Polly Butler

about 1776–
Virginia, United States

The Life of Polly

When Polly Butler was born about 1776, in Virginia, United States, her father, John Butler, was 46 and her mother, Mary Boughan, was 26. She married John Southworth on 22 January 1806, in Caroline, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son.

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John Southworth
Polly Butler
Marriage: 22 January 1806
Richard T. Southworth

Spouse and Children

    John Southworth



22 January 1806
Caroline, Virginia, United States


    Richard T. Southworth


Parents and Siblings




    Joseph Butler


    Ann Butler


    Nancy Butler



+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 0

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

Age 4

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.

Age 32

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

Name Meaning

1 English and Irish: from a word that originally denoted a wine steward, usually the chief servant of a medieval household, from Norman French butuiller (Old French bouteillier, Latin buticularius, from buticula ‘bottle’). In the large households of royalty and the most powerful nobility, the title came to denote an officer of high rank and responsibility, only nominally concerned with the supply of wine, if at all.2 Anglicized form of French Boutilier .3 Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): occupational name for a bottle maker, from Yiddish butl ‘bottle’ + the agent suffix -er.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Southworth in entry for Richard Southworth, "Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, 1853-1912"
  • Polly Butler, "Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007"
  • Southworth in entry for Richard Southworth, "Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912"

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