Ardell Butterfield

Brief Life History of Ardell

When Ardell Butterfield was born on 28 September 1849, in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine, United States, her father, Joseph Butterfield, was 41 and her mother, Nancy Lowell Ward, was 43. She married Augustus Caiphas Stiles MD on 21 October 1867, in New Jersey, United States. She lived in Belgrade, Kennebec, Maine, United States in 1860 and Hammonton, Atlantic, New Jersey, United States in 1870. She died on 16 August 1912, in Ellenville, Ulster, New York, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Ellenville, Ulster, New York, United States.

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Amariah Dudley Whittier
Ardell Butterfield
Marriage: 23 October 1876

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  • Ardell Stiles in household of Joseph Butterfield, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Ardell Butterfield, "Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"
  • Ardell Butterfield, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"

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World Events (8)

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for "medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated "purchaser", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Butterfield (Yorkshire) or from any of several other minor places with the same name. The name is derived from Old English butere ‘butter’ + feld ‘field’ or ‘open country’.

History: Benjamin Butterfield came to Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1638. John Butterfield (1801–69) was born in Berne, NY, and founded an express company that merged with other companies to form the American Express Company (1850).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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