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Elizabeth (Bigelow) Butler

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Elizabeth Butler formerly Bigelow
Born about in Wrentham, Suffolkmap
Daughter of and
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married in Hartford, Connecticutmap
Died in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticutmap
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Elizabeth Bigelow[1][2]


Born about 1616 in Wrentham, Suffolk, England, probably the daughter of Randall and Jane Bigelow.[3]


Arrived with younger brother John Biglo or Bigelow, probably around 1635, ship unknown.[4]


Married by 1640 at Hartford to Richard Butler, b. before 1610, d. August 6, 1684 at Wethersfield[5][6][7]


The order of birth is not entirely certain, it is generally accepted that the 2 eldest children are from Richard Butler's first marriage to Elizabeth (Unknown) and were raised by Elizabeth Bigelow.[8]
Step Children
  1. Thomas b. about 1637 at Hartford, d. August 29, 1688 at Hartford, m. 1658 at Hartford to Sarah Stone, 12 children.[9]
  2. Mary b. about 1639, d.September 12, 1689 at Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, m. September 29, 1659 to Samuel Wright[10]
Natural Children
  1. Deacon Samuel b. about 1641 at Hartford, d. December 31, 1692 at Wethersfield m. by 1665 to Elizabeth Olmsted[11][12]
  2. Nathaniel b. about 1642, d. Feb. 9, 1697 at Wethersfield, m. Sarah Green[13]
  3. Joseph b. about 1646 at Wethersfield, d. December 10, 1732 at Wethersfield, m. 1) by November 14, 1676 Mary Goodrich;[14] m. 2) after September 6, 1705 to Mary Bushnell, widow of William Miller. 8 children.[15]
  4. Daniel b. about 1651 at Wethersfield, d. March 28, 1692, m. by 1680 to Mabel Olmstead[16]
  5. Elizabeth b. about 1654, m. about 1674 to Joseph Olmstead[17]
  6. Hannah b. about 1656, m. by April 2, 1677 to Samuel Green[18]


September 11, 1691 at Wethersfield[19][20]


”Butler, Elizabeth. 11 September, 1691. Invt. £101-04-06. Taken by Samuel Butler & Daniel Butler.
”Court Record, Page 34—3d December, 1691: Adms. to Samuel & Daniel Butler. Dist. to her children: Nathaniel, Joseph, Daniel, Samuel Butler, Elizabeth Olmsted, Abigail Butler. Daniel Butler, though a Legatee, made Oath with Mary Butler to the Nuncupative Will of the Deed, that the Estate should be divided equally among her children, and it appearing by the Testimony of Mary Butler that Elizabeth Butler, deed, nere her death did declare that it was her minde that after her death her goods should be equally divided unto her live children, Nathaniel, Joseph, Daniel and Samuel Butler and Elizabeth Olmsted; and Daniel Butler, although he be a legatee, yet affirmed that he heard his Mother say & declare the same as is Testified by Mary Butler, which this Court accepts as the last Will of sayd Elizabeth Butler; onely whereas there is a debt of about Thirteen & fourteen pounds sayd to be due from Thomas Butler, Adms. to his Father’s Estate, and upon his own proper accot, which debt, this Court, with consent of Samuel Butler, Daniel Butler and Joseph Olmsted, doe remit to the sayd Thomas Butler & to his Brethren & Sisters, onely Thomas Butler to have a double portion of it.”[21][22]

Genealogical Questions



#S1, Barbour, Lucius Barnes, 1982, Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, Maryland and Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc., Glastonbury, Connecticut pp.388
#S2 Bigelow, Patricia. 1986, The Bigelow Family Genealogy. Vol 1. The Bigelow Society, Flint, Michigan
#S3 Colett, Jr., Merideth B. 1936. Joseph Butler Of Wethersfield And His Wives, The American Genealogist Vol 13:216
#S4 Jacobus, Donald Lines, 1970 Bainbridge-Green-Plumb-Butler Connections The American Genealogist Vol 46:8
#S5 Joslyn, Roger D. 1984. The Wife or Wives of Samuel Butler of Wethersfield CT, The American Genealogist Vol 60:29
#S6, Manwaring, Charles William, 1904, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records R. S. Peck & Co., Printers, Hartford, Connecticut
#S7 Stiles, Henry R. 1904 Families of Ancient Wethersfield pg, 170 Clearfield Publishing Inc., New York
#S8 Torry, Clarence A., 2004, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, Maryland


  1. #S1 Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut
  2. #S7 Families of Ancient Wethersfield
  3. #S2 The Bigelow Family Genealogy. Vol 1
  4. #S2 The Bigelow Family Genealogy. Vol 1
  5. #S8 New England Marriages Prior to 1700, pg.127
  6. #S4 Bainbridge-Green-Plumb-Butler Connections
  7. #S7 Families of Ancient Wethersfield
  8. #S4 Bainbridge-Green-Plumb-Butler Connections
  9. #S8 New England Marriages Prior to 1700, pg.127
  10. #S8 New England Marriages Prior to 1700, pg.843
  11. #S8 New England Marriages Prior to 1700, pg.127, Torry erroneously reports spouse as Mary Olmstead
  12. #S5 The Wife or Wives of Samuel Butler of Wethersfield CT
  13. #S8 New England Marriages Prior to 1700, pg.127
  14. #S8 New England Marriages Prior to 1700, pg.127
  15. #S3 Joseph Butler Of Wethersfield And His Wives
  16. #S8 New England Marriages Prior to 1700, pg.126
  17. #S8 New England Marriages Prior to 1700, pg.545
  18. #S4 Bainbridge-Green-Plumb-Butler Connections
  19. #S6 A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
  20. #S7 Families of Ancient Wethersfield
  21. #S6 A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
  22. #S7 Families of Ancient Wethersfield


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