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Descendants of Benjamin Butterfield

Generation No. 3


      3. Thomas3 Butterfield (Benjamin2, Benjamin1)2 was born 15902, and died 16152. He married Susan Wood2 16122, daughter of Emund Wood and Margaret Heald. She was born 15902, and died 16352.
     
Children of Thomas Butterfield and Susan Wood are:
  5 i.   Samuel4 Butterfield2, born 16142; died Unknown.
  6 ii.   Thomas Butterfield2, born 16152; died Unknown.


      4. Benjamin3 Butterfield (Benjamin2, Benjamin1)2 was born 1600 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, and died March 02, 1687/88 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He married (1) Ann Jundon October 26, 1632 in Hitchin, Herts, England. She was born 1616 in (of) Molten, Devonshire, England, and died May 19, 1661 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He married (2) Hannah Chawkley June 03, 1663 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. She was born 1612 in England, and died May 19, 1677 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Notes for Benjamin Butterfield:
Notes from Katherine (Butterfield) Nolen...
      Benjamin living in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1640 was a subscriber to
the Town Orders for settlement of Woburn, Massachusetts. He was an
inhabitant of Woburn shortly thereafter. He was taxed in the place in
1645.. His wife Ann and him had several children born there. It is said
that he came from England in 1638 with a small family.
Below from Katherine (Butterfield) Nolen...
Previous records were culled from various town records and assembled as
there seems to be no early genealogy of this family. From here we will
use the genealogies we can find plus any information that can be
obtained. It is evident that the first Butterfield settled at Cambridge,
Massachusetts, moved to Woburn, Massachusetts when it was opened up, then
to Chelmsford, Massachusetts when it was formed. This is his route. And
his children with their Wives followed the trace. However the immigrant
was aged by this time and as the flow of population spread out, they went
further. At least one path was up into New Hampshire as we now know it.
There were no borders for them to hamper them except those of the enemy.
it is also evident that the Butterfields had a trade and a needful one
for pioneers. Having a trade meant they had tools and knowledge as to
their use. And having those, there was nothing to stop them from passing
both down to the children. In fact it formed a vicious circle. If your
father had a trade you had one al so unless you dropped it after you were
Twenty One. Up to then you did what the parent ordered you and as he
probably taught you farming if he was a farmer, he would by the same
token cram blacksmithing down your throat if he was a blacksmith. And
that is what this branch of the Butterfields were, until some younger one
became your ancestor and his chance at the tools had been taken by an
older brother. So he probably struck out on his own. That meant going
further west. So you will see that after New Hampshire, the path led to
Vermont and then New York and then to Michigan. They were not alone. They
went in groups and you could trace and I have. Different unrelated
families at first going to the same places. Sometimes inter marrying and
then off again to where the grass was greener and cheaper and the stones
reported not so large or as many. It's a wonderful chance to study at a
safe distance, toil, trouble, fortitude fortune or lack of it and
American History as it was made an as usual made by common man and woman
and their children. This will be but a track for you to trace your
family. You will find wonderful reading in related books of what
happened. Dig into them and get some fun out of it. I have left much for
you to find and fill in..


Notes from Dennis Butterfield files:

"From whom the American family chiefly derive issue"

      Benjamin, son of Benjamin I and Susan (Wood) Butterfield was born about 1600 at Ovenden, York, England and baptized at St. John The Baptist Church in Halifax, England.
      He married Miss Ann Jundon of Moldon, England and they already had two small children when Benjamin and his family joined with Benjamin's young half-bother, Samual, and his older sister, Susanna, with her husband, the Reverend Matthew Mitchell and their children for the trip to America in 1635.
      He was known to be in Charlestown in the Bay Colony in 1638, then, removing to Woburn, his name appears among the first town orders of Woburn and , in 1643, he was made a Freeman. (in early Colonial life a Freeman was one who was entitled to vote and was considered a "gentleman". To qualify, a man must not be indentured and must be a property owner and a member of the Church). In 1645 we find Benjamin's name on the Woburn tax list.
      In 1652, the inhabitants of Woburn petitioned for leave to explore the West side of the Concord River. the report was, "a very comfortable place to accommodate a company of God's people".
      In 1658, Benjamin I, headed a petition of twenty-nine names from Woburn and Concord for a tract of land six miles square, "to begin at the Merrimack River, as the neck of land six miles square," to begin at the Merrimack River, at the neck of land next to the Concord River, " to run southerly on the Concord River and westerly into the wild country. This spot was known to the Indians as Naamkeek. The six mile tract was occupied in 1654 by Benjamin and his associates, including the family names of Learned, Chamberlain, Fletcher, Adams, Procter, Hildreth, Blodgett, and Parker, among others.
      In 1655, the town was incorporated under the name of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The land adjoined was occupied by the Rev. John Eliot with a reservation for Christianized Indians called "Wamesit." The line between the Indians and the English was run "on the east side of Butterfield's highway" and marked by a ditch. On this highway Benjamin pitched his farm and built his house, somewhere within what is now Ward 4, Lowell, Massachusetts.
      Also, 1654, Benjamin was one of the signers of letters requesting the Minister of Wenham, Massachusetts, the Rev. John Fiske, to come to Chelmsford, Massachusetts to start the Church at Chelmsford which is now Unitarian and known as the First Congregational Society. They gave the Reverend Fiske 30 acres of meadow and 30 acres of plowable land plus a house 20' x 38' with 3 fire rooms and brick or stone chimneys as well as 50 pounds the first year, and maintenance thereafter.
      In 1656, Benjamin is named as one of the citizens of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to whom the Governor Dudley farm of 1500 acres in Billerica was conveyed. On Dec. 1,1656, a minister in Chelmsford (probably Rev. Fiske) recorded the fact that he had baptized the following sons of Benjamin Butterfield that day.
Benjamin III: age about 20 years
Jonathan: age about 15 years
Nathaniel: age about 11 1/2 years
Samuel: age about 8 years
      In view of the birth dates recorded by the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for Joseph, Samuel, and Nathaniel, it seems that the good minister was estimating the ages of the boys at from one to three years younger than they actually were. He also did not record a baptism for Benjamin's daughter, Mary. Therefore, as near as it can be discovered, it seems that Benjamin's and Ann's children were:
Butterfield, Benjamin III: (sometimes called Berabin),
Born in England about 1633; Died in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Feb. 1,1663.
Butterfield, Mary:Born in England about 1635; Married in 1653 to Daniel Blodgett, the first marriage performed in Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Died Sept 5,1666.
Butterfield, Jonathan: Born 1641; Married Mary Dixon of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Died April 3,1673.
Butterfield, Nathaniel:Born in Woburn, Massachusetts Feb. 14,1642.
Butterfield, Samuel: Born in Woburn, Massachusetts May 17,1647.
Butterfield, Joseph: Born in Woburn, Massachusetts Aug 15,1649.

