John Butterworth

September 1626–1 September 1708 (Age 82)
Halifax, Yorkshire, England

The Life of John

When John Butterworth was born in September 1626, in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, his father, Henry Butterworth, was 24 and his mother, Mary Longbotham, was 26. He married Sarah Freeman in 1650, in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 6 daughters. He died on 1 September 1708, in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 82.

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John Butterworth
Sarah Freeman
Marriage: 1650
Capt John Butterworth Jr
Mercy Butterworth
Sarah Butterworth
Nathaniel Butterworth
Joseph Butterworth
Deborah Butterworth
Mary Butterworth
Samuel Butterworth
Hopestill Butterworth
Daniel Butterworth
George Butterworth
Experience Butterworth
Benjamin Butterworth

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Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America


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World Events (2)

1642 · The English Civil War

Age 16

A series of conflicts regarding England's governance during the years 1642 to 1651 is now known as The English Civil War. Charles I summoned supporters to join him against his enemies in Parliament. In October 1642, nearly 10,000 men fought for Charles I and chased Parliament across the River Tamar. Fighting continued for years and was finally ended at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, with a Parliamentarian victory.
1688 · Glorious Revolution

Age 62

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.

Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): habitational name from places named Butterworth in Lancashire (near Rochdale) and in West Yorkshire. Both are so named with Old English butere ‘butter’ + worð ‘enclosure’. The surname is recorded from an early date in each of these two places; it probably arose independently in each.

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

Sources (3)

  • John Butterworth, "England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996"
  • John Butterworth in entry for Nathaniell Butterworth, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • John Butterworth in entry for John Butterworth, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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