The Butler family was founded in America by Lt. William Butler, b. about 1650. 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.
He married (1) in 1673, Sarah Cross (b. 1654). They had nine children. He then married (2) on July 21 1703 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.
Lt. Butler fought in the early Indian wars, acquiring his title. He was a considerable land owner in Ipswich.
Died Butler, William, Lt., of Chebacco, Aug. 2, 1730.
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.)
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- ↑ Born 1653, according to gedcom import of John Butler. No source given
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jordan, John W. Colonial And Revolutionary Families Of Pennsylvania Originally published New York and Chicago: 1911.
- ↑ Vital Records of Ipswich Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Volume II – Marriages and Deaths. Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1910.
On April 6, 2013 John Butler wrote:
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
On April 4, 2013 John Butler wrote:
descendant grand-son of Lt. William Butler
(See Photo section on this page:
On May 19, 2012 John Butler wrote:
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 February 8, 2012 John Butler wrote:
He married his second wife, Mary Ingalls,in 1703.They had 5 children:
Samuel John b:1707 Mary Hanna Elizabeth
On January 24, 2012 John Butler wrote:
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No known carriers of Lt. William's Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA have taken yDNA or mtDNA tests.
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On May 25, 2013 at 13:52GMT John Butler wrote:
NW- Germany, and Netherlands).
On April 9, 2013 at 23:00GMT John Butler wrote:
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
On May 21, 2012 at 14:23GMT John Butler wrote:
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 February 8, 2012 at 18:43GMT John Butler wrote:
On January 13, 2012 at 15:30GMT John Butler wrote:
"Butlers and Kinsfolk"
by Elmer Ellsworth Butler can be purchased on line at,
Quintin Publications <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 January 11, 2012 at 16:33GMT John Butler wrote:
"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 January 11, 2012 at 00:21GMT John Butler wrote:
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 January 8, 2012 at 16:16GMT John Butler wrote:
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 January 7, 2012 at 17:41GMT John Butler wrote:
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 January 7, 2012 at 16:45GMT John Butler wrote:
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