Jonathan Butler

William Butler was born in 1653 in Chebacco, Massachusetts. The fact that Lieut. William Butler was in his youth a servant in Ipswich suggests the possibility that he may have been one of those Irish expatriates transported during the Cromwellian period of persecution. . . Any theory that William Butler was among these exiles may be strengthened by an article, "The Irish in Ipswich (1630-1700)," by George F. O'Dwyer, printed in the "Catholic World" for September 1922. He points out that many settlers in Ipswich and other towns along the Atlantic coast were first of all young Irish persons inveigled into crossing to America or kidnapped and sold into servitude across the water.

"At the dawn of the eighteenth century," writes O'Dwyer, "the Irish race was strongly intrenched in Ipswich. . . "The early Irish settlers," he states, "were asked to join the congregational church in the towns -- there was no other to go to! They were forced either to absolutely conform to the established church or to get out into the wilderness beyond the colony."

William died on August 02, 1730 in Ipswich, Massachusetts

If William Butler was Irish and originally a Catholic, his appearance as a young boy in a stern Puritan settlement enabled him to effect an easy transition to Protestanism, and we find him in the Congregational fold. "Butlers and Kinfolk" by Elmer Ellsworth Butler, 1944 (The Cabinet Press: Milford, N.H.), pp 10-11.

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Generation No. 1

1. Jonathan4 Butler (William3, William2, William1) was born 1752 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts and died December 05, 1844 in Lyndeborough Township, Hillsboro NH. He married Lois Kidder on August 17, 1778, daughter of John Kidder and Tryphena Powers.

Notes for Jonathan Butler: Served in the Revolution at Bunker Hill, Trenton, Princeton, and Valley Forge


He was a soldier at the Battle of Bunker Hill, and in the retreat from that engagement was taken with cramps and fell out of the ranks; after much suffering he crawled into a swamp, where he was concealed, and later joined his company again. He came to Lyndeborough in 1777, and settled on land in the westerly part of the town. He was a blacksmith by trade, and his daughter used to say that the sound of his hammer on the anvil was the first thing she heard in the morning and the last thing at night. He was a man of retiring manners and much respected. He was a constant attendant at church and Sunday School. He sang and took part in all the services the Sunday but one before he died. (Donovan & Woodward, p. 680)

source of information:

Birth, Marriage & Death: Source: The History of the Town of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, 1735-1905 by Rev. D. Donovan and Jacob A. Woodward, The Tufts College Press, H.W. Whittemore & Co, 1906, pp. 680 & 830.

Notes for Lois Kidder:

Some history is available at this web site about Lois and her family. It doesn't include her however, in the database..

Child of Jonathan Butler and Lois Kidder is: Hannah Butler, b. October 27, 1780, Lyndeborough Township, Hillsboro NH; d. 1865

Generation No. 2

2. Hannah5 (Jonathan4, William3, William2, William1) was born October 27, 1780 in Lyndeborough Township, Hillsboro NH, and died 1865. She married Charles McKay abt. 1808, son of Alexander McKay and Mary Sackett.

Child of Hannah Butler and Charles McKay is: Sabrina McKay b. May 11, 1818, Fairfield County, NY; d. October 13, 1905, Richland Township, Wyandot County OH USA.