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to what is now Pelham. He married Mary
Eames and they were the parents of Jacob,
Daniel. Mary. Jonathan, died young, Phebe
and Jonathan.

(IV) Abigail, first child of Lieutenant Jo-
seph and Abigail (Nourse) Butler, was born
about 1738. in Pelham, New Hampshire. She

married Joseph Wilson, of Dracut. Massachu-
setts, and they were the parents of the fol-
lowing children: Joseph, Benjamin (died
young). Thaddeus, Nabby, Lydia, Life, David,
Polly, Iluldah, Benjamin and Cyrus.

(IV) Daniel, second son of Jacob and Mary
(Eames) Butler, was born October 23, 1748.
He married Molly Tenney and had children
as follows: Dole, married Delilah Butler;
Polly, married Daniel \'arnum ; Phebe, died
young; Nabby. married Jacob Butler; Daniel;
Phebe, married Amos llazelton ; Manly, mar-
ried Sarah Ilamblett; Betty, died young;
Betty (2nd), died young; Olivia, married
Noyes Tenney ; Belinda, married Samuel P.
Hadley: Thomas J. and Joseph B. (twins),
who died young.

(V) J^Ianly. seventh child and third son of
Daniel and I\ lolly (Tenney) Butler, was born
at Pelham. New Hampshire, March 25, 1792.
He married, .April i, 1817, Sarah, daughter of
David and Sarah (Wyman) Ilamblet. and
their children were: i. Manly Orville, born
July 19, 1812. 2. Sarah Carsina, August 29,
1813, died December 30, 1813. 3. David
Hamblet, September 12, 1814. married (first)
Eliza Trull, and (second) Susan Cutler. 4.
Daniel Jefferson, February 17, 1817, died
January 5, 1827. 5. George Washington, De-
cember 22, 1818, died October 25, 1822. 6.
Charles Varnum, June 25, 1820, married Laura
Jewett, of New London, New Hampshire. 7.
Sarah Carsina, February 21, 1822, married
William Henry Rook, of London, England.
8. Louisa Marie. July 3, 1823, married Stephen
Sawyer, of Saco, Maine. 9. Mary Tenney,
July 14, 1828, married John Trowbridge, of
Detroit. Michigan. 10. Catherine Augusta,
July 17, 1830, married Daniel \\'ebster, of
Boston: she died December 26, 1872. 11.
Daniel George, December 15. 1831. died Au-
gust 6, 1833. 12. Phebe Ann, February 10,
1833, married Austin Waite Perr}-. of L'pton,
Massachusetts. 13. Henry Clay, December 26,
1835, died January 13, 1838. The first two
children were born at Lyndsboro, New Hamp-
shire, the third at Pembroke. New Hampshire,
and the others at Pelham. New Hampshire.

(\'I) I\lanly Orville, eldest child of :\Ianly
and Sarah (Hamblet) Butler, was born July
ig, 1812, died in 1902. He was then engaged
in the retail grocery business. He married
(first) I\Iarch 17. 1836, at Boston, Massachu-
setts, Elizabeth Howe; she was born in 1815
at Kittery, Maine, and died in 1869, at Charles-
town, Massachusetts. He married (second)
June 24. 1870, Julia Mendum. He had eight
children, all by first wife, as follows: i.Or-



ville Washington, born February 22, 1837,
see forward. 2. George Henry, December i,
1839, see forward. 3. Arthur Caverbo, 1842,
died March 24, 1S44. 4. Charles Hamblet,
April 30, 1845, see forward. 5. Frank Fair-
field, February 4, 1848, died unmarried May
24, 1875. 6. Sarah Elizabeth, February 29,
1S52. married John Henry Wilson, and had
no children; she died October 20, 1906. 7.
Edward Burgess, December 16, 1853, see for-
ward. 8. Olivia Annette, November 13, 1857,
married Charles C. Lloyd, of Cleveland, Ohio.
The first two children were born at Charles-
town, the third, fourth and fifth at Rox-
bury, Massachusetts, and the last three at
Lewiston, Maine.

