Genealogical and Family History
of the

Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.

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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]

[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]


The Butler family is descended from the ninth Duke of Ormond. The Dukes of Ormond were created under Edward III of England, and placed over the county Palatine of Ormond, Tipperary, Ireland. They were sent from England to Ireland by Henry II of England in 1172. They were also stationed there under King John. They originally came to England with William the Conqueror, from Glanville, near Caen, France. (See American Family Genealogy, p. 31; also Thomas Butler and his Descendants, p. 20 and 21; also volume for 1848, N.E.G. & A.R.P. 355)

(I) Thomas Butler settled in Berwick, Maine, about 1690. He was the fourth son of the ninth Duke of Ormond. He had a son Moses, mentioned below.

(II) Moses, son of Thomas Butler, resided in Berwick. In 1740 he was in command of a company as captain, and in 1744 recruited the Seventh Company of the First Massachusetts Regiment, which he commanded during the siege and capture of Louisburg, July 4, 1745. He was also at the siege of Quebec in 1754. He had a son Thomas, mentioned below.

(III) Thomas, son of Moses Butler, was an officer in the revolution in Captain Ebenezer Sullivan's company, Colonel Scammon's regiment, stationed at Cambridge and vicinity in 1775. He had a son Nathaniel, mentioned below.

(IV) Nathaniel, son of Thomas Butler, served in the revolution when a boy. He married Mercy Wentworth, a lineal descendant of Elder William Wentworth, who came from Alford, Lincolnshire, England, to Exeter, N. H. in 1639. Elder William Wentworth was the twenty-first descendant of Reginald Wentworth, who was the proprietor of the Lordship of Wentworth, of Strafford, in the west of Yorkshire, in the parish of Wath-upon-Dearn, nine miles from Sheffield, and thirteen miles form Doncaster, and who was living there when William the Conqueror came to England in 1066.
Nathniel Butler had a son Nathaniel, mentioned below.

(V) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (1) Butler, married Tabitha Joy. He had a daughter Tabitha, who married Sheldon Hobbs Beal.

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