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Charles Emerson Butterfield:
Some Ancestors, Descendants, And Biographical History

Contributed by Earl Miller ssmillers@netzero.net 


Generation No. 1

1. CHARLES EMERSON8 BUTTERFIELD (FRANCIS7, LEVI6, BENJAMIN5, BENJAMIN4, BENJAMIN3, JOSEPH2, BENJAMIN1) was born July 04, 1828 in Redwood, Jefferson, New York, and died May 24, 1884 in Bellevue, Sarpy, Nebraska. By 1850, he had left Jefferson County for Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska, where he spent the rest of his life as a rancher in the Nebraska Territory and afterward the State of Nebraska. Charles married ISABELLA STEBBINS, daughter of JOEL C. STEBBINS and RUTH COLVIN. They were united in marriage in the Presbyterian Church at Bellevue, Nebraska, Presbytery of Nebraska, Synod of Missouri, by Reverend William Hamilton. Isabella was born August 20, 1833 in New York, and died January 27, 1907 in Neola, Pottawattamie, Iowa; burial: January 30, 1907, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska. Charles' Butterfield and McAllaster ancestral lines are extensive in the Jefferson County, New York area, where landmarks today bear the family names. An example is Butterfield Lake, at the hamlet of Redwood, Town of Alexandria, which is named for Charles' brother, Supervisor and Assemblyman William W. Butterfield. William owned Redwood's mainstay business, the Redwood Glass Manufacturing company, and at one time owned 50,000 acres in and around Jefferson County. William's marriage to Laura Butterfield was the first to take place in the new (in 1853) Protestant Episcopal Church at Redwood.

Charles Butterfield's father and paternal grandfather, FRANCIS BUTTERFIELD and LEVI BUTTERFIELD (wife ISABELLA CUMMINGS), both American Revolutionary descendants, were natives of Vermont, and both lived and died in Jefferson County, New York. Charles Butterfield and his wife ISABELLA (STEBBINS) BUTTERFIELD and their children, as pioneering 1850 settlers from New York to the still-untamed Nebraska Territory out west, added to the westward expansion of America, thereby assisting to shape the Nation. Charles Butterfield himself was an Indian fighter. He helped "win the West". Charles enlisted October 15, 1862 and mustered in November 3, 1862. He was a Civil War Cavalry officer---a Quarter Master Sergeant---whose unit, Company D of the Second Nebraska Cavalry, contributed to the protection of settlers---and friendly natives such as some Pawnee---, guarded the western frontier, protected stage and telegraph lines and wagon trains, and operated against Indians in the West during the era's Indian Wars with the Sioux Nation. Here is an example---courtesy of the United States War Department and LWF Communications---of some of the action in which Charles Emerson Butterfield took part. This historic narrative can be found at http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/rpt_hle.htm :

"JUNE 23, 1863. -- Attack on Pawnee
Agency, Nebr.
Report of Capt. Henry L. Edwards, Second Nebraska Cavalry.
PAWNEE RESERVATION,
June 23, [24,] 1863.

SIR: I have the honor to report that the Sioux (supposed to be Brules) attacked the agency yesterday, killing several Pawnees and wounding myself. I ordered First Lieut. Henry Gray to follow them with 36 men, and, if practicable, to attack them. After pursuing about 50 of them for about 15 miles, he came upon about, 400 or 500 drawn up in line ready to receive him, and upon being assured that the Pawnees, who were with him, 300 or 400 strong, would fight with him, he threw out some skirmishers, when the Sioux opened upon them with rifles, killing Sergt. Joseph Dyson, and mortally wounding Private George
Osborn; also killing their horses. At the first fire the Pawnees ran, leaving our men alone. Lieutenant Gray fought them about an hour, when they retreated. Four or five Sioux were killed and several horses. I had started to his assistance with 20 men and one howitzer, which I was compelled to send back, owing to the roughness of the country. When I reached Lieutenant Gray, the Sioux were still in force about 6 miles distant; but it being nearly night, I determined not to attack them, and fell back to my camp. To better protect the whites living at the agency, I have crossed the Beaver and established camp near the agency, where I shall remain until I receive further orders.
Very respectfully,
HENRY L. EDWARDS,
Captain Company D, Second Nebraska Cavalry.
Brigadier-General McKean, Omaha, Nebr."

SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A
Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series I,
Volume 22. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.
LWF COMMUNICATIONS P.O. Box 26148 Trotwood, Ohio 45426-0148 

Company D of the Second Nebraska Cavalry was also stationed at the "Post of Omaha", the Nebraska Territorial Capitol, for a time, and actually occupied the Capitol Building itself, at 20th and Capitol, and operated as a protector of Omaha. That began in April of 1863 and lasted an unknown time. Fort Kearny also served as home base for Charles' Company D in 1863. The Second Nebraska Cavalry, having won a major victory against the Sioux at the Battle Of White Stone Hills in Dakota on September 3 of 1863, winning high acclaim, and its mission fulfilled, mustered out on December 23, 1863. 
An account of The Battle Of White Stone Hills can be found at
http://www.rootsweb.com/~necivwar/CW/neincw/neincw.html

Charles Emerson Butterfield's mother POLLY McALLASTER was daughter of FRANCIS McALLASTER and ANNA AVERILL. As noted in Averill-Averell-Avery by Clara A. Avery, and History of Jefferson Co. N.Y. by Franklin B. Hough, 1854, the first meeting for the Town of Antwerp, Jefferson, New York was held in the home of Charles Emerson Butterfield's grandparents, Francis and Anna [Averill] McAllaster. As described by Clara Avery, Anna Averill's daughter Cordelia Joyce said at the age of 87 that her mother was of a cheerful and hopeful disposition, a sweet singer, and fond of reading. When her husband kept the Hotel at Antwerp, she cooked all night to feed the soldiers of the War Of 1812 when they passed through Antwerp from Sacketts Harbor on their way to Ogdensburg.

Charles Emerson Butterfield was descended through Anna Averill from some of the oldest English families in Colonial New England including BRADFORD, AVERILL, LAMBERT, ELLIOT, RAYMENT, SCRUGGS, SHATTUCK, SIBLEY, HOWE, CAVE, NICHOLS, ANDREWS, PERLEY, HOWLETT, JACKSON, and FRENCH. Charles Butterfield likewise descended through his father, FRANCIS BUTTERFIELD, from very early Butterfields in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York. Other American Revolutionary War veterans in Charles Emerson Butterfield's line include his great-great grandfathers WILLIAM BRADFORD (wife MARY LAMBERT) and JOHN AVERILL (wife MARY BRADFORD), and his great grandfather PAUL AVERILL (wife ZERUIAH HOWE). Charles Emerson Butterfield is also descended---through his maternal grandfather, FRANCIS McALLASTER, from American Revolutionary War veterans RICHARD McALLASTER (Battle of the Cedars) (wife SUSANNA DIMOND) and his patriot father RICHARD McALLASTER, Sr. (wife ANN MILLER), the latter who immigrated from Antrim County, Ireland, with Ann, in 1738. All are listed D.A.R. 

According to Biographies and Sketches for the Town of Antwerp, from The Growth of a Century by John A. Haddock, 1895, Francis McAllaster's brother William McAllaster , was "probably the best known and respected of any man in that northern section." Both William and his son, Hon. George D. McAllaster, served in the Legislature and as Supervisors of Antwerp. 

Notes for CHARLES EMERSON BUTTERFIELD:

NEBRASKA CENSUS, 1856, DOUGLAS (SARPY) COUNTY
Roughly the boundaries of present-day Sarpy County. Enumerated by Leavitt L. Bowen, Deputy United States Marshal July 30, 1856, who certified this data August 31, 1856.

