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Source of the Name: A Song

The name of this tract may well have been a popular song of the 1600s. One edition of the ballad was printed between 1641 and 1661, interestingly, the time of England's Puritan Commonwealth. The lyrics may be found here:


1700 Neighbor in Batchelors Delight Transaction

On January 3, 1700, Robert Tyler of Prince Georges County, Gent, and his wife Susanna conveyed to Richard Butt of Anne Arundel County, Planter, for 69 pounds sterling, 206.25 acres of Batchelors Delight.

Tyler had recently purchased it from Richard Marsham.

The tract had been part of a 3800 acre tract called "Darnalls Grove" formerly in Calvert County, now in P. G. County, on the west side of Collington Branch.

The land is adjacent to property of Samuel Duvall and Robert Bradley. Richard Duckett and Lewis Duvall witnessed the transaction.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY LAND RECORDS, Deed, 3 January 1700 From: ROBERT TYLER of P. G. County, gent. To: RICHARD BUTT of Anne Arundel County, planter Price: 69 pounds sterling Property: All the 206 and 1/4 acre tract called "Batchelors Delight" recently purchased by said TYLER from RICHARD MARSHAM, said tract being part of the 3800 acre tract called "Darnalls Grove," formerly in Calvert County, now in P. G. County, on the west side of Collington Branch; bounding on "Darnalls Grove," and land of SAMUEL DUVALL and ROBERT BRADLY. Signature: ROB'T TYLER Wit.: RICHARD DUCKETT, LEWIS DUVALL Ackn'd: ROBERT TYLER and wife SUSANNA, 3 January 1700. Recorded: 25 February 1700, Vol. A, p. 349 [1]

1701 Sale

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY LAND RECORDS, Deed, 6 February 1701 From: THOMAS LEMARR of P. G. County, planter To: JOHN POTTINGER of P. G. County, planter Price: 40 pounds sterling Property: The 100 acre tract "Samuels Delight" on Collington Branch, bounding on "Majors Lott" and Maj. SEWELL'S "Bachilors Hope"; being part of a larger tract called "Batchelors Delight." Signature: THOMAS LEMARR Wit.: SAMEL MAGRUDER, THOMAS SPRIGG, JR., JONATHAN SIMMONS. Ackn'd: THOMAS LEMARR and wife ANN, 6 February 1701 Recorded: 5 May 1702, Vol. A, p. 432. [2]

1731 Survey for Richard Marsham

Here are some survey's from the early- to mid-1700's that are interesting.

This one is for Richard Marsham on November 26, 1731. It is not very helpful in determining the exact location of the 206-1/4 acre Batchelors Delight of Richard Butt, b. 1670. It reads in part; "Beginning at the Northernmost corner of the _ Warring land called Mount Pleasant and running thence East three hundred & Eighty Seven...". The only place I can find a Mount Pleasant, near Darnalls Grove is in the far right map from the National Park Service, U S Department of Interior. They refer to it elsewhere as "Mount Pleasant Landing". It doesn't help locate Batchelors Delight but it does help to verify the location of Darnalls Grove. [3]

Butt Descendants

As mentioned above, some believe the wife "Mary" mentioned in the 1810 Berkeley County, VA will of Richard Butt is Mary Dickey. The "...Rockbridge County, Virginia, marriage bond dated 7 March 1797 for a Richard Butt to marry Mary Dickey, daughter of Robert Dickey", mentioned in the above, could be the source of that belief. And this may be so. I've found the family history of a Dickey family from Pennsylvania. I've discussed this Mary Dickey with the author. That author does not know of a Mary Dickey who could have been the one who is mentioned in the "Butt Excursus".

The June, 1989, "The Berkeley Journal", Issue 13, published by the Berkeley County Historical Society in Martinsburg, WV, included an article titled "Buttstown". This article was written by the same Don C. Woods mentioned on page 614 in the above "Butt Excursus". The Buttstown article can be found on pages 60, 61, 62 & 63 of this journal. In that article, Mr. Woods notes that Buttstown, VA was founded on 200 acres that was very near the Potomac River and that had been purchased by Richard Butt from Joseph Franceway in November, 1771. This Richard Butt was the grandson of the Richard Butt and wife Mary who owned Batchelors Delight in Darnalls Grove (aka Willow Grove) in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

The wife of the Richard Butt of Buttstown was Sarah Green (aka Sarah Ann Green). When his book was published, R. M. Green was uncertain about who the parents were of this Sarah Green. He wrote in the book about her; "SARAH GREEN, apparently the oldest daughter of William and Dinah (?) Green...".

In a letter to me in 1997, Mr. Green stated with certainly that this Sarah Green was the half-sister of Rignal Green Sr. and full-sister of William Green Jr., the latter of whom, along with wife Ann Butt founded Greensburg, VA/WV. There are other siblings he didn't list. Rignal Green Sr. and "Sarah (?) - wife 2 of Rignal Sr." were Bazil's wife Mahala Green's grandparents and accordingly, this Sarah Green was Mahala's grand Aunt. And if I have it right, Sarah Green, who with her husband Richard Butt founded Buttstown, is my 5th great grandmother. DNA testing has shown that I am not a father-to-son descendant of the Richard Butt of Batchelors Delight, nor the Richard Butt who founded Buttstown. I descend from Richard Butt of Batchelors Delight thru his daughter Dinah who married "Old" William Green. [4]


  1. Gwen Boyer Bjorkman. Samuel Duvall. Baker, Beeman, Boyer, Crown, Estep, James, McBee, Nusbaum, Shally, Turner and related families. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gwenbj&id=I2024064. Accessed May 30, 2016
  2. Samuel Magruder. http://www.colonial-settlers-md-va.us/getperson.php?personID=I002020&tree=Tree1.
  3. Dennis William Butt. http://dennis-william-butt.com/theory.htm
  4. http://dennis-william-butt.com/MainPage.htm

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