John Martin Butterfield

25 February 1858–19 November 1929 (Age 71)
Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States

The Life of John Martin

When John Martin Butterfield was born on 25 February 1858, in Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States, his father, John Hugh Butterfield, was 35 and his mother, Harriet Louisa Townsend, was 31. He married Mary Elizabeth Nelson on 24 May 1892. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Bidwell Bar, Butte, California, United States in 1910 and Butte Judicial Township, Sutter, California, United States in 1920. He died on 19 November 1929, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

John Martin Butterfield
Mary Elizabeth Nelson
Marriage: 24 May 1892
Mary Edna Butterfield

Spouse and Children

24 May 1892


    Mary Edna Butterfield


Parents and Siblings

    John Hugh Butterfield


    Harriet Louisa Townsend





    Dau. Butterfield



    Ida May Butterfield


    William Wrenfew Butterfield


+4 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1869 · Transcontinental Railroad Reaches San Francisco

Age 11

The first transcontinental railroad reached San Francisco in 1869. The Western Pacific Railroad Company built the track from Oakland to Sacramento. The Central Pacific Railroad Company of California built the section from Sacramento to Promontory Summit Utah. The railroad linked isolated California to the rest of the country which had far-reaching effects on the social and economical development of the state.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 23

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a pasture for cattle or at a dairy farm, or a habitational name from a place named Butterfield (for example in West Yorkshire), from Old English butere ‘butter’ + feld ‘open country’.

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

Sources (3)

  • John Butterfield in household of John H Butterfield, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John M Butterfield in household of John Butterfield, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Butterfield in household of John Butterfield, "United States Census, 1860"

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