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Samuel Butterfield
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Birth: Feb. 4, 1738
Death: Jul. 28, 1808

Samuel Butterfield was born 24 February 1738 in Dunstable, Middlesex county, Massachusetts. He was the son of Ebenezer Butterfield (1707 - 1795) and Sarah (probable surname Houston) who lived from 1712 - 1750.

On 12 November 1761 Samuel Butterfield wed Hannah Chandler (1742 - 1814), daughter of Moses Chandler and Dorothy Marble.

Samuel Butterfield served in the American Revolution. He narrowly missed the Battle of Bunker Hill. His brother in law, Moses Chandler, age 17, was so eager to go to that battle, he borrowed Samuel's gun. Samuel took Moses' gun, which had a broken lock, to be repaired. Samuel, however, did see many other chances to serve while in the military.

Samuel Butterfield received a nice writeup in the book, "The Butterfields of Middlesex," by George A. Gordon. According to this book, Samuel and Hannah Butterfield had seven children in Middlesex county, Massachusetts. Gordon continues: "In 1781, he removed his family to Farmington, Me., of which he was one of the proprietors. He continued a citizen of marked prominence until his death, 29 July 1808. Five more children were born to them in Farmington."

Samuel Butterfield is also mentioned a fair number of times in the book "The History of Farmington, Franklin County, Maine," by Francis Gould Butler. On page 40: "In November (1781), Samuel and Jonas Butterfield arrived from Dunstable, Mass., bringing their families and goods in wagons to Monmouth, and thence proceeded on horseback. They were the first of the long line of brave and patriotic sons of Dunstable to seek a home in the valley of the Sandy River" etc. This nice writeup of the family emigration continues: "Samuel Butterfield chose river-lot No. 2, west side, while his brother entered below him on river-lot No. 18."

Samuel Butterfield at first built a lean-to covered with elm bark, which served as his family's shelter for the first three winters. Following that, he built a frame house, and then a sturdier structure he painted red. Town meetings were held in the latter two, for years.

Among Samuel and Hannah Chandler Butterfield's children were, in this order: Hannah, Samuel, Lydia, Henry Samuel, Susannah, Sarah, Moses, Prudence, James, and Isaac.

According to a biography given in a Sons of the American Revolution application, by one Carroll C. Butterfield, born in 1885, who was Samuel Butterfield's great grandson, Samuel Butterfield was a Sargeant in Captain Samuel Thatcher's company. According to this document, Samuel Butterfield was in a regiment which "marched on the alarm of April 19th 1775" and "in list of men returned as having served as guards to prevent the rescue of prisoners." (There is more, but it is very hard to follow and illegible.)

Along with other early settlers, Samuel Butterfield played a crucial role in town government, from the first town meeting held in his home on 15 October 1783. Samuel served on town committees deciding what to do about failed crops, how to divide land as more settlers moved there, etc. People continued to move from Damariscotta, Maine, as well as parts of Massachusetts. Samuel's brother in law, the aforementioned Moses Chandler, moved to Franklin, Maine from Winthrop in 1785. Samuel Butterfield continued in city government, even making a trip to Boston's General Court on behalf of the burgeoning township.

Samuel Butterfield died in Farmington, Franklin, Maine, 29 July 1808 and is buried there in the Center Meeting House cemetery, Section A, Lot 21. Due to his service in the Revolutionary War, Samuel Butterfield has a military honor at his gravestone. 
 
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 Parents:
  Ebenezer Butterfield (1706 - 1795)
  Sarah Houston Butterfield (1712 - 1748)
 
 Spouse:
  Hannah Chandler Butterfield (1742 - 1814)
 
 Children:
  Lydia Butterfield Green (1771 - 1851)*
  Moses Butterfield (1780 - 1866)*
  James Butterfield (1786 - 1866)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ebenezer Butterfield (1732 - 1821)*
  Samuel Butterfield (1738 - 1808)
  Leonard Butterfield (1740 - 1800)**
  Mary Butterfield Woods (1748 - 1844)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
IN MEMORY OF

SAMUEL BUTTERFIELD

who died July 29th
1808
AGED 69 YEARS.

As in Adam all die,
Even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
 
Burial:
Center Meeting House Cemetery
Farmington
Franklin County
Maine, USA
 
Maintained by: Tree Leaf
Originally Created by: Ben York
Record added: Mar 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86475910
Samuel Butterfield
Added by: Ben York
 
Samuel Butterfield
Added by: Rebecca Marden
 
Samuel Butterfield
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- Beverly Swanson
 Added: Apr. 24, 2013
Respect to you.
- Rebecca Marden
 Added: Nov. 23, 2012
 
 
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