BELLEVUE

Charles E. Butterfield (g), b. in N. Y., farmer; 2 m. 21 up.; 1 m. und. 16; 1 f. 13 up.
Charles Emerson Butterfield also listed in the Douglas County census 1854 and 1855.


1860 CENSUS TERRITORY OF NEBRASKA
BELLEVUE

Enumerator: John S. Seaton. Post Office: Bellevue. 

Dwl: Dwelling # Fm: Family# S: Sex C: Color Real: Real Property Value
Prsnl: Personal Property Value m: Married in the year s: Attended School
l: Cannot read & write Affliction: eg. Deaf & Dumb, Blind, Insane, Idiotic, Pauper or Convict.

Page No. 1. 1 Jun 1860

Dwl Fm Name Age S C Profession Real Prsnl Birth Place m s l Affliction
56 54 Butterfield, C. E. 31 m Farmer 2000 400 New York 
Butterfield, Isabelle 25 f New York 
Butterfield, Frances 8 f Iowa 
Butterfield, Sarah J. 5 f Nebraska 

Butterfield, Chas A. 3 m Nebraska 
Butterfield, Albert P. 1 1/2 m Nebraska 
57 55 Butterfield, Levi A. 34 m Farmer 3000 100 New York 
Sykes, Lewis 23 m Farmer 100 New York 
Knylman, Orin 24 m Farmer 500 50 New York 
Mowbray, Wm 16 m Illinois 
58 0 Unoccupied


SARPY COUNTY, NEBRASKA 
CENSUS JULY, 1870.

Color: 
W= White
M= Mulatto 
B= Black 
C= Chinese 
I= Indian 
Name of every person Age Sex Color Occupation Birth place Foreign
birth M F 
Page 1

All of the following resided on the Butterfield Ranch parcel 179 in year 1870:

179 Butterfield, Charles E. 42 M W Farmer NY 
Butterfield, Isabel 36 F W Keeping house NY 
Butterfield, Frances 18 F W IA 
Butterfield, Sarah Jane 15 F W at school NE 
Butterfield, Charles A. 13 M W at school NE 
Butterfield, Albert 12 M W at school NE 
Butterfield, Carrie 9 F W NE 
Butterfield, George 6 M W NE 
Butterfield, Polly 4 F W NE 
Butterfield, William 2 M W NE 
Lyon, James 26 M W Farm laborer NJ X 
Smith, Stephen 27 M W Farm laborer NJ 
Butterfield, L----- 44 M W Farmer NY 


1880 CENSUS SARPY COUNTY, NEBRASKA

BELLEVUE

Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace

Chas. E. BUTTERFIELD Self M M W 54 NY
Occ: Farmer Fa: NY Mo: NY

Isabel BUTTERFIELD Wife F M W 46 NY
Occ: Keeps House Fa: CT Mo: NY

George BUTTERFIELD Son M S W 18 NE
Occ: Farming Fa: NY Mo: NY

Polley BUTTERFIELD Dau F S W 15 NE
Fa: NY Mo: NY

William BUTTERFIELD Son M S W 12 NE
Fa: NY Mo: NY

Nelly BUTTERFIELD Dau F S W 9 NE
Fa: NY Mo: NY

May BUTTERFIELD Dau F S W 2 NE
Fa: NY Mo: NY

Marriage Witness:

LANCASTER COUNTY, NEBRASKA MARRIAGES

Lewis Wong, Jr., of Lancaster Co., age 23, born in Norway, son of Lewis and Margaret (-----) Wong, married Lorinda S. Morris of Lancaster Co., age 22, born in Ill., daughter of Philip R. and Adeliza (Deguse) Morris, Sept. 14, 1871 (Sept. 14),
by S. B. Pound; witss., H. Butterfield, C. E. Butterfield, both of Lancaster Co.


