Monday, January 18, 2016


It's now time to turn to the families of the Butterfield wives, but there are a few problems with
identifying who the first few generations of wives were:

-Immigrant ancestor Benjamin Butterfield's wife is believed by some to be Anne Jundon but no proof of that has yet been discovered.

- There's a similar problem concerning Samuel Butterfield's wife, who may or may not have been Mary Ballard of Andover.

So I'll begin with the family of Elizabeth, wife of Jonathan Butterfield, and her grandfather,  Thomas Chamberlain Sr., the immigrant ancestor. Thomas Chamberlain is another who I haven't
found much about so far except for this short entry in a genealogy of the descendants of William Shattuck written by Levi Shattuck:

1.) The name of Chamberlain was borne by several of the early inhabitants of Massachusetts. THOMAS, Edmond, and Samuel, first of Charlestown and afterwards of Woburn, were among the petitioners and first settlers of Chelmsford. Thomas, probably the ancestor of all of the name who are mentioned in this volume, was one of those persons who purchased 1500 acres of land lying on both sides of Concord River; granted to Thomas Dudley. He settled in Chelmsford, but the precise date of his death is unknown. His first wife, Mary , d. about 1670. He m. 2, April 19, 1674, in his old age, Mary Parker, who d. Feb. 7, 1692. By his first wife he had, b. in Woburn, Thomas, (noticed below,) Samuel, b. Oct. 7, 1645, Mary, b. June 11, 1649, and perhaps other children

Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck: The Progenitor of the Families in America that Have Borne His Name; Including an Introduction, and an Appendix Containing Collateral Information  Dutton & Wentworth, Boston Ma. 1855.

I haven't found a probate file for Thomas and I need to check for records of land sales, so that's all I have for him so far.

I'm descended from his son Thomas Chamberlain, Jr who will be the subject of my next post in the series.  

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