The Butterfield Family
Descendants of Benjamin Butterfield I
Contributed by Sandra Wallman Franke email@example.com
Generation No. 1
1. BENJAMIN1 BUTTERFIELD I was born ~ 1548 in Ovendon, Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng, and died ~ 1610 in Eng.
Notes for BENJAMIN BUTTERFIELD I:
Burke's Encyclopedia of Heraldry, Coat of Arms of Butterfield Family:
Arms - "Gules, a griffin, passant, argent"
Crest - "Out of a ducal coronet or, a dragon's head, wings ele verted vert"
Child of BENJAMIN BUTTERFIELD I is:
Generation No. 2
2. BENJAMIN2 BUTTERFIELD II (BENJAMIN1) was born ~ 1572 in Ovendon, Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng, and died in Eng.
Children of BENJAMIN BUTTERFIELD II are:
Child of BENJAMIN BUTTERFIELD II is:
Generation No. 3
3. THOMAS3 BUTTERFIELD (BENJAMIN2, BENJAMIN1) was born ~ 1592 in Ovendon, Yorkshire, Eng, and died 16 September 1614 in Ovendon, Yorkshire, Eng. He married SUSANNA WOOD 8 March 1611/12 in St. John the Baptist Church, Ovendon, Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng1. She was born Bet. 1590 - 1595 in Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng, and died Aft. 1645 in Fairfield Co, CT.
More About SUSANNA WOOD: Date born 2: 7 May 1572, Ovenden, Yorkshire, Eng
Date born 3: 1590, Ovenden, Yorkshire, Eng
Immigration: 1635, Eng to MA Bay Colony w/family and with late husband's brothers Benjamin & Samuel Butterfield
Parentage/Ancestry: Query: ?d/o William & Frances Ogden Wood; ?d/o Edmund & Margaret Heird Wood
Children of THOMAS BUTTERFIELD and SUSANNA WOOD are:
4. BENJAMIN3 BUTTERFIELD III (BENJAMIN2, BENJAMIN1) was born Bet. 1600 - 1610 in Ovendon Parish, Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng2,3, and died 2 March 1687/88 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA4,5. He married (1) ANNE JUNDON6 26 October 1632 in Yorkshire, Eng7. She was born Bet. 1605 - 1616 in Yorkshire, Eng8, and died 19 May 1661 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA9,10. He married (2) HANNAH CHAWKLEY 3 June 1663 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA11,12,13. She was born ~ 1612 in Eng, and died 19 May 1677 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA14.
Notes for BENJAMIN BUTTERFIELD III:
Benjamin Butterfield from whom the American family chiefly derives issue was the son of Benjamin I, born abt 1600 Ovenden, York, England, and baptized at St. John The Baptist Church in Halifax, England. He married Ann Jundon of Moldon, Eng and they already had two small children when Benjamin and his family joined with Benjamin's young half-brother Samuel, and his older sister [in-law] Susanna, with her husband, the Reverend Matthew Mitchell and their children for the trip to America in 1635.
He was known to be in Charlestown in the Bay Colony in 1638, then, removing to Woburn, his name appears among the first town orders of Woburn and, in 1643, he was made a Freeman. (in early Colonial life a Freeman was one who was entitled to vote and was considered a "gentleman." To qualify, a man must not be indentured and must be a property owner and a member of the Church). In 1645 we find Benjamin's name on the Woburn tax list. In 1652 the inhabitants of Woburn petitioned for leave to explore the West side of the Concord River. The report was, "a very comfortable place to accomodate a company of God's people." In 1658, Benjamin headed a petition of twenty-nine names from Woburn and Concord for a tract of land six miles square, "to begin at the Merrimack River, as the neck of land six miles square, "to begin at the Merrimack River, at the neck of land next to the Concord River," to run southerly on the Concord River and westerly into the wild country. This spot was known to the indians as Naamkeek. The six mile tract was occupied in 1654 by Benjamin and his associates, including the family names of Learned, Chamberlin, Fletcher, Adams, Proctor, Hildreth, Blodgett and Parker.