(VII) Orville W'ashington, eldest child of
Manly Orville and Elizabeth (Howe) Butler,
was born February 22, 1837, at Charlestown,
Massachusetts. He married, February 20,
1879, Edith M. Estes, of Sandwich, and they
had three children: i. Frank Orville, born
January 25, 1880, graduated from Harvard
College in 1903. 2. Elva Lena, September 7,
1882. 3. Charles Edward, May 22, 1884, died
October 12, 1884.

(\'II) George Henry, second son of Manly
Orville and Elizabeth (Howe) Butler, was
born at Charlestown, jMassachusetts, December
I, 1839, and died March 5, 1880. He mar-
ried Harriet Winn, September 3, 1866,
at Bridgewater, i\Iassachusetts, and among
their eight children were : Alice Hays,
born July 20, 1867, died July 15, 1869. George
Manly, January 26, 1870; he graduated from
Amherst College in 1896, and entered Yale
Theological School the same year.

(VII) Charles Hamblet, fourth son and
child of J\lanly Orville and Elizabeth (Howe)
Butler, was born April 30, 1845, died in Sep-
tember, 1889. He married Adelaide L. Col-
lins, February 4, 1868, and they had one child,
Charles Lloyd, who died in June, 1895. They
adopted a child, Edward K.

(VII) Edward Burgess, sixth son of Alanly
Orville and Elizabeth (Howe) Butler, was
born December 16, 1853, in Lewiston, Maine,
and received his education in the public schools
of Boston, in which city he was employed after
leaving school by a wholesale drygoods firm.
After several years of experience in this es-
tablishment and having become thoroughly ac-
quainted with the business, he became asso-
ciated with his elder brother, George H. But-
ler, in founding the firm of Butler Brothers,
at Boston. One year later they were joined
by another brother, Charles H. Their busi-
ness was that of supplying department stores.

and was therefore very wide in the range of
articles covered. As the enterprise grew and
flourished, they enlarged the business by open-
ing branches in other cities, and are now
carrying on very large wholesale general mer-
chandise houses in New York, Chicago, St.
Louis and Minneapolis, besides having sample
houses in Baltimore, Dallas, Omaha, San Fran-
cisco and Seattle. In 1887 this business was
incorporated and is now the largest establish-
ment of its kind in America. Edward B. But-
ler is its president, and the only one living of
the original firm. He is one of the most
progressive citizens of Chicago and is well
known for his public spirit, having served as
director of many institutions. In 1892 he was
appointed chairman of the ways and means
committee, and also of the department of ad-
missions and collections of the World's Colum-
bian Exposition at Chicago. For many years
he has been president of the board of trustees
of the Illinois Manual Training School Farm
at Glenwood, Illinois, and has also been trus-
tee of Hull House Social Settlement of Chi-
cago, of the Chicago Orphan Asylum, The
Girls' Refuge and the First State Pawner's
Society of Chicago. He has sustained the
same relation to Rockford College, the Bu-
reau of Associated Charities of Chicago, and
is now chairman of the committees on Lake
Shore Parks of that city. He is a director of
the Corn Exchange Bank of Chicago, and is
widely known in commercial and financial
circles throughout the country. He is identi-
fied with many clubs, including the University
Cliff Dwellers, Chicago, Union League, City,
South Shore, Midlothian and Commercial,
being the ex-president of the last nam.ed. He
is a trustee of the Central Church, of which
Dr. Gunsaulus is the minister. Mr. Butler
was married in 1880 at Norwalk, Connecticut,
to Jane, daughter of William Henrv and
Esther (Pratt) Holley.

The Butler family was early
BUTLER identified with the settlement of
what is now Maine, and has
continuously borne an active part in the de-
velopment of its resources and the progress of
its intellectual and moral interests. It has
always been prominent in large financial opera-
tions down to the present time, and its mem-
bers have been respected for upright char-
acter and conscientious devotion to duty.

