Butterworth #5202

Henry Butterworth (1598-1636)

Born in England.  Arrived in Massachusetts by 1635 and

Mary Lanbotham? (1600-1687)

Born in England.  Arrived in Massachusetts by 1635.

Butterworth 5202I am descended from Henry Butterworth (1598-1636) in more ways than the path illustrated above[1].

There is a scarcity of record in regard to this Butterworth family.  Most of the information presented is extracted from a book by Mary Lovering Holman[2].

Henry Butterworth was probably born in England about 1598.  He resided at Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1635, but the timing and circumstances of his arrival in America are not known.  Henry died at Weymouth between 1635-49[3].  He married, probably in England about 1620, Mary [surname unknown[4]], born about 1600 and died, probably at Newport, Rhode Island, on 26 Jan 1687.  In Feb 1641, she married (2nd) Thomas Clifton, born probably in England in 1606 and died, probably in Newport, on 7 Jul 1681.

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According to Holman, there is deposition of Samuel Butterworth that shows that he lived in Weymouth with his brother (unnamed, but who is assumed to be Henry).  Later, in his deposition, Samuel mentions his brother and sister (no names being given them), stating that they enjoyed the land until all removed to Seaconke.  A careful study of this deposition by Holman forces the conclusion that the sister[5] was the widow of Samuel’s brother, Henry, and who was later the wife of her second husband, Thomas Clifton.

In the Proprietors’ Records, as quoted in the History of Weymouth[6], is a list of those people who were earlier granted land in The great lots named in the old town book and formerly granted to be laid out on the East side of Fresh Pond…  In this list, widow Butterworth had been given fourteen acres and Samuel Butterworth sixteen acres, but Thomas Clifton does not appear receiving any land.  Later, a list of land belonging to each resident shows that the land of the latter consisted of six acres in the west field, fower acres first granted to mr Robert jeffrie and two acres first granted to William Hues… Tow acres in Harrisses Rainge first given to Samuel Butterworth bounded… on the north with the land of Jacob ffrench on the south with William Carpenter…  It seems apparent that Thomas Clifton obtained his two acres of the land granted to Robert Jeffries, by marriage with the widow of Henry Butterworth which Samuel Butterworth stated was six acres, and which was evidently owned by Samuel and Henry.  There are no grants of land to the children of Henry Butterworth in Weymouth, but they were minors when the grants were made.  In 1644, Samuel Butterworth and Thomas Clifton were among those inhabitants of Weymouth who accompanied the Rev. Mr. Newman to what was later called Rehoboth.

Mary Butterworth, born about 1629 in England, is likely the daughter of Henry Butterworth, although it cannot be stated with absolute certainty.  In about 1650, she married Sampson Mason, our immigrant ancestor, who was born at Bolton, Lancashire, England in about 1625.  We are descendants of two of the sons of this couple, Isaac and Pelatiah.  The lineage of Mary Butterworth and Sampson Mason is continued under the heading of Sampson Mason (1625-1676).



[1] Henry Butterworth is my 10th g-grandfather through two of his great grandchildren through Mary’s son Isaac through his grandson Pelatiah, another son of his daughter, Mary.

[2] Mary Lovering Holman, Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and his wife Frances Helen Miller (Privately printed at the Rumford Press, 1948) p. 254 ff.

[3] The inventory of Henry’s estate, as far as can be remembered, was taken by Edward Bates, Richard Adams and William Carpenter, in which they state that he deceased in the winter 4 years since, and refer to woolen and linen the Children have worn out.  The inventory is undated, but Richard Adams is known to have resided in Weymouth from 1635-49 (when he was living in Malden).

[4] Some sources identify her as “Mary Lanbotham”.

[5] In the belief of the day, Henry’s wife Mary [surname unknown] would be Samuel’s “sister”.  This was so because of the sacrament of marriage which made the two “one flesh”, according to scripture, and all the relatives on either side the same relationship with the conjugal partner.  Death did not dissolve these ties, so when Samuel’s “sister”, Mary, widow of Henry, married Clifton, he in turn became “brother” to Samuel Butterworth.  It seems evident that Samuel and Henry had no real sister with them.

[6] George Walter Chamberlain. History of Weymouth Massachusetts, 4 Vols. (Boston: Weymouth Historical Society, 1923). Vols. 1 & 2: Historical; Vols. 3 & 4: Genealogy of Weymouth Families.

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2 comments

  • Jamal silver

    Where was the Butterworth plantations ?

  • EA

    Thank you. I am descended from Mary Butterworth and Samson Mason. Daniel toTruman to Daniel to Myrtle. Then her son Allen Prier my father. Not sure of the exact before first Daniel. I have it somewhere. Again thank you. Eunice

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