In 1655 the town was incorporated under the name of Chelmsford, MA. The land adjoining was occupied by the Rev. John Eliot with a reservation for Christianized Indians called "Wamesit." The line between the Indians and the English was run "on the east side of Butterfield's highway" and marked by a ditch. On this highway Benjamin pitched his farm and built his house, somewhere within what is now Ward 4, Lowell, MA. Also in 1655, Benjamin was one of the signers of letters requesting the Minister of Wenham, MA, the Rev John Fiske, to come to Chelmsford, MA to start the Church at Chelmsford which is now Unitarian and known as the First Congregational Society. They gave the Rev. Fiske 30 acres of meadow and 30 acres of plowable land plus a house 20' x 38' with 3 fine rooms and brick or stone chimneys as well as 50 pounds the first year, and maintenance therafter. In 1656, Benjamin is named as one of the citizens of Chelmsford, MA to whom the Governor Dudley farm of 1500 acres in Billerica was conveyed.
On 1 Dec 1656, a minister in Chelmsford (probably Rev. Fiske) recorded the fact that he had baptized the following sons of Benjamin Butterfield that day: Benjamin III, age about 20 years; Jonathan, age about 15 years; Nathaniel, age about 11 1/2 years; Samuel, age about 8 years. In view of the birthdates recorded by the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for Joseph, Samuel & Nathaniel, it seems that the good minister was estimating the ages of the boys at from one to three years younger than they actually were. He also did not record a baptism for Benjamin's daughter, Mary. Therefore, as near as it can be discovered, it seems that Benjamin's and Ann's children were:
Benjamin III (AKA Berabin), b Eng ~1633; d Chelmsford, MA 1 Feb 1663
Mary b Eng abt 1635, m 1653, Daniel Blodgett, Chelmsford, MA; d 5 Sept 1666
Jonathan b 1641; m Mary Dixon of Cambridge, MA; d 3 April 1673
Nathaniel b Woburn, MA 14 Feb 1642
Samuel b Woburn, MA 17 May 1647
Joseph b Woburn, MA 15 Aug 1649
Benjamin II's wife Ann (Jundon) Butterfield, d Chelmsford, 9 May 1661 (VR); he m.2 3 Jun 1663 (VR) Hannah, widow of Thomas Wittemore of Cambridge; Hannah d 19 Mar 1677, Chelmsford, MA (VR)
In 1666, Newfields, a tract of 241 acres of Intervale, across Stony Brook and extending up the Merrimack was granted to Chelmsford, MA. Of this, perhaps the best land in the growing town, Benjamin obtained 42 acres; the largest share of any one person. In 1686 the Indian reservation, "Wamesit" was purchased by the whites. The story of the imprisonment, neglect, starvation, and even selling into slavery of these Indians because the whites felt they could not be trusted during King Philip's War is a shameful one. The remnant of the "praying Indians", upon release, unable to trust the whites, moved north under the leadership of Wanalancit to join other "wild" tribes, and sold their land in "Wamesit." Three of Benjamin's sons were among the grantees. The surviving sons: Nathaniel, Samuel and Joseph. (Middlesex Deeds X19). This territory, which had been occupied by Wanalancit and his tribe as a cornfield and fishing station, is now occupied by the factories of Lowell, MA. The purchase included also 500 acres upon the north and east side of the Merrimack of "wilderness land", a general term for the unsettled country outside the incorporated limits. Nathaniel and Samuel Butterfield settled on the Wamesit lands, and Joseph in the wilderness between Tyng's Pond and the river.
Benjamin served the town of Chelmsford, MA as a Selectman or "Trustee" in the years 1656, 1657, 1660, and 1661. He died in Chelmsford, MA 2 March 1688.
Sources: History of Boston; Savage's Genealogical Dictionary; 400 Years Of Progress, G. A. Gordon, NEHGS Register, 44:33, Boston Transcript Files; Linares Chapter DAR and Records belonging to Charles Butterfield; Water, History Of Chelmsford; Vital Statistics of towns.