(I) The first of record in this country was
Thomas Butler, who was born about 1674. un-
doubtedly in England, and of the ancient stock
of Ormond. He appears in Berwick, now



Maine, in 1695, when lie witnessed a deed,
and was married there about 1697 to Eliza-
beth, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Ab-
bott, and granddaughter of Walter Abbott, a
pioneer settler of tiiat region, lie must have
been better educated than the mass of early
residents of the colony, as shown by the fact
that he was appointed in 17 16 to teach the local
school until some other who could teach Latin
could be secured, and continued as its head
nearly a year. A leading citizen, he was
prominent in the management of town affairs
for a quarter of a century, and was selectman
and surveyor of lands at the same time he
was teacher. He was possessed of means, as
well as education, and was the intimate friend
of such distinguished citizens as Governor
Wentworth. Sir William Pepperell, Hon. John
Hill, Captain Ichabod Plaistow, and others.
On Mav 2.;. 1699, he was granted twenty-one
acres of land by the town of Kittery, at what
is now South Berwick, but did not live on it.
Soon after he purchased a large tract east of
what is now South Berwick, on which he built
a large and handsome residence, at the foot
of Butler's Hill. The village of South Ber-
wick now occupies part of this tract, which
also embraced the academy grounds, Butler's
Hill and lands until recently occupied by his
descendants. Here he exercised a generous
hospitality, his house being a double, two-
story structure, and here he passed the re-
mainder of his life. Beside being a large
landholder, he was a proprietor of mills at
Quamphegan. In 1720 he served on a com-
mittee to settle disputes about land boundaries
between Kittery and Berwick. Although the
latter town became a separate parish in 1701,
it was not incorporated as a town until 1715;
at the first town meeting, held March 22, 1715,
he was chosen a selectman, and the next year
was a grand juror, in addition to the offices
previously mentioned. With the exception of
the years 171 7-18 and 1722, he continued to
serve as selectman until 1727. From 1713 to
1736 he was surveyor of lands, and was suc-
ceeded by his sons, and his parchment records
of surveys were preserved until recently by a
great-grandson. They were loaned to aid in
the settlement of a land boundary and never
returned. He was elected to office more than
thirty-five times, and last appears in the rec-
ords in 1736. when he was serving in official
capacity. He became a member of the church
September 2, 1727, but was active in its sup-
port long before that, having served on a com-
mittee to deal with a minister, and gave of
time and money for the promotion of schools

and the improvement of the river. In 1730-31
he was one of a few citizens to advance money
to secure a representative of the colony at the
court of Great Britain. No record appears
of his death. His wife died December 2, 1728.
Children: Thomas, Elizabeth, Moses, Abigail
and Love.

(II) Thomas (2) eldest child of Thomas
(i) and Elizabeth (Abbott) Butler, was born
March 6, 1698, in Berwick, and baptized there
after attaining his majority, August 14, 1720.
He inherited and lived upon the homestead.
and was engaged in the manufacture and deal-
ing in lumber. He was elected constable in
1725 and 1735, was surveyor of lands and
served in other offices. His wife's name was
Mehetable; children: Mary, William Good-
win, Olive, Thomas, Elizabeth, Samuel, Icha-
bod and Moses.

(III) Samuel, third son of Thomas (2) and
Mehetable Butler, was baptized May 19, 1734,
in South Berwick, and died there July 15, 1799.
He inherited two-thirds of the homestead, on
which he lived, and also received all his father's
property in mills, and was an extensive lum-
ber dealer and merchant. He served as select-
man and in other official capacities, and was
moderator in 1772. He was among the signers
of a petition against the oppressive revenue
laws of the mother country. He was married
May 4, 1757, to Lydia, daughter of Nehemiah
and IMary (Wentworth) Kimball, of Dover.
She died May 13, 1802. Children : Ichabod,
Samuel, Nehemiah, Mehetable, Ephraim, Ly-
dia, Mary, Paltiah (Peletiah), Robert and

