William W. (Buttler) Butler

William W. (Buttler) Butler (1653 - abt. 1730)

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Lt. William W. (Lt. William) Butler formerly Buttler
Born in Ipswich, Mass.map
Husband of — married in Ipswich, MAmap
Husband of — married in Chebacco, Mass.map
Husband of — married in Ipswich, MAmap
Died about in Ipswich, Mass.map
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Categories: Ipswich, Massachusetts.

The Butler family was founded in America by Lt. William Butler, b. about 1650.[1] He took the freeman's oath in Ipswich, Massachusetts Oct 11, 1682, and was a yeoman there, in 1688. He died at Ipswich August 2, 1730.[2]

Lt. William Butler was born 1653 in Essex, Mass. His parents were William Butler and Sarah [__?__]. William died 2 Aug 1730 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass[3]

William Butler, Jan. 29, 1711, gives to his son Ralph “one half of the house I now live in—that is, the northwest end, the old end that father Cross lived in–with two acres of tillage, etc. This farm was in Chebacco (the part of Ipswich now Essex) and had been bought by William Butler in 195 and 199 of Capt. Stephen Cross and Robert Cross, Jr., sons of Robert Cross, Sr. (Essex Deeds, Vol. 10, p. 163; vol. 12, p. 53).

It is in the deed of Capt. Stephen Cross, June 15, 199, that is found the first mention of William Butler as lieutenant; in other deeds he is called “senior,” “farmer” and “yeoman,”

Lt. Butler fought in the early Indian wars, acquiring his title. He was a considerable land owner in Ipswich.[2]



He married (1) in 1673, Sarah Cross (b. 1654). They had nine children. William's wife, Sarah died before July 21, 1703, when he then married (2) Mary Ingalls. They had three children. Two died young. His third wife (3) Abigail Metcalf (b 1656-died after him), he married Nov. 1713. She remarried, June 16, 1731, Lt. Simon Wood.[2][3]

Husband: Lt. William Butler (1653 - 1730)
Wife 1: Sarah Cross (1654 - 1703?)
Marriage Date: 1675[3] or 1677[4]
Marriage Place: Ipswich
Children (9)
Husband: Lt. William Butler (1653 -1730)
Wife 2: Mary Ingalls
Marriage Date: July 21, 1703
Marriage Place: Ipswich
Children (3)
Husband: Lt. William Butler (1653 -1730)
Wife 3: Abigail Metcal (1656- )
Marriage Date: Nov 1713
Marriage Place: Ipswich
Children (?)


Date: Aug 2, 1730[2]
Place: Chebacco, MA[2]

Butler, William, Lt., of Chebacco, Aug. 2, 1730.[5]


All the entries for Butler in Lt. William's will (written in 1724) are spelled with two "t's. as in Buttler. The will is shown as William W. Buttler Jr. and signed with a Mark. There is entry in the Ipswich town records that shows a birth for a William Buttler (1677), (Lt. William's son.)


  • Vital Records of Ipswich Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Volume II – Marriages and Deaths. Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1910.
  • Jordan, John W. Colonial And Revolutionary Families Of Pennsylvania. Originally published New York and Chicago: 1911.


  1. Born 1653, according to gedcom import of John Butler. No source given
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Jordan, John W. Colonial And Revolutionary Families Of Pennsylvania. Originally published New York and Chicago: 1911.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Miners Descent: Robert Cross; daughter Sarah
  4. Vital Records of Ipswich Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Volume II – Marriages and Deaths. Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1910.


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On 6 Apr 2013 John Butler wrote:

The Y-DNA for Lt.William Butler has been

tested to 67 markers. A copy of certification can be viewed in the Photo section of this page.

His haplotype (R1a1a) can be traced back to the North-Western European branch circa:(-6000bc.)

On 4 Apr 2013 John Butler wrote:

John R. Butler is a 9th generation

descendant grand-son of Lt. William Butler


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On 19 May 2012 John Butler wrote:

The Vital Records of Ipswich, Mass.show

that the Lt. William Butler family was using "Buttler" as a surname in 1734. All genealogy records have him listed as "Lt. William Butler"

On 8 Feb 2012 John Butler wrote:

Lt. William Butler was married three times.

He married his second wife, Mary Ingalls,in 1703.They had 5 children: Samuel John b:1707 Mary Hanna Elizabeth

On 24 Jan 2012 John Butler wrote:

We have found a "link" in the records of "The Founders and Patriots of America Register" that connects Lt. William to his father, William Buttler, who was an immigrant founder. He had settled in the Colony of Mass. Bay before 1650.

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Lt. William Butler of Ipswich, Mass. (generations 1 to 5)
Lt. William Butler of Ipswich, Mass. (generations  1 to 5)

(copy of Lt. William's 1724 will)
   (copy of Lt. William's 1724 will)

Lineage of Elmer Ellsworth Butler
Lineage of Elmer Ellsworth Butler

R1a1 information
R1a1  information

Butler Y-dna Project (R1a data)
Butler Y-dna Project  (R1a data)

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On 25 May 2013 at 13:52 GMT John Butler wrote:

The Y-DNA of this Butler ancestry is R1a1,and has been traced back to -6000BC. Nearly all members of this sub-group (97%) have their origin in the countries around the North Sea: (British Isles, Norway, Sweden, Denmark,

NW- Germany, and Netherlands).