More About BENJAMIN BUTTERFIELD III: Burial: Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA
Christening: St. John the Baptist Church, Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng
Immigration: ~ 1635, Eng to MA w/family on the "James"15
Life/Times Event: 10 May 1643, Took Freeman's Oath/MA15,16
Occupation: Husbandman (Farmer); Proprietor
Public Ofc/Service: Bet. 1656 - 1657, 1660-1661 Selectman/Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA
Religion: First Congregational Society
Residence: 1635, Charlestown; 1638 Woburn; 1653 Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA
Will: 8 May 1677, Will Date; 7 June 1688 Will Probated/Boston, Suffolk Co, MA
More About ANNE JUNDON: Date born 2: Bet. 1605 - 1616, Devonshire, Eng
Parentage/Ancestry: Could she be a Jourdan/Jurdayne of Dorsetshire & Devonshire, Eng
Religion: First Congregational Society
Residence: Molten, Devonshire, Eng
Web Search: November 1999, No parentage on Gendex
Marriage Notes for BENJAMIN BUTTERFIELD and ANNE JUNDON: Excerpt from letter/manuscript from Dorothy Benway Butterfield (Mrs. O.J. Butterfield), Sedalia, CO sent to Lucy Farris Heidenreich 6 Dec 1952:
"Some of the children [of Benjamin and Anne] were born in England, but no record of which. John, the eldest, went to Virginia from Massachusetts, Jonathan, Mary, Nathan, Nathaniel, Samuel, Joseph are the children of Benj. as far as known.
John, eldest son of Benjamin, probably born in England, went to Virginia from Mass., was at East Shore in 1633, probably before. Said to have been born in 1600. Was living next at Smith's Plantation, later at James City, Va. No statement of progeny, but probably the progenitor of the Butterfields scattered over the Southern States."
[Interesting, but have never heard of this before; DOB may be wrong, but 1600 DOB makes it impossible that he was the son of this Benjamin. Could Benjamin have had a brother, John who went to Virginia? Were there Butterfields in the south that early? --swf]
Children of BENJAMIN BUTTERFIELD and ANNE JUNDON are:
Generation No. 4
5. JONATHAN4 BUTTERFIELD (BENJAMIN3, BENJAMIN2, BENJAMIN1) was born 1641 in Woburn, Middlesex Co, MA24, and died 3 April 1673 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA25,26. He married MARY DIXON 12 June 1667 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA27,28. She was born 17 June 1649 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co, MA29, and died 8 April 1673 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA30,31.
Notes for JONATHAN BUTTERFIELD:
An inventory of the estate of Jonathan Butterfield was apprized by us &c. on the 15th of April, 1673.
(Signed) Thomas Hinchman William Dixon Joseph Richardson
Waltham (Middlesex Probate Registry, lib. iv. folio.120.)
17 June 1673, Jonathan's estate was administrated and was granted to his father, Benjamin Butterfield and his father-in-law, William Dixon on behalf of ye children of ye said Jonathan. (Middlesex Court records)
More About JONATHAN BUTTERFIELD: Date born 2: ~ 1633, Eng
Christening: 1 December 1656, by Rev Fiske at age 15/Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA32
Official Records: 18 April 1672, On the committee to appraise the estate of Daniel Blodgett, signed his name: Jona: Butterfielde33
Will: 15 April 1673, Estate Inventory and Appraisal; 17 June 1673 Estate Administered34
More About MARY DIXON: Date born 2: 17 June 1650, Eng
Died 2: 4 March 1672/73, Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA
Died 3: 3 May 1673, Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA
Parentage/Ancestry: d/o William & Jane Dixon of Cambridge, MA
Children of JONATHAN BUTTERFIELD and MARY DIXON are:
6. NATHANIEL4 BUTTERFIELD (BENJAMIN3, BENJAMIN2, BENJAMIN1) was born 14 February 1642/43 in Woburn, Middlesex Co, MA37, and died 31 December 1719 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA38,39,40. He married DEBORAH UNDERWOOD 31 December 1668 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA41,42,43, daughter of WILLIAM UNDERWOOD and SARAH PELLET. She was born 1652 in Concord, Middlesex Co, MA44, and died 25 June 1691 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA45,46.
More About NATHANIEL BUTTERFIELD: Date born 2: 14 December 1642, Woburn, Middlesex Co, MA47
Christening: 1 December 1656, by Rev. Fiske at age 11.5/Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA48
Military Service: Bet. 1690 - 1697, King William's War,Garrison of the West Regiment of Middlesex
Official Records: August 1676, Received a cash settlement from the town of Chelmsford for losses sustained during King Philip's War
Property: 1686, Took part of the "Wamesit" land (now Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA)
Will: 10 January 1709/10, Divided his Chelmsford land between 3 sons: Benjamin, Samuel, Nathaniel49
More About DEBORAH UNDERWOOD: Date born 2: 1653, Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA
Christening: 1 December 1656, Castleton, Rutland Co, VT
More About NATHANIEL BUTTERFIELD and DEBORAH UNDERWOOD:
Marriage 2: 25 December 1668, Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA50
Children of NATHANIEL BUTTERFIELD and DEBORAH UNDERWOOD are:
7. SAMUEL4 BUTTERFIELD (BENJAMIN3, BENJAMIN2, BENJAMIN1) was born 17 May 1647 in Woburn, Middlesex Co, MA70, and died 30 July 1714 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA71. He married MARY BALLARD 12 February 1667/68 in Middlesex Co, MA72, daughter of WILLIAM BALLARD and GRACE BERWICK. She was born 1650 in Andover, Essex Co, MA, and died 25 January 1702/03 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA73.