(IV) Ichabod, eldest child of Samuel and
Lydia (Kimball) Butler, was born July 4,
1758, and died September. 1810. He was in
the revolutionary army and his record in the
"Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the
War of the Revolution" is as follows : "List
of men mustered in York county by Joseph
Bragdon, Jr., â– Muster Master, dated March 17,
1777; Captain Samuel Derby's company. Col.
Joiin Bailey's regiment ; enlistment, three
years; also Private 2d Company, Col. John
Bailey's regiment; Continental Army pay ac-
counts for service from February i, 1777 to
December 31, 1779; also Captain Samuel
Darby's (2d) Company, Colonel Bailey's regi-
ment ; company return dated \'alley Forge,
January 25, 1778; also Colonel's company.
Col. Bailey's regiment; Continental Army pay
accounts for service from January i, 1780, to
February i, 1780." He lived directly in front
of what is now known as "Butler's Hill," in
the village of South Berwick, where he died.



Old deeds describe liim as a fanner, trader and
lumberman. He married, December 20, 1786,
Abigail, born April 23, 1757, daughter of
Colonel John and Abigail (Millet) Wentworth.
Abigail died in October, 1812. Children:
John \\"ent\vorth, Harriet, Ichabod, George
and Edward Heyman.

(Y) Ichabod {2), third child and second
son of Ichabod (i) and Abigail (Wentworth)
Butler, was born in Berwick, now South Ber-
wick, June 13, 1/93 (June 30, 1791, according
to the Wentworth Genealogy). He read law
with Hon. John Holmes, of Alfred, and was
practicing in town in 1821, having been ad-
mitted to the bar as a practitioner at the com-
mon pleas. At the April term, 1824, he was
admitted to practice at the supreme judicial
court. After living at the Corner some time,
Ichabod Butler built a house near the Thomp-
son bridge, so called, and thus gave it another
name, Butler's Bridge. He lived at the Cor-
ner the last part of his life, and died there
March 28, 1833 (^larch 11, according to the
Wentworth Genealogy). He married, 1823,
Mary (Wise) Alorrill, widow of JMoses I\Ior-
rill, daughter of Captain Daniel Wise, of
Wells (Kennebunk), granddaughter of Cap-
tain James Wise, and great-granddaughter of
Rev. Jeremiah Wise, of Berwick. Her
mother's maiden name was Hannah Hubbard,
daughter of Captain James Hubbard, who died
at Cambridge. j\lary Wise was born Octo-
ber 4, 1794. and died May 11, 1825. Chil-
dren: Edward Heyman. who died young, and
Moses Morrill, whose sketch follows.

(\ I) Hon. Moses Morrill, son of Ichabod
and I\Iary (Wise) (Morrill) Butler, was born
in Sanford, March 8, 1824, died in Portland,
October 21, 1879. The History of Sanford
says of him : "He prepared for college at Al-
fred, Gorham, and North Yarmouth academies,
and graduated at Bowdoin College in 1845,
with the highest honors of his class. During
his collegiate course he taught school in his
own district at the Corner, and immediately
after graduation a school at Springvale, at the
same time pursuing his profes.sional studies.
He read law w-ith Hon. Edward E. Bourne, of
Kennebunk, and completed his legal course
with Hon. Sumner Wells, of Portland, sub-
sequentlv one of the judges of the supreme
court of Maine, and governor in 1856. Mr.
Butler was admitted to the bar of Cumberland
county, November g, 1847, and immediately
took the office in Portland vacated by the ele-
vation of his instructor, Mr. Wells, to the
bench. He soon after took the office and busi-
ness of Hon. Augustine Haines, and subse-

