|Birth: ||Aug. 15, 1734|
New Hampshire, USA
Joseph Butler was a lieutenant in the Concord Minuteman company commanded by Captain Nathan Barrett, in the Middlesex regiment under the command of Colonel Abijah Pierce and Major John Buttrick on April 19,1775, the first day of the American Revolution. He fought at the Old North Bridge in Concord, and helped to pursue the Redcoats back to Boston. On May 23, 1775, Joseph Butler was confirmed and commissioned as Captain of the First Company of the 16th Massachusetts Bay (5th Middlesex County) Provincial Regiment commanded by Colonel John Nixon. He fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, serving with his company behind the "rail fence" on Breed's Hill, and his company was amongst the last to retreat at the end of the battle.
In December of 1775 Joseph Butler became the proprietor of the famous Wright's Tavern, now a National Historic Site, where the minutemen gathered on April 19, 1775 before going out to fight the British at the Battle of Concord.
On August 25, 1776, Joseph Butler, now a captain in the 4th Massachusetts Continental Regiment commanded by Lt. Colonel Thomas Nixon, in the Massachusetts Brigade commanded by Brigadier General John Nixon, fought in the terrible defeat of General George Washington's army at Brooklyn Heights in Kings County, Long Island, New York. He also fought on September 16, 1776 at the Battle of Morningside Heights on Manhatten Island, New York.
Captain Joseph Butler ended his military career with his participation in the great American victory of Washington's army over the Hessians on Christmas Day 1776 at the Battle of Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey.
Joseph was married to Sarah "Sally" (Unknown Last Name) in December of 1756 in Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Howe Butler (1702 - 1740)
Sarah Butler (1736 - 1796)
John Butler (1761 - 1811)*
Bela Lincoln Butler (1764 - 1837)*
Betsy Butler (1773 - 1775)*
Phineas Butler (1732 - 1806)*
Joseph Butler (1734 - 1789)
Hillsborough Centre Cemetery
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: J. Robert Schmidt
Record added: Oct 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78769105