Robert Cleaves Boutwell

1811–1891 (Age 80)
Lyndeborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States

The Life of Robert Cleaves

When Robert Cleaves Boutwell was born on 14 July 1811, in Lyndeborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Nehemiah Boutwell, was 36 and his mother, Elizabeth Cleaves Jones, was 34. He married Nancy Jane Barns on 31 January 1833, in Lyndeborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 1 August 1891, in Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Lyndeborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States.

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Robert Cleaves Boutwell
Nancy Jane Barns
Marriage: 31 January 1833
Clarissa Barnes Boutelle
Ann E Boutwell
Abigail Jane Boutelle
Sarah Jones Boutelle
Charles Rodney Boutelle
Nathan B Boutwell
Benjamin Jones Boutwell
William F Boutwell
Henry Winslow Boutwell
George Sumner Boutwell
Roswell Murray Boutwell
Roland Hill Boutwell

Spouse & Children

31 January 1833
Lyndeborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States


  • Clarissa Barnes Boutelle


  • Nathan B Boutwell


  • Ann E Boutwell


  • Abigail Jane Boutelle


  • Benjamin Jones Boutwell


+7 More Children

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+5 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · War of 1812

Age 1

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 21

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

Possibly English: unexplained.

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

Sources (3)

  • Rodney C Boutwell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Rodney C. in entry for Richard H. Bontwell and Sarah A. Blake, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Rodney C. in entry for Roland H. Boutwell and Sarah A. Blake, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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