Children of CHARLES BUTTERFIELD and ISABELLE STEBBINS are:

i. FRANCISCA (FRANCIS) BUTTERFIELD, b. December 17, 1853; m. JAKE MONNIGER
2. + ii. SARAH JANE9 BUTTERFIELD, b. April 17, 1855, Iowa City, Iowa; d. May 12, 1898, Fort Crook, Nebraska; m. ORRIN EDWARDS
iii. ALBERT PARSONS BUTTERFIELD, b. June 06, 1859; m. MAGGIE FERRILL
iv. CARRIE ISABELLE BUTTERFIELD, b. September 08, 1861; m. WILFRED WILLIS WOOD
v. POLLY AMELIA BUTTERFIELD, b. February 13, 1866; m. HENRY CRAFT
vi. WILLIAM WALLACE BUTTERFIELD, b. 1868.
vii. CHARLES ADOLPHUS BUTTERFIELD, b. 1869; m. SOPHIA JULIAN
viii. MARY HELEN BUTTERFIELD, b. 1871; m. MATTHEW TULLY
ix. GEORGE BUTTERFIELD m. MINNIE OSLEN
x. CLAYTON EMERSON BUTTERFIELD, b. 1875 (twin)
xi. CLINTON PATTERSON BUTTERFIELD, b. 1875 (twin)
xii. ORILLA MAY BUTTERFIELD, b. October 22, 1877; m. FRANK SCANLON

Notes for MARY HELEN BUTTERFIELD:

1890-1891 Business Directory & Farmer's List of the Nebraska State Gazetteer 
DOUGLAS COUNTY BUSINESS DIRECTORY
OMAHA 

Butterfield, M., Miss, artist, 420 Paxton blk. 

Generation No. 2

2. SARAH JANE9 BUTTERFIELD (CHARLES EMERSON8, FRANCIS7, LEVI6, BENJAMIN5, BENJAMIN4, BENJAMIN3, JOSEPH2, BENJAMIN1) was born April 17, 1855 in Iowa City, Iowa, and died May 12, 1898 in Fort Crook, Nebraska. She married ORRIN EDWARDS 1874 in Pappillion, Nebraska, son of STARLING and PHEBE EDWARDS. He was born November 18, 1845 in Mount Carroll, Illinois, and died October 13, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Notes for ORRIN EDWARDS:
Nebraska Civil War Veterans List
SNDX Name Location Record type Note

E363 Edwards, Orrin ............... Plainview ........ 1893 Vet Census .... Illinois 29th Illinois Infantry, Company I, October 10, 1864 to October 10, 1865

Children of SARAH BUTTERFIELD and ORRIN EDWARDS are:
3. + i. ALBERT ROYAL10 EDWARDS, b. March 24, 1886, LaPlatte, Nebraska; d. February 16, 1944, Douglas, Alaska.
ii. MARY EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1870; m. CHARLES ANDERSON
iii. ORT EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1872; m. KATE DIXON
iv. HARRY EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1874; m. FREDA
v. NELLIE EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1876; m. CAPTAIN LARNER
vi. GEORGE EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1880.
vii. JESSE EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1882; m. ROSE

Generation No. 3

3. ALBERT ROYAL10 EDWARDS (SARAH JANE9 BUTTERFIELD, CHARLES EMERSON8, FRANCIS7, LEVI6, BENJAMIN5, BENJAMIN4, BENJAMIN3, JOSEPH2, BENJAMIN1) was born March 24, 1886 in LaPlatte, Nebraska, and died February 16, 1944 in Douglas, Alaska. He married LEMPI ILONA AALTO June 05, 1912 in Douglas, Alaska, daughter of AUGUST AALTO (b. February 19, 1866 Tampere, Hame, Finland; m. 1893 San Francisco, California; d. October 17, 1958 Juneau, Alaska) and MARIA NYYSSALA (b. June 5, 1870 Lappajarvi, Finland; m. 1893 San Francisco, California; d. June 24, 1946 Douglas, Alaska), both naturalized citizens of the United States of America. LEMPI AALTO was born December 07, 1893 in Noyo, Mendicino, California, and died 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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