Rev. John Butterfield1,2,3

ID# 17553, (abt 1780 - 1865)

Key Events:

Birth: about 30 Apr 1780, New Hampshire4,5,6
Marriage: Johanna Atwood, 3 Jun 1804, Winhall, Vermont7,8,9
Marriage: Mary W. Cobb, 18 Nov 1834, Decatur Co., Indiana2,10,11
Marriage: Amanda Thacker, 5 Jul 1859, Morgan Co., Indiana12
Death: 5 Oct 186513
Burial: Old Butterfield Cemetery, Centerton, Morgan Co., Indiana14

Spouse: Johanna Atwood (about 9 Feb 1786 - 8 Jun 1834)
     Children:

  • Velorus Butterfield32,19 (12 Jan 1805 - 7 Nov 1893)
  • Meramoe Butterfield33,19 (1807 - )
  • John H. Butterfield32,19 (1809 - )
  • Silvia Butterfield19 (abt 1810 - )
  • William Sanders Butterfield19 (1812 - 1838)
  • George Skinner Butterfield19 (1814 - )
  • Freelove Butterfield19 (1815 - )
  • Rev. Luke G. Butterfield34 (30 Aug 1817 - )
  • Dr. Seymour Atwood Butterfield19 (30 Jul 1819 - 8 Dec 1891)
  • Oliver H. P. Butterfield35,19 (abt 17 Jul 1828 - 17 May 1851)
  • Johanna Butterfield36 (1834 - bef 1893)

Spouse:Mary W. Cobb (16 Feb 1791 - 25 Jan 1859)
     No children

Spouse: Amanda Thacker (about 1818 - )
     No children

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Rev. John Butterfield was born about 30 Apr 1780 in New Hampshire.4,5,6
     John married first Johanna Atwood on 3 Jun 1804 in Winhall, Vermont, with Reuben Bigelow, Justice of the Peace officiating.7,8,9 John and Johanna moved to New York before 1810 with their family.15
     John appeared on the 1810 Federal Census of Rodman, Jefferson Co., New York, with a household consisting of three males under age 10 (sons Velorus, Meramoe and John), one age 16 to 26 (himself), one female under 10 (daughter Silvia), one age 16 to 26 (wife, Johanna Atwood), and one over 45 (probably his wife's mother). Listed next in the record is Jonathan Butterfield, who may have been John's father, and Jonathan Jr., who could have been his brother.16
     John was a soldier in the War of 1812, serving as a private in Tuggle's 76th Regiment, New York Militia.17,18
     John and Johanna moved to Indiana about 1819 with their family.19 In Dec 1819 John accompanied Benjamin Barnes and his family as they moved by ox-drawn wagon westward to the area known as the "New Purchase," meaning the area secured by treaty from the Indians about a year earlier. The men built a cabin and cleared land for planting. As soon as the cabin was built, John returned to Connersville, Indiana, for his own family. He bought 160 ac. southeast of Centerton, and in the spring of 1821 brought his sons Velorus and John and three hired men to clear some land and build a cabin. One of the boys cultivated a crop of corn that summer, and John moved his entire family, consisting of his wife, five sons, and one daughter to the new residence that fall.20
     While in the process of moving, John and is family were enumerated on the 1820 Federal Census of Connersville, Fayette Co., Indiana, with a household consisting of two white males under age 10 (sons Luke and Seymour), four age 10 to 16 (apparently William though he was only age 8, Meramoe and John, and one unknown), one age 16 to 26 (apparently Velorus though he was only 15), and three age 26 to 45 (himself and two unknown), one white female under age 10 (daughter Freelove), two age 10 to 16 (possibly Silvia though she reportedly died as an infant, and another), and one age 26 to 45 (wife Johanna.)21
     John appeared on the 1830 Federal Census of Morgan Co., Indiana, with a household consisting of one male under age 5 (son Oliver), two age 10 to 15 (Seymour and Luke), one age 15 to 20 (George) two age 20 to 30 (probably two of his four older sons), one age 50-60 (himself), one female age 10-15 (daughter Freelove), one age 40 to 50 (his first wife, Johanna.)22
     His wife died on 8 Jun 1834.23
     John married second Mary W. Cobb, daughter of Elkanah Cobb and Mary Willard, on 18 Nov 1834 in Decatur Co., Indiana.2,10,11
     He appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of Morgan Co., Indiana, with a household consisting of one male age 5 to 10 (son Oliver), two age 20 to 30 (probably two of his four sons in that age bracket), one age 60-70 (himself), one female age 5-10 (daughter Johanna), two females age 15 to 20 (unknown), one age 40 to 50 (his second wife, Mary W. Cobb), and one aged 80 to 90 (Mary's mother, Mary Willard.)24
     John and Mary appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Clay Twp., Morgan Co., Indiana, enumerated 17 Oct 1850, reporting real estate valued at $10,000. His son Oliver was listed as living with them, as were Lucinda Lawer, age 19, Rebecca Langley and Robert Stafford, both age 21, and George Sleeper, age 14, whose relationships with them, if any, are unknown.25
     His wife died on 25 Jan 1859.26
     John married third Amanda Thacker on 5 Jul 1859 in Morgan Co., Indiana.12
     John and Amanda Thacker appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Centerton, Morgan Co., Indiana, enumerated 25 Jul 1860, reporting real estate valued at $12,000 and personal estate of $3,900. Listed as living with them were Sarah Thacker, age 18, a domestic; James and Parallu Thacker, ages 16 and 15, farm laborer; and William Butterfield, age 70, a farmer, who would appear to be a brother.27
     He was a prominent minister in the Christian Church, but seems to have made farming his primary occupation, at least in his later years.28,29,30,31
     John died on 5 Oct 1865.13 He was buried in Old Butterfield Cemetery, Centerton, Morgan Co., Indiana.14