quently formed a law partnership with Hon.
William Pitt Fesscnden, United States sen-
ator, and at a later period with James D. and
Francis Fessenden, his sons, in December,
1875, he formed a copartnersiiip with his
nephew^ Hon. Charles F. Libby, which con-
tinued until his death. iMr. Builer was county
attorney from 1859 to 1865, representative iii
1854, and representative elect at the time of
his death. He was mayor of Portland, 1877-
79, tw^o terms, during which time his services
in the interest of the city were efficient, and
will long be remembered. One anecdote will
illustrate his strict integrity in the discharge
of his official duties. Among the items of a
bill presented to him for approval was one
for cigars. The bill was respectfully returned
with the endorsement thereon : "The city
never smokes." We well remember his stern
appearance in the schoolroom and the severity
of his government. But it was such as the
make-up of an ungraded village school de-
manded that the pupils might not feel that
they could rule or bully the youthful teacher,
wdio had been brought up in the community
in which he taught. His studious life and un-
tiring industry in the home of his maiden aunt,
his quiet dignity and reserve, his manlv deport-
ment, are not forgotten by those with whom
he then came in contact. In 1843, before he
reached his majority, he was chosen a mem-
ber of the school committee, and did his duties
well in that capacity. One of his old pupils,
Stillman B. Allen, of Boston, once said of
him : "He was the smartest man that San-
ford has ever produced." On February 5,
1880, at a session of the supreme court in
Portland, Judge Symonds presiding, the Cum-
berland Bar x^ssociation took action with refer-
ence to Mr. Butler's decease. Hon. Bion
Bradbury, president, addressed the court, and
James D. Fessenden offered a series of reso-
lutions, which were adopted, prefacing there-
with a few fitting remarks. A eulogy was
delivered by Hon. Nathan Webb, to which
Judge Symonds replied. The latter's estimate
of Mr. Butler was: "He was a man of ex-
perienced and disciplined sagacity, a wise
counselor, prudent in the management of af-
fairs, cool and adroit in doubt and strife. No
motive of personal ease or comfort, nor indo-
lence, nor carelessness, ever held him from
fidelity to the trusts committed to him. His
work was faithfully done." The following is
from the History of Cumberland County:
"From the beginning Mr. Butler was an able
and successful lawyer. In investigation he
was laborious, discriminating, and thorough,



and in the conikici of business prompt and
sagacious. He always presented the strongest
point of his case and maintained it with his
whole strength. At a younger age than most
of the eminent lawyers he managed an ex-
tensive practice in all branches of the pro-
fession. An untiring student, a convincing
advocate, carefully preparing his cases, with
great powers of cross-examination and ex-
cellent judgment, he soon attained the fore-
most rank. At middle age he was prostrated
by fever, caused by excessive labor. Upon
his return to his profession his accurate bear-
ing, his great experience at the bar, his judicial
temperament, and his habits of profound in-
vestigation, united to a firm yet amiable tem-
per and pure life, qualified him for the highest
judicial positions, and he was spoken of for
such service. He would have adorned the
bench. At this period of his life the aiifairs
of the city of Portland and its relations with
public enterprises required examination and
advice. The city appointed Air. Butler tiic
chairman of a commission for this purpose.
To this work he brought those great qualities
which had distinguished him at the bar, labor-
ing for his adopted city with characteristic
earnestness, and declining remuneration. In
a report remarkable for its clear exposition of
long and intricate relations between the city
and its railroads, its correct estimate of the
situation of affairs, the wisdom of its sug-
gestions, and the vigor and propriety of its
style, he placed the whole subject before his
fellow citizens. This invaluable service made
him so pre-eminently suitable that, although
disinclined to public office, he was twice com-
pelled to accept the mayoralty of the city. His
administration of city afYairs could not be sur-
passed. He managed its interests with an in-
formation which no other man possessed, and
with results which no other man has accom-
plished. His tried abilities and knowledge of
afifairs were too valuable to his fellow citizens
to be suffered out of their service, and he was
now elected to the legislature at a' time of
special importance to the city. Before the
assembling of the legislature, while in court
conducting a trial, he was struck down by
paralysis, which in a few days proved fatal.
The universal sorrow of all parties at his death
was the noblest tribute to his memory. His fel-
low citizens lost his services at the fullness of
his powers, when he was most able to serve
them, and with his place in their regard con-
stantly increasing. His ofificial papers show
his capacity for public afifairs, and his tribute
to his college president, Leonard Woods, de-

