nehemiah,
Gideon, Molly, Jesse. Dr. Thaddeus, Hannah,
James and Dr. Elijah.

(III) Jacob, fourth son of Deacon John
and Elizabeth (Wilson) Butler, was born No-
vember 10. 1718. in \yoburn. and was about
three years of age when the family removed

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