Citations

  1. [S3199] Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, pg 223, shows name as Rev. John Butterfield.
  2. [S1105] "Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941," Ancestry.com, record for John Butterfield and Mary M. Cobb, citing FHL # 1516965 & 1516616.
  3. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579463, John Butterfield, includes photo of stone showing name.
  4. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579463, John Butterfield, shows died 5 Oct 1865 at age 85 yr 5 mo 5 days.
  5. [S2192] John Butterfield household, 1850 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana, shows age 70 and state.
  6. [S2193] John Butterfield household, 1860 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana, shows age 80 and state.
  7. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, card for Joanna Attwood and John Butterfield, from FHL#27462; and card for John Butterfield and Joanna Attwood, FHL #27497, shows date, town, and officiant.
  8. [S3199] Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, pg 223, shows year as about 1803, Green Mountain regions, and state.
  9. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579422, Joanna Butterfield, includes photo that shows her as wife of John Butterfield.
  10. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579501, Mary Willard]:ITAL] Butterfield, includes photo of stone showing name as Mary W. wife of John Butterfield.
  11. [S2192] John Butterfield household, 1850 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  12. [S1105] "Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941," Ancestry.com, record for John Butterfield and Amanda Thacker, citing County Clerks office, bk CC, pg 521.
  13. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579463, John Butterfield, includes photo of stone showing date.
  14. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579463, John Butterfield.
  15. [S3199] Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, pg 224, shows they moved to New York in 1812.
  16. [S3202] John Butterfield household, 1810 U.S. Census, Jefferson Co., New York.
  17. [S2332] "War of 1812 Service Records," Ancestry.com, citing roll box 31, roll exct. 602, shows rank and unit.
  18. [S3199] Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, pg 223, shows he was a soldier in the war.
  19. [S3199] Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, pg 224.
  20. [S2195] Blanchard, Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana, Historical and Biographical, pp 119-20.
  21. [S3200] John Butterfield household, 1820 U.S. Census, Fayette Co., Indiana.
  22. [S2194] John Butterfield household, 1830 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana.
  23. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579422, Joanna Butterfield.
  24. [S1578] John Butterfield household, 1840 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana.
  25. [S2192] John Butterfield household, 1850 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana.
  26. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579501, Mary Willard Butterfield, includes photo of stone with date visible, but not totally clear.
  27. [S2193] John Butterfield household, 1860 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana.
  28. [S3199] Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, pg 224, shows him as minister.
  29. [S1578] John Butterfield household, 1840 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana, shows 3 members of the household engaged in agriculture, and one in manufactures and trades.
  30. [S2192] John Butterfield household, 1850 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana, shows occupation as farmer.
  31. [S2193] John Butterfield household, 1860 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana, shows occupation as farmer.
  32. [S2195] Blanchard, Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana, Historical and Biographical, pg 119.
  33. [S2195] Blanchard, Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana, Historical and Biographical, pg 120.
  34. [S3199] Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, pg 223.
  35. [S2192] John Butterfield household, 1850 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  36. [S3199] Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, pg 224, shows she had died.