Notes for SAMUEL BUTTERFIELD:
Will, signed 4/26/1703: "Samuel Butterfield, his Mark," was written by Eliezer Browne, one of the witnesses, and probated 7/1/1715. In it he mentions his sons Samuel and Jonathan, and his daughters Mercy, Ann, Phebe, and Deborah. It lies in the mdx. Registry with the following certificate appended: Middlesex County This will of Samuel Butterfield, late of Chelmsford, of paper was exhibited for probate pr. Samuel and Jonathan Butterfield sons of the said Deceased & Executors in the same named & Jonathan Powers made oath that he together with Nathaniel Blodgett (now dead) & Eliezer Brown (who now lives in Connecticut Colony set to their hands as Witnesses in the Testator's presence & that he see him sign and seal & heard him publish the same to be his last will and testament & that he was of sound mind & this will is proved & approved & the administration thereof is committed to the said Samuel & Jonathan Butterfield Executors are said. Witness my hand and seal of office at Cambridge, 7-1-1715. Pt. Fra. Foxcroft Judge Prob. for Middx.
More About SAMUEL BUTTERFIELD:
Christening: 1 December 1656, by Rev Fiske at age 8/Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA74
Will: 26 April 1703, Will Signed/Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA; 1 July 1715, Probated
More About MARY BALLARD: Died 2: 1702, (Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA)75
AKA (Facts Pg): Marianne Ballard
Children of SAMUEL BUTTERFIELD and MARY BALLARD are:
8. JOSEPH4 BUTTERFIELD (BENJAMIN3, BENJAMIN2, BENJAMIN1) was born 15 August 1649 in Woburn, Middlesex Co, MA83, and died 12 February 1719/20 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA84. He married LYDIA BALLARD 12 April 1674 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA85,86,87,88, daughter of WILLIAM BALLARD and GRACE BERWICK. She was born 30 April 1657 in Andover, Essex Co, MA89,90, and died ~ 1728 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA91.
More About JOSEPH BUTTERFIELD:
Christening: 1 December 1656, by Rev Fiske at age 6/Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA92
Residence: 1656, Chelmsford, MA; 1686 settled on 500 acres of "wilderness land" on the north side of the Merrimac River, between the river and Tyng's Pond. (now Tyngsboro, Middlesex Co, MA)
Will: 22 December 1720, Estate appraised and inventoried
Notes for LYDIA BALLARD: Filed with the same inventory in the Midx. Reg. Viz: To the honoured Judge of probate for the County of Middlesex:
Honoured Sir: After my service presented to hour honour, these may certify you, that through age and infirmities I am not able to come to Cambridge: I earnestly desire that Dea. Joshua Fletcher may be put in administrator upon the estate of my deceased husband, for he is an honest man and one that is capable of managing such a work; which if your honour please to grant or show of your honour will much oblidge you humble servant.
Chelmsford Sept. ye 14th., 1728 Lydia Butterfeild (Endorsed)
Sept. 16, 1728. At the desire of his widow, within named, of Joseph Butterfield, only surviving son of said deceased, of Simon Thompson and Ephraim Waters, Husbands to two of Deceased's Daughters, Administration on ye said Deceased's estate is granted to Joshua Fletcher of Chelmsford, yeoman, Joseph Butterfield of said Town surety___lbs. 300, I.R. J.P.
More About LYDIA BALLARD: Will: 14 September 1728, Filed letter with Judge of Probate/Middlesex Co, requesting Deacon Joshua Fletcher be made administrator of her late husband's estate
More About JOSEPH BUTTERFIELD and LYDIA BALLARD:
Marriage 2: 12 February 1673/74, Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, MA93
Children of JOSEPH BUTTERFIELD and LYDIA BALLARD are:
Parentage/Ancestry: s/o Daniel & Hannah Chandler Bixby.
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