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John Butler (abt. 1734 - abt. 1808)

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John Butler
Born about in Chester, Pennsylvaniamap
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Husband of — married in Uwchlan, Chester, Pennsylvaniamap
Husband of — married in Chester, Pennsylvaniamap
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Died about in Uwchlan, Chester, Pennsylvaniamap
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Note N11862John Butler, son of Noble and Rachel (Jones) Butler, was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, about 1734 and died in Uwchlan Township, Chester County, in February 1808. He was married (1) at Uwchlan Friends Meeting on 6th month, fifth day, 1760 to Elizabeth Samuel, daughter of John Samuel, deceased, of Radnor Township, (then) Chester County. She died after March 26, 1761, on which date John Butler and Elizabeth Butler were witnesses to a Samuel family deed. Subsequently in 1763 John Butler was complained of in Uwchlan Monthly Meeting for marriage by a "priest" to one not a member, for which he was disowned. This indicates a second marriage to a woman whose name is unknown. John Butler married (3) Mary Roberts, daughter of John Roberts of Berks County, Pennsylvania, and sister of William Roberts of Uwchlan Township. She was a member of Uwchlan Friends Meeting and in 1767 she was disowned for marriage to one no longer a member. Mary Roberts Butler was living as late as 1780. John Butler married (4) Margaret ______, as indicated in the records of his estate. She died about 1826 according to the executor's account filed that year. She had meanwhile apparently married a Mr. Dennison, according to the same records.
John Butler first appears on the tax lists for Uwchlan Township in 1756 when he is taxed as a freeman (single man). His first marriage took place at Uwchlan Meeting rather than at the meeting attended by the bride at Radnor. Present at the ceremony were his parents, his three brothers, and Enoch's wife, and his sister Bersheba McCowen and her husband. Also present were members of the Samuel family as well as representatives of the families of Howell, Todhunter, Whelan, Downing, Jones, Owen, and many other well known Quaker families of the area. The record of John Butler following his first marriage can be traced in the tax records of Uwchlan Township as well as the federal census of 1790 and 1800. As he apparently did not return to Quaker Meeting after being disowned in 1763 the Friends records are not relevant. He is listed as a taxpaying landowner in Uwchlan Township throughout his adult life but the title to his farm remained in his father, who by his will devised only a life interest to John. The farm consisted of about 150 acres which in 1979 was owned by the family of Reginald G. Stanford, Jr., having for many recent years been owned by John's remote nephew J. Edgar Butler. The federal census of 1790 lists John Butler's household as containing only a male under sixteen years of age, this indicating John as probably a widower at that time. The census of 1800 lists four John Butlers in Chester County which makes identification difficult.
As far as is known John Butler had issue only his son John Butler, junior. By his will John Butler made no mention of his son but curiously bequeathed the sum of 5.66 to his son's oldest daughter without, however naming her. He left his clock to his nephew James Butler and the remainder of his estate, after the death of his wife, to the children of each of his brothers and his sister. Although his inventory contains upwards of one hundred household items the total value was less than 0. The last item was sixteen Delph plates. By the time of the death of John's widow the estate was insolvent. Although John Butler was presumably not a member of Friends Meeting at the time of his death it is probable that he is buried in the Uwchlan Friends cemetery, he having bequeathed twenty dollars to Uwchlan Meeting.
- Noble Butler: (1704-1799) of Bristol, England, Philadelphia and Chester County, Pennsylvania, His Ancestors and Descendants. 1982. p. 60-61.

Note N8756Will of John Butler
In The Name of, God, Amen I John Butler snr of the Township of Uwchlan County of Chester & State of Pennsylvania Yeoman Being very sick & weak in Body But of perfect sound mind & memory Thanks be given unto God, Calling unto mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die, do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament, Viz, first I Desire My Body to be Buried in a christian Decent like manner (at the Discretion of my Executors Herein after named) and as to such Worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give and Demise off in the following Manner Viz I give & Demise To my Wife Margaret Butler in my Real and Personal Estate Rights & Credits During Her natural Life after my deth my Executors are to vandue off all the farming Utentials that she dont stand in need of & After Her Deth To Be Divided as follows (all my Real & Personal Estate is To be sold) I give and demise To Uwchlan Meeting Twenty Dollars (I Give & Demise To my son Jno Butlers Oldest Daughter Two Hundred & Sixty six Dollars and SiXtysix Cents Likewise I give & Demise my Clock to my nephew James Butler) The rest of my estate is to be Divided equally amongst my four Brothers and Sister (char and shear alik) first I give and Demise to my Oldest brother Enoch children one shear (I give & Demise To my Brother Wm Children one Shear) I give & Demise To my Brother Nobles Children one shear) I give and Demise To my Brother Benjm children one shear) Likewise I give and Demise To my Sister Bershabes Children one shear (Lastly I nominate Constitute and Apoynt My sd Wife Isaac Lewis Hazael Thomas Esqr & Henry Lewis the sd Thomas of the Township of Vincent the others all Being of the Township of Uwchlan County & State afore said To be the Executors of this my Will hereby revoaking all other Wills Legacies & Bequests By me here before made and Declaring this and no (other) to be my Last Will and Testament In Witness Whereof I have hereuntoset my hand and seal this Fifteenth Day of February one thousand Eight Hundred and Eight Febr 1808
Signed sealed Published Pronounced and Declared By the sd Testator as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his Presence and at his request Have Subscribed As Witnesses.
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