livered in Portland in 187S, at the annual
meeting of the association of the resident
alumni of Bowdoin College exhibits his power
of refined and tender eloquence. .\ self-sac-
rificing, public-spirited citizen, a useful mem-
ber of his church, a distinguished lawyer, a
kind husband, a wise and gentle father, and a
good man, he evaded no duties and acted his
part well. He had been a director in the
Cumberland Bank, and was a director of the
Portland Fraternity. He was a member of the
First Parish (Unitarian) society, and offi-
ciated as moderator of the parish meetings."

Moses M. Butler married, May 1, 1850,
Olive j\l., born in Sanford, November 15, 1826,
daughter of John and Meribah (Hobbs)
Storer, of Sanford. She is living in igo8.
John Storer was a descendant of Joseph
Storer, of Wells, who was an ensign in 1680,
reprcsentiative in 1681 and 1685, a man of dis-
tinction and energy in the Indian wars, was a
merchant and man of influence in Sanford.
To Closes M. and Olive M. Butler were born
three children: John Storer (died young),
Harry and Grace. Harry is mentioned be-
low. Grace, born March 4, i860, died April
12, 1895.

(VII) Harry, second son of Moses M. and
Olive M. (Storer) Butler, was born in Port-
land, February 22, 1858. After leaving the
public schools he attended Phillips Exeter
Academy three years, and then went to Har-
vard University, from which he graduated in
1879. Pie then entered Harvard Law School
and there remained one year. In 1882 he
entered the employ of the First National Bank
of Portland as a clerk. After three years em-
ployment there he promoted and organized the
Portland Trust Company, which opened its
doors for business January i, 1885. Mr. But-
ler was secretary and treasurer of this insti-
tution until 1903, and has been its president
since that time. His well-known integrity and
unusual financial ability attracted business and
soon placed the Portland Trust Company in
the foremost rank of Maine monetary insti-
tutions, a position it still holds. Mr. Butler is
independent in politics, never giving his sup-
port to a candidate or a measure which he be-
lieves to be unworthy. In religious faith he is
a L'nitarian. having membership in the First
Parish Church. He is a member of several of
the leading clubs but of no fraternal orders.
Harry Butler married (first) May 29, 1890,
Julia Payson Ives, who died January 22, 1906;
(second) February 16, 1907, Elizabeth M.,
born July i, 1875, daughter of Clement J. and
Kate (Dingley) Stetson, of Portland.



The name of Storer, Storr,
STORER Storee, Story, Storah appear to

be synonymous, and the imme-
diate English ancestor appears to have been
the Rev. Thomas Storr, vicar of Bilsby, Lin-
cohishire, England. Tradition has it that in
the early days of the settlement of Massachu-
setts Bay Colony two brothers bearing the
name of Storr settled in New England, one in
Boston and one in Wells, Province of jMaine,
and that the Boston Storrs were shortly after
known as Storys, and the Maine family as
Storers, and that from the Boston Storys
Elisha Story, a staunch revolutionist in Bos-
ton, was one of the "Indians" who boarded the
ships laden with tea, in the harbor, and threw
the taxed commodity in the sea, was descended.
Chief Justice Joseph Story (1779-1845), son
of Elisha and jMehitable (Pedrick) Story, was
a brother of Augustine Storr, who with his son,
William Storer, was among the first settlers
of Wells, District of Maine.

(I) Augustine Storr or Storer was the son
of the Rev. Thomas Storr, vicar of Bilsby.
Augustine Storr was a brother of Marie, the
wife of the Rev. John Wheelwright (1592-
1679), '^'^'ho came to New England in 1636.
William Hutchinson, brother-in-law of the
Rev. John Wheelwright, married Ann IMar-
bury about 1612 and came with her to New
England in 1634. He came from Alford, Lin-
colnshire, and in New England his wife gained

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