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.
Lt. William Butler was born 1653 in Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony. His parents were William Butler and Sarah [__?__].
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 1695 and 1699 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, 1699, 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.
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.
Lt. William Buttler "of Chebacco" died on 2 Aug 1730, in Ipswich.
Will of William Butler, dated Oct 26, 1724 and proved on August 15, 1730 listed the following persons:
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.)
On 6 Apr 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 circa:(-6000bc.)
On 4 Apr 2013 John Butler wrote:
descendant grand-son of Lt. William Butler
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On 19 May 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 8 Feb 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 24 Jan 2012 John Butler wrote:
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On 25 May 2013 at 13:52 GMT John Butler wrote:
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On 9 Apr 2013 at 23:00 GMT 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 19. Founders of America
On 21 May 2012 at 14:23 GMT 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 8 Feb 2012 at 18:43 GMT John Butler wrote:
On 13 Jan 2012 at 15:30 GMT John Butler wrote:
"Butlers and Kinsfolk" by Elmer Ellsworth Butler can be purchased on line at, Quintin Publications <email@example.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:
"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:
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:
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.
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