On 9 Apr 2013 at 23:00 GMT John Butler wrote:

Photo section entries

1. Butler generations 1 thru 5 2. Lt. William's will (1724) 3. Lineage of Elmer Ellsworth Butler 4. Descendants of Lt. William Butler 5. R1a1a information 6. Butler Y-dna project(R1a data) 7. Comparative Y-dna results. 8.Vital records of Ipswich, Mass. 9.John Butler/ Mary Ingalls/ Zebulon Butler 10.Butler family of Ipswich 11.Y-dna certificate (37 markers) 12.Y-dna certificate (67 markers) 13.Frank Osgood Butler 14.Ancestry of Elmer Ellsworth Butler 15.Vital records of Buttler marriages 16. 67 markers for Lt. William Butler 17. Immigrant ancestor :William Buttler 18. Wilkes-Barre information 19. Founders of America

On 21 May 2012 at 14:23 GMT John Butler wrote:

Research has revealed that the yDNA of

Lt. William Butler was R1a1. This means that all his grand-fathers, his father, sons, and grandsons, have the same yDNA (R1a1). The Haplotype is passed down practically unchanged for 500 generations (1500 years). Note: Has anyone with this haplotype been able to trace their ancestry back to the Normans or the Vikings?

On 8 Feb 2012 at 18:43 GMT John Butler wrote:

According to the Town Clerk of Ipswich, the records from 1634 to 1660 are missing.

On 13 Jan 2012 at 15:30 GMT John Butler wrote:

The book:

"Butlers and Kinsfolk" by Elmer Ellsworth Butler can be purchased on line at, Quintin Publications <sales@quintinpublications.com> Note: If you go on Line and enter "Hathi Digital Library",and then search (Butlers and Kinsfolk),you will be able to read the entire book online.

On 11 Jan 2012 at 16:33 GMT John Butler wrote:

Entry from "Butler's and Kinsfolk"

"Lieut.William Butler, yeoman, of Ipswich, Mass. born, (it is indicated in Essex County court records),in 1653, was the New World ancestor of a line of colonizers who left records as hardy pioneers both in what is now the United States and in Canada. His place of origin has been sought at various times over a period of many years by different descendants and by genealogical investigators. The search to date has been without result." (The book was published in 1944) **************** note: we now have DNA technology that can be helpful in tracing our ancestry.

On 11 Jan 2012 at 00:21 GMT John Butler wrote:

by author:George Hollenbach Butler

William Butler,born about 1650, who was a yeoman in 1688, Ipswich,Mass.and was made a freeman there October 11, 1682. He died at Ipswich, August 2nd, 1730 He married (first) in 1673, Sarah Cross,by whom he had nine children. He married (second), Mary Ingalls,born 1656,by whom he had three children. He married (third) Abigail Metcalf. Lt. William Butler aquired his military title through service in the early Indian wars,and is referred to in the records of Ipswich by that title.

On 8 Jan 2012 at 16:16 GMT John Butler wrote:

The lineage of Elmer Ellsworth Butler

1.Lt. William Butler (1653-1730) 2.Thomas Butler (1682-1765) 3.Thomas Butler (1705- ) 4.Eleazer Butler (1736-1789) 5.Eleazer Butler (1763-1857) 6.Stephen Butler (1784-1874) 7.Andrew Butler (1823-1859) 8.James A.Butler (1853-1926) 9.Elmer Ellsworth Butler (1879- ) 10.Elmer Earl Butler (1907- ) 11.Eric Earl Butler (1942- )

Recently number 11 on the above list (the grandson of Elmer Ellsworth Butler) had his DNA tested and recorded as yDNA R1a1. Since a certain section of the y-DNA remains (practically unchanged from father to son for 100's of years)all of the above males are haplotype R1a1.

On 7 Jan 2012 at 17:41 GMT John Butler wrote:

DNA is the carrier of our genetic information, which passes from

generation to generation. At conception, a person receives DNA from both their father and mother.We each have 23 pairs of chromosomes and for each pair, one was received from the father and one was received from the mother. The Y chromosome is transmitted from father to sons. Scientists have identified a small portion, which is passed virtually unchanged from father to son. Testing this portion of the Y chromosome provides information about the direct male line, which is the father, his father.and so forth back in time. The locations tested are called Markers.A small change,occurs about once every 500 generations. Therefore male individuals can be tested for an ancestor that may be 100's years in the past.

On 7 Jan 2012 at 16:45 GMT John Butler wrote:

Frank Osgood Butler was a descendant of Lt. William Butler of Ipswich,Mass. He wrote a 20 page book titled "Some accounts of the descendants of Lt. William Butler". The booklet was published in 1899. The Library of Congress,Wash. D.C. has a microfilm copy.

Frank also gave a copy of his ancestry to American Ancestry. It included an entry that Lt. William's father was William Butler and his mother was Sarah. However, he did not mention the source of this information

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