Sunday, December 27, 2015


Drawing close to the end of the 2015 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, I've come to my 8x great grandfather Samuel Butterfield. George A. Gordon wrote this about Samuel and his family in his article THE BUTTERFIELDS OF MIDDLESEX:

4. Samuel 2 Butterfield (Benjamin1) was born in Woburn, 17 May, 1647, removed with his father to Chelmsford, where he remained till his death in 1714. He had a wife Mary. His will, signed 26 April, 1703, "Samuel Buterfeld, his mark," was written by Eliezer Browne, one of the witnesses, and probated 1 July, 1715. In it, he mentions his sons Samuel and Jonathan, and his daughters Mercy, Ann, Phebe and Deborah. It lies in the Middlesex Registry with the following certificate appended:

"Middx County
This Will of Samuel Bntterfield, late of Chelmsford in the county of Middx dec'd, contained in two sides of this sheet of paper was Exhibd for probate pr Samuel and Jonathan Butterfleld sons of the Sd Dec'd & Ex's in the same named & Jonathan Bowers made oath yt he together wth Nathaniel Blodgit (now dead) & Eliezer Brown (who now lives in Connecticut Colony) set to there hands as Witnesses in the Testator's presence & that he see him sign & seal & heard him publish the same to be his last will and Testament & that he was of sound mind & this Will is proved & approved & the administracon thereof is Committed to the sd Samuel & Jonathan Buttertield Executors aforesaid. Witness my hand and seal of office at Camb. July 1st 1715.
Pr. Fra. Foxcroft Judge Prob for Middx."

11. i Samuel,3
ii. Mary, m. 30 June, 1698, Samuel3 Spalding (John,2 Edward1); removed in 1700 to Canterbury, Conn., where she died in 1726. Six children, three born in Chelmsford and three in Canterbury.
iii. Ann m. (prob.) John Davis, son of the Chelmsford blacksmith.
iv. Phebe. m._____ How, of Plainfleld, Conn.
v. Deborah, b. 20 Aug. 1687; m. Joseph3 Cleveland (Josiah2 Moses1); removed, about 1706, to Canterbury, Conn.
12. vi. Jonathan.


The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 44 , Published at the Society's House, 18 Somerset Street. Printed by David Clapp & Son Boston, Ma 1890

A few notes:
I've found the images of Samuel's will over on but didn't find one of the above statement.

Some sources say Samuel's wife Mary was Mary Ann Ballard, daughter of William & Grace (Berwick) Ballard of Andover, Ma.

Interesting to see that Samuel's sister Mary married a Spaulding. So there were earlier connections between the two families before my 5x great grandparents Lot Spaulding and Esther Butterfield in 1764

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