TO REPRESENT JOHN BUTTERY-Four Descendants of Lundy Lane Hero at Battle Anniversary-WILL TAKE ACTIVE PART-Centennial Celebration of Famous Engagement Between American and British Soldiers to be Held Next Saturday at Battleground-Prominent among the visitors from the American side, of the river at the Lundy's Lane battle centenary Saturday will be four defendants of the fighters, who actually stole up the ridge just as a shadow paled the beauty of the brilliant moon on that memorial night and aided in spiking one of the British guns.
The hero who will be so represented at the centennial was John Belden Buttery, a private in Capt. Trull's company of the Twenty-third United States infantry, one of the most noted regiments in the union army of subsequent date. The surviving descendants are Earl Buttery, his sisters, Mrs. W. D. McEwen and Miss Addie Buttery, and John Buttery, the former three residents of Niagara Falls and the latter of Lewiston. The Buttery family holds an honored position among the frontier families, and within two years will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the advent from Vermont of the pioneer of the good folks whose names are identified with the early history of Niagara.
It is likely that these four will be the only bona fide descendants of American fighters at Lundy's Lane who will be in attendance at the anniversary, and inasmuch as all are members of the Niagara Frontier Historical society, they will be assured of an honored place during the ceremonies around the spot where their gallant grandfather was wounded. He had the gratification, however, of being among those who retired in good order at the same time the opposing forces retreated, each believing they were outnumbered because of their mutual daring and gallantry.
It is told of John Belden Buttery who survived the battle of upward of three-score years, responding to the final muster when almost a centenarian, that many years after peace was restored between Great Britain and the United States he revisited the scene of his former daring and there met a guide, seated near the monument which marks the battleground. The visit was made at a time when many southerners were also visiting there.
The guide, following his instructions, told of the great "victory" of the British over the Americans, and his story lost nothing in the telling. The ire of Buttery was aroused. He looked the guide over, decided he was too young a man to have participated in the battle, and challenged the statement in regard to the "victory," The lie was passed. Two southern gentlemen nearby, when the discussion grew heated, drew their revolvers and stood ready to uphold the honor of their country. The quarrel of the north and south was forgotten for the moment. The guide acknowledged he had no concern in the battle, that his story was told for the purpose of selling his souvenirs and apologized for his statements.
Veteran Buttery died in 1872 with his name on the pension roll of the United States. The Buttery family still has the interesting document in their possession telling of the preliminary steps taken by the friends of their grandfather in acquiring a pension from the government as a recognition of work well done. This will be one of the most interesting relics shown in connection with the ceremony shown in connection with the celebration.
Tonawanda—THE EVENING NEWS—North Tonawanda Tuesday, July 21, 1914 Pg 4
(above submitted by Debra Capple )
Mercy Weed Buttery (1777 - ____)*
Nancy Buttery (1785 - 1865)*
John Milton Buttery (1809 - 1872)*
Sarah Buttery Gillett (1811 - 1871)*
Martha Elizabeth Buttery Stebbins (1813 - ____)*
Charlotte Buttery Haskell (1820 - 1877)*
John B. Buttery
1775 - 1872
Note: Special thanks to Marlene (Buttery) Lewis & Grace K. Austin for the photo.
West Hill Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Carol Darling
Record added: Jun 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37855884