Benjamin II's wife Ann (Jundon) Butterfield, died in Chelmsford on May 19,1661 (VR) and on June 3,1663 (VR) he married again, to Hannah, the widow of Thomas Wittlemore of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hannah died 19 March 1677 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts (VR).


Below infomation is from Linda Nicholas files:

      Benjamin Butterfield from whom teh American family chiefly derives issue was married in England and brought a family with him.
      He was in Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1638. His name appears among the first town orders of Woburn, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, in 1640 an din 1643 he was made a freeman.
      In 1645 we find his name on the Woburn tax list. IN 1652 the inhabitants of Woburn ask leave to explore the west side of the Concord River. The report was "a very complete place to accommodate a company of people". In 1653 Benjamin headed a petition of 29, including the petitioners of the previous year, for a tract of land 6 miles square to begin at the Merricmac River in a neck of land next to the Concord River, and westerly into the wild county, this tract was known as Wamesit. The 6 mile tract occupied by Benjamin and his associates in 1656; was incorporated as Chelmsford. The line between the Indians and the Colonists was run on the east side of the Butterfield Highway, and was marked by a ditch. On this Highway, he pitched his farm and built his house; somewhere within the limits of what is now Ward 4 in Lowell, Massachusetts.
      In 1656 he is named as one of the citizens of Chelmsford to whom the Gov Dudle farm of 1500 acres in Billerica, was conveyed. In 1666, Newfield, a tract of 241 acres of intervale across Stony Brook and extending up the Merimac was granted to Chelmsford. Of this, Benjamin obt6ained 42 acres, the largest of any one person. In 1686 the Indian Reservation, Wamesit, was purchased by the colonists. Three Butterfield sons Nathaniel, Samuel, and Joseph were among the grants (Middlesex Caty Deeds x-19). This territory, which had been occupied by Wanalancit and his tribe as a cornfield and fishing station, is now occupied by the manufactories of Lowell. The purchase also included 500 acres upon the north and east side of Merrimac of " wilderness land", a general term for the unsettled county outside incorporated limits.

More About Benjamin Butterfield:
Baptism: St. John's Parish, Halifax, England
Individual Note: May 08, 1677, Freeman, Massachusetts Bay Colony3
Occupation: Husbandman (Farmer) Proprietor4
Residence: Charlestown, Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachuesetts4
Will: June 07, 1677, Will made, will probated, Boston, Massachusetts4

Marriage Notes for Benjamin Butterfield and Ann Jundon:
Below information from Dennis Butterfield files:

Benjamin Butterfield and Ann (Jundan) came to America on the ship "James" which they boarded on the 23 of May 1635 but which did not get favorable winds to get out to sea until June 22 of that same year. The "James" landed at Boston, August the 17th 1635. They sailed from Bristol, England. Benjamin resided in Charlestown until Woburn became a town in 1641, when Benjamin moved to Woburn. In 1653, Benjamin was the leader of a group from Woburn and Concord that settled and created the town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. It was located where the city of Lowell is at the present time. Benjamin's wife, Ann, died at Chelmsford May 19, 1661 and he married Hannah (Chawkley) Whittmore, widow of Thomas Whittmore of Cambridge, on June 3,1663. Hannah was the mother of nine children by Thomas Whittmore, the first being born in England. The Minister in Chelmsford baptized Benjamin's sons on the 1st of December 1656 and gave his estimate of their ages but he wasn't very accurate on those born in Woburn for which there are vital records and Mary wasn't mentioned in his estimate. It is believed that Benjamin-2 was the oldest child.
     
Children of Benjamin Butterfield and Ann Jundon are:
+ 7 i.   Mary4 Butterfield, born 1633 in England; died September 05, 1666 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
  8 ii.   Benjamin Butterfield, born 1636 in England5; died February 01, 1662/63 in Chelmsford, Vermont (?).
  Notes for Benjamin Butterfield:
Benjamin never married.

Linda Nicholas has in her file that Benjamin was b:1636 and d:Dec 6,1663 at Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

+ 9 iii.   Jonothan Butterfield, born 1641 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; died April 03, 1673 in Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
+ 10 iv.   Nathaniel Butterfield, born February 14, 1642/43 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; died December 31, 1719 in Chelmsford, Middlessex, Massachusetts.
+ 11 v.   Samuel Butterfield, born May 17, 1647 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; died July 30, 1714 in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
+ 12 vi.   Joseph Butterfield, born August 15, 1649 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; died July 24, 1